IT BECAME EASIER Williams admitted that his strike was not intentional but says his ability to get goals from central defence has become ‘natural’, and he is hoping that with more international opportunities, he can hold down a regular spot in the Jamaica senior men’s national team. “My main focus is always to defend first, but to know I could help the team score a goal to take them to extra-time was a tremendous feeling,” Williams told The Gleaner. “Scoring a goal in the 88th minute was a good feeling for me personally, and as a central defender, goals seem to be coming naturally for me,” he added. “It wasn’t a shot I intended, but things happen, and luck was on my side and the ball went in. It was a cross from me and it went in, but that gave the guys the belief, and from there, the Guyanese team was no match for us,” he explained. The 30-year-old, who was handed his first cap by Theodore Whitmore in 2009 against Ecuador, started slowly but grew in confidence and he now believes that with consistent playing time, he can became a vital member of the Reggae Boyz team. “Being out of the international stage for a while it was expected that I would have a bit of a shaky moment, but as the game went on, I started feeling like I’m at an international level again and it became easier. “The game was good for me, and with the experience I have I tried to manoeuvre all that,” he noted. “The coach (Whitmore) gave me my first call-up and he chose to call me back, so he believes in me and I believe in him, so I don’t see why I can’t be a regular in the set-up right now. It’s just to get myself ready,” said the player who lost his place in the national team after picking up an injury in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match in the United States in June 2011. The injury also affected Williams’ professional career as he could not play for a while and was eventually cut from the Toronto FC roster in the Major League Soccer. “When I’m in I am not going to let go of my chance. I don’t make many mistakes and don’t lose the ball a lot, and I’m adding to my game by scoring goals, so it’s going to be much easier than before when I just got called up,” he said. Over the last two seasons, Arnett Gardens’ central defender, Dicoy Williams, has been finding the net with some regularity. Last season, the defender, who had previously left Arnett for Harbour View, before returning home, netted four goals, and so far, he has added one to his name in the Red Stripe Premier League this season. His ability to push forward and get goals paid dividends in the Reggae Boyz Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup qualifier, away to Guyana, on Tuesday night. Trailing 0-2 at the break, Jamaica pulled one back through senior midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson before missing a penalty through Shaun Francis. As the Boyz hunted the equaliser desperately, Williams joined the attack, and his intended cross caught the Guyanese goalkeeper off his line and scored into the open goal, tying the game at 2-2 and sending the match into extra-time. This goal came at the 88th minute and rescued Jamaica from a delicate situation, which could have seen them eliminated, thus losing the chance to defend their title.
A 52-year-old man of Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara, torched his home after being abandoned by his family. The fire began at around 4:00 hrs on Tuesday morning and completely destroyed the house.The husband was taken into police custody.Details of this story will be published in the February 15, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.
The warm weather over the past number of days has allowed the Lakepoint Golf and Country Club to open earlier than anticipated. After last week’s snowfall it was expected the course would open early-mid this week, however yesterday afternoon management opened its doors for the first time this year.Despite being open, some sections of the fairway remain a little soggy so those that want to take in a round will be limited to using carts on the cart paths only.For rates and to book a tee time you can call Lakepoint at 250-785-5566.- Advertisement –
MONTEBELLO – Having the U.S. government use the term “genocide” to describe the World War I-era killing of Armenians would be more than a symbolic gesture for Montebello resident Jack Hadjinian. It would be a long-awaited victory he’s fought to win for most of his adult life. As a board member of the San Gabriel Valley chapter of the Armenian National Committee, Hadjinian organized other members, friends and “anyone with a consciousness who would listen” to write letters to their congressional representatives and urge them to support a resolution introduced last week by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena. The resolution calls on the U.S. government to officially recognize the killing of 1.5 million Armenians as a genocide committed by Turkey’s Ottoman government between 1915 and 1919. This is not the first attempt by members of Congress to push for an official genocide recognition. But this is the first time in years the issue has had a serious chance of passing in the House of Representatives, Hadjinian said. “For years there was a huge contingency of legislators who either didn’t want to take a stand on the issue or had a contrary belief,” he said. “But now with the Democrats, there’s more support.” Serge Samoniantz, chairman of the San Gabriel Valley ANC, said the approval of Schiff’s resolution could prompt the media to use the term “without qualifications” such as the word “alleged.” “It’s really only a non-binding resolution, a statement from the House basically,” said Samoniantz, a Whittier resident. “But with Nancy Pelosi … she’s been a long-time supporter of it. It’s an important statement that has a good chance of passing.” Apart from Pelosi’s leadership as speaker of the House, other factors have helped build support for the legislation this time that wasn’t there in the past, Samoniantz said. The Jan. 19 murder in Istanbul of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink sparked large demonstrations in support of free speech, Samoniantz said. Dink had been prosecuted for “insulting Turkishness” for calling the Armenian slayings a genocide. His prosecution angered some American lawmakers. The demonstrations also “showed a side of Turkey not seen before,” Samoniantz said. “Some of the liberal-thinking people identify with the thoughts of \, an element of the Turkish population that thinks differently.” The position of the Turkish government is that, although many people died at that time, it was a result of the “civil strife and displacement” occurring on both sides – not a deliberate extermination, according to officials from the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in Los Angeles. Bush administration officials this week assured Turkish diplomats that Bush would not support the resolution. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
While the B-52 bombers were not built in the Antelope Valley, the airplanes have operated out of nearby Edwards Air Force Base for nearly 50 years and have used Plant 42 for practice landings and takeoffs. Some aircraft and spacecraft built or modified at Plant 42 include the F-86 Sabre, the top Air Force fighter during the Korean War; the F-94C; the F-100 Super Sabre; the F-104; the F-117A stealth fighter; the U-2 and SR-71 spy planes; and the B-1B and B-2 bombers. Aircraft now at the airpark include an F-104, an F-4 Phantom, an F-86, a T-38 trainer, an A-7, an A-4, an F-100D and an F-105 Thunderchief. The park also includes a one-eighth scale model of a B-2 bomber provided by Northrop Grumman, the bomber’s prime contractor. In September, the council agreed to acquire an L-1011 jetliner. Approximately 250 L-1011s were built and tested at Plant 42 from 1968 to 1985, and it is estimated that about 10,000 people worked on the program. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Palmdale officials authorized one of Airstone’s subcontractors, Aircraft Restoration and Marketing LLC of Tucson, to complete the disassembly work. The company proposed to do the work for an additional $209,000 over the $74,000 already spent for Airstone’s work. A company is now being sought to transport the airplane. A city budget proposal would add $300,000 for both transport and reassembly, bringing the total project cost to $573,000. “A B-52 would be a crown jewel in the park,” said Councilman Steve Hofbauer. “I just want to make sure we’re not getting in over our heads.” The City Council will vote at its meeting tonight at 7 in council chambers, 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B, on the new project budget. The airpark, at Rancho Vista Boulevard and 25th Street East, is intended to recognize Air Force Plant 42’s contributions to national defense and aerospace history. An Army Air Corps base in the 1940s and then briefly a Los Angeles County airport, Plant 42 has been the scene of aircraft production and flight testing since 1950. PALMDALE – A contractor tasked with bringing a decommissioned B-52 bomber from Oklahoma City to Palmdale has backed out of the project, and city government is now facing a budget increase of $325,000 to complete the effort. Airstone Enterprises, an Arizona company, asked to be released from its $248,000 contract with the city, stating it was at risk of bankruptcy because the project was proving much more difficult than anticipated. The company had been awarded the contract last fall to disassemble the B-52 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, then transport the parts to Palmdale and reassemble the plane at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark. “I’m not sure we anticipated this kind of cost,” said Mayor Jim Ledford. “We had a hiccup in dealing with the contractor.” Oklahoma City officials have said the airplane must be removed by June 1. The Air Force has said it will take possession of the vintage plane unless Palmdale acts in a timely manner.
4 4 Thiago Silva – Paris Saint-GermainParis Saint-Germain’s inspirational captain, Thiago Silva led the Ligue 1 giants to a second successive title last season and perhaps exceeded his own lofty expectations by leading (a below-par) Brazil to the semi-finals of a World Cup in which he and star striker Neymar held the weight of a nations’ expectations on their shoulders.Robert Lewandowski – Bayern MunichThe silent assassin of the Bundesliga, Robert Lewandowski bid farewell to Borussia Dortmund in a typically professional fashion, scoring 28 in 46 for the club and in doing so being named the league’s highest scorer for the first time in his career. One of the hottest properties in world football, the Polish international eventually agreed a deal to join Bayern Munich where he had continued his good form.David Silva – Manchester CityArguably Man City’s best player in their title-winning side last season, David Silva’s reputation is seemingly enhanced every time he steps onto the pitch, such is the level of his performance. The 28-year-old was one of the leading assist creators in the Premier League last year with 12, and has continued that form into the new season. 4 4 Luka Modric – Real MadridOne of the unsung heroes of Real Madrid’s historic ‘La Decima’ team, Luka Modric was at the heart of much of what saw Los Blancos crowned European champions. The mainstay in a midfield that is arguably the most competitive in world football, he played 51 times for Real last season and was the driving force in a Croatian team that many expected to do better at the World Cup. That disappointment hasn’t seemed to affect his drive though and Modric has carried on where he finished last season, playing 14 times for Real already this campaign.Vincent Kompany – Manchester CityThere are few finer leaders in world football than Vincent Kompany. The classy Belgian led Man City to their second league title in three years as they fended off close competition from Liverpool and as captain of Belgium, led his country to their first World Cup finals since 2002, where they eventually crashed out in the quarter-final stage. FIFA have announced the shortlist for their annual Ballon d’Or Player of the Year award, and as usual there have been some notable omissions.The list has been largely populated by players to feature and star at the World Cup, but given there is still another 10 months of football outside of the tournament, a number of players will perhaps feel a little aggrieved to miss out on consideration for the biggest individual accolade in the sport.Below are seven players who perhaps should have been included on the shortlist.Diego Godin – Atletico MadridThe Atletico Madrid stalwart was pivotal to the club winning their first league title since 1996, and as one of Diego Simeone’s captains should have at least made the shortlist for the award. Scorer of the equalising goal that secured Atletico the league crown, Godin also bagged the opener in the ill-fated Champions League final against Real Madrid. A leader in every sense of the word, Godin captained Uruguay at the World Cup, and dragged them into the knockout stages by powering in the only goal of the game against Italy.Luis Suarez – BarcelonaFocusing on performance alone, there were few finer players in world football that Luis Suarez last season. As a Liverpool player, the Uruguayan bagged an unbelievable 31 goals in 33 league performances for the Merseysiders – a feat that saw him collect the Golden Shoe award (joint with Cristiano Ronaldo) as Europe’s top marksman, as well as a whole host of individual accolades in England. His performances saw Suarez move to Barcelona for around £65m this summer. The FIFA Ballon d’Or Who do you think should have made the Ballon d’Or shortlist? Comment below…
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsWinds out of the north and northeast are expected to pick up overnight to 20-30 mph, and the relative humidity may drop below 10 percent at times, according to weather officials. “Northeast winds will likely strengthen to over 25 mph with gusts to 50 mph centered over eastern Ventura and western Los Angeles County,” according to the National Weather Service. Offshore winds and dry conditions are expected to return to the Southland today, prompting fire crews to go on high alert and the National Weather Service Fire to issue a “red flag” warning indicating a heightened risk of wildfires. The return of the offshore winds comes just a day after firefighters contained a 4,900-acre blaze that tore through Malibu and destroyed 53 homes. The “red flag” warning will be in effect until 6 p.m. in the mountains of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties as well as the region’s coastal and interior valleys and forested areas, including the Los Padres and Angeles national forests. The Weather Service predicted dry conditions and wind gusts of up to 50 mph.
The huge crowd at the Donegal ETB Further Education and Training Fair 2015 in the Mount Errigal on Thursday. Photo- Clive WassonThey may have been occupying comfortable seats on the stage at the Employers Panel discussion organised by Donegal ETB but these were no armchair generals handing out advice without having first stepped onto the minefield that is the careers market.Four of the county’s brightest and most energetic business people – each of them boasting leading positions in top ranked companies and educational portfolios to match.Each provided the platform for an open debate on a range of inside information on what employers are looking for when they take on new staff and detailing how key training resources are when it comes to finding work. That range of knowledge and experience transformed itself into a morning of positive thinking for the large attendance of students and job seekers who carried it into the further education and training fair which followed the panel discussion in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Dearbhla Kelly, ETB with guestsPadraig Monaghan, Managing Director, UnitedHealth Group, Catherine Monahan, Human Resources Lough Eske Castle, Declan McBrearty, General Manager, KER Group and Declan Thomas Industrial Relations and Human Resources Executive at the Donegal ETB Further Education and Training Fair 2015 in the Mount Errigal on Thursday. Photo- Clive Wasson“Donegal people are the best workers in the world bar none,” Managing Director and Vice-President Government Claims Operations at United Health Group, Padraig Monaghan, insisted, a viewpoint that injected further confidence into the collective mindset.He was accompanied on stage by Catherine Monahan, Human Resources Manager at Lough Eske Hotel; Declan McBrearty, General Manager with the Killybegs based KER Group; and Declan Thomas, Industrial Relations and Human Resources Executive with IBEC North West in Donegal Town.Thursday’s event was chaired by Dearbhla Kelly, Guidance Counsellor with Donegal ETB while in an introductory address, Shaun Purcell, Chief Executive, Donegal ETB, spoke of the quality of training that was available and the benefits of being based in Donegal including quality of life and the cost of living factor. “Further education is really important,”he maintained. “Education is not just about learning, it’s also about personal fulfilment.”He reflected on the story of the job applicant who forwarded his C.V. in a shoebox as he wanted to “get a foot in the door”.Ronan Crehan and Donal McFadden at the Donegal ETB Further Education and Training Fair 2015 in the Mount Errigal on Thursday. Photo- Clive WassonGetting a foot in the door was precisely what the four main speakers were about and the subsequent discussion was laced with accounts of their own advances into the job market and encouraging advice on how those looking for employment can shoehorn themselves into jobs.Declan Thomas, who is also a qualified solicitor, said there were many good companies located in the North-West who were expanding year on year. He advised job seekers to do some homework on the companies in their area and highlighted the sustainable jobs that were available in the various sectors including healthcare, hospitality and retail.Catherine Monahan said when Lough Eske Castle had opened in 2007, it initially boasted sixty employees. This figure currently stands at 160 and will rise to 190 over the next few months. “There are great opportunities for advancement and promotion,” the Human Resources Manager revealed.Padraig Monaghan, who has been Senior Vice-President, Government Claims Operations since October 2012, and has teams located in Ireland, America and India, disclosed that between 70 and 80% of their staff were non-I.T. And half of those had no formal third level education at all. “It’s not all about high-tech,” he pointed out.Declan McBearty joined the KER Group – the company specializes in a range of engineering services to the offshore industry – after finishing secondary school in 1999, having gained his apprenticeship in electrical trading. His message to the attendance was that they were never too old to do an apprenticeship, citing a KER employee who had registered as an apprentice just before his 30th birthday.Further advice followed from the panelists – the importance of customer service skills, communication and interpersonal skills, undertaking computer courses, never viewing a task as being beneath you, employing a proper attitude, and boasting a sound knowledge of the company you are applying to join. The issue of age arose again but as Ms Monahan insisted: “It does not matter what age you are if you have the right attitude.”The question of the JobBridge programme, which has come in for some criticism, was posed by the chairperson with the UnitedHealth Group representative, Mr Monaghan revealing that his company did not avail of this particular scheme as they preferred to create permanent employment.”That is the local choice we have made but I believe JobBridge has had a lot of negative press which is unwarranted.”The positive progressions of the quartet of companies involved were mirrored in the story of the KER Group which is about to open new premises in Killybegs. Its General Manager pointed back to the recessionary days of 2011 when staff had to be let go and when they were forced to implement a plan for survival. Four years on they were now focusing on a plan for growth.All of the speakers highlighted the main benefit Donegal had when it came to attracting industry and visitors to the county. “People come to our hotel from all over the world and it’s the people they talk about,” the Lough Eske Castle representative stressed.In his closing remarks, Declan Thomas pointed out that education was key and declared that employees were keen to see that job seekers had invested in themselves.Reflecting on the panel discussion and the Training Fair, Sean Debney, Adult Guidance Coordinator, described it as “excellent”.“All of the questions posed were very relevant and the advice was very practical. We’re very happy with the turnout from students and the general public,” he added.*****************************************************************VIEW FROM THE STANDSSusan Morgan, representing St Mary’s University College in Belfast, expressed “surprise” at the number of mature adults attending the fair. “It’s not something I’ve encountered at other fairs that I’ve been at. Normally, those attending these fairs would be in the younger age bracket but here, there’s a great diversity and a huge range of people which is very interesting.”She added: “We have a few every year from Donegal at our college and we’ve had a few enquiries here again today. One man who had been in the construction industry for twenty years was one of those expressing an interest. He wasn’t old enough to retire and said he needed to rethink where he was going.”Marketing Officer with the Letterkenny I.T., Nicola Dunnion, revealed a lot of enquiries concerning both full-time and part-time courses.“We’ve had great feedback here at the LYIT stand – the fair offers a great opportunity to showcase what we can offer and also what the county can offer in terms of further education and training options.”The ETB stands were also extremely busy throughout the day. “People are looking for a down to earth approach and that’s what we offer here.“This lets them see the range of courses that is available. It’s important that the right people are involved in the right programmes and that’s what we are here to help them with,” pointed out ETB representative Chris McGee.The Regional Employment Service, based at the Congress Resource Centre on Letterkenny’s Pearse Road, offers a range of services and advice on helping people to securing work.“We can also offer advice on C.V.’s and interview techniques and the like. We’ve had quite a few enquiries today asking about training courses that are available,” indicated Helen Clarke, Project Officer with the R.E.S. “People know what they want and are quite specific.”Close by, the Congress Resource Centre stand, has also been receiving enquiries “mostly about courses” as Anne Marie Carroll discloses. “Most of the people I have spoken to are quite positive which is very encouraging,” she stated.At the stand for the Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre, Sean McCrudden said there had been a “good reaction” to what they had to offer. “There has been quite a lot of interest with a lot of people asking about part-time courses.”The Centre, he revealed, offered a 44 week course on a five day a week basis. “It has generated a good deal of interest,” he added.********************************************************FROM A CABINET MAKER TO A DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGYFrom the craft of cabinet-maker to a degree in psychology – not a journey many will have undertaken in the leap from career to further education.But Gweedore man, Dominic Boner, has done precisely that – and is not finished yet as he trawls through the variety of options available at the Donegal ETB Further Education and Training Fair.“I worked as a cabinet-maker but then that work dried up somewhat. And then I changed track completely,” he laughs.A one-year access course got him into the psychology degree course at Magee College in Derry. “It was just an idea I had and something I decided I wanted to try. “At 54 years of age, he considers his educational pursuits will bring him down a few more avenues. “I’m planning to do a range of courses and the Training Fair is giving me a lot of good insights into what’s available.“It’s always something to fall back on if things don’t pick up again in the cabinet-making industry,” says Dominic.****************************************************************************A TRUE GROWTH INDUSTRYConor Gallinagh knows more than most the value of growing into a career. His family run the well known Finn Valley Nursery Garden Centre in Stranorlar where he has spent many a hard-working day tending to the needs of a large customer base.“I grew up with it having been involved from knee-high and it was always something that interested me.”He is currently undertaking an honours degree course in Horticulture at U.C.D. and to this end is spending a six weeks work placement with the body, Teagasc providing integrated courses in his native county. “It’s a very intense course, very science based for the first two years.”As part of his placement, Conor is helping to man the Teagasc stand at the ETB fair and is in the perfect position to point patrons in the right direction.“There are very diverse career options out there in the horticulture industry. A lot of work out there,” he insists.Local Education Officer with Teagasc, Art McGrath, says the demand for agriculture courses has never been greater. Part of the reason for this he puts down to the new CAP regime which stipulates training schemes for those involved in the industry.“We’ve been busy enough here today. For instance we took along eighty brochures to give out and all of them are gone at this stage,” he points out.**********************************************************************HOW THE STUDENTS VIEWED IT…Both Danielle Grant from Ballybofey and Shannon Meehan from Letterkenny were impressed with the information they had received.“At every stand, they were willing to talk through everything with you which was very helpful. It’s certainly given me food for thought,” said Danielle.Shannon agreed. “They couldn’t have been more helpful. But I’ve a lot of reading to do now,” she smiled, as she carried out a handful of brochures and booklets from the fair.Katie O’Rourke echoed the viewpoint. “It’s an excellent event, very well attended and very well run. The range of providers is very impressive and there’s a lot of information available.“ETB has done a fantastic job in organising this,” she declared.NEWS FOCUS: DONEGAL WORKERS ARE BEST IN THE WORLD, ETB JOBS FAIR TOLD was last modified: April 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalETBjobstraining
Cóilín Ó Cearbhaill, President of Conradh na GaeilgeConradh na Gaeilge are urgently calling for the Official Languages Act to be strengthened following the publication of the Coimisinéir Teanga’s annual report.Cóilín Ó Cearbhaill, President of Conradh na Gaeilge, said the quantity of complaints made to the Language Commissioner during 2015, the largest amount since the office’s inception in 2004, is proof that the state service is continuously failing to provide fitting services in Irish to citizens of this country.“Conradh na Gaeilge insists that this fact must be accepted and that focus must be immediately directed to strengthening the Official Languages Act Conradh na Gaeilge also contend that the failure of the Language Scheme system, which is part of the current Act, must be realised and that it is necessary to ensure that a new system, a system based on the standard of service, be a central part of the amended Act”.Peadar Mac Fhlannchadha, Vice General-Secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge, said it is appropriate that Rónán Ó Domhnaill has referred to the lack of jobs that have Irish as a necessary component recognised by Government Departments. “This goes to the heart of the matter regarding lack of service in Irish for the people. Without staff fluent in Irish there can be no Irish-language service. It is essential that recruitment is central in State policy to ensure services for the Gaeltacht and Irish-speaking communities.”Mac Fhlannchadha continues “The reference the Coimisinéir Teanga makes to “grave questions” regarding the will of the State to provide services of an equal standard as are provided in English is, however, a cause for concern. There is a resonance here with the words of the President of Ireland, Micheál D Ó hUiginn, over the weekend, as he referred to the lack of visibility of the Irish-language at upper levels of the Civil State system and it is clear that this issue needs urgently addressed.Conradh na Gaeilge support the recommendation made by the Coimisinéir Teanga that direct action should be taken now to strengthen the Official Languages Act.Conradh na Gaeilge also share the Commissioner’s view that direct action should be taken based on the recommendations from the Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and Gaeltacht, from the public consultation and from the input made directly by the Commissioner himself regarding the application and operation of the Act for Oireachtas Committees and from the observations published by his Office regarding the working directive of the Act. URGENT NEED TO STRENGTHEN OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT – REPORT was last modified: June 28th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)
1 Keita Balde Inter Milan are pressing on with their pursuit of Lazio forward Keita Balde, despite interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.The 22-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable season in Italy this season, scoring 16 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions.And although the Senegal international failed to inspire his nation to glory at the African Cup of Nations earlier this year, the forward remains one of the most in-demands targets of the summer window.Lazio are resigned to losing Balde but are hoping to hold out for a substantial fee, given the amount of interest in their star asset.According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are one of the clubs still vying for his services and are expected to step up their pursuit in the next few weeks.Manchester United and Chelsea have both been linked with the young forward, who will certainly not be short of admirers this summer.