first_imgOffers of help are flooding in for a little Letterkenny girl who needs €6,000 for life-improving treatment.Little Sarah McFeely, 3, suffers from a form of Cerebral Palsy and is due to travel to the Peto Institute in Hungary to have treatment.Mum and dad Ray McFeely and Bronagh Colhoun have put out an SOS for help in raising the funds to get Sarah her treatment in Budapest in June. And the Donegal public (as usual!) have stepped forward and answered their call.From donations for a tattoo studio in Letterkenny to sponsored discos at the Central Nightclub to women volunteering to run the Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon, the cash is starting to flow in.Ray and Bronagh are in the process of planning their trip to Budapest with Sarah for her intensive course of treatment.But Ray says he and his family already have already seen the enormous goodwill of the people of Donegal. “Everyone has been fantastic. Since word got out about our campaign to send Sarah to the Peto Institute, people have been amazing.“Not just our good friends but people we never even knew are planning on doing things to raise money.“Sarah is a great little girl and never complains about her challenging life but we never have thought how good people could have been,” he said.For more about little Sarah’s plight log on to OFFERS OF HELP FLOOD IN FOR SARAH’S GREAT SMILE! was last modified: January 26th, 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:Peto InstituteSarah McFeelylast_img read more


first_imgCancer campaigner Betty Holmes is an example of all that is great about community volunteers. The Newtowncunningham woman has spent her life campaigning to upgrade cancer services in Donegal. And she’s not finished yet! What is your favourite place in Donegal and why? Ah now that has to be Newtowncunningham where I have lived for over 36 years since I got married and had our children, among many things it is the gateway to Inishowen. Newtowncunningham has over many, many years a great community spirit where the folk have worked away for the good of the community & area with little or no funding. We just get on with the work to be done! Newtowncunnigham’s key potential as an economic hub for business & community development over many years has not been acknowledged or highlighted at the level it should have been. Newtowncunningham has so much to offer at so many levels. Great place, good people!If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?That we the people of the county would start to be more proactive in realizing just how powerful we as the people of the county are & can be, how we can bring about change for the people of Donegal, how beautiful County Donegal is and what great things we have. I would like us to start to take every opportunity to make sure that it is known everywhere we can and that should start in our homes & our national schools.Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why? I’m not sure I could single any one person out as there are many good folk who work away and do their best who I admire for not just their effort but also for the time they give to others. I do suppose I have a very special “soft spot” for a lady from Newtowncunningham Mrs. Sarah Baxter, she is an inspiration to us all, respectful, polite, caring, great sense of humour, down to earth and lives her life with such dignity. Mrs. Baxter to me is a fine example of our older generation who have lived through such hard times, given so much for us all and yet live their lives to the fullest. Also Sarah is a great knitter. She will be 91 on the 4th August and is still full of life.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Both have made a very valuable contribution to Donegal but for this question it would have to be Packie Bonner.Packie definitely put not only Donegal but Ireland on the map and is remembered for his famous penalty save from Daniel Timofte of Romania at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy during the knockout stage. He earned 80 caps for the Republic of Ireland national football team after making his debut on his 21st birthday. With 642 appearances, Bonner is the most prolific goalkeeper in Celtic history, and their fifth-most prolific player of all time. Donegal is proud of Packie and we shouldn’t forget his amazing contribution to the county & sport. Packie is & can continue to be an inspiration to so many young people here in Donegal & that with hard work, dedication & commitment you can do it!What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Sure wouldn’t that have to be the Donegal team with Jim Mc Guinness on Sunday 22nd July 2012…go Donegal go! What was Donegal’s saddest moment?There are many in Donegal but I suppose the tragic road deaths always come to mind and in particular the one in Inishowen in 2010, so many lives lost.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?I would have at this time to say Donegal’s Rapeseed Oil and I am very proud when I drive up & down the road at Sharon Glebe, Newtowncunningham and see the big sign in the field that say’s “DONEGAL PURE RAPESEED OIL, STARTS HERE, FROM THIS FIELD TO YOUR KITCHENTABLE” Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Now that has to be our Daniel O’ Donnell, not just for his music skills & abilities but also for the dignified & respectful manner that he has always conducted himself. The time & acknowledgement he gives to his fans is amazing, sometimes artists forget who keeps them where they are but not Daniel. Daniel is never afraid or to proud to remember where he comes from, to acknowledge that life hasn’t always been easy for him or his family and he never forgets to highlight the beauty of Donegal & it’s people. Daniel always rises above the negative remarks and shows us how powerful having the strength not to respond can be.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Sir Gerry Robinson, a successful business man & a great person who never is too busy to help where & when he can….inspirational!Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?That would have to be our own Shay Given, he has done so much but has never forgotten where he came from and is so down to earth. Again Shay is such an inspiration to Donegal’s young people. But it is also important to mention Chloe Magee, Raphoe at this time who is doing Donegal proud with her badminton skills at the Olympics! I couldn’t not mention young Brian Gillespie who is dancing at the Olympics and doing Newtowncunningham & Donegal proud. The dancing may not be considered a sport but like sport the level of hard work, commitment & dedication shouldn’t be forgot. Well done Brian!What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?It would have to be the Tin Tai Chinese in Letterkenny. Con & I have been going there since it opened many years ago. The food is really good but equally if not more important is the high quality standard of service mixed with a very caring & homely welcome & atmosphere, Bobby & the staff are definitely in a class of their own. Bobby takes the time always to talk to all their customers it doesn’t matter if it is your first time or like us you come on a regular bases, you definitely feel your custom is not only valued but that they care about you, a real Donegal welcome!Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?It has to be basking sharks….with our son Mark & my brother Kevin who spend a big part of their lives following & watching the sharks, we have all now became passionate about them. And I bet ye didn’t know that Ireland (and indeed Donegal) has an important historic association with the basking shark through the earliest-published references. The first being Williem Henry in 1739 and of more famous note a record from Thomas Pennant during his Tour of Scotland in 1772 “they inhabit most parts of the western coasts of the northern seas…. and on the coast of Ireland in the Bay of Ballyshannon”. There is also written and archaeological evidence of the establishment of a whale and shark fishery with a rendering plant built by Mr Thomas Nesbitt, the inventor of the first swivel gun in Donegal Bay in 1759 (McGonigle, 2008). That information I took from nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?That would have to be Dr. John Mc Geehan, Scally’s Practice, Letterkenny. No matter when you see him, he is immaculately dressed, stylish more of a classic style than modern with great matching colors in shirts & ties. And the shoes are always polished! Despite his stylish & well dressed appearance every day, he is a very down to earth caring & approachable man, is a really good doctor who puts all his patients at ease, a real family man.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“ ahhh is it ever going to stop raining” Don’t think it rains as much as we “whinge” about it!Will Donegal win the All Ireland this year?Of course they will, you shouldn’t have to ask…..have to say thanks to our son Mark, we learned very early the importance of having the Donegal flags out and with the energy of Jim & the team they will show the rest of Ireland & the world just what Donegal folk are capable off, it is time Sam came back to Donegal, it’s rightful home…..come on Donegal!What is your favourite Donegal food?Donegal fish….just love Donegal salmon…hmmm and the Donegal Catch ads are great!Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?The negative attitude & gossiping!!If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?Donegal’s Community Hospitals for our elderly & patients who need long term & respite care!MY DONEGAL …….CANCER CAMPAIGNER BETTY HOLMES was last modified: July 29th, 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:Betty HolmesMY DONEGALlast_img read more


first_imgNEWSLETTERSt. Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town Fr. Willie Peoples 074-9721026Saturday 2nd 10.00am Bill Mc Cabe – Deceased 6.00pm Brid ,John, & Anthony McHugh – AnniversarySunday 3rd 9.00am Bridget Mc Ginley – Recently Deceased11.30am Bridie Jordan – AnniversaryMonday 4th 9.30am Tuesday 5th 9.30am Hanna & Denis Lucy – AnniversaryThursday 7th 9.30am Frances Hughes – Recently DeceasedFriday 8th 9.30amSaturday 9th 10.00am6.00pm Mary McGonagle – Months Mind Sunday 10th 9.00am11.30am Paddy Rooney – AnniversaryMasses During the Week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am.Eucharistic Adoration- St. Patrick’s Church, Thursdays from 10.00am -9.00pm. All Welcome! Recent Death – Frances Hughes, mother of Pat, Golf Course Road. Funeral was in Headford on Wednesday.First Confessions for Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala – 11th March at 7.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.First Holy Communion – 11th May at 11.00am.First Confession for Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maistri – 21st May at 5.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.First Holy Communion – 25th May at 11.00am in St Patrick’s Church.United by The Holy Spirit – This weekend the parish community congratulates the young adults who received the sacrament of Confirmation. Pentecost saw the birth of a new community, the new People of God. This weekend those who were confirmed here are now the new young adult Christian community in the parish.FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISER PROCEEDS IN AID OF ST PATRICK’S PARISH CENTREIn the Mill Park Hotel, on 12th March. Local shops will showcase a selection of garments from their current range. From sports wear to classic and fashionable lines all your fashion needs will be met. There will be musical entertainment and spot prizes to be won.Tickets are €10. Show starts 8.00 pm.St. Agatha’s Church, Clar Fr. Danny Mc Brearty 074-9721093Saturday 2nd 6.30pm Mary Geary – AnniversarySunday 3rd 10.30am Anthony O’Sullivan – AnniversarySaturday 9th 6.30pm The deceased members of the Mc Govern family – AnniversarySunday 10th 10.30am Gerry McKeown – AnniversaryMasses During the Week – Monday, Thursday & Friday 10.00am. Wednesday 7.00pm.Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Tuesday from 3.00pm -7.00pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.Prayers Requested For – Dr Malachy Mc Closkey – Anniversary.Recent Deaths – Charlie O’ Donnell, Spierstown & Ardara, funeral was in Ardara on Friday, father of Fidelma & Frank.Mary Browne, funeral was in Stranorlar on Tuesday.First Confession – For the children from St Francis School on Thursday, 21st March at 7.00pm.ST JOHN BOSCO CENTREThe AGM of the St John Bosco Clubs will be held on Friday 8th March at 8pm. Volunteers needed for bingo nights, light duties. New club members welcome, membership fee €10 per person or €48 per family. Squash Court membership for the new year due on the 28th February. Contact Sheanna on 0873581568.CHILDREN’S CRAFT CLASSES At Morna’s Patch, suitable for 3rd, 4th & 5th class pupils. 11.00am – 12.00 starting Saturday 9th March. Booking essential, contact Morna 074 9721659 between 11.00am – 5.30pm.COMMUNITY HEALTH WALKS Free and open to everyone aged 18 and over. Donegal Town, Bank Walk, Tuesdays 11.00am-12.00pm. Starting 12th March.FOUR MASTERS Underage presentation will take place next Sunday March 10th at 6pm in Doms Pier 1. This includes ladies underage players, also county players will be present.LEGHOWNEY NOTESLeghowney’s production of “It Runs is the Family” will take to the stage on Sunday 10th at 8.30sharp. It will run all week until Friday 15th inclusive with the exception of Wednesday night when there will be no play. It’s an absolutely brilliant play and one not to be missed….Next Hooley will take place on Wednesday 6th March at 8.30, with music by George Bustard. Admission just €5 and supper served.HURLING & CAMOGIEResumes Friday 8th March, Tirchonnail Park. Registration will be available on the evening U8-U10s 6-7pm (€20) and U12s and above 7-8pm (€30). All equipment supplied. Parish Bulletin e-mail address is dtkiltd@gmail.comDD LOCAL: DONEGAL TOWN AND LAGHEY PARISH BULLETIN was last modified: March 3rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LOCAL: DONEGAL TOWN AND LAGHEY PARISH BULLETINlast_img read more


first_imgKarora Gradual Tan Golden GirlPOST-HOLIDAY BOOST FOR SKIN AND HAIRSo your back from holidays and your skin and hair needs some TLC. Here are a few tips and products to watch out for.Karora Gradual Tan Golden Girl light/medium150ml (rpp€14.99) available from pharmaciesThe advantage of using a gradual tan moisturiser is the amount of control you have over the depth of colour you want.I firmly believe in “loving the skin you’re in” but if you’re determined to tan, then this is a safe alternative to traditional baking in the sun. A gradual tan is a great starting point if you are a self-tan novice.Irish brand Karora is taking centre stage with its self tan products and its Gradual Tan has proved to be a popular brand with its “subtle sun-kissed colour with intense hydration for face and body.”Gradual tanning products contain less dihydroxyacetone (DHA), the additive that darkens the skin.This means that it is less likely to streak.The first thing noticeable about Karora Gradual Tan is the scent. It has a very strong citrus scent which did linger after application. It was easy to apply and very hydrating. It was also suitable for the face as well as body.Thankfully, it had gone by the next day and the colour was a delicate shade and I was very pleased with it.I felt it did suit a Celtic complexion. It wasn’t orange at all.As with all gradual tans, if you prefer a deeper tan, then, add another layer and build up to your desired colour. Would I use it again? Yes, it was one of the few gradual tans that gave a subtle colour without streaking.Other products for the Karora self-tanning range include:Karora Tinted Self Tan Mist in either dark or golden glow.Garnier Ambre Solaire After Sun Hydrating Tan Maintainer 200ml €5.84This product is very rich and glides easily over the skin making application a doddle.It does have a lingering fake tan biscuity smell but delivers good coverage with a more obvious colour compared with the Karora product after one application.The downside for me was the scent was still quite strong the following day. The colour was nice and the product moisturised the skin really well.Garnier Skin Naturals Summer Body Moisturising Lotion – 250ml €3.49This is a lovely product and very affordable.Sometimes there’s no getting away from a fake tan smell and this is just is the same for this one but it did go away eventually and I was pleased with the subtle colour.FIRST-AID FOR HAIRIt’s not just you that can suffer from holiday blues, your hair can suffer some serious damage as a result of UV rays, salt, humidity and chlorine.Here are some tips to help restore lifeless, straw-like hair back to healthy, shiny locksHave your hair cut.Even it’s just a trim, it will make a huge difference to your hair health. Getting those damaged ends chopped will prevent further damage and encourage healthy re-growth.An intensive salon rescue treatment to help replace the moisture lost through sun damage is a good idea but that can be done at home if your budget doesn’t stretch that far.USE A DEEP CLEANSING SHAMPOOThis will help to clear your hair of a build up of chlorine. Follow with a good conditioning treatment or moisturising masque and you will see a noticeable difference. Just try to avoid washing your hair everyday for a while.AVOID OVER-USE OF HAIR STRAIGHTENERSUsing straighteners too often and incorrectly will cause damage to hair.Try and have a rest day from use to help your hair recover from its holiday.* Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo 250ml €1.89* Naked Shine Unveiled Hydrating Conditioner 250ml €5.89LIFESTYLE: POST-HOLIDAY BOOST FOR SKIN AND HAIR was last modified: August 20th, 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:Karora Gradual Tan Golden GirlLIFESTYLE: POST-HOLIDAY BOOST FOR SKIN AND HAIRlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal IT and Internet Safety Expert Niall Mulrine from Pc Clean has been shortlisted in the Irish Blog Awards 2013.Niall MulrineThese annual awards held in Dublin takes nominations from people over Ireland, who vote on their favourite blog website by an Irish owner.His free website is a free resource for parents, teachers and children on how best to protect themselves online, behave online, how to react to online abuse. Such is the content on the website, it has been receiving a lot of traffic over the summer months.Articles which Niall compiles himself range from top tips for parents to stay safe online, tips for children if they are getting cyber-bullied, global news stories of internet privacy issues and how it can be fixed for people not to fall into the same trap.Because of this website, Niall has become known nationally and globally for this expertise in the field of Internet Safety.He often communicates with people in the same field from other countries who are doing their best to get knowledge out to people to be the best digital citizen he can. Niall has built a niche area from his IT background as owner of Pc Clean in Ballybofey, in the area of online safety.He has been delivering workshops to children, teachers and parents over the last few years nationally on the dangers online and how best to embrace it and protect themselves from the dangers.Niall’s passion can be seen at his workshops that he holds in schools, community centres and other locations, with the knowledge and understanding of the victims feel and behave when in trouble.His workshops were developed by himself as a result to a need to the local community as parents and teachers often asked him about social media effects on their will go through a rigorous judging panel in October to if his website will make it to a category winner. DONEGAL INTERNET SAFETY EXPERT SHORTLISTED FOR IRISH BLOG AWARDS was last modified: August 22nd, 2013 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:internet safetyNiall MulrinePC Cleanlast_img read more


first_imgLifford Clonleigh Resource Centre NotesBasic First Aid: We are looking to run a basic first aid course held over 2 to 3 evenings.If you are interested please contact the Lifford/Clonleigh resource on 074 91 41773. Thank you. Camera Club: The Centre is looking at the possibility of setting up a camera club – if you have an interest in photography and would like to exchange idea/tips/chat with other like minded people then give us a call! 074 91 41773.Binnion Walk: The Third Annual 4k Walk to the Mass Rock at Binnion, the Altar Lee, will take place on Sunday 29 June at 3 pm starting at Maggies Tavern, Carrickmore. It is a €5 donation to participate and funds go in aid of the Ballyduff Community Group Home, Lifford. There will be a barbeque and music after the walk at Maggies.What courses would you like to see run at the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre?If you have any ideas of courses/activities you would like to see being run in the future please contact the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre on 074 91 41773. BLOSSOMS: Blossoms charity shop is open Tuesday to Thursday from 12pm to 4pm and Friday from 10am to 1pm. We would also like you to donate any old items such as books, clothes etc. Thank you for your help and support.Furniture Transformation using Chalk Paints: This course has started but due to popularity we are still taking names to run another course, so, if you are still interested, contact the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre on 074 91 41773. Thank you.Community Walking Group:up, walk, followed by a cooling down session and a cuppa.These walks will be geared towards you, so we walk within your abilities. They will run for ten weeks and are free.So if you are interested contact the Lifford – Clonleigh Resource Centre on 074 91 41773. Come along and let’s go walking. Dyslexia support classes: Did you find reading at school difficult, if so, maybe you are dyslexic?Never worry because we have a course that will start you off at the beginning with reading and writing, great tutors, work at your own pace and learn with others at the same level.Just leave your name and number by contacting the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre on 074 91 41773.Book Club: Would you be interested in joining a Book Club? If you are, just leave your name and number with James/Marie at the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre by calling 074 91 41773. Thank You. Up and coming courses at Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre.• Furniture Transformation using Chalk Paints.• Book Club.• Child protection.• First Aid.• Gardening.• Internet skills.• Basic/Conversational Irish.• English as a second language.• Basic computer course.• Photography.• Photoshop.• Spanish.We are still taking names for these courses so if you are interested, please contact the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre on 074 91 41773. Thank you.DD LOCAL: BASIC FIRST AID CLASSES AVAILABLE AT LIFFORD CLONLEIGH RESOURCE CENTRE was last modified: June 27th, 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:cOMMUNITY NOTESFeaturesLiffordnewsNoticeslast_img read more

‘I can see why he’s favourite’ – Micky Gray backs Allardyce for England job

first_imgMicky Gray has backed Sam Allardyce for the England job, but still has doubts any manager will be able to lead the Three Lions onto victory.The FA are in the process of searching for a new coach to take the reins following Roy Hodgson’s resignation, which came in the wake of the humiliating defeat at the hands of Iceland which knocked England out of Euro 2016.There are few top class managers available, and the early front runners have ruled themselves out of the job – including Gareth Southgate and Brendan Rodgers.In terms of hiring an Englishman, the only clear candidates remaining are Sunderland boss Allardyce and Crystal Palace’s Alan Pardew, and the former is odds-on favourite to be offered the job.Speaking to Drivetime, Gray backed Allarydce to take the job, claiming it is easy to understand why he is the favourite.The former Black Cats midfielder said: “I can see why he’s favourite.“He’s got a philosophy, a way of playing. Some people like it, some people don’t.  He’s not a yes man, he wouldn’t agree to what the FA asks him to do.“I think he’d take over the reins, and would certainly get everybody onside.”However, even if Allardyce is appointed boss, Gray doubts whether he will be able to lead England to tournament success.But it is not just the Sunderland boss who will struggle with the Three Lions, as Gray believes the problems run much deeper than simply the manager.“But I think it still lies a little bit deeper than a manager,” he added.“The next manager, whoever it is, will have 15 games in charge – he’ll probably win 13 of them. And then we’ll go into the next competition – hopefully Russia – and I think the players will bottle it again.”last_img read more

11 players Man United could’ve signed for the £25m they are paying Pogba’s agent

first_img 11 11 For Mino Raiola’s reported fee of £25m for his role in Paul Pogba’s move to Man United, the Red Devils could have signed Ilkay Gundogan (who went from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City for £21.8m). Click the arrow, right, to see who else United could sign for Raiola’s agent fee – Gundogan was one of Europe’s most wanted midfielders a few seasons ago and while his class is undoubted, he has picked up a number of injuries. 11 Paul Pogba’s move back to Manchester United is only now reportedly being held up by his agent’s fee for securing the transfer.Mino Raiola, who also represents new Red Devils Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, is due £25m should the £100m transfer go through, although the hold up is over who will pay it.While Raiola believes Juventus should pay it as he is bringing them in a world record transfer fee, Juve are refusing to pay him a penny.Manchester United are thought to be willing to compromise and pay half of the £25m, with Juventus paying the other half, but the Italian champions are unwilling to budge.Even if United manage to pay £12.5m, that is still just £0.25m short of the fee they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo, but who could they get for the full £25m, should they end up paying it?Click the arrow above, right, to see who could have been bought in with the fee Raiola is demanding. Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb to Juventus) – £19m – Pjaca scored 19 goals in 60 games for Zagreb and is the most expensive player to be sold by the Croatian league. 11 11 11 Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich to Borussia Dortmund) – £21.8m – A creative forward who rejected Premier League offers to return to Dortmund. Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle to Liverpool) – £25m – Relegated last season but one of the stars of the Eredivisie the season before. 11 Vincent Janssen (AZ Alkmaar to Tottenham) – £18.5m – One of the stars of the Dutch league last season and surely a guarantee of goals comes with this price tag. 11 11 11 Ousmane Dembele (Rennes to Borussia Dortmund) – £12.5m – Dembele is one for the future but tore apart the United defence during Dprtmubd’s 4-1 win over the Red Devils in preseason. Samuel Umtiti (Lyon to Barcelona) – £21m – Umtiti was one of the breakout stars of the French Euro 2016 squad after filling their centre back problems. Victor Wanyama (Southampton to Tottenham) – £11m – A midfielder with bags of Premier League experience costing just over a tenth of the Pogba sum… or less than half the agent fee! Nolito (Celta Vigo to Manchester City) – £14m – Nolito rejected Barcelona to work with Pep Guardiola again but still cost £11m less than Raiola is demanding. Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica to Atletico Madrid) – £20m – A player who has been linked with United almost every summer for the last five seasons. 11 Joe Allen (Liverpool to Stoke City) – £13.5m – United were linked with Allen after a stunning Euro 2016 which saw him named in the Team of the Tournament. last_img read more

TRANSFER BATTLE! Sunderland to go head-to-head with AC Milan for Benfica flyer

first_img Benfica flyer Eduardo Salvio AC Milan have joined Sunderland in the race for Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio.The Argentina international scored 13 goals last season and his performances have attracted interest from a number of suitors.Sunderland have been heavily linked with the 26-year-old and some reports had even claimed they were ready to make a £21m bid.However, according to A Bola, the Black Cats will have to fight off competition from Italian giants AC Milan.The Serie A side have identified Salvio as one of their top targets this summer and they have made contact with Benfica over a possible transfer.As well as Milan and Sunderland, Monaco have also expressed an interest. 1last_img

Valley home sales declining

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Home sales fell an annual 24.8 percent in the San Fernando Valley during February and the median price eased back from January’s record high amid a surge in inventory as the market continued cooling, a trade group said Thursday. Prices have been basically flat for six months and in February inventory ballooned an annual 77 percent to a 5.3- month supply of properties, said the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. This is now a market tilted in favor of buyers. “For the first time in three years, buyers have a choice,” said Jim Link, the association’s executive vice president. Last month, 610 previously-owned single-family houses changed hands, 201 fewer than a year ago, the fewest sales for a February since 1995, according to the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. Condominium sales fell an annual 23.9 percent to 258 transactions. Sales in both sectors increased by 28 units from the prior month, though. Combined sales of houses and condominiums fell an annual 30.8 percent. February’s sales dip followed a 31.6 percent annual plunge in January. Meanwhile, inventory has been building and at month’s end there were 4,572 properties for sale. Inventory sank to a record low 1,492 properties in March 2004 and hit a high of 14,976 in July 1992 when the market was tanking. Even though sales are well under the year-ago level and and have been since last October, home prices remain strong. They’ve been in the high $500,000 and low $600,000 range since last May. In February, the median gained an annual 18.2 percent, or $91,000, to $591,000. It fell $14,000, or 2.3 percent, from January’s record $605,000. The condominium median price soared an annual 27.7 percent, or $90,000, to a record $415,000, the association said. That was the median price of a single-family home in February 2004. Unlike the last time the market soured in the early 1990s, prices collapsed, too, and dipped below year-ago levels for months on end. That’s not likely to happen this time, though, because the overall economy is on much sounder footing. The expectation is that the annual rate of appreciation will fall back into single digits. It’s already happened in San Diego County, a market that is further along in its cycle than the Valley. Santa Clarita Valley Realtor Steve White, the association’s president, believes that the market today favors buyers. “Home buyers have … more time to negotiate, and, frankly, buyers ought to be relieved that they are far less likely to get swept up in a bidding war,” he said. January and February are traditionally slow months and both Link and White believe the market will gain strength in the spring. Sales should end the year between 5 percent and 8 percent under last year’s level, the association said. That, along with inventory increasing, means sellers will have to adjust their prices accordingly and this may happen over the next several months. “They’ll still get top dollar but not top dollar-plus,” Link said. The association tracks sales in communities from Toluca Lake to Calabasas. Dan Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge, said that including the Burbank and Glendale numbers with the association’s shows a similar pattern. So far this year, sales for the extended market are down 15 percent from a year ago. “We’re looking at a softening market and the question is, now will this come down to about zero percent price appreciation or below zero percent price appreciation,” Blake said. And the answer to that question is still a couple of months away. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.comlast_img read more