first_imgNext Monday, 15th September, Michael Murphy’s Sports store will host Ray D’arcy and the Today FM team. The popular Radio host will broadcast live from Letterkenny for the ‘Run with Ray’ event.You can register for the event by applying NOW on www.todayfm.com Also the window in Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure has some new visitors.The Donegal GAA team and management have been knitted by Anna Kelly in Buncrana.They’re among the many visitors to the new store since last weekend’s epic win against Dublin.With anticipation in the shop continuing to build all week as Donegal gears up for the All Ireland Final against Kerry in just over two weeks’ time, more merchandise has arrived and more will continue to arrive in the next fortnight.  MICHAEL MURPHY’S STORE TO BROADCAST RAY D’ARCY’S ‘RUN WITH RAY’ EVENT was last modified: September 6th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more


first_imgA man claimed his next door neighbour threatened to kill him and then attacked him in a row over a garden wall.Letterkenny court.Frank McManus claimed that John Ferry manhandled and assaulted him during an incident between the neighbours from Letterkenny. Mr McManus, from Fernhill, claimed the assault was the final straw in a long-running series of incidents between the two men after he had made renovations to his home.Mr McManus said that when he retired after working with Donegal County Council for more than 40 years, he decided to do some renovations to his home.They included a new porch and a dividing wall in his back garden.But he claimed that when he told Mr Ferry of his plans, he got a hostile reaction and trouble began to brew between the pair.A series of incidents continued before he claimed he was assaulted by Mr Ferry on February 21st last year.He also claimed that Mr ferry had threatened to kill him on another occasion.“I was walking up and down the wall in the back garden and he was calling me a cock-eyed F**** and inviting me to come on,” claimed Mr McManus.He claimed Mr Ferry then tried to hit him and after missing him twice eventually struck him.He phoned an ambulance and was treated for his injuries which included a red mark to his face and arms.Letterkenny District Court was shown a video of Mr McManus allegedly abusing his neighbour – a video which was taken on behalf of the accused Mr FerryMr McManus can be heard on the video saying to Mr Ferry “Go and die. Die naturally before I sort you.”Garda Corinne Finn told the court that she called to Mr Ferry’s home but he would not allow her in claiming it was too late.He later told the court that the Gardai regularly called to his home, the latest incident being three weeks ago, to follow up on claims being made by Mr McManus.Mr Ferry gave evidence that his family including his ten year old daughter has been verbally abused by Mr McManus.Mr Ferry claimed the pair had been friendly and that he had done odd jobs for him around his house.However he admitted that things became frayed after he realised that Mr McManus’ son had been jailed in Northern Ireland for dissident terrorist activity.Another DVD filmed on behalf of the accused was also produced in court by solicitor Fiona Brown was produced in court but not shown.John Ferry told the court that he was potting plants on the day of the alleged assault.“He told me to get back from the wall and I told him it was a parting wall. He followed me with a raised fist.“He leaned across the wall and tried to grab me and I told him to keep his hands to himself.“I went to go down the slope and as I did he reached out his left hand and caught me by the shoulder and grabbed me by the collar.“I feared I was going to be punched and I got my hand under his arms and I managed to free myself.“His hand hit off the side of his hand and then he laughed at me. He said “I’ll get you this time you bas***”.“He went into his house and came back out and repeated it again. I returned to the kitchen of my house and I was quite shaken,” said Mr Ferry.After hearing the evidence Judge Denis McLaughlin said he was dismissing the assault charge.He said the video footage had put a very different perception on the case.He directed a comment to Mr McManus saying “He point blankly denied being abusive or denied shaking a fist at Mr Ferry – but several times he was more than verbally abusive to Mr Ferry.“It’s a terrible state of affairs. If neighbours are not getting on, they should just ignore eachother. Mr McManus is going out of his way to annoy Mr Ferry.”DEATH THREATS MADE BETWEEN NEIGHBOURS IN BIZARRE ROW OVER GARDEN WALL was last modified: May 2nd, 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:assaultcourtdonegalFernhillFrank McManusJohn FerryJUDGE DENIS MCLAUGHLINletterkennywalllast_img read more

Fit to be tied

first_img Paul said there was no reason for him to tag Pierzynski because he caught the ball. Asked why he didn’t tag Pierzynski anyway, Paul said: “Because I had caught the ball, and when you catch the ball, it’s strike three.” Umpire supervisor Rick Reiker said the umpires reviewed the video and believe the ball hit the dirt. “We’ve looked at it in the truck, we’ve blown it up,” Reiker said. “We have some technology, and there was definitely a change in direction there. At this point I would say at best it’s inconclusive. I wouldn’t totally agree that the ball was caught, but there was a change in direction there that we saw.” Paul said there was no indication given to him by Eddings that the ball hit the dirt. “Customarily with a ball in the dirt, they’ll say, ‘No catch, no catch, no catch,’ ” Paul said. “I didn’t hear any of that.” The Angels still had a chance to get out of the inning, but Ozuna stole second with Crede at the plate when Paul couldn’t get a good grip on the ball. Escobar got ahead of Crede in the count, 0-2, before Crede ripped a line drive into the left-field corner. “I just made a bad 0-2 pitch,” said Escobar, who was nearly unhittable before that pitch. The White Sox headed to Anaheim late Wednesday night with new life, and manager Ozzie Guillen said he’d “rather be lucky than good.” Not all of the White Sox felt the same way, though. “Do we feel lucky? No. Do they feel lucky they won (Tuesday) night?” Pierzynski said. “This is two really good teams battling each other, and every pitch counts. It’s amazing how much rides on every pitch in this series.” White Sox starter Mark Buehrle pitched a complete game, allowing only a solo homer to Robb Quinlan in the fifth. The White Sox scored only an unearned run off Angels starter Jarrod Washburn in the first inning. In the end, the pitch to Pierzynski was all anybody could talk about. “You know what’s funny?” Angels first baseman Darin Erstad said. “How many times does that play happen during the course of a season? Playing first base, I never look at the umpire after a swinging strike three, but for whatever reason, I saw him do it, raise his arm and make a fist. I always thought that means you’re out.” Washburn had 10 days between starts and his rust showed. Not on his pitches, but when he tried to throw out Scott Podseknik at first base leading off the first inning. Washburn had plenty of time, but his throw sailed over Erstad’s head. Podsednik took second on the error and went to third on Tadahito Iguchi’s bunt. Jermaine Dye’s groundout to shortstop drove in Podsednik for a 1-0 White Sox lead. While the White Sox got a gift run in the first, they gave one back in the second. Aaron Rowand led off with a double into the right-field corner. Vladimir Guerrero had trouble with the ball and was charged with an error. Rowand went to third. Guerrero’s throw got past cutoff man Orlando Cabrera and Quinlan scrambled from his spot at third base into shallow left field to retrieve the ball. Rowand took the unexplainable risk of trying to score with nobody out, and Quinlan’s throw to catcher Jose Molina was in time to nail Rowand as he slid headfirst. Washburn worked his way through the fourth inning, but after Quinlan tied the game in the top of the fifth with a solo homer, Washburn found trouble in the bottom of the fifth. The White Sox had two on and two out when Washburn hit Iguchi with a pitch, loading the bases. Washburn was finished, replaced by Brendan Donnelly, who needed three pitches to strike out Jermaine Dye and get out of the inning. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But it was what happened earlier in the inning that had the Angels in an uproar that continued as they packed up their belongings and boarded a flight home to Southern California. With two out and nobody on base, Angels reliever Kelvim Escobar threw strike three past the White Sox’s A.J. Pierzynski, who swung and missed. Home plate umpire Doug Eddings raised his arm and made a fist, signaling “out.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But as catcher Josh Paul rolled the ball back toward the pitcher’s mound and his Angels teammates ran toward the dugout, Pierzynski ran toward first base and reached safely. Replays appeared to indicate Paul caught the ball cleanly, without it hitting the dirt. But Eddings said he believed it bounced into Paul’s glove. And the “out” call, Eddings said, did not mean “out.” “My interpretation is that’s my strike-three mechanic, when it’s a swinging strike,” Eddings said. “If you watch, that’s what I do the whole entire game.” Angels manager Mike Scioscia made the rounds, talking with crew chief Jerry Crawford, who was umpiring the right-field line. He also argued with Eddings, and asked Eddings to appeal to third-base ump Ed Rapuano. It was to no avail, and there are no grounds for the Angels to field a protest. “It was a swing, our catcher caught it, Doug Eddings called him out, and somewhere along the line because the guy ran to first base, he altered the call,” Scioscia said. “He called him out, that’s what’s disappointing. When an umpire calls a guy out and you’re the catcher, and I’ve caught my share of them, he’s out. He didn’t call ‘swing,’ he rang him up with his fist and said ‘You’re out.’ “ center_img CHICAGO – Nineteen years ago to the day, the Angels sustained a loss that lingered for years. But on the anniversary of Dave Henderson’s home run and the Angels’ infamous Game 5 loss to the Boston Red Sox, the Angels took a loss that won’t soon be forgotten. Joe Crede’s two-out double in the bottom of the ninth scored pinch runner Pablo Ozuna from second base to give the Chicago White Sox a 2-1 victory in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series Wednesday night before 41,013 at U.S. Cellular Field, tying the best-of- seven series at one game apiece. last_img read more

Shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

first_imgEAST VALINDA – A man shot to death after an argument was identified Friday as Shawn Rust, 29, of La Puente.Authorities found Rust dead on an East Valinda street about 10:30 p.m. Thursday and discovered two others were injured by gunfire, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Bill Spear.Trouble began when a group of men drove a dark-colored vehicle to a location in the 600 block of South La Seda Road, Spear said.The men began to fight residents at the location, he said.“During the fight, an unknown suspect produced a handgun and began firing into the crowd,” Spear said.The shooter and the men he arrived with took off in the vehicle and fled.In the aftermath, Rust was dead and a woman remained hospitalized Friday with gunshot wounds to her upper torso. A second man suffering superficial wounds was treated and released, deputies said.Deputies identified the injured woman as Ruth Bolieu, 45, and the injured man as Gabriel Bolieu, 27. Jason Kosareff AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 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


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Gardaí investigating the theft of livestock worth more than €100,000 have arrested a man in Co Donegal.A man in his 30s was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Ballyshannon Garda Station.It follows the theft of livestock from a farm in Kilbeggan in June of this year. Gardaí investigating the theft of livestock had appalled for public help in the theft.The theft occurred between 9pm 24th June 2015 and 1.15pm 25th June 2015 from lands at Cornaher, Kilbeggan, County Westmeath which is situated close to the N6, Old Dublin Road between Kilbeggan and Tyrrellspass.A total of 75 cattle and 25 sheep were taken during the incident.DONEGAL MAN ARRESTED IN €100,000 STOLEN LIVESTOCK INVESTIGATION was last modified: October 1st, 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:donegallivestocktheftlast_img read more

Reports: QPR fall short with striker bid, Zamora faces pay cut

first_imgAjax reportedly want more money from QPR for Icelandic striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.West London Sport revealed this week that Rangers were in talks with the Dutch club and subsequently that they offered £5m for Sigthorsson.But Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf  has reported that Ajax are unimpressed and that the two clubs are a long way from a deal.Meanwhile, the Sunday People say Bobby Zamora has been told he must take a £50,000-per-week pay cut to stay at QPR.It is claimed that Zamora, whose late goal in the play-off final took Rangers back to the Premier League, has been offered a £15,000-per-week deal.The People also say Andy Johnson, recently released by QPR, has been offered £300,000 to play in the Indian Premier Soccer League for three months.Johnson is said to be choosing between a move to India or Sheffield Wednesday.Finally, it is suggested in the Mail on Sunday that R’s boss Harry Redknapp will sign Rio Ferdinand but failed with an attempt to take Frank Lampard to Loftus Road.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

How Proteins Build Teeth Like Glass on a Mattress

first_imgHere’s something to chew on.  Tooth enamel is hard, like crystal, but is bound to dentin underneath, which is pliable, like a mattress.  Your teeth can last a lifetime only because the ceramic-like enamel is cemented to a foundation of softer dentin, and because both of these materials are built to the right hardness specs so that the glass on the mattress doesn’t shatter or come loose.  The construction of teeth is assisted by an unusual pair of proteins that are coded by a single gene, reports EurekAlert on work by USC dental researchers.    The gene for dentin sialophosphoprotein is expressed into a single protein, which is subsequently split into two: dentin sialoprotein (DSP) and dentin phosphoprotein (DPP).  DSP goes to work in dentin to help build the very important interface with enamel; DPP makes sure it is the right hardness.  The two proteins work in a coordinated way to ensure the tooth is not too brittle or too chalky.  “The fine balance between DSP and DPP highlights the delicacy of the critical dentin-enamel junction,” the article states.  “Dental researchers sometimes liken dentin and enamel to a bed mattress and a glass plate, respectively, [Michael] Paine [lead author] said, with the difference that the supple dentin-enamel junction prevents the enamel from shattering over an individual’s lifetime of chewing and grinding.”  (Emphasis added.)Something as simple as a tooth is really a marvel when you consider how it is put together.  It’s amazing to find a dual-purpose gene, for one thing.  The cellular transcription machinery has to know that this particular protein needs to be cleaved into two parts at the right time, and at the right point in the chain.  Then, these paired proteins must work together in a delicate, choreographed balance, like a brickmason and inspector, to be sure the critical junction between dentin and enamel comes out just right without breaking, like glass on a mattress.  How could that evolve?    When you think of how long teeth can last with good care (barring disease or trauma), they are truly wonders of engineering.  Not only that, their shapes are just right for their functions (incisors, bicuspids, molars), and the uppers and lowers fit together.  In a very real sense, your mouth contains a set of high-tech grinding tools.  On top of everything else, they’re pretty.  Smile! the photographers say, asking us to pronounce whiskey or some other word to get the teeth to show for the camera; those “thirty white horses on a red hill,” as Bilbo’s riddle described them in The Hobbit.  Clean, white, straight teeth are more handsome than stallions, more dazzling than a string of pearls.  Made of the hardest substance in biology, they are arguably the most important and valuable crystals in the world.  What would you rather have: a set of diamonds, or a set of good teeth?    Evolutionists usually only talk about teeth in the coarsest sense – how they evolved from one animal to another, or how they might suggest some mythical transitional form.  You almost never hear them attempting to explain the details – such as how this important gene and the two coordinated proteins it produces came into existence by chance.*  Bad philosophy leads to truth decay.  It’s time for sensible people to help floss away the accumulated plaque of evolutionary speculation that does nothing but cause flapping gums and intellectual halitosis.    Many Darwinists are also ingrates.  They like to complain about wisdom teeth, calling them vestigial or poorly designed,* but rarely do they express thanks for the ability to chew that delicious steak or salad on the plate in front of them.  To whom would they give thanks, anyway?  That’s why Paul wrote that God’s wrath is against those who see His wisdom and power in the things that are made, yet are not thankful (Romans 1:21).    If you are celebrating Labor Day with a barbecue or special meal, take a moment to thank God for your teeth.  Another way to express gratitude is to take good care of your tools and jewelry.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Fear The Beard: James Harden on a roll, revives Houston

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As Harden has been piling up points, opponents are searching for ways to slow him down. He’s often asked about the different things teams have thrown at him and seems amused at the varying tactics.“I’ve been seeing double teams, triple teams, zones,” he said. “I’ve been seeing it all these past few weeks.”During this streak more than one opposing coach has considered it an accomplishment to limit Harden to less than 40 points.Kenneth Faried, who signed with Houston last week, has had to defend Harden in the past and noted the mindset he had when faced with that task.“He’s going to get 30,” Faried said. “It’s going to happen. So you might as well just mark that down in the book. You’ve just got to make sure he doesn’t get the 60 points.”In the days following his 61-point show at Madison Square Garden, the Beard was asked if he feels like he’s un-guardable right now.“I mean, I’ve always felt like that,” he said with a sly smile and laugh. “So I don’t know about now, but I’ve had that feeling. It’s just confidence. That’s all it is.”Houston went 12-5 in 17 games without Paul, who returned over the weekend. The Rockets have won three straight to improve to 29-20 and are in fifth place in the Western Conference. While they’ve made strides since a terrible start had them near the bottom of the conference, Harden and Houston know they need to get much better if they hope to bring the team its first title since 1995.That, Harden says, is why he doesn’t like all the talk about his high scoring and why those close to him know they shouldn’t discuss it either.“Nobody can praise me,” he said. “None of my friends and close family, I don’t want them to be talking about it. We’ve got a long way to go.” Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “When we left here we thought he was really good and then somehow, some way he’s gotten even better,” he said. “Last year he was the MVP and now he’s even better and it’s a credit to him, his work ethic and the passion that he plays the game with.”Harden led the league in scoring last season for the first time by averaging 30.43 points a game, but injuries to Chris Paul and Clint Capela have forced him to carry an even bigger load this year and he’s averaging in NBA-best 36.33.If he keeps this pace up for the rest of the season he would be the first player to average more than 36 points a game since Michael Jordan averaged 37.09 in in 1986-87. If the season ended today, Harden would have the seventh-highest scoring average in NBA history behind that season by Jordan, which ranks fifth, and five seasons by Chamberlain.His average is seven points higher than Steph Curry and Anthony Davis, who are tied for second with 29.3 points a game. But as much as Harden is scoring, he’s also finding ways to get his teammates involved, and his 8.2 assists a game are tied for fourth in the league.“I know the attention I draw on the court and the defense is locked on me so I try to help the guys get their opportunities to make it easier for them to score,” Harden said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 5 years after ‘snow jam,’ storm takes aim at Super Bowl city “I love to hoop,” he said. “I love to just be out there and the grind.”He scored 40 points in Houston’s win over Orlando on Sunday night to extend his stretch of consecutive 30-point games to 23, the fourth-longest streak in NBA history behind three such streaks by Chamberlain. In 13 games this month, last season’s MVP is averaging 44.1 points. He has scored at least 40 points in eight games in January, including two 50-point games and a franchise-record 61 in a win over the Knicks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s remarkable,” teammate Eric Gordon said. “I’ve been around a lot of big-time players and he’s for sure the best scorer I’ve ever been around and he does it so easily. It’s a credit to him. He’s one of the best scorers ever.”It isn’t only Harden’s teammates who have been wowed by his work. Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who worked for the Rockets from 2011-16, gushed about him. LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates the 114-110 over the New York Knicks at the end of the game at Madison Square Garden on January 23, 2019 in New York City. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — James Harden has been scoring at a pace not seen since Wilt Chamberlain in the 1960s.He doesn’t want to talk about it, of course. He never does, whether things are going well or not. But it is clear he is enjoying this because his scoring outburst has coincided with Houston climbing the standings, back among the top teams in the Western Conference after an early-season slump.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

Realme 3 Pro sold out in minutes during first sale, next sale at 4pm today

first_imgThe Realme 3 Pro went on its first sale today at 12pm on Flipkart and Realme.com. Within a matter of minutes, all variants of the Realme flagship went out of stock. At the time of its launch in India, Realme said that it would have a good stock of Realme 3 Pro units for the sale on April 29, which is probably why the company is holding another “surprise” sale of the Realme 3 Pro (Review) later today at 4pm.Realme announced that it is restocking Realme 3 Pro units for the next sale that starts at 4pm. Customers who were unable to purchase the Realme 3 Pro during the first sale can once again try their luck in the upcoming sale. The launch offers will remain the same on Flipkart, which means customers can avail a flat discount of Rs 1,000 on purchasing the Realme 3 Pro with an HDFC Bank credit or debit card and on EMI transaction, Complete Mobile Protection at a low price, No Cost EMI for 3 to 6 months and Jio benefits worth Rs 5,300.The Realme 3 Pro comes at a starting price of Rs 13,999 for the base variant that offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The 6GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB variants are available at Rs 15,999 and Rs 16,999, respectively. The Realme 3 Pro is available in Nitro Blue, Lightning Purple and Carbon Grey colours. Realme’s latest flagship and successor to last year’s Realme 3 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch FHD+ Dewdrop display. It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with Adreno 616 GPU. The Reame 3 Pro is the only phone to come with this chipset in the sub Rs. 15,000. It is also the only phone for now to support Fortnite out-of-the-box. The device ships with ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie.advertisementThe Realme 3 Pro is the company’s first phone to support VOOC 3.0 fast charging that promises to charge the 4,045mAh battery in 80 minutes. It sports a dual camera setup with a primary 16-megapixel f/1.7 Sony IMX519 sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. Up front, the Realme 3 Pro sports a 25-megapixel selfie camera.ALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro review: Believe the hypeALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro review: 6 things to know before you buy this Realme flagshiplast_img read more

Why a former bankrupt Watford owner is in position to buy Bolton

first_imgBassini has form as a football club owner, having been in charge of Watford from April 2011 to June 2012, and his record does not need forensic investigation to assess: it was all very public. Having previously been bankrupt, Bassini, who stated his business then as property development, borrowed a total of £4.6m from two brothers, Giacomo and Vincent Russo, to help him finance the Hornets.The accounts for his year in charge, 2011-12, stated that Watford had made a £7m operating loss; and the club was in financial difficulties before the current owners, the Pozzo family, bought it for £550,000 and set the club on its arc of revival, promotion and this season’s FA Cup final.In March 2013 a Football League independent disciplinary commission of three QCs found Bassini guilty of dishonesty and deception and banned him for three years from being involved in a position of authority at any Football League club. It followed an inquiry into loans he took out of £2.6m. Made to alleviate the cashflow problems at Vicarage Road, the loans were effectively secured on future transfer fees from the sale of the striker Danny Graham to Swansea, and on future league TV income. Such “forward funding” arrangements were permitted but clubs had to inform the league first.The commission accepted Bassini did not profit personally from the loans and was trying to get money into Watford but stated he had been “dishonest in his dealings with the league and with his fellow directors”, and “practised secrecy and deception” when he failed to tell the league or the Watford board about the loans.By June 2012 the Russo brothers were complaining they had received no money back from the loans they had made to Bassini, and they sued him in the high court, then in December 2012 obtained a freezing order on his assets. In March 2014 the Russos, represented by Nicholas Stewart QC, won a judgment in that case, which ordered Bassini to repay £4.2m, the loans plus interest, following £959,000 he had been ordered to pay a year earlier.The Watford Observer, which covered the case and Bassini’s tenure at the club in detail, reported that Bassini’s barrister, Jonathan Crystal, informed the judge that Bassini would take personal insolvency advice following the judgment.Watford have been reinvented under the Pozzos, winning promotion to the Premier League in 2015, with sustained shrewd player recruitment, initially with eight players on loan from the family’s Serie A club, Udinese, including the Czech striker Matej Vydra. Throughout these years the companies Bassini used for his ownership of the club, Watford Leisure Ltd and Watford FC Ltd, have been grinding through a liquidation process, having gone bust in July 2013 and December 2014 respectively. The most recent liquidators’ report of Watford FC Ltd, dated 28 February 2018, stated that Bassini was bankrupt at that time.Bolton’s plight since Davies staunched his funding, under Anderson, who was disqualified in September 2005 from being a company director for eight years, has been similarly played out in public view. A winding-up petition led by HMRC has been adjourned to 8 May, while another winding-up petition, against the club’s hotel on the stadium site, was adjourned on Wednesday, the same day Anderson announced the deal to sell the club to Bassini.In a brief conversation with the Guardian on Thursday, Bassini said he was “sitting on £20m cash” to save Bolton, and has an alternative story to tell about his time at Watford. He said the three-year ban imposed by the commission was “being overturned at the moment”.Asked whether that was the case, an EFL spokesman said: “The position on this is the ban imposed by the disciplinary commission in 2013 is now time served. We have nothing further to add on this matter.”Bassini said the commission had been wrong to accuse him of being dishonest. “I’ve never done a dishonest thing in my life,” he said.If Anderson does proceed to sell Bolton – the 145-year-old Football League founder member club – to Bassini the EFL is likely to find he passes its owners and directors “fit and proper persons” test because he has served his ban and has no criminal convictions.Bassini would then have to show he has the money to keep the club, who could be relegated to Division One on Friday, going and nothing would then stand in his way. Share on Messenger Bolton agree sale of club to former Watford owner Laurence Bassini Topics Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on WhatsApp One of many sad elements in Bolton’s financial crisis and other current indignities is that for years they were supported by an owner most clubs would consider ideal. Eddie Davies, originally a Bolton lad, made a fortune marketing the heating elements in kettles and he brewed up £185.5m in loans to Wanderers before pulling the plug in November 2015.By then Bolton were falling to a hard landing without the parachute payments from their second stint in the Premier League between 2001 and 2012, with players to pay and making heavy losses. In September, just days before he died, aged 72, Davies made one last loan of £5m, to the current owner, Ken Anderson.Yet for the Bolton supporters anxious and embarrassed about pending winding-up petitions, the squad not yet paid for March and difficulties keeping the stadium open, the news that Anderson is selling to Laurence Bassini is not greatly reassuring. featurescenter_img Football League Read more Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Bolton Wanderers Share on Facebooklast_img read more