Lovren is what we have been looking for since Carragher left Liverpool, says Rodgers

first_img1 Dejan Lovren Brendan Rodgers hailed Dejan Lovren as the ‘new Jamie Carragher’ after the defender’s impressive debut in the pre-season friendly victory over Borussia Dortmund at Anfield.The summer signing made his Anfield bow, along with Javier Manquillo and Emre Can, after being named in the starting line-up in the Reds’ final warm-up game before the Premier League season kicks off next weekend.He helped the hosts keep a clean sheet as they ran out 4-0 winners against their German opponents and capped a fine performance with a goal.Rodgers likened Lovren, a £20million buy from Southampton, to legendary former centre-back Jamie Carragher, while he was also left drooling over the display of Manquillo, who only linked up with the club earlier this week after sealing a two-year loan move from Atletico Madrid.“I’ve been really pleased with all of the signings because they have all come in as part of our strategy and the types of profile of players that we want,” said Rodgers.“Of the two boys that played today, Dejan was perfect – he’s what we’ve been looking for since Jamie Carragher left. He’s a very dominant centre-half.“He’ll go and attack the ball, reads the game incredibly well and you can see his leadership qualities with his talking and guidance of the back four. You also saw his range of pass on both sides, left foot and right foot. His pass into [Philippe] Coutinho for the first goal was wrapped in with his left foot and that creates the nick around the corner to get us the goal.“Like he showed us last year, he is dominant in the air in the other box, attacking it. I thought he was excellent.“And young Javier Manquillo was outstanding, at 20 and playing his first game at Anfield having only joined this week. His fitness level was very good.“He’s the type of full-back I like – he can get tight to people, stop crosses and defend well, but also then has the energy to attack and get forward. He was very, very good.”last_img read more

Liverpool face transfer disappointment over Ajax starlet

first_img1 Anwar El Ghazi AC Milan are set to beat Liverpool to the signing of Ajax ace Anwar El Ghazi, according to reports in Italy.The 20-year-old winger has been on Liverpool’s radar ever since he broke through into the Ajax first-team, but they are not the only club circling.Milan have also held a long-term interest in El Ghazi and now it has been suggested that they are finally closing in on signing him.Ajax want around £8m for the sale and could be open to parting with their man him this summer.Tuttosport claim that Rossoneri scouts watched him in action for the Dutch club at the weekend and that El Ghazi has already agreed the terms on a five-year deal at the San Siro.Now all that is left is for the two clubs to agree a fee – however Liverpool may launch a late bid of their own to avoid missing out on him.last_img read more

REVIEW: NEW VW PASSAT DELIVERS ON SHEER QUALITY

first_imgTHE Passat is one of the most popular cars in the Volkswagen range and it has been around in one guise or another for the past 37 years. To date more than 15 million have been sold in 100 countries around the world.In terms of sales within the Volkswagen range, only the Beetle and the Golf have out sold the Passat and now comes news of a 7th generation model, which went on sale with JJ Reid Letterkenny and S&R Motors Donegal Town this month.Every 80 seconds a Passat is sold somewhere in the world. In the never ending quest for improved performance and economy, a new range of advanced and economical TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines are available to power the latest generation models with some cases fuel economy improved by as much as 18 percent. A new look for this Volkswagen in both its guises; saloon and estate and both will be available for the first time together. Conservative best describes the styling of the new Volkswagen; clearly in taking it further up market, the designers were very much aware of who would buy it. The new car in my opinion is for those in their mature years.I have to admit that I prefer the styling to that of the outgoing model. Clean lines and announced grille with distinctive fins framed by a pair of angular headlights provide much more personality.The interior is sheer quality with a revised dashboard, new dials, trim finishes and an analogue clock, a small detail in itself, but one which further enhances the quality.Refinement is a word often employed while referring to a new car under test and the new model is certainly refined. Noise levels are low and this is aided in no small way by thicker glass in the windscreen.There are six engines comprising three petrol and three diesels and the choice of a manual or DSG gearbox. The latter is a gem, which is widely used throughout the VW Group. Petrol power ranges from 122PS to 210PS, while diesel power is in the band from 105PS to 170PS.The most efficient is the 1.6 litre TDI with 105PS and when it is BlueMotion form next year; it will offer 68.8mpg on the combined fuel cycle with a CO2 figure of 109g/km. Stop/Start is available on all of the diesel engine powered models, a device which further aids fuel economy.The current generation of luxury vehicles simply bristle with technology and driver aids and the new Passat enters this rather exclusive league with a raft of new safety and comfort aids. These include a City Emergency Braking function, which automatically applies the brakes at speeds below 18mph should an unavoidable collision be sensed by the vehicle.There will be no excuse for falling asleep while in control of this newcomer, an auto fatigue detection system monitors the driver’s inputs and emits an audible and visual warning when tiredness is coming on. This will be extremely useful on long motorway journeys, this is a first for Volkswagen and it will be available on most models.The new Passat delivers in terms of comfort with road holding to a level you come to expect from this class, although I did feel that the electric power assisted steering did lack in feel.Both saloon and estate offers ample room for driver, passengers and luggage and the variable load floor will no doubt prove very popular for many. There are three trim levels, S, SE and Sport, thus given a wide choice for the buyer and the new Passat is likely to prove popular with the retail and business customer.The first generation model launched in 1973 was something of a pacesetter then; now the new Passat is a thoroughly modern mode of transport, one which offers stiff competition to its rivals.TECH SPEC: New Volkswagen PassatBODYSTYLES: Saloon/Estate ENGINE CHOICE: 3 diesel/3 petrolCO2 ratings: 138-169g/kmECONOMY: 39.2 – 61.4mpg(combined fuel cycle)TRIM LEVELS: S, SE & SportPRICE: Petrol from €24,865/Diesel from €25,160Ian LynasREVIEW: NEW VW PASSAT DELIVERS ON SHEER QUALITY was last modified: February 2nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exxon Mobil pledges boost in fuel production

first_imgNEW YORK – Exxon Mobil Corp. said Wednesday it will plow an extra $2 billion a year into oil and natural-gas drilling, refining and chemicals manufacturing in order to lift output by 25 percent by the end of the decade. The world’s largest publicly traded energy company, which reported the highest profit ever for a U.S. company in 2005, said capital expenditures would rise from $17.7 billion now to almost $20 billion a year between 2007 and 2010. By then, the company plans to pump 5 million barrels a day of oil and natural gas, up from 4 million barrels per day in 2005. In his first appearance as chief executive at Exxon’s annual analyst meeting, Rex Tillerson echoed the disciplined confidence of his recently retired predecessor, Lee Raymond, assuring Wall Street that the Irving, Texas-based company would not stray from its long-term strategy to take advantage of today’s high energy prices and record profits. “We are patient, and we are not opportunity constrained,” Tillerson said, identifying 22 major projects that would start up between 2006 and 2008 in order to keep the company on a production growth rate that exceeds 3 percent per year. Oppenheimer & Co. oil analyst Fadel Gheit said “it’s a different skipper, but the same ship on the same course.” “All they want to do is maintain the same speed,” said Gheit, who credited Exxon with having the most efficient operations among its peers, so that it outperforms rivals no matter what the price. Tillerson expressed some concerns, though, about the high price of oil, suggesting that global economic growth was not sustainable at current levels with crude futures trading near $60 a barrel. “You have to put a question mark around just how long the global economy can live at $60 a barrel,” Tillerson said during a question and answer session with journalists. “It puts a lot of pressure on the developing economies. That’s China, that’s India,” he said. “And to the extent it affects those countries, obviously it will affect the U.S. economy.” Crude-oil futures settled Wednesday at $60.02 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, falling by $1.56 after OPEC said it would maintain current output levels in spite of concerns expressed by some member countries about rising global inventories. The inventories are needed, analysts say, to offset fears of supply disruptions as extremists target oil facilities from the Middle East to Nigeria and a confrontation escalates over Iran’s suspect nuclear program. Shares of Exxon fell 14 cents to close at $59.71 in trading on the New York Stock Exchange. While Exxon and its peers have been verbally attacked by some members of Congress seeking a so-called windfall profits tax – an outcry that gained momentum after gasoline prices jumped above $3 a gallon late last year – Tillerson sought to deflect some of the criticism by pointing out that Exxon has invested more money than it has earned over the past 15 years. He said the criticism coming out of Washington only highlights “how little the working fundamentals of our business are understood.” Still, the greater political challenges for Exxon could very well be outside the United States, as energy-rich countries such as Venezuela and Russia seek tighter control of their resources and more compensation from outside oil and gas producers. Exxon operates in both countries. “It’s difficult to make any new commitments to major investments in Venezuela,” Tillerson said in response to an analyst’s question about geopolitical challenges. And he said there is “still a question of the Russian government deciding where they want the foreign investors to play and how they want them to participate.” Tillerson said some Wall Street analysts believe Exxon has a “cash problem” because it had more than $33 billion in cash and equivalents at the end of 2005. He pledged to “minimize the cash on our balance sheets,” but said Exxon would not make short-sighted investments and “we are not going to buy expensive volumes.” Exxon said it earned roughly $16 for every barrel produced in 2005, meaning its return on capital employed was 40 percent higher than the average of its competitors, including Royal Dutch Shell PLC, BP PLC and Chevron Corp. Exxon reported net profit of $36.1 billion in 2005 thanks to the jump in fuel prices. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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

Lagan Harps: Under-16s reach Champions League after narrow win at Swilly

first_imgOur under-16’s were our star performers this week when they won 1-0 away to Swilly Rovers in the Champions League semi-final. Jack Parke scored the goal in a great all round team performance. They now face Kilmacrennan Celtic in the final on Saturday. Venue and time will be on our Facebook page.Our mens team drew 2-2 with Drumoghill FC in another keenly fought derby. We led 2-0 at halftime with goals from Micheál Doherty and Kenny Doran but Drumoghill showed their resilience to fight back for a draw with goals from Liam and Chris O’Donnell. Our under-12B’s traveled to Raphoe where they took part in a top four cup. They beat Cappry Colts on penalties after a 1-1 draw, with Alex Parke saving three penalties. In the final they lost 2-1 to Raphoe Town in a well contested encounter. Matthew Peoples scored both goals. Thanks to Raphoe for their hospitality on an enjoyable morning of football.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 1,5,8 and 12. Three people had three numbers, with Tommy Hamlyn drawn out and winning €50. Next week’s jackpot is €7450. The club extends sympathy to the Houston and Burke families on their recent bereavements.Lagan Harps: Under-16s reach Champions League after narrow win at Swilly was last modified: December 12th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Lagan Harpslast_img read more

DONEGAL BAR OWNERS FORCED TO REMOVE PROSTITUTES FROM THEIR PREMISES

first_imgProstitutes in Letterkenny are targeting customers in pubs.Two bars in the town were forced to remove two women from their premises on Saturday night.The women, both foreign nationals, approached a number of men offering them sex for sale. One of the bar owners was told of the situation and escorted the woman from his bar.He told another bar owner who also refused the women entry a short time later.The bar owner, who asked not to be named, said he was shocked by what had happened.“These women really had a cheek. I couldn’t believe what was happening. “I know everyone is finding it difficult to make money these days and some people are really finding life tough but I couldn’t allow this.“My customer were shocked by what was happening and I tried to remove the woman as quietly as possible.“I simply cannot allow my customers to be harassed and confronted by these women.“To be honest I’m still in shock. I had heard that Letterkenny has prostitutes but to see them coming into your own bar has left me shocked,” he said. DONEGAL BAR OWNERS FORCED TO REMOVE PROSTITUTES FROM THEIR PREMISES was last modified: January 30th, 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:barsletterkennyprostituteslast_img read more

TEMPERATURES SET TO PLUNGE AGAIN THIS WEEKEND

first_imgDonegal’s garden centres may be full of bedding plants but there’s a sharp sting in Spring’s tail this weekend.RTE is now reporting that the temperatures will drop by several degrees this weekend.A huge mass of polar air is to descend upon Ireland this Friday night bringing a sharp frost across the country as well as wintry showers. And yes – there is also a chance of some snow on higher ground! TEMPERATURES SET TO PLUNGE AGAIN THIS WEEKEND was last modified: April 10th, 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:frosttemperatures to plungelast_img read more

FANCY PUTTING YOUR FEET UP THIS CHRISTMAS AND HAVING YOUR DINNER COOKED BY A CELEBRITY CHEF?

first_imgThis year, you could have your entire Christmas dinner cooked and delivered to your door by one of Irelands leading chefs.Inishowen Motors have teamed up with Brian Mc Dermot – ‘The No Salt Chef’, to give away this fantastic prize.Order a new Kia or Nissan car from Inishowen Motors before 20th December 2014 and you will be entered into a draw to win this one of a kind prize, promisIng a tasty Christmas day for you and your whole family this year! Brian is a Resident Chef on RTE televeisions Today Show and BBC Radio Foyle.Brian hosts cookery demonstrations across the country and opened Ireland’s first no-salt cookery school in his hometown of Moville, Inishowen.Our salt intake has been a high priority issue for some time now, as the average intake for an adult is 11 grams, almost twice as much as the recommended six grams.Instead of using salt Brian adds herbs and spices that complement, but don’t overshadow the main dish. Brian told Donegal Daily, “It’s important that my food is healthy, doesn’t contain any added salt, but above all tastes fantastic and this is something I am passionate to teach.So this Christmas, Brian will prepare Christmas dinner for one lucky winner’s family.Just place an order with Inishowen Motors in Drumkeen, Letterkenny or Malin to be in with a chance to win. FANCY PUTTING YOUR FEET UP THIS CHRISTMAS AND HAVING YOUR DINNER COOKED BY A CELEBRITY CHEF? was last modified: December 9th, 2014 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:celebritychefChristmas DinnerEntertainmentFeaturesInishowen MotorsKianewslast_img read more

Tasty triumph for Gortahork in Youthreach Masterchef Final 2017

first_imgGortahork Youthreach were the triumphant winners of the annual Youthreach Masterchef Final 2017 on 24 October. This annual competition takes place in each of the six Youthreach centres across the county in September and October to pick a centre team and culminates in the county final in Letterkenny each year. Teams of two from each centre compete to create a main course and dessert on a budget of €20. YR Masterchef Final 2017 Winners – Gortahork Youthreach (Cameron McQuillan & Sean McCausland)The winning dishes made by Team Gortahork (Sean Mc Causland and Cameron Mc Quillan) were beef wellington with red wine jus served with roasted potatoes and roasted veg followed by sticky toffee pudding and salted whiskey butterscotch sauce.YR Masterchef Final 2017 Winners – Gortahork Youthreach Main CourseYR Masterchef Final 2017 Winners – Gortahork Youthreach DessertThe runners up were Team Letterkenny (Robert Fox and Lorcan Hughes) who made Italian style chicken with gnocchi followed by decadent chocolate mousse.YR Masterchef Final 2017 Runners Up – Letterkenny Youthreach (Robert Fox & Lorcan Hughes)The final was judged this year by Sean Duffy, Head of School at Letterkenny Institute of Technology’s Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Head Chef at Browne’s Restaurant Group Ian Orr and Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh.The other teams competing in the final were Team Ballyshannon (Oisín Devanney and Saoirse Fox) who made chicken and veg stir fry followed by sponge trifle, Team Glengad (Aimee Mullin and Rosemary Diver) who made fish cakes with hoisin sauce followed by Eton mess and Team Lifford (Katie Anderson and Rachael Friel) who made chicken roulade stuffed with sundried tomatoes, mozzarella and Parma ham on a bed of spaghetti pesto with a parmesan crisp followed by raspberry tiramisu with a kick. YR Masterchef Final 2017 – Ballyshannon Youthreach (Oisín Devanney & Saoirse Fox)YR Masterchef Final 2017 – Glengad Youthreach (Rosemary Diver & Aimee Mulin)YR Masterchef Final 2017 – Lifford Youthreach (Katie Anderson & Rachael Friel)Speaking after the event, Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh said, “The Youthreach Masterchef Final is one of the highlights of the Youthreach and Donegal ETB events calendar. I was delighted to be a judge this year but we had a tough job picking a winning team because of the very high quality of the dishes made by all the learners. Congratulations to the winning team and well done to all the participants.”You can view more photos on the Youthreach Twitter account (@DonegalETB) and Facebook page (Donegal Youthreach). #YRMasterchef17Tasty triumph for Gortahork in Youthreach Masterchef Final 2017 was last modified: October 25th, 2017 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:Donegal ETBGortahork Youthreachmastercheflast_img read more

Donegal man is hot on the buzzer on TV’s University Challenge

first_imgA Donegal man is part of a team of students from the University of Ulster have made the quarter-finals of BBC’s University Challenge.Cathal McDaid from Buncrana and his college mates faced a grilling from the show’s presenter Jeremy Paxman.With an average age of 50, the Ulster University team is the oldest in the competition. But despite their age, they are certainly not being found wanting.They took on the 2007 champions, Warwick University on Monday night and were victorious with a score of 170 to 140.It’s the first time UU has entered a team in the highbrow BBC quizThey lost to Edinburgh University by just five points in the competition’s first round, but posted the highest losing score in six years. As the first round’s highest scoring losers, the team were given a second chance under the competition’s rules.And they scored a convincing second round victory over Oxford’s St Anne’s College.Their performance was viewed by a television audience of nearly 3 million, the highest audience for any programme on BBC2 that week.The rest of the team is captain Iain Jack from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire; Kate Ritchie from Waringstown, Co Armagh and Matthew Milliken from Comber, Co Down.Donegal man is hot on the buzzer on TV’s University Challenge was last modified: November 29th, 2017 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:BBCbuncranaCathal McDaidUniversity Challengelast_img read more