‘Only 50 per cent’ chance of Arsenal target staying at Juventus – Turin chief

first_imgJuventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta says there is a ’50 per cent’ chance the club will keep hold of Arsenal and Real Madrid target Alvaro Morata.The striker has bagged 26 goals in two seasons for the Italian champions but he has been linked with a move away this summer.Real Madrid have the option to buy the Spaniard back, while Arsenal want to lure him to the Emirates after trying to sign him before he joined Juventus in 2014.And with interest growing every day, Marotta claims it is 50-50 whether or not the 23-year-old will stay in Turin.“Morata? We’ll have to meet with Real Madrid, but at the moment they’re busy preparing for the Champions League final,” Moratta told reporters in Italy.“We’ll talk after the final. Will he stay? 50 per cent.” 1 Alvaro Morata has netted 26 goals for Juventus this season last_img read more

LAPD consent decree renewed

first_imgThe American Civil Liberties Union and other longtime critics of the department said the entire decree had to be extended in order to prevent backsliding. While Assistant City Attorney Carlos De La Guerra said that isn’t a concern, Feess scoffed at that notion. “You mean we’ve got such a history of compliance to reform by the department that we should trust that backsliding won’t happen?” Feess asked. “That is contrary to the last 40 years of history of this department.” Catherine Lhamon, racial justice director of the ACLU of Southern California, hailed Feess’ decision as a victory for the people the Police Department serves. “It’s so meaningful to the people who live and travel in Los Angeles.” Without it, she said, “we risk reinstituting the code of silence. We’re talking about shrouding what’s happening inside the Police Department.” The Police Protective League, the police officers union, had called for the decree to be narrowed so those working on compliance issues could be reassigned to the streets. “There is no reason for the monitor to continue to be paid to oversee reforms that have already taken place,” union President Bob Baker said in a statement. “This consent decree takes hundreds of officers off the street and additionally costs millions of dollars to administer without making our streets safer.” The LAPD spends more than $10 million a year on consent-decree compliance, including the salaries of 110 employees, and more than $2 million a year to Kroll and Associates, the firm that employs Michael Cherkasky, who monitors the consent decree for the court. Department officials said they would have continued with all reforms instituted by the decree even if it had been lifted, so the extension will not create a financial burden. “The most important message is that the Los Angeles Police Commission, the Los Angeles Police Department and the city of Los Angeles are fully and firmly committed to compliance of the consent decree, both the spirit and the letter of the decree,” Police Commission President John Mack said. “For many years, we had an LAPD that was brutal, that was racist, that wasn’t treating all citizens with respect. With a lot of hard work by the people of this department, we’ve changed that. We should all be celebrating the progress that we’ve made.” Feess made it clear his top priority is the implementation of TEAMS II. His first question during the hearing was the status of the computer system, which has been partially implemented. Gerald Chaleff, commander of the LAPD’s Consent Decree Bureau, said the program has been delayed because of its complexity. Once implemented, city officials said, TEAMS II will be the most effective and comprehensive system of its kind in law enforcement. Feess said he wants TEAMS II operational for two years before he lifts the decree. “TEAMS II is not just a material part of this, it’s an essential part of this consent decree and the reforms to be implemented in this consent decree,” Feess said. Paul Mills, an attorney and co-director of L.A. Police Watch, said the LAPD’s inability to implement the program over the past five years shows a lack of commitment to the consent decree – especially considering LAPD Chief William Bratton’s affinity for tracking crime statistics. “It’s Chief Bratton who’s the wizard of tracking,” Mills said. “That’s like Colonel Sanders saying we can’t comply with the requirement that we prepare chicken. As to any other provision, his sincerity or reliability has to be doubted. “The whole problem is the code of silence. This tracking system is apparently the best way to break that code of silence. What we’re tracking is complaints by victims, and the victims don’t obey the code of silence.” LAPD and city officials said complying with the decree is a top priority. When Bratton joined the department more than three years ago, he established a Consent Decree Bureau and said recruitment and compliance with it were his most important objectives. Councilman Jack Weiss, chairman of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, said he will introduce a proposal today to restore $3 million to $5 million to pay for issues related to the consent decree, including installing cameras in each patrol car. “We’re committed to funding police reform, whether it’s formally in the consent decree or not,” Weiss said. “We have leadership in this city that is clearly committed to what Judge Feess is looking for.” Cherkasky, the federal monitor, said it had to be extended in full for the LAPD to reach the reform envisioned five years ago. “The commitment (to reform) needs to be reaffirmed,” Cherkasky said. “It is one consent decree. It can’t be parsed out. We need to finish the job with this consent decree so (corruption) won’t happen again.” josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com (818) 713-3669160Want 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 quarterfinalsThe Los Angeles Police Department has complied with about 70 percent of the 152 provisions outlined in the 80-page consent decree. Among those still to be implemented is TEAMS II, a risk-management computer system designed to track complaints and root out problem officers, that is expected to debut this fall. Feess rejected a motion from the city that he lift provisions of the decree with which the LAPD has complied and extend the remainder for just two years. “We’re fully committed to reforming the Los Angeles Police Department,” Assistant Chief George Gascon said. “We will work with the federal monitor and do whatever is necessary. The request was really asking for recognition for all the good work that we’ve done. That recognition has been given orally, if not officially.” The U.S. Department of Justice accused the LAPD of widespread corruption and abuse after a Rampart Division police officer convicted of stealing evidence implicated dozens of his co-workers. The LAPD entered into the decree in 2001 in order to avert a federal lawsuit. The LAPD will remain under federal oversight for three more years, a federal judge ruled Monday, saying the agency has made great strides to prevent corruption and abuse since the Rampart scandal but that its work is “not finished yet.” Judge Gary Feess extended a federal consent decree to June 15, 2009 – three years after it was originally set to expire. Police officials estimate they spend $10 million annually complying with provisions of the decree. “The department has made progress in ways that have never been done before,” Feess said during a hearing at U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. “I do not believe in my working life there will ever be as important a case to this department or to this community. “If we achieve all of the provisions in this consent decree, we will have a better police department and a better community. I suspect that will happen, but it’s not finished yet.” last_img read more

DDTV: JOE BROLLY’S TV ATTACK ON ‘ROTTEN’ TYRONE TEAM

first_imgDDTV: FORMER Derry star Joe Brolly has launched an astonishing attack on Tyrone after the side knocked Monaghan out of the All-Ireland at Croke Park. Brolly was reacting to the ‘cynical’ approach the Red Hand County took towards the Ulster champions.Tyrone won the game by two points and will play either Donegal or Mayo in the semi-final.Brolly used the post-match analysis on RTE to slam the Tyrone victory as “rotten.”Click to play and watch what else he had to say…..  DDTV: JOE BROLLY’S TV ATTACK ON ‘ROTTEN’ TYRONE TEAM was last modified: August 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) Tags:GAAJOE BROLLYMonaghanRTETyronelast_img read more

SHANE MAKES HIS ‘VOICE’ HEARD AT LORETO, MILFORD PRIZEGIVING!

first_img003.jpg P.E. and Sports Award Winners with Shane Mc Laughlin and Principal, Mr. Andrew Kelly.003.jpg P.E. and Sports Award Winners with Shane Mc Laughlin and Principal, Mr. Andrew Kelly.SHANE MAKES HIS ‘VOICE’ HEARD AT LORETO, MILFORD PRIZEGIVING! was last modified: May 24th, 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:LoretoMilfordprizegivingshane mclaughlinlast_img

Sowa Named MVC Scholar-Athlete Of The Week

first_imgSowa blistered the softball in Drake’s final three regular season wins over Bradley this past weekend. At the plate, she batted .600 (6-of-10) with one home run, three doubles, five runs batted in and seven runs scored along with tallying a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.200 slugging percentage. Drake will play its first game at the MVC Tournament, held in Carbondale, Ill., Friday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m. against the winner of that Friday morning’s quarterfinal game between Evansville or Illinois State versus UNI. Every game of the MVC Tournament will be broadcast online via The Valley On ESPN3. ST. LOUIS –Junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) of the Drake University softball team was named the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday, May 10. The weekly MVC academic award is the first of Sowa’s career and comes one day after she was named MVC Softball Player of the Week. The academic honor now gives the Bulldogs a total of 24 Scholar-Athletes of the Week this season. 2015-16 Drake Scholar-Athlete of the Week WinnersMegan Sowa – Softball – May 10Emma Huston – Women’s Track & Field – May 3Robert McCann – Men’s Track & Field – May 3Emma Huston – Women’s Track and Field – April 26Reed Fischer – Men’s Track & Field – April 19Emma Huston – Women’s Track & Field – April 5Emma Huston – Women’s Track & Field – Feb. 16Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Feb. 2Emma Huston – Women’s Track & Field – Jan. 26Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Jan. 12Maddy Dean – Women’s Basketball – Jan. 12Graham Woodward – Men’s Basketball – Jan. 5Kale Abrahamson – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 29Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 22Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 15Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 8Rai Ahmed-Green – Women’s Track & Field – Dec. 8Kale Abrahamson – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 1James Grunert – Men’s Soccer – Nov. 24Paul Ciszewski – Men’s Soccer – Nov. 16Steven Enna – Men’s Soccer – Oct. 19Emma Huston – Women’s Cross Country – Oct. 19Reed Fischer – Men’s Cross Country – Oct. 6Ben LeMay – Men’s Soccer – Sept. 22 Print Friendly Version Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.center_img On the season, Sowa is batting .302 with six home runs and a team-leading 14 doubles and 39 RBI. Sowa was previously named the MVC Player of the Week on March 28. Academically, Sowa has a 3.39 GPA as a double major in English and secondary education. To qualify for Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. This week’s awards continue Drake’s extensive collection of MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week awards. A Drake student-athlete has won the award 24 times in the 38 weeks the honor has been awarded in 2015-16 including four weeks in which the Bulldogs swept the men’s and women’s honors.last_img read more

BEAUTY: KEEP YOUR SKIN SOFT AND SMOOTH IN WINTER

first_imgAs temperatures drop, it’s important to change your skin care routine to help reduce the impact of winter weather on your skin.You can minimise the toll the next few months will take on your skin by preparing now.Here’s an action plan prepared by budget beauty hero Ziaja to keep you comfortable and flare-free. This Polish beauty skincare brand has built a loyal Irish following and is available in pharmacies across the county.1 – EXFOLIATE & CLEANSE DEEPLYExfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells and clears the surface allowing skin to better absorb moisture and nutrients from other skincare products. ZIAJA recommends exfoliating the face twice per week during colder months to increase cell turnover, reduce pores and maintain a glowing complexion. TIP: Don’t forget to exfoliate the neck to get rid of dead, dull cells which can block the effectiveness of moisturisers and anti-ageing creams. It also stimulates cell rejuvenation and restores smoothness to neck skin.Try ZIAJA ROSE BUTTER MICRO PEELING (rrp€4.79) to delicately cleanse and peel off dead skin cells on the face & neck. Regular use stimulates oxygen circulation and reveals a visibly revitalised complexion restoring natural smoothness and softness. Cleanse your face daily to remove impurities, dust, dirt and makeup to ensure skin is healthy and refreshed. ZIAJA recommends incorporating a micellar water into your daily cleansing routine. These are toners that contain microscopic oil spheres that cleanse without stripping so they are suitable for all skin types plus they’re quick, easy and you don’t need to rinse them off – think cleansing wipes without the guilt!Try ZIAJA NATURAL OLIVE MICELLAR WATER (rrp€4.49) a pampering no-need-to rinse micellar water that makes it a pleasure to cleanse. The little molecules in this micellar water eat up and absorb dirt and makeup effortlessly while the natural olive oil ingredient nourishes, softens and hydrates the skin. Its paraben free and dermatologically tested and suits all skin types.Continue to use a body scrub at least once a week during the winter months as exfoliating the top layer of skin helps moisturising products penetrate more deeply to keep skin hydrated for longer. Regular use of a body scrub also enhances blood circulation which oxygenates cells and loosens fluid build-up – this helps to smooth out the skin which lessens the appearance of celluliteTry ZIAJA COCOA BUTTER BODY SCRUB (rrp€7.99): it contains a blend of pure cocoa butter, coconut oil, natural crushed walnut shells and macro scrub granules. This unique combination refines and polishes to reveal brighter and smoother looking skin. The scrub has a chocolate fragrance and leaves skin feeling invigorated.2 – RESTORE & REPLENISH It is vital to replenish moisture levels before the onset of winter and prepare skin to deal with indoor heating and outdoor temperature changes. Fight back against dull, dry skin by moisturising the face day and night to maintain healthy youthful looking skin. Amp up your level of hydration with an intensive hydrating mask at least once a week. TIP: moisturise right after you wash or bathe as applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that moisture back into the skin.Try ZIAJA SENSITIVE SKIN SOOTHING DAY CREAM SPF20 (rrp€6.99): a pure and gentle emulsion cream with long lasting hydration and protective properties for dry and itchy prone skin. Every day use reduces roughness, dryness and excessive flaking. With SPF 20 to protect skin against UVA and winter sun rays and prevent premature skin ageing.Try ZIAJA ROSE BUTTER FIRMING NIGHT CREAM (rrp€6.99): a fast absorbing and intensively moisturising cream that works to refine and firm skin texture while you sleep. The active ingredients combine to boost moisture levels and hyaluronic production – plumping the skin from within helping to visibly reduce lines and wrinkles.Try ZIAJA MARINE ALGAE SPA FACE MASK (rrp€0.69): as a weekly moisturising face mask rich in marine nutrients that provides an at home spa grade hydration treatment with a fresh and soothing marine fragrance. To prevent dry, scaly body skin becoming a real problem in the winter apply an ultra-moisturising body lotion or body butter to your limbs in your daily routine. Arms and legs have fewer oil glands which is why they tend to be drier and scalier than other areas.Try ZIAJA NATURAL AVOCADO OIL BODY LOTION (rrp€5.99): a nourishing and revitalising body lotion that gently delivers hydration while soothing and calming redness and irritations. The natural avocado oil base ingredient is packed with Omega 3 & 9, Vitamins A, B1, B2 and D to replenish the skins protective layer. This body lotion has been clinically proven to increase skin hydration by 42% and it is paraben and colourant free.3 – SHIELD & PROTECTTake special care of the delicate eye area, since the skin here is so thin it needs extra attention during the colder months. Bags, dark circles and puffiness seem to increase during winter – so choose an eye cream that offers extra moisture with natural ingredients as it’s such a sensitive area. TIP: With most eye creams it’s advisable not to use them on the lids as the pores are so tiny that they easily clog, resulting in additional puffiness.Try ZIAJA NATURAL OLIVE OIL EYE CREAM (rrp€6.49): Provides a layer of lightweight moisture to the eye area and protects against environmental damage and reduces puffiness. Helps diminish the signs of fine lines and crow’s feet by visibly smoothing out the skin and improving skin tone.Keep a tube of lip balm in your bag or pocket as cooler temperatures and cold winds can take chapped lips to a whole new level.TIP: If lips are flaky, take a clean toothbrush and very gently exfoliate the skin to remove excess skin. Then apply honey or Vaseline to the lips for 15 minutes and remove with a cotton swab dipped in hot water. To avoid chapped lips apply a balm that contains lanolin (a natural oily wax).Try ZIAJA COCONUT LIP BALMS (rrp€1.99): Contains coconut lipids, canola oil, lanolin, vitamin A and E. Perfectly moisturises, prevents dryness and chapped lips. Gives your lips a delicate gloss and gently lubricates. All ZIAJA lip balms come in hygienic multi-use applicator tubes.To prevent hands from drying out always apply moisturiser after washing hands and several times throughout the day thereafter. Keep a hand cream in your bag.TIP: To rehab really dry hands use a very thick hand cream right before bed and then slip on cotton gloves – over night the moisturiser absorbs into skin and you’ll notice the improvement in the morning.Try ZIAJA GOAT’S MILK HAND CONCENTRATE (rrp€4.49) for on the go intensive hand care this is a special hydrating concentrate with goats milk, shea butter and olive oil to moisturise, nourish and firm skin. It also lightens pigmentation spots and evens out the skin tone.WHERE TO FIND IT IN DONEGAL:  BRENNAN’S PHARMACY, Carndonagh, ESKE PHARMACY, Donegal Town, McFADDENS PHARMACY, Letterkenny,  AND MURRAY’S PHARMACY RameltonBEAUTY: KEEP YOUR SKIN SOFT AND SMOOTH IN WINTER was last modified: October 26th, 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:Beauty productsCarndonaghdonegalDONEGAL AND MURRAY’S PHARMACY RAMELTON.ESKE PHARMACYletterkennyMcFADDENS PHARMACYNATURAL OLIVE MICELLAR WATERWHERE TO FIND IT DONEGAL: BRENNAN’S PHARMACYZIAJAlast_img read more

COLEMAN TO GET HITCHED AGAIN? DONEGAL MINOR DREAMS SHATTERED BY GLASS – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY

first_imgAND NOW FOR SOME POST MATCH REACTION FROM BLAKES…ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzInto Blakes Bar on Letterkenny’s Main Street for the cure on Saturday evening. The cure for insomnia, that is, otherwise known as the Ulster SFC semi-final. For truly that was hard to watch at times with an atmosphere to match as the television coverage appeared to indicate. Donegal just about got there and that was the sole purpose of the exercise so job done. But not done very emphatically even if the pre-match predictions were that Brian McIver’s side would put it up to them.That they did and indeed had they managed to net in those closing minutes they, and not Donegal, would be preparing themselves for a tilt at Monaghan in the Ulster Final.True, there was always the belief that the green and gold could, if necessary, apply the necessary gear change but that’s a dangerous game particularly when you’re facing a neighbouring county managed by your old boss.McIver described himself as “absolutely sick” at the end of the game, summing up how close he felt his side were to ending Donegal’s domination in reaching Ulster Finals. Neutrals and indeed fans of either side – the occasional groans inside Blakes told some of the story – can’t have been feeling too well either such was the quality, or lack of, on show. Errors were never too far away from this slow burner of a game that never ignited into anything much.But aided by the inspirational Neil Gallagher in the middle of the field – fittingly he provided the searching ball that found Martin O’Reilly for the only goal of the game – and a couple of hefty scores from Michael Murphy, Donegal survived a relatively poor showing and opponents who didn’t give up until the end.And hopefully also survive the injury to Patrick McBrearty who, much to everyone’s surprise, remained on the field despite it.Best thing for them, the argument has surfaced. Had they delivered a trouncing to Derry, they would have been returning to Clones for the Final with an over abundance of confidence and cockiness. Now they know they have plenty of work to do before even considering what lies beyond Ulster.All true in its own way but nevertheless we surely expected more from Rory Gallagher’s men in an Ulster semi-final. What a complete contrast to Sunday’s gem of a game at Croke Park. Westmeath and Meath had been described as the curtain-raiser to the “main event” of the day, the clash of Dublin and Kildare but it managed to take centre stage long before a ball was kicked in that second Leinster semi-final.It appeared to be business as usual as Meath steamed along with gusto in the opening half and when they headed in at the interval comfortably in the driving seat at 2-12 to 1-7, they can only have been close to starting work on the match programme for the Final.But what a turnaround in the second period – the Westmeathers achieving their first ever win over their fierce rivals (difficult to believe that but the record books don’t lie) and restricting Meath to a solitary point in the last twenty minutes as they rattled in a tally of 2-9 with John Heslin and Kieran Martin leading the scoring charts.Stunning was the word for it though there are invariably others better suited to describe an astonishing comeback (astonishing, see, there’s another one…). And now they face the mighty Dubs who ballooned the Lilywhites into the qualifiers with a nineteen point victory (were we really expecting anything less?) and have set up an intriguing Croke Park showdown.Dublin will be expecting – even if they’ll be playing it down somewhat – to march all over Westmeath on July 12th and with the playing personnel at their disposal and a massive home support will be most pundits favourites to do so while the rest of us will be rooting for the rank outsiders.A couple of months ago, ‘Irish Times’ columnist and former ‘Donegal Democrat’ reporter, Keith Duggan, questioned the viability of allowing Dublin play every Championship game at H.Q.“The argument is that they are such a big attraction that Croke Park is the obvious venue. From a financial perspective, the logic here is unimpeachable. The Dubs bring a crowd, even for games which they are heavily favoured to win,” the ‘Times’ man conceded.But he argued the principle of counties having to travel for Championship fixtures should apply across the board and Dublin should be no exception in this case. “It would serve to end the lingering sense of unfairness that exists,” he maintained. Right on, Keith.Not that the forthcoming Leinster Championship Final or indeed last Sunday’s semi should be played anywhere but at Croker of course but, surely, for next year, even if the G.A.A. stand to lose out at the turnstiles, those counties drawn at home against the Dubs should not be expected to have to take their chances on the Blues home territory on each and every occasion.Difficult enough – as eleven Leinster Final appearances out of the past dozen –GLASS BLOWERCrushing disappointment for the highly fancied Donegal Minors in their Championship semi-final in Clones where the impressive displays of previous rounds were left behind on the team bus.A one point defeat it may have been but it could just as well have been twenty-one such was the dominance of Derry for much of this game. And helping to shatter Donegal hopes was ace marksman, Conor Glass, who returned a personal tally of seven points, and looked like a man who can rise to the very top of the game if it wasn’t for the fact that he is set to move to Australian Rules football.But whlle it was a good day for one Conor, it was a less memorable one for another one, Donegal’s Doherty seeing his last gasp penalty kick make its way over the crossbar when it needed to go under it.But he should hold no blame for this defeat – it was just one of those days and have no doubt that Declan Bonner and his team will be back on the Championship trail again.ALL-IRELAND TITLE CHASERSThe nerves are stretched.  Heck, they could reach Longford all on their own at this stage but we’ll be travelling with them in any case and hoping to leave them there as we return with some coveted silverware on board. After months of preparations carried out down to the last detail, training sessions, challenge matches, fun day outs (yep, that should be all part of the game), and highly competitive fixtures, the Donegal Under-14 girls will take to the field at Ballymahon on Saturday (throw-in 4.p.m.) for the All-Ireland Final against their counterparts from Tipperary.It’s been a long journey right through from county trials and whatever the outcome this weekend the squad under manager, Greg Harkin, and a highly dedicated team of coaches, have earned the plaudits of all from County Board to county supporters.They’ve done their clubs and areas proud and all we need now is for them to make a little piece of history and have a lasting memory of the day and the time they got their hands on an All-Ireland title.Go for it, girls…!SEAMUS TO GET HITCHED AGAIN?Seamus Coleman got united last week but will United get him? Fresh from the chimes of wedding bells in his native Killybegs  – and belated congratulations to him and his bride, Rachel Cunningham – comes more speculation that the current Everton full-back may be Old Trafford bound. That speculation has been circulating for some time but this is the first sign that Louis van Gaal is actually contemplating  a bid – believed to be in the region of £15 million – for the 26 year old. Naturally, Everton are determined to hold on to him with manager, Roberto Martinez insisting his prized asset is going nowhere at any price.Kicking ball as a young lad in the fishing port, Coleman would have been imagining himself in the colours of his then beloved Red Devils – and despite his manager’s assertions, he may not get closer than this to fulfilling that dream.Former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United defender, Paul McGrath, rowed in yesterday to this latest round of rumour by urging the Donegalman to pack up his boots and head for Old Trafford.Insisting Coleman would be “a good fit” for United, he maintained: “He works so hard, is a good defender and has got an engine like no other.”And is one of the top scoring defenders in the English Premiership, he forgot to mention.Watch other spaces for more on this story.MAGEES TAILORED FOR MORE MEDALSDifficult to believe that one family can produce so much talent but then it is the Magees so perhaps it shouldn’t be that hard to take on board.In the world of Irish badminton they hold court over all of their rivals but in the wider world they have also proved themselves and once again the haul of medals was added to at the weekend following further impressive performances by the Raphoe dynasty.Double Olympian Chloe Magee did lose out in the singles tournament at the European Games in Baku but, along with brother, Sam, took home a bronze in the mixed doubles event.Victory over the Polish pairing of Pietryja and Wojtkow ensured the Donegal combination of at least a bronze medal but the silver went out of reach following a straight games defeat on a scoreline of 21-12, 23-21 to their French opponents, Fontaine and Mittelheisser.And not Sam’s only triumph as along with brother, Joshua, he claimed another bronze in the men’s event after the Raphoe men overcame the Belgian duo of Dierickx and Golinski at the quarter-final stage.The Magee trio arrived back at Dublin airport on Monday in the company of other Irish medal winners at the Baku Games including the golden girl of the boxing ring, Katie Taylor, who overcame a scare in her semi-final bout to claim the ultimate prize at the end.But Raphoe still got the bulk of the Irish medals haul.REMEMBERING THE BIG FAT ZEROS IN THE GOALS AGAINST COLUMNAh, remember the days. A lifetime away now. And yet it only seems like last week.  Great times.            Will we ever see the like again? When Finn Harps defence was as unyielding as an E.U. bailout package and went eight games without conceding a solitary goal at the start of the season. Undoubtedly comes under the bracket of ‘where are they now?’.Three more goals conceded at Shelbourne on Friday night – albeit two of them from the penalty-spot – continues a run that has seen Ollie Horgan’s team breached far too freely and frequently when at one stage they looked close to incapable of conceding.But it’s not as if Harps are playing badly. In each of the past four games, including the Cup replay against Longford, they’ve performed well, playing the game the way it should be played.That point was reinforced by manager Horgan who, in light of the latest result setback, has suggested that his team need to reach a happy medium – tightening up at the back again and plugging those gaps that can come from playing too much football.This weekend’s opponents, Cabinteely F.C., went close to dropping a spoiler into Wexford Youths’ promotion hopes at the weekend only to allow a 2-1 lead slip in the closing stages and lose to a stoppage time goal.The Dubliners will arrive at Finn Park with some measure of confidence, however, having been enjoying a decent spell and will believe that a confidence dented Harps are there for the taking.But the home side will be unveiling new signing, Nathan Boyle, the striker who has arrived on loan from Derry City and also including additional arrivals, Kieran McDaid from Buncrana Hearts – the midfielder who never signed for Exeter City! – and Oisin McMenamin in the squad.One suggestion for Harps: Persuade their sponsors McGettigans to cough up the cash for a daring swoop for League of Ireland bound, Damian Duff.The former Republic of Ireland winger has confirmed in recent times that he wants to end his career here following his stint in Australia and rather than signing for one of the big Dublin clubs as the national media have been mooting for some weeks, Finn Park could represent a real challenge for a player who still has a lot to offer.What a boost that would be for Harps promotion aspirations and for the gate receipts (never mind the reputation of this humble column,…!).FIRST DIVISION STUNNERSo just during a spell when Harps are losing all around them, R.T.E. opt to decide to start a section on the previously ignored First Division on their ‘Soccer Republic’ package on Monday night? Typical. Where exactly were they when Harps were sitting pretty at the top and the table made for sound reading?Mind you the brief highlights of Friday night’s match at Tolka Park didn’t give us a chance to see the penalty box offences that resulted in the awarding of the two spot-kicks for Shelbourne and ultimately the sending-off of Keith Cowan that evened things up player-wise following the earlier dismissal of home striker, Mark Sandford.The panel’s in depth knowledge of the First Division was, however, reflected in the comment from Stuart Byrne that Harps were currently “going well” and Ballybofey was always a difficult place to go.Going well? After four defeats on the bounce?And as for Ballybofey always being a difficult place to go, I’ve generally found it relatively easy to get there which is more than can be said for R.T.E. and other broadcasting outlets.AND ANOTHER ONE COMES ALONG!Planning Notice: St. Eunan’s G.A.A. Club wish to apply for permission to construct extension to their under-age trophy cabinet. Submissions in relation to this application may be made in writing, social media, local radio and any communication you care to consider in acclaiming another magnificent performance over the weekend.It was always going to be hard to follow in the boot steps of the Letterkenny club’s hurling and camogie teams who claimed national Feile Shield titles the previous week after respectively stirring performances. Indeed the big achievement up to that was the fact that no less than four teams from the one Donegal club had won through to the national finals.But hold hard, another All-Ireland crown arrived back in Letterkenny late on Sunday night, cavalcaded through the town to the clubhouse at O’Donnell Park and carried proudly by the under-14 boys team who earlier in the day had claimed the All-Ireland Feile Division 2 title at the Wicklow Centre of Excellence following a 2-14 to 1-2 victory in the final over St. Paul’s from Laois.Three All-Ireland titles in the space of seven days and a close run thing in the girls equivalent football tournament last weekend.The female black and amber won all four of their games in the run-up to the semi-final where they narrowly lost to Mungret St. Paul’s from Limerick.A hearty well done to all concerned, players, coaches, mentors and families for a double weekend of crowning gloryBALDING IN SPORTS COVERAGE SHOCK!Herself’s been asking me about the life-sized photograph of Maria Sharapova on the bedroom wall.I’m telling her it’s just to remind me that Wimbledon is starting but she insists: “You may as well put Clare Balding up there – she’s going to last longer at Wimbledon than Sharapova…”.COLEMAN TO GET HITCHED AGAIN? DONEGAL MINOR DREAMS SHATTERED BY GLASS – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: June 30th, 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:columndonegalfinn harpsGAAnewsPaddy WalshSportlast_img read more

Raiders on the lookout for Amari Cooper in London

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — The Raiders are traveling 5,345 miles Thursday night in hopes of finding Amari Cooper.Cooper will be on the team charter, of course, as he is every week. But whether Derek Carr will be able to locate Cooper on the field Sunday at London’s Wembley Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks is anybody’s guess.Carr threw the ball just one time to Cooper in a 26-10 Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, completing it for a …last_img

Cape Town’s good food guide

first_imgMichelle Matthews doing research for herbook – and picking up some fresh veggiesat the same time.(Image courtesy Michelle Matthews)Jennifer SternWe all know regular visits to the golden arches or the colonel are not conducive to optimal health, and most of us try to eat a balanced diet, but it’s not easy. First, it’s hard to know what is actually healthy and, second, how on earth do you find it? Well, for those living in Cape Town it’s just become a whole lot easier.Freelance writer Michelle Matthews recently published a book called the Whole Food Almanac – a guide to finding organic, artisanal and whole food in and around Cape Town. When asked the motivation behind the book, she listed a host of good reasons to rethink the way we eat and live.“Obviously the whole food side is very important from a health perspective,” she says.“Part of the reason this book was commissioned is that the editor and publisher, who was Jeremy Boraine at the time, were concerned about all their friends with cancer. Just seeing more and more people getting cancer at a younger age. I’ve got friends of friends who have to help single dads look after kids because the mom has died of cancer and she’s not even 40.“That’s linked to additives in our food. What do we know about the things in our food? The preservatives in so-called cured meats in the shops are the worst.“Artisanal or traditional meat curing is done with salt, spices and/or sugar, and then put into a dry storage area and kept cool. And it hangs there for months and months until it becomes a ham or salami. Salami should have natural penicillin. And the penicillin keeps other fungus off.“Mass-produced salami usually has a covering of rice flour to make it look like penicillin. The salami in the shops is one of the most disgusting things you can ever eat. They are full of chemicals, especially nitrites and nitrates.”But the book is not only about healthy eating. It’s not a bogeyman book telling you if you buy salami from a supermarket you will die. It’s actually about the joy of food, the joy of cooking and the joy of shopping. Yes, shopping can be a pleasure.The joy of food“I love food, and I love cooking,” says Matthews,“I’m also interested in food heritage. Traditional foods and traditional ways of making food will get lost if people stop making them. It’s tied in with slow food, which started in Italy.“What it really comes down to is that people don’t know how to cook anymore.  That’s why people are warming things up in microwaves. They think it’s hard. In UK schools they have compulsory cooking lessons where you learn to do basic stuff. If you fall out of the habit of cooking, it feels difficult and painful. You can make it quick and healthy.“You perhaps grew up with your mom working and all these things on the supermarket shelf, and you didn’t see your mom cooking. Or all the cooking stuff out there is so fancy with Thai bamboo shoots, and you think cooking is hard or for fancy people, then you don’t cook. You’re intimidated.“But just learning, for example, stuff like couscous – or make a tomato sauce and pasta. For people to learn to cook basic nutritious stuff that tastes good. You lose interest in food if you don’t cook. It all tastes the same, and then you make bad choices. It’s hard to wean yourself off processed food, and to learn to taste real whole food as nice tasting. People have to train themselves to enjoy the taste of real food.“That’s where artisanal food comes in. It’s minimally processed, and made from fresh, seasonal ingredients.“That’s why I’ve included producers and shops in the books. Some of the producers you can find in the chain stores, so you can get to know the products. I’ve included shops, but they have to have an organic, natural or artisanal focus.“And the reason there are producers is so that people can know the people who make their food.  So you can meet and talk to the people who’ve grown the food, or made the cheese.  It’s really great, you go to – say – Dalewood, and these people have got up in the morning, milked the cows and handmade the cheese. They’re giving you this gift.”Conscious livingIt’s all tied in with living more consciously, and taking responsibility for your actions. People are more concerned about what they’re eating, where it’s from, and what chemicals it contains. People are starting to realise the connection between planet health and their own health.People are also becoming more self-sufficient. They’re growing a certain amount of their own food, even if it is only in a couple of pots on the veranda of a fourth-floor apartment.“There is a trend happening internationally,” says Matthews. “Pickling. It’s the new hot thing to do, it’s quite trendy. All this home ec stuff is coming very much into vogue with the recession and worries about the environment.“And of course the locavore concept, getting things locally, supporting local producers, knowing your food is fresh and in season, and reducing your carbon footprint.“That’s why I’ve included a section on when things are in season.  People don’t know you can’t get apples all year round. They’re pretty much in season most of the year but they’re so easy to store that you can get them all year round. They’re kept in suspended animation, and then put on the shelves when there’s a demand.“I’ve also put it in so people don’t fall into weird traps like planning fancy dinner parties with artichokes in April when they’re only in season in October, November. Of course, this is a rough guide. It depends on rainfall and temperature.”The book lists and describes about 250 producers, shops, restaurants, markets and other resources such as recycling and urban food growing.“It covers the Western cape within a radius of about 250 kilometres from Cape Town – about two hour’s drive,” Matthews says. “Or, even better – about seven or eight hours by bicycle,” she adds.Selling wellThe initial print run was 3 000, of which 1 000 have been sold in the first three months. Matthews is happy with the sales figures so far, and attributes the popularity of the book to various factors.“This whole conscious living, organic thing,” she says, “is becoming more mainstream. Some people are sick of it and some are interested.“It’s a good introduction. It’s got lots of info for people who just starting out, and even for people who are already into stuff like this, they find new outlets.”The book is available through the main booksellers, but Matthews has also done her own marketing, selling the books at places such as producers’ markets. The single place where she had the most sales was at a gas metering conference company, of all things.“They organise international conferences about gas metering,” she says. “My brother works there, and he sold a bunch of them. These are people who are interested in stuff like this but don’t know where to find it.”Her future plans include doing a part-time masters degree at the Sustainability Institute at Spier, and – possibly – doing a similar guide for other cities in South Africa.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSouth African foodMrs Ball’s chutney comes home SA competes at food Olympics Rooibos gets a makeover Useful linksCookie (not cheffy)last_img read more

Oil refinery ‘will save SA billions’

first_img Source: BuaNews 18 October 2010 The proposed Mthombo crude oil refinery will help South Africa escape from the “dependency trap” of having to import refined automotive products, ultimately saving the country billions of rands, says President Jacob Zuma. At the same time, the refinery, to be built at the Coega Industrial Development Zone near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, would showcase South Africa’s competitive ability to its counterparts globally. Construction on the refinery, which will be the biggest in Africa, is expected to start in 2012, which would bring the refinery on stream by 2015. The US$11-billion refinery, which would have a 400 000 barrel a day capacity, is meant to ensure security of fuel supply in South Africa. The country is currently dependent on international oil companies to provide for its liquid fuel energy needs. “With Project Mthombo, this country stands to save an estimated R12.6-billion a year in energy costs once the refinery is running, and could export oil across Africa,” Zuma said last week. Zuma was speaking during a visit to PetroSA’s gas-to-liquid refinery in Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. The visit by Zuma and Energy Minister Dipuo Peters was to obtain a first-hand account of PetroSA’s operations, his office said. “We welcome the fact that PetroSA is making its impact, not only in job creation but in empowering the people as well. It employs close to 2 000 people, while 27 500 more will be absorbed within the crude oil refinery that is planned,” Zuma said. Zuma welcomed the impressive growth of PetroSA following its successful merger of Mossgas, Soekor and parts of the Strategic Fuel Fund in 2002. PetroSA is reaching markets in Europe, the United States, Caribbean, Middle East and Far East, which Zuma said was an important achievement. He also commended the National Oil Company for the role it was playing in reducing the country’s dependence on imported refined fuel. last_img read more