I almost quit! Arsenal ace admits he came close to exit

first_img1 Tomas Rosicky Tomas Rosicky has revealed he considered leaving Arsenal during the January transfer window.The midfielder has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the Gunners side this season, only making his first Premier League start on Boxing Day.The 34-year-old has been with Arsenal since 2006 – but he has now admitted that he came close to leaving north London.“We’d talked about me leaving in previous meetings back in September and October, but then the market closed and I couldn’t do anything,” Rosciky told Czech news outlet iSport.cz.“When you don’t play a single game in December and the market opens, [the prospect of leaving] is obviously on the agenda.“Then you start to have second thoughts. It was an exception for me though, I really thought about leaving. Then Arsenal said stay and that was that.”Rosicky is now open to extending his stay at the Emirates, and will hold talks with Arsene Wenger before deciding on his future in the summer.“The rest of the season will go quickly, then we’ll look for a solution,” he said. Arsenal is still an option for me next season, the ball is in their court.“When I get back from international duty we’ll start to talk about it. There are two options open to me [stay at Arsenal or go elsewhere]. At the moment I’m in a situation where I make the decision.”last_img read more

A £100million offer would not tempt Southampton boss Ronald Koeman into selling star man

first_img Sadio Mane 1 Ronald Koeman claims not even £100million would be enough to tempt Southampton to sell Sadio Mane – or any of their other stars – this January.The 23-year-old has shone in the 15 months since swapping Red Bull Salzburg for Saints in a £10million deal.It led to strong interest from Manchester United in the summer and the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain are amongst the high-profile clubs monitoring Mane.However, Saints boss Koeman says there is no chance that the Senegal winger, or anyone else, will be leaving when the transfer window re-opens.“No, no, not in January,” he said.“Already we spoke about that situation and we sell nobody in January.“Nobody, even when they pay £100million.”last_img

PICTURE SPECIAL: GLORIOUS DISPLAY OF GAELIC FOOTBALL AT GIRLS U12 ALL-COUNTY BLITZ

first_imgThe wonderful new pitch at Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny looked better than the playing surface at Croke Park as teams from 18 clubs throughout the county took to it today for the elite All County U12 Blitz.Teams competed in four divisions for the honours and Donegal Daily trophies and medals.And what a superb display of football in this tournament which has been specially devised by the county board of the Donegal LGFA to see the best talent and future stars for our Ladies county teams. Development officer Donal O Searcaigh with U14 team manager Dermott Foy and County Secretary Siobhan Coyle were all on hand to watch the games.County chairman Micheál Naughton was also there to present medals and trophies to the finalists.He said he wanted to pay tribute to the girls, their parents, their coaches and their clubs for continuing to develop the ladies game throughout Donegal.He also had a special word of thanks for Coláiste Ailigh Príomhoide Micheál O Giobúin who hosted the tournament today. “It was a wonderful gesture and the facilities laid on for the teams were second to none,” said Naughton.Senior county players and U14 county players were on hand to lend their support. And new junior referees took charge of the games.Afterward O Searcaigh said: “We’d like to thank Donegal Daily for sponsoring the trophies and medals.“This was our second all-county blitz, with teams graded this time based on their performances on their first day in Convoy. I believe tournaments like this will help massively to develop players for the future.”St Eunan’s won the Division One title, winning all their group games before defeating Termon in the final. Both sides showed skill and determination throughout but it was the Letterkenny side which won out in the end.In Division 2 the girls from Downings took the title and the trophy back to Rosguil with some superb performances throughout. Maith sibh.The Division 3 campaign saw an epic battle between St Mary’s Convoy and Red Hughs and it was Convoy who took the title by just a single point. Both sides played some great football with no doubt future county stars among their ranks.And there are celebrations in the Twin Towns tonight after Mac Cumhaills girls won the Division 4 title. Pictures courtesy of Donal O Searcaigh, Donegal LGFA.   PICTURE SPECIAL: GLORIOUS DISPLAY OF GAELIC FOOTBALL AT GIRLS U12 ALL-COUNTY BLITZ was last modified: August 17th, 2014 by John2Share 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:All county blitzColaiste AilighDonegal LGFAletterkennylast_img read more

Naby Keita given No.8 shirt by Steven Gerrard as Liverpool unveil new man

first_img“It was an incredible day for me.” 🔴Naby Keita has revealed how he was left astounded when Steven Gerrard handed the No.8 jersey over to him: https://t.co/G3708QjuPH#NK8 pic.twitter.com/bFAFVFWKcx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 27, 2018“When he came in, I looked at him and said, ‘wow’ because he is a legend. He is somebody who always showed respect, who gave his all on the pitch, somebody who is loved here“If somebody like that gives you his shirt number, it’s not to play around with, it is to try and do as much as he did – that’s my motivation.” Introducing our new No.8… https://t.co/PFoGjKYCJG pic.twitter.com/lpiP6ZGsST— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 27, 2018He was announced as the club’s new No.8 –  left vacant since Gerrard’s departure to LA Galaxy in 2015 – on social media on Wednesday.And Keita revealed how he was left stunned on his Liverpool visit last August when he was greeted by the Liverpool legend, who then passed on his old number.“It was an incredible day for me,” the Guinea international told LiverpoolFC.com.“He gave me the No.8 jersey. When it happened, it was a surprise and I didn’t expect it. Liverpool have unveiled £52million signing Naby Keita for the first time and have confirmed he will take Steven Gerrard’s number eight shirt – after being handed his new jersey by the man himself.Keita’s long-awaited move to Anfield will finally be made official on Sunday [July 1], having agreed to join the Premier League side from RB Leipzig last summer.The 23-year-old midfielder will begin his Reds career when he arrives at Melwood on Monday for his first pre-season training session. 🙌#NK8 pic.twitter.com/rE3OE8gLV0— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 27, 2018Keita, who made 71 appearances and scored 17 goals in two years at Leipzig, has signed a long-term contract with Liverpool.And the 23-year-old said he decided to join the Merseyside giants after speaking with Jurgen Klopp and former RB Salzburg team-mate Sadio Mane.“I chose Liverpool because it is a team I watched often – and I also spoke a lot about it with Sadio [Mane]. He told me a lot about the team and the club.“I also spoke with the coach, who told me about the project for the team and that motivated me to be here.“When you see how they performed last season it makes me want to do the same and to be a part of this team. I would like to be able to achieve a similar kind of season with them next season – but even better.” The video you’ve been waiting for…Naby Keita’s first exclusive full @LFCTV GO interview: https://t.co/hWeZgjkbRw#NK8 pic.twitter.com/bQDXzydqXj— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 27, 2018last_img read more

SIX FARMS RAIDED IN TRAVELLING GANG CRIME BLITZ

first_imgSIX farms have been robbed in a travelling gang crime blitz in Donegal.The raids netted tens of thousands of euro worth of farm equipment in raids across the east and north of the county.A week ago Donegal Daily reported how equipment including a trailer and a quad bike were stolen in a theft from the home of a disabled man in Kilmacrennan. Another home in the area had equipment taken from a shed.Since then Gardai have investigated four more raids.In one incident in Manorcunningham a range of expensive farming equipment was taken.The IFA and Gardai have issued warnings to farmers to step up security around their homes and outbuildings as a result of the raids. It’s understood investigating gardai believe the gang is from Limerick and has targeted Donegal over the past week.A number of items have been recovered, but there have been no arrests. SIX FARMS RAIDED IN TRAVELLING GANG CRIME BLITZ was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:SIX FARMS RAIDED IN TRAVELLING GANG CRIME BLITZlast_img read more

12,000 SET TO FLOCK TO RORY GALLAGHER FESTIVAL

first_imgUP TO 12,000 people will attend the Rory Gallagher tribute festival in Ballyshannon this weekend – making it one of the best in the country.The award-winning festival has attracted tourists from more than 25 countries including America, Switzerland and Sweden.Dr Feelgood tops the line-up tonight with headline act ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor the star attraction on Saturday. And the brilliant Horslips will rock Ballyshannon on Sunday night.Minister of State for Tourism Michael Ring officially launched the 1th festival yesterday.The weekend gigs are the brainchild of party colleague and county councillor Barry O’Neill.This year’s festival will be hosted in a specially erected tent – dubbed the Big Top!  12,000 SET TO FLOCK TO RORY GALLAGHER FESTIVAL was last modified: June 1st, 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

ENTER THE CAVERN BAR KARAOKE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND BE IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING €10,000

first_imgaThe Cavern Bar are providing an opportunity for talented singers to showcase their talents at the Karaoke Championships on Wednesday September 10th.For songbirds who didn’t quite make the breakthrough on high profile manufactured TV music shows like the X-Factor and The Voice of Ireland, this competition in The Cavern bar could be your chance to shine.One female singer and one male singer will be chosen to represent Ireland at the World Karoke Championships in Stockholm. The lucky singers will be provided with free flights and free accommodation to Sweden to take part in the competition.While they’re also in with a chance of netting an incredible €10,000 if they win.The Cavern Bar is the only venue in Donegal that the Karaoke championships are taken place.So make sure and get down their on Wednesday night and showcase your singing talents. ENTER THE CAVERN BAR KARAOKE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND BE IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING €10,000 was last modified: September 6th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesKaraokenewsThe Cavern Barlast_img read more

Picture Special: Successful education and training showcase in Stranorlar

first_imgFor the fifth successive year, Donegal Local Development Company has hosted another successful Celebration of Lifelong Learning in the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar on Friday October 11th. This event which was attended by in excess of 250 people created an exciting opportunity for adults to meet exhibitors face to face to explore their opportunities to engage in education, training or lifelong learning.Exhibitors included Donegal ETB, Donegal Library, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Donegal County Council (Library Service), Jigsaw, and Different Strokes for Different Folks and I Recovery College. Opening the event, Padraic Fingleton, CEO DLDC noted that training and lifelong learning continue to be very important to DLDC in terms of the supports offered to staff as well as to its clients. He urged everyone to explore opportunities available to them and to make the most of what is on offer.Welcoming everyone to the event, Patsy McMonagle, Chairperson, DLDC said he was delighted to see people turn out in huge numbers year after year for this event. Echoing the sentiments expressed by CEO Padraic Fingleton, he also noted that DLDC has a strong tradition of delivering education, training and lifelong learning opportunities across DLDC catchment area and this was made possible with the excellent working relationship that DLDC has with a range of other providers and agencies.He also acknowledged the huge number of DLDC programmes that were also in attendance on the day (e.g. Refugee Resettlement Programme, Jobs Club, Co-Sync Community Health Programme, TUS/RSS, Donegal Volunteer Centre, Community Development and Employment/Enterprise & Lifelong Learning.He noted the ongoing success of these programmes in delivering supports on the ground to individuals across our catchment area. Patsy also noted the important role that education has played in his own life and he encouraged the audience to make the most of the opportunities that are available to them either via DLDC supports or via any of the other agencies that are present today.Acknowledging that this event also coincided with Mental Health Awareness week, MC Gerry Grant introduced the first of the guest speakers, Bill Vaughan from Mental Health Ireland.  Bill spoke of the importance of good mental health to support well- being generally.Bill acknowledged the work that DLDC carries out in this area across many of its programme & how he was delighted to be a part of it.Sheila Archbold, Bundoran Community Centre spoke movingly of the challenges that faced her group in getting started and how with the help of DLDC staff, these challenges continue to be overcome.  She noted that she was delighted to see so many organisations in attendance.Shane Toolan, Chairman, Ballyshannon & District Museum spoke passionately about the support that the Museum had received from DLDC and the extremely positive impact that the TUS programme has with its participants.  Shane noted that all previous TUS participants in the Museum had subsequently secured employment. He thanked DLDC for such a ‘can do’ attitude to overcome difficulties for both community groups and their scheme participants.Paul Mc Daid, Rural Social Scheme participant gave a personal testament to the supports that he has received.  He noted that farming can be quite isolating and that the Rural Social Scheme has enhanced both his confidence and skills.He urged members of the audience to explore the supports available to them under this scheme.Final remarks were made by Susan Kierce Marsh, SICAP Co-ordinator for Lifelong Learning who highlighted the huge variety of supports to individuals to support them on their Lifelong Learning journey both within DLDC and amongst the exhibitors. She acknowledged the huge positivity in the room and the tremendous buzz all morning as participants engaged with exhibitors and networked with one another.  She thanked the speakers for their insightful comments and openness.She thanked her colleagues in DLDC for attending and supporting this celebration event each year.She thanked the Exhibitors for giving their time so generously.  Her final thanks were reserved for the attendees at today’s event who continue to attend this annual event in such huge numbers.In closing the event, Gerry Grant DLDC thanked the staff and volunteers in the Finn Valley Centre for their continued support in delivering another successful event and formally concluded proceedings.Picture Special: Successful education and training showcase in Stranorlar was last modified: October 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

10 Smart Links You Missed on Twitter Today

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… abraham hyatt Touchscreen finger signatures: Valid? Legally-binding? http://bit.ly/ghCWFa @betanewsQ&A with Al Jazeera English’s online producer Bilal Randeree: http://bit.ly/dNIcQ7 via @kdmcTruth in advertising: When was the last time you stopped to question some of the fundamental truths in digital media? http://bit.ly/gAf1Fp via @jasondpg“Last week we had a cyberlaw-fiesta in the Silicon Valley, the likes of which have been rarely (if ever) seen before.” http://bit.ly/eKq6ti via @ericgoldmanAugmented reality for the totally blind: http://bit.ly/dWgIKd via @seeingwithsound– More after the jump“Meta Cookie combines augmented reality technology and olfactory display technology to create a revolutionary interactive gustatory display: http://bit.ly/g9PdEB via @augmentedrealThe cloud is going to “reduce the energy use and carbon footprint of computing by up to 90 percent”? Yeah right: http://bit.ly/epRvHP via @infotechrgUsing Google Search to answer the question: When will we be ready to reach out to the stars? http://bit.ly/fobaZo via @longnowDoes Moore’s Law Suddenly Matter Less? http://bit.ly/foGdyV via @x_startupsApproaches to user research when designing for children http://bit.ly/fTJWyb via @uxmatters Follow ReadWriteWeb and the ReadWriteWeb team on Twitter.What links did we miss? Let us know in the comments. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Lists#web last_img read more

How To Correct Underexposed Footage

first_imgYou’ve underexposed your shot and now it’s too dark to tell what’s going on. Don’t panic. Instead, use these techniques to correct underexposed footage.We’ve covered how to salvage overexposed shots, but what about the opposite? Everyone at one point has offloaded their footage to find that, disappointingly, a shot was underexposed. Depending on the severity of the shot, you might still be able to salvage details from the midtones and shadows. Here’s the underexposed shot we’ll be working with.     Upon initially trying to correct underexposed footage, one might increase the exposure or ISO settings to add more ‘light’ to the clip in order bring back detail. However, this isn’t going to work in your favor.Here’s Adobe’s definition of the exposure effect: The Exposure effect simulates the result of modifying the exposure setting (in f-stops) of the camera that captured the image.Increasing the exposure affects every aspect of your image, and ultimately you don’t want that, as it’s going to bring out the dirty noise. Here is a look at the result of increasing the exposure of the overall image. It leaves the shadows and lower midtones very murky. How To Correct Underexposed FootageTake the following steps to bring your subjects out of the darkness and keep your shadows clean.Small disclaimer: Of course, if your shot is completely shrouded in darkness, you’re not going to claim back much of that detail without completely ruining the image. If your blacks are already at (or below) 0, then you’ll likely find that shadows will start to form into clunky areas of noise.  If your shot is a few stops underexposed, this tip will bring life back into an underexposed image. This method delivers detailed shadows while maintaining the midtones that we boosted.Step 1: Adjust Midtones and HighlightsFirst, you need to make a few simple adjustments with the midtones (Gamma) and highlights (Gain). These need to be increased. No matter what software you’re using, from the basics of the built-in 3-way color corrector in After Effects to DaVinci Resolve’s dashboard, you’re going to be able to adjust these properties specifically.You’ll need to have the waveform scope active so you can see where your whites and blacks are sitting. By adjusting those settings, I’ve been able to bring the image back to a reasonable exposure for the scene. As this specific scene was dimly lit to start with (it’s in a restaurant at night), it’s important to respect the location’s lighting when bringing the exposure back into the shot. Our waveform says that we have good midtones, the blacks are black, and we have a few highlights peaking naturally.Step 2: Adjust ShadowsOur shadows are a little milky despite the waveform saying we are sitting near 0 black. Not to mention they are also noisy. To fix this, you want to take the curves (again, all editing platforms should have a curves control) and pull the lower the midtones down. Our shadows are now starting to look black. Although it looks as if we’ve lost detail in the man’s shirt, when the clip is playing you can still see the detail.However, we now have this blue cast within the shadows. This is another by-product of bringing detail out of the shadows. To remove this, you can either push red into the shadows on the Lift control, or (preferably) you can use the blue curve to remove those lower blue midtones/shadows.Step 3: Reduce NoiseFinally, clean the image with a noise reduction application. Your image should now look a lot better than it did before. Boosting the midtones will be a better use than just increasing the exposure or brightness — by doing that you will bring a lot of noise out of that darkness. Finally, it should be noted that underexposed images will more than likely be absent in saturation. You may also need gently to boost the saturation of the underexposed image.Here’s a handy recap:Increase midtones and highlights while lowering the shadows.Apply curve to pull down the lower midtones.Apply correction curve to remove unwanted color casts.Boost saturation (if needed).Apply noise filter.Got any tips for working with underexposed footage? Please share them in the comments below!last_img read more