“I’ve never scored so few goals”

first_imgAre you pressed for those 30 million euros it cost?Well, I felt more pressured in Celta B, fighting not to go down to Third. Now I know that I have a responsibility and a large investment has been made. When you make a disbursement of this type it is important that it be reciprocated. I am sure that when I finish my stage at Betis you will not talk about money. It is costing me more to have occasions than other years and that is what worries me. I know that if the chances occur I will end up getting them.Benzema also goes through a bad streak …It seems to me an exquisite striker, great in what he contributes to the offensive game of Madrid apart from the goal. But the strikers coexist with being questioned if we don’t dial. I’m sure Karim is going around that too, but technically it’s spectacular. I try to learn from him.Cast?When I watch football it is almost always to see strikers, rather than to watch the game itself. Fernando Torres, Drogba, Fernando Morientes … Every year one comes out that I like, I notice and try to learn. I enjoy seeing other points. I’ve done it all my life. They have always caught my attention.Forwards like Vinicius, who is also criticized for the lack of goal …We live exposed to the goal. People think and you must absorb what you think adds you. Vinicius is very young, has an incredible talent and is sure to move forward. There are times when you don’t know why you haven’t scored a goal. I keep learning to score more.What do you expect from the season?Europe is quite far, that is a reality. We have to win games, eliminate doubts, find ourselves at our best level and we’ll see where we stand. What are the sensations before facing Real Madrid?It’s always nice to play against such a team. But in the situation we are in, we still want to face it and get a positive result.How was Madrid given to you?I only played last year with Espanyol and this season. I think that the Bernabéu game, in the first round, was complete. It can help us to do things well and even try to win this time.They say that, despite being leaders, Zidane’s are more biscuitable …I don `t believe. Madrid has a tremendous squad and wins matches with relative ease, with how difficult it is to win this year. And now let’s go with Borja Iglesias. Is this lack of goal (three goals alone) that you are living normal?I have never experienced a campaign in which I scored so few goals, but it doesn’t obsess me. I am lucky to be a type of striker who, although we all live off the goal, I do more things. I try to do everything that is asked of me in defense and attack. The goal will come, I want to score many.Never scored so little?So is. I have never scored fewer goals, only when I did not play football, since I was four years old. Every season is a world. It is also difficult to score in Second B, each situation you live differently. There is time and I trust the work so that I can change. I think the minimum was 11 in Celta B.But Rubi keeps putting him …I am very grateful to the coach for the trust in me. Also when I played Loren I felt clothed. That helps to be close to your level and aspire to reach your best version. In the world of football we all have pressure, but the tendency is to personify it in the coach. When there are problems it is rare that it is the fault of one.last_img

Obama Urged to Stem Illicit Financial Flows from Africa

first_imgUnited States President Barack Obama has been urged to stem the flow of the US$55.6 billion that has left Africa illegally each year over the last decade, and to address America’s role as a major facilitator of such outflows.The call came from Washington-based Global Financial Integrity (GFI), as African leaders arrived in the US capital for the historic US-Africa Leaders Summit.GFI said the Obama administration and African leaders should prioritize efforts to curb the illicit capital flight from Africa that has totaled US$555.8 billion in the last 10 years.“Illicit financial outflows are by far the most damaging economic problem facing Africa,” said GFI president Raymond Baker, who sits on the UN High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa.“In 2011 alone, US$76.9 billion flowed illegally out of Africa. That’s nearly US$77 billion that could have been invested in local businesses, in healthcare, in education, or in infrastructure,” Mr. Baker said“It’s money that could have been used to help pull people out of poverty and save lives. This Summit provides an historic opportunity for the United States and for leaders across Africa to focus their efforts on curtailing this hemorrhage of illicit capital.”GFI research finds that US$555.8 billion flowed illicitly out of Africa between 2002 and 2011, fuelling crime, corruption and tax evasion, while simultaneously draining hundreds of billions of dollars from African economies.The problem is so severe that a May 2013 joint report from GFI and the African Development Bank found that, after adjusting all recorded flows of money to and from the continent (e.g. debt, investment, exports, imports, foreign aid, remittances, etc.) for illicit financial outflows between 1980 and 2009, Africa was a net creditor to the rest of the world to the tune of between US$597 billion and US$1.4 trillion.“The traditional thinking has always been that the West is pouring money into Africa through foreign aid and other private sector flows, without receiving much in return. Our research has turned that logic upside down – Africa has been a net creditor to the rest of the world for decades,” added Mr. Baker, a long-time authority on financial crime.“The implication of this finding is broad and profound: More money flows out of Africa than flows in. Without concrete action, the drain on the continent is only going to grow larger.”GFI, a research and advocacy organization highlighted the role of the US as a major facilitator of such outflows.“For every country losing money illicitly, there is another country absorbing it. Illicit financial outflows are facilitated by financial opacity in tax havens and in Western economies like the United States,” noted Heather Lowe, GFI’s legal counsel and director of government affairs.“Indeed, the United States is the second easiest country in the world—after Kenya—for a criminal, kleptocrat, or terrorist to incorporate an anonymous company to launder their ill-gotten-gains with impunity. It’s high time that the US government come to terms with this reality and lay out specific policies, which it intends to implement to curb its status as a dirty money haven,” she said.The three-day US-Africa Leaders Summit, the first such event of its kind, is the largest event any US President has held with African heads of state and government.The White House says the Summit will build on Mr. Obama’s trip to Africa in 2013 and will strengthen ties between the US “and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions”.Specifically, it is expected that the August 4-6 Summit would advance the Obama administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people.At the same time, it will highlight the depth and breadth of America’s “commitment to the African continent, advance our shared priorities and enable discussion of concrete ideas to deepen the partnership”.The White House added: “At its core, this Summit is about fostering stronger ties between the United States and Africa.”The theme of the Summit is ‘Investing in the Next Generation’.“Focusing on the next generation is at the core of a government’s responsibility and work, and this Summit is an opportunity to discuss ways of stimulating growth, unlocking opportunities, and creating an enabling environment for the next generation,” the White House said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ExxonMobil begins drilling at Haimara-1

first_imgExxonMobil Monday announced that it has begun drilling one of the two wells planned for January, known as the Haimara-1.In a release on Business Wire, the oil giant confirmed it has begun drilling the offshore well.The Stena Carron DrillshipThe well is being drilled by the Stena Carron Drillship and is located 19 miles (31 kilometres) east of the Pluma-1 discovery in the southeast Stabroek Block.In the online release, ExxonMobil President Steve Greenlee said of the company, “We continue to prioritise high-potential prospects in close proximity to previous discoveries in order to establish opportunities for material and efficient development.”He added, like the Liza and Payara areas, “the Turbot area is on its way to offering significant development options that will maximise value for Guyana and our partners.”Meanwhile, the Noble Tom Madden Drillship is also expected to drill the second well, Tilapia-1, located about three miles west of the Longtail-1 discovery. The Tilapia-1 well is located in the growing Turbot area.The oil giant has also been making significant progress in the Liza Phase 1 development, which has moved into its peak execution phase ahead of an expected startup in early 2020. It was noted that the Noble Bob Douglas Drillship is continuing the drilling of development wells in the Liza field. Subsea equipment is also being prepared for installation while topside facilities modules are being installed on the Liza Destiny floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel in Singapore.The Liza Destiny FPSO is expected to sail from Singapore to arrive offshore Guyana in the third quarter of 2019.Meanwhile, the Department of Public Information (DPI) reported that Guyana’s Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) issued a notice to all mariners, informing them that Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd (EEPGL) commenced drilling at the Liza Field on January 5, 2019, and will continue until June 30, 2019.“The drill site is approximately 104 nautical miles from the coast of Guyana and covers an area of 16 square kilometres,” the notice stated.Mariners were requested to “steer clear” and to “navigate with caution when in the vicinity.”last_img read more

Justice system unresponsive to Opposition – Ganga Persaud

first_imgScores of protesters picketed near GECOM’s building, calling for its Chairman and CEO to be removedPPP General Secretary Clement Rohee protesting in front of the High Court for the election petition to be expedited…as PPP/C supporters protest election petition delaySupporters and members of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) turned out in their numbers to protest against the delay of the election petition in the High Court, calling also for GECOM Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally to be removed along with Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield.PPP Member Ganga Persaud remonstrated that the petition was filed since June 2015 and it was yet to be heard in the court.“What we are doing is expressing our concerns that an elections petition that has been filed for many months now is still to be heard by the High Court. There are many Guyanese who would like to know that this petition is heard and a decision is made,” he said, noting that justice entailed a concern being echoed and addressed.Therefore, he stated that the holdup of the hearing did not bode well for the justice system. He stated that the Chief Justice had to openly state what was preventing the case from being heard.Persaud had filed the ex-parte application shortly after the PPP/C lost the May 2015 General and Regional Elections to the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition. The Party has since claimed that the elections were rigged by the present Government, and has insisted that GECOM’s Chairman and CEO be dismissed.The petition was filed on the grounds that there were voting by unregistered persons, multiple voting, unsealed or improperly sealed ballot boxes, PPP/C ballot attendants and counting agents prevented  from accompanying ballot boxes and the counting of PPP/C votes in favour of the APNU/AFC coalition. The petition also asked the court to order a recount of all the ballots cast on that day.Persaud said that “the results that have been derived from the process cannot be credibly deemed to represent accurately the will of the electorate.”Surrounded by picketers, who were holding up placards saying that “justice should be served”, Persaud stated that the system, at this time, seemed to be extremely unresponsive to the call of the PPP/C and to what the Constitution dictated.“This is an elections petition. Election matters ought to be given first preference in our country and for not doing that something seems to be terribly amiss,” he contended.PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee also called for the petition to be heard. However, he was more adamant that Dr Surujbally should be removed from office, along with Lowenfield.  He said the picketing exercises would continue until there was reform in GECOM.Other protesters screamed that Lowenfield lied about the batteries and the pliers for which GECOM controversially overpaid. Rohee argued that while Lowenfield was contending that the batteries and pliers were tendered for under the PPP/C Administration, the evidence revealed that GECOM was the sole procurer of the equipment.“There is no transparency and a lack of accountability, and so we hope that the audit that is currently being done will reveal all the facts and those who are found responsible will have to face the full brunt of the law in terms of whatever the audit recommends,” he said.last_img read more

Champions Gor snap Sofapaka’s winning run

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia defender Joash Onyango heads the ball away from Sofapaka forward John Avire during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on February 17, 2019.NAKURU, Kenya, Feb 17 – Samuel Onyango’s 24th minute goal was enough to see defending champions Gor Mahia hit Sofapaka 1-0 at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday afternoon to snap John Baraza’s winning run at the helm of the 2009 champions.Gor who arrived from their CAF Confederations Cup assignment in Luanda, Angola just 48 hours earlier didn’t let the little gremlins of fatigue catch up with them, even despite arriving at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru late and warming up for barely 25 minutes. The holders picked up three vital points that hoisted them to third in the standings with 25 points, three behind leaders Bandari FC and a one-match at hand awaiting them on Wednesday.Off a well crafted counter attack in the 24th minute, the defending champions had booked themselves a lead. Kenneth Muguna emgineered the move from deep in Gor’s half after turning over possession, sending Jacques Tuyisenge away with a delightful chip.The Rwandese forward galloped forward and teed up Samwel Onyango who beat keeper Justin Ndikumana with a low shot.The on form Sofapaka had sought to have a good start just like the one they had against Mathare United last Tuesday, keeping possession and trying to open up the Gor Mahia backline with little through passes and swift running behind the defense.In the 10th minute, Elli Asieche picked the ball up at the edge of the box off a poorly defended long throw, but his shot was deflected for a corner.Seven minutes later, Sofapaka had another glorious opportunity when Joash Onyango failed to clear a cross from George Maelo and Umaru Kassumba picked it up, but his low shot from the edge of the area went inches wide.But Gor were slowly growing into the game and were creating chances. In the 21st minute, they broke off the counter with Francis Kahata releasing Onyango on the left, but Sofapaka defender Maelo stretched out his boot to tap the ball away for a corner.Two minutes later, Gor won a freekick at the edge of the box after Maelo handled, but Shafik Batambuze swung it just inches over the bar.Nonetheless, the reigning champions finally broke the deadlock after 24 minutes, Onyango booting home after a sweeping move.Sofapaka should have drawn back level with back to back chances after conceding. In the 26th minute, the industrious Avire teed up Brian Magonya inside the box, but the midfielder  ould not hit a strong shot with Fredrick Odhiambo gathering.A minute later, Avire came to the end of a well delivered setpiece from Elli Asieche, but the striker’s header glanced inches wide.Sofapaka pushed hard to get back level, but a strong backline denied them.At the stroke of halftime, Muguna should have taken Gor two up when a well delivered cross from Philemon Otieno found him isolated at the backpost, but he could not connect his header on target.At the start of the second half, Sofapaka were forced into a change, Magonya failing to get back after picking an injury in the first half and was replaced by Ibrahim Kitawi. Ten minutes later, they brought in Stephen Waruru for Mutamba.But it was Gor who still had the game’s best chances and on the hour mark, Nicholas Kipkurui should have surely made it 2-0 when a well weighted cross from Onyango found him unmarked at the edge of the six yard box, but he headed straight at Justin Ndikumana.Sofapaka were forced to make another change when Kassumba was forced off injured and was replaced by Telvin Omutere. Things got worse for the former champions when Mohammed Kilume tore his hamstring with 13 minutes leftWith all three substitutions exhausted, Batoto ba Mungu were forced to play the remainder of the tie with 10 men.Kitawi came close to equalizing when Asieche’s corner found him at the backpost but he headed straight to the side netting.Dennis Oliech, barely five minutes into the game after coming on for Tuyisenge should have killed off the game in added time when Wendo’s cross from the right found him rushing into the box, but he took a wild effort that skied off target.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gerard Deulofeu trying to convince Barcelona youngster to make Everton switch

first_img1 Everton are preparing to raid Barcelona for youngster Munir El Haddadi, claim reports in Spain.The 20-year-old has made just 16 appearances since graduating from the club’s B team in 2014 and is reportedly eager to secure a move to the Premier League.With the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in front of him, El Haddadi has struggled to get a look-in at the Nou Camp and now, according to Don Balon, Roberto Martinez is readying a swoop.El Haddadi has received criticism for his lacklustre displays when given a chance for Barca and the forward is fed up of sitting on the bench, it is claimed.He has reportedly spoken to former team-mate Gerard Deulofeu, who has told him to seriously consider a move to Goodison Park. Munir El Haddadi last_img


first_imgNeil McGee is currently preparing Down Under for Ireland’s clash against Australia on Saturday in Sydney.Donegal star Neil McGee says he’ll continue to board the gravy train as it won’t last forever.The towering full-back enjoyed another superb season for Donegal and picked up his third All-Star.McGee is currently in Australia where he’s preparing for Ireland’s one off test against Australia in the International Rules Series in Sydney on Saturday. It’s McGee’s third series and he’s had to take time off work to head Down Under.However, when McGee returns he’ll be heading straight off to Boston for the All-Stars tour, meaning he’ll be away in total for over three weeks.McGee who is employed as a roofer, says his boss is very understanding and the fact he’s a big GAA man helps.McGee told The Irish Daily Star, “In fairness the fella I work for is very good. “He’s a big GAA man, and that’s half the battle, you can’t really refuse it.“Somebody said to me the gravy train will stop some day so make the most of it while you can.”McGee won’t have much of an off-season break as he’ll be straight back into training with new Donegal manager Rory Gallagher in the New Year.However, McGee says he’ll keep himself ticking over during the festivities.McGee said, “I keep the weights going all year, I just do a wee bit, you put on weight at Christmas, that is only natural. McGee is expected to start alongside Donegal colleague Michael Murphy in the test on Saturday night.NEIL MCGEE – “THE GRAVY TRAIN WILL STOP SOME DAY SO MAKE THE MOST OF IT WHILE YOU CAN” was last modified: November 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AustraliaGAAIrelandneil mcgeenewsSportlast_img read more


first_imgST EUNAN’S GAA club are hoping members and ex-members across the world will take part in their new online Masters Golf competition.The rules are simple… pick 3 golfers, whose odds must add up to at least 150/1.The winner will be the person that finishes with the best “under-par” total. The top prize is €500!Among those already signed up for the competition is Donegal player Eamon McGee!Follow the link to sign up for the Masters Golf competition.https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/St_Eunans/Membership#MembershipOptions  ST EUNAN’S LAUNCH GLOBAL GOLF MASTERS COMPETITION was last modified: April 1st, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fundraiserMasters GolfSt Eunanslast_img read more

Napoli set to make second transfer offer for nine-goal Chelsea target

first_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Chelsea target Krzysztof Piątek has been the subject of two bids from Napoli. whoops SORRY Chelsea target Krzysztof Piątek is set to be the subject of a second bid from Napoli, according to reports in Italy.The Genoa forward has been in red-hot form so far this season, bagging nine goals in 11 appearances in Serie A. His blistering start to the season hasn’t gone unnoticed and Napoli saw an opening £30million offer for the in-form striker turned down by Genoa last month.However, according to Calciomercato, the Italian side have not been deterred and are readying a second bid for Piatek, who Genoa value at around £45million.The Poland international has admirers across Europe with Chelsea said to be closely monitoring his progress. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update tense Piatek is also wanted in Spain and France too but as it stands, Napoli are leading the race to snap him up ahead of the January window. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? latest Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Most Popular Premier League Storiescenter_img gameday cracker predicted TOP WORK Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury changes revealed huge blow Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 1last_img read more


first_imgThe launch of the 17th North West 10k will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Tuesday, March 5th at 7pm.On the night the organising committee will announce the main charities who will benefit from the proceeds of the charity race and walk which takes place on Sunday, May 5th in Letterkenny.Chairperson Grace Boyle will also release the names of a number of associated charities who will benefit from their involvement in this year’s North West 10k. The race, which has grown to cater for huge numbers over the years, is expected to be even bigger this year. NORTH WEST 10K LAUNCH NIGHT TO REVEAL CHARITIES TO BENEFIT FROM RACE was last modified: February 24th, 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:charitieslaunchNorth West 10klast_img read more