Liverpool youngster joins Swindon on loan

first_img1 Liverpool rookie Jordan Williams has joined Swindon on loan – and could make his debut against Merseyside rivals Everton.The 19-year-old joined Liverpool from Wrexham and made his debut for the club in last season’s Capital One Cup as a 79th-minute substitute in the 2-2 Anfield draw with Middlesbrough.He went on to make eight appearances for Notts County during a short loan last season and is now on the move again – this time to League One Swindon.And the midfielder has gone straight into the squad for Town’s pre-season friendly against Everton at the County Ground on Saturday.Williams, who signed a new Liverpool contract in January, will stay at the County Ground for the whole 2015/16 season.last_img

Villa star insists: ‘I’m as good as anyone in the England squad’

first_imgHave you noticed any changes in the way teams are playing in the league compared to before you left for Italy?“It’s not got any slower, I’ll tell you that much! Playing Palace the other week I had (Wilfried) Zaha to deal with then he goes off and (Jordon) Mutch comes on, and he’s rapid, too. I think it’s just an athlete’s game now – the quicker and stronger you are the more chance you’ve got in the Premier League. That’s why I rate players like Juan Mata, David Silva and Eden Hazard. They’re not particularly unbelievable athletes but they’re so technical and gifted that they don’t need to be.”You won so many accolades early in your career (City’s youngest captain, England’s youngest defender). What was it like to have all that come to you so young?“I know it sounds stupid but I felt no pressure at all.  When you’re young you don’t think about it, you just go out and play. It’s only the media that puts pressure on you. I believed if you were good enough then it didn’t matter how old you were, you’d play. I’m just gutted because when I got my injury (Richards had knee surgery in February 2008 which ruled him out for the rest of the season), and came out of the England side, it was at the same time that Wes Brown had a good season at Manchester United when they won the Champions League – every time I’ve been injured I’ve not been able to come back and take my chance again.”Do you think you can get back into the England squad?“I’m hoping if I do get the chance then I can take it because when I’m fully fit I believe I’m as good as anyone in the England squad. That’s not in a big-headed way, that’s just what I believe and I think I’ve proved that. I was 18 when I played for England and I’m a much better player now than I was then. It’s just how football is – people get certain chances and then everything changes. If Stuart Pearce was the manager now I’d probably be the first name on the team sheet, so it just depends. But I’m focusing on Villa now. I feel good and hopefully these niggly injuries are behind me.” Micah Richards That’s what convinced you to leave?“It was then that I thought yeah, it’s time to leave now. No matter how good City have been to me or how much money…it’s time to move on. I’m not a player who’s just going to stay for more money. I’m part of a team. I wanted to show everyone I’m not just a squad player and I’ve still got the ability everyone thinks I have.”What was it that convinced you to move abroad instead of to another English club?“I was close to joining a club in England but that didn’t materialise in the end, so it was just three days before the transfer window shut that I knew about Fiorentina. England had been up and down for me the last few years, so I thought, why not give it a chance? I’ve heard of players going abroad and having bad experiences but I was watching a programme on Sky with Les Ferdinand talking about going to play in Turkey when he was younger and he said it was one of the best experiences of his career. After watching that I thought, why not?”Having been a Manchester City player since you were 14, what was it like walking into a new club for the first time?“It was a little bit weird. It wasn’t just a new club it was a new language and new everything. When I first got there it was during an international break, so not all the players were there. And the players who were there didn’t speak any English so I thought; oh no, what have I done here? Once everyone came back though it got easier and easier. I really loved it in the end. In terms of the football I didn’t play as much as I wanted to, but it was an unbelievable experience and one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in the world.”Has your time there left its mark on you as a footballer?“Definitely. In Italy you get so much time to play out from the back. Everyone is so composed on the ball and I think that has helped me in terms of coming out and wanting the ball. I’ve always been comfortable on the ball but I take more risks now. I’ll try to get the ball in different places where I wouldn’t have risked taking it before. Certain managers don’t really like centre-halves doing it in the Premier League because if you do make a mistake nowadays you get punished. But for the way the manager wants us to play at Villa, I think it’s perfect.” 4 4 You spent some time in City’s academy system when you were young. How do you think life compares for any young English players who might be there now?“When I came through we had really good players coming in – not just to the Premier League but throughout the leagues. I wouldn’t say it was easier back then but I’d say we got a lot more chances because Championship sides coming up didn’t have enormous money to spend, so if you were good enough you got a chance. I believe the players who are there now are as good, but the chances are slimmer. I’m not saying they won’t get chances because I believe if you’re good enough then you will, but it’s just harder.”Why do you think that is?“I think the manager wants to bring youngsters through but his main aim at City is to win the league and do well in the Champions League. Bringing through players is a bonus but if (Manuel) Pellegrini brings through ten young players and finishes fourth, that’s not classed as a good season. So it’s hard for a manager to be at City and have the best of both worlds. The club hires a manager to win the league, not bring youth through, and I think that’s the difference nowadays.”How does Tim Sherwood compare to other managers you’ve played for?“Tim is a fantastic young manager and also a really good coach. People don’t give him enough credit for that – he’s hands on and he knows how he wants to play. He’s brought a lot of pace into the team, a lot of experience with Joleon (Lescott) and he knows what he wants. When he got the job at Villa I thought to myself he’d do well, and he will. It’s going to be hard – I’m not saying it’s not – but if he gets time then for sure he’ll do well because he knows what he wants. He’s right up there with the best managers I’ve worked with especially with how he approaches the game and his passion. But you know what football’s like – you need results. That’s what we will all be judged on and so me and the boys are working hard to do that – not just for us but for him as well.” This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on Twitter @sportmagukAfter spending last season on loan at Fiorentina, Micah Richards is relishing his fresh start in the Premier League…You had offers from various clubs over the summer. Why did you decide to come back to the Premier League, and why to Aston Villa?“I did enjoy my time in Italy but there’s nowhere like home, and I think the Premier League suits my game better. Tim Sherwood was a massive part of my decision in coming back to England. After I spoke to him there was only really one place where I wanted to go. He just told me he believed in my ability and that I’d benefit from playing regular football, which was a massive thing for me. During the last couple of years I was at Manchester City I was on the bench all the time. It wasn’t normal for me. I didn’t know how to react to it. So to be playing regular football again is just perfect for me.”Was going back to Manchester City ever an option you considered?“I can’t thank City enough – they’ve made me the player I am. But I felt I needed to get out of the club because there was so much competition. It wasn’t that I didn’t back myself to play but I was picking up niggling injuries and because I couldn’t get a run in the team, I couldn’t get back to my full fitness. So I took the decision to leave for football reasons. It’s a shame I had to leave but I’m enjoying my time at Villa now so I’m glad it happened.”Was there a specific moment, or match, when it hit you that you were going to have to leave City for the sake of your career?“It was my last season there when they won the League. I didn’t even get enough appearances for a Premier League medal (Richards made two appearances in 2013/14 – both starts), and that hurt badly. The first title they won I was massively involved in  – I played 29 games in the league out of 38. I was first choice. But the second time I wasn’t really involved. When everyone’s holding the trophy and celebrating but you’re not really because you don’t feel a part of it, that’s hard.” 4 4last_img read more

The £35m-rated midfielder Tottenham want to replace Mousa Dembele

first_imgTottenham have made contact with Lyon about a summer move for Tanguy N’Dombele – who is being considered as a potential replacement for Mousa Dembele. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED REVEALED Spurs have made contract with Lyon over a potential move for Tanguy N’Dombele Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is said to be a huge fan of the youngster, who could be a ready-made replacement for Dembele – the Belgian midfielder being linked with a summer departure.Chelsea have also been linked with a potential move, but that should only occur if N’Golo Kante were to complete a surprising move away from the club while the window is open. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti center_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets LIVING THE DREAM moving on IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father As talkSPORT told you last month, Spurs have been keeping close tabs on the talented midfielder, who impressed during his first season at Lyon.At 21, N’Dombele is considered one of the most promising central midfielders in French football and Lyon are already dealing with interest.Tottenham’s pursuit is reportedly the most advanced with L’Equipe claiming that chairman Daniel Levy has already held talks with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas about the player.Levy discussed the possibility of a £35m bid, but Lyon currently rate N’Dombele closer to the £55m mark given his form since arriving from Amiens this time last year. 1 targets last_img read more

SHOCK AT SUDDEN DEATH OF DONEGAL GAA FIGURE

first_imgDonegal GAA is in shock following the shock and sudden death of the man who helped lead Naomh Conaill to their recent Senior Championship success.Glenties and many other GAA strongholds are still coming to terms with the passing of Kieran McGurk, the man who assisted Cathal Corey at the helm of the club’s senior footballers.Mr McGurk, 49, died suddenly after taking ill at his home in Kildress in Co Tyrone. Having played for Armagh, he is survived by his wife Geraldine and the couple’s two children.A spokesman for Naomh Conaill said everyone at the club was numb with the sad news of Mr McGurk’s untimely passing.“People at the club who got to know Kieran very well in recent years are just devastated by his passing.“He did a lot of work for this club and he was as proud as any other local person when we won the championship. “He will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with his family,” he said.EndsSHOCK AT SUDDEN DEATH OF DONEGAL GAA FIGURE was last modified: September 28th, 2011 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:KIeran McGurkNaomh Conailllast_img read more

THE CHRONICLES OF LEWIS: AUTHOR SAID NORTH DONEGAL ‘LOVELY’ – AND SOUTH DONEGAL ‘SINISTER’

first_imgCS LEWIS – SAID NORTH DONEGAL WAS LOVELY AND SOUTH DONEGAL WAS SINISTER!Chronicles of Narnia author CS Lewis wrote about a tale of two counties on a visit to Co Donegal, it has emerged.A lost collection of 11 letters found in an attic in England by the son of one of Lewis’s friends Captain Bernard Acworth have been given to Queen’s University in his native Belfast.“The letters were written to my father between the years 1944 and 1960 and he kept them and when he died they were just left in the loft really and I went through his letters much later and found them there,” said his son Rev Richard Acworth. “They contain insights into various aspects of Lewis’ private life, including when he married his wife at her bedside in hospital as she was dying of cancer and she seemed to make a miraculous recovery,” he said.“He also talks of visiting Donegal, describing the scenery in North Donegal as ’lovely’ and South Donegal as having a ’sinister character’.”Rev Acworth said his father, who founded the Evolution Protest Movement in the 1930s, and Lewis became quite close after he originally wrote to the author on the issue of creation.“I don’t know how they first met,” he said. “They began by discussing the subject of evolution and they became quite close friends. My father quite often stayed with him in Oxford and the later letters are more sort of chatty than the earlier ones.”He said the letters suggest that Lewis’s view that evolution and Christianity were compatible began to change later in his life.“My father was a convinced Christian, as was CS Lewis,” said Rev Acworth.“My father had a particular view: he was strongly opposed to the teaching of evolution of being certainly true and the full explanation of things and he got in touch with CS Lewis about this.“Originally Lewis was more or less agnostic on that subject but it seems in the course of the correspondence he gradually became much more of my father’s way of thinking.” Rev Acworth said Queen’s seemed a natural home for the letters, especially as his daughter Phyllida studied English there in the 1990s.She accompanied her father to Belfast for the handover.THE CHRONICLES OF LEWIS: AUTHOR SAID NORTH DONEGAL ‘LOVELY’ – AND SOUTH DONEGAL ‘SINISTER’ was last modified: August 21st, 2012 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)last_img read more

CRASH VICTIM COLLIE TO BE LAID TO REST ON THURSDAY

first_imgThe Late Collie TourishCOLEMAN Tourish, the pensioner who died after Monday’s car crash on the Barnesmore Gap, is to be laid to rest on Thursday.His removal is taking place at 6.30pm this evening from Quigleys Funeral Home in Strabane to his home in Lifford.Funeral leaving his home on Thursday at 10.20am for Requiem Mass in St Patricks Church, Murlog, at 11am. Burial is afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.Donations in lieu of flowers please to the Irish Kidney Association c/o Quigley Funeral Directors, 1A Newtown Place, Strabane.A friend injured in the crash remains in Letterkenny General Hospital.A couple from Wicklow who were also injured in the incident are being treated at Sligo Regional Hospital.  CRASH VICTIM COLLIE TO BE LAID TO REST ON THURSDAY was last modified: June 11th, 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:CRASH VICTIM COLLIE TO BE LAID TO REST ON THURSDAYlast_img read more

GET CAUGHT READING IN DONEGAL – AND WIN FREE BOOKS!

first_imgWhere will you catch someone reading? Donegal County Library Service are asking children aged 4-14 from all over the county to get out there and snap a photo of someone or something caught reading in a weird or unusual place or situation.It could be your cat or a cuddly teddy, your dog or your dad. It up to you… stage it or catch someone in the act. Building on the success of last years’ competition, we are asking children to snap a photo of someone reading anytime or anywhere. Does your best friend sneak off to read Diary of a wimpy kid up the comfiest tree in the park? Does your brother read his lego men a bed time story? Or could you imagine the craic at Barbie’s monthly book club meeting? Whatever your photo, staged or not, we want to see it.For 2014 we will be seeking out the most unusual and most inspiring photographs as worthy winners of our 3 €50 vouchers sponsored by Easons Letterkenny. This year there are 3 ways to enter – by e-mail (wainfest@gmail.com), by post (Central Library, Oliver Plunkett Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal) or by hand (at your local library).For inspiration follow us on facebook or twitter over the coming weeks. For more information visit us at www.donegallibrary.ieBe brave, be bold and be on time. Closing date for entries is Friday 31st October. Winners will be announced on Facebook, twitter and www.donegallibrary.ie before the end of November.  GET CAUGHT READING IN DONEGAL – AND WIN FREE BOOKS! was last modified: October 11th, 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:donegalphotosReadinglast_img read more

WANTED – SALES PEOPLE FOR DYNAMIC DONEGAL SOFTWARE COMPANY

first_imgWant to join a dynamic company on the cutting edge of social media software?Would you like experience in helping to bring new tech products to market? Want to work in an exciting and dynamic online software business?Or perhaps you want to launch your own business one day and want the kind of job that will give you the experience that you need? We are looking for Tech Savvy entrepreneurial sales people to join our existing team and to help us launch our new technology to the market.3D Issue is a software development company with a team of 25 staff based out of our head office in Letterkenny. With 99.5% of our 8,000 customers based overseas, can offer two sales / marketing graduates an exciting opportunity to be part of a new product launch.If you think you have the skills and confidence to bring in a lot of sales, what are you waiting for?Send a cover letter along with your cv to: jobs@3dissue.com  WANTED – SALES PEOPLE FOR DYNAMIC DONEGAL SOFTWARE COMPANY was last modified: January 10th, 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:3D issuejobsletterkennysales peoplesocial mediaVacancieslast_img read more

Chelsea v Stoke City line-ups: Key Blues duo back, Fabregas starts, Stoke man ruled out

first_imgCesc Fabregas keeps his place in the Chelsea line-up for the visit of Stoke despite the return of N’Golo Kante.The pair are partnered in midfield at the expense of Nemanja Matic, who is among the substitutes.Kante is back after suspension as is striker Diego Costa, who replaces the banned Pedro in the starting line-up.Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also on the bench as Chelsea look to record a 13th successive Premier League victory.Stoke make three changes, with striker Jonathan Walters out through injury and both Giannelli Imbula and Glenn Whelan making way.Defender Phil Bardsley is also a substitute after six weeks out with a knee injury, while winger Marko Arnautovic is suspended.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Matic, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Costa.Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ivanovic, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Matic, Batshuayi. Stoke: Grant; Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi; Diouf, Adam, Affelay, Pieters; Allen, Shaqiri, Crouch.Subs: Given, Bardsley, Sobhi, Imbula, Whelan, Bojan, Bony.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New policy on apartheid crimes

first_img18 January 2006The government’s policy on prosecutions of apartheid-era human rights offenders has been unveiled in Parliament, giving wide-ranging discretion to South Africa’s Director of Public Prosecutions on whether or not to prosecute those who did not apply for – or did not receive – amnesty from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.A legal adviser to the National Director of Public Prosecutions outlined the amended policy for dealing with the prosecution of perpetrators of gross human rights violations to Parliament’s portfolio committee on justice and developmenton in Cape Town on Tuesday.Gerhard Nel said that the amended policy followed a statement by President Thabo Mbeki in Parliament on 15 April 2003, when the President made it clear that there would be no general amnesty for perpetrators of violations, thousands of which were uncovered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).Any further amnesty, Mbeki told Parliament in 2003, would not only be unconstitutional but would fly in the face of the TRC process and detract from the principle of accountability and the creation of a new ethos within South African society.He said then that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), together with South Africa’s intelligence agencies, would work with those prepared to divulge information on human rights violations, adding that victims of such violations would play a role in determining an appropriate legal “course of action” for those responsible.Consultation processAs a result, the NPA had amended its prosecutorial policy regarding the possible prosecution of apartheid-era perpetrators of gross human rights violations, which the Truth Commission defined as “murder, torture, abduction or severe ill treatment.”The process of drawing up policy for such prosecutions, started in 2003, took so long because of the process of consultation involved, Nel told journalists, with the NPA consulting other law enforcement agencies, other departments within the NPA, as well as taking the interests of victims into account.The amended policy states that people who had committed crimes which emanated from the conflicts of the past could enter into “agreements” with the prosecuting authority in accordance with existing legislation, such as taking the option of turning state witness.Final desicionUltimately, the decision on whether to prosecute rested with the National Director of Public Prosecutions, and all regional directors of prosecution should refer such cases to the national office, Nel said.The head of prosecutions would have to consider, firstly, the strength of the case – whether there was a reasonable chance of conviction based on the evidence collected.The victim’s views would then be considered, beginning with whether or not the victim desired a prosecution.Other factors, such as the severity of the crime and the possible cost of a prosecution weighed against a sentence likely to be imposed, would also be taken into account, the amended guidelines state.The interests of affected communities would also need to be taken into account, bearing in mind, for example, the possibility of disturbances that might arise from a decision to prosecute or not, Nel said.Should a decision be taken not to prosecute, a perpetrator would not be protected against a private, civil prosecution, as was the case during the mandate of the Truth Commission in the event of someone being denied amnesty.‘Full disclosure’Criteria similar to those used by the TRC’s Amnesty Committee also feature in the amended prosecutions policy, such as whether the alleged offender had made “full disclosure” of all facts relating to a past crime, whether the alleged offence was associated with a political objective, and the person’s motive.The head of prosecutions also has wide-ranging discretion on whether to prosecute an alleged perpetrator based on factors such as state of health, personal credibility, degree of remorse shown, sensitivity to restitution, commitment to reconciliation, renunciation, and the “degree of indoctrination” to which the person was subjected.Further or renewed traumatisation of victims is another factor guiding the policy, as is the question whether prosecution would support or undermine reconciliation and nation-building.Fatima Chohan-Kota, the chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on justice and constitutional development, said prosecutions of apartheid-era human rights offenders who were not given amnesty would be a process that could go on for years and years.“It will be part and parcel of what the National Prosecuting Authority will be doing henceforth,” she said, adding that it was “a legacy of what we live with as South Africans and as a country.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more