David De Gea transfer fail – what really happened? Rooney, Ronaldo and Rafael Benitez to blame

first_imgFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon told talkSPORT he was surprised Real Madrid failed to sign David De Gea from Manchester United, but who is to blame for the move’s collapse?One of our favourite YouTube channels, 442oons, has come up with several conspiracy theories to explain why the deal wasn’t done.Check out the video above.last_img

Welsh legend dismisses speculation about Swansea manager’s future

first_imgJohn Hartson has rubbished speculation suggesting manager Garry Monk is under pressure at Swansea.Monk is undergoing his first bad spell of results during his Swans tenure, with just one win in their last seven meaning they lie 14th in the Premier League.But after guiding his side to the club’s highest-ever finish last term, the former Welsh international believes the recent media speculation around the 36-year-old’s future is far-fetched.“That’s the nature of the game,” Hartson told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.  “If you’re not winning games, then you will come under pressure, simple as that.“Garry’s done extremely well in just over 18 months. He took them to a record finish last season – eighth in the Premier League.“He’s a young manager, but other than the fact that’s nature of the business, you’ve got to win games. If you’re dropping in the table, in the last five Premier League games he’s lost three and drawn two and people are talking about the fact he’s under pressure.”Monk has been linked with Aston Villa in recent weeks, as pressure mounts on current boss Tim Sherwood, and Monk’s side travel to Villa Park this afternoon.The former Arsenal and Celtic forward says criticism of Monk is unjust, given recent plaudits he has received.Former striker Hartson, who earned 51 caps for his country, added: “A couple of months ago, a few people were actually mentioning Garry Monk as a future England manager.“To talk about the fickleness in the game, being up and being down, Garry never really got above his station, he never got too carried away [after last season], he just got on with his job, kept doing it right and as well as he could have done it.“A little bit of pressure and everybody’s talking about him losing his job.“That’s the game, Garry will understand that, he’s a very sensible young man but I think it’s a bit over the top.” Read here – Garry Monk rubbishes rumours he could be shown the door by Swansea chairman Huw Jenkinslast_img read more

WATCH: Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez posts bizarre tribute to his dogs

first_imgAlexis Sanchez loves his dogs…and Phil Collins, apparently.The Arsenal star puzzled football fans with this hilariously strange tribute video to his canine pals, which you can see in the video above!Clearly a dog fan, this isn’t Sanchez’s first musical homage to furry friends Atom and Humber, having previously shared a slightly intrusive video accompanied by the Aerosmith classic I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing during their puppy days.Cute…last_img

Five pairs of teammates that did not get along despite on-field success

first_img 4. Emlyn Hughes and Tommy Smith – Both men would appear on a list of Liverpool’s greatest ever captains but Hughes and Smith despised each other. Smith has been quoted in interviews as saying “I hated scoring for Liverpool because Hughes would come up and congratulate me. I hated him.” It all began when Bill Shankly replaced Smith with Hughes as captain, leading to disharmony in the dressing room. Smith was the more popular of the two among senior players, saying “the only mates he (Smith) had at Liverpool were straight out of a vending machine.” 5. Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer – click the arrow, right, to see some more high-profile falling-outs – The pair came to blows during Newcastle’s 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa in 2005 when Dyer refused to pass to Bowyer on two occasions before telling his teammate it was “because you’re **** basically!” After both receiving their marching orders, they attempted to continue the fight in the dressing room until manager Graeme Souness offered them both out and Alan Shearer called them a “disgrace”. They have since patched things up. 3. John Arne Riise and Craig Bellamy – Riise and Bellamy’s fall out infamously also involved a golf club. At their five-day training camp to prepare for their match with Barcelona in 2007, the Liverpool players were singing karaoke but Riise refused and acted angrily to Bellamy’s continued insistence that he perform. After a few more drinks the Welshman got angry about the incident and grabbed an eight iron from his golf bag and hit Riise with it a few times while he was sleeping in bed. The pair put their differences aside and scored a goal each as the Reds beat Barca 2-0 at the Nou Camp. 5 5 5 5 1. Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton – Despite forming one of the greatest strikeforces in Premier League history – scoring 49 of Blackburn’s 80 as they won the title in 1995 – Shearer and Sutton (or ‘SAS’) did not see eye to eye. Sutton, the junior of the pair by three years said: “Off the pitch it’s difficult to put into words how I felt. There was an underlying feeling that there wasn’t any warmth towards me from Alan. I moved for a British record transfer fee and maybe stole the limelight away from Alan for a short period.” Cristiano Ronaldo stormed out of a Champions League press conference on Tuesday after growing tired of questions about his lack of away goals and relationships with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.The Portugal captain was quizzed whether he felt the close bond of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez was helping the trio outscore Real Madrid’s own front three this season.However, Ronaldo responded by saying “When I was at Manchester winning the Champions League, with some players like [Ryan] Giggs, [Rio] Ferdinand and [Paul] Scholes our discussions were limited to ‘Good morning’ and ‘Good night’.“But when we were on the pitch together there was total understanding. I don’t need to go out for dinner with Benzema or Bale. What counts is what happens on the pitch.”The former Old Trafford favourite implied he was not close to his Manchester United teammates, but which other footballers didn’t get on off the pitch?talkSPORT looks at five big falling outs between footballers that occurred while playing at the same club.Click the arrow above, right, to see some of footballs most infamous ‘frienemies’. 2. Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham – Cole and Sheringham we integral to Manchester United’s famous treble-winning 1999 squad but off the pitch, the two couldn’t stand each other. It began when Cole was snubbed by Sheringham while replacing him to make his England debut in 1995. Cole said the move made him feel “small”. 5last_img read more

BRIDGET’S SUPER IDEA WILL MAKE THE PERFECT STOCKING-FILLER THIS CHRISTMAS!

first_imgBridget’s keyringLoreto Milford Transition Year student Bridget Moran has come up with an innovative idea to raise money for Donegal Pet Rescue and Letterkenny Tidy Towns this Christmas.As part of her transition year mini company, Bridget decided to design and source trolley tokens which are not only convenient for shoppers but also act as a commemorative coin to celebrate Letterkenny winning Ireland’s Tidiest Town.Unlike some tokens currently on the market, Bridget’s product includes both €1 and €2 tokens on the same keyring. They feature a picture of Letterkenny’s Polestar Roundabout with a congratulatory message. Keenly priced at €3 each, all profits go to Donegal Pet Rescue and Letterkenny Tidy Towns.Bridget is seeking the support of local businesses to stock the trolley tokens, which make an ideal stocking filler this Christmas in addition to helping raise funds for two worthy causes.For orders contact tidytokens@gmail.com or call 086 3204094BRIDGET’S SUPER IDEA WILL MAKE THE PERFECT STOCKING-FILLER THIS CHRISTMAS! was last modified: December 12th, 2015 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:Bridget MorandonegalDonegal Pet RescueLoreto Milfordstocking fillerlast_img read more

Gus Poyet appointed head coach of Real Betis

first_img Gus Poyet will be in charge of Real Betis for the next two seasons 1 Gus Poyet has agreed to take over as Real Betis coach for the next two seasons.The former Sunderland and Brighton boss left AEK Athens last month after announcing his intention to step down at the end of the campaign.His next stop will be the Primera Division, replacing interim Betis boss Juan Merino.A statement from the club read: “Real Betis have signed Uruguayan coach Gustavo Poyet as new Betis coach for the next two seasons.“Poyet will be one of the cornerstones of the new sports project headed by Miguel Torrecilla.“Real Betis want to especially thank the work done by Juan Merino and his coaching staff this season, who has managed to ward off the team from the lower part of the division.”Merino will lead the side for the final time in the season-ending clash with Getafe on Sunday, with Poyet due to be unveiled on Wednesday.You can listen to live La Liga commentary on talkSPORT 2. For details of how to retune your radio, click here.last_img read more

Park to open Saturday

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – The city of Santa Clarita will celebrate the grand opening Saturday of Todd Longshore Park, a $4.5 million project named for a parks commissioner who died in April. Planned for 20 years on a hilltop with a sweeping view of the city, the 32-acre park features a tot play lot, hiking trails, gazebos and picnic areas. The 11 a.m. ceremony will be held at the park, 28151 White Canyon Road. Longshore died April 24 at age 49 of a pulmonary embolism. He is survived by his wife, DeAnn, three sons and a daughter. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champNate Longshore, the eldest son, had a stellar football career at Canyon High School and now is quarterback for the University of California at Berkeley. 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

3rd quarter foreclosures hit record high

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champHomeowners with spotty credit who have subprime adjustable-rate loans were especially hard hit. Foreclosures and late payments for these borrowers also reached all-time highs in the third quarter. The percentage of subprime adjustable-rate mortgages that entered the foreclosure process soared to a record of 4.72 percent in the third quarter. That was up from 3.84 percent in the second quarter. Late payments jumped to a record high of 18.81 in the third quarter, up from 16.95 percent in the second quarter. The association’s survey covers more than 45million home loans nationwide. Homeowners with spotty credit histories or low incomes who took out higher-risk subprime adjustable-rate mortgages have suffered the most distress as the housing market went from boom to bust. Initially, low interest rates that reset to much higher rates have clobbered these borrowers. Analysts estimate that nearly 2 million adjustable-rate subprime mortgages will reset to higher rates this year and next. Doug Duncan, the association’s chief economist, said that foreclosures and late payments are likely to stay high or get worse in the coming quarters. The mortgage meltdown has hit financial companies with billions of dollars in losses from bad subprime mortgage investments. Some lenders have been forced out of businesses. The situation has elevated the odds of the country falling into a recession. It has roiled Wall Street and has offered lots of fodder for Democrats and Republicans to blame each other for the mess. Against this backdrop, the Federal Reserve next week is expected to slice a key interest rate for a third time this year to bolster the economy. Duncan said there were a host of factors to blame for the rise of foreclosures and late payments in the third quarter: broad-based declines in home values; the resetting of adjustable-rate mortgages to higher rates; the drying up of credit for subprime and “jumbo” mortgages, those exceeding $417,000; and economic weakness in some parts of the country. California and Florida – the two largest states in terms of outstanding mortgages – were key drivers in the increase in the national foreclosure rates, the association said. The two states together accounted for 33.7 percent of the subprime adjustable-rate loans that entered the foreclosure process in the third quarter. The two states combined also accounted for 42.4 percent of creditworthy “prime” adjustable-rate mortgages that started the foreclosure process.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Home foreclosures shot up to an all-time high in the third quarter, fresh evidence of the problems afflicting distressed homeowners amid the housing meltdown. The Mortgage Bankers Association in its quarterly snapshot of the mortgage market released Thursday said that the percentage of all mortgages nationwide that started the foreclosure process jumped to a record high of 0.78 percent during the July-to-September period. That surpassed the previous high of 0.65 percent set in the prior quarter. More homeowners also fell behind on their monthly payments. The delinquency rate for all mortgages climbed to 5.59 percent in the third quarter. That was up from 5.12 percent in the second quarter and was the highest since 1986, the association said. Payments are considered delinquent if they are 30 or more days past due. last_img read more

Advice for career change at 53: Go for it

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThese phases, developed by Dr. Gene Cohen, Director of the Center on Aging, Health & Humanities at Georgetown University, are described as a time for the “inner push,” the motivator to continue to develop ourselves. Many factors related to successful aging are working in your favor. The first is life expectancy. At the age of 53, on average, women can anticipate living another 29 years. That means at 60, you could conceivably practice for 22 years. (Men can expect to live on average another 24 years.) The probability of good health is strong. At 65, we may have two chronic conditions. The good news is those chronic conditions, such as diabetes, osteoporosis and high blood pressure, usually can be managed with drugs, exercise and even nutrition. Recent research on brain health is also encouraging. Yes, we lose brain cells as we age. The good news is that research has demonstrated that learning something new, particularly in mid- to later life, increases the number of neural connections in our brain. Additionally, research by Cohen strongly suggests that with age we tend to use both sides of our brain rather than predominantly one side or the other. Instead of being left brained or right brained we become both. Going to school is synonymous with brain health. Q uestion. I am a 53-year old woman seriously considering changing my career. I have been in the book business for 25 years and would like to become an ordained spiritual leader. If I am accepted to the program, I will complete my education at the age of 60. Does this make any sense? – K.M.B Answer: The simple answer is yes, it makes perfect sense to pursue your dream at 53. And the reasons are many. Last week’s column referred to two adult development stages that seem to fit your situation. The mid-life evaluation phase between 40 and 65 is a time of quest. And the liberation phase from the 50s to 70s is a time to experiment, take risks and realize “what’s the worst that can happen to me?” Then there is the notion of finding meaning in our lives. One of the components of successful aging developed by Dr. John Rowe and Robert Kahn, authors of “Successful Aging,” is being engaged with life. Part of that engagement is involvement with activities that are productive or meaningful. School would provide both for you. To gain another perspective, I spoke with Rolling Hills Estates resident Chaplain Judith Sommerstein, who had been a successful career counselor. She decided to give up that career to enter a rigorous educational program at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles to pursue a career as a chaplain. Sommerstein had been involved with a religious life for years. When the opportunity was available, she knew it was for her. She commented, “Most people who make such a change feel they are being called.” That was the case for Sommerstein. One of her colleagues from another program is a 57-year old woman in her third year of seminary preparing to become an Episcopal priest. Those in Sommerstein’s class typically were in their second or third careers and between 40 and 60 years old. When I asked her what advice she would give you, she replied, “Go for it!” By returning to school with a dream and passion, you are redefining what mid-life typically means. It can be a time of re-birth, new opportunity, passion and giving back to society. And giving back is becoming a focus. Civic Ventures, a think tank and incubator in San Francisco, generates ideas and invents programs to help society achieve the greatest return on experience. The group offers the Purpose Prize to invest in older social innovators by recognizing outstanding achievement and creating a network of people using their retirement years for the greater good. Five awards of $100,000 and 10 of $10,000 are given as investments to exceptional individuals and their programs. These people “defy expectation by channeling their creativity and talent to address critical social problems at the local, regional and national levels.” For more information, go to www.purposeprize.org/purposeprize /prize_overview.cfm. K.M.B, the winds are blowing in your favor. Society is increasing its recognition and value of maturity and experience. And its belief that growth, development and giving back have no age limits. You are the epitome of the new mid-life role model. Grab that brass ring and enjoy the ride. Helen Dennis is a specialist in aging, with academic, corporate and nonprofit experience. Send her your questions and concerns in care of the Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077; or fax to 310-540-7581, or e-mail to features@dailybreeze.com. 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

How one Donegal businesswoman knitted a community together

first_imgA simple pair of knitting needles, a few balls of yarn and a pattern – that’s all that Rosaleen Hegarty says is required to create a beautiful garment.To create a company that has been around for 40 years and had 550 workers at its peak takes a lot more crafting.Eighty-three-year-old entrepreneur Rosaleen remains at the helm of Crana Knits. Over the years, she has delivered an amazing contribution to Donegal and her mentoring, knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit has inspired many others to think outside the box.  Rosaleen will be a keynote speaker at the Donegal Women in Business Network 2019 Conference on October 1st. She is a perfect fit for the #LookingBackMovingForward theme, which celebrates all Donegal businesswomen through the decades.Rosaleen’s workshop in Buncrana is a treasure trove of textiles from the years gone by, filled with unique pieces, 1,000 patterns and a few special sweaters made for some of the world’s biggest fashion designers. JW Anderson once hailed Rosaleen a ‘genius knitter’, while writer Vawn Corrigan saw her as the ‘doyen of Aran’.Even today, visitors from the US call to Rosaleen’s door hoping to buy an Aran sweater – a piece of Irish heritage that they know is designed and knitted to perfection. How a teacher from Inishowen became the premier name in Irish knitting is a story that weaves into Rosaleen’s personal and business life. Rosaleen recently shared her story with DonegalWoman.ie, asking this at the start of the interview: “Guess how many times I’ve been in a hospital theatre when a surgeon has lifted a knife?”“Twenty-three.“I’m a cancer survivor, I had three different types of cancer over the years, but I’m still here,” she said.Rosaleen was once a primary teacher in Cockhill, in the days when needlework was on the curriculum. She had every girl in the school trained up, so by the time they finished they were knitting sweaters.Back in 1950s Buncrana, once a girl reached the age of 14 there was no secondary school for her, and she couldn’t start in one of the local textile factories until she reached 16.  Rosaleen Hegarty, Crana KnitsAran knitting was beginning to emerge as a fashion, so Rosaleen enlisted her friends to order sweaters. She wrote the patterns and gave out the wool to the girls. “I would get 10 shillings out of the women to give to the girl for pocket money, and that’s why they loved knitting,” she said.The girls taught their mothers, sisters and neighbours to knit, and soon a knitting empire was born in Buncrana. Little did they know that this was the origin of Crana Hand Knits, a company that would represent the knitting tradition all over the world.Rosaleen Hegarty, Crana KnitsBusiness was going great until Rosaleen, who is a mother of six, was first diagnosed with cancer at the age of 46.  She underwent a hysterectomy, but two years later, she had to have a mastectomy and twelve months of chemotherapy. Many other procedures followed over the years and Rosaleen has never gotten the all-clear, and to return to teaching she had to be clear for five years. But her knitters were always there for her.“At the time of the cancer I called on the key knitters, I told them the truth – I said I don’t know how long I’m going to be here, why don’t you form yourselves into a little co-op, because there is good knitters all around and things are going well, and I’ll help you as long as I can.“They came back to me and said ‘we’re just going to do it a little different, we’ll help you as long as you are here’. I just kept on,” she said.Crana Knits was registered in 1979. The business base soon expanded from a spare room in Rosaleen’s family home to two portacabins out the back. A perfectionist in her trade, Rosaleen was motivated by poor knitting in other parts of the country to establish her own knitting school.“There was too much rubbish knitting going out,” she said. “I couldn’t bear to see knitting that wasn’t right.”The National Knitting Centre was opened in Lisfannon in 1990. From there, machine knitters and crochet workers created clothing for stores such as Dunnes Stores and Dorothy Perkins.Meanwhile, the hand-knitting business supplied Blarney, Carraig Dunn, Quills, House of Ireland and the American market.“At that time I had built up and had 550 knitters. I had a little van and about 18 full-time workers in Lisfannon. All the hand-knitting was done in the homes,” Rosaleen said.Crana KnitsRosaleen travelled the length and breadth of Ireland with suitcases of clothing, taking orders and selling to stores. She also put her own stamp on Aran through ClannArans – a brand of sweaters designed around Irish and Irish-American clan names.At the same time, Rosaleen came on the radar of international designers who ordered eclectic woollen creations from her for the catwalks and boutiques.Rosaleen Hegarty, Crana Knits, looking back at the patterns she wrote for designersA designer sweater created by Crana Hand KnitsChristian Lacroix, Jean Charles de Castelbajac and JW Anderson, to name but a few, have featured works from Crana Knits. She also supplied a baby shop owned by Susie Hilfiger.“Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Susie would have been down here quite often. If they had a gift they wanted to give anybody, they would come to me for a sweater,” Rosaleen recalled.Derry-born actress Roma Downey, star of Touched by an Angel, is also a big fan of Crana Knits. She wore a woollen coat in a winter scene of the popular series and has championed the company on social media.Some of Rosaleen’s most creative patterns were written for the catwalks, and even worn by the designers themselves.“The last big designer I had was Jonathan Anderson. We actually knitted a babysuit for him,” Rosaleen said.“He was here and he saw a baby suit I had on a doll. He decided for the show in London he wanted one, but it was to fit him. Six foot two and big long arms and big long legs. And he wanted it in pink.“I drafted out a pattern for one of my knitters and she knitted it.”The only thing Rosaleen struggled with was getting one of her male accountants to try it on for size. Inishowen men clearly weren’t too accustomed to wearing pink one-piece suits.Rosaleen Hegarty with the babysuit that inspired Jonathan AndersonNorthern Irish designer Jonathan Anderson loved the suit so much that he wore it on the catwalk twice – first in pink and dyed black the second time. Rosaleen was invited over to London Fashion Week as the fashion house won the menswear award for knitwear.Many more invitations came from the US throughout Rosaleen’s career. She represented Donegal and the Irish knitting sector at Milwaukee Irish Fest, the Ireland Show in Secaucus and in Boston with the Irish Trade Board.“I exported before I sold on the Irish market,” she explained.The Crana Knits American market sales began with Alex McGrath of Donegal Imports, who recommended Rosaleen to his contacts across the States. She still exports to Irish stores in America, as well as Japan, with around 50 Irish knitters working for her across the country.The broad reach of her company made Rosaleen stand out among the first members of the Donegal Women in Business Network. At the first-ever meeting in Ballybofey in 1999, she found that no other local businesswomen were exporting at that time. Buncrana businesswoman Rosaleen Hegarty (Crana Hand Knits) at the Donegal Women in Business Network Local Enterprise Week event on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2019Looking ahead to the future of her own sector, Rosaleen is not so hopeful for modern day knitting.“It’s dying out,” she said. “Even the small Irish shops in American are closing.”To revive the craft, she said she would love to see knitting being taught in schools again.Rosaleen is doing her part to keep the art alive by preserving her patterns. A thick folder, packed with reams of patterns is the starting point of her book. It’s a work-in-progress, she said, with 50 lessons on Irish Aran Knitting to help people discover a love for the ‘fascinating craft’.Rosaleen’s unique skill for writing patterns is what has set Crana Knits apart, she believes. “I put it all down to writing patterns, knowing your business and being unique with your designs.”Some of her staff have been with the company for over three decades. In this time though, Rosaleen has yet to find someone to continue with the art of pattern writing. This, she said, is all she needs to hand over the reins.“I will retire like that (clicks her fingers) if somebody would take over, but I have fifty people working and I am not going to let them down.”If you’d like to hear more insights from this iconic Donegal businesswoman, make sure to come to the Donegal Women in Business Network’s 20th Anniversary Conference on October 1st. Tickets are on sale now at: https://bit.ly/2MjteJTRosaleen Hegarty and Donegal Women in Business Network PRO Evelyn Mc GlynnHow one Donegal businesswoman knitted a community together was last modified: September 23rd, 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:buncranacrana knitsdonegal women in businessknitwearrosaleen hegartytextileslast_img read more