European window set for frantic finish with Neymar, Pogba and Icardi in the mix

first_img9 Lionel Messi currently leads the way in terms of best-paid playersWho could move where before the window shuts?Neymar | PSG to BarcelonaPogba | Man Utd to Real MadridEriksen | Spurs to Real MadridJames Rodriguez | Real Madrid to AtleticoIcardi | Inter to JuventusDembele | Barcelona to PSGVertonghen | Spurs to LeverkusenAlderweireld | Spurs to RomaFernandes | Sporting to Real MadridReal Madrid will end chase for Man Utd star Paul Pogba – if they land £700k-a-week Neymar TRANSFER deadline day has been and gone in the Premier League but silly season on the continent is preparing for a manic climax of its own.Many mega deals are still in the offing with Neymar, James Rodriguez and Ousmane Dembele all thought to be up for grabs as the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain shape their squads.9 Neymar would be a far from popular man even if he stayed at PSGCredit: EPAMonday, September 2 sees the market shut in Leagues One and Two, Scotland, and countries such as France, Italy and Spain.One factor that might come into play, however, is the fact that the Bundesliga shuts its window at 5pm UK time, earlier than Ligue 1 (7pm) and the 11pm deadline for La Liga and Ligue 1 clubs.Here, we run down the top transfers that could happen between now and then.NEYMARStand aside Gareth Bale and Paul Pogba. Anymore drama in Neymar’s future this weekend will make it the official Saga Of The Summer.A rollercoaster two years in Paris has led to the Brazilian desperately wanting out and former club Barcelona appear in pole position to sign him.Both the Catalans and Real Madrid are bargaining for players-plus-cash deals and a sponsor even posted a photoshopped image of Neymar in a Barca shirt on Friday. Wink wink, nudge nudge.9PAUL POGBAReal Madrid have made little effort to hide their admiration of the Manchester United midfielder this summer, who has stated his readiness for a new challenge as a result.Zinedine Zidane may have pressed ahead with £300million worth of spending before the new campaign but Pogba is seen as the ultimate prize.Reports most recently noted how agent Mino Raiola was pleading with United to let him leave – but their inability to sign a replacement makes that highly unlikely.9 Like his team-mates, Pogba’s start to the season has been mixedCredit: Getty – ContributorCHRISTIAN ERIKSENSeen as something of the Pogba Plan B, Real are again the team after Tottenham star Eriksen.Like his United rival, the Dane has gone public with his intent to move on and, unlike Pogba, he may be able to tempt his club into a sale because his contract runs out in June.PSG have emerged as another contender for Eriksen, in a move worth around £90m according to French media, and Mauricio Pochettino admits he doesn’t even know if he will ever play for Spurs again.Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen tells Danish journalists he’s ready to leave the clubMAURO ICARDIOne of Italian football’s most controversial footballers, Inter Milan striker Icardi is still highly sought after as a first-class clinical finisher.It was thought the Argentine had to leave for the Nerazzurri to afford Romelu Lukaku, but the United forward and Alexis Sanchez’s arrivals suggest they are instead happy to sit Icardi in the reserves until a buyer comes along.Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Napoli have all been linked. This is a deadline day deal primed to move forward very quickly once enacted.9 Icardi has lost the club captaincy and No9 shirtCredit: ReutersACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneJAMES RODRIGUEZThe status of Colombian midfielder Rodriguez could best be described as a domino.Real are reluctant to sell him to neighbours Atletico Madrid with Napoli lurking in the background.Should Madrid land Eriksen or Pogba, the pieces may begin to fall and Rodriguez may get the move he is thought to desire.9 Rodriguez actually started Madrid’s draw with Valladolid – but is now injuredCredit: Getty – ContributorOUSMANE DEMBELEOnce Barcelona’s record signing, French winger Dembele has been redesignated as a mere bargaining chip for much of the summer.Time and time again, the 22-year-old finds himself offered to PSG in exchange for Neymar.Dembele’s agent is adamant he will stay at the Camp Nou but it seems very difficult for the club to keep him and return their Brazilian favourite to La Liga.9 Like Philippe Coutinho, Dembele has never really settled in SpainCredit: ReutersJAN VERTONGHENAll eyes were elsewhere during Spurs’ summer but defender Vertonghen’s future is suddenly on very shaky ground.Apparently no longer needed by Pochettino, the Belgian’s fitness levels and refusal to sign a new deal have been blamed on his axing from the first-team picture.That has alerted Bayer Leverkusen to a potential deal with his boss stating there was “no news” on Vertonghen’s future ahead of the game with Arsenal.9 The 32-year-old cut a glum figure during the opening day win over Aston VillaCredit: ReutersTOBY ALDERWEIRELDSpeaking of Spurs centre-backs out of contract at the end of the season, speculation over Alderweireld’s next move refuses to go away.Admirers Manchester United and City are out of the picture for now and Serie A side Roma are no longer in need of a new defender having signed Chris Smalling.Thus there is renewed optimism that a renewal can be thrashed out to keep Aldweireld in North London past next summer.9 Alderweireld may stick around in North London after allCredit: Getty Images – GettyBRUNO FERNANDESAttacking midfielder sensation Fernandes, 24, continues to impress at Sporting Lisbon having missed out on moves to United and Spurs.Like Eriksen, the Portuguese ace is very much on Real Madrid’s agenda as an alternative to Pogba – but should come cheaper than the Dane.A rapid start to the new campaign could tempt Los Blancos into finalising their mega business with a £64m push for Fernandes.Latest La Liga NewsGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaPicturedKING OF SWINGBale pulls golf pose at training in jibe at critical Real Madrid fansWALKING A FINE LINERonaldo vs Messi ‘not close’ says Lineker as he gushes over Barca iconSET IN HIS WAYSSetien moans that five subs will ruin Barcelona plan of wearing teams downGossip’DEAD’ PAULPogba’s proposed £15m-a-year Real transfer risks wage row after virus pay cutNEY-MBER TWONeymar is second best player in world ahead of Ronaldo, claims ex-Barca chiefTHAT OLD TRICKMessi could leave Barcelona on free via exit clause to allow Old Boys returnGossipNO BALE OUTGareth Bale’s Real Madrid future in limbo with NO firm transfer offers yetlast_img read more

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Sinoe Supt-Designate Confirmation Hearing Aborted

first_imgMembers of the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs and Governance yesterday unanimously agreed to put on hold confirmation proceedings for Sinoe County Superintendent-designate Thomas Romeo Quioh. He was told that the Committee will hold a separate confirmation proceeding with him at a later date.The decision by the Committee, chaired by Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zolu Jallah, to halt the confirmation proceedings of Mr. Quioh came about when Rivercess County Senator Dallas A.V. Gueh raised concern over the General Auditing Commission (GAC) report indicting him (Quioh) and other Sinoe County officials for failing to account for hundreds of thousands of United States Dollars of both the CDF and SDF.Mr. Quioh served as Development Superintendent under outgoing Superintendent J. Milton Teahjay, who is now running for Senator for Sinoe County. Both Quioh and Teahjay were indicted in the GAC report for embezzling County Development Fund (CDF) and Social Development Fund (SDF).Expressing his concern, Senator Gueh said the nominee already had a serious problem with the Liberian Government while at the same time he is being nominated to another position.“The nominee for the post must have a character that is suitable to be a Superintendent of Sinoe County. Therefore, he owes this committee an explanation to tell us whether he has been cleared of the charges leveled against him.  We must know the character of the person that we are sending to Sinoe.”Supporting his colleague’s argument, Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson said the reason why the President sends a nominee constitutionally to the Senate for confirmation is help determine the suitability of that nominee to serve.Senator Jallah then made a unanimous motion to suspend the hearing of Mr. Quioh. At  the same time, Senator Jallah  declared that those who have information on what is being alleged are encouraged to present same to our offices by Wednesday, “so that the Committee will study [said information] and make a determination as to whether we can go ahead to confirm or not.”He said information received by the Committee earlier from some individuals is not tenable in law because they lacked names or signatures.”Meanwhile, a group calling itself “Sinoe Citizens for Accountability & Equal Representation yesterday circulated a letter accompanied by a dossier revealing alleged financial transactions involving nominee Quioh and other Sinoe County local and Legislative officials.The letter, which was addressed to the Internal Affairs Committee, showed, among other things, that the GAC in its November 2014 report indicted Mr. Quioh and others for failing to account for US$727,669.20 of the county’s development fund; making 44 bank payments without voucher support, making payments and failing to include same in the Project Management Committee’s financial reports, as well as receiving money for six projects that were since abandoned.In a related development, several superintendents, local government officials and an Internal Affairs Deputy Minister-designate recently nominated by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, appeared before the Jallah Committee for a crowded hearing.Among those appearing was a former Member of the 52nd Legislature for Gbarpolu County, Representative Armah Sarnor, who is now going as Superintendent. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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CAF bosses leave as Kenya pegs hope on Sep 23 meet

first_img0Shares0000Kinoru Stadium worksNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 16- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) inspection team that has been in the country for the last one week concluded its tour of duty on Friday evening and Kenya will now hinge its hope that next year’s Africa Nations Championship will not be taken away based on the report presented in an Executive Committee Meeting in a week’s time.A scheduled press conference that had been planned for Saturday morning was called off with growing fear that Kenya will not be in a position to successfully host the event with work on rehabilitating the venues way from completion. “I am hoping that CAF can trust us to complete the job. It is true there is massive concern in Kinoru and Eldoret and even I would be concerned. But work is going on and we have given our assurances that we will get it done,” Deputy Local Organizing Committee CEO Herbart Mwachiro told Capital Sport.The CAF team had been scheduled to meet with Governors in Nairobi, Meru and Eldoret, but of the three they met only one, newly elected Meru county boss Kiraitu Murungi and his deputy.A scheduled meeting with Nairobi’s Mike Mbuvi Sonko did not happen due to the unavailability of the latter while in Eldoret, they met Jackson Mandago’s deputy Daniel Chemno.As part of the schedule, they were to also have a meeting with Deputy President William Ruto after meeting Sports Ministry officials. However, none of those happened.CAF vice president Constant Omari addresses the press at the end of CAF’s five day inspection tour on June 17 ahead of CHAN 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Constant (Omari) was not present and so it would have been impossible for the technical officials to meet with the top ranking government officials. But even with that not happening, I am still confident that we will be given a chance,” Mwachiro added.The CAF team is said to have been concerned with work at Kipchoge Keino and Kinoru, most of which is in its primary stages. The two are undergoing an almost complete overhaul with the playing turfs all plucked off.But the county officials have promised to fastrack the process and ensure by latest December, everything is ready.“Our county engineers will be inspecting the progress of the work being done at the stadium twice a day, to curb any element of complacency. We are ready to do everything possible in collaboration with the LOC to beat the set deadlines, and have the tournament in this sporting region,” Chemno told the visiting CAF delegation at the county offices on Friday evening.Earlier on Thursday, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa said the biggest of CAF concerns was the political situation with the impending elections, but remains confident that the government assurances will be enough to convince CAF.The CAF Executive will have a meeting next Saturday in Accra Ghana, before the final of the West African Football Union (WAFU) final where a final decision will be reached on whether or not the tournament remains with Kenya.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Reports: Chelsea to make £11m swoop for Ghana starlet

first_imgChelsea are reportedly set to offer in the region of £11million for FC Augsburg defender Baba Rahman.According to French newspaper L’Equipe, the Ghanian full-back has impressed Jose Mourinho this season after breaking into the Bundesliga team following his move from second-tier German side Greuther Fürth last summer.The 20-year-old has made 28 appearances for FC Augsburg, who currently sit in sixth place – the final Europa League qualifying spot in the Bundesliga.Rahman, who is captain of Ghana’s under-20 side, has made 11 appearances for the Ghanian senior team, including being part of Avram Grant’s 2015 African Cup of Nations squad, which finished runners-up.It is believed Manchester City are also interested in the Ghanian starlet, though it seems the Blues are set to make the first move to secure his signature. FC Augsburg defender Baba Rahman 1last_img read more

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Led Zeppelin gives in to digital age

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Led Zeppelin, one of the last major bands to resist digital distribution, is releasing its back catalog online. Led Zeppelin songs, including “Communication Breakdown,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “Stairway to Heaven,” will be available from online music stores Nov. 13. The band plans to release a two-CD retrospective, “Mothership,” the same day. “We are pleased that the complete Led Zeppelin catalog will now be available digitally,” guitarist Jimmy Page said Monday from London. “The addition of the digital option will better enable fans to obtain our music in whichever manner that they prefer.” The Beatles are the highest-profile digital holdouts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Led Zeppelin has signed a separate deal with Verizon Wireless to offer its songs as ringtones and downloads to mobile phones. The band, which split up in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham, will reunite for a Nov. 26 concert in London. The lineup includes Page, singer Robert Plant, bass player John Paul Jones and Bonham’s son Jason on drums.last_img read more

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BROGAN – ‘I WILL NOT BE RUNNING FOR ELECTION’

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Fianna Fail stalwart Cllr Ciaran Brogan has revealed he will NOT be running in the general election.Cllr Ciaran Brogan – will NOT be standing for election.The Letterkenny businessman was considered by many to be a strong favourite to stand in the forthcoming election next year.But Cllr Brogan told a shocked meeting of the party in the Mount Erigal Hotel last night that he will not be putting his name forward. He has many business interests and a young family.The well-known local public representative told more than 200 party members that he thought it was time that some young blood came through the ranks.He also said that he was in favour of a three candidate strategy in the county.Fianna Fail is considered by many to be in with a strong chance of getting at least one seat in the Donegal five seater. Cllr Brogan’s announcement comes in a week when Dragons Den star and businessman Peter Casey revealed he was standing as an Independent candidate in Donegal.The following is the full statement form Councillor Brogan. “In the best interests of the party, I have decided at this early stage to announce that I will not be putting my name forward for the General Election.“I informed delegates at last night’s Dail Ceanntair meeting in Letterkenny as I felt duty bound to tell them before releasing it into the public arena.“I strongly believe Fianna Fail needs fresh blood and energy if it is to make an impact at the polls. The party should be aiming to take two seats in the Constituency and to help them secure those seats they should be running three candidates but I won’t be one of those candidates. “I had decided some time ago after long consideration that I would not be putting my name forward and am relieved that I have now made my decision public.“It will give the party the space and time to reflect on suitable candidates for the Election next year. It’s an opportunity for fresh thinking and fresh faces within the party and whoever is nominated to run can be assured of my full support. It is better to let delegates know at this stage rather than leaving it until further down the line.National politics and a national stage is a completely different ball game and I will be focusing my efforts and my energy on local issues. My primary focus will be on protecting the services in the Letterkenny area and as a member of the H.S.E. Regional Forum, I will also continue working hard to ensure services and resources at Letterkenny General Hospital are maintained and improved upon.As I said, the decision not to contest the Election was one I had given a lot of thought to over the past few months but those who voted for me at the Council elections can rest assured that I will not be shirking my duties and responsibilities at that level. Our meeting last night was held to devise a strategy for going forward in light of the General Election. We need to look at different areas where we were losing votes and to this end it was important to outline my own intentions at this early stage not to run as a candidate.You can be part of a winning team but you don’t necessarily have to be on the pitch to do it.BROGAN – ‘I WILL NOT BE RUNNING FOR ELECTION’ was last modified: March 27th, 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)last_img read more

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MAN CAUGHT PASSING FAKE €20 NOTES IN HOTEL AND NIGHTCLUB

first_imgA young man bought a quantity of €20 notes so he could attend a friend’s 21st birthday party.Letterkenny court.Ryan Murphy appeared at Letterkenny District Court on four charges of passing fake notes.Murphy, 19, had tried to pass a €20 note at Voodoo Nightclub in Letterkenny but was caught by security staff on March 1st last.When interviewed by Gardai, it was discovered he had passed a further six of the bogus notes at the Station House Hotel.Three of the notes were used to pay for a room and a further three were used to buy food and drink.The court heard that Murphy of Ballindarragh Road, Market Hill, Armagh, had paid £70 sterling for €160 in fake euro notes.Judge Paul Kelly remarked “He didn’t get a great exchange rate on them.”Murphy solicitor Kieran Dillon said there had been a 21st birthday party on and he had no money and stupidly bought the fake notes so he could attend.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said the notes were made outside the jurisdiction and were of a good quality.Judge Paul Kelly fined Murphy €400 on one of the charges of passing a forged note and struck out the other three charges. MAN CAUGHT PASSING FAKE €20 NOTES IN HOTEL AND NIGHTCLUB was last modified: May 25th, 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:donegalfak notesGardailetterkennyRyan MurphyStation House HotelVoodoo NIghtlcublast_img read more

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Met Eireann issue weekend wind warning for Donegal

first_imgMet Eireann has issued a weather alert for Donegal.The status yellow wind warning will be in place from today (Sat) at 9am until Sunday at 3am.It reads: “South to southwest winds will reach mean speeds between 50 and 65 km/h at times, with gusts between 90 and 100km/h. Winds will be strongest along coasts.” One year after Storm Emma hit Ireland, this weekend is set to be cold, windy and rainy.Two other counties, Galway and Mayo have also been issued with the wind warning.Tomorrow will be a windy day all across the country.Met Eireann issue weekend wind warning for Donegal was last modified: March 2nd, 2019 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:donegalMet EireannWarningwindlast_img read more

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Kevon Looney sheds light on whether he’ll have a future with Warriors

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – For a player that prides himself on preparing for every role, it appears Kevon Looney has already mapped out his free-agency future.The Warriors will like Looney’s initial plan when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.“Everybody wants to get paid, but I would love to stay with this team and this franchise,” Looney said. “It’s a great …last_img read more

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You & your rights

first_imgWhat are your rights? Have they been violated? What can you do if they have? Our directory covers human rights, gender, language, the workplace, rights of landlords and tenants, as well as your rights as they relate to the police and the government. The Flame of Democracy burning outside of the Constitutional Court at Constitution Hill. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)HUMAN RIGHTSSA Human Rights CommissionThe Commission can give you information or training on human rights and can help you if you think that any of your rights, as defined in the Bill of Rights, has been violated.It also has a specific responsibility to promote and monitor the implementation of Public Access to Information Act (PAIA).The Commission’s website has a facility for filing human rights complaints online.Website: www.sahrc.org.zaEmail: sahrcinfo@sahrc.org.zaHead office, Gauteng: Tel 011 484 8300Read more: The SA Human Rights CommissionAids Legal Network SAA non-governmental organisation based in Cape Town, the Aids Legal Network aims to address discriminatory practices and attitudes to HIV/Aids. It works to promote “legal literacy” and will respond to violations of human rights.Website: www.aln.org.zaLegal aid desk: lad@aln.org.zaGENDER RIGHTSCommission on Gender EqualityIf you have been unfairly treated because of your gender, you can complain to the Commission. Their website has a facility for filing complaints online.Website: www.cge.org.zaEmail: cgeinfo@cge.org.zaTel: (011) 403 7182Read more: Commission on Gender EqualityLANGUAGE RIGHTSPan South African Language BoardEvery South African has the right to use the language of his or her choice, provided this is consistent with the rights of others. To find out more about your language rights, or to complain if they are violated, contact the Board.Website: www.pansalb.org.zaEmail: communication@pansalb.org.zaTel: (012) 341 9638/9551Read more: Pan South African Language BoardWORKPLACE RIGHTSCouncil for Conciliation, Mediation and ArbitrationAn independent, statutory dispute resolution body. Labour disputes, such as unfair dismissals, can be referred to the CCMA. But not all labour disputes – check under “general CCMA information” on the website. The site also carries excellent information on labour rights and codes of good practice in terms of the Labour Relations Act.Website: www.ccma.org.zaEmail: info@ccma.org.zaCCMA call centre: 0861 16 16 16Read more: You & your domestic/ ‘madam’, Employment Equity FAQ, Employing the disabled: guidelines, HIV/Aids in the workplace, Getting help for workplace injuriesThe SA Labour GuideGuidelines for employers and employees, labour law, dispute resolution, advice, assistance and more.Website: www.labourguide.co.zaLANDLORD AND TENANT RIGHTSRental Housing TribunalsThe government has established Rental Housing Tribunals in each province to deal with all types of illegal or unfair practice relating to the landlord/tenant relationship. The Tribunals are courts, with powers similar to those of magistrate’s courts.Tel: 086 010 6166Read more: Consumer help: estate and rental agentsTHE POLICE AND YOUR RIGHTSIndependent Police Investigative DirectorateIf you believe your rights have been violated by a member of the SA Police Service, contact the IPID. You may lodge a complaint online via their website.Website: www.ipid.gov.zaTel: 012 399 0000GOVERNMENT AND YOUR RIGHTSThe Public ProtectorThe Public Protector investigates serious complaints against government departments and organisations, including provincial or local authorities, state-owned companies, and any person that performs a public function. The Public Protector’s brief includes investigating improper dealings with public money.Website: www.publicprotector.orgEmail: customerservice@pprotect.orgToll-free: 0800 11 20 40Customer service line: 012 366 7143Read more: South Africa’s Public ProtectorPublic Service Accountability MonitorThe PSAM tracks cases of public sector corruption and maladministration in the Eastern Cape, following up these cases in an objective, politically non-partisan fashion. The PSAM website contains regular updates on these cases and includes audio interviews with officials.Website: www.psam.org.zaSAinfo reporterReviewed: February 2014Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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