‘Dear Piers …’ – Piers Morgan offers words of advice to sports biggest stars

first_imgThere are a lot of unhappy people in sport at the moment.Chelsea are underperforming, England are out of the Rugby World Cup and Newcastle and Sunderland are yet to record a win in the Premier League this season.Lost and dejected, sport’s biggest stars have turned to talkSPORT’s resident agony aunt Piers Morgan for some sympathy and advice (and don’t get any).Here are a few of Piers’ nuggets of wisdom:Gareth Bale on not being liked by Cristiano Ronaldo:“Look Gareth, you’re from Tottenham – a sea of mediocrity – so you should be used to playing second best. You should be good at playing second fiddle and be used to people just around the corner to you, geographically, who are 10 times better.”Steve McClaren on a tough start to his new job:“Steve, even your brolly couldn’t prepare you for the bitter storm of Newcastle right now – which is an appallingly run club at the moment. I feel incredibly sorry for the fans who deserve so much more.”Jose Mourinho on his troublesome season:“Jose, you are a specialist, a specialist in failure, a specialist in relegation zones, a specialist in – potentially – the Championship next season. I wish I could say I feel sorry for you but I don’t because you are an arrogant, cocky, sneering, Portuguese SOB (which I believe is the preferred term for your medical staff.”Stuart Lancaster on England’s failures:“Stuart, you are a lovely bloke but unfortunately rugby is a barbaric game and you need barbarians to win big tournaments. You’re just too nice.”last_img read more

Neymar’s father confirms Man United DID try to sign Brazil star in the summer

first_img Barcelona star Neymar 1 The father of Brazilian star Neymar has confirmed Manchester United DID try to sign his son in the summer transfer window.It United were reported to have tabled a record-breaking offer for the Barcelona forward, as the club chased a marquee signing towards the end of the market.The deal on the table was rumoured to be around £240million, including transfer fee and wages, but Neymar Santos Sr has revealed Barca rejected the offer out of hand.Barcelona have since confirmed they are working on tying Neymar down to a long-term contract at the Nou Camp, and see the 23-year-old staying at the Catalan club ‘for life’.“The offer reached Barcelona and the club contacted us saying they were not going to sell,” Neymar Sr told Boa Tarde Fox.“They asked if we were interested, but that wasn’t the case. Barcelona are not selling, he has three years still to go on his contract.“It was Manchester’s deal, but that offer is not on the table now, it has fallen through.”last_img read more

Liverpool ready to pounce for ‘unsettled’ Suarez

first_imgLiverpool are ready to pounce for unsettled Fiorentina midfielder Mario Suarez, according to reports in Italy.The Spaniard only moved to the Serie A side in the summer after they lured him away from Atletico Madrid.Since then, though, the 28-year-old has struggled for action and he is reportedly unsettled in Italy.However now Liverpool, according to Calciomercato, are ready to give Suarez a lifeline by snapping him up in January.Fiorentina are ready to cut their losses on the player and would be willing to sell if someone met their valuation of £6million. 1 Fiorentina midfielder Mario Suarez last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp stresses need for patience with Liverpool rebuilding job

first_img Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool fans to stay patient, claiming it will take huge work to bring major success to the club.On his arrival, the German vowed to end the Merseyside club’s long title drought.But Klopp insists it will take considerable time for his rebuilding job at Anfield to bear fruit, particularly with so much competition the Premier League.Top-flight sides will share an estimated £8billion in broadcast rights from 2016-17, meaning plenty of clubs have the financial power to compete with Liverpool.“I’ve been here for four months now and I really get the impression that everybody in this club is hungry for success,” Klopp German media ahead of next week’s return home to face Augsburg in the Europa League.“And despite everybody longing for very quick success they all are ready to be patient and to invest a certain amount of time that is necessary to gain that success.“Problem is: the last big trophies have been won a few years ago. It’s a problem that many great clubs have in the present. You have to deal with that because obviously there are reasons for that.“We are trying to bring that success back to the club but both the Manchester clubs and a few London clubs invest a lot.“So if you make a few good decisions that doesn’t necessarily mean that you make steps ahead on the Premier League table because these clubs are making the right decisions too.“Everyone in Germany knows about the TV money in the Premier League and thinks it would be fun in the Bundesliga with this money, but here you have rivals with the same money so it’s not easy.”Klopp joked that even though he is earning more money as Liverpool manager than he did at Borussia Dortmund, the amount of time he is spending at work means there is little difference.“It is intense, there is a real intensity here in English football,” added the German.“It pays more, but if I convert my hourly wage I earn probably the same as in Dortmund!“I feel very comfortable over here. It’s a special club, a special place. It’s an honour and it’s great fun and a great adventure to be here.“That’s the thing with Liverpool – you can’t become someone in this club without being a great person.“For everyone in this club, football is important but they want the whole person. Either you are that person or they make you that person.” 1last_img read more

WATCH: Stunning goal straight from kick-off in Brazilian league

first_imgGOLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAÇO DO MEIO-CAMPO DE LUIZ CARLOS IMPERADOR! [Via @Esp_Interativo] https://t.co/dPOprTGixW— Futebol News (@_FuteNews2) February 27, 2016 Check out this brilliant Brazilian strike below! 1center_img As consolation goals go, there can’t be many better than this!With his side 3-0 down, 35-year-old Brazilian striker Luiz Carlos took aim straight from kick-off with this speculative drive, which resulted in what is sure to be a contender for this season’s Puskas Award for the best goal of the year.Unfortunately the strike couldn’t spark a comeback, with Ceara winning 3-1 against Guarany de Sobral, but the veteran forward will surely be fairly smug about his stunning effort.Check out the sensational goal below!last_img read more

`Hairspray’ star is just along for the ride

first_imgMills: `I’ve been close to suicide’ People really need to lay off Heather Mills. The estranged wife of Paul McCartney has always been pretty stoic despite being one of the most unpopular women in Britain. But she shed tears on British television Wednesday while talking about alleged death threats. And she admitted she has been so pushed to the edge that she has considered suicide. “We’ve had death threats, I’ve been close to suicide. I’m so upset about this,” Mills said on an ITV television morning show. “I’ve had worse press than a pedophile or a murderer, and I’ve done nothing but charity for 20 years.” Mills, who was a popular contestant on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” last spring, is still negotiating a financial settlement in her divorce from McCartney, with whom she has 3-year-old daughter, Beatrice. “They make up such lies,” she said through tears. “They’ve called me a whore, a gold digger, a fantasist, a liar – the most unbelievably hurtful things – and I’ve stayed quiet for my daughter.” Paparazzi passing on the Beckhams? For a while it looked like David and Victoria Beckham had taken over Britney Spears’ crown as No. 1 L.A. paparazzi target. But Victoria, who will guest on tonight’s episode of “Ugly Betty,” says on today’s Ellen DeGeneres Show that the photogs seem to be over them. “When we first got here, it was really intense. There was tons of press every single day. “And then they kind of figured out that actually we’re quite boring and Britney’s far more interesting, and so they go to her house. “We’re not out at nightclubs every night. We’re a bit boring for them, I think.” Maybe Posh and Beckham should visit the Taco Bell more often, or get involved in some big custody case. That’ll get the photogs back on their trail! Seymour sickened, rushed to hospital Poor Jane Seymour. The beautiful star, who has wowed and inspired us on “Dancing With the Stars” this fall, had to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance Tuesday night and treated for food poisoning, according to ET.com. This explains the Emmy winner’s absence from this week’s results show, which saw Sabrina Bryan shockingly eliminated. So Jane survived to dance another week and resumed rehearsals Wednesday. She’s a trouper! For an expanded version of the Nikki Blonsky item and additional celebrity news, go to Greg Hernandez’s Hollywood Joe blog at blogs.dailynews.com/hollywoodjoe [email protected] 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.Her spirited performance in “Hairpsray” has won raves and she already has completed a role in the film “Harold.” “I’m just honored that I’m getting to make movies and that I’m a working actress,” she says. “That’s all that’s important to me. “The fame is fun, but at the end of the day, the fact that I’m working and supporting myself and, hopefully my family someday, that’s all that matters to me.” So, I had to know: Does she ever just want to jump onto a garbage truck – the way she did in “Hairspray” – and just belt out a tune as she rides down the street? “Absolutely! I’m gonna go to the fire department next, I’m gonna sing on the tow truck. Wherever. I’m gonna hit every truck in town!” Nikki Blonsky is a movie star, but it seems like maybe she hasn’t been told yet. The talented “Hairspray” star, who turns 19 next week, is one of the most unassuming and friendly actresses I’ve ever encountered, and her talent should take her far in films. But to go from unknown high school student to singing and dancing on the big screen opposite the likes of John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken is enough to make anybody’s head spin. “It’s really interesting to me,” Nikki told me when we chatted at last week’s Hollywood Film Festival. “I feel like I’m just kind of watching myself do it from across the street. It’s a very surreal experience, but it’s wonderful.” last_img


first_imgGareth Devenney at the CoLab where his company will create 22 jobs.Two Donegal brothers are to create 22 new jobs with a new phone app to make farmers’ lives easier.Gareth and Jason Devenney are about to launch Farmflo, a world-class software which will have its offices at the CoLab at LYIT in Letterkenny.The company initially got startup help from Enterprise Ireland and have now secured their first external funding round of €100,000 from angel investors. Since founding the company in 2012, the brothers, who were raised on a farm in Donegal, have been beta testing their farming compliance management software with 200 farmers.Co-founder and farmer Gareth Devenney said “Having conducted extensive development and testing over the past two years, we know our software makes compliance easier for farmers, saving an average of 20 hours administrative time per month and securing farmers’ incomes. This investment allows us to build upon our experience and begin making farmers lives easier throughout Ireland and beyond.”His brother Jason Devenney, an experienced software developer, added that they know from the trials over the last two years that our software delivers.“Farmers can enter information into their tablet or smartphone in the field or barn as they go about their day and sync when they get back home eliminating much of the paperwork that farmers or family members are currently doing in the evenings. Compliance reports can then be generated as required.” The company plans to use the investment to begin recruiting staff at their new location in the CoLab facility at the LYIT Letterkenny.Jason continued “Our software has been created by farmers for farmers so it feels right that we establish ourselves in Donegal in the heart of the farming community. Our goal is to build a world class farming compliance software company right here in Ireland securing sustainable jobs in the community as the company develops.”The company is opening eight vacancies immediately across a range of disciplines including research and development, sales, marketing and administration.Further vacancies will be opened later in the year once the company has secured their next funding round.Gareth concluded “We will have at least 22 employees by the end of 2015 based in Letterkenny with the potential for more sales and marketing roles across Ireland and the UK.” Farmflo provides cloud-based software and mobile apps that seamlessly integrates into the farmers’ working day by harnessing technology to reduce the additional administrative burden.It saves the farmer many hours of labour intensive administrative work per week and providing peace of mind knowing their compliance and information provision requirements are taken care of.DONEGAL COMPANY TO CREATE 22 JOBS WITH NEW FARMING APP was last modified: April 29th, 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:AppCoLabDevenney brothersdonegalFarmflojobslast_img read more


first_imgThey’re at at again at Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top! Management at the award winning service station are wishing customers a Happy New Year by slashing fuel prices again!HAPPY HOUR: FUEL PRICES SLASHED: Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top are at it AGAIN!They’ve already run the hugely successful and popular HAPPY HOUR fuel prices in the run-up to Christmas and they’re starting the NEW YEAR by adopting the same policy. Prices are being slashed from 4pm-6pm today.The prices are 128.9 cent per litre for UNLEADED and 118.9 cent per litre for DIESEL.KERO will also be slashed to 74 cent per litre.All the management and staff would like to wish all their loyal customers a Happy and prosperous New year.  KELLY’S CENTRA WISH CUSTOMERS A HAPPY NEW YEAR BY SLASHING FUEL PRICES AGAIN! was last modified: January 2nd, 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:Featuresfuel pricesKelly’s Centranewslast_img read more

Barcelona striker to leave Nou Camp – Tottenham set to pounce?

first_imgTottenham have been put on alert after it has emerged that Sandro Ramirez is set to leave Barcelona at the end of the season.The 20-year-old had been tipped as a future star for the Catalans, having graduated from the La Masia academy, but has now been told by manager Luis Enrique that he is not in his plans.As a result, Barca have put Sandro on the transfer market and, according to Sport, he will be available for around £7.8million this summer.Tottenham chased the forward in January and narrowly missed out on signing him on deadline day, but they have yet to come forward with an offer ahead of the summer window.However, with news filtering through to White Hart Lane of his uncertain Barca future, they are now seriously considering a swoop.Mauricio Pochettino is on the lookout for a back-up striker to support Harry Kane next season and views the young Spaniard as a player who can fulfil that role.Sandro is understood to be open to continuing his development under Pochettino and the prospect of Champions League football at White Hart Lane has made a move to north London an even more attractive proposition for him. Tottenham chased Barca forward Sandro Ramirez throughout the January transfer window 1last_img read more

Why it makes ‘cents’ to plan your pension with John F. Loughrey Financial Services

first_imgTrusting someone with your money is one of the biggest decisions anybody will make in their lifetime.But at John F. Loughrey Financial Services, they have a proven track record of making your hard-earned money work for you.With more than 35 years of experience in financial services, the Letterkenny-based firm employs ten fully-qualified financial advisers so you can be assured of an efficient and top quality service at all times. John F. Loughrey Financial Services excel at making pensions easy for everyone.They believe that a pension is the best way to save for your retirement and can help people with impartial guidance on choosing the very best plan, funds and fund managers on the Irish market as they have access to all of the main pension providers.It’s your money, it’s your future and you deserve the best advice. John F. Loughrey Financial Services have a strong track record and extensive experience of arranging pensions for people and businesses from all walks of life.They advise on contracts that provide excellent value for money, solid performance prospects and maximises the tax reliefs available.You can contact John F. Loughrey Financial Services for information on contracts including:Personal pensionsDirectors’ pension plansCompany pension plansAdditional Voluntary Contribution Schemes (AVCs)Personal Retirement Savings Accounts (PRSAs)Self-Administered PensionsSelf-Directed PensionsApproved Retirement FundsJohn and Lisa Loughrey receiving a recent award from IBA President, Mr Aidan McLoughlin.John F. Loughrey Financial Services are an impartially-trusted brokerage who have agencies with all of the major insurance providers. This means that they can search the market to find the contract that is most competitive in terms of charges and most suited to your needs.Because they are a local company, they can be easily contacted and you can be assured that you will get speaking to a person and not an answering machine!During those 35 years in business, John F.Loughrey Financial Services have become experts in their field – and have the endorsements to prove it. They have won the title of Best Broker in Connaught/Ulster three out of the past four years at the Life, Pension and Investment Awards.Offering a highly efficient and personalised service, the company has also been given an award for Excellence in Business by Letterkenny’s Chamber of Commerce.The company also offers regular reviews of your business to ensure it continues to meet and offers you good value for money.So if you want to discuss your financial future and retirement plan without any obligation, contact John F.Loughrey Financial Services. It makes sound financial sense.To find out more about John F Loughrey Financial Services see https://www.jfl.ieWhy it makes ‘cents’ to plan your pension with John F. Loughrey Financial Services was last modified: November 6th, 2018 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:donegalJohn F Loughrey Financial Servicesletterkennylast_img read more