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Champions League return ‘first step’ warns Inter Milan’s Chinese owner

first_img0Shares0000Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi after the Serie A side qualified for the Champions League next season © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, May 22 – Inter Milan’s Chinese owner Zhang Jindong warned Tuesday that the club’s return to Champions League football was just the “first step” in their plan to return the Italian team to past glory.Zhang’s Suning group paid nearly 270 million euros ($318 million) to buy Inter in June 2016. The club finished seventh in the 2016-2017 season. But this season they took fourth place after snatching the final Champions League berth with a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 win over direct European rivals Lazio on the final day of the season in Rome on Sunday.“First of all, I want to congratulate you all for this great achievement!” wrote Zhang in a letter published on the club’s website.“After six seasons, Inter has finally returned to the Champions League, the most prestigious competition in European football!“We have waited a long time for this day to come and this result is the fruit of your constant work. Congratulations!”“Looking back over this season, we had a good start and then we experienced a difficult and less calm period that we were able to overcome thanks to your dedication and effort.“With the desire to compete and win, we have reached our objective. This return to the Champions League is the first step, the start of a long road to tread together with the passion and confidence that the whole Nerazzurri family has shown.”“Even though the Serie A competition has just finished, our work off the pitch continues, we are all already preparing for the next season,” he added.“Many of our players will also be playing in the World Cup to honour their countries and I hope that they play with the same spirit that has always distinguished us: ‘Brothers of the World’. Forza Inter!”Three-time European champions Inter have suffered a decline since their record-breaking haul in 2010 when they won five trophies — Serie A, the Champions League, Italian Cup, Italian Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.Since then their only trophy has been the Italian Cup in 2011.Meanwhile, the club are reported to be offering captain Mauro Icardi a one-year contract extension until 2022, worth six million euros per season plus bonuses.Argentine Icardi — the joint-top Serie A scorer this season with 29 goals — has a current deal worth 4.5 million euros a year which runs until 2021.The 25-year-old’s present contract also has a 110-million-euro release clause for foreign clubs which can be activated until mid-July.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Exclusive – ‘Rooney is a CHEAT!’ Collymore slams Man United captain

first_imgFormer England striker Stan Collymore branded Three Lions captain Wayne Rooney a cheat after he appeared to dive for a penalty during Monday’s FA Cup victory at Preston North End.The League One side battled well throughout the tie and took a surprise lead at Deepdale, but United came back to secure a 3-1 win, with their last goal scored by Rooney from the spot.It was a decision shrouded with controversy, with replays showing minimal contact from goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann as he came out to challenge the striker for the ball.Down he went though, and talkSPORT pundit Collymore said following the game that there is no doubt it was a clear dive from the Red Devils skipper.“He toe pokes the ball past the goalkeeper, who he knows is coming out quickly, and he dives,” Stan told Kick Off. “That’s cheating, we’ve had this debate a million times.“People defend it by saying because there was a trip ‘threat’, that Wayne Rooney has the right to get out of the way and go down.“But why not jump over him, collect the ball and stick it in the back of the net like what used to happen? You can gloss it all you like, but for me Wayne Rooney has cheated the opposition to get a penalty.“When you wear that respect campaign armband, you owe it to the fans and the game not to do that.“I’m bitterly disappointed, he is the England captain and Manchester United captain and he’s better than that.”England manager Roy Hodgson was also in attendance at Deepdale as a pundit and defended his skipper on air following the game, saying the striker had taken “evasive action” to avoid contact from the goalkeeper.And Collymore was less than impressed with the Three Lions boss, saying his reaction was “embarrassing” and a “disgrace”.He added: “It’s absolutely embarrassing that the manager of the England national team doesn’t show enough balls to come out and say, ‘we have the respect campaign at the FA and we don’t want to see our players diving’.“Instead he has yielded to his most important player. It’s a disgrace for Hodgson to say that Rooney was taking evasive action because he wasn’t, he’s dived, he’s cheated, and as England manager he should be looking to stamp these things out!“That’s the duplicity of modern managers. Mourinho, Wenger, they all do it. When it works for them, they turn a blind eye, but when there is a decision against them, suddenly the opposition players are divers and cheaters, and it’s not good enough.”last_img read more

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3-year-old falls and drowns in RPV pool

first_imgACCIDENT: Girl’s pediatrician fathersays “everybody loved her in the neighborhood.” By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER A 3-year-old girl slipped through an open gate and drowned in her backyard pool in Rancho Palos Verdes, authorities said Wednesday. Haley Kong’s death on Tuesday was considered a “tragic accident,” sheriff’s Lt. David Coleman said. “She was playing and within a moment she was able to find herself through the crack in a gate and fell in the pool,” Coleman said. Haley’s father, Victor Kong, said he and his wife were out when the accident occurred. His 50-year-old nanny and one grandparent were home. The girl and Kong’s sons, ages 9 and 11, had been swimming earlier. When they had finished, the pool cover had been left open and the gate was not locked, he said. The accident occurred after the boys had gone to soccer practice. It was unknown how long Haley was in the water. “She was just a very lovable, fast- growing, friendly, just a beautiful girl,” said Kong, a pediatrician with an office in Gardena. “I was looking forward to being her soccer coach in a year and doing many things. Everybody loved her in the neighborhood.” Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters were called to the house in the 4000 block of Exultant Drive near Portuguese Bend at 5 p.m., deputy Oscar Butao said. The child was rushed to Little Company of Mary Hospital-San Pedro, where doctors worked to revive her for nearly an hour. “They knew me and they tried the darndest, longer than usual,” Kong said. “I knew it was too much of a hope. When I first got there, I hoped but there was no response to the efforts.” Kong said he had dealt with similar tragedies in the past as a doctor, calling them the hardest thing he had to face. Firefighters assisted the grieving family at the hospital. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Looking for the best lawnmowers on the market? Look no further

first_imgThinking of upgrading your lawnmower? Or looking to invest in one that will keep you mowing over the next few years? Then there is no better choice than a Honda. With their motto – “Engineering for Life” a lawnmower from Honda really will stand the test of time. Robert Kee Power Equipment is your No. 1 Honda Dealer in the North West, with branches in Laghey and Letterkenny Co. Donegal it is the place to visit for the great Honda Lawn and Garden Range.Robert Kee Power Equipment are stockists of the premium Honda Lawn and garden range, including the ever-popular HF2417 Ride-on Mower and the best-selling HRX Range of walk-behind lawnmowers.The Honda range is designed to put the joy into tending to your garden. The HRX range features Honda’s unique SMART Drive technology and variable speed models, offering both push and self-propelled options.The standout mower in this range is the Honda HRX537 HYE – featuring Honda’s Legendary four-stroke engine which eliminates unnecessary noise when in operation.Hydrostatic drive is included – designed if you want greater accuracy around edges, walls and flower beds by giving you fingertip control of ground speed and smoothly adjustable mower speed.Another Honda Innovation – the Versamow variable mulching system features in the 537VYE model. Its auto choke technology allows easy starts, and the 21” anti-rust Zenoy deck is robust and durable.An easy to fold handle makes transportation of the mower simple and quick. The grass bag included holds an impressive 70 litre’s making those emptying trips fewer.The HF2417 lawn tractor is the ideal ride on mower for people with larger gardens.Powered by a 17hp V-Twin premium Honda Engine it is designed to get the best cutting and collecting performance whatever the grass collection – no stalling or clogging! The unique Optiflow fan feature allows for assisted grass collection on both wet and dry grass. Optiflow is unique to Honda as is sure to make cutting large areas of grass a breeze. You can flick a switch on the HF2417 to engage the Versamow mulching system.One of the most popular assets of this mower is its variable speeds available through a hydrostatic transmission.Call into either of our showrooms in Laghey or Letterkenny and view our full range of Honda Lawnmowers, our experienced staff are always available to assist you and offer advice on which machine would suit your needs best, or why not shop in the comfort of your own home and get your lawnmower delivered straight to your home?Our full range of lawnmowers are available on our website. We offer delivery daily throughout Donegal and also deliver Nationwide throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.See our full range online at www.robertkee.ieLooking for the best lawnmowers on the market? Look no further was last modified: March 30th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:GardeningHondaLawnmowerRobert Keesummerlast_img read more

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My Donegal… with Business Advisor Siobhán Grant

first_imgSiobhán Grant runs Grant Connections, a Business Advisory and Training Company. A native of Buncrana she lives with her son Andrew in Letterkenny. Apart from business, her interests include sport, music, politics and most of all, people!My Donegal… with Siobhan GrantSiobhan Grant, Grant Connections(1) Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why?The beaches are my favourite places. Fahan, Rathmullan, Portsalon, Ards and Moville all hold a special place in my heart! Childhood memories of learning to swim in Fahan with my Mum will never be forgotten. These days I love listening to the music of the waves and often enjoy a chatty beach walk with a friend.(2 ) How do you like to spend Christmas in the county?I generally relax at Christmas and focus on family. Home is my favourite place over the festive season. I love all of the music associated with the season. Our extended family meet on Christmas morning for mass in Fahan where the choir is always wonderful. (3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?I look up to all of the people who have started a business in Donegal, past and present. It is great to see so many people able to live and support themselves in this fabulous county. And we have some very successful businesses to be proud of such as James McGinley with his Coach and Cruise business, Denis Sheridan who has built up a brilliant Environmental business to Marina Hamilton who combines her love of animals with her fabulous artistic skills.(4) What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?It is more than one thing! The scenery, peace, its people and our food! And not forgetting our culture too!(5) Do you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters?I have to say that I prefer the summer when you can get up and swim in the morning on a beach on your own before going to work! The long evenings also give you time for a few holes of golf or a nice meal with a great choice of views.(6) What would you do on your ideal day out in Donegal?A swim, catching up with some friends for some food, relaxing in the outdoors followed by more food and a few drinks! (7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?I love Rathlin Knitwear, McNutt’s Scarves, Filligans Relish and our wonderful meat. I have great respect for Lottie Dolls too!(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?People like Seamus Coleman, Paul McGinley and Jason Quigley are all great ambassadors for our county. They are true professionals and are committed to the success of the county.(9) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?The person that I admire most in Donegal is Seamus McMenamin of Mantis Cranes and McMenamin Engineering. He never gives up; he cares about people and is never short of ideas.(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Probably Ray Houghton. I lived in Birmingham when he was playing for Aston Villa and being from Buncrana I just had to go and see him play. Then his goals in Euro 88 and USA in 1994 were such highlights of some great times for Ireland. I had a conversation about Ray with my Dad on the last day of his life as he was a fan too! I met Ray in my local, the Orchard, with his cousin Rosie who is a neighbour of mine. His real life friendliness was great.(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?In Letterkenny I love Moonshine and was delighted to see Paul McDaid opening at night recently serving wonderful food. I also love the Railway Tavern for atmosphere and the Olde Glen near Carrigart. (12) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I wouldn’t change anything! I think it is pretty special as it is. When I lived and worked in England I spent hours on motorways, days looking out at concrete and longed for the fresh air of Donegal. I have everything here that I need!(13) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?I love words like ‘futter’ and ‘thran’. And I suppose one of my favourite sayings is ‘sure it will be alright’! And it usually is!(14) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?I think for young people it is the challenge of being themselves and not giving in to ‘social’ pressures or the need for instant/constant gratification. For all of us our mental health is a challenge. But I believe that living in Donegal is good for anyone’s mental health!(15) What is your favourite Donegal food?I have to mention Doherty’s bread in Moville. It is owned by my Mum’s family connections but I do believe the bread tastes better than any other! (16) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Sometimes people being late annoys me. I am fairly punctual but at this stage I know the people who are generally late and make allowances for them.(17) Do you have a favourite local band?Dermot Donohue and the Delta Blues band are great. You just have to dance when you hear them and the crack is fairly good with them too.(18) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?I suppose our access routes could be improved but that will happen in time. I would probably use the million to highlight all of the positive things we have around us. The Wild Atlantic Way has been visited by millions of people from all around the world. Donegal people have so much to be proud of that we should be promoting our county to ourselves and others all of the time.(19) Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?I like both. Daniel makes me smile while Packie gave us a moment we will never forget. I was in an Irish bar in Coventry when he made his famous Irish save. We were out on the roundabouts shouting and some of the locals hadn’t a clue why! But most of them did!(20) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?I am proud of our resilience. We don’t give up easily. We don’t allow our perceived peripherality to keep us back. And I am immensely proud of our footballers. I am lucky enough to have witnessed many great games in Ballybofey, Clones, Croke Park and O’Donnell Park. Proud days!Connect with Siobhán on www.grantconnections.ieWould you like to take part in the My Donegal series? Get in touch by emailing info@donegaldaily.comMy Donegal… with Business Advisor Siobhán Grant was last modified: January 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Grant ConnectionsMY DONEGALSiobhan Grantlast_img read more

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JEDWARD COME OUT OF THE CLOSET……..AND SUPPORT DONEGAL!

first_imgIt’s what we’ve all suspected for a very long time……..John and Edward are …………Donegal fans!The terrible twins might claim to be from south Dublin but they secretly long to be from Drumkeen, Drumoghill or Donegal Town.And the proof is on our exclusive video of the pair in the Big Brother household this week when John (or maybe it was Edward!!) finally came clean. The pair would love nothing more than to line out alongside Michael Murphy, Karl Lacey or Kevin Cassidy.But just because they were born in Dublin means they have to pretend to be happy wearing the blue jersey and screaming from the Hill.But come 5pm today the boys know there will only be one team left standing – Donegal.So S-Up John and Edward? You backing a real team?!! JEDWARD COME OUT OF THE CLOSET……..AND SUPPORT DONEGAL! was last modified: August 28th, 2011 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:jedwardlast_img read more

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Crime Alert – Gardai issue warning over suspicious activity

first_imgGarda have issued a text alert this evening over the suspicious behaviour of individuals driving a car in the Glenties area.They have a report of a green Fiat Punto car acting suspicious in the Glenties area this evening.Anybody with any information is asked to contact Milford Garda on 0749153060. Crime Alert – Gardai issue warning over suspicious activity was last modified: November 17th, 2016 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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Gackle on the Sharks: Stanley Cup or bust?

first_imgSAN JOSE — As soon as Doug Wilson completed the trade of the decade last month, the bar of expectations for the 2018-19 Sharks season soared through the stratosphere.Adding Erik Karlsson to a blue line that already includes Team Canada alumni Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic made the Sharks the talk of the NHL heading into training camp. My colleague Dieter Kurtenbach described the season as “Stanley Cup or bust” for the Sharks. Even head coach Pete DeBoer jumped onboard with this idea, …last_img

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5 Simple Cinematography Hacks for Under $50

first_imgNeed a makeshift camera rig on a small budget? Check out these five cinematography hacks that can be made for under $50.Top image from FilmoraBeing on set always requires you to be on your toes and use whatever materials you have to get the shot. Sometimes you may forget a piece of equipment, or something on set will break. Then you’ll need to figure out a quick fix to make sure that the shoot goes on.Like the 5 Filmmaking Hacks we’ve previously covered, all of these cinematography hacks are great DIY fixes. Also, make sure you have plenty of gaff tape on set. You’re going to need it.1. Camera Bean BagImage from Chris Hansen via DIY Photo Cheapo DepotIf you don’t have a few hundred bucks to spend on a Cinesaddle or Vbag, try making your own. With a Ziploc bag and some beans, rice, or kernels of popcorn, you can instantly make your own camera cushion for some extra stabilization.If you want something a little tougher than a Ziploc bag, try a pencil case for small cameras or a softshell laptop case. For best results, put a Ziploc bag inside of another case. Be sure to let the air out of the Ziploc bag, so it can conform around the camera.Supplies: Ziploc Bag (~$0.08 each), Pencil Case (~$3), 1 lb Beans (~$7) or 1 lb Rice (~$5) or 1 lb Popcorn Kernels (~$4)Estimated Cost: $8.082. Baby Powder ViewfinderImage from John Korda via Shitty Rigs Using an empty bottle of baby powder, this new dad built an amazing viewfinder. He cut out the bottom of the baby powder bottle, then attached a magnifying glass. With a little gaff tape and rubber bands, he had built his own custom viewfinder.Supplies: Baby Powder Bottle (~$4), 2 Rubber Bands (~$0.17 each), Magnifying Glass (~$6)Estimated Cost: $10.34For the following Dolly Hacks, let’s assume you already have a tripod. Any tripod will work with these cinematography hacks. 3. Dolly Hack: Furniture SlidersVideo from Filmora Video EditorStick moving furniture pads under your tripod legs to create a dolly. Furniture slider pads are designed to move heavy furniture throughout a house without scratching the floor. They’ll be able to handle just about any weight of camera setup.Furniture sliders are designed for indoors, so these won’t really help you if you are out on location.Supplies: Your Tripod, Furniture Slider PadsEstimated Cost: $10-$204. Dolly Hack: Wheelchair (Rolling Chair, Stroller, Shopping Cart)Image from monnomestdavid via Shitty RigsTrying to pull off some smooth dolly shots without tracks? Try using a cart with wheels. A wheelchair is the best option, as they are built to give a smooth ride. Finding a wheelchair is a bit harder, but you can get them online. You can usually find a deal on a used one.Also take advantage of your location. Shooting in a hospital? There are wheelchairs around. Grocery store? Try a shopping cart. Library? Use a rolling book cart. Office? Rolling chair.You don’t have to have a stabilizer rig like the photo above, you can just as easily sit in the chair and have the camera over your shoulder.Image from bdht via Shitty RigsYou can also build a dolly rig out of a baby stroller. Go for the jogging stroller for extra speed and a smoother ride. There are plenty of used strollers available for cheap online.Estimated Price: ~$50 for a Used Jogging Stroller, up to ~$100 for a New Wheelchair5. Dolly Hack: Skateboard (Rollerblades)In this video, see how Tyler Mannheimer builds a skateboard dolly rig.Video from TPV ProductionsIn the video, you saw them attach a fluid head to a skateboard, but you can also use a skateboard many other ways. You can sit on it, and have a second person push you. If you already have a handheld stabilizer, you can also just hop on a skateboard and go. If you can’t skateboard, throw on a pair of rollerblades.Estimated Price: $37Want more DIY Hacks? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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NAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full Frame

first_imgAt this year’s NAB Show, full frame filmmakers found out what they should expect from Canon’s new C700 FF. Here’s what we know.All images via Canon.NAB 2018 certainly attracts the big guns from some of the best digital camera makers in the game. Not to be outdone by their competitors, Canon has unveiled their new much-hyped digital full frame offering: the Canon C700 FF. While the camera has been announced for some time, it’s finally on the floor and getting some pretty rave reviews.Here’s everything you need to know about this new offering.Full Frame CMOS SensorSo, as the FF name would imply, the C700 FF is full frame (38.1 x 20.1mm) and supports readouts at Super 35mm, Super 16mm, anamorphic modes, and full size. The CMOS sensor is 17×9 and can record at nearly 6K-5.9K (5925 x 3140). The new full frame sensor also offers a broader range of tonality and lower noise. It can also exceed 15 stops of dynamic range, which should yield more natural skin tones and greater cinematic grading.Oversampling 4K ProcessingAlong with the new full frame CMOS sensor, the Canon C700 FF also uses a new “high-quality debayering algorithm” for its oversampling 5.9K in 4K, UHD, 2K, and FHD recording. This reduces graininess and moiré for higher-quality video recording compared to native 4K image capture.Other FeaturesIn many ways, the C700 FF is the same camera as the C700 in terms of features and looks (you can’t distinguish between the two on the NAB floor). However, this just means that the original C700 capabilities are now available full frame, like the 5.9K RAW 60p recording (72fps at 2K crop and up to 168fps). Both EP and PL mount models are now available with the EF mount option, including Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus tech.Here are some more tech and specs:Built-in ND filters5.9K full frame CMOS sensorNew sensor modes: full frame, Super 35mm, and Super 16mm15-stops dynamic rangeGreater range of lens optionsDual Pixel CMOS AF system with Canon EF mountSupports Canon Cinema RAW, ProRes and XF-AVCCost: $33,000And for more NAB 2018 coverage, check out these other great articles:NAB 2018: Blackmagic is Releasing A New Pocket Cinema CameraNAB 2018 Announcement: The Sony FS5 Gets an UpdateNAB 2018: Blackmagic Announces DaVinci Resolve 15NAB 2018: SmallHD Unveils 5 New Focus MonitorsNAB 2018: LaCie’s Rugged Hard Drive Gets Tougherlast_img read more

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