‘It could be written in the stars’ – Rush backs Bale for Champions League glory

first_imgWales and Liverpool legend Ian Rush believes it could ‘be written in the stars’ for Gareth Bale to have a big say in Saturday’s Champions League final.Bale’s Real Madrid side take on Juventus, at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, in the showpiece occasion between the champions of Spain and the champions of Italy.Welsh talisman Bale is unlikely to start the final in his home country, due to his recent injuries and the impressive form of Spanish midfielder Isco, but Rush believes the former Tottenham man could come off the bench and make a significant impact.“He hasn’t played for seven weeks and if you play him from the start you are most probably going to get about an hour out of him,” Rush told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I think if you are looking at him coming off the bench, if you are a Juventus defender and you have played really well for 60 minutes and then you see Gareth Bale coming on, what would you be thinking?“It could even be written in the stars. What’s better than playing in your own country, in a Real Madrid shirt, coming off the bench and scoring the winner?“He’s capable of doing that.”However, despite claiming Bale could be a decisive factor in the final Rush believes his former side Juventus will take home the Champions League trophy.The ex-striker played for the Old Lady from 1987 to 1988, in between his two spells at Anfield, and thinks the current Juve side have the organisation necessary to hold off Real Madrid’s attack.“Well I am looking at it and as you know every club you play for you still have an affinity with them,” Rush added.“But for me I am going with Juventus. Madrid are one of those teams who, you know, you score two then we will score three – they are that good.“But I think if Juventus score two there’s no way Madrid are going to score three.“I think they are well organised, they work hard as a team, and they have got those players who can win you the game – the likes of Higuain and people like that.” Tune in to talkSPORT to find out which team will emerge triumphant in Cardiff – click HERE to find out how to listen to the radio coverage.last_img read more


first_imgHe added that he, like everyone else present, did not have the answer to the question that everyone was asking – why?“You, her beloved family and deeply held friends, you her relations and her schoolmates, you know what she was and how she was, how she captured life in a lovely personality. But what you do not know is why did she have to die so young, why did she have to be taken from us in the prime of life? And I do not have the answer either. All I know that somewhere in the terrible pain of Tory’s death the crucified Christ is with us, that in the brokenness of this hour the broken body of Christ is revealed and that in the shattered empty feeling in our gut the dying Christ is present here and now.”He added that Tory had grown so much in recent years and was now looking forward to doing her Leaving Cert and deciding on a career.Be that a career in fashion or as a dentist, Tory, like so many others, had not made up her mind just yet.“Tory was entering her final year in Loreto Secondary School. Not that long ago a letter arrived in the post, addressed to her. She was to be a prefect this year. What joy she experience on opening that letter. What an amazing amount of thrill she got in sharing that joy with her parents and with Amy and with her friends. That letter was just reward for the hard work that Tory had put into her education.”Tory loved life, loved family, loved friends, loved living, the teary-eyed congregation heard.Fr Kelly than pleaded with them “Enrich her memory by living your life to the full potential, by telling those around how much you appreciate them and care for them.”For many t was simply too much.A young friend, who had written a special tribute to Tory, simply broke down half-way through and could not continue.Among the gifts brought to the altar was a recent picture of stunning Tory as well as a little teddy bear.And just as they had done as she entered her funeral mass, Tory’s heartbroken friends led her from St Eunan’s Cathedral.They guided the hearse down through Letterkenny’s Market Square as she had walked so many times on her lunch break-from Loreto Secondary School – this time to her final resting place at Conwal Graveyard with her friends all still asking the same question – why?FUNERAL HEARS TRAGIC TORY WAS “PACKED TO OVERFLOWING WITH KINDNESS, GOODNESS, WARMTH AND LOVELINESS” was last modified: July 20th, 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:donegalfuneraltory johnston A community united in grief yesterday to say a final farewell to schoolgirl Tory Johnston who was taken from them in the most tragic of circumstances.Tragic Tory Johnston.Gardai, doctors and her own family still do not know how 17 year old Tory died.The happy-go-lucky teenager collapsed after apparently suffering a seizure at Voodoo nightclub in Letterkenny in the early hours of Wednesday morning last.She died at Letterkenny General Hospital just after 6.30am despite valiant attempts by doctors to keep her alive.St Eunans Cathedral was thronged with hundreds of schoolchildren all searching for the answer to the same question – why?Tory, who had just been made a prefect at Loreto Secondary School, had everything to live for.She had no medical history and was in great spirits on the night she left her home in Grieve, Glebe for the last time on Tuesday last.Tears tripped down the cheeks of her school-friends who lined the route to the steps of St Eunans Cathedral in their familiar brown uniforms.Tory’s heartbroken family including mum Helen and only sister Amy wore purple ribbons in her memory while her dad Sammy proudly wore a purple tie.Fr Eamonn Kelly said Tory’s death had left the community shocked and stunned.He said her life had been captured in series of photographs – one more captivating than the next.“Life’s bitterness struck on a night of enjoyment, on a night out with friends. The harshness of life was struck into our people as sadly Tory’s young life was cut so short.“The photographs on the wall of Tory’s room are almost in competition for attention, each one capturing a moment of joy, an expression of life, a smile, a laugh, a time of fun with family and friends.“With fashion and outfits, trends and styles, Tory was full of life and splendour and goodness, full of the vigour of youth, the holding of beauty, packed to overflowing with kindness, goodness, warmth and loveliness. But you already know that,” he said. last_img read more

Intex Aqua Ace II with 3GB RAM launched at Rs 8,999

first_imgIntex Technologies on Monday launched its new 4G LTE phone called Aqua Ace II. The phone has been targeted at mainstream market and has been priced at Rs 8,999.The Intex Aqua Ace II comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display that has 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. The smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor and has 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card.Also read:Intex launches Cloud Breeze at Rs 3,999 The device runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 and uses a 3000mAh battery. The most striking feature of the Aqua Ace II — as per Intex — is the presence of MHL cable. The cable, when attached to a smartphone, mirrors everything in the Android device onto the LED TV screen, thereby giving users a “Big Screen Experience”.Also read: Intex Cloud 4G smart launched at Rs 4,999″Intex has always kept pace with technology and brought latest innovation in every hand. With Aqua ACE II, we are happy to offer ‘Big Screen Experience’ to consumers with an in-built MHL Technology in the device. The smartphone supports 4G-LTE and has a big battery,” said Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, mobile business head, Intex Technologies.Also read:Intex launches Aqua Ace phone with 3GB RAM at Rs.12,999 The Intex Aqua Ace sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.Other features include Reverie Lock, which enables the user to choose English or Hindi as the phone language when unlocking the device. Then there is HotKnot, which helps a user share photos, movies, videos etc by simply taking Aqua ACE II screen closer to the screen of other mobile. Smart Wake allows user to access camera, music, files or any other feature without unlocking the smart phone. Intex Aqua Ace II will be competing against phones such as Lenovo K5 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime and Huawei Honor Holly 2 Plus.advertisementlast_img read more