The spirit of the matagigantes –

first_imgIt was late yesterday in Madrid when Liverpool returned where last season was proclaimed champion of the Champions. The Metropolitan A stadium that tonight will try to snatch the You’ll never walk alone to swell with courage the legs of its players, this Atleti that this February is at the same point as the previous one: forced to play the eighth of the Champions League against the European coconut. A year ago it was called Juve de Cristiano. This one sounds even worse, a lot. Liverpool of Klopp. And from Alisson, Van Dijk, Fabinho, Firmino, Salah, Mané. The current champion. If names scare you even more, their numbers do. Like open jaws over the rest of Europe (follow the match live on this Liverpool of Klopp is even better than the one that last June stepped on the Metropolitan to beat the Tottenham. Undisputed leader of the Premier, with 76 points, 25 more than the second, the City. He has only given a draw in 26 games, 26 games with 25 wins, the last 17 in a row. With 61 goals scored (2.44 per game) and only 15 conceded (0.6). Because if that happens in your league, the rest is the same: only two defeats in the season, against Naples in the Champions League and against Aston Villa in EFL Cup (who played with team C). 42 games played, 36 wins and four draws. And more emphatic than numbers are sensations. Because that is the greatest strength of this Liverpool. Klopp has built an almost indestructible team, of solid foundations based on solidarity, group and intensity. On each ball, each play. And without casualties. Even Mané, injured on January 23 against Wolverhampton, is recovered to play against an Atleti who has been obsessed with this game for three months. The season goes through these eighths. And nothing makes him more favorite than not. He fed that spirit that he so often showed in the Champions League. Juve last year, Bayern in 2016, Chelsea in 2014, twice at Barça de Neymar, Messi and Suarez. In seven qualifiers he was, a priori, vulnerable and four took them. Giant slayer. The fans have spent days mobilizing to Spanishize the You’ll never walk alone Y dressing the Metropolitan of what old Calderón was tonight. Cholo’s plansIf Klopp’s eleven seems clear, Gomez-Van Dijk behind, with Fabinho pivot, accompanied by Henderson and Wijnaldum, and the trident above, Simeone has not given any clue to his plan. A plan that could be a carbon copy of last season, against Juve, with Costa titular as a surprise. A Coast that returns to the list, 19, and that seems fundamental, whether it plays or not, whether it is worse or better: its fury infects. But Costa, operated on a cervical disc herniation in November, may not yet be in shock.. Without João, Herrera and Trippier, the idea of ​​Cholo may be to repeat the Mestalla (quadruple with Correa and Vitolo pointed) or give ownership to Morata, his best footballer. Or maybe give the left-handed side to Hermoso and not Lodi, That is why Liverpool suffers without spaces or concessions and this is a 180 ‘game and not just 90’. These first in which the team of never stop believing, insurance, will not walk alone. Never never never.last_img read more

Mourinho asks players to be like Federer ahead of Swiss game

first_imgManchester’s head coach Jose Mourinho walks on the pitch during a training session a day prior to the Champions League group stage group H soccer match between BSC Young Boys Bern and Manchester United, at the Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)BERN, Switzerland — Jose Mourinho wants his Manchester United players to think like Roger Federer and adapt to different playing surfaces for their Champions League opener on artificial turf in Switzerland.Playing against Young Boys on Wednesday in Federer’s home country, Mourinho does not want to make excuses for a field he does not like.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The United coach says the “big man (Federer) … has also to win on the surfaces that he is not in love with, so we have to do it.”Mourinho’s captain Antonio Valencia has not traveled to Bern for the Group H game at Stade de Suisse to protect his knees.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissYoung Boys makes its Champions League group-stage debut after ending a 32-year wait for a Swiss league title. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Jordan donates $2M for hurricane relief in North Carolina Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ignoring social and economic impacts of estate closure

first_imgDear Editor,When I read this headline, “Sometimes my children wake up hungry and all I can do is cry”, I could not believe what this Government has done to the lives of the hardworking sugar workers of this country. How can our President and his plethora of hardly-working ministers digest their 50 per cent salary increases? How can they still regurgitate the worthless ‘good life’ mantra, which now represents an insult to anyone with an iota of intelligence or reasoning?In 2015, both the President and the Prime Minister had pledged that the ‘sugar industry is too big to fail’, and that no sugar estate will be closed. The Government-sponsored CoI, which was completed in October 2015, had endorsed this stance. The PPP had warned that this is sheer hypocrisy, and that the Coalition Government would use the scalpel destructively to extract their pound of flesh from the sugar workers.However, just two months after the CoI was completed and made public, the guillotine fell on the Wales Sugar Estate; and the following year, Rose Hall, Enmore and Skeldon estates were added to the casualty list. The sugar workers have become expendables, they were ‘raiders of the Treasury’, according to Moses Nagamootoo, their erstwhile ‘champion’, who is now enjoying the ‘fat cat’ status , a term he had coined to describe the previous Government but now aptly fits his.In their haste to castigate the sugar workers, who are deemed to be PPP members and supporters, the Coalition made a great tactical blunder that not only destroyed the economies of the various communities and the country as a whole, but irreparably damaged their reputation, which will not only serve to decimate their support in this LG Election, but in the 2020 General Election as well. Humpty Dumpty had fallen!The tales of sorrow and woe of the dismissed sugar workers, Eon Collymore and his wife Melissa Sinclair, are reverberating throughout the communities of Wales, Rose Hall, Enmore and Skeldon. Parents and children are forced to live in dire poverty, struggling daily to have meals on the table, and school is becoming a distant memory for some. Even those sugar workers who are employed in the operational estates are having a rough time, since they have not received any wage increase since 2015, and many benefits have been snatched from them.Why are the cries of the dismissed sugar workers not heeded by this Government? Is it because they feel that these people did not vote for them?But alas! Not only are the dismissed sugar workers suffering, but all those who were dependent on them: the taxi drivers, the vendors, the businessmen, the carpenters and other tradesmen. The ripple effect is terrifying. How is it that the social and economic impacts of the closure of these estates were ignored?The European Union, in its National Adaptation Strategy, had specifically stated that the Government must support the livelihoods of workers who are going to be negatively affected by the sugar reforms. This ‘good life’ Government ignored this stipulation.The National Adaptation Strategy has implied that workers must be paid their severance to buffer any hardships which are bound to accrue after losing their jobs. Let us, for a moment, pause and put ourselves in the position of the worker who has lost his job, does not have a saving, owes money to creditors or the bank, has a family to take care of, and has not received his severance pay. A few workers have committed suicide because of this, while others have been reduced to begging. Moreover, those who owe the bank are being pressured to find the loan installments. The underperforming loans are now on the increase, as the economy is shrinking uncontrollably. All this is happening while the Government is illegally withholding the severance of many of the dismissed sugar workers. This is most heartless!Then amidst protest by sugar workers, many of whom are yet to receive their full severance pay, the President has the temerity to tell the Skeldon residents, “You are the commercial capital of Berbice.” This is preposterous! Skeldon, New Amsterdam and Rose Hall are dying municipalities under this Government. They have been relegated to ‘ghost town’ status. I do submit that the President should have used the past tense!The President seems to be an expert in empty rhetoric, tired clichés and boring platitudes! His speech writers need to be fired!I am calling on this Government to visit these dying communities and to fully comprehend the adverse social and economic impact resulting from their unconscionable and obscene haste to shut down the four estates.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor, Region 6last_img read more

Lone Star’s Failure Means First Strike

first_imgSuper star William Jebor challenging a Tunisian player…Without test matches, how can we know how well the team can play together as a unit? – Advertisement – The first week of this month was a busy week for the national soccer teams of several African countries. It was a period when they engaged in friendly international matches to test their preparedness for 2019 African Cup of Nations.Guinea’s national soccer team defeated the crowning African soccer champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon 2-1, in a match played in Belgium.The Guineans had tied 2-2 with Gabon in France. Egypt defeated Togo 3-0 in Alexandria and South Africa drew 0-0 with Angola in East London (South Africa). Mozambique beat Lesotho 1-0 and Tanzania defeated Burundi 2-1.In preparation for the 2017 Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, Ghana’s Satellites were held 2-2 by Tanzania.These countries also took advantage of the FIFA international window to play friendly matches to show their teams’ strengths and recognize their weaknesses; and thereafter strengthen them for the real competitions.In all the above, something was missing: Liberia’s Lone Star did not go anywhere. Liberia did not take advantage of the FIFA international window for friendly matches and yet Liberia will be paired against some of the very teams that have been playing friendly matches and strengthening their defenses and attacks.Perhaps someone might say that Liberia does not need friendly matches and the fact that national head coach James Salinsa Debbah did not express any regret for his team’s failure to take part in important test matches should be enough to convince fans all is fine with the national team.However, information from the Liberia Football Association suggests that among all football nations in Africa, Liberia wanted to travel to violence-filled Libya to play its friendly match but the Liberian government did not think Tripoli was the best place to test a football team.Then I learned that Liberia wanted to engage Tanzania for a test match but the arrangement did not go through; and so the bottom line is that without any of those excuses, Liberia did not take advantage of the window to assemble her players for any meaningful test match.Officials at the LFA told the Daily Observer that the government should not have cancelled their trip to Libya because after all Ghana’s Black Stars recently camped there without problems.In fact Liberia was one of the few countries that sent its national team to then violence-filled Iraq to play a friendly soccer match in Baghdad, of all places on earth, and later received an undisclosed sum of money from the Iraqi Football Association.The President of the Liberia Football Association, Mr. Musa Bility is a good friend of FIFA President Gianni Infantino and he is a member of CAF Executive Committee. And truly, it is the first time for a Liberian football official to rise to such a level, which is commendable.Since that is the case, then Liberia Football authorities should demonstrate a good example and convince us why their new positions at CAF and FIFA must be celebrated.If we cannot assemble our players to play test matches as others are doing, how sincere can we be about the future of the national team’s players to represent us in any future competitions? The results will be poor for sure.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police expected to wrap up probe this week

first_imgDriver’s theoretical testThe investigation into the massive irregularities unearthed in the learner driver’s theoretical test, written on April 12, and discovered on April 17, is expected to conclude this week.This was confirmed on Monday by a senior rank close to the investigation, who told this newspaper that the investigations had been expected to conclude on Friday last, but more time was requested for the probe.He also informed that no date has as yet been set for students to rewrite the examination.The source said this is not the first time such an irregularity has been discovered. He said there was a similar case in one of the Policing Divisions, but declined to disclose which division. He would only say that in that particular case there were 20 extra examination scripts submitted. He noted that 80 persons were scheduled to sit the exam, 72 actually turned up to write the exam, but 92 scripts were submitted to the invigilators.He informed that in that case also, the students were required to re-sit the exam. However, although all the students were contacted to rewrite the examination, a mere 15 persons turned up.A statement from the GPF has detailed that a report was lodged by a senior pastor — the Force’s Chaplain — to Commissioner of Police (ag) David Ramnarine and to an invigilator of the April 12 examination.The allegation contained in that report is that 174 persons were registered to write the examination but 106 persons presented themselves to so do on the day in question; however, 207 scripts were received at conclusion of the examination, and 155 of 207 scripts were completed.”Police say initial inquires reveal that a senior subordinate officer who was mandated to oversee this theoretical examination, in collaboration with two Pastors from the COPS and Faith Community Network partnership with the GPF and along with three junior ranks, left the venue shortly after the examination commenced, and did not return.Further, it was reported that a junior subordinate officer who ought not to have been at the examination venue presented himself, spent some time, and left subsequently.“The three constables left the examination venue prior to the counting of the examination scripts by members of the COPS and Faith Community Network after the conclusion of the examination,” the Police report said.This newspaper understands that only the two pastors of the COPS and Faith Community Network were left in possession of the completed examination papers.According to the Police, preliminary inquiries revealed a complete breach of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) governing the administration and conduct of the learner driver’s theoretical examination.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL has secured THREE places in the Top 20 Places In Ireland to Go Wild. The survey was based on thousands of submissions to The Irish Times.Here they are – with a video above from Iain Miller to go with his suggestion below…DERRYVEAGH MOUNTAINS:As I come from an urban, overcrowded and industrial area in Germany, northwestern Donegal back then was the most remote and solitary place on Earth for me. Donegal’s highlands are a gem among many precious places in Ireland. Sitting up on Muckish’s highest spot and looking down to the sea and over to Tory Island always will be one of the most sublime experiences of my lifetime: pure solitude you share with no one but the wind and the drizzle. Who could care up there? Submitted by Frank PatalongDONEGAL COAST: Killybegs to ArdaraCnoc na Mara is an iconic 100m-high shark’s-fin sea stack. It sits in one of the most remote and inaccessible locations in Ireland. Gaining the summit is like being reborn into a world where anything is possible, a surreal and magical place to be.Submitted by IAIN MILLERDONEGAL COAST: Maghera Beach CavesIt is not so much that the caves are particularly spectacular in themselves; it is that the chemistry of dark sea caves, the wide, dazzling silver beach that leads to them, and the wild, craggy hills above them gives you an astonishing sense of being transported to a magical wilderness. Man seems to have made very little impression on this strong, vibrant landscape.Submitted by FIONA O’DONNELL DONEGAL GETS 3 TOP SPOTS IN IRISH TIMES LIST OF BEST PLACES TO GO WILD was last modified: May 18th, 2014 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:ArdaraDerryveagh MountainsdonegalIain MillerIrish TimesKillybegsmaghera beach cavesMuckishTop 20 Places To Go Wildlast_img read more


first_imgFEATURES: On Monday morning last 18 pallets of essential supplies arrived in Cork from Donegal for distribution to the refugees and migrants stranded in Calais. These essential supplies were donated by the people of Donegal at seven collection points across the county. “The generosity of the people of Donegal has been outstanding”, said Chief Executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely.He particularly thanked Duffy Express Freight from Newtowncunningham, who volunteered their services, for their invaluable assistance with the mammoth task of collecting all the donations from the seven locations around the county and sorting them at their depot in Newtown in preparation for their carriage to Cork.“We could not have done this without the support and assistance of William Duffy and his team at Duffy Express Freight, they provided their services completely free of charge and we are very grateful to them for all their assistance”.The Chief Executive also acknowledged the great support received from the local media who made sure that the information relating to the collection points was shared and highlighted around the county saying that the volume of donations received was a reflection not only on the goodwill and generosity of the people of Donegal but also of the local media who made sure that the message was shared. Two weeks ago collections points were set up throughout Donegal as the growing humanitarian crisis continued to unfold throughout Europe.Donations which included blankets, sleeping bags, tents, men’s clothes, children’s clothes and toiletries were made at various locations around the county and 18 pallet boxes were filled and dispatched to the Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity Group’s distribution centre in Cork on Monday morning by Goudie Transport from Raphoe.Donegal County Council would like to thank everyone who helped and supported this worthy cause.These much needed supplies will be brought by the Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity Group to migrants and refugees currently stranded in Calais.DONEGAL DONATIONS ARRIVE IN CORK FOR CALAIS REFUGEES was last modified: September 30th, 2015 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:Featuresnewslast_img read more


first_imgCLUB LOTTOThere was no jackpot winner in last weeks lotto the numbers drawn were7 -2-4-5-1-6-3. There where two  €50 winners  who was as follows:Eddie McCauley, Wheatfield. Sophie Cassidy, Gaarrison.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.  If any kids would like to start selling lottos each week feel free to contact their coach for more information.Next Weeks Jackpot €800 UNDERAGEOur underage presentation night was held in ture on Sunday evening and as always it was a great success and the club would like to thank special guest Micheal Murphy for presenting the kids with the awards.DINNER DANCEGreat night at the annual presentation night on Friday night and big well done to all the winners. Special thanks to our guest on the night Frank McGlynn and to the Redcastle Carlton Hotel And Spa for their great hospitalityCLUB AGMThe club AGM is set for Sunday 6th December at 6.30pm. All club members are ask to attend.SCORThanks to all who helped out with Scor in St Mary’s hall. A special thanks to those club members who performed on the night.CLUB APPOur new club app is now live on the App Store and google play store In the app you can play the clubs lotto every week through the games section and keep up to date with club events and wats happening within the club. Also there is direct links to Facebook and twitter. You can also share your photos of games you are at via the app. So get downloading and have a look for yourselfCLUB GEARThere are No more being taken now for club gear before Christmas. All orders should be available for collection by week beginning the 7th of December.There is a limited stock of some club gear and Club Donegal gear available in the clubhouse,Please contact Dermot on 0879978968 for availability.As always keep up to date with club activities through Facebook,Twitter,Club APP and through are website on GAA NEWS: MICHAEL MURPHY THE SPECIAL GUEST AT MUFF UNDERAGE PRESENTATION was last modified: November 24th, 2015 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:GAASportlast_img read more

‘Arsenal guaranteed top-four finish this season’, claims Gunners legend

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Pires likes what he sees at Arsenal this season no dice Under Arsene Wenger, the club qualified for Europe’s elite competition 18 times in a row from 1998 onwards.And Pires, who made 284 appearances for the Gunners, believes Unai Emery can get them back among the best.“For the moment I am very happy, of course, for the club because I am an ambassador for Arsenal but especially for Unai Emery because he’s a great manager,” he said.“He did well with Sevilla, he has won some titles, especially with Paris Saint-Germain last season. 2 Arsenal legend Robert Pires is convinced the Gunners will finish in the Premier League’s top four this season.The Gunners, who currently sit fourth after six consecutive league wins, have been absent from the Champions League since the 2016/17 campaign. REVEALED huge blow MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE center_img Pires has faith in Emery BEST OF “And, of course, you know you need to improve every day but Arsenal actually are on a very good run, especially in the Premier League.“Nine games, nine victories, so I think they will finish in the top four, sure, 100 per cent.”After a shaky start featuring defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal are beginning to look the part under their new boss.They have won nine games on the bounce in all competitions and will look to extend that run at home to Leicester on Monday. 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD said the Irish Government ostrich mentality was responsible for Ireland’s tax reputation being damaged. Deputy Doherty was responding to comments from US President Barack Obama concerning Ireland being a low tax jurisdiction in use by US companies trying to avoid. “It’s two years now since an investigation in the US heard sworn testimony from the heads of Apple that Ireland had allowed the company a special tax rate ensuring an incredibly low effective tax rate. But talk of Ireland being a channel for aggressive tax planners has been rumbling on for a while,” said the Donegal TD. “The response of the Irish Government, and of Fianna Fáil and establishment agencies has been to deny, deny, deny. They seem to see this as some sort of perverse patriotism, when in fact in it this ostrich approach that has left Ireland exposed and potentially under threat of job losses. Multinational companies have made an invaluable contribution to the Irish economy and it is vital that we keep their revenue and the jobs created – but also, that we are aware if any event or sequence of events has the potential to threaten investment in Ireland and that we cancel the threat, or plan for it. That’s good governance.“Already, at Sinn Féin’s request, an Oireachtas sub-committee was established to examine Ireland’s role in international tax laws. However the refusal of other party representatives on the committee to invite in business leaders for questioning severely undermined the committee’s ability to function.“Last year I also presented the Government with legislation to ensure Irish incorporated companies, non resident anywhere in the world, would be considered resident in Ireland for tax purposes. The Irish Government refused to accept the legislation, claiming there was no problem, but months later introduced a watered down clause in Finance Bill 2013. After intense pressure for our party and other responsible agencies, the Government is now looking at other measures to ensure Ireland is not seen as a tax haven – we can only hope it’s not too late.“Ireland should continue to offer a competitive, efficient and fair tax system to international business. We should be conscious of our global responsibilities and ensure that no company is able to use Ireland in a scheme that contributes to damaging the tax generating abilities of developing nations. “In addition, we believe strongly that the tax levied on MNCs should be no more and no less fair than the tax levied on indigenous companies, who generally pay the headline rate of corporation tax and cannot use international tax planning to reduce, proportionately, their tax bills. Sinn Féin will continue to work to that end.” DOHERTY SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER LOW TAXES FOR MEGA-RICH AMERICAN COMPANIES was last modified: July 25th, 2014 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:american companiesDeputy Pearse DohertyloopholePresident Obamataxlast_img read more