The statistics are not from Madrid

first_imgEI Real Madrid have a 7 percent chance to get into the quarterfinals of the Champions League. This little rosy data from Mr. Chip in relation to the teams that have lost in the first leg by 1-2 joins another battery of statistics that will force Madrid to go to Manchester to the second leg equipped for the most difficult impossible. The whites have only traced a qualifying round of the European Cup in which they started losing at the Bernabéu. It was in 1970, before the Tyrol. Since then, against much more pedigree rivals, the thing was much worse: he failed to pass home against PSG (1994), Bayern (2001), Arsenal (2006), Liverpool (2009) and Barça (2011) … from Guardiola.“If someone can get that feat, that is Real Madrid,” said Jorge Valdano in Movistar + Champions League. He continued with a possible recipe: “Score a goal and have the chain of consequences take you to the rest”. It seems that thought came telepathically to Pep. “If someone can turn it around, it’s Madrid,” said Sampedor minutes later. The magic of glorious European nights and the infallibility So far (nine qualifiers won from nine) by Zidane on one side of the scale, on the other side of it the horrendous inertia of Madrid in the Champions League since the Thirteenth rose. He has only won one (Galatasaray) of his last six games at the Bernabéu (the others were CSKA, Ajax, Bruges, PSG and City) and this season his worst game was precisely against the other great rival he has crossed, 3-0 in the Park of the Princes.Etihad is not impossible to overcomeIn the recent Champions League, Etihad was not an impregnable stadium either. In 2017-18, both Basel (1-2) in the round of 16 and Liverpool (1-2) in the quarterfinals won on Manchester’s blue side with results that Madrid would now be worth, at least, to bring the game to extra time.History, statistics and odds are against Madrid. “You have to go through the storm and we did it,” De Bruyne said last night proudly. Now, to which comes a Perfect storm, a Classic that arrives after losing the lead plus the return in Manchester, is to Madrid. And Guardiola himself doesn’t trust …last_img read more

Meunier sells: “Even without a leg, it would be good business”

first_imgThomas Meunier has given an interview in the Belgian media RTBF, in which he has given his version for the injury of Eden Hazard. Beyond that, the Paris Saint Germain footballer ends his contract next June and has been in charge of selling himself to receive good offers in the market. So much so, that he has even said that it would be a great option for any club even if they cut off his leg. PSG in the Champions League quarterfinals: “If it were not played more it would be crazy, incredible. We worked long after the defeat in Dortmund. We have the potential to go all the way. We are playing for the title, we are in the final of the two cups … It could be a fantastic season. “Workouts at home: “We have an individual program of the trainers of the PSG. I invested in a bicycle and a treadmill to put at home. Before I did not have much, I admit it. I have two or three weights and something else.”Do you exercise every day?: “I run every other day. I am lucky to have a very sporty woman, so we encourage each other. If we do it two people is much more joyful than doing it alone. She comes out of her pregnancy, so she is getting back in shape.”How confinement is handled: “Very well, I admit it. It is a blessing to see my children seven days a week, 24 hours a day. I am very happy to stay home.”He stays in Paris: “We were hesitant to go back to Belgium, but it would be to be with the family, have a barbecue and have a drink and we couldn’t have done it. It was easier to stay here.A message for the population“Saving lives is not complicated. It is true that we all want to go for a drink on the terrace, but you just have to stay home to stop the spread. People must understand that there is a real need to stay home.”Video game: “It has been years since I played. Since I am a father I have disconnected. But that is there, I caught it from time to time in the national team. I am not a fan of that and I spend a lot of time with the children. But I am going to participate in a tournament next week to benefit the country’s hospitals. “Her idol: “Ronaldo, the Brazilian. Also the Manchester United version of Beckham, Giggs, Sheringham … It made me love and understand football.” Possible interest of Dortmund: “I see that many fans write to me, I do not understand it (laughs). I have seen articles that link me to Tottenham or Inter, but the fans of Dortmund are the most visible.”Could I go back?: “I am a 28-year-old player, I finish a contract, I would go out for free, I am international in the best team in the world … It cannot be a bad business or a bad purchase. In terms of investment there is not much to lose, even if I they cut a leg. “objective: “No, I don’t sell myself. I speak honestly. Everyone knows that my main objective is to stay in Paris. We will see …”.The fans ask him to stay: “There are still people who understand (laughs)”.Will he play with PSG again?: “I don’t think I have already played my last game. I like to look at the German and Italian championships and I hope we go in the same direction. For economy, television rights … We will. It will be done little by little, even to closed door. I hope we can resume in mid-May. I see for example that Dortmund has resumed training, even if it is two by two. If the season ends empty there will be many repercussions … “.last_img read more

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Students Want More ‘Presidential Cleanup Programs’

first_imgTemporarily hired students of the Presidential Back-to-School Cleanup Campaign, have praised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the initiative, and urged her to initiate   more cleanup campaigns.The teen students said they believe that more Presidential cleanup campaign projects would enable them to overcome their financial constraints, successfully end the academic year and take care of their critical needs.The students made their appeal in separate interviews yesterday when over 800 of them disappointedly gathered on the grounds of the Ministry of Youth and Sports probably to see and listen to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for the first time.However, Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe was able at least to cheer them up when he announced the President’s “deepest regrets because of her busy schedule.” He told them that the commencement of payment would begin at 12:00 noon Monday.The announcement was received with wild jubilation which shook the grounds of the Ministry of Youth and Sports on 19th Street Sinkor.Yet, some of the students whom our reporter interviewed amplified their appeal for more presidential cleanup programs.Mr. Swen Sackie, a 12th grader of the Lombardia High School in Gardnersville stated that since an academic year has two semesters, there should be two Presidential Back-to-School Programs. “We want to appeal to the President, our Ma, for a 2nd Semester Back-to-School Cleanup Project,” Mr. Sackie said. “This will also help us go back to school to complete the school year.”Samuel Carlos, a 12th grader of Jimmy Jolocon School added: “It would be a great help to us – that means it would serve as a motivation to compensate for those months that the Ebola virus took away.  We hope that some of the state-owned enterprises would come to the aid of the government in this proposed biannual back-to-school program.Besides the twice-yearly back-to-school initiative, other students are also appealing to the President to set up more cleanup campaigns to give the city and communities a face-lift during festive celebrations.“It will be a great help if the President also sets up cleanup campaigns to help us with our welfare and needs, especially to clean up our communities during Independence and Christmas seasons,” student Janet Moeyeh said.“Some of us have single parents, while some of us are living with relatives because our parents are in the interior while other parents are dead. So the more the President initiates cleanup campaigns, the better it will be for us,” said student Rachel Wilson.Meanwhile, the payment of the L$4,100 to each of the 3,000 students continues today, through mobile money.The Presidential Back-to-School Cleanup Campaign is intended to motivate the students as well as help parents and guardians prepare their children and wards for the reopening of school as the Ebola crisis winds down.The initiative was organized and implemented by the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports.The students were recruited week before last from 38 communities through a lottery (a secret ballot of either a blank paper or a paper with the inscription ‘job’). The fixed ages of the work-to-study students were between 15 and 21 years and they are 6th to 12th graders.According to the recruitment method, 48% of those recruited were boys, 47% girls and 5% disabled.  Each center recruited 78 students.The recruitment was divided into five zones: Bushrod Island, Somalia Drive, Tubman Boulevard, Paynesville and Central Monrovia.Each zone had at least eight centers (schools), a supervisor, monitor and at most two registrars.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Serious Accident on Highway 77

first_imgThe Fort Nelson RCMP are reporting a serious accident happened early Saturday morning on Highway 77.On August 1st at about 2:46am, the Fort Nelson RCMP were called to a serious motor vehicle accident approximately 16km north on Highway 77.  The Fort Nelson RCMP arrived on scene and administered first aid to the lone female occupant of the vehicle until Emergency Medical Services and Fire Rescue attended.The female driver was extracted from the vehicle and taken to Fort Nelson General Hospital.  The 39 year old driver has since been airlifted to the University of Alberta Hospital in serious but stable condition.- Advertisement -The female’s name is not being released pending notification of family members.  At this time no further details are available.last_img read more

Gor inch closer to CAF Cup quarters after beating Yanga

first_img0Shares0000Gor team posing for photo.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, July 29 – Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia inched closer to making historic milestone in reaching the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals after picking a crucial 3-2 victory away to Yong Africans (Yanga) of Tanzania in a match hosted at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.This comes a week after Gor won 4-0 at home when the two sides last met at the Kasarani Stadium to see the Tanzanian champions languish at the bottom of the log with just a single point. George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo sent K’Ogalo ahead with the quickest goal, nodding lowly past Tanzanian goalkeeper Rostad Jehu who parried the ball inside the near right side of the post.This is after the Kenyan winger received a well measured cross from Samuel Onyango.Jacques Tuyisenge added the second goal after shooting from cross range after an indirect free-kick inside the box following a school boy blunder from the Tanzanian custodian who handled the ball immediately after releasing it.However, 14 minutes into the second half, Tanzania pulled one back after Gor keeper Boniface Oluoch parried the ball at his near left foot following a well taken 30 yards free-kick.Deus Kaseke found the back of the net when he rushed to connect the rebound after Oluoch spilled it.Gor regained he lead after five minutes thanks to skipper Harun Shakava who easily tapped the ball home after the Yanga defense failed to clear the corner kick.Oluoch was at it again, this time with a careless mistake that gifted Yanga a second goal in the 81st minute after he failed to handle the ball that fell in front of him for substitute Abdalla Shaibu to put the ball in between Oluoch’s leg and pull one back for the Tanzanians.Gor were able to hold on and pick the crucial three points that shoot them temporarily on top of the Group D standing with eight points, awaiting the USM Alger versus Rayon Sports encounter.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny General HospitalDonegal Daily can exclusively reveal that the HSE report into the flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital will take several more months before its findings are revealed. It had been expected that the HSE’s flood report publication would be released in the next number of weeks, but we can now reveal that the publication is months away.The DCC complied its own report into the flooding and that was spoken about at length during last week’s sitting of the Donegal County Council. Saolta and the HSE have confirmed they will examine the DCC’s report into the flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital.However,the HSE has admitted that their own report into flooding is months away from being published.The hospital was extensively damaged in July 2013 after a severe flash flood caused pandemonium at the facility.The main cause of the flooding incident was the fact that the screens became blocked and prevented water from entering the culvert causing the Sprackburn Tributary to overflow, wiping out 40% of the floor space of LGH and eliminating more than 70% of the hospital’s capacity at that time. There was widespread anger at how the hospital could be so helpless against the threat of flooding and scrutiny over its initial planning structures was raised.Last summer the hospital was hit again as another minor flood hit, but the damage caused that time was considerably less and the Emergency Department was re-opened after just three hours. HSE REVEAL FLOOD REPORT WILL TAKE SEVERAL MORE MONTHS was last modified: April 7th, 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:FLOODINGHome-page NewsHSELetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

Mum working at nursing home claimed €26K in illegal benefits

first_imgCOURTS: A woman claimed €26,000 in social welfare benefits while working full-time at a nursing home. Michelle Fulton, of The Bungalow, Carnone, Raphoe was charged with social welfare benefit fraud on September 1st, 2011.Inspector Harrison, from the Department of Social Protection told the court, “Mrs Fulton was awarded a one parent family payment on the June 12th, 2008. “However, her file was referred to me, after I received a letter which indicated that she was had completed a training course with a nursing home, and was now working with them.“As I continued my investigations, I discovered she had been employed with them since 2011, but she hadn’t informed the department.“She completed a training course successfully, and was initially employed on a part-time basis, before taking on a full-time position.”The social welfare investigations unit then visited the accountancy firm which looked after the nursing home and obtained the accused woman’s P60. It was then assessed that €25,592.20 had been given to her in overpayments.The investigator added “I requested her to meet me on two occasions in September and October, but both times she failed to appear, and didn’t contact me to let me know she would not be in attendance.“She was made aware of the overpayments that had been made to her, and so far has paid back €755.50, which leaves the balance at 25,836.60.“She was still receiving social welfare payments up until November last year, but was getting regularly deducted, and has also made four cash payments.”Solicitor for the defendant Donough Cleary said his client regretted her actions, and stressed that she had a difficult family situation. Mr Cleary told the court, “She initially began a training course with this company, but this wasn’t paid.“Her training was successful, and then she started to get a few hours here and there, that gradually increased to a day or two a week, before it became a full-time role.“She’s had a difficult family situation that the court would be aware of, but she accepts it was wrong and regrets it.“She has since obtained a full-time job in a different establishment, and is paying €50 a month towards the repayments she owes the state. “She has a mortgage to pay, and her maintenance has been reduced due to her employment.”Inspector Harrison said there is no consistent pattern to her repayments, and said the department would be in contact with the defendant in due course.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until January 3rd, to see if a repayment plan can be set-up in the meantime, and then assess the situation further at that point.Mum working at nursing home claimed €26K in illegal benefits was last modified: October 5th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Right2Water Donegal to hold major public meeting

first_imgRight2 Water Donegal is holding a public meeting in the Mount Errigal in Letterkenny at which Brendan Ogle will be a guest speaker. A spokesman for the group said that while many are under the impression that the water charges debacle has been put to bed, R2W warns people to be vigilant.Sinead Stewart said the burst mains that occurred in the Louth/Meath area has thrown new light on the Government’s true intentions in relation to our water. “They claim it will cost €13 billion euros to upgrade the antiquated Victorian water mains. Funnily enough that is the exact amount owed by the Apple Corporation to Ireland in back taxes but our Government doesn’t want this money despite an EU ruling that Apple should pay”.Charlie McDyer added the Government have been stating on our National radio station that meters are essential to detecting leaks.She said “It is very clear that they are hoping the water charges movement will die down and people will accept this as fact. Why else would TDs not address the water charges issue before their summer recess?“Instead they have kicked the can down the road until the Autumn. Let’s not forget Fianna Fail want a charge for ‘excessive use’. It is laughable that they are now so focussed on wastage (which they are using as an excuse to bring in outrageous bin charges as well), when you consider the obscene amount of money wasted in the setting up of Irish Water”. “Previous Governments allowed the water system to run into serious disrepair during the last 30 years”, continues Owen Curran. “Despite the annual take of €1.2 billion from car tax and VAT since 1997, the infrastructure was not maintained. Be under no illusion the fight for our water is far from over”.Brendan Ogle warned “To quote events in Louth and Meath this week, and the efforts by some to use this disgrace as a Trojan Horse to re-open the water charges issue, shows how crucial it is that those actually committed to the water movement keep focussed and unified”.The meeting will be held at 7.30 pm in the Mt. Errigal on Monday the 31st of July and all are welcome to attend.Right2Water Donegal to hold major public meeting was last modified: July 26th, 2017 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:BRENDAN OGLEdonegalmeterswaterlast_img read more

A rare glimpse behind the coastguard station keeping a watch over Donegal

first_imgMembers of the Sheephaven Sub-Aqua team recently got a chance to go behind the scenes at Malin Head’s radio Coast station. This is PRO Dearn McClintock’s report.Sheephaven Divers were the guests of the Irish Coastguard at their Malin Head Radio Station on Saturday morning.During a two hour tour, Divisional Controller Derek Flanagan told the divers about the facilities’ past history and its current activities. Malin Head has been a strategic communication centre since the early 1800’s when Lloyds of London established a semaphore station nearby at Bamba’s Crown to observe and report on shipping coming and going across the Atlantic.With Marconi’s invention of the radio, communication changed completely and after he conducted his first transmission experiments between Portrush and Rathlin Island he moved the kit to Bamba’s Crown in 1902 and the world’s first radio station was born, when they communicated as call sign GH ship to shore with the SS Ontario.In 1910 the station was taken over by the Post Office and the following year it moved to is current location and operated as a commercial activity, charging for ship to shore communications and onward traffic by the word.During both World Wars, Malin Head Radio Station was considered to be a vital military strategic resource and staffed accordingly. Subsequently, it reverted to its commercial activities, while providing its humanitarian obligations when distress calls were detected and subsequently relayed to the appropriate civilian and military authorities. In 1990 the service underwent radical change when, as result of the Doherty Report, the Irish Marine Emergency Service IMES was established and has itself renamed the Irish Coastguard in 2000, which currently runs the service in conjunction with radio stations in Valentia and Dublin.In 1988 the last Morse code transmission took place from Malin Head, which today has the call sign EJM, Valentia is EJK – while Dublin has none.The subsequent station tour was as fascinating as its history, with Derek taking the divers to the wonderfully called ‘Dirty Room’ resplendent with the station ghost.We were told by Station Engineer Gerry Keenan that it is ‘dirty’ not in a naughty sense – but because the sophisticated transmission equipment produces so much radiation laptops and other sensitive computers cannot work in the room.The ghost is less well defined but nonetheless a part of the story of the radio station – along with the unique shape of the room, which had to be specially vented with the original valve operated equipment electrical sparking caused a build-up of dangerous gases – possibly ozone – which had to be constantly ventilated from the areas. In the operations room, the divers were introduced to the Radio Operators on duty, who were brothers Patsy and Neil Canning and Sean Diver – all from Greencastle.While Patsy has been a Radio Operator for many years he was originally a fisherman and has a fascinating link with Sheephaven, because he had built the last 75ft trawler out of Mevagh Boatyard – the Alenga II – in 1980.Today Sheephaven SAC regularly use the boatyard slipway to launch and recover their boats, when diving on sites in Mulroy Bay and Melmore Head.Patsy fished the Alenga II for over 20 years, after which he took up a new career with the Irish Coastguard at Malin Head Radio Station.The Radio Operators duties involved monitoring radio traffic, electronically observing shipping movements, detecting and responding to reports of maritime pollution and most importantly for mariners coordinating Search and Rescue missions in their area of operations, which could be beyond the Irish economic zone in times of emergency. The range for radio transmissions during the day is around 220 miles, but at night time the signals can bounce across the upper reaches of the atmosphere clear across the Atlantic and as far south as Bermuda.Malin Head Coast Guard works in conjunction with their UK counterparts to provide an unbroken chain of Search and Recovery response to Mayday calls around these islands and can call on both their own ICG volunteers and other civilian and military personnel and equipment to respond to calls of distress, should the need arise.Another vital service the Station provides is the weather forecast broadcast every four hours to mariners on behalf of Met Eireann and the Sheephaven divers were privileged to be asked if one of the visitors would care to read the 1 pm forecast.So mariners at sea heard Caroline Mc Gee read the weather forecast and were no doubt wondering if they had inadvertently strayed onto a Scottish channel as Caroline delivered the broadcast in her Glaswegian accent, certainly a memory for all to savour.Sheephaven SAC wishes to thank Derek and his colleagues for a fascinating tour of the Malin Head Radio Station, but more importantly for being there 24 hours a day to provide the most essential of emergency services that those at sea, divers included, can rely upon.Sheephaven SAC diving activities continued on Sunday morning led by Ryan Ward, with a one boat dive conducted in two sticks at Melmore Head.Sea conditions were a bit lively and along with the ebbing spring tide, a decision was made to dive from Ravenny Island towards Melmore Head, keeping the rock wall on the left.Maximum depth was over 20 metres, with a surface to surface time of around 40 minutes. In-water conditions were good, with a temperature greater than 12 degrees Celsius and visibility of nearly 10 metres horizontally.Large fish life is still quite abundant, which added to a lovely morning of diving.A rare glimpse behind the coastguard station keeping a watch over Donegal was last modified: October 8th, 2017 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)last_img read more