10 brilliant players who cost less than the £34.3m Liverpool spent on Salah

first_img 10 Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich (FREE TRANSFER) – Bayern Munich snapped up Lewandowski in January 2014 after his contract with their German rivals expired. The Pole had been top scorer in the season as Dortmund finished second behind Bayern. Lewandowski has been an absolute steal on Bayern’s behalf and he has gone on to score 110 goals in just 147 games and has knocked in at least 30 league goals in two consecutive seasons, with the 2016/17 title being Bayern’s the fifth successive crown. Lewandowski has caused controversy in recent days after it was rumoured he was unhappy and wanted to leave the German champions, leading to interest from Chelsea and Man United. Alvaro Morata – Juventus to Real Madrid for £24m – The young Spaniard has been heavily linked with a big money move to Manchester United over the last few weeks. If Morata does leave, Madrid could almost triple the money they spent when they re-signed the 24-year-old from Italian giants Juventus. The striker endured a patchy first spell at the 12-time European champions, but hit form and shone at Juventus, which led to Madrid activating their buy-back clause. Sadio Mané – Southampton to Liverpool for £34m – The Senegal frontman was only marginally cheaper than Salah when he joined last June. Multiple people were critical of Mané’s price tag but the winger/striker has proven to be a fan favourite at Anfield after scoring 13 goals in 29 games coupled with five assists. Liverpool were the only club within touching distance of Chelsea at Christmas until Mané was preoccupied at the African Cup of Nations. Without his pace Klopp’s men failed to win a single game. Fans will be hoping Mané can repeat last year’s performances as they push for the title. 10 N’Golo Kanté – Leicester to Chelsea for £30.4m – This deal has been seen as an absolute bargain after the French workhorse helped Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2017 just a season after creating history with Leicester. Kanté’s work ethic and tracking back has become basic knowledge over his two seasons in the Premier League and the midfielder topped the charts in a number of aspects such as tackles won and distance covered. His performances were rewarded with the Player of the Year award at the end of the 2016/17 campaign. 10 10 10 10 Thiago Silva – AC Milan to PSG for £33m – After PSG fell under new ownership in 2012, Thiago Silva was bought for a hefty fee but the club’s owner, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, claimed Silva was “the best defender in the world”. The Brazilian has proven to be a top signing as PSG attempted to move their domestic success onto the European stage. Despite failing to do so, Silva has been a key part of the club’s four league titles in five years. Romelu Lukaku – Chelsea to Everton for £28m – Lukaku is another player who is being linked with a move away from their current club. The forward, according to reports, has already agreed a deal with a new club and it is believed to be Chelsea, who sold the powerful Belgium international to Everton back in 2014. Lukaku was second highest goal scorer last term with 25 goals and he has bagged 85 Premier League goals despite only being 24 years of age. Many are aware of his capability but others have questioned his performances in the big games. Mats Hummels – Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich for £31.5m – Hummels was another player to join Bayern from Dortmund, following in the footsteps of Lewandowski and Götze. Hummels is considered by many as one of the best defenders in the world and has enjoyed a trophy laden career which includes the Bundesliga title and World Cup. If you take into account the defenders’ success and ability, £31.5m is a very cheap transfer fee. Paulo Dybala – Palermo to Juventus for £28.2m (£8m in add-ons) – This Argentine maestro has been likened to Lionel Messi, but he certainly out-performed him in Juventus’ Champions League semi-final win against Barcelona. Dybala caught the attention of a host of European clubs during this year’s competition due to his thrilling style of play and the striker’s price tag looks very cheap considering his potential. He has already won two Serie A titles and two Italian Cups. Dybala is still only 23 years old and has an exciting career ahead of him. Mohamed Salah is finally a Liverpool player after joining from Roma in an estimated £34.3m transfer.The Reds missed out on the Egypt winger in 2014 when he was snapped up by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea for £11m. He joined Roma permanently in 2016 after an initial loan spell, but has been linked with Liverpool for a number of months.In June, the club were thought to have had a £28m offer rejected, but the club returned with more money and the deal was completed on Thursday night.It’s a lot of money and here, talkSPORT looks at 10 brilliant players who have cost less than Salah in the last decade as transfer fees continue to rise. Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United for £25.4m – Mkhitaryan became Mourinho’s third signing at United. The Armenian international is yet to reach his full potential at the club after he endured a mixed first season. However, Mkhitaryan put in some classy showings in Europe as United won the Europa League and he even scored in the final against Ajax. The Red Devils will need Mkhitaryan to be more consistent in the league if they are to challenge this year. 10 10 10 Eden Hazard – Lille to Chelsea for £32m – Hazard was without doubt one of Europe’s best performers this season. His dazzling dribbling and stunning ball control were key to Chelsea’s surge towards winning the title. He will soon be challenging Europe’s best for the Ballon d’Or. Hazard has openly stated “it would be hard to turn down Real Madrid” and Chelsea will face a tough fight to keep their star man. 10last_img read more

Ohio Pork Council names Emily Bir director of communications

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council announced Emily Bir as the director of communications, effective immediately. Bir will serve as the media relations contact and manage all internal and external communications efforts on behalf of the Ohio Pork Council.“We are pleased to have Emily join the Ohio Pork Council as the communications director and are confident her professional abilities will benefit the Council, and its members,” said Bill Knapke, Ohio Pork Council president. “We look forward to what Emily’s knowledge and experience will bring to the Ohio Pork Council and working with her in this position.”Prior to joining the Ohio Pork Council, Bir served in numerous communications roles in Ohio, Michigan and New Hampshire. Most recently, she worked for Strategic Public Partners, a Columbus-based public relations firm, where she managed media relations and grassroots engagement for clients in Ohio, and across the country.Bir began her career in Michigan where she led communications efforts for several political campaigns and offices, including the Michigan Senate Majority Leader’s office.Bir is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.last_img read more

Mixed response to cancellation of students’ union elections

first_imgThe Odisha government’s decision to cancel the annual students’ union elections in the current year in colleges and universities has evoked a mixed response across the State.Several student organisations staged protests on Friday after the Higher Education Department issued a notification on Thursday. While ABVP has opposed the decision, NSUI, AISF and SFI termed the decision undemocratic. The decision has been welcomed by many students and the students’ wing of the BJD, saying that it will prevent law and order situation and violence during the elections.last_img read more

#KicksStalker: Terrence Romeo makes history with launch of signature shoe ‘TR7’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The sly guard, who has impressed in his stint with Gilas Pilipinas, has been a Peak endorser since last year. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH O.J. Simpson to be released from prison LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Details have yet to be released regarding the TR7 but the number seven pays homage to Romeo’s jersey with Globalport and Far Eastern University.As seen in Romeo’s post, his first shoe features what looks like a mesh upper allowing breathability through the side panels and comes in a low top version. It also has the logo TR on the tongue.Other notable endorsers of the brand are NBA players Tony Parker and Matthew Dellavadova.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Filipino basketball star Terrence Romeo made history when he became the first local player to get his own signature shoe under a major foreign brand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRomeo gave a glimpse of TR7 ver 1.0 by Chinese sportswear brand Peak in an Instagram post on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Video: Joel Stave Misses On Crucial 4th Down Throw, Iowa Wins Heartland Trophy

first_imgWisconsin flag bearer runs across the field.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 07: A cheerleader for the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a score against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Wisconsin entered the season as Big Ten West favorites, but after this afternoon’s game, things in that division have been thrown for a loop. The Iowa Hawkeyes pulled off an upset of the No. 19 Badgers in Madison, winning the Heartland Trophy for the first time since 2009. Wisconsin had a chance to take the lead, but Joel Stave fired incomplete on a 4th & 2, looking for tight end Troy Fumagalli on the play.Not the best throw here pic.twitter.com/bsIn9uOFBm— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) October 3, 2015He looked for a pass interference call, and there was some contact, but the refs held their flags, and Iowa was able to take a knee and win the game.The Heartland Trophy comes BACK to Iowa City! #IOWAvsWIS I’m done bragging now. pic.twitter.com/di1hbirdu1— Y2Jason Strasburg (@Strasconsin) October 3, 2015Iowa is 5-0 with the win, and a favorable schedule ahead. This year could be a big one for Kirk Ferentz and his Hawkeyes.last_img read more

Energy and metals weigh on TSX as Wall St pulls back loonie

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index fell moderately Thursday, as Wall Street pulled back from the record highs it set the day before.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 42.23 points to 16,284.47, as the base metals, gold and energy sectors lost ground.Shares of Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE) were down $1.29, or 6.77 per cent, to $17.77, following Wednesday’s announcement that operations aboard its SeaRose FPSO vessel off the Newfoundland and Labrador coast was ordered suspended by the federal-provincial regulator because of a close call with an iceberg last March.Meanwhile, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) was up two cents, or 0.03 per cent, to $59.84 after the Calgary-based company said Thursday that it has confirmed enough commercial support for its controversial Keystone XL pipeline thanks in part to a commitment from the Alberta government.South of the border, U.S. stocks were also slightly lower, with Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA) losing 3.1 per cent and Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE:KMI) falling 2.9 per cent.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 97.84 points to 26,017.81. The S&P 500 index inched down 4.53 points to 2,798.03 and the Nasdaq composite index edged back 2.23 points to 7,296.05.“Yesterday was a big day, you can’t go up every day,” Norman Levine, managing Director of Portfolio Management Corp. in Toronto, said of the modest North American stock movements.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar continued its slide Thursday after losing ground on Wednesday following the Bank of Canada’s dovish interest rate hike announcement that it would raise its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.25 per cent.That saw investors grapple with uncertainty after the central bank said it would be cautious about future rate hikes due to unknowns surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement.The currency closed at an average trading value of 80.35 cents US, down 0.13 of a U.S. cent, on Thursday.“The loonie to me looks expensive here because based on our belief of the Canadian economy, the optimistic views about how many rate increases are going to be coming in Canada ain’t going to be happening. You might get one more this year, or you might be done,” said Levine.A stronger-than-expected jobs report released by Statistics Canada earlier this month had in part played into economists widely-held expectations that a rate hike would be announced Wednesday — but Levine said he thinks the jobs numbers “were overstated and will get revised, and things are not going to look as wonderful as it seemed.”In commodities, the March crude contract gave back three cents to US$63.89 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down four cents to US$3.19 per mmBTU.The February gold contract fell US$12.00 to US$1,327.20 an ounce and the March copper contract was up one cent to US$3.20 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Brain drain leaves Balkan nations on more uneven footing

first_imgBELGRADE, Serbia – Marina Stevanov never doubted she would leave her native Serbia as soon as she earned her medical degree with top grades.Now, the 25-year-old doctor is packing her diploma, thick medicine books and a German language dictionary for a move to Austria, where an elite hospital offered her a job that will train her to specialize in vascular surgery.She doesn’t plan to return any time soon.Rampant unemployment, low wages, corruption and a lack of opportunity to advance careers are driving thousands of young and educated adults to emigrate from Europe’s Balkan nations.As fresh talent decamps for Western Europe, the United States or oil-rich Persian Gulf countries, the massive brain drain puts their struggling countries on even more uneven footing, with populations increasingly made up of people less educated or elderly.Bosnia ranked 135th out of 137 countries for “capacity to retain talent” in the World Economic Forum’s 2017-2018 Global Competitiveness Report. Serbia placed 134th and Croatia at 131st.“My colleagues who are working here are really upset. They are not satisfied,” Stevanov said in her small Belgrade apartment crammed with packed boxes and suitcases. “You don’t have enough time or money for your family and normal life, that’s a big problem.”The number of doctors and nurses in Serbia has steadily declined, prompting fears that the already strained health system might collapse. Salaries for young doctors in public hospitals average around 600 euros ($750) a month. Those are the physicians with the luck and connections to land paid jobs in the first place.In 2007, 27,000 educated people emigrated from Serbia. Only seven years later, this number more than doubled to 58,000, according to the last available official data. The exact numbers are certainly much higher as most of those who emigrate don’t report it to authorities.Serbia, where mechanical engineers and IT experts are among the 50,000 unemployed university graduates, has done little to stop the outflow except for making occasional appeals for patriotism.“I’m begging you to stay in our beautiful Serbia,” the country’s President Aleksandar Vucic said last week while handing out scholarships to top students.In neighbouring Croatia, the youth unemployment rate has averaged 35 per cent over the past decade. But young people with the motivation and means have more options since Croatia joined the European Union in 2013; its citizens can apply for jobs in other EU countries without needing visas or work permits.Official government statistics say some 40,000 Croats have left the country every year since Croatia entered the EU. Zagreb University demography Professor Stjepan Sterc estimates the number is more than double that, with most of them young people.“Something has to be done to stop this emptying of Croatia,” Sterc said. “It’s in the strategic interest of the country.”Bosnia, the site of a bloody civil war during the 1990s, has a whopping youth unemployment rate hovering at some 54 per cent, according to the World Bank figures, forcing young and old alike, to look elsewhere for work. The figure covers those up to 24 years old.Bosnia’s Labor and Employment Agency is helping place the country’s surplus workers abroad through bilateral agreements. Germany wants to attract middle-skilled health care workers and Slovenia is seeking workers for jobs that require less training, mostly welders and drivers.The agency secured employment for close to 3,500 people in Germany and nearly 20,000 in Slovenia during the past five years. It is not helping find jobs outside Bosnia for doctors or other professionals in shortage occupations.“In this time and age, everyone can find job ads in any country online and apply or seek employment abroad through a privately owned agency,” spokesman Boris Pupic said.One such is Alphabet InfoCenter, based in the impoverished northern Bosnian city of Tuzla. Along with linking job seekers with potential employers, Alphabet organizes German and English lessons, provides interpreters to help with paperwork, and works with successful applicants to arrange their stays abroad.Mersudin Mahmutbegovic, the centre’s head, said the government in Bosnia has done nothing to retain professionals or to create more jobs by addressing a mismatch between graduates and jobs available on the labour market.“They complain that there will be no one left to, for example, take care of patients in Bosnia, but it never occurs to them that they should do something to encourage people to stay,” Mahmutbegovic said.Law school graduate Nadina Redzic, 28, turned to Alphabet for help finding work in Germany.Redzic, who is fluent in German and English, obtained her law degree five years ago and immediately applied for jobs all over Bosnia. She received hardly any responses and thinks the whole process was just for show, echoing the prevailing belief that good connections matters more than a good resume.Exasperated, Redzic decided to train to be a nurse and look for work in Germany. Once she leaves, she has no intention of returning.“I would never return other than for a short visit to see my family,” she said. “I want to live in a society that appreciates my hard work and effort.”___Sabina Niksic reported from Sarajevo, Bosnia. Darko Bandic contributed from Zagreb, Croatialast_img read more

Crude by rail exports above 200000 barrels per day for the first

first_imgThe discount increase has been blamed on the difficulty in getting western Canadian oil to market because of tight pipeline capacity as three proposed export pipeline projects face ongoing delays.AltaCorp says the rate of growth in crude-by-rail volumes since the discount rose above US$25 per barrel last year has actually lagged behind that seen in 2011-12, the last time the differential was as wide.It attributes the slower growth to reluctance by rail companies to increase capacity and producers to sign long-term transport contracts to deal with market conditions that may only last until new pipelines come on stream, possibly as early as late 2019.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada set another record in June, rising to 204,558 barrels per day.That’s up almost three percent from 198,800 in May and 86 percent from 109,500 in June 2017.In a report Wednesday, analysts at AltaCorp Capital linked growth in railway oil shipments to the wider-than-usual discount being paid for Western Canadian Select crude compared with New York-benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil.last_img read more

Supreme Court rejects Saskatchewans request to delay carbon tax appeal

first_imgIt argued a delay would allow for better co-ordination of challenges coming from other provinces such as Ontario.Ottawa opposed a delay and suggested the hearing should take place in a timely manner to provide certainty for households and businesses.Meanwhile, a provincial spokesman says Saskatchewan respects Prince Edward Island’s decision to withdraw from the case.Before any appeal hearing, Canadians will vote in October’s federal election. Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer is campaigning on a promise to scrap the carbon tax if his party is elected and he becomes prime minister.A spokeswoman for federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says politicians should stop wasting taxpayer dollars to fight climate action in court.“A price on pollution is one of the most effective and affordable tools that we have to tackle climate change, and one that will leave the vast majority of families better off,” press secretary Sabrina Kim said in an emailed statement Friday. REGINA — Saskatchewan says the Supreme Court of Canada has denied the province’s request to delay its appeal hearing over the carbon tax.The province says the Supreme Court recently issued an order stating the hearing remain tentatively set for Jan.14.The government had asked for more time and expected a delay could mean a hearing next spring. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Video goes viral after couple performs Love Stunt on bike

first_imgNew Delhi: A video that is doing rounds on the Internet shows a couple doing “Love stunt” on a bike. While the boy is driving the bike, the girl is sitting in front of him on the fuel tank.The video was shared by an IPS officer HGS Dhaliwal, he captioned the video “Need for new sections for MV Act [Motor Vehicle Act] violations!! Rajouri Garden crossing’. The video is said to be shot near Rajouri Garden crossing in West Delhi. The indecency and the show of affection at a public place is not only dangerous for the couple but also looked dangerous for the other motorists on the busy road during the night hours. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe girl on the bike can be seen sitting on the fuel tank facing the man who was riding the bike. They later indulged in some intimate Public display of affection in the middle of the road leaving the commuters stunned and shocked. In a 17-second video shot on mobile from within the car the couple is seen not just without a helmet but is also seen getting intimate. “This couple needs to be punished, they are not just risking their lives but also putting others lives in danger by performing this dangerous public display of affection,” said a commuter Pardeep Chowdhary. While the boy is seen not just driving the bike but is also seen changing lanes as the girl sitting opposite to him on the fuel tank blocks his face. In response to the video posted on Twitter, a senior Delhi traffic police officer said “As the registration number is not clear in the video, it cannot be prosecuted on the basis of video.”last_img read more