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Monchi and Setién hold the key to Rakitic’s return to Sevilla

first_imgIt is true that Quique Setién has increased his role with respect to Valverde. With the Cantabrian coach he has started seven times during these two months since the change occurred in the culé bench. Almost the same (8) that the previous coach had put in the starting lineup from September to January. Setién aims to give Ivan back some of the missing stripes and could draw on his experience and ability to face the last and very possibly frenetic weeks of the season once the competition resumes.Among so much temptation, economic and sports, Rakitic continues to have immense affection for the team that allowed him to sign for Barcelona and the city where his wife, Raquel, was born. Only a few days ago, the Croatian sent a message of calm and encouragement to Sevilla fans through the official media of the Nervión club, in addition to recommending a book to spend these hours of confinement: ‘The Law of Attraction’. Like the one that Sevilla and Rakitic have. A great friend of Ivan Rakitic and capable of almost everything, Monchi has one of the keys to the possible return of the Croatian midfielder to Sevilla. A return, six years after his departure to Barcelona, ​​which continues to have many edges and should be simmered by next summer, a season altered in its normality by the coronavirus, which will force the season to lengthen. Rakitic has juicy cheap offers from other leagues, especially the Italian one, but In Seville he has many other things that attract him: mainly, the quality of life of a city that feels like his and the feeling of being a leader again and valued by a hobby and a sports director who love him like nowhere.Barcelona, ​​where he has a contract until June 2021, will ask for money for Rakitic. But the Croatian has already turned 32s and charges an important token. In part, that means having the pan by the handle. His role in the Catalan team has lost a lot of weight this season, in which he has just reached 1,400 minutes of play between all competitions. Of the 31 official matches in which he has participated between the League, the Cup, the Champions and the Spanish Super Cup, only in 15 has he been a starter. Substitute and usual substitute, in just four he completed 90 minutes. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 22, 2020last_img read more

Tennis star injured in knife attack

first_imgPRAGUE (AP):Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was injured by a knife-wielding attacker at her home yesterday.The 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion said the injury to her left hand was “severe”.”In my attempt to defend myself, I was badly injured on my left hand. I am shaken, but fortunate to be alive,” Kvitova, who is left-handed, wrote on Twitter. “The injury is severe and I will need to see specialists, but if you know anything about me I am strong and I will fight this.”It was not immediately clear how the injury could affect Kvitova’s play.”What happened to me was certainly not pleasant, but it’s behind me,” Kvitova said in an earlier statement on the Facebook page of the Czech Republic’s Fed Cup team. “I have the best possible care and I’m in touch with my loved ones. The worst is behind me.”Kvitova’s spokesman, Karel Tejkal, said the incident, which he described as a burglary, occurred yesterday morning in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov.ATTACKER AT LARGEProstejov police spokesman Frantisek Korinek said the attacker, a man who is about 35 years old, escaped from the scene and was at large. He said police have launched a manhunt.Kvitova was scheduled to participate in a charity event in the city of Brno yesterday with another Czech player, Lucie Safarova.”It’s horrible,” Safarova told Czech public radio. “Things like that are shocking to all of us. It can happen to anyone of us. That’s really terrible.”In April 1993, Monica Seles was at the height of her success when she was stabbed in the back during a changeover at a tournament in Hamburg. A man reached over a courtside railing and knifed her, leaving an inch-deep slit between her shoulder blades.Seles returned to the game 27 months later and reached the 1995 US Open final.In an unrelated move earlier yesterday, Kvitova withdrew from the Czech Republic team at next month’s Hopman Cup mixed-team tennis tournament because of an earlier foot injury.last_img read more

Poor forecasting blamed for Skeldon Hospital sit-in – MoPH

first_imgThe Public Health Ministry’s Director of Pharmacy, Oneil Atkins, said the industrial action by physicians of the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit at the Skeldon Hospital on Monday was totally unwarranted, adding that the sit-in was due to poor forecasting.Staff of the hospital’s A&E department refused to see patients after they repeatedly complained about lack of basic equipment, coupled with drug shortages – items that are essential for the execute of their functions. In response to the sit-in, the MoPH dispatched a team headed by Atkins to meet with the aggrieved workers to address the issue.According to the Ministry, the Regional Health Officer, Javaughn Stephens blamed “miscommunication” as the reason for the sit-in. He said the hospital and regional administration were not informed of any drug or medical supplies shortage.Stephens said some of the medical items were handed over on Tuesday morning to the A&E department and the remainder will be given “before the week is out”. He added that the A&E physicians resumed duties on Monday afternoon.The industrial action by the Skeldon Hospital A&E doctors caught the Public Health Ministry by surprise with Permanent Secretary, Collette Adams reporting that the MoPH’s authorities were mystified by the limited strike action by the employees.“The sit-in didn’t disrupt operations in other parts of the hospital according to Mr Alex Foster, the point person for the Public Health Ministry in Region Six,” the statement related.Atkins said the Skeldon Hospital pharmacy has “some 60 per cent of the drugs” needed to function. However, he admitted that there is a problem with medical supplies at the Region Six medical institution and blamed that on inadequate forecasting by the officials at the Hospital.“There is difficulty getting correct consumption (patterns) to inform the MMU (Materials Management Unit) which supplies health posts, health centres, district hospitals, regional hospitals and the referral hospital with drugs, medicines and medical supplies. The local health sector uses an average monthly consumption pattern to help with forecasting the needs at the existing five levels. Atkins said the health sector might have to resort to a more scientifically reliable forecasting method,” the statement informed.He said other strengthening measures will include ensuring two additional qualified pharmacists are recruited and posted to serve the region while another will be stationed permanently at the Skeldon Hospital Pharmacy.“Clear lines of communication are also to be established for collaboration and cooperation” at the hospital in the ‘Ancient County’, Atkins said.Just last week, nurses at the Linden Hospital Complex staged a sit-in after repeatedly complaining about drug shortages.Over the years, the health sector has been plagued by drug shortages and to address that, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence noted that the Ministry has hired a consultant who has worked with USAID to develop a plan for the retrofitting of Guyana’s medicine and medical supplies distribution system.She further stated that they have started extending the Diamond Drugs Bond and are currently constructing a new bond at Kingston since the old one is not operational. She noted that once completed it would see the installation of an electronic system so that they will be able to readily have access to information to ensure that “transparency and accountability are more centred.”Just last year, Lawrence blamed a conspiracy among some drug suppliers and Public Health Ministry staff for the crisis in the sector. She said she unearthed a combination of skulduggery, collusion, delinquency, deliberate breaching of established sector protocols by public health staff, manipulation of the system by some importers with the support of employees and a fabrication of records including evidence of bogus receipts.last_img read more

Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target to stay at Lyon, says club president

first_img Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal and Liverpool will not be signing Alexandre Lacazette in the January transfer window, according to Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas.The 23-year-old has been in stunning form this season, scoring 19 goals in just 20 appearances, helping Lyon climb to second in Ligue 1.That form has sparked interest from the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, who have both been keeping tabs on the Frenchman’s progress.But, despite growing interest, Lyon president Aulas has rubbished talk that the French club will sell any of their players – including Lacazette.“We have prepared so that there are no departures and it is certain to be that way,” Aulas told Olympique Lyon TV.“The return from injury of Yoann Gourcuff, Clément Grenier and Gueïda Fofana will be the internal transfer window for Lyon.“There will be no signings as it would be financially nonsensical, but also mental. The players who are leaving for the African Cup of Nations must find their place in Lyon when they return.” 1last_img read more

Allardyce defends Sakho injury return – ‘West Ham haven’t done anything wrong’

first_imgSam Allardyce has defended West Ham’s handling of Diafra Sakho’s injury controversy, saying the club ‘have done nothing wrong’ to allow the striker to play despite his withdrawal from the Africa Cup of Nations.The boss accused the Senegalese FA of ‘mistreating’ the Hammers hitman, after he returned from international duty with a back problem and was subsequently ruled out for three Premier League matches in November.Sakho was sidelined for a second time on January 1 after aggravating the injury in the 1-1 draw with West Brom, leading to his removal from the Senegal squad, with the nation then complaining of a ‘lack of respect’ from West Ham.The club insisted the forward’s condition meant he was unable to fly and compete in the competition, yet he made a successful return to first team action on Sunday, coming off the bench to score in a 1-0 FA Cup victory at Bristol City.Sakho’s inclusion in the match-day squad was questioned by the press following the win, but Allardyce insists the club haven’t crossed any lines.“He’s still unable to fly,” the boss told talkSPORT.“We had to drive him down in a limo on Saturday afternoon, but other than that he said he can get out on the pitch and just see how he goes.“Today was about putting him on the bench with the hope we didn’t have to use him, but in the end bringing him on was the most important tactical decision for us.“Yesterday I spoke with the chairman and said he looks alright. We don’t think we’re doing anything wrong with what we’ve done and how we’ve approached it.”When asked whether he was relieved to have made it through against the lively League One side, who created problems for the Hammers throughout the 90 minutes, Allardyce added: “Yes, because I knew it was going to be tough.“It was a hard-fought victory, not at any stage did Bristol City make it easy for us. I think that we found it difficult at times to get our normal passing routine going.“We have not played as well as we can but we are in the hat and that’s what matters.”last_img read more

Liverpool on brink of final as tensions mount in Rome

first_imgBut off-pitch tensions are high as Liverpool supporter Sean Cox lies in a coma after being attacked before last week’s first leg in Anfield.Two Roma supporters were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and club legend Francesco Totti has appealed for “fair play, hospitality and respect for our opponents”.Former Roma striker Mohamed Salah scored two brilliant goals and set up two more as Liverpool went five up at Anfield before two late goals gave Roma hope of a potential fightback.Klopp’s side are bidding for a sixth European title having won two, in 1977 and 1984, at the Stadio Olimpico — the latter on penalties against Roma.Both teams are third in their domestic leagues and in the running for Champions League football next season.But Liverpool have suffered serious disruption in the buildup after Klopp’s right-hand man, Zeljko Buvac, dubbed “the brain” by the German, stepped aside for personal reasons this week.Presentation of the Champions League semi-final match between Roma and Liverpool on May 2 © AFP / William ICKESBuvac, who was on the bench with Klopp for Saturday’s goalless draw against Stoke, has been the German’s trusted right-hand man for the last 17 years.Added to the distractions is star striker Salah’s image-rights dispute with the Egyptian football association.The Roma game also comes days before Liverpool clash with Chelsea in the Premier League.“Liverpool always has to take the slightly more difficult way and it’s again like this,” said Klopp.“We created a basis and now we have to finish it.”It’s a clash between two sides who have not won the domestic title in years.Liverpool won the last of their 18 Premier League titles 28 years ago.Since then the Reds lifted the Champions league trophy in 2005, when they fought back to stun AC Milan on penalties after conceding three-first goals in Istanbul, and two years later when they lost to the Italians in Athens.“Nothing is won so far,” warned Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino, looking towards the May 26 final against either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in Kiev.“There is a possibility of winning the Champions League – but we have a semi-final to finish first.”“It would be a rare thing to do, a unique moment in our lives, in mine. It’s my first Champions League season.”Klopp will be without midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, out for the season with a knee injury, with Georginio Wijnaldum likely to be the only change from the first leg.Emre Can (back) and Adam Lallana (hamstring) are also struggling with injuries.Eusebio Di Francesco looks set to be without Kevin Strootman as Roma target just their second final — 34 years after that fateful defeat to Liverpool. The 28-year-old midfielder suffered a leg injury in the first leg and he still hasn’t been cleared to be fully fit. Di Francesco is likely to play a 4-3-3 formation, which will see Lorenzo Pellegrini replace the Dutch player.Roma, who won the last of their three Serie A titles in 2001, warmed up for Liverpool with a 4-1 win over Chievo in which Edin Dzeko bagged a brace.Having earned their place in the last four after overcoming a 3-0 first-leg deficit to Barcelona in the quarter-finals, Di Francesco believes he can mastermind what would be another spectacular comeback.“We’ve done something extraordinary in the Champions League this season,” said Di Francesco.“This team has had a great journey and we don’t want to stop now. We want to believe in this comeback.”And Czech forward Patrik Schick warned they had spotted Liverpool’s weaknesses.“We saw that they’re not as strong at the back as in attack, we have the chance to score three goals at home.“In my opinion we have to go on the pitch without fear, with great determination and great courage.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s side are on the brink of reaching the final of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since 2007 as they defend a three-goal advantage against AS Roma © AFP/File / Paul ELLISROME, Italy, May 1 – Liverpool return to the scene of two of their most famous European triumphs amid tight security ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, second leg clash in Rome.Jurgen Klopp’s side are on the brink of reaching the final of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since 2007 as they look to defend a three-goal advantage against AS Roma in the Italian capital.last_img read more

Mourinho – ‘Not my fault Giggs left. He wanted to be boss, but United wanted me’

first_img Jose Mourinho was officially unveiled as the new Man United boss on Tuesday 1 New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted he did NOT force Ryan Giggs out of Old Trafford, explaining that the club chose to appoint him instead of the Red Devils legend.After a glittering 29 years, United confirmed Giggs’ departure from the club on Saturday, with the Welshman keen to pursue a career in management.It was believed the club appointed the former winger as assistant to David Moyes and Louis van Gaal in order to groom him for the top job.But after sacking Van Gaal at the end of last season, United opted to bring in the available Mourinho instead of their long-serving star.The fan reaction to Giggs’ exit was mixed, with some blaming the new manager for their hero’s departure.But, in his first interview as Red Devils boss, Mourinho insisted that was not the case and revealed the full details behind Giggs’ exit .“It is not my responsibility that Ryan is not in the club”, said Mourinho, who was formally unveiled as the new Man United boss on Tuesday.“The job Ryan wanted is the job the club decided to give me. It’s not my fault. Ryan wanted to be Manchester United manager.”Mourinho went on to explain that he was faced with a similar choice at the start of his coaching career, and also was adamant Giggs would be welcome back at the club and would be a ‘natural choice’ in the future if he proves himself in management.“From this moment Ryan wants to be a manager, like in 2000 when I decided myself I wanted to be a manager,” said the former Chelsea and Real Madrid chief.“Many of us are stuck as coaches and for many us we have to make a decision and Ryan made a decision.“He could be what he wanted in the club. The club wanted to give him any important job – he made a decision where you need to be brave.“It is not easy. I was in Barcelona in 2000 and had a contract for two more years to be assistant – do you think it was easy for me to leave such a big club and go to a new fight?“It was not easy and for Ryan it is not going to be easy going from assistant to manager.“But good luck and if one day he wants to come back to the club while I am here I would never stop him coming back.“If one day the club offers him the chance to become the manager I think it will be something natural and a consequence of success in his managerial career.”last_img read more


first_imgNAOMH CONAILL GAA CLUB NEWSLotto 12/8/14. There was 1 jackpot winner Congratulations to Kate Bonar Ballybofey on winning €8,500. Next week’s jackpot will be €2,000.The club are having a fundraising draw and are looking for people to help sell in different areas of the parish so if anyone is interested in helping out please contact any club officer. Approximately 175 running and walking enthusiasts turned up in last Wednesday evening for the annual Naomh Conaill 5k. A big thank you to all who attended on what threatened to be a wet evening but stayed mostly dry throughout. Local GAA stars Leo Mc Loone and Dermot “Brick” Molloy were on hand to present the prizes afterwards. Ciaran Doherty from the Letterkenny AC club was first home in an impressive time of 15.46. He was followed home by local man Dermot Brennan (Finn Valley AC) in a time of 16.47. First home in the Ladies section was Caroline Boyle, London (formerly Ardara) in a time of 20.48.In the over 40s section first lady home was Margaret Sweeney from Lettermacaward and Finbar Gallagher (Innishowen AC) was first in the mens. The under 16 girls was won by Ellie Mc Donnell and the boys section was won by Charlie Mc Donnell. A huge thank you to all who helped in any way to making the evening a success especially Seanie McDevitt. The ladies who baked all day and then served the tea which was enjoyed by all after the race. Thank you also to the Highlands Hotel and Kennedys Bar and restaurant who sponsored prizes on the evening.Congratulations to our senior team on a great victory over Ardara at home on Sunday last 2-13 to 0-6 in the division 1 league. Two great points.Congratulations to our u12 boys on a victory over Aodh Ruadh in the a championship on Monday last retaining there title. Well done to all involved.Naomh conaill minors had a great battle with Aodh Ruadh on Monday night in Glenties and will now take it to a third game.  GAA NEWS: NAOMH CONAILL U12 BOYS RETAIN TITLE was last modified: August 20th, 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:GAA newsNaomh Conailllast_img read more


first_imgCllr O’Donnell pictured with the Termon LadiesCOUNTY councillor John O’Donnell is doing his bit to try to make sure Termon Ladies’ bid for Ulster title glory is right on track.The big-hearted businessman has been sponsoring the club’s buses to all of their Ulster championship victories.And he’s going to have to fork out again, as Termon are through to this year’s Ulster Senior Championship final. The senior decider will be a repeat of last year’s game between Donaghmoyne and Termon. Both sides had away wins in the semi’s and both were made work hard for their victories. Donaghmoyne beat Clann Eireann 0-13 to 1-7. There was also just three points difference in the other last four game with Termon winning 5-11 to 2-17 at Castlewellan.In the intermediate final Four Masters will meet Monaghan Harps. The Donegal side beat Ballinascreen 0-12 to 2-3 while Monaghan Harps had four points to spare over Omagh St. Enda’s winning 1-10 to 0-9.The senior and intermediate Ulster finals are on Sunday November 1 – a double header at Brewster Park in Enniskillen.Carndonagh and St. Dympna’s will contest the junior decider at Celtic Park on Saturday, November 1. Cardonagh were double score winners over Aughnamullen (2-14 to 1-7) and St. Dympna’s won a ten goal thriller against Loughinisland 7-8 to 3-11. BIG-HEARTED JOHN GETS BEHIND TERMON LADIES ULSTER GLORY BID was last modified: October 22nd, 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:Cllr John O’DonnellTermon ladiesUlster Finallast_img read more


first_imgFour young, energetic and enterprising entrepreneurs from Gaoth Dobhair will be representing Donegal at this years Junior Achievement Ireland National finals in Dublin this week.The group first came up with the idea for Number Ninjas shortly after the Junior Certificate while talking about how stressful and confusing the maths exam was and how they wished there was a simple maths book to explain the important and basic parts of maths.Even though they got As and Bs in honours maths they felt textbooks were confusing, heavy, expensive and above all, boring. Normal maths books are necessary for a good grade, but, the authors sometimes forget we are teenagers who might not understand everything. “When the time came to set up a business project in transition year, we seen a niche in the market for a maths books, so we went for it. We highly advise you to buy it if you struggle to understand the basics of maths better.“And if it’s not for you, think of your younger brother or sister who are dreading going into secondary school or even your parents who are years out of practice. Our book is light and easily fits in any bag, while being very affordable to anyone.“Our book has many unique selling points such as maths related jokes at the start of each chapter and because we know what exactly students need for their exams, this shaped our motto “for students by students” As transition year students we spent a lot of time in our computer room designing and writing the book, we split the work of making the book up into four equal parts which we showed to our maths teacher.“We asked our english teacher to look over the grammar. Patricia Friel, who was our Business volunteer helped us greatly throughout Number Ninjas’ lifespan. She gave us great advice for our company and told us how the Junior Achievement Competition would be ran. “The first round of Junior Achievement was in our school, where we were up against competitors from our own school, Gairmscoil mhic diarmuid and ArranmoreSecondary School. We believed in our company, but, with the high standard the other businesses set, we felt getting through was out of reach. We were ecstatic when our name was read out to go through and it significantly boosted our confidence.“The next round was the regional finals in Sligo IT, where we were met with fierce competition from schools from counties like, Sligo, mayo,Galway and of course Donegal. We had an interview and we had to do a four minute presentation in front of judges, we overcame nerves and did our best to stay calm. This time we were more confident that we were going to get through and we were satisfied with how our interview and presentation went.“Only two could get through and as they began to announce the businesses that didn’t win, we were expecting our name to come up every time, but it didn’t. We were captivated when our business was chosen to go through. Now our next stage is Dublin, for the National Finals where only eight companies get the chance to compete for Junior Achievement Business Of The Year Competition, which we are lucky enough to take part in but our aim is not to win competitions, or to make money, our only true goal is to make the world a more math- friendly place.”You can follow Number Ninjas on Twitter @NumberNinjas or like us on Facebook 🙂GAOTH DOBHAIR’S NUMBER NINJAS MAKING IT ALL ADD UP! was last modified: April 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gaoth DonhairNumber Ninjaslast_img read more