Omeruo’s teammate completes controversial £16m switch to Barcelona

first_img Promoted ContentWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever SeenInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Secret Origin Stories Of Modern Foods7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World The reigning LaLiga champions have also included a ridiculous £250m buy-out clause into his contract, which has become an usual trend with Spanish sides following the £198m departure of Neymar in 2017. The Danish striker will be unveiled later on in the day where he will be presented to the press at 7.15pm local time. The Catalan giants were granted permission to sign an emergency striker after being left with just three forward to carry them through to the end of the season – one of which is just 17. As a result, the Catalan giants have paid Leganes Braithwaite’s release fee of £16m immediately, in order to have him available for the weekend. The move has left Leganes incensed by the unfair stipulation that they would be unable to bring in a replacement of their own. Leganes chief Martin Ortega said: ‘We consider that there is a regulation that is unfair, from which Barcelona has benefited. The one who is damaged by this is Leganes’ Read Also: Football analysts tell Barcelona to sign Chukwueze as Dembele replacement The Danish striker has netted six goals and provided one assist for struggling Leganes across 24 La Liga appearances this season. Barcelona welcome Eibar to the Nou Camp on Saturday, when the former Middlesbrough man could make his debut. Braithwaite scored just nine times in 40 appearances during his two-year stint at Middlesbrough, having joined the club from Ligue 1 side Toulouse in 2017. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona currently have Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez both out injured for the forseeable future. Dembele has been ruled out of action for six months with a hamstring tear after undergoing surgery in Finland last week while Suarez is unlikely to return this season. The green light was given to sign Barcelona on Monday morning to sign a replacement after the committee confirmed the injury as a long-term lay-off, which La Liga regulations stipulate as an issue that will keep a player out for at least five months.center_img Kenneth Omeruo’s teammate Martin Braithwaite has completed his £16million move to Barcelona from Leganes. Barcelona announced the news on Thursday morning and confirmed that the 28-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the club. Loading… last_img read more

After coming out, hack struggles to find self-acceptance

first_imgI was drunk and lonely at my own going away party, four days away from calling Syracuse home for the next four years. I’d been nervously looking forward to what was in my future. A new home with new friends. New classes and a new life. This was a night to celebrate the excitement of looking forward. But I was looking back.The late hours of Aug. 17, 2012 were creeping into the early ones of the following day. Everything before has run together, and the days after are a blur. The day I first came out. The day I first said “I’m gay” out loud, instead of letting it repeat in my head, over and over and over. I just wanted to tell someone before I left for college. It was a goal that consumed me. It was a goal that I was constantly aware I was failing at.My right shoulder rested on the living room armchair, my left hand carrying the drink that I was slowly sipping on. I blocked out the 50 drunk high schoolers around me dancing to music blasting out of the small speakers on my counter top. People would come up and talk to me, asking if I was OK. Each time I wanted to just come clean and be honest, break down into an emotional mess and say everything that was isolated to my own tormented head.I had gone every day of my life that I could remember wanting to say it. Different loops of when, where, how and who ran through my mind in what felt like every waking moment.The party made worse everything that was already making me sad. It’s hard to pinpoint why I was too scared to say it. I can’t really explain why I pulled my best friend aside later that night and finally did say it. All I know is that expressing it out loud in the long and echoing hallway of my apartment building felt liberating in the moment.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEverything would be easy after that, I had convinced myself. But the short-term relief hasn’t provided me the same long-term liberation that I had hoped and expected. Not even close. Today, as I write this, I feel the same as I did four years before.I’ve spent the four years since as a writer, editor and general addict of The Daily Orange. Each and every single one of my 624 bylines has told someone else’s story. The past three months alone have included stops to St. Louis, Chicago, North Carolina, Queens, Houston and even a Donald Trump rally. I started by covering women’s tennis as a freshman, and finished by covering the Final Four to end my senior year.This is the last time my name will appear, and this is the last chance I have to tell the story that defines me. It’s a story that I thought, by now, would be easy to tell.In the days after my first coming out story, I felt like a pro at telling people.The next afternoon I told two of my friends on two different walks. One on Broadway near my home, the other in Central Park. I told another on Facebook chat and one over text. I told my freshman year roommate over the partial wall of our split double. (I was the first gay person he’d ever met!) I let down a girl who liked me at a party. I told people that were my friends and people that weren’t. I was riding a high, but it didn’t feel natural. I still had an uneasy lump in my gut before the words ever came out. It felt relieving, but it didn’t feel right. It didn’t feel like I was telling people about the person I wanted to be, just the person that I was.It wasn’t because I got negative reactions. In fact, I only got support. Sure, some people were surprised. Others said awkward things or asked awkward questions. One person apologized for not knowing, another proclaimed they always knew. Everyone accepted me. Except me.It’s supposed to be easy now. It’s no longer weird and people don’t judge you. The Supreme Court said gay people could get married, everyone changed their profile picture on Facebook for a day and it became normal, maybe even mainstream. I wish I was one of those people who could blindly bandwagon with the rest. But seeing the celebration of others only adds to the torture because it reminds me of a feeling I don’t think I can have. I’m a part of a community that I don’t feel like I fit into.There are so many success stories about people being themselves. It gets better, I’ve heard. It might not be a secret anymore, but it’s still a struggle. It was before I wrote this and will be after.Having this platform to write shows what I’ve accomplished. I came to The Daily Orange to write about sports. I lived a dream come true. But it’s also served as a way to perpetuate what I didn’t accomplish, and may never will.I still look back to Aug. 17, 2012, and to the hours that crept into the morning after. I remember how I felt, because it’s how I still feel. In that moment, I wanted the courage to tell people the truth. In this moment, I’m still trying to live that truth.Sam Blum is a senior staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column will no longer appear. He can be reached at or @SamBlum3.-30- Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 1, 2016 at 9:54 pmlast_img read more


first_imgLee was scheduled to meet Indonesian President JokoLee was scheduled to meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo for a leaders retreat in Semarang, Central Java this week. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will cover the duties of Lee in his absence, the PMO said.”PM was feeling unsteady because of prolonged standing, heat and dehydration. His heart is fine and he did not have a stroke,” the PMO said in a statement earlier.In a vasovagal episode, individuals may experience light-headedness, blurred vision and break out in a cold, clammy sweat, before briefly losing consciousness.”When we rushed up on stage, we found PM Lee fully conscious but having classic symptoms and signs – sweatiness, low heart rate and low blood pressure,” Balakrishnan said.”The initial light headedness resolved within minutes, and I knew he just wanted to get back on stage to complete his speech. Whilst the initial tests were being done, he was busy re-editing his speech!” he added.President Tony Tan Keng Yam posted on Facebook after speaking to Lee.”Spoke with PM this afternoon, after his brief fainting spell last evening during his National Day Rally speech. PM was his usual jovial self,” he wrote.He added that Lee had a busy schedule recently, and that the preparation for the National Day Rally “took a toll on him”. “On behalf of all Singaporeans, I wish PM well.”Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak also tweeted: “Heard that youre not feeling well. I hope youre all right. Get well soon.”advertisementLee replied later: “Thanks for your good wishes. My doctors tell me I should be OK.”After Lee finished his speech, he headed to SGH for more tests before calling it a night at around 1.30 am, Balakrishnan said.”Let us all count our blessings, and continue to do our best. There is still so much more to be done. Hope PM got a good nights rest. He deserves it!”During the break in proceedings, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said Lee has had a grueling schedule recently, and was “just feeling faint” after standing for a prolonged period of time. “I wouldnt worry too much. This was a little blip.” PTI GS SAIlast_img read more