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first_imgLeo Messi continues with his insatiable voracity when it comes to devouring record after record. This Sunday he consumed one more in his long professional career by becoming the Barcelona player with the most Classics played (43), surpassing Xavi Hernández (42), with whom he shared that record since last December. In fact, In the history of the Classics, there is only one player who still surpasses the Argentine. This is the Real Madrid center, Sergio Ramos, who with 44 games is at the top of the table. In the white club, the defender Manolo Sanchís was, until Sunday’s game, the player with the most Classics by counting a total of 43. Below Sergio Ramos and Messi, are Paco Gento (42) and Andrés Iniesta (38). Interestingly, two players from Barcelona face the top positions after today’s game. Both Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets accumulate 38 Classics each, thus tying with the mythical midfielder from La Mancha. A step below is the historic Real Madrid striker, Raúl González, with 37 Classics.In any case, it won’t be the last record Messi has Xavi as his victim. And is that the Argentine crack sum 717 games as Blaugrana for the 767 Egarense. That means that if things do not change much, next season we will have a new record within Leo’s reach: becoming the player with the most games in the club’s history.last_img read more


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first_imgDania Bogle, Senior Gleaner Writer FANS OF athletics may have heard the name Paul Francis as the master strategist behind Jamaica’s gold medal in the women’s 4x400m at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, last August. Others know him as the younger brother of MVP Track and Field Club head coach, Stephen Francis and one of the club’s founders. Athletes at the University of Technology (UTech) know Francis as head coach of the women’s track team and for four years between 2010 and 2014 their classmate. Francis was 44 years old when he decided to go back to university. He had started in the 1980s at the University of the West Indies and dropped out after a year. He was accepted to do a degree in Business Administration at UTech in 2005 and opted out; but on February 2, 2010, what started out as a minor car accident, would change Francis’ life forever. While travelling on Highway 2000, he had a minor accident and when he left the vehicle to inspect the damage, was hit by a passing car which crushed his right leg. That exacerbated an injury Francis had suffered in 2008. “One day after training, I was fooling around on the track with a football and twisted my ankle and it just …broke. So I was walking around with a noticeable limp from two years before,” Francis told The Gleaner. After three weeks in hospital he was told his leg had developed an infection, and would have to be amputated. Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association president, Dr Warren Blake, one of the island’s most noted orthopaedic surgeons, conducted the operation. “Of course, I would have felt a deep remorse on hearing that I would have had to lose half of one of my legs and like any normal human being, I buss a bawl,” he shared. NO LOOKING BACK “After that bawl, never again have I looked back and regretted or thought that I am disadvantaged because I have a disability.” Francis, an IAAF Level IV certified sprint and hurdles coach, and Area Technical Official, was fitted with a prosthetic leg that August. The amputation made him reevaluate his position. “I did not see myself being able to demonstrate a high knee drill or a start to any athlete, and I thought that would somehow reduce my premium as a coach, and I thought it would be an excellent idea to ensure I try to expand my knowledge in terms of the administration of the sport because sport is my passion. I didn’t want to be somebody who had to sit down and rely on people,” he said. In 2010, a long-time dream of local track and field icon Dennis Johnson, who was for many years head of sports at UTech, the Bachelor of Science in Sport Science would come to fruition. “So as soon as I heard it was on, I jumped at it,” Francis, who turns 50 in April, said. There were days when Francis, who graduated with a degree in Sports Management, would go to classes on crutches as his prosthetic limb caused soreness. “Each day, I got a little stronger in terms of how to manage my own body. I had years of coaching experience and every sporting event doesn’t need only players, but it also needs strategists who are going to guide or coach the team. So oftentimes I played that role but at no point did I refuse myself from any practical activity because of my disability. I took part in every one of them,” he said. Being a full-time coach and student can be difficult, but Francis said difficulty is relative. “I thought I was blessed. It was simply a thing of managing your time. I have always considered myself a realist. In most situations I prefer to see a bottle as half full rather than half empty, and one of my most dominant philosophies is that no matter how bad a situation you think you are in there are many who are worse and they have survived it, therefore you can too.” Francis works very closely with his brother, and while he is the more celebrated, has nothing but great love and respect for the job his brother is doing. FIRST ATHLETE He was Stephen’s first athlete as he coached him in the discus while he was at Wolmer’s. “I have zero reservation about the kudos and recognition Stephen gets. I am his biggest admirer. He is bright. He is working at his passion and he uses all his available resources to ensure that he keeps improving at what he does. I feel a bit ashamed sometimes when people big me up because I think that he deserves most or all of the praise,” he said. Since graduating, Francis has started his own events planning business and is enthusiastic about his future. “You can either choose to lie down and die or you can choose to get up and live. I chose to live,” he said.last_img read more


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first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago Red Force were propelled by Jeremy Solozano’s maiden first-class hundred, but Jamaica Scorpions were making a strong reply on the second day of their Regional First Class Championship here yesterday.Solozano, in his first outing of the championship, hit 110 to help lift Red Force to 271 in their first innings, after the hosts resumed on 145 for five at Queen’s Park Oval. Wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo struck 45, while tail-ender Marlon Richards chimed in with 26.Seamer David Bernard Jr picked up three for 25 to spearhead the Scorpions attack.Scorpions then lost John Campbell for two to the eighth ball of the innings with the score on three, but recovered to reach 119 for three at the close.Andre McCarthy was leading the fightback on 49 and was partnered by former skipper Tamar Lambert on 12.Captain Paul Palmer made 35, his first double figure score in five innings this season.Rookie seamer Daniel St Clair struck a crucial blow before tea when he had the left-handed Campbell caught at the wicket.Palmer and Barbadian Kirk Edwards, who scored 19, then repaired the innings in a 43-run, second-wicket stand, taking the visitors to the break at 36 for one.The right-handed Edwards perished in the sixth over after tea, lbw to off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine, but Palmer combined with McCarthy to add 27 for the third wicket.Palmer, whose previous innings yielded nine runs, faced 70 balls in nearly 1-3/4 hours at the crease and stroked five fours before going bowled by leg-spinner Imran Khan.Any thoughts Red Force had of making further inroads were quickly dashed as McCarthy and Lambert, in his 97th first-class match, came together to see Scorpions safely to the close in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership worth 46.The right-handed McCarthy has struck seven fours in a breezy 66-ball knock, while Lambert has batted just over an hour and counted two boundaries.Volcanoes beat HurricanesAT WINDSOR PARK: Windward Islands Volcanoes defeated Leeward Islands Hurricanes by eight wickets on the second day of their third-round game here yesterday.Scores: HURRICANES 24 for seven declared. (Kevin McCLean 2-2, Mervin Matthews 2-6, Kenroy Peters 2-12) and 170 (Nkrumah Bonner 64, Shane Jeffers 30; Liam Sebastien 5-75, Alston Bobb 4-48). VOLCANOES 140 (Tyrone Theophile 62, Andre Fletcher 31; Alzarri Joseph 7-48, Rahkeem Cornwall 2-28) and 56 for two (Johnson Charles 21 not out).AT GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Barbados Pride, replying to Guyana Jaguars’ first innings of 337 all out, were 60 for four at the close on the second day of their third-round match here yesterday.Scores: JAGUARS 337 (Vishaul Singh 121, Leon Johnson 74, Assad Fudadin 42, Raymon Reifer 32, Shimron Hetmyer 24; Kevin Stoute 3-40, Roston Chase 2-28). PRIDE 60 for four (Veerasammy Permaul 2-24).last_img read more


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first_img1 Matthew Etherington is training with West Ham as he bids to find a new club.The 32-year-old was released by Stoke at the end of last season and is now in the hunt for new employment.And Etherington, who played for the Hammers between 2003 and 2009, is back in east London to keep up his fitness levels.As it stands, it is unclear whether manager Sam Allardyce is considering offering the former Tottenham man a deal at at Upton Park. Matthew Etherington last_img


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first_img Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal with new signings Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind 1 Manchester United entertain Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, and United fan Raj Mangat believes Louis Van Gaal must alter his tactics following the Red Devils’ £150 million investment over the summer, as he explains here…The Red Devils are still searching for their first win of the campaign, having collected just two points from their opening three league fixtures, coupled with the humiliating 4-0 defeat at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round.Van Gaal has opted for a 3-4-1-2 formation at United, the same system he used to great effect with Netherlands at this summer’s World Cup, but so far his players look like a fish out of water with the new set up.The system is suited to counter-attacking football, and with United expected to dominate games, the Dutchman must revert to 4-3-1-2 for the team to truly flourish.After a frustrating 18 months at Old Trafford, optimism is high again, but the six new summer recruits, namely Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria will be expected to hit the ground running.Van Gaal said it will take three months before United fully adapt to his philosophy.But, with Ed Woodward demanding a top-three finish this season, the pressure is on for the Dutchman to reverse the teams’ fortunes instantly, and the new signings provide options to change the shape.The defensive three is a new concept for Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling, and the players look uncomfortable with how they’re being asked to play.Even with the addition of Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, the latter of who is well versed with Van Gaal’s methods, a back three does not suit the players at the Dutchman’s disposal.Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young have been unconvincing as wing-backs and there is no guarantee Luke Shaw or Rafael with adapt to such specialist positions.Reverting to a back-four will enable Shaw to bed into the team in his favourable left-back slot, while Rojo and Jones are more than capable of developing a solid centre-back partnership.In Di Maria, United have a genuine world-class talent, one who is an all-round team-player, can drop-deep, run with and without the ball at speed, pick out a pass, and inject pace into the team.Last season, he was arguably Real Madrid’s best player and was instrumental in the Spaniards finally winning ‘La Decima’, putting in a ‘man of the match’ performance in the Champions League final.A role as a wing-back in the 3-4-1-2 has been mooted, but that would be restrictive, and the Argentine thrived as part of a midfield trio in Madrid.Blind is the modern-day utility-man, who can operate a number of positions, providing an unglamorous but effective role for the team.At the World Cup he operated as a left-wing back for the Dutch, but last season with Ajax he won the Eredivisie’s Player of the Year award playing in defensive-midfield, and that role at United would allow Di Maria, and Herrera to operate further forward.Furthermore, 4-3-1-2 would get the best out of Juan Mata.The Spaniard is a divisive figure, and while he may lack pace, he is a top-quality No.10, proven in the Premier League.He can both create and score and his seven goals and five assists in 18 appearances last season is a fine return, especially given it was during United’s worst run in two decades.Up front, it’s a case of picking from Robin Van Persie, Falcao and Wayne Rooney.Given the Colombian’s recent return from injury, the loan signing from Monaco may well have to content himself with beginning his United career on the bench, but it is a welcomed problem for Van Gaal to have.Whoever the Dutchman picks, he needs to drop 3-4-1-2 and United need to go back on the front-foot and their new arrivals lend themselves perfectly to that.And only then will the fear factor return for the 20-time Premier League champions.Manchester United’s strongest line-up for the new season?last_img read more


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first_imgKaren and Martin celebrate with their medals.It’s a few years since he was called Master O’Donnell.But class is a thing that never grows old!Martin O’Donnell, an adopted Donegal man who now resides in Glenswilly, is renowned for his agility on the track and his time spent with the Olympian Club in his native Derry. The Donegal County Council engineer recently competed in the Masters All Ireland Championships.He finished up with 2 bronze medals in M40 category with a third place finish in the 60m with a personal best time 7.77secs and another third place in the 200m in 25.59secs.Martin’s younger sister Karen, who coaches with the Olympian club and helped out with Glenswilly Community Games and Glenswilly Summer Camp, was first in 400m W35 category and collected a gold medal.Congrats to both and no doubt the athletics scene in Glenswilly and the neighbouring parish is in safe hands for many years to come. MARTIN BRINGS IT HOME FOR THE ‘AUL BOYS’! was last modified: April 5th, 2016 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:athleticsdonegalMARTIN O’DONNELLlast_img read more


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first_imgDue to circumstances beyond their control, the planned Building Positive Clubs sports conference due to be held this weekend has had to be postponed.The conference has been rescheduled and will take place in October.BUILDING POSITIVE CLUBS CONFERENCE POSTPONED was last modified: May 26th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img


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first_imgBrian Rohrbough, father of one of the students killed in the Columbine school shooting in 1999, spoke on CBS News “free speech” segment October 2 after the recent Amish school shooting.  Tonight (Nov. 22) on Fox News, the Bill O’Reilly show replayed an interview he had with Rohrbough about that CBS speech that led to a firestorm of reaction in the media and on the web (example).  It was taped last month on his Talking Points October 6.  O’Reilly titled it, “CBS News allows conservative point of view and all hell breaks loose.”  He especially had taken issue with a poor choice of words Katie Couric had used on her blog, “We knew when we decided to put on this segment that a lot of people would disagree with it.  We also knew some might even find it repugnant.”  Bill countered that he found nothing at all hateful in the father’s short, impassioned yet sincere statement.    What was so repugnant?  One thing was that Rohrbough had tied the massacre to the teaching of evolution.  In Media Matters Oct. 17, Erik Boehlert called these “fringe comments.”  With little sympathy for the bereaved father or his right of free speech, he said, “Rohrbough proceeded to uncork a radical-right sermon about how godless liberals were running the country by, among other misdeeds, teaching evolution in the classroom.”  O’Reilly asked Rohrbough specifically about that reference to evolution, in which he had stated,This country is in a moral free-fall.  For over two generations, the public school system has taught in a moral vacuum, expelling God from the school and from the government, replacing him with evolution, where the strong kill the weak, without moral consequences and life has no inherent value.The popular TV host appeared doubtful that evolution could have been a motive for the crime.  Rohrbough, however, backed up the claim without a flinch.  He told O’Reilly that evolution is implicated because it “gives the right to exterminate the weak.”  Even more startling, he claimed that tapes made by the boys before they went on the shooting rampage clearly state that they were plotting their act because of evolution.  That was evidenced further by the fact that Klebold wore a T-shirt on the fateful day proclaiming “Natural Selection.”    Rohrbough was frustrated that this evidence has not been released.  “Evolution was the basis for the attack on Columbine,” he told O’Reilly; “They said it themselves.  Unfortunately, the sheriff’s department won’t release the tape.”Why won’t they release the tape?  Possibly because it is vulgar and filled with foul language; maybe because they fear emotional trauma to the families.  Or, perhaps it is considered too “politically incorrect” to link such an evil deed to evolution, lest the image of Saint Darwin be dishonored.  Here’s a cause for concerned citizens to get involved and demand that the truth come out.  Darwinists may claim till the mutant cows come home that evolution is merely a scientific theory with no moral strings attached, but students know how to connect the dots to nihilism.  Need proof?  Revisit our 08/31/2006 entry.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_img19 December 2013South African Airways has been named as the best airline to Africa by readers of three well-known business travel magazines in the United States, reaffirming its long- standing position as Africa’s most awarded airline and preferred carrier for business travel to the continent, the national carrier said in a statement on Wednesday.<p. The “triple crown of awards” was bestowed by readers of Premier Traveler Magazine, Business Traveler Magazine and Global Traveler Magazine.Global Traveler named SAA as Africa’s best airline for the tenth consecutive year, earning the airline a spot in the magazine’s hall of fame.The magazines’ readers are described as “well-seasoned global travellers who are experienced in evaluating the services provided to passengers by airlines”.“The readers of these three prestigious magazines are truly discriminating and difficult to impress, given their extensive travel to all corners of the globe,” said Marc Cavaliere, SAA’s Head of Global Sales Development and Alliances.“It is certainly a feather in our cap to be named their favorite airline to the African continent, and to even earn a spot in Global Traveler’s hall of fame. We will work hard to continue to earn their loyalty and praise by offering the most convenient schedules and the most comfortable amenities from North America to the African continent.”Africa’s most awarded airlineIn addition to those awards, SAA was named the best airline in Africa in a global customer satisfaction survey at the 50th International Paris Air Show in June, at the Skytrax World Airline Awards ceremony.It was SAA’s eleventh consecutive year of winning the best airline in Africa award, making it the continent’s most awarded airline.Skytrax, an independent aviation research organisation, annually conducts a customer satisfaction survey of 18-million business and leisure air travellers from 160 countries to choose the winners from more than 200 airlines. These range from the largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers.Forty-one key performance indicators for passenger satisfaction are measured, including check-in, boarding, onboard seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, food, beverages, inflight entertainment and staff service.Since the beginning of 2013, SAA has also scooped six accolades including a 4 Star Skytrax rating for the eleventh consecutive year, the on-time performance service award by Flightstats as the winner in the Middle East and Africa region, and African cargo airline of the year from STAT Times, which is an international award for excellence, according to a report on Fin24.SAA operates to 42 destinations worldwide, including 26 destinations across Africa. Domestically, it offers 660 flights a week. SAinfo reporter and SAAlast_img

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest From planting decisions to monitoring crop performance throughout the growing season, farmers depend heavily on their agronomic support team to help maximize their success.The DEKALB, Asgrow and Deltapine brands are proud to launch and support “National Agronomy Week”, an annual observance to promote appreciation for the invaluable support provided by agronomists, seed dealers and crop consultants. This season, Agronomy Week will be celebrated April 3-7 and will continue to be observed the first Monday through Friday of April in years to come.“Agronomic experts with various affiliations and expertise play an integral role in the success of our customers, and we want to bring added attention to the important work they do,” said Jesse Hamonic, DEKALB Asgrow Deltapine brand lead. “We’re very proud to help spotlight the expertise and service these ag professionals provide for American farmers, regardless of seed brand.”Hamonic indicated that spring is the perfect time to observe Agronomy Week, because that’s when agronomic support teams are focused on helping farmers kick off the planting season. Then, they continue that momentum with guidance all season long to help farmers finish strong at harvest.During Agronomy Week, farmers can give their agronomic team a “shout-out” at AgronomyWeek.com. All shout-out participants will automatically be entered into the Agronomy Week Giveaway Sweepstakes, with one farmer and three members of his agronomic support team winning a racing weekend grand prize. Farmers also can recognize their agronomic professionals and enter the contest via Facebook and Twitter using #AgronomyWeek and #contest.The DEKALB, Asgrow and Deltapine brands are giving their own shout-out to these integral members of the farming community via a digital video campaign featuring NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer. “Farming and racing have one important thing in common,” Hamonic noted. “Getting off to a fast start helps lead to a successful harvest or victory at the finish line.”The brands hope that Agronomy Week becomes a strong tradition within the ag industry, to highlight the importance of agronomic support and the role of these professionals on farms across the country.last_img read more