Markel gold and silver souvenirs

first_imgMarkel Bergara received in Anoeta the deserved tribute for all his services provided to the Real society. Recently retired when he belonged to Getafe with only 33 years because of injuries, Elgoibar midfielder leaves an indelible mark on the txuri-urdin club, not only because of its football level, but above all because of its human quality, being the example of how every quarryman should have come out and trained in Zubieta. Mikel Aranburu, Xabi Prieto, Dani Estrada, Carlos Martinez, Mikel Labaka, Jon Ansotegi, Imanol Agirretxe and the current players of the first realistic squad, Asier Illarramendi Y David Zurutuza they made him a corridor and then posed with the midfielder of Elgoibar. That good could be an initial eleven of the Real of the last ascent to First. What memories! It was a very nice detail by the club, because it served to remember the transcendental role it has had Markel in the most recent history of the Real. Too punished for the injuries, which at specific moments slowed his career, that has not prevented me overcome the 200 official matches with the Real, and have a career of more than 300 official meetings in the elite. You can never forget that it was European champion U19 with the selection forming the center field holder with Xavi Hernandez, which amounted to First with the Real and who came to play the Champions League like txuri-urdin. Your “Real Gora!” with which he ended his speech on the lawn in his tribute still resonates in Anoeta. Markel he received his deserved gold badge and with him returned sweet memories of silver to the stands of the Reale Arena. Bergara jumped to the Reale Arena pitch in the middle of a loud ovation, with images of his best moments in the Real in the videomarker, accompanied by the realistic president, Jokin Aperribay, and with his daughter’s hand. In the central circle he received the gold and diamonds badge, and then some of his classmates made him hallway during his stay at the Royal, the players of his generation, with whom he took the San Sebastian club from hell, taking him from the Second Division to qualify for the Champions League. Why Markel belonged to that Real, which suffered some of the toughest and blackest years of its recent history, and the one that returned Primera to the San Sebastian club. He received the gold badge and had memories of silver. Shine had already shone years ago that Real.last_img read more

M&CC dismantles stalls of reluctant vendors

first_imgDespite opposition from vendors, who ply their trade in the historic Stabroek Market Square, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) on Sunday morning moved in and dismantled some 130 stalls, some of which were at that location for almost 30 years.The council had informed the vendors last week that they would be required to move and even set up a “temporary” location south of Parliament Buildings on Hadfield Street.The area where vendors were relocatedThe cleared Stabroek Market SquareThe council said this move is part of its efforts to “clean up” the area and restore it to its former glory.Some vendors reluctantly moved their merchandises prior to the exercise, while a few refused to move, expressing concerns about the new location at which they are being placed.They are of the view the new vending area will not attract much business.Some vendors expressed the concern that government has taken this decision as it seeks to “nice up” the city for foreigners, but totally ignoring the plight of Guyanese who ply their trade outside Stabroek Market, many of them being single-parents.Many vendors accused government of only enticing them to vote for the coalition, and now they are casting them away and seeking to satisfy the desires of foreigners who were not here to vote for the coalition at elections.One vendor accused the coalition of duping them with pre-election promises and now that they have won, those promises are abandoned.However, City Mayor Patricia Chase-Green shrugged off the vendors’ claims that the administration is backpedalling on its campaign promises and stated that, while they may have voted for the coalition, there must be order.Meanwhile, Chase-Green made it clear that outside the market can no longer accommodate the vendors and held strong to her position that the area must be restored, noting that the area “looks like a shanty town”,.“Our market has its history and the building opposite the market has its history. And so we have got to maintain our heritage. We have just cleared a part and you are able to view the beauty of the market,” she said.She said for years the area has been an eyesore to many locals and foreigners, while persons were being robbed in that area, which was extremely congested.The M&CC is planning to allow some vendors to return to the area, while others may have to stay away permanently.But, the process through which the vendors will be selected to return is yet to be announced.Meanwhile, when Guyana Times visited the new location on Sunday afternoon the area was unoccupied by vendors. Stabroek Square restoration– vendors accuse APNU/AFC of abandoning elections promiselast_img read more

GEA cracks down on fuel smuggling

first_img….2M paid into Consolidated FundA multi-stakeholder approach has greatly aided in curbing the scourge of fuel smuggling. This is the stance of the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) which noted on Monday that the “hard work” of its inspectors, in collaboration with sister agencies which form the Task Force on Fuel Smuggling and Contraband, conducted 16 joint operations.This Task Force comprises the Guyana Police Force, Guyana Defence Force’s Coast Guard, Guyana Revenue Authority and the Customs and Anti-Narcotics Unit.“The Inspectorate, using strategic sampling and monitoring activities and maintaining a permanent presence in Regions 2, 7 and 10 continues to effectively discharge its duties, greatly aiding in the curbing of the scourge of fuel smuggling. GEA continues to closely monitor reports of fuel smuggling activities,” the body noted.It was further pointed out that for the period under review, a total of seven charges of possession of illegal fuel were instituted, which represents an increase in the total number of charges filed for 2015, where only five were instituted.GEA noted that as at June 30, 2016, six prosecutions were engaging the Courts. However, GEA pointed out that it is in receipt of compensation from offenders.A GEA release on Monday noted: “Recognising the need to resolve incidents without reverting to sometimes lengthy legal proceedings while maintaining a punitive element in determination, the GEA continues to accept compensation from offenders in accordance with the Act. For the first half of the year, the sum of $1,214,500 has been accepted in three incidents as compensation, exceeding the quantum received the previous year.”It was pointed out that this sum, as mandated by statute, is paid into the Consolidated Fund.GEA added that the Fuel Marking Division of GEA performed “admirably” for the first half of 2016. It further pointed out that the illicit trade is estimated to have been accounting for one-third of the fuel imports of the country, but indicated that the government sought to implement fuel marking and testing services to find the illegally imported fuel and to prosecute the perpetrators.In its period under review (January to June 2016), GEA found that 107 shipments of fuel were legally imported. GEA added that investigations into several fuel smuggling matters are ongoing: “The total quantity of fuel seized also increased by 76 per cent compared with the amount seized in 2016 being 6200 gallons while the number of confirmed incidents for the year stands at 15, a decrease from 22 last year. The quantity of fuel seized increased greatly following two large seizures in the Mahaica and Pomeroon areas.”GEA observed that its laboratory analysed 23,251 samples for the first half of this year, as compared with 20,926 for the same period last year: “Results of the analysis indicate that while more samples are being taken and tested in the laboratory, the amount of significant dilution of the fuel marker remains under 3 per cent. This is a testament to the effectiveness of programme as from its inception this has decreased from 34 per cent in 2006.”Fuel smuggling refers to the importation and distribution of petroleum and petroleum products, particularly petrol (gasoline) and diesel, by both legitimate and illegitimate businesses without the necessary taxes having been paid.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, January 4

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review 1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Manchester City are plotting a swoop for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 24, to resolve their striker crisis. (Sun on Sunday) Alternatively, City will this week step up their chase for Wilfried Bony, 26, with the reigning champions willing to pay £25m for the Swansea striker. (Sunday Mirror) Manchester City are also interested in signing Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 21, with the Toffees ready to sell for £45m to fund an overhaul of Roberto Martinez’s squad. (Mail on Sunday) Steven Gerrard’s next destination is set to be Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy when the midfielder, 34, leaves Liverpool at the end of the season. (Sunday Mirror) Former England skipper Gerrard is on the verge of agreeing a £3.9m deal to join the MLS franchise on an 18-month contract. (Mail on Sunday) And Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has warned the club’s owners that only ‘established international stars’ can replace the Anfield talisman. (Observer) Despite Gerrard’s summer departure, Liverpool are confident that forward Raheem Sterling, 20, will sign a new five-year contract by the end of the month. (Sunday Telegraph) Manchester United are to make bids for Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, 26, and Schalke’s Benedikt Howedes, 26, as they aim to strengthen in defence. (Sunday Express) Striker Falcao could be heading out of Old Trafford, with Juventus hoping to snap up the 28-year-old Colombian when his season-long loan at Manchester United expires. (Sunday Mirror) Meanwhile, Bayern Munich will attempt to persuade Arjen Robben, 30, to turn down a move to Manchester United by offering the Dutch winger a new deal in excess of the £180,000-a-week contract he signed last year. (Daily Star Sunday) Manchester City are eying a deal for Anderlecht midfielder Dennis Praet, 20, but manager Manuel Pellegrini fears Financial Fair Play rules could scupper the move. (Mail on Sunday) Midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 28, is line for a return to Newcastle, with Paris Saint-Germain keen on a player-plus-cash deal for Magpies midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 25. (Sunday People) Steven Fletcher’s future at Sunderland is in doubt – and Hull boss Steve Bruce is waiting to swoop for the 27-year-old striker. (Sun on Sunday) Midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, 27, is set to leave Newcastle United and return to France after the Magpies agreed a deal with Nice. (Sunday Express) New boss Tony Pulis will be given £30m to spend in January by the West Brom board and has targeted Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon, 27, and Stoke striker Peter Crouch, 33. (Daily Star Sunday)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Reports – Holland star set to snub Manchester United and join JuventusExclusive – Gerrard transfer latest! Liverpool skipper to replace ex-Everton star?Reports – Newcastle slap £15million price tag on Arsenal targetMan United reject Juventus enquiry for midfield maestroNewcastle flop could be an ‘important signing’, admits Serie A side’s presidentExclusive – Dyche blames Fulham for Burnley transfer woesBlow for Arsenal! Celtic defender going nowhere, claims DeilaGerrard transfer update! Southampton enter race for departing Liverpool captainReports – Liverpool to renew interest in Valencia strikerReports: Koeman wants Alderweireld stayDerby complete loan signing of BentCrystal Palace star Bolasie not for sale, says MillenSunderland target former AC Milan starReports – Salah set for Inter Milan loan movelast_img read more

‘I’m not concerned by poor Premier League start,’ claims Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he is not concerned about his side’s poor start to the season, despite an uncharacteristic 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.While it was only their second game of the campaign, it followed a troubling 2-2 draw with Swansea City where players looked out of sorts.But the Portuguese boss has insisted it was just a case of incidents going against his team, including a yellow card for a Fernandinho elbow, which he believes should have been a red.“I’m not concerned. That’s football,” Mourinho said.“Sometimes you start magnificently and sometimes you don’t start so well. Sometimes things go in your favour and sometimes things go against you.“In this game I think the only thing which didn’t go against us was the fact our goalkeeper, in the first half, made three magnificent saves. Apart from that, everything went against us.“The yellow card to Fernandinho went against us [it should have been a red]. The best team in the second half was Chelsea and we couldn’t score.“The best team in the first half won and the best team in the second half lost.”last_img read more

Mourinho wants Pogba as statement signing, Liverpool close to £30m deal? GOSSIP

first_imgThanks Here’s all the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Jose Mourinho is confident Manchester United will make a statement signing during his first summer transfer window. Mourinho has prioritised signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba to the extent he vetoed a move for Miralem Pjanic, who joined Juve from Roma, although it is understood the Portuguese is pessimistic about United’s chances amid intense competition for the France international and his world-record asking price. (Manchester Evening News)Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s future remains up in the air and it’s starting to frustrate his agent Mino Raiola, who reportedly tossed a chair during heated discussions with Borussia Dortmund. The Armenian playmaker has his sights set on a move from the Bundesliga to the Premier League and Raiola says Manchester United is his dream club. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool are closing in on a deal to make Sadio Mane one of the biggest transfers in their history. Mane is the player Jurgen Klopp has identified as being key to his rebuilding plans and, ideally, would want the Senegal striker on board before pre-season training begins on July. The Reds are now on the verge of landing the Southampton, with the fee expected to be in the region of £30million. (Daily Mail)Liverpool have rejected an £8million bid from Swansea to take Joe Allen back to the Liberty Stadium. But the Reds are prepared to sell Allen, who has one year left on his deal, and are understood to want around £10million for the Wales midfielder. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool will have to pay £12million to prise Andy Robertson away from Hull. That’s the Tigers’ asking price, and boss Steve Bruce wants Robbie Brady back from relegated Norwich before he will consider selling full-back Robertson to the Reds. (Daily Mirror)Hull City have made enquiries about Fulham striker Ross McCormack and have an interest in Manchester United’s Phil Jones but won’t formalise any offers until they have assurances from Steve Bruce he is to continue as manager of the club. (Daily Mail)Manchester City are looking to offer around £6million for Croatia international Ante Coric. City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham have all expressed interest in the Dinamo Zagreb midfielder, who is part of the national squad at Euro 2016. (Daily Mail)Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan is set to reject a big-money move to Stamford Bridge in order to stay with Roma. The Belgian spoke with Antonio Conte before leaving for Euro 2016 but has now told Roma’s president he will stay with the Serie A side. (Daily Mirror)Southampton are continuing discussions with Stuttgart over a £12million move for Filip Kostic. The highly-rated Serbian is hoping for talks to be concluded this weekend as he is keen to move to the Premier League despite interest from rival Bundesliga clubs such as Wolfsburg. (Daily Mail)Northern Ireland hero Michael McGovern is wanted by Southampton after his Euro 2016 heroics. Free agent McGovern, 32, played a blinder against Germany to make sure that Michael O’Neill’s men made the last 16 – and also attracted growing interest. (The Sun)Manuel Pellegrini has been ditched by Southampton in their search for a new manager – leaving the way clear for Frenchman Claude Puel. After interviewing the former Manchester City boss, the Saints hierarchy decided he did not fit the club’s philosophy of ­developing young players. They are now ready to turn to former Nice chief Puel, who was once Arsene Wenger’s protege at ­Monaco. (Daily Mirror)Stoke have offered nearly £20million for Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini. The 24-year-old, who can play wide or as a central striker, shot to prominence with Sampdoria before signing for the Neapolitans for £11m last year. (Daily Mirror)Meanwhile, Stoke have also had a £250,000 bid for Dundee United defender Harry Souttar rejected. The 17-year-old is regarded as one of the best up and coming prospects in Scotland but the Tannadice Park club will struggle to reject more considered offers. (Daily Mail)Celtic have had a £2million bid rejected by Aston Villa to sign Scott Sinclair. (Daily Express)Wales defender Chris Gunter is wanted by Premier League duo Swansea and Middlesbrough following his heroics at Euro 2016. The 26-year-old full-back is understood to have a release clause in his contract with Reading, which has two more years to run, and is available for £1million. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Alvaro Morata keeping Premier League clubs on hold until after talks with Real Madrid, reveals agentTransfer report: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho targets Chelsea defender Cesar AzpilicuetaSunderland transfer blow! Roma legend tells club NOT to sell Edin Dzeko to Black Cats West Ham transfer report: French striker Anthony Modeste to hold crunch talks with FC Koln amid Hammers linksStoke City transfer blow! Potters have £19m Manolo Gabbiadini bid REJECED by NapoliManchester United transfer news: Red Devils target Julian Draxler ‘will remain at Wolfsburg’, insists club director Arsenal and Manchester United target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign new Borussia Dortmund contract – reportsTransfer news: Antoine Griezmann snubs Chelsea interest and signs one-year contract extension with Atletico MadridTottenham ‘close’ to £11.5m signing of Roma striker Antonio Sanabria – http://talksport.com/football/tottenham-close-ps115m-signing-roma-striker-antonio-sanabria-160623200740#DdbFSjFHE6E5gPG6.99Everton transfer news: Toffees plan STUNNING move for Dutch ace Wesley Sneijder – http://talksport.com/football/everton-transfer-news-toffees-plan-stunning-move-dutch-ace-wesley-sneijder-160623200760#dyR9iLoo08xskrRU.99last_img read more

TRAVEL: PORTAVENTURA’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

first_imgAS autumn winds finally arrive in Donegal, thoughts may turn to warmer climes for the mid-term break.And if you’re looking for something different this Halloween you can combine all that Spain has to offer with some spooktacular fun for all the family at Portaventura.Those who’ve been to the theme park at any time will tell you all about the spills and thrills of some of the biggest rides in Europe. But from now until mid-November – and throughout Halloween – Portadventura is hosting it’s very own Halloween season.So as well as the usual fun in the theme park, there’s loads of fun to be had just walking around the park….as ghouls and ghosts can pop out from almost anywhere.Walking through the resort with its Hallowe’en decorations in gorgeous sunshine is bliss.The park is filled with pumpkins, giant spiders and there were specially-themed Halloween shows taking place. The lack of queues for any rides is a huge advantage of travelling at this time of the year.Despite the Aqua Park being closed for the season, there are enough water rides and heart-thumping roller coasters to keep everyone happy.Screams from the Shambhala, Europe’s tallest roller coaster, were warning enough for the faint hearted to avoid.Scary characters such as the Addams Family, the Mummy, and Dracula will parade through different areas of the park while monstrous creatures will lurk in the darkness of the Polynesian jungle walks, ready to freeze the blood of visitors eager to have fun and enjoy being frightened.Alternatively, visitors can brave “Horror in Penitence”, a macabre and inhospitable maze in the Far West with a gloomy and creepy atmosphere from which it is difficult to escape. Halloween 2014 brings terror shows that are fun for all ages. The Gran Teatro Imperial is decked out to host “Rock Symphony-Mystery”, an impressive mystery tale with dancers and acrobats in a gothic atmosphere to summon the souls from the beyond.The most daring may also enjoy the terrifying menu of “Vampires: Dinner Show”, in the legendary Far West Saloon, where dancers, actors, acrobats, magicians and singers sow panic and occasional laughter among the guests. Finally, the Mexican La Cantina will host “La Gran Fiesta (The big party)”, in which a cast of dancers and Mexicans perform the country’s traditional repertoire.What should I do?So what’s the best way of doing Portaventura from Donegal? The easiest way is by flying Easyjet from Belfast International Airport (Aldergrove) into Barcelona.You can stay in the city and take the train to Portaventura; or you can stay in the resort and be close by for days of fun.You can book tickets and hotels at this site with some fantastic offers for mid-term.http://www.portaventura.co.uk/How to get there?By Train :PortAventura has its own train station. Check all the information on www.renfe.es. or at this number 0034 902 24 02 02By Car:From Barcelona 1h : Take highway A7 (La Junquera-Valencia). Exit 35, direct access to the Park.Also accessible with the National highway N-340 (Barcelone-Valencia),the N-420 (Tarragona-Teruel) and the N-240 (Tarragona-Lleida).More information:Try Portaventura’s English Facebook Page here:https://www.facebook.com/PortAventuraOfficial/infoVideo promo here:  TRAVEL: PORTAVENTURA’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR was last modified: October 2nd, 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:donegalHalloween 2014Hotel offersMid-Term breakoffersPortaventuralast_img read more

Transfer ALERT! Brighton readying £7.5m bid for Liverpool defensive target

first_imgPremier League newcomers Brighton have joined Liverpool in the race for highly-rated defender Simon Kjaer, according to reports in Turkey.The Fenerbahce star’s future has been under constant speculation for much of the summer window so far, with many of Europe’s top clubs ready to lure him away from the Turkish Super League.AC Milan and Liverpool were considered frontrunners in the race to land the 28-year-old, but may now face stiff competition from Brighton.The Seagulls are looking to recruit heavily ahead of their first taste of Premier League football, and according to Fotomac, they are ready to table a £7.5m bid for the centre back.Milan had a similar offer turned down in recent weeks, with Fenerbahce refusing to accept anything below their valuation for their star asset.It remains to be seen whether Brighton can tempt the Turkish giants into selling the defender on the cheap, with Liverpool and Milan also not giving up the chase. 1 Fenerbahce centre-back Simon Kjaer last_img read more

The Italian Job: five compatriots Antonio Conte should consider this summer

first_img Roberto Gagliardini (Atalanta, pictured on loan at Inter Milan) – click the arrow above, right, to see five other Italian players Conte should consider this summer – Reports suggest Conte is keen to bring in another defensive midfielder and Gagliardini could be well worth considering. The 23-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter, a move that was viewed as something as a gamble. He’s still fresh to the senior stage having failed to make much of an impact at parent club Atalanta, but his stock has risen at the San Siro. He could thrive under the guidance of Conte. 5 Andrea Belotti (Torino) – Belotti stepped into the spotlight in style last season, finishing with only three goals (26) less than Golden Boot winner Edin Dzeko (29). It was the 23-year-old’s most prolific campaign and, understandably, he’s attracted quite a bit of interest in the market. With Conte wanting to move on from Diego Costa, he’s on the hunt for a new centre forward. Still yet to reach his peak, Belotti could be worth every penny of what’s expected to be a hefty fee, should he depart Torino. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) – At the age of 30, Bonucci isn’t a signing Roman Abramovich, the Chelsea owner, will be particularly fond of. But with John Terry, the last of the club’s old guard, leaving this summer, Conte will be keen to add experience to his squad. The Italy international fits the bill, not to mention he’s still widely considered one of the best centre backs in Europe. 5 5 It’s only natural that a manager expresses loyalty to bringing through players from his own country.Arsene Wenger, for example, has regularly turned to the best talent in France, from Thierry Henry to Laurent Koscielny, and a similar pattern in recruitment could follow at Chelsea.Juventus and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci was a top target for Antonio Conte last summer, and again speculation suggests his interest remains.So, along with Bonucci, which Italian players should Conte consider a move for in this summer’s transfer window?Scroll through the gallery above to see who has made our top five. Andrea Conti (Atalanta) – Chelsea have been linked with Conti over the past couple of months, but AC Milan are understood to be leading the chase. With more fixtures to be added to Chelsea’s calendar, Conte seems to be particularly keen on bringing in extra competition in the full-back positions. The Atalanta right-back could provide excellent rivalry for a place to Victor Moses. He scored eight and assisted five in Serie A last term, and his attacking threat could be key to high interest in his signature. 5 5 Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain) – There aren’t many superior midfielders to Verratti. He’s considered the heir to Andres Iniesta’s throne at Barcelona, but Paris Saint-Germain are standing firm in blocking any move to the Camp Nou. Perhaps this is the summer for Chelsea to cement interest in a player who would walk into the Premier League champions’ team.last_img read more

SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – VIDEO OF A PROUD NIGHT IN GLENSWILLY

first_imgIT WAS a very proud night for members of the Glenswilly GAA club as they welcomed home Sam to the captain’s club.Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher and Gary McFadden were greeted by family and friends.With thanks to Wallace Media for this video.Click to play    SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – VIDEO OF A PROUD NIGHT IN GLENSWILLY was last modified: September 28th, 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:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – VIDEO OF A PROUD NIGHT IN GLENSWILLYlast_img read more