Spurs eye stunning late bid for Chelsea striker Giroud as Kane stand-in

first_imgTOTTENHAM are in talks with Olivier Giroud over a shock late transfer bid, according to reports.The North London club are keen to bring in a striker before Friday’s deadline with Harry Kane recovering from hamstring surgery.2 Olivier Giroud is a late January transfer target for Tottenham with Harry Kane injuredCredit: AFP – GettyAnd Italian Sky Sport reporter Gianluca Di Marzio believes Spurs are lining up a move for Giroud.They are thought to have offered the Frenchman – whose deal at Chelsea expires in the summer – an 18-month contract at White Hart Lane.Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has hinted he wants to bring in another striker with Kane out and Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela all attacking players but not No9s.As revealed by SunSport, Daniel Levy is willing to spend just £10million on a new striker – infuriating other clubs by not getting anywhere near their asking fees.Levy only wanted to pay Milan £10m for Krzysztof Piatek even though they rate him at three times that figure.And he was only willing to shell out the same amount for Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose, even though he is available for £21m.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamSpurs are also looking at Benfica’s £15m-rated Haris Seferovic while winger Steven Bergwijn will join in a £27m deal from PSV.Giroud, 33, has played just seven time for Chelsea this season with Frank Lampard preferring Michy Batshuayi as Tammy Abraham’s understudy.His only goal came in the shootout defeat to Liverpool in the Super Cup on August 14.With his lack of game time, Giroud was expected to leave Stamford Bridge this month as he tries to secure his place in the France squad for Euro 2020.Inter Milan were keen but their interest cooled, while Aston Villa, Newcastle, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Crystal Palace and Lyon have all been linked this month. Latest transfer newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaHowever, any deal for Giroud to Tottenham – arch-rivals of his former club Arsenal – could be undone by Chelsea’s refusal to sell.Firstly, they are unlikely to be happy to strengthen a direct rival in the race for the top four and Champions League qualification.And the extent of Abraham’s injury sustained against Arsenal last week is still unclear – allowing Giroud to go would leave Batshuayi as the only recognised striker at Lampard’s disposal.2 The Frenchman’s only Chelsea goal so far this season came in the Super Cup against LiverpoolCredit: PA:Press AssociationSpurs have just £10MILLION to spend on Harry Kane stand-in with Mourinho set to miss out on Piatek and Willian Joselast_img read more

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Pyeongchang gets Olympic flame ahead of 100-day relay

first_imgDressed as a high priestess, actress Katerina Lehou led the 90-minute ceremony in Athens at the Panathenian Stadium, a horseshoe-shaped marble venue where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.A cauldron was lit by Greek skier Ioannis Proios following performances by singers, dancers and acrobats from Greece and South Korea. The flame, placed in a lantern, was handed over to Greek Olympic Committee president Spyros Capralos, who passed it to Lee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe South Korean leg of the relay will involve 7,500 torch-bearers and visit 17 cities and provinces across the country.Preparations for the Feb. 9-25 games are being held amid escalating tension on the Korean peninsula following nuclear and missile tests by North Korea. Lee has promised the games will be safe, but he made no mention of the crisis in his remarks in Athens. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Actress Katerina Lehou playing the role of high priestess holds an Olympic torch during a handover ceremony for the Olympic Flame at Panathenaic stadium in Athens, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. The South Korean leg of the relay will involve 7,500 torch-bearers, who will cover a total 2,018 kilometers (about 1260 miles) before the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, which will host the Feb. 9-25, 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece — The Olympic flame was handed to organizers of the 2018 Pyeongchang Games on Tuesday, and it will now head off on a 100-day journey across South Korea before the opening ceremony on Feb. 9.Pyeongchang organizing committee president Lee Hee-beom said the games would be an Olympics of “peace and harmony,” despite tension between the host and its reclusive nuclear-armed neighbor North Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Coaches admit jobs get tougher after Beermen nab Standhardinger MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “We are ready to welcome the world to Pyeongchang. The construction of competition and non-competition venues is already complete,” Lee said, moments before being handed a white-and-gold torch with the Olympic flame. “Pyeongchang 2018 will be an Olympic Games of peace and harmony.”South Korean organizers said two back-up paraffin lanterns were also being used on the flight from Athens to Incheon, South Korea, and were being escorted by three fire wardens.Tuesday’s ceremony was held after the flame was lit in Ancient Olympia on Oct. 23. That was followed by a torch relay around Greece.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

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Risks are catching up with subprime leaders

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KANSAS CITY, Mo. – While the subprime lending industry’s woes have kicked up dust in the past few weeks, observers say the problems underlying the bad news have been percolating for much longer. In December, the Washington, D.C.-based Mortgage Bankers Association said 12.6 percent of subprime mortgages were 30 or more days delinquent in the quarter ending in September, compared with 4.7 percent of all mortgages. That was an increase from a 10.8 percent delinquency rate for the third quarter of 2005. Ellen Schloemer, director of research for the Durham, N.C.-based Center for Responsible Lending, said about a quarter of subprime loans sold since 1998 have gotten into trouble at some point although they didn’t always go into default or foreclosure. Still, she said the housing boom and the large number of lenders led many of them to approve loans that clearly weren’t sustainable. “It was a disaster waiting to happen and people were looking the other way because there was money to be made,” Schloemer said. Analysts aren’t that critical, but they agree a shakeout in the industry could do it some good, eliminating the fly-by-night lenders and strengthening the survivors. A resurgence in the housing market and lower interest rates would certainly help as well, but that assumes the industry can recover quickly enough to keep banks interested in underwriting people with questionable credit. “If the investment banks and larger institutional lenders are afraid to lend … the money to underwrite subprime loans on a short term basis, that’s the concern we have with these companies,” said Morningstar analyst Ryan Lentell. “If they can’t finance new loans, that would have a detrimental effect. That’s what has led a lot of these companies to leave the business.” Some lenders are trying to show they still have control over the situation, saying they’re tightening credit requirements or are selling off the worst of their loans. They say the loans sold in 2006 should be the bottom of the barrel and the ones sold in 2007 will be much more reliable. H&R Block Inc., which is looking to sell its Option One subprime lending arm, said Thursday it has seen default rates in the first 30 days of loans decline from 3.83 percent in the second quarter to 3.13 percent in the third quarter. “Six months into having identified this issue we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Chief Executive Mark Ernst said.last_img read more

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Nugent admits his future is uncertain at Leyton Orient

first_img Leyton Orient chief Kevin Nugent 1 Leyton Orient caretaker boss Kevin Nugent was offered the permanent job of head coach by the club but he is not sure if it’s still on the table.The Os have lost their last two League One matches with Nugent at the helm but won in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night in the 2-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge.“I was asked if I had been offered the job of head coach and I said ‘yes I have been offered the job of head coach,’” Nugent said.“Verbally I was offered it and on Friday there was a rough draught of the contract in front of me. I have been offered it, there’s no ambiguity about that.“If, because we have suffered two defeats, the description of the role has changed then so be it. If it has changed I don’t know about it. I have not been told any different.”last_img read more

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Ronaldo to make Man United return, Spurs face Barca, Liverpool in group of death

first_imgThe draw for the group stage of the Champions League was made in Monaco on Thursday.It threw up some mouthwatering ties… GETTY United will also take on LaLiga side Valencia and Young Boys of Switzerland.Tottenham were also handed a tough draw.They were paired pitted in Group B alongside five-time European champions Barcelona, Italian giants Inter Milan and Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.The group stage begins on September 18/19. Real Madrid beat Liverpool to win the 2017/18 Champions League Groups in full:Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club BruggeGroup B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven, Inter MilanGroup C: Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Crvena ZvezdaGroup D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, GalatasarayGroup E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK AthensGroup F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, HoffenheimGroup G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria PlzeňGroup H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young BoysWhen will the group stage games take place?Matchday one: 18/19 SeptemberMatchday two: 2/3 OctoberMatchday three: 23/24 OctoberMatchday four: 6/7 NovemberMatchday five: 6/7 NovemberMatchday six: 11/12 December 3center_img Ronaldo spent six years at Manchester United, winning three Premier League titles and the Champions League 3 3 Liverpool, beaten finalists in last season’s competition, were handed a tough draw.They will come up against French champions Paris Saint-Germain, Serie A runners up Napoli and Crvena Zvezda in Group C.Manchester City, the Premier League champions, will face Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim in Group F.Near neighbours Manchester United were drawn against Juventus in Group H.That means a return to Old Trafford for former United favourite Cristiano Ronaldo, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner who joined Juve from Real Madrid in the summer.Ronaldo won the 2007/08 Champions League under Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.last_img read more

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DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS SUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGlenea United 0 Rathmullan Celtic 2 In dry but breezy conditions Glenea completed their league programme with a defeat by this season’s champions. In a tight 1st half chances were at a premium but on 30 minutes the away side took the lead when David Miller’s effort found the net. In the 2nd half Rathmullan extended their lead on 55 minutes when Darragh Patton reacted quickest to a loose ball and fired a shot from the edge of the box into the corner of the net. Glenea pushed hard for to get back into it but were unable to create any clear cut chances to reduce the arrears. Team efforts from both sides.Referee: Mick Langan.Lifford Celtic 1 Kilmacrennan Celtic 1Lifford Celtic surrendered their Premier Division crown at a sunbathed Flagpole Field on Sunday afternoon. Kilmacrennan Celtic, already doomed to relegation, had little but pride to play for and that was enough to see them produce a stubborn performance that meant Rathmullan Celtic, who defeated Glenea United, would win the title. Kilmacrennan sounded the first warning shot when Edwin Doherty crashed his header off the Lifford crossbar. Lee White then did well to foil Doherty as they met one on one. Alan Gethins was fouled in the box by Darren Toland and referee Marty Mc Garrigle pointed to the penalty spot. An opportunity for the reigning champions to settle the nerves, up stepped Trevor Gethins but he fluffed his kick without even testing Mark Gallagher in the Kilmacrennan net. Kilmacrennan went ahead through Marty Sweeney who headed in a free kick at the back post. This goal sprung Lifford to life. Immediately Ross Porter thundered the ball off the Kilmacrennan crossbar. Kevin Mc Brearty levelled the score when he ben his free kick inside Gallagher’s right hand post despite the custodian’s best effort at full stretch. That is where the scoring ended despite a second half played almost entirely in the Kilmacrennan half. Kilmacrennan had a few counter attacks but never against threatened Lee White’s net while at the other side Mark Gallagher was producing a fine goalkeeping display to thwart the Lifford forwards. A draw at the end with Lifford ending the season in runners-up spot. Man of the Match: Mark Gallagher, Kilmacrennan Celtic. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle.Donegal Town 1 St. Catherines 0It was late drama once again on the final day of the season at the Hospital Field as David Harron’s 85th minute winner guaranteed Donegal Premier Division football for next season. Donegal found themselves between a rock and a hard place for long periods of the game, knowing that a point would guarantee safety. The home side showed very positively in the opening stages putting the visitors under pressure with David Harron and Benny Byrne causing problems for the Catherine’s defence. Chris Hegarty was dominating in the middle of the park but when St. Catherine’s settled into the game they began to cause Donegal plenty of problems. Donegal had David Bustard to thank for hooking McCabe’s effort off the line and away to safety on the twenty minute mark. Conor Mc Monagle was finding gaps in the wide areas but the quality of Donegal’s crossing let them down slightly. After the restart Donegal found themselves on the front foot. As Donegal pressed looking for the goal that would give them comfort in the game St. Catherine’s remained a constant threat on the counter attack with Cannon going close on separate occasions. Benny Byrne almost headed the Town in front on seventy minutes when Joe McIntyre worked the ball well out wide to swing in a dangerous cross but Byrne’s contact wasn’t as solid as required. The decisive moment came on 85 minutes when Catherine’s centre half got caught on the ball by David Harron. The young Donegal frontman showed composure beyond his years as he coolly dribbled forward and riffled the ball into the top corner to give the home side the breathing space they required. A superb individual goal and a fitting reward for a young player who has established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet this season. An excellent team display from Donegal and well done to St. Catherine’s who will feel unlucky not to go away with a point.Watson Hire Division One Castlefin Celtic 4 Gweedore United 2Castlefin, needing all three points didn’t get the start they wanted as Gweedore United’s Michael Connolly got the opening goal on thirteen minutes. Two minutes later Gweedore doubled their lead from the penalty spot after a foul in the box, Shane O’Donnell calmly stuck the ball into back of the net. Castlefin began to come more into the game with Matthew O’Rourke hitting the crossbar. Castlefin pulled one back on 29 minutes when Ronan Tourish found Matthew O’Rourke in the box. O’Rourke finished into the top corner. Castlefin searched for an equaliser before half time but two great saves from Gweedore’s keeper Liam McFadden denied them.Two minutes into the second half Gweedore’s Connolly should have made it three only for his strike to go over the bar. Castlefin found an equaliser in the 65th minute, a lovely one-two between Matthew O’Rourke and JP Malley, O’Rourke finished from an awkward angle to get his and Castlefin’s second goal.Minutes later Castlefin took the lead when a great strike from Simon Mc Glinchey from 20 yards hit underside of the crossbar and bounced over the line. Gweedore pressed for an equaliser with Francis Gallagher and Ryan O’Donnell running at the Castlefin defence. Castlefin wrapped up the three points a minute from the end of normal time when great work from Barry and Ronan Tourish found JP Malley, Malley comfortably finished to make it 4-2 in Castlefin’s favour. Referee: Patrick Martin. Best for Castlefin: Michael Dunnion and Simon Mc Glinchey. Best for Gweedore United: Team PerformanceCappry Rovers 4 Dunkineely Celtic 6Andrew Mackey found his scoring boots and brought them to Cappry Park where he used them to maximum effect. Three goals in the first ten minutes was only the start of the story as he went on to add further strikes on sixty four, seventy three and eighty two minutes, completing a double hat-trick. Somewhat shook by the explosive start by Dunkineely Celtic, Cappry Rovers did well to make a game of it. Alan Patton got their first before Dylan Ramsey reduced the deficit to one. Chris Mc Laughlin then levelled the game on thirty nine minutes. Mackey put his side in front again but two minutes later on sixty six minutes Mc Laughlin again got the equaliser. Cappry however could find no answer to Mackey’s last two goals and Dunkineely returned through the gap with all three points in the bag.Ulster Junior Cup FinalGweedore Celtic 0 Glengad F.C. 0( Glengad F.C. won 4-2 on penalties )Gweedore Celtic put up a valiant fight in their quest to win their fifth Ulster Junior Cup against Glengad F.C. on Sunday evening at Diamond Park, Ballyare. Despite, by their standards, a poor league campaign the Gaeltacht side had fought their way into the decider against their Inishowen opposition. From the opening exchanges it was evident that Hugh Rua Gallagher’s men were up against a good side in Glengad. Gweedore Celtic had goalkeeper Michael Mc Kelvey to thank for keeping the stalemate and the custodian went on to produce a man of the match performance. Neither side could break the deadlock. Gweedore defended very well and offered few openings, what they missed Mc Kelvey handled. Gweedore failed to trouble Glengad in attack and as the game progressed extra time and penalties always looked likely. With no goals in added time it went to spot kicks. Mc Kelvey saved first for Gweedore but it was a short celebration as they missed their next two kicks and with Glengad converting four Gweedore hadn’t to take their fifth penalty. This match was enjoyed by a sizeable crowd at the Donegal Junior League headquarters on a fine evening for the purpose.Gweedore Celtic: Michael Mc Kelvey, Eamonn Curran, Kevin Friel, Paul Mc Bride, David Mc Gee, Chris Porter, Jamie Boyle, Cathal Campbell, Damien O’ Sullivan, Thomas Diver, Brendan Mc Geady. Subs: Johnny Mc Ginty, John Walsh, Ciaran Ferry, Declan Doherty, Ownie Mc Garvey, Ciaran Mc Hugh, Joe Bonar, Sean O’ Donnell.Glengad F.C.: Gerard Crossan, John Mc Dermott, Matthew Byrne, Ruairi Doherty, Shane Doherty, Adam Byrne, Patrick Mc Dermott, Michael Brne, Terence Doherty, John Mc Laughlin, John Mc Daid. Subs: Charlie Byrne, Seamus Doherty, Stephen Doherty, Christy Mc Laughlin, Michael Mc Laughlin.Referee: Kevin Logue, Assistants, Joe Mc Hugh and Marty QuinnWatson Hire Division One / CT Ball Division Two, Promotion / Relegation Play-OffKeadue Rovers 3 Deele Harps 2Keadue Rovers retained their place in Division 1 with a victory over Deele Harps at the Finn Valley Centre. The game was played in very warm conditions and the first five minutes were fairly scrappy. Deele started to get a foothold on things after ten minutes and the first chance of the game fell to Aidy Gallagher who shot over the bar. On fourteen minutes Keadue went ahead when Ryan Greene crossed for Adrian Hanlon to head down to Corey Gallagher who drilled home from close range. By the midway point of the half Deele were still strong and Shane Gallagher just missed on twenty two minutes at the back post. Keadue increased their lead on twenty three minutes when Corey Gallagher intercepted the ball and broke through the Deele defence and beat the keeper from the edge of the box. Keadue had better possession at this stage. On the stroke of half time Conor Catterson poked home on the line following good work from Shane Gallagher to bring Deele back into it. In the 2nd half and Deele kept pressing with Shane Gallagher hitting the post and Gavin Gallagher having a headed goal disallowed in the first ten minutes. Deele were deservedly level on fifty seven minutes, Shane Gallagher lobbing over Ben Boyle in the Keadue goal. Keadue responded well and forced Deele back on the hour mark gaining more possession. Midway through the second half Deele had a few great chances for a third goal, Conor Catterson’s shot was well saved and Shane Gallagher missed a clear cut header. On eighty two minutes Hugh Boyle went on a run for Keadue forcing a corner. From this corner Adrian Hanlon tried a long range effort which was misjudged by Chris Roulston in the Deele goal and the ball was fumbled into the net. Deele should’ve been level on eighty five minutes when Gavin Gallagher was clean through but shot wide. It took a rearguard action from Keadue for the remaining five minutes but they held out and defended very well. A relieved Keadue won the game despite being under pressure for a lot of the game and showed good battling qualities while for Deele it was a case of chances not taken despite a lot of possession. Best for Keadue were Adrian Hanlon, Hugh Moy and Corey Gallagher while best for Deele were Conor Catterson, Gary Mc Girr and Shane Gallagher. Referee : Ed Moore.WEDNESDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionMilford United 4 Glenea United 2Milford and Glenea played a very competitive end of season match at a high tempo with open counterattacking football. Milford took the lead on ten minutes when Gary Merritt finished following good work by Joey Cullen. Glenea responded with a good strike from distance and then took the lead through Michael Barry. Joey Cullen levelled matters on the half hour mark, rifling home following good work by Gary Merritt. The second half was end to end and the game looked destined for a draw until Cathal Mc Gettigan hit a screamer of a free kick with ten minutes left from 35 yards. Peter Doherty’s well judged back heel secured Milford the points in their last league game before the Cup Final against Castlefin Celtic. Good game by both teams. Referee: Ed Moore.SATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneFintown Harps AFC 3 Ramelton Mariners 2Ramelton broke the deadlock in the 15th minute when Alan Blaney scored after a mix up in the Fintown defence. Shortly afterwards Blaney scored again, this time from a corner kick. Fintown created a few chances with both efforts coming off the post. The second half started with Fintown on top. . Christopher Mc Glynn scored for the Harps in the 50th minute to reduce the deficit. In the 57th minute Shan McMillan levelled the game. In the 65th minute Fintown’s Brian Delaney put the home side in front. Ramelton pushed hard to get the equaliser but to no avail.Referee :Martin Mc ElhinneyGlenea United Reserves 1 Glencar Celtic 2Glenea’s Reserves completed their league programme with a defeat in a close game with this season’s champions. In a tight 1st half with chances at a premium, neither side able to force an opener. In the 2nd half Glencar took the lead after 55 minutes when Garvin Grieve fired a shot from the edge of the area through a crowd of players and it found it’s way to the corner of the net. Glenea pushed hard for an equaliser but were caught out on 70 minutes when a long ball over the top broke to Padgo Rafferty who slotted it home to extend Glencar’s lead. Glena pulled a goal back on 89 minutes when form a corner Niall Anthony Mc Geever reacted quickest to force the ball home. Team efforts from both sides. Referee: Paul McFadden.Castlefin Celtic Reserves 2 Erne Wanderers 1Castlefin started on top with numerous chances falling to Keith Nelis and Marcus Curran. Castlefin’s first goal came after 25 minutes when Keith Nelis set up Gary McNulty who chipped the keeper from 20 yards. The second half saw Castlefin create more chances of which they didn’t take advantage. Mark Lafferty came close on two occasions with his headers going slightly wide. Peter Bryson then made it 2-0 to Castlefin. Mark Lafferty found Bryson on the edge of the box, his volley went straight into top corner on the 59th minute. Erne’s best chance came in the 63th minute when the striker failed to take advantage of his free space and his shot went slightly wide of the post. Castlefin had a great chance to wrap it up when Thomas Devlin miss-hit a tap in from two yards on 75 minutes. Erne pulled one back with ten minutes to go when Ryan O’Brien beat the offside trap and finished neatly into bottom corner. Castlefin finished it out taking all 3 points. Referee: Michael Mulhern. Best for Castlefin: Jason Curran and James McMenamin. Best for Erne: Ryan O’BrienSt. Catherines Reserves 2 Orchard F.C. 4No ReportGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves 2 Arranmore United 3Arranmore showed why they are champions coming from two nil down to take the points at a sunny Moyle View. Arranmore began brighter with the wind in the first half without creating any chances. Milford gradually got to grips and created several chances, hitting the woodwork the closest they came to breaking the deadlock. Milford attacked Arranmore from the off in the second half and opened the scoring through a Ciran Blaney header on sixty minutes. They went two up when Jason Mc Conigley battled to win the ball and scored a cracker from twenty yards. Milford had chances to finish off the game but Arranmore hit back through Ward and shortly after through Mc Glanaghey. They took the lead when Simon Mc Ateer pushed a shot onto the post and was unlucky when the rebound hit him and ended up in the net. Good game of football from both sides.Tullyvinney Rovers 2 Gweedore United Reserves 3On a perfect day for football, both sides played out an entertaining encounter at Crossroads Park. Tullyvinney took the lead in the tenth minute through Stephen Devine as the midfielder poked home from 8 yards through a crowded Gweedore defence. Gweedore got back on level terms only a few minutes later after a Sam Hegarty challenge was deemed a penalty by the referee. The penalty was slotted home to level the scores. On the stroke of half-time Tullyvinney missed two glorious chances to score.Into the second half and Gweedore made it two as a through ball was latched onto by the forward and he put the ball past the onrushing Tullyvinney ‘keeper. The visitors should have extended their lead further on 65 minutes as a long ball deceived the Tullyvinney defence leaving a two-on-one situation between Gweedore forwards and the Tullyvinney keeper. The Gweedore number 10 had an empty net to score into after being played through by his strike partner, but incredibly, he somehow managed to blaze his effort over the bar from only two yards.Tullyvinney were back on level terms on 75 minutes as a floated Renato corner was met by Marty Alexander and he poked his shot in from all of 6 yards to set up a nervy end to the match. Tullyvinney were then reduced to ten men for the remainder of the match as Paddy Kelly received a second yellow card for a challenge on the edge of the box, leaving an uphill battle for the Crossroads men. Gweedore, to their credit, battled on and got the winner from a second penalty following a rash tackle in the home box on 80 minutes. Gweedore’s forward got his hat-trick by slotting the ball under the diving Hegarty, who despite his best effort, just couldn’t keep out the second penalty of the game.Tullyvinney battled hard in the final ten minutes and Sam Hegarty, switched from a more familiar role at centre-back to play up front, was sent through on goal but couldn’t find the shot to beat the Gweedore keeper.Glenree United Reserves 1 Keadue Rovers Reserves 2Glenree’s final home match of season was a physical affair from both sides. It was the home side who took the lead when Karl Mc Elhinney stepped up to finish cooly from the penalty spot after he was fouled by the defender in the 15th minute. Ten minutes later Vinny Mc Laughlin finished sublimely after good build up play to give the homeside a two goal cushion. Keadue didn’t give up and slowly crawled back into it when Jack Sparrow finished well from the 18 yard line. But the home side regained their two goal advantage when Mc Laughlin let a thunderous strike go to see it fly past the keeper. In the 65th minute Marc Mc Carron must of thought it was Christmas all over when his partner shot was well saved by the Glenree number 1 but Mc Carron found the ball at his feet with an empty net to blast it into. This set up a nervy last 25 minutes for the Glenree outfit and they had their chances to go further ahead but the away keeper wasn’t to be beat again. Best on the day for Glenree were Max Davis, Ian Mc Elhinney and Vinny Mc Laughlin. Team effort by Keadue Rovers. Referee: Victor RaineyRESULTSWEDNESDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionMilford United 4 v 2 Glenea UnitedSATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneFintown Harps AFC 3 v 2 Ramelton MarinersGlenea United Reserves 1 v 2 Glencar CelticCastlefin Celtic Reserves 2 v 1 Erne WanderersSt. Catherines Reserves 2 v 4 Orchard F.C.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves 2 v 3 Arranmore UnitedTullyvinney Rovers 2 v 3 Gweedore United ReservesGlenree United Reserves 3 v 2 Keadue Rovers ReservesSUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGlenea United 0 v 2 Rathmullan CelticLifford Celtic 1 v 1 Kilmacrennan CelticDonegal Town 1 v 0 St. CatherinesWatson Hire Division OneCastlefin Celtic 4 v 2 Gweedore UnitedCappry Rovers 4 v 6 Dunkineely CelticUlster Junior Cup FinalGweedore Celtic 0 v 0 Glengad F.C.( Glengad F.C. won 4-2 on penalties )Watson Hire Division One / CT Ball Division Two, Promotion / Relegation Play-OffKeadue Rovers 3 v 2 Deele HarpsFIXTURESMONDAY 28-04-2014 K.O. 7 p.m.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers v Curragh Athletic ReservesSATURDAY 03-05-2014 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDonegal Town Reserves v Arranmore United (K.O. 1.p.m.)Strand Rovers v Glenree United ReservesMilford United Reserves v Gweedore United ReservesCranford United Reserves v Keadue Rovers ReservesSUNDAY 04-05-2014Premier Division / Division One, Promotion / Relegation Play-OffCastlefin Celtic v Cranford UnitedLeague table for Brian McCormick Sports Premier LeagueTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsRathmullan Celtic 18 12 3 3 44 22 22 39Lifford Celtic FC 18 11 3 4 37 19 18 37Milford United FC 18 9 5 4 41 29 12 31Glenea United 18 8 6 4 29 20 9 28St Catherines FC 18 7 5 6 39 33 6 27Gweedore Celtic 18 4 5 9 22 25 -3 21Donegal Town FC 18 5 7 6 30 35 -5 21Cranford FC 18 4 8 6 26 29 -3 18Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 18 4 10 4 20 41 -21 16Curragh Athletic FC 18 3 15 0 19 54 -35 9League table for Watson Hire Sunday Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsDrumoghill FC 18 13 3 2 49 19 30 41Cappry Rovers 18 11 3 4 54 26 28 37Castlefin Celtic 18 10 5 3 50 34 16 33Dunkineely Celtic FC 18 11 7 0 51 46 5 33Gweedore United FC 18 9 7 2 43 25 18 29Kerrykeel 71 FC 18 8 6 4 51 37 14 28Lagan Harps FC 18 6 9 3 33 46 -13 21Keadue Rovers FC 18 6 10 2 37 43 -6 20Bonagee United FC 18 4 11 3 32 50 -18 15Eany Celtic FC 18 0 17 1 13 87 -74 1League table for CT Ball Sunday Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsCopany Rovers FC 18 11 3 4 44 25 19 37Whitestrand United FC 18 11 4 3 46 23 23 36Deele Harps FC 18 10 5 3 38 19 19 33Raphoe Town 18 10 5 3 40 23 17 33Convoy Arsenal FC 18 9 5 4 33 28 5 31Letterbarrow Celtic FC 18 7 8 3 31 38 -7 24Glenree United FC 18 6 9 3 31 45 -14 21Ballybofey United FC 18 5 10 3 24 37 -13 18Dunlewey Celtic 18 4 11 3 27 42 -15 15Drumbar FC 18 1 14 3 15 49 -34 6League table for Old Orchard Saturday Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsGlencar Celtic 16 15 1 0 54 12 42 45Glenea United 16 9 6 1 39 27 12 28St Catherines FC 16 9 6 1 35 32 3 28Erne Wanderers FC 16 9 7 0 45 29 16 27Orchard FC 16 8 7 1 41 33 8 25Fintown Harps AFC 16 7 7 2 29 41 -12 23Castlefin Celtic Res 16 6 8 2 40 38 2 20Mulroy Celtic 16 3 11 2 17 37 -20 11Ramelton Mariners FC 16 1 14 1 17 68 -51 4League table for Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsArranmore United 17 15 1 1 41 11 30 46Donegal Town FC Res 17 9 3 5 42 33 9 32Glenree United FC Res 17 9 4 4 53 44 9 31Gweedore United FC Res 17 9 6 2 45 39 6 29Keadue Rovers FC 17 6 8 3 38 36 2 21Cranford FC 17 5 8 4 39 44 -5 19Milford United FC Res 17 5 8 4 36 46 -10 19Curragh Athletic FC 17 4 9 4 32 47 -15 16Tullyvinney Rovers 17 4 10 3 26 38 -12 15Strand Rovers FC 17 3 12 2 21 35 -14 11DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: April 27th, 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

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McCONALOGUE SLAMS GOVT FOR FAILING TO REPLACE DISABILITY SCHEME

first_imgFianna Fáil Deputy Charlie McConalogue has criticised the Government for failing to make any attempt to replace two support schemes for people with disabilities that were cancelled a year ago.Charlie McConalogueMore than 300 people across Co Donegal are affected by the scheme.The Mobility Allowance and the Motorised Transport Grant were closed to new applicants from February of last year. The Government promised in June that the schemes would be replaced, he said.“There was outcry when the Government discontinued these two important supports for people with disabilities were cancelled last year. An estimated 300 people in Co Donegal are dependent on the Mobility Allowance alone. They are still in limbo as the Government drags its heels on establishing alternative support schemes. It is completely unacceptable that a year later, these people are still waiting,” said Deputy McConalogue.“The Government first announced the cancellation of these schemes early last year, describing them as ‘obsolete’. It caused great distress among people with disabilities who depend on such support to maintain a level of independence.“The Mobility Allowance benefits approximately 5,000 people across the country, including 300 in Donegal. The schemes account for approximately 20% of their income. It means that not only are the people who are already on the schemes left without any answers, hundreds more have been unable to apply since February 2013. These people were promised that alternative schemes would be set up but we have seen absolutely no hint of this from the Government over the past year,” he said. He asked if Fine Gael and Labour are just hoping this will simply go away?“People with disabilities have waited far too long for the supports they were entitled to. Unfortunately the scrapping of these two schemes is just one element of a sustained attack on people with disabilities. The disability allowance was cut in Fine Gael and Labour’s first budget three years ago, home help hours were cut the following summer, people had to camp outside Government Buildings to reverse the cut to personal assistants. There have been cuts to the domiciliary care allowance and cuts to the respite grant.“The very least that the Government can do is establish a permanent replacement for the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grants. I am appealing to Fine Gael and Labour to do this as quickly as possible.”McCONALOGUE SLAMS GOVT FOR FAILING TO REPLACE DISABILITY SCHEME was last modified: June 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:Charlie McConaloguemobility allowancelast_img read more

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TALENTED DONEGAL BOXER MCGINTY DEFEATED AT JUNIOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgBrett McGinty was defeated in controversial circumstances in his Junior European Championship bout against Croatian Mladen Sobjeslavski .Brett McGinty was left ‘gutted’ following a controversial decision that resulted in his exit at the Junior European Championships.McGinty was competing against Mladen Sobjeslavski and looked like he was in control of the bout early on.The St Johnston based boxer looked classy and composed in the opening two rounds and seemed to have won both comfortably. That sparked a reaction from his opponent Mladen Sobjeslavski and he upped the tempo in the final round.Sobjeslavski might have shaded the last round as he had to chase it, as it looked as if he’d lost the first two rounds.There was then shock and surprise when the referee raised the arm of the Croatian fighter Mladen Sobjeslavski.McGinty looked visibly stunned as did the rest of his back-room team, there was further surprise when the judges scored the contest 3-0 in favour of Sobjeslavski. TALENTED DONEGAL BOXER MCGINTY DEFEATED AT JUNIOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: November 4th, 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:boxingBrett McGintyIrelandnewsSportlast_img read more

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Science Journals Rally Anti-ID Army

first_imgLanguage in science journals is typically restrained, genteel and erudite.  Editorials value diversity and inclusion, rarely painting any issue black or white.  There are two issues, though, that let loose the raging bull: (1) policies that jeopardize funding, and (2) creationism.  As illustrations of reactions to the latter, consider two articles this week that snort and paw the ground:Atheist army:  “Call to atheists” was the title of an editorial by Nigel Williams in this week’s Current Biology.1  One might, at first glance, expect this would be a call for restraint amidst the recent bombastic claims of certain popular atheists, such that science be not sullied by association with intolerance.  Not so; Williams was their army recruiterAs the media begin increasingly to focus on analyses of the US presidential candidate hopefuls, many people are now beginning to think about the consequences of the end of the Bush era.  For researchers many potential changes loom…. the dominance of the Christian right under Bush has now been challenged by a new campaign to raise the voices of the US’s estimated 25 million atheists.    Britain’s champion atheist, Richard Dawkins, is spearheading a campaign to challenge the dominance of religion in everyday life and in politics, insisting that the atheists deserve to be heard too.On that last note, Williams portrayed atheists as a “downtrodden” group who need political clout, which might seem a little odd, considering that at least in science teaching at public schools the feared religious right has almost zero influence.    The article, accompanied with a large photo of Dawkins with pensive and determined gaze, gave copious room for the outspoken atheist to specifically ridicule the Bible.  If this was a journalistic report, as the heading suggested, it provided no opportunity for balance or rebuttal by any non-atheist – certainly not by one who should know both sides, former atheist Antony Flew (10/29/2007) – speaking of whom, ID leader William Dembski wrote that he likes the old atheists better (see Uncommon Descent).Abstract expressionism:  Here was the depiction of creationists by Adam Rutherford in Nature this week: a bunch of threatening, thieving, feeble-minded, steamrolling, inept, unpleasant, nonsensical, sneaky, fig-leaf-wearing pseudo-intellectual fundamentalists who can’t face the overwhelming strength of the Darwinism-only policy as judicially upheld by that republican lutheran, Judge Jones, one of the 100 most influential people, portrayed as the hero he is by the prestigious Nova in a rigorous television documentary upholding science and reason.  (Summarized for succinctness.)2    Rutherford had recently seen Judgment Day by Vulcan Productions, a Nova presentation airing this month about the Dover trial, funded by pro-evolution billionaire Paul Allen (10/12/2007).  Overjoyed with it, he painted his review all-black vs all-white, us-vs-them, noble-reason-vs-dangerous-fundamentalism to the point of near obscenity (on another occasion, Rutherford once called pro-ID astrobiologist Guillermo Gonzalez a “crap scientist”).  Creationism and intelligent design were doused with equal torrents of acid rain.  And, to poison the wells of rebuttal, he snuck in a line about the upcoming film Expelled, calling it the work of “comedian” Ben Stein, who “duped” certain evolutionists to appear in it.  Nothing duplicitous in Judgment Day, of course: “Judgment Day is just the sort of thoughtful programming that celebrates how sensible people – faithful and otherwise – can use science and reason to combat fundamentalism.”The Discovery Institute was quick to launch a few missives of its own, to intercept some of the damage expected from what they consider a very biased presentation.  These are listed at IntelligentDesign.org, a new website hub for ID resources and information.  Traipsing Into Evolution is another new site they hope will set the record straight about what happened at the Dover trial.  Readers of Nature and Current Biology, however, get the anti-creation, anti-ID, pro-Darwin, pro-atheism free along with the scientific content they subscribed for.  It is doubtful those who read the journals will be aware the rebuttals even exist.1.  Nigel Williams, “Call to Atheists,” Current Biology Volume 17, Issue 21, 6 November 2007, Pages R899-R900.2.  Adam Rutherford, “Television: Dover trial documentary screens,” Nature 450, 170 (8 November 2007) | doi:10.1038/450170a.There you have it: reason, open-mindedness, fairness, dispassionate analysis of evidence – everything you have come to expect in a Science Journal, brought to you by people of froth (09/26/2005).(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Are Starfish Eyes Missing Links?

first_imgStarfish are found to have “primitive” image-forming eyes on the tips of their arms.  Do these represent links between simple and complex eyes?  Some reporters seem to think so.Deborah MacKenzie at New Scientist leapt at the opportunity to score one for Darwin:We have known about the sensors that starfish have at the ends of their arms for 200 years, but no one knew whether they are real eyes that form images or simply structures that detect changes in light intensity.We finally have an answer: they appear to act as real eyes. The discovery is another blow to creationist arguments that something as complex as a human eye could never evolve from simpler structures.In a similar vein, PhysOrg asked if it is a “missing link in eye evolution.”  Dr. Andrews Garm at the University of Copenhagen experimented on blue sea stars.  When deprived of the photosensors, starfish wandered aimlessly, but their fellow stars with intact sensors migrated toward the coral, where the food source is.  The article contains photos of the starfish and its photoreceptors.Surprisingly, after 200 years of knowing these photoreceptors exist, nobody had checked to see if they are capable of providing directional cues to the animals.  New Scientist said they are “good enough to show the way home” but more primitive than the compound eyes in arthropods.  MacKenzie continued the evolutionary angle:In evolutionary terms, says Garm, it is interesting because starfish eyes are structurally close in form to the hypothesised first image-forming eyes.For instance, light receptors in more advanced eyes are built either out of modified cytoplasmic projections called microvilli, or out of filament-shaped cell organelles called cilia. Starfish eyes contain both structures, so “have features that look a bit ancestral“, says [Dan-Eric] Nilsson [Lund University].“This shows what visual task drove this important step in eye evolution,” says Garm. “Navigation towards large stationary objects – here the reef – that were preferred habitats.” In other words, he thinks our eyes may have first evolved so we could find our way home.PhysOrg said that the structure on the blue sea star, “except for the lack of true optics, resembles arthropod compound eye.”  Neither article mentioned the whole-body lenses on brittle stars, another echinoderm (8/23/01).In other echinoderm news, PhysOrg reported that some starfish are able to shed arms to prevent overheating.  Nature News reported a Cambrian fossil that they claim is an early echinoderm.  It lacked arms, but had five-fold symmetry.  It “resembled an egg with its tapered end planted in the sea floor,” the article said.  “Its mouth opened upward and its body spiralled down.”Nice try, Darwin Party, but no score.  Starfish are not ancestral to arthropods or vertebrates.  Eyes appeared abruptly in separate phyla during the Cambrian explosion, as seen in molluscs, jellyfish, comb jellies, and arthropods (trilobites and the Burgess Shale animals), and in some extinct phyla.  Trilobite eyes were very complex but appeared abruptly like all the others.   If starfish represented a transitional form, why do starfish still exist hundreds of millions of years later with the same “primitive” eyes?  Where’s the evolution?The authors made another tactical blunder in their evolutionary tale.  “Visual tasks” do not “drive evolution.”  You can’t drive an aimless mechanism on a random walk.  Eyes don’t evolve “so we could find our way home.”  That makes no sense theoretically or evidentially.  All living things have some common “tasks” including finding their habitat.  Why don’t plants have eyes?  Why don’t seeds have eyes so they can find the right soil?  Many plants and animals could have benefited from sight but didn’t “evolve eyes.”  You can’t use “evolve” as an active verb.  Evolution is whatever happens, without anyone guiding it or needing it.  Once again we see evolutionists misusing and misunderstanding their own theory.The fact is, each animal has the senses it needs for its place in the ecology.  Everything is equipped for its role.  The story should have been that starfish are more amazing than previously thought, not that they represent a missing link.  Maybe the evolutionists are panicking at the release of Stephen Meyer’s best-selling book, Darwin’s Doubt, laying out the case for intelligent design as seen in the Cambrian fossil record.  For a shorter explanation of the Cambrian explosion, see Illustra’s film Darwin’s Dilemma. (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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