Newcastle had £35m Soumare bid accepted but Lille star turned them down

first_imgThe biggest deals from the Premier League January transfer window “We couldn’t get it over the line and that was a big disappointment.”Soumaré was in the middle of a transfer tug-of-war between Premier League rivals Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham before Newcastle got involved.And according to L’Equipe, Tottenham have swooped in and made the first move by launching an official bid for the Frenchman.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himJose Mourinho’s assistant coach Joao Sacramento previously working with Soumare when he was a coach at Lille.Soumare, who played against Chelsea in the Blues 2-1 win over Lille in the Champions League knockout stages, is a box-to-box midfielder.He is more of a defensive presence and prides himself on his ball recovery and general distribution. NEWCASTLE failed in a £35million move for Boubakary Soumaré after the Lille midfielder turned them down.Steve Bruce revealed they were close to smashing their transfer record but was left disappointed after their “number one” target rejected the move.1 Boubakary Soumaré has turned down Newcastle after the Toon had a £35m bid acceptedCredit: Getty – ContributorThe Toon Army’s current record is the £40m they splashed out on Brazilian striker Joelinton in the summer.Soumare, 20, came through the PSG academy and has been at Lille since 2017.Bruce said: “We had a bid accepted that would have been near enough a club record but the player didn’t want to come.”We got past the club but unfortunately the player wanted to stay where he was.last_img read more

VIDEO: Is this the worst penalty of all time?

first_imgMissing a penalty in a cup shootout may be the worst thing a footballer can possibly do, especially if done in such a manner as this Lithuanian player.A Federation Cup clash between Silute and Silas ended up going to spot-kicks, with the latter eventually losing 4-3 in the shootout.And the Silas player who missed his kick did so in incredible fashion, whilst unknowingly being recorded by a fan from the sidelines.The miss is beyond description, so feast your eyes on the worst ever penalty taken above…last_img

HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED FOR DONEGAL TOWN CHRISTMAS FAIR AND TOY SHOW

first_imgHUGE crowds are expected in Donegal on Thursday – for the Christmas Fair.The fair gets underway at the Abbey Hotel at 5.30pm.The Mini Toy show is at 6.30pm & Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala will be providing the Carol singing. It’s a great chance to finish off your Christmas Shopping.AND IT’S FREE!HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED FOR DONEGAL TOWN CHRISTMAS FAIR AND TOY SHOW was last modified: December 12th, 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:HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED FOR DONEGAL TOWN CHRISTMAS FAIR AND TOY SHOWlast_img read more

NEIL’S POETIC REFLECTION ON DONEGAL’S EPIC ALL-IRELAND JOURNEY

first_imgNeil Glackin has followed the fortunes of his beloved Donegal senior team since he was a youth, this year he has captured the mood of the county after every game with a beautifully penned poem.His latest and final instalment is the best one yet, in it he recaps our epic All-Ireland journey detailing all the highs and lows.He captures perfectly the pride we have in our county, and that despite the heart-breaking defeat to Kerry on Sunday, we’re all PROUD to say we’re from Donegal. Well tell me have you ever seen, in memories young and old,The sight of a once-proud Hill transform into a sea of gold,And tell me have you ever been, so proud of the county where you were raised,To see two teams chase their dreams on All-Ireland Final Day. The road we’d travelled had been long and winding, since our first day out in May,With players bailing out there were lots of doubts, for Jim and his boys to allay,A tight trip to Derry was our season’s first test, on the plain grasses of Celtic Park,But as underdogs we defied the odds, and knew this was just the start. Antrim were next and showed well in patches, but the boys had it under control, As the team kept on surging new stars were emerging, young O’Connor even slipped in a goal,Added to him were two more bright talents, two pure sporting thoroughbreds,Young Ryan McHugh and McNiallais too, adding legs to the experienced heads. A big test was waiting on Ulster’s big day, a team we’d lost to one year before, Behind two iron curtains, one thing was certain, it wasn’t going to be a high score,Monaghan’s boys were gamey and tough, not afraid to dole out a slap or a belt,Though the tackling was cruel, Donegal kept their cool, and claimed back the Anglo Celt. Out of Ulster and into the quarters, who knew where the season would lead,But in Armagh came a boulder, nearly knocking us over, until McBrearty stepped into the breach,After some valiant efforts it all seemed set up, for Dublin to ruin the ball,For us to advance there wasn’t a chance, we needn’t bother show up at all. In the face of the danger McGuinness was laughing, because he had the master plan,To come up with a scheme to beat football’s best team, Jim was your only man,In over an hour the Dubs were dismantled, by Donegal’s brave non-conformists,In the late summer heat the plan worked a treat, surely the county’s best ever performance. With the bookies sickened the gold boys marched on, and looked forward to another final,Not just them going through, the minors did too, continuing the upward spiral,Awaiting them both was a proud football county, the unmistakeable Kingdom of Kerry,As the county went crazed with colourful displays, we knew we’d come a long way from Derry. The sun was out and the scene was set, on the third Sunday of September,After last year’s pain we were back again, buzzing from a year to remember,The minors were first in the curtain raiser, but still a match of the highest importance,Playing with honour under the man Declan Bonner, they promised a big performance. And battle they did for a solid hour, every lad gave their all to the fight,In the end there were tears through the Kerry cheers, but still the future looks bright,As they walked off the pitch with heads still held high, Croke Park inhaled a deep breath,But it wasn’t long till the seniors were on, ready to scrap to the death. Croke Park was full and bathed in colour, beneath the strong autumn sun,Two teams from the west on an All-Ireland quest, with an atmosphere second to none,For our final outing it was only fitting, for a couple of late rearrangements,Jigger and Rory replaced McBrearty and Christy, both looking to make big final statements. But Kerry drew first in the heat of the duel, a goal with barely a minute gone by,Next it was Star to send one over the bar, and let out a thumping war cry,From those in their seats to us on our feet, we prayed for divine intervention,But Murphy our saviour wouldn’t tolerate failure, two frees brought us back into contention. We were keeping in touch but our play wasn’t great, as we lost our way in the sun,Jigger surely ploughed but got lost in the crowd, he’ll have more big days to come,With O’Connor leaving Toye stepped in, all year the man’s been possessed,With little ado he went charging straight through, and McNiallias helped out with the rest. Still time for one more before half time came, Karl Lacey popping up with the score,A point cool and classy from this Donegal Daddy, to the sound of a deafening roar,The goal was a blow but the boys had come back, to level at 1-3 to 6,So little in it after 35 minutes, the game very much in the mix. The teams re-emerged to the sound of Bruce Springsteen, singing about ‘Glory Days’,Murphy gave us the lead and it seemed indeed, that the boys were coming ablaze,But Kerry came back and levelled it up, through a Murphy of their own,The game was tight in the midst of the fight, the winner still very much unknown. What followed was scrappy with wide after wide, the shooting on show was quite blunt,Until a lad named Keane came on the scene, and edged Kerry back in front,The tension was growing as the clock kept on ticking, one mistake could make all the difference,What happened then to our finest of men, turned the game in one crazy instant. For so many years when picking the teamsheet, there’s only been one number one,A one man brick wall, a beast under the high ball, a proud Town of Donegal son,Yes on this day he made a mistake, when Donaghy was dangerously lurkin’,But on other days of struggle he’s got us out of trouble, always a hero is our Papa Durcan. Despite the blow Donegal weren’t finished, McBrearty led the rescue mission,And Neil McGee took a run up the field, to score from a forward position,The gap was just one, the game was on, but Kerry were up to the task,Three points in a row where a crushing blow, and left our boys a big ask. Molloy hit a score and so too did Toye, but Sheahan he answered them back,As the time ticked down Kerry passed it around, not allowing Donegal attack,But a chance was to come for that much needed goal, as Murphy showed his might,McBrearty had a go but the keeper got down low, and McFadden’s rebound came off the upright. As Kerry spilled away the final whistle blew, the Kingdom were champs once again,The men of Donegal had given their all, their faces told a story of pain,Though bruised and battered and feeling so low, you know that you can’t win them all,When they looked to the crowd they saw people so proud, of the heroes that represent Donegal. So it ended in heartbreak for both of our teams, but they gave us such an amazing year,From the win up in Derry to the loss against Kerry, they fought with honesty and heart so sincere,The experts may moan and throw out smart comments, but they can never question your desire,And never fear we’ll be back next year, forever chasing that man Sam Maguire.You can check out more of Neil’s poems and blogs by clicking on the link outlined below.http://thefenceblog.wordpress.com/about/NEIL’S POETIC REFLECTION ON DONEGAL’S EPIC ALL-IRELAND JOURNEY was last modified: September 26th, 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:donegalNeil GlackinnewsPoemsPoetic ChampionshipSportlast_img read more

A stark reminder we haven’t cared for poor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Blame belongs with elected and appointed officials whom we counted upon. It is the grim result of political cronyism, the gross insensibility of special-favors networks, and the lack of accountability by our public servants. And the guilt lies with us as well. We, also, are to blame for the coarsening indifference of our leaders. We can’t dump responsibility on others while abandoning our own. We have put up with political monkey business for too long, and the sad results came riding in on the screaming winds of Katrina and Rita. We found ourselves staring face to face with a small portion of the traumatized 28 percent of the people of New Orleans who live in poverty, and what we learned is that 84 percent of them are black. We learned that one out of every eight Americans – 37 million people – live beneath the poverty line. And as if that were not enough, we picked up our newspapers to read that our government was cutting $13 billion dollars from Medicaid and from our food-stamp programs for 65,000 poor, elderly and disabled. Then, a few days later we were informed of a presidential proclamation suspending the law requiring employers to pay the locally prevailing wage to construction workers on federally financed projects in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. In other words, the poor have not had enough punishment. They must now break their backs for less than standard pay as they work to rebuild their shattered lives. Is this the America we want? Can we not provide better in this, the world’s richest nation? I think we can. I believe we must! Poet Emma Lazarus believed it too. In 1883 she wrote her famous poem, “The New Colossus,” which is inscribed on our Statue of Liberty. In 1883 many of our grandparents were among “the tired, the poor, and tempest-tost.” Today in 2005, the 37 million Americans who live below the poverty line are “the tired, the poor, the homeless and tempest-tost.” They are the “wretched refuse” of our “teeming shores.” And the social and moral question before us is: Are we ready to say as a nation in one loud voice backed by funding, self-sacrifice and a bold new vision: “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Harvey J. Fields is Rabbi Emeritus of Wilshire Boulevard Temple and former chairman of the Interreligious Council of Southern California.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From sundown on Oct. 3, Jews gathered in their synagogues here in Los Angeles and throughout the world to observe their High Holy Days, which will conclude Thursday at sundown with the fast day of Yom Kippur. Though these worship services are filled with beautiful music and moving liturgies, they are not meant to be performances. They are about the challenge to examine one’s moral behavior, to confess one’s sins, to measure the ethics of one’s community and to determine what is required for healing and the restoration of righteousness. The biblical tradition minces no words in articulating its moral standards. We are told: “Leave the corners of your harvested field and vineyard for the poor and hungry, the stranger and needy. Do not deal dishonestly with your neighbors. Have honest measures, balances and weights. Pay a fair wage and do so promptly. Do not insult the deaf or place a stumbling block before the blind. Care for the invalid and the sick. Judge all fairly. Do not favor the poor or the rich. Show deference to the elderly and the foreigners residing in your midst. Love your neighbor as yourself.” Since hurricanes Katrina and Rita blew in on the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, I’ve been asking myself, “How has my nation measured up to the moral standards of my faith?” Alas, the answer has been disappointing. Thousands of frail elderly and helpless families living in shantytowns were abandoned. Thousands more became refugees. Hundreds drowned and were left floating in the muck of the Mississippi River. Children were torn asunder from their parents. last_img read more

Consultation process for Muff to Derry greenway announced

first_imgDonegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council are seeking the public’s views on a series of route options being appraised for a proposed greenway linking Derry to Muff, which is being developed as part of the North West Greenway Network.Two public consultation days are being held in order to enable the public to review presented route corridor options and to provide formal feedback:· Wednesday 23 May in Hollybush Primary School, Ardan Road, Culmore from 2 to 8pm and; · Thursday 24 May in Muff Community Hall, Muff, Co. Donegal from 2 to 8pmThe Muff to Derry section is known as Route 2 and is one of three routes being developed as part of the North West Greenway Network. On completion, the three routes will deliver 46.5 km of new cross-border greenway that will help reduce carbon emissions by encouraging commuters to leave their cars at home.The €18 million project is part-funded under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).Jonathan Henderson, Programme Manager for the North West Greenway Network said “these public consultation events provide a fantastic opportunity for people to learn more about the overall project and to input into the route selection process. We would strongly encourage everybody to get involved and feed into the process as much as possible in order to contribute to shaping and informing development in their region”. For those who are unable to attend the public consultation events, you can also have your say by engaging on Twitter @nwgreenway and Facebook @nwgreenway.You can also share your views by email to nwgreenway@donegalcoco.ie.Notes to Editor – North West Greenway Network· Derry City & Strabane District Council in partnership with Donegal County Council, Department for Infrastructure NI (DfI) and Sustrans (the UK based cycling and walking charity) were awarded, by the European Union through their INTERREG VA funding programme, funding to construct sections of greenway. Match-funding has been provided by the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland.· A greenway is a dedicated cycling and walking route – either off road (traffic free) or on road within part of the verge or footway, but segregated from vehicular traffic. These greenway routes will seek to enhance the links between communities on both sides of the border, and provide opportunities for increased travel by bicycle or on foot instead of completing journeys by car.Routes· Route 1: Derry via Pennyburn and Bridgend border crossing to Buncrana/Letterkenny via Tooban junction – 32.5km (this includes linking Inch Nature Reserve to Newtowncunnigham) · Route 2: Muff village to Derry via Culmore and Muff border crossing and Culmore – 10.5km· Route 3: Strabane to Lifford via Lifford Bridge – 3.5kmConsultation process for Muff to Derry greenway announced was last modified: May 14th, 2018 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:Derrygreenwaymufflast_img read more

Trees Communicate with Aspirin

first_imgTrees talk to each other in a chemical language (02/21/2006), but till now, no one realized they sound an alarm with aspirin.  Trees emit a vaporous form of aspirin when under stress, reported Science Daily, that talks on the ecological network.  This was an unexpected finding.    Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research theorized that the methyl salicylate vapor, one of hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOC) emitted by plants, is a distress signal.  It may put the plant or tree into a kind of high-alert mode, stimulating immune responses, and it may also signal neighboring plants to be on guard against a climactic or invasive threat.    Scientists knew that methyl salicylate was produced by plants, but did not realize till now that plants emit significant quantities of it into the atmosphere, and use it for signaling.  The team detected the aspirin when studying VOCs in a California walnut grove.  “These findings show tangible proof that plant-to-plant communication occurs on the ecosystem level,” a co-author of the study said.  “It appears that plants have the ability to communicate through the atmosphere.”    If farmers can learn to read the chemical signals in vapors emitted by plants, they may gain a new way to quickly gauge the health of their crops before damage becomes visible.The article did not mention evolution.  Here is another amazing fact, right under biologists’ noses, that was unknown till now.  If an observable, measurable phenomenon in the present can escape detection for so long, how can biologists speak so glibly about factors in mythical worlds millions of years ago?  How could a communication network among brainless plants evolve?  This was discovered by good old-fashioned field work.  Taxpayers donated funds for the research.  Darwin donated nothing.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African classic jazz revitalised

first_img10 November 2015Old and new musical worlds, jazz and hip-hop, will come together in Songs from Jazztown, a musical tribute to South Africa’s iconic jazz artists.Directed by James Ngcobo, Songs from Jazztown will run from 17 November to 20 December 2015 at Joburg’s Market Theatre. Brand South Africa has partnered with the Market Theatre for this production to highlight the role of South African music in building the country’s nation brand, and encourage young citizens to play their part and honing their artistic skills.According to the Market Theatre website, the production premiered in the Eastern Cape in 2014 with support from the Department of Arts and Culture Touring Venture Fund. “It received a great reception by tapping into the old sound that was such a hit in the 50s.”The show has now been refreshed with hip-hop artists narrating the story, encouraging younger audiences to experience classic jazz music in a reinvigorated format.Some of the legendary musicians featured in this end-of-year musical celebration will include jazz greats Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Gibson Kente and many more.“We want to immerse ourselves in the beautifully haunting sounds they orchestrated and to say we remember them and their contribution to the South African songbook,” said Ngcobo. “In musical departments around the country, young people sit in lecture rooms and witness the brilliance of these composers, which is why we also want to give these young singers that we have cast a chance to sing the songs of yesteryear.“We are making theatre in South Africa and that means we have a deep well that we drink from, which inspires us to forge new and exciting narratives.”Performing these classic numbers will be Asanda Bam, making her debut at the Market Theatre, as well as Gugu Shezi, Tshepiso Mashego and Nomfundo Dlamini.South African musicThe story of South African music is one of dialogue with imported forms, and varying degrees of hybridisation over the years.From the earliest colonial days until now, South African music has been created out of the mingling of local ideas and forms with those from outside the country, giving it all a special twist that gives it the unmistakable South African flavour.In the 1950s, the old strains of marabi and kwela had begun to coalesce into what is broadly referred to as mbaqanga, a mode of African-inflected jazz that had various practitioners. Singing stars such as Makeba, Rathebe and Letta Mbulu gained fanatical followings.It was also a time for the first meaningful cultural and social interactions between various race groups in South Africa.See the Market Theatre website for more information on Songs from Jazztown.Keep an eye out for a 10 double ticket giveaway on Brand South Africa’s social platforms.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

India beat Pak to reach volleyball final

first_imgA fit-again Gurchand Singh returned with a power- packed performance to help defending champions India smash Pakistan in straight sets and set up a summit clash with Iran in the third Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship ( Central Zone) in Kolkata on Sunday.Gurchand, who missed the first two league matches due to illness, recovered in time as Indians thrashed their arch- rivals 25- 17, 25- 15, 25- 22 without much sweat.Pakistan conceded at least a dozen points through unforced errors that did not help the cause as India, despite struggling at service, improved with each set to wrap- up the match in 70 minutes.With central attacker Gurchand, the Asian Cup skipper, in the starting line- up, India cruised to an 8- 3 lead and stretched their lead to six points at the second technical timeout.India never really seemed in trouble even as they gifted Pakistan few points through faulty service and maintained their lead. India wrapped up the first set in 24 minutes with the setpoint coming via an unforced error by Pakistan.Pakistan were more generous in conceding points through errors in the second set that was clinched by India in just 21 minutes.Lifting themselves up, Pakistan gave some anxious moments to India in the third set that took the hosts 25 minutes to settle the issue.Leading 16- 9 at the second technical time- out, Pakistan scored 13 points before India wrapped the set 25- 22 to win the match.In another match Iran sailed past Kazakhstan in straight sets 25- 20, 25- 10, 25- 19 to reach the final with an all- win record.advertisementSpeaking about the upcoming final with Iran, India coach Desh Raj said said he has a full strength squad at his disposal to stop Iran in Monday’s final.” I have a full strength squad at my disposal. We will give them ( Iran) a tough fight and hopefully retain the title,” Desh Raj said.India had lost to Iran in their first match and the coach said they would hope to rectify the mistakes.” Iran are the top side in Asia.No doubt, they will be tough to beat but we will rectify the mistakes we did against them. I am really happy with today’s show.We were fantastic in all the departments,” said Raj.India captain Sanjay Kumar said his best was yet to come in the tournament.” I am still not happy with my performance. A lot needs to be improved. Hopefully, my best show will come tomorrow ( Monday),” said Sanjay, who was adjudged the best scorer in India’s historical bronze medal finish in the Asian Cup.last_img read more