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first_img0Shares0000Game of frustration: Michy Batshuayi says he “did not have a good time at Chelsea”. © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Feb 17 – Michy Batshuayi has opened up about his frustrating time at Chelsea, claiming he “did not have a good time” at the Premier League giants.The 24-year-old has been on fire since joining Borussia Dortmund on loan in January, hitting five goals in just three games. The Belgian striker threatens to add more goals in Sunday’s German league match at Borussia Moenchengladbach, who have lost their last three games without scoring.Batshuayi scored twice on his debut in a 3-2 league win at Cologne, then hit the net again in a 2-0 defeat of Hamburg last weekend.His incredible run continued on Thursday with two more goals in Dortmund’s 3-2 home win against Atalanta in the last 16, first leg, in the Europa League.After months on Chelsea’s bench behind first-choice Alvaro Morata, Batshuayi is relishing his new role leading Dortmund’s attack.“I did not have a good time at Chelsea, but I’m doing well here and I’ve been well received by my colleagues and supporters,” Batshuayi told Belgian network Sporza.“Sitting on the bench, scoring a goal and then being back on the bench is quite difficult to deal with for an attacker.“As a young player, you need a lot of playing time to evolve. It’s perfect here, and I’m trusted by everyone.”Having sold Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal, Dortmund need a goal scorer, but Chelsea did not offer a ‘to buy’ option on Batshuayi’s loan deal.He is unconcerned about his future and just wants to keep scoring for Dortmund to help win a place at the World Cup with Belgium.“I’m not thinking about that (returning to Chelsea),” said Batshuayi.“For me, it’s important to perform well for Borussia Dortmund in every match.“I’ll deal with the situation as it comes.”Dortmund can go second in the table with a win at Gladbach, but will be without Shinji Kagawa.The Japan midfielder has an ankle injury, but Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer could return after a calf injury.“We’ll make a decision whether it makes sense for him after the final training session, he doesn’t feel 100 percent fit yet,” said Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


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first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards fans celebrate their win over AFC Leopards on August 25, a win that saw them clinch a 17th Kenyan Premier League title. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 25 – Gor Mahia clinched a record 17th Kenyan Premier League title on Saturday afternoon after beating their arch rivals AFC Leopards 2-0 in a trouble ridden Mashemeji Derby at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.K’Ogalo defended the title with six matches to spare. With focus fixed on their CAF Confederations Cup tie against USM Alger in Algeria on Wednesday, Gor head coach Dylan Kerr fielded a second string team, the same that thrashed Sofapaka 3-0 in midweek and they did not disappoint.In an eventful match, the game had to be stopped for nine minutes after a section of AFC Leopards supporters started throwing projectiles into the pitch following Gor’s second goal.After resumption, Ingwe had a chance to draw back level from the penalty spot, but Whyvonne Isuza struck his effort wide.Gor had gone ahead with super fine goals from Boniface Omondi and Bernard Ondiek.AFC Leopards defender Isaac Oduro shields the ball away from Gor Mahia’s Lawrence Juma during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on August 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluUp until Omondi’s 31st minute goal, the game had broken off into a procession, none of the two sides injecting pace into the game. Incidentally, it was goal scorer Omondi who seemed the liveliest of the 22 players on the pitch as he attempted to get into speed whenever he got the ball.The pint sized winger provided the first chance of the game in the third minute when he lifted the ball into Samuel Onyango’s path, but the striker took a heavy first touch allowing keeper Ezekiel Owade to come out and pick the ball.Two minutes on the turn, Joachim Oluoch was almost punished when a missed pass straight into the middle of the pack was intercepted by Alex Orotomal who sent Brian Marita through, but the winger’s shot was awry.Gor had a good chance to break the deadlock on the quarter hour mark when Cersidy Okeyo’s freekick landed on Bernard Ondiek at the back post but his header was weak, straight into Owade’s arms.AFC should have been one up after 27 minutes but the gods of luck never smiled their way after Gor defender Wesley Onguso almost turned the ball into his own net as he looked to clear away a flicked ball from Marita.Gor Mahia’s Boniface Omondi celebrates with teammate Lawrence Juma after scoring against AFC Leopards in a Kenyan premier League match on August 25, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaFour minutes later, Gor broke the deadlock, the game’s liveliest player hitting the back of the net with a low shot from the edge of the box after drifting into space when the ball was played out to him from the left.AFC were stunned while the green half of the divide danced in joy.The level of happiness should have gone same in the 37th minute, but AFC missed a great chance with Isaac Oduro’s freekick from a good scoring position went straight into the wall.Two minutes later, they were punished.Gor won the ball in midfield and Karim Nizigiyimana spread it wide on the other end to Omondi who cut into the box and sliced a pass back to Ondiek who took the simplest of finishes beating Owade one on one.After the second goal, hell broke loose with a section of Ingwe supporters breaking seats and throwing into the pitch, protesting that in the build up to the goal there was a foul on their player.After nine minutes, the game resumed though and AFC should have surely clawed back some hope of a comeback. They were given a penalty after Charles Momanyi handled inside the box as he defended a cross, but Whyvonne Isuza blasted the kick wide.In the second half, AFC came brighter with head coach Rodolfo Zapata making a double switch bringing on Vincent Oburu and Eugene Mukangula for the ineffective Baker Lukooya and Edward Seda.AFC Leopards skipper Duncan Otieno wins the ball ahead Gor Mahia’s Samuel Onyango during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on August 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAFC were more incisive going forward, but they could not crack the backline of Momanyi and Joachim Oluoch which had stood firm, Oluoch particularly putting in a huge shift.Four minutes from the restart, Mukangula swung in a sweet looking cross after skipping away from Wesley Onguso on the left, but Isuza’s effort on the volley went over unmarked inside the box.AFC’s Nigerian striker Orotomal was causing all the danger and had two chances, one with a shot from the left which was well handled by the keeper while minutes later, his effort from the edge of the area was blocked.In the 71st minute, Orotomal was presented with another glorious opportunity when Oduro’s cross from the left picked him out, but his shot went straight to keeper Fredrick Odhiambo.Gor turned the game into a training session, passing the ball around much to the cheer of the fans who enjoyed every touch of the ball.With champagne chilling in ice, the Gor bench and the fans stood on their feet over the entire final five minutes of the game and once the referee’s final whistle sounded, the party flowed over from the stands into the pitch.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


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first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho was ready to make a £100million bid to sign World Cup winner Raphael Varane from Real Madrid on deadline day, according to reports. 3 Mourinho wanted to bring World Cup winner Varane to Old Trafford Jose Mourinho did not get the defender he wanted But instead, the Red Devils boss was left by frustrated by the club’s failure to land the new centre-back he craved, amid claims his transfer wishlist was largerly vetoed by club chiefs.Mourinho was ready to spend big to bring in a new defender late into the window and, having won multiple titles and still only 25 years of age, Varane was seen as an ideal target.It is understood United were ready to table a world-record bid for a defender to bring the World Cup winner to Old Trafford, before Real Madrid made it clear Varane was not for sale.The failed plans represented the club’s final roll of the dice, having failed to deliver Mourinho’s demands of two more players.After sealing deals for Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant by early July, last season’s Premier League runners-up were unable to add further, despite the Portuguese’s explicit desire to make two more signings to bolster his defence. Harry Maguire is set to arrive at Old Trafford on Friday… when United play Leicester in their Premier League opener center_img 3 They were linked with a number of top players, but none of their various pursuits came to fruition.United had been interested in signing Harry Maguire this summer, but Leicester City’s steadfast refusal to sell scuppered any move for the England star.Misgivings over Jerome Boateng’s fitness and Bayern Munich’s reluctance to do a loan deal ruled that option out, while Atletico Madrid were contacted about Diego Godin but it quickly became evident that move was also no-go.Barcelona defender Yerry Mina joined Everton as prohibitive agent demands put off United and no offer is understood to have been tabled for Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, despite being linked with the defender for the majority of the past 12 months.Mourinho warned it could be a “difficult season” if United did not bring in at least one more face, with the Red Devils getting the new Premier League campaign underway against Leicester on Friday evening. 3 Various newspapers have also claimed the United board have warned Mourinho to stop demanding money for new big-name signing and instead focus on working with the talent at his disposal and start developing youth players.The club are said to be unhappy about the coach targeting older players as short-term fixes to his squad problems, and turn his attention to bringing through the club’s top young players.It’s not the first time Ed Woodward has stepped in to restrict Mourinho’s movements, having refused to even consider selling Paul Pogba or Anthony Martial this summer, despite the pair’s high-profile disputes with their manager.last_img read more


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first_imgOld Time DancingOur weekly dance in the Resource Centre Manorcunningham will conclude on Thursday 25th of April music by Country Traditions dancing from 9 – 11.30pm Refreshments will be served. For the Summer months dancing will continue on a monthly basis, commencing on Thursday the 6th of June 2013.Historical Talk May McClintock is giving a historical talk on the area here in the Resource Centre next Friday the 19th April @ 8pm everyone is welcome. Donations greatly welcome all proceeds to the Historical Society Fund. Irish Kidney AssociationThe annual church gate collection for the Irish Kidney Association will be held on the 20th and 21st of April 2013  Hall HireThere are great facilities here at the Manorcunningham Resource Centre. We have a huge main hall with stage ideal for plays/concerts and birthday parties(including bouncy castle & full use of kitchen facilities. On the unfortunate event of a funeral we can cater for tea/soup & sandwiches, so the family can take comfort in having one less thing to worry about during their sad loss. There is also smaller meeting rooms upstairs and a computer suite. A lift is also installed and is available for people with difficulties using the stairs. We also have Fax and photocopying facilities. If anyone would like more information on any of the facilities or activities please call on 0749157927.   DD LOCAL – MANORCUNNINGHAM NOTES was last modified: April 12th, 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:Manorcunningham noteslast_img read more


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first_img At the end of the third quarter, the gap was $102 a month. The company surveyed 29 markets between the Pacific Ocean and Indianapolis, Ind. Seven markets – all in California – had rents averaging more than $1,000 a month. Rents declined from a year ago in two markets, Colorado Springs and Tucson, and remained flat in two, Denver and Oklahoma City. The least expensive market was Oklahoma City, with an average rent of $530 a month. RealFacts said that there are few signs that this trend will change, so most renters will have stable rents and supply. But renting remains less advantageous in expensive markets like those in Colorado. Lawrence Souza, chief economic consultant for the Sacramento-based California Apartment Association, said that rents are higher in the Los Angeles area because of the region’s more robust economy. The Bay Area took a big hit from the tech-bubble burst and is still struggling to create jobs. “Southern California has a more diverse economy. And I think a lot of people who were living … in Northern California migrated to Southern California because there were jobs being created,” he said. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.com INCREASING RENTS Apartment dwellers throughout California paid higher housing costs in the third quarter vs. a year ago. Here’s a market snapshot. Los Angeles Area: $1,441…..up 6.3% San Francisco Area: $1,339…..up 2.1% Ventura Area: $1,345…..up 3.3% San Diego Area: $1,251…..up 3.2% Inland Empire: $1,061…..up 6% Source: Real Facts 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles area maintained its grip on the title of most expensive rental market in the West during the third quarter with its lead over the Bay Area continuing to grow, an industry tracker said Wednesday. But housing prices have hit such high levels that renting an apartment still looks like a bargain, said RealFacts, a Novato-based research firm that specializes in the apartment market. Average rents in the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana area edged up by 1.9 percent during the third quarter from the prior three-month period and jumped by 6.3 percent from a year ago, the company said. At the same time, housing prices have increased by 20 percent or more from a year earlier in many communities across the state. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week And while for-sale housing stock has dwindled, apartment occupancy rates in the Los Angeles area have held steady at about 95 percent for the past three years, the company said. That level represents a market in balance, said Chris Bates, the company’s investment analyst. “The renters don’t have to give their first-born, and there is enough of a demand that landlords have an opportunity to increase rents at an acceptable rate,” he said. RealFacts tracks apartment buildings of 100 units or more. The Los Angeles survey includes 1,001 buildings: 100 considered Class A – those built in the last 10 years; 280 Class B, built in the last 20 years; and the balance Class C properties, built at least 30 years ago. Los Angeles supplanted San Francisco atop the high-rent list in the first quarter of 2004, with L.A. rents averaging $11 a month more than those up north. last_img read more


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first_imgWarner earned his first honor of the season in helping a defensive effort that limited Missouri S&T to just 175 yards of total offense, the second fewest surrendered by a PFL team this season. Warner got the defense in on the Bulldogs’ scoring barrage with a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was his second career interception return for a touchdown.The Bulldogs will enjoy a bye this week before beginning the PFL season Sept. 29 at Jacksonville University.  Print Friendly Version Drake University quarterback Grant Kraemer (Northridge, Calif.) and safety Will Warner (Pella, Iowa) have earned a pair of weekly Pioneer Football League honors for their efforts in Drake’s dominating 52-12 win over Missouri S&T.Kraemer was named the PFL Offensive Player of the Week for his record-setting passing performance against Missouri S&T. The fifth-year signal caller completed 14-of-16 passes for 359 yards and six touchdowns in three quarters of action. That performance helped the Bulldogs pass for 452 total yards in the win, just three yards shy of the school record for passing yards in a game.His six touchdown passes equal a school record that he already matched last year along with Ira Vandever’s six-touchdown performance in 2002. Kraemer completed touchdown passes of  58, 65, 6, 5, 50 and 12 yards with a long completion of 72 yards. Two of his first three passes in the win resulted in touchdowns to give the Bulldogs an early lead against the Miners. last_img read more


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first_imgGlenties Community Action Group will be holding registration for inclusion in the new Glenties/Fintown Text Alert System next Monday March 31st and Tuesday April 1st at Inniskeel Co Op in Glenties and The Railway Inn, Fintown.Forms will be available for willing participants to fill out at both locations or if you have a form already filled out it can be dropped into either location with your €5 registration fee.Registration will be accepted during the opening hours of both premises. This scheme has been devised as a way of creating a feeling of safety and security in the Glenties/Fintown area and considerable work and preparation has gone into the schemes creation.The group already has a sizeable response to the scheme and we encourage as many people as possible to sign up to the Text Alert system and be part of making our community a safer place.REGISTRATION NIGHT TO STEP UP GLENTIES TEXT ALERT SCHEME was last modified: March 29th, 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:donegalGlentiesregistration nighttext alertlast_img read more


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first_img9 November 2011President Jacob Zuma, speaking at the launch of the Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative in Mkhondo local municipality in Mpumalanga province on Sunday, urged emerging farmers to use their farms to help create jobs and alleviate poverty in the country.He told community members that through agricultural projects initiated in the area, people could get jobs and poverty could be alleviated.“If you stand firm and make sure that these projects don’t fail in your hands, poverty can be alleviated and job creation can be high,” Zuma said. “We need to wake up and do things ourselves. Government is here to help you. People must not rely on [social] grants for a living when they have land.”Zuma co-founded the nationwide Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative with KwaZulu-Natal businessman Daebo Mzobe.On Sunday, he visited various agricultural projects that fall under the initiative around Piet Retief, handed over five houses, and also handed over the newly built Ezakheni Combined Boarding School in Donkerhoek. The school will accommodate children from child-headed families.‘Let the supermarkets buy from them’Zuma was accompanied by Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza.He promised that offices of the Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative would be built in Mpumalanga soon.“We have taken a resolution to build offices here in Mpumalanga, where Mpumalanga people can access them easily. We want people, including businessmen, to volunteer and boost projects in their communities.“We do not want the community to buy food from supermarkets, but let the supermarkets buy from them.”Mabuza promised that his administration would support the Masibambisane famers by buying food from them.“We will make sure that to sustain these projects, as government, we will buy food and vegetables for schools, hospitals and other government institutions. We will also help process them,” Mabuza said.Five houses handed overA recipient of one of the five houses handed over by Zuma at eThandakukhanya township, Nelisiwe Mbokazi, 37, who cares for 10 children, including six of her own, couldn’t hide her joy when she stepped into the solar-powered house.“This is something I will never forget in my life. I’ve been staying in a shack all my life, but having Zuma give me this house has changed all our lives,” she said. Mbokazi’s house was fully-furnished.Gigaba told the community that his department would spend R1-million electrifying 63 houses in eThandakukhanya township.He said R300 000 would also be spent electrifying agricultural projects that have been initiated in the area to boost their irrigation.“All the aforesaid help, especially the electrification of the houses, will start this week,” Gigaba said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


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first_imgOn April 6, 1926, Mahatma Gandhi wrote a letter in which he called Jesus Christ “one of the great teachers of mankind.” The rare letter has found a buyer, who paid $50,000 to acquire it, according to the Pennsylvania-based Raab Collection, which said that the letter has been in a private collection for half a century.The name of the buyer has not been disclosed.The typed document, which bears Gandhi’s handwritten signature, “is the embodiment of Gandhi’s vision for a world of religions at peace. His belief in Jesus as a teacher of mankind shows his efforts to find commonality with his fellow man,” said Nathan Raab, principal at the Raab Collection.Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img


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first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today advertised for the national team’s head coach position which has been vacant since Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher’s contract ended after the 2015 ICC World Cup. (Ravi Shastri to apply for India’s head coach job)The board invited applications for the top post with a circular comprising a nine-point criteria, including one stating a ‘desire’ to have a Hindi speaking coach. It also wants somebody who does not have a track record of being embroiled in controversies.The board has set June 10 as deadline for candidates to apply for the post. (Gavaskar backs Dravid as India coach)After Fletcher’s tenure, former India skipper Ravi Shastri served as the team director till the ICC World T20 while Sanjay Bangar, Bharath Arun and R Sridhar teamed up respectively as the batting, bowling and fielding coaches.Last week, the BCCI appointed former India all-rounder Bangar as interim head coach for the limited overs tour of Zimbabwe, starting June 11 while former domestic cricketer Abhay Sharma was named fielding coach. (Harbhajan backs Dravid for head coach, Zaheer as bowling coach)Here are the criteria listed by the board: 1.Should have successfully coached a cricket team of any of the member countries of the ICC, at the first class or at the International level.2.It is preferred that the candidate should be qualified through a certification/assessment program conducted by any of the full member countries and currently possess such a valid certification.3.Should be able to prepare and present a coaching plan elaborating the approach for ‘Team India’ to attain leadership position in all formats of the game.advertisement4.Demonstrate methods/tools to effectively measure individual player performance and present metrics to the Board, which will in turn measure the performance of the team, on a consistent and timely basis.5.Demonstrate an understanding and ability of employing a multi disciplinary approach that will include sports psychology and sports medicine, and effectively manage the work load of the players, thereby enhancing their contribution to the cause of the team.6.Communication skills befitting the coach of an International team are mandatory along with the ability to effectively convey the right messages and must demonstrate proficiency in English. It is desirable to communicate in Hindi and other regional Indian languages.7.Should be well versed with the latest technologies/trends in sports software and ability to utilise the same, which will assist in analysing/ improving the performance of the player and the team.8.Mandatory that the candidate should have an impeccable personal record, devoid of any past or current disputes, with any of the member boards of the ICC or its affiliates.9.Demonstrate plans and ability to contribute to the NCA Cricket Development Programmes and forecasting/planning to develop the next generation cricketer and agree to make themselves available for the NCA, as and when they are not with the team .The board said the shortlisted candidates will be called upon to present their credentials and plans, in person for further evaluation.last_img read more