Egypt fans hope for more Salah magic as season starts

first_img“We used to struggle to find places to watch Liverpool play,” die-hard Reds fan Seif Mahdi, 18, told AFP.“But now everywhere shows it — you just have to tell them you want to watch Salah play.”The reason for the excitement is obvious — last season the Egyptian star smashed a string of records as he scored 44 goals for his English club.Those performances propelled Salah into the elite of world football and helped cement his status as an icon back home.Now his image stares down at the inhabitants of Cairo from adverts plastered along the traffic-clogged streets of the capital city.His popularity has also helped turn Liverpool from a team few Egyptians knew much about to the most talked about foreign club in this country of some 100 million people.That’s a strange feeling for the Liverpool fan club members who cheered on the team long before Salah’s arrival.The supporters association in Egypt now boasts over 12,000 members.“Before, I was unique and special when I told people who I supported,” said business student Omar Nabil, 24.“But now Egyptians are really supporting Liverpool.”– Shirts sold out –Sports shop owner Karim Nasr has seen the surge in Liverpool’s popularity first hand.At his store in the Cairo district of Maadi, the club’s shirts are the only ones that have run out of stock.“Over the summer months we sold more than 1,000 of them,” he said.“And everyday we are getting requests for the new shirt that we are still waiting to receive in the shop.”Right now, Egyptian football fans might be in need of a pick up after a summer that once looked so promising turned out to be highly forgettable.After qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in 28 years hopes were high that Salah could help them make an impact in Russia.But a devastating injury in the Champions League final left Salah unfit and Egypt eventually crashed out after three losses.“People felt huge expectation for the World Cup and so were very disappointed,” said Hatem Maher, sports editor at Ahram Online website.“There was even some criticism of Salah, which is rare, but this has faded now and people are excited about the new season.”After watching the opening game of the new campaign, the Liverpool fans at the Cairo cafe were even more hopeful that their man could repeat the feats of last term.And maybe even go one better — by helping Liverpool finally win the Premier League title.Salah tapped in the club’s first goal of the season to set his team on its way to a comfortable 4-0 victory over West Ham.“He’s not a one-season wonder — he is top class,” said Liverpool fan Mahdi.“Who knows, maybe he will do it again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohamed Salah scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season in a remarkable first campaign for the Egypt star at Anfield © AFP / Oli SCARFFCAIRO, Egypt, Aug 12 – As Mohamed Salah took to the field for the start of the new Premier League season, fans in his native Egypt prayed Sunday for another miracle campaign from the talismanic striker.Two dozen members of the local Liverpool supporters club gathered in a Cairo cafe to clap, cheer and celebrate as their hero got off to a winning start some 4,000 kilometres (2,500 miles) away.last_img read more

Caltech tries unearthing sand secret

first_imgPASADENA – In about 30 of the world’s deserts, the shifting sands create a booming noise that has baffled scientists for decades. Early explorers imagined the strange rumbling sounds – roughly an octave and a half below middle C – as the cries of a buried horseman, or the bells of an underground convent. Others have described it as the sound of musical instruments, or the drone of an airplane. Exactly how it happens, though, has long been a mystery. “It’s a really remarkable and weird phenomenon,” said Christopher Brennen, a Caltech mechanical engineer. “When sand squeaks, we call that chirping: for example, when you walk along dry sand at the beach. But the booming of these dunes is different.” With ground-penetrating technology, cobbled- together sampling tools and some help from the seat of their pants, Brennen and his colleagues believe they have found the key to the sand’s deep voice. They have been studying the rare singing sands at two nearby dune fields: Kelso Dunes in Mojave National Preserve, and Dumont Dunes 30 miles north of Baker. One requirement for their music, the researchers have long known, is for the sand to be on the move. This can happen naturally as winds pile sand up one face of the dune until it avalanches down the other. But to make the desert boom on command, the researchers have adopted a decidedly unprofessional-looking technique: climbing to the dune peak hundreds of feet above the desert floor and scooting down on their behinds. If conditions are right, the result is the same. “You can feel it vibrate through your fingers and your toes when you stand,” Brennen said. French scientists had theorized that the booming was caused by scores of similarly sized sand grains rubbing together as they rolled. The bigger the sand grains, they believed, the lower the sound. But samples that the Caltech team collected showed that that hypothesis “didn’t really make sense,” said mechanical engineer Melany Hunt. “That’s not what we think happens on the sand dune,” she said. “The frequency that we hear … really is determined by the characteristics of the dune itself, not just by the grain sizes.” Hunt compared the dunes to her daughter’s cello. “In the cello, you’re strumming the string but it’s the whole instrument that’s vibrating,” she said. “We think it’s similar in the dune.” The breakthrough for the Caltech team came when they used ground-penetrating radar and other imaging techniques to spy on what was happening beneath the desert surface. They found that although sound travels slowly through the top layer of sand in the dune, “when you go down to a depth of six feet, you find there is kind of a hard layer that has a much higher speed sound,” Brennen said. That layer works to reflect sound waves back toward the surface, he said. As the noise of the tumbling sand grains bounces around within the top-most layer of sand, Brennen said, certain low frequencies appear to become amplified, creating the mysterious boom. This speaker effect can only happen, Hunt said, if the dunes are enormous and bone-dry. The deserts therefore boom their best in the scorchingly hot summer months, making the research hot, sweaty work – perhaps the one drawback to sliding down sand dunes in the name of science. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Watch: Barcelona legend scores wonderful free kick on Al Sadd debut

first_img1 Xavi’s Barcelona career may be over, but his enduring qualities are still evident after he curled home a beautiful free kick on his Al Sadd debut on Sunday.The Spanish maestro – the most decorated player in the Catalan club’s history – opted for a new challenge this summer by moving to Qatar, and it appears he has settled rather well.Xavi, 35, showcased his class to equalise for his new employers, giving the Al Nassr goalkeeper no chance from 25 yards.Here is the video of Xavi’s strike: Xavi center_img

Portugal v France: Euro 2016 final live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_imgEvery Goal, Every Game, Every DayThe final of Euro 2016 is here at last, with hosts France taking on Portugal at the Stade de France.Les Bleus overcame Germany at the semi-final stage, winning 2-0, whilst Portugal beat Wales courtesy of goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Nani.The hosts are favourites to win the entire competition, and while Portugal have yet to seriously impress during the tournament, they have shown a resilience no other side have.LIVE on talkSPORT: Portugal v France at Euro 2016 – click here for live commentary from the Stade de France in Saint-Denis at 8pm (BST) on July 10, 2016.Confirmed team news:Portugal XI: Rui Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, William Carvalho, Renato Sanches, Adrien Silva, Joao Mario, Nani, RonaldoSubstitutes: Lopes, Bruno Alves, Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Eder, Vieirinha, Andre Gomes, Rafa, Eliseu, Quaresma, Eduardo, Danilo PereiraFrance XI: Lloris, Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra, Matuidi, Pogba, Sissoko, Griezmann, Payet, GiroudSubstitutes: Mandanda, Jallet, Rami, Kante, Cabaye, Gignac, Martial, Schneiderlin, Mangala, Digne, Coman, Costil 1last_img read more

Gaeil Fhánada ladies make history as they lift first ever Junior B Championship trophy

first_imgLotto Results:Numbers drawn were 05, 06, 09, 16, 20. Bonus No 20. No jackpot winner. €100 winner Ben and Tom Roche, St Eunans. €50 winner Shauna Howe. Next week’s jackpot is €1,200.Support your club with the chance of winning this nice prize! Intermediate Championship Group AGaeil Fhánada v Baile na nGallóglachDespite defeat at the weekend for our Senior men’s team, it was very encouraging to see a huge crowd out to watch what was an entertaining battle with our neighbours Milford. Fanad perhaps shaded the possession stats and in the end their 15 wides came back to haunt them. With 3 massive League games left we would encourage the people of Fanad to get behind the lads in their quest for safety in Division 3. It’s been a rocky year disrupted by injuries and players heading away but the lads showed that, with a settled team, they are a match for most sides. A big thanks to everyone who helped out on the day to ensure the safety of our patrons.Gaeil Fhánada v CLG CarndomhnaighThis Saturday eve 03 rd September at 5.00p.m and 6.30p.m. at home in Tria Locha, our Reserves and Seniors take on Carndonagh. Referees James McGinley (Reserves) and Michael Mulhern (Seniors).History made as our Ladies lifted their first ever Junior B Championship trophy Gaeil Fhánada 1:12 Gleann Súilí 2:07Our ladies team lifted their first championship trophy after victory in the Junior B decider against Glenswilly today. The game was played in wonderful conditions in Milford and went right to the wire with only two points separating the sides at the end. The game was tight from the outset with both teams matching each other throughout the first half.This is the team’s second trophy of the year having lifted Corn Soisir na Gaeltachta in Glenties in May. They have two further league competitions to complete and are in with a chance of claiming more silverware in those competitions. Well done to John and Hughie, John Pháidí and the entire panel on this victory and hopefully will become the catalyst for more success in years to come. Thanks to the management team, panel of players and supporters in her speech at the end and we wish Aisling Howe a speedy recovery from a knee injury which ended her participation in the game late in the first half. Huge congratulations to everybody involved. Foireann: Rosheen Mc Ginley, Róisín Carr, Orla Sweeney, Gráinne Friel, Maggie Friel, Aisling Howe, Maríosa Friel, Aoife Mc Devitt, Orla Mc Gonigle (0:01) Orlaigh Carr, Hannah Shiels (0:02) Lauren Carr (0:01) Michelle Doherty (1:00) Siobhán Coyle, Mairead Coll (0:05) Caoimhe Walsh (0:01) for Aisling Howe, Rachel Sweeney (0:02) for Siobhán Coyle, Niamh Mc Devitt for Roisin Carr, Shauna Howe for Michelle Doherty. Eimear Mc Conigley, Shannon Sweeney, Aisling Mc Devitt, Deirdre Friel, Eimear Gibbons, Natasha Mc Elwaine, Lisa Mc Conigley, Roisin Mc Elwaine, Shona Rogers.Minor girls through to Semi finalGaeil Fhánada 7:11 Gleann Fhinne 3:04Our minor girls booked their place in the championship semi final after coming out on top in a tough battle with Glenfin. Fanad made a blistering start to the game and found themselves with 3:04 on the scoreboard without reply after 10 minutes.Team: Rosheen Mc Ginley, Eimear Mc Conigley, Gráinne Friel, Maríosa Friel (0:01) Niamh Mc Devitt, Saoirse Cushnan, Mairead Coll (1:02) Rachel Sweeney (0:01) Orlaigh Carr (0:01) Hannah Shiels (0:02) Aoife Sweeney, Caoimhe Walsh (1:00) Michelle Mc Devitt (2:00) Lauren Carr (3:03) Subs: Claire Friel (0:01) for Aoife Sweeney, Maria Doherty for Michelle Mc Devitt, Maria Dougherty, Eibhlín Shiels.The girls now find themselves in the Co Semi Final where they will play Moville on the 6th of September. Well done to all involved. U13 boys to host St.MichaelsOpponents: St.MichaelsVenue & Time: Traigh A Locha @ 7PMDate: Wednesday 31st AugustGaeil Fhánada ladies make history as they lift first ever Junior B Championship trophy was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:fanad gaelsGAAGaeil FhanadaJunior B ChampionshipLadiesNoteslast_img read more


first_imgThe priest at the centre of the choir singer row has said he has no knowledge of how the issue has been resolved. Fr Shane Gallagher was reacting to a story by Donegal Daily earlier today that Bishop Philip Boyce has stepped-in to resolve the matter.Fr Gallagher issued the statement through his solicitor in which he said he was not part of any resolution with singer Sara Laughlin. He further adds that he is “hurt and appalled” that a private conversation over the suitability of a song be made public.Fr Gallagher and Ms Laughlin were involved in a dispute over the singing of a song at mass in Lettermacaward last Saturday night.Ms Laughlin claims she was verbally abused – a claim denied by Fr Gallagher.The following is the full statement from Fr Gallagher. “I was happy to learn of the announcement made on Highland Radio at 10.30 a.m. today that this matter has been resolved. I was not a party to the resolution of it and did not in any respect contribute to it, nor did I have any advance notice of it. As of 12.05 pm today, I remain unaware of any details of the resolution announced. I wish to take this opportunity to refute the allegations made against me. I am hurt and appalled that a private conversation with Ms. Sara Laughlin regarding the suitability of a particular song she sang at Communion time, during a Mass I celebrated last Saturday evening for her grandmother and uncle, has been so unfairly distorted and that, in consequence, I have been so vilified and abused in the social media over the past 36 hours. In the interests of the people whom I serve in Leitirmacaward and Doochary, I hope to be permitted draw a line under the matter and, to this end, I will be making no further comment.” PRIEST SPEAKS OUT AGAINST CLAIMS OF CHOIR SINGER was last modified: October 7th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny man has appeared in court on an alleged sex charge.Letterkenny court.Seamus McLaughlin, of Park Road, Sallaghagrane was arrested by Gardai at New Line Road yesterday at 10.02am. He was later charged under under the Criminal Law Act for an offense under the Rape Amendment Act.No details of the alleged incident were given in court.Gardai said that McLaughlin had nothing to say when the charge was put to him.Inspector David Kelly said there is consent for summary disposal in the case.Gardai did not object to McLaughlin’s bail in the sum of €500.A number of conditions were put on the bail including that he sign on at Letterkenny Garda station once a week, that a keep a curfew between 9pm and 7am and that he agree not to interfere with any witnesses in the case.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until October 28th next.LETTERKENNY MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON ALLEGED SEX CHARGE was last modified: September 16th, 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:courtdonegalletterkennySeamus McLaughlinlast_img read more


first_imgThe Hill Farmers for Action will have its Donegal Launch at the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny next Thursday night (March 5th) at 8pm.This is seen as an important new development in Donegal farm politics and the new lobby group is hoping to attract 20,000 new members across the Western Seaboard.A number of prominent speakers will be in the Mount Errigal and it is hoped that many new members will join the group. There are three key objectives for immediate consideration: they include full land eligibility: d single farm payments for disadvantaged areas. These are core to the future of rural Ireland’s survival insofar as retaining agriculture as the key economic driver on for rural Ireland.The whole issue of commonages will also come up for debate along with the current situation in the Glas scheme. It is pointed out that while Glas is now open, planners are unable to forward the details online to Dublin. LARGE CROWD EXPECTED AS HILL FARM GROUP TO LAUNCH NEXT WEEK IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: February 26th, 2015 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:donegalhill farmerslaunchlast_img read more

Darwin Dethroned by Geologist

first_imgGradual evolution seems synonymous with Charles Darwin, but a geologist at New York University disagrees.  According to an article on PhysOrg, Michael Rampino thinks Patrick Matthew deserves the credit for a different, more realistic view of evolution – a catastrophist view:“Matthew discovered and clearly stated the idea of natural selection, applied it to the origin of species, and placed it in the context of a geologic record marked by catastrophic mass extinctions followed by relatively rapid adaptations,” says Rampino, whose research on catastrophic events includes studies on volcano eruptions and asteroid impacts.  “In light of the recent acceptance of the importance of catastrophic mass extinctions in the history of life, it may be time to reconsider the evolutionary views of Patrick Matthew as much more in line with present ideas regarding biological evolution than the Darwin view.”By emphasizing catastrophic events, Rampino is also discrediting one of Darwin’s best friends – Charles Lyell, the uniformitarian geologist.  Rampino thinks Patrick Matthew was far ahead of its time but escaped the notice of the scientific community of the day.This is a startling announcement that could put Rampino in grave danger.  It’s not that he or Patrick Matthew have anything worthwhile to contribute to the understanding of how we got here.  Good grief, catastrophes do not manufacture wings and eyes and brains, or else they would spontaneously emerge on Mars and Titan.  What is startling is that Rampino would put his reputation and livelihood at stake.  Doesn’t he know the penalty for failing to pay homage to Charles Darwin?  PaV on Uncommon Descent fears, since not even Stephen Jay Gould could survive scorn with his catastrophist theory of punctuated equilibria, even though being an ardent evolutionist, that Rampino will be “gobbled up by the Darwinian thought police” in short order for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Condolences for Kabul victims’ families

first_img19 September 2012President Jacob Zuma has conveyed his condolences to the families of the eight South Africans killed in a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Tuesday.“On behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma wishes to express his heartfelt and sincere condolences to the families, friends and communities of the eight South Africans who were victims of a suicide attack,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement.Zuma, who was in Brussels, Belgium for the 5th South Africa-European Union Summit when the attack took place, said he was “deeply saddened by the deaths of the South Africans, as well as the other lives that were lost during this tragic incident.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased.”A suicide bomber reportedly rammed her explosive-laden vehicle into a minibus carrying the eight, who were working for a local company, killing them along with a local driver.Three passers-by were also killed and two security officials were injured by the bombing that took place along the main road, leading to the airport in Kabul’s sub-district 15.Hizb-i-Islami, the second largest insurgent group in Afghanistan, has claimed responsibility for the attack.A spokesperson for the group told local media via phone that a woman suicide bomber of the group had carried out the attack in retaliation for an anti-Islam film made privately in the US and posted on the internet last week.The Department of International Relations said it was in possession of the list of names of the deceased, and that efforts to confirm their identities as well as to contact their next-of-kin were under way.“Government efforts to confirm their identities and to contact their next-of-kin are continuing, and families are receiving support through the consular,” the department said.Meanwhile, US Ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips has also offered condolences to the families of the South Africans who were killed.“As we mourn the death of colleagues at the US Consulate in Benghazi, we offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the South Africans who lost their lives in Kabul today,” Gips in a statement on Tuesday.“As [US Secretary of State, Hillary] Clinton has said, there is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.”Source: read more