Madrid defender Carvajal laments “shit season” after Champions League KO

first_img “We have had a shit season,” Carvajal admitted in an interview with Movistar. “It’s not up to the players to analyse this. What we have to do is not hide and keep working.”  Madrid fans want Perez’s resignation after exiting three competitions in a week Dani Carvajal says Real Madrid have had a “shit” season after they were knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax on Tuesday.  Ajax turned around a 2-1 first leg deficit by winning 4-1 at the Bernabeu as Los Blancos were beaten at home for the fourth consecutive game.  RELATED STORIES Ramos was filming Amazon documentary as Real Madrid eliminated from Europe 05/03/2019 Carvajal: “Una temporada de mierda” Madrid have now been knocked out of the Copa del Rey, the La Liga title race and now Europe in the space of seven days to leave their season over in March.  With tears almost in his eyes, the Madrid player added: “I feel uneasy… I don’t know how to explain it.  Upd. on 06/03/2019 at 00:14 CET IN SPORT.ES “We came into the game with the intention of playing really well and getting through, but it’s not easy to play after two losses in a row [to Barcelona]. In one week we’ve been knocked out of everything.”  Xavi Canals Carvajal tried to avoid making excuses: “[Ajax] were better and deserved to go through. Two errors saw us go 2-0 down, we missed a chance and the third goal kills us.” last_img read more

Nathan’s next big step

first_imgA new primary school in Officer has officially appointed Nathan Jagoe as its new principal. The well-known Tooradin man has…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Jessica Anstice last_img

Pep talk ended Man City’s title bid, says Pellegrini

first_imgManchester City’s Premier League title challenge derailed once the club announced Pep Guardiola would take charge from next season, outgoing manager Manuel Pellegrini has said.City won just three of their next 11 games to fall behind in the title race and exit the FA Cup once the announcement was made in February about the Bayern Munich boss.“At the start of February, there was news about a change of the manager, about players who will not continue here next season, about a lot of things involved in the minds of all the players,” Pellegrini told British media.“It’s not easy for the players when you read in newspapers all things that will happen next season, all the players who will go out, all the players that will come in. It’s not easy for the players to focus their mind.“In February we were involved in all the competitions, in the Champions League, we won the Capital One (League) Cup, we were forced to leave the FA Cup, and we were three points behind the leaders.”Third-placed City, 13 points behind leaders Leicester City, have since picked up from the dip and are unbeaten in their last five games, winning 3-0 at Chelsea on Saturday.They have also progressed to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time and will take on Real Madrid.Pellegrini put the change in form down to the players’ increased concentration levels ahead of their trip to relegation-threatened Newcastle United on Tuesday.“We must try to finish now playing this way, trying to be as near as possible at the top of the table, trying to reach the final of the Champions League and we will finish a good season if we win two titles,” the Chilean said.last_img read more

Fiji v Papua New Guinea – match preview

first_imgSince then they have failed to win a game in the past two World Cups and have lost their past seven Test matches but as they prepare to host World Cup matches for the first time in PNG in 2017 there is hope on the horizon.The introduction of the PNG Hunters to Queensland’s Intrust Super Cup has exposed a greater number of players to regular competition at a high level and showcased them to NRL and Super League clubs who have come calling.Now contracted to the Canberra Raiders, Kato Ottio is believed to be close to an NRL start after some strong displays in the Intrust Super NSW Premiership and Rod Griffin has graduated from the Ipswich Jets to a full-time contract with the Wests Tigers.The return of David Mead to the Kumuls colours gives the team a major boost with Nene Macdonald, Luke Page and Kurt Baptiste also boast NRL experience.Semi-finalists at the 2013 World Cup, Fiji go into this game without Korbin Sims and Jayson Bukuya due to suspension and Marika Koroibete, Viliame Kikau and Apisai Koroisau due to injury and will rely heavily on the experience of Kevin Naiqama, Akuila Uate and Sisa Waqa out wide and young forwards Kane Evans, Daniel Saifiti and Eloni Vunakece.Both teams are guaranteed passage into next year’s World Cup but with few opportunities to play Test matches need to start building now.Fiji are currently ranked seventh in the world and the Kumuls 14th (behind Serbia, Italy and Canada) but this represents a chance for PNG to show there is now little between them.Watch out Bati: The threat posed by David Mead at fullback is obvious to anyone who has watched the Titans play this season but one player who Fiji need to be particularly wary of is crafty hooker Wartovo Puara. A member of the PNG Hunters team that qualified for the Intrust Super Cup semi-finals in their second season last year, Puara is small in stature but big in footy smarts and is capable of causing havoc around the ruck with his speed off the mark. If the big Fiji forwards start to slow up, he’s the man that can take advantage.Watch out Kumuls: It’s been three years since Sisa Waqa last represented Fiji at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and with his move to French rugby now less than two months away he’ll be keen to go out with a bang. An enigmatic player with 95 NRL games to his name, Waqa has been forced to bide his time in NSW Cup with the Raiders this season but will no doubt have something special planned in what will likely be his final game for the Bati. He’s never scored a try in four Tests with Fiji; I’m tipping that to change on Saturday night.Key match-up: Kane Evans v Luke Page. The loss of Korbin Sims through suspension puts further pressure on Roosters prop Kane Evans to lead the way up front and while he will tower over the PNG pack he faces a willing combatant in Luke Page. Having spent time with both Canberra and St George Illawarra in the past two seasons, Page is a ferocious runner of the footy who will push off the back fence at Pirtek Stadium before charging into the Fijian defence. When these two big boppers collide it will rock the foundations and inspire their teammates around them.History: Last year’s Pacific Test represented the first meeting between these two island nations with Fiji running out 22-10 victors over a Papua New Guinea team boasting only two players with NRL experience at the time. While Fiji have steadily climbed the international rugby league ranks the Kumuls have gone the other way, losing all seven of their most recent Test matches.Match officials: Referee: Robert Hicks; Touch Judges: Russell Turner and Tim Roby; Review Officials: Bryan Norrie and Jason Robinson; Senior RO: Ashley Klein.Televised: Fox Sports – Live 5.30pm.The way we see it: The key outs of Sims and Bukuya level up the NRL experience within the two sides considerably and bring PNG right into the contest. More Kumuls players than ever before are training and playing at a high level and with David Mead at fullback have a class player in a key position. Fiji’s greatest advantage comes up front where they have a host of towering props who will challenge the PNG defence but the Kumuls are used to playing well above their weight. The combination of brothers Ase and Watson Boas in the halves might just be enough for PNG to cause the upset. Kumuls by six points.last_img read more

Nadal brushes aside Paire in opener

first_imgRafael Nadal smoothly negotiated the potential stumbling block presented by Frenchman Benoit Paire on Monday, launching his bid for a 10th French Open trophy with a largely routine 6-1 6-4 6-1 win.The heavy favourite for the title looked in imperious form as he steamed through the first set in under half an hour.Paire, described prior to their encounter on Court Suzanne Lenglen as a dangerous opponent by Nadal, played with more freedom in a closer second set as the Spaniard lost his edge. Trading baseline rallies, they exchanged breaks to leave the Frenchman leading 4-3.But Nadal then pulled clear and, with Paire periodically clutching his stomach after a medical time out, the Spaniard took nine of the last 10 games to close out the match in just under two hours.last_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgMandeville Pistol Club fetes children Tuff Gong dethrone Connection St Catherine will be allowed to compete in the annual Juici-Patties-sponsored South Central Confed Under-13 and Under-15 leagues. This decision was confirmed at the recent awards ceremony at The Verandah, the chief dining facility at the home of the sponsors at Clarendon Park. New Jamaica Football Federation regulations have reconfigured the boundaries of the Confed structure, They have removed St Catherine from South Central and have aligned them with KSAFA, which also now includes St Thomas. However, the hierarchy of the South Central Confed has, in conjunction with the sponsors, decided that St Catherine will not be denied participation in the Juici-Patties junior competitions. St Catherine have the most outstanding record in the 31-year-old competition and were champions of both the Under-15 and the Under-13 competitions this year. Tuff Gong have won the 2017 staging of the Western Union-sponsored Porus Under-15 competition. They beat defending champions Connection 4-1. Connections were champions in 2015 and 2016 while Tuff Gong last dominated the competition, almost a decade earlier. With the game tied at 1-1 at half-time, no one could have predicted the outcome. The game swung Tuff Gong’s way when Tyrick Harrison was introduced and with more crosses coming in, his twin brother Tyrece obliged scoring twice as Tuff Gong went on to win 4-1. Other scorers for Tuff Gong were Jeffrey Carter and Domin Reid. Leon Bryan scored Connection’s lone goal. Tyrick Harrison was later voted the Most Valuable Player. St Catherine to participate in Juici-Patties leaguecenter_img Manchester FA blames poor facilities on community leagues The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s management team, led by administrator Tamana Minott, recently feted children from the community of Top Lincoln. Children were provided with food and ice cream before being presented with school items such as crayons, writing books, and school bags. The children, their parents, and other citizens from the community, got a chance, during the function, to mingle with a few of the club shooters. The Manchester FA is to set new regulations to monitor the number of community leagues played during the football season. According to President Dalton Wint, the mushrooming of leagues was creating a deleterious effect on the football facilities. He said most of the leagues were played in a four-month period following the Manchester FA-run competitions, which usually end in May each year. Wint declared: “What we are finding out is that all the leagues are played at one facility with multiple games each week or evening. There is no effort made by the organisers to do refurbishing or upgrading work on the field, the goal posts, or permanent facilities there. Once they are finished, they leave, and then the actions are repeated the next season. This cannot continue.” He placed the blame squarely at the feet of political machinery in the parish, who he says are the main sponsors of these leagues.last_img read more

Portugal’s PM Costa, “I am Proud to be a IO”

first_imgIf there was one takeaway from the just concluded 14th Pravasi Bharitiya Divas (PBD January 7-9) it was India’s determination to connect with People of Indian Origin (PIO’s). They certainly pulled out all the stops at this largest even PBD held in Bangalore, its world famous IT capital. Unlike the previous PBDs, this inaugural biennial conclave was preceded by a yearlong series of focused discussions chaired by foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her top Ministry officials, with specially invited members of the Indian Diaspora.Some of the recommendations from those discussions were already evident, especially an emphasis on youth – exemplified by the Youth PBD. These Diaspora youth delegates (there were nine from Guyana) were given the opportunity to interact and network with their peers – including Indian students from across India studying in Bangalore. There were, of course, exposed to the curated and living civilisational response of this southern region of India, igniting an appreciation for the tremendous diversity of India, of which they are part.For myself, a member of the panel addressing the plenary session, “Connecting Contemporary India to the Diaspora in Girmitiya Countries: Link to the Past for a Shared Future”, the highlight was the address by the Chief Guest of PBD 2017, Antonio Costa, the Prime Minister of Portugal. During his speech, he whipped out his “People of Indian Origin (PIO) card, held it aloft and announced, “I am proud to be a Person of Indian origin (PIO) – the first to lead a European country!”His origin was in Goa, the part of India that had been a colony of Portugal subsequent to Vasco da Gama’s historic discovery of a sea route to the East from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean via the Cape of Good Hope of Africa. What was remarkable to me was his enthusiastic embrace of his Indian Origin, even though, in his case, Portugal had been expelled from Goa by an armed Indian invasion in 1961. Full diplomatic relations had only been resumed in 1975.It also reinforced a point I have been making in our country: we have to re-examine the narratives we have inherited from the colonial era. Those narratives came out of different contexts and answered what may be irrelevant in the present. Costa’s act reminds us that changes since then might have made some old labels like “enemy”, and “coloniser” anachronistic in the modern era.His declaration of being a PIO, while being a Portuguese, emphasises that accepting one’s origin in no way conflicts with one’s present nationality. As India’s PM Narendra Modi said to resounding, prolonged applause: The colour of the passports may be different; but not the ties of origin (blood). Costa also pragmatically played up his Indian origin to make a pitch for India to consider Portugal as a beachhead to interact with the rest of Europe in whatever field it chooses.The PIOs who had emigrated from India as indentured servants between 1834 (Mauritius) and March 12, 1917, when it was brought to a halt, did so after signing a contract or “agreement” that purported to describe their conditions and terms of employment in the new lands. The word “Girmit” is a Bhojpuri corruption of the world “agreement” and was first used by Fijian Indians to describe those who had decided to remain in their new countries: Girmitiya – People of the Agreement.This March, Girmitiyas from across the globe will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the abolition of Indentureship and PBD 2017 provided a platform to coordinate and support activities. The Social Cohesion Minister from Mauritius, for instance, committed his country’s help with digitisation of immigrants’ records, which can all be fed into an interactive database at the newly launched Girmitiya Research Centre in New Delhi.Going beyond the ongoing exchange of “cultural ambassadors”, India will also host events to commemorate the landmark event by highlighting the efforts of Gandhi, Gokhale and Maliviya to end indentureship. Quite significantly, in terms of their unfortunate later history, the Muslim League and Congress reunited for one last time to achieve this goal.last_img read more

Archers, Stags clash; Falcons also go for No. 2 seed

first_imgLATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks The Archers and the Stags are at 4-2, with reigning NCAA champion San Beda to top the group no matter the result of its 3:15 p.m. clash with University of Santo Tomas.Adamson will have the same goal in Group B when the Soaring Falcons, who made a sorry exit in the Final Four of the UAAP last season, slug it out with ousted National University in the 11:45 p.m. game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAn Adamson win would put the Falcons at 5-2 and will win a tiebreaker with idle Letran College as the Falcons beat the Knights, 89-85, in their only elimination round clash.San Beda is undefeated after six games and will be gunning for a sweep of the classification phase against the Growling Tigers, who have bombed out of further competition and will be coming into this game seeking nothing more than bragging rights. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Far Eastern tangles with also-ran Jose Rizal University at 1:30 p.m. with a win giving the Tamaraws No. 3 seeding in Group B at best as they will win a potential tiebreak with the Falcons, whom they beat, 66-63, in the eliminations.Aljun Melecio, Andrei Caracut and Justine Baltazar will banner La Salle, while RK Ilagan, JM Calma and Alvin Capobres will provide the firepower for the Stags.In the lone high school match of the day, the UST Tiger Cubs go up against undefeated Nazareth School of National University Bullpups at 6:45 in the evening.For the 11-Under Division, Claret faces Xavier at 8 a.m. while San Sebastian battles LSGH at 9 a.m.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Felipe keeps sights fixed on Tokyo La Salle and San Sebastian, powers in different collegiate leagues, collide on Friday for No. 2 ranking in Group A of the Filoil Flying V Preseason men’s tournament at the league’s permanent home in San Juan.Game time is at 5 p.m. with the winner obviously getting better position in the playoffs and the advantage of facing a lower-ranked opponent.ADVERTISEMENT Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay View commentslast_img read more

Caricom has rendered itself obsolete

first_imgDear Editor,Now that the Americans have spoken that they want “free, fair and peaceful” elections, I am breathing a little easier. There are still many challenges, and inimically, the most crucial ones will be devised by GECOM itself. However, it is not going to be an easy feat to rig an election under the noses of the Americans in this day and age. Granger, therefore, knows his best bet is to delay and obstruct as long as possible.Granger’s Government’s refusal to head to the polls and their violation of the Constitution, co-opting of GECOM and the Courts in the process, has not won them any friends. In fact, it has done the exact opposite. The international community, barring Caricom, is beginning to show signs of fatigue with this caretaker Government. And who can blame them? It is exceedingly tedious to sit and listen to the lame excuses being proffered every day.Caricom has chosen to remain silent and steadfast behind Granger even as he continues to violate the rule of law and the rights of citizens. Guyanese will now go to the polls a full 437 days after the Government was defeated in Parliament by the No-Confidence Motion, which was held on December 21, 2018. In effect, future use of no-confidence votes, as a democratic tool, has been irreparably compromised by this obscene precedent. The CCJ is partly to blame and Caricom’s silence, in spite of all this, shows its unprofessionalism and bias.It is my personal belief that going forward, Guyana needs to distance itself from Caricom and its organs, including the CCJ. This country is going to be a major oil producer and should, therefore, align itself with similar states so as to enjoy better trade deals and with those demonstrating strong democratic credentials. The time has come for Guyana to forge stronger relations with North America and with its friendly South American counterparts. Caricom is baggage and should be treated as such.Sincerely,Ravi Ramlast_img read more

Ituni residents fume over “not being connected”

first_img… lament little to no access to landline/Internet servicesBy Utamu BelleIn an era where technology is rapidly expanding and various means of communication are constantly being developed, residents of the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community of Ituni say they feel as though they are being left behind.Several residents who spoke to this publication have expressed their frustration, noting that after years of living in the community, they are yet to receive landline services and/or Internet access despite having applied a number of years ago. Many other residents related that while they did have access to landline service in their homes, they did not receive any Internet access.Following residents’ complaints, Guyana Times spoke with Community Development Officer Keisha Griffith, who noted that she has also received numerous complaints from residents, more so recently, regarding the issue.  Ituni residents noted that they were seeking answers from GTT and remained hopeful that systems could soon be put in place to allow access to landline and Internet services.“It’s like we have been forgotten. We are way behind with everything. Since they launch the cell site, we haven’t heard or seen any representative in our area. Landline is a problem. They have applications for persons years now and nothing…We don’t have any access to WiFi”, Griffith explained. She also noted that the cell site was set up in the community since 2008.An affected resident, Yetunde Pluck said her home was equipped with a landline telephone, but no Internet access. She said it was frustrating because her school aged children required the service to do research for School-Based Assignments.“My concern is mainly the Internet system. I have a landline and a few other people have landlines in Ituni, but I don’t know why they’re not sharing so that other people could get. I don’t know why we’re not entitled to get Internet access. They’re saying that it’s something with the tower…We have children attending secondary school. They come home every weekend. They have assignments to do and we don’t have Internet access to get the information for our children,” she lamented.Additionally, resident Johnquin Nurse said he had applied for landline service for a number of years, but had only received a letter stating that there was no available facility.“For the past years I’ve applied for a landline telephone with GTT and this is 2017, and I’m still waiting although I’ve applied since 2002. All I got was that there’s no facility and as soon as they have facilities, they’re going to come and hook us up. On to this day, we’re still waiting,” he noted.Similar sentiments were also expressed by other affected residents who noted that it was their hope that the relevant authorities would look into the situation so that improvements can be seen.last_img read more