Bale ‘wanted to ‘make Chinese football great’ but rules out Spurs

first_imgIt is widely-believed Bale almost did come back to England when Manchester United tried to sign him in 2017.And Barnett added: “Every club wanted him. He was happy at Madrid. He was not for sale then, he was one of the best players in the world.“He’s not for sale now. Real Madrid have always shown great respect for him, the president has always been a Bale fan and shows him unbelievable respect.”Gareth Bale leaves shock Real Madrid defeat early with his side trailing 4-1 GARETH BALE “wanted to make Chinese football great” after receiving an offer that was “impossible to refuse” last August.The Welsh wizard’s trophy-laden spell at Real Madrid almost came to an end in the summer after boss Zinedine Zidane publicly stated he was free to leave.1 Gareth Bale ‘wanted to make Chinese football great’ when he was offered a mega-money move thereCredit: AP:Associated PressAnd the 30-year-old had his heart set on a move to Asia following a big-money offer from the Chinese Super League – but the Galacticos refused to sell him.Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett made the admission during an interview with AS – but he insists the rumoured Tottenham target won’t be going anywhere this year.He said: “He got an offer that was impossible to refuse. But Real Madrid wouldn’t sell him. They [the Chinese club] couldn’t pay what Madrid wanted.“He wanted to create a legacy. He wanted to bring Chinese football up. He had a vision that he could make Chinese football great. He’s won everything that he can win, and he’s done it many times.He got an offer that was impossible to refuse. But Real Madrid wouldn’t sell him.Jonathan Barnett on Gareth Bale’s nearly move to China“It was to create a legacy, his name, to be the first great player to go to China. But it wasn’t to be… And the money was special too. It would have made him the highest paid player on Earth.“He’s not interested in going anywhere. China was a completely different thing. He plays for Real Madrid, you know.”Bale, who is out of contract in 2022 at the Bernabeu, was heavily linked with a deadline day return to Spurs.But Barnett says a second spell in the Premier League is extremely unlikely.He said: “It’s what his lifestyle wants. He loves Madrid. His children have been there since they were babies, they speak Spanish, believe it or not. The whole lifestyle is fantastic.“I was there two days ago in Madrid, it was 15 degrees, beautiful. Here it’s freezing cold. If you’re one of the greatest footballers to have ever played, why do you want to…”last_img read more

Historic Western Confed Super League wins for Granville, female coach

first_imgGranville FC crowned themselves in glory by winning their first ever Western Confederation Super League title 3-2 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Sandals Whitehouse at Jarrett Park on Saturday. It ended a trophyless 16-year wait for the Tracey Reid-coached team and gives them a shot at qualifying for the Red Stripe Premier League when the playoffs get under way. Reid become the first female coach to win the Western Confederation Super League title and could break new ground if she qualifies her team for the 2016-2017 Red Stripe Premier League season in a month’s time. “Words cannot explain what I am feeling right now,” said an emotional Reid, after watching her team eke out the win. “I just knew that today would be a day of joy for us; I woke up and felt it that we would win, and although it went to penalties, I was confident that we would have won it,” Reid said. The final was decided by penalties after both teams played out a dour regulation and extra time in which there was hardly a telling shot on target. Granville looked the hungrier of the teams and went about their business, but wayward shooting and the lack of intent in the final third made sure they didn’t score. Sandals Whitehouse were also guilty of not playing to their strength and suffered in the latter part of the match from fatigue, although their best player on the day, Leonard Rankine, a former daCosta Cup star player for The Manning’s School, tried his best to ignite their attack. DAY OF JOY MAIDEN TITLE With the score locked at 0-0 after extra time, it was down to five players from each side to bring home what was essentially a maiden title and it began really well for both, with David Gillard scoring the first spot kick for Granville and Delroy Davis for Sandals Whitehouse. Andrew Allen then made it 2-1 in favour of Granville and Rankine had his penalty well saved by Granville’s goalkeeper. The dreadlocked Jason Rose would score to make it 3-1 Granville. Dervin Campbell netted for Sandals to trim the lead at 3-2 before Granville’s Odane Snow’s rasping kick struck the crossbar. It ended when Orane Warren fired wide of the target to send the Granville players and supporters into wild celebrations. “This is big, not just for the club but Granville, the community. Our focus now is on the Premier League playoffs and, ultimately, when we get there, we hope to represent Montego Bay and the Western Confed well,” Reid said.last_img read more

Canal Number 2 residents fume over drainage issues

first_imgCanal Number Two residents are fuming over the neglect of the main trench that runs along the seven-mile roadway that leads to the Demerara conservancy, which has been plagued with aquatic plants and moss.The canal serves primarily as the main drainage network for water to leave the lands during the rainy season and high tides. However, the channel has been clogged with silt and moss that almost reaches the meniscus of the water level. To the knowledge of the villagers, the waterway has never been excavated.Speaking with Guyana Times during a visit to the community, residents indicated that the waterway is in need of a proper cleaning and interventions are needed to dig sections of the canal. At this moment, the upper half of the canal is shallower than the lower half. On most occasions, it was related that the canal is cleaned alone, and the moss would regrow in a few months.This causes an imbalance when it rains, which results in flooding to those who reside close to the conservancy. To fix this issue, the canal needs to be dug evenly and to a certain depth.Speaking to this publication, a taxi driver, who lives in the village stated, “We get the back half which is deep than the front half so the buildup in the canal does affect the force of the water. They don’t send to excavate it so that all the water could leave, so we always having this issue.”“Rainy season coming soon so they better get the stuff out cause is flood again, especially how the back deeper than in front when you come in.”During high tides and intense rainfall, Canal Number Two along with its neighbouring village, Canal Number One, have been flooding.Back in July, livestock and produce were affected after many premises were inundated during a flooding situation. The water was unable to leave the land, which resulted in millions of dollars in losses.Residents indicated that the waterway was cleaned at that time but they are still back to the same situation.On numerous occasions, the Regional Executive Officer (REO), Lionel Jaikaran, was asked to look into the matter. However, residents indicated that there was no response from the REO. Efforts by this publication to contact Jaikaran proved futile.last_img read more

Flyers edge Canucks 5-4

first_imgWith four games left on their schedule the Flyers have a five point lead on the Canucks, though Dawson Creek has a game in hand.The Flyers are six points up over the Spirit River Rangers, however the Rangers have two games in hand. Three of the Rangers final six games will come against either the Flyers or Canucks to round out the season.Scoring for the Flyers in the game were Josh Bruha, Rick Cleaver, Dan Pappin, Jeff Shipton, and Josh Bostock.Fort St. John is back in action tonight at the North Peace Arena at 8:30 against the High Prairie Regals.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Coming off a loss against the Dawson Creek Canucks that left a lot to be desired on Tuesday, the Fort St. John Flyers had a chance to even the score last night against those same Canucks. Trailing 3-2 heading into the final frame, the Flyers eventually went up 5-3, and held on for a 5-4 win.The Flyers goals in the third came fast and furious in a 2:04 span at the midway point of the period.Head coach Andrew Leriger said getting the puck on net was the focus as his club mounted their comeback.- Advertisement -“Shots. We just preached getting some shots on these guys. Dawson is a great team but we know that we can take advantage of their defencemen and their goaltending if we put some pressure on them and that’s what the guys did,” he said.With time winding down in the North Peace Hockey League’s regular season the team is getting closer to wrapping up first place in the west division, and a bye into the second round of the playoffs.“It’s everything. I’d rather Spirit River and Dawson Creek battle it out in the first round and Grimshaw looks like they’re going to take the other side. Let those guys hammer each other out and we’ll take the team that comes out that’s bruised a little bit more. In the past we’ve been the team that has to battle it out with the Spirit Rivers and the Grande Prairies. It’s a grueling test,” Leriger said.Advertisementlast_img read more

Peace River Shell Oilsands Project shelved

first_imgIn the Alberta peace, Shell Canada has temporarily withdrawn an application to build its planned 100-thousand barrel a day Carmon Creek oilsands project, near Peace River.The company says it will look at ways to trim the project’s costs, before the application goes back to regulators.Shell Canada says it still plans to go ahead with the project, which has been on the drawing board for almost 30 years. – Advertisement –last_img

Town of Tumbler Ridge without Power

first_img**For an update on this story Click HereThe entire community of Tumbler Ridge has lost power. BC Hydro says over 1,700 customers are without power and the community lost power at around 5:30pm Wednesday.  BC Hydro’s David Conway says the main problem is the outage occured at a substation in a remote area that crews cannot access until daylight.  The substation is about 20 minutes outside of Chetwynd and BC Hydro will have crews on scene at first light Thursday. – Advertisement -Once crews are able to visit the substation, they will have a better estimate as to when power will be restored.  At the moment, Hydro estimates power could be restored by 12pm Thursday but David stresses they won’t know an acurate time until crews are able to access the substation. For more updates you can visit www.bchydro.com/outages or keep watching this website.last_img read more

Arsenal target wants to finish his career at AC Milan

first_img1 Ignazio Abate in action for AC Milan Arsenal target Ignazio Abate has announced that he wants to finish his career with AC Milan.The Italy international has been linked with a move to north London, especially as Arsene Wenger looks to solve his defensive crisis.The Gunners currently only have six senior defenders in the squad, a problem which is worsened by the fact that first-choice right back Mathieu Debuchy is a long-term absentee due to an ankle injury.Wenger has confirmed he will now try to sign a defender in the January window, but that signing will not be full-back Abate after he revealed he wants to stay with Milan.“My priority is Milan. I want to stay here and finish my career,” Abate told Gazzetta dello Sport.“I couldn’t see myself in another shirt, at least not in Italy. At most I’d go abroad.“I’ll stay here as long as I can. This is my home, although I know in football you can always be moved on.“But the time to say goodbye hasn’t come. I still get excited when I walk into Milanello.”last_img read more

IT’S A DEAL – McGUINNESS AGREES TO STAY ON AS DONEGAL MANAGER

first_imgJim McGuinness WILL stay on as manager of the Donegal GAA team for 2014.Jim McGuinness – is staying on as Donegal managerAfter a number of weeks considering his role, the Glenties man has confirmed his intention to stay on as manager this afternoon.The chairman of the Donegal GAA, Sean Dunnion, met with the manager this morning. A message posted on the Official Donegal GAA Facebook confirmed the deal had been done.The message read “Following a meeting earlier today between Chairperson of Donegal GAA Sean Dunnion and Donegal Senior Football Team Manager, Jim McGuinness, Donegal GAA are delighted to confirm that Jim Mc Guinness will continue as senior football team manager for the 2014 season.”McGuinness had met with county board officials recently and also a number of senior clubs outlining his position.The manager said he wanted reassurances on a number of matters before agreeing to continue as manager. Earlier this week a meeting of the clubs decided that the senior football championship in the county would be delayed until Donegal’s finished their participation in next year’s All-Ireland championship.McGuinness, whose wife Yvonne gave birth to twins last week, will continue to work for Glasgow Celtic FC from Monday to Thursday.  IT’S A DEAL – McGUINNESS AGREES TO STAY ON AS DONEGAL MANAGER was last modified: September 14th, 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:donegalJim McGuinnessManagerlast_img read more

Humans May Have a Residual Magnetic Sense

first_imgCould our ancestors have navigated by Earth’s magnetic field? Some scientists believe they have evidence.Japanese scientists have replicated experiments with human subjects first tried at Caltech. According to Science Daily, they believe they have found evidence for an ancient magnetic sense in humans.Sea turtle hatchling in open ocean (Illustra Media)Many animals, such as migratory birds and sea turtles, have a geomagnetic sense that supports their biological navigation system. Although magnetoreception has been well-studied in these animals, scientists have not yet been able to determine whether humans share this ability.The experiments showed that human brain waves can respond to changes in magnetic fields manipulated by researchers in controlled conditions.Geoscientist Joseph Kirschvink, neuroscientist Shin Shimojo, and their colleagues at Caltech and the University of Tokyo set out to address this long-standing question using electroencephalography to record adult participants’ brain activity during magnetic field manipulations. Carefully controlled experiments revealed a decrease in alpha-band brain activity — an established response to sensory input — in some participants. The researchers replicated this effect in participants who responded strongly and confirmed these responses were tuned to the magnetic field of the Northern Hemisphere, where the study was conducted.Each magnetic field line intersects the land with a specific intensity and inclination. These two factors create a grid that permit some animals to navigate in the dark or underwater, where other cues may be unavailable. The article does not say whether this ability could be restored in humans through training.The ability for humans to navigate by the earth’s magnetic field, if proved, would presuppose sophisticated hardware and software built into our bodies and brains. If you watched Illustra’s film Living Waters, you marveled at how salmon and sea turtles use this ability to navigate across oceans. Sea turtles store a mental map of magnetic waypoints along their route. They can retrace their route decades later to arrive at the very beach where they were hatched as babies. That is truly incredible! Even little monarch butterflies may use magnetism as a cue as they fly thousands of miles to their birthplace. How did this ability arise in fish, reptiles, insects and mammals? Is that a case of Convergent Stuff Happens? It’s ridiculous to think so.The brief article ends, “Future studies of magnetoreception in diverse human populations may provide new clues into the evolution and individual variation of this ancient sensory system.” Why must evolution always be brought into any discussion of a highly-effective trait? If this is “evolution,” it’s more like devolution. It represents a capability that our ancestors had that we have lost, possibly through mutation. See Michael Behe’s new book Darwin Devolves for details about how whatever evolution occurs, even if it helps an organism in a particular situation, comes about by breaking or blunting pre-existing genetic information. It’s much easier to lose an ability that to gain it by the Stuff Happens Law.Published March 1, 2019 (Visited 282 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Springboks hold off Pumas in Pretoria

first_img18 August 2014The Springboks battled to a 13-6 victory over Argentina at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on the weekend to go top of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship after the opening round.Australia and New Zealand played to a 12-12 draw in Sydney, and heavy rain in Pretoria ensured that the clash between the Springboks and Pumas would also be a tightly-contested affair.South African captain Jean de Villiers labelled the conditions “probably the worst I have ever played in”, and it showed as both teams regularly turned over possession in the tackle and at rucks and mauls.Only tryOnly one try was scored in the game, and it came in just the second minute when the Springboks broke down the blind side and Cornal Hendricks fed Ruan Pienaar, who sprinted away to dive and slide over in the right hand corner.Handre Pollard added an excellent conversion from a difficult angle, but five minutes later Argentina reduced the deficit to four points when flyhalf Nicholas Sanchez slotted a penalty after the Pumas’ pack had overrun South Africa at scrum time.Pollard opened up the gap again after 17 minutes when he landed a penalty after the Pumas were penalised for pushing early at scrum time.PenaltiesSanchez slotted a penalty for Argentina early in the second half after Bok lock Lood de Jager was blown up for not rolling away quickly enough at a ruck, but only seven minutes later the visitors conceded a peanlty for the same reason and Morne Steyn, who had come off the bench, nailed the kick to make it 13-6. Those points proved to be the last of the match.Afterwards, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer took an optimistic view of his charges’ performances, saying: “We had a 20-year old (Handre Pollard) running play at flyhalf and a 21-year old (Lood de Jager) calling the line-outs and they did very well.“We showed a lot of character by keeping them out from our line,” he said of Argentinian pressure right before the final whistle. “They had two great line-out options near our line and our guys kept them out. I am very happy with that.”A difficult contestMeyer said the trying conditions and Argentina’s style of play made for a difficult contest.“They are not a continuity team, they are a contesting team, so it not always easy to get a flow to your match,” Meyer explained.“We played well for 30 minutes, but we did not get the points to justify that and that affected us, as we had our mind set on attacking play.“Their kicking game was better than ours tonight, but luckily [fullback] Willie [le Roux] was excellent.’Sydney drawMeyer said the draw between the Wallabies and All Blacks in Sydney earlier in the day had no effect on the Springboks’ approach to the their test against the Pumas.“The result in Sydney had no impact on our frame of mind or style of play. We want to win all our matches, because then we will be good for winning the Championship,” he said.“Don’t read too much into this match. The new combinations worked well for us.“The new guys showed the character I expected from them. A lot of the guys are 23 years and younger. I will be happy to keep on winning, even if it is by one point in every match. That is what rugby is all about.”Influence of the weatherSpringbok captain Jean de Villiers said the terrible conditions meant his team could not play the type of game they wanted to play. “Still, our guys came through nicely,” he said.“We could not play the brand we wanted to. We have five matches left to do it. Now we must regroup and do it in Salta [where the Springboks play Argentina on Saturday].“Our execution was poor tonight. We did not expect these conditions, so adapted as best we could. We were looking for five points, but the fact that we got four is still very pleasing.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more