Braithwaite: “I won’t wash my clothes after hugging Messi”

first_imgThe team: “These players are fantastic. I just have to run and little else, make deep movements, which is one of my main virtues.”Messi: “He has congratulated me. He looks like he is a great guy and he wants me to be at ease. He has tried to look for me with several passes when I left. I will not wash my clothes after hugging Messi. He has congratulated me and is a detail of the best of the world. You could see that he looked for me several times. I feel very good and happy in these first days at the Camp Nou. If you tell me 15 days ago that I would sign for Barça I have to admit that I did not expect it. “Premiere: “As a child I watched the debut of new players on TV and thought how special these moments should be … and suddenly see me here and with this reception of people … It has been spectacular.” Martinh Braithwaite debuted this Saturday with the Barça shirt. The striker, signed this week by Leganés to occupy the place of Dembélé, long-term injured, entered the 71st minute replacing Griezmann. In his first minutes with the Barca shirt he did not score, but he did participate in the last two goals. These were his impressions after the meeting.Balance: “I am very happy for the team.”What did he think when he was told to come in: “It’s a dream come true, very happy with all my new fans. I’ve tried to do my best.”Not marked: “It is not easy to score goals at Barça but at least I have been able to participate. In the future I am sure to score goals.”Sensations: “It has been extraordinary, a dream come true. I was a little nervous but eager. I am very happy for the victory too. The fans have received me very well and I am proud to be here. ”last_img read more

Benito, the mythical ‘Hacha Brava’

first_imgAfter retiring, he invested part of the money earned at Real Madrid in two pubs, which he set up with a friend and were the venue for soccer gatherings. Shortly after retiring, he was public relations for the club. Years later he worked in the technical secretary of Rayo Vallecano, when his friend José Antonio Camacho was the coach. He supported Florentino Pérez in the 2000 elections and won the club the Laureate in 1979, the second player behind Pirri to do so. His tribute, in 1984, was sad since he had to postpone it twice. It was played amid an AFE strike played in September, against Tottenham. Only 10,000 people attended. The goal was scored by Paco Bonet, another central defender. Rest in peace. They nicknamed him Brave Ax for his iron markings and sometimes his hard innings, always complying with the maxim “the ball passes or the player passes, but never the two” together “. This was Gregorio Goyo Benito Rubio, a native of El Puente del Arzobispo, a small town in Toledo near Talavera de la Reina, where he was born on October 21, 1946. From his childhood he was devoted to soccer, a sport that he began to play with the Salesians of Atocha (became champion of Spanish school in javelin throw). From there it passed to the Sage. Signed by Madrid (he became part of the lower categories at just 16 years old), he was loaned to Rayo Vallecano for two seasons (1966-68), to return to the first team. Martín Landa, his first youth coach, saw many conditions in him and promised him that he would go international if he worked hard to iron out some defects. Said and done. Benito stood out in the lower categories of the Spanish team with a generation in which other illustrious ones like Rexach and Rojo also shone. On August 4, 1969, he signed his first professional contract with what would be the club of his life, debuting in San Sebastián, against Real Sociedad on October 27. Little by little, he gained the confidence of Miguel Muñoz (he liked his courage to go to the crossroads, the aggressiveness with which he played and was respected by the opposing forwards), until earning the title in the season 1971-72. He took the job from his friend De Felipe, which motivated certain piques. In that decade of the seventies He earned the fame, encouraged by himself, of being the “most seasoned central defender in Spanish football.” His way of playing, open and always risking the maximum, led him to undergo five knee operations, two nose and one tibia. That says the medical history of an athlete who always played on the razor’s edge. Icon for much of the hobby (they chanted ‘Benito pulls the ax’ or ‘Benito kills’) he retired in 1982, with six Leagues, five Cups won and 22 times international, although he was left without going to the Argentina-78 World Cup. For history, there are the pleas of Biri Biri, a Sevilla player, who in one match, and due to the fouls he was receiving, turned to the Real Madrid player and snapped at him: “Please, Mr. Benito, don’t hit me anymore! ” Or his imposing header goal against Porto that gave him the pass to the Whites in 1979. His illusion was to withdraw having achieved a decisive goal for Madrid. And that one was.last_img read more

Spirited Ramdhani siblings lead Guyana’s charges in CAREBACO semi finals

first_imgAfter three days of grueling competition at the Ring Sports Center in Paramaribo Suriname, Guyana’s senior badminton players are showing the fruits of their labour, having made it to three of five Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) senior semifinals.Priyanna and Narayan Ramdhani battle it out with Soren Opti & Mary-Ann ZhongPlaying against Olympians and Number 1 seeded players, the Guyanese athletes had a tall task ahead of them, despite this; the six athletes have managed to show that Guyana is one of the teams to beat at this year’s competition.Playing against Barbadians Shae Martin and Dakeil Thorpe, Akili Haynes and Tyrese Jeffery unfortunately lost the team’s first match up of the day, 21-9, 21-9.In a game that would avenge their teammates lost, the second pair in the Men’s doubles category produced a convincing win to advance to the semifinal round. Narayan Ramdhani and Johnathan Mangra made a great comeback in the when they defeated No.2 Seeded pair Jamal Jared Thijssen & Roche Young A Fat: 21-6, 21-14.Being the last Guyanese to make it thus far in the men’s singles category, badminton powerhouse Narayan Ramdhani could not match the prowess of the Number one seeded Robert Mann of Luxemborg. After playing valiantly he lost in straight sets 21-16, 21-8.Priyanna Ramdhani shows off her skill in the Women’s singles quarter finalGuyana’s fortunes took a turn for the better when Priyanna Ramdhani took to the courts to contest her women’s singles quarter final. The 16 year old who is now on a winning streak outshone Barbados’ Monyata Rivers 21-19, 21-18.Later on in the evening, Priyanna teamed up with her elder brother Narayan once again to battle in the mixed doubles category. The pair who often play together showed why they are two of Guyana’s best in a nail biting matchup that could have gone either side. However, at the right moment the duo managed to surpass their opponents even though the sets were close. They won 22-20, 21-8 to Surinamese Olympians Soren Opti & Mary-Ann Zhong.In the semifinal round, Priyana will come up against Jamaica’s Katherine Wynter whilst Johnathan Mangra and Narayan Ramdhani faces off with Dylan Darmohoetomo and Gilmar Jones of Suriname.Priyana and Narayan Ramdhani will also be featured in the mixed doubles semifinal, opposing Dakeil Jonathan Thorpe and Tamisha Williams of Barbados.Priyanna is also scheduled to contest a women’s doubles match alongside Trinidad and Tobago’s Chequeda De Boulet. They will battle against Suriname’s Imani Mangroe and Mary-Ann Zhong.last_img read more


first_imgBET you’ve never seen them quite like this before?The Termon Ladies GAA players lined out this week.But they swapped their football gear for some evening attire. And what a line-up it is now. WHAT A LINE-UP! TERMON LADIES GLOW AT AWARDS NIGHT was last modified: December 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:WHAT A LINE-UP! TERMON LADIES GLOW AT AWARDS NIGHTlast_img read more


first_imgA man charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men has had his case adjourned until April.Shaun Kelly, 23, Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana did not appear in cout.Barrister Peter Nolan said the case was not ready to go ahead and would probably not be ready for the next circuit court sitting in April either. However Judge John O’Hagan said he would schedule the case for the next scheduled sitting.Mr Nolan is seeking to have a number of reports compiled on the crash.The men who died in the crash on July 11th, 2010 were Eamon McDaid, 22 of Ballymagan, Buncrana, Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany; Mark McLaughlin (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.The horrific crash happened at Meenaduff between Buncrana and Clonmany.An earlier hearing was told that the book of evidence contained more than 200 witness statements and numerous exhibits including photographs, maps and video.Mr Kelly is currently on bail.INISHOWEN DEATH CRASH CASE ADJOURNED was last modified: January 29th, 2013 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:barrister Peter NolanbuncranaclonmanycrashInishowenShaun Kellylast_img read more


first_imgA FINTOWN man found “swinging off bars” on Letterkenny main street after a night on the drink was arrested after declining two Garda requests for him to move on.John Quinn, from Daraghan Beag, was causing havoc in the early hours of March 1 last, roaring and shouting abuse at people.Defence solicitor Kieran Dillon said the 22-year-old rarely drank and on this occasion had too much. Quinn, he said, had gone out for the night “and didn’t do a very good job of it.”Garda Sean McGarry said Quinn was likely do himself more harm than anyone else. His memory of events were limited.Quinn admitted being drunk and disorderly and failing to follow the directions of a Garda. He was fined €200.FINE FOR FINTOWN MAN ‘SWINGING OFF BARS’ ON NIGHT OUT was last modified: June 19th, 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:courtdisorderly behaviourFintownJohn Quinnlast_img read more

Anti-Unit looks to guide Angels

first_img “That’s like comparing (Chone) Figgins and Bengie (Molina) running,” Byrd said of his showdown with the Yankees’ ace. “I’m not going to overpower people, I’m going to change speeds, I’m going to work the corners and try to keep you off balance. He has more of an intimidating style where he tries to overpower you, and he’s got that really nice complement of a hard fastball and then a nasty slider that breaks at the back leg (of the hitter). It’s as different or contrasting styles as there could possibly be.” Johnson is 15-6 with a 2.93 ERA in 29 career starts against the Angels, mostly while he was with the Seattle Mariners. NEW YORK – Don’t look now, but the “Big Diesel Freight Train” is fueling up for a head-on collision with the “Little Engine That Could.” Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson is better known as the “Big Unit,” but Angels pitcher Paul Byrd used the locomotive analogy when asked to compare Johnson to himself. The two pitchers with contrasting styles will hook up tonight in the pivotal Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium, with the series tied, 1-1. Not surprisingly, not many Angels have hit him well during their careers. Garret Anderson is 3-for-18; Darin Erstad is 5-for-20 with one homer; Vladimir Guerrero is 6-for-30 with two homers. Orlando Cabrera, the Game 2 hero, is an exception, hitting .364 (8-for-22) against Johnson in his career. To make matters worse for the Angels, Johnson is pitching better now than he has all season. He hasn’t lost since Aug. 21, going 6-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last eight starts. He was 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts against the Angels this year, but those starts came during a 10-day period in July. “I think the reports when we saw him in the summer, he wasn’t throwing the ball as well as he’s thrown it down the stretch,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I don’t think there’s anybody that doesn’t see that Randy is throwing the ball to his capability now, and it’s come at a great time for the Yankees. It’s going to be a challenge. He’s a challenge no matter if he has great stuff or not. He’s going out there with great stuff now, and you can see how well he’s pitched recently for those guys.” Johnson went 17-8 with a 3.79 ERA in his first season with the Yankees, signing with George Steinbrenner’s team with one goal in mind: to win the World Series. But he heard boos early in the season as he struggled, causing some to wonder if he was finished at age 42. “Obviously, I’m not happy with the ups and downs that I had, but I think any pitcher out there that didn’t win 17 games would love to have 17 wins. It’s funny that we say I had an off year and still won 17 games. center_img “I understand I’m here to get this team over the top, and with that, there’s no making mistakes.” The Angels aren’t going into tonight’s game hitting well in the series regardless of the pitcher, particularly three of their most important bats. Anderson is 0-for-8, Figgins is 0- for-8 and Guerrero is 1-for-6 with a single. Guerrero has only one home run in his past 52 at-bats, dating to Sept. 15. “We need Garret and we need Vlad and we need Figgy to set the tone,” Scioscia said. “You’re not going to have every guy in the lineup swinging the bat well at the same time. But when we talk about the middle of the lineup, especially Garret and Vlad, we absolutely are going to need offense from them if we’re going to get by in this series.” Truth is, neither team has hit well because both teams have pitched well in the first two games. The Angels are hitting .219 as a team, the Yankees .227. The Yankees’ trio of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield are a combined 4-for-21, all four hits being singles. “They are two ballgames that have been pitched very well,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “The last time we faced them back in 2002, we didn’t pitch well at all. The postseason is all about how well you pitch. There’s very few games you’re going to try to outscore the opposition. “But we need to dominate. We need to control the game with pitching, because if you don’t, with their type of offense, they can be distracting and do a lot of things. We’ve been fortunate, we’ve kept Figgins off the bases, and that’s given us a chance to win.” 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


first_imgFine Gael TD Joe McHugh has said that Budget 2014 must offer hope to small farm enterprises.Farmers must be given hope says Deputy Joe McHughAnd the Donegal Deputy has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine to ensure that measures in the Budget will give greater flexibility to farmers for the coming 12 months.Deputy McHugh made his comments after meeting earlier this week with two delegations of Donegal IFA members in Letterkenny and Carndonagh. Deputy McHugh said “Last winter was a time of historic difficulty for Donegal farmers, who endured a fodder crisis and a credit crisis, and an unusually long winter of harsh weather. Budget 2014 must offer hope to farmers for the year ahead, and its measures must ensure that farmers have greater credit flexibility for the year ahead.“Donegal IFA delegations, whom I met earlier this week in Letterkenny and in Carndonagh, have emphasised the importance of the Disadvantaged Area Scheme as a core support for farming in Donegal. The Disadvantaged Area Scheme is very important for the development of the agriculture industry in this county.“I emphasised this point to the Minister for Agriculture, Marine & Food Simon Coveney TD when I met him in Dublin this week.“Changes to the Farm Assist scheme that were introduced in Budget 2013 were extremely tough for many families in Donegal this year. I have made a strong case this week to the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD, that Budget 2014 needs to offer greater hope to Farm Assist recipients. “I am also calling on the Government to ensure that capital gains tax thresholds to be set out in the Budget will not impact negatively on the farming industry, and I have asked Minister Coveney to ensure that the 2014 Milk Production Partnership arrangements will be of benefit to the industry.”BUDGET MUST OFFER HOPE TO SMALL FARM ENTERPRISES – McHUGH was last modified: October 13th, 2013 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:Budget 2014deputy joe mchughfarmerslast_img read more


first_imgCork City captain and Ballybofey native Johnny Dunleavy has been ruled out for at least FOUR months after sustaining a nasty knee last weekend. Dunleavy was stretchered off after just eighteen minutes of Cork City’s 2-1 defeat against league leaders Dundalk at Turner’s Cross on Friday night.Dunleavy has been a revelation during his time in Cork, but the news that the central defender is looking at FOUR months on the sideline is a massive blow for manager John Caulfied. Cork City have a star studded side with former Irish internationals Liam Miller and Colin Healy in their side.They’re expected to launch another sustained bid for the Airtricity League title this season but the loss of Dunleavy will be a devastating blow to their ambitions.Dunleavy is expected to undergo minuscule surgery tomorrow afternoon.  HUGE INJURY BLOW FOR DONEGAL SOCCER STAR was last modified: April 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:Cork CityFour monthsJohnny DunleavyKnee injurynewsSportlast_img read more

There’s room for improvement in CSR

first_imgMelissa JavanSkills development should be linked to corporate social investment programmes, Brand South Africa board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama tells business leaders at the 2016 In Good Company Conference on 30 August. (Image: Brand South Africa)Engaging with people involved with corporate social investment (CSI) to understand their needs and expectations is one of the guidelines mentioned in a new research report.The report, The Case for Social Investment in South Africa, suggests that if CSI budgets are spent wisely, it could generate R25-billion worth of the country’s economic activity. Undertaken by the University of Stellenbosch, the report was commissioned by the Nation Builder Trust. The trust found that the South African private sector CSI budget for 2015 amounted to R8,1-billion.The report suggests that if CSI is done effectively, it has the potential to support 63 000 jobs. It also says effective CSI could generate another R7,7-billion in labour remuneration.ABOUT THE REPORTThe Case for Social Investment in South Africa was released internally in June 2016, but handed out to delegates at the In Good Company Conference on 30 August 2016. In Good Company is part of an ongoing initiative run by Nation Builder, the conference organisers. Nation Builder is an initiative founded by Muthobi Foundation. It helps companies channel their CSI into initiatives to help build sustainable change in South Africa.Corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting in the country still has room for development, according to the report. Its findings are to assist initiatives such as Nation Builder to help businesses to achieve the best possible impact for their CSI programmes.For example, the report found that in 2014, 72 local companies listed on the JSE’s 2013 Socially Responsible Investment Index were assessed. Based on its latest reporting on CSI, none of these were rated as “excellent” for the overall quality of their reporting. Only 12 of the 72 (17%) achieved a “good rating”.One of the challenges highlighted was that the companies found it difficult to meet reporting requirements within the limited space allocated to CSI in their annual reports. “An understanding in the business of rationale for CSI is therefore is crucial,” reads the report.The assessment further shows that only 39% of companies reported on impact assessments.Apparently the companies acknowledged that it was difficult and expensive to measure and report on the effects of CSI projects and that their budgets often did not allow for this. As a result, many companies relied on anecdotal evidence of the impact of their CSI projects.THE GUIDELINESEach company’s strategy will depend on factors such as industry, resources, complexity, core business and location, says the report. “There is no one size fits all approach for successful CSI activities… What works for one community won’t necessarily work for another.”Brand South Africa board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama challenged business leaders to go above and beyond to change society for the better. Speaking at the 2016 In Good Company conference, she said: “It’s only when we create sustainable, durable solutions that we overcome challenges.”She urged corporate leaders to show the way forward by being courageous, tenacious and resilient, reported reported. “Let’s improve the social conditions and build a strong nation brand.”She suggested that skills development should be linked to CSI and CSR programmes.Corporate social responsibility programmes increase employee morale and motivation, according to a Canadian study. (Image: Brand South Africa)BENEFITS OF DOING GOODA survey of Canadian companies, included in the report, Corporate Social Responsibility: Lessons Learned, Natural Resources Canada, found that respectively 70% and 40% of respondents cited “cost savings” and “reduced business risk” as business benefits of CSR.The authors found more than 50% of respondents noted that their CSR programmes contributed to increased employee morale and motivation, which, in turn, led to higher productivity.Policies may therefore decrease costs related to employee turnover and performance evaluation, as well as increase worker productivity through better motivation, according to the report.It said more consumers were taking CSR performance into account and tended to be loyal to companies with a good record. Thus, CSR may entice consumers to buy the company’s products or services.CSR can also aid to capital. In South Africa, for example, the JSE’s Responsible Investment Index assesses CSI activities and allows investors to invest in companies with good CSR records.COMPANIES DOING IT RIGHTWhile companies in South Africa are already making a positive impact, more can be achieved by strategic and effective spending, according to the local report.It suggests companies that engage in CSI programmes should make what they are doing as effective and impactful as possible. Best practice principles include engaging with stakeholders, building partnerships, and measuring and communicating outcomes properly.South African companies putting best practice into action, according to the report, include:Virgin Active’s Future Crew Programme: It initially donated gym equipment to schools, but expanded to include training learners and adults in underdeveloped communities to become accredited coaches and trainers. Once qualified, they are either employed by schools or absorbed into the business. Community members can also train to become qualified dance instructors, and start their own income-generating studios.Discovery’s programme to train healthcare workers: It is expected to create 40 000 new jobs by the end of 2016. Discovery has partnered with Umthombo Youth Development Foundation to support youth from rural areas to pursue a health care qualification. A benefit of this programme is that it alleviates the shortage of health care workers and the unemployment problem in the country.last_img read more