first_imgGareth Bale was left in a right spin after taking part in a charity initiative.The Real Madrid star man and his mates were helping to raise awareness for The Global Goals campaign by attempting to score a ‘dizzy goal’.See how he get on above and find out more about The Global Goals campaign here:last_img

first_imgArsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed the Gunners squad are ‘happy’ with the club’s summer transfer business.Petr Cech moved across London from Chelsea in a £10m switch, but the Gunners failed to add to the goalkeeper signing and were the only team in Europe’s top five leagues not to recruit an outfield player during the window.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger came under fire from the media and a host of ex-professionals for his thrifty approach, but Oxlade-Chamberlain is convinced the squad is in good stead for the season ahead.“We [the Arsenal players] are happy. Petr Cech is an amazing signing for us. In that Liverpool game [0-0 at the Emirates] he showed what an amazing keeper he is and what an asset he is to our squad,” the 22-year-old said at an England press conference previewing the national side’s game with San Marino.“We’ve got great depth in numbers and when you look at the likes of Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky to come back from injury, we’ve got really good options.”Oxlade-Chamberlain is not a guaranteed starter for club or country, but the midfielder embraces the competition for places as England bid to complete Euro 2016 qualification over the next week.He added: “It’s not easy to get in the Arsenal or England team so you have to approach it in the same way.“You have to know what your qualities are and when you get the opportunity you have to produce them because if you don’t then someone else will.“Everyone is just as crucial within the [England] squad because we’ve had a lot of injuries. You look around and think everyone deserves to be here now and it’s down to some of them to stake their claim.”last_img read more

first_imgFormer Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy has blasted the north London club’s head coach Mauricio Pochettino for ‘giving himself and the players an excuse ready to lose against Chelsea’.  Pochettino declared his disappointment with the club’s schedule as they play in Azerbaijan in the Europa League on Thursday before hosting Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.The game against Qarabag, which is live on talkSPORT, consists of an 11-hour, 5,000-mile round trip.The Argentinian’s side will fly straight back after the match, arriving in London on Friday morning ahead of taking on the Premier League champions just over 48 hours later.Pochettino moaned: “We need more help from our country and the Premier League.“It’s not a complaint but this is the reality when you play Thursday, and you have a long trip home and play again on Sunday morning.“We have a difficult opponent, in this case Chelsea, who have three days more than us to prepare.”Spurs are yet to seal qualification from Group J, although the Qarabag fixture could see them do that with a game to spare, but Murphy feels the 43-year-old could have thought ahead to prevent the clash taking strain on his squad.“When the group draw was made, you know it’s going to be the longest trip and you know you’re going to be playing Chelsea three days after it, plan accordingly,” Murphy told Colin Murray.“Play your strongest team in the other group games where you know or feel like there’s more chance of a better recovery, i.e playing at home in the Europa League or playing in France and the journey is not so bad, whatever it may be.“Plan for it.“Don’t think you can get to the week before and start complaining when you’ve known about it for weeks.“It’s like giving himself and the players an excuse ready to lose against Chelsea.”last_img read more

first_imgBREAKING: #CPFC are delighted to announce the signing of striker Emmanuel Adebayor.— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) January 26, 2016 1 Emmanuel Adebayor has completed his move to Crystal Palace, the club confirmed on Tuesday.Adebayor has signed on a five-month deal until the end of the season as Alan Pardew looks to solve his goalscoring problems.The Togo international was a free agent following his release from his Tottenham contract in September. Emmanuel Adebayor The move comes after striker Connor Wickham faces a three-game ban for an elbow on Jan Vertonghen on the weekend.Palace have faded following their bright start to the season and have failed to win any of the last six Premier League games.The Eagles’ forwards have been short of firepower this season with midfielder Yohan Cabaye the club’s top scorer with five goals.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe Nuggets were missing Chucky Atkins, who had a strained right groin, and didn’t dress Nene or Eduardo Najera. Atkins is expected to miss one more exhibition game. Clippers starters Cuttino Mobley, Sam Cassell and Chris Kaman did not play. Mobley sat out with a strained calf muscle. Garnett meets his old team Kevin Garnett will face his past before he gets on with his future. The 2004 MVP and 10-time All-Star, who left the Minnesota Timberwolves to join the Boston Celtics in a huge offseason trade, will play against his former team for the first time today in an NBA preseason game at the O2 Arena in London. From news services Carmelo Anthony and Von Wafer each scored 17 points, leading the host Denver Nuggets to a 119-107 victory over the Clippers on Tuesday night in the first exhibition game for both teams. Marcus Camby had 13 points and 23 rebounds for Denver. J.R. Smith scored 15 points, but was 0-for-7 on 3-pointers. Tim Thomas led the Clippers with 19 points and Guillermo Diaz added 16. First-round draft choice Al Thornton had nine points and six rebounds. “I haven’t really thought a lot about the past,” Garnett said. “I’m enjoying this journey. … That’s the focus now.” Garnett came to the Celtics in a 7-for-1 deal – the NBA’s biggest trade for a single player. Ray Allen, another former All-Star, joined Boston in a separate deal, raising hopes that the team can add to its record 16 NBA titles. All that is good news for Paul Pierce, the five-time All-Star from Inglewood High who has been Boston’s star player in recent years. “I don’t have to score as much this year,” said Pierce, who led the Celtics with 25 points per game last season. “I don’t have to handle all the pressure every night.” Garnett spent 12 years playing for the Timberwolves, leading Minnesota to the Western Conference finals in 2004, but he’ll face a team today that has very few familiar faces. “A lot of players are gone now,” Garnett said. “It makes it a little more easy just knowing that a lot of people I did grow with are not there.” Around the league Kings: Rookie center Spencer Hawes will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today. No timetable was given for his return. Hawes, the Kings’ top draft pick selected 10th overall out of Washington, will have the procedure done in Seattle by his personal physician, Lawrence Holland. Last week, Hawes had a second MRI exam on his knee, which he twisted during a conditioning drill late last month. The injury eventually forced him to miss training camp workouts. Knicks: Eddy Curry doesn’t need surgery on his sore right shoulder, and the center will be re-evaluated in one week. Team orthopedist Dr. Answorth Allen agreed with an original diagnosis of a labral tear with no rotator cuff damage. Curry will have treatment and rehab the injury. Curry was hurt late in the Knicks’ training camp in Charleston, S.C., and sat out their victory over Philadelphia on Monday night in their exhibition opener. He will also miss Thursday’s game against Maccabi Tel Aviv.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgFrom news services Tim Duncan has agreed to a two-year, $40 million contract extension with the San Antonio Spurs, an official familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. The agreement will add to Duncan’s existing three-year deal and keep him in San Antonio at least through the 2011-12 season, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to discuss negotiations. “That’s probably the biggest part of it, to (sign) this extension and hopefully end my career here, that’s the biggest part of it,” Duncan said after the Spurs beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 106-97, Tuesday night. “San Antonio: Where dynasties happen,” NBA commissioner David Stern said. And with that the Spurs held the final celebration of their fourth title in nine seasons. Demonstrating the team-first attitude Stern said the Spurs embody, the rings – 14-karat gold and bearing almost 4.5 carats of diamonds – were handed out first to the coaches, then to players in alphabetical order. On one side of the ring is the Spurs’ playoff record of 16-4, the NBA logo and the player’s number and name. On the other is side is the year, 2007, and a hammer splitting a rock. Kevin Durant’s much-anticipated regular-season debut won’t be overshadowed by the SuperSonics’ impending departure from Seattle. At least not tonight. Owner Clay Bennett originally set the day of the Sonics’ opener as the deadline to have a plan for a new arena in the Seattle area, or he would file relocation papers with the league to prepare for a move to Oklahoma City. He later said he didn’t want to distract from the start of the season, and would hold off from making any moves in regards to the Sonics’ future. Bennett spokesman Dan Mahoney reiterated that Bennett and the ownership group want the focus to be on basketball and on Friday, Bennett will “have further comment on the organization’s next steps.” Despite a sprained left ankle, Durant is expected to start tonight when the Sonics go to Denver to open their 41st and possibly last season with Seattle. The Sonics play their home opener on Thursday night against Phoenix. Durant moved without limitations Tuesday in his second full practice since spraining his ankle on Oct. 23. Coach P.J. Carlesimo said afterward that unless Durant’s ankle swells significantly on the flight to Denver, the rookie from Texas and No. 2 overall pick in the draft will make his highly anticipated first start. “It’s good to get things going, but you don’t feel good about a matchup with Denver,” Carlesimo said. Durant ready for debut Around the league Timberwolves: Point guard Randy Foye will be out several weeks because of a lingering knee injury. Tests revealed a stress reaction in his left kneecap, and the team said the second-year player will be out indefinitely. Foye, an NBA all-rookie team selection last season, is an important part of this revamped, inexperienced squad that has only five returning players on the 15-man roster. Foye averaged 10.1 points, 2.8 assists and 22.9 minutes while playing all 82 games last year. Sebastian Telfair, Marko Jaric and Greg Buckner are expected to assume the ballhandling while Foye is out. Cavaliers: Sasha Pavlovic agreed to a three-year contract, ending his lengthy holdout. Pavlovic’s agent, Marc Cornstein, confirmed the deal but declined to discuss financial terms. After a summer-long stalemate extended through the Cavaliers’ preseason, Cornstein said talks picked up over the last couple days with major concessions made by both sides. Celtics: The club has exercised its contract option on starting point guard Rajon Rondo for the 2008-09 season. The team is counting on the second-year pro to play that position in a lineup with stars Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Last season, the 6-foot-1 Rondo started 25 of the 78 games he played and averaged 6.4 points and 3.8 assists. Mavericks: Juwan Howard is being brought back after the veteran forward agreed to terms. Howard, who played for Dallas during parts of the 2000-01 and ’01-02 seasons, can’t sign with the Mavericks until he clears waivers today, when Dallas plays its season opener at Cleveland. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.No official word has been released. The 31-year-old Duncan has led the Spurs to four NBA titles in the past nine seasons, and he was the finals MVP for the first three. He also won back-to-back league MVP titles in 2002-03. Duncan, entering his 11th season, was the No. 1 pick in 1997, two years before the Spurs won their first title. The nine-time All-Star has career averages of 21.8 points and 11.9 rebounds. Before Tuesday’s opener, the Spurs were presented their championship rings after sweeping LeBron James and Cleveland in June. A lone spotlight beamed down on the center of the court at the AT&T Center, highlighting in all its golden glory the Spurs’ latest championship trophy. last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsStill, LEDs can be more expensive than conventional lights. For example, sells a strand of 100 conventional lights for $9.50 and a smaller strand of 70 LEDs for $19.25. Artificial Christmas trees also come outfitted with LEDs, but buyers may pay a premium there, too. sells a 7-foot Christmas tree strung with conventional bulbs for $79.88 online and advertises the same size tree lit with LEDs for $92.84. But there are distinct advantages to LEDs, according to a report by the Iowa Energy Center, an energy efficiency group. LEDs can be used indoors and outdoors, same as traditional lights, but they use just a fraction of the energy that conventional bulbs consume. And LEDs use plastic lenses, instead of glass and filaments, and are virtually unbreakable. This means they also could prevent one of the season’s inevitable headaches: the search for that one faulty light that blows out the whole strand. Unlike incandescents, if a single LED goes out, it doesn’t affect the others. Question: I’m decorating my house for the holidays, but I’m concerned about my electric bill. What can I do? Answer: With energy prices at record highs, many people may think twice before decking their halls with electricity-draining Christmas lights. Energy-conscious consumers can choose from a growing array of LED lights that use less than one-tenth the energy of traditional incandescent bulbs. However, LED lights tend to cost more up front, and shoppers should evaluate what they could save later on their energy bill. LED stands for “light-emitting diodes.” It’s a technology that has been around for a while, but until recently there were few products that used LEDs in Christmas lights at a price that compared with traditional strands. But that’s changed. Now major retailers carry LED Christmas lights in a variety of styles and colors and fake Christmas trees lit with LEDs. “The thing about Christmas lights is that LED lights have finally come of age,” said Lawrence Comras, CEO and president of, a retailer of environmentally friendly products. “They make them in an amazing array of colors, styles and sizes … They finally got the price down, so they are now very affordable.” But LEDs are much less likely to burn out: They can last about 200,000 hours while conventional bulbs last 1,000 to 2,000 hours. These advantages can come at an added cost, however. compared strands of LED and conventional Christmas lights and declared the price difference a tossup, depending on the length of the strands. The study concluded you might not realize any savings if payback takes more than three 90-day seasons, the industry’s standard for how long a household may use the lights. Consumer Reports’ testers concluded that generally LEDs “can be a bit more expensive than incandescents,” but favored them overall. LEDs won two of the other three criteria involved in the review, energy use and durability; incandescents won on brightness. “LEDs are better for the environment; run much cooler, reducing fire risk; should last longer; and could save money eventually,” according to the report. “But it’s apt to take more than one holiday season for the savings to kick in.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgDOZENS of AIB staff across Co Donegal will lose their jobs after the bank prepares to announce 2,500 redundancies across the State.The bank has 16 branches in the county in Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Killybegs, Donegal Town, Ballybofey, Lifford, Raphoe, Letterkenny, Milford, Dungloe, Gaoth Dobhair, Falcarragh, Dunfanaghy, Buncrana, Carndonagh and Moville.There are growing fears that some of the smaller branches may close altogether and staff who do lose their jobs will be offered relatively poor redundancy packages. The Department of Finance and the bank have declined to comment on reports from the news agency Bloomberg that the number of redundancies will be 25% larger than the 2,000 originally expected.One AIB staff member in Co Donegal told “We’re being made to pay for the mistakes of the speculators at HQ. They (the bank) will have a fight on their hands over this.”He said that he feared that as many as 70 jobs could go in the county.Bloomberg said today the higher figure was partly as a result of the bank’s takeover of the EBS Building Society. The union representing bank staff, the IBOA, has said it is seeking an urgent meeting with the Department of Finance and AIB senior management to discuss speculation about restructuring at the bank.“Since the bank has yet to provide us with details of its proposals, the union is therefore seeking these meetings in order to clarify the future direction of the bank and the likely implications of any change for staff and customers,” IBOA general secretary Larry Broderick said in a statement.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on OF AIB JOBS TO GO IN DONEGAL AS BANK WIELDS THE AXE was last modified: March 8th, 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:DOZENS OF AIB JOBS TO GO IN DONEGAL AS BANK WIELDS THE AXElast_img read more

first_imgThe North West’s leading hair salon, Patrick Gildea Hairdressing has narrowly missed out on reaching the Trend Vision UK and Ireland final in London.Elaine and Jordan after their fantastic achievement.They were represented in the young talent category by Style Director Elaine McKean who was assisted by Senior Stylist Jordan Mc Philemy on Monday 1st September at the Trend Vision Award Ireland Heat in Dublin.Following the Awards Elaine spoke of her delight at taking part in the competition. She said “I am absolutely thrilled that we reached the Ireland Heat of the industry’s most aspirational hairdressing competition. I am so proud that our entry got this far and I would like to thank Jordan and our model Jocelyn Stewart for all their help.“I’ve always had a huge passion for hair and genuinely love what I do every day, I have really enjoyed the experience, it would have been great to make it to the final in London but there is always next time.”Patrick himself expressed his delight of Elaine’s participation in the award this year.Model Jocelyn on the runway“I am genuinely delighted that Elaine’s talents have been recognised. She is a brilliant stylist with great vision, a fantastic personality; and is loved by both her extensive client base and other team members. Of course we are disappointed but considering the level of talent this year it has been a great achievement to get this far.” So if you are looking for the best hairdressing experience available, Patrick Gildea Hairdressing has it all, from talented staff, a fabulous salon interior (which won a recent award) and surprisingly affordable prices why would you go anywhere else? Check out their website for full prices on or book a complimentary consultation with Elaine on 074-9125476. PATRICK GILDEA HAIRDRESSING NARROWLY MISS CUT IN TOP STYLIST AWARDS was last modified: September 2nd, 2014 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:donegalletterkennyPatrick Gildes HairdressersTrend Vision UKlast_img read more

first_img“We don’t expect dogs to act like cats – we need to remember that our relatives are going to be our relatives and that’s not going to be different,” Spring said. At Hathaway-Sycamore’s Center for Grief and Loss program, Executive Director Joan Cochran emphasizes “just reminding people that what’s important is connection,” she said. For the children and families she sees, “I think that the stress causes them to be more sad,” she said, “and that the stress can alleviate itself or relieve itself if you connect with what’s important, and that’s helping another person.” Other tips to ease the blues – or prevent them from welling up in the first place – include getting enough rest and relaxation, avoiding dwelling on past disappointments or losses, and enjoying holiday food and drink in moderation. Mental-health assistance can also be reached, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s ACCESS line, (800) 854-7771. “We’re simply here to help,” Kondo said. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“Especially during the holidays, we see a lot of calls,” said Ken Kondo, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s ACCESS support line. “The other thing, too, is after the holidays we get a lot of calls because if they were in financial constraints beforehand, after the holidays that’s when the reality hits.” For others it can be family members, or the lack thereof, that can bring them down. “For many people, (the holidays) bring up images of how they wish things could be or how they wish they had been when they were growing up,” Spring said. “We’re really attracted to the idea of this being a warm and wonderful family experience.” “This can be particularly painful if it is not manifested,” he said. “Not everybody had a Norman Rockwell Christmas, and for many people, that’s sad.” Rather than letting that weigh you down, however, he suggests focusing on more reasonable expectations. For some, winter’s festivities are anything but merry and bright. The “holiday blues,” experts say, is no myth. “The holidays are very emotionally laden – so many people react strongly to them,” said Bruce Spring, a psychiatrist at Keck School of Medicine at USC. “We have ideas about how things should be, and when things aren’t the way we think they should be, we become upset, anxious, angry, guilty.” Dashed expectations are just the start. With all the office parties to attend, gifts to be bought and food platters to prepare, the winter months can also be fraught with stress and fatigue. last_img read more