Valencia willing to sell Kondogbia for just £26m in transfer boost for Spurs

first_imgAnd it’s believed Spurs’s boss Mourinho sent chief scout Steve Hitchens to monitor Kondogbia after the new year.The 27-year-old has made 24 appearances this season, scoring two goals.But he has been trusted to play as a deep-lying midfielder, in front of the backline, as well as in a pair with Daniel Parejo.Tottenham midfielder Dele Ali shows off incredible house & home cinema while on lockdown VALENCIA are reportedly willing to sell Tottenham target Geoffrey Kondogbia for just £26million.Spurs have been linked with the 27-year-old midfielder as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his options in the middle of the park.1 Valencia are reportedly willing to sell Tottenham target Geoffrey Kondogbia for just £26mCredit: GettyMourinho is also drawing up possible replacements for club record signing Tanguy Ndombele – who is wanted by Real Madrid and Barcelona despite his difficult first season.It is understood Spurs are willing bid up to £35m for Kondogbia, half of his £70m release clause.But the Evening Standard report that he could actually be available for as little as £26m.The price could be driven down if Valencia fail to qualify for the Champions League. They currently sit seventh in the table as the season remains suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.Valencia are said to be open to offers for any of their players, and were even willing to sell star striker Rodrigo to LaLiga champions Barcelona in the winter window, though a deal could not be agreed.Kondogbia signed for Valencia in 2018 for £22m, but is out of contract in 2022 and the Spanish giants want to cash in on the midfielder for the highest fee possible.The former Sevilla and Monaco player is rated as one of the top box-to-box players in LaLiga. Tottenham transfer newsGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothGossipJOSE’S SP-ARKSpurs ‘in secret transfer talks’ with Napoli over £45m-rated Arkadiusz MilikGossipALL O-VERVertonghen may QUIT Spurs for free next month as club refuse two-year dealGossipNO KANE DOSpurs reject Kane approach by Barca forcing them into £100m Martinez moveGossipDOUBLE BUBBLESpurs eye double Serie A transfer swoop for Alex Sandro and CastagneBROTHERS IN ARMSSpurs target Booth brothers – Taylor from Bayern, Zach at Real Salt LakeGossipSERGE SPLURGESpurs join Utd and Chelsea in race for Lazio’s £80m-rated Milinkovic-SavicGossipFREE, TWO, ONE…GOMan Utd behind Spurs in free transfer race for PSG right-back MeunierGossipYES SERChelsea and Tottenham set to be beaten by West Ham to £15m Serhou Guirassy transferlast_img read more

Not ready to retire, Pacquiao lists potential opponents

first_imgManny Pacquiao of the Philippines poses after defeating Lucas Matthysse of Argentina during their WBA World welterweight title bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. Pacquiao won the WBA welterweight world title after knocking out Matthysse on round seven. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)A year ago, it seemed that retirement was the best option for Manny Pacquiao after Jeff Horn dealt him his second loss in his last four fights.But after regaining his old deadly form in a seven-round demolition of Lucas Matthysse on Sunday, it’s clear that Pacquiao extended his already surefire Hall of Fame career at least for a couple of more fights.ADVERTISEMENT “Like I said, I am not done,” said Pacquiao. “I’m still here.”READ: ‘Do I look 39?’: Pacquiao rolls back years in KO win FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It’s just a matter of time before you get a rest and get it back.”Pacquiao turns 40 this year but is reinvigorated. Time and again during the post-fight press conference, the newly-minted WBA welterweight champion said he doesn’t feel like he’s 39. “First, at 39 years old, I’m still fine. The way I work and fight, you can tell that I’m like 28, 27 years old,” a beaming Pacquiao said.Pacquiao was 27, 28 years old when he was at the peak of his powers and was an unstoppable force.READ: Pacquiao: Matthysse scared of my punchesFather Time is undefeated but Pacquiao certainly showed flashes of his youthful, spry self in the ring against Matthysse.Firing from different angles and displaying his speed and power, Pacquiao turned back the hands of time with the kind of performance that brought back memories of his 12-round obliteration of Miguel Cotto in 2009 when he last scored a knockout.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Ateneo routs Chinese-Taipei White to start Jones Cup bid Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Heading into his bout with Matthysse, Pacquiao wanted to see for himself how much he has left.READ: He’s back: Pacquiao shows he has a lot left in the tank with Matthysse KOAfter knocking down the Argentine thrice, it looks like he has a lot left in the tank, enough for him to drop names of possible opponents for his fight when asked about his future plans.“Yes. He (Amir Khan) is a potential opponent. There’s a lot of potential opponents like (Terence) Crawford, (Vasyl) Lomachenko. There are so many fighters that are potential opponents,” he said.There are a lot of options for Pacquiao now and retirement isn’t one of them.RELATED VIDEO In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View commentslast_img read more

Thursday Time Trial Results

first_imgPhoto: Barb Polehoykie speeds to the finish line. Submitted Blizzard Bike ClubColter Young turned in a blazing fast 22:53 minute 16 km time trial on Thursday on the 16 km Baldonnel circuit. Pat Ferris was second at 24:13 and Jake Elliott third at 24:50. Bob Andrews was 4th at 25:22 and Roger St. Jean 5th at 26:02.- Advertisement – Sandy McDonald turned in the fastest womenís time at 26:53 minutes. Kathryn Fairweather was second at 27:52 and Jolea Bilodeau 3rd at 28:44. Barb Polehoykie was 4th at 29:02, Erma Stanonik 5th at 29:50 and Marie Young 6th at 31:04. Other times were Gilbert Bilodeau 27:12, Owen Giebelhaus 29:24, Dean Lowry 29:41, Simon Andrews 29:41, Ken Nix 29:43, Floyd Polehoykie 31:50 and Adam Bilodeau 33:10. Sunday is a road race from the Baldonnel School at 10:00 am.last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA NotesThe senior and reserve teams had no fixture this week.The U16s overturned a half time deficit to defeat Burt at home in the Championship on Monday evening. Full time score Naomh Colmcille 1-10 2-5 Burt. The results of the guess the score competition for the final against Kerry will be included in next week’s notesThe Sean McDaid memorial cup will take place on Saturday 27th September. This will be a four-team blitz with our neighbours Burt, Glenswilly and Letterkenny Gaels. All welcome to come down and show their support for our up and coming young players.The club is now registered for the Lucozade ‘Kit Out’ promotion. Codes are printed on promotional bottles under the plastic wrapper – please note these codes so they can be entered online on behalf of the club to try and collect gear or equipmentCheck out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc. Well done to both Donegal teams in the All-Ireland finals on Sunday. Unfortunately the results didn’t go as we hoped but well done to everyone involved on their achievements throughout the year.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors and reserves. Training on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:45 pm. See website and Facebook page for updates during the week. U18. See Facebook for further updates.U16. See Facebook and website for updates during the week.U12. Training continues Friday 26th September at 7:00 pm. See Facebook for updates during the week.U10. Training continues Friday 26th September at 6:00 pm. See Facebook for updates during the week. Girls U12-16 Gaelic. See Facebook and website for updates during the week.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s results will be included in next week’s notes. Next week’s jackpot €6,250.The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE U16’S DEFEAT BURT IN CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: September 23rd, 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:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgA lorry tries to navigate around Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana as protestors look on.Outraged residents have staged another protest at Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana to highlight the dangers of the structure.The protestors say it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or worse on the bridge which has no pedestrian access.They say a petition signed by 2,500 locals has already been to the council, but nothing has been done to date. This man makes his feelings about the bridge known in writing.The protestors commissioned a special cameraman to take an aerial view of the situation which highlights the dangers for families in the area.A spokesman said “What has to happen before the council realise that this is a death trap? People in Buncrana are fed up but still outraged that we are being ignored.“We will continue to protest and make our feelings known until this bridge is upgraded or replaced.”The large crowd which turned out at Cockhill Bridge yesterday. OUTRAGED RESIDENTS TAKE TO THE STREETS OVER ‘KILLER’ BRIDGE was last modified: September 14th, 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:buncranaCockhill Bridgedonegalprotestlast_img read more

Vets find connection at VFW posts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Veterans Day was first set aside in 1918 (as Armistice Day) at the end of World War I and over time grew to recognize all of those who defended America in all wars. For a while, traffic used to stop at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the day of the WWI armistice – in a tribute to the dead. But somewhere over time, the day’s significance has changed. Corporate America quietly returned to its usual 9-to-5 business. Time clocks still got punched. And although banks, schools and government offices close, much of the country today keeps on working. “I guess it was more important years ago, when there were tons of veterans,” Johnson said. “But we’re all dying out now.” Still, 75-year-old Johnson finds that needed recognition and companionship inside the VFW walls. In fact, Johnson says he can walk into any VFW hall and know he’s in good company. They’re the places that he can go and be understood. CANYON COUNTRY – There were no parades welcoming Jim Abbatoye and his Army buddies when they returned home from the Vietnam War. Same for Eddie Johnson, a Marine who fought in the Korean War. But Abbatoye, Johnson and other regulars at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6110 and Post 6885 on Friday commemorated the friends they lost in battle with people who they say understand the most: other veterans. “To a veteran, every day is Veterans Day,” said Joe Domke, who was shot while serving in the Army in Vietnam. “People who have been there will understand what that means.” Abbatoye, 57, also finds that same connection inside these places. But he also finds an instant bond among those who fought in Vietnam. Whenever they first encounter another from Vietnam, they shake hands and say, “Welcome home.” “It’s like us saying the government didn’t want to welcome us home, so we’ll do it ourselves,” he said. A TV set plays in the corner above the bar at Post 6110, where the men sit and slowly sip beer. They talk about the news. They tease about their ages. They wonder where the women are. Sometimes women do come in, they said. But mainly the crowd is people like Johnson, Abbatoye and Domke. Men with beards and salt-and-pepper hair. Men with their military branches tattooed on their biceps. Men who remember and want to talk about it. The young guys, the men say, meaning those who fought in the Gulf War and those now in Iraq, don’t frequent these places. Yet. They’re busy looking for girls, said Abbatoye, who did the same when he came back from war. But when he got older, Abbatoye began thinking more about his days in the service. The past began weighing on his mind. That’s when he started coming to VFW posts. He suspects that today’s troops will slowly trickle into the posts over time. Others at the bar nodded their heads in agreement. “A lot of them might feel they want to talk to someone about it, and you can’t always talk to mom and dad,” Abbatoye said. “This will give them someone to talk to. Someone who’s been through it and knows.” Sue Doyle, (661) 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

Latest Warriors’ injury report on Durant, Cousins & Iguodala

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!SAN ANTONIO — The Warriors’ training room has become crowded lately.Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins will sit out when the Warriors (47-21) visit the San Antonio Spurs (41-29) on Monday because of a sore right foot. So will veteran reserve Andre Iguodala because he needs to have a tooth extraction. But the Warriors will at least welcome back Kevin Durant after …last_img read more

Chinese move on Virgin Australia

first_imgVirgin Australia is 2018 Top Twenty Safest Airline Virgin Australia is set to become almost 40 per cent Chinese owned after HNA Aviation Group moved quickly to increase its shareholding to 19.2 per cent.Virgin revealed the increase in HNA’s stake Tuesday as part of an announcement that shareholders had taken up 89.5 per cent of their entitlements in its $852m capital raising. Another Chinese conglomerate, Nanshan Group, separately bought a 19.98 per cent stake in June.The non-renounceable pro-rata entitlement offer, which opened last month, allowed shareholders to buy an additional Virgin share at 21 cents per share for every share held.The capital raising is part of a strategy to repair the airline’s balance sheet alongside a restructure aimed at achieving $300m in annualised savings.It was fully underwritten so about 424 million new shares will be issued to sub-underwriters, including Singapore Airlines, HNA Group and Virgin Group.Rough estimates of shareholdings after the raising put Air New Zealand at around 2.5 per cent, Etihad at between 21 and 21.8 per cent, Singapore at 20 to 21 per cent, Virgin Group at around 10 per cent, Nanshan at between 19 and 19.9 per cent and HNA at 19.2 per cent.The company said the capital raising and a recently completed $159m placement to HNA had raised $1,011 million and this was expected to rise to $1.1 billion once the top-up to HNA Innovation was completed.All major shareholders took up their total entitlements under the offer, suggesting it had not fared as well with smaller investors. In addition to the new Chinese owners, the major shareholders are Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Virgin Group and Air New Zealand.“We are very pleased that shareholders have shown their support for the Group through their participation in the offer,’’ Virgin chief executive John Borghetti said in a statement. “Our renewed capital structure will strengthen our balance sheet, provide additional liquidity and support improvement in earnings.’’Borghetti recently nominated China as a major growth driver for the airline and expressed confidence the airline’s links with its new investors left it well placed to capitalise on the growing market.Nanshan, which bought its stake from Air New Zealand when the Kiwi carrier sold down its shareholding in the wake of an unsuccessful attempt to oust Borghetti, has been looking for tourism opportunities in Australia. The private conglomerate owns a small Chinese carrier, Quingdao Airlines, a private jet business as well as interests in areas such as aluminium, property and agriculture.HNA is China’s biggest private aircraft operator and bought a 13 per cent stake in Virgin in May and i announced it intention to increase the holding to 19.9 per cent. It owns Hainan, China’s fourth biggest airline, as well as several budget carriers and one of the world’s largest leasing companies.The announcement comes as Virgin this wee issues its full-year results. However, it has already announced a net loss of $224.7 million for the past financial year after taking a big charge for cost-cutting and fleet restructuring.The result, which compares to a 2014-15 statutory loss of $93.8 million, translated to an underlying profit before tax of $41 million, which was in the middle of the airline’s $30m to $60m guidance.last_img read more

Lead Your Client in the Sales Conversation

first_imgWho should lead the sales process, buying process, or what might more accurately be called “the sales conversation,” now that the “processes” are more nonlinear than linear, let alone predictable?When you are sitting across from your dream client, one of you has helped dozens, hundreds, and maybe some greater number of clients decide to change, determine the right solution, have the conversation necessary to bring their teams on board, build out the milestones of the change initiative, execute the solution, and trouble shoot that execution to make sure it delivered the outcomes.The other person (or more likely, people) sitting on the other side of the table may have purchased what you sell once or, if they have been in a certain role for a long time, maybe a half-dozen times, a good part of those experiences the result of not choosing the right partner.Of the two of you, who should know more about what conversations need to take place to get the best framing of the problem or challenge or opportunity with which the client needs help? Who has more of these conversation across more different companies and in varying industry verticals?Who knows what commitments the client needs to make the best decision and in what order they should make them? Who needs to be in the room when you frame the current state and future state? Who needs to contribute to the solution on the client’s side if they want consensus? Who needs help executing and what changes are they going to make on their side?The client has much to add this conversation, and they know their company (and the players) far better than you do. They may also have some idea of how to navigate within their company to get things done. But that experience doesn’t replace the need to have the right conversations at the right time with the right people and the right outcomes.One of the best ways to create value for your dream clients is to help them have the right conversations and make the right commitments necessary to get what they want. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

A famous yatra has a social face online

first_imgA believer walks along the annual pilgrimage Groups of young people working to create a virtual version of Wari, the colourful annual padayatra to the Vitobha temple in Pandharpur in Maharashtra’s Solapur district, have woven social causes into their effort: among their creations is ‘Facebook Dindi: A Virtual Wari’, which has logged over 10 million hits and gets 5 to 6 lakh ‘likes’ during the Ashadh month of the yatra.Like other prominent social media groups for the Wari, such as the Chala Warila-Gyaneshwar Maharaj Palki, Mukta Bai Wari, Nivrutti Nath Wari and Wari Panchariche-Gajanan Maharaj Palki, which came up later, Facebook Dindi is made up mostly of professionals from the IT and IteS sectors, and also artists, photographers and bloggers. Together, they have helped millions follow the Wari virtually, and helped NGOs garner funds.Facebook Dindi helped the Environmental Forum of India raise about ₹10 lakh for drinking water schemes in Baramati in 2016. Similarly, Niramal Wari’s campaign against open defecation resulted in nearly 1,000 makeshift toilets being built for pilgrims. Another initiative, Street Sense, had bike-riding Pune-based doctors and engineers volunteering with a bike ambulance service during the trek.‘It is her journey’This year, Facebook Dindi’s focus is on the girl child. For its Wari Tichi (It is her journey) project, the members gathered original material, including posters, pictures and poetry, on treating women as equals. The initiative draws heavily from the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (Save the girl child, educate the girl child) campaign, with messages spread via Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram, a YouTube channel, and blogs. “It is not that we are trying to be trendy. This isn’t very different from what saints like Tukaram did 800 years ago. They spoke against discrimination based on religion, caste, class and gender. Now, we are trying to do the same thing using modern technology,” explains Swapnil More, a computer science graduate who started Facebook Dindi with his friends in 2010. Now, he works with a team of 12 volunteers and about 11,000 contributors. Mr. More, who lives in Dehugaon near Pune, says he is the 11th generation descendant of Sant Tukaram.center_img As part of the Wari Tichi campaign, volunteers interviewed women’s rights activists and broadcast them for a month. A ‘mannequin challenge’ was also taken up by some Mumbai-based photographers — students dressed as warkaris (pilgrims) posed for photographs that highlighted female infanticide and dowry, and called for equal rights for widows.Research and restoreVinayak Vangapalli from Bidar is part of the research team, and uploads pictures, videos and articles for Facebook Dindi. He travelled to villages on the Karnataka-Maharashtra border for stories on the warkari movement. The Wari Ringan video, created by fixing a camera on a horse that walks along with the pilgrims and performs a circular dance, is among the most watched, he says. This year’s Wari ended on July 4.Other contributors include Pradeep Sugandhi from Haveri, Abhishek Patil from Bagalkot and Kumar Shitole Sarkar from Belagavi.Some Facebook Dindi members are translating the works of the Wari saints and collaborating with Abhanga Repost, a fusion music band, to record abhangs (devotional songs) of Tukaram and other saints.last_img read more