0Shares0000Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric kisses the trophy after receiving the 2018 Ballon d’Or © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMODRICI, Croatia, Dec 4 – Luka Modric’s journey from Croatian war child to the world’s best footballer was celebrated Monday when the Real Madrid midfielder hoisted the Ballon d’Or.A national hero in his home country and crowned the best player on the planet, Modric was rewarded for his key role in Croatia’s historic run to the World Cup final and his club Real Madrid’s third straight Champions League trophy. “It’s a unique feeling. I’m happy, proud and honoured,” said Modric, who also won the FIFA Player of the Year award in September.The star-studded Paris ceremony could hardly be further removed from Modric’s early years as a child refugee, fleeing the burned-out shell of a remote Croatian cottage where he spent part of his childhood.Hidden in the folds of Velebit mountain, with the nearest neighbours several kilometres away, trees now grow inside the roofless ruin and a sign warns of “Mines – Keep out!”The burned-out shell of a stone cottage where Croatia’s World Cup captain Luka Modric spent part of his childhood © AFP/FileThe player’s grandfather, also named Luka, lived in the house, lying on a mountain road winding through the Modrici hamlet.His grandfather was killed by Serb forces, the house was burned and the family fled to the coastal town of Zadar, some 40 kilometres (19 miles) away.It was there that Modric, born in 1985, began his footballing odyssey, drawing attention for the first time to his budding abilities.“I heard about a little hyperactive boy constantly playing with a football in the corridor of a refugee hotel, even going to sleep with it,” said Josip Bajlo, who was then coach at the First Division club NK Zadar.– Training under fire –As soon as Bajlo saw Modric play he signed him up for the club’s football school, where he immediately stood out.“He was an idol to his generation, a leader, a favourite,” Bajlo told AFP earlier this year.The 1991-1995 war with Serb rebels, during which Zadar and the surrounding region were heavily shelled, toughened Modric, according to those close to him.People’s square in Zadar, where Luka Modric started his career as a professional footballer with NK Zadar © AFP/File“It happened a million times that we were going to training as the shells were falling, and we were running to shelters,” said childhood friend Marijan Buljat, who trained and played with Modric while growing up.Modric left Zadar, where he remains a legend, for Dinamo Zagreb in 2000 and then joined English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in 2008. After a bidding war he was snapped up by Real Madrid in 2012.But his popularity in Croatia and his image as a modest family man was tarnished by his testimony last year during the multi-million-euro corruption trial of former Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic.Modric’s testimony supported Mamic’s case against allegations of corruption, angering many fans who saw the trial as a chance to clean up the corruption-ridden sport.Prosecutors eventually charged Modric in March for giving false evidence, but dropped the case on Monday due to a lack evidence.Any lingering anger against Modric had evaporated long ago, however, after he brilliantly inspired Croatia to their first World Cup final last summer.Despite the 4-2 defeat by France, more than 500,000 people gave captain Modric and his team a heroic welcome on their return to Zagreb.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Maryl Kunkel stared at the blank notecard. For three days, she searched for the courage to give voice to her secret, a fear she has about her relationship, and how it affects her family. Finally, after much introspection, she wrote it down. And felt remarkably better. Her confession is one of dozens in Cal Secrets, a UC-Berkeley exhibit featuring anonymous secrets written by students. Its goal is to reveal buried fears, regrets and wishes in the hope of promoting healing and connecting the community. Inspired by the immensely popular PostSecret.com, it features a range of admissions, from “I play Sudoku during lectures” to this haunting revelation: “Sometimes I have this nagging feeling that I’m not good enough. Actually, that’s most of the time.” Kunkel calls the process liberating. “You have your secret out there, and no one knows it’s you, but you’re able to get it off your chest,” she says. “That’s the first step to self-discovery.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Some call it a step; others, a catharsis. Be it silly, sexual, dark or wistful, what was once a private piece of information reserved for only the closest of confidants is now community property in the hyper-personal online world. In many ways, the experience of online releasing and relating is the new group therapy. Grouphug.us has collected nearly a half-million confessions since its launch four years ago. Visitors to Absolution- Online.com can confess their sins, Catholic-style. And those who divulge secrets on DailyConfession.com must brace themselves for responses in the Talk Back section. Greg Fox, a former Walt Disney producer, started DailyConfession.com in 2000. Fox now receives hundreds of anonymous confessions a day – from abuse and adultery to flushing the toilet with your foot – for a grand total of 300,000. While there’s value in writing down emotions, the repercussions can be damaging – especially when the form is YouTube or MySpace, which is packed with photos and other identifiers – says Larry Rosen, a psychology professor at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The millions who’ve participated in the PostSecret.com project may disagree. Founder and Cal alum Frank Warren, a suburban father and medical document supplier, passed out postcards to people asking them to jot down a secret, decorate it, and send it in. Three years later, the postcards are still coming. He’s received nearly 200,000 pop art renditions of scandalous confessions (“I have been planning my husband’s funeral for 24 years”), tragic revelations (“My mom put me on my first diet when I was 6”) and goofy admissions (“I pee in the shower”). The last is the most common confession.
Check out some fantastic events coming up in the Northwest in the coming weeks and months!Donegal Designer Makers Shop OpenAfter the winter break the Donegal Designer Makers shop on Main Street Ardara opens again on March 18th. As usual a wide range of high quality work by some of Donegal’s finest designers and crafts people will be on display. From March 18th to June 30th the shop is open daily from 10.30am to 6pm except Tuesdays and Sundays when it is closed. It is open every day from July 1st.Palme d’Or Film Screening RCC Letterkenny is delighted to present a film screening of ‘I, Daniel Blake’ (UK 2016) on Thursday March 23rd as part of the annual Foyle Film Festival Intercultural Programme organized by Nerve Centre Derry. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and best U.K. film at the recent British Academy Film Awards, ‘I, Daniel Blake’ is the latest gritty drama by the brilliant veteran British Director Ken Loach.Derry Wonderland‘Wonderland’, a stage version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, comes to Derry’s Millennium Forum from March 21st to 25th on its first European tour since premiering in the US. The show is a musical version of the much-loved 19th century classic that has been given a gritty reworking, with Alice now a divorced 40-year-old mother living in an anonymous housing estate in contemporary Britain. The music is brought by Grammy and Tony Award-winning Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn. The cast includes stalwarts of the West End such as Wendi Peters as Alice, who played Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, and Dave Willetts, who plays the White Rabbit. With a cast of 22 and a 12-piece orchestra, the scale of the touring production means audiences will be seeing an authentic, West End-sized performance.An Grianán Theatre MusicAn Grianán Theatre Letterkenny has some great music coming up in the next month including gigs by Goats Don’t Shave, Mick Flannery and Mary Black. Donegal legends Goats Don’t Shave play An Grianán for the first time ever on Friday March 24th.Mick Flannery will perform music from his latest highly acclaimed album ‘I Own You’ on Thursday April 13th with support by the wonderful local group Without Willows.One of Ireland’s best loved singers, Mary Black will be accompanied by band members Bill Shanley (guitar), Pat Crowley (piano and accordion), Nick Scott (double bass) and Richie Buckley (saxophone) for what promises to be a great concert on Saturday April 22nd.Nerve Centre GigsNerve Centre Derry continues its excellent run of recent gigs with a concert by Malojian with special guests Paddy Nash and Rebecca Mulhern on Saturday March 25th. The Northern Irish singer songwriter has collected a large number of well known admirers in recent years including BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris and 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne and Cerys Matthews among others.The music press has been no less enthusiastic with Q Magazine calling his music “achingly beautiful” and Hot Press describing him as “the North’s best songwriter over the last half decade”. Live World Class Performances in LetterkennyCentury Cinemas Letterkenny continues its wonderful programme of live screenings of major drama, opera and ballet performances from the stages of London and New York in the coming weeks.James Levine conducts a rare New York Met Opera revival of Mozart’s ‘Idomeneo’, set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, on March 25th. Much loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role of Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’, one of the most popular of all operas, for the first time at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, in this stunningly beautiful production on March 30th.Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity ‘Twelfth Night’ performed by the National Theatre London on April 6th.‘Jewels’ will be performed live by the Royal Ballet London on April 11th. George Balanchine’s brilliant ballet classic is an evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds, featuring the music of Fauré, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.Comedy at the BalorThe Balor Arts Centre Ballybofey has two comedy shows at the end of March with a local production of Sam Cree’s ‘Stop It Nurse’ and an evening with the brilliant Irish comedian Kevin McAleer. Football rivalries boil over in the hospital ward from hell in The Balor DCA’s production of ‘Stop It Nurse’ from Tuesday March 28th to Friday 31st. County Tyrone’s greatest ever export Kevin McAleer adopts the role of a spiritual guru in his hilarious new show ‘Saying Yes To Yes’ on Saturday April 1st.RCC ConcertsThe RCC has two great concerts in the coming weeks. On Friday March 31st, Sligo musicians Kieran Quinn and Seamie O’Dowd (Mairtin O’Connor Band, Christy Moore, The Chieftains) come to Letterkenny as part of their Melodic Reflection tour. Best described as trad fusion, their music incorporates elements of jazz, blues and folk.On Monday April 3rd the RCC has a solo recital by the acclaimed Paris based, Serbian born Ivan Ilić , one of the most talented pianists on the international stage today. Ilić has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall New York, Wigmore Hall London and the National Concert Hall Dublin.Earagail Arts Festival 2017 More Acts AnnouncedThe Earagail Arts Festival has announced another batch of confirmed acts for this years’ festival. It includes circus from Rajasthan, award winning Scandinavian folk and a South African guitar maestro.Circus Raj’s cast of dancers, illusionists, aerialists, acrobats and rope walkers present a colourful, vibrant, fast-moving extravaganza of drama, music, and laughter in the lovely surroundings of Malin on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July during the Wild Atlantic Weekend.The Scandinavian and Danish Folk Award winning act Dreamers’ Circus will play the opening concert of the 29th Earagail Arts Festival at RCC Letterkenny on Wednesday July 5th.Renowned South African guitarist Derek Gripper will perform 21-string kora compositions from Mali on a six-string classical guitar at RCC Letterkenny on July 16th as part of the Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend.DD Culture: Great events to look forward to in Donegal and Derry was last modified: March 16th, 2017 by Shaun HanniganShare 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:DD CultureDerryevents
BALLYBOFEY UNITED FOOTBALL CLUBWEEKLY NOTESPride of place this week goes to our Youth team. On Saturday last they travelled to Keadue to contest the League Cup semi-final against the local club, Keadue Rovers. After falling behind they levelled the match and then took the lead before Keadue forced the tie into extra time. When the added minutes failed to produce a winner it went to penalties and Ballybofey United won by 8 penalties to 7. This is a great achievement for a dedicated group of players who have competed well all season under to management of Joe Mc Gee and Michael Grant. Everyone at the club wishes them well in the final, the details of which are not available yet. The seniors were defeated by Raphoe Town on Sunday in the Donegal Junior League and the season is now almost over with only one game remaining for Derek Roulston’s men. Elsewhere the Under-14 completed their league programme on Saturday morning last and we are now awaiting the start of the Under-10 season with training continuing on Tuesday nights at the Finn Valley AC Complex.The club are holding a 25-Card Drive on Friday 11th April in the Sean Mac Cumhaills GAA Centre. Tickets are available from committee members or players can pay on the night. This is part of the club’s ongoing fundraising campaign as we work towards the development of our new facilities at Glencovitt. A Guest Tea and 5K Road Race are also at the planning stages and details will be released in due course.An important date for your diary is Sunday June 1st. In association with the Villa Rose Hotel the club are starting a series of ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s discos on the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekends. DJ for the first disco will be Highland Radio’s Paul Mc Devitt. Tickets are on sale costing €10 and are available from club members. SOCCER – BALLYBOFEY UTD YOUTH TEAM REACH LEAGUE CUP FINAL was last modified: March 31st, 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:Ballybofey Utd
Donegal County Council may once again reject its Budget for 2014 after Fianna Fail said tonight they will still not support it.Scenes from last week’s council meetingThe council will meet again today tomorrow in a last ditch attempt to agree a €138M Budget for the coming year.The Budget proposal was defeated by 15 votes to 13 last week after three days and 21 adjournments when Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and Independent John Campell rejected it. It was hoped councillors could reach some kind of agreement on the Budget when it meets tomorrow.But this evening Fianna Fail cast serious doubt on any hopes of a resolution when they said they could not accept the Budget in its present form.Once again they cited the issue of Irish Water as not being a good deal for the people of Donegal.The council’s eleven Fianna Fail councillors issued a statement tonight saying they are standing firm on their decision that the current Budget is not a good deal for Donegal. “We will continue to maintain our stand on behalf of the Donegal Public and send a clear message to the Management of this Council as well as Minister Hogan that the people of this County have suffered enough and will no longer accept these savage cuts from this Government.“Having always taken a view that Irish Water was not going to offer a fair deal for the Households across our County, our position has been reaffirmed in recent days with many of the revelations which have come to light.“This in effect shows that the lack of information and difficulties in attaining contact from Irish Water has been a smoke screen and an audacious attempt to push ahead with a revenue generating mechanism called Irish Water. Minister Hogan rammed through legislation before Christmas where all of the opposition TD’s walked out of the Daíl, he and his Government are neither prepared nor willing to listen to a view point other than his own or his party’s which flies in the face of democracy.“The Fianna Fail group are prepared to take a stand in an attempt to raise the issues which we face on a daily basis and try to force this government to give a better deal to Donegal and it’s citizens.”The group said despite its continued strong representations in regards to being allocated additional funding for roads and housing within Donegal, it is unfortunate that their requests have gone unanswered. They added that they cannot therefore accept this and must ensure that the needs of the Donegal Public are listened to and delivered upon for this reason they are taking a stand.“We are asking Fine Gael, Labour and those independents who are supporting the Government to join us in taking a stand in appealing to the Minister to consider our concerns and the needs of the people of Donegal.“We want to be a position to provide essential services to the people of our County and therefore we ask Minister Hogan to acknowledge the Democratic Decision that will be taken here today and ensure that Democracy and not Dictatorship rules our County.”FIANNA FAIL SAY THEY HAVE NO PLANS TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS ON REJECTION OF BUDGET was last modified: January 12th, 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:Budget 2014Donegal County Councilfianna failrejection
Calls have been made for Letterkenny to get a ‘transport hub’.Councillor Ciaran Brogan proposed at this week’s meeting of the Letterkenny Municipal District that the Council make contact with the National Transport Agency.Councillor Brogan has suggested that the NTA be invited to Letterkenny with a view to addressing the infrastructure needs of the town and to discuss the possibility of a transport hub. In response the Council says it will issue the invitation.Councillor Brogan pointed to the lack of adequate facilities at the busy bus stop beside the former Oatfield site, which is serviced by a number of private bus operators.He said it was imperative for the town to get a transport hub with sufficient facilities for users.Calls for Letterkenny to get ‘transport hub’ was last modified: March 15th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
Tonight is the last chance to see Workhouse Theatre Company’s new drama that is sure to open up discussion about an event that has touched many lives.The brilliant cast brings humour, sorrow and raw emotion to the production with an authentic script that left the audience wanting another chapter.This performance deserves an audience and it’s a great honour that they have chosen Letterkeny to debut the drama. Director Iarla McGowan deliberately withheld the story behind the new production but it is a story that will stay with you.Don’t miss the last night of the run at An Grianán Theatre at 8pm tonight.The Brand New Work by Workhouse Theatre Company is suitable for ages 16 and up. For further details contact www.angrianan.com Box Office: Tel: 00353 74 912 0777. Tickets €15Workhouse Theatre Company’s new drama brings the unspoken into the open was last modified: June 15th, 2019 by John2Share 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:An griananWorkhouse Theatre Company
Arcata >> It hadn’t been a few quarters or a week since Pepe Morales had attempted his last field goal.It had been since the last time Humboldt State faced Azusa Pacific back in mid-September — which is more than a month out if you don’t feel like pulling out your calendar.But with the game on the line and being given the opportunity to hand his team the win thanks to a vintage Ja’Quan Gardner kind of performance that saw No. 32 break another handful of records, Morales was as cool as ice.Mor …