Champions League: Underdog spirit drives Klopp, Di Francesco

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Bucks’ Giannis says inability to score lunch not a big deal Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The respect between them was evident as they spoke on Monday on the eve of the first leg at Anfield, a match that counts as the biggest in Di Francesco’s managerial career and the most significant in Klopp’s 2 1/2 years at Anfield.“I am very happy but also concerned to play against a team coached by such a good manager,” Di Francesco said, “but I believe my philosophy is quite similar.”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 crownThat would be the high press, the high energy, the expected use of a 4-3-3 formation with the wingers drifting inside, the full backs overlapping, and the lone striker dropping off.Manchester City and Barcelona couldn’t handle the intensity of Liverpool and Roma, respectively, in a triumph for the underdogs in the quarterfinals. A week after City was overwhelmed in a 3-0 first-leg loss at Anfield, Barca was blown away by the same scoreline in a historic night at the Stadio Olimpico. 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 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp smiles during a press conference at Anfield, Liverpool, Britain, Monday, April 23, 2018, on the eve of their Champions League semifinal with AS Roma. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)LIVERPOOL, England— The similarities between Juergen Klopp and Eusebio Di Francesco go far beyond their facial hair, designer glasses, and quirky humor.In terms of tactics, passion, mentality and their route taken in coaching, the managers of Liverpool and Roma appear to be cut from the same cloth, creating a fascinating subplot ahead of the meeting of their teams in the Champions League semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Klopp has already proved his worth — he has won a number of titles — and I have great ambitions, too,” said Di Francesco, who, at age 48, is two years younger than Klopp. “I will nurture this ambition to reach the final.”Di Francesco insisted Roma would not take a step back at Anfield, instead going toe to toe with Liverpool and its devastating front three of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.Klopp has the same mentality when Liverpool plays the heavyweights of the English Premier League, and he has a strong record in those games.“We have continued believing in ourselves, and Roma is the same,” Klopp said. “They changed manager — at least we didn’t have to do that — but he is doing a brilliant job and so they have all my respect. If anyone thinks we two are underdogs, who cares?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I do understand probably a lot of people would have thought this semifinal would be Barcelona vs. Manchester City,” Klopp said, “but it is not because it is football. Roma made it possible and us, as well. Maybe our situations are similar.”Both teams know their place in modern-day European soccer. Neither can stop their best players from leaving — Mohamed Salah left Roma to join Liverpool in the offseason, Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool to join Barcelona in January just as Luis Suarez did in 2014 — so they are constantly fighting against the odds.Klopp and Di Francesco didn’t take the easy route in coaching, either, starting at a relatively low base.Klopp’s first coaching role was at Mainz in the German second tier, Di Francesco’s was with Virtus Lanciano in the Italian third tier.While Klopp got Mainz promoted and then enjoyed success at his next club Borussia Dortmund, where he won the Bundesliga and reached the Champions League final in 2013, Di Francesco had posts at Pescara and Lecce before making his mark at Sassuolo and guiding the club into Serie A. He even got the team into the Europa League before joining Roma in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

REO withholds funds

first_imgRegion 5 flooding… refuses to meet with National Disaster Management CommitteeThe Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Ovid Morrison, is yet to address the way forward in providing relief to residents hit by floodwaters in that region. The REO has reportedly refused to meet with the Regional Chairman, who on Saturday summoned a meeting of the National Disaster Management Committee following continuous rainfall over the past two days which left several villages inundated.Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal told Guyana Times that villages including Bushlot; Numbers 28, 29, and 30; Trafalgar; Bath Settlement; Kingerly; Rosignol and Tempie; Maichony; Abary; Hopetown; and Mahaica Creek are all flooded. He noted that in the Rosignol-Blairmont area the water has receded.“Areas like Bushlot, the water is still on the land and it is moving very slow. This would have been caused by the many canals that are heavily clogged. In the Mahaicony area there are a number of canals and trenches that need to be cleaned and that would have compounded the situation. Farmers would have already suffered loses to their crops and livestock in some areas,” Ramphal said.As a result of the accumulation of several inches on water in some communities, at about 11:00h on Saturday, the Regional Chairman summoned a meeting of the National Disaster Management Committee of which the REO Ovid Morrison is a key member.The meeting was called to decide on a way forward. According to the Chairman, the REO refused to meet.“His words to me were that until I apologise to him only then he will be meeting with me. I am saying that Region Number Five is under a crisis and people are suffering; many would have already lost millions of dollars and now the REO is asking for an apology and refusing to meet with me and the Regional Disaster Management Committee which is part of the Civil Defence Commission. This is the agency that deals with natural disasters across the country.”The REO has also not allowed any of his officers to be part of any such meeting as he is awaiting an apology from a previous exchange between himself and the Regional Chairman.“The REO needs to apologise to the many teachers across Region Five who he would have put in some difficult situations when he would have planned to withhold their salaries of those teachers and also he needs to apologise to the NDCs [Neighbourhood democratic Councils] and also all the residents of those NDCs across this region because it has been over seven months and the REO cannot get his signature on the banks accounts of those NDCs,” the Regional Chairman lamented.The refusal of the REO to sign on the bank accounts has resulted in the 10 NDCs in the region not being able to spend money in areas that are critical and in need of emergency works when it comes to drainage and irrigation, along with the maintenance of roads and other infrastructures.Meanwhile, rice farmers in the Mahaica/Mahaicony areas have also experienced flooding. According to Ramphal, the Hope Canal has played a great role in reducing flooding in those communities. He said in the past when the East Demerara Water Conservancy would have reached its maximum level, water would normally be channelled into the Mahaica Creek, resulting in flooding in that area. However since the canal was dug and is fully operational, it helped tremendously with the farming community within the Mahaica/Mahaicony area. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Demerara Bank records $907M net profit

first_imgThe Demerara Bank Limited (DBL) has announced a net profit of over $900 million, a testament to the Bank’s performance in the first half of 2018 and an increase compared to the corresponding period last year.This is contained in the Bank’s interim financial statements. According to the bank on Monday, these figures represent a 17 per cent hike compared to 2017, all under challenging circumstances.Demerara Bank Corporate Office, Camp Street“The profit before taxation has gone up to G$1.5 billion from G$1.1 billion showing increase of 34 per cent over the previous year. Loans and Advances has increased to G$25 billion from G$23.9 billion, registering an increase of 4.6 per cent compared to the corresponding period in 2017,” the Bank’s branch coordinator, Christina Correia, said in a statement on Monday.“The Interest Income from Advances and Investment has also shown positive growth. As a result of the Bank’s solid performance, the shareholders’ earning for the first half year has increased by 17.15 per cent to 4.03 per share on an annualised basis.”She further related that the Board of Directors has recommended a higher interim dividend of 35 per cent for the shareholders. Correia noted that the Bank paid an interim dividend of 30 per cent last year.“At present, the Bank is having a network of seven branches countrywide. The performance of the Bank has benefited all the stakeholders – Government through taxes, shareholders through dividend and capital appreciation. Demerara Bank is a pioneer bank in advancing the cause of green initiatives in Guyana,” the branch coordinator stated.“The Bank’s Diamond and Corporate Branches are fully operational on solar energy. The Bank has also developed and introduced green loan products for customers for installing solar equipment. The outstanding achievement of the Bank for the last financial year as well as the half year ending 31 March 2018 is testimony to the commitment, dedication and vision of the Bank’s Chairman, Directors of the Board, management and staff.”last_img read more

Walcott set to undergo Everton medical

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal midfielder Theo Walcott warms up ahead of the English League Cup semi-final match against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on January 10, 2018LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 16 – Theo Walcott has travelled to Merseyside to undergo a medical with Everton ahead of his proposed move from Arsenal.Walcott was seen entering Everton’s training ground, Finch Farm, on Tuesday morning as a move to Goodison Park edges closer. Sky sources understand that if negotiations continue to make progress, the 28-year old winger could begin his medical later this evening.Last week, Everton boss Sam Allardyce confirmed the Toffees had entered into negotiations with Arsenal over the sale of Walcott, who has been with the Gunners since joining from Southampton in 2006.The Saints had also been linked with the England international, although it appears Everton have now won the race for the 28-year-old’s signature.Everton have already signed Turkey international Cenk Tosun from Besiktas for £27m earlier this month and Allardyce believes Walcott would be another “great addition” to his squad.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man Utd’s Dalot visits ‘Miracle Doctor’ in China

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s injured Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot has sought treatment in Shanghai © AFP / Oli SCARFFSHANGHAI, China, Sep 9 – Injured Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot has been having treatment at Chinese club Shanghai SIPG under a Brazilian physio known as the “Miracle Doctor”.The 20-year-old Portuguese right-back is yet to feature this season and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last month that he was out until after the current international break. What Solskjaer did not say is that Dalot, a $25 million capture in June 2018 from Porto, was suffering with a hip problem and had gone to see Shanghai’s physio Eduardo Santos.Dalot landed in Shanghai on August 29 and spent 10 days with the Chinese champions, the club said, publishing a photo of the defender at their training ground.Dalot, who could be moved to a more advanced role on United’s right after the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, may now be in contention for a Premier League start this month.Then-United manager Jose Mourinho called Dalot the best young full-back in Europe after signing him last summer.Santos was dubbed “Miracle Doctor” by French media in 2015 after getting defender David Luiz — then at Paris Saint-Germain — fit in just a few days after a serious hamstring tear.Luiz had contacted his fellow Brazilian, then employed by Zenit St. Petersburg, and flew off to Russia for treatment.French international Eliaquim Mangala, former Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao have all sought Santos’s help in recent years.There have been murmurs from experts querying how he can get players back into action so quickly, but Santos told AFP in an interview last year: “What we do is not a miracle.“I do science, and of course the results that I have are really, really good.”0Shares0000(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgIf you are shopping (or just walking!) around Letterkenny today, then there’s a very special visitor calling to O’Hehir’s Bakery and Café in the afternoon.We’ll give you a clue – he has a white beard and a red suit.Yep – Santa will be in O’Hehir’s to see what all children want and to check if they are being good. So why not take a break from all the present-buying and call into O’Hehirs for a cup of tea and something nice.It is Christmas afterall.   O’HEHIR’S BAKERY AND CAFE TO WELCOME A VERY SPECIAL GUEST TODAY! was last modified: December 22nd, 2012 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:O’Hehir’s Bakery and CafeSANTAlast_img read more


first_img“Naked” Juice has been in the news recently as they have settled a lawsuit taken against them for $9 million dollars.The website for the settlement,, explains that the lawsuit took issue with Naked Juice’s use of phrases like “100% Juice,” “100% Fruit,” “From Concentrate,” “All Natural,” “All Natural Fruit,” “All Natural Fruit + Boosts” and “Non-GMO. “The lawsuit claims that the [Naked Juice products] contain ingredients that are not “All Natural” and contain GMOs (or Genetically Modified Organisms),” reads the site. Some products are made with genetically altered soy, the lawsuit alleges.Are you surprised?Their parent company is actually PepsiCo and they have refuted the claims made by the lawsuit, but they still paid out $9 million in a settlement. Why pay out if they could have substantiated their claims?The thing is, ‘Naked Juice’ is not the first company to have been sued for falsely claiming that their products do more than they actually do. ‘Activia yogurt’ was sued in 2010 for their ‘health’ claims about their product, it was found that their yogurt was no different to any other yogurts and it cost the company $45 million dollars.In 2011 ‘Reebok’ agreed to a $25 million settlement over their advertisement for their ‘Easytone’ and ‘RunTone’ products that promised to tone your legs and butt.In 2013 ‘Sketchers’ were sued to the sum of $45 million for unfounded claims that their “Shape-Ups” could help people lose weight and strengthen and tone their buttocks, legs and abdominal muscles.Just recently the weird looking, but hugely popular ‘Vibram 5 fingered shoes,’ (they look like feet) paid out $3.75 million for false claims of health benefits of their shoes.What does this tell us? Do you still think that such companies have your best interests at heart?Or are we so easily swayed by great marketing that we blindly buy products based on buzzwords and catchy advertisements?If you were one of the 70 million people who bought a pair of the $100 ‘Vibram’ shoes, you could be left with a sour taste in your mouth.But does the company regret their costly advertisement claims? I highly doubt it; after all they made over $700 million from their product and were only hit with $3.75 million of a law suit.I can’t be sure, but I think they will be just fine after that.The media has a huge influence on how we spend our money.You may have noticed that if you ‘like’ a page on Facebook, you will get a suggestion list that pops up with pages of similar interest to the one you have liked.What will also have happened with the page-like, is the advertisements that appear in the side bar will be for products that resemble what Facebook sees as your interests.Social media is the fastest way for companies to gather information on what you like and do not like.They can advertise directly to you and your interests at a fraction of the cost, instantaneously.Companies glean information from social media sites and we freely give over all of our information without even knowing it.Companies will always give fantastical claims for their products.It allows them to generate huge amounts of income in short periods of time and when (eventually) they get drawn over the coals over their false claims, the punishment is usually only a fraction of the profits they have made.When it comes to choosing products wisely in the health and fitness world, the best advice I can give you is this;If it sounds too good to be true……..etc.#TrainSmartIf you have any question on this article or for getting a tailored program to help you reach your weight loss/weight gain goals, please contact me through the link below.* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE was last modified: June 23rd, 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:emmet rushefalse claimsfitness columnjuicelaw suitsNakedJuiceClass.comlast_img read more


first_imgThe Supreme Court has made a landmark ruling relating to the admissibility of evidence obtained from a Donegal suspect before receiving legal advice.The appeal was brought by Raymond Gormley – with a previous address at Quiet Moment Apartments in Letterkenny – who was convicted of attempted rape in 2007 and has served a six year sentence.In 2009, he sought leave to appeal his conviction, partly on the basis that evidence was admitted of his interviews in custody in alleged breach of his Constitutional right of access to a lawyer. The Court of Criminal Appeal was satisfied that gardai had made reasonable attempts to contact Mr. Gormley’s solicitor while he was in custody.The matter was complicated by the fact he was arrested on a Sunday.The case was sent for review to the Supreme Court on the basis that it raised legal questions of exceptional public importance.Today four Supreme Court judges agreed with the decision of their colleague Mr. Justice Frank Clarke – that as a consequence of Raymond Gormley’s clear request for a lawyer, gardai should have postponed questioning him until his solicitor arrived.The judgment is in line with the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.Mr. Justice Clarke notes ‘there are further questions which will have to await other cases with different factual scenarios concerning the precise parameters of that right’.SUPREME COURT SAYS DONEGAL MAN WAS ENTITLED TO SEE SOLICITOR BEFORE BEING QUIZZED was last modified: March 6th, 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:letterkennyrapeRaymond Gormleysupreme courtlast_img read more


first_imgAn American fashion designer is about to help young Donegal students realise their dreams of getting into the rag trade.  Sheila Clancy-O’Donnell came to live in Letterkenny with her young family after spending 25 years in the fashion industry in Manhattan.Now having developed some classes with students at Loreto Convent in Letterkenny, Sheila has set her sights on hosting an evening course at the LYIT. Sheila got her idea to run a fashion course after a visit to the Ardara weavers.Weavers told her it was so difficult to get new workers coming through.“I just thought it was so sad that there is a huge demand around the world for tweed and we have this rich tradition on our doorstep in Donegal.“So I thought ‘why not teach our youth about the opportunities right at their back door? My good friend was a fabric buyer who bought tweed from Donegal for Ralph Lauren in New York, so this fabric was part of my fashion history before I even moved here. “There’s always talk about what Ireland doesn’t have, why not prove to everyone what we DO have!“My goal is to inspire anyone who has a love of fashion to learn all about the ins and outs of the trade. To gain insight to decide if this is an avenue they want to go down,” she said.In developing the course, Sheila has had tremendous help from Magees Weavers of Donegal town, John Rocha, Dublin and John English Linens of Co. Down.Many Letterkenny retailers have also offered to come on board to assist with this program.Here’s the link to LYIT FASHION DESIGNER READY TO TURN RAGS TO JOBS FOR DONEGAL STUDENTS was last modified: September 4th, 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:FashionLYITSheila Clancy-O’Donnelltweedlast_img read more

AB, Amla, Steyn headline cricket year

first_img15 December 2010South African cricket remained very healthy in 2010, with the Proteas finishing the year ranked second in the test standings ahead of a three-test showdown with top-ranked India, beginning on 16 December.The teams met earlier in the year, in February, when South Africa faced India away from home. Behind 253 not out from Hashim Amla, 173 from Jacques Kallis, and a match haul of 10 for 108 from Dale Steyn, the Proteas won the first test by an innings and six runs.India reversed the result in the second test, winning by an innings and 57 runs despite 114 and 123 not out from Amla, who very nearly forced a draw for South Africa.Now, the question is whether or not South Africa can make home ground advantage count when they tackle the Indians, who are coached by former Proteas’ opening batsman Gary Kirsten.Strong start to 2010The year had begun with the tail-end of a four-test series against England and South Africa one-nil down. No problem! Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel confirmed their standing as one of the best new ball partnerships in the world as they destroyed England at the Wanderers to steer the Proteas to victory by an innings and 74 runs.In England’s first innings of 180 all out, Steyn knocked over 5 for 51, while Morkel captured 3 for 39. Batting again, England were dismissed for 169 as Steyn claimed 2 for 64 and Morkel 4 for 59.Ironically, as was the case in India, the match South Africa lost was by an innings.The West Indies were clearly second best to the Proteas when they visited the Caribbean Islands in the middle of the year. Graeme Smith and company won the three-test series 2-0 and whitewashed the home side 5-0 in the one-day internationals.In November, a two-test series against Pakistan was drawn and the five-match limited overs series went the way of South Africa by three matches to two.A number of South Africans stood out for their individual brilliance. Dale Steyn was ranked number one in the world among test bowlers, while his new ball partner Morne Morkel moved into the top 10.Sensational Hashim AmlaAmong batsmen, Hashim Amla had a sensational year. Not only did he score 1 000 test runs in a calendar year, he also achieved the feat in one-day internationals, becoming the first South African to manage it.He scored 1 060 test runs in 16 innings at an average of 81.53. In ODIs, he tallied 1 058 runs in 15 innings at 75.57. Absolutely extraordinary!Amla was nominated in six categories at the 2010 South African Cricket Awards and walked away with five awards.Apart from winning the main SA Cricketer of the Year Award, he was also named the Players’ Player of the Year, the Cricket South Africa Fans’ Cricketer of the Year, and the Test Cricketer of the Year. In addition, he also picked up the KFC “So Good!” Award for his 253 not out against India in Nagpur.SA individual recordAB de Villiers, too, enjoyed a wonderful year. He scored a South African test record 278 not out against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and totalled 834 runs at an average of 83.40.De Villiers was named the ICC one-day international Player of the Year after scoring 855 runs at an average of 71.25, with a superb run rate of 103.38 runs per 100 balls faced, in 16 matches.It was not a surprise that he also won the Standard Bank One-Day International Cricketer of the Year at the South African Cricket Awards.World leading all-rounderJacques Kallis remained one of the world’s leading batsmen, scoring 970 test runs in 16 innings at 74.71, and 593 ODI runs in 12 innings at 59.30.Before the start of the end of year series against India, he ranked fifth on the all-time list of test run scorers, with 11 449, only 871 runs behind second-placed Ricky Ponting. In one-day internationals, Kallis is sixth on the all-time run scoring list, with 11 002.However, his contributions as an all-rounder should not be forgotten. His 267 test wickets place him 27th on the all time list among bowlers, and his 259 ODI victims have him in 19th place.There are some cricket fans who might not yet have realised it, but Kallis is a great of the game and will one day be rightly recognised as a legend.‘Mdingi Express’ retiresOne of the Proteas’ long-time stars, the charismatic Makhaya Ntini announced his retirement from international cricket in November.The “Mdingi Express” finished his test career ranked number two among South Africans – behind only Shaun Pollock’s 421 wickets – with 390 victims and is 11th on the all-time list.He played 101 tests for the Proteas and during that time returned the best test figures ever achieved by a South African of 13 for 132 versus the West Indies in April 2005. He also shares the record for the most 10-wicket hauls by a South African with Dale Steyn, having achieved the feat four times.Women win challenge unbeatenWhile South Africa’s men continued to shine, the South African women’s team had an opportunity of their own to excel at home when the ICC ODI Women’s Challenge took place in Potchefstroom.They won the Challenge and went unbeaten, beating Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ireland, the West Indies, and the Netherlands.It wasn’t only the players that made the headlines; long-standing umpire Rudi Koertzen retired after a distinguished career that included 106 tests and a record 209 one-day internationals.Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola commented: “History will record Rudi’s outstanding contribution to the advancement of cricket in South Africa and throughout the cricketing world.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more