Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan has delayed signing a new deal amid interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.The midfielder’s current contract expires in June 2016 and Dortmund are keen to tie the Germany international down to a long-term deal.However, according to BILD, the 24-year-old has delayed putting pen to paper as speculation grows that Arsenal and Manchester United are preparing summer bids for him.The Premier League pair have been linked Gundogan for some time now and both have been put on red alert by the midfielder’s contract situation.With under 18 months remaining on the German’s contract, Dortmund are aware that this summer will be the last chance for them to really cash in on the 24-year-old if he refuses to sign a new deal.Both Arsenal and Manchester United are said to be willing to part with £16m for the Germany international but Dortmund are still hoping to extend his contract. Ilkay Gundogan in action for Borussia Dortmund 1
The Football Association has charged Manchetser United defender Jonny Evans and Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse for allegedly spitting at each other during the Red Devils’ 1-0 win at St James Park on Wednesday.Both players have been charged with a breach of Rule E1(a) by the governing body.Cisse had issued an apology for his part in the incident, however Evans denied intentionally spitting at the Senegal striker.An FA statement read: “Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse and Manchester United’s Jonny Evans have both been charged by the FA following their game yesterday [Wednesday 4 March 2015].“The charges are in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1[a] in that in or around the 38th minute of the game the two players spat at each other. The incidents were not seen by the match officials but caught on video.“Both players have until 6pm on Friday 6 March 2015 to respond to the charge.” Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans 1
A long time ago in a stadium far, far away…we found some footballers who look very similar to characters from Star Wars.To celebrate the release of the new film this week, we’ve found 12 football stars who wouldn’t look out of place on the Millennium Falcon.Watch the video above to get yourself in the mood for both the film, and the weekend’s footballing action!And if this video hasn’t quenched your thirst for Star Wars content, why not check out what these Chelsea fans thought about the club signing some ‘footballers’, who were actually Star Wars characters!For the best sports entertainment on the internet, subscribe to talkSPORT here!
PASADENA – The streak is history, and so too is USC’s claim on the title “greatest of all time.” Vince Young made sure of that when he strutted 8 yards into the end zone with 19 seconds left to give Texas a 41-38 victory over the two-time defending champs in the Rose Bowl on Wednesday night. For the second consecutive year, Young turned college football’s most storied bowl game into his own personal showcase. “This was a night for champions, a championship night,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “Two teams battled all night and did a phenomenal job. … If you have to hand it over, step aside for somebody. That’s a heck of a football team.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonIn a Bowl Championship Series title game that was for once as high on drama as it was on hype, the Longhorns (13-0) erased a 12-point deficit with two touchdowns in the final 4 minutes, 3 seconds to snap USC’s 34-game winning streak and keep the Trojans from becoming the first team ever to win three consecutive Associated Press national titles. Texas’ national title is the fourth in school history and the first since 1970 when it shared the crown with Nebraska. And it gives Young the redemption he coveted after finishing second to USC tailback Reggie Bush in the Heisman Trophy vote. Young completed 30 of 40 passes for 267 yards and rushed 19 times for an additional 200 yards. He ran for three touchdowns on runs of 14, 17 and 8 yards. USC tailback LenDale White ran for 124 yards on 20 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 4, 3 and 12 yards. But the bruiser came up a yard short on his final run of the game, a 1-yard blast on fourth-and-2 that gave Texas the ball with 2:01 to play. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba dedicated Manchester United’s Europa League triumph in Stockholm to the victims of Manchester terror attack.A suicide bomber killed 22 people and wounded more than 50 at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night.Two days later one of the English city’s two Premier League clubs beat Ajax 2-0 to lift the Europa League trophy for the first time, and after lifting the trophy, Herrera hopes the victory can help the city move forward.READ MORE: Manchester United player ratings: How Red Devils players scored in Europa League final victory over Ajax“When you think about life and football, you have no choice,” Herrera said.“It was difficult to train [on Tuesday], really, really difficult for us.“The manager told us the only thing we could do is to win this for them.“That is what we have done, it is just a football game, just a trophy. But if we can help or support them with this one per cent it is enough for us.”READ MORE: Ajax 0-2 Manchester United: Premier League transfer targets rated and slated Pogba paid tribute to those who had lost their lives. Speaking to BT Sport, the French midfielder said: “We know that things like this are very sad, all over the world: in Manchester, in London and in Paris, too. We had to focus because it was a very important game and we won for them and for the country.“We played for England, we played for Manchester, and we played for the people who died.”Referring to the cup win, which earns United a place in the Champions League next season, Pogba, who opened the scoring before Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled the lead, continued: “We knew we were going to play in the Europa League and the goal was to win the Europa League.“We did it, so we’re very proud. Some say we had a bad season but the prize is here. We worked hard and we’ll enjoy it now.”
However, he is currently impressing as director of football with Queens Park Rangers and duly turned the opportunity down.It is understood Ferdinand was on a four-man shortlist to replace Dan Ashworth, who is leaving the post in 2019 to join Brighton and Hove Albion.Speaking at a QPR fan forum on Thursday night, the 51-year-old said: “I spoke to them but it wasn’t time for me to leave this football club, I am happy to stay.”Ferdinand has overseen an upturn in QPR’s fortunes after financial troubles in the wake of their relegation from the Premier League, and has put together – along with former England boss Steve McClaren – a side challenging for the Championship play-offs. 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest Ferdinand on international duty in 1996, shortly before the European Championships Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos PAYBACK Most Popular Football Stories BEST OF “To be honest, they (FA) contacted the club and asked to speak to me…it’s the national team,” Ferdinand added.“I did speak to the FA and I made my views clear to them. I was flattered they wanted to speak to me because sometimes you read reports and they make you feel like you’re not doing a good job.“But they’ve recognised what we’ve done at this football club.”QPR chief executive Lee Hoos added he viewed the approach as a compliment. 2 revealed LATEST tense The powerful striker formed an almost unstoppable partnership with Alan Shearer at Newcastle United Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker scrap ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Les Ferdinand revealed he has rejected an interview for the chance to become the Football Association’s technical director.The former Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United striker played for England on 17 occasions during his distinguished playing career. “The way we view it, we are flattered and honoured that they looked at this club,” he said.“This is the national team, the fact that the FA is looking at people who work here shows we have people doing the right thing.”
A Donegal-born businessman has been named as one of the 50 best-paid executives on Wall Street.Liam McGee turned down the chance to run the bailed-out Allied Irish Banks (AIB), where salaries are capped at €500,000 a year.Mr McGee is CEO of Hartford Financial Services, one of the biggest insurance and wealth-management firms in the US. Before he joined the US firm in 2009 he was tipped as the front-runner to manage AIB, following the nationalisation of the bank in the Republic.However, it would have meant signing up for a maximum €500,000-a-year salary and Mr McGee took the job at Hartford instead.In contrast, his starting salary at Hartford in the US was $1.1m (£700,000) in 2009, and has since risen to $1.4m (£900,000).Last year, his take-home pay hit $7.9m (£5.1m), after he landed bonuses of $6.5m (£4.2m). It was enough to see him ranked as the 39th best paid US financial services executive, according to research by Bloomberg.Mr McGee moved to the US at a young age and is little known outside the banking world.Before he moved to Hartford, and before being tipped for the top job at AIB, he headed Bank of America’s consumer and small business unit — serving 50m customers. DONEGAL MAN NAMED AS ONE OF TOP 50 EARNERS IN US was last modified: June 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Hartford Financial ServicesLiam McGee
A man has appeared in court charged with an alleged sexual assault in Letterkenny.The alleged incident happened at Ramelton Road in the town on June 17th last year.The accused, who is in his 50s, cannot be named for legal reasons. The case has been put back until May next for a book of evidence to be served in the case.Man appears charged with sexually assaulting woman in Letterkenny was last modified: February 28th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtletterkennysex assault
When observations don’t fit your ideology, invent paranoid delusions.Observational astronomy continues to militate against the expectations of big-bang cosmologists:Neutral result charges up antimatter research: Scientists push boundaries of antimatter research in quest for answers (Science Daily): The Antimatter Problem continues to resist natural explanations. The work is “the latest contribution in the quest to chase down the answer to the basic antimatter question, “If matter and antimatter were created in equal amounts during the Big Bang, where did all the antimatter go?‘” No success yet, despite hope. Roger Jones has nothing to offer in his “Explainer: What is antimatter?” on The Conversation. The universe doesn’t play by the theorists’ rules, he says. “It is almost entirely made of matter, so where did all the antimatter go? It is one of the biggest mysteries in physics to date.“This Monster Galaxy is Too Bright for Its Own Good (Space.com): A huge galaxy appears to be tearing itself apart, emitting huge amounts of energy and creating turbulence. “If all the galaxies in the universe lay at the same distance from the sun, this one would shine the brightest,” Nola Taylor Redd says. Something 12.4 billion light-years from the Milky Way is uncomfortably close to the big bang to be so large and compact.Monster Galaxy Cluster Is Biggest Ever in the Early Universe (Space.com). This is the old Lumpiness Problem. There shouldn’t be large structures early in the universe.Newly discovered star offers opportunity to explore origins of first stars sprung to life in early universe (Science Daily). Still eagerly searching for Population III stars (the first generation after the big bang), astronomers proposed this rare candidate star, an ultra-metal-poor “relic from the Milky Way’s formative years.” But it’s not metal-free. Meaning; it’s at least a second-generation star.Traces of the First Stars in the Universe Possibly Found (Space.com). “An enormous cloud of dust and gas may bear the fingerprints of the first stars in the universe.” What can clouds of gas say about stars, though? This is divination, not empirical science.Green pea galaxy right after the Big Bang (Science Daily): This article is about the Reionization Problem. What it needs is some observational evidence. “Despite twenty years of intensive research, no galaxy emitting sufficient radiation had been found” to kickstart the ionization of hydrogen. Some astronomers find a candidate galaxy, but it only “opens an important new avenue for our understanding of the early Universe.” The avenue has no passengers. Maybe the James Webb Space Telescope will help.Gravitational-wave rumours in overdrive (Nature). Has the LIGO instrument found long-predicted gravitational waves? Some are excited about the rumors, but one commenter complained, “Krauss, Motl and those who seem unable to restrain their wishful thinking, should STOP it. It is harmful to science and the public’s view of science when the much-hyped hints and rumors fall flat. We all would like to see a bona fide detection of gravitational waves, but most of us hold our tongues until the evidence becomes compelling.“With mounting anomalies and few confirmations, cosmologists continue to wander further off the reservation (5/17/14). They are deep into Fantasyland now, as the following news items demonstrate:Time might flow backwards as well as forwards from the big bang (New Scientist). Joshua Sokol follows Caltech materialist Sean Carroll into Alice in Wonderland’s mirror world of imaginary realities. A “trippy idea,” indeed. Wake up and come to.Black Holes Set the Clock for Life on Earth (Space.com). Rational people will stop reading this after the first line: “There is a chance – just a chance – that if black holes rule the universe, they could have ‘switched on’ habitable planets, such as Earth, allowing them to support complex life.“Theorists propose a new method to probe the beginning of the universe (PhysOrg): Bendable clocks, quantum wiggles and heavy particles behaving like pendulums decorate fanciful speculations by Xingang Chen about what came before the inflationary epoch of the big bang, even though the article admits, “The beginning of the cosmos is cloaked and hidden from the view of our most powerful telescopes.” Can clocks reveal what produced the initial conditions of the big bang? If so, what gave the initial conditions to the clocks?Maxwell’s demon as a self-contained, information-powered refrigerator (PhysOrg). “The work of the team led by Pekola remains, for the time being, basic research, but in the future, the results obtained may, among other things, pave the way towards reversible computing” (see Perhapsimaybecouldness Index). Don’t they realize that the higher entropy of the demon swamps the reduced entropy of the result? Go back to basic thermodynamics.New theory of secondary inflation expands options for avoiding an excess of dark matter (PhysOrg). Spike Psarris suggests we not be too harsh on this proposal. “After all, the evidence for secondary inflation is just as good as the evidence for primary inflation” (i.e., none).Supermassive black holes might be hiding entire universes inside (New Scientist). Need we respond? Let them waltz into their own fantasy: “A quirk of our leading theory of cosmic history could mean that black holes were once portals to a multitude of universes beyond our own.” Spike Psarris’s third DVD dismantles the multiverse as not just bad science, but anti-science.It’s nice to see that some cosmologists recognize they are in trouble. Thomas Kitching on The Conversation writes, “Cosmology is in crisis” – but then adds – “but not for the reasons you might think.” We’ve just shown some pretty good reasons to think that. What is his reason?We still have no idea what the vast majority of the universe is made of. We struggle to understand how the Big Bang could suddenly arise from nothing or where the energy for “inflation”, a very short period of rapid growth in the early universe, came from. But despite these gaps in knowledge, it is actually human nature – our tendency to interpret data to fit our beliefs – that is the biggest threat to modern cosmology.Bingo.Thank you, Thomas, but who’s “we”? All “your” problems would vanish if you would trust the Manufacturer’s Manual. One reliable Eyewitness trumps a thousand imagineers, especially when they are all demonstrably psychotic (for evidence, buy this video). (Visited 65 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
27 March 2013South African state-owned freight logistics company Transnet has signed a “ground-breaking” agreement with the China Development Bank that is expected to yield a loan in the region of US$5-billion (R45-billion) to help finance the country’s massive rail infrastructure upgrade programme.The agreement, signed during a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Pretoria on Tuesday, would enable Transnet and the China Development Bank to “identify opportunities … for future collaboration in Transnet’s infrastructure upgrade programmes,” Transnet said in a statement.The cooperation agreed upon would include “the financing of the construction and upgrade of railway and port infrastructure and localisation of equipment manufacturing.“In addition, the two agreed on future collaboration on research and development initiatives, manufacturing, marketing and the construction of cross-border infrastructure throughout the continent,” Transnet said.Transnet Group chief executive Brian Molefe said the agreement, signed as the 5th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit got under way in Durban on Tuesday, was proof of the opportunities created by South Africa’s membership of the grouping.Transnet last year announced an unprecedented R300-billion capital investment programme to revamp and expand its ports, rail and pipelines infrastructure and equipment, saying it would create over half-a-million new jobs while making its freight rail division the fifth-largest in the world.The company plans to spend the lion’s share of this, R205-billion, on rail projects – R151-billion on freight rail – as it pushes to increase its freight rail volumes from about 200-million to 350-million tons by 2019, while increasing its market share of South African container traffic from around 79% to 92%.This increase would significantly reduce the cost of doing business in South Africa, Transnet said at the time, citing internal studies showing that rail in the country was on average 75% cheaper than road transport.The company said that about two-thirds of the required funding for the programme would be raised internally and the remainder in the international debt capital market.As part of this programme, Transnet has already awarded contracts to a number of manufacturers, including the United States’ General Electric, Finnish crane maker Kalmar, and China South Railways.In October, a consortium led by Chinese manufacturer CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive (CSR) was named as the winning bidder to supply Transnet with 95 electric locomotives.Transnet will pay R2.6-billion (about $300-million) for the 95 locomotives, the first 10 of which are being assembled in CSR’s factories in China, while the remainder will be made in South Africa.SAinfo reporter