1 Louis van Gaal has called upon his Manchester United players to be “horny”.No, this is not a joke.CLICK HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT VAN GAAL’S ‘HORNY’ COMMENTSBut fortunately, the internet exists for people to make jokes out of just such ridiculous moments in life.Check out a selection of the reaction to Van Gaal’s bizarre comment. Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs: not horny
THE Donegal property market has been hit with another bombshell after the news that the average asking price for a house here has dropped a further 3% since the beginning of the year.The average price of a three bedroom house in Donegal now stands at €145,000 – one of the cheapest across the entire country.Other figures released by property website daft.ie show that a four bedroom house here now costs €195,000 and a larger five bedroom house stands at €266,000. During the height of the building boom larger five bedroom homes in Donegal were reaching and exceeding prices of €400,000 in many cases.Local estate agents are even casting doubts on those figures with many four bedroom homes on the market for less than €160,000.And the bad news according to economists with property website daft.ie is that house prices could continue to fall steeply in the coming months.With proposed interest rate increases and over-supply in the Donegal housing market, it now appears that those trying to sell houses have been caught in the perfect storm. Many builders are now offering turn-key packages for houses but they are still failing to attract much interest from nervous house-buyers.The latest news will do nothing to comfort dozens of local builders and contractors who were hoping for some good news from the new Government.Ronan Lyons, economist with Daft.ie said getting finance is the biggest obstacle for people trying to buy houses in Donegal and elsewhere. “An ongoing mismatch between supply and demand is pushing prices further down. Prospective buyers find it difficult to get the finance, while owner occupiers are often restricted by negative equity.“As a result, the market is moving very slowly. Of the 3,000 properties posted for sale fifteen months ago at the start of 2010, one in three is still for sale, although in Dublin the figure is closer to just one in six,” he said. EndsHOUSING BOMBSHELL: DONEGAL ASKING PRICES HAVE DROPPED FURTHER 3% SINCE BEGINNING OF YEAR was last modified: April 4th, 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:daft.iedonegalhouse price
A leading Donegal hotelier and former councillor has slammed the Government for not backing The Gathering.Businessman Terry McEniff of the Mount Errigal Hotel described the initiative as “a lot of hot air from Dublin.”“I just haven’t seen the seeds being sewn from national level and we need more funding. “It’s a lot of hot air from Dublin that is not being backed up on the ground,” he said.Mr McEniff told the Shaun Doherty Show on Highland Radio that people like Paddy Harte, the chairman of The Gathering in Donegal, were doing their best.But he said they are not getting the support form national level.“But the problem is that Paddy Harte and his team can only do so much with limited resources. “I would call on the Government to put up more resources.“There is simply no sign of The Gathering growing on the ground and this is what needs to happen,” he said.He said he was still hopeful things will change and the event can be saved.“I’m hopeful things will happen but I don’t buy into it yet. I would call on people in central Government to give more money.“I think it is a great initiative but I think it needs a lot more money. “Two million euro would go a long way and would return in ten-fold,” he said.DONEGAL HOTELIER SLAMS THE GATHERING AS ‘HOT AIR’ was last modified: January 24th, 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:Terry McEniffThe Gathering
The taxman in the North has secured a court date in a bid to wind up the famous Lough Swilly Bus Company.The service has been operating between Donegal and Derry for decades.But now the Revenue and Customs office has put a petition to the courts to have the company wound up. The case is due to be heard on April 3rd.IS IT THE END OF THE ROAD FOR THE LOUGH SWILLY BUS COMPANY? was last modified: March 20th, 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:Lough Swilly Bus Company
TONIGHT at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny, the women in Business in County Donegal will launch their fresh new brand, website & online directory and host an evening of “Meet the Donegal Women in Business” showcase. The network committee would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to come along on the evening.The event, which will be officially launched by Minister Joe McHugh, is FREE of charge & there will be a large number of businesses networking & displaying on the night. There are some spaces still available and if you are interested in coming along or having a stand on the night, call Rachel on 0749160735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.We will have ladies from all industry sectors & of all age groups sharing their experiences with you about how the network benefits them and the networking on the night will be invaluable.Donegal Women in Business was set up 14 years ago to support all women who work in business and who own or manage a business in the county.With over 200 members, the Network is all about helping their members succeed. It supports members by: Giving shared learning and best practice through regular seminars and workshops, providing opportunities for businesses to promote themselves, being a source of information, holding regular networking events, enabling members to build up useful business contacts. The network run a number of seminars/workshops/breakfast meetings throughout the year. It’s not all work though, the Network also runs a number of social events, which provide a welcome diversion from daily business life and are a great way to have some fun while getting to know other members!The Network is open to all women with an interest in business. If you are interested in joining the Network, please contact: Rachel Wasson, Denise McClintock or Grace Ann McGarvey by email to email@example.com or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter. Looking forward to seeing you there. DONEGAL WOMEN IN BUSINESS TO LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE AND ONLINE DIRECTORY was last modified: October 13th, 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)
It is an amazing story that has the happy ending it deserves. Leicester City were handed the Premier League trophy on Saturday after a stunning campaign and football fans STILL cannot believe the 5000/1 achievement. A 3-1 victory over Everton typified their professional performances this season, as Jamie Vardy returned from suspension to hit a fine double. Claudio Ranieri’s side were being tipped for relegation this season, but what they have done in 2015/16 is one of the best sporting stories ever – see some of the best reaction, below: 1 Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes lifted the trophy after beating Everton
1 Mario Gotze: The Germany international joined Bayern Munich in 2013 Bayern Munich playmaker Mario Gotze is open to joining Arsenal.The 23-year-old is ready to leave the German capital this summer after making just 14 Bundesliga appearances last season.Liverpool have been linked with a move for the attacking midfielder – who has been included in Germany’s Euro 2016 squad – with Jurgen Klopp keen to link up with his former pupil.However, according to SportBild, Gotze would prefer a move to a Arsenal or another Champions League club.He is keen on the idea of playing for Barcelona or Real Madrid as well as the Gunners, but he reportedly believes a move to Liverpool would be a step down from Bayern.
1 Eden Hazard celebrates scoring Belgium’s third goal Eden Hazard put in a magnificent solo performance as Belgium secured a 4-0 victory over a resilient Hungary side to book a clash against Wales at the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.The Chelsea winger rounded off the win 10 mintues from time, having seen Toby Alderweireld open the scoring early on, and Michy Batshuayi all-but secure the result one minute prior to the third goal.Yannick Ferreira Carrasco netted in second half injury time to end the game as a rout, but Hungary leave France having captured the imagination of watching fans from the world over.The victors had the best of the first half, although they came under threat in what was arguably the most open game at the Round of 16 stage.Alderweireld’s opening goal came after a number of early chances, Lukaku and De Bruyne both going close as the Hungarian defence failed to cope with wave after wave of attacks.And it was De Bruyne who set the goal up, curling a free-kick into the area which Alderweireld headed home past the flailing Gabor Kiraly.It was no less than the Red Devils deserved, and the provider almost turned goalscorer moments later, forcing a save from Kiral with a powerful low shot.Belgium were dominating, but it was not all their play with the Magyars threatening occasionaly.Thibaut Courtois almost watched the ball roll into his own net when miskicking a back-pass, before claiming a wonderful Lovrencsics cross out the air as Szalai looked to convert.Dzsudzsak then had a low attempt saved by Courtois, and it was claer there was a lack of cutting edge amongst Bernd Storck’s team.Kiraly was their star man in the opening period, following up his early saves with an exceptional stop 10 minutes from the end of the half.De Bruyne sent a close range free-kick curling towards the right-hand post, but the veteran stopper was up to tip it onto the bar, watching on as Lukaku sent the rebound over.Somehow, the second half became even more open than the first, Hazard forcing another fine stop from Kiraly seconds from the restart.Szalai then shot over from the right side of the box, before creating the best chance the Hungarian’s had enjoyed in the game.Lively playmaker Dzsudzsak sent in a cross from the left, which the Hoffenheim man headed towards goal, watching the ball flick of Vermaelen’s body and fly agonisingly wide of the near post.It was a good spell for the Magyars, but 10 minutes in they started to lose control of the game, Belgium growing in dominance once again.De Bruyne dragged a shot wide of the post and Nainggolan fired high from outside the box, although Courtois was all that prevented Hungary grabbing an equaliser against the run of play – tipping Pinter’s deflected strike over the bar.Considering Belgium were leading, and were registering a number of chances, Marc Wilmots made the strange decision to replace Romelu Lukaku with Michy Batshuayi.However, the substitution paid off, the 22-year-old tapping home Hazard’s cross with his first touch just moments later to double the lead.That all-but secured their quarter-final spot, but the influential Hazard decided to cap his wonderful solo performance with a strike of the highest quality, dribbling from the left and sending a curling finish past Kiraly.The game was over, although Hungary looked keen to grab a consolation goal; Szalai firing over from close range when he should have hit the back of the net.The goal didn’t come, and the Magyars were dealt a further blow, Carrasco converting from just inside the box seconds from the final whistle.
The transfer window is set to open on Friday, July 1 and Arsenal are set for a busy one.Granit Xhaka has already arrived in a £30million move from Borussia Monchengladbach, but there is surely set to be more business done by Arsene Wenger.The Frenchman will be keen to better 2015/16’s second place finish and to do so he will need to bolster his squad, which needs some additions.So, what is the latest gossip? Click the right arrow above to find out the most recent Arsenal transfer rumours… 6 6 6 Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras) – European clubs, including the Gunners, have been given a boost as they look to land the 19-year-old forward. His agent Christian Simoes has revealed moving continents would be fantastic for the player but insisted Palmeiras wont give any discounts. David Ospina – Relegated to back up following Petr Cechs arrival at the Emirates, Besiktas are offering the Chilean an escape route out of Arsenal. An impressive Copa America campaign means interest is high in his signature and the Turkish side could make a £3m bid after originally baulking at the sum. Gabriel Barbosa (Santos) – Nicknamed Gabigol, due to his scoring exploits, the 19-year-old is interesting the Gunners but they will have plenty of rivals, including Serie A side Fiorentina who have bid £25m for his services. He was part of the Brazil squad who were recently humbled at the Copa America by Peru. Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) – The Argentine striker has just two years left on his contract in Serie A and his agent has revealed he will not be putting pen-to-paper on a new deal at the club. President Aurelio De Laurentiis has, though, insisted the only bid that will be accepted is one which meets his release clause. 6 Sofiane Boufal (Lille) – Click the right arrow above for more Arsenal transfer rumours… – According to the Guardian, Arsenal, along with Chelsea and Southampton are going to hold talks with the players agent as they ponder a move for his services. Reports in France suggest Antonio Conte wants the player at Chelsea but the Gunners and the Saints are willing to scupper this deal, with the player valued at £25m. 6 Hector Bellerin – Juventus have confirmed the signing of Dani Alves, and now rumours are surfacing again Barcelona will move for Hector Bellerin to replace the outgoing Brazilian. The right-back has three years left on his current contract and Arsenal may be buoyed by the news the Catalan giants sporting director Robert Fernandez has revealed he wants to see Aleix Vidal, Sergi Roberto and Douglas. 6
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe White House said the trip also will be an opportunity to reaffirm U.S. commitment to the security of American allies in the Middle East, especially the Gulf nations, and work with them to combat terrorism and extremism. Iraq, Iran, regional security and economic ties also will be discussed on the trip. In Jerusalem, Bush will meet with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and in the West Bank he will meet with President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President Bush will make his first trip to Jerusalem and the West Bank next month to push Israel and the Palestinians toward peace and try to write his own chapter in the annals of Mideast diplomacy. On a nine-day trip beginning Jan. 8, Bush plans to stop in Israel, the West Bank, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. It will be Bush’s first presidential visit to each of the countries, except Egypt. Mideast peacemaking has been on the back burner during most of Bush’s presidency, but he emerged from a high-stakes conference in Annapolis, Md., last month re-energized about assisting Israel and the Palestinians in forming an independent Palestinian homeland. The trip is aimed at helping the two sides gain traction in talks that got under way earlier this month. Bush will focus the leaders on finding a long-term, sustainable peace, although it remained unclear whether he would engage in detailed negotiations. He is scheduled to meet separately with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. No three-way meeting is planned.