Spurs to face Bayern Munich, Olympiacos and Crvena zvezda in Champions League

first_imgTOTTENHAM face Bayern Munich but otherwise got lucky with tonight’s Champions League draw for the group stages.Mauricio Pochettino’s 2019 finalists will take on the Bundesliga champions, plus Greek runners-up Olympiacos and Serbian kings Crvena zvezda.2 Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino faces a difficult Champions League group after going all the way to the final last seasonCredit: EPA2Spurs have started this term tamely, with just four points from three Premier League games, after ending last season with a 2-0 Champions League final defeat against Liverpool on June 1.But Pochettino will expect to qualify comfortably from Group B after drawing only Bayern from Europe’s major leagues.Tottenham and Bayern were yesterday shown to be further down the transfer-spending list over the past decade than many might expect.Prem champs Manchester City predictably head Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top of the list.But Spurs are just 17th, two places below Bayern.The German have picked up four points from their first two Bundesliga matches this campaign.And it is something of a fresh feeling for Niko Kovac’s men after the summer exits of wing legends Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.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 InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticEx-Arsenal and Tottenham star Emmanuel Adebayor agrees to join Turkish minnows Kayserispor on one-year deallast_img read more

Pogba to be United’s most expensive player – here’s who makes their 10 costliest

first_img 3. Anthony Martial – £36m from Monaco, September 2015 – No one had heard of Martial when he signed for the Red Devils last summer but everyone knows who he is now. His fee could rise to over £50m if he achieves all of the things he is expected to and he will be United’s main focus of attack again this season. 7. Ander Herrera – £29m from Athletic Bilbao, July 2014 – Herrera is another transfer Moyes failed to get over the line before he joined under Louis van Gaal. The Spaniard is a fan favourite at Old Trafford but the jury is still out on him and whether he will make it as a Manchester United player. 10 10 1. Angel Di Maria – £59.7m from Real Madrid, August 2014 – Di Maria will probably go down as the most expensive flop in Premier League history, despite having three goals and ten assists to his name in his one season at Old Trafford. He never wanted to join the Red Devils and preferred a move to PSG, which he got a year later, for £44.1m. 10 8. Juan Sebastian Veron – £28.1m from Lazio, July 2001 – “He’s a f****** great player. Yous are f******* idiots,” Ferguson screamed when criticism of the expensive Veron was mounting. He was a flop, though, and only spent two seasons at United before moving to Chelsea for £15m. 10 It now seems it is when, and not if, Paul Pogba rejoins Manchester United from Juventus.The Red Devils opened with a £86m bid and have reportedly upped it to £92m to try and test Juve’s resolve.However, the Italian champions are holding out for £100m up front for the Frenchman and it is believed United are willing to pay it.Manchester United are no strangers to paying big fees for players, especially since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure from Old Trafford.When Pogba’s move is completed, he will become the club’s most expensive player by a distance, but who else has cost the Red Devils the big bucks?Click the arrow above, right, to see the ten most expensive signings Manchester United have ever made. 10 6. Rio Ferdinand – £29.3m from Leeds United, July 2002 – Ferdinand became the world’s most expensive defender and Britain’s most expensive player when he made the move from rivals Leeds to Manchester United. He is the most successful signing on the list, forming a formidable defence with Nemanja Vidic as United dominated both in the Premier League and in Europe. 10 2. Juan Mata – £37.1m from Chelsea, January 2014 – Another player loved by United fans but whose time could be coming to an end under Mourinho. Mata has scored goals and contributed plenty of assist but has not captured the imagination as he did at Chelsea. Moyes signed him in January 2014 in what seemed like a panic buy at the time. 4. Dimitar Berbatov – £30.75m, from Tottenham, September 2008 – Ferguson’s most expensive signing during his 27 years in the Old Trafford hotseat and a relative success. Berbatov won the Premier League golden boot in the 2010/11 season but will be most fondly remembered by United fans for his hat-trick against Liverpool at Old Trafford in a 3-2 victory in 2010. 9. Marouane Fellaini – £27.5m from Everton, September 2013 – Fellaini was David Moyes’ only signing in a disastrous first transfer window, and they overpaid for him as well. The shambles of that £27.5m move, which was completed at the last minute, should have been a foreshadowing for his time at Old Trafford. 10 10 10 10. Luke Shaw – £27m from Southampton, July 2014 (click the arrow, right, to see Manchester United’s most expensive signings) – When Pogba joins United he will be their most expensive signing by a distance, but who else has cost the club big bucks? Here, talkSPORT looks at the 10 costliest beginning with Shaw, who United made the most expensive teenager in the world when they signed him from Southampton in 2014. His first season was underwhelming and despite a bright start to his second, a broken leg in September kept him out for ten months. 10 5. Eric Bailly – £30m, from Villarreal, June 2016 – The former Villarreal man has now overtaken Ferdinand as the club’s most expensive defender after becoming Mourinho’s first signing. At only 22, it will be interesting to see how he settles into the Premier League. last_img read more

LETTERKENNY ROVERS ‘LEGENDS’ TO OPEN NEW STAND AT LECKVIEW

first_imgLetterkenny Rovers legends will step onto the hallowed turf at Leckview Park this Saturday night for a special occasion to mark the official opening of the new 200 seater ‘Four Lanterns Restaurants’ stand (7pm).FAI Chief Executive Officer John Delaney fresh from attending the World Cup draw in Brazil will be the guest of honour to perform the official duties along with Pat Duffy from the Airtricity League and Letterkenny Town Council Mayor, Gerry McMonagle.All 200 patrons who joined the sponsor a ‘Seat for Life’ campaign – which has raised €20,000 towards the cost of the impressive new stand – have been invited to the opening in recognition of their contribution and to the after match reception upstairs in The Central Bar. Both team line-ups are sure to provide a who’s who from the Letterkenny Rovers history books. The respective team managements will include Highland Radio’s Charlie Collins, who captained the club to back to back Donegal League titles in the 1980’s, former senior team manager and town postmaster Ed Margey and Honorary member and former Irish schoolboys international Gerry Meehan.The opposing dug-out is equally impressive consisting of one of the county’s most decorated players and a League of Ireland Championship winner, Eunan ‘Busty’ Blake, his brother and club President Liam Blake, and James Barclay, who as well as being a Rovers stalwart for decades, played for Finn Harps in their first game in League of Ireland football.The two teams will be captained by current committee members Paddy McDaid – who captained Rovers to their first Ulster Senior League title in 2005 – and Diarmaid Doherty, a former secretary and trustee of Leckview Park. Patsy Collins, the longest serving member of the current senior management team, will be assisted by Michael Duffy with the kit and medical needs.To coincide with the legends match, an underage blitz will be ongoing on the practice pitch involving the local schoolboys clubs from Glencar, Ballyraine and Illistrin along with the host club. There will also be some half-time entertainment as the legends catch their breath! Commenting ahead of the night, club chairman Dessie Kelly said it would mark a special occasion for the club.“We have decided to play a match consisting of past players from various teams over the years. I’m sure it won’t be too serious but it will be nice to see a few old faces back out on the pitch again which is looking in great condition. Also, to have John Delaney from the FAI coming to open the stand is a major boost particular in such busy period for him as he has just returned from the World Cup draw in Rio and it is international week with a match against Croatia coming up”.At the end of last year, the club launched an innovative sponsorship programme involving the entire community in Letterkenny to help finance the building of the new stand.The sponsor a ‘Seat for Life’ campaign offered the public the chance to have one of the seats named after them for a once-off fee of €100 and set in stone their recognition to the club for life.“This project was a big undertaking for the club in the tough economic climate and we are delighted to have completed it successfully, said Kelly this week. “The response we got from the people of Letterkenny and beyond has been magnificent. Past players, supporters, the general public and business community all got involved and supported the campaign and we are greatly indebted for their generosity.” The after match reception will take place upstairs in the Central Bar where the €1000 seat draw will be held as well as the club’s annual €10 draw which has a first prize of €3000.LETTERKENNY ROVERS ‘LEGENDS’ TO OPEN NEW STAND AT LECKVIEW was last modified: August 5th, 2011 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)last_img read more

Green Schools showcase inspirational work at Catchment CARE launch

first_imgStudents from local Green Schools made a big impact when they put their environmental projects on display at last week’s Catchment CARE conference.Pupils and teachers from St. Baithins N.S, St. Johnston, Raphoe Central N.S, Convoy Joint N.S and St.Therese’s P.S, Lenamore, Derry were invited to the recent launch of the Donegal County Council led Catchment CARE project in Burt.The Catchment CARE project is aimed at improving the water quality in three important cross-border river catchments – River Blackwater, River Finn and the Arney River and as part of this, Catchment CARE will be delivering an educational programme on water quality to 30 schools (900 pupils) across the 3 catchments. Cathaoirleach of Stranorlar MD Cllr. Patrick McGowan and former Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle pictured with Noelle Wilkie, Raphoe Central N.S, Anne McMullan, Green School Co-Ordinator, Raphoe Central N.S, and their pupils L-R Alex Walker, Sarah Craig, Harry Pearson, Lucy Brown and Alex Devine at the Catchment CARE launch on Thursday last in An Grianan Hotel Burt.Pictured at the launch of the Catchment CARE project on Thursday last in An Grianan Hotel Burt are Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer, Donegal County Council, and Cathaoirleach of Stranorlar MD Cllr Patrick McGowan along with pupils from Convoy Joint N.S Bean Black, Noah Johnston, Shannon Glenn and Caleb Laird, and their teacher Ms. Heather Oliver.At the launch the schools, representing their Green Schools committees, showcased projects that their students are working hard on.The schools projects covered a diverse range of environmental awareness issues including Marine Litter, Composting, Bio Diversity and recycling plastics.Pictured at the launch of the Catchment CARE project on Thursday last in An Grianan Hotel Burt from St. Baithins N.S, St.Johnston are Odhran Feeny, Ms. Mary Brown, Charlin McElroy, Victoria McHugh Toland, Ms. Avril Gallagher, and Cllr. Patrick McGowan, Cathaoirleach of Stranorlar MD.Former Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle pictured at the Catchment CARE launch on Thursday last in An Grianan Hotel Burt with Ms. Ciara Herron from St.Therease’s P.S, Lennonmore, Derry, and her pupils Josh Harrigan, Caitlin Lees, Amber McGarvey, Cassie Quinn and Emily Burke.Speaking after the event Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer with Donegal County Council said “We were delighted to have these schools represented at the launch of Catchment CARE. The work that is done by the students and teachers in these schools as part of the Green Schools Programme is nothing less than inspirational and it was a great opportunity to showcase to key influencers the impact that this work has in terms of raising awareness and an appreciation of the role each and every one of us has in protecting our environment”.Taly Hunter Williams, Senior Hydrgeologist – Groundwater, Geological Survey of Ireland, in discussion with students from Convoy Joint N.S about their Marine Litter project.€14 million project launched to improve Donegal water quality Green Schools showcase inspirational work at Catchment CARE launch was last modified: June 19th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:catchment careGreen Schoolslast_img read more

Home Instead Donegal hosting Recruitment Fair in Letterkenny

first_imgHome Instead Senior Care are holding a Recruitment Fair in Letterkenny this Friday 12th AprilThe care service are looking for caring, compassionate individuals to join their team.If you are interested or have a passion for working with older people then Home Instead are encouraging you to come along and chat about work of a CAREGiver and opportunities about joining the team. Their Recruitment Open Day will be held from 10.30am to 2.00pm on Friday 12th April at Riverfront House, Pearse Road, Letterkenny. Come along and find out about CAREGiver jobs and the career opportunities provided by Home Instead Senior Care Donegal.Tea & coffee will also be provided.For more information on the Recruitment Fair, call Leesa on 074 9113050 or email leesa.mcdermott@homeinstead.ieCaregiving is simply doing things to enhance the quality of life for older and disabled people and to help keep them independent. Home Instead Senior Care are actively recruiting throughout DonegalWhat’s required:Own transport necessary.What’s provided:Free in-house trainingFlexible hours so you’ll have a schedule that fits your lifeWe believe in caring for our employees as much as we do caring for our clients.Company Benefits: 24-hour support 7 days per week.Recognition for outstanding work.Staff events to socialise with peers.Rewarding career and personal development opportunities.Client compatibility.Responsive support staff.Paid annual leave.Training Courses with Home Instead Senior Care; 2 QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Courses:Care SkillsCare of the Older Person.Course locations: April: MilfordMay: DungloeJune: Lifford/StrabaneWhether planning to work in hospitals, in the community or in residential care learners will find these modules stimulating and functional with knowledge which can easily be applied to the workplace within the Healthcare sector.Please contact leesa.mcdermott@homeinstead.ie for more info and to book your place on the upcoming Recruitment Fair. Home Instead Donegal hosting Recruitment Fair in Letterkenny was last modified: April 11th, 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:caregiverHome Insteadjobsrecruitmentlast_img read more

Humboldt Crabs top Menlo Park Legends on David Hamilton’s walk-off home run

first_imgARCATA >> Spotting the opposition a six-run lead was far from how Tyson Fisher envisioned the start Sunday’s series finale against the Menlo Park Legends going. But his team’s subsequent comeback was just about as good as it gets.They chipped, chipped, chipped away at the early deficit.Then, with one crack of the bat, delivered the knockout punch.David Hamilton’s solo home run high into netting beyond the right field wall with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning not only gave the Crabs …last_img read more

Erik Karlsson enters rare territory as Sharks top Oilers

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Next up on Erik Karlsson’s hit list: Bobby Orr, Phil Housley and Brian Leetch.Karlsson entered into rare territory Tuesday, recording three more assists as the Sharks beat the Edmonton Oilers 7-2 at SAP Center to earn their fourth straight win.In doing so, he became just the fifth defenseman in NHL history to record assists in 14 consecutive appearances. If Karlsson picks up an assist against the Vegas …last_img read more

49ers mailbag: Why so few snaps for Dante Pettis, Solomon Thomas?

first_imgYOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Being embedded with the 49ers here in northeast Ohio offers time on an off day to catch up on fans’ questions submitted via my Twitter and Instagram:What is the deal with Pettis? Is his injury worse than the team believed or lead on or is he in the doghouse? Both? (@ClellandChad)Kyle Shanahan expressed surprise that Pettis played just two snaps, and Shanahan vowed it would not happen again. Pettis’ groin issue limited his practice reps the past two weeks, but it is not an …last_img read more

Selling Reclaimed Snow Fence Boards For Siding

first_imgWyoming Recycler Finds New Uses For Weathered 1x6sLARAMIE, Wyo. — For the past nine years, a Laramie recycling company, Centennial Woods, has been satisfying a growing market for recycled lumber by dismantling old snow fencing. The company has secured maintenance contracts from the state of Wyoming to replace weathered boards on miles of snow fence with new lumber. Formerly burned or discarded as waste, the old 1x6s are now sold for $1.69 a linear foot to green builders, mostly for use as board-and-batten siding.Wyoming maintains 200 miles of snow fencing. The 16-foot-tall structures are installed in windy areas to prevent snow from drifting onto highways. Most snow fence boards are Ponderosa pine, although spruce, fir, and lodgepole pine are also used. Wyoming’s dry, windy climate contributes to the boards’ longevity; the state replaces the boards every 7 to 25 years.According to Grant Porder, Centennials’ vice president for customer care, the reclaimed boards have an average moisture content of 7% when they are pulled from the fence. The 16-foot boards are trimmed to remove rot before they are resold.Business Is Growing“People are just looking for a good, true, solid wood product that they can use without guilt,” said John Pope, the president of Centennial Woods, explained to an Associated Press reporter. “What we really did is we recognized by building a national and international market for the wood, by highlighting its green aspects and its beauty, that we could grow this into a substantial business.”Centennial has customers all over the country. “Five years ago, we probably could have credibly sold wood into maybe 10 or 15 markets in the United States,” said Pope. “Now we also sell wood to places like Kansas City, Dallas, Boston, Manhattan, Los Angeles, Portland.”While Centennial recycled about 4 to 6 miles of snow fence in 1999, the company now dismantles between 20 and 25 miles every year. “The difference is green building,” said Pope.last_img read more

Can Big Data + Big Dating = True Love?

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… mat young Related Posts Guest author Mat Young is senior director of products at Fusion-io,In recent years, big data and technology have infiltrated nearly every part of our lives – and dating is no different. Today, approximately 20% of relationships begin through some sort of online or mobile dating service. It’s estimated that there are 90 million single people over the age of 18 in the United States. According to Match.com, 40 million of them online dating services – more than 40% of the country’s single population. If those numbers don’t seem big enough, China is the world leader in online dating, with more than 140 million users looking for a match online.(See also Top Dating Apps For iPhone, iPad and Android)The unsung hero of online love is the infrastructure that supports these dating applications. As more people turn to online and mobile dating, databases containing profile info, photos and messages between users continue to grow as well. The scale means that innovative tools are needed – along with more powerful infrastructure – to keep matching up potential pairs.Cupid’s Changing IndustryIt’s estimated that in 2010, users spent more than twice the amount of time connecting to dating websites than they did using mobile dating apps. Just one year later, in 2011, these numbers flipped, as users began spending slightly more time on dating apps than websites. Whatever platform users prefer, online dating is booming as services use technology to match up people with shared interests and values.Today, the number of people using dating apps is growing faster than all other apps combined. Of note is that the average age of the online dater is 48 – proving that Baby Boomers are more connected than ever. This coincides with general trends showing more adults than ever are connecting via mobile devices – the same devices they are using for mobile dating.These well-connected users have helped propel the online dating industry to top $1 billion in annual revenues, providing online dating websites with even more reason to continue searching for innovative solutions.Of course, this kind of growth adds more stress to mobile and wireless networks, not to mention the servers hosting the applications – a welcome challenge for online dating providers.Match.com found out how important scalability was when it began struggling to keep up with a growing user base and its 70 terabytes of data. With an upgraded SQL Server solution from Microsoft, Match.com was able to move user data across more than 100 servers in two seconds, while also providing sufficient infrastructure for future growth.Big Data Meet Online DatingWhile many users may not see, or care, how data is crunched to help them find the perfect mate, database admins, Big Data scientists and mathematicians all play an important role in formulating the perfect match.When a user signs up on eHarmony, for example, they are required to fill out a 400-question profile outlining personal preferences, physical traits, hobbies and many other telling details. Using that data, an Oracle 10G database makes a few suggestions for possible matches.Then the real magic happens.The system compares the users extensive list of answers to the site’s 20 million other users – a process that requires a billion calculations for each bachelor or bachelorette. After comparing information using a sophisticated algorithm, the site provides the user with matches. eHarmony’s dataset alone exceeds 4 terabytes of total data, not including photos and other information.These fine-tuned formulas and powerful datacenters are the trade secret of these online dating services. As users change preferences, provide feedback on proposed matches and refine their profiles, eHarmony uses that information to refine search results for proposed matches.Optimizing For True LoveJust like with any database, the quality of output is based on data input. Users who accurately answer questions and provide truthful information are likely to receive the best love matches.Considering the human element, though, perfect matches venture far beyond math and science. Even if every user tried to be completeley honest in their responses, personality matches might not be completely accurate. People often perceive themselves differently than how the rest of the world sees them.Some observers look for an objective system of understanding potential compatibility, while others believe a completely automated matchmaking service that removes human input could never work.Most likely, the next innovations in compatibility science will be come through a technological love triangle, where advanced hardware and software solutions in enterprise and hyperscale datacenters will enable development of unique new applications that can help real people find true love more efficiently.(See also Taking My Dating Mobile: A Social Experiment)center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Big Data#social networking#social networks A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more