Martí, to his staff: “Do not lower your arms at any time”

first_imgGirona’s coaching staff tries to maintain daily contact with its staff. And the positive messages are not lacking in each of the conversations that are held so that the confinement is as bearable as possible. This Friday night, the rojiblanco club wanted to show an extract of the speech that the coach, Pep Lluís Martí, made in the last hours to his players and other members of its coaching staff and has not hesitated to brand it as “positive energy to keep going“In the video call that Martí maintains with his players and assistants, he is sincere and tries to be as empathetic as possible. He does not hide that it is not being easy for him to spend so many days without being able to lead any session at La Vinya, but he thanks all his team and the footballers for the effort they are making. With a “let’s go to the trouble. I’ll tell you”, Martí wanted to be concise at the time of ask your group for an “effort”: “I imagine that this situation is not pleasant for any of us and I know that it is difficult to deal with. Especially due to the uncertainty, not only in the professional aspect but also in the staff, for you and your families. It is complicated, but we have no other option, as I always tell you, than to adapt to the situation. Is not easy, for me it is not, I will not cheat you. But this that we are experiencing we must try to carry out in the best possible way because it is the only one that will make us go forward. I want to ask you for the effort that you continue to maintain what you are doing. Do not lower your arms at any time and be prepared and aware that when this begins we must all be one hundred percent“ There is complete confidence in the group and hence there is no doubt that all the members of the Girona group are following the individualized training guidelines set. Caring for food is essential and maintaining the routine, too. Hence, before 10:00 all players must be active. That the state of mind of the group does not decline is vital for Martí and that is that in the Girona entity there are hopes that they will compete again this season because the objective pursued is none other than to return to the First Division.last_img read more

Puddy Pooh for Cliggott Memorial race

first_imgThe talented 4-y-o filly, PUDDY POOH, should upstage her six opponents and win the 3-y-o and up open allowance feature over the straight-five course at Caymanas Park today.When last raced on February 20, the Richard Azan-trained PUDDY POOH, who won the 1000 Guineas as a 3-y-o last season, found the champion sprinter POKER STAR too hot to handle in the season’s first grade-one race, the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres. But in all fairness, she was not disgraced in finishing 6 1/2 lengths fifth after missing the break.Before that on December 5, PUDDY POOH romped the Betting and Gaming Stakes Trophy over 1400 metres, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:23.4 behind fast splits of 22.0 and 45.0 for the half-mile.Having worked well in preparation for today’s encounter and dropping down in class as well, PUDDY POOH will prove hard to beat with a mere 50.0kg, inclusive of apprentice Odean Edwards’ 3.0kg claiming allowance.The bay filly by Adore The Gold out of Shahar can expect worthwhile competition from the speedy four-year-old colts, ROYAL ASSAULT and SMOKEY TOPAZ, but she apparently has a bit more class than either and should rebound with a win under these favourable conditions.Elsewhere on the 10-race programme, champion trainer Wayne DaCosta holds the key to the opening race (non-winners of three) over the straight with the consistent SILVER CLOUD and speedy DRIPPING IN GOLD.While the latter is expected to lead the seven-horse field, his recent form is not as appealing as the grey SILVER CLOUD, who gets the nod under four-time champion Omar Walker.I also like MACALLAN to win the second race over 1100 metres for maiden three-year-olds, BIG DATA to do likewise in division two, as well as QUEEN OF THE TOWN in the fifth, GIRSHOM in the seventh and the fleet-footed FIRE ALARM under leading jockey Dane Nelson in the eighth race over the straight.last_img read more

Rondina exits FIVB with lessons from new partner Gervacio

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lindsay Stalzer bags another MVP, PSL championship ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Whenever Cherry Rondina played in the sand courts outside of the UAAP, she always had her buddy Bernadeth Pons as her trusted partner.ADVERTISEMENT That partnership of Rondina and Pons has resulted in success, with the two winning the 2017 Philippine SuperLiga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup with Petron and representing the Philippines in the 29th Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Singapore.Yet in the biggest sand tournament of Rondina’s young career, she didn’t have her trusty partner with her but she still got a solid ally in the more experienced Dzi Gervacio for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAlthough they started practicing just two weeks before the May 3 tournament, their new familiarity with each other allowed them to reach the quarterfinals—the only Filipino team in the one-star event to do so.The stint with the 26-year-old Gervacio became a learning opportunity for UAAP’s star hitter, not just about skills but also about leadership. “Although we fell short, I’ve learned so much from her like her grit and resiliency, her leadership, and how she carries herself as a senior,” said Rondina of Gervacio, who is five years her senior.Rondina and Gervacio scored an upset win over the United States’ Lindsey Fuller and Kaley Melville in the group stage, 21-12, 21-16, and another stunner against Canada’s Megan Nagy and Caleigh Cruickshank, 21-17, 21-17, in the Round of 12.Their Cinderella run, however, came to a halt after a bitter three-set loss to Japanese four-star veterans Shinako Tanaka and Sakurako Fujii, 21-13, 17-21, 15-11, in the quarterfinals.Rondina said Gervacio never made their age difference an issue.“She told me that we will respect each other on the court, no one will be treated like an ‘ate’ or a baby because we’re both individuals who can play,” said Rondina. “Although we failed to advance, I’ve learned so much in our time together and in the games we played in the FIVB World Tour.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Criminal gang strikes again in Good Hope

first_img– suspected ringleader apprehendedBy: Romario SamarooThe suspected leader of an infamous gang has been arrested in connection with a recent attack on twoMichael Basdeo, latest victim of the gangfamilies of Good Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Saturday.Two families living at Lot 81 Good Hope, ECD were the latest victims of a series of attacks in the community.Michael Basdeo, who was home at the time recalled what transpired. The bandits entered the home through a louver window after removing several panes around 02:30h. He is of the belief that the thieves had used sleeping gas to put his family in a state of unconscious stupor, making them unaware of what was happening around them.He explained that the criminals escaped with well over a million dollars’ worth of a quantity of laptops, cash, watches, televisions, music systems, cell phones and household appliances, all of which were purportedly packed into his car that they also stole.Basdeo recalled that after he had awoken he noticed a lot of things in the home were missing and immediately rushed downstairs to see if his Toyota NZE with registration plate PLL 8602 was there. It was not.After an alarm was raised, Basdeo found that the occupants of the bottom flat were also oblivious as to what transpired, lending credibility to his ‘gas’ theory. The occupants of the bottom flat found it strange that with all the commotion including dogs barking, they did not awaken, as would be normal for them. Fortunately for them nothing else were stolen except the clothes on the line.Upon examining the yard, the family discovered that the criminals had left behind their clothes.Basdeo summoned the police then conducted a search in the neighboring community. He retrieved his mangled car abandoned on Market Street, Annandale. The bandits had crashed Basdeo’s car into a stall andBasdeo’s abandoned car mangled on Market Road, Annandalemade good of their escape.However, individuals around the area who witnessed the accident described the occupants who exited the vehicle as the “notorious saltfish gang,” and pointed the police and Basdeo in the direction of their home in Annandale.When Basdeo and the Police arrived at the residence, a number of his personal belongings were discovered in the home and the persons living there were taken into custody.Among those arrested were Gaitri Kadar, 48, of Lot 14 Annandale, ECD.When Guyana Times contacted the Beterverwagting Police Station, the ranks confirmed that the woman was transferred from the Vigilance Police Station on a possession of stolen articles charge as Basdeo’s property was discovered in her home.“This well-known gang which operates on the East Coast are no strangers to the police” Basdeo added, “but this is the first time they were actually caught with articles in their possession.”It seemed as if the gang was getting out of control, having robbed several homes in the community within the week, including Basdeo’s neighbour.The gang reportedly made up of a mother and six sons, allegedly commits their crimes by administers sleeping gas to their victims in order to escape comfortably with their booty.last_img read more

Gibbs set to miss Arsenal’s Champions League clash

first_img Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs Kieran Gibbs looks set to miss Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Besiktas after missing training today.The left-back limped off during Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday after suffering a hamstring problem.Arsenal face Besiktas in Turkey in the first leg of their crucial Champions League qualifier tomorrow night and now look as if they will have to do so without their first-choice left back.Gibbs has had a history of injury problems during his Arsenal career, however he had appeared to put those problems behind him last season after registering 28 league appearances for the Gunners.But there was better news for Arsene Wenger as Laurent Koscielny did train with his team-mates after suffering a knock against Keith Millen’s side at the weekend. 1last_img read more

Look what Liverpool had to do to play nine European Cups in a row v Arsenal’s 19

first_img Arsenal and Liverpool boast proud qualification records for Europe’s top tournament 1 The fact Real Madrid could become the first club to retain the Champions League since it was rebranded and reformatted in the 1990s suggests it’s harder to win than in the old European Cup days.But if the Champions League is a tough nut to crack, it’s also fair to point out Madrid wouldn’t have won the trophy last season if it was the old European Cup, because they wouldn’t have even qualified for it.Madrid are currently on a record run of 20 consecutive qualifications for the Champions League – one better than Arsenal, whose run of 19 successive seasons in the tournament is under threat.The Spanish giants would only have qualified in nine out of those 20 seasons under the old, stricter rules, and wouldn’t have taken part in 1999/2000, 2013/14 or 2015/16, when they won the trophy.Before 1997, only domestic champions were allowed into Europe’s premier competition – which includes the first four seasons of the rebranded Champions League. Arsenal’s first appearance of their 19 in a row was earned as 1997/98 Premier League champions, though Manchester United went on to win the 1999 Champions League having qualified as runners up to the Gunners.Indeed, Arsenal would only have qualified three times out of the past 19 seasons, had the European Cup qualification rules been in place.It was during the European Cup era that Liverpool – who are hoping to end Arsenal’s run of Champions League qualifications – enjoyed their best run in the tournament, qualifying nine years in a row.To do so they had to be either League champions or European champions every year.Take a look at how Liverpool achieved their record run in the European Cup, compared to Arsenal’s Champions League qualifications…Liverpool – qualified for the European Cup nine years in a row1976: League champions1977: League champions and European Cup winners1978: European Cup winners1979: League champions1980: League champions1981: European Cup winners1982: League champions1983: League champions1984: League champions and European Cup winnersArsenal – qualified for the Champions League 19 years in a row1998: League champions1999: Second2000: Second2001: Second2002: League champions2003: Second2004: League champions2005: Second2006: Fourth2007: Fourth2008: Third2009: Fourth2010: Third2011: Fourth2012: Third2013: Fourth2014: Fourth2015: Third2016: Secondlast_img read more


first_imgStaff of the hospital and An Craoibhin with their donation.Money raised from the recent Craoibhin 5k has been put to very good use.Our pictures show items which were bought from €330 raised being presented to staff and patients in Letterkenny General hospital children’s ward last evening by Mary McGrenra, centre manager and Dermot Kelly fitness instructor.The items bought include slippers, undergarments, pyjamas , toothbrushes toothpaste . A massive thanks to everyone who donated money on the day. Thanks from everyone at Craoibhin.CHILDREN’S WARD BENEFITS FROM CRAOIBHIN 5K was last modified: January 1st, 2014 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:An Craoibhinchildren’s wardLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

Reform Rabbi blasts religious right

first_imgHOUSTON – The leader of the largest branch of American Judaism blasted conservative religious activists in a speech Saturday, calling them “zealots” who claim a “monopoly on God” while promoting anti-gay policies akin to Adolf Hitler’s. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the liberal Union for Reform Judaism, said “religious right” leaders believe “unless you attend my church, accept my God and study my sacred text you cannot be a moral person.” “What could be more bigoted than to claim that you have a monopoly on God?” he said during the movement’s national assembly in Houston, which runs through today. The audience of 5,000 responded to the speech with enthusiastic applause. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Yoffie did not mention evangelical Christians directly, using the term “religious right” instead. In a separate interview, he said the phrase encompassed conservative activists of all faiths, including within the Jewish community. He used particularly strong language to condemn conservative attitudes toward homosexuals. He said he understood that traditionalists have concluded gay marriage violates Scripture, but he said that did not justify denying legal protections to same-sex partners and their children. “We cannot forget that when Hitler came to power in 1933, one of the first things that he did was ban gay organizations,” Yoffie said. “Yes, we can disagree about gay marriage. But there is no excuse for hateful rhetoric that fuels the hellfires of anti-gay bigotry.” The Union for Reform Judaism represents about 900 synagogues in North America with an estimated membership of 1.5 million people. Of the three major streams of U.S. Judaism – Orthodox and Conservative are the others – it is the only one that sanctions gay ordination and supports civil marriage for same-gender couples. Yoffie said liberals and conservatives share some concerns, such as the potential damage to children from violent or highly sexual TV shows and other popular media. But he said, overall, conservatives too narrowly define family values, making a “frozen embryo in a fertility clinic” more important than a child, and ignoring poverty and other social ills. One attendee, Judy Weinman of Troy, N.Y., said she thought Yoffie was “right on target.” “He reminded us of where we have things in common and where we’re different,” she said. Yoffie also urged lawmakers to model themselves on presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, who famously told a Houston clergy group in 1960 that a president should not make policy based on his religion. On other topics, Yoffie asked Reform synagogues to do more to hold onto members, who often leave after their children go to college. He also said the Reform movement, which is among the most accepting of non-Jewish spouses, should make a greater effort to invite spouses to convert. 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_imgTHE Ireland U16 team – with Letterkenny Rovers midfielder Gareth Doherty in the side – were beaten 4-1 by an impressive Netherlands side in a friendly international in Arnhem last night.Tom O’Connor’s side produced a disciplined first half but conceded just before the break when Javairo Dilrosun found the net.Any hope Ireland had of launching a quick response after the break suffered a blow when Joey Konings found the home side after just three minutes of the restart. PSV starlet Konings found the net again in the 56th minute when he flick home with his heel after an initial effort by Mees de Wit had been half-cleared by the Irish defence.Dilrosun made it four in the 69th minute. Malahide United’s Zachary Elbouzedi pulled one back for Ireland in the 73rd minute after a flowing move involving three one touch passes down the flank that was finished with a neat side-foot finish. Ryan Fowley and Dan Mandareu were involved in the build-up.Fowley had an effort rattle the Dutch crossbar late on but O’Connor recognised that it would have but a false complexion on the score-line. The two sides will meet again on Thursday morning.“The Dutch were brilliant. We’ve no excuses – that was a top class opponent,” said O’Connor. “We’d played a few club teams recently but playing a top class national team like that is another experience completely. We speak about not giving the ball away and the players saw first-hand what that means by the way Holland played.“A defeat is disappointing but from a learning experience it was very good. There were some good individual performances. Zachary Elbouzedi scored an excellent goal and was very good. Dan Mandareu did some brilliant things when he came on. Ryan Fowley, Stephen Nolan and Gareth Doherty did well too.“But the truth was that the Dutch had lots of possession. We came here without four experienced who are with the U17s and that was the point of this exercise – to give the players top quality opposition and a very good learning experience. That’s provided they take it on board.“The only way our players can benchmark themselves is by competing against the best. We’ll hope to learn from this and improve in the second game on Thursday.”NETHERLANDS: Justin Bijlow, Sheral Floranus (Timothy Fosu-Mensah 65), Darren Sidoel, Justin Bakker, Danny Mühl, Rodney Kongolo, Carel Eiting, Azor Matusiwa (Mees Hoedemakers 41), Rashaan Fernandes (Mees de Wit 41), Joey Konings (Cali Daniel 65), Javairo Dilrosun. REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: David Coffey (Springfield Ramblers), Stephen Nolan (BT Harps). Jonathan Lunney (Malahide United), Darragh Leahy (St Kevins Boys), Tristan Hosmann (Mullingar Athletic), Conor Levingston (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jean Yves Poame (Corduff), Jesse Stafford-Lacey (St Brendans Park FC), Mark Buckley (Corinthians Boys), Gareth Doherty (Letterkenny Rovers), Zachary Elbouzedi (Malahide United). Subs: Daniel Mandareu (St Kevins Boys) for Poame 40; Gareth Doherty (Letterkenny Rovers) for Davis 55; Ryan Fowley (Buttevant AFC) for Buckley 55; Avis Ganiyu (Templeogue United) for Levingston 76; Louis Dunne (Colchester United) for Stafford-Lacey 78.LETTERKENNY ROVERS STAR GARETH IN IRELAND SIDE BEATEN BY DUTCH was last modified: March 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:ArnhemGareth DohertyHOLLANDIrelandU16’slast_img read more


first_imgA man charged with 50 counts of sexual offences against two young girls in Donegal and Dublin will stand trial next year at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.The 51-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was sent forward from the District Court earlier this year in relation to the offences which are alleged to have happened on dates between 2007 and 2011.The charges sent forward include 40 counts of child exploitation by inviting, inducing or coercing the alleged victim to engage in or participate in a sexual, indecent or obscene act. This includes engaging in the production of child pornography. There are three counts of alleged sexual assault and seven of defilement of a child under the age of 17.Today Sarah Jane O’Callaghan BL, defending, told Judge Mary Ellen Ring that the trial was likely to take two weeks.MAN CHARGED WITH 50 COUNTS OF SEXUAL OFFENCES IN DONEGAL AND DUBLIN TO STAND TRIAL was last modified: December 10th, 2014 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