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first_imgMan U set to reduce transfer activity MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester United are set to reduce their activity in the transfer market following several overhauls of the squad since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013. United have spent about £500 million on new players under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and current manager Jose Mourinho, although the club hasn’t finished in the top three of the Premier League in the last three seasons. United sold two midfielders Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin and didn’t buy a player in January, with Mourinho satisfied with his squad and happy to wait until after the season to make further signings. “We aren’t in a position necessarily where we have to churn a large number of players,” Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, told investors yesterday. “We want to get to a more steady state and to be buying and potentially selling a lower number of players each year. UEFA wants 16 places NYON, Switzerland (AP): Europe will formally ask FIFA for at least 16 places in the expanded 48-team World Cup line-up, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said yesterday. “We think it’s realistic to ask for 16 slots plus another condition that each European is in a different group,” Ceferin said at a news conference after an executive committee meeting. FIFA decided last month to add 16 teams to the 2026 tournament. Two teams will advance to a 32-team knockout round from each three-nation group. “I think all 16 can qualify for the second round,” Ceferin said. FIFA plans to confirm continental entry quotas for the 2026 World Cup at meetings in Bahrain in May. Africa champs Cameroon ranked 33rd, Argentina still first ZURICH (AP) African champions Cameroon have moved up to No. 33 in the FIFA rankings, rewarded with a 29-place jump for winning the continental title over the weekend. Africa’s top-ranked team is No. 25 Egypt, who lost in the final. Previous leaders Senegal climbed two to No. 31. Argentina lead an unchanged top five following a month when no high-ranked teams played. Brazil are No. 2, followed by World Cup champions Germany, Chile and Belgium. France climbed over Colombia to reach No. 6. Mexico lead CONCACAF at No. 17, and Costa Rica fell two to No. 19. The United States dropped one to No. 29. Jamaica are ranked at No. 77.last_img read more

Team Villa Rose thank customers for another top TripAdvisor success

first_imgHotelier Tommy Gallen and the team at Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey are celebrating the success of being named one of Ireland’s Top 10 hotels by leading travel site TripAdvisor.Listed as one of the Top Hotels in Ireland for the third year in a row, the popular 4 star, Villa Rose Hotel & Spa now ranks number 2 in County Donegal and number 9 in Ireland alongside a number of award-winning properties such Killarney Park and Ashford Castle.The Traveller’s Choice Awards, as announced last week, are determined based on millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. The Gallen family and the management team behind the Villa Rose believe that their staff are what makes the customer experience stand out ahead of the rest.  The hotel strives to maintain their high standards whilst always putting the customer first.  Hotel owner Tommy Gallen attributed this accolade to his hard-working and dedicated team.Leona McGee, Senior Sales & Marketing Manager for the hotel said “We are incredibly proud of our Tripadvisor ranking. Donegal has so much to offer visitors in terms of tourism.  The newly formed Donegal East Tourism group will help to highlight all that our area has to offer, from Oakfield Park to Beltany Stone Circle and everything in between.”Last year got off to a busy start as the Villa Rose acquired the neighbouring Jackson’s Hotel and have been creating the same great customer focused experience there.The team are looking forward to a busy season ahead and wish to thank all their loyal customers for their continued support. DonegalWoman.ie captured all the romantic displays at the Villa Rose and Jackson’s Wedding Fayre last Sunday, view the galleries here:Events: Wedding dreams come true at Villa Rose & Jackson’s HotelsTeam Villa Rose thank customers for another top TripAdvisor success was last modified: January 31st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyJackson’s HotelTommy Gallenvilla rose hotel and spalast_img read more