“We are not going to demonize Tana”

first_imgIn a week a little convulsive in the surroundings of Las Palmas, for the Tana Case, in which the player arrived last Monday to train in “bad conditions”, vomiting included, and had to go home without completing the session, Pepe Mel stressed today in Canarias Radio that he does not rule out continuing to count on the player. “If something gives us strength, it is the union of the group. Despite the difficulties we suffer on a day-to-day basis, we all go together along the same path. Tana has been welcomed with open arms, he has been wrong this time and the club will sanction him as he should. I do not enter that. My responsibility is to be fair in decisions and there will be what I have to do. ” Regarding the plague of injuries and the mentality of the workforce, he considers that “the state of mind with which one faces things is important, but the number of operating rooms through which Las Palmas players have had to go through is also true” .“You can unsubscribe a player because of a muscular problem, which can usually be five or six during the season. However, when you have a team in which you have had to perform thirteen surgical interventions, for different reasons, you lose the players for three or four months, this is not normal, although I do not want to talk about it. I just hope that people understand that maintaining a regularity, without maintaining an alignment and without promoting the associations that occur in the countryside, is quite complicated, ”he insisted.On a positive note, it points to the recovery of Raúl Fernández, but he doesn’t see it fit to play yet. “His recovery is for everyone is a joy and is an example of professionalism, It’s nice to see you work, but the competitive spark hasn’t caught her. We wait for you soon, ”said Mel.Despite the injuries, Mel advocates reaffirming his players in the work done: “We can only reinforce and encourage players the spirit they are showing. If to all that we have spoken you add that we start with many players that are not, our path is to continue in the line of work and I am fortunate that the players believe in what I tell them ”.Another issue that brings the yellow team to the path of bitterness is the use of the VAR this year. Mel criticized “the protocols” of use. “What I’m not sure about is that they have agreed on the protocols, and what cannot be is that what happened to us in Riazor happens, that does not work with all the money that has been spent. The League should rethink its use, ”said Mel.“My relationship with the club is phenomenal”Although there are rumors of his possible dismissal of not achieving victory in the next outings against Numancia and Alcorcón, he is confident in his work. “If in summer they tell us that we have to score fifty points and that we have to bet on the quarry, such as the sales of Pedri and Josep, who get the club to recover the lost money from last season, in the end the objective is being fulfilled ”, he insists. And he also clarified: “My relationship with the club is phenomenal in all levels. I spend many hours working with them, but this football and neither I nor anyone can know what will happen tomorrow. ”Dart to the sports directorEntering reinforcements, such as the possible acquisition of an unemployed striker, Mel did not bite his tongue and sent a clear message to the entity’s sports director. “Rocco Maiorino said that coaches train or know the market, but in this case he has a technician who trains and who also knows the market. That said, I can’t know him like him. ”“If an unemployed player comes, it has to be that all parties agree that he will help us, we will not bring him to make numbers. We can’t afford it because we would betray everything we’ve done so far, ” He said, bluntly, about the recent rumors of the hiring of the attacker Alessando Matri, 35 years old, currently without a team after terminating with Sassuolo. “We are not going to demonize him and he will have to earn himself, or not, with us. He has a responsibility towards his companions, which is the most important. Obviously he knows he has done wrong and the main thing has been this recognition. I am not who not to forgive anyone, ”he ruled on this issue.In addition to this unfortunate incident to begin preparing the match against Numancia, the Madrid coach believes that it is time to take another step and return to the path of victory, after eight consecutive meetings without winning. “We were recently in the top six, and being in the middle of the table now we don’t like it.”In fact, Mel does not contemplate simply achieving permanence, although she is aware that this year was going to be complicated for the club. “You can always do more, both soccer players and coaching staff. What is clear is that in summer a series of things were said and We all accepted that this was going to be a year of transition to form a team, rejuvenate the staff, adjust the economic and get people out of the quarry. You have to have that peace of mind that we are in the parameters that we had set ourselves. ”“Despite all this, we cannot accommodate. If the head of the company gives you a goal, even if you get it you can’t let go. But we can go one step further, ”he added.In a clear show of ambition, he thinks there is raw material to fight for the playoff. “Our own self-esteem has to make us force the machine so that people see that their team competes for greater goals. We aspire to enter the privileged positions and believe that we have done things better than the table reflects, ”he says. He added: “The Second Division is showing us what it is, with many streaks both good and bad.” “We must continue to insist on growing young people and, with the help of veterans, be able to take that step. The competition is long and neither when you win you have to breastfeed or when you lose you must tear your clothes, ”he commented.last_img read more

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Govt meets with US congressional delegation

first_imgPresident David Granger on Thursday met with a visiting delegation comprising Congressmen and other officials from the United States of America at the Ministry of the Presidency, where a number of issues were discussed and areas of cooperation explored.The Delegation during talks with President David Granger on ThursdayAccording to a release issued by the Ministry of the Presidency, the four areas discussed surrounded a geographic overview of Guyana, its hemispheric affiliations and shared borders; a strategic outline, which outlined the Guyana/Venezuela border controversy, territorial controversy with Suriname, Guyana’s international relations and the migration of Venezuelans into Guyana; an economic overview, which dealt with the traditional sectors, the emerging oil and gas sector; and Guyana’s pursuit of a ‘green’ agenda and environmental conservation.“I dealt with the geographic scenario and the fact that Guyana is a continental state. It is a part of the South-American continent but with Caribbean characteristics. It’s the only English-speaking State and as a result of that, we have lots of advantages, but at the same time, you know, we are not only perceived as the gateway to South America for the Caribbean but we’re the gateway to the Caribbean for South America. Our geographic situation has, of course, implications for border security because of the territorial claim by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and also claims by Suriname. So, they were interested in that and I gave them the assurance that we are on our way to the peaceful resolution of the territorial controversy with Venezuela,” the Head of State stated in an invited comment.Head of the delegation, Republican Bob Goodlatte was greeted by President David Granger at Ministry of the PresidencyIn addition, Guyana’s political and governance systems were also discussed. “The [other] area I dealt with was political. I gave them the assurance, truthfully, that Guyana is a very stable country, law-abiding country, and our National Assembly functions, our Judiciary functions independently and also the Executive branch. So, those three branches are separate and the Executive does not interfere in the Judiciary or the autonomous commissions, like the Guyana Elections Commission, the Judicial Service Commission and so on. So, I think from the point of view of governance, we were able to explain that Guyana is a stable, well-governed State,” the President stated.The Head of State said Guyana’s ‘green’ agenda was also discussed and the team was impressed with Guyana’s commitment to protecting the environment.“They were quite impressed with our environment [and] our commitment to the environment. We believe that climate change can have harmful effects and we’re taking measures to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. We can see that our coastal zones are being damaged partly as a result of global warming and we are committed to protecting our rivers, protecting our air quality, protecting our forests. So, we’re able to explain and convince them of our commitment to protecting the environment even as we go more deeply into the extractive industries,” he noted.President Granger noted that the two sides also discussed areas of cooperation, which can be built and enhanced where needed, in areas such as security, energy and disaster response and preparedness.“The territorial controversy has been our biggest concern but most recently, and because of our long borders we have a 1300 feet kilometres with Brazil, 800 kilometres nearly with Venezuela and also with Suriname, but we don’t have the assets to protect our borders and there has been some trafficking across the borders; trafficking in guns, Trafficking in Persons, trafficking in narcotics and trafficking in other contraband goods. These are areas where there could be deeper and more intense cooperation between the United States and Guyana. Also, we are aware of the repeated danger of hurricanes and other disasters in the Caribbean and the United States has assisted us, particularly the Civil Defence Commission, in preparing for disasters and management of disasters. Again, this is one area that we want to continue our collaboration with the United States because we don’t have the airlift or the technical capabilities to respond to these disasters,” President Granger said.He noted too that the Congressmen particularly have expressed interest in the energy sector and the possibility of access to cheap electricity for Guyanese and other stakeholders.“We explained that we’re not wedded to one concept. Some areas may have solar, some areas may have hydro, some areas may have wind, some areas may have natural gas so we’re looking at a mix of energy sources and we’re confident that we’ll bring the tariff rate down to below US$0.15 cents per kilowatt hour. Maybe we’ll keep moving downwards and have cheap energy and this will be important to manufacturers. So some of the questions were concerned with the possibility of cheap energy,” the President explained.The US team, which was headed by Republican Bob Goodlatte, included Republicans Steve Cohen, John Rutherford, Scott Peters, Mark Sanford, Richard Hutson and Tod Rokita and other officials.The Guyanese Head of State had Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge; along with Minister of State Joseph Harmon at his side.last_img read more

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Fort St. John McDonalds renovation to feature largest play area in Canada

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John residents that are fans of the morning McMuffin or Big Mac for lunch might have noticed some changes going on at the McDonalds on Alaska Road.General Manager Steve Reese says that the restaurant is undergoing a renovation for approximately the next three months that will see a revamping of the Golden Arches location. The renovations are part of the chain’s Vision 2017 modernisation, which will feature updates to the restaurant including custom-order kiosks, table service, updated furniture, and a new, larger play area. Reese says that new play area will be 100 sq. ft. larger in size, and will be the largest in Canada, and one of the largest in North America.According to Reese, since the renovations were required, the owner decided that the restaurant would feature a larger play area, since it gets a lot of use, especially during the winter months. Schematics of what the new restaurant and play area will look like will be mounted outside the restaurant in roughly one week’s time.- Advertisement -The renovations started last Monday, and Reese added that the new play area should be open for kids to play in by the end of December.last_img read more

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Senegal’s Cisse laments another missed opportunity

first_img0Shares0000Senegal coach Aliou Cisse consoles defender Salif Sane after defeat in the final © AFP / Khaled DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Jul 20 – Senegal coach Aliou Cisse rued his side’s inability to recover from an early goal as their wait for a first Africa Cup of Nations title was extended following Friday’s 1-0 loss to Algeria.The Teranga Lions arrived in Egypt as the top-ranked nation in Africa but finished runners-up for the second time after a second defeat by Algeria at this tournament. “They put away the chance they needed. On the whole we didn’t let ourselves down. We created chances but weren’t able to score,” said Cisse, whose team also lost 1-0 to Algeria in the group phase.“When you concede a goal so early in the match the plans become clear. You have to attack against an aggressive defence and we weren’t able to find the solutions.Senegal were without key centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly through suspension while Liverpool star Sadio Mane found it difficult against a solid Algeria defence.“What are we missing?” asked Cisse. “Being consistent. The last time Senegal reached this point was in 2002. The experience of big matches, we want to be here more often. We’re getting closer to winning.“The team has been making progress these past five years. A final is decided by fine margins and we deserved better tonight.”Cisse, captain of the side that lost the 2002 final, has been in charge since early 2015 and refused to be drawn on his future in the job.“It’s been 17 years since Senegal got to this stage of the competition. We’ve only experienced disillusion and disappointment,” he said.“I’m not important. What counts is what I’m doing the with players and the fact the federation has confidence in me.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Football League charge Blackpool as 0-0 draw with Huddersfield Town is confirmed

first_img Blackpool fan at Bloomfield Road 1 Blackpool’s abandoned Championship clash with Huddersfield will be recorded as a goalless draw, the Football League has announced.The game on the final day of the season on May 2 was called off in the 48th minute after Blackpool fans staged a protest in the centre circle, with the score at 0-0.The Football League board has decided that result should stand and have charged the Seasiders with failing to fulfil a fixture.Although awarding Blackpool, who were already relegated to League One, a point, the league will review its regulations for future games which are abandoned in similar circumstances while also considering ordering refunds for the 2,287 Huddersfield fans who made the journey across the Pennines.A statement from the governing body read: “The board took the view that the 0-0 scoreline that stood at the time of the game’s abandonment (in the 48th minute) should be officially recorded as the final result of the match, as it believes that league points should always be earned on the field of play.“In addition, the board agreed to charge Blackpool with failing to fulfil a fixture and the matter will be heard by a Football Disciplinary Commission (FDC) in due course.“In making its judgment the FDC will be asked to consider any matters relating to compensation to Huddersfield Town and ticket refunds to supporters.“The board also asked its executive to review the league’s regulations regarding abandonments to ensure that any such matches can always be played to a conclusion or replayed altogether if deemed necessary.”The ruling means that Huddersfield finish the season in 16th with 55 points while Blackpool register 26, the joint lowest points tally since the second tier was expanded to 24 teams in 1988.last_img read more

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Huge Chelsea blow! Mourinho confirms major Courtois injury

first_img1 Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will undergo knee surgery which will keep him out for ‘quite a long time’, Jose Mourinho has confirmed. The Belgian international injured his right knee in training on Thursday and is now set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines. The news is a big blow for the champions after the 23-year-old played such a vital role during their 2014-15 title-winning campaign.Mourinho will now have to rely on summer recruit Asmir Begovic, who joined from Stoke City to replace Petr Cech as the club’s No. 2. Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Mourinho said: “Courtois was injured in a training session with the goalkeepers and I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee. “As a consequence of that he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be at this moment more specific about the injury or the time he will be out.” The Portuguese manager also revealed that Oscar will miss Saturday’s trip to Everton but could return in time for their Champions League opener at home to Maccabi Tel-Aviv next Wednesday. Thibaut Courtois last_img read more

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Exclusive: Thank you India, says Dipa Karmakar after returning home

first_imgIndian gymnast Dipa Karmakar revealed she was dreading returning home empty-handed from Rio after she narrowly missed out on a Bronze in the vault final in the Games. Competing with the best, Dipa executed a perfect produnova and scored a 15.066 but had to settle for a fourth-place finish in her maiden Olympic appearance.  (FULL COVERAGE – RIO OLYMPICS) The 23-year-old, who said she was in no rush to get back home from Rio, was given a rousing welcome when she returned to the capital city in the early hours of Saturday.Sporting a huge smile, Dipa thanked the country for the support. “I want to thank India for giving me such a great welcome,” she said.Dipa also revealed she felt sad to have not got her country a medal but promised to bag one in four year’s time. (‘Rustom’, Hyderabadi biryani await Sindhu after Silver in Rio)”I am very disappointed that I missed a medal. But still I have this satisfaction that people would now feel that India can win a medal in Gymnastics. Tokyo Olympics is my next target,” she said, brimming with confidence.  (Sindhu fought like hell, says coach Pullela Gopichand)The memory of losing an Olympic medal by just 0.15 of a point in Sunday’s vault final continues to haunt her. Dipa didn’t show much emotions immediately after the event but reveals she broke down on return to the Games Village in Rio on Sunday.WATCH – TOKYO NEXT TARGET, SAYS DIPA “I was satisfied with my performance when I finished the vault final but when I reached my room and saw that I missed out on a medal by such a small margin, my coach and I cried a lot. (Name a storm after PV Sindhu, says Kapil Dev) “I am very happy that I competed with the legends of the game and against them I finished fourth.”advertisementDipa has now been recommended for India’s highest sporting honour.  However, the gymnast is not sure whether she should celebrate the moment. Reason: “I am very happy that I have been chosen for the Khel Ratna but would have been happier if I would have received that award with a medal.” (Also read: Dipa Karmakar recommended for Khel Ratna after spectacular Rio show)She got the people in the country behind the Rio athletes after a first few disappointing days. She set the tone and compatriots Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu took it from there. Wrestler Sakshi opened the account for India with a bronze in the 58kg freestyle wrestling and shuttler Sindhu, in her Olympic debut, fought her way through to a silver.Dipa said the Rio show will help the Indian girls come up with a better show in Tokyo. “I am very happy that Sakshi and Sindhu have won a medal and now feel that in Tokyo we have far better chance for Indian girls.”And the Bishweshwar Nandi, Dipa’s coach, was standing right besides her watching her ward grab all the attention. Banking on the support he is expecting to get from the government, Nandi is optimistic of a medal in Tokyo for Dipa”I am sure Dipa will win a medal at Tokyo Olympics. We need more facilities and authorities are supporting us,” Nandi said.last_img read more

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A Rival Coach Is Accusing Nick Saban Of Cheating At Alabama

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban on the Alabama sideline.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)No college football coach has been close to as successful as Nick Saban over the last 10 years or so. Alabama’s head coach has led the Crimson Tide to several national titles and SEC championships.CBS Sports published today a ranking of the most-overrated and most-underrated head coaches in the sport, based on anonymous voting from coaches.Saban, unsurprisingly, was not voted one of the most-overrated coaches, but one rival coach did call him out with a fiery quote.The rival coach is accusing Saban of cheating.“If you had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country every year [you’d win like Nick Saban]. He shows up at every single game with a better roster than the teams he ‘s playing. … If you count cheating and getting the best players in the country as part of running a program, he’s the best in the country. It’s like saying an NFL coach is the best coach in the league if he gets 25 first-round picks every year.”Oh boy.Saban and Alabama do dominate the recruiting circuits like no one else, but calling him out for “cheating” is pretty bold.Any guesses on who that was?last_img read more

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