Torres back at Atletico Madrid as Chelsea flop completes return to boyhood club

first_img Fernando Torres in action for Atletico Madrid 1 Fernando Torres has returned to boyhood club Atletico Madrid on loan until 2016.The Spaniard only agreed to make his loan switch from Chelsea to AC Milan permanent on December 27, but has now sealed a move back to his homeland.A lifelong fan of Los Rojiblancos, Torres made his debut for Atletico as a 17-year-old in 2001.He went on to captain the team and scored 91 goals in 244 appearances before leaving for Liverpool.After thrilling Anfield for the best part of four years, he left for Chelsea in a £50million switch but the move started a steady decline in his personal fortunes.Despite winning the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League, he found goals hard to come by and a return of 45 goals in 172 games, while not prolific, is still not a true reflection of his struggles.Just 20 of those goals were in the Premier League, scant return compared to the 65 the double European champion and one-time World Cup winner got for Liverpool.He joined Milan at the start of the season but has continued to labour for goals, netting just once.A statement from Atleti read: “Fernando Torres returns to Atletico Madrid after an agreement reached by our club with Milan for the international striker to play on loan for the remainder of the season and one more.“The player will have a medical on January 5. He returns home, where he trained as a player and became one of our biggest stars.”last_img read more

Carl’s Jr.’s flat-buns ad isn’t anything to laugh about

first_imgI went looking for reaction to the Carl’s Jr. flat buns commercial and I found it in all the usual places: on YouTube, in a million blogs, on 267,000 Google sites, and it’s all pretty much the same. It has deeply offended teachers – underpaid classroom kid cops – vs. about 10 million morons who are happily running along with the times. And these times are one big gross-out joke. Only nobody seems to notice that gross-out jokes falter when all of society adopts nose-picking as the very height of humor. Don’t worry, I’m not going to scream about the coming idiotcracy. It’s too late for that. Besides, we now live in a post-intellectual world of bloggers and self-made video artists, a world that has adopted behaviors and attitudes developed in the prison system. Tom Leykis dedicated his Wednesday afternoon show to this, taking on a Tennessee teachers’ rep who may have been under the impression that he wasn’t going to be speaking to a man who makes a living entertaining morons with tales of predatory females. Naturally, Leykis had nothing against the commercial because Leykis knows exactly what his audience wants to hear. Listener reaction pretty much matched the “Like, dude!” YouTube comments. A teacher grinding away is cool and sexy and she had great buns, not flat buns, and all this was expressed with the usual mangled diction that left the poor sap from Tennessee speechless. This while Leykis hammered away at the number of teachers convicted of having sex with students. I found 56 on the Internet out of 2.6 million teachers working in the U.S. It’s not excusable, but it’s not an epidemic, either. But it is inordinately interesting to us when nice-looking, young female teachers have it off with young male students. Far from being offended, the male reaction is often, “How come I was never that lucky?” And maybe the boys are lucky. At least they are in a fantasy world where sex, no matter what a child’s age and as long as it doesn’t involve young girls and male predators, is always good. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the burger chain claimed that the spot “is meant to be funny, silly, interesting and not a social statement.” Now consider the national outrage over Mary Kay Letourneau, Pamela Smart and all the others. Was it funny and silly to see these women hauled up in court as their families cringed? Meanwhile, the flat-buns kids rap cleverly, “Got no hiney? I call you Your Highness. In anatomy class, you got a butt-minus.” Sure, it’s just a commercial, a bit of flummery bound to vanish without a trace. And maybe tomorrow, in a land where we can no longer extend Christmas wishes, we’ll have a commercial with naughty priests gyrating for cheering altar boys. C’mon, priests got hiney, too. And what does it matter if female teachers, the front-line soldiers in a losing war on ignorance, get even less respect? It’s funny and silly and not a social statement at all because a hired burger joint flack says so.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In short, who cares that Carl’s Jr. – the burger chain that somehow made Paris Hilton look sexy – is now causing a stir with a 30-second spot featuring a teacher gyrating stripper-style at the front of her classroom while a pair of nightmare white hip-hopsters shoot retarded gang signs and sing about flat buns. Flat buns, this is so clever, are a type of white bread product used in the chain’s dead cow sandwiches. Get it? Only the woman playing the teacher doesn’t have flat buns. What she has are reclining pelvic thrusts and lots of hair-tossing and butt swishing. More than one teachers organization is unhappy because the thing might encourage yet more disrespect in war-zone classrooms. I, for one, take this as yet another sign that the women’s movement never happened. After all the years of “I’m a woman, not a girl,” we have flat buns and an entire segment of the music business dedicated to misogyny. It’s all boy fantasy. And suddenly I’m wondering where all those humorless feminists are when we most need them. For that matter, where are their daughters, the ones who got the benefits of some hard-won rights and who now seem to silently conform to the rampant sex-object disrespect. last_img read more

QPR 1-2 Hull: Late Rob Green blunder costs Rangers

first_img1 Hull were gifted an injury-time winner as the Tigers ran out 2-1 victors over struggling Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.The home side, still without injured top scorer Charlie Austin and still without a win under manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, seemed to have rescued a point when Sebastian Polter headed in an 86th-minute equaliser to cancel out Abel Hernandez’s second-half opener.However, a mix-up between Rangers defender Grant Hall and goalkeeper Rob Green helped prove the difference, as the pair collided in attempting to clear Sam Clucas’ cross and the ball rebounded off substitute Adama Diomande and into the net.Beaten Rangers find themselves 15th in the Championship table, six matches into Hasselbaink’s reign, while Hull moved into third place after Brighton were beaten by Wolves earlier on Friday evening.In a game low on quality, Polter had a decent chance and Alejandro Faurlin went close for them during a turgid first half.After Hull’s Jake Livermore had given the ball away, striker Polter hesitated and his shot was blocked by Harry Maguire.Polter was given a starting place by Hasselbaink along with Tjaronn Chery, who sent an early effort over the bar.Alejandro Faurlin had a firm strike tipped over by Allan McGregor, and at the other end Mo Diame and Ahmed Elmohamady steered shots wide of the target.QPR struggled to create chances but did go close to taking the lead three minutes before half-time, when Chery’s corner was nudged over the bar by Faurlin from close range.Rangers, whose reliance on Austin was underlined once again, were just as uninspiring after the interval and Hernandez put Hull ahead with a sublime finish on 61 minutes.Diame found space on the left and picked out the Uruguayan striker, who steered a calm first-time shot beyond Green for his 10th league goal of the season.The best Rangers could muster was Paul Konchesky’s left-footed shot into the side-netting, before the 78th-minute introduction of Jamie Mackie at least raised the home fans’ spirits.Mackie, back in action after more than three months out with a hamstring injury, gave them some much needed impetus up front.German striker Polter had struggled to make an impact up front before netting his second goal in as many matches to haul the hosts level.Matt Phillips delivered a perfect cross from the left and McGregor got a hand to Polter’s header but could not keep it out of the net.The game looked to be heading towards a draw before Clucas’ cross from the left wing caused trouble for the QPR defence, with Diomande the happy recipient of an unexpected rebound. Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Rob Green last_img read more


first_imgTHE conditions were pretty miserable – and so was the result for local fans as a battling Finn Harps went down 3-1 at home on Friday to First Division leaders Longford.And the local turn-out was pretty miserable too in Ballybofey with just 230 paying customers on a June night that felt more like November….despite the presence of former Man Utd player Keith Gillespie in the visiting line-up.The visitors Karl Bermingham scored in the 15th minute from close range. Matthew Harkin saw his brilliant effort at an equaliser turned around the post by the Longford keeper – and there howls as loud as the gale when the referee pointed for a kick-out.To be fair Harps had the better of it after that.But in the 33rd minute Shaw banged in Longford’s second.Saw it was great to see Matthew Harkin pull one back when he beat former ManU man Gillespie in the air to power the ball home – and give the half-time scoreline a bit of credibility. Harps pressed for an equaliser but when James made it 3-1 from the penalty spot with 20 minutes left on the clock it was all over for Harps.It was a dodgy penalty in anyone’s book but referee Adriano Reale gave it; reminded us of some of the Euro 2012 decisions.But it was last night’s attendance causing the most concern.How can Harps survive financially with crowds so small?Another bailout from the council is highly unlikely. Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; James Doherty, Aaron O’Hagan, Thomas McMonagle, Ciaran Coll; Matthew Harkin (Keith Cowan 75), Thomas McBride (Jordan McBride 90), Sean McGowan, Gary Merritt; Thomas Bonner, Paul McVeigh (Shane McGinty 75)Longford Town: Craig Hyland; Noel Haverty, Des Hope, Chris Deans, Michael Lee; Colm James, Craig Walsh (Jamie Duffy 63), Keith Gillespie; Thomas Crawley; Gary Shaw (Daniel Prunty 85), Karl Bermingham.Referee: Adriano RealeAttendance: 230 HARPS LOSE AT HOME TO TABLE-TOPPERS LONGFORD IN FRONT OF JUST 230 FANS was last modified: June 23rd, 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

Volleyball Tripped Up At Valpo, 3-0

first_img Preview Watch Live Next Game: Story Links Box Score (PDF) ESPN+ Full Schedule Roster Live Stats Box Score (HTML) at Loyola 9/29/2018 – 7 p.m. VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Drake University volleyball team fell to Valparaiso, the Missouri Valley Conference leader, 3-0, Friday evening at Valparaiso.Valparaiso (17-2, 4-0 MVC) hit .316 to defeat Drake 25-11, 25-16, 25-18 in three sets. Drake (12-5, 1-2 MVC) struggled to match the Crusaders’ attack, hitting .041 in the loss, its lowest average this season. Gillian Gergen (Janesville, Iowa) and Callan Holmes (Lorena, Texas) tried to jumpstart the team’s hitters, with a combined eight kills on 16 attempts. Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) overcame a slow start to finish the night with eight kills. Caitlyn Smith (Marion, Iowa) registered a double-double with 11 assists and 11 digs.Valparaiso was paced by Lizzie Zaleski’s 12 kills on 20 attempts. Two other Crusaders recorded nine kills.Valpo used an 8-1 run early in the first set to take a 15-6 lead and kept that pace to clip the Bulldogs, 25-11, in the first set. The Crusaders limited the Bulldogs to -.073 hitting in the set as Drake registered just five kills and eight errors. Drake built up an early 7-5 lead in the second set, but Valpo countered with seven-straight points to flip the score and take control of the set. Drake was never able to recapture that early momentum as Valpo pulled away for the 25-16 set win. Facing a 2-0 deficit in the match, Drake was unable to slow the Crusaders’ attack. Valpo continued to convert, hitting .375 with 18 kills and just three errors in the third set to take the set, 25-18, and the match, 3-0.The Bulldogs continue their two-game MVC road trip Saturday evening at Loyola. The Ramblers began the weekend on top of the MVC standings, but suffered their first league loss Friday evening to UNI. First serve for Saturday’s match is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN+ Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Breaking: Two men apprehended by Gardai after high speed pursuit

first_imgTwo men have been arrested by Gardai after a high-speed pursuit in Lifford.The incident happened earlier this evening when Gardai noticed two men in a navy blue VW Golf with a Northern Ireland registration acting suspiciously.Gardai went to speak with the driver but the car sped off and Gardai followed them around 7pm. The suspects eventually crashed the car through a hedge at Drumleene and ran off across fields around Cavanhill but were later apprehended.The two men, understood to be from Northern Ireland, have been arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station to be interviewed.Breaking: Two men apprehended by Gardai after high speed pursuit was last modified: August 9th, 2017 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:GardaiLiffordpursuitlast_img read more

Tax relief, funding for small business

first_img23 February 2012Delivering his National Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced both some tax relief for small business and a new financing agency to improve funding for the sector.The tax-free threshold for small business corporations will be increased to R63 556, while the 10% rate is reduced to 7% – the threshold up to which this rate is applied is increased to R350 000.For taxable income above R350 000, the usual 28% corporate tax rate will still apply.The payment of tax has also been simplified for micro enterprises. From next month, qualifying micro-businesses – those that fall within the R1-million turnover limit – will be able to pay turnover tax, VAT and employees’ tax twice a year.“This means that the number of returns and payments a year will be reduced from 18 to just two,” said Gordhan.Although Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for companies was increased from 50% to 66.6% and for individuals from 25% to 33.3%, the exclusion threshold for the disposal of a small business when a person is over the age of 55 has been increased from R900 000 to R1.8-million, and the maximum market value of assets allowed for a small business disposal for business owners over 55 has been lifted from R5-million to R10-million.Gordhan also said that the consolidation of small business financing into a new subsidiary under the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) would benefit small firms.President Jacob Zuma told Parliament earlier this month that the agency was expected to launch in April.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Swimming the Seven Seas to save the world’s oceans

first_img7 August 2014Lewis Pugh, ocean advocate and endurance swimmer, set out on Thursday to become the first person to undertake a long-distance swim in each of the classical Seven Seas, in a bid to highlight the need for protected areas in oceans around the world.Starting in Monte Carlo on Thursday, Pugh began his quest to swim in each of the seven seas: the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Black, Red, Arabian and North. The seas are among the most polluted and over-fished in the world.His quest will end with a 100-kilometre swim up the Thames in London between 27 and 29 August, after which he will deliver a petition to British Prime Minister David Cameron to urge him to support marine protected areas.Pugh’s “Seven Swims in Seven Seas for 1 Reason” campaign is in support of the United Nations’ call for at least 10% of the world’s oceans – both around countries and on the high seas – to be declared marine protected areas by 2020 to safeguard fish and other wildlife.Love affairPugh, a British citizen, spent his childhood in South Africa, and it was here that he began his love affair with ocean swimming. When Pugh was just 17 years old, he completed the dangerous swim from Robben Island, the famous prison of South Africa’s apartheid past, to Cape Town.Today, he is the only person to have completed long-distance swims in all five oceans, including the sub-zero waters of the Arctic and Antarctic – wearing nothing but a speedo.Read more: Lewis Pugh, polar swimmerPugh writes on his blog that much his training has been in Cape Town, with world champion kayaker Dawid Mocke and “83-year old legendary swimming coach Brian Button at the Sports Science Institute in Cape Town”.“I also trained with Steph du Toit, the conditioning coach of Western Province Rugby. The training has been fast and aggressive.”‘We bring peace’Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined Pugh, a WWF ambassador, at a final training session in Cape Town last week to wish him well.“When we damage the environment and don’t protect our resources we create the conditions necessary for conflict,” Tutu said. “However, when we protect the environment we bring peace. I salute Lewis in his efforts.”Pugh is the United Nation’s Environment Programme’s Patron of the Oceans. “This is my most ambitious expedition yet: Seven swims in each of the classical Seven Seas. The logistics are complex. The challenges are many. But the aim is simple: to protect our wonderful seas and their precious marine wildlife,” Pugh said in a statement on Wednesday.OverfishingMarine Protected Areas (MPAs) are “great for fish, great for tourism and least we forget it, great for us humans,” he said. “We rely on the health of our oceans to survive. MPAs improve the health of our oceans by protecting and restoring marine habitats, they protect species and help rebuild fish stocks and they increase resilience to environmental changes.”Pugh’s latest expedition has support from the United Nations. Achim Steiner, the executive director of the UN Environment Programme, said: “Land-based pollution, poorly managed coastal development, overfishing and climate change are all major threats which can be reduced if governments work together and set ambitious targets.”About 13% of the world’s land lies in protected areas, but less than 3% of the oceans are protected.Follow Pugh’s progress via, or @LewisPugh.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more