El Rayo and Baraja meet again

first_img“The experience was negative regarding results, but very important in terms of learning. It became the most complicated situation I’ve experienced so far. A club that descended from Primera, with many problems internally. A veteran costume with very high expectations and then the result in the field said otherwise“Baraja confessed in ‘The Coaches’ Voice’.Some arguments that he developed: “The majority of the block had been in Primera for four years and getting off is complex. The team was not able to achieve the expected level. When you sign, you are convinced that your work is going to work and you will get the players to follow you. However, the results were not given. I discovered that in a difficult situation, because you are there, it will not improve. It depends on many other factors. “Baraja will be measured this Sunday to his past, although there is only one survivor of the squad who trained in the current Ray: Santi Comesaña. Of course, the reunion will be impossible since the midfielder continues his recovery, after going through the operating room because of a pubalgia. The Galician was holder with the Pipo in two games (Almería and Mallorca) and entered the list of one (Valladolid). The Pipo He had to pack up leaving the sixteenth-century Frenchmen at a point of descent. Exactly in the same position and with the same difference with respect to the danger posts as with its predecessor. Hence, they will bet on Míchel to channel the situation. The rest is history. After that adventure, Baraja went through Sporting (2017-19) and now has the reins of Tenerife since day 19, with four wins, two draws and three losses. The paths of Rubén Baraja and el Rayo will come back together. The current Tenerife coach will meet his ex this Sunday at Heliodoro. One night, no doubt, special for him Pipo, what He sat on the bench for thirteen games in the 2016-17 season. His balance then was thirteen points, reaping three wins, four draws and six losses, with 12 goals in favor and 14 against.That was a convulsed campaign by Vallecas. After the descent, Lightning kept the bulk of the seedling and recovered Sandoval as a coach, but soon came the problems in the locker room that resulted in fifteen points in thirteen days (four wins, three draws and six losses, with 15 goals in favor and 17 against). With the team in sixteenth position and at a point of decline, he decided to make a change in the bench.Baraja was chosen and its main supporter was the sports director Ramón Planes, with whom he had already agreed in Elche. There he had left the eleventh ilicitano cadre (he touched the promotion playoff) and he was offered the renovation, but the coach finally declined. His stage at the Lightning was marked by poor results, his unattended requests in the winter market and his decision to leave different heavyweights off the list, always using sports motives.last_img read more

BPL Points Table

first_imgP W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Leicester 34 21 10 3 59 33 26 732 T’ham 33 18 11 4 60 25 35 653 Man City 33 18 6 9 61 33 28 604 Arsenal 33 17 9 7 56 34 22 605 Man U 33 16 8 9 40 30 10 566 West Ham 33 13 14 6 54 42 12 537 Southam 34 14 9 11 45 35 10 518 Liverpool 32 14 9 9 52 43 9 519 Stoke City 33 13 8 12 37 43 -6 4710 Chelsea 33 11 11 11 49 45 4 4411 Everton 33 9 14 10 53 44 9 4112 Watford 33 11 8 14 32 37 -5 4113 B’mouth 34 11 8 15 41 57 -16 4114 West Brom 33 10 10 13 31 40 -9 4015 Swansea 34 10 10 14 34 45 -11 4016 C Palace 34 10 9 15 36 43 -7 3917 Norwich 34 8 7 19 35 60 -25 3118 S’land 33 7 9 17 39 57 -18 3019 N’castle 33 7 7 19 35 61 -26 2820 Aston V 34 3 7 24 23 65 -42 16last_img read more

LBDI Wins African Development Bank Award

first_imgThe African Leadership Magazine, a leading United Kingdom UK-based magazine published by African Leadership UK, has named the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) Africa’s development Bank of the Year 2014. The award ceremony took place recently at the Dateline Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas, the United States of America. LBDI’s senior vice president for Finance Mr. Reginald Bropleh recently flew to the US to receive the Award on behalf of the Management sending a clear message that LBDI is on the brink of taking its rightful place on the international banking stage. According to the African Leadership Magazine which focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience and tells the African story from an African perspective, “the award is in recognition of LBDI’s pioneering efforts in introducing and implementing innovative banking products which has assisted small businesses and contributed to the growth of the economy of Liberia.”Also honoring LBDI for excellent performance in Africa is the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Inc. which recounted how LBDI has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of economic development opportunities for Africans. In a resolution signed by the Chair of the Caucus, Dee Dawkins-Higler, the Georgia General Assembly, amongst other things, described LBDI as a global player who’s established banking relationships and partnerships have identified it as a proven leader in the banking industry worldwide. For his part, the publisher of the African Leadership Magazine, Dr. Ken Giami in brief remarks thanked LBDI for the milestone achievement in Liberia, a country, he stated struggling to rebuild its infrastructure following years of brutal civil war. Dr. Ken noted that LBDI’s consisted financing of development projects is going a long way in improving the lives and well-being of ordinary Liberians struggling to rebuild their lives. LBDI Management picked up the award just few weeks before the Bank acceded to the peer review mechanism of the prudential standard guidelines and rating system (PSGRS) of the Association of All African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI). The PSGRS mechanism will help LBDI to be rated among other development finance institutions (DFIs) in Africa. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LBDI Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, thanked the African Leadership Magazine for independently following the Bank’s performance in the country and awarding it for same. Mr. Davies also thanked the Georgia General Assembly for recognizing LBDI as a global player in banking. He said the awards will further serve as an encouragement for LBDI to perform better. The LBDI CEO however noted that the Bank will not rely on its laurels, but will ensure that access to finance is available for the Liberian populace.      The African Leadership magazine is published by African Leadership (UK) Limited, a company registered in the United Kingdom. The magazine focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience, telling the African story from an African perspective; while evolving solutions to peculiar challenges being faced by the continent today.Since its maiden edition in August 2008, African Leadership Magazine has grown to become a leading pan-African flagship leadership-focused publication read by over 240, 000 targeted international investors, business executives, government policy makers and multilateral agencies across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Europe and the US. It is distributed at major international and African Leadership events around the world. It is a niche and unbiased African voice born out of a desire to ameliorate the lot of Africans by focusing on individuals and corporate bodies that are known for their legacy-based approach to leadership.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Subvention to Queen’s College insufficient for annual expenditure – consultant

first_imgQueen’s CollegeThe administration of Guyana’s leading secondary academic institution, Queen’s College has signalled its discontentment with the yearly subvention granted for general expenditures, saying that it is not sufficient to fill all gaps.Principal consultant Alfred Granger made this disclosure on Wednesday, stating that when the salaries of employees are deducted from the total amount, only $20 million remains to service the school for the entire year. As such, Queen’s College is “always in deficit”.“One of the problems we have at Queen’s College is that we’re always short of money. The Board gets subvention and the subvention you get sounds large, but when you take out teachers and some auxiliary staff salaries from that subvention, we’re left with around $20 million to run the school so we’re always in deficit,” Granger informed.The consultant reminded that the school sits on some 12 acres of land and contains three buildings, which require constant maintenance.“Queen’s College stands on almost 12 acres of ground. The three buildings put together are the largest of any school in the country. The monies we have cannot run the school and pay our bills,” he said.Students and teachers had complained last year that the field was overgrown with bushes for almost over three years, making it difficult for athletes to train. It also pushed the administrative body to host their inter-house sports at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground.Presently, the ground is almost 100 per cent completed.After reports were made by Guyana Times of the dilapidated facilities and other infrastructure, a decision was made to allocate $11 million for rehabilitation works.The science labs, which were considered by the teachers as “not conducive” to lab experiments, were to be repainted and new cupboards installed with the ceiling getting a facelift.AnniversaryOne week of activities has been launched for the school’s 175th anniversary celebration, and this is expected to provide funding for a music and orchestra programme. Granger noted that in the 1900s, the school was recognised for the performing orchestra and band. This will be reintroduced with steel pan and other components.The events will commence on Sunday, October 27 and conclude on Saturday, November 2. Activities on the agenda include a wreath-laying exercise at Sir William Percy Austin’s grave on October 27, followed by the renaming of the library and allied arts building on October 28.October 29 is reserved for a golf tournament at the Lusignan Golf Club and a Women of Queen’s College panel discussion. This is accompanied by the election of office bearers, a museum tour, and the Ray Luck piano recital on October 30.Students will gather at the school on October 31, for their Sports Day activities and a “Curry-Que”. The last two days will conclude with long day tours and a 70s themed party at the Pegasus Hotel.For these commemorative events, the Tourism Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) has given its support, since many Guyanese in the Diaspora are expected to return, spiking tourist arrivals. Over the years, the overseas alumni has raised millions of dollars for the school to revamp infrastructure and pay other expenses.Principal consultantAlfred Grangerlast_img read more

Beating victim placed on life support

first_imgPALMDALE — A 31-year-old male beating victim found on the streets of east Palmdale early Friday morning was clinging to life at a local hospital, sheriff’s deputies said. Deputies responding to an anonymous tip found the man lying unconscious in front of a carwash on 10th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard, sheriff’s Deputy Daryl Bonsall said Friday. The man’s injuries suggest he may have been dragged by a car, Bonsall said. Authorities are withholding the man’s identity. He was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he was placed on life support. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

In Iraq, ex-sports stars seek to shake up politics

first_img0Shares0000Men look at a campaign poster of Basil Gorgis, a former Iraqi footballer, in a street in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region © AFP / SAFIN HAMEDBAGHDAD, Iraq, Apr 24 – In the sweltering heat of Mexico ’86, Ahmed Radhi and Basil Gorgis pulled on the same jerseys to represent Iraq’s football team in its sole World Cup Finals.But now, a third of a century later, they’re just two of several former stars taking part in a very different contest — as parliamentary candidates in next month’s election. While the World Cup adventure ended in dismal failure, with Iraq crashing out after losing all three of its group games, the ex-players’ appeal could be a big draw for some Iraqi voters.“They already have fans,” says Hussein Hassan, a 45-year-old Baghdad resident. “It’s now the turn of these stars to put themselves at the service of the people.”Distrust of politicians ahead of the May 12 vote is high, with the 15 years since the US-led toppling of former dictator Saddam Hussein marred by repeated periods of chaos and endemic corruption.“We have more confidence in them than the politicians, who have changed nothing,” Hassan says.It’s a view that Radhi, scorer of Iraq’s only World Cup Finals goal, takes on board.“Iraqis need someone who shows that they are focusing on their interests, and who will work to guarantee a decent life,” the National Alliance candidate says.The 54-year-old says his political group “brings together all communities and confessions.”The National Alliance is led by Iraq’s Vice President Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite, and parliamentary speaker Salim al-Juburi, a Sunni.It’s a union that seeks to move beyond Iraq’s Shiite-Sunni ethnic cleavage — a major pull for the ex-footballer.The NA’s list of candidates is liberal and “transcends confessionalism,” he says. “This is what the people want now.”– ‘Defending minority interests’ –Other candidates, sporting or otherwise, have more narrow motivations.Radhi’s former teammate Gorgis is among a list of candidates fielded by “Abna al-Rafideyn,” a group bringing together Chaldean Christians, Assyrians and Syriacs.Now administrator for the national team, Gorgis is running in the Kurdish city of Arbil and says he seeks to protect the interests of Christians.Standing up for the rights of his community is also what motivates Chaker Mohammad Sabbar, another former player on Iraq’s national soccer team.The 50-year-old, who appeared in every position except goalkeeper during his career, is Sunni, a group that’s played second fiddle to the majority Shiites since Saddam’s fall.Sabbar says loved ones cautioned against involvement in politics, telling him it would “achieve nothing, because no change is possible.”But their advice hasn’t stopped him running as a candidate in Ramadi, capital of Anbar province in central Iraq. Sabbar is number 10 on the list of the “Tamaddun” group, which advocates a secular state.Sunni dominated Ramadi was seized by the Islamic State group in May 2015, before being retaken by government forces less than a year later.“The people have suffered enormously,” says Sabbar, whose family live in the region.“Now, it’s time our interests are defended, like those of other Iraqis,” he adds.– ‘Better future for sport’ –Not all the former footballers running in the elections here are political novices.Radhi stood in the 2014 poll and lost, while another ex-international, Hassan Farhan, is a politics and military science graduate.“People now have more confidence in sportsmen than politicians, who have weakened the state,” says 65-year-old Farhan, who appears on a list for the secular Civil Party.People walk past a campaign billboard of Ahmed Radhi, a former Iraqi footballer, in a street in Baghdad © AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEOthers are determined to ensure new investment in facilities, to help the country compete again internationally in a whole range of disciplines.“We must think about building a better future for sport,” says ex-international swimmer Sarmad Abdelilah, now a member of the National Olympic Committee and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s “Victory Alliance.”“There are no athletes in parliament and so there are no laws or institutions to structure Iraqi sport,” he laments.Other contenders include Taleb Faysal, the president of Iraq’s weightlifting federation, who is on the list for former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki’s “Rule of Law Alliance.”But some citizens here don’t buy into the appeal of sporting veterans.“We have confidence in none of the candidates, because we know they will only think of themselves once in parliament,” says Imane Kazem in the capital.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Middle East club to rival Man United with £8m Nani bid

first_imgUnited Arab Emirates club Al Ahli have lodged a rival bid for shock Manchester United target Nani.It has been reported in Turkey that new United boss Jose Mourinho wants to bring his compatriot back to Old Trafford this summer.The Fenerbahce forward is currently part of Portugal’s squad at Euro 2016 and insists he is not making any decisions on his future until the tournament is over.But now, according to Haberturk, he will have an offer on the table from UAE Pro-League champions Al Ahli, who have offered £8million for his services.The club signed Moussa Sow from Fenerbahce last season and reckon they could repeat the trick with Nani.However, they may miss out if United’s interest turns out to be strong. 1 Mourinho reportedly wants Nani back at Old Trafford last_img read more

Spin-A-Thon to promote Joe Kennedy for Dunkineely Mayor

first_imgNext Saturday Naomh Ultan Minor Board is hosting a spin-a-thon in Mac’s bar car park in Dunkineely from 9am to 5pm.Their candidate Joe Kennedy is campaigning for Mayor of Dunkineely and holding a charity spin-a-thin.The fight to be elected Mayor of Dunkineely is beginning to get more intense than the Clinton vs. Trump clash as we see Emmet ‘Broc’ Brosnan recruiting media heavyweights such as Brian Dobson to assist in his campaign. All proceeds towards Killybegs Community Hospital and Naomh Ultan Minor Board.Volunteers and donations are welcome and appreciated on the day!Spin-A-Thon to promote Joe Kennedy for Dunkineely Mayor was last modified: August 10th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:dunkineely mayorjoe kennedykillybegs hospitalspin-a-thonlast_img read more

CHARLIE COLLINS LAUNCHES ATTACK ON O’NEILL AND KEANE IRELAND APPOINTMENT

first_imgCollins – pictured with one of those pundits!FORMER Highland Radio sports editor Charlie Collins has questioned the FAI’s imminent appointments of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane to manage Ireland.Collins, bidding to take over the Highland airwaves in a broadcasting license battle, sparked an online war of words over his own comments.“So it’s the Martin & Roy show next for the Republic of Ireland we’re told,” said Collins on his Facebook page. “Two out of work Managers who nobody else seems to want. Why wouldn’t they take the jobs and of course the Money.”Collins – dubbed Donegal’s Voice of Sport – had plenty of people agreeing with him.However other soccer fans hit back, saying the appointments would help Ireland move forward.  CHARLIE COLLINS LAUNCHES ATTACK ON O’NEILL AND KEANE IRELAND APPOINTMENT was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 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)last_img read more

SUPER DONEGAL LADIES SHOW TRUE GRIT AGAINST ARMAGH

first_imgDONEGAL’S Ladies showed real mettle to grind out a one point win over Armagh in Glenfinn today.It was a proud day for County Captain Katy Herron has she led her team to a 1-11 to 1-10 victory at her home club.But it could have gone either way. Donegal were cruising in the first half, Amber Barrett finding the net to keep Donegal five points ahead.But the Orchard County ladies were a different prospect in the second half, scoring a quick goal to close the gap before eventually drawing level.When heads were down however captain Katy and club mate Karen Guthrie steadied the nerves as the Donegal girls slowly played their way out of trouble and – despite three wides towards the end – finally added the crucial point through Barrett to seal the victory.After the easy victory over Down last week, this was always going to be a much tougher game. But a one point win gives Donegal the maximum return from two outings in the race for the Tesco All Ireland League Division 2 title. SUPER DONEGAL LADIES SHOW TRUE GRIT AGAINST ARMAGH was last modified: February 15th, 2015 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:armaghDivision 2donegalLadieswinlast_img read more