Zidane slams criticism of Real’s last-gasp Juve win

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists the 12-times champions ultimately deserved to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Apr 14 – Zinedine Zidane believes the negative reaction to Real Madrid’s last-gasp win over Juventus has been “disgraceful, upsetting and deceptive”, and borne out of jealousy towards the European champions.Real sneaked into the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday after English referee Michael Oliver awarded the 12-times champions a controversial penalty in added-on time. Cristiano Ronaldo held his nerve to send his side through 4-3 on aggregate after Juve had staged a remarkable comeback, levelling the tie by leading 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.Gianluigi Buffon launched a scathing attack on Oliver after the match while sections of the Italian and Spanish press were also criticial of Real’s victory.Corriere dello Sport, a daily sports newspaper in Rome, led with the headline ‘Che Furto’, meaning ‘What A Theft’, while Sport, the Barcelona daily, carried ‘El Robo Del Siglo’ on its front page, ‘The Theft Of The Century’.Zidane, however, maintains his team fully deserved to go through.“When people talk about it being a robbery I get angry – it is clear what we are doing annoys a lot of people,” Zidane said on Saturday.“There are people that are anti-Real Madrid, but nobody is going to change that. Nobody can change the history of this club, what it has achieved.“We are the best club in the world and when you’re the best club in the world, there is a certain degree of jealousy.”Zidane added: “To be honest I think it is disgraceful, upsetting and deceptive. Anyone who says it was a robbery, I really don’t agree.”Buffon was sent off for dissent on the pitch and then vented his anger off it too, by saying Oliver lacked personality and should have watched the game at home with his wife.It could mark a dramatic end to Buffon’s Champions League career, given the 40-year-old is expected to retire at the end of the season.“Those were his words,” Zidane said. “He was stressed, his feelings were heated. You have to respect his point of view but I think we deserved to qualify for the semi-finals.”Real will now face German champions Bayern Munich in the semis, in a repeat of last year’s quarter-final, which Los Blancos won 6-3 on aggregate.“I think they are an even better team this season than last,” Zidane said. “No team will have the upper hand, maybe us playing the return leg at home, but I would say the tie is evenly balanced, 50-50.”Before then, Real turn their attention to Sunday’s trip to Malaga in La Liga, where they sit fourth in the table, 15 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.Sergio Ramos is likely to return, having been suspended in midweek, but Zidane is expected to rest other key players for the match.“Malaga are bottom and maybe they dont deserve to be,” Zidane said.“I have seen some of their games, it’s surprising they are bottom of the table, but our aim is to go there and win.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Want to join the masquerade? Auditions open for DYMT’s The Phantom of the Opera

first_imgDYMT (Donegal Youth Musical Theatre) are delighted to announce that their first production will be Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit ‘Phantom of the Opera’. The North West premier of this longest running Broadway musical will be staged in An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny from 10th to 12th August. Applications are now open for cast members to be a part of the hotly-anticipated production.DYMT is Donegal’s first county-wide musical theatre company for young people aged 12- 21, who produce high standard West End musicals within the county, with the finest talent from across the North-West. DYMT offer young people the chance to experience the musical theatre industry; as they rehearse over a three week block of intensive summer rehearsals before staging a high-class production in An Grianan Theatre.The DYMT Creative Team for this 2017/18 season is made up of four experienced County Donegal natives, who have just come off the huge success of the sell-out Les Miserables in Donegal Town in January.Director, Séimí Campbell, has directed Bosco Productions’ musicals and pantomimes for the past 6 years including the recent Les Misérables, as well as founding Trinity Musical Theatre Society (TMT) and most recently directing their production of West Side Story in the O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin.Last year, Séimí worked with YMT UK; on the production team as Assistant Musical Director of ‘Trojan Women’ along side West End directors Francis Goodhand and Stuart Harvey in the Barbican Theatre, and is delighted to be teaching Musical Theatre on Trinity College Dublin’s Masters of Music and Drama Education (M.Ed) programme this summer. Musical Director for this year is Dunkineely native, Herta Kelly, graduate of DIT Conservatoire of Music and Drama. Herta is known as one of the county’s finest musical directors, working as MD on Annie, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamboat, Beauty and the Beast, the Sound of Music, the Wizard of Oz, and of course, Les Miserables, to name but a few.Amy Jordan fills the dancing shoes of choreographer for the project. Amy was Assistant Producer of GUM’s production of RENT and Choreographer for The Wedding Singer, Galway, before returning home to choreograph Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Les Miserables in Donegal.And finally, to add colour and life to the company, Sinead O’Donnell Carey joins the team as Head of Design. Sinead has deigned many shows across the country, including the North-West premier of An Triail in the Abbey Arts Centre, and Marian and Joseph in the Samuel Beckett, Dublin. Having studied Performing Arts with Design, she starts a MA in Film and Theatre Studies in NUI Galway in September.Auditions for Phantom of the Opera will be staged across the North West on 29th/ 30th April 2017. All applicants must be aged between 12 -21 years and send in an Audition Application form to DYMT before 24th April. Forms can be downloaded on DYMT’s Facebook page or on request from donegalyouthmusicaltheatre@gmail.com.Want to join the masquerade? Auditions open for DYMT’s The Phantom of the Opera was last modified: April 19th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

‘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_imgA trainee mechanic accused of killing journalist Eugene Moloney was further remanded in custody todayMr Moloney (55) died after an incident in Dublin city centre last June. Although he was born in England his family settled in Fahan, Co Donegal.He was laid to rest there alongside his mother after his death in June. Gary Burch (21) of Kennington Close, Templogue, south Dublin was charged in June with the manslaughter of Mr Moloney.Burch, dressed in a light grey shirt and dark trousers, did not address the court during his brief hearing today.Detective Sergeant Mark Kelly of Kevin Street Garda station applied to extend his remand for four weeks pending the preparation of the book of evidence. Defence solicitor Con Pendred had no objection to the extension.Mr Moloney was a former reporter with the Irish Independent and lived at Portobello Place on Dublin’s southside. On June 24th he was making his way home in the early hours after a night out with friends. He suffered a blow to the head on Camden Street. Mr Burch is due to appear in court on September 19th. JOURNALIST KILLING: SUSPECT REMANDED IN CUSTODY was last modified: August 22nd, 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


first_imgHe should be jousting with the opposition in Leinster House today.But Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn has taken a day off – for a very special reason.The Buncrana Sinn Fein TD will say ‘I do’ to long-term partner Sinead. The couple have been inundated with well-wishers after Padraig announced the news on his Facebook page.Padraig revealed “It’s the big day for me and Sinéad today. Thank you all for your love and best wishes. Beautiful is the day that is touched by love.”Congrats to you both from all at Donegal Daily.  SINN FEIN’S PADRAIG FINALLY MEETS HIS MATCH TODAY! was last modified: November 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) Tags:marriagePADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNSinn Feinlast_img read more

Rumsfeld hints that 2006 may see troop reduction

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Rumsfeld made his comments between closed-door meetings on Capitol Hill with House members, part of an effort by the Bush administration to communicate better with Congress about the war. Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also attended. Facing diminishing public support on Iraq and pressure from constituents, lawmakers from both parties have complained that the administration must give them more information on Iraq. Later, Republican lawmakers went to the White House to hear from President George W. Bush, Rumsfeld, Pace, the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad and top military commanders in Iraq. White House press secretary Scott McClellan said more briefings were planned for next week, and would include Democrats as well as Republicans from the House and Senate. McClellan also rebuffed critics of Bush’s war policy, saying there was “disarray and disagreement” in the Democratic Party over how and when to get out of Iraq. WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday that he expects some 20,000 U.S. troops to return home from Iraq after next week’s elections, and he suggested that some of the remaining 137,000 forces could pull out next year. “If conditions permit, we could go below that,” he said in the latest administration hint of at least a modest reduction next year. The Pentagon chief also said he believed that the White House and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would “end up working something out” during negotiations over legislation standardizing interrogation techniques and banning mistreatment of foreign terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. Congressional bargainers were nearing completion of a defense bill that is expected to include the McCain provisions, and aides said votes on the measure could come next week. Still, GOP leaders haven’t blessed the bill because they are awaiting the result of White House negotiations with McCain. In New York, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said, “The current administration confuses examination of failed policies with an admission of weakness, and debate with division,” resulting in the lack of a real debate to “forge a winning strategy for America.” Kerry also said the United States must reduce its forces in Iraq by “at least 100,000” by the end of 2006, leaving a force of 30,000 to 40,000. For his part, Rumsfeld said if next week’s elections in Iraq go well he expects U.S. troop levels, which were boosted to nearly 160,000 this fall for elections, to return to the 137,000 level of summer. “The hope is that the conditions will permit some drawdowns in troops,” he said. The Pentagon chief said the number of forces could fall below 137,000 next year depending on conditions, the recommendation of senior U.S. commanders and the president’s final determination. On the issue of detainee treatment, Rumsfeld said negotiations between the White House and McCain were continuing. The White House hopes to reach a compromise that would satisfy administration concerns. “I haven’t seen the latest draft, but my guess is they’ll end up working something out,” Rumsfeld said. The Senate overwhelmingly supports the provisions and included them in its two defense measures. The House measures omit the provisions, and congressional negotiators are trying to work out final bills. A top House Republican negotiator on one bill, Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter of El Cajon, Calif., appeared willing to accept the McCain provisions unchanged. But negotiators were still trying to iron out differences over a Senate- passed provision on prosecuting detainees at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Hunter wants to further limit the way they can challenge their detention. 160Want 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

QPR boss Redknapp insists Mackie was injured for City clash

first_imgHarry Redknapp insisted Jamie Mackie was absent for QPR’s goalless draw with Manchester City because he has a back injury.There are doubts about the forward’s future at Loftus Road as Redknapp looks to revamp his squad ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.But the Rangers boss, who named two goalkeepers – Robert Green and Brian Murphy – among his substitutes, was adamant that Mackie was not fit enough to play.DJ Campbell, meanwhile, missed the match for family reasons.Mackie was not in the R’s squad.And a number of the club’s youngsters featured in an Under-21 game earlier in the day.“He [Mackie] is injured. He did his back. He collided with the goalkeeper in training. He did his back and couldn’t move,” said Redknapp.“We had two keepers on the bench because we had no-one else,” he added.Redknapp praised his players for their battling performance against the champions, who dominated much of the game.City were denied by a combination of determined Rangers defending and important saves from keeper Julio Cesar.“It was another solid performance and another clean sheet – another big point for us,” Redknapp declared.“I’m happy with a point against the champions. We defended well and hit them on the couter-attack a couple of times and had a good chance with Adel Taarabt.“Everyone did their job and you can’t ask for more – and that’s off the back of the games against Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham. We’re in good form at the moment.“Cesar’s world class. You only have to look at his record. He’s won everything and is an amazing keeper.”Ryan Nelsen was given a hero’s send-off by fans – and his team-mates, who formed a guard of honour as he left the pitch – after what is expected to be his final appearance for the club before leaving for Toronto.Redknapp claimed he is “struggling” to get a centre-back in to replace him but then said: “I’m sure we’ll find someone.”Meanwhile, Redknapp says he is unsure whether QPR will be able to push through a deal to take Peter Crouch back to the club.See also:Rangers secure deserved point against CityQPR v Man City player 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders’ Darren Waller saw greatness in Ravens’ QB Lamar Jackson

first_imgALAMEDA — Before they exploded on to the scene as big-time play-makers in 2019, Lamar Jackson and Darren Waller were plying their trade on the service team of the Baltimore Ravens.Jackson, who leads the Ravens (10-2) into a showdown Sunday against the 49ers (11-1) in Baltimore, spent the first nine games of his rookie season as backup to Joe Flacco, getting occasional work as a change-of-pace quarterback. Waller, reinstated after a year’s suspension for violating the NFL policy on substances …last_img

Shrink Validity Is Shrinking

first_img(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Should you trust the diagnosis of a psychiatrist?  If it helps, individuals are free to choose.  Behind the scenes, however, there are severe, deep-seated debates about whether professional shrinks understand disorders, let alone diagnose them properly.In New Scientist, James Davies reported about protests at the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) annual meeting.  Some protestors feel that psychiatry is “not even wrong”; psychiatrists don’t know what they are doing, and sometimes end up abusing patients:The demonstration aimed to highlight the harm the protesters believe psychiatry is perpetrating in the name of healing. One concern is that while psychiatric medications are more widely prescribed than almost any drugs in history, they often don’t work well and have debilitating side effects. Psychiatry also professes to respect human rights, while regularly treating people against their will. Finally, psychiatry keeps expanding its list of disorders without solid scientific justification.That list includes major changes with each new edition of the psychiatry “bible,” the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).  Edition V is coming out, loaded with new maladies that were never diagnosed before, and altering the description of other disorders – changes that can have major effects on prescriptions, insurance policies and scientific “explanations” for various behaviors.Davies said that some psychiatrists who filed past the protestors acknowledged that they had some legitimate concerns.In another article on New Scientist, “Trials highlight worrying flaws in psychiatry ‘bible’,” Peter Aldhous focused on flaws in tests that psychiatrists use to diagnose mental illness.  “While for some diagnoses reliability was good, others yielded scores little better than chance,” he said.  Some of the worst results concerned some of the most common diagnoses:The conditions with questionable reliability include subtly altered descriptions of two of the most common diagnoses in psychiatry: major depressive disorder and generalised anxiety disorder. That has opened a can of worms, leaving some mental health professionals wondering about the reliability of even established psychiatric diagnoses.The final wording of DSM-5, scheduled for publication in May 2013, will have profound effects on people’s lives. The manual not only helps determine who is given psychoactive drugs, but in the US may determine whether treatment is covered by health insurance. Some diagnoses are even used to justify holding people indefinitely in secure mental hospitals.There are others that Aldhous worried about: diagnoses of autism, and an alleged precursor of schizophrenia dubbed “attenuated psychosis syndrome.”  Psychiatrists use a value called kappa that is supposed to measure the “the consensus between different doctors assessing the same patient, with 1 corresponding to perfect diagnostic agreement, and 0 meaning concordance could just be due to chance.”  Unfortunately, chance could not be ruled out as a hypothesis for some of the most common disorders.  For instance, regarding attenuated psychosis syndrome, “While field trials gave a kappa of 0.46, the variability was so large that Darrel Regier, APA’s head of research, told the meeting that the result was “uninterpretable”.One theory escape mechanism for the questionable reliability of “major depressive disorder” and “generalized anxiety disorder” diagnoses was to suggest that depression and anxiety are like the “fevers” of a deeper mental disorder whose symptoms can mask a variety of conditions.  Aldhous did not seem impressed; “if depression and anxiety can’t be reliably diagnosed, many patients will wonder how many more disorders stand on similarly shaky ground.”For more on problems with the DSM, see the 2/17/2010 and 4/21/2011 entries.Psychiatrist: “Our new textbook indicates that your delusions of grandeur were misdiagnosed.  In other words, you’re cured.”Patient:  “Some cure!  I used to be Napoleon.  Now I’m nobody!”Psychiatry is a pseudoscience acting like a religion (i.e., telling people their problem and the solution), but masquerading as a science with big words and lots of money.  Since it is a pseudoscience, we can have a little fun with it by imagining a world in which the Darwin skeptics have the money and the power.  Like them (e.g., 2/27/2010), we can use scientific jargon to diagnose our foes as mentally ill. We could publish our manual in the DSM, Darwinian Symptoms of Madness.Suppose, for instance, we were to diagnose Richard Dawkins with “Design denial disorder” (DDD) with symptoms including (1) obsessive acts of self-persuasion that what one is observing was not designed, but evolved; (2) incessant repetition of Dobzhansky’s proverb that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution; (3) willingness to believe in intelligent design when it comes to aliens seeding life on Earth, but only if the aliens evolved by natural selection; (4) a compulsion to persuade others that there is no God by making money selling books, and (5) an illogical preference to live in a theistic country while promoting atheism.  With the right consensus, we could probably obtain high kappa values to prove our etiology is valid and our diagnosis reliable.  We might even get insurance companies to cover prescription drugs aimed at curing DDD.  Anyone protesting our actions we could diagnose with “DDD co-dependent syndrome” (DDD-CDS), and drug them, too.  Remember, we have the power and the self-serving science to back it up.We would never do such a thing, of course, since we believe in compassionate persuasion and intellectual integrity.  We would never wish to manipulate power by imitating psychiatry’s flawed methods and Darwinian “survival of the fittest” ethics.  We would wish to be transparent and consistent about our belief that “mental illness” is an oxymoron, believing instead that people’s behavioral problems are caused by either sin or physical flaws such as brain damage.  But our imaginary power play is certainly a conceivable thought experiment.  It turns the tables on what some Darwinians actually do: calling their critics insane.The evolutionists’ bible is Darwin’s Origin of Species, with its evolutionary tree of life, and the shrinks’ bible is the DSM-V, with its man-made judgments of what constitutes normal and abnormal behavior.  These ‘bibles’ have their genesis in the flawed assumption that human brains were not designed, but evolved.  The authentic trees of life and of knowledge of good and evil are known by their fruits (02/28/2010).last_img read more

A350 XWB joins the fleet

first_imgThree widebody Airbus aircraft, the A380, A330 and the new A350 XWB, took off from Toulouse Thursday September 19 flying together for the first time before continuing on separate flights.The A350 XWB is the latest aircraft from Airbus and is designed to replace the A330 and takeon Boeing’s 787 and 777 families.To date Airbus has sold 682 A350 XWBs over three models.last_img