CALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is still waging its funding fight with Ottawa and the governments of the petroleum producing provinces.President and CEO Mark Salkeld confirmed earlier this year PSAC is seeking $500 million in federal infrastructure funding hoping to put laid off employees of oil and gas service companies back to work, while benefitting the environment.The money would be used to assist with well decommissioning operations and Mr. Salkeld says slowly but surely the initiative appears to gaining wider public support, even among some traditional oil and gas industry critics.- Advertisement -However, he also concedes the biggest challenge still appears to be finding a way for Alberta’s NDP government to shake free, from the perception held by many in its political base, that the proposal represents a major oil company bailout.Earlier this month, the BC government released a new report on the Crown Contaminated Sites Program claiming it has investigated a total of 84 sites, including 18 where remediation is complete.However, it’s important to note, this program established in 2003 is focused on contaminated sites on crown land, including mines, which are believed to present risks to human health and the environment, and where a responsible party no longer exists.Advertisement
“I’m not here to replace Neymar,” said the Frenchman.“I will try to make good progress. I am only 20 years old and have a lot to learn. That’s why I came to this big club.”Dembele will form a fearsome forward line alongside five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez as Barca aim to wrestle the Champions League and La Liga titles back from rivals Real Madrid.And Dembele expects to learn firsthand from Messi, who he described as the best player in history.“It’s an honour to be a part of Lionel Messi’s team,” added Dembele.“He’s a great player, the best player in the world, the best in the history of football and I am very happy to play in his team.“I will learn, watch how he plays, and how he is on and off the field.”Dembele’s Barca career got off to an inauspicious start as his presentation in front of 18,000 waiting fans at the Camp Nou was delayed for nearly two hours due to a paperwork issue in releasing his registration from Dortmund.With the supporters’ patience tested there were whistles during the delay and chants for Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu to resign.Barcelona’s new player Ousmane Dembele controls a ball at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, during his official presentation by the Catalan club, on August 28, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEBarca’s board has been under huge pressure due to the club’s fading fortunes on the field and being caught cold by Neymar’s decision to leave.The attendance was also well down on the 50,000 fans that welcomed Neymar on his presentation four years ago.“With a player like Ousmane we have a competitive team that can aim, like every year, for the greatest success,” said Bartomeu.Dembele finally emerged in Barca’s famous red and blue strip, sporting the number 11 jersey vacated by Neymar.However, he will have to wait until at least September 9 to make his debut when Barca host Espanyol in a Catalan derby.Dembele announced himself as one of Europe’s top prospects with a stellar season at Dortmund, scoring 10 goals, after joining from Rennes for just 15 million euros a year ago.However, he had been suspended by Dortmund since he boycotted training on August 10 in protest after the German club rejected Barca’s first bid.Dembele becomes Barca’s fifth signing of the summer after Marlon Santos, Gerard Deulofeu, Nelson Semedo and Paulinho.And the Catalan giants intend on completing at least one more deal before the transfer window closes on Friday with Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho top of their wish list.Coutinho, 25, hasn’t played for Liverpool since submitting a transfer request to try and force through a move earlier this month.“My intention is that another player will come, if possible two,” said Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s new player Ousmane Dembele (R) poses with his new jersey next to Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu at the Camp Nou stadium on August 28, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Aug 28 – French wonderkid Ousmane Dembele shrugged off comparisons with Neymar and insisted he still has much to learn, despite becoming the second most expensive player in history as he was presented by Barcelona on Monday.The 20-year-old’s 105 million-euro ($125 million) transfer from Borussia Dortmund could rise to 145 million with add-ons depending on his performance, as Barca splashed out to fill the gap left by Neymar’s own world record 222 million-euro move to Paris Saint-Germain.
0Shares0000Chelsea started strongly against London rivals Arsenal, with Cesc Fabregas forcing Petr Cech into early action. Photo/DMLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – The Arsenal players showed the right mentality and spirit in the 0-0 draw with champions Chelsea on Sunday in light of their 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool, said manager Arsene Wenger.The Frenchman — whose side came away with a point from Stamford Bridge for the first time in six visits — added that the Gunners could even have won it. Arguably they should at least have got on the scoreboard but their record signing Alexandre Lacazette missed an open goal in the first-half.The draw saw Arsenal move onto seven points, six adrift of leaders Manchester City whilst Chelsea — who for the third successive game against the Gunners ended the match with 10 players — are third, three off City.“It was about mentality and a response from our last away game,” said Wenger.“We could have won it. It was an intense game.“The battle was total. We are not in a transfer period and on the day we played Liverpool that affected us. We are all human beings.“If you play 55 games a season you can have a bad performance.”Wenger said his side hadn’t simply come to pull up the drawbridge but to try and take all three points.“We were focused and determined,” said Wenger.“We tried to play when we had the ball and we were close to winning the game. With a bit more freedom we would have won the game.“David Luiz, it looked excessive force to me, at what level did he catch (Arsenal defender Sead) Kolasinac? I don’t know.”Wenger’s Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte refused to make a direct comment about Luiz’s sending off but queried how his side had the habit of never ending with a full complement of players against Arsenal.“David Luiz, you know very well that I don’t like to comment about the referee,” said Conte.“I don’t do it in the past, or the present. You need to see what happened before the tackle.“We have great respect for officials, but it is strange to finish a third game in a row against Arsenal with 10 men.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Fans of the club invited Taoist priests on to the pitch to pray for a good result in Sunday’s match with Shandong Luneng, which Henan went on to win 2-1 © AFP / STRSHANGHAI, China, Sep 26 – The Chinese FA have told Super League side Henan Jianye to seek salvation from goals rather than the gods after Taoist priests performed an on-pitch ritual — and the team duly won at home for the first time in over three months.The CFA are investigating after fans of the club invited 15 Taoist priests on to the pitch to pray for a good result in Sunday’s match with Shandong Luneng, which Henan went on to win 2-1. The Paper, a state-run newspaper based in Shanghai, carried a picture of the ritual showing a desk on the pitch covered with a yellow cloth on the eve of the game.There is incense and three flags flutter behind the table bearing mantras including “God’s will is that Jianye must win.”The CFA said that it had asked Henan, whose fears of relegation eased with the victory at their Zhengzhou Hanghai Stadium home, for an explanation.“The football pitch is not a religious place and hosting such activities on a public sports field is neither appropriate nor conforming with the image of professional football,” the CFA said in a statement.“Instead of asking for help from gods outside the pitch, Henan should seek victory through self-endeavour and battling on it.”Henan, for whom former Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United striker Ricardo Vaz Te scored the opener, said on Tuesday they were “touched by the fans’ desire and anxiety for the team to pull it together and fight to stay in the league”.But the club added in the statement: “Victory can’t be gained through prayers.”China has an ambiguous relationship with religion.The officially atheist Communist party stomachs it but keeps tight control for fear of a challenge to its grip on power.It is not the first time this season a Chinese club has gone to bizarre lengths to get back to winning ways at home.Guangzhou R&F repainted their blue-coloured stadium gold in July, saying it was better feng shui — and they have not lost there since.The philosophy of feng shui — literally meaning “wind and water” — is influential in many parts of Asia, where people carefully position items in offices and homes to maximise good fortune and wealth.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Hannibal’s father said the family’s pride at their son’s talent was tinged with fear.“We were proud at first but luckily we were really careful. It’s a complicated world to be in,” Lotfi Mejbri told AFP.“The shocking thing is this phenomenon of malicious people gravitating towards football and just how many parents actually believe what they promise,” he said.Lofti recalls attending a tournament with his son, who sports a shock of hair reminiscent of Chelsea defender David Luiz, in western France.“He was really small and he was playing with older kids. A guy came running up and said ‘I’m interested in your child’.“I had to say to him ‘Calm down, it’s still too early’.”So relentless were the approaches that the Mejbri family were forced to share the role of protecting the child within the family structure.“My eldest son is always there for any talks with agents or recruiters, it’s crucial. These people come very well prepared,” the boy’s father said.Hannibal is now 14 and training at the French national academy at Clairefontaine. Next season he will join the youth system at reigning French champions Monaco — the club where Mbappe blossomed.Kylian Mbappe (C) is set to become the world’s most expensive teenager when his loan move to Paris Saint-Germain is finalised next year © AFP/File / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULATThe Mejbris received a payment of one million euros ($1.17 million) in return for the deal to send Hannibal to Monaco, according to Le Parisien newspaper, although the family neither confirmed nor denied the figure.Young players from Brazil — who were the third most represented nationality of players taking part in the European Champions League last season — are also ruthlessly targeted.Caio Lopes, a 17-year-old apprentice at the Rio de Janeiro-based Vasco de Gama club, told AFP the traps set for him are not only by opponents on the pitch.“There are people contacting me all the time on social media asking if everything is going OK at the club, if I have an agent and so on,” he said.“I just let my grandfather and agent deal with it,” he said.– ‘Charlatans’ –Fabien Caballero, a coach who works in the Paris region, said he had five or six ‘recruiters’ pacing the sidelines every weekend that he took an under-15s session.“Some of them are good, but what gets me are the charlatans offering their services. It could be anyone, the neighbour, the guy from the bakery store. There is no legislation for this kind of thing in France,” he said.Caballero believes that money poisons the game.“The players can’t help but have their heads turned by it because many come from modest backgrounds and football can change their lives,” he said.“But it can also poison them too.”“You see young kids and their parents who are trying to please everyone instead of trying to have fun,” he lamented.Players as young as 13 can sign an initial contract with French clubs in France guaranteeing them a place in their youth academy two years later. Under the terms of the deal, they cannot join another club.Matthieu Bideau, who runs the youth training centre at French Ligue 1 club Nantes, says he has heard that some clubs are paying hundreds of thousands of euros to secure players who are little more than boys “and 50,000 euros is very, very common”.The French Football Federation’s technical director Hubert Fournier said the authorities who run the game often felt powerless.“Much of the proceedings are handled in the shadows, off the radar,” he said.“Most of the people concerned don’t have an agent’s licence. They get to the families and there’s nothing we can do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim (L) giving instructions as young French prospect Hannibal Mejbri looks on (2nd R), during a match against Montpellier © AFP/File / VALERY HACHEPARIS, France, Nov 27 – The money men began sniffing around Hannibal Mejbri when he was just nine — it was “way too soon” complains his father, who was fielding dozens of phone calls and pitchside advances as word of his son’s potential spread.The boy from the French capital rapidly attracted interest as scouts flocked to see if they had unearthed a hot prospect like Kylian Mbappe, the 18-year-old set to become the world’s most expensive teenager when his loan move to Paris Saint-Germain is finalised next year.
With 19 games played in the 38-match campaign, AFP Sport compiles a half-term report for the Premier League’s big six ahead of the Boxing Day fixtures.Manchester CityWhen City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners hired Guardiola last year, they dreamed of the Spaniard delivering bountiful success in swaggering style.A trophy-less first season in England was a huge disappointment, but the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has worked his magic this term.Playing such dazzling football that they have already been ranked among England’s all-time great teams, City have reeled off a record 17 successive league wins to move 13 points clear at the top.Guardiola spent big money to overhaul his squad in the close-season, but he has also shown a deft touch to bring the best out of key players like Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne.The title race has been turned into a lengthy coronation by unbeaten City and, ahead of their visit to Newcastle United on Wednesday, the only questions remaining are how early they clinch the trophy and how many records they set in the process.Manchester UnitedWhen Romelu Lukaku sprinted clear to notch his first league goal for United on the opening weekend of the season against West Ham United, it seemed Jose Mourinho had found the powerful attacking talisman that all his best teams have employed.Lukaku, a close-season signing from Everton, hit 11 goals in his first 10 games as United matched free-scoring City blow for blow, but suddenly the goals dried up for the Belgian.With Lukaku under fire from his own fans, the increasingly tetchy Mourinho has been unable to scheme enough goals from other areas.The nadir coming in a tedious 0-0 draw at Liverpool when Mourinho’s cautious tactics were widely panned.City’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford was another hammer blow and United, who host Burnley on Tuesday, may need more major investment to catch up.ChelseaThe champions hadn’t even started their title defence when Blues boss Antonio Conte gave an ominous warning about their prospects.Frustrated by Chelsea’s failure to land his top transfer targets, Conte was already convinced his squad lacked the depth to compete for the title and challenge in the Champions League.The Italian has been spot on and City showed how far ahead they were with a clinical 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge, while dismal losses at Crystal Palace and West Ham have kept Chelsea from establishing any momentum.Alvaro Morata’s predatory finishing in his debut season has been one of the few bright spots for Conte, whose side take on Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday languishing 16 points behind City.LiverpoolLast Friday’s scintillating 3-3 draw at Arsenal showcased everything good about Jurgen Klopp’s commitment to an eye-catching style of play — but just as significantly it emphasised the problems with the German’s team as currently constructed.Having taken a two-goal lead with some enterprising play from their ‘fab four’ of Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, Liverpool then collapsed at the back and conceded three goals in five minutes.Sloppy defending and weak goalkeeping from Simon Mignolet have been a recurring motif of Klopp’s reign and, with fourth-placed Liverpool hosting Swansea City on Tuesday, the problem must be resolved soon if the Reds are to avoid a season of underachievement.Arsenal/TottenhamArsene Wenger has presided over the latest in a long line of underwhelming Arsenal campaigns and the Gunners go to Crystal Palace on Thursday an incredible 21 points behind City.Wenger’s failure to persuade Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to extend their soon-to-expire contracts has been a huge distraction and Arsenal’s wait for a first title since 2004 is destined to go on.Across north London, fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur have been unable to build on last season’s second-place finish as they struggled to adapt to playing their home games at Wembley while White Hart Lane is redeveloped.Problems in away games against their top-six rivals have added to the angst for boss Mauricio Pochettino.Fixtures (6pm unless stated)TuesdayBournemouth v West Ham, Chelsea v Brighton, Huddersfield v Stoke, Liverpool v Swansea (8:30pm), Manchester United v Burnley, Tottenham v Southampton (3:30pm), Watford v Leicester, West Brom v EvertonWednesdayNewcastle v Manchester City (10:45pm)ThursdayCrystal Palace v Arsenal (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s side is on a record-breaking sprint towards the Premier League title © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 25 – With Manchester City on a record-breaking sprint towards the Premier League title, the leaders have reached the halfway point of the season looking simply unstoppable.The future is bright for Pep Guardiola’s side, but City’s rivals face a more uncertain time in 2018 as they try to bridge the gulf in class.
0Shares0000The Capital FM Football team at the shores of the beach in Sao Paulo, BrazilNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 20- Despite losing their last match 4-3 to Argentina, the Capital FM football team progressed to the knockout stages of the Neymar Jr’s five-a-side football tournament which kicked off on Friday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.The Best mix of Music team finished second in the group behind leaders Argentina who qualified top with 12 points after winning all their group matches. “It was a great effort from the team especially in the first three group matches where we really played well. Against Argentina, we had one or two mistakes which came back to haunt us but we will go back and look at what we need to improve for the business end of the championship,” captain Kristian Malumbe said.Against Argentina, Capital FM representing Kenya and Nairobi County in the tournament had a brilliant start with Shuyaib Shabir opening the scoring with a neat finish after much of the work was done on the left side by Jeff Ooko.Skipper Malumbe showed his eye for goal doubling the tally with a long-range effort after seeing the Argentines advanced leaving their goal unmanned.According to the rules, each goal conceded means you have to go a man down.Capital FM Football Team. Photo/ TIMOTHY OLOBULUWith a two-man advantage, the team took to knocking the ball around, but they were caught off when the Argentines cut off a long pass and attacked, halving the deficit.Their confidence boosted with the lone goal, they attacked in numbers and passed the ball swiftly, scoring two back to back goals to go 3-2 ahead. It was now down to three Argentines against two Kenyans.However, the Argentines saw their lead cut off when they scored an own goal when the defender’s control from a Malumbe long ball dropped into his own net.However, Capital could not force the game to a draw with the Argentines scoring their fourth 40 seconds before time.In the earlier games, Capital started their campaign with a statement thumping Belgium 5-0 before replicating the same result against Azerbaijan. Solomon Okeyo grabbed two, Ooko and Shabir adding one each with Lassie Atrash finishing off with a cheeky fifth.They went on with the form in the third game beating Japan 5-1 with Malumbe scoring twice after Ooko had broken the deadlock. Japan pulled one back but it was all morning dew as Ooko completed his brace before Atrash completed the job.Capital will know their next round opponents after the completion of the other group stage matches.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
The tour will leave at 7 p.m. from Burger King and the Gateway Plaza. When you book your seat, the ticket includes dinner at Burger King. – Advertisement -Use your ticket that will be emailed to you and redeem it for dinner. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Burger King, Fort St. John Flyers and Moose FM present a Community Christmas Light Tour on December 19, 2019. A Whopper ComboOriginal Chicken ComboOr a Kids Meal You’ll get to choose from the following options: Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth (three to 12) and children under three are free, but must sit on a parents lap due to available space on the bus. A family four-pack (two adult tickets and two youth tickets) of tickets will be available for only $45.Advertisement Book your seating starting at 10 a.m. December 2 online at www.energetictickets.ca or in person at Systems Sound Source on 100 st. The bus will tour around the community and look at all the decorated homes.
1 Arsenal target Clinton N’Jie has signed a new contract with Lyon.The striker, who has been dubbed the new Samuel Eto’o after scoring 3 goals in his first two games for Cameroon, has extended his stay with the Ligue 1 side until 2019.Prior to signing a new deal, N’Jie had been linked with a move to the Gunners in an attempt to bolster manager Arsene Wenger’s attacking options.However, N’Jie has decided that for now his future lies in France and the 21-year-old is hoping his goals can fire Lyon to a place in Europe next season.“I’m happy. Now we have to continue working. I want to score, to play and I hope we can qualify for Europe next season,” N’Jie told Lyon’s website.“I’m proud of myself. I want to also thank everyone who helped me get this far. This extension shows that the team has confidence in me.” Clinton N’Jie
Slovakia shocked Spain in Bratislava as they ran out 2-1 winners in Group C thanks to a strike from former Chelsea midfielder Miroslav Stoch.The Slovakian star made just five appearances for the Premier League side during a two-year stint in west London before moving to Fenerbahce back in 2010.But his name will be ringing in the ears of current Blues stars Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, who started the clash in Euro 2016 qualifying.Previously, Spain had been ruthless in their qualifying matches but their 36 game unbeaten run has now been ended and you can see the goal, which did the damage above…
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Transfer rumours and paper review 1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has dropped his wage demands to just £80,000-a-week in a bid to seal a move to Arsenal. (Metro)Louis van Gaal has identified Argentina hard man Ezequiel Garay as the player to fix Manchester United’s leaky defence. United sent two scouts to watch the Zenit St Petersburg centre-half play in the Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday with a view to making a January bid. (Daily Mirror)Van Gaal has refused to rule out the possibility of signing former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes. The United boss has allowed the 32-year-old to use the club’s training facilities as he bids to return from the anterior cruciate ligament injury that has kept him out since March. (Daily Express)Chelsea and Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado is just ‘details away’ from penning a new deal with Fiorentina. (Daily Express)Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident England goalkeeper Joe Hart will sign a new contract at the Etihad Stadium. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Lambert reveals Aston Villa have option to sign on-loan midfielder on permanent dealVan der Sar responds to Januzaj links: ‘Ajax can’t afford Man United starlet’Blow for Man United and Chelsea as Juventus star signs new contractFulham starlet given green light to leave Craven CottageExclusive – Meluensteen warns Man United: ‘Chelsea are still a threat without Costa’Ex-Man United coach hopes Valdes’ arrival has been ‘communicated well’ to De GeaExclusive – Liverpool fans will be agitated by ‘infuriating’ Balotelli, claims former Reds coach
England U21’s celebrate against Portugal England Under-21s recorded an impressive victory against Portugal at Turf Moor with local boy Danny Ings netting twice in a clinical display.It may turn out to be an important psychological boost for Gareth Southgate’s team, who face Portugal in their opening match of the European Under-21 Championships next summer.England opened the scoring after six minutes when Ings, who was preferred to the in-form Harry Kane up-front, tucked home Tom Ince’s cross after good work from Nathan Redmond.Jenkinson added the second before half-time with a composed finish from 12 yards against a Portuguese side who had won all 10 of their qualification matches ahead of next summer’s tournament.And Portugal showed their class early in the second half with a well deserved goal when Bernardo Silva stroked the ball through the legs of England keeper Jack Butland.But England’s two goal cushion was re-established on 58 minutes when Ings latched onto a low cross from the influential Redmond to seal a convincing win. 1
6 Petr Cech: Chelsea and still one of the best in the business – Cech was dumped as first-choice Chelsea goalkeeper at the start of the season to make way for Thibaut Courtois. The 32-year-old is a reliable goalie and has been linked with a loan move to Anfield, with the Reds not considered title rivals to Jose Mourinho’s high-flying Blues. For the second successive game, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was dropped in favour of Brad Jones.The Reds’ first choice goalie has endured endless criticism this season, with former Liverpool keeper Chris Kirkland telling talkSPORT it’s up to Mignolet to reclaim his place.“Brad’s been patient, as all number twos have to be, and the only way you [are given a start] is through injury or loss of form and Brad’s got the gloves now.”Here, talkSPORT looks at the candidates being lined up as replacement’s for the Belgium international. 6 Norberto Neto: Fiorentina ace who could be a bargain – Neto’s contract expires at the end of the season, meaning Liverpool could sign him on the cheap in January or pick him up for free in the summer. Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle said: I hope that [Neto] wont abandon us, but the situation doesnt look good to me. Juventus and Roma have been linked with transfers, but the 25-year-old Brazilian claims he does not want to join a Serie A rival, paving the way for a move to Anfield. Sergio Romero: Sampdoria and a World Cup finalist – Romero caught the eye during the summer after starring for Argentina at the World Cup and it is thought his agent Mino Raiola, who also represents Mario Balotelli, is working on pushing something through. The 27-year-old has been at Sampdoria since 2011 and was rumoured to have rejected Man United in the summer. 6 Mattia Perin: Genoa and Italy’s rising star – Click the arrow to see other replacements for Mignolet – Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is rumoured to be chasing a replacement for under-fire goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, so talkSPORT looks at the possible candidates beginning with Genoa and Italy’s rising star. Speed, agility, a great shot stopper Perin appears to have all the necessary attributes to succeed Gianluigi Buffon, as some fans believe he will, in Italy’s goal. Liverpool are thought to have sent scouts to look at the 22-year-old, however, Perin’s agent said the player could be staying put until the end of the season at least. That is unless somebody came with an undeniably good offer, then he would leave, Matteo Roggi said. 6 Guillermo Ochoa: Malaga and a Mexico World Cup star – Ochoa’s stock soared during the 2014 World Cup where highlights included a man of the match display against Brazil. He pulled off an extraordinary save from Neymar’s goal-bound header in the group stage match and there are even rumours Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign the 29-year-old for £3m from Malaga with the Mexico international playing second fiddle to Carlos Kameni in Spain. Asmir Begovic: Stoke and a proven Premier League goalkeeper – Stoke keeper Begovic has spoken of his desire to test himself at the highest level in the future and a £10m price tag has been banded about for the player, whose contract expires in 2016. Begovic was a Liverpool target in 2013, but after a move failed to materialise, Mignolet was signed. 6 6
Derby County have signed Manchester United starlet Jesse Lingard on loan until the end of the season.The 22-year-old, who had spells with Birmingham City and Brighton last year, will bolster the Rams’ ranks as they looked to earn promotion to the Premier League.Lingard made one Premier League appearance under Louis van Gaal this season but an injury saw him forced off the field after just 24 minutes against Swansea City on the opening day. Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard 1
0Shares0000Nantes’ defender Diego Carlos (C) receives a red card on January 14, 2018 © AFP / LOIC VENANCEPARIS, France, Jan 14 – Angel Di Maria scored the only goal as Paris Saint-Germain claimed a controversial 1-0 Ligue 1 win at Nantes on Sunday that was marred by a bizarre late sending off.There was drama in added time as Nantes centre-back Diego Carlos was sent off by Tony Chapron for appearing to accidentally trip up the referee, with the official responding by kicking out at the Brazilian and brandishing a second yellow card. Players told French television after the game that Chapron claimed he had slipped and not kicked Carlos on purpose, despite clear video evidence to the contrary.Di Maria poked in a 12th-minute opener for the visitors, before producing a glaring miss later in the first half.Emiliano Sala thought he had headed in an equaliser for Nantes, but was incorrectly denied by the linesman’s flag.Unai Emery’s visitors took full advantage of their good fortune, and draws for Monaco and Lyon earlier in the weekend, to move 11 points clear at the top of the table.“It was different to lots of (our) matches,” said Emery.“This was a difficult team that put a lot of pressure on us. It’s true that in the second half they pushed more… But I think the win is deserved.”Paris Saint-Germain’s forward Angel Di Maria poked in a 12th-minute opener for the visitors © AFP / DAMIEN MEYERClaudio Ranieri’s Nantes stay fifth, eight points adrift of fourth-placed Marseille.“We did not even score the goal to get a draw, but here there is no video, like in Italy,” bemoaned Ranieri.“Sala comes from behind and the goal was valid. But that’s football.”World-record signing Neymar missed out for PSG with a rib problem but Edinson Cavani returned from injury, looking for the two goals he needed to break Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s club goalscoring record.Argentinian international Di Maria took advantage of Neymar’s absence as he gave PSG the lead with his seventh goal of the season.The front three were all involved as Cavani played a pass into Kylian Mbappe, and the teenager let the ball run for Di Maria to divert past Nantes goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.Di Maria should have doubled the advantage before half-time, but after meeting Adrien Rabiot’s pass six yards out with an open goal to aim at, he contrived to hit the crossbar.Nantes continued to plug away and came close to a leveller early in the second period, but Sala was denied by a sprawling Alphonse Areola after latching onto a slack Layvin Kurzawa backpass.– Sala effort ruled out –Lyon’s forward Nabil Fekir (R) jumps for the ball in front of Angers’ defender Vincent Manceau on January 14, 2018 © AFP / ROMAIN LAFABREGUEPSG almost took full advantage as Mbappe led a rapid breakaway, with Di Maria again the guilty party as he sliced horribly wide from the winger’s cutback.Ranieri’s Canaries continued to trouble the runaway league leaders and Argentinian striker Sala glanced home a header from a free-kick, only to be flagged offside despite clearly being behind the last defender when the ball was played.The barely believable sending off in injury-time summed up a bitterly disappointing day for Nantes, with Chapron definitely the villain in the eyes of the home fans.Earlier on Sunday, Lyon failed to take second spot after being held to a 1-1 home draw by Angers, despite a goal from Nabil Fekir.Monaco’s goalless draw at Montpellier on Saturday handed Lyon the chance to leapfrog the principality club.Karl Toko Ekambi gave the lowly visitors a shock 14-minute lead from the penalty spot, but the in-form Fekir dragged the hosts level shortly after half-time with his 14th league goal of the season.Bruno Genesio’s men remain third, behind reigning champions Monaco on goal difference.“We’re very disappointed, we had a bad start to the match and a difficult first half,” said Fekir.Saint-Etienne ended a 10-match winless streak with a 2-0 win over Toulouse thanks to goals from Robert Beric and Assane Diousse.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Lionel Messi is Barcelona’s most iconic player © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 26 – Barcelona are the best-paid team in global sport and the first to have average basic annual pay of more than Sh1.3bn ($12.8 million) according to a global survey published on Monday.The Spanish giants return to the top of the pay rankings in the ninth edition of Sporting Intelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey (GSSS) for the first time since 2012. The average annual basic first-team salary at the Camp Nou was more than Sh1.4bn (£10.45 million) in late November of the 2018-19 season, the British-based researchers said.Barcelona are well clear at the top of this year’s list but domestic rivals Real Madrid have climbed to second place. Average basic pay at the Bernabeu is just over Sh1.04bn (£8 million) per year.In third place are last year’s number one team, basketball’s Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA with Sh1.02bn (£7.85million).The metric used by the GSSS is average first-team pay. It looks solely at earnings for playing sport, not for endorsements or other extra-curricular activities.“In last year’s list, Barcelona were the world’s best-paid football team but it has still taken an extraordinary combination of new contracts and signings to lift their average basic pay this time above £10m from £6.6m a year ago,” the report said.“Foremost among those contracts was the biggest pay deal in Barcelona’s history awarded to (Lionel) Messi, widely regarded now as the best footballer of all time. His gross basic (pre-tax) annual Barca pay tops Sh6.5bn (£50m) per year, including guaranteed image rights fees.”Six of the top 10 payers in this year’s GSSS are NBA teams – an ongoing consequence of a huge new TV deal in the NBA that kicked in before the 2016-17 season, the report said.As recently as the 2015 GSSS, there were eight football teams in the top 10 but there are just four this year — Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United.The NBA has extended its lead as the best-paying league by average salary Sh770mn (£5.9 million), ahead of the Indian Premier League cricket competition Sh496mn (£3.8 million when weekly pay is annualised) and MLB (baseball).The Premier League remains the world’s best-paying football league. Average pay in the 2018-19 season in England’s top division is nearly Sh391mn (£3 million) a year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
That would be a massive boost for Spurs, with Barca already guaranteed to finish first in Group B, and possibly ready to rest their Argentinian star ahead of Sunday’s game against Levante, the only team to beat them in La Liga last season.For Tottenham to reach the Champions League next round, they need to match or better the result of Group B rivals Inter Milan, faced with the easier task of winning at home to PSV Eindhoven.Vermaelen, back from a hamstring injury, could be called on to play against an opponent he knows well and against whom he enjoyed some of his favourite moments for Arsenal in the Premier League before his move to Barcelona four years ago.“My favourite was maybe in my first or second year when we were losing 2-0 and ended up winning 5-2,” Vermaelen said. “I can still remember now the celebrations after in the changing room. The smell of the game, the noise. Those games against Tottenham at the Emirates were amazing.”In 2012, Arsenal were still the lead force in their duel with Spurs while Vermaelen was one of the division’s most impressive central defenders, known as the “Verminator”.Vermaelen still watches Arsenal and thinks Unai Emery is doing a “great job”.“I saw the last derby and you can see the atmosphere, how much it means every time, it was unbelievable,” he says. “I was really happy to be there for five years, I miss it. When I see the stadium and them doing well…I have good memories.”He left in 2014 when Barcelona made an offer of 19 million euros but injuries have limited his impact in Spain, especially during his debut season when he played only a single match.Messi made me better“I have no regrets. I came here to be surrounded by the biggest players in the world and that is something very special,” Vermaelen said. “It is not easy to start every game of course but overall I’ve been very happy. To be on the pitch with these guys, every day, I feel very blessed.”Messi is one of those. “In training he is the same as he is in matches,” Vermaelen says. “Imagine facing that every day! He has made me a better player.”With Samuel Umtiti out injured, Vermaelen could yet play an important role this term but his contract expires next summer and the 33-year-old is considering his options, including a return to England.“It is not impossible, I have warm memories of my time in England and I was very happy there.”Much can change in six months and Barcelona are competing on all fronts. They won the double in May but disappointment lingers from the shock defeat to Roma in the Champions League quarter-finals. Their coach, Ernesto Valverde, was blamed for not resting players enough.“The expectations are very high,” Vermaelen said. “We can’t think of it as a problem because that can also make it more difficult. It is just the Champions League is very tough to win,” he said.Complicating matters is the possibility of a controversial trip to Miami next month, where La Liga want to stage Barcelona’s away fixture against Girona.“It’s all a bit strange,” Vermaelen said. “Girona misses a home game and players have to travel so many hours already, on top you then have to go to Miami? That’s not very easy on us.”On Tuesday against Tottenham at Camp Nou he expects to see Belgian pals Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld but also Harry Kane, whom he faced twice during Belgium’s wins over England at the World Cup.Kane has four goals already in the Champions League and his name is regularly linked with Real Madrid.“He scores goals but in play too he is strong, which is not so common now,” Vermaelen said. “He is at that level where he could play for any club in the world, a complete player, no doubt.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thomas Vermaelen knows Tottenham well from his five years with Arsenal in the Premier League. © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVBARCELONA, Spain, Dec 10 – Thomas Vermaelen still has a Whatsapp group with his Belgium team-mates at Tottenham but when it comes to Barcelona’s plans for their Champions League match at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, all concerned are keeping quiet.“We talk all the time but they know they can’t do anything about who will play,” says the former Arsenal defender in an exclusive interview with AFP, referring to the possibility that Lionel Messi may take the night off.
0Shares0000Harambee Stars legend Dennis Oliech with Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay after his first training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 28 – Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay has tipped striker Dennis Oliech to be part of Kenya’s squad to June’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON), saying he is experienced and a good role model to the upcoming players.Oliech, whose goal took Kenya to its last Cup of Nations in 2004, has been away from the Gor team over the last two games over a pay row, but returned in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Tusker FC in Machakos. Oktay says he was pleased to have the experienced forward back and hopes the circumstances that led to his absence will not arise again.“He is one of my best players and I am happy to have him back. I care about my players; sometimes they can lose track, doesn’t matter. It is my job to fix my players and help them improve. Dennis is a great footballer, a great professional with a lot of positive attitude and I wish to see him at AFCON,” the tactician stated.Oliech was not part of head coach Sebastien Migne’s first preliminary training squad, though the French tactician said there was still space for him if he proves his worth on the pitch.The talisman who has scored four times for Gor since he stepped out of retirement to join them was slowed down by a hamstring injury, but has managed to shake it away and return to action.Dennis Oliech in action against Posta Rangers at the Kasarani Stadium on January 9, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe came on as a second half substitute in the win over Tusker yesterday and had a late chance to cap it off with a goal but he blasted his chance over.Meanwhile, the tactician has lavished his players with praise after their victory over Tusker Despite playing for almost three quarters of the game with 10 men following Boniface Oluoch’s red card.He added he was impressed with the squad especially because he made only one change from the team that played in the CAF Confederations Cup on Sunday.“We knew it was going to be a very tough game and I didn’t want to risk and rotate the team very much. With 10 men, tired legs from the Confederations Cup game, mentally and physically exhausted, we played a tough team which is also gunning for the title and winning like this, I am proud of the boys. Tremendous performance; excellent,”He added; “We missed lots of chances, the game should be 4-0 or 5-0.”Gor Mahia had light training on Thursday morning ahead of their trip to Algeria on Friday where they are scheduled to play NA Hussein Dey in the return leg of their CAF Confederations Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Sofapaka’s Piston Mutamba vies for the ball with AFC Leopards’ Isaac Kipyegon (right) and Aziz Okaka (left) during their 2019 Kenyan Premier League first leg clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – Just a day after celebrating the club’s 55th birthday, AFC Leopards will have little time to party as their new found form will come under sharp focus when they face a stern Sofapaka test at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Wednesday afternoon.Ingwe banished a six-game losing streak with back to back victories over Sony Sugar and Tusker FC and the club will be looking to take that count to three when they take on third placed Batoto ba Mungu. AFC has been boosted with the news on Tuesday afternoon that their defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng will be eligible to play after the Harambee Stars defender received his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) from Sweden.“I am glad that I can finally play but I don’t think I am yet in a position to start because it has been long since I played. But I am ready if the coach wants me to start then I have to do my best,” Ochieng noted.He added; “This is the first step of my journey back to the top and hopefully I will give the best to the team.”Ochieng’s addition will be a huge plus for the AFC defense that had been leaking goals before their victory over Sony in Kakamega.Head coach Cassa Mbungo will also hope Ochieng’s experience in his vast career will help propel the team off the bottom half of the table as they are currently languishing at 14th spot with 16 points, five away from the top half.Sofapaka’s John Avire vies for the ball with AFC Leopards’ Isaac Oduro during their 2019 Kenyan Premier League first leg clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe first leg between these two sides ended 2-2 but it promises to be a cracker when they meet again at Bukhungu.Meanwhile, Sofapaka will go top of the standings with victory on Wednesday. They sit third with 30 points, just two shy of early leaders Bandari and a victory will put them on top of everyone.“That is the motivation we have as a team because, you can never count the matches you have not played. Being on top of the league is itself a morale boosting thing to the players and that is our target. To go up there and remain there,” Sofapaka coach John Baraza said.He added; “We expect a very tough game beyavse AFC are in good form and that means there is something positive they are doing. It is always tough against them and it will not be different this time.”Sofapaka will welcome back defensive stalwart Mousa Omar who missed last weekend’s massive 3-0 win over Chemelil Sugar in Awasi, but they will still be without the injured trio of Dennis Odhiambo, Michael Oduor and Mohammed Kilume.Fapaka head coach John Baraza shouts instructions on the touchline during the Kenyan Premier League match against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on February 18, 2019“Dennis has trained very well and he is back up in contention. But we felt this match is too early for him but next week he should be available. Mohammed has just started light training but probably in the next three or four weeks we should be looking at him back,” Baraza opined.In the other midweek ties, Kariobangi Sharks will be at home against Nzoia Sugar at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, the reigning FKF Shield champions looking to get themselves back into title contention.After two draws in their last three games, Sharks find themselves dropping down to fifth spot with 26 points and boss William Muluya will be aiming to get back to winning ways against a Nzoia side that has lost four of its last five games.Nzoia, still without replacement for Nicholas Muyoti as head coach, are struggling to keep afloat and are 11th in the standings with 20 points.The first leg in Sudi ended 0-0 and it was the first time the sugar millers were getting a point off Sharks, the latter having won all the preceding four ties.KPL Wednesday midweek fixtures: Western Stima vs Chemelil Sugar FC – Kisumu – 3pmAFC Leopards vs Sofapaka – Bukhungu – 3pmKariobangi Sharks vs Nzoia Sugar FC – Kasarani – 3pm0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Aston Villa’s Wesley (L) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring against Everton © AFP / Ben STANSALLBirmingham, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – Wesley fired Aston Villa to their first Premier League win for over three years as the Brazilian’s maiden goal for his new club inspired a 2-0 victory against Everton on Friday.After losing to Tottenham and Bournemouth in their first two games, Villa finally got their campaign up and running on their return to the top flight after a three-year absence. Dean Smith’s promoted side were already being written off as relegation fodder following their nervous start to the season.But Wesley’s first goal since the forward’s £22 million ($27 million) close-season move from Belgian side Club Brugge lifted the mood at Villa Park in the 22nd minute.Anwar El Ghazi added the second in stoppage-time to ensure Villa were able to celebrate the end of a 15-match winless run in the Premier League dating back to a victory over Norwich in February 2016.“It was very sweet. It was a hard-earned win. We always looked a threat on the break. To get that goal at the end just capped it off,” Smith said.“Our defensive organisation was good. I always thought we would score a second, but I thought it would come a bit earlier.“Getting your home results in this league is a important and getting your first one is massive.”Everton paid the price for poor finishing as they wasted chances to maintain their unbeaten run, which came to an abrupt end after a draw against Crystal Palace and a victory over Watford.“It is really difficult to see how we can lose this game when we create so many chances to score,” Everton boss Marco Silva said.“It is concerning about the goals we didn’t score and of course we should score more. Against Palace we created lots of chances to score and didn’t and again today.”Jack Grealish had lost a record 20 successive Premier League games with Villa — dating back to their previous spell in the top flight — and he was fortunate not to concede an early penalty for a challenge on Richarlison.– Flat-footed –Grealish set about ending his dismal losing streak when he cleverly took a quick free-kick inside his own half that caught Everton flat-footed.Grealish picked out Jota and he advanced down the left flank before slipping a superb pass to Wesley, who found the bottom corner with a fine finish.Wesley threatened a second goal moments later but this time his shot was blocked by Yerry Mina’s sliding challenge.Everton should have equalised when Morgan Schneiderlin found Seamus Coleman and he clipped a pass to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whose first-time shot was blocked on the line by Villa defender Bjorn Engels.Everton hadn’t come from behind at half-time to win a Premier League game since September 2015 and that run was destined to continue.Silva tried to spark his team by sending on former Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi for his debut along with ex-Juventus striker Moise Kean.Iwobi had an immediate impact and he turned to fire against the post in the closing moments.Theo Walcott should have equalised in the 90th minute but the unmarked substitute somehow fired over from close range as he took a hurried swipe at Kean’s cross.And El Ghazi wrapped up the long-awaited points for Villa when he slotted home John McGinn’s pass from six yards in the fifth minute of added time.0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)
Competing health-care reform plans proposed by Democratic leaders, he added, put too much of the burden on business alone. Fleming said the chamber’s board overwhelmingly voted to support the governor’s plan. Earlier this month, the Legislature passed Assembly Bill 8, a health reform plan authored by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, and the Senate president pro tempore, Don Perata, D-Oakland. But Schwarzenegger is expected to veto that bill and has called a special legislative session to focus on achieving health-care reform this year. Schwarzenegger’s proposal calls for a combination of requiring all Californians to carry health insurance, requiring insurers to provide coverage to everyone and expanding access to publicly funded coverage plans. SACRAMENTO – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce endorsed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s health-care reform proposal Monday, becoming the largest business group to support the effort. The California Chamber of Commerce, a normally staunch Schwarzenegger ally, continues to be concerned about the costs businesses would bear under the plan. But the Los Angeles chamber traditionally has been closer to the political center on many issues, and chamber Chairman David Fleming said the governor’s plan does not burden businesses alone. “We need a plan that will cover everyone in California, but it shouldn’t be a plan that’s funded solely by business,” Fleming said. “It should be a plan that’s funded by everybody in this state, all the interests.” It also requires employers who don’t provide coverage to pay 4 percent of their payroll to a state fund and would charge hospitals 4 percent and doctors 2 percent of gross revenues for health coverage. The plan was introduced in January, but has yet to muster enough Republican support to pass the Legislature. It is expected to need a two-thirds vote because the financing mechanisms are seen as a tax. Without Republican support, Schwarzenegger is considering placing at least the funding portion on voters’ ballots. Schwarzenegger welcomed the chamber’s support Monday, saying the coalition supporting his plan has been growing. He said he is continuing talks with Nunez and Perata but hopes to avoid a piecemeal approach under which the state would first look at expanding coverage for children or creating an employer mandate. “I think we’re really marching in the same direction,” Schwarzenegger said. “I think, more and more, everyone realizes that we ought to reform and do total and comprehensive reform.” Nunez said he was glad to see the Los Angeles chamber get involved and he will continue working with the governor on a compromise plan. “It’s great to see the Los Angeles chamber step up to the plate in support of health care reform, but I remain concerned that Republican opposition to the governor’s two-thirds vote proposal in the regular legislative session will still be an obstacle in the current special session,” Nunez said in a written statement. firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
MARKETS: Internet company continues its surge and reaches yet another milestone. By Michael Liedtke THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Google Inc.’s stock price sailed past $600 for the first time Monday, extending a monthlong rally propelled by the lofty expectations surrounding the Internet search leader’s upcoming third-quarter earnings report. The biggest beneficiaries of the stock’s ascension have been Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who began developing their search engine, then called BackRub, in a Stanford University dorm room in 1996. Page and Brin, both 34, rank among the world’s wealthiest people, with fortunes approaching $20 billion each. Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, and top sales executive Omid Kordestani have also accumulated enough stock in the company to become multibillionaires. Hundreds of other Google employees are millionaires. Google’s stock has reigned as one of the hottest commodities on Wall Street because its search engine has turned into a moneymaking machine as advertisers spend more on the Internet to connect with consumers who are increasingly shunning television, radio and traditional print media. Google’s search engine is the hub of the Web’s most lucrative ad network. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Mountain View-based company’s shares traded as high as $610.26 before slipping back to $609.62, a gain of $15.57, or 2.6percent. It marked the sixth time in the past 12 trading sessions that the stock has reached a new high, showing investors are confident Google’s third-quarter profit will be impressive. The results are scheduled to be released Oct. 18. The latest milestone served as yet another reminder of the immense wealth created since Google went public in August 2004. The shares have increased more than sevenfold from their initial public offering price of $85, bringing the nine-year-old company’s market value to $190 billion – eclipsing bigger, more mature businesses such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Coca-Cola Co., Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM Corp. It took 10 months for Google’s stock to leap from $500 to $600 and more than a year for the journey from $400 to $500. The shares hurdled $300 in June 2005 after passing the $100 and $200 thresholds in 2004. Analysts began predicting Google’s stock would reach $600 at the start of 2006 when the shares were still hovering around $420. Some analysts are already predicting Google’s stock will hit $700 within the next year, but the average target price for the stock is $614.64 among analysts polled by Thomson Financial.
1 Arsenal and Liverpool target Juan Iturbe has moved a step closer to making a big-money move to England next season after his agent confirmed two Premier League clubs are ready to pay £18m to clinch his signature.The two English sides have both been strongly linked with the 21-year-old Roma winger who is rated one of the best young players in Serie A.Both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers are looking to strengthen their squads during the summer and have been impressed with the performances of Iturbe in Italy this season.Roma will be doing everything to keep their star asset at the club, but Iturbe’s agent Gustavo Mascardi claims there is a lot of interest in the Argentine player and there could be a lot of activity during the summer.Mascardi, speaking on Radio Crc, said: “There are two teams in England who want him and would be willing to pay the fee that Roma did for him.” Juan Iturbe in action for Roma
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…David De Gea has “said yes to Real Madrid,” according to journalist Josep Pedrerol on Spanish television channel La Sexta. (Daily Mirror)Sunderland are the latest club said to be interested in Swansea City manager Garry Monk. West Ham are also reportedly tracking the Swans boss. (Wales Online)Barcelona and former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has emerged as a summer transfer for Everton. (Metro)Liverpool want to sign Petr Cech, who has also attracted the attentions of Arsenal, in a £7.5million LOAN deal from Chelsea next season. (The Sun)QPR striker Charlie Austin is set to move on this summer – whether they beat the drop or not. The Rs striker has been linked with a £10million move to Southampton or Newcastle. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United are ready to plunge Liverpool’s summer transfer plans into disarray by attempting to persuade Burnley forward Danny Ings to reject a move to Anfield in favour of Old Trafford. (Daily Telegraph)And here are the latest talkSPORT transfer tales…Gaya is going nowhere: Valencia rule out summer exit for starlet targeted by Manchester CityTottenham starlet wanted by Serie A and La Liga sidesJuventus scupper Arsenal move for £30m starlet DybalaArsenal and Manchester United ready to battle it out in the summer over former Real Madrid star 1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…
There were quite a lot of Liverpool fans annoyed at the club’s failure to land Memphis Depay recently when the Dutch flyer ended up joining Man United instead of their beloved Reds.It can’t be nice watching your bitter rivals sign someone you hoped would join your club, but then Kopites old enough to remember 1989 will recall Fiorentina’s Glenn Hysen snubbing Fergie’s Man United in order to play at Anfield.Having won three Swedish titles with IFK Gothenburg and the UEFA Cup twice, Hysen was playing for Italian side Fiorentina.By this time he was Sweden captain and one of Europe’s best players, with Ferguson keen to bring him to England. Hysen even flew to Manchester to meet the boss, chairman Martin Edwards and captain Bryan Robson but talks stalled and a couple of weeks later he was playing for Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool.“Liverpool came to see me in Gothenburg. Discussions lasted 10 minutes and I signed. [Chief executive] Peter Robinson and [chairman] John Smith arranged the deal. It was a good offer, but it was also simple,” he told LFC magazine.Hysen made his debut in the 1-0 win Charity Shield win against Arsenal and shortly afterwards he scored his first goal for the club in their 9-0 win against Crystal Palace (see the video below) before ending the 1989/90 season as champion, Liverpool’s last title triumph.Over the course of the campaign, the Reds’ 37 goals conceded was the fewest of all 20 teams and they finished nine points clear of second place Aston Villa.United, meanwhile languished in 13th spot, almost 30 points adrift of their north west neighbours. However, Hysen, playing less frequently under Graeme Souness, left Liverpool in 1992 for IFK’s Gothenburg rivals GAIS and retired in 1994 at the age of 34. Glenn Hysen (right) celebrates the 1990 title with goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar 1
1 Arsene Wenger Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remained upbeat despite watching his side’s unbeaten Premier League run come to an end as Swansea stunned them with a 1-0 victory at the Emirates.The Gunners were frustrated by a string of fine saves from former employee Lukasz Fabianski in the Swans’ goal, and Bafetimbi Gomis’ proved the match winner five minutes from time with a back-post header.The defeat was Arsenal’s first in the league since losing to Tottenham in early February, but despite the obvious disappointment, Wenger suggested there were still positives to take from the game.“We were a bit unlucky on the goal, but guilty as well. It’s frustrating but we can take a lot of positives from tonight’s game,” said the Frenchman.“Unfortunately, these kind of games you play 20 times, you win 19 and lose once, and it was the once tonight.”Wenger pointed to Fabianski’s impressive display as a huge factor in the Gunners’ shortcomings, although he admitted his players profligacy made it easier for the Pole at times.He said: “He had a great performance, which is sometimes the case, but I felt as well that our finishing maybe made it a bit easy for him.“You have to learn from defeat but take encouragement from defeat like that.”
Philipp Wollscheid Stoke have exercised their right to buy defender Philipp Wollscheid from Bayer Leverkusen after a successful loan deal.The 26-year-old has made 14 appearances for the Potters since joining in January and he has signed a three-year deal for a fee in the region of £2.75million.Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said on the club’s website: “We’re delighted to have secured Philipp’s services on a permanent basis. He joined us midway through the season but wasted little time in making a big impression.“Within days of arriving in England he made his debut against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and went on to become an important member of Mark’s squad.“He’s clearly enjoying life in England; he feels very settled here and had no hesitation in committing his long-term future to Stoke City.” 1
1 Mario Balotelli Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli claims Brendan Rodgers’ tactics prevented him from hitting the heights expected of him.The Italian moved to Anfield last summer from AC Milan for £16m but he managed just one Premier League goal during his season on Merseyside.The striker has now returned to the San Siro on loan, but he has left with a parting shot for his former boss.“I accept my faults, but also Brendan Rodgers’ formation didn’t suit my characteristics,” Balotelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“At the start I messed up a lot of easy chances, then I had fewer opportunities to score, a bit of bad luck, injuries. It was a mess.“However I never protested, I accepted the choices of the manager and always behaved like a professional.“In the last year there weren’t ever any problems with my private life.”
3 Manchester City v Liverpool is live on talkSPORT at 5.30pm on Saturday 21 November.Jurgen Klopp faces his biggest test yet in his short time in England as he takes his Liverpool side to title favourites and Premier League leaders Manchester City.But how well equipped is the German to deal with such a challenge? Is he walking into the lion’s den with nothing but a ball of string?Yes, Klopp is considered the better manager from his time with Borussia Dortmund, but just how many of his current Reds squad would get a look in under Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad?Raheem Sterling doesn’t seem to think many would, implying he is now working with much better players that he was at the Reds’ Melwood training ground following his £50m summer transfer.“I go into training every day and see the players of that calibre that I am work with – like Vinny [Vincent Kompany, Sergio [Aguero], David [Silva], Joe [Hart],” he said.“There is only one thing you can do and that is improve with players like that, who have been around for many years and achieving stuff.” 3 And Sterling may indeed have a point.Let’s compare the calibre of players. Joe Hart is the superior goalkeeper and what about the rest of the defence? It is unlikely Vincent Kompany is gazing longingly towards the Merseyside skyline, hoping for a centre back partner better than the ones he currently has.Liverpool fans will protest Nathanial Clyne, England’s first choice right back, deserves an inclusion in this combined XI. But is he better than Bacary Sagna, a player who has won the FA Cup, has been named in the PFA Team of the Year twice and played in the World Cup?Would he even make the bench ahead of two-time Premier League champion, and World Cup and Copa America runner-up, Pablo Zabaleta? Unlikely.But Liverpool fans knew that. Their strengths lie further up the field.However, a fully fit Jordan Henderson or Emre Can are not quite on the level of Yaya Toure or Fernandinho. James Milner was called upon many a time by Pellegrini during his spell in Manchester, and although he left on his own accord, if City had wanted to keep him, they would have. Philippe Coutinho? The Brazilian is undoubtedly Liverpool’s best player and one of the best no.10s in the Premier League. Nevertheless, David Silva is better.No player in the league, never mind in Klopp’s squad, would displace Sergio Aguero and on current form, the same can be said of Kevin De Bruyne.Therefore, Liverpool’s greatest strength in this fixture is their manager.For someone who has plotted the downfall of Bayern Munich and took Dortmund to an unlikely Champions League final, humbling Real Madrid en route, beating City should be more straightforward.And if Klopp is the mastermind his reputation leads us to believe, then it may not matter how many Liverpool players would get into a Manchester City side on paper.Pellegrini has the players, but come Saturday evening, we will see if Klopp has the brains to outmaneuver them.How many Liverpool players do you think would get into the Man City team? Let us know with a comment below. Would you have Philippe Coutinho over David Silva? 3
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been linked with a move to Manchester City Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has refused to discuss fresh rumours linking Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi with an Etihad Stadium switch.Reports on Friday suggested the club had met with the Argentine ace’s agent to begin discussions over an audacious £800,000-per-week contract offer.But, following successive defeats, City boss Pellegrini insists Saturday’s clash with Southampton is his priority, not fuelling speculation over a Messi mega-deal.Asked about the Messi offer claims at his latest press conference, Pellegrini said: “I don’t talk about rumours. I think every manager in the world would like Lionel Messi.”When pressed further, Pellegrini – who was similarly reluctant to talk about reports linking Pep Guardiola with his job – said simply: “I think we must win against Southampton.”The Blues boss also confirmed he will have to make do without Joe Hart for the Southampton clash, with the England goalkeeper set for around ten days out with a hamstring injury picked up in the Champions League.The absence of Hart means third-choice Richard Wright, the 38-year-old former England international, will be on the City bench. He last played in the top flight for Everton nine years ago and has not played a competitive game at any level since appearing for Ipswich in 2011.On the positive side, David Silva and Wilfried Bony are available again as City look to bounce back from last week’s Premier League mauling by Liverpool and Wednesday’s defeat at Juventus in Europe.City slipped to third in the Premier League table after their 4-1 hammering by Liverpool, but with top two Leicester and Manchester United playing each other, they have a chance to make up ground this weekend.The loss of Hart, who has been in fine form this season, is undoubtedly a blow but Pellegrini has confidence in his replacement Willy Caballero.Pellegrini said: “I think he will be around ten days out. Fortunately it is not a very serious injury but it is a muscle injury so it is important for him to recover well.“But I never complain about players who are injured. That is why we have a squad. We lost Joe in a very good moment but it is what happens. I trust a lot in Willy Caballero. I am sure he will have a good performance in these games.”Meanwhile, the return of Silva provides a big lift after a nine-game absence with an ankle problem while the availability of Bony increases attacking options at a time when Sergio Aguero still lacks match-sharpness.Pellegrini said: “David is a very important player, the same as Kun – one of the players that is very difficult to replace. I hope both of them can recover.” 1
1 Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can take advantage of a fear of failure from Olympiacos on Wednesday night.The Greek champions are favourites to advance through to the knockout stages of the Champions League as they host the Gunners in a Group F showdown – with Wenger backing his side to be a danger in the latter rounds if they come through this stern test.Having won 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium back in September, Olympiacos can afford to lose to Wenger’s side and still progress.Arsenal meanwhile need to win by a two-goal margin or better that result from earlier in the group to get through, but Wenger feels they can get Olympiacos panicked if they play at their best.“We play against a side that will be motivated but we face that every week,” he said.“Against a side that is at the moment qualified but they can lose what they have and that can create a fear factor, the best way for us to achieve it is to believe in our quality.“Mentally, you prepare yourself to adapt to every situation and give the right response to every situation you face.“We will have to adapt to what is happening on the pitch and to all of the scenarios, accept them and respond.”Arsenal have lost on their three previous visits to the Karaiskakis Stadium but all have come as dead-rubbers at the end of group stages where Wenger’s side have long-since secured qualification.This time around the scenario could not be more contrasting but the Frenchman has backed his team to show their quality and then rattle some cages when the knockout rounds begin in February.“Before when we came here we had already qualified, that is not the case tomorrow night,” he said.“We just want to give absolutely everything to qualify tomorrow, if you want to jump over a hurdle you don’t think what happens if you miss.“If you fall down then you respond, if you want to have a chance to get across you have to give absolutely everything to get over it.“Of course we can be dangerous if we go through because we come from far back.“Overall if you look at the numbers since the start of the group stage, we have played with 10 men in Zagreb, we scored an own goal at home to Olympiacos, every single game we were a bit unlucky but if we get through we will be dangerous that is for sure.“At the moment we have two or three super-favourites (to win the competition) and whoever gets through will have to chase them.” Arsene Wenger
Belgium football expert Christophe Terreur has told talkSPORT about his country’s answer to Jamie Vardy. Gent forward Laurent Depoitre appears destined for the Premier League with reports suggesting 13 top-flight English clubs are interested in securing his signature.The 27-year-old has scored 12 goals in 32 appearances for club and country this term and a number of Premier League scouts are set to watch him in action against Wolfsburg in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Terreur told Hawksbee and Jacobs of Depoitre: “He has the profile of a Premier League player – he’s a strong lad.“Some compare him in Belgium to Christian Benteke – I see some similarities but I see some differences.“He is made for the Premier League. Only maybe six [of the clubs mentioned are scouting him].“He is the best Belgian striker [in the country’s top-flight] but I don’t think the big teams are looking to him because in the winter transfer window he was offered everywhere by his agent.“Only a few clubs showed real interest – one of them was Aston villa for instance – but he was too expensive as they were asking for £14million.“His agent said in Belgian papers this morning that even some Chinese clubs have got in touch with him but he has a dream of playing in the Premier League. He wants that dream, he is not the type of guy in it for the money.“Belgians are not known to live far away from their country so I think he will move to the Premier League. I think Gent are willing to sell him in the summer because his contract is running out in one-and-a-half years so if they want to make money now they should do it.“We compare him to Jamie Vardy because it is his third season in the highest league in Belgium – he used to play in the third and fourth division. He made his way to the lower ranks and then to the Champions League and the Belgium national team.”
Here is a selection of stories from Sunday’s newspapers…Chelsea may move for Palace defender Scott Dann amid fears John Stones will choose Pep Guardiola’s Man City. (Mail on Sunday)Guardiola is considering using teenagers Aleix Garcia and Ante Coric in City’s midfield next season, at the expense of Yaya Toure. (Sunday Mirror)Sergio Aguero is prepared to sign a four-year, £52m contract with Manchester City. (Sun on Sunday)Arsenal are willing to listen to offers this summer for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. (Evening Standard)Arsene Wenger has hit out at former Gunners for being more interested in leaving Arsenal than helping the club win the Premier League, but says that is not the case with his current squad. (Sunday Telegraph)Ajax’s 19-year-old midfielder Riechedly Bazoer, known as the ‘Dutch Vieira’, is being scouted by Arsenal. (Sunday People)Manchester United are keen on a move for Juventus defender Alex Sandro. (Sun on Sunday)Louis van Gaal has warned Wayne Rooney will not be fit for England’s friendlies at the end of March. (Star on Sunday)Rooney could miss this summer’s Euro 2016 finals as he could yet undergo knee surgery. (Sunday Express)Frank Lampard believes Chelsea are in danger of losing their fighting spirit in favour of beautiful football. (Mail on Sunday) 1
This week, Tom Rennie and guests look ahead to game week 30 in the Premier League AND the FA Cup Quarter-Finals.The former Tottenham midfielder Kevin Watson sees nothing but a Spurs win ahead of their trip to Aston Villa – and also assesses the title chances of Manchester City and Leicester City.The former Arsenal winger Adrian Clarke talks up the Gunners’ FA Cup chances against Watford, Steve Simonsen tries to explain why his former side Everton cannot hold onto a lead and Jack Collison thinks his former club West Ham have a great chance in the FA Cup Quarter-Final against Manchester United.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Going right-to-left, Williams got an open-field block from fullback Dan Lawlor before scooting into the corner of the end zone to put Penn State ahead, 19-16. In the first quarter, Penn State linebacker Sean Lee stripped the ball from Purdue junior running back Jaycen Taylor (Leuzinger High, Harbor College) on third-and-goal just as the tailback was trying to stretch the ball into the end zone. ETC.: Dan Connor broke the career tackles record at Penn State with a third-quarter stop of Taylor. Connor’s tackle gave him 373 to pass former teammate Paul Posluszny. The record-setting tackle came on a third-and-1 on the Penn State 18, when Taylor’s 2-yard rush gave the Boilermakers a first down. Posluszny, now with the Buffalo Bills, had just set the tackles mark last year. (7-3, 3-3 Big Ten) (7-3, 4-3) Air Force 30, Army 10: Chad Hall ran for a school-record 275 yards and a touchdown, leading Air Force over Army (3-6) in Air Force Academy, Colo. Hall, a senior wide receiver, broke his own record of 256 yards, set against Colorado State on Oct. 13. He had 121 yards on the ground by halftime, and his 58-yard run in the third quarter set up a 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Falcons a two-possession lead. Shaun Carney threw for 105 yards and added two touchdowns for Air Force (7-3), which clinched its first winning record since 2003. The Falcons also hadn’t beaten a fellow service academy at home in four years. Pittsburgh 20, Syracuse 17: LeSean McCoy, the third freshman in Pittsburgh’s 118-season football history to run for at least 1,000 yards in a season, scored the go-ahead touchdown from the 1 early in the fourth quarter, and the Panthers (4-5, 2-2 Big East) overcame a slow start to beat visiting Syracuse (2-7, 1-3). McCoy ran for 140 yards on 31 carries in his sixth 100-yard game, the most by any Pitt freshman since Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett in 1973. From news services Junior Derrick Williams sent Penn State’s seniors off with a win in their final home game. Williams scored on a 12-yard end-around and a 5-yard reception, while Dan Connor and Maurice Evans led a beleaguered defense that held Purdue in check late in the Nittany Lions’ 26-19 win on Saturday in State College, Pa. Joe Paterno seemed to make a concerted effort to get Williams the ball, and the receiver responded. His touchdown on the end-around with 13:45 left swung momentum Penn State’s way after Purdue dominated the third quarter to take a 16-13 lead. N.C. State 19, Miami 16: Steven Hauschka’s fourth field goal, a 42-yarder in overtime, lifted surging North Carolina State (4-5, 2-3 ACC) to a 19-16 win over host Miami (5-4, 2-3). Hauschka made three field goals in the final quarter. ETC.: Miami freshman quarterback Robert Marve is facing misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest without violence and minor criminal mischief. Miami Police spokesman Delrish Moss said Marve was arrested Wednesday in the city’s Coconut Grove neighborhood after he became upset and broke a car mirror. Illinois 44, Minnesota 17: Rashad Mendenhall ran for 201 yards and two TDs, Juice Williams had his best all-around game of the season, and Illinois (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten) routed Minnesota (1-9, 0-6) in Minneapolis. Iowa 28, Northwestern 17: Jake Christensen threw for 299 yards and Damian Sims ran for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, leading Iowa (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) over Northwestern (5-5, 2-4) in Evanston, Ill. Indiana 38, Ball State 20: Quarterback Kellen Lewis had career highs with 406 yards of total offense and 354 yards passing, and Indiana (6-4) became bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 with a victory over Ball State (5-5) in Bloomington, Ind. Four touchdown passes gave Lewis 23 on the year, a new single-season record at Indiana. East Carolina 56, Memphis 40: Chris Johnson rushed for a career-high 301 yards and four touchdowns as East Carolina (6-4, 5-1) held on to the top spot in Conference USA’s East Division with a win at Memphis (4-5, 3-2). Johnson scored on runs of 16, 44, 70 and 50 yards. Rice 56, Texas-El Paso 48: Chase Clement threw for six touchdowns and ran for two more and Rice (2-7, 2-3 C-USA) scored the final 28 points in a victory against Texas-El Paso (4-5, 2-3) in Houston. Clement set a Conference USA record by accounting for eight touchdowns. The six passing touchdowns set a Rice record. Iowa State 31, Kansas State 20: Chris Singleton made two key interceptions, Alexander Robinson ran for two touchdowns, and ISU (2-8, 1-5 Big 12) stunned Kansas State (5-4, 3-3) in Ames, Iowa, to snap a six-game losing streak. Texas Tech 38, Baylor 7: In Waco, Texas, Graham Harrell was 37-of-46 for 433 yards and three touchdowns, eclipsing the 4,000-yard passing mark for the second season in a row, and Texas Tech (7-3, 3-3 Big 12) earned its 12th consecutive victory over the Bears (3-7, 0-6).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A story Friday incorrectly reported who will benefit from Sunday’s Motor4Toys car show. In fact, toy donations will go to the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station Booster Club for distribution to the Assistance League of Southern California, the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Club and other children’s organizations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Leicester lock Sebastian De Chaves has signed for the Tigers’ Aviva Premiership rivals London Irish.Premiership strugglers Irish have confirmed a two-year deal for the South African, who joined Leicester from French club Mont de Marsan in 2013.Irish’s head of rugby operations Glenn Delaney said: “We are delighted to have acquired a player of Sebastian’s calibre, and we look forward to welcoming him to the club.“He will be a real asset to our forward pack as we continue to strengthen our squad for next season.”Irish are currently four points adrift at the Premiership basement with just four games left. Sebastian De Chaves in action for Leicester Tigers 1
Marseille are to make Remy Cabella’s loan move from Newcastle United permanent.The winger joined the French club on a season-long loan last summer as part of the deal which saw Florian Thauvin head to St. James’ Park.Since making the move, Cabella has thrived for Marseille and has six goals to his name this season.Now, according to L’Equipe, the Ligue 1 club are ready to make the Frenchman’s move a permanent one during the summer transfer window.Cabella has recently spoken of his enjoyment at playing for Marseille and is reportedly eager to see the deal pushed through. 1 Newcastle outcast Remy Cabella has settled at Marseille
Here’s a cure for the anxiety of the season – the hectic shopping, messy baking and the rush, rush, rush to get everything finished by Christmas Eve.And it’s so obvious.There is nothing so calming for the faithful than spending a quiet moment – perhaps your child’s hand in yours – and gazing upon the Nativity scene. It all comes down to the newborn baby, the humble surroundings and the sheer wonder of the event.“It’s quite moving for very many people. It brings a realism of what happened. That is a special time, a special moment,” said Brian Morehead, missions director for Church at Rocky Peak in Chatsworth, which closes its 12th “Back to Bethlehem” live pageant tonight. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe single most enduring and endearing symbol of Christmastime is the Nativity scene, whether performed live or as a crafted ofcreated from materials ranging from delicate porcelain to brittle plastic.It so simply puts the Christ back in Christmas, even for the less-than-enthusiastic believer.In Manhattan Beach earlier this month, about 8,500 people witnessed Journey of Faith Church’s extravagant Bethlehem production, a 40,000-square-foot re-creation of the city where Christ was born. More than 170 amateur actors participated in the production, portraying the Biblical events of 2,000 years ago.“The thing we really find special is that it’s a gift to our community, there’s not even a donation box at the end,” church spokesman Jon Crowe said. “We literally want people to come have a great time with their families – a great Christmas memory – and find out the real reason for Christmas.“People for the most part are blown away seeing the entire scene played out before their eyes.” Mary and Joseph ride in on a donkey, she suffering through labor pains as he begs the innkeeper for a place to stay.“People are literally following them into the stable where the baby is born and in Mary’s hands,” Crowe said. “They’re coming out crying. Little kids are drawing pictures and leaving them for Jesus. People leave flowers, all sorts of little tokens.”At a similar pageant in Santa Claritacq per web siteCanyon Country, Bruce Walker played one of three wise men at “Follow the Star to Bethlehem,” a live drive-through pageant portraying Christ’s life that’s held each year at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The Nativity scene is unquestionably a favorite.“It’s so spiritually fulfilling,” Walker said. “It’s what Christmas and Christian life are all about. These were real-life people.”Fifteen-year-old AJcq Ehrle played Joseph, father of the Christ child.“I feel really honored to re-enact something that’s such an amazing thing that really happened,” Ehrle said.“What you feel … wow!” added angel Kailey Letz, 11.Bill Fox, another of the wise men, and wife Linda have been involved in the pageant since the first staging 14 years ago.Linda also owns 200 Nativity sets and keeps two dozen or so about the house year-round.Among her treasures is a creche from the Caribbean, Carribbean,made craftedof egg shells. Another, from Eastern Europe, is made of red yarn. She finds them on her travels and her friends do the same, bringing her creches from all over the world.“I see them and can’t resist,” Linda Fox said. “For one thing Jesus is the main reason for Christmas and people tend to forget that. As a Christian, I want to emphasize that. I kind of do it quietly with my decorations.”At Rocky Peak, spectators walk the streets of Bethlehem and interact with some of the 240 volunteers portraying everything from the town craftsmen to the Roman soldiers. There are dancers, shepherds and the angel who announces the holy birth.And then a few visitors at a time leave the bustling town scene and visit the stable, talking with the actors portraying Mary and Joseph, and viewing the live baby in the role of Jesus.“A lot of people are moved by the baby and by Mary and Joseph telling their story,” Morehead said. “It’s very quiet. You’re seeing Jesus. That’s the special moment. That’s the Nativity.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
It was the Wizards’ seventh consecutive victory over the Hawks. Jordan put Antawn Jamison, a small forward, and center Brendan Haywood back in the starting lineup after having Calvin Booth and Michael Ruffin start the previous two games. The Bobcats dressed only 10 players. Hornets 86, at Rockets 80 Chris Paul had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in his third game after injuring his right thumb to lead New Orleans. At Mavericks 110, Nets 77 Josh Howard scored 29 points and Diamond Bar High School product Keith Van Horn had 23 in Dallas’ 11th consecutive victory over New Jersey. At Spurs 80, Grizzlies 79 Tim Duncan made a layup off an inbound alley-oop pass from Manu Ginobili with 7.2 seconds left to lift San Antonio. Nuggets 100, at Bucks 93 Carmelo Anthony scored 38 points and Denver coach George Karl won in his return to Milwaukee. Pacers 91, at Bulls 89 Stephen Jackson scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half and Anthony Johnson’s basket with 3.9 seconds remaining sent short-handed Indiana past Chicago. Heat 100, at Jazz 94 Dwyane Wade finished with 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in Miami’s win. Shaquille O’Neal had 14 rebounds and 12 points. At Suns 115, Cavaliers 106 Shawn Marion had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Steve Nash 20 points and 15 assists for the Suns, who overcame a 46-point performance by Cleveland’s LeBron James for its ninth victory in 11 games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – Washington coach Eddie Jordan made another lineup change, and it paid off for the Wizards. Gilbert Arenas scored seven of his 33 points in overtime Saturday night and Washington beat Atlanta, 114-106. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“We just wanted to establish a defensive mind-set,” Jordan said. “We’re showing each other that we’re willing to do anything it takes to get better and to win.” Jamison and Caron Butler finished with 23 points apiece for the Wizards. At Pistons 114, Bobcats 91 Richard Hamilton led a balanced attack with 19 points, and Detroit beat short-handed Charlotte.
This amazing photo was taken yesterday evening at Arlands Strand, just outside Burtonport by well-known local photographer John Rafferty. John specialises in landscape and oceanic photography and his pictures have appeared in national newspapers and magazines around the world.Thanks for the picture John – it captures the mood of Donegal at the moment we feel – moody and angry but ready to burst with life…..with the hope of a little sunshine on the horizon!If you have any pictures that you feel captures life in Donegal then we at donegaldaily.com would love to feature them from time to time.Ends STORM ON THE WAY – AND THE INCREDIBLE PICTURE SHOWING IT! was last modified: April 12th, 2011 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:John Raffertyphotographer
IT’S probably the closest she’ll ever get to playing in a Europa Cup Final.But that didn’t stop Donegal schoolgirl Orlaith O’Donnell, 9, from loving every moment of the big game at the Aviva Stadium.Orlaith, who is the daughter of Gerard and Clare O’Donnell from Nairn Road in Glenties, won a competition on Today FM to be a referee’s mascot for the final between Porto and Braga. Lucky Orlaith and dad Gerard were flown to Dublin and then driven by taxi to the Westbury Hotel where she was fitted for her very own referee’s strip.Orlaith, who is a football fanatic who loves Man Utd, had a fantastic time.She said “Everyone was just so nice to me and it was such a brilliant day.”Ends ORLAITH IS A REAL GIRL IN BLACK FOR EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL was last modified: May 20th, 2011 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)
Members of Donegal Youth Council will be heading to Romania shortly.Donegal Youth Council will travel to Romania shortly as part of a newly funded European Youth Democracy project. The Youth Council, along with regional partners Letterkenny YIC, have partnered with the “Romanian Youth Movement for Democracy” (RYMD) and “A Smile” Organization from the Bacau Region in Eastern Romania, to develop their “Democracy Builders” project, which will be financed by the European Commission through the Youth in Action Program.The “Democracy Builders” project will see the Donegal group travel to Bacau in Romania from 16th-24th July for a “Democracy Boot Camp” – a week long workshop in which 24 participants will learn and experience the concepts and methods related to activism and e–democracy through non-formal methods such as Forum Theater and digital storytelling. The project aims to raise awareness of young people in Bacau and Donegal on participatory democracy tools and to evaluate methods of youth participation.As part of the project each group will undertake research at regional level in order to identify how connected and able young people are to participate in democracy in their region.Following the Romania trip the partners involved will then work together to create “Tools & Skills for Participatory Democracy ” – a support material for young people who want to make their voice heard in public authorities and other forums.The project will also lead to the development of a “Participatory Democracy Hub” – a network of youth NGOs, which will provide a space for organisations who are open to the development of new projects on participatory democracy and the sharing of best practice between them. This project is funded with support from the European Commission. Donegal Youth Council is funded by Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and aims to provide young people with opportunities to identify, prioritise and work on topics and projects which have been identified by the wider youth population of the county.For more information on the Donegal Youth Council, you can contact Council Co-ordinator Marty Keeney on 087-6806676 or email email@example.com. DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL HEAD TO ROMANIA FOR ‘DEMOCRACY BUILDERS’ PROJECT was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 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:donegalDonegal Youth CouncilRomania
LANCASTER – With nearly 56,000 Antelope Valley residents – 17 percent of the population – uninsured for health care, the effect on local resources will be addressed at a free communitywide forum. To be held Wednesday at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center in Palmdale, the forum will also commemorate Care-A-Van mobile clinics’ 10th anniversary of bringing services to local low-income and uninsured adults and children as a health-care safety net. Television personality Mitchell Chase will introduce the evening’s featured speakers: Deborah Rice, California commissioner on health care work-force policy; Gloria Rodriguez, chief executive officer of the Community Clinics Association of Los Angeles County; and Dr. Benjamin Paz, medical director of City of Hope Breast Center. Panelists will outline the impact of the lack of insurance on area residents, hospitals and medical services, discuss unmet needs and forecast the future of health care in the Antelope Valley. 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant As a highlight of the forum, Diane Grooms, regional vice president of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, will present the first Rae Yoshida Care-A-Van Caring Spirit Award in memory of Care-A-Van’s founder. Care-A-Van will sponsor the forum as a public-education service. Forum supporters include Lancaster Community Hospital, Antelope Valley Hospital and High Desert Medical Group. Now a program of the Partners in Care Foundation, Care-A-Van was founded by the Visiting Nurse Association of Los Angeles in partnership with United Way 10 years ago. For the past eight years, Partners in Care has covered Care-A-Van’s annual shortfall to maintain services by securing grants and conducting fund-raising efforts. The forum, free and open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Chimbole Cultural Center, Manzanita Ballroom, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. A light dinner will be served. Reservations are advised and can be made by calling (661) 942-2391.
Physicists announced Thursday that they now have the smoking gun that shows the universe went through extremely rapid expansion in the moments after the big bang, growing from the size of a marble to a volume larger than all of observable space in less than a trillion-trillionth of a second. The discovery – which involves an analysis of variations in the brightness of microwave radiation – is the first direct evidence to support the two-decade-old theory that the universe went through what is called inflation. It also helps explain how matter eventually clumped together into planets, stars and galaxies in a universe that began as a remarkably smooth, superhot soup. “It’s giving us our first clues about how inflation took place,” said Michael Turner, assistant director for mathematics and physical sciences at the National Science Foundation. “This is absolutely amazing.” Brian Greene, a Columbia University physicist, said: “The observations are spectacular and the conclusions are stunning.” Researchers found the evidence for inflation by looking at a faint glow that permeates the universe. That glow, known as the cosmic microwave background, was produced when the universe was about 300,000 years old – long after inflation had done its work. But just as a fossil tells a paleontologist about long-extinct life, the pattern of light in the cosmic microwave background offers clues about what came before it. Of specific interest to physicists are subtle brightness variations that give images of the microwave background a lumpy appearance. Physicists presented new measurements of those variations during a news conference at Princeton University. The measurements were made by a spaceborne instrument called the Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy Probe, or WMAP, launched by NASA in 2001. Earlier studies of WMAP data have determined that the universe is 13.7 billion years old, give or take a few hundred thousand years. WMAP also measured variations in the cosmic microwave background so huge that they stretch across the entire sky. Those earlier observations are strong indicators of inflation, but no smoking gun, said Turner, who was not involved in the research. The new analysis looked at variations in the microwave background over smaller patches of sky – only billions of light-years across, instead of hundreds of billions. Without inflation, the brightness variations over small patches of the sky would be the same as those observed over larger areas of the heavens. But the researchers found considerable differences in the brightness variations. “The data favors inflation,” said Charles Bennett, a Johns Hopkins University physicist who announced the discovery. He was joined by two Princeton colleagues, Lyman Page and David Spergel, who also contributed to the research. Bennett added: “It amazes me that we can say anything at all about what transpired in the first trillionth of a second of the universe.” The physicists said small lumps in the microwave background began during inflation. Those lumps eventually coalesced into stars, galaxies and planets. The measurements are scheduled to be published in a future issue of the Astrophysical Journal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re: “26,000 LAUSD students protest” (March 28): I have seen half a million people crowd downtown Los Angeles; I have seen students (for the most part) peacefully protest what they view as wrong. Plus, I have seen Congress take a leap backward by introducing legislation that will allow some people who are undocumented to become part of the American dream. The American people need to realize that we have a national economy that relies on the hard work of these undocumented workers. If the masses of Latino immigrants, both legal and illegal, want America to see how much we rely upon them, then a nationwide boycott or strike, like the one being planned for May 1, needs to be done. But in order for this to work, then it needs to be all Latinos, not just those with the most to lose. – E. Lee Murray Palmdale Immigrant story Re: “26,000 LAUSD students protest” (March 28): It was surprising to see generations of young American/mestizo students demonstrating in the streets of L.A. instead of exerting that energy in the classrooms. These children apparently did not understand the sacrifices their grandparents and parents have made to preserve a piece of the American pie in the form of educational opportunities. What our children need to understand is that their forefathers came to this country and became American citizens. Their descendants born in this country are born American citizens. I am proud to identify myself as a second-generation American of Mexican ancestry and not as a Mexican-American. That title died with my grandparents over 30 years ago. – Hector C. Rodriquez Arleta A better life For the majority of the immigration demonstrators, this is their country, too. I understand that most migrants are decent people who are simply looking for a better life for themselves and their families. I’m wondering, though, if the demonstrators consider the possibility that curtailing the influx of “illegals” would open opportunities for more legal immigration, in a system which allows a screen for limiting the influx of thieves, rapists, murderers and terrorists into our country. – Ronald Presson North Hollywood Free lunch I am 75 years old and have always been proud to have never been prejudiced. I still don’t think I am. However, I’m sick to death of these illegals demanding their rights. What about my rights and the fact that I am legal? They haven’t earned anything as far as I’m concerned. They have always been paid a good wage for the work they have done. They want all the rest of the pie for free. – Barbara Clark Malibu Sounds like amnesty Re: “Border wars” (Editorials, March 28): In your editorial, you state “Tougher laws alone will never stem illegal immigration. Nor will simple feel-good answers like amnesty programs do the trick. Amnesty solves nothing. It rewards law-breaking,thus encouraging more of the same.” You go on to say, with respect to the “estimated 12 million illegals who are already here. They must be offered a chance to obtain legal status.” Huh? That sounds like amnesty to me. – Greg Tarizzo Valencia Pressing importance Re: “Border wars” (Our Opinions, March 28): I agree with your statement that this is “an issue of pressing national importance” and “one over which we are bitterly divided.” We are in a critical period in our history when we the people and our elected representatives must decide if we want to be governed by rules of law or by mob rule. We should have a system that provides legal status for all foreign workers, but not citizenship for illegal immigrants, especially those waving Mexican and other foreign-country flags. Just remember that “united we stand, divided we fall,” and the fall can be disastrous for all. – Bill Zelenka Granada Hills Blinded by bias Re: “Latinos: It’s way overdue” (Their Opinions, March 29): In his poem at the end of his rant on immigration, Rodolfo Acu a compares the persecuting of those here illegally to the persecution of Communists, Social Democrats, trade unionists and Jews. The difference he fails to mention is that it was not illegal to be a Communist, Social Democrat, trade unionist or Jew, so the basis of his entire argument is false. Could it be that the professor of Chicano studies is blinded by his bias? – Bryan Hays Saugus Acu a’s opinions Re: “Latinos: It’s way overdue” (Their Opinions, March 29): Suppose one morning, Rodolfo Acu a neglected to lock his door as he left for work, then returned to find strangers camped out in his living room, eating his food and insulting his hospitality. Would he speak up for their rights as “undocumented” residents of his home? The frightening thing about Acu a’s rant (white people aRe: “narcissistic and consumed by angst”) is its incoherence. Rather than spew venom, Acu a should count himself lucky. Where else but America could such a middling intellect become a professor and get published in a newspaper? – Jim Bass Thousand Oaks It’s called exodus Re: “Wrong country” (Your Opinions, March 28): It’s amazing how quickly Irving Leemon forgets the history of this country. What he doesn’t understand is, they are migrating for the same reason his great-grand parents migrated from Europe. And just like his great-grand parents, they will never wipe out the turkey population. You still enjoy the tradition of Thanksgiving. So the goose will continue to lay those golden eggs. You need to blame our corrupt government, which supports their corrupt government. They are all selfish and greedy and do not care for their citizens. I feel the only people who should have a say are the Native Americans. The rest of you should thank them for letting your great-grandparents settle on their land. – Angela Morgan Van Nuys Catholic PAC I just figured out how to close the $18 trillion deficit our country has run up … The Catholic Church has now became a political activist and knows how to run our country, which they have demonstrated by participating in immigration marches and holding services dedicated to opposing immigration laws that they don’t agree with. It seems to me they have now migrated from the field of religion and became a political action group for the Mexican government. Let’s now remove their tax status. I think we can cut into that $18 trillion really fast. – John Wilde Santa Clarita Chaotic holiday Here’s what happens when a state designates a holiday such as Cesar Chavez Day with guidelines like “It will be celebrated on March 31, or the appropriate Monday or Friday following or preceding that date”: Los Angeles city offices and libraries are closed today (Monday), but city trash collection is operating. San Fernando City Hall, most state offices, Superior Courts, community colleges and CSUN are open today (Monday) but will be closed Friday. LAUSD, usually so politically correct, is ignoring the holiday altogether and schools are open both days, as are L.A. County offices. What a confusing mess. – Jan Brown Panorama City The gas is cheaper Price of gas as reported in your paper on March 26, retail regular gas price $2.52 in Sacramento, retail gas price $2.70 in San Diego, and in Glendale where I live it is $2.76. I wonder why the lawmakers pay less? Could it be to take the attention off the situation? – Michael Malone Glendale
This Thursday the annual Health and Beauty Information Day will take place at the Courtyard Shopping Centre from 12 noon-5 pm. Over 30 exhibitors are taking part, one of the biggest Health Day iniatives held in Donegal.All information, advice, demonstrations, consultations etc are free to the public and Everyone is welcome.There will be free blood sugar level testing, free blood pressure testing, free BMI, free EyesightTesting, free Hearing and Wax checks.Dillons Hotel on Main Street Letterkenny will provide Healthy Dishes and samples. Exhibitors include:Donegal Red CrossHarkins ChiropodistsConnect HearingHungarian Dental Clinic Mc Quaids OpticiansIrish Cancer Society Letterkenny Daffodil CentreLindas Body & Beauty ClinicCongress Resource Centre Mc Kinney Family ChiropracticNatural Health L/KCara HouseReflexologyHerbal LifeLetterkenny Womens CentreLetterkenny Mens ShedsDonegal Sports PartnershipDonegal Living LinksThe Good Morning ServiceJM Physical TherapyLetterkenny CDPKriston Method Pelvic HealthLYIT – Student NursesLetterkenny Youth & Family ServiceParent StopThe Loft Youth ProjectThe Doorway ProjectDe-Exeter HouseThe Carers AssociationThe Living Wheel System for Managing ChangeWheatgrassJuice PlusLYIT – Hula Hoop Guinness Book of Records ChallengeDonegal Travellers Primary Healthcare ProjectAura centre LetterkennyAll information on www.courtyardletterkenny.comFREE HEALTH AND BEAUTY INFORMATION DAY AT THE COURTYARD SHOPPING CENTRE THIS THURSDAY was last modified: March 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsThe Courtyard Shopping Centre
The Millennium Forum and sponsors Campsie Karting have teamed up to create a new project called ‘Go Art Go Kart’ which will see local artist, Sean O Donnell work with young people from the local community and the Flame Drop-in Centre in Eglinton to produce one of Ireland’s largest hand painted murals.The mural, located in Campsie Karting (Unit 12 Mc Lean Road Campsie Industrial Estate), is the result of a collaborative community project made possible by Arts and Business N.I and the support of Campsie Karting’s sponsorship with the Millennium Forum Theatre. Ten young artists aged 12 – 18 years have worked tirelessly to give a much needed artistic boost to the race track of Campsie Karting. On over 45 meters of wall they have replicated images of the infamous racetrack in Monte Carlo. The artwork will be unveiled week beginning the 13th of April.To compliment this project, young people will also custom paint a Go Kart which will be put on display in the Millennium Forum Piazza from 13th April to 13th May 2015.This Go Kart will be placed on a floor of 3d art and will be accompanied by digital footage of the overall project. Millennium Forum audiences will be invited to sit in the Go Kart, take ‘selfies’ have fun and upload them to the Millennium Forum Facebook/ Twitter using #goartgokart for their chance to win track tickets and tickets to the Millennium Forum shows.Sponsorship and Development Officer at the Millennium Forum, Cara Mc Cartney commented, “This is another excellent example of how business and the arts can work together on a creative sponsorship. “Campsie Karting are raising their brand awareness through a successful sponsorship with the Millennium Forum whilst at the same time reaching out to their local community; this innovative project gives opportunities for young people of all nationalities to avail of complimentary art classes under the professional facilitation of Sean O Donnell on an arts project that will that will leave a legacy in their community for years to come.”She added, “Go Art Go Kart has been a three-month labour of love and gives a much-needed artistic boost to the race track décor at Campsie Karting, but more importantly, a great sense of pride to all the individuals involved.“The Millennium Forum is very grateful to Arts and Business N.I for their continued support with its creative partnerships such as with Campsie Karting.”Brona Whittaker, Arts Manager at Arts & Business NI also commented, “The ’Go Art Go Kart’ project between Millennium Forum and their sponsors Campsie Karting is a fantastic new project which has included young artists between the ages of 12-18 years in a creative and participative way.“The project will have a positive impact on both the business and the arts partners and all of the young people involved.“The partnership is a great example of how the worlds of arts and business can work together in creating new and innovative concepts which deliver on the objectives for all involved. “A&B NI is delighted to be involved with the project through the Investment Programme.”NORTH-WEST KARTING CENTRE LAUNCH ‘GO ART GO KART’ COMMUNITY PROJECT was last modified: May 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnews
DONEGAL got a massive jobs and tourism boost today – with the announcement that the Shandon Hotel & Spa in Portnablagh, Dunfanaghy, will open for business this Easter.The hotel’s Managing Director Warren McCarthy is investing heavily in the hotel to bring this 4-star property to a superb new level in advance of its official opening.The hotel is creating 45 new positions at the hotel over the next few weeks, adding another stop-off point on the increasingly popular Wild Atlantic Way. The hotel and spa overlooks the breathtakingly beautiful Sheephaven Bay and is probably one of very few hotels that can say that each bedroom has a spectacular view of the sea, the lobby, bar, swimming pool, thermal spa, relaxation room and outdoor Canadian hot-tub all, overlook the beautiful bay, hills and countryside.The Shandon Hotel has 51 newly refurbished bedrooms, Restaurant, Bar, Ballroom, Leisure Centre comprising swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.An amazing Thermal Spa is offering a full range of spa treatments by a highly trained team.The hotel’s General Manager Carolynne Harrison told Donegal Daily today that she is now recruiting a team who will create Donegal’s newest and finest four-star property. “We are looking for people who love what they do because it is only people who are passionate about their job that can demonstrate that energy when servicing the hotel’s guests,” she said.“Donegal has numerous very talented hospitality professionals and I want to hear from them,” she added.Current Roles are available for the following positions: Head Chef, Chefs, Kitchen Porters, Food & Beverage Manager, Food & Beverage Service Staff, Front Office Manager, Receptionists, Head Housekeeper, Housekeepers, Lifeguards, Leisure Centre Attendants and Night Porters.Interested?Email CV & covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org JOBS AND TOURISM BOOST AS STUNNING SHANDON HOTEL SET TO RE-OPEN was last modified: January 5th, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegalDunfanaghyjobsre-openingshandon hotel
Raymond with Rhonda form the Mount Errigal Leisure Centre.When Raymond Guthrie ate the last mince pie over Christmas, he vowed to lose some weight in the New Year.After joining the 10 Week Weight Loss Club at the Mount Errigal Leisure Club he lost an amazing 1 stone & 12 lbs.Read on to find out more about Raymond’s success story. Raymond, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?I am assistant Director with the Donegal Mental Health Service. I am married to Marie with three children, Lorraine, Gary & Karen.What was it that made you decide to join the 10 week weight loss club at the Mount Errigal Leisure Club?After the Christmas break I decided to weigh in, realising I had put on some weight over the holiday period. Rhonda asked me if I would like to join the weight loss club and I agreed.You lost 1 stone, 12 lbs in 10 weeks. Your goal was 1 stone? Did you find this difficult? I felt motivated to lose the weight and found that with Rhonda’s weekly feedback and guidelines I was kept motivated throughout.What was the first thing you did to begin your programme?My BMR (Basic Metabolic Rate) was calculated by Rhonda, this let me know what my daily calorie intake should be to lose weight. She gave me a weekly sheet called a food tracker to record my daily intake. Every week Rhonda calculated how many calories I had eaten and how many calories I burned in exercise, she then gave me feedback on what I could do differently to help with my weight loss.What was the best advise you were given?I was told that ‘diets’ do not work. It is all about developing good eating habits, changing how you think about food. Changing your diet is the only way to achieve a healthy body weight in the long term. Rhonda told me that weight loss is ‘80% food and 20% exercise’. She also explained about ‘energy in v’s energy out’; it’s simple, if you eat more that your body needs you will gain weight, if you eat less than your body needs you will lose weight. What is one cardinal rule of nutrition you have learned that you always try to follow?Eat three small meals a day, eat three snacks a day (mainly fruit) and no eating after 7pm. Avoid cake, biscuits, chocolate, sweets, crisps & bread.What would you say is the most important factor in your weight loss?Nutrition & exercise go hand in hand. Reducing calorie intake is one part of the solution and increase the amount of calories burned is the other. What are the best things you have found about losing weight?I have more energy and I feel better within myself.What advice would you give to someone who is struggling with their weight/diet?Increase activity & exercise.Make changes to your daily eating plan because you are what you eat.Eat a balanced diet, you can have everything in moderation, you can still have treats if you are sensibleDon’t go hungry or skip meals, it will just lead to over eating and eating the wrong thing later in the day.Anything else you would like to add?If you eat the right food and do some exercise you will lose weight.NEW YEAR PLAN TAKES WEIGHT OFF RAYMOND’S SHOULDERS! was last modified: April 21st, 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)Tags:donegalgymMount Errigal HotelRaymond Guthrieweight loss
Daniel O Donnell is pushing RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy to take part in Dancing with the Stars and has hinted that this years series of Dancing with the Stars will be the most star-studded yet…Daniel took part in Strictly Come Dancing last year, working with professional dancer Kristina Rihanoff. While talking to Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ Radio One, he said; “What would Ireland be if Ryan didn’t go on Dancing with the Stars? We’re really looking forward to seeing you in the sparkly shirts.”“I’m sure here in Ireland, for the first year at least, they’re going to have the pick of the crop as far as well known people. That’s why I’m putting you out there”Daniel also revealed that “we’ll know all the people on it very well.”There have been rumours that celebrities such as Twink, Katie Taylor, Joe Brolly, Eoghan McDermott and Nadine Coyle, will take part in the show. Daniel O Donnell hints that this year’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ will be the most star-studded yet… was last modified: September 2nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:dancing with the starsdaniel o donnellIrelandStrictly Come Dancing
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD has today appealed for calm and for mediation in the on-going and escalating dispute between Minister Alan Shatter and the judiciary.“The on-going dispute over recent days is unprecedented, worrying and reflects badly on Ireland internationally.“I am appealing for calm and urgently calling for lines of communications to be established quickly and clearly.” “A number of the grievances raised by the judges are legitimate and should be listened to. I am calling for an independent mediator to be appointed to examine these grievances.”“It appears to me that a number of the issues raised are easily resolved if the will is there. For example on the issue of consultation over new legislation judges have the right, like any other citizen, to make submissions upon the publication of heads of bill by government. However their opinions and recommendations should be considered in the same light as those from any other citizen. No citizen has the right to have their submission elevated above those of anyone else.“The independent appointment of judges has also been raised in recent days. Separation of powers between the judiciary and the executive must be upheld. Earlier this year I introduced legislation which seeks to end the system of political appointees, increasing transparency and accountability in judicial appointments.” ENDSMacLOCHLAINN CALLS FOR MEDIATION IN ROW BETWEEN SHATTER AND JUDICIARY was last modified: April 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:MacLOCHLAINN CALLS FOR MEDIATION IN ROW BETWEEN SHATTER AND JUDICIARY
A retired farmer accused of sexually abusing his nephew said he would have shot himself if he thought he had committed the offence.Retired farmer Sam Cunningham denies he was event at house in Downings during alleged assault.Samuel Cunningham, 66, is accused of four counts of sexual assault against his then 14 year old nephew at a holiday home in Co Donegal in 1993. The alleged victim, Patrick Cunningham, now a 35 father-of-four, claims he was assaulted when he went to do repairs with his uncle on the holiday home at Rosguill, Downings.Patrick Cunningham says he was fondled and that his uncle performed oral sex on him at the farmhouse.However Samuel Cunningham stressed “There is no way on this earth I would have done that to any young person. If I thought I had done that I would have taken myself out the back and shot myself.”The alleged victim, who waived his right to anonymity, claims the alleged sexual assaults were sparked when water was splashed on his trousers when they were fetching water from a well.“He told me to take off my clothes because I would get a flu. He then made a makeshift bed on a sofa.“He said there were only a few blankets in the house and told me to get in beside him,” he said.Mr Cunningham then alleged the four assaults took place.Sobbing in the witness box at Letterkenny Circuit Court today, he said he counted flowers on some curtains and thought of his dead grandfather to block out the pain and stop himself getting an erection.Patrick Cunningham said he kept the assaults to himself until a number of years later when he told his cousin Seamus.He said he became introverted after the alleged assaults.He also partially blamed the assaults for falling in with the wrong crowd and eventually being convicted of two armed robberies in Northern Ireland.However the accused, Sam Cunningham, denied that any such assaults ever took place.In fact, the retired farmer from Glenside Road, Dunmurray in Belfast, said he always spent the New Year period at his late wife Rose’s family home in Cavan.He alleged that his own son Francis along with the alleged victim Patrick and his cousin Seamus had now formed a “team”.“This is the worst thing I have ever witnessed. The devastation to the family who have been turned upside down has ben unbelievable.“The only thing I can think of is that the want to keep me away form my farm,” he said.A niece of Mr Sam Cunningham, Mrs Doreen Robinson, said she does not believe the holiday home was even in the possession of the family claiming it had been sold in 1992She also said she not believe the allegations against her uncle.“I don’t believe it. A paedophile does it over and over again and doesn’t stop after just once,” she said.The trial before a jury of eight men and four women continues before Judge Keenan Johnson on Tuesday next.ALL COMMENTS ON THIS TRIAL WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED AS THE CASE IS ONGOING.RETIRED FARMER SAID HE WOULD HAVE SHOT HIMSELF IF HE THOUGHT HE ABUSED NEPHEW was last modified: April 5th, 2014 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:donegalDowningsjudge keenan johnsonjuryLetterkenny Circuit CourtPatrick CunninghamSamuel Cunninghamsex assault
A dozy driver was caught speeding by the same speed camera van THREE times – in less than an hour.The driver passed a speed van three times in an hour.The man, who is now based in London, was driving up and down the Main Street in Falcarragh.But he failed to notice that there was a parked speed van in the area.Solicitor Cormac Hartnett said his client just did not notice the van.Judge Paul Kelly said he must have been distracted if he could not see the van on three occasions.He fined the man for two of the offences and took the third into consideration. DRIVER CAUGHT BY SPEED VAN THREE TIMES – IN AN HOUR! was last modified: July 18th, 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:Donegal. Falcarraghspeed van
NEWHALL – Teaching started as a simple part-time job and ended up being her mission in life. Sulma Gurrola was a senior at Loyola Marymount University pursuing a degree to become a doctor when she picked up a teaching gig to help pay for tuition. It was then that she realized that her true calling was in a classroom, not an examination room. “It was then that I knew the difference between a profession and a calling,” she said. Gurrola finished her degree in pre-medicine and biology anyway. But after graduation she returned to school for her teaching credential and a master’s degree in language arts and literature. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAfter four years at Arminta Elementary School in North Hollywood, she was hired at Newhall Elementary School, where today she teaches kindergarten and first grade every day and a family literacy program three nights a week. She has worked there for five years. Her days start at 7 a.m., when she arrives at the neighborhood school to prepare for her 17 pupils arriving an hour later. Around noon, the 11 kindergartners in her class go home, leaving her with all first-graders until school lets out. The two grades were combined for her class this year to accommodate a large kindergarten class. On Friday, Gurrola helped her kindergartners pack up for the day. The children stuffed art projects into their backpacks and pointed out their many other works hanging on the classroom walls. It was only noon, and it had already been a busy day. It started with a tea party for her students’ mothers that she organized. The night before, she was up late for a banquet where she was recognized as Teacher of the Year for her school, a title awarded to the 33-year-old by a vote of her colleagues. “She goes over and beyond all the time,” said Traci Curtis, Newhall Elementary assistant principal, explaining why teachers put their vote behind her. “She puts her heart and soul into her students.” Curtis oversees the Even Start program at the school where Gurrola teaches two-hour parenting classes to families on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. There are 30 families involved in the program, which promotes literacy as a way to fight poverty. Gurrola, who grew up speaking Spanish at home, helps parents in the group learn English. She also teaches some moms and dads about new ways to rear their children and to guide them into academic activities at home. She recalled a time when one mother returned to thank the program for teaching her new ways to discipline her children. The mother had employed those methods at home and recognized a change in her kids and her relationship with them. “They tell us how we have affected their lives and improved their lives,” she said. “That’s the reason why I do it.” email@example.com (661) 257-5254160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA handful of Santa Clarita Valley dentists help with the initial screenings and local volunteers step in to provide translation services as needed. Watson said 10 interpreters had been working all day Friday. “A lot of children have so much decay, when you look at their mouths, you think they must be in so much pain,” she said. “But they get to the point where they don’t feel pain anymore. Some of those kids have to come back for treatment every day we’re here.” The foundation’s mobile dental units provide service to various locations throughout the Southland, including Visalia and Bakersfield. A return trip to Santa Clarita is planned for October. A $40,000 grant from Albertsons covered the hard costs of bringing the dental services for this visit as well as providing nutritional information for patients and their families to help with their future dental and physical well-being. firstname.lastname@example.org CANYON COUNTRY – More than 100 Canyon Country children will have brighter smiles in the coming week, thanks to dozens of volunteers and a grocery store’s generosity. The Foundation for Children’s Dental Health, working with local schools and health offices, matched children in need with dental students willing to help. In five trailers set up in a church parking lot, 39 dentists from the University of Southern California performed exams, did X-rays and will spend the next seven days doing fillings, extractions, pulp removals and crowns at no cost to their young patients. “So far we’ve seen 110 kids for a general consultation,” said Ericka Watson, executive director of the foundation. “Throughout the week, they will come back for treatment.” (661) 257-5252160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“He didn’t turn himself in out of remorse,” Foley said. “He turned himself in because he had no place to go.” Turner, accompanied by a few family members, surrendered about 7 p.m. at a downtown fast-food restaurant, Foley said. He was booked on seven counts of murder. On Friday, police arrested the second suspected triggerman, 30-year-old James Stewart, after a traffic stop. He was being held Saturday on a preliminary charge of murder, police said. “Indianapolis can sleep a lot easier tonight,” Deputy Police Chief Clifford Myers. Foley said police believe the suspects targeted the home for robbery after hearing exaggerated accounts of money and other valuables inside. Those accounts were “fiction,” Foley said. Foley said that, although the decision of whether to pursue capital murder charges belongs to prosecutors, “If I was a betting man, I’d say there’s a high likelihood this is going to be a death penalty case.” Mourners laid flowers and handmade memorials along the fence of the modest home where the family was found slain. The victims were identified as Emma Valdez, 46; her husband, Alberto Covarrubias, 56; their sons, Alberto Covarrubias, 11, and David Covarrubias, 8 or 9; Valdez’s daughter, Flora Albarran, 22; Albarran’s 5-year-old son, Luis; and Albarran’s brother Magno Albarran, 29. Maria Flores, whose sister was killed, stood quietly as police briefed the media about Turner’s surrender. “We are very relieved and thankful that he made the right decision,” she said. “I just hope God forgives him for what he did.” Neighbors, friends and others whose emotions were touched by the city’s worst mass murder in 25 years left flowers, ribbons, candles, dozens of stuffed animals and an angel statue along a sidewalk out front of the family’s house. Cars drove by slowly while people knelt to pray. A memorial service was scheduled to be held in front of the family’s home this evening. “God shall bring justice to them, celebrate the way they lived, not the way they left us,” read one note left atop seven red roses at family’s modest tan house. “A good family is gone, but not forgotten. Shall they all rest in peace.” Adults and children, many in tears, streamed through nearby Thomas D. Gregg Elementary, where David and Alberto had attended classes, to speak with grief counselors Saturday. “The boys were very respectful of the school, good students and well-behaved,” Principal Les Durbin told The Indianapolis Star. “They were very well-respected by their classmates, and their parents were very involved in their educations.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! INDIANAPOLIS – A man suspected of gunning down seven family members he believed kept large amounts of money in their home surrendered to police on Saturday, Deputy Chief Tim Foley said. More than 100 police officers conducted the search for Desmond Turner, including unsuccessful raids at two east-side houses, since shortly after the Thursday slayings. Turner, 28, grew up near the shooting and had returned last fall after being released from prison following a 3 -year term for drug and weapons charges. Foley said investigators put pressure on people who knew Turner to ensure that they wouldn’t take him in.
Harry Redknapp has told talkSPORT he is ready to stay on as Birmingham City manager – so long as the club’s owners match his ambitions.The 70-year-old guided the Blues to two wins from three games in his interim spell in charge to secure their Championship status.Speaking to Ian Abrahams for Monday night’s Sky Bet EFL Review Show on talkSPORT 2, Redknapp said: “I met the owners last night for the first time and they are lovely people. We got on really well. I’m going to have another chat with them and see where we go. “I’ve enjoyed it. It keeps me younger being out on the training ground every day, being around footballers. The lows are low for sure but the highs are great and I love it. “There is every chance [I will stay].“I will see where they are looking to take the club. It is a tough division. It is full of big clubs now, it is such a difficult league and unless you are going to have a go, it is going to be a difficult year.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Harry Redknapp IN FULL above!
1 FC Copenhagen want Newcastle United to cough up £3.3million for defender Peter Ankersen.The Magpies will be back in the Premier League next season after securing promotion at the first time of asking by winning the Championship.The club are already looking at a number of transfer targets for the summer and Ankersen is high on their shortlist.The right-back has been in fine form for Copenhagen since making his loan move from Red Bull Salzburg permanent in the summer.Indeed, Galatasaray, Marseille, Newcastle and Valencia have all been tracking the Denmark international for a number of months.And now the chasing quartet, according to Calciomercato, have been informed Ankersen can leave for just over £3m.That amount is well within Newcastle’s reported £70m budget, but the price may well go up if all interested clubs submit formal offers. Peter Ankersen in action for FC Copenhagen
A High Court challenge has been launched against Donegal County Council’s decision to defer offering housing support to a Traveller family of seven living in a caravan without basic facilities including running water.The action has been brought on behalf of Brian and Eileen Ward, and their five children who are members of the Irish Travelling Community. They are currently living in a caravan at Shore Front, Bundoran.The Irish Independent reports that the family, supported by the Child and Family Agency who voiced concerns over their living conditions, applied to the Council for social housing support.The Wards, who have two children with medical needs, were deemed by the Council to be “an unacceptable risk of anti social behaviour” and the offer of housing was deferred.The family was informed last March that they could make a fresh application in 12 months time but the Wards say the council informed them it would be five years before it would be in a position to offer them housing.The family’s lawyers argue that the council has failed to engage meaningfully with the Wards before arriving at its decision. They also claim the decision was disproportionate and made without relevant considerations.At the High Court on Wednesday the family’s barrister Mark Lynam, instructed by solicitors for the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, said the council’s decision was taken without any input from the Wards who had been unaware that the process was even taking place.Mr Lynam said the council had made its decision based on the Ward’s housing file rather than putting its concerns to the family for their comment.The Wards claim they should have been afforded a hearing and that up to date information should have been sought.Mr Lynam said that any decision to defer or refuse housing due to any alleged anti-social behaviour must be proportionate. He said that in arriving at its decision the council failed to give due weight to Tusla’s concern about the family’s welfare, the conditions they reside in and the fact they are homeless.They currently had no running water and had limited use of a generator. They had tried but had not been able to secure private rented accommodation.In their proceedings against the Council the family seek an order quashing the local authority’s decision to defer offering them social housing.They also seek declarations including that the council’s decision was disproportionate, breaches their constitutional rights and rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.Permission to bring the challenge was granted, on an ex parte basis, by Mr Justice Richard Humphreys. The judge made the matter returnable to a date in September.High Court challenge by Donegal family over council’s decision to defer housing support was last modified: September 1st, 2017 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:bundoranHIGH COURThousing challengewards
Under 12 Go Games League Section 2DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment27-Jun-2011Carndonagh01 – 5ConvoyCarndonaghKelly Furniture Minor League Div 2 Section 1DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment24-Jun-2011Buncrana4 – 69 – 8CarndonaghScarvey-Buncrana24-Jun-2011Red Hughs5 – 170 – 5Naomh Colmcille NewtownCrossroadsKelly Furniture Minor League Div 1DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment24-Jun-2011Milford01 – 5Gaoth DobhairMoyle Park MilfordKelly Furniture Minor League Div 2 Section 2DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment24-Jun-2011Gaeil Fhanada1 – 50GlenswillyFanad Gaels PortsalonKelly Furniture Minor League Div 2 Section 1DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment24-Jun-2011Naomh Padraig Lifford2 – 121 – 5Robert EmmetsLifford-Pairc Mac DiarmadaKelly Furniture Minor League Div 1DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment24-Jun-2011Convoy1 – 91 – 5Sean MacCumhaillsConvoyCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 2 Section 1DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment24-Jun-2011Urris3 – 130 – 2Naomh Colmcille NewtownUrris-Pairc Ui Chraimhsaigh24-Jun-2011Red Hughs1 – 80 – 4CarndonaghCrossroadsCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 1DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment24-Jun-2011Convoy3 – 14 – 4Fanad GaelsConvoyKelly Furniture Minor League Div 1DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment23-Jun-2011Malin0 – 93 – 13CloughaneelyMalinCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 1DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment22-Jun-2011Convoy2 – 25 – 14St Eunans AConvoy-Pairc Naomh MhuireCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 2 Section 2DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment22-Jun-2011St Eunans B0 – 100 – 4Gaoth Dobhair BO Donnell Park-LetterkennyCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 2 Section 1DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment22-Jun-2011Naomh Padraig Lifford01 – 5BuncranaLifford-Pairc Mac DiarmadaCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 2 Section 2DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment22-Jun-2011Downings01 – 5St MichaelsDowningsCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 2 Section 1DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment22-Jun-2011Malin1 – 50Robert EmmetsMalinCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 1DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment22-Jun-2011Fanad Gaels1 – 61 – 10GlenfinFanad Gaels PortsalonCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 2 Section 2DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment22-Jun-2011Letterkenny Gaels1 – 26 – 14MilfordPairc Na nGael-LetterkennyCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 1DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment22-Jun-2011Sean MacCumhaills6 – 111 – 8CloughaneelyMac Cumhaill Park21-Jun-2011Burt5 – 42 – 9Gaoth DobhairBurt-Hibernian ParkUnder 12 Go Games League Section 2DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment20-Jun-2011Glenfin0 – 70 – 13Sean MacCumhaillsPairce TaobhoigeUnder 12 Go Games League Section 1DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment20-Jun-2011St Eunans A5 – 71 – 4CloughaneelyO Donnell Park-LetterkennyUnder 12 Go Games League Section 2DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment20-Jun-2011Robert Emmets2 – 91 – 18St Eunans BPairc EimeadUnder 12 Go Games League Section 1DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment20-Jun-2011Fanad Gaels5 – 92 – 8GlenswillyFanad Gaels PortsalonUnder 12 Go Games League Section 2DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment20-Jun-2011Convoy2 – 74 – 6BuncranaConvoyUnder 12 Go Games League Section 1DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment20-Jun-2011St Michaels2 – 65 – 9Gaoth DobhairDunfanaghyUnder 12 Go Games League Section 2DateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment20-Jun-2011Carndonagh01 – 5Red HughsCarndonaghGAA: NORTHERN BOARD RESULTS was last modified: June 26th, 2011 by gregShare 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:GAA: NORTHERN BOARD RESULTS
The HSE in partnership with the support Local Sports Partnership Network have developed a physical activity and sport website to capture the numerous events which take place across the country.The www.getirelandactive.ie website which will be officially launched on the 5th of October in Dublin’s City Hall will provide the general public with an important resource to promote upcoming physical activity and sports events as well as resources to support people young and old getting involved in exercise programmes.Dr Ailis Brosnan who coordinated the development of the site is encouraging all sports club, gyms, leisure centres, older adult groups, schools, sports camps, trainers to utilize the site to promote their own events through a simple log on system. This will prompt the user to load their information through a tick box format to ensure suitability before finally going public on the World Wide Web.The exercise resources available on the site include facts sheets and information on how much exercise we should be doing, starting slowly and building your exercise programme as well as information on children’s exercise programme.Further information on the site from Dr Ailis Brosnan Senior Health Promotion Officer at email@example.com or through Donegal Sports Partnership at firstname.lastname@example.org 074 9116078 / 16079NEW WEBSITE TO PROMOTE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORT LAUNCHED was last modified: September 9th, 2011 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:DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP
Buncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 19th February 2012CLG Bun Crannach Dinner Dance 2012 Only 2 weeks until our Dinner Dance takes place in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Saturday 25th February. A great night is guaranteed with entertainment provided by Keltic Kaos plus special guests County Senior Football Manager Jim McGuinness with the Anglo Celt trophy, and County Senior Hurling Manager Andrew Wallace with the Lory Meagher trophy. Tickets are on sale now via club members and at Paul McGonigle’s offices, priced €25. Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier! Dress code is NOT Black-Tie, treat it like a wedding!Registration EveningAll girls and ladies registration will take place on Monday 13th February. Football and Hurling registration for ages U8/10/12 will take place on Friday 17th at 7pm and Football and Hurling for ages U14/16 & Minors will be held on Saturday 18th at 4.15pm. Parents and children are invited to please come along, view our facilities and meet our club officers and coaches. New members are always made welcome. Coaching WorkshopA Coaching Workshop for club football underage managers, coaches, parents and others will be held in the Scarvey from 6.45pm-7.45pm on Wednesday February 22nd. Coaches will have an opportunity to observe best practice in action as Leo Gill will demonstrate a variety of coaching ideas with an under 10 group. This will be followed by a Q&A session. For further information contact Sean Noonan 0879232988.Gaelic4AllThis iniative is for all ladies who are over 18 years of age who want to learn the skills of Gealic Football in a non-competive FUN environment. The programme starts on Wednesday the 20th Feburary at 8.30pm in the Scarvey. Please come along and experience the enjoyment of Gaelic Football, everyone is welcome.Gaelic4GirlsGaelic football for girls under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18’s every Monday night from 7.00pm – 8.30pm in the Scarvey. As always everybody is welcome. Please remember to bring boots, your own water bottle and warm clothing.Ladies Senior Gaelic Football Training takes place every Wednesday at 7.30pm. Please remember to bring trainers and boots. New players are always welcome to attend.U6 FUNdamentals FootballFUNdamentals Football for boys and girls aged 6 years (or turning 6 this year) will begin on Friday 24th February at Scoil Mhuire between 6.15pm and 7.00pm. It will also take place on Sunday 26th from 11.00am until 11.45am.U8 Football U8 Football Training continues on Friday 17th February at Crana College from 6.30pm – 7.30pm.U10 FootballParents of children who take part in U10 Football or who are interested in joining are invited to attend a short meeting on Thursday 16th February at 8.30pm at the Scarvey Clubhouse. Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarvey and new players are always welcome.Boys U12 HurlingBoys U12 Hurling training continues every Wednesday evening at Crana College. Training begins at 7.00pm. New players are always welcome so please come along. Buncrana’s under 12 B team acquitted themselves well in Dungiven on Sunday past in the indoor league. They started the day with an impressive 2-1 victory against Na Meigh. Despite their strong performance they lost out to Eoghan Rua and were also beaten narrowly by the Dungiven locals Kevin Lynches. Buncrana was represented by Conor Cullen, who was steady in defense, Gavin kelly, Caolan O’Neill and Jordan Arthur who all competed strongly in midfield and Liam O’Dochartaigh and Cathal Óg Wilson gave the opposition a tough time up front.Results: Na Meigh 1 Buncrana 2, Eoghan Rua 5 Buncrana 3, Kevin Lynches 3 Buncrana 2Boys U14 Football Boys U14 Football training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Gaelic Football feel free to come along.Boys U16 Football Boys U16 Football training is on every Wednesday at 8.00pm sharp in at the Scarvey, please bring boots and trainers and own water bottle. New and returning players are welcome.Senior and Reserve FootballTraining continues on Tuesday and Thursday night at 7.30pm. Could all players please bring trainers and boots. Any player who is over the age of 16 and is interested in playing please come along. New and returning players are always welcome.Football Coaching CoursesA Football Foundation Coaching Course, including Child Protection will take place in Carndonagh on Friday 24th February between 7.30pm and 10.30pm and Saturday 25th February between 9.30am and 4.30pm. All those interested in taking part should give their names immediately to John Friel on 086 0523550. A further course will be held in March if the course is over subscribed.Two Level 1 Football Coaching Course will take place, one in Letterkenny in February and another one in Inishowen in March. Anyone interested please contact Sean Noonan 087 9232988.Referee and Umpire Courses A Referees’ Refreshers Course will be held in Jackson’s Hotel on Thursday 16th February at 7.30pm. It is important that all referees (Underage and Senior) attend. There will also be a course for Umpires in Jackson’s Hotel on Wednesday 29th starting at 7.30pm sharp. This course will take just an hour so starting on time is very important. For further information on any of the above courses please contact Pat Walsh 0879142748Fitness ClassesA number of Fitness classes are now taking place at the Scarvey Clubhouse. Class instructor is Eileen Hegarty and everyone is welcome. Monday 7.30-9.00pm ‘Weigh & Tone: Weigh in, nutrition and motivational talk and excercise class’ €10. Tuesday 8.00-9.00pm and Thursday 6.30-7.30pm ‘CardioPump’ €5. Saturday 10.00-11.00am ‘Kettlebells/Circuits’ €5. If anyone would like further details please ring Eileen on 0874120159 or visit ‘Get Fit With Eileen’ on Facebook.LottoThe winning numbers in the €2,460 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 7 February in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 14-17-21-26There was no jackpot winner this week, however there were five €20 prizes which went to the following lucky participants:Liam Rainey, Shore RoadEabha Callaghan, SlaveryPaul Wannish, CockhillAnn Callaghan, Crana RoadDavid Doherty, MagherintureCongratulations to our winners and thank you to all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.Use Of FacilitiesUse of the Scarvey pitches for training or matches MUST be confirmed with Martin Mullan in advance (087 246 8108). Use of clubhouse MUST be confirmed with David McConnell in advance (087 939 2767).ClubNotes Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notesshould email Oisín at email@example.com to be included on the mailing list.If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at firstname.lastname@example.org by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaaClub P.R.O. Oisín Doherty Email: email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0863390666GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NOTES
There were no games at the weekend for our Senior and Reserve teams. Both teams are in action this coming weekend away to Malin.Our u8’s get their season under way this Saturday morning with a blitz in Ballyshannon. Good luck to all involved in their first ever outing.Our u12’s were defeated against Bundoran on Monday evening. It was a good performance by the lads with as many as 8 u10’s playing. Training continues for u10 and u12 players this Saturday morning at the pitch at 10am. Anyone with any information they wish to have included in the club notes should get in contact with Shane Walsh on email@example.com by 6pm on Monday evening.GAA NEWS: NOAMH BRID CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 8th, 2012 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:Naomh Brid GAA club notes
Athletics Ireland has announced that May 21 is D-Day for the four women with A-standards for the Olympics.Maria McCambridge and Caitriona Jennings are vying with Ava Hutchinson and Linda Byrne for three spots – all have run under 2:37.00.“We had to address a few issues first, but we are now in a position to cut the original deadline in June, and bring forward our selection date,” Patsy McGonagle said. “What we’ve agreed is to make May 20th the last day for qualification in the women’s marathon, and progress with our selection immediately after that. That means making our decision on May 21st, and with that informing the athletes, within a day or two. We’ve notified all the relevant athletes of the decision, asking them to agree to that.“What has to be remembered here is that athletes had already signed up to the original agreement, not just those in the women’s marathon, but also our 50km walkers. There is still the chance we could have more than three qualifiers in that event, as both Colin Griffin and Jamie Costin will compete next weekend, with Rob Heffernan and Brendan Boyce already qualified. But the reality is there aren’t any viable qualifying opportunities after that.” D-DAY FOR MARATHON RUNNERS: ATHLETES TO FIND OUT OLYMPIC SELECTION ON MAY 21 was last modified: May 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:D-DAY FOR MARATHON RUNNERS: ATHLETES TO FIND OUT OLYMPIC SELECTION ON MAY 21
The next meeting of the Letterkenny no.1 Celtic Supporters Club will take place this Wednesday, 9th January at 8pm in the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny. LETTERKENNY NO 1 CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB MEETING was last modified: January 8th, 2013 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:Celtic No 1 Celtic Supporters Club
Ciaran Bonner was black-carded during Glenswilly’s Donegal SFC semi-final win over Naomh Conaill. However, it has since emerged that referee Jimmy White should have sent him off. He didn’t, and now Naomh Conaill are launching an appeal.Naomh Conaill GAA club ‘WILL’ lodge an appeal for a replay after the club held an emergency meeting last night to discuss the Ciaran Bonner card incident.Bonner was awarded a black-card by referee Jimmy White, following a cynical challenge on Dermot Molloy in the closing stages of their semi-final victory over Naomh Conaill.However, Bonner was already on a yellow and should’ve been sent off. Instead he was shown a black-card, and was substituted Oisin Crawford.The game was level at the time of Bonner’s dismissal, but substitute Crawford scored the crucial point which edged Glenswilly back in-front in stoppage time.Glenswilly full-back Eamon Ward sealed the win with a point shortly after.However, members and officials of the Naomh Conaill GAA club met last night to discuss the situation further. A club member confirmed to Donegal Daily this morning that following the meeting, the club have decided to launch lodge an official appeal.It’s believed the club have until 12pm today to submit the appeal to the Donegal CCC to have the game replayed.There appears to be a precedent for ordering a replay for a similar alleged incident in a Munster Colleges match last January.When Kerry’s Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne were ordered to replay their match with Cork’s Colaiste Chriost Ri.DONEGAL SFC FINAL IN DOUBT AS NAOMH CONAILL ‘WILL’ LAUNCH AN APPEAL was last modified: October 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Black-cardCiaran BonnerDonegal SFCGAAglenswillyNaomh ConaillnewsRed cardrefereeSport
Convoy GAA News: Bingo Continues in Hall @ 8.30 on Tuesdays Lotto result 6-01-15 Two with 3 counties LD SO TE WD. Claire Kavanagh Lk Road Convoy, Mark Nee/Eunan Kelly c/o Breens bar Convoy.Liam O’Neill will be the special guest of honour at the Convoy GAA dinner dance.Next week’s jackpot €4950. This years Dinner Dance takes place in Jackson Hotel on Sat Jan 23rd with GAA President Liam O’Neill as our guest.The Minor boys and Senior Reserve Men will receive their League Medals so it promises to be a great night.Tickets are €25 and music by the Beefsteak Dancers Tickets are available from any Commitee member and everyone is welcome.Bus Times Raphoe Friels @7 Breens Convoy @7.15 and Jamesons Bar Drumkeen @7.30 with Meal at 8pm sharp. Club Membership is NOW Due and must be paid up by March 31st Adult Membership is €30 and goes up to €50 after 31st March.U -6 up to U13 €5 with U 13 up to Minor €10 All players must be Registered.Underage reg takes place on Fri Jan 30th from 6-7 at the Clubhouse.Contact Gabrielle Gallagher 0861648577.Registration for Ladies Teams will take place on Fri 16 th Jan at 8.Can anyone wishing to play come along as The Management need to know if we have enough numbers for A Junior team as well as Senior. We have to have the names with County Board by 26 that’s why reg is early this year.Tickets ( priced €10) are now available for The National Club Draw with fantastic prizes on offer from all -Ireland hurling and football packages ,€1500 Holiday Voucher and €1000 Shopping Voucher as well as Cash Prizes of €1000 ,€500 and €100Tickets are available from Committee Members Paul Lynch 0877722505 and Paul Mc Mullan 0877857980 anyone wishing to Buy or indeed sell tickets ( Don’t be Shy) all Money raised by this draw goes back into Your Local GAA CLUBSenior and Reserve men will have A team Meeting next Friday 16th at the Clubhouse.New players are welcome. GAA PRESIDENT LIAM O’NEILL TO BE SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR AT CONVOY GAA DINNER DANCE was last modified: January 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:convoyGAAGAA presidentLiam O’NeillNoticesSport
Donegal have named a strong team for the Masters Croos-Country Championships in Tuam this weekend,Athletics News: Athletics Donegal have announced strong teams for the National Masters cross-country championships which are being held this Sunday in Tuam.Additionally a number of Donegal clubs have entered teams in the underage development cross-country champs which open the programme at 11 .30.Masters Men Over 35 Pauric McKinneyCiaran DohertyIvan TonerDermot McElchar Brian McCreaJim HarkinMalcolm McGeeShane McNultyRaymond Birch Kieran CarlinCiaran McGonagle Kevin McGeeAnthony Doherty Michael LoguePaul McGlincheyMasters Men Over 50Richard McCarthyHugh GallagherGerard BoglePat HegartyDrew DohertyDominic BonnerJames McMahonMark ConnollyCathal RoartyPat McCruddenTony GallagherMasters Women Over 35Natasha AdamsFionnuala DiverCatriona DevineKay ByrneDonna EvansCatherine DooherEimear GallenSinéad KennyFrances JudgeMasters Women Over 50Noreen BonnerGloria DonagheyNoeleen PorterMary Therese SpeightJackie HarveyNancy McNameeMary BondMarie RooneyMargaret Sweeney.If you have any queries, please get in touch. Also, please note that Neil Martin will be acting as Team Manager in Tuam.ATHLETICS DONEGAL ANNOUNCE THEIR TEAMS FOR NATIONAL MASTERS CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: February 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsCross Country ChampionshipsdonegalMastersnewsSport
GAA NEWS: A big congratulations and well done to the U-14 Burt Camogie Team who won the Ulster Feile Competition in Garvaghey on Sunday last.An historic occasion as it is a first for Donegal Camogie. After beating teams from Derry and Tyrone, Burt faced local rivals in St. Eunans.Both teams did the county proud with Burt the marginal winners. Burt faced a tough and strong Sarfields side from Ballerin, Derry, in the final. However, through fine individual displays at times and some great team work, Burt went on to win the Cup Final, 2-2 to 0-0 (not sure of score)The team consisted of Lauren Burns, Zoe Whoriskey, Ailsing Callaghan, Beth Duffy, Eva McIntyre, Leah McDaid, Hannah McDermott, Eroinn Lynch, Holly Doherty, Emma Downey, Niamh Hargan, Avril Craig, Grainne Gill, Caoimhe Doherty, Billie Jean McLaughlin, Niamh Morrin.BURT U14 GIRLS CAMOGIE TEAM MAKE HISTORY AS THEY CAPTURE ULSTER FEILE TITLE was last modified: April 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BURTcamogieGAAGirlsNoticesSportu14Ulster title
CLUB LOTTOThere was no jackpot winner in last weeks lotto there was one winner of €100 the numbers drawn were 6-3-1-7-2-5-4. The winners were as follows:Carrie McCallion, Gortany Quigleys Point.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.Next Weeks Jackpot €600SENIORSThe seniors on Saturday evening suffered defeat by the narrowest of margins by suffering a one point defeat against Carndonagh in foden with a scoreline of 2-8 to 2-7. This weeks game for both seniors and reserve teams is a away fixture against Lifford. UNDERAGEUnder 6 and Under 8 training is on every Friday from 6.30pm to 7.45pm in Ture this is for boys and girls born in the year 2007,2008,2009, and 2010 all new faces welcome and can all boys and girls bring a water bottle and cost of session is €2 for info contact Daniel on 0862072745..Under -10 training will continue this Friday in Ture from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. This is for boys and girls born in the years 2005 and 2006. All new players welcome can all boys and girls bring water bottle and cost of the session is €2. For info contact Kevin on 0863576713.Under 12 Training for the 2015 season has started and will continue every Saturday in ture from 10.30am to 12pm. Please bring Trainers, Gum Shield, Water Bottle and €2. This is for players born in 2003 and 2004. New players welcome. Contact Damian for more info 087 7963559Under-14 training is on every Sunday from11.30am to 1pm and every Wednesday aswell for details contact neil on 0863855855Under 16 and Minor training will take place every Monday and Friday evenings at 7pm to 8.15pm in ture.There was Disappointment on Fridaynight for our U-16s as they suffered defeat in the county final to a very strong Glenties side in Letterkenny.. But take nothing away from our boys who defied all odds and reached the clubs first U-16 division 1 county final. They’ve done everyone at the club proud and no doubt will come back stronger for the championship. Also the players and management would like to thank everyone who came and showed great support Friday night.CAMOIGECamoige for girls aged 6 and over will begin in Ture pitch on Thursday16th,April at 6.00pm to 7.00pm. Come along and join in the fun.CLUB APPOur new club app is now live on the App Store and google play store In the app you can play the clubs lotto every week through the games section and keep up to date with club events and wats happening within the club. Also there is direct links to Facebook and twitter. You can also share your photos of games you are at via the app. So get downloading and have a look for yourselfCLUB GEARThe club has a range of club gear for sale and are placing a order soon with O’Neills. If any one is interested in ordering new gear or purchasing some for details contact Dermot Mc Colgan on 0879978968As always keep up to date with club activities through Facebook,Twitter,Club APP and through are website on www.naomhpadraig.com GAA NEWS: NAOMH PADRAIG MUFF PIPPED BY CARN was last modified: May 31st, 2015 by John2Share 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)
Venue with 2 great links in County DonegalPROMOTED POST: Ballyliffin Golf Club has been described by many golfers who have had the privilege of playing at the stunning venue as one of the best links courses in Ireland.Today, Ballyliffin’s OPEN WEEK swings into action and as always a HUGE crowd is expected to attend what promises to be a wonderful week of golf.John Farren told Donegal Daily, “We’re expecting a large crowd for the annual Ballyliffin Open Week with Daily Competitions on alternate Championship courses, which are in excellent condition.“The timesheets are available from Friday June 19th at 9am and Prize Presentations will take place on Friday July 3rd and Sunday July 5th. “Ballyliffin GC would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for the weeks festivities – Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Neal Doherty Jewellers, Travellers Insurances,Desmond Motors Ford,The Ballyliffin Hotel and North West Gas Company.“Contact the Proshop on 0749378100 to book your teetime. HUGE CROWD EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BALLYLIFFIN OPEN WEEK was last modified: June 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsNoticesSport
IT’S make or break for reigning county champions St Eunan’s as they host Dungloe in the SFC at O’Donnell Park this evening.The reserves throw in at 5pm with the seniors to follow at 6.30pm.The winners of the senior game are guaranteed a quarter-final spot with the men from the west confident they can cause an upset in Letterkenny this evening. Eunan’s can go through with a draw, but will want to show they are the better than the side which wilted so easily against Naomh Conaill last Sunday.The Glenties men were better in all departments.The Letterkenny side are once again without Rory Kavanagh who returns home next weekend, hoping the black and amber are still in the championship.A large crowd is expected for this Saturday evening clash, so supporters are warned to get to O’Donnell Park early. GAA: MAKE OR BREAK FOR EUNAN’S AS DUNGLOE VISIT O’DONNELL PARK was last modified: August 29th, 2015 by John2Share 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:dungloeSFCSt Eunans
BOXING: A buoyant Shaun Mc Shane has targeted a fight in the New Year – as he looks to continue his fine run of form in the ring after his recent impressive victory. Mc Shane won a unanimous points decision against Tyrone fighter Ben Mulligan.Mulligan put on a brave performance but he was outclassed by a determined Mc Shane who controlled the bout from start to finish. Mulligan took big shots from Mc Shane and was rattled during several different stages of the fight – but survived the consistent onslaught from the Donegal man.Mc Shane is now targeting a return to the ring in early January – as he’s keen to continue his march through the rankings.Mc Shane told Donegal Daily, “I trained hard for the Mulligan fight so I was confident, he was strong guy and very durable.“He took a lot of heavy shots that most guys would go down from, but he never gave up he was their to win and I respect that. However, at the same time I knew I was in control, and if I had to go to war then I’d plenty left in the tank.“Overall we’re happy with the result, but we know there is still a lot of work to do.“I’d love to get back in the ring before Christmas, but realistically it will be the New Year before I’m back in action. BOXING: MC SHANE WANTS NEW YEAR FIGHT AFTER SUPERB PERFORMANCE was last modified: November 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:boxingSport
SHEEPHAVEN SUB AQUA CLUB NOTES Sheephaven divers had a couple of beautiful days last week with slack winds and bright sunshine, just made for getting into the water. However diving activities started off on Wednesday evening’s with trainee pool work, which saw this year’s intake get their first experience of scuba training, in the comfort and safety of the Mevagh Dive Centre 3m pool.Under the direction and guidance of Sheephaven SAC’s Training Officer, Anne Boyle, the trainees went through the full range of scuba skills, including water entry, buoyancy control, mask clearance, buddy breathing and the ultimate ditch and recovery of gear.Saturday morning’s was a two boat dive party to Rossnakill Bay, which lies just off Mucross Channel between North and Broad Water in the Mulroy Bay system.The dives were conducted in two sticks to a depth of 27 metres, experiencing a diverse ecosystem substrate that ranged from a coarse sandy seabed in the middle of the channel to boulders and rock wall closer to the surface. Water temperature at around 4 degrees Celsius was as cold as Sheephaven divers have experienced all winter, but it didn’t deter a 40 minute dive in good water visibility of over 5 metres horizontally.Marine life on site has begun to stir into spring mode, with the larger Sea Slugs starting to lay egg strings, which is heartening to see.Also on this site there were examples of our only hard corals, the Devonshire Cup Coral, no bigger than a finger nail but a further testament to the quality of the water at this location.Previous dives at this location produced examples of the rare Flame Shell Mussel, which lie just under the gravel seabed. They have a vivid red fringe around outside of the shell, hence their name.Sunday morning’s snorkel was once again a well-attended affair from PortnaBlagh Pier, with a few new attendees taking full advantage of the calm sea conditions and the bright sunshine.For some of the divers it was a chance to complete their annual water fitness test, joining the rest of the Clubs’ dived up members just ready to begin their 2016 diving. With the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland due on the May 2016 there is a Donegal connection to the biggest naval battle to have ever taken place in WW1 and the sinking of HMS Curacoa in WW2.The only remaining warship from the day the British Grand Fleet met the German High Sea’s Fleet in the North Sea has recently been restored at a cost of £12m. HMS Caroline survived a battle that saw the British lose 14 ships and 6,000 men compared to German losses of 11 ships and 2,500 men. Of the 6,000 British sailors lost 350 were Irish.In terms of losses the Royal Navy was beaten on the day, but the German Grand Fleet never put to sea again, except to surrender at the end of the war and subsequently be interned in Scapa Flow. There they remained until their crews scuttled them enmass on the 21st June 1919. Effectively despite their lighter losses the German battleships played no further part in WW1 and were neutralised as a fighting force.HMS Caroline was a C Class light cruiser, the first of 28 such vessels built from 1913 onwards. She was 4,290 tonnes in displacement, 452 feet long, 43 feet wide and had a draught of 14 feet. Her 6 boilers drove two propellers, generating 40,000 hp, and sent the ship though the water at rate of just under 30 knots. HMS Caroline had a crew of 334 officers and men and an armament of 5 breech loading 6 inch guns, two quick fire 3 inch guns, 2 two pounders and 8×21 inch torpedo tubes. HMS Caroline’s connection with Donegal is through her C Class Light Cruiser sister ship HMS Curacoa, which also survived WW1 and was refitted in WW2 as an anti-aircraft escort ship that sank on the 2nd October 1942, west of Tory Island.HMS Curacoa was commissioned in February 1918 and in 1939 was refitted to fight in WW2, where in 1942 she steamed out from Derry to provide support to the Queen Mary, who was bringing 10,000 American troops across the Atlantic in the build-up for D-Day.The Queen Mary in conjunction with her escorts conducted anti-submarine zig-zagging manoeuvres, but the 81,000 tonne ship travelled faster than her escorts and eventually the zig-zagging ships would pass too close for comfort, when another escort in a picket line would take up station.However on the 2nd October 1942 an inevitable collision occurred when the Queen Mary ran down HMS Curacora, sinking her in 6 minutes and taking all but 99 of the 338 crew with her, 60 Km north of the Donegal coast.There the Curacoa remained broken in two parts at a depth of 125 metres until dived upon on the 18th October 2007, resulting in a bottom time of 23 minutes and a 4 hour decompression interval, the first contact since that fateful day.Today HMS Caroline is the only remaining connection between the Battle of Jutland and the Donegal Coast, divided by two World Wars.SHEEPHAVEN SUB-AQUA CLUB ENJOY DIVE OFF ROSSNAKILL BAY was last modified: March 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Sheephaven Sub Aqua ClubSport
Donegal U21 star Adam Neely suffered a nasty injury last night in what was an accidental clash with an Ardara player.GAA: Dungloe earned a vital win in their bid to ensure they retain their Division One status last night against fellow strugglers Ardara. Tony Boyle’s side defeated Ardara on a score-line of 1-14 to 0-15 in what supporters said was played like a Donegal SFC clash, not surprising when there was so much at stake.Donegal U21 star Adam Neely sustained a broken nose and a few stitches after an accidental clash in the first-half. However, the game was marred by some nasty scenes towards the end of the match and CJ Molloy and Martin Redmond both saw red late on.There was little between the sides but Martin Redmond’s goal proved crucial and was the difference between the sides.Adrian Sweeney was inspired, and at 40 shows no signs of hanging up the boots, and why would you when you have still have the quality and class that he possesses.This was a huge win for Dungloe, only their second in the league, and their first since their opening day win over Bundoran. Ardara battled hard and they showed enough to suggest that they should be OK, but it’s going to go down to the wire with very little separating Glenswilly, Ardara, Dungloe, Bundoran and Termon.Dungloe travel to Termon next weekend, but most certainly will be without Neely after his nasty injury.OUCH! DUNGLOE COUNT THE COST OF VITAL LEAGUE WIN AFTER BRUISING BATTLE! was last modified: June 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Adam NeelydungloeGAAnewsSport
The Eany Celtic U14 football team won the South Donegal Schoolboys U14 League today at Eany Park after beating Erne wanderers 3-0.This is Eany’s second time winning the League in the space of one year as unusually it had to be run twice in order to accommodate the proposed change over from Winter to Summer soccer.Pictured above with the team are coaches John Daly and Paul McGuckin. Scorers for Eany were Conor Campbell, Jack Byrne and Nathan Maxwell.Eany captain on the day Conor Campbell receiving the League trophy from League Chairman Ian CurristanEany Celtic U14s win League for second time this year was last modified: November 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Eany CelticFootballLeaguesouth donegal schoolboys u14 league
Former Wolves loanee Alfred N’Diaye has been offered to Ligue 1 Lille.The 28-year-old helped drive Wolves to the Championship title with 33 league appearances during his loan from Villarreal last term. 1 N’Diaye is uncertain about his future But having returned to the Spanish club this summer, N’Diaye’s future is currently up in the air.The former Hull and Sunderland man has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League again but it is not clear whether Wolves will complete a permanent swoop.And now, according to French outlet RMC, Villarreal have offered Lille the chance to sign him this summer.The French club are currently studying the proposal and could be about to lodge a bid for the former Nancy midfielder.
ALTERED 2 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? crackers who plays? Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? NEW ERA Latest Premier League News predicted How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Riyad Mahrez is set to become Manchester City’s record signing.talkSPORT understands Leicester City have accepted a £60million bid for their Algerian winger from the Premier League champions. Riyad Mahrez is set to swap Leicester City for Manchester City possible xi While Leicester will be disappointed to lose the talented winger, the deal represents a remarkable piece of business for the club.They paid just £400,000 for the then-unknown Mahrez in January 2014 to sign him from Ligue 2 side Le Havre.Mahrez has gone on to score 48 goals in 179 appearances for the Foxes and played a crucial part in their remarkable Premier League title success in 2015/16. Mahrez will become Guardiola’s first signing of the summer window.He could soon be followed to the Etihad Stadium by Napoli playmaker Jorginho.Napoli have left the Italy international out of a pre-season training camp ahead of a likely £43m move to City.Speaking last week, Jorginho’s agent said he had arrived in England and was waiting for the go ahead from Napoli before finalising his client’s switch. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 2 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes gameday smart causal He will undergo a medical with City in the coming days, and the club are hopeful of announcing his signing later in the week.The fee for the 27-year-old will surpass the £57m City paid Athletic Bilbao for centre-back Aymeric Laporte earlier this year.Mahrez was a target of Pep Guardiolas during the January transfer window, and they made a series of late offers for him on deadline day – all of which were rejected.But Guardiola has kept up his pursuit, and has now got his man. Riyad Mahrez was wanted by Manchester City last season Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener
Sweden overcame Switzerland in the last 16 “Expectancy was not high and the feeling was they were doomed.“I’ve got a Swedish friend who said he had money on them not scoring a goal in the tournament.“But they’ve grown and now they’ve got to this stage it’s a game the players and the nation will enjoy.”Potter has children born in Sweden and two of his new Swansea charges – goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt and defender Martin Olsson – are part of the Blagult (Blue and Yellow) squad determined to stop England reaching a first World Cup semi-final since 1990. Swansea boss Graham Potter has warned Gareth Southgate and England that they risk World Cup elimination if they underestimate quarter-final opponents Sweden.Potter spent over seven years in the Swedish game before being appointed Swansea manager last month and he knows football in the country inside out after guiding Ostersund to three league promotions and Svenska Cupen glory. Potter will take the reigns at the Liberty Stadium next season This is the first time Sweden have made the quarter-finals of the World Cup since 1994.Successive victories over Mexico and Switzerland saw them win back-to-back matches at the World Cup for the first time since they finished as runners-up on home soil in 1958.But Sweden have a proud record against England in competitive football, losing only once in eight games.That was actually in their last competitive meeting – England winning 3-2 at Euro 2012 – with the last World Cup clash between the countries finishing as a 2-2 draw at Germany 2006.“Sweden will see this as an opportunity to play the underdog as pretty much no one will expect them to go through,” Potter said.“There was a lot of negativity around the national team within Sweden ahead of the World Cup and they got booed at the last match before the tournament. 4 4 4 Solihull-born Potter is backing England to make the last four in Samara on Saturday, but said: “They’ve got a really tough game.“Sweden are a very organised side who know how to defend but try to score as well.“They have a fantastic coach in Janne Andersson, who plays to the strengths of the players, and if you underestimate them you will be in trouble.“They’re not fantastic in terms of relying on possession and creative build-up and play a relatively simple game.“But at the same time it’s very effective and their team ethic is really strong.” 4 England beat Colombia on penalties in their last 16 fixture The Swedes were heartbroken by an injury time Toni Kroos winner in the group stage, but bounced back to top their group But he has no hesitation stating where his loyalties lie, saying: “I’ve got to back England.“It’s a World Cup quarter-final and anything can happen, of course.“I guess there is more expectancy on England to go through.“But England have been fantastic in the tournament, especially Gareth Southgate who has been first class and I am proud that he is our manager.“Hopefully it’s a game England will come through.”talkSPORT WILL HAVE LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL BETWEEN SWEDEN AND ENGLAND ON SATURDAY, JULY 7 AT 3PM.
3 Mohamed Salah wanted no time in continuing his sensational scoring form as Liverpool beat Manchester City 2-1 in a pre-season friendly in the United States. The Reds stars also got a surprise visit from Her Majesty’s finest, James Bond, following the final whistle.Liverpool fan and 007 actor Daniel Craig was pictured joking with Salah, Mane and James Milner in the dressing room following the game. Man City starlet Leroy Sane celebrates his goal 3 Fans were thrilled to see ‘Egyptian King’ Mo Salah in action for the first time in Liverpool’s pre-season Mo Salah was back with a bang in his first appearance for Liverpool since the World Cup 52 seconds. Second touch. Mo Salah. 😉 pic.twitter.com/tcK1rjRhIh— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 26, 2018 3 New number. Same old Sadio. 👊#LFCPreSeason #ICC2018 pic.twitter.com/NOLkDBtw6P— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 26, 2018 The Egyptian King, in his first Reds appearance since the World Cup, scored within one minute of his introduction as Jurgen Klopp’s men came from behind to stun the Premier League champions.Sadio Mane, debuting his new No.10 shirt, was also on the scoresheet – a big bonus for visiting fans as neither Reds star was expected to feature in the International Champions Cup clash.Leroy Sane broke the stalemate at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on 57 minutes for Man City, who donned their new popular away kit for the first time.But Liverpool hero Salah buried a header – with only his second touch of the game – to draw things level, before Mane slotted a penalty past Joe Hart in stoppage-time to seal the comeback victory.Salah came close to scoring another two in the closing minutes – a header was blocked on the line and his second effort struck the crossbar.His rapid return to goal will be good news for Liverpool fans and should answer anyone who might suggest the winger was a ‘one-season wonder’ after scoring 32 goals to win the Premier League golden boot. Bond meets the boys. 😎 pic.twitter.com/PL7qh6LOpy— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 26, 2018
Things were looking pretty bleak for Chelsea after the loss to Manchester City in the Community Shield but the final moments of the transfer window which sees Kepa Arrizabalaga and Mateo Kovacic arrive at Stamford Bridge, while Thibaut Courtois joined Real Madrid has reinvigorated the mood within the club.The Terriers have not brought in too many big names but made nine signings this summer, including wrapping up the permanent deal of Jonas Lossl and the deadline day buy of Isaac Mbenza.Huddersfield v Chelsea kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, August 11. NEW ERA Sarri ponders during Chelsea’s Community Shield defeat to Manchester City 2 REVEALED silverware What the managers are sayingDavid Wagner (Huddersfield): “We feel we have a better group of individuals and it’s up to the whole group to get this togetherness up to a level that makes it difficult for the opponent. If we have a Terrier spirit, we will be competitive.”Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea): “The squad is too large, so some players have to go on loan, but I don’t know who at the moment. I prefer to have 23, 24 players and three or four young players, no more.” How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible xi Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Premier League News How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? ALTERED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday David Wagner will be hoping to keep Huddersfield in the top flight for a second year running How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes possible standings smart causal How can I listen?You can listen to Huddersfield v Chelsea live on talkSPORT 2 from 3pm on Saturday.Confirmed TeamsHuddersfield: Hamer, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Hadergjonaj, Mooy, Hogg, Billing, Lowe, Pritchard, Mounie.Subs: Lossl, Smith, Diakhaby, Sobhi, van La Parra, Depoitre, Stankovic.Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Barkley, Kante, Jorginho, Willian, Morata, Pedro.Subs: Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Caballero, Moses, Giroud, Zappacosta, Christensen. Chelsea’s 2018/19 Premier League campaign gets underway with a trip to Huddersfield.The game is Maurizio Sarri’s first in the league after being appointed Blues manager last month. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won
The former Aston Villa midfielder went on to say to his team-mates, “When something goes against us, think of the basics of football.” 4 The 28-year-old in no uncertain terms told the squad how he felt about them throwing away the chance to clinch the title over their rivals 4 4 Manager Pep Guardiola attempted to calm down Delph, who was incensed at Yaya Toure’s comment that “tiredness” was the cause of City’s collapse Toure disagreed with the 28-year-old’s assessment, before manager Pep Guardiola attempts to calm down proceedings.He says: “Guys. Chill out. Shut up please. No because you, because you, because you. If you disagree, complain to me for my decisions.“When you lose in football, you think, we didn’t run. That is b*******, guys. That is not the point.”Delph reasons: “I’m not blaming anyone, it’s just the basics of football. When things go against us and everybody drops their head, just remember the basics. Fabian Delph has emerged as one of Manchester City’s dressing room leaders with a passionate X-rated blast in the aftermath of their derby defeat at the Etihad last season.City were on course to wrapping up a third Premier League title against their arch nemesis’ but squandered a two-goal lead, as Manchester United launched a stunning second-half comeback through Chris Smalling and a Paul Pogba double to grab a 3-2 win. 4 Skipper Kompany then says: “If I wanna see this team go to the next level and do even more, every single detail we need to be honest with ourselves and be hard with ourselves.”But what seemed to really irk Delph was the suggestion from Toure that “tiredness” was the reason for City’s collapse.“What I’m saying right now is that it’s true because in the first half we were there, but in the second half they took us physically,” Toure said.“I think we have to understand sometimes, because we’re fatigued and that’s the time we need to regroup.”A furious Delph continues: “F****** tired? It’s simple, it’s straightforward. We stopped f****** running in the second half.” Fabian Delph was furious after City’s second-half collapse over United in April – which denied them sealing the title over their arch nemesis “Winning our individual battles, sticking together as a unit, f****** defenders defending, midfielders box to box, f****** keepers. Just the basics of football.“When we go behind, or something comes against us, we freeze. When something goes against us, think of the basics of football.”Guardiola finishes: “Football is not flowers, a good holiday and say everything is easy.“Football is so complicated at the high level guys. We tried to build something good and you did do good.“You have to make the last level guys, everyone together. That is the moment the real men, the real football players, the real professionals step up and say ‘I’m here’.” The new Amazon eight-part documentary series, ‘Manchester City: All or Nothing’, shows the behind-closed-doors fallout from the April 7 showdown.Two of the club’s longest-serving players Vincent Kompany and former midfielder Yaya Toure chipped in with their say during the heated exchange.But Delph was incensed that City’s title party had been put on hold by United, and in no uncertain terms let his team-mates know of his grievances.The former Aston Villa midfielder can be heard saying: “F****** shit man, f**** sake. F****** useless. F*** me. F****** hell.”
SORRY 7 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Here at talkSPORT.com we’re always keeping an eye on Understat.com to see whether players and clubs are under or over performing.Find out how the stats believe the Premier League SHOULD be shaping up below… How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings latest 7 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 7 Most read in Premier League gameday cracker Tottenham have been playing their home games at Wembley this season just as they did last season while White Hart Lane was redeveloped 7 tense Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring for Arsenal 7 predicted TOP WORK 4. Bournemouth – Real position = 6Real points = 20 | Expected points = 19.793. Liverpool – Real position = 2Real points = 26 | Expected points = 21.122. Chelsea – Real position = 3Real points = 24 | Expected points = 21.32 1. Manchester City – Real position = 1Real points = 26 | Expected points = 26.49 7 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? whoops 7 Newcastle are still yet to win this season Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update changes huge blow Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial celebrate Everton manager Marco Silva speaks to striker Cenk Tosun 16. Brighton and Hove Albion – Real position = 11Real points = 14 | Expected points = 8.9515. Cardiff City – Real position = 17Real points = 5 | Expected points = 10.1014. West Ham – Real position = 13Real points = 8 | Expected points = 10.49 10. Leicester City – Real position = 12Real points = 13 | Expected points = 13.179. Arsenal – Real position = 4Real points = 22 | Expected points = 13.818. Manchester United – Real position = 8Real points = 17 | Expected points = 14.15 Sometimes the Premier League table lies, especially when the season is just 10 games old.We all know, for instance, Arsenal are outscoring what has been predicted of them, while Burnley, previous to their current run, were getting unlikely results, according to statistics. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Expected goals (xG) is a football statistic that attempts to reveal the precise score of every game using the quality of chances created. If a team has a high xG but low goals scored they were wasteful, whereas a low xG but high goals scored suggests they are performing far better in front of goal than they should be.Using expected goals, which you can learn more about here, and data from Understat, we present how the table should look after 10 games, according to the stats experts.20. Burnley – Real position = 15Real points = 8 | Expected points = 6.7919. Fulham – Real position = 18Real points = 5 | Expected points = 7.6218. Huddersfield Town – Real position = 20Real points = 3 | Expected points = 7.7117. Newcastle United – Real position = 19Real points = 3 | Expected points = 8.09 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed 13. Southampton – Real position = 16Real points = 7 | Expected points = 11.3612. Crystal Palace – Real position = 14Real points = 8 | Expected points = 12.6611. Everton – Real position = 9Real points = 15 | Expected points = 13.14 Chelsea are doing well under new boss Maurizio Sarri 7. Watford – Real position = 7Real points = 19 | Expected points = 16.286. Wolverhampton Wanderers – Real position = 10Real points = 15 | Expected points = 16.495. Tottenham Hotspur – Real position = 5Real points = 21 | Expected points = 17.90
“[Adam] Lallana rusty, [Daniel] Sturridge rusty, Joel Matip coming into the team looked rusty as well.“I think they definitely underestimated that Red Star Belgrade team; at home, they are not a bad team.“Who do you blame? Klopp for the personnel he chose tonight?“Do you blame the players? Let me put it Billy big time in regards to [Mohamed] Salah looking like he could just turn up and score. latest gameday cracker “I think it’s time for a few home truths really, because they could have blown that group. They had to make a statement tonight against Red Star and get the group in the grip of their hands.“They had an opportunity, being a point clear, to get three [more] tonight and ease the pressure.”You can listen to Micky Quinn’s full rant above… The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Pavkov netted his first European goals to secure Red Star an historic victory Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BEST OF 2 LATEST Micky Quinn laid into his beloved Liverpool on talkSPORT following the Reds’ disappointing Champions League defeat to Red Star Belgrade.Milan Pavkov’s first-half brace was enough to down Jurgen Klopp’s side in Serbia on Tuesday night, with the Reds performing well below their usual level. revealed whoops 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Most Read In Football Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade scrap Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The result does not end Liverpool’s chances of reaching the knockout stages of Europe’s premier cup competition, though it certainly increases the likelihood the Anfield club will fail to make it to the round-of-16.Full commentary of Tuesday’s match was available LIVE on talkSPORT, and after the full time whistle Micky Quinn had his say on Liverpool’s performance.Former Newcastle forward Quinn was born on Merseyside and is a well-known supporter of the Reds, and he could not hide his frustration at his beloved club.“As a Liverpool fan I’m very disappointed,” Quinn said.“That first 45 minutes especially replicated the Napoli game where they looked lethargic, tactically inept and woefully lacking creativity in midfield.“[James] Milner running around like a chicken with no head, [Georginio] Wijnaldum the same – no impact away from home… tense RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion SORRY Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Quinn was critical of James Milner’s showing in Serbia
We’ve got 8 matches on @talkSPORT & @talkSPORT2 this weekend 🙌Here’s how to listen:📻 DAB Digital Radio💻 Laptop or tablet: https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD📲 The app: https://t.co/z3wuJfatGR pic.twitter.com/WczLagM0LF— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 30, 2018 Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast ahead of the game, Morgan said: “Tottenham have never won the Premier League in my lifetime – and I’m not a young man.“We know they have a tendency to choke and I believe the choke is coming on Sunday when the north London dominance, which has been drifting in recent years, will be reasserted with a thumping Arsenal win, led by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.“There’s an excitement now at Arsenal which is that we feel like things are happening again… and that’s down to Unai Emery.“There’s a new energy, a new dynamism, the fans have got hope again.“But Sunday will be a test because Tottenham are playing well. Spurs currently sit third in the Premier League, with Arsenal in fifth Piers Morgan says Arsenal will ‘reassert their dominance’ and become the biggest club in north London again with victory over Tottenham in Sunday’s derby.However, the Gunners superfan says his side’s impressive 18-game unbeaten run ‘will be forgotten’ should they suffer defeat to Spurs.Arsenal have the chance to leapfrog their rivals in the Premier League table in Sunday’s derby clash at the Emirates Stadium – with LIVE and EXCLUSIVE radio commentary only on talkSPORT!It represents the biggest test of Arsenal’s season so far, having stretched their streak to 18 games unbeaten with an easy victory over Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League on Thursday. Arsenal’s kids put on a very professional display at a freezing Kiev 2 “If we beat them, we would go above them in the table and, for me, that makes this the biggest game of the season.“However, we’re 18 games unbeaten in all competitions and we’re 11 games unbeaten in the Premier League, but if we lose to Spurs on Sunday all of that will be forgotten.”Listen back to Piers Morgan on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!Tune into talkSPORT from 1:30pm on Sunday for LIVE and EXCLUSIVE commentary of Arsenal v Tottenham 2
Northwest Pony Club Camp 2013 By Lawrence SmythThe Northwest Pony Club, which is affiliated to the National Irish Pony Club (IPC), held its annual camp last week at its unique location at Cruit Island, in Co Donegal. The camp, which catered for 30 young people with their ponies and horses, was a tremendous success.Participants had the opportunity of improving their horsemanship skills and education in Dressage, Show Jumping, Cross Country, Riding and Road Safety, and Stable Management. On the final day of camp IPC examinations were conducted and examined at D, D Plus, and C grades. Rudy Schneider, District Commissioner (DC), said that from thanked the parents for their support in organising and running the camp. The great strength of the club, he said, lies in the excellent assistance and encouragement of parents. Rudy paid tribute to Denis Greene, Assistant DC, Moira Greene, Secretary, and Edward McFadden, Treasurer.The instructors at camp were: Patricia Warren, Killult Stables, Rachel Carton, Rathmullan, Geraldine Porter, Burt, and Daniel Lusby, Lifford, and Jane Patterson, Killygordin. Patricia, Geraldine, and Daniel, who are IPC Examiners, conducted the examinations on behalf of the Irish Pony Club, Co Kilkenny.Traditionally, for many years, the Northwest Pony Club did cross country jumping at Culdooey, Cruit Island. The jumps at Kildooey were maliciously damaged on the night before the camp started. However, parents united and quickly built a temporary cross country course at another location.Those who passed the D Plus and Road Safety Examinations are: Abbie Rodgers, who passed her exams after being a member of the club for just one week (Mum, Angela must be very proud of her), Orlaith McFadden, daughter of Edward and Siobhan, Gweedore, Conor Hunter, son of Seamus and Karen, Maghery, Dungloe, and Poppy Debney, daughter of Shaun and Emily, Meencorwick, Annagry. The five riders who passed the C Test and Road Safety exams are: Dean McLaughlin, son of Noel and Mary, Maghery, Tierney Gallagher, daughter of Neil and Debbie, Meenbanad, Aine and Patrick Hunter, whose parents are Seamus and Karen, Maghery, and Caoimhe Greene, daughter of Pete and Máire, Dungloe. EQUESTRIAN: SUCCESS AT THE NORTH WEST PONY CLUB CAMP was last modified: July 6th, 2013 by John2Share 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:EQUESTRIAN: SUCCESS AT THE NORTH WEST PONY CLUB CAMP
Thomas Pringle TD has expressed concerns regarding the recent proposal for a rural hackney service, insisting that existing hackney licence holders should be allowed to apply or tender for it to work efficiently.The Donegal TD raised the matter with Minister of State for Transport Alan Kelly.Deputy Pringle said “The recent proposal for a rural hackney service, from the limited media reports I have seen, I understand it is to be introduced by December and will be administered through the rural transport companies and I believe there will be restrictions on the areas in which the hackneys can operate. “However, I have serious concerns because many hackney drivers operate in the rural part of County Donegal where I live. Even though Killybegs has a population of 1,200 or 1,300 about eight or nine hackneys operate there every weekend. I can see the thought behind introducing this system through the rural transport companies, but existing hackney licence holders should be allowed to apply or tender and then it should be administered through the transport companies, but this current proposal would introduce a third layer of taxis.”The Killybegs-based politician said that with taxi-plate holders, the hackneys and now these new rural hackneys, there will be major problems with the policing and regulation of it.“A person getting this new hackney licence might be restricted to operating within a five-mile radius of a small village in County Donegal, however, nothing will prevent him or her from going to operate in the nearest town. We know there will be no regulation because there are a very limited number of enforcement officers nationwide.“For a country of this size there is no way it will be possible to enforce regulation in that industry. Existing hackney licence holders should be able to tender with the rural transport companies and the payments can then be arranged with the rural transport companies. Hackney licence holders in rural areas are struggling and barely making a living as things stand,” stated Pringle. PRINGLE CALLS FOR FURTHER INCLUSION IN RURAL HACKNEY SERVICE was last modified: July 9th, 2013 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:Deputy Thomas Pringlehackneystaxis
Ireland’s most famous amateur weatherman has slammed sun-cream manufacturers as he predicted many more hot summer days for Donegal.Michael Gallagher has predicted Ireland’s weather for many years using the signs of plants and animals.But as well as studying natural weather signs, the Glenfin postman is also an expert on natural cures. He has even written a book ‘Cures and Remedies of a Bygone Era’ which has become a best-seller.Michael says he is annoyed that people are splashing out a fortune on fancy sun creams and lotions when the answer is in their back garden.“I have watched a lot of people getting sun burned in the past couple of weeks and it’s a shame.“People years ago never spent a fortune on fancy creams because they couldn’t afford to or didn’t need to. “All they have to do is to plant a number of Aloe Vera plants and they have all the natural sun protection they need.“All they have to do is to run the juice of the plant into them and it’s a great protection from the sun.“Even if they get burned the juices from the plant can be rubbed in and it soothes the skin.“It annoys me when these sun cream companies go on television and advertise how good they are. A lot of the time people are just buying the name,” he said.Despite MIchael’s claims, Aloe Vera does not offer protection from UV rays according to scientists. But the good news according to Michael is that the warm weather is here to stay for the meantime.“I said a few weeks ago that we are going to have a number of long periods of good sunshine over the summer.“It may cool down a little bit but I still think it will be very settled and I think we will still get plenty of more sunshine,” he said.WEATHERMAN MICHAEL’S COOL RECEPTION FOR SUNCREAM COMPANIES! was last modified: July 12th, 2013 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:aloe veraMichael Gallagherpostmansun creamweatherman
Horrendous conditions this evening in Donegal Town. Pic Gerry McCaffrey/donegaldaily.comGARDAI are tonight warning motorists across County Donegal to drive with extreme caution after a deluge of rain hit many parts of the county earlier today.Roads have been turned into rivers in many areas following a flash flood warning from forecasters.Further showers and heavy spells of rain are set to continue into the night. Our main picture shows rain pouring from the Diamond in Donegal Town towards the Quay.Earlier the downpours sent rainwater cascading down the main road from Glencar in Letterkenny and in Gaoth Dobhair rainwater affected the Gallagher’s supermarket complex.Road conditions in Lifford are also described as dangerous.Met Eireann and the Road Safety Authority of Ireland says the flooding is causing difficulties in many parts of the county. “There are dangerous driving conditions in many areas of Donegal and we would urge motorists only to travel if necessary and if they are travelling to slow down to suit the conditions,” said a Garda spokesman.Driving conditions are extremely dangerous in Donegal Town. Pic Gerry McCaffrey/donegaldaily.comMOTORISTS WARNED AS ROADS TURNED TO RIVERS IN DOWNPOURS was last modified: August 1st, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegal daily weatherMOTORISTS WARNED AS ROADS TURNED TO RIVERS IN DOWNPOURS
Three student enterprises from Donegal will be representing the county at the 10th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Dublin’s Croke Park next Wednesday, April 18th.Co-ordinated locally by the Donegal County Enterprise Board, the competition is the largest programme of its kind in the country. 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the first Student Enterprise Awards National Final and since last September, 16,647 budding entrepreneurs from 387 secondary schools across the country have been researching, setting up and running their own enterprises, with help from their teachers and local Enterprise Boards.The three student enterprises representing Donegal on April 18th are: ‘Go Hálainn Candles’ from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana in the Junior Category, ‘Heavenly Scent’, also from Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana in the Intermediate Category, with ‘Collar Me Quick!’ from St. Columba’s College in Stranorlar representing the county in the Senior Category. On the morning of April 18th, more than 300 finalists from all over the country, including the Donegal finalists, will descend upon GAA Headquarters to set-up enterprise exhibition displays before taking part in a series of judging interviews. Adjudicators mark the budding entrepreneurs on key business areas such as innovation, market research, sales, production, marketing, finances and planning.Michael Tunney, CEO of the Donegal County Enterprise Board has praised the local student entrepreneurs, saying: “Our local budding entrepreneurs from Donegal have all successfully researched, set up and managed a business over the last year, learning important business and enterprise skills along the way. Their families, communities, schools and teachers can be very proud of what they have achieved as they take on the role of student enterprise ambassadors for the county at this year’s National Final in Croke Park.”The awards ceremony for the Student Enterprise Awards is also held on April 18th and Senior Category winners will enjoy an educational trip to Italy in September, as part of their prize. Last year’s winner, Tara Haughton, now exports her winning products, the ‘Rosso Solini’ designer-looking soles for high heels, to twenty-two countries including Brazil, the US and Kuwait.The Chair of the Enterprise Education Committee with the County and City Enterprise Boards, Loman O’ Byrne, said: “Since the first Student Enterprise Awards National Final in 2002, the goal of the Student Enterprise Programme has been to create a more supportive culture for entrepreneurship in Irish classrooms. An enterprising culture in second level today will lead to a more enterprising culture in Irish workplaces and boardrooms in the future, where innovation and business planning skills are to the fore.” The Student Enterprise Awards programme is run across three categories by the network of County and City Enterprise Boards. Junior Category is for first year students; Intermediate Category is for second years and Junior Certificate students and the Senior Category is for transition year, fifth year, Leaving Cert, LCVP and LCA students. The interactive website for the programme, www.studententerprise.ie, has resources and video tutorials for teachers, students and parents. Pictures:Go Halainn Candles: Scoil Mhuire Buncrana: Rachel McGonagle, Caoimhe Murphy, Naomh Kenny, Meg O’Doherty, Emer McLaughlin (top)Collar Me Quick, St Columba’s, Stranorlar : Robert Lane (below)Heavenly Scent, Scoil Mhuire Buncrana: Emma Rose Callaghan (bottom) DONEGAL STUDENTS SET FOR ENTERPRISE AWARDS FINALS AT CROKE PARK was last modified: April 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL STUDENTS SET FOR ENTERPRISE AWARDS FINALS AT CROKE PARK
Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher has described as unacceptable a further cut to the Roads Budget by 15% for 2013.Speaking after the Glenties Electoral Area Meeting on Monday, Cllr Gallagher said: “Since its peak when the roads budget stood at €16 million we have seen a decrease of over 70% in the budget allocation for roads to just €5m for 2012 for the Glenties Electoral Area.“We have been told today by Donegal County Council that there will be a further 15% cut to the restoration programme for 2013. These cuts by Minister Varadkar are going to impact greatly on the condition of our roads, which are currently disintegrating before our eyes. “This measure does not make economic sense and will cost the Government twice as much into the future, as many roads in our area will have to be rebuilt due to this constant lack of funding. It is a short term gain only and will not provide for a long term roads infrastructure.“In the past we have witnessed the results of poor decision making when roads grants were being allocated. This practice has to stop as it has not strengthened our roads infrastructure.“The Glenties Electoral Area is nearly the same size as all of County Leitrim and with an area this size we have to ensure that roads are prioritised as part of a long-term roads programme whereby the benefits of a restoration grant would be felt for many years, rather than repeatedly tarring short stretches which have to reinstated year after year.“Over four years ago Fianna Fáil introduced their slash and burn policies, and they have been enthusiastically carried forward by the present Government. These Austerity policies do not work.” Cllr Gallagher concluded: “With leaks this week that an increase in motor tax is likely in the upcoming sixth Austerity budget, frustrated road users repeatedly ask where our taxes are being spent, because it is certainly not on improving our roads infrastructure.” YOUR ROAD TAX WILL GO UP – BUT DONEGAL ROADS BUDGET SLASHED BY 15 PER CENT was last modified: November 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL ROADS BUDGET SLASHED BY 15 PER CENTYOUR ROAD TAX WILL GO UP – BUT DONEGAL ROADS BUDGET SLASHED BY 15 PER CENT
HOSPITAL bosses have been given the keys to the new temporary outpatient department at Scally Place in Letterkenny.The rebuild programme at Letterkenny Hospital is underway involving a number of projects being worked on simultaneously, prioritising key patient areas.The Outpatient Department was one of the areas damaged by flood waters and Outpatient clinics were relocated to a number of different temporary locations within the hospital and around the town and county. It was decided to source offsite accommodation for the Outpatient Department (OPD) for a period of two years while the long-term plan for the restoration of the OPD onsite is progressed.Following a detailed and exhaustive evaluation process, a location was selected at Scally Place and work was undertaken to prepare it for clinical use. The building was handed over to the hospital on Monday 02 December.This week a number of clinics will relocate with the intention that by Monday 09 December all outpatient clinics that are currently offsite will run from this new location.Sean Murphy, General Manager, Letterkenny Hospital commented, “Our Outpatient Department was seriously affected by the flood waters. “We have been running up to 40 different clinics in temporary locations every week since the end of July and it has been very inconvenient for patients. It has also been inefficient as staff, records, and clinical supplies are required to move from one location to another.“I am delighted that we now have an interim location that will meet the needs of our patients and will make life easier for staff.“We are including address details for the Interim Outpatient Department in the letters we send to patients advising them of their next clinic appointment date and time. I would ask all patients to read their letters carefully and not assume that their next appointment will take place in the location where they had their last appointment.“I must stress that this is an interim arrangement only while the rebuild programme is underway at the hospital and I can confirm that OPD services will return to the hospital in due course.“We have a complex schedule of rebuild works underway at the hospital with our priority focused on the Emergency Department and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit (scheduled completion March 2014), the Pharmacy, Cardiac Investigations and Pulmonary Investigations (scheduled completion February 2014). I will keep you updated on progress on these and other projects at the hospital.” PATIENT INFO:The clinics which will run from the Interim Outpatient Department from Monday 09 December are:MedicalSurgical HaematologyRenalDiabeticENTNeurologyOrthopaedicFracture ClinicsMaxillofacialDermatologySt. Luke’sGeriatricsThe clinics which will continue to be provided from the main hospital include:AntenatalGynaecologyPaediatricsBreast ClinicsOncology‘TEMPORARY’ OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENT HANDED OVER TO HOSPITAL BOSSES was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 by John2Share 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)
Photo 1 caption: The rediscovered rock art panel at Maghernaul, Isle of Doagh with Trawbreaga Bay in the background.If rock is your thing then the Donegal County Museum is the place to be on March 18th.An illustrated presentation on the prehistoric rock art provenance will be given by Carol Dempsey, Heritage Research Assistant, County Donegal Heritage Office, at 7 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. “Rock art is one of the earliest forms of artistic expression and a global phenomenon that has fascinated both scholars and the public alike for centuries” said Carol.In Ireland, rock art sites are considered to be rare monument types found widely dispersed throughout the country.Major concentrations are known in County Kerry, in both the Dingle and Iveragh peninsulas, across County Louth and into County Monaghan, and in northern Donegal (especially the Inishowen peninsula). Surveys conducted by Brain Lacey (1983), Maarten van Hoek (1987-88), Mabel Colhoun (1995) and Blaze O’Connor (2006) have recorded approximately 160 rock art panels in County Donegal with only a small number of scattered panels located outside the Inishowen Peninsula.The rock art, which is between 5,000 and 4,000 years old, is mostly found on schist outcrops and the decoration is usually defined by cup-like features or complex patterns of cups, rings and grooves commonly known as ‘Cup and Ring’ rock art or ‘Atlantic Rock Art’. The illustrated presentation will consider the distribution of rock art panels in Donegal and the classification of the various rock art motifs.The possible meaning behind the Donegal rock art panels and how they relate to the natural landscape will also be discussed as well as their preservation and how best to manage these fascinating carved stones.“The recent rediscovery of rock art at Maghernaul on the Isle of Doagh has reignited people’s interest in the subject” explained Ms. Dempsey who recently graduated from University College Cork with an M.Phil. in Archaeology.“It is important that people know these rock carvings exist and although the rocks are permanent, the rock art itself will not last forever. It is vital the people know how best to care and conserve these rare sites.”Rock art sites are typically found on private land and are protected under the National Monuments Acts (1930 – 2004). Permission from the National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht must be obtained before works are carried out on or near these particular sites. More information relating to the location and protection of our archaeological monuments can be found at www.archaeology.ie.Photo 1 caption: The rediscovered rock art panel at Maghernaul, Isle of Doagh with Trawbreaga Bay in the background. DONEGAL GETS READY TO ‘ROCK’ IT OUT was last modified: March 5th, 2014 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:County Museumdonegalrock art
The Lower Main Street in Letterkenny has reopened to traffic and pedestrians following the collapse of a building earlier this morning.The collapsed building at Lower Main Street.Part of Charles Kelly Ltd came tumbling down overnight.Nobody was hurt during the incident. The Lower Main Street was closed of for a time this morning but has since reopened.The area around the building has been closed off and people are asked not to go near the damaged property.Part of the old Charles Kelly building is completely destroyed.Gardai have been in contact with the owners and a full investigation into the incident has been launched.There had been previous concern over unsafe buildings on Main Street as a number of them are very old and decaying. TRAFFIC REOPENS AS INVESTIGATION IS LAUNCHED INTO LETTERKENNY BUILDING COLLAPSE was last modified: March 7th, 2014 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:BuildingcollapseGardaiLower Main Street
BRUCKLESS/DUNKINEELY NOTESINDOOR CARBOOT SALE BRUCKLESSDunkineely Community Ltd will be having an Indoor Car-boot Sale in Bruckless Community Centre on SATURDAY 29TH MARCH, 10AM – 2PM, so if you are interested in holding a stall, cost €10, why not come along on the day or contact the DCL for more info 074 9737052. And for all those bargain hunters out there why not come along and see what you can find!!!!! DUNKINEELY IN BLOOM 2014Dunkineely Community Ltd are hoping to run a Dunkineely in Bloom competition in 2014, to brighten up the town and surrounding areas. We are looking for volunteers!!!!Would you like to be involved, or be part of the organising, any help would be great. Please get in touch with DCL office 0749737052.KNIT AND NATTERA knitting/ crochet/ stitching group will continue Thursday 20th March 10.30am in Dunkineely Stables, where absolute beginners can learn from experienced old hands as everyone brings their own projects or chooses to knit a scarf or crochet a hat or stitch a bag for Team Hope Shoebox Appeal or some other charity. Please contact Vanessa Purdy in the DCL Office for more details on 074 9737052.DUNKINEELY J-CLUBMeets Saturday 22nd March 6.30pm-8pm, in Dunkineely Methodist Hall for all of National School age. Games, videos, Bible stories, craft and fun – all in National School are welcome – Cost €2 per sessionSTABLES YOUTH Meets Saturday 22nd March at 8.00pm. Come play Basketball/Soccer/X-Box or just chill with your friends. All in secondary school are welcome. Cost €2. Dunkineely Methodist Hall & Stables.DCL WALKING GROUPDCL walking group meets Tuesday morning, 25th March at 10am from the DCL office. Whether you would like to wander or speed walk for around an hour, it’s up to you and there will be a cup of tea afterwards…. Contact DCL office for more info on: 074 9737052DCL OFFICE Come into the office weekday mornings and use the internet (20c per half hour) or print documents (20c per page) or borrow books from DCL Library 20c per book. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 074 9737052.DD LOCAL – DUNKINEELY TO LOOK ‘BLOOMING’ GREAT IN 2014 was last modified: March 14th, 2014 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:BriucklessdonegalDunkineelyNotes
A mum and dad will say a heartbreaking final goodbye to their only child today after he was killed in a freak traffic accident.The scene near Cockhill Bridge, Buncrana where 13 yr old Callum Dale was tragically killed. (NW Newspix)Callum Dale, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, was killed after he ran out of his home in Buncrana on Thursday evening.The 13 year old’s father Peter and mother Deirdre ran after the boy in a bid to try and get him to return to their home at Straboe, Buncrana. However Callum sat in the road and was struck by an oncoming car at Cockhill Bridge as he dad Peter, 51, tried to persuade him off the road.Peter was also struck by the car and is in a critical condition at Letterkenny General Hospital.His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening however.The boy’s mum Deirdre saw her husband and son being mowed down and was sent into a state of shock. Friends and family of the heartbroken couple have rallied to their aid as Callum is buried today.The young boy, a student at Crana College, will be buried after 2pm mass at St Mary’s Church in Cockhill.Gardai have again appealed to pedestrians who they believe were in the area at the time of the freak accident to come forward.“We know that there were three pedestrians in the area just before the incident and they may have seen something which will be vital to our investigation.“We would ask them and anybody else who was in the area around 10.30pm on Wednesday night to come forward,” said Inspector Eugene McGovern. Meanwhile the woman who struck Callum and his dad is also being treated for shock.Her own sister was killed on the same road more than 20 years ago.Local town councillor Ciaran McLaughlin praised the quick actions of the emergency services.“They were on the scene within minutes and were so professional. There was simply nothing they could do. “Our thoughts and prayers are now with Callum’s family,” he said.TRAGIC CALLUM TO BE BURIED TODAY AS GARDAI APPEAL FOR WITNESSES was last modified: March 16th, 2014 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:buncranaCallum Dalecrashdonegalfuneral
A RUSSIAN sailor has been questioned today for allegedly having illegal cigarettes in Killybegs.The 41-year-old was detained for a time after Customs officials found 6,200 cigarettes on board a vessel which arrived in port from St Petersburg.The ship was ‘placed under arrest’ for a time, later being released after a fine of €5,500 was paid. RUSSIAN QUIZZED OVER CONTRABAND CIGARETTES IN KILLYBEGS was last modified: April 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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)
The Donegal Rás team are continuing to perform well on day three of the An Post Rás around Ireland. The team are currently embarking on the gruelling 154 km trek from Lisdoonvarna to Charleville.The team were dealt a blow on day-one of the eight-day event when rider Mark McClure had to pull out of the tour due to illness. Despite that setback the team have performed admirably in his absence, and Ronan McLaughlin took the prize of first county rider over the line on the first day.Earlier this week, all tracks led to the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Sunday as the Donegal Rás team cycled into Buncrana. They were in town to announce the Inishowen Gateway Hotel as the team’s official sponsor for 2014.With the Giro D’italia now finished up, attentions have focused on the An Post Rás, the annual, eight-day, stage race around Ireland on which the Donegal team are on day-three of. The race is Ireland’s number one cycling event,and the epic race began in 1953 and has been held every year since.It is one of Ireland’s top sporting events bringing world class sporting action and a significant economic boost to towns and villages nationwide.The Rás has a worldwide reputation of being a gruelling challenge in the elite, international calendar.The open racing style allows amateur county and club riders to pit themselves against domestic and international professionals. Hoping to win big at this year’s Rás will be the all new Team Inishowen Gateway Hotel, made up of 5 talented Donegal cyclists – former Irish Hill climb Champion Ronan Mc Laughlin, former Donegal Time Trial Champion Conor Mc Ilwaine, reigning Donegal Time Trial Champion Rory Devlin, Donegal Veterans Champion Damian Lagan. First time national competitor Mark McClure pulled out on day-one due to illness.The team are managed by Chris McElhinney.Rena Doherty from the Inishowen Gateway told Donegal Daily, “We are delighted to be sponsoring Team Inishowen Gateway Hotel and we would like to wish the team the best of luck and hopefully victory will be brought back to Donegal. The team will be joined by the Gateway Girls, Aine Gleeson and Shareen Doherty,who will Tweet and Facebook live from the road to provide realtime information from the race to keep Donegal supporters up to date with the efforts of Team Inishowen Gateway Hotel, the official Donegal team. To stay connected with the team, the Inishowen Gateway Hotel invite you to like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.These pages will feature competitions and provide followers the chance of win exclusive race merchandise.This year’s Rás covers 1260 kilometres over eight stages with 36 categorised climbs, beginning in Dunboyne, Co. Meath with stage finishes in Roscommon, Lisdoonvarna, Charleville, Cahirciveen, Clonakilty, Carrick on Suir, Baltinglass and finally Skerries.Can Team Inishowen Gateway Hotel win big at this year’s An Post Rás? It’s looking positive if the team motto is anything to go by – “AYE WE CAN”!!DAY THREE- DONEGAL RÁS TEAM EN-ROUTE FROM LISDOONVARNA TO CHARLEVILLE was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:An Post RásCycliny eventdonegalFeaturesIrelandnewsSport
In 1963 the Co. Donegal Association of Parents and Friends with Intellectual Disabilities, originally known as Parents and Friends of the Mentally Handicapped was established.Fifty years ago training, education and care for those in Donegal with special needs were totally neglected by the Health and Education Services locally.These services were available but only in distant locations such as Sligo, Galway, Dublin etc. The Association was established in co-operation with the then North West Health Board (now the HSE) and over the years special schools, training centres, residential centres, respite centres and areas of special needs were established in the County.In addition of psychiatric, psychological, therapeutic, speech and language, medical and many other services that has been provided in the County for those in need.Progress in the last 50 years has been such that Donegal is now one of the forerunners in Ireland in providing the necessary care for people with special needs.In more recent years, The Donegal Housing Association has been established which is an offshoot of the Association. The D.H.A in conjunction with the HSE, the Department of the Environment and the Donegal County Council are providing magnificent facilities in various locations throughout the County. None of these services or amenities would have come about without the necessary finance being made available to the Association.So much of this money was provided by the people of the County through their generous donations at our church gate collections, dances, sales of goods and functions of all descriptions, not least through gifts and legacies.This hard work and dedication of collectors and organisers of these fundraising events has to be acknowledged, but could never adequately be appreciated.The Association has gone from strength to strength over the 50 years.New members or interested groups are very welcome. A function to celebrate the founding will he held soon. DONEGAL NOW A FORERUNNER IN DEALING WITH PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DIFFICULTIES – SPECIAL REPORT was last modified: June 8th, 2014 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:donegalINTELLECTUAL DIFFICULTIES
Donegal have won their first Ulster Minor Football Championship in eight years after a convincing win over Armagh in this afternoon’s final in Clones.A goal from John Campbell saw Declan Bonner’s young side hold a comfortable 1-09 to 0-02 lead at half time.A composed performance in the second period, capped by a last minute goal, ensured the title was making its way back to Donegal for the first time since 2006. So, that is the first half of what we hope is a memorable double – Jim McGuinness’s boys take on Monaghan in the senior final at 4.00pm.Come on, Donegal!!!ULSTER MINOR TITLE BACK IN DONEGAL AFTER EIGHT YEAR ABSENCE was last modified: July 20th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:ChampionsdonegalfinalFootballMinor
Donegal are back in Croke Park for an All-Ireland quarter-final on Saturday the 9th of August. Michael Murphy will lead Donegal out at Croke Park on Saturday the 9th of August.All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals that day will be:Donegal v Round 4B Winner, Croke Park, 4pm** (Sky Sports) Dublin v Round 4B Winner, Croke Park, 6pm** (Sky Sports)**Donegal cannot meet Monaghan again at this stage and Dublin cannot meet Meath. If neither win, there will be a draw to determine which of the Rd 4B winners (Armagh, Kildare) play which of the provincial champions.Some fans will be disappointed regarding the timing of the fixture, and that the game will only be screened on Sky Sports.In the Electric Ireland All-Ireland MFC quarter-final Donegal will play Roscommon, Markievicz Park, 3pm on Saturday August 2. Donegal landed their third Ulster title in four years when they defeated Monaghan at Clones yesterday afternoon.They’re hotly tipped to advance past the challenge of either Armagh and Meath and set up a blockbuster of a semi-final with Dublin.That clash is a mouthwatering prospect, but Jim McGuinness will not be drawn on the potential match-up and will focus all his attentions on the quarter-final.The county is in a state of euphoria after winning the Ulster title and with the minors claiming the title also it was an historic day for Donegal.People are starting to believe Donegal could go all the way again this year and repeat their heroics of 2012. We could be in for a long summer yet folks.Tir Chonaill Abú!!DONEGAL BACK IN CROKER AS PART OF ALL-IRELAND QUARTER-FINAL DOUBLE HEADER was last modified: July 21st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:all-ireland quarter finalCroke ParkdonegalDouble-headerHome-page Sportnews
A woman has been taken to hospital after she was knocked down in West Donegal this morning.The woman was taken to hospital.The accident occurred at the Glen Road in Annagry just after 11am.She was struck by a car and was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital. The woman’s injuries are not life-threatening.The road has ben closed for a forensic examination of the scene. WOMAN RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER BEING KNOCKED DOWN was last modified: October 7th, 2014 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:accidentAnnagrydonegalHOPSITALwoman
PALMDALE – Valencia-based Delta Scientific said it has sold more than 1,000 of its DSC501 counterterrorist barriers since 2001. The DSC501 was designed for the U.S. Navy and has also been selected for use at U.S. embassies. “We sold the first DSC501 on Feb. 28, 2001, and installed it at Washington Navy Yard,” Delta Scientific Senior Vice President David Dickinson said. “Our most recent installation is at a U.S. Air Force base in the Southwestern United States. The DSC501 will ultimately be used at every U.S. Air Force base in the world.” One of 30 kinds of Delta vehicle barriers, the DSC501 barricade is designed to stop and destroy a 15,000-pound vehicle traveling 50 mph and to survive the impact. It is set in a foundation only 18 inches deep. Delta has supplied counterterrorism barricade systems to over 160 U.S. embassies and consulates as well as those of the United Kingdom and other nations. In the United States, Delta barriers are installed at more than 110 federal buildings, including courthouses and FBI offices. More than 85 percent of U.S. nuclear power plants have Delta vehicle barricades. Delta Scientific systems are also at the U.S. Capitol, along Broadway sidewalks in New York City, and at European castles. Delta Scientific has its corporate headquarters in Valencia. Its manufacturing plant is in Palmdale. Delta also makes parking-control equipment and guard booths. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TOLEDO, Ohio – A coin dealer and major GOP donor at the center of a scandal in Ohio state government was charged Thursday with illegally funneling $45,400 in contributions to President George W. Bush’s re-election bid. Tom Noe was accused in a federal indictment of giving money directly or indirectly to 24 friends and associates, who then made the campaign contributions in their own names. In that way, he skirted the $2,000 limit on individual contributions, prosecutors said. “It’s one of the most blatant and excessive finance schemes we have encountered,” said Noel Hillman, section chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s public integrity section. Calls to the White House and Noe’s attorneys were not immediately returned. Prosecutors said the Bush campaign has cooperated with their investigation. Noe also is under investigation over an ill-fated $50 million investment in rare coins he managed for the state workers’ compensation fund. Noe has acknowledged that up to $13 million is missing, and Ohio’s attorney general has accused him of stealing as much as $6 million. No charges have been filed in that case, though state officials say they plan to do so. Prosecutors would not reveal the names of the people to whom Noe gave money to contribute or say if any of them would be charged. The indictment said Noe and those who gave his money to Bush had conspired together to violate the contribution limits. Two people who received just over $20,000 from Noe recruited others who then gave money in their own names, the indictment said. The coin dealer personally contributed more than $105,000 to Republicans, including Bush and Gov. Bob Taft, during the last campaign. An investigation into Noe’s coin investments led to ethics charges against Taft for failing to report golf outings and other gifts. The governor pleaded no contest in August and was fined $4,000. U.S. Attorney Gregory White said prosecutors were negotiating Noe’s surrender with his lawyer. Noe’s attorney, Bill Wilkinson, said in a statement that Noe’s surrender was complicated by the fact that Noe was in South Florida and that many courthouses there were still closed because of Hurricane Wilma. If convicted, Noe faces up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $950,000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
For nine days, Rocky and Jonathan Perkett heard a lone black bear cub wail from its hiding spot in a Coos County, Ore., logging site. They could drop a tree on it or rescue it. They chose the latter, and for two years the bear was like family. But when the authorities got wind of it, there was trouble a-bruin. The father and son named her Windfall and raised it for two years. They shared pizza and soda with the bear and gave her free rein of their home in the woods outside Coos Bay. The bear slept in Jonathan Perkett’s bed, took showers and even had her hair blow-dried, Rocky Perkett said. “We’re not lying about it,” said Rocky Perkett, 54. “We lived with her. We loved her. We treated her like a daughter.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But that’s illegal in Oregon, and last week police raided their home and took Windfall. The men face possible charges for holding the bear without permits and in an unlicensed facility. “The law says you can’t hold wild animals in any way,” said Wildlife Administrator Ron Anglin of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Perketts maintain that Windfall never was “held” or locked in a cage. They simply opened their house to her, Rocky Perkett said. She could come and go at will, and even learned to work the doorknobs, he said. “Is there a law against a bear running around in your yard?” Perkett said. The Perketts plan to hire an attorney and hope a glitch in the Oregon State Police’s search warrant will get the case tossed out – and, in the best of cases, get Windfall returned to them. “Everything they done here was unlegal,” Rocky Perkett said. “Since it’s all unlegal, I hope they will bring her back.” No citations have been issued but holding a bear without a permit is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $6,350 fine. Meanwhile, the bear has been shipped to a California Department of Fish and Game holding facility, where it will remain until the case is concluded. The bear’s likely future is at a zoo or a permanent holding facility, Anglin said. The bear likes people too much to be released into the wild, he said. Perkett acknowledged there’s little chance of getting Windfall back. But he hopes good intentions and lack of understanding of the law will discourage prosecution. “We’re hicks. We’re mountain men,” Perkett said. “We took her because she was dying and we loved her. The only thing we did wrong was love one another.” Wildlife biologist Stuart Love, who helped tranquilize and seize the bear, said he doesn’t doubt it. He said people’s attachment to wild animals makes such seizures “the worst part of my job.” “You could see the hurt in those guys’ eyes when we took it,” Love said. “But there’s no way we could leave that bear with them. It could end up killing someone.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! November may have brought a chill to the housing market. That doesn’t mean that potential buyers will catch much of a break, though, since prices and interest rates are heading in opposite directions. But retreating to the sidelines might not be a sound strategy, either. A variety of forecasts indicate that sales will set a record this year in Los Angeles County and all of California, then dip slightly in 2006. Prices peaked in the summer in most areas – the San Fernando Valley’s $600,000 record median single family price came in July. It’s fallen every month since, though not by huge amounts. This isn’t unusual, either. Last year’s record was $505,000 in June, then the median price, the point at which half the units cost more and half less, remained under that point until January, when it hit $521,000. Then that record fell every month from March through July. So at this point, it’s tough to differentiate between a seasonal and fundamental change. “But there is evidence the market is slowing down a little bit,” said analyst Nima Nattagh, who consults for the home loan industry. Deals are taking longer to strike, sellers are not being as outrageous as in months past in setting the price, and inventory is creeping up, albeit from extremely low levels. That pattern has been in place for a couple of months. Interest rates might cancel out these positives. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported Thursday in its weekly survey that benchmark 30-year rate hit its highest level in 16 months. That rate was up an annual 10.8 percent, the 15-year fixed was up 15.2 percent and the one year adjustable was up 27.2 percent. The weekly Mortgage Bankers Association report showed a similar result. Long and short term rates are getting closer to each other and that means the latter might not be much of a bargain. Chris Bates, research analyst at Novato-based RealFacts, which tracks the apartment market, said that rents in the Los Angeles area have only increased about 6.3 percent from a year ago at the end of the third quarter. Housing prices have been jumping by three and four times that. “Renting, for the past four years or so has been a bargain and we don’t see anything to suggest that’s going to change,” he said. Certified financial planner Simon Singer, owner of the Adviser Consulting Group in Encino, believe there is a lot more room for rates to go up than down. Buying a house to live in and holding onto it for a few years is probably a better move that counting on making a quick profit, despite how much residential real estate has appreciated in the recent past. He offers this caveat, too. “Trying to time the market in anything is a mistake. There have been far more fortunes lost than won in trying to time markets.” Calabasas-based Countrywide Financial Corp., which is a sponsor of the Target World Challenge, Tiger Wood’s annual cash fest in Thousand Oaks, added a different racket to its portfolio. The company has agreed to be title sponsor of the men’s professional tennis event at the Los Angeles Tennis Center-UCLA through 2008. It will be called the Countrywide Classic and be played July 24-30. Terms were not disclosed. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 email@example.com
WASHINGTON – Couch potatoes rule. Americans are spending more time watching television and surfing the Internet, and less time reading books, newspapers and magazines, according to a report being released today. They also appear to be spending less time outside, unless they are watching others sweat. Participation in almost every recreational sport, from golf and tennis to bowling and snow skiing, was down in 2004, even as attendance at professional sporting events continued to climb. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Those and many other facts were included in this year’s Statistical Abstract, a 1,023-page book of numbers quantifying just about every aspect of American life. The Census Bureau assembles the statistics from a myriad of government and private sources, so researchers, academics and businesses can find them in one place. Some sports sociologists argue that America is becoming a nation of spectators. Norman Chad thinks we already are. “We all have televisions. They are relatively inexpensive,” said Chad, who writes a syndicated sports column called “Couch Slouch” about the sports he watches on TV. “We all have microwave ovens. Why do we need to go out?” Chad, who also does color commentary for the World Series of Poker on ESPN, thinks outdoor sports are overrated. “Ski? You know how long it takes to get to a mountain?” asked Chad. “You want to drive two hours to break your leg?” Skiing, tennis and other recreational activities enjoyed increased popularity until 2004, when participation slipped. Andrew Yiannakis, a sports sociologist at the University of Connecticut, said there are several potential reasons for the decline. “During times of security and abundance, people feel more inclined to spend money and enjoy themselves,” said Yiannakis, who teaches a course called “Defining Leisure: A Sociological Perspective.” “During times of, say, political unrest, insecurity, economic downturns, people feel insecure, and their mood shifts into a negative state,” Yiannakis said. “People don’t feel as good, so they shrink away from spending money and engaging in activities.” Yiannakis also said children are taught, intentionally or not, that they shouldn’t play sports if they are not good at them. It happens when kids get cut from sports teams, or when coaches bench them for poor play. “It is an elitist system that encourages the best to play and in a sense teaches the rest to be fans and spectators,” Yiannakis said. Among professional sports, baseball is still the national pastime when it comes to attendance, in part because there are 162 games in the regular season. Nearly 75 million people attended Major League Baseball games in 2004, compared with 23 million who went to National Basketball Association games and 22 million people who attended National Football League games. The National Hockey League’s 2004-05 season was canceled because of a labor dispute. Among those who play, exercise walking was the number-one sports activity, followed by camping and exercising with equipment. The No. 1 leisure activity was dining out, followed by entertaining friends and family at home and reading books. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah lasts for eight days. Why? As explained in the Book of Maccabees, the Syrian- Greeks under the leadership of Antiochus conquered Jerusalem in 168 BCE. They destroyed most of the city and its inhabitants. They also desecrated the Temple, Judaism’s holiest site, by erecting statues of pagan gods within it and butchering pigs on its altar. Three years later, Judah Maccabee organized a revolt by Jewish rebels. The Maccabees, as they came to be known, defeated the Syrian-Greeks and entered Jerusalem in triumph. They removed the idols from the Temple, cleaned it and rededicated it. The First Book of Maccabees reports what happened next: “For eight days, they celebrated the dedication of the altar, joyfully offering burnt offerings, communion and thanksgiving sacrifices.” Hanukkah literally means “dedication.” Lighting the great menorah would signify the Temple had been cleansed and rededicated. This required oil that had been consecrated to that purpose. A thorough search of the Temple grounds discovered enough oil to last only one day. Acquiring more would take a week. Rather than wait, the religious authorities decided to light the oil they had and trust in – “dedicate” themselves to – God’s power to work miracles. The one-day measure of consecrated oil continued burning for the entire eight days. This is the miracle we celebrate. There are two kinds of menorahs. The one in the Temple had six branches. During Hanukkah, we use a special one called a Chanukkiah. It has eight branches to hold a separate candle for each day of the celebration. There is a ninth candle, always at a different level than the others, called the Shamash (helper) that we use to light the others. The last question we ask ourselves and our children before we light the candles is, “In what way did you bring light into the world today? In what way is the world a better place today because you are in it?” It is then, and only then, that we light the candles in joyous celebration that we have truly answered God’s call. We wish you a happy Hanukkah, a merry Christmas and a new year filled with many occasions to celebrate. — Rabbi Gary Greenebaum is western regional director of the American Jewish Committee. Rabbi John Borak is the AJC’s director of interreligious affairs.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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Jewish law requires all eight of the holiday candles to stand at the same level. In this way, we show no favoritism for any of the individual days. It reminds us that Judaism calls us to be fair and equitable in all our relationships. We light one candle on the first night of Hanukkah, two candles on the second, and so on. Our responsibility as Jews is always to increase – never to decrease – the amount of light in the world. The procedure: Adding from the right, lighting from the left. Hebrew, which is read from right to left, reminds us how to place the candles. On the first night, we place one candle in the far-right-hand branch of the Chanukkiah. On the next, we replace the candle(s) from the night before and add one immediately to its left. Although we add the candles from right to left, we light them from left to right. Why? To teach equality and consideration for others by giving each candle the opportunity to be the first one lit. We recommend that every Jewish family discuss the history and meanings of Hanukkah. It teaches the values of religious freedom, consideration for others, equality of opportunity, the power of miracles and the need for human beings to perform acts of goodness.