Guardiola has his toughest task… he MUST add world class players to Man City – Hamann

first_imgManchester City will provide the biggest test of Pep Guardiola’s managerial career.That’s the view of Dietmar Hamann, with the former City star claiming the Spaniard will need to bring in a host of star names to turn the club into European giants.Guardiola, who has won multiple major trophies with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, will replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium in the summer.“He has probably got a bigger task at Manchester City than he did have at Barcelona and Bayern Munich,” said ex-Germany international Hamann, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It is great for the Premier League, great for English football and even better for Manchester city they have got their man – and now let’s see if he can produce.“They need a few more players because at the moment they are behind the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Barcelona.“They have got a manager now that can attract the top players. With City in recent years they have brought in some very, very good players but I don’t think they have got enough game-changers and enough world class players.“If you look at the world class players, you can make a case for Kompany, Aguero and maybe Silva but that is where it stops. If you go to Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, they have got seven, eight or nine of these.”last_img read more

Gasoline prices rise for 11th consecutive week

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The Orange County average price rose 8.5 cents this week to $3.36, 11.9 cents below the record of $3.479 set May 8. Prices have also increased 11 consecutive weeks in Orange County. The average price rose 12.9 cents from Nov. 2-9; 5.1 cents from Oct. 26-Nov. 2; 3.3 cents from Oct. 19-26; 8.6 cents from Oct. 12-19; 2.8 cents from both Oct.5-12 and Sept. 28-Oct. 5; 1.1 cents from Sept. 21-28, 8.8 cents from Sept. 14-21; 10.6 cents from Sept. 7-14 and 2.7 cents from Aug. 31-Sept. 7 after dropping 15 of the previous 16 weeks. The continued November price increases are unusual, an Auto Club spokesman said. “When prices have spiked in prior fall seasons, we usually experienced the peak in September or October,” Jeffrey Spring said. “High gas prices around the holidays could put a dent in shoppers’ and travelers’ budgets.” The lower increases come as the cost of crude oil, the biggest component in the price of gasoline, has dropped from record highs. The contract price of a barrel of light sweet crude oil for December delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed at $92.68 yesterday, down $1.41 for the day and $5.94 less than the record price of $98.62 a week earlier. The average price of a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose for the 11th consecutive week this week, but at a lower rate than the week before, the Automobile Club of Southern California reported today. An 8.2-cent increase put the average price of a gallon of unleaded regular in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area to $3.379, 36 cents more than last month, 92 cents more than at this time last year and within 10.8 cents of the record high of $3.487 registered on May 9. The average rose 13.7 cents from Nov. 2-9; 3.7 cents from Oct. 26-Nov. 2; 3.8 cents from Oct. 19-26; 9.1 cents from Oct. 12-19; 1.9 cents from Oct. 5- 12; 1.4 cents from Sept. 28-Oct. 5; 2.9 cents from Sept. 21-28; 7.5 cents from Sept. 14-21; 9.2 cents from Sept. 7-14; and 3.2 cents from Aug. 31-Sept. 7 after dropping 15 of the previous 16 weeks. The increase at the pump was also smaller than the previous week because of unexpected increases in crude oil and gasoline supplies. The Auto Club provided this breakdown of gasoline prices in selected portions of California and Nevada as of today: One-week Area Regular Change Record Price Los Angeles – Long Beach $ 3.379 + 8.2 cents $ 3.487 (5/9/2007) Orange County $ 3.360 + 8.5 cents $ 3.479 (5/8/2007) San Diego $ 3.404 + 8.2 cents $ 3.503 (5/8/2007) Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc $ 3.482 + 6.1 cents $ 3.614 (5/15/2007) Riverside – San Bernardino $ 3.379 + 8.2 cents $ 3.486 (5/8/2007) Bakersfield $ 3.341 +9.3 cents $ 3.489 (5/7/2007) Las Vegas $ 3.112 + 7 cents $ 3.209 (5/29/2007)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

Writers, producers differ over Web show revenue

first_imgNearly everyone agrees the Internet will change the way TV shows are delivered. But striking Hollywood writers and the nation’s media conglomerates are having a hard time seeing eye to eye on how to share revenue generated when shows are streamed on the Web. It’s the most contentious financial issue in the 10-day walkout that has stopped production on more than a dozen prime-time programs. In full-page newspaper ads Thursday, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said it’s offering writers a share of licensing fees paid by Web sites to offer shows. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre However, the payments wouldn’t begin until six weeks after a show goes online, according to the Writers Guild of America. The union has rejected the offer, saying viewer interest would be nearly exhausted by then. “They would throw us a fraction of the bone of whatever’s left,” the guild said in a prepared statement. Writers also want a cut of revenue from nonskippable ads contained in many shows that are streamed free online. The alliance slammed the door on that demand. “There is no way that this change can be deemed reasonable,” the group’s newspaper ads said. “No labor agreement in history has given writers, actors or directors a portion of advertising dollars.” Writers are convinced that ad-supported streaming will someday become a huge moneymaker for networks. “We’re not saying you owe us thousands of dollars right this minute,” said Ron Moore, a writer-producer for the Sci-Fi Channel show “Battlestar Gallactica.” “This is the moment you make the deal for the future,” he said. Revenue from the ads is expected to grow from $250million this year to $1.7billion by 2010, according to Forrester Research. Advertisers now pay between 40percent and 60percent more for online ads than they do for TV commercials because Web audiences tend to be younger, male and affluent – a sweet spot for advertisers. But with relatively few viewers, the Internet rakes in just a tiny fraction of the $70billion in advertising collected by broadcast television, Forrester analyst James McQuivey said.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_imgNEWS UPDATE: DONEGAL COUNTY council has announced major disruption to water supplies in many areas throughout the county.Thousands of homes will be without water overnight as county engineers attempt to fix burst mains – and replenish dwindling stocks of water in many of the county’s reservoirs.A full list of those areas affected, including switch off times is listed below – along with Council advice. OFFICIAL COUNCIL NOTICE:SEVERE WEATHER PERIOD – WATER SUPPLY UPDATE Planned Restrictions to public water supplies (Monday 27th December 2010) Demand for water has increased throughout the County seriously affecting reserves. As a result water supply will be restricted in the following areas tonight, note some from as early as tea-time: GLENTIES ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 6:00pm until 8:00amThe RossesGweedoreLeittermacaward AreaArdara AreaGortahork FalcarraghDONEGAL ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 6:00pm until 8:00am BallyshannonBundoranDonegal TownFrosses MountcharlesDunkineelyKillybegs STRANORLAR ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 8:00pm until 8:00amWater Conservation AppealDonegal County Council continue to record an increase in demand on a number of water supplies in the county during the current cold weather conditions. We suspect the increased demand for water arises from ConvoyCastlefinRaphoeLiffordBallinacorTievebrackGleneely Ballybofey and Stranorlar – supply will also be turned off to the Twin Towns from midnight until 8.00am each nightINISHOWEN ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 10:00pm until 8:00amQuigley’s Point to north of Muff villageGreencastleBuncrana TownCarndonaghMalin HeadLETTERKENNY ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies may be restricted in the some areas from 10:00pm until 8:00am(depending on progress made today)Consumers will be experiencing intermittent supplies in the following areas throughout this afternoon and evening following burst watermains and production problems at water treatment plants   RathmullanFanad East – including Magherawarden and Croaghan AreasCarrigart – Cranford areas      taps left runningburst mains which have not yet been locatedleakage in private propertiesThe Water Service in Donegal wish to appeal to the public to help us eliminate such wastage. This will help save water stored in reservoirs and avoid further shortages throughout the county .With the experience from the widespread disruption last winter we are highlighting the following areas in particular where the public can help eliminate wastage of the public water supply: Running taps – please avoid leaving taps running. This is counter productive and will run down available water in storageBurst mains / leakage – any suspected leaks on watermains or wastage should be reported to the County Council at your local public services centre.Vacant properties – please continue to check vacant properties where internal plumbing may be damaged by freezing conditions. Ideally the water supply to vacant buildings should be turned off and systems drained of all water, e.g. where members of the public who are going on holiday during the coming months, we would recommend that they turn off the water supply to their premises and drain all water out of the system before leaving the property.Farming Community – we ask that you check all field connections and turn off leaking drinking troughs. This has proven to be a serious problem in rural areas in recent years. We also ask for your assistance in checking for burst pipes in farm buildings and burst hoses laying over ground. Essentially anywhere on the farm that water may be lostCaravan Parks – another area that is often remote where plumbing may be exposed and water losses can be slow to appear, we appeal to all caravan park owners to turn off the water supply to eliminate wastage.Once again the co-operation of every community is required if we are to avert widespread shortages in water supplies.UPDATE: FULL LIST OF AREAS HIT BY WATER SUPPLY CUTS was last modified: December 27th, 2010 by gregShare 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

Champions League draw: Manchester City to face Real Madrid in semi-finals

first_img1 Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City have been drawn against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.The Premier League side reached the last four of the competition for the first time in their history with a 3-2 aggregate victory over Paris Saint-Germain.They now face a formidable task to progress to the final at the San Siro, with ten-time winners Real Madrid standing in their way.The Spanish giants booked their place in the semi-finals by overcoming a first-leg deficit to beat Wolfsburg 3-2 on aggregate, thanks to a hat-trick from former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.City will be at home in the first leg on April 26/27 before heading to the Bernabeu a week later.Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid will meet in the other semi-final tie.The draw throws up the possibility of Pep Guardiola facing future employers Manchester City in the final.Guardiola announced in February that he will leave Bayern at the end of the season to take charge of City.His current side reached the semi-finals by beating Benfica, while opponents Atletico stunned holders Barcelona.last_img read more

La Liga round-up: Suarez hits four as Barca thrash Deportivo, Madrid ease to win

first_img Luis Suarez scored four for Barcelona 1 You can listen to live La Liga commentary on talkSPORT 2. For details of how to retune your radio, click here.Deportivo La Coruna 0-8 BarcelonaBarcelona got their title fight back on track in convincing fashion, thrashing Deportivo 8-0 at the Estadio Riazor.The Catalan giants headed into the game without a win in any of their four La Liga clashes, having allowed Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid back into the title race.There were doubts about Barca heading into the clash with Depor, despite the hosts sitting in the bottom half of the table, but Luis Enrique’s men dealt with any problems with ease.Luis Suarez netted twice in the first-half to hand the league leaders a well deserved lead, before the Uruguayan hit twice again in the second period, along with Ivan Rakitic, Lionel Messi, Marc Bartra and Neymar.The 8-0 win ensures Barca remain top of the table, equal on points with Atletico – who also won, securing a 1-0 victory over Athletic Club courtesy of a Fernando Torres goal – while they still have a better head to head record than their title rivals.Real Madrid 3-0 VillarrealReal Madrid responded to Barcelona’s resounding victory by securing three points of their own, beating Champions League-chasing Villarreal SCORE at the Bernabeu.Karim Benzema opened the scoring with his head, before Lucas Vazquez and Luka Modric struck in the second period to guarantee all three points.Knowing that a win was vital to remain in the hunt for domestic silverware, Los Merengues attacked from the off, although it still took until almost the end of the first-half for the hosts to take the lead.Benzema reacted quickly to reach a free header which he looped into the back of the net, following a Cristiano Ronaldo cross which was pushed away from goal by Sergio Asenjo.Vazquez added the second by charging towards the box and rifling into the back of the net, and Modric rounded off the win with 15 minutes remaining, converting a first-time volley past Asenjo after Danilo’s cross found its way to the Croatian playmaker.The win keeps the white half of Madrid battling Barcelona and their local rivals for La Liga, sitting one point behind the two table topping teams.last_img read more

Liverpool set their sights on Paris Saint-Germain midfield star

first_imgLiverpool are keeping tabs on Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore, according to reports in France.The Argentine international has struggled with injuries this term and has made just 10 Ligue 1 starts for the French champions.As a result, Pastore’s future at the Parc des Princes has been cast in doubt, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Juventus all keen on making a bid for him this summer.And, according to France Football, Liverpool scouts were in France last Friday to get a closer look at Pastore during PSG’s 4-0 win over Rennes.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has apparently identified Pastore as his prime target to strengthen his midfield next season and the 26-year-old could be tempted by a move to the Premier League having fallen out of favour with PSG manager Laurent Blanc.Pastore signed for PSG back in 2011 from Palermo and has amassed over 200 appearances for the club. 1 Jurgen Klopp has identified Javier Pastore as the Reds’ top target last_img read more


first_imgRosses CDP NotesChapel Rd Dungloe are hosting a Free Men’s Health Day on Thursday the 12th June from 11am- 1 pm. Health screening will take place all morning.Mattew Halligan Author off the Living Wheel System for managing change will give a short talk. This system is designed to assist people to manage difficulties in their lives.There will also be stands with information on various topics concerning Mens Health.All Men welcome. Refreshments will be served.Fun with Fathers/ Grandfathers: In the Rosses CDP Chapel Rd Dungloe on Saturday the 14th June 11am – 1pm. All fathers and children are invited to a fun morning to celebrate Fathers Day. Come and have some quality time with your children.Face painting , Craft Activities and refreshments will be available. Admission is free. Booking essential before Wednesday the 11th June. Tel 074 95 61686 to book.Ceilí in the Rosses CDP Dungloe Sunday the 22nd of June at 8pm- 11pm,.Music by Micheal Coyle. Admission €8.DD LOCAL: ROSSES CDP HOST FREE MEN’S HEALTH DAY THIS THURSDAY was last modified: June 10th, 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:DD LocalFeaturesNoticesRosses CDPlast_img read more


first_imgIt’s the art exhibition that gives EVERYTHING back to the artist!The 10th annual art exhibition will take place on the 1st floor at the Top filling Station, Gweedore Road, Dungloe.The gallery will open a unique exhibition featuring local artists on Saturday July 26th at 6.30pm, with a wine reception. The exhibition will continue until Sunday August 3th 2014 and will open daily from 11am until 5pm.As well as providing a platform for emerging Donegal artists to showcase their work and development, it also exhibits the best work from a number of principal artists who we have been working with us for many years now.Artists whose work will be exhibited include Gay O’ Toole, Heidi Nyguyen, Liz Doyle, Michelle Doherty, Kordula Ludwig, Martin Dorgan, Kate Doogan, Pat and Keith Makinson, Paul Sweeney, Paul Rush, Mary Ellen Bonner, Roz Sharkey, Deborah Melly, Peter Healey, Eilise O’ Hart, Mary Celine Boyle and Mary Mc Ginty to name but a few.What is unique about this art exhibition is that no commission is charged by Sharkey’s Service Station on works sold i.e. the artists keep 100% of the selling price of their works. This unique arrangement has been in place since the exhibitions started in 2005. This year is the 10th annual art exhibition to be held at Sharkey’s Service Station.The exhibition will feature over a100 works by local artists THE DONEGAL ART GALLERY THAT DOES NOT CHARGE COMMISSION IS OPEN AGAIN was last modified: July 24th, 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:art exhibitiondungloeTop Filling Stationlast_img read more

Premier League clubs ranked by their best ever foreign signing – worst to first

first_img 2. Manchester United – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – Plucked from Portugal as a gawky but skilful teenager, the Red Devils and Sir Alex Ferguson helped develop him into one of the greatest players the world has ever seen. His six-season spell at Old Trafford included three Premier League titles, a Champions League and a Ballon d’Or in 2008. 15. Hull City – Geovanni (Brazil) – The Brazil midfield star, once a Barcelona star, arrived at the KC Stadium in 2008 on the back of a stint at Man City. He was an instant success and in a memorable debut campaign for Hull scored stunning goals away at Arsenal and Tottenham as they avoided relegation. He couldn’t do the same the next year, though and his contract was cancelled in the summer of 2010. 12. Swansea City – Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast) – A £12m signing from Vitesse Arnhem in 2013, the Ivorian was an instant hit in Wales, banging home 17 Premier League goals in his first campaign. He only spent half of the 2014/15 season with the club but he still managed nine strikes in 20 top-flight appearances before being sold for £28m. 20 20 20 20. Bournemouth – Max Gradel (Ivory Coast) – Click the right arrow above to find out which Premier League club’s best foreign player came out on top… – Bournemouth haven’t had too many foreign players grace their club, but of those who have played at Dean Cout, we consider Gradel the best. He did well on loan at the club across two seasons from 2007 onwards, and while his current spell has been hampered by injury, he’s still looking top notch. 20 14. Crystal Palace – Julian Speroni (Argentina) – Signed from Dundee in 2004 for just £750,000, he became a hugely popular figure at the club, despite a rocky start. He’s won the supporters’ player of the year award four times at Selhurst Park and had a testimonial last summer for his incredible service. 20 20 20 7. Tottenham Hotspur – Luka Modric (Croatia) – For four campaigns, the graceful Croatian lit up White Hart Lane with his effortless playmaking abilities. His stunning displays helped Spurs make the 2010/11 Champions League, where he starred against Inter Milan on home soil. Eventually, Tottenham could no longer resist offers from big clubs and he joined Real Madrid for £30m, where he has won the Champions League twice. 17. West Bromwich Albion – Youssouf Mulumbu (DR Congo) – After a loan spell at the Hawthorns, Mulumbu joined from Paris Saint-Germain in a £175,000 deal back in 2009. He was named supporters’ and players’ player of the year in 2010/11 and runner up for both the awards in 2013/14. 4. Liverpool – Luis Suarez (Liverpool) – Signed for £25m at the same time the Reds spent £35m, he proved to be a real bargain. He only won the 2012 League Cup during his spell with the club but his sensational final two seasons, which saw him score 61 goals in 81 appearances, almost won them their first Premier League title since 1990. 20 16. Watford – Heidar Helguson (Iceland) – Graham Taylor spent a club-record £1.5m on the Icelandic star in 1999 and, while he had his ups and his downs, he is considered a hero at Vicarage Road. A goal-laden 2004/05 campaign saw him earn a move to the Premier League with Fulham. 20 6. Leicester City – Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) – An incredible and inspiring Premier League season last time out saw the Foxes win the title against all the odds and the Algerian star was one of the main reasons behind the win. He won the PFA’s Players’ Player of the Year award for his heroics and now has the world at his feet. 20 20 3. Chelsea – Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) – Signed for £24m in 2004, the striker certainly gave the Blues their money’s worth. His 164 goals in 381 appearances over two spells helped the club to four Premier League titles, three League Cups, and four FA Cups. When it came to playing at Wembley, no one was able to stop the Ivorian. A Champions League win in 2012 cemented his name into legend. 20 19. Burnley – Brian Jensen (Denmark) – The Beast spent 10 campaigns in and out of the first-team at Turf Moor, making more than 300 appearances in all competitions. He constantly battled for the No.1 spot, even when other goalkeepers were brought in to replace him. 20 10. Middlesbrough – Juninho (Brazil) – The Little Fella is thought of as one of the greatest Boro players ever following three spells with the Teesiders. His displays in the 1996/97 season saw him named runner up to Gianfranco Zola for the FWA’s Player of the Year award, despite the club being relegated back to the First Division. A loan spell in 1999/00 saw him able to help the club avoid relegation. Meanwhile, in his third spell with Boro from 2002 to 2004 they won the League Cup and he’s still considered a legend today. 20 9. Everton – Tim Cahill (Australia) – Snapped up from Millwall for just £1.5m, Cahill proved to be one of the Premier League’s best ever bargain. The Australian helped them to the 2009 FA Cup final and was a general nuisance for opponents in England, where his heading ability was hugely admired. 13. Stoke City – Asmir Begovic (Bosnia) – Five full campaigns with the Potters saw him become one of the Premier League’s top shot-stoppers. He even scored a goal against Southampton with a 97.5-yard kick beating opposite number Artur Boruc in 2013, which was recognised as a Guinness World Record in 2015. He moved to Chelsea last summer for £8m. 20 Since the beginning of the Premier League in 1992, foreign players have been a huge part of the British game.They have transformed our football culture and given us incredible moments of guile and skill.Admittedly, not all have been great. You get the odd Ali Dia but, on the whole, foreign stars have had an incredibly positive effect on the Premier League.The current 20 clubs residing in the top-flight have all had some top players from abroad in their ranks, but where do they sit compared to others?Click the right arrow above to find out…NB. Only players who were either born and/or raised from an early age outside of the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland were considered for inclusion. 11. Southampton – Jose Fonte (Portugal) – Across seven seasons, the Portugal star has gone from League One signing to European Championship finalist with the Saints and his national team. A rock at the back, Fonte’s rise through the ranks was impressive and now he’s a true leader on the south coast. 20 18. Sunderland – Thomas Sorensen (Denmark) – Peter Reid landed the Danish star in 1998 from Odense, after a recommendation from Peter Schmeichel. In his first season he kept a brilliant 29 clean sheets as they were promoted to the top-flight. He continued to star in the Premier League, while saving an Alan Shearer penalty further endeared him to supporters but eventually he could not save them from relegation and was sold to Aston Villa for £2m. 20 20 20 20 8. West Ham United – Paolo Di Canio (Italy) – Dimitri Payet could soon be pushing him close his he remains at the club, but for now the fiery Italian takes the spot. His four-and-a-half seasons with the club were eventful, helping them to a fifth place finish in 1999 and scoring one of the Premier League’s best ever goals in 2000. But ended with the club being relegated in 2003. 5. Manchester City – Sergio Aguero (Argentina) – Will forever be remembered for his stunning Premier League-winning strike in 2012, the Argentine’s lethal finishing has been brilliant to watch in the Premier League. If it wasn’t for niggling injuries he would surely have more than the 102 Premier League goals he has scored in 150 games, while the Blues would definitely have won more than two Premier League titles and two League Cups. 1. Arsenal – Thierry Henry (France) – An astonishing eight-year spell in north London was glittering for the player individually and the club as a whole. Two Premier League titles, three FA Cup wins, along with Golden Boots and PFA Players’ Player of the Year awards. He’s also the Gunners’ all-time top scorer. Not bad at all from the Frenchman.last_img read more