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first_imgNEWCASTLE fans are allowed to get excited with prospective new owner Mohammed bin Salman’s funds set to dwarf those of his Premier League rivals.The Sunday Times has published its Rich List 2020 and it makes for interesting reading where football is concerned.5 Newcastle fans will be getting excited at some mega money coming in from Mohammed bin SalmanCredit: PA:Press Association5Top of the pile in the Premier League is Everton’s Alisher Usmanov, with an estimated wealth of £11.7bn.He of course used to own shares in Arsenal, but sold them off to Stan Kroenke.Although Farhad Moshiri is listed as the Toffees owner, Usmanov “is now trying to pour money”.But with Bin Salman part of the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund and worth £320bn, Magpies supporters will be praying the £300m takeover goes through.The Glazer family at Manchester United, Sheikh Mansour at Manchester City Kroenke at Arsenal and Liverpool owners John Henry and Tom Werner don’t feature as “they are not resident in the UK and the majority of their business assets are based overseas, rather than registered on the London stock exchange”.5 Roman Abramovich turned Chelsea into a Premier League superpower when he ploughed his millions inCredit: AFP or licensors5 Could Mike Ashley finally be set to sell up at Newcastle?Credit: PA:Press AssociationBrighton owner Tony Bloom, Wolves supremo Guo Chuanchang, Aston Villa’s Nassef Sawiris, Leicester’s Srivaddhanaprabha family, Gao Jisheng at Southampton, Crystal Palace’s Joshua Harris also didn’t fit the Sunday Times’ criteria.Roman Abramovich features at the top end, as he has done since he took over Chelsea in 2003, with an estimated wealth of £10.2bn.Tottenham have THREE entries, Joe Lewis in third at £4bn, David Pearl at seven with £500m and chairman Daniel Levy in ninth at £329m.West Ham’s much-criticised duo David Sullivan (£1.1bn) and David Gold (£460m) come in a sixth and eighth respectively.Most Read In FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic5The Premier League are yet to approve the £300million Toon takeover after they received new documents over piracy accusations.It has been claimed that the evidence establishes a clear link between the Saudi state and a pirate TV service which streams sporting events illegally.And SunSport has exclusively revealed how unrest is growing among top-flight clubs about the possible takeover, with at least ten teams believed to have concerns.Trevor Sinclair is excited about the Newcastle Utd take over from Saudi consortium involving Mohammed bin Salmanlast_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON:Damion Johnson racked up a straight-sets win, while Ricardo Chambers stormed back from a one-set deficit to win the men’s Open and Amateur titles, respectively, at the Liguanea Club Open Tennis Tournament, which wrapped up on Friday night.With youth and vigour in his favour, Chambers matched skills with proven campaigner Richard Lee, and the wily veteran had a few tricks up his sleeve. Lee outplayed Chambers to win the first set, but the talented newcomer kept his head and rebounded to take the next two sets and claim the Amateur title with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 win.”It was one of those matches where I knew what I needed to do, so it was just about executing,” said Chambers. “When I went down 2-0 in the second set, I started hitting the ball deeper, putting more spin on it, and that started getting me some points, and then I was just able to run away with it.”In the Open competition, Johnson had things all his way. The reigning national champion shook off a gruelling semi-final – where he was made to work for every point – to post an easy win to take the title.WINNING STREAKIn his fourth matchup against national number two, Dwayne Pagon, in recent months, Johnson beat his rival 6-2, 6-2 to extend his winning streak against Pagon to four out of four.”In the semi-finals, I played horrible tennis. I was very tired and it came out on the court. For the final, I was well rested and I came out to win, so I went for all my shots, I served at 90 per cent and my forearm was at a 90 per cent average, so overall, I played pretty well,” Johnson observed.Tournament Director Llockett McGregor said he was satisfied with the standard of play throughout the week-long event.He said: “We had the best players competing and they played a high standard of tennis throughout the competition, so overall, we are very pleased with how the tournament turned out.”McGregor also expressed gratitude to the tournament’s sponsors for their support.”We have to thank our major sponsors Total and UHY Dawgen and all the other companies who supported us because it is very important to have events of this calibre in order to build up local tennis,” he added.Other sponsors were Avis, Lifespan, KLAS ESPN Sports FM, Epic Technologies, Jamaica Biscuit Company, and Cari-med.last_img read more

first_imgairo, 28 April 2014: The Liberian National Cultural Troupe headed by Mrs. Louise McMillian, Assistant Minister for Culture at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism participated in the International Festival for Drums and Traditional Arts under the theme, ‘Drums Dialogue for Peace’ held in the Arab Republic of Egypt from 19 to 25 April 2014.The National Culture Troupe performed at several locations including the historic Salah El-Din Citadel (Castle) and The Opera House in Cairo. The Troupe was then hosted by H.E. Alexander H.N. Wallace III, Liberian Ambassador to Egypt, on 23 April at his residence for a dinner performance which was attended by several Ambassadors and Government Officials.Thirty-one Folklore Bands representing as many as twenty-one countries from the Middle East, Africa and Asia participated with their drums and traditional folk arts in the Festival. At the closing ceremony on 25 April 2014, the Egyptian Minister of Culture, Dr. Mohammed Saber Arab, was joined by the Liberian Assistant Minister for Culture, Madam Louis McMillian and the Minister of Culture of South Sudan to cut the ceremonial ribbon.The Festival was organized by the Bureau of Foreign Cultural Relations of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism.Minister McMillian met with several dignitaries including the Minister of Culture and the Director of International Culture Relations among others. Discussions between the Minister and Officials of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture focused on the improvement of cultural cooperation between both nations. Upon the Minister’s proposition and request, the Egyptian party accepted to undertake the establishment of national theater and cinema in Liberia; they also agreed to train Liberians in Drumming and Traditional Music as well as in Cartoon Animation. The Egyptian Officials disclosed that their representatives will visit Liberia in May 2014 for assessments. They extended an early invitation to the Liberian National Cultural Troupe to participate in the next Festival expected to be held in Egypt in September 2014. The two sides concluded that Liberia host an International Festival, code-named ‘VIVA Liberia’, sometimes this year.The Egyptian side lauded the Liberian National Cultural Troupe for a splendid performance throughout the Festival.  On behalf of the Liberian National Cultural Troupe, the Government and people of the Republic of Liberia, Minister McMillian expressed heartfelt gratitude to the organizers, the Government and People of the Arab Republic of Egypt for the hospitality and the opportunity afforded Liberia to participate in such an elaborate international occasion; adding, it provided a remarkable platform to allow for the Troupe to showcase Liberia Cultural Arts and Folk Dances to the rest of the world.For his part, Ambassador Alexander H.N. Wallace, III visited the National Cultural Troupe at their hotel and attended their performances. The Ambassador promised to facilitate initiatives aimed at improving the National Cultural Troupe and promoting Liberia cultural relations with Egypt. He extolled the Troupe for their superb performances throughout the Festival. The Ambassador and the Director of International Cultural Relations of Egypt discussed plans to strengthen Liberia-Egypt Cultural Relations, including exchange of National Artifacts for display in museums or public galleries as well as provision of training programs for the Liberian Cultural Troupe. Additionally, Ambassador Wallace and Minister McMillian discussed ways and means of utilizing the opportunities offered by the Egyptian Cultural Authority to adequately enhance the Liberia National Cultural Troupe. The Minister expressed thanks to the Ambassador for his hospitality and tremendous support accorded the Troupe, as well as his persistent presence around them throughout their stay in Egypt.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA shop owner of Lot ‘E’ Hardina Street, Wortmanville, Georgetown was on Friday hauled before the courts after she was allegedly busted with a quantity of cannabis in her possession.Roslyn Barclay appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where she was required to plead to the charge.Barclay denied the charge, which alleged that on November 15, 2018 at her Lot ‘E’ Hardina Street, Wortmanville home, she had in her possession 650 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to the facts presented by Police Prosecutor Richard Harris, a search was conducted at the defendant’s home and shop, when a black plastic bag containing the drugs was unearthed from a heap of wood within the yard. The defendant was later arrested and charged.Magistrate Daly remanded Barclay to prison. The case will continue on December 14.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000France forward Antoine Griezmann will go head to head with Argentina’s Lionel Messi in the World Cup last 16 © AFP / Jeff PACHOUD, Gabriel BOUYSMoscow, Russian Federation, Jun 29 – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi take centre stage as the World Cup shifts into high gear at the weekend with the start of the knockout matches in the loaded top half of the draw.Football heavyweights France, Argentina, Portugal and Brazil are all clustered in one section of the competition, with only Spain among recent winners in the other half. The unbalanced nature of the knockout phase increases the chances of an unlikely team reaching the semi-finals — and of the big guns cancelling each other out.That scenario sparked debate ahead of Thursday’s England-Belgium group match — was it better to win and enter the tougher side of the draw or lose and face potentially easier fixtures down the line?In the event, third-ranked Belgium won 1-0, adding even more firepower to the top half, while if England can get past Colombia they will fancy their chances of reaching a potential semi-final against 2010 winners Spain.The first phase in Russia featured just one goalless draw and already a record number of penalties, with the video assistant referee (VAR) often in the spotlight.Of the half-dozen winners of the trophy since 1970, Germany have gone home in the biggest shock of the tournament by far while Italy never even qualified for Russia. – French firepower –Lionel Messi takes part in a training session ahead of Argentina’s World Cup last-16 match against France © AFP / JUAN MABROMATAThe standout last-16 tie on paper pits France against Messi and Argentina, two teams who laboured through the group stage.France are packed with firepower, boasting Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud, but they have failed to click so far, finding the net just three times in three matches — one was a penalty and another an own goal.“It’s make or break. We don’t have any choice. We have to do everything possible to make sure it goes well for us,” said France coach Didier Deschamps.Five-time world player of the year Messi underlined his importance to Argentina with a sublimely taken opening goal against Nigeria but that came after his penalty miss against Iceland in a lacklustre 1-1 draw that set the tone for a disappointing campaign so far.Ronaldo on the other hand started his tournament with a hat-trick against Spain but has slipped behind England’s Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot after seeing his penalty saved in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Iran.The Real Madrid star, who has four goals in Russia and looks certain to be crowned world player of the year for a sixth time, will come up against a tight Uruguay defence that did not concede a single goal in the group phase.Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is targeting the World Cup Golden Boot © AFP / Francisco LEONGAside from their watertight defence, two-time winners Uruguay boast two of the greatest goal-scorers of their generation in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.The Uruguayans are aware that Ronaldo is not the only threat for the European champions — he is supported by younger talents such as Bernardo Silva and Goncalo Guedes.“We will mark him with the same respect we mark everyone, despite him being a superstar,” said Uruguay’s Sebastian Coates of Ronaldo. “You don’t prepare a match just looking at one player.”– Video boost for referees –Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of FIFA’s referees committee, said on Friday he was pleased with the impact of VAR at the tournament but that it did not mean all decisions would be perfect.FIFA said VAR crews conducted checks on 335 incidents during the group stage, helping achieve a 99.3 percent rate of correct decisions.“VAR doesn’t mean perfection,” Collina said. “There could still be some wrong interpretation or even mistakes, so it’s a not a perfection that can be reached having implemented VAR.”Debate was still raging over Japan’s approach to their final group game against Poland after the Asian side sneaked into the last 16 on the back of their superior disciplinary record.The Asian side faced an angry backlash for running down the clock at walking pace in the last 15 minutes even though they were losing 1-0 on Thursday, gambling that Senegal would not equalise against Colombia in the other Group H game.Kozo Tashima, president of the Japan Football Association (JFA), insisted the team deserved a place in the knockout stage in Russia, won at the expense of the west African team by virtue of having picked up fewer yellow cards.FIFA said it had no plans to change its fair play criteria.“This is the first time (the fair play rule) has been used in a senior World Cup in this way. Obviously what we want to avoid is the drawing of lots,” said Colin Smith, FIFA’s chief competitions and events officer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgTHIS is what Tuesday’s massive storm looked like – from space.The satellite image was taken by the American space agency NASA.And it shows the eye of that storm as it passed over Malin Head with the ferocity of a hurricane. Makes you realise how big and bad it really was – even though we all managed to escape with a few missing shed roofs and the odd smashed car.The storm is now causing havoc over northern Europe, ripping through areas of Denmark.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.  Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyTHE GREAT DONEGAL STORM – WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE FROM SPACE! was last modified: January 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal hurricane windsdonegal stormMalin Headpicture of stormlast_img read more

first_imgA CO Donegal man has described how he was made to feel like a stranger in his own country after returning home from America.In an article for donegaldaily.com today, the construction worker was responding to calls from local TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn for the Government to revise policies which leave Irish people penniless.He says how he was given the runaround by civil servants in Social Welfare – filling out forms over and over again as red-taped bureaucrats put him through the mill. Here is his story in his own words:“AFTER losing my job in New York to young Irish men working illegally for half of what the normal pay was for a construction worker, because there is no taxes or benefits charged for them, I had no choice but to walk away from our family home there.I had always intended returning to Donegal by 2010 and build or buy but that just didn’t work out.When we got back we had just enough money to buy an old family van, insure it (which was almost impossible with American licence) we taxed it, and rented a house. We didn’t want to get assistance so I looked for work right away, but I had to go apply for the job seekers allowance.When I tried to do this, I was made feel like a comet’s stranger in my own country, I would hate to be treated like that anywhere never mind Donegal.I was handed the habitual residency forms  and told to prove that I was staying, and that I should be in country for at least 6 months to get anything. I started finding proof from the foreclosure people in America, and bank statements, and the rest.After two months it still wasn’t going through after being sent to a different town even for another interview, where I was handed the same habitual residency forms to start again.At this stage we were desperate so I was told by a friend about the community welfare officer, so we went to her where all she said was ‘before I can release a payment to you have to fill in a habitual residency form!!’ I almost cried. Luckily my wife had photocopied the last one so she gave her that and then the week later she made a payment. Thank God. We hadn’t a penny and I never felt so like an outsider in my life, my wife being an American was so upset with losing the house but this really put the final nail in the door.I complained to each office and they just said ‘it’s the way it is, get it back you asap if you want anything’.I since went to get an Irish driving license. I have a full perfect driving record in America, I had a provisional in 1999 for Ireland. I now have to do the theory test and then the 12 lessons /tests at a cost of almost €500 before final test. I need a license to get a job but this system is not fair to adults who have been driving in Ireland and America for almost 20 years. It is crazy ,no incentive for people to return at all.I saw a large advert in a newspaper in America 5-6 years ago saying ” WE WANT YOU BACK” and I thought it was great. When I think back now I think it must have been April 1st because when you’re dealing with the Goverment agencies they don’t make you feel too welcome.Maybe if I was from another more deserving place they might have given me some Trocaire money.And the red-tape continues – and no-one seems to care.I went to see Fas about a community employment position in and we were interested in swapping my rights as a jobseeker to my wife in order to get the job for 3 days a week.But we were told we couldn’t apply for the job because we weren’t unemployed in the country for long enough.You need to receive benefits for more than a year then start applying for CE positions.Why aren’t they open to us as a regular person looking for a job? It just doesn’t make sense.There is a crazy system that is in place here in Ireland.Somebody needs to do something about this system before we all have to abandon the country and seek asylum in another one.RETURNING DONEGAL MAN SAYS: ‘I WAS MADE TO FEEL LIKE A STRANGER IN MY OWN COUNTY’ was last modified: March 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RETURNING DONEGAL MAN SAYS: ‘I WAS MADE TO FEEL LIKE A STRANGER IN MY OWN COUNTY’last_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL TD Thomas Pringle is bidding to end the regime here which forces asylum seekers to spend up to a decade in so-called ‘direct provision centres’ around the countryThe independent deputy says 4,300 plus asylum seekers, more than one third of them children, are living in “inhumane conditions not fit for the 21st century in the 34 direct provision accommodation centres throughout the country. This system must end.”The Donegal TD highlighted the costs of the system, saying it had been extortionate, but was “providing little in terms of a decent standard of living. The State has given more than €850 million to private firms for the provision of accommodation and food since direct provision was established.” He went on: “Many of these companies are large firms involved in the property, hospitality or catering business.“Several have moved to shield their company accounts from public scrutiny and, in some cases, their beneficial owners include companies in offshore jurisdictions such as the Isle of Man or British Virgin Islands.” PRINGLE: HOW STATE PAYS PRIVATE FIRMS €850M TO RUN CENTRES FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS was last modified: October 1st, 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:asylum seekersdirect provision centresThomas Pringle TDlast_img read more

first_imgLETTERS: Sir,I am all for safer driving on our roads. Let’s get that out straight away.There’s not a day that goes by when there isn’t a speed camera van on my route in and out of Letterkenny. I know they are there now. And like many other people I drive accordingly, knowing that being over the limit by just a few kilometres an hour will lead to a fine and penalty points.What frustrates me however that every year during the Donegal Rally Weekend when every nutter from every other part of the country – and a few from our own county – are out driving like maniacs, the speed vans disappear.Why?Can someone explain this madness? Yours,Safer driverTermonCo Donegal SO WHERE WERE THE GO-SAFE SPEED DETECTION VANS ON RALLY WEEKEND? was last modified: June 22nd, 2015 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:GO SAFESpeedvanslast_img read more

first_imgBrand South Africa’s chairperson, Chichi Maponya, says our African neighbours helped us during apartheid and says it is time for South Africa to play her part for the continent. Brand South Africa’s chairperson, Chi Chi Maponya, urges each South African to show our Ubuntu now when it matters most. (Image: Shamin Chibba)South Africans will commemorate 21 years of democracy in a few days. Our struggle for freedom and liberation became a collective struggle as the people of the continent and the wider international community joined us. When we attained our long yearned for freedom, we knew our success was due to the efforts of the citizens of our continent and the world.Citizens of Africa – at all levels – spared no effort to fight for our liberation. Heads of countries took up our struggle at international fora, they joined the broader international community in calling for international sanctions against the apartheid government; they hosted South Africans who were escaping the horrors of our country; they provided our people, inside and outside the country with food and clothing.  Citizens of the continent accepted and integrated our people into their communities.  And some even lost their lives for supporting our struggle when they were targeted by the then South African Defence Force.  Some countries even provided travel documents to our people so that they could garner more international support for our fight for liberation.The words, “South Africa’s freedom was not free,” is more than just a slogan.  Efforts and lives that contributed to our freedom cannot actually be quantified.South Africa has always been cognisant of our debt to the continent and its people.  We have since 1994 actively pursued a foreign policy that put Africa at the centre of our developmental agenda.  It is for this reason that South Africa worked with other leaders on the continent to spearhead developmental policies like NEPAD while advocating on the global stage that Africa should no longer remain on the periphery of international relations.  We took this position to the United Nations Security Council during both sittings as non-permanent members, we have taken this position to the G-20, BRICS and other such fora.South Africa also provides material support to the continent in that we are amongst the largest investors on the continent and we actively support peace and security initiatives through dialogue, mediation, humanitarian and security contributions.South Africa acts in this way cognisant that our fortunes are intrinsically linked to that of the continent.  We are also committed to the vision of an Africa Rising – an Africa that is no longer on the periphery but a continent that can take its rightful place in the community of nations.And driving this commitment to the growth and development of our continent is the need for us, as leaders in our respective spheres, to deliver a better quality of life for all the citizens of Africa.  To us, as leaders, the citizens of the continent are not just a market for goods.  Our people are at the heart of the spirit, the culture, the richness, the heritage of our continent.  Our people make our continent amazing.  Our people will carry the history of our continent in their bloodlines and pass it on to future generations.  Our people will attest to our struggles to emerge as a dark and forgotten continent to a place of glory.It is against this background that South Africa also believes that the free movement of people throughout the continent must be facilitated.  South Africa’s rich culture and heritage is undoubtedly a result of the various waves of immigration that swept through our country.  Such is the multi-hued collage of our citizens that many cannot even relate to the countries from which they have migrated.And now we find ourselves, in the midst of Freedom Month and a few days away from Africa Month, where we are turning against each other – brother against brother, sister against sister.  We cannot allow this to continue.  And it is up to each of us that play our part to stop this.  We must have respect and consideration for each other.  We must appreciate that where the continent once hosted our citizens, it is time for South Africa to play her part for the continent.  And this is what drives our views and policies with regard to foreign relations, trade and investment and immigration.I urge each citizen of our country to not forget where we come from, to play our part in accepting all citizens to our country, to show our Ubuntu – now when it matters most.  Where there are legitimate grievances, bring them to your elected officials, to your community leaders.  Let us solve our problems in our time honoured way – through dialogue.One of the founders of our premier liberation movement, Pixley ka Seme called for an end to racism, tribalism and other divisive tendencies in 1911 when he said: “The demon of racialism, the aberrations of the Xhosa-Fingo feud, the animosity that exists between the Zulus and the Tongas, between the Basuthos and every other Native must be buried and forgotten; it has shed among us sufficient blood! We are one people.”Let us not forget.  Let us celebrate each other as citizens of one continent, as citizens with a common past and future.  Let us stop the hatred and anger.  We are African citizens!Follow Ms Maponya on @ChichiMaponya and contribute to the conversation on #WeAreAfrica.last_img read more