Former Real Madrid player Dani Ramírez changes teams in Poland

first_imgAlthough there were several teams that submitted offers for Dani Ramírez – the Jagiellonia also bid for the Spanish midfielder – it was Lech who showed more interest in taking over Dani Ramírez’s services. The Spaniard will travel to Poznan, a city from which only 215 kilometers separate him, this Monday and It is expected to be Wednesday when you pass the medical check and sign your contract.“Going to Poland, I was right. Right now I feel like I’m going to get where I want.” These are statements by Dani Ramírez to AS last August. The Madrid player, who was about to hang up his boots while playing in Spain, has already landed in one of the best clubs in Ekstraklasa. He leaves behind a locker room, that of the Lodz, in which Dominguez, Pirulo, Carlos Moros and Samu Corral will continue to speak Spanish. LKS Lodz, recently promoted to Ekstraklasa, must fight to avoid the descent without being his best man during the first part of the season: Dani Ramírez. As AS has learned, the Spanish midfielder will leave the third most populous city in Poland to leave for Poznan, where he will sign with Lech until June 2023. This movement leaves more than 500,000 euros in the coffers of LKS, which will alleviate his loss with the arrival of another Spaniard: Antonio Domínguez from Algeciras.Dani Ramírez will leave a pleasant memory in the fans of LKS Lodz. The former Real Madrid, Valencia or Getafe reached the ‘spring knights’ in summer 2018 and was instrumental in his promotion to Ekstraklasa seven years later with nine goals and 15 assists in 31 games. The ‘Magician’, as he is nicknamed in Poland, continued to be the axis of the team in Primera, where he signed six goals and four assists in his first 20 games. The Lodz, however, failed to chain great results and left the winter break as a colist, seven points behind a save that marks Korona Kielce with 21 units.last_img read more

Motorbike thief further remanded

first_imgA Campbellville, Georgetown resident was on Friday further remanded to prison when he re-appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Leron Daly to answer to a robbery charge.Accused: Denzil AdamsDenzil Adams on his first appearance had denied the charge when it was read to him by the Magistrate.The Court heard that on June 14, 2018, at Campbellville, the accused stole one Honda XR motorcycle valued at $435,000 – property of Julius Brown. It was also disclosed that the motorcycle was found in Adams’ possession.The prosecution objected to bail on the grounds that the defendant is known to Police and has had similar breaches of the law.Bail was once again refused. Adams will make his next court appearance on July 19, 2018.last_img

Ghana’s President to receive Guyana’s highest national award

first_imgPresident of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will be conferred with Guyana’s highest national award, the Order of Excellence – which is reserved for the most distinguished of persons who made sterling contributions to the country.The Ghanaian President arrived in Guyana at 23:00h last night for his very first state visit.President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-AddoHe was accompanied by a 43-member delegation, who were greeted by Guyana’s President David Granger and most of the members of his Cabinet at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).A 21-gun salute and the unfurling of the vibrant Ghanaian flag marked the arrival of the high-level team who will today be visiting various places and meeting a host of individuals, including Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.President Akufo-Addo will first participate in wreath-laying ceremonies at the Company Path Gardens and then at Square of the Revolution. He will then be escorted to State House where he will interact with President Granger in a discussion slated to last an hour.Thereafter, he will be escorted to the Umana Yana for a state luncheon, where the Order of Excellence will be conferred.Afterwards, President Akufo-Addo will meet the Opposition Leader for a scheduled 15 minutes.He will then continue his tour of Guyana, first at the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) and then at Banks DIH Limited – the country’s two leading beverage manufacturing companies.Later in the day, the Ghanaian President is slated to interact with the Ghana diaspora in Guyana and representatives from the country’s African Group Organisations. The next day, the President and his delegation will depart Guyana.The state visit was announced by President David Granger two weeks ago when he accredited the new Ghanaian High Commissioner to Guyana. The Guyanese Head of State had disclosed that he met President Akufo-Addo twice – first, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference last year and again this year, in Cuba, where the African Leader accepted an invitation to visit Georgetown.The visit is aimed at “deepening and strengthening the cordial relationship” the two countries have built over the past 40 years.President Granger had previously noted that his Ghanaian counterpart’s visit will result in practical measures aimed at enhancing relations and cooperation between our two states, particularly in the fields of agriculture, culture, energy, environment, investment, petroleum production, Private Sector cooperation, tourism and transportation.This state visit comes on the heels of a recent visit by a large Ghanaian delegation two weeks ago to engage local stakeholders on areas of mutual interest in the oil and gas sector, among others.The more than 15-member team, led by Ghana’s Energy Minister and Deputy Minister (Petroleum) Dr Mohammed Amin Adam, had met with a number of Government Ministers and officials including those from the Department of Energy.Ghana investors are also said to be interested in buying Guyana’s Rose Hall Sugar Estate.Additionally, the Governments of Guyana and Ghana have already inked a commitment to work to develop the air bridge between the two countries. This was done last year at a high-level ICAO meeting in Guyana.Although Guyana officially established diplomatic relations with Ghana on May 14, 1979, Guyana’s Independence movement was greatly influenced by Pan-Africanist and first President of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah. During the celebration of Ghana’s Independence in March 1957, Guyana’s political leaders, Dr Cheddi Jagan and Forbes Burnham travelled to the West African State to attend the festivities. Throughout their years of leadership, both Presidents Jagan and Burnham maintained good relations with Ghana.Guyana has long shared common interests with those of the Republic of Ghana. In fact, President Granger and many Guyanese historians have documented the contributions of Africans in Guyana, highlighting specifically the contributions of the “Maroon people”. This African group, who came to Guyana through the Atlantic slave trade, originated in West Africa as a part of the group of Asante people who lived in a region of what is now modern-day Ghana.As the diplomatic relationship between Guyana and Ghana continues to flourish, so does Ghana’s cultural stamp on Guyana. Earlier this year, on March 3, Guyana celebrated its 9th annual Ghana Day, organised by the Ghana Day Organisation. The Ghana Day festivities this year focused on the resuscitation of African culture among African-Guyanese.last_img read more

Claim filed over student’s injuries

first_imgCOVINA – The family of a 12-year-old girl dragged about 30 feet by a school bus this week took the first step in filing a lawsuit against Covina-Valley Unified School District. Attorneys for young girl, Stacy Rosales, filed a claim Thursday with the district for the personal injuries and emotional and psychological trauma she allegedly suffered during the incident. Ronald Murrey, chief business officer for Covina-Valley Unified said until the district receives the claim he had no comment. The accident occurred about 3 p.m., Tuesday as the girl was exiting the bus near Griswold Adult Center, 16209 E. San Bernardino Road, said Sgt. Billy Rangel of the California Highway Patrol. As she was getting off, Rangel said the bus door closed on one of her ankles. The driver didn’t realize what had happened and began driving, dragging the girl, who suffered moderate injuries, he said. The accident was not reported to the CHP until about an hour after it occurred, Rangel said. According to the claim, which is a precursor to a lawsuit, the bus driver “negligently and recklessly” closed the doors on Rosales’ foot. “The other children on the bus had to tell the driver that the door was closed on my daughter’s foot,” said Rosales’ mother, Ena Martinez. Martinez was outraged at the way the bus driver handled the incident. She said she reported the incident to the CHP that day and had to take her daughter to the doctor that night. Murrey said Covina-Valley Unified notified the CHP Wednesday morning and that the district has a 24-hour window to report bus accidents. State law says “whenever any school bus accident occurs, the driver shall stop at the scene, immediately notify or cause to be notified the department, his or her employer, and the school district for which the bus may be operated under contract.” CHP Officer Michele Dobbs, who tests and certifies school bus drivers, said “department” refers to the Highway Patrol. The investigations by the CHP’s and the district are ongoing. “We are investigating what transpired to determine how this incident occurred, who is at fault and if there’s fault to what degree,” said district Superintendent Louis Pappas. The driver has been working for Covina-Valley Unified since August 2001. She is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Murrey said. “Dispatch listening to the driver and having the grandmother there determined the child was not injured sufficiently,” Murrey said. “It was determined there was not an injury that required calling the California Highway Patrol.” Officials have not yet determined whether charges will be brought against the driver, Rangel said. Dobbs will review the report, authorities said. Martinez said the situation has “been devastating to me and my daughter.” She said her daughter suffered severe cuts to her arms, legs and hip. Rosales is at home and will probably be back at school next week, when she recovers from her injuries, her mother added. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want 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

Five key dates in the Mesut Ozil saga

first_imgThe fiasco started on May 13 when Ozil and fellow Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan met Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London during a charity gala event.Both players posed for pictures with Erdogan, who they presented with shirts of their respective clubs Arsenal and Manchester City, the latter of which was signed “for my president” by City star Gundogan.The photos were released on social media by Erdogan’s election campaign team on May 14, the day before the Germany squad for the World Cup finals was announced.Gundogan posted on Instagram to say the pictures were not a “political statement”, but Ozil kept silent.They were heavily criticised by German politicians and football pundits, while Reinhard Grindel, the president of the German FA (DFB), said the players had allowed themselves to be “manipulated”.– World Cup call-up –Despite heavy criticism in Germany of the controversial pictures, head coach Joachim Loew named both Ozil and Gundogan in his provisional World Cup squad on May 15.“Not for a second” had Loew thought of leaving them out, despite calls for the pair to be dropped.On May 19, Ozil and Gundogan meet Loew and senior DFB officials, plus German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin, in a failed attempt to clear up the matter.Steinmeier said both players affirmed their loyalty to Germany during the meeting.Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil (C) celebrates scoring the opening goal in the Austria v Germany friendly on June 2, but was booed by travelling German fans in Klagenfurt, Austria. © APA/AFP / Johann GRODER“I grew up here and I’m faithful to my country,” Ozil was quoted by Steinmeier as saying, while Gundogan added, “Germany is today clearly my country and my team”.– Jeers and whistles –Ozil and Gundogan were jeered and whistled by travelling German fans during a 2-1 friendly defeat away to Austria in Klagenfurt on June 2, despite Ozil scoring the opening goal.Ozil sat out the narrow friendly win over Saudi Arabia six days later in Leverkusen, but Gundogan was booed when he came on and reportedly later wept in the German dressing room.– Bierhoff blunder –Former Germany captain Lothar Matthaeus said Ozil no longer seemed comfortable playing in the Germany shirt in the wake of the shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico in the opening World Cup game.Loew then dropped Ozil for the last-gasp 2-1 win over Sweden, but reinstated him for the 2-0 defeat to South Korea which saw the holders crash out in the group stages.In an interview on July 6 in newspaper Welt, Germany’s team director Oliver Bierhoff implied Ozil should have been left out of the World Cup squad — then back-tracked in an embarrassing twist.Two days later, Grindel says Ozil should make his position clear to German fans in magazine Kicker, while Ozil’s father rejected the criticism and says his son should retire from Germany duty.– Ozil quits –(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 27, 2018 Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil reacts at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between South Korea. The 2-0 defeat in Kazan was the last of his 92 appearances for Germany. © AFP/File / Luis AcostaAfter scoring 23 goals in 92 matches for Germany, Ozil retired from international football with immediate effect on July 22 after breaking his silence in lengthy posts on Twitter and Instagram.“For me, having a picture with President Erdogan wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country,” he wrote.“The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.“I feel unwanted and think what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win but I am an immigrant when we lose.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The photo taken on May 13, 2018 showing Mesut Ozil (L) with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sparked the controversy which led to Ozil retiring from the German national football team © TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE/AFP/File / KAYHAN OZERBERLIN, Germany, Jul 23 – Here are the key moments that culminated in Mesut Ozil’s bombshell announcement he was retiring from international football after a career including Germany’s triumph at the 2014 World Cup:– Erdogan meeting –last_img read more

Los Angeles, San Francisco to go dark to illuminate cause

first_imgBy Dana Bartholomew STAFF WRITER At 8 p.m. tonight, Fernando Ludena will kill his lights, turn off his TV and cut short his Saturday night. And for one hour, he will join conservationists across Los Angeles and San Francisco who will flick off the lights for a return to the Dark Ages. It took Lights Out founder Nate Tyler six months to rally San Franciscans for the self-imposed brownout that will darken City Hall, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. He got the idea from an “Earth Hour” held in March in Sydney, Australia, where 2.2 million people hoping to see the stars cut their lights – for a 10percent drop in energy use. The savings: 25 tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking 49,000 cars off the road for an hour. A Lights Out America is planned for March 29 in cities nationwide. “We’re giving people one thing they can do to save energy that connects them to all the people around them who are concerned about the same issue – climate change,” Tyler said. “You turn out your lights, come out of your house, look at the stars and go have a candlelight dinner at a local restaurant.” San Franciscans have long been hip to Lights Out, but Angelenos had just a month to hunt for oil lamps and tapers. Lights Out L.A., recently approved by the city and county and backed by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, will withhold juice from the decorative pylons at LAX and many public buildings. Officials hope for a 15 percent reduction in usage – enough energy to power 2,500 homes for a year. “We don’t want this to be a one-night stand, but an ongoing effort to conserve energy and protect our environment,” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said during a Lights Out press conference this week in front of the Department of Water and Power. Some say public events like Lights Out are possible only because of a public shift in perception on global warming publicized by Al Gore in his movie “An Inconvenient Truth” and subsequent awards. “L.A. and San Francisco officials who haven’t done squat about energy all of a sudden want to get on board,” said Jack Solomon, a cultural critic at California State University, Northridge. “And what made it cool? Al Gore made a movie, won an Oscar and Nobel Prize and now the public’s behind it.” Brenda Ekwurzel, a climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, praised the Lights Out campaign, a California idea that might heighten awareness in the East. “I definitely think this is an example, one of the latest, where people are taking any means necessary to combat global warming,” she said. “They’re wondering when the policymakers are going to catch up nationwide.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’ll go to my bed. I’ll lie down for an hour – one hour. It’s good for saving money, saving energy,” said Ludena, 59, who lives in the San Fernando Valley. The Lights Out event endorsed by L.A. and San Francisco officials aims to turn off as many nonessential lights as possible – in homes, office and public buildings and landmarks – for one hour to cut pollution, promote energy savings and slow global warming. Participants also are asked to screw in one compact fluorescent bulb. But are fast-paced Angelenos really ready for a candlelit prime time? “This is L.A.,” said a Best Buy clerk. “It’s like telling Las Vegas to turn off the lights.” last_img read more


first_img***Minor Board Presentation Night***The minor board presentation night has been rescheduled to Friday 18th in Ostan Loch Altan at 6:30 pm! Special guest on the night is Michael Murphy!***Minor Board AGM***The Minor Board AGM will take place on Sunday, December 13th, in the clubhouse. It will now take place at 7:00 PM (rather than the previously scheduled 6:00 pm)! All parents are welcome to come! ***Volunteers for Underage football***The minor board carry out great work with the underage teams in the parish throughout the year and are always willing to accept the help from more volunteers! Anybody wishing to manage or get involved with the underage teams in the club are encouraged to attend the Minor Board AGM on Sunday the 13th at 7:00 PM in the club house; or contact Denis Doohan on 085-1742953 if you are unable to attend!***U-6/U-8/U-10 Indoor Football***The final indoor night of the year will take place this Friday, Dec 11th. We will keep you informed of when the Friday night indoor will resume in the new year!***U-12 Indoor football***U-12 Indoor football takes place Monday evenings from 6:00 pm!***Many Thanks!***Many thanks to Danny Doohan (New York) who sponsored the minor board a set of Jersey’s during the year! His continual support for the club is greatly appreciated! ****Quiz Night****Next Quiz night is this Friday, December 11th, in the Shamrock at 9:30 pm! Hope to see as many as possible there!***Club Gym/DMG Fitness***With most people intending to start of the New Year on a healthy note; how about purchasing Gym Membership or class vouchers for Christmas to give them a head-start! You can order by private messaging on DMG Fitness facebook page, or call 086-1009467CLOUGHANEELY GAA CLUB THANK US-BASED DANNY DOOHAN FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT was last modified: December 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CloughaneelyDanny DoohanGAANew York CitysponsorshipSportsupportlast_img read more


first_imgThere promises to be many tall stories (and late tackles!) when Lagan Harps F.C. host their 40th Aniversary Dinner Dance in the Mt Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny.The club have undertaken this event to co-incide with the Donegal League 40th Aniversary season. After numerous discussions with older stalwards of the club and the community it was agreed to have this night in the Mount Errigal to bring all the community and the as many Lagan players past and present altogether under the one roof for one night.At the recent launch it was also great to see a whole host of former players present players and representatives from the ladies team and the underage there.And again the club are appealing for the local community to come out as nearly every house in the Lagan area have at one time had a player or players who represented the club.The idea on the night is to remember the past the people who worked hard to launch the club, the middle the people who sustained the club and the exciting future the club has with the addition of the very successful Ladies team and the whole host of underage the club have introduced in the past years. Having been talking to people like Aidan O Donnell snr, Dessie Gibson, Jack Crawford and John O Donnell you soon get to realise the number of players the club have put through the books over the past forty years.The club are appealing to the whole wider Lagan/Manor community for the support on the night. Lagan without the help of the locl community on a dialy basis and without the help of our sponsors down the years would never have survived.Over the past few weeks the number of old photos that have surfaced and old paper clipings has really got the community going.Even some of the club’s most senior members say it is surprising to see names appearing of people who played with the club at a very early time and never realised that they ever played football.The success of the club has risen dramatically in the recent years past with lots of success at underage and especially with the ladies team winning an all Ireland title. The senior men have also tasted recent success under Jason Gibsons management.Brid Mc Ginty has to take huge credit in the introduction of the ladies team and the work Brid has contributed is imense. Ernie Pollock, John Crawford, Seamus Crossan and all the other successful coaches and managent who put in the work free of charge to maintain the Lagan underage structure. The night itself will kickoff with a dinner reception at 8pm in the Mount Erragail and the music on the night will be provided by David Craig & The Regulators.Tickets are €25 and are available from any club member or by calling the following mobile numbers:0863696198 – Damien0872268916 – Ernie To conclude the club will greatly like to see as many past and present members players and anyone that wishes to attend what will be a lively and entertaining night.The club says it cant promise all the stories on the night will be true but the one thing we will promise is a god old fashioned Lagan night out!LET’S RAISE A GLASS TO LAGAN HARPS – 40 NOT OUT! was last modified: October 19th, 2012 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:40th anniversaryLagan Harps FClast_img read more


first_imgThe Government’s draft revised wind energy guidelines have left communities living beside wind farms devastated and disillusioned with the political process, campaigners claim.Mike de Jong, a representative from CREWE (Communities for Responsible Engagement with Wind Energy) said that many groups around the country have lobbied politicians from all parties asking for them to legislate to protect families from the noise, visual pollution and property devaluation associated with living besides wind farms.The Government’s response has been to review the national guidelines for wind energy. CREWE has been hopeful that government politicians would listen to the concerns of thousands of people and insist that wind turbines have a setback distance from family homes of ten times the height of a wind turbine.There is no setback distance in Donegal at all.“In the assessment of CREWE the draft guidelines published yesterday include only a token nod to the concerns of rural communities,” said Mr de Jong.“Instead of a setback distance of ten times a turbine’s height, the government is keeping the same setback distance that has always been in place, which is 500 metres. This is in spite of wind turbines increasing in height to over 180 metres. “What is most disingenuous about the Revised Wind Energy Guidelines is that they purport to take account of the World Health Organisation recommended noise limit of 40dB. When you look at the noise measurement criteria they are proposing, however, it is clear that setting the new limits at LA90 (10min) will allow wind farms to remain 2dB over the equivalent WHO noise limit.“CREWE believes that it is plainly obvious that this government, like the last government which nearly destroyed our country economically, is more interested in protecting the profits of developers who are now investing in wind farms, than the thousands of people who will be forced to experience low frequency noise and the visual disturbance from wind turbines.”The spokesperson said that many people would be very angry at the government’s draft guidelines. The failure to appropriately respond to people’s concerns will mean that the hope of rural communities embracing wind energy is now further diminished, he said.Colm McCarthy, the economist whom the government relied on to steer a path through the financial crisis, has also called on the government to prove that wind energy is cost effective.“CREWE is very concerned that the government has been ignoring the important economic issues that Mr. McCarthy has been raising,” said Mr de Jong “Mr. McCarthy notes that Irish pre-tax electricity costs are more expensive than France, Germany and the United Kingdom. He makes it clear that the headlong rush into wind energy is one of the reasons for these high costs. He points out that wind energy requires expensive, visually obtrusive transmission lines, as well as a range of subsidies. Mr. McCarthy believes that the cost of these go directly onto our electricity bills.”The spokesperson for CREWE said that without its economic credentials, wind energy becomes a windfall for a handful of developers, but in doing so, turns large tracts of Ireland into an industrial landscape. Mr. de Jong said that we need to learn from the disastrous rush into unnecessary housing development during the Celtic Tiger years, and avoid an economic illusion dressed in seductive ‘green’ clothing.DONEGAL COMMUNITIES ‘ABANDONED’ BY GOVERNMENT IN WIND FARM DEBATE was last modified: December 12th, 2013 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:CREWEdistancesdonegalset backwind farmslast_img read more

QPR linked with move for out-of-favour Tottenham man

first_imgQPR manager Mark Hughes is considering signing David Bentley on loan from Tottenham next season, according to The People.Bentley, who has been out of favour at Spurs for some time, played under Hughes at Blackburn.The England international currently has a knee injury but has been tipped to be fit for the start of next term.The People also suggest that Chelsea are interested in signing Uruguay international Álvaro Pereira from Porto.Pereira, 26, is a left-sided player who can operate at full-back or further forward.It is claimed that Porto rate him at £23m and that Chelsea may offer £13m plus one of their young players.Click here for the QPR v Stoke quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img