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Setién: “With this logic, Barça should be the champion”

first_imgThat luck influences is clear. We already saw how Tottenham got into it. It is true that you can win the Champions by being lucky. And this is so. It is a little sad sometimes to feel that nothing but the result is seen. But the result sometimes does not compensate me.Messi said that this is not the way to win the Champions League. You say yes.You have to understand why he said it. He said it because there are eight teams that can take it away, and now that Liverpool is gone, anyone can take it away. He wants to win it with authority and playing well.Neymar. Would you like me to come back?Pff. All the great soccer players, how can I not like them? And Neymar is one of them. But as things are, you have to consider what is possible and what is not possible. We know that these footballers cost a lot of money and that it is not easy to bring them.Does Griezmann fit if Lautaro arrives?He does not usually think long term, I focus on the short because it is what worries me. It is true that there is a lot of speculation in the media, but I try not to be influenced. It is too early because there are uncertainties.Who would be better for Barça, Lautaro or Neymar?Both of them, because they are good soccer players.Do you have Coutinho?He is a great footballer and I have always liked him. But it is too soon. There are things to deal with.Does the board have Coutinho?It has all the players that are theirs.Would you sign Joaquín, from Betis?Joaquín could do us good for many things. He is an extraordinary kid. Full of vitality.Have you been ashamed of what is happening at Barça?I have lived with many clubs that have experienced difficulties. It is true that in other places the repercussion of these problems is cared for and here you see that everything is broadcast and this is a problem. In a place like this it is normal. What is not normal is that it comes out and you have to find a way to take care of it.Will Bartomeu finish the year he has left?Hope so. It’s the president who signed me, I’m talking to him. And not only me, but also the players. We accept Bartomeu’s explanations and we believe it. At least I.Are you going to try to convince Rakitic to follow or have you cycled?All the players who are at Barça are liable to follow. And sometimes it is so. I have no information that Rakitic wants to leave the club and he has not transmitted that to me. And with me he has played a lot and can continue doing it. I am happy with its performance and have nothing to say. We have to wait to see what happens and if he wants to leave or not. And if I have to say it, the time will come.How many players of the branch will they have?I have not been completely convinced to play more than they have. We are training with all those who we believe can take that step but we have not found the opportunity to fit them in.What would you recommend to Riqui Puig?Well, it hasn’t been decided. He is a great footballer but he needs his time. Today was a cover in a newspaper claiming that he was an extraordinary player. And it is. But with many players we are conditioning them. Because failure to meet expectations can be a serious problem. I’m not hesitant about putting kids up. And if I see one that is better, I will put it on even if I have a problem in the locker room. And I have done it in Seville. I am not doubtful in this nor am I afraid.Does Messi have?Of course. What I hope is that he continues to count on me. We goDo you have a fetish player?I, like Del Bosque, in Busquets. He is an extraordinary, committed player and you would be struck by the physical records he gives to a player who is a veteran. I am amazed.What do they say to him on the street?Nobody has complained to me on the street. I am happy with what we are seeing. Quique Setién has given an interview to ‘El Larguero’ in which he has talked about the current situation of Barcelona in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, of the stopped competitions, of all this time since he joined the Blaugrana club … Do you think that it will be played soon or that it will not be played?One thing is what I would like and another is reality. I would like to return as soon as possible to avoid the greatest possible damage to football, but the reality is that we are experiencing a serious matter and that, if we are to return, it must be with all the guarantees. That we will not stop again and that will be difficult until the vaccine appears.And it will be without an audience.It will almost certainly be so. There will be no other remedy until the vaccine appears. But the reality is that we all want to play, even if it is behind closed doors and it is a bit sad.What do you think of the FEF’s decision to fill European positions?Well, it should be so because those of us who are there are the ones who have made the most merit. It would be the most logical.And the logical thing is that Barça was the champion?Well, obviously, it would be logical. But it could be another team. I would not like to be champion in this way. It will be a championship that I will not celebrate in this way.Are you watching a lot of soccer and talking to the players?When we arrived we had to compete every week. Now you can explain more. Some are trembling thinking that we can spend a month watching games.How would you see the issue of mass testing?I suppose we would accept it if it were the only solution. And even if we don’t like it. But it is tremendously rigorous. I have read it, and it will require a lot of care. Behind us there will have to be many people so that there are no problems when we start.What would you say of your Barça after the time you have been in?I would say that there have been times when we have played very well, but we have lacked continuity.Can Barça pressure put the style into the background?There is an answer to that question. Ernesto has done things very well, but we have changed some things. Like going to steal with more intensity. We have thought that it is better to run five or ten meters forward than sixty backwards. And we also wanted to have more the ball. We have data. But we need to have continuity and get concepts from all the players.Don’t you think you’re being a minor cruyffista?You have a broader vision of my work at Betis. But at Betis at the beginning we had our difficulties. There are players who have not lived Cruyff.Who called you?I dont know. My agent told me that Eric or Oscar. Days before I was about to go to EgyptWould you have trained Barça for free?Surely. Man, free either. You have to value yourself and you know that Barça can pay.And didn’t it bother you to be third or fourth option?No, because I am humble. I assert myself because I think I am worth but I am humble.Xavi has said that he is training BarçaHopefully he will come and do it very well because I have admired Xavi and all the great footballers. It is true that, then, the difference between playing and training in a team is not the same. But it is normal that I feel like it.Do you agree with Madrid’s historical luck as Xavi said?last_img read more

Brathwaite shines as Delhi down Narine’s KKR

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (CMC): Twenty20 World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite once again put his all-round qualities on display with a superb Man-of-the-Match effort as Delhi Daredevils trounced Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs in the Indian Premier League here yesterday. In his first game in two weeks, Brathwaite belted a whirlwind 34 from a mere 11 deliveries as Delhi stormed to 186 for eight off 20 overs after being asked to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla. The West Indies all-rounder then returned with his medium pace to claim three for 47 as KKR were restricted to 159 all out off 18.3 overs. Six outings First game Off-spinner Sunil Narine, meanwhile, claimed three for 22 from three overs. West Indies Test and one-day captain Jason Holder finished with none for 35 from four overs in his first game of the season. In reply, opener Robin Uthappa stroked 72 from 52 balls, but Suryakumar Yadav, with 21, was the only other batsman to pass 20, as KKR collapsed. Brathwaite proved the architect of their demise, slicing through the middle order with a potent spell. He removed the dangerous Yusuf Pathan for 10 in his first over – the eighth of the innings – before accounting for Yadav in his third over and Rajagopal Satish for 17 in his final over. For Delhi, the victory was their fourth in six outings and it moved them into second spot on eight points while KKR lost their third in seven games and slipped to third, remaining on eight points. Brathwaite was a vital part of Delhi’s revival after the hosts slipped to 32 for three in the fifth over. Karun Nair top-scored with 68 from 50 deliveries, adding 105 for the fourth wicket with Englishman Sam Billings, whose 54 came from 34 balls and included three fours and two sixes. When Nair and Chris Morris (0) fell in the space of three deliveries in the 17th over, Delhi were stuttering on 137 for five, but Brathwaite and Billings put on a frenetic 37 off just 12 balls to give the innings impetus. The first two deliveries that Brathwaite faced disappeared for boundaries and he followed up by smashing left-arm spinner Brad Hogg over square leg for six in the next over, which leaked 18 runs. In the final over, he slammed the first ball from West Indies teammate Andre Russell over midwicket for six, but fell to the next delivery, caught at short fine leg off a slower ball. Seamer Russell conceded only four runs from the remaining four deliveries to finish with the excellent figures of three for 26 from his four overs.last_img read more

FDA Embraces Partners’ Supports, Opens 5-Day Seminar on Public Communications

first_imgThe Management of the Forestry Development (FDA) has embraced efforts by its partners, particularly the Voluntary Partnership Agreement Support Unit (VPASU) for their intervention to improve the sector thereby sustainably managing the forest.FDA Managing Director, Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr., gave the commendation yesterday in Monrovia when he formally announced a five-day initial opening of the Public Communications and Outreach Commitments and training workshop.“The FDA extends gratitude to its partner, the VPASU for the level of support it continues to render, and it embraces all efforts by them to improve the sector sustainably manage the forest,” Mr. Karnwea emphasized.According to him, the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), though focuses on ensuring the improvement of Forest Governance, it is also engaged in strengthening the FDA’s internal capacity, particularly, the Public Relations Department and staff in other departments who engage in public outreach and education.The exercise is to strengthen the FDA internal capacity to better serve the public’s information needs.It is an important step forward in ensuring that the public understands and supports the management’s efforts. It is based on this that the FDA commenced a ‘robust skills development program’ for its newly branded communication department.  The VPA is a bilateral agreement between the Liberian Government (GOL) and the European Union (EU) which was signed and ratified by Liberia on December 1, 2013.To have a transparent and legal Forest Management System, the GOL through the FDA negotiated a VPA with the EU in 2006, and it took effect in December last year.This process has since been participatory by Liberian Government officials, CSOs, Media, and representatives of communities nationwide. The process is to transform the lives of people, their affected communities, etc.Importantly, the VPA addresses the problem of ‘illegal logging activities; promotes sustainable forest management; guarantee timber products access to European markets, and ensures legal logging activities in the country.’The five-day training workshop which began yesterday is supported by the VPASU and funded by the British Government through the Department for International Development (DFID) and the EU. It is expected to end on Friday, June 20.“FDA knows it has to increase the communication and public outreach to the general public who largely do not know,” Mr. Karnwea said.According to Mr. Karnwea, the FDA is also determined to strengthen and rebuild its relationship with the public including the civil society organizations (CSOs) as the valuable partners as well as the private sector and other government ministries and agencies that are largely the beneficiaries of the forest.While the five-day training workshop intends to build the capacity of the Public Relations Department and other staff at the FDA, the entity demonstrates its commitment at the same time to improving her public communications and outreach strategies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Women trained in first aid response for elderly

first_imgWomen of various organisations were trained in providing essential first response care, as part of the First Lady’s ‘Care for the Elderly’ Workshop. The one-week training which was held at Barrack Street, Kingston, concluded on Monday.First Lady Sandra Granger with coordinators, facilitators and participants of the workshopThe event saw a total of 35 participants from the Central Islamic Organisation (CIOG), Women Across Differences (WAD) and the St John’s Bosco Orphanage, who were trained by facilitators at the Guyana Red Cross Society (GRCS) in First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).Present at the workshop was First Lady Sandra Granger who addressed the gathering and emphasised the importance of first aid, adding that it is important in everyday life. She also added that with the completion of this workshop, the participants will receive a recognised certificate that will be certified by the Board of Industrial Training. With this, they can acquire a job in this field.“You are going to learn something that is not only going to help you professionally as caregivers, but something that will help you in your day to day life. It is something that you can take into your ordinary life with your family, neighbours [and] friends, so you will know how to render first aid,” the First Lady said.Coordinator of the First Aid Programme, Devon Lewis, revealed that the aim of the workshop is to provide the participants with the knowledge of first aid training that can help save lives.last_img read more

Several NTC executives stage walkout

first_imgAnnual Toshaos conference… say Govt attempting to undermine discussionsThe 11th Annual National Toshaos Council (NTC) conference was dogged by more controversy on Wednesday, as several members of the NTC executive staged a walkout over what they described as an attempt by Government to ‘undermine’ the issues being put forward for discussion. Vice Chairman of the NTC, Lenox Shuman, told Guyana Times that toshaos were supposed to have presentations on Wednesday, and as they were trying to consolidate their position with Government, so that they could have meaningful action, there was no minister present until the evening.“The fact that seven Government ministers showed up just to engage the NTC at this very last moment is questionable. It brings to my mind the question of sincerity. How sincere, and what kind of action (are you) going to get for these people? And I see it as an attempt to undermine the credibility of the NTC; to undermine the proposed work that the NTC is doing, and to ensure that the NTC remains weak,” he said.Shuman said the walkout may be viewed — or spun — in the light that some of the NTC executives were irresponsible, but that is far from the truth. He said the NTC felt it should take a stand, and the Amerindian people’s issues should be treated with importance.So far, Indigenous Peoples Affairs Minister, Vice President Sydney Allicock; Minister within the Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe; Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman; Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan; Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams; and Minister within the Communities Ministry, Dawn Hastings-Williams, have attended the conference.Shuman argued that while most of the issues are discussed during the day — and would require the ministers to be there to dialogue with the toshaos – the ministers have been showing up late in the evenings. “And just to be frank: I don’t see the NTC to be a side chick or a side thing for the ministers — that they could only see us in the nights. What is wrong with during the day? My nights are my nights. And we deal with our community issues during the day time?” he further lamented.Although this issue has created some unease among participants at the conference, the NTC vice chairman has said the executive is still hopeful that most of the issues raised would be addressed.“When we present, we have the opportunity to present the people’s position, and develop a tracking mechanism to bring all these issues to light. But the ministers’ late attendance, in my view, is to dilute those issues and take away from them. And we are not prepped to allow that to happen,” he explained.Ministers of the Government would all be present to listen to a more comprehensive presentation on Friday, and would have opportunity to state how they can help to address the issues, but Shuman is of the opinion that most of the toshaos may not want to present anymore, given the issue which has arisen.The NTC officials told Guyana Times also that issues which should have been resolved since the last NTC conference have again been discussed, and the same solutions given last year have been re-tendered this year. He said that, over the past year, the NTC has been preaching for Government to release the guns seized from Amerindians during the gun amnesty, and Ramjattan has again promised to give the guns back.“Minister Ramjattan showed up and said, ‘You will get your guns back; we have to put serial numbers on them’. Why (could we not) get this action since a year ago, when we brought it to his attention?” he asked.The NTC executive had used the opportunity of the opening of conference to condemn recent comments made by a Government Minister who had suggested that Amerindians are greedy.Chairman of the Council, Joel Fredericks, criticised Government “over an incident which took place in the National Assembly”. Fredericks said the organisation views the comments made by the Minister as a direct attack on Indigenous people’s identity, and expressed disappointment with the statement.“(There are) Ministers of the Government, insulting the Indigenous people and calling them greedy, also in Parliament, without any consequence,” he lamented.He also raised concerns that no parliamentarian from either side of the House had objected to the remarks purportedly made by the said Minister in Parliament.Issues such as alleged political interference in Indigenous communities, and the need for strengthening of the NTC were also discussed at the conference opening.last_img read more

Events for Sunday February 8th 2009

first_imgHere are a list of events taking place today in Fort St. John 06:00 AM – 05:30 PM Atom House Tournament02:00 PM Peace Passage Skating Club Show03:00 PM – 05:00 PM Spirit of BC Week – Free SwimTBA Oldtimer’s Hockey TournamentFor more events visit Advertisement –last_img

Croatia eject Vukojevic over ‘Glory to Ukraine’ video

first_imgFIFA later announced it had fined Vukojevic $15,000 and issued him with a warning over unsporting behaviour.The latest developments come as Croatia prepare to face England on Wednesday with a place in the World Cup final at stake.Following the quarter-final win over host nation Russia, Vukojevic posted an Instagram video featuring him and Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, who shouted “Glory to Ukraine!”Vida used to play for Dynamo Kiev and Vukojevic also played for the Ukrainian club and now works for them as a scout.In the video, Vukojevic added: “This victory is for Dynamo (Kiev) and for Ukraine! Croatia onwards!”The clip was picked up by Russian state media and drew condemnation from some officials.FIFA, which bans political statements at World Cup matches, said Sunday it had studied the video and decided to issue a warning to Vida.The Croatian football federation apologised to the Russian public for the “move by a Croatian delegation member.”In a statement, it said Vukojevic and Vida “also apologise for statements which were not intended to have political connotations but left space for such interpretation,” the statement said.Vida scored an extra-time goal in the match and converted one of Croatia’s penalties in the shootout win in Sochi.“Glory to Ukraine!” was a slogan of the former Soviet republic’s pro-EU revolution that toppled a Russian-backed president in 2014.The revolt was condemned as illegal by Moscow and sparked a crisis in relations between the two neighbouring states.It was followed by Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and a pro-Kremlin separatist war in eastern Ukraine that has claimed more than 10,000 lives.Vida issued a statement after the FIFA ruling calling the incident a misunderstanding.The player had earlier said the message was “just a joke”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Croatia defender Domagoj Vida said the “Glory to Ukraine” video was a joke © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVZagreb, Croatia, Jul 9 – Former Croatia international Ognjen Vukojevic has been kicked out of the World Cup semi-finalists’ delegation after posting a pro-Ukraine clip that caused a political row.The Croatian football association (HNS) said Monday that Vukojevic had been “relieved from his duties as an expert associate of the Croatia squad and is no longer a member of the Croatian delegation at the World Cup”.last_img read more

Manchester United tipped to spoil West Ham’s Upton Park farewell – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.West Ham play their final game at Upton Park on Tuesday night when they take on Manchester United in their penultimate game of the Premier League season.The Hammers are 11/5 to bow out of the Boleyn with a win, while United are the 13/10 favourites.United will leapfrog Manchester City into fourth with victory, and are 11/10 to secure the final Champions League qualification spot, with their near neigbours priced at 4/6.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

West Ham continue summer spending as international defender signs

first_img moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January “We believe he will improve our squad and our defensive qualities. He is the perfect age – a player for the present and the future – and he can be a very important player for many years at West Ham.”Nicknamed ‘El Comandante’ (the Commander), Balbuena won several individual awards for his efforts last season, as well as the 2017 Campeonato Paulista – where he was named in the team of the season.The Hammers have already added Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianksi, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko to their ranks. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti He told the official club website he was looking forward to testing himself in the English top-flight.“I’m really excited for this new challenge and my target is to meet the demands of the Premier League,” the 26-year-old said.“Obviously to be at West Ham is an extra motivation, and I want to do my best to help the team.”New director of football Mario Husillos was instrumental in sorting the deal, and stressed the defender would be instrumental in their success for the future. West Ham United have confirmed the signing of Corinthians captain Fabian Balbuena on a three-year deal.The centre-half, who is a Paraguay international, arrives for an undisclosed fee. LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 1 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer REVEALED LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Welcome to West Ham United, @FBalbuenito! #TheGeneralIsHere— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 14, 2018He said: “We welcome Fabian to West Ham United. He is somebody we have monitored for a long time and we are very pleased to have taken the opportunity to sign him.“He is a player of great strength, character and personality. To be captain of Corinthians, one of the biggest clubs in South America, requires a very strong mentality, and he also has international experience with Paraguay.“He has won many individual honours and was often named one of the best central defenders in Brazil for his statistics. RANKED Latest Transfer News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets IN DEMAND Balbuena has won seven caps for his country last_img read more


first_imgA DELIGHTED Donegal gymnastic team are on their way home with gold medals – after The Letterkenny-based Finesse Gymnastics Display Team – 17 Donegal gymnastics ages 8-17 along with team coach and choreographer – are from all over the county – have won an International title.They took the team gold at the London Festival of Gymnastics. Said proud coach Meganne Stewart: “The team were only the second Irish team to ever qualify for the finals, so to take gold is unbelievable.“I’m so proud of all the girls who are from all over the county, so this is a real County Donegal success.”They train under the direction of team coach, Meganne Stewart and team choreographer Linda Bennett.The girls qualified for the London festival of gymnastics back in May 2012. This qualification selected the top 60 teams from hundreds of teams across Ireland and Britain. The Finesse Team are the second ever team to make the final stage of the festival. The team travelled to London on Friday 19th October to compete in the London Festival of Gymnastics 2012 where over 1400 gymnasts participated. They competed against extremely stiff competition from across Britain and Ireland.The gymnasts performed to the very best of their abilities and executed an outstandingly solid and precise routine.Their wonderful performances led to event co ordinator, president of London Gymnastics approached team manager, Tony King to inform him that the team had caused quite a stirr amongst other teams and coaches.This positive feedback was overwhelming. After this boast of confidence the gymnasts eagerly awaited the final results. The gymnasts were awarded with gold medals for their performance of their routine; Irish Dolls.This placing was accredited to their innovation of choreography and precision throughout their routine. This is a huge feat for this young team especially as they are the first Irish team to receive this Accolade.The team now are looking to set their sights on Europe and are aiming to qualify for European Championships in Frankfurt in July 2013. Who knows what the future may hold for this young and talented team of girls!!! Team members: Ciara Nolan, Fiona Lafferty, Rachel Canning, Sarah Mc Glinchey, Ellie King, Aoife O Connor, Molly Gallagher, Natasha Tinney, Meghan Duff, Amber Beecroft, Cara Nulty, Orla Lonergan, Aoife Mc Carron, Ciara Beecroft , Adele King, Molly Nulty, Orla McCarron.WORLD BEATERS! DONEGAL GYMNASTS TAKE GOLD IN LONDON was last modified: October 21st, 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:WORLD BEATERS! DONEGAL GYMNASTS TAKE GOLD IN LONDONlast_img read more