Varane: “Ramos finds stimuli every day …”

first_imgModels: “I am inspired by players like Pepe and Sergio Ramos, defenders like me, and Cristiano Ronaldo: he is an example for any soccer player. I learned a lot from them: for example, Sergio Ramos has taken the winning mentality. Find stimuli every days, he always wants to win, even in training. He has experience and never loses the right motivation. “ The Madrid: “Being a Real Madrid player means having little margin for error. We have to know how to defend above, to pressure the rivals, and this leads us to have 50 meters of field behind us: that’s why we have to have the maximum concentration” .Hazard: “He is integrating well, he has an impressive talent. Playing with him is a pleasure, in the field it makes a difference.” Raphael Varane is living his ninth season at Real Madrid. The French central, one of the veterans of the white team despite being only 26 years old, is going through a great moment in a personal way. In an interview in DAZN, published in Italy, Varane talks about his referents, his goals, about Cristiano and Messi, about his idolized Zidane …goals: “The goal is always the same: winning everything. Winning always makes you want to try those emotions again and show that you can compete for the title. What I won is more than a dream: having won so many drinks is more than I expected “.center_img Face Messi: “Lionel is a special player, with him you cannot defend as you do with others. It requires a lot of attention, you have to defend as a team: you cannot afford to leave spaces.”Zidane: “He is a great example for me. He is very calm, always stays positive and believes in himself.”Future: “Every year here is a great challenge. I’ve been at Real for eight years and at the beginning of each season it’s like starting from scratch: I restart to do my best.”last_img read more

El Sindicato is a serious threat

first_imgDear Editor,We need to move quickly and powerfully to stop the vicious Venezuelan crime cartel ‘El Sindicato’ from violating our borders and terrorising our citizens.Let me state categorically: this is our land and we cannot allow any foreign criminals or Government to step into our territory and start a reign of terror, blackmailing, killing, raping and molesting of our people.It really cut into my heart and soul that our miners are so fearful for their security that they found it necessary to put a paid advertisement in the newspapers asking for protection.In the advertisement, they said heavily-armed El Sindicato gang members have set up bases in Guyana’s sovereign territory and are demanding food, cash and other valuables for safe passage in the areas they control.This is a sad day for Guyana. Foreign criminals have come into our country and are bullying and terrorising our people and think they can get away with it because we are too scared and too soft to do anything about it.It makes our country appear weak, almost like our Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan and our military are afraid to confront them. The only proper response is a strong counter-attack to let these criminals know that we run things here.Throughout the world, criminal organisations in North America, Europe and elsewhere have been known to create insurrections, revolutions and wars to destabilise nations and overthrow governments.We cannot overlook the possibility that El Sindicato might be an agent of the Venezuelan Government and we have to do everything in our power to call on our citizens, if necessary, to help the military and the Police deal with this threat.Frankly, I am not inspired by Minister Ramjattan’s response. He seems to think that the Police alone can deal with this matter. He is quoted in the media as saying that Police Officers are being sent to Region One (Barima-Waini), near the Venezuela border.My suggestion is: bring on board strategy masters of the Guyana Defence Force and Police Force and all brilliant former Director Generals and Army heads to strategise.This is a time for a decisive military thrust that completely eliminates threat, like the historical “Operation Greenheart” when our military genius Ishoff expelled the Surinamese from the New River Triangle, which they attempted to claim.In the planning and execution of this military exercise, the Government and Army need to bring members of civic society on board who are patriotic and have the experience in security matters to contribute significantly to the operation.El Sindicato is a serious threat to Guyana’s national security. Let us do what we have to do. We can involve the Brazilians, our finest neighbours and the Caribbean Community (Caricom). This is not a criminal matter; this is a foreign invasion by a crime cartel that is probably being orchestrated by the Venezuelan Government.I have suggested before that Guyana can consider inviting the United States military to set up a free military base in that area where they can practice their jungle warfare/guerrilla warfare strategies. This will definitely provide us with a certain amount of protection. They may not accept this idea but, who knows? It’s worth a try, especially now as our oil industry is about to bloom. Our military will also have a chance to do some real soldier work with the United States armed forces instead of just being in barracks. It is time to work with the Americans to safeguard ourselves.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

Tyler Allegedly Obstructs Justice in NOCAL Graft Case

first_imgThe former chief of investigation of the Liberia National Police (LNP), who testified Thursday, July 17, told the Criminal Court ‘C’ that the Speaker of the House of Representative, Alex Tyler, on several occasions prevented them from investigating defendant Pewee Flomo.Defendant Flomo is charged with theft of property, forgery, criminal facilitation and conspiracy, following a complaint from National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) that without any authorization he had withdrawn over hundreds of thousands of United States dollars from the company’s Hydrocarbon development funds accounts at Ecobank Liberia.The fraudulent withdrawal allegedly occurred in August 2013, the company said.Speaker Tyler is the Representative for district #1 in Bomi County and Flomo is the former Supervisor of the development fund.Testifying further on Thursday, Witness Augustine Mend told the court that while they were investigating defendant Flomo, they received a call from the Speaker inviting them to his Capitol Hill Office for a discussion.“When we got at his office, we met the defendant there with the Honorable man and he asked us to explain about the NOCAL’s hydrocarbon check scam, which we did,” the prosecutor witness added.  “Immediately after that explanation,” the witness quoted the ‘Honorable man’ as saying, “NOCAL lied on the defendant and they were using people like you to go after Flomo.”“They are doing so because the defendant’s name is Flomo and they don’t want anyone with native names to work at NOCAL,” he further quoted Speaker Tyler as saying.The former police investigator further stated, “I told Speaker Tyler that we have enough evidence against the defendant to charge him with the commission of the crimes;  that he used several checks belonging to the Hydrocarbon development fund to withdraw huge amounts of money from the bank. We are going to prosecute. We will not allow anyone to prevent us from performing our duties as investigators.” Besides Speaker Tyler, the witness further alleged that another senior government official, Mr. Maxwell Kaba, told the investigator, “You people should leave my son because he had not done anything wrong that warrants his prosecution.”Giving details regarding defendant Flomo’s involvement, the prosecutors’ witness said that they charged him, after a man identified as Prince Koffa was arrested at Ecobank with a NOCAL Hydrocarbon Development Funds check bearing the name Joseph Howard.He told the court that Koffa was in the process of enchasing the check when the teller at that time discovered that he was not the actual person, Howard, whom he claimed he was, on the check.After Koffa’s arrest, the witness said, they took him to the Metro Police Depot on Center Street where he confessed that the check was given to him by defendant Flomo.“During the investigation of Koffa,” Mend noted, “they found in his mobile phone cell phone number 0886421370. This numbers we noticed had called Koffa on six different occasions on the date he was arrested.”“So we decided to walk with suspect Koffa to NOCAL office where we met the defendant and we asked him to follow, us which he did.”“When we asked him, he denied his involvement. Again we asked him about the cell number 0886421370. He told us that the number was his, but he had given it to his fiancée,” he said.Mend alleged that they asked the defendant to dial that number which he later did.“When he dialed the number, he told us that his fiancée was on her way to the headquarters and she would arrived within the next one hour. We waited and she could not appear, so we were compelled to release him after his lawyer Atty. Arthur Johnson, asked us to do so. But, we rearrested him after several accused persons named him as the one who gave them the check,” the witness further claimed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘We Will Not Be Mr. Know All’

first_imgMr. Railey Myers takes the oath of office as his wife (right) looks on.…Nimba Dev. Supt. Tells KinsmenThe newly inducted development superintendent of Nimba County, Railey Gbangbai Myers has promised not to administer affairs of the office as “Mr. Know All”, as he takes the mantle of leadership of the county’s  development initiatives.In a speech delivered at his induction ceremony in Sanniquellie on Saturday, October 14,  Mr. Myers said, “We have not come as Mr. Know All, rather, as a servant to engage in a bottom to top development approach, where every segment of our county will be prioritized in line with national government’s Pro-poor Agenda.”Mr. Myers assured Nimbaians that his administration will be characterized by unity and love, adding, “It will be the one to coordinate, consult, and collaborate as the hallmark to every approach.”He affirmed his commitment to working with the county’s leadership, including the Legislative Caucus to get the county development in the right direction.Of recent, the county has been embroiled in confusion over the position that Mr. Myers occupies, because  President George Weah has earlier named one Peter S. Karngbay as Development Superintendent, but that selection was out-rightly rejected by Senator Prince Y. Johnson on grounds that Mr. Karngbay’s name was not on the list submitted to the president for consideration to the position, therefore, he could not endorse Karngbay as development superintendent for Nimba.Mr. Karngbay’s rejection brought an outcry from his kinsmen of the Kparblee Administrative District, who complained of being marginalized from participating in the local leadership of the county.After months of political wrangling over the position, Sen. Johnson insisted that Mr. Myers was the only person who he endorsed as Development Superintendent of Nimba County.Mr. Myers contested on the ticket of the opposition, Movement of Democracy and Reconstruction of Sen. Johnson, but narrowly lost to Samuel G. Korgar in the representative election last year.The induction ceremony was attended by scores of local officials of government, headed by the county Superintendent David Dorr Cooper, Deputy Internal Affairs Minister of Planning and Research Olayee S. Kollie.Minister Kollie called on Nimbaians to hold together for the betterment of the county, and the country as a whole.“Division will not do you good, so I want you to hold together to continuously develop the county,” he said.Supt. Cooper welcomed Mr. Myers to the county’s leadership, but not listen to any criticism and the noise if he really wants to achieve the development agenda of the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wal-Mart, unions urge health care reforms

first_imgStern said he expects to be criticized for teaming up with Wal-Mart, but that he felt it was in the best interest of workers who lack coverage, and their families. Stern said he and Scott first met face-to-face to discuss the partnership “around the holidays.” Joseph T. Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, was critical of other union leaders for teaming up with Wal-Mart. “It’s not appropriate to take the stage with a company that refuses to remedy its mistreatment of workers,” Hansen said in a prepared statement. The union he represents funds the WakeUpWalMart campaign, which challenged the company to immediately provide health care to all of its uninsured employees and their families. The Bentonville, Ark.-based company, which employs more than 1.3 million U.S. workers, has made several changes to its health care policy since 2005, including lowering premiums and shortening eligibility periods. Yet Scott said Wednesday he would not withhold financial support from lawmakers and candidates who oppose universal health care. WakeUpWalMart spokesman Chris Kofinis called that stance “hypocritical,” pointing out that Scott blamed politics as the main reason the nation lacked universal health care. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Executives from Wal-Mart and three other large U.S. employers on Wednesday joined union leaders in calling for “quality, affordable” health care for every American by 2012. However, they did not propose any specific policies to achieve this goal, or commit to spending any extra money in the near-term to provide health coverage to more workers. Joining Wal-Mart Stores Inc. CEO Lee Scott and Service Employees International Union leader Andrew Stern at a Washington press conference were top executives from Intel Corp., AT&T Inc. and Kelly Services Inc., a temporary staffing agency. Yet some critics of Wal-Mart’s health care policy remained unsatisfied. “2012 is a still long way away. What about now?” said Dana Rezaie, a widow with three children who works nights stocking shelves at a Wal-Mart store in Fridley, Minn. The partnership of business and union leaders laid out four main goals, including universal health care coverage for all Americans and boosting the value of every U.S. dollar spent on health care. The business and union leaders’ coalition, dubbed “Better Health Care Together,” pledged to convene a national summit by the end of May to recruit others from the private sector, labor, government and nonprofits. “Government alone won’t and can’t solve this crisis,” Scott said. “By following this campaign’s common sense principles, we believe America can have high quality, affordable and accessible health care by 2012.” But Scott and others did not provide a detailed plan. In response to a reporter’s question, Scott said Wal-Mart is not committed to spending more on health care or making any immediate promises to provide health coverage to more workers. The business executives did say that any universal coverage in the U.S. must be flexible enough to give consumers choices about their coverage, unlike plans in some foreign nations. Stern said the SEIU would continue to fund its Wal-Mart Watch campaign, which as recently as last month said Wal-Mart’s health plans were a raw deal for employees. last_img read more

Worst fielding AL team ready to grab for gloves

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – Physical examinations will be in order today for position players, who also need to make sure their gloves are in proper condition. The Angels were the worst fielding team in the American League last season, committing 124 errors for a .979 fielding percentage. The fielding miscues led to 80 unearned runs a year after the Angels allowed a league-low 45 unearned runs. FEELING AT HOME Gary Matthews Jr. made his first appearance in camp and said he already is feeling right at home. “I’ve been playing in this division for a while now,” Matthews said. “I already know these guys and know the players here and the personnel. It’s really like coming in and getting ready to go.” The San Fernando Valley native was worried that returning to the area might be a distraction so he took some precautions. The first was to move to Southern California during the winter so that the start of the season would not also be his homecoming. “I spent the offseason in Cali just so I could get accustomed to it, and my family could get used to be being around just so it’s not so crazy when I come home from spring training,” he said. INJURIES NOT A WORRY Scioscia said he does not think the injuries to Bartolo Colon and Juan Rivera will wind up costing them the season. Colon is rehabbing rotator cuff problems, and Rivera broke his tibia in winter ball. With Colon, the real question is what type of pitcher he will be when he returns. “Bart’s injury is one that historically heals itself; it will heal,” Scioscia said. “The time-frame of it, I don’t know, and how much stuff a pitcher retains after an injury like this will vary. But Bart will be back pitching at some point.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fielding will no doubt be a priority in this camp, with the first full-squad workout set for Tuesday. The most notable change will be the larger glove that will be used by Chone Figgins as he tries to overcome fielding issues at third base. Figgins had 16 errors last season, 10 of which came in 34games (2801/3 innings) at third. center_img “I’m very comfortable with the system and with what (fielding coach Alfredo Griffin) does with the infielders,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ve got some work to do because we’re going to have different chemistry on the infield with rookie (Howie) Kendrick at second, Figgy at third and (Casey Kotchman), Kendry (Morales), (Robb) Quinlan or (Shea) Hillenbrand at first.” Even though defense will be a priority, there are no plans to add additional drills. “There’s nothing more we can to pound these guys with it,” Scioscia said. “Obviously we need to do things better on the defensive side. The solution comes in different forms, and hopefully this year it will be with the addition of (Gary) Matthews (Jr.), with Figgy getting comfortable at third base and stability at first base.” A return to the type of defense the Angels played in 2005 just might be what they need to return to the postseason. “Defense certainly had an impact,” Scioscia said. “The number of unearned runs we gave up was off the charts. But if we had played erratic defense (and) hit anywhere near where we should have the first month and a half, it could have been a different outcome.” last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL will play Laois in the Division 2 final at Croke Park on Easter Sunday, the GAA has confirmed.In fact all four Allianz Football League finals will be played in Croke Park on the weekend after next.The Division 4 (Roscommon v Longford) and Division 3 (Louth v Westmeath) finals will be played on Saturday April 23, at 5.0 and 7.0 respectively. On the Sunday, Laois and Donegal will feature in the Division 2 final curtain-raiser, with Dublin and Cork timed to start at 4.0 in the Division 1 decider.Croke Park expects to cater for a crowd of close to 50,000 for the double header, which would be the largest league final attendance since Dublin’s last triumph in 1993.It is expected that the GAA will announce a range of packages for the league finals to cater for those who hope to attend on both days.Camogies’s Division 1 league final between Galway and Wexford will be part of a double-header in Semple Stadium this Sunday with the Allianz NHL game between Tipperary and Wexford, with a 12.45 throw-in time. The Division 2 final, between Antrim and Waterford, takes place at Donaghmore Ashbourne on Sunday at 2.30.ends50,000 EXPECTED FOR DONEGAL’S CROKE PARK EASTER SUNDAY DECIDER was last modified: April 12th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Croke ParkDivision 2 finalDonegal GAAEaster Sundaylast_img read more

Barcelona set to hold talks with West Ham starlet

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 1 LATEST moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer three-way race Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND He is currently starring for Portugal’s Under-19s at the current European Championship, and Barca representatives are in Finland watching him perform.The officials are now set to discuss a possible transfer and West Ham could be willing to let the player leave.It’s felt an offer worth £600,000, with add-ons, will be enough to seal the deal.Quina, 18, will play for his nation in the final of the European Under-19 Championship against Italy. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets REVEALED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest Transfer News Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM West Ham United starlet Domingos Quina in action. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing West Ham United could lose starlet Domingos Quina this summer with Barcelona set to hold talks with the player, according to Sky Sports.The Hammer signed Quina from Chelsea two years ago and while the player is highly-rated he is yet to make a Premier League appearance. TOP WORK Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ last_img read more

Huston Named MVC Elite 18 Award Winner

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University senior Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Elite 18 Award winner, the conference announced at the conclusion of the MVC Championship.Modeled after the NCAA Elite 89 Academic Recognition Award Program, the MVC Elite 18 award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average competing at the finals site at each of the MVC’s 18 team championships.The award is the second this season for Huston, who was named the recipient during the cross country season, and the third of her career.At the 2016 MVC Outdoor Championship, Huston won her first MVC title in the final race of her career at an MVC meet in the 5,000 meters. Her time 16:27.19 to bested the field by more than eight seconds.Earlier in the day, she finished just a split second away from a title in the 1,500 meters in with a time of 4:27.36 to take second place.The MVC title and Elite 18 Award adds to Huston’s burgeoning legacy at Drake. In addition to her three MVC Elite 18 Awards, she owns four school records and has been named MVC Student-Athlete of the Week six times this season.Huston, who owns a 3.97 grade point average, also received her degree, summa cum laude, in biology and environmental science from Drake this past weekend.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

First Place In The PFL On The Line Saturday In Drake Stadium

first_img Live Audio Buy Tickets Story Links Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team hosts a pivotal game against the Pioneer Football League’s leader, San Diego, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Saturday’s contest features one of the best defenses in the nation playing host to one of the nation’s top offenses. San Diego’s offense is one of the best in FCS football, ranking second nationally in passing offense (343.5 yards per game), and third in passing efficiency (172.84).Meanwhile, Drake has one of the top ranked defenses nationally, including top-10 rankings in pass efficiency defense (6th) and rushing defense (9th). The team ranks 11th nationally in total defense and 15th in scoring defense this season.As a result, the Bulldogs lead the PFL in Defensive Players of the Week with Sean Lynch garnering the most recent honor this week after a nine-tackle performance with an interception return for a touchdown at Valparaiso.Offensively, Drake (5-2, 4-1 MVC) wrapped up their two-game road trip with a strong showing at Valparaiso. Quarterback Grant Kraemer had another four touchdown performance, and Drew Lauer posted his second consecutive game with over 100 yards rushing.Steven Doran had another solid game with 68 yards on five receptions, adding a touchdown to bring his season total to nine, the sixth-highest total in the nation. Zach DeLeon had an efficient game, with two receiving touchdowns on just three receptions.San Diego (6-2, 5-0 PFL) heads to Des Moines riding a five-game winning streak. The Toreros boast a high-powered offense, which has scored 36 or more points in six of the season’s eight games, including all five conference contests. The last meeting between the two teams was a 45-15 San Diego home win. The Toreros held Drake to just 16 yards rushing, and used a 21-point fourth quarter to pull away from the Bulldogs.San Diego leads the all-time series, 14-11, including after winning each of the last six meetings. Drake’s last win against the Toreros was a 38-10 home victory in 2012.After this week’s game, Drake hosts Marist for the final home game of the 2018 regular season at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10.center_img Drake Game Notes Live Stats Live Video last_img read more