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Simeone: “The team knows what we have to play”

first_imgHas the team been permanently hooked?I think that since the season began we have had ups and downs. A great start, very strong, and then we did not find regularity. Then we had another sequence of important matches until Eibar and then again lost regular results. From Granada we are pressing better, feeling much stronger and knowing what we have to play. When the team identifies the identity of this team, the path becomes more comfortable.Was there fear to think little about this match?The players were very clear that beyond the important victory against Liverpool, the first half of two games, the League is our life. The fan gets up to see how the team is doing in the league. Although the Champions League is also important, the fan wants to be as high as possible in the newspaper in the League. I saw the players very well, looking to get the best way to the game and the second half was one of the best we’ve played.Without intensity the equipment lowers a lot. How was Diego Costa?When the team plays in consequence of its records, important matches appear. Diego trained well yesterday, the doctors will explain what they need to explain later and I understood that he was not in a position to compete, but I hope that next week he will be well.With what remains of the triumph?The revelation before the adverse result and the strength to keep looking from 2-1. I think they were the reference of today’s game. How important is Koke?Talk about Koke I’ve always talked. He is our captain, our reference and the player who has been with us the most. He is very clear about what we want and what we are looking for, he has a tactical condition that does not have many players and beyond looking slow, he has a step that always knows where he is. Koke and Saul can play anywhere.Every time he leads the team the Monkey has great effectiveness.Germán has known him for 25 years, we know each other too much and we know what we want. Every time he has had to lead he has won and he is a winning guy. He is a person with that positive energy that he transmits and with that sense of tranquility, the opposite of me, but clearly with that winning energy.Do you want me to stay?When Germán has to give some explanation he will be in charge of giving it.How did you see the return of João Félix and Trippier? And the work of Saul and Thomas in the middle?Saúl and Thomas have worked very well to find the ball in the rival field, with the help of the strikers with Morata working hard and a fantastic Correa. Then the internal competition makes us very happy. The return of Trippier, João, the return of Costa, Carrasco are getting better and better … and those who have entered when these boys have not been. Vrsaljko doing a great job, Vitolo played a good game and the changes gave us freshness and clarity in order to attack a little better.last_img read more

England advance to WT20 semis

first_img Fifth wicket NEW DELHI (AP): Jos Buttler struck an unbeaten 66 and Chris Jordan grabbed 4-28 yesterday to help England knockout defending champions Sri Lanka and advance to the World Twenty20 semi-finals with a 10-run victory. Buttler struck eight fours and two sixes in a blistering 37-ball innings that helped England reach 171-4 in their last Group 1 match, despite struggling at 99-3 off 15 overs after being put in to bat. Sri Lanka collapsed to 15-4 off three overs before captain Angelo Mathews led a spirited fightback with 73 not out before the innings ended on 161-8. The game had looked in England’s control for much of Sri Lanka’s innings before Mathews clobbered five sixes and three fours off 54 balls to take his team to within striking distance. England spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid conceded 63 runs between them in four overs – each going for 21 in one over – as Sri Lanka got back on track. Mathews added 80 runs for the fifth wicket with Chamara Kapugedera (30) after Tillakaratne Dilshan (2) and Dinesh Chandimal (1) had failed. With 22 runs needed off the last two overs, Jordan conceded just seven runs and took two wickets in the 19th over and Ben Stokes – who hit six valuable runs off his one ball as a batsman – conceded only four in the final over as Mathews decided to keep the strike and go for boundaries. Mathews, who struggled to run towards the end with a hamstring injury, could only manage two sets of two runs in the over as Stokes fired in full-length deliveries. England will face New Zealand in the semi-finals on Wednesday if West Indies beat Afghanistan in their group match.last_img read more

Tanduay stretches win streak to five, dispatches Racal

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return “Every time he watches, we loses, so we just wanted to break that and also continue our momentum so that we’ll go home smiling,” said coach Lawrence Chongson said of the no-bearing game for the third-seed Tanduay.Von Tambeling led the Rhum Masters with 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while James Martinez got 12 markers and three dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Emil Palma added 11 points, eight of which coming in the fourth quarter for Tanduay, as they fended off an upset-seeking Racal crew which got to as close as four, 74-70, with four minutes left to play.Paul Varilla also had 10 markers, six boards, and two assists in the conquest for the Rhum Masters. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets View comments LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube MOST READ Eric Kelly moves up to lightweight for Boku fight Racal suffered its third straight defeat, sixth in its last seven games, to wound up with a 3-6 slate, with a game against CEU on Tuesday remaining in its schedule.Allan Mangahas poured 14 points to lead his side in the losing effort.The Scores:TANDUAY 81 – Tambeling 13, Martinez 12, Palma 11, Varilla 10, Gaco 9, Sollano 7, Eguilos 4, Taganas 4, Vigil 4, Terso 3, Alvarez 2, Santos 2, Villamor 0.RACAL MOTORS 72 – Mangahas 14, Tallo 10, Cabrera 9, Pontejos 9, Lozada 8, Capacio 6, Faundo 4, Gomez 3, Ortuoste 3, Cortes 2, Grimaldo 2, Octubre 2, Apreku 0, Ayonayon 0.ADVERTISEMENT Emil Palma. PBA IMAGESTanduay continued to gain steam going into the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals, nipping Racal Motors, 81-72 Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.With their fifth straight victory, the Rhum Masters ended their eliminations campaign with an 8-2 slate, while also giving team owner Bong Tan, who was in the audience, a win.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Quarters: 21-16, 49-44, 68-60, 81-72.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respitelast_img read more

Region 2 RDC expresses disappointment with GPL’s service

first_imgThe Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) has expressed its disappointment with the Guyana Power and Light’s service to the Region.Region Two Chairman Devanand RamdattRegional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt said that the RDC was very much disappointed that despite previous pledges by senior management of the power company to use available mediums to inform residents of scheduled outages, this was not being done.Ramdatt said on Monday that GPL and key stakeholders in the Region had agreed that the company would utilise local media (RCA TV) and cellphone messages to inform residents of power outages, but to date this system has not been put in place.The Regional Chairman added that the RDC recalled an email from Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, dated July 9, 2017 which stated, ‘“I will ask GPL to provide advance notice on any load-shedding activities; on the long term, a new set for Anna Regina has been procured already, it is expected to be on site by October; however, we have to complete ground works and other infrastructure issues before we can connect it and have it in full service; it is anticipated all to be completed by November.”’“We are now in April 2018 and the Region is still suffering from constant blackouts which is causing disruption to all GTT landline phones, GWI water flow and Internet service just to name a few,” the RDC said in a statement on Monday.As such, the RDC said, residents, especially the business community, are calling on the Government and GPL to speed up the process at Anna Regina Power Plant and bring some relief to the Region.Only last week, Deputy Mayor of the town of Anna Regina, Darshan Persaud expressed his outrage at the service being offered by the power company.In an interview with Guyana Times, Persaud said residents in the township were complaining about the long periods of power outage, which have contributed to the loss of thousands of dollars in ice cream, chicken, meat, and other frozen foods.Over the Easter weekend, a generator placed by GPL at the Anna Regina Power Station, Essequibo to supply the Region with electricity was moved to Bartica for the Regatta.According to reports, the remaining generators cannot supply the coast, and as such, residents were faced with constant blackouts. (Mohanlall Seulall)last_img read more

Revealed! Man United should target THIS goalkeeper, claims former star

first_imgRaimond van der Gouw believes Manchester United should turn their attentions to Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer should David De Gea leave the club.The Spanish shot-stopper is expected to join Real Madrid this summer, after another stellar season for the Red Devils.United are said to be interested in Chelsea’s Petr Cech, along with Tottenham star Hugo Lloris, but former goalie Van der Gouw claims the Germany No.1 should be their top target.“It’s very difficult to replace David De Gea because he is exceptional,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “I would say put Manuel Neuer in the goal of Manchester United, that would be good.”last_img read more

Takeover announced at iconic Donegal dealership

first_imgConnolly Motor Group has today announced an agreement to acquire the assets of J.J. Reid Motors in Donegal.J.J. Reid Motors, based in Letterkenny, is North Donegal’s main Volkswagen dealer.The company traces its origins back to 1962, when the late politician and businessman JJ Reid founded a filling station in Stranorlar. The company joined the Volkswagen Group as its Service Dealer in 1963, the company was then appointed main dealer for north Donegal in 1964. Mr Reid passed away in January 2019 at the age of 86. Connolly Motor Group has heralded the takeover of assets at JJ Reid Motors as a strategic acquisition for the business.The company anticipates that it would grow staff numbers in Letterkenny from 12 to 21 as it builds on its investment.Kevin and Neil Connolly of Connolly Motor GroupThe acquisition remains subject to approval of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.The acquisition of the Volkswagen dealership in Donegal, if approved, would increase the number of full-time employees at Connolly Motor Group to almost 300. The acquisition would see the motor group – which is one of the biggest in the country and run by brothers Kevin and Neil Connolly — expand its representation with Volkswagen Group brands.It already runs hugely-successful Volkswagen dealerships in Ballina and Sligo as well as Audi dealerships in Galway, Ballina and Sligo. And it announced over the summer that it is to open a new SEAT dealership in Sligo in October.Neil Connolly, Connolly Motor Group Director, said: “With existing Volkswagen dealerships in Mayo and Sligo, Connolly Motor Group has a great relationship with VW and our significant knowledge of the brand ensures our customers benefit from the very best offers and services.“The acquisition of J.J. Reid Volkswagen would be a strategic acquisition for our business, further strengthening our offering to our customers in the region and creating economies of scale in a highly-competitive market. Being part of a group provides us with the additional benefit and financial stability that comes with having multiple dealerships.“We are proud to be a family-owned group, and the foundations of our success are the people who work with us, the manufacturers we represent and, of course, our valuable customers who are at the heart of everything we do.” Volkswagen Ireland Brand Director Gerrit Heimberg said: “The North West is a very important region for Volkswagen. And we would like to thank the staff of JJ Reid’s for serving this area so well in the past number of years. But the Volkswagen brand remains in safe hands thanks to the appointment of Connolly Motor Group. Volkswagen has a long-standing relationship with this motor group, and we know they will ensure a smooth transition for existing JJ Reid’s customers to the new Connolly’s Letterkenny business. They will, no doubt, continue the success and professionalism they bring to their Ballina and Sligo businesses.”Takeover announced at iconic Donegal dealership was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Martin O’Neill warns Republic of Ireland against Austria threat

first_imgMartin O’Neill has warned the Republic of Ireland not to be taken in by rumours of disharmony in the Austria camp ahead of Sunday’s World Cup qualifier.Opposite number Marcel Koller will be without Stoke midfielder Marko Arnautovic through suspension, and will not have Red Bull Salzburg full-back Andreas Ulmer at his disposal because he has arranged his wedding for this weekend.However, the wily O’Neill is refusing to be fooled by Koller’s apparent difficulties after many years of seeing similar suggestions prove unfounded.He said: “I’ve got to tell you this, I really do take that with a pinch of salt because so many times down throughout the years, situations like that seem to develop and it’s exactly the opposite when you get on to the field of play.”Austria will arrive in Dublin knowing a repeat of their 1-0 November defeat to Ireland in Vienna would leave their qualification hopes hanging by a thread, and that would be a major disappointment in the wake of an early exit from the Euro 2016 finals, where they collected just a single point.O’Neill said: “Despite the fact that they didn’t cover themselves in glory in the Euros themselves, their qualification was really, really fantastic, so I thought they would have a point to prove starting off in the World Cup qualification games.“They have probably dropped a couple of points that they maybe didn’t expect – maybe all three against us, which was not on the agenda. They were strong favourites that night and that was only a few months ago, so they might be disappointed with their haul of points at the moment.“They have to come and probably try to win the game themselves to get into it and really it is up to us to try to keep that points differential between us, so I think it’s all to play for.“I still think they are a top-quality nation.”Given that Wales, who are tied with the Austrians on seven points, travel to Group D leaders Serbia – who along with Ireland, have 11 points – on Sunday, it could prove to be a pivotal day in the campaign.However, O’Neill insists nothing will be decided this weekend.He said: “It is a big week, but then every game is as important.“I keep going back to the time that we started out in the Euros – Aiden McGeady’s goals against Georgia proved every bit as important as the goal that Shane Long scored against Germany, so that’s the way it is.“You have to try to accumulate points along the way. At the minute, we are doing fine, but the second half is the real business end of things and we have to really, really just be on our mettle, be very, very strong.”O’Neill has a doubt over striker David McGoldrick, who sat out training on Tuesday with a knee problem, but otherwise has a full squad from which to choose.One of his biggest decisions will come at the back, where Brighton’s Shane Duffy is hoping for a chance to play his part in a second victory of the campaign over Austria.He too knows there is still a long way to go in the group and is concentrating only on the three points available on Sunday.He said: “You never know in football. A defeat doesn’t rule anyone out, especially in our group, where a lot of teams are going to take a lot of points off everyone. I wouldn’t rule out anyone yet.“It’s the same for us. If it’s a defeat, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s a huge game and Austria are going to take points off a lot of teams.“Our aim is to just focus on us, and we’ll see on Sunday. But we’re confident going into the game that we can take another step towards where we want to be.” 1 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill last_img read more

MLB considering drastic rule changes that could speed up games, create universal DH

first_imgBy Dave Sheinin | The Washington PostMajor League Baseball and its union have had substantive discussions in recent days over a series of proposals, among the most drastic proposed changes in years, that could bring significant rule changes to the sport in 2019 and beyond, according to two sources familiar with those talks. The discussions have included both on-field rule changes, pushed by Commissioner Rob Manfred, and proposals from the union to improve competitive balance.According to …last_img read more

South Africa, Syria aim to do business

first_img25 October 2010 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe concluded a two-day working visit to Syria last week, saying the two countries were working towards removing all remaining obstacles to increased trade and investment between them. Motlanthe’s visit, which ended on Friday was aimed at strengthening existing relations between the two countries, and creating an enabling environment for increased trade and investment between the two states. The trip, which coincided with that of a group from the Elders – formed by Nelson Mandela in 2007 – was also Pretoria’s effort to contribute to the resolution of the decades-old Palestine-Israel crisis. The visit saw the signing of two cooperation agreements. Motlanthe’s spokesman, Thabo Masebe, said the agreements would enable businesses from South Africa and Syria to take advantage of the excellent diplomatic relations between the two countries to strengthen business ties and increase economic activity. “South Africa and Syria will explore cooperation in the areas of education, information and communication technology, science and technology, agriculture and forestry, financial services and construction,” Masebe said. A South Africa-Syria Business Forum was also established to create a platform for business people from both countries to work together on projects. South Africa and Syria are now working on key outstanding agreements, including agreements for the protection of investments and the avoidance of double taxation. This will protect South African businesses wishing to invest in the Syrian economy. A business council will also be formed. During the visit, Motlanthe met with representatives of Palestinian political organisations, where he received a briefing on the ongoing Palestinian struggle for self-determination. He offered South Africa’s continued support for the Palestinian people in their quest for self-determination. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Shamila Ramjawan: global leader

first_imgThe founder of Famram Solutions has been recognised for her work in keeping rural girls and young women in schools, by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development. She is driven by the belief that “education transforms women into inspirational leaders”.“Everyone has it within themselves to change the lives of less fortunate South Africans,” said Shamila Ramjawan, founder and CEO of Famram Solutions and the Famram Foundation. (Image: Supplied)For Shamila Ramjawan, receiving a Global Female Leadership Impact Award is an opportunity to spread the word of her work to a larger, more global audience. The Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (Celd) award ceremony will take place in Dubai this month. Ramjawan will not only be recognised for her work in uplifting South African women, but will also sit on a panel – “Transformational CEOs Discussion Panel” – with women from around the world who are driving economic growth.Female business and community leaders from 100 countries will gather in the Gulf nation to celebrate the impact of women on their communities. “What a great way to begin a new year,” Ramjawan says without pretence. “As a change agent, I am looking forward to meeting and networking with high profile people from various parts of the world as I am passionate about making a global impact. This award will contribute immensely to more exposure and visibility. Furthermore, I will be featured in a double page spread in the Amazon Watch Special Edition Magazine, which will be published in January 2018.”Girls and young women still in school often miss up to seven days of schooling every month. Shamila Ramjawan’s solution, the PrincessD Menstrual Cup, has not only changed the lives of these young women but has also created work across southern Africa.Ramjawan, the founder and CEO of Famram Solutions and the Famram Foundation, will be inducted into Celd’s Hall of Fame in the Emerging Economies Top 100 Most Influential Women in the World category. “It all feels surreal and I am excited to represent South Africa as an ambassador for Brand South Africa as this award is essentially the Academy Awards of Business Leaders making impactful contributions in society on a global scale.”Everyone has it within themselves to change the lives of less fortunate South Africans, she says. Through her communication and marketing work for corporates and the government, she came to realise the need for a sustainable solution for the menstrual needs of women, especially in rural areas.Girls and young women still in school often miss up to seven days of schooling every month. Her solution, the PrincessD Menstrual Cup, has not only changed the lives of these young women but has also created work across southern Africa. “Most corporates provide technology, science and maths resources and we advise them that if girls do not have sanitary products they will not benefit from those resources because they won’t be able to attend school for five to seven days a month. Instead, we send out requests to corporate and government departments to work with us in keeping girls in school with a sustainable ten-year product.”Ramjawan’s company motto is “Be the princess that you are. Period”. She holds that women can make an impact on their communities and the world if they are given opportunities. She has expanded the menstrual cup project to 15 countries in Africa, the USA, Canada and to the Philippines.The PrincessD Menstrual Cup – named for Ramjawan’s daughter, Daksha – project is more than just an initiative to keep girls in school. “We don’t give a girl a box and tell them to use it.  We take them through the education around menstruation – how to use their cup, insert, remove and sterilise. We include empowerment of girls, telling our stories, inviting ambassadors and role models when we do handovers. We are growing the training and development project in 2018; we will be offering life skills and career guidance, and then will introduce the PrincessD Menstrual Cup under women’s health and menstruation matters.”“Education transforms women into inspirational leaders and we have to bestow a basic need on our school girls by providing them with a sustainable menstrual product so that we can keep our girls in school during menstruation as they are our future leaders,” said Shamila Ramjawan.In 2016, Ramjawan was nominated in the Unsung Heroine Special Category in Miss SA 2005 Joan Madibeng’s Women: Real Architect of Society Awards as was athlete Caster Semenya, who then decided to partner and become a co-owner in Famram Solutions.. Together they have started a green campus initiative with the University of Pretoria. The eco-friendly menstrual cup admits them to programmes designed to make universities more green.Famram has been invited to participate in the university’s health and wellness programmes under which the PrincessD Menstrual Cup is available at reduced rates for students. The university’s teaching staff have embraced the project and are buying cups for students whose budgets do not stretch far enough,” she says.It is further proof to Ramjawan that people are willing to do all they can to help others when given a chance. They believe as she does in the power of an educated girl. “Education transforms women into inspirational leaders and we have to bestow a basic need on our school girls by providing them with a sustainable menstrual product so that we can keep our girls in school during menstruation as they are our future leaders. Therefore, people can play their part by encouraging their organisations to partner with us so that we can, as champions of change, collaborate and change lives together.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more