Six players with huge pedigree still available, including United legend and Brazil stars

first_img 3. Ezequiel Lavezzi: A 2014 World Cup finalist is on the move – Lavezzi has flourished in both Italy and France at Napoli and PSG but, with his contract expiring in the summer, is set for a new challenge. While he favours a return to Italy – Inter are favourites to sign him – Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool are all possible alternative destinations as PSG look to push through a deal imminently to avoid losing the Argentine for free at the end of the season. 6 The January transfer window is nearing its conclusion and clubs around the world are still working tirelessly to thrash out deals before the deadline.Many interpret the mid-season window as a bit of a circus, smacking more of desperation than necessity as clubs try to salvage their campaigns.Some of the most established names in world football are available and, while they may be entering the autumn of their careers, are still attracting potential suitors.So we’ve composed a list of the six players with the greatest pedigree – think club and international success – who could be on the move in the next 10 days or so.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who they are…N.B – Victor Valdes would have made this list, but the Manchester United goalkeeper appears to be on the verge of ending his Old Trafford nightmare by moving to Standard Liege. 4. Alexandre Pato: Talented Brazilian has rebuilt his career in South America as a dangerous wideman – Astonishingly, Pato is still just 26 years old after bursting onto the European scene so emphatically nearly a decade ago with AC Milan. He’s spent the last few years fumbling around in Brazil in an attempt to reignite his career and harbours dreams of moving back to Europe, and that seems likely with Chelsea reportedly close to finalising an £8m deal for the forward. 6 6 1. Nemanja Vidic: Former Man United defender won numerous trophies at Old Trafford – Vidic announced last week his Inter contract had been terminated after a rather underwhelming 18 months in Italy. The Manchester United great, who won five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League at Old Trafford, has reportedly been offered to lowly Aston Villa on a free. Fall from grace? 6 6 2. Robinho: Has won 99 Brazil caps and titles with Real Madrid and Milan – It’s a long time since Robinho was terrorising La Liga and Premier League defences for Real Madrid and Manchester City respectively. The 31-year-old Brazilian, who allegedly thought he’d joined Chelsea rather than City back in 2008, recently left Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande and has been linked with Swiss club Sion. 5. Ronaldinho: A wealth of experience which has brought him multiple domestic trophies, the World Cup and Ballon d’Or – One of football’s greatest entertainers is clinging onto the remnants of his career, making his first appearance since September in Fluminense’s 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk at the weekend. Ronaldinho has failed to register either a goal or an assist in nine games for the Brazilain side, but he would still prove a luxury and lucrative signing financially for a host of European clubs. 6 6. Emmanuel Adebayor: The 31-year-old striker has plenty of goals in him… when he fancies it – We’ve put him in this list purely based on his goalscoring records at Arsenal and Manchester City. With a settled mentality, Adebayor would be an extremely useful asset for a number of Premier League clubs. Tottenham are still paying his extortionate wages and would love to offload him before the end of January, and Watford and Crystal Palace are both tipped to take the Togo forward off their hands.last_img read more

Letterkenny group calls for better bus to revive town centre

first_imgManagement at Cara House has echoed calls for an improved town bus service in Letterkenny.The Family Resource group says that they do not feel the current town bus is adequately serving the needs of the public.The issue of the Letterkenny Town Bus was raised by county councillor Gerry McMonagle at the local municipal district meeting on Tuesday. He called for an upgraded and improved service and clarity on the bus timetable. Cara House have spoken out in support of Cllr McMonagle’s statements and suggested a suitable route change to make Letterkenny more accessible to all.They said: “A low emissions, accessible bus that ran regularly around the town could serve many more and reduce congestion and parking difficulties in the town.“Many people are bussed into the town and then to access areas other than the Letterkenny Shopping Centre they are into walking or getting taxis which is very costly.”They also recommended that a central Letterkenny bus could take bus passes serving the needs of older people and people with disabilities. Susan McCauley from Cara House said: ”We meet people on a daily basis who would like to access our courses and activities but are restricted by transport issues.“At a recent meeting with planners regarding the Letterkenny Town Plan issues regarding the bus were raised by not only members of the Older People’s but also the Youth Council.“We feel that a bus such as the one we are suggesting would benefit all, not least Letterkenny Main Street retailers, and bring life back to the town centre.”Cara House has registered this need with Donegal County Council and The National Transport Authority.Their suggested route is as follows:  Cara House are suggesting a new route from the Railway Roundabout (Tescos) up to the Hospital and Park, down the High Road to Government Buildings and the new Court House, on to Justice Walsh Road for the Hospital Outpatients then turn left onto Pearse Road for the Community Centre.Turn left at the roundabout to go up the Port Road for the Theatre and Regional Cultural Centre and on to Main Street for the Post Office, and Courtyard Shopping Centre and Library continuing down Lower Main Street where it could serve as a catalyst for redevelopment.On Pease Road then turn right to the Retail Park and Cinema then round again for the Dunnes retail area and onto Neil T Blaney Road for the Council Public Services Centre using the new road (under construction) to go back to LYIT and base.Letterkenny group calls for better bus to revive town centre was last modified: March 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CARA HOUSEletterkenny town busTransportlast_img read more

Govt slammed for failure to act on ‘dangerous’ flooding damage in west Donegal

first_imgA bridge in west Donegal that was destroyed when heavy rain had burst the banks of the nearby River Clady remains in a state of disrepair following heavy flooding in the area in August. The news comes following yesterday’s (Tues) announced funding scheme for businesses in Donegal Town.The details of the fund were announced by Minister Joe McHugh. He said the key here is that this Government is responding quickly to people’s need.However, local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig said while he welcomed the sanction for Donegal Town, the failure to allocate a special flood fund for residents in west Donegal in Tuesday’s budget showed the government’s ‘complete lack of respect’ for the people of the area.Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig once again highlighted the O’Duibhir family situation, who awoke in August to find heavy rain had damaged a bridge that connected them to a main road in Gaoth Dobhair.John ‘Mor’ O’Duibhir, who is in his 70s, requires constant care and receives three home helps to his home. Speaking in August, Mr O’Duibhir’s son, Sean O’Duibhir, pleaded the government to fix the issue once and for all.“We simply cannot get in or out in our cars. We’re trapped. My father receives visits from the home help services and they will not be able to drive here either.“This has happened a few times before but this is the worst I have seen it. The bridge is completely gone.“We need this fixed once and for all so that this does not happen.”Speaking to Donegal Daily today (Weds), Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said: “Joe McHugh announced yesterday that funding was being allocated for Donegal Town and I think that is encouraging. “But right now there are three houses, one with a man in a wheelchair and requires home help, and the others with young families and the state has not bothered themselves to come out and visit these families.“They do not sympathise with their current situation and no action has been taken to help ease these families worries.“There has been a temporary bridge put in place and that is okay for walking across but it’s simply not enough.“If there was an ambulance needed to come across that bridge, it wouldn’t get across first of all, and it would be extremely dangerous for everybody involved. “Not a single cent has been spent on that bridge and that is simply not good enough and it is unacceptable.“It shows a complete lack of respect to everyone in west Donegal and especially to those families who need it the most.“More has to be done. It is a disgrace,” he concluded.Govt slammed for failure to act on ‘dangerous’ flooding damage in west Donegal was last modified: October 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:donegalGaoth Dobhairlast_img read more

SALT benefits small South African town

first_img4 June 2015The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) has placed South Africa and the continent on the global science map, but there have also been collateral benefits.The tiny town of Sutherland had been stagnant in terms of socio-economic development before the construction of SALT, explained Sivuyile Manxoyi, from the South African Astronomy Observatory (SAAO). Following the construction of the telescope, the town had gone from having two bed-and-breakfast establishments to having more than 40 options for accommodation.Manxoyi was speaking at the five-day SALT conference, taking place at Stellenbosch University until 5 June. The event was opened by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.“Sutherland has become a tourist destination, something that would have been unheard of before SALT,” Manxoyi said. “Now, between 10 000 and 12 000 tourists visit the area every year.”More importantly, SALT had presented an ideal opportunity to promote astronomy, mathematics, physical science and chemistry as subjects for study and career options. Manxoyi said the SAAO was providing guidance to teachers all over the country on the teaching of astronomy and building enthusiasm for mathematics and science.The observatory was also interacting with thousands of pupils, taking them to observatories and involving them in science clubs and star-gazing events. Through creating awareness about astronomy, the future of the impoverished region would be vastly improved.Speaking earlier at the conference, Pandor said astronomical sciences were an important facet of South Africa’s strategy for research, development and innovation, and that astronomy partnerships presented unique and invaluable opportunities. “Such partnerships build infrastructure for astronomy and for wider use.“Big telescopes require high-speed research networks and computing resources, which, in turn, enable our life and climate scientists to share and analyse huge data sets – a precondition for the development of new drugs and vaccines – as well as effectively combating and adapting to climate change.”Astronomy partnerships had also helped to popularise the study of astronomy in Africa and further afield. “As a result of the various human capital development programmes associated with Africa’s SKA [Square Kilometre Array] initiatives, new astronomy programmes have been established at several African universities, including in Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique,” the minister said.“Under other programmes, several postgraduate students from Africa are studying at European universities, contributing to Europe’s knowledge generation, while leading European and American astronomers have taken up positions in Africa, for example through the South African Research Chairs Initiative.”She said astronomy was expanding Africa’s future workforce of scientists and engineers. “South Africa pursued the SKA project by using the lessons learned from SALT as the basis for our planning and partnerships. The links we developed through the SALT project allowed us to build on existing networks and partnerships to secure the iconic SKA, an extremely important strategic initiative that puts science and technology to work for the benefit of all Africans.”SALT has been available to scientists since 2012. By the end of April this year, it had produced 109 papers based on SALT observations. The paper on the discovery of the first-known stars in the Milky Way galaxy was published in the prestigious Nature journal. These stars are situated on the far side of the galaxy, 80 000 light years from Earth.“Our aim is to position Africa as a global centre of research excellence for multiwavelength astronomy, with optical, radio and gamma-ray telescopes working together to achieve common scientific goals,” Pandor said.“We need to do more to build bridges across the multiwavelength spectrum, but it is encouraging to see positive developments in this regard, for example, the MeerLICHT, a partnership between the South African, Dutch and British astronomy communities.”MeerLICHT aims to provide a real-time optical view of the radio-transient sky. It will receive its input from the MeerKAT operators in Cape Town so that simultaneous optical and radio data can be obtained.Source: Department of Science and Technologylast_img read more

Happy Pi Day, Earn Two Souvenirs

first_imgGeek Out with Two New Souvenirs for Pi DayWhile some folks celebrate Pi Day on March 14 (3.14) with a slice of pi pie, we’re celebrating this year’s Pi Day with two new souvenirs. The first souvenir is inspired by the groups of people who have an irrational love for irrational numbers. Just attend an event, including CITO or a Mega-Event on Pi Day and you’ll earn this souvenir. The second souvenir celebrates the mystery of pi—to earn it, log a “Found It” on a Mystery Cache on March 14.Speaking of Mystery Caches—they’re now available for Geocaching Premium members in the free official Geocaching app for iPhone and Android.Finally, if you’re on the lookout for even MORE souvenirs, be sure to earn the CITO souvenir on April 25 and 26, and be on the lookout for a special souvenirs you can earn to celebrate 15 Years of Geocaching beginning on May 2.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Relatedlast_img read more

Island unto yourself

first_imgThere’s nothing that I don’t love about spending a day on the beach. Lying down with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other, almost naked and taking in the view is how I’d like to spend the rest of my life. Quite naturally then, when asked,There’s nothing that I don’t love about spending a day on the beach. Lying down with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other, almost naked and taking in the view is how I’d like to spend the rest of my life. Quite naturally then, when asked to visit Vivanta by Taj-Rebak Island for a few days, I was beaming with excitement. After all, staying in a luxury property on a remote island in Langkawi, Malaysia is the perfect recipe for all things fun. Did I get what I expected? Pretty much, aside from getting naked.Rebak is a 390-acre island, one of the 99 that form Langkawi and the resort is the only property here. I got here on a speed boat (one of my favorite parts of the trip thanks to the vast expanse of the Andaman Sea) from port Langkasuka, and once on the island, it was love at first sight. The resort wins you over with its sheer simplicity; say good-bye to overthe-top designs and say hello to elegance, true Malaysian style. Tons of shimmering green cover coupled with a cobalt blue sea, the property has a lazy vibe that’ll make you want to lie down even before you reach your room.Speaking of rooms, they are divided into two blocks: old and new. While the old block has rooms reminiscent of a typical Malaysian house, the new block has those with a more contemporary look. The interiors are in shades of green and timber with wooden flooring and Malay artwork on the walls. Though it doesn’t matter wherever you stay as long as you can wake up to the sight of the Andaman Sea. Not every room has the view and I missed out on it so make sure you book one much in advance.advertisementSenari is the resort’s all-day dining restaurant and serves Malaysian, Indian and continental fare. Overlooking the sea, it is the only restaurant on the island leaving you with no option unless you’re somewhere outside. The restaurant serves quite an expansive buffet for both breakfast and dinner so there is no dearth of options. The food however is quite disappointing; while it is great for breakfast, for dinner expect unimaginative cooking and bland flavors. Seriously, what happened chef? Serious foodies, however, shouldn’t miss their once-a-week evening beach party–there’s a wide range of Malaysian delicacies served here, from street food to full-fledged recipes, and most of it is fantastic.One of the best parts about the resort is definitely their Lepak bar. Again, the only option here to grab a drink, the bar thankfully gets it right. The cocktails are delightful and you must try their Vivanta Signature cocktail–it’s a sure shot winner.The spa here is basic but the group plans to amp it up. There’s also a pool with an adjacent bar and a sports complex where you can sweat it out. And if you’re looking for something light, a walk along the pathway covering the entire property isn’t such a bad idea! There’s also an adjoining Marina which is apparently the only fully-equipped marina in Malaysia. Try talking to some of those people staying on their boats; you’ll get to hear a range of rather interesting stories. Going local goes far here. For those looking for a romantic evening with their partner, the resort has a Moon Decka truly beautiful spot somewhere in the sea that you can access through a pathway from the beach where you can book a table. You can even head there for free, I did, with a drink, late in the night for some peace and quiet, if the place is vacant.Vivanta by Taj-Rebak Island is certainly a great place to unwind, and you can definitely head there with your entire family or for a romantic getaway. One size fits all it would seem.Island factsRebak island is 4km away from the main island of Langkawi. It takes 15 minutes on a ferry to reach the resort from Langkawi airport.The resort has a total of 94 rooms (including suites)Room rates:Superior Charm: Rs 22800 Nirvana Senari Suite: Rs 42500Reservations:https://www.yourreservation. net/tb3/index.cfm?bf=Taj_ Vivanta&plprun= 1&_=1404109771667last_img read more

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