Emotional letter from a tennis player to Thiem: “We do not ask you for anything, only respect for our sacrifices”

first_imgIbbou’s video, wherein he narrates the difficult vicissitudes of his evolution within the sport of racket, is stunning. So, for its depth and curiosity, we reproduce right here the complete content material of his phrases:“Pricey Dominic, after studying your final assertion, I used to be questioning what my profession would have been, and due to this fact my life, if I had been in your home. I imagined what it might have been like to have dad and mom who had been tennis academics after I performed a racket. For the primary time, on the age of 6, I instantly fell in love together with her. As I grew up on the outskirts of Algiers, in a very modest household, with dad and mom who had completely nothing to do with the world of tennis, I can’t keep away from pondering I may need had assist. However I don’t blame you.And I ended serious about it, as a result of in any case, we didn’t select the place we had been born. Now I understand how fortunate I’m to have dad and mom like mine, that I really like greater than something and that I’d not change for something on this planet. You already know, in a nation like mine, it’s not straightforward for a lady to be a prime athlete. I can’t thank my dad and mom sufficient for their assist and all of the sacrifices they’ve made so as to pursue my dream.If you only knew, Dominic …A minimum of you can depend on native amenities. Oops! Did you know that ITF youth tournaments are very, very uncommon in Algeria and that there’s not the slightest ITF, ATP or WTA event? That there’s not a single coach on the worldwide circuit? That there’s not the slightest coated courtroom? I don’t know the way it was for you, however for us, there, it rains for a week, we work our reverse … within the gymnasium. And I’m not even speaking concerning the high quality of the amenities or the courts … We didn’t even know what floor we had been taking part in on. Is it grass? Is it clay? “Africa”, as they are saying. Pricey Dominic. That is the start of the emotional open letter addressed to Thiem, quantity three on this planet, the 21-year-old and 620th-ranking Algerian tennis player, Ines Ibbou. It’s his response to the Austrian’s refusal to contribute to the help fund for gamers with decrease rankings, who stay every day in lots of circumstances and who’re vulnerable to untimely abandonment due to the absence of competitors due to the COVID pandemic. -19. Ibbou reads it in a video with pictures of his profession wherein he asks the finalist of the final Australian Open “respect” for “sacrifices” What these tennis gamers do who survive between the highest and the juniors and / or semi-professionals, a group to which the North African belongs and that relies upon largely on the reduction program that the tennis governing our bodies have launched (ATP, WTA, ITF and the 4 Grand Slams). “Gamers like you make me maintain onto my dream. Please don’t mess it up,” Ibbou begs.The reality is that Thiem was powerful commenting on an initiative that began from their very own top-100 teammates, led by the Massive Three that Federer, Nadal and Djokovic kind. “None of those poorly ranked gamers is struggling to survive.”Dom replied in an interview from Kronen Zeitung. “All year long, I see many who don’t give all the pieces to tennis. Many are not very skilled. I don’t see why I ought to give them cash”he insisted.(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZG019ejeOI (/ embed) However don’t get me improper. That didn’t cease me from constructing my very own path and being probably the greatest gamers on this planet at 14 years outdated. I earned my first WTA factors by incomes 10,000 on the similar age. Fairly spectacular, proper? Like you, I reached the highest of the junior rating. Not within the prime 10, the 23rd on this planet. Not dangerous for an African lady, is it? It was so unlikely that many journalists known as me “the tennis miracle.” It’s not a joke! Only a few younger Africans have performed it earlier than me, they mentioned. And none in my nation. If I had been in his wizarding world on the time, he in all probability would have attracted the eye of many sponsors and the federation would have taken care of me. However it did not occur that manner. Sponsors, you say? Adidas? Nike? Wilson? Prince? Head? They don’t even exist in Algeria! As well as to some native small enterprise groups and assist, I only acquired the minimal to cowl my participation within the Junior Grand Slams. And you know, in Africa, the finances for an athlete not often leads to his checking account, if you know what I imply … I used to be questioning what may need modified for me at the moment if I had been in your rapid circle.If I had shared the identical atmosphere, the identical guidelines. How to determine when is one of the best time to enter the skilled circuit. Nobody is aware of something about it in Algeria. If I had a cheap finances, what affect wouldn’t it have had on my profession? It could have modified my entire life! I respect the day after I can provide my dad and mom a reward. I dream of today … The most effective player within the nation, on the prime of the junior rating, however not a penny in his pocket. It’s ironic, don’t you assume? I’m not certain that this may have occurred in your nation or in another European. However that didn’t cease me. When all the pieces was falling aside and pushing me in direction of the tip of my profession, I used to be fortunate to obtain a serving to hand. Individuals who cared for me, who offered me with primary requirements: meals and a place to sleep. Some helped me by offering free gear, others with bodily labor. My scenario was hopeless. However I received again heading in the right direction and managed to get previous the professionals. Sadly, I used to be injured on the worst doable time. By the point the ITF modified its guidelines. I’m not certain if it actually affected you … Monetary sources are the important thing to getting match. I actually may see it then. However then once more, it didn’t cease me. Regardless of all of the difficulties, I managed to get again to the WTA rating. As we speak I’m 21 years outdated and I’m within the 600th place on this planet. I nonetheless hope to make the dream come true for which I sacrificed my childhood, my training, my adolescence, my household life, my pals, my cash, birthday, holidays, all my life!Dominic, let me ask you: What’s it like to give a reward to your dad and mom? What’s it like to see them greater than as soon as a yr? Have fun your birthday with them? I don’t even bear in mind the final anniversary I celebrated with my family members … Sure, all these sacrifices are a part of the sport, however what occurs on the observe should determine the result of my profession, not my monetary sources. It’s completely unfair. I deal with it every single day, with out complaining. I struggle continually, in silence.Pricey Dominic, in contrast to you, many share my actuality. Simply a reminder: It’s not thanks to your cash that we now have survived to this point, and nobody requested you for something. The initiative got here from beneficiant gamers who instantly confirmed compassion, with class. Gamers who need to unfold solidarity and discover options to change issues. Champions in all circumstances. Dominic, this surprising disaster plunges us into a delicate interval and divulges the true nature of individuals. Serving to gamers helps tennis survive. This recreation is noble.The which means of sport is to distinguish essentially the most proficient, essentially the most tenacious, essentially the most hard-working, the bravest. Except you need to play alone on the courtroom? Dominic, I instructed you, we didn’t ask you for something. Besides for a little respect for our sacrifices. Gamers like you make me maintain on to my dream. Please don’t mess it up.Ines Ibbou ”.last_img read more

Shocker! … Innswood stun St George’s in table topping clash

first_img end-to-end fight “This game was a hard-fought game; it wasn’t nice. It was an end-to-end fight, but the greatest thing is that the defence stood up and the attackers did the job for us. George’s got some chances, but they never put away theirs,” he told The Gleaner. Thompson says they cannot allow themselves to get carried away with the result and expect teams to start showing them more respect and play them even harder, which will make things tougher. “My aim is to challenge for whatever title I can. We set up ourselves (with this win) to be the bait now, so we are going to have to try and sustain it and keep their (players) head level because they are schoolboys. “This is not over, because we are at their (St George’s) home next week and it’s not going to be easy,” he added. St George’s assistant coach Marcel Gayle said it was just a bad day in front of goal for his team. “It’s just one of those days; we worked hard, but we were unfortunate on the day, so we just have to come again. We played in patches and we didn’t execute like how we wanted to. It was a tough day,” he said. However, he says there is no reason to press the panic button and he’s confident they’ll rebound next game. “We are second in the zone, so we are not looking to panic. We just have to come again and be ready for the next game,” he commented. In another surprise result, Jonathan Grant clipped Excelsior 1-0 to hand the former winners their second defeat in four games in Zone F. Manning Cup favourites St George’s College were stunned 2-1 in their top-of-the-table Group C ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup game against Innswood High at Chedwin Park yesterday. Dujoun Powell fired the home team in front 10 minutes into the second half and Shawn Beckford made it 2-0 on 64 minutes with a spectacular effort from about 35 yards. Chevon Stewart pulled a goal back for St George’s in added time but it was too late and Innswood walked away with the points to sit three clear of the North Street school at the top of Zone C with maximum 12 points after four games. Winning coach Anthony Thompson said it was an intense game that could have gone either way, but credited his defence for keeping the ‘Georgians’ at bay.last_img read more

Rio provides first feel of Olympic gold for 10

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP):For some nations, winning Olympic gold is quite the regular occurrence. At the Rio de Janeiro Games, plenty of first-timers got to hear their anthems played in celebration as well.Going into Sunday’s final day of competition in Rio, 10 teams including the independent team of Olympians were assured of leaving these Games with their first gold medals.That’s the most first-timers since 16 nations got their inaugural feel of Olympic gold at the Atlanta Games in 1996.And those were hardly the only medal milestones at these Games. The United States became the first team to win 1,000 gold medals in summer Games competition and a record 87 teams got at least one medal in Rio.A look at the 10 first-time Olympic champions:BAHRAINRuth Jebet, born in Kenya but now running for Bahrain, won the women’s steeplechase. Bahrain were making their ninth trip to the Olympics.FIJIMen’s rugby took gold, giving Fiji their first gold in 14 trips to the Summer Olympics.INDEPENDENTFehaid Al Deehani is an officer in the Kuwaiti army, but his nation is suspended by the International Olympic Committee. He was permitted to compete as an independent, becoming the first with that distinction to win gold when he prevailed in double trap shooting.IVORY COASTCheick Sallah Junior Cisse won gold in taekwondo, the first gold in 14 Olympiads for Cote d’Ivoire.JORDANAhmad Abughaush prevailed in taekwondo. This was Jordan’s 10th trip to the Summer Olympics.KOSOVOMajlinda Kelmendi prevailed in women’s judo. Kosovo were first recognised by the IOC in 2014, so this was their first time at the Summer Games.PUERTO RICOMonica Puig won the women’s tennis gold, completing a dazzling run through the field. Puerto Rico’s first gold came in their 18th trip to the Summer Games.SINGAPOREJoseph Schooling won the men’s 100-metre butterfly, beating Michael Phelps among others. It took Singapore 16 trips to the Summer Games before winning a gold.TAJIKISTANDilshod Nazarov won the men’s hammer throw. This was Tajikistan’s sixth time sending a team to the Summer Olympics.VIETNAMHoang Xuan Vinh in 10-metre air pistol gave the Vietnamese their first gold in 15 trips to the Olympics.-APlast_img read more

After years of big spending, Chinese football goes quiet

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “The relative lack of spending in the Chinese transfer window reflects the ongoing moderation of the market for players by China’s state authorities,” Simon Chadwick, professor of Sports Business at Salford University in the United Kingdom, told The Associated Press. “Following several high-value deals over the past two years, several regulatory interventions were made.”The two most influential came into effect in 2017. Just before the season started in March, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) reduced the number of foreign players that could be named in a matchday roster from five to three, reducing demand. In June, a so-called ‘transfer tax’ was introduced which stipulated that any club which was in debt and was signing a foreign player, had to pay an amount equal to the transfer fee in a soccer development fund.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLast summer’s transfer window was especially quiet with the only signing of note that of French striker Anthony Modeste joining Tianjin Quanjian for $43 million in July. So far this winter window, there has also been a lack of big moves, despite plenty of rumors.Earlier this month when it was reported that Beijing Guoan and Guangzhou Evergrande were engaged in a bidding war for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund, that could cost $86 million, the CFA reminded the clubs of the rules. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award The club has distanced itself from the chase for the in-demand Aubameyang, reportedly now bound for England, and reaffirmed its desire for an all-Chinese team by 2020.“We will stick to the Evergrande model of building a fully linked youth system to realize our vision of fielding a fully Chinese squad by 2020,” the club said in a statement released on January 11.“Since 2017, we have set out clear principals to sign foreign players who compliment Chinese football and we refuse to pay a premium for any player,” Guangzhou added. “Neither will we join in bidding wars in the transfer market as we are now switching our focus to youth development.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA opens investigation into Rockets-Clippers events Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “Recent reports claiming two Chinese Super League clubs will compete on price for a foreign player have attracted a lot of attention,” a statement said. “The Chinese Football Association . has sent a letter to the respective clubs to ask for an explanation. The CFA will deal seriously with any violation of its regulations.”The national team has only qualified for one World Cup, back in 2002. Sports authorities announced in 2016 a plan with the target of making China one of the strongest nations in Asia by 2030, and, 20 years later, in the world. This success that would be built on the development of more and better home-grown soccer players.A first round exit at the 2018 Asian U-23 Championships on Monday, despite China hosting the tournament, showed that there is still a long way to go.“One suspects that an even greater emphasis will be place upon the development of domestic talent,” Chadwick said. “This squad is likely to form a basis for the team that will seek to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Given recent performances, such qualification seems unlikely which implies that the earliest China might qualify for the World Cup could be 2026.”Before that target for the national team, there is another set by Guangzhou Evergrande, the team that has won the last seven Chinese Super League titles, and started the major investment in foreign players.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Anthony Modeste of Tianjin Quanjian celebrates a goal during their Chinese Super League (CSL) football match against Guangzhou Evergrande in Guangzhou, in China’s southern Guangdong province on November 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUTSEOUL, South Korea— In the 2017 winter transfer window, the Chinese Super League outspent the English Premier League by $422 million compared to $315 million. A year on, England or Spain is set for the top spot and Chinese soccer officials are perfectly happy.Alarmed by the amount of money heading into the pockets of foreign players, clubs and agents, authorities in Beijing moved to slow down the market and it seems to have worked.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Govt railroads Opposition to approve SARA start-up monies

first_imgGovernment on Thursday, using its parliamentary majority, brushed aside concerns over its legality and approved in excess of 0 million as part of the start-up fund for the controversial State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA).The matter came to the fore as the House resolved itself into a Committee of Supply to consider the Administration’s second supplementary request from the national coffers to the tune of some billion.Monies allocated for the Legal Affairs Ministry was the first up for consideration, at which point concerns were raised over a $90 million transfer of monies for SARA.Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams indicated to the House that SARA falls under his remit following assent to the Legislative Instrument by the President on May 4, last.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira attempted in vain to have Government postpone the consideration of the monies for SARA since, according to the law, there was no provision for a Minister to make a request but rather the Director of the outfit would present the budget directly to Parliament.The Attorney General insisted that he was within his remit since the Director was not being represented in Parliament.Concerns were raised too by former Minister within the Finance Ministry, Juan Edghill, who questioned on what authority Government was making a supplementary provision available for a unit for which there was no original budgetary provision.Coming to the aid of the Attorney General was Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who insisted that a Supplementary Paper was meant to amend the original budget in any fashion.“I fail to understand the question, this is a supplementary paper amending the original budget so that it doesn’t have to have a previous budget line item or whatever.”Bishop Edghill insisted that the Finance Minister show to the House under which section of the laws he was authorised to make such a provision.According to Jordan however, “I have answered that question already… if he feels we violated laws or the Constitution he have remedies… as for now, this is the last comment on the matter.”Former Minister with responsibility for Commerce, Irfaan Ali also raised concerns over the manner with which the monies for SARA were being pursued.FMAAAccording to Ali, the Financial Paper presented by Jordan failed miserably to meet the minimum requirements of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA) which dictates what substantively must accompany such documents when being presented to the House for approval.The former Minister drew reference to contentions raised by now Vice President Carl Greenidge who was in Opposition at the time and had vehemently questioned the format with which the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration was presenting its budget.The discourse, however, attracted the intervention of Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who drew reference to a 2013 ruling by the then Speaker of the House (himself).Trotman had ruled following the objections by then Opposition Member of Parliament Greenidge and had found that the Speaker did not have the power to dictate to Government in what format a budget should be presented.According to that ruling, it was for the House to accept or reject the financial requests being made by Government.Ali contested the notion and the applicability of the ruling since, according to him, the query did not deal with format but rather substance as dictated by the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act.The former Speaker insisted that the format in which the Financial Paper was presented to the House followed precedent and that Government would in fact continue along the same vein.Former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall, also attempted to no avail to sway the Speaker’s judgment on the matter.He too contended that the ruling referenced was not applicable to the situation at hand, since the PPP’s objection did not deal with format but rather substance.SubsidyAccording to Nandlall, if it is the laws had been violated in the past, “then that is so but at some point in time we have to comply with the law.”Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland eventually informed the House that he had heard no arguments to sway his decision and that the House will be guided by the 2013 ruling made by Trotman.The $90 million allocation was represented as a Subsidy and Contribution to Local Organisations from the Legal Affairs Ministry to be turned over to SARA but another $26 million was also sought from the Legal Affairs Ministry budget for capital expenditure.According to the Legal Affairs Minister, the unit fell under his ministerial responsibility and as such the Ministry would be making the purchase of the two pick-ups and furniture and other accessories and they will be turned over to SARA.Questioned on the allocations that had been made to the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU) – the outfit that preceded SARA – Attorney General Williams was unable to provide any answers since according to him, the Unit only fell under his remit from May.Some $19.7 million had been allocated to SARU for the purchase of vehicles but at the end of today’s process, parliamentarians were none the wiser as to what obtained with those monies.As it relates to the staffing of the Unit, Williams told the House that the Former Director, Professor Clive Thomas along with the deputy continue to hold the post.Grace periodOpposition Chief Whip Teixeira had pointed out to the House that it is the Parliamentary Committee of Appointments which is mandated to appoint a Director.Williams contends however that there is a four-month grace period that has not yet elapsed, and as such, the SARU Director continues to hold the post under the new SARA outfit.Opposition members during the course of the hours-long grilling session complained bitterly to the Speaker over the Attorney General’s refusal to provide information, instead opting to lay over at a later date.Among the information promised included the names and remunerations of those in the employ of SARA as well as breakdowns of monies already spent on the SARU outfit which was housed in the Ministry of the Presidency.He did indicate to the House that the SARA will be looking to rent its own accommodation with the approval of the funds.By the end of the session, related to the Legal Affairs Ministry and SARA in excess of $115 million had been approved by the coalition Government – despite the protestations of the Opposition – to operationalise SARA.A total of $89.9 million was voted as current expenditure to cater for salaries, rental, utilities and other such recurring expenditure; while $13 million was approved for the purchase of two pick up vehicles for the unit and another $13.4 million for the purchase of furnishing and other equipment.last_img read more

Grocery talks to go ahead

first_imgIt was extended twice and is now being renewed daily. Three years ago talks broke down, leading to a 139-day strike that cost the chains an estimated $2 billion. Union leaders plan to meet with stewards of each shop this week for input on negotiations. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The two sides will meet next week but declined to provide details because of a news blackout. Tuesday’s breakdown was the second time the union has walked away from negotiations in five weeks. It was prompted by a proposal that would reduce employer contributions to a fund that purchases employee health insurance from $3.80 per hour per eligible employee to $2 an hour, said union spokesman Mike Shimpock. The chains would use fund reserves of $500 million to cover their hourly contribution, he added. New employees pay between $7 and $15 a week after the 12- to 18-month waiting period, while veteran workers do not have a weekly contribution to their health care. The two sides have been negotiating since before March 5, when the original three-year contract covering almost 70,000 workers in Southern California expired. Grocery union leaders agreed Wednesday to resume bargaining with three major markets a day after the union walked out of talks because of a proposal that would cut employer contributions to health care. “We are going to attempt to avoid a strike and go back in good faith to try to iron out an agreement,” said Rick Icaza, head of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, the largest of seven unions. “There’s too much at stake here.” The decision was made after a dozen top organizers met Tuesday night and Wednesday to discuss how to proceed. Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons “reaffirmed their commitment” to talk with the union starting Monday, said Adena Tessler in a prepared statement released Wednesday. last_img read more

Randy Orton RKOs everything and everyone

first_imgIt seems no one is safe from Randy Orton, with the WWE superstar gaining internet notoriety for performing his trademark ‘RKO’ finishing move in the most ludicrous of circumstances.Nicknamed the ‘viper’, Orton has been spotted slithering into shots and ‘delivering’ his finisher, before celebrating.Take a look at the video above and roll around laughing.last_img

Solskjaer faces test as Barca roll into town

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a daunting task in the Champions League quarter-finals against Barcelona © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 9 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed a charmed life as interim Manchester United manager but Barcelona’s visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday will show him the scale of the task he faces as the new full-time boss.The Norwegian was rewarded with a three-year deal after dramatically reviving United’s fortunes since taking caretaker charge in December, lifting them back into contention for a top-four place and transforming the mood at the club. The highlight of his reign so far was a dramatic 3-1 away victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 in the Champions League, which enabled United to overturn a 2-0 first-leg defeat to reach the quarter-finals on away goals.Solskjaer has given his creative players licence to attack, with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford let off the leash to devastating effect.But some of the gloss has come off in recent weeks, with three defeats in four matches badly denting United’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League and dumping them out of the FA Cup.Solskjaer has given his creative players licence to attack, with Paul Pogba (pictured) and Marcus Rashford let off the leash to devastating effect © AFP / Paul ELLISSolskjaer, who famously scored the winning goal for United against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final in Barcelona, was upbeat after drawing the Spanish league leaders in the quarter-finals last month, before he was confirmed as the new long-term boss.“We want these games against the biggest clubs and the biggest teams. We had the final against them in 2009 and 2011 (both of which Barca won) and the semi-final in 2008 when Scholesy (Paul Scholes) scored,” Solskjaer said.“It’s these games our fans and this club crave. We are looking forward to this one.”Worryingly for Solskjaer, though, some of United’s familiar failings under Jose Mourinho have returned to haunt them in the weeks since the draw was made.– Poor run –They were unfortunate to lose at Arsenal but appeared short of inspiration in losing twice to Wolves in the FA Cup and Premier League, while even Solskjaer admitted they did not deserve their solitary win since he was given the permanent job as Watford enjoyed the better of the chances in a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (CL) shakes hands with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ defender Matt Doherty © AFP/File / Paul ELLISSolskjaer had a free ride when he took over from Mourinho, with morale at a low ebb and the club 11 points off the top four.Despite recent hiccups, he has had notable success in his short time at the club and ultimately has his sights set higher than finishing in the top four.“You’ve got to aim high,” he told ESPN. “You cannot aim too low at this club. You’ve got to aim to win titles.“When I came back here as the manager I thought a lot about what makes a winning team. What does it really take to win on the biggest stage? I’m not one to sit back, rest on my laurels.”The 46-year-old will probably be forgiven if United fall short against a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona.But if he fails to reverse the mini-slump and United suffer a heavy defeat to the Spanish champions there is a danger the season could peter out and momentum could be lost.Questions will be asked as to whether United were too quick to put their trust in a likeable leader and whether Solskjaer has the profile needed to bring in the top-level recruits that United need, particularly in defence, to become serious Premier League and European challengers again.But he will lead his team out at Old Trafford on Wednesday for their first Champions League quarter-final since 2014 with the same never-say-die attitude he had as a player.“We’ve got a chance, it’s going to be a tough one. We’ve got a mountain to climb, but we’ve climbed a few mountains before,” said Solskjaer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgRichard Collins hands over a cheque of €5000 worth of energy, courtesy of Electric Ireland and Greenstar, to Ballyraine National School in LetterkennyBALLYRAINE national school is the Ulster winner of the “Fuel Your School” competition – run by the Mooney Show on RTE Radio 1 with Electric Ireland and Green Star.Mooney show reporter Katrina McFadden (a Donegal native of course) was at the school on Tuesday to cover the presentation of the prize.And the school got a lovely cheque for €5,000 for their hard work.  BALLYRAINE SCHOOL ‘GOES WILD’ OVER €5,000 PRIZE was last modified: October 9th, 2013 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:Ballyraine National SchoolMooney Goes WildRTE Radio 1last_img read more


first_imgTHE fastest man on earth could soon be beating a track to Co Donegal!Usain Bolt told an astonished Myles Gallagher on Highland Radio today that he is hoping to visit the county next season.Gallagher was interviewing Bolt’s manager Ricky Simms on his sports show on the station today when the Milford man handed his phone to the treble gold medal winning athlete. The 100m, 200m and 4x100m Olympic champion told the show that he had been asking Ricky about a visit here.Bolt told Myles that he wasn’t even 100% fit for the Games but he was “in good shape.”He said he would “go through the motions because I’m happy” for the rest of the season.The Jamaican was asked if he planned to visit Donegal. “That’s a good question, I have been asking him (Ricky) the same question for a while, probably next season so we’ll see,” said Bolt“I’m looking forward to it.”    ‘I KEEP ASKING RICKY ABOUT DONEGAL’ – BOLT CONFIRMS HE WANTS TO VISIT HERE was last modified: August 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:’I KEEP ASKING RICKY ABOUT DONEGAL’ – BOLT CONFIRMS HE WANTS TO VISIT HERElast_img read more