first_imgVirgil van Dijk has won a lot of admirers in the short space of time he has been a Premier League player.Having joined Southampton from Celtic in a £13m transfer in 2015, the 25-year-old defender has maintained the impressive displays he showed in Scotland.Liverpool were linked with a £50m deal for him and it’s something former captain Steven Gerrard even welcomed.WHY VAN DIJK IS SO POPULAR“I’d love to see him in a red shirt. I’m a huge fan,” he said.“I thought he was fantastic at Celtic and I thought we should have had a go for him back then.”Is Van Dijk among the top five best Dutch players to have played in the Premier League in the last 10 years? talkSPORT.com thinks so. 5 2. Robin van Persie – Imagine how many goals a fit Robin van Persie would have scored? The striker only managed to play more than 30 Premier League games in a season twice, but he was still vital to both Arsenal and Man United. Alex Ferguson spent £25m on him in 2012 after he scored 30 goals for the Gunners to win the Golden Boot and both Player of the Year awards, and he repaid Fergie with 26 goals, another Golden Boot and the Premier League title in the boss’ final season in charge at Old Trafford. 5. Virgil van Dijk – Is Van Dijk among the top five best Dutch footballers to have played in the Premier League in the last 10 years? talkSPORT.com thinks so. The Southampton defender has been so good that he is rated in the £50m bracket. “I thought he was fantastic at Celtic,” says Steven Gerrard, “and I thought Liverpool should have had a go for him back then.” The 25-year-old has been a Premier League player since moving to the south coast in 2015 for £13m, and won a lot of admirers since then. 4. Rafael van der Vaart – Van der Vaart only had two seasons in the Premier League, but what a couple of years they were. It was big news when Spurs signed the Real Madrid forward in an £8m deadline day deal as the club made their Champions League debut. “Tottenham is still in my heart,” he told the club in a 2016 interview and the player is still fondly remembered by fans, as you’ll see if you pop into any pub or chippy around White Hart Lane where faces light up at the mention of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart playing in the same time. The Dutchman scored 24 goals in 63 Premier League games as well as providing 15 assists during his time in England. 5 5 5 1. Edwin van der Sar – Van der Sar retired from playing in 2011, but was vital to the 2008 Champions League final as well as three Premier League titles. He is one of the clubs’ greatest goalkeepers, but didn’t actually sign for the club until he was 34. United spent £2m on him and Sir Alex Ferguson has called him one of his best signings. “We really should have gone for him when Schmeichel left [in 1999]” he said. 3. Dirk Kuyt – Kuyt left Liverpool in 2012 having been there for six years during which time he scored 71 goals in 285 games. He worked his backside off for the team and the fact he scored so many crucial goals means he is one of Liverpool fans’ favourite players of recent times. There was the late goal to knock Man United out of the FA Cup in 2012, the decisive penalty against Chelsea in the 2007 Champions League semi-final shoot-out and two goals against Everton to seal a Merseyside derby win at Goodison in 2007. Let’s not forget a hat-trick against United in 2011, the winner against Standard Liege in 2008 or the goal against Cardiff in the 2012 League Cup final. 5last_img read more


first_imgKiviiri (left) is one of the new faces at BetWay Power (Agency Photo)KAMPALA – Like it has always been the case in the recent past, Betway sponsored Basketball side-Power sign several players in the off-season.Again, last year’s losing finalist have sealed the signing of three more players to blooster their squad ahead of the 2019 season. The number may be half of the six they signed last time but the names are ones which rise eyebrows in the Basketball community.The new faces that are coming in are; Libe Makala, Samuel Agutu and Syrus Kiviiri.Makala who is predominantly a shooting guard, joins from JKL Dolphins, Kiviiri (Guard) from Pemba Warriors while Agutu (Small Forward) comes in from UCU Canons.For a side that has not won a championship since Ben Komakech (now with City Oilers) and Isaac Afidra delivered in Game 7 of the 2011 finals, a finals appearance is not enough as they will be gunning for the championship this time round.After winning the regular season to finish as the top seed, Power were swept in the best of 7 finals by City Oilers in last year’s final.The 2019 National Basketball League season starts on Friday, April 12 with Power taking on City Oilers at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.Comments Tags: Betway Powercity oilersLibe MakalaNBLSamuel AgutuSyrus Kiviirilast_img read more


first_imgThis time last year Letterkenny won the overall title of Ireland’s Most Enterprising Town.Along with the trophies came a small prize fund.Letterkenny Chamber had long discussions with the other stakeholders and after much deliberation it has decided to put some of the money towards the development of the market Square. Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce is promoting a comprehensive review of how the Market Square works as a public space and the potential use of this focal point on Main Street into the future.With the help of Donegal County Council and students from Queens University Belfast the views of people using Main Street will be sought during a day-long consultation event on Friday 6th December.Leonard Watson, President of Letterkenny Chamber explained “The Market Square when it was built was the jewel in the crown of Letterkenny Town Centre, however, over the years it has become clear that the space is not as accessible or suitable for events as was first thought. We have all stood at the square and had conversations about it.“As a Chamber we have organized events and have tried to use the band stand for various activities, but we realized we needed to be closer to the street. So, we thought this consultation fitted well with these ongoing conversations.” Individuals will be able to discuss their ideas and help inform the future use and layout of the Square as a space with potential to be used in any number of ways.The next stage, informed by comments gathered during the consultation day, is to commission a Design Competition funded by Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce from which detailed plans can be developed as the basis to implement the redevelopment of the Market Square should funding opportunities become available.This will be an on-street event taking place from 10am to 4.30pm.  Those carrying out the consultation will be located at Market Centre so call down and give your opinion.All views and opinions on the future visions for the Square are welcome and will be reflected in the design brief for the proposed design competition.Come and join us in shaping the future of this important place. Come and share your vision for Letterkenny’s Market Square this Friday was last modified: December 3rd, 2019 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:ConsultationdonegalletterkennyMarket Squarelast_img read more


first_imgJammu & Kashmir regional parties, the National Conference (NC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the J&K People’s Movement, on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the BJP’s historic victory and expressed hope that justice would be done to the people of the State. “I hope the new dispensation at the Centre will initiate a dialogue with Pakistan and do justice to the people of J&K. I am also hopeful of reconciliation and rapprochement in the State,” said NC president and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, who won the Srinagar seat.Warning against the muscular policy that resulted in the “blinding of the youth in the past five years”, Dr. Abdullah said, “A confrontation between India and Pakistan only puts J&K in the line of fire. J&K will benefit from a bonhomie between India and Pakistan.”He said he would continue to fight to protect the secular character of the country. “We have to fight for the protection of a secular India. We will spare no effort towards protecting Article 370 and Article 35-A. The other enormous task ahead of us is to protect the ideals of the Constitution of India,” he added.NC leader Omar Abdullah also praised the BJP’s performance. “So the exit polls were correct…Credit to PM Modisahib and Amit Shah who put together a winning alliance and a very professional campaign,” said Mr. Abdullah.PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, who lost from the Anantnag constituency, said, “Congratulations to Narendra Modiji for a historic mandate. Today surely belongs to the BJP and its allies. It’s time for the Congress to get an Amit Shah,” she tweeted. J&K People’s Movement chairman Shah Faesal congratulated Mr. Modi for the “landslide win.” “The mandate must be respected. We in J&K are hopeful that tempers will be allowed to calm down. In this second term, Mr. Modi can make history by reaching out to the people of J&K. Kashmir has to heal,” said Mr. Faesal.last_img read more