SportsMax La Liga Experience winner living a dream

first_img TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE PAMPLONA, Spain: SportsMax’s La Liga Experience winner, Calvin Palache, and his partner have already started receiving the VIP treatment with surprises, fine dining, interviews and photo shoots. But that was just the beginning for the couple, as they will have two of the best seats inside the El Sadar Stadium to witness Palache’s favourite team Real Madrid take on Osasuna today. Prior to the game, the couple will get a tour of Pamplona and the stadium and also be granted locker room and tunnel access. “I am looking forward to being pitch side and getting to go into the tunnel and the locker room to get a chance to interact with the superstars such as CR7 (Ronaldo), Sergio Ramos and Marcelo,” Palache, who once played for Jamaica’s Red Stripe Premier League club Humble Lion, said. “I want to see Cristiano Ronaldo up close, take a picture and Facebook it immediately. I am going to take a lot of pictures, and don’t be surprised when I shout ‘King Ronaldo! King Ronaldo!'” When first informed by SportsMax that he was the winner of the competition, Palache thought it too good to be true and enquired if it was a scam. But after travelling out of Jamaica for the first time and touching down in Spain, he has finally come to terms with the fact that this is really happening. “This is just a dream come true, because this is my first time travelling and I actually ended up taking three planes and got to experience so much,” the 28-year-old said. The competition, which is into its second year, has seen SportsMax team up with the world’s most star-studded football league, La Liga, to offer football fans across the Caribbean the chance to win a trip for two to see the likes of four-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo and Real Madrid. Palache’s partner of four years, Tishana Sharpe, is just happy that he has been given this chance and is thrilled she is able to experience it with him. “I am super excited and I am happy for him,” Sharpe said. “He lives for football and went crazy when he found out he won, so I just hope he gets to meet all his favourite players.” ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

‘Physically easier to watch Nadal on TV’, says beaten Thiem

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal (L) embraces Austria’s Dominic Thiem after victory at the end of their men’s singles final match on day fifteen of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERGBeaten French Open finalist Dominic Thiem hailed Rafael Nadal’s “exceptional” 11th Roland Garros triumph on Sunday, joking that it was easier to watch the great Spaniard on TV as a child.The 24-year-old Austrian was playing in his first Grand Slam final, and although he pushed Nadal at times, he fell to an ultimately one-sided 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 defeat.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Rafael Nadal, master of the impossible MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Thiem is the only player to have beaten Nadal on clay in the last two years after wins in Madrid this year and Rome in 2017.The world number eight is also one of just three men to have defeated the 17-time Grand Slam champion three times on his favoured surface in total, but he had no answer to the 32-year-old’s relentless pressure on Sunday.“He was playing very well, I think, and there is a reason why he won 11 times here,” Thiem added.“It’s definitely one of the best things somebody ever achieved in sport. For sure, me, I’m confident that this was not my last Grand Slam final, and that’s my biggest goal, to get into the next one and then to do it better than today.“But if you win a Grand Slam tournament 11 times, one single one, then this is just very exceptional and amazing.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “You need to have, I think, many extraordinary skills and talents and work ethic to achieve that.”After winning just one point in the first two games, Thiem dragged himself back into the contest, only to throw away the opening set with an erratic 10th game as he was broken to love.Nadal has never lost a best-of-five-set match on clay when he has won the first set, and every time Thiem has faced the world number one the winner of the first set has gone on to take the match.But the seventh seed insisted that his hopes weren’t automatically ended before set two.“It was a bad game, but I did the right plays always, and I just missed some close balls.“And in general… game-wise it was a good game. It was just terrible misses. And it was, for sure, not the turning point.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 “Physically I enjoyed more watching him on the couch,” smiled Thiem, who was 11 years old when Nadal won his first French Open in 2005.“When he won here the first four or five times, I was always watching it. Of course it’s really a great thing that I made my way and that I was competing in a final against him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s a really great thing, honestly, but still I’m disappointed, of course. It was a final. I really wanted to win.“I gave everything I had, and I’m the loser of today. So at the end, it’s not the best day.” View commentslast_img read more

Garcetti’s folly

first_imgGIVEN the way Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti has made himself a shill for an LAX-area hotel workers’ union – even to the point of driving business way from the city – we can only assume he’s angling for some prestigious job in Big Labor. And that’s just as well, because Garcetti has damaged his ability to serve as council president beyond repair. It’s unconscionable to think that Los Angeles’ second-most powerful leader would actively try to steer business away from the city. But that’s exactly what Garcetti has done. At the request of UNITE Here, the union that’s trying to organize workers at various hotels around Los Angeles International Airport, Garcetti wrote a letter last week to groups looking to come to L.A. for conventions. In the letter, he urged potential customers to boycott the LAX Hilton in particular and cast doubt on LAX-area hotels in general, citing potential labor unrest, including protests that could shut down nearby streets. These are all taxpaying companies that hire a lot of people and provide valuable services. But singling out Hilton – one of a major companies that still maintains global headquarters in this anti-business city – is beyond belief. Hilton owns 10 hotels here. The LAX Hilton alone pays $5.6 million a year in taxes. Compare that to the massive tax giveaway that Garcetti and his colleagues engineered for a new luxury hotel near the convention center – itself the worst white elephant in city history, gobbling up tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to cover its losses. For an elected official to deliberately try to harm an employer and taxpayer is outrageous, especially when city leaders regularly complain that they lack the funds to pave roads or adequately staff the police department. Worse yet, though, is the ripple effect of Garcetti’s letter. With his note, Garcetti has sent out word that Los Angeles officially sides with labor disruption and opposes the interests of those who provide jobs and invest in the community. He might just as well have told convention planners to take their business to Anaheim or Las Vegas, which is probably what they’ll do. What makes Garcetti’s conduct especially galling is that he was instrumental in agreeing to give $300 million in public subsidies for to the luxury hotel near the Convention Center. Why should taxpayers subsidize the convention business when the City Council president undermines it? Tourism is vital to the Southland economy, bringing in $13 billion a year. It is our golden goose, yet Garcetti is trying to kill it. This is unacceptable from an elected leader who should be working to strengthen our economy, not undermine it. It’s more than just an error in judgment. It’s a reflection of backward priorities. Garcetti should resign as president of the council, and if he doesn’t, the council should remove him. But don’t count it. This is a council that has not shown any more concern for the people of Los Angeles and the well-being of the community than has the man it elected as its leader. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arteta rues sloppy City’s ‘cheap’ defeat against Lyon

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Fabian Delph and David Silva show the strain of their shock defeat to Lyon © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 20 – Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta admitted his side had only themselves to blame for their shock 2-1 defeat against Lyon on Wednesday.With City manager Pep Guardiola serving a touchline ban, it was Arteta in charge as the Premier League champions suffered a dismal start to their Champions League campaign. Tipped as favourites for the European title, error-prone City were well below their best.First-half goals from Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir punished mistakes from City duo Fabian Delph and Fernandinho.“We saw two very different halves. We conceded many counter-attacks and at this level you get punished,” Arteta said.“If you give cheap goals away it is difficult.”Despite their sloppy performance, Arteta was adamant City would have been worthy of a draw if they had snatched an equaliser.“In the second half we dominated and played in the opponents’ half and created many chances,” he said.“I still believed we could do it. We reacted really well. On another day we could have come back.“The subs affected the game but sometimes it is too late.“It is disappointing. We are usually strong at home. Now you have to go and win away from home.”City are the first English team to lose four successive Champions League matches, a run that includes last season’s three knockout-stage defeats against Basel and Liverpool.Bernardo Silva’s second-half strike gave City hope of a fightback, but their inconsistent efforts spluttered out.Silva admitted City had lacked their usual high tempo and desire.“The first half we were not at our best. We didn’t press with the same intensity we usually do,” he said.“They scored two goals, then in the second half we tried to go after the result.“We were not good enough. And unfortunately we did not want to start this way in the competition but it is what it is and we have to look to the next games.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gareth Southgate proud of England fightback

first_img0Shares0000England manager Gareth Southgate congratulates his players after their dramatic win over Croatia © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 18 – Gareth Southgate hailed England’s maturity and resilience as Harry Kane fired his side into the Nations League semi-finals with a dramatic 2-1 win over Croatia on Sunday.England were on the brink of relegation to the second tier of the competition after Andrej Kramaric gave Croatia the lead against the run of play in the second half at Wembley. But Southgate’s vibrant young side pulled off a stirring escape act in the closing stages to gain a measure of revenge for their World Cup semi-final defeat against Croatia earlier this year.Jesse Lingard came off the bench to poach England’s equaliser and captain Kane was on hand to turn in the winner with five minutes left.England’s fightback took them to the top of Group A4, above Spain and relegated Croatia, and they can look forward to playing in the last four in June next year.“I’m hugely proud. We’ve grown together. We’ve improved every step,” Southgate said.“This was another big occasion. There was plenty of pressure on the game but we coped really well.“We had good chances and should have been ahead. Then we had to show resilience to stay in the game. We saw the game through with some maturity.“They should be very proud of what they have done. This is a significant step for us.”It was a cathartic moment for England, who have made a habit of suffering painful defeats against Croatia, with this year’s World Cup woe following the 2007 loss that cost them a place at Euro 2008.More importantly, the performance provided further tangible proof that Southgate is building a team capable of challenging for the major prizes after years of under-achievement.Southgate and his players have changed perceptions of the England team among a previously jaded sporting public over the last year and the Three Lions coach took pride in the jubilant response of fans to their victory.“The most pleasing thing was the connection with the fans. I haven’t heard Wembley like that for years,” he said.“We’ve given the fans some memorable days and nights this year. That energy really came back to the team when we needed it at the end today.”– Close to perfect –England’s appearance in the semi-finals of the Nations League, which are set to be held in Portugal next June, offers another chance to reach their first major final since 1966.Following the 3-2 Nations League win over Spain in Seville last month, this tournament has been a serious statement of intent from Southgate’s team and they will go into 2019 with great expectations.“We know where we sit, we aren’t perfect but we are improving,” Southgate said.“Slowly we are starting to beat those top teams. We have learned so much from this year, because you have to be close to perfect to beat those teams.”Despite dominating the first half, England fell behind in the 56th minute.Kramaric was allowed time and space to turn in the area and the Hoffenheim forward took full advantage, clipping a shot that deflected off Eric Dier and looped over Jordan Pickford’s despairing dive.But England kept their composure, equalising in the 78th minute when Lingard tapped-in from Joe Gomez’s long throw.England’s deserved winner arrived in the 85th minute.Ben Chilwell curled over a teasing low free-kick and Kane timed his run to perfection, guiding his shot past Lovre Kalinic from close-range.Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic claimed his side had paid the price for their exertions in Thursday’s win against Spain.“It was very difficult for us to recover after the match against Spain. We don’t have such a big squad,” he said.“In the last 15 minutes we lost concentration, which could be down to our condition physically.”Referencing a popular England fans’ song, Dalic backed Southgate’s team to fulfil their potential soon.“They have a young and fast team. It’s coming home, very soon!,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Asthma in classroom as school year begins

first_imgNow, the school district wants to determine how widespread the problem is and how to help children manage it better so they can at least show up for class. “We live in a relatively high-pollution city and that contributes to respiratory problems,” said Dr. Kimberly Uyeda, director of the LAUSD’s Student Medical Services. “Sometimes the waxing and waning of asthma awareness can cause a problem.” More than 600 LAUSD nurses gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday to promote an action plan to improve monitoring students with asthma. They also toured a new “breathmobile” van, one of several that makes the rounds to schools to test students for free, and help children monitor their health. “The major challenge is that many children don’t have a regular health provider and asthma is a disease that needs to be continuously monitored,” Uyeda said. As Los Angeles Unified School District students flood back to classes today, dozens – maybe even hundreds – will miss their very first day of school because of asthma. The leading cause of absenteeism among LAUSD students with chronic diseases, asthma afflicts some 63,000 students. Of those, a majority miss 10 days or more of the school year. The district also estimates that 1,000 of its students visit emergency rooms each year because of asthma. Health officials know that L.A.’s polluted skies, moldy apartments, proximity of residential areas to freeways and limited parental knowledge about inhalers all contribute to the high numbers of asthma cases. But they say they’ve only recently begun to link the illness to childhood obesity, poor academic performance, depression and other problems interfering with success at school. The 63,000 known asthma sufferers in the LAUSD represent about 9 percent of the 700,000 student body – many of whom are on year-round schedules. But district health officials believe the actual figure is closer to 14 percent of the total, or 98,000 students. Childhood asthma within the San Fernando Valley has decreased slightly in recent years, from 8.7 percent in 2003 to 7.9 percent in 2005, the last year for which data were available. Still, about 150 San Fernando Valley children miss 10 days of school or more. Some skip up to 60 days because of illnesses related to the chronic disease. “I find that the biggest issue among families of children with asthma is a lack of confidence in the medication and a lot of fear,” said Roberta Villanueva, a pediatric nurse practitioner who visits the homes of children with asthma in the Valley. She is one of only four who do such work within the entire district. Since the home-visit program began three years ago, Villanueva said, she has spotted several patterns among the children affected, such as a lack of education among parents on how inhalers work and unhealthy housing conditions. “Some of the apartment buildings look very nice on the outside, but inside there are roaches,” she said. “There are carpets that have never been changed. There is mold from leaking ceilings. There’s fear among residents that they will get in trouble if they report this to the landlords.” In some cases, vacuum cleaners, bed covers and roach traps are provided to help alleviate the problems, she said. But what is most telling is what asthma can do to a child’s psyche, Villanueva said. Children who can’t participate in physical activities are more likely to gain weight. Obesity can act as a trigger to asthma. And among those that Villanueva visits, 90 percent report anxiety, stress and depression, she said. The home-visit program, funded by a variety of sources including a $2 million grant from the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, is proving to be effective. Of the families she visits, Villanueva said, 65 percent of the children are reporting improved health when she returns to see them three months later. Asthma among children began to steadily increase between 1980 and 1998, but has since stabilized, and death rates have decreased, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Still, emergency-room visits continue to rise and African-American children both nationwide and in Los Angeles County still have the highest rates of asthma. What remains problematic in fighting the disease is that there is little known about the development of asthma, whether it’s genetic or environmental. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest pain or tightness, which can be triggered by pollen, dust mites and pet dander. An estimated 6.5 million schoolchildren suffer from the disease nationwide; it is the third-leading cause of hospitalization among those 15 and younger. About $16.1 billion is spent on treating children with asthma. While California may seem to have the highest prevalence of the disease because of smog and air pollution, it is Massachusetts, Hawaii and Oklahoma that rank the highest in asthma prevalence among children age 17 and younger. California ranks 39th among all states. Still, the American Lung Association has found that parents nationwide know very little about their state’s or school district’s policy on whether children are allowed to carry their inhalers with them to class. A recent survey found that 58.7 percent of parents were uncertain whether their state has a law allowing students to carry and self-administer fast-acting “quick relief” inhalers. And 74.4 percent of parents whose children do have inhalers at school responded that their child’s school does not allow students to keep rescue inhalers with them. “What I keep hearing from school officials is that they have a lot of kids with asthma that don’t have the proper medicine, or don’t have good communication with their parents,” said Katie Van Cleave, coordinator of childhood-asthma programs for the American Lung Association’s Los Angeles Chapter. “That’s why it’s important to have an asthma action plan,” she said. “We’re making progress but I feel like we need to make more strides.” (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_img” Tiny surf for next couple of days at Fanad”Today our kid’s summer camp was greeted with tiny surf, this didn’t stop the kids hitting the water and our instructors used the flat surf conditions to teach the kids about paddle technique, which is one of the most important parts of surfing. This was done by the use of fun relay races which the kids loved.Tomorrow’s surf report  for Wednesday 1st August is for flat surf conditions due to the swell coming from a SW direction which means it won’t wrap round Bloody Foreland to hit Donegal’s North coast. But don’t worry come down to Rathmullan and try out Stand Up Paddleboarding.  IainADVENTURE ONE DAILY SURF BLOG – SURF’S DOWN, PADDLES UP! was last modified: July 31st, 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:ADVENTURE ONE DAILY SURF BLOG – SURF’S DOWNPADDLES UP!last_img read more


first_imgA rescue helicopter is to travel to Tory Island today after the island was cut off from the mainland for the past week.Tory Island has been cut off from the mainland for a week.A group of ten islanders have been forced to stay on the mainland because the ferry service cold not travel in rough seas.Another group of people on the island are anxious to get out to the mainland. Some of these are students looking to return to college while others have hospital appointments.One of those who has been stranded on the mainland is the King of Tory, Patsy Dan Rodgers.He told Donegal Daily that he was delighted to be getting back to the island.“We appreciate the wonderful service the ferry operates but it will be nice to get back to the island. “We have been on the mainland for almost a week and many of those out here are now anxious to get back to their families.“We are thankful that the Government has agreed to supply a helicopter,” he said.It is understood the helicopter will take off from Carrickfin Airport this afternoon and will make a number of runs back and forth to the island.It is also understood the helicopter will transport much-needed supplies to the shop on the island. HELICOPTER TO TRANSPORT STRANDED PEOPLE TO AND FROM CUT-OFF TORY ISLAND was last modified: January 13th, 2015 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:donegalPatsy Dan RogersTory Islandlast_img read more

Celta Vigo v Manchester United live stream and confirmed line ups

first_img1 CLICK HERE TO STREAM LIVE COMMENTARY OF CELTA VIGO V MANCHESTER UNITED ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 20:05Manchester United will be looking to take a step closer to securing Champions League football for next season when they take on Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of the Europa League.Jose Mourinho’s side are bidding to win the competition for the first time in the club’s history and guarantee their place in Europe’s elite competition for the coming campaign.This is the first time the two sides have faced each other and will be eager to seal their place in the showpiece final on May 24 to face either Ajax or Lyon in Stockholm.The Estadio de Balaidos plays host to tonight’s match, and you can follow all the action via talkSPORT’s live commentary – which you can listen to by clicking here.Confirmed line ups:Celta Vigo XI: Sergio, Hugo Mallo, Cabral, Roncaglia, Jonny, Wass, Radoja, Hernandez, Aspas, Guidetti, SistoSubstitutes: Villar, Fontas, Marcelo Diaz, Bongonda, Beauvue, Jozabed, Sergi GomezManchester United XI: Romero, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Darmian, Ander Herrera, Fellaini, Lingard, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, RashfordSubstitutes: de Gea, Mata, Rooney, Martial, Smalling, Carrick, Young The second Europa League semi-final kicks off tonight last_img read more


first_imgCONGRATULATIONS to Mark English who has been pre-selected to run for Ireland at the World Junior Track and Field Championship’s in Bracelona from July 10-15.He travels to Turin tonight (Friday) to take part in the Grand Prix series. Mark, who ran 1.45.77 recently to break his own national record won the Irish Milers Club 800 metres in Tullamore on Saturday.He was followed in second spot by clubmate Darren McBrearty while Danny Mooney finished in fifth place. Meanwhile, another Letterkenny athlete, Ruairi Finnegan will look forward to get under the World Junior qualifying time for the 1,500 metres when he races in Watford this weekend.Well done to Ivan Toner who finished second (16.48) in the Donegal Town 5k on Friday evening. Others to feature for the club were Glen Duncan (11th-18.33), Greg Campbell (19th- 19.23) and Garvan McCloskey (20th-19.29).The Grand Prix action switches to Lifford next Friday night (June 15) at 7.15pm. Congratulations to Adrian Callaghan who got married last weekend.   LETTERKENNY ATHLETIC CLUB NEWS was last modified: June 5th, 2012 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:Letterkenny AC noteslast_img read more