Poch feels like Spielberg – but admits doc is added complication

first_imgMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himThe players took Poch and his staff out for a slap-up meal in London’s Mayfair on Thursday night.Poch said: “It was very kind of them to invite the coaching staff and different people who help the team.“In the dynamic of the group, this team bonding makes the group stronger.“Medium to long term it will help a lot.” TOTTENHAM’S decision to bare all for the cameras has left boss Mauricio Pochettino feeling like Steven Spielberg.As if he did not have enough on his plate, Poch now has a film crew following him 24/7.2 Tottenham boss Pochettino says he feels like Spielberg… but Amazon documentary is an added complicationSpurs’ season is in danger of turning into a disaster movie after chairman Daniel Levy allowed Amazon access all areas for a fly-on-the-wall documentary.The timing is lousy and the Argentine will be hoping it has a happy ending — even though his campaign has so far been mostly a horror show.Poch said: “When the club agreed the deal with Amazon, of course we were worried about it. It is not easy to have the camera in your office.“It’s about how you handle the situation.“It is so complicated and another thing to worry about.“Of course, it adds a lot to the job. If we were busy before we are super busy now. To plan every day, everything is not an easy job.“I said in the summer I felt I was not a manager any more, I was a coach.“Now I feel I am a coach, manager and producer. Like Spielberg, yes — well, nearly.”Screen stars will tell you timing is everything, so why Spurs agreed to let cameras in this season is baffling.After Close Encounters with glory in previous seasons, when it seemed Poch was taking the club Back To The Future, they pick a campaign that has so far been a Temple Of Doom.Money played a key part but Spurs would have been seduced by the chance to repeat the success of Manchester City’s documentary Fight ’Til The End.Etihad boss Pep Guardiola and his players earned rave reviews for the series, winning them plaudits and opportunities, not only in this country but beyond. Spurs will be hoping for the same.The difference is, of course, that City were filmed as they won the Premier League.2But Tottenham are appearing during the toughest spell of Poch’s reign. Amazon probably cannot predict which genre the show will be screened under — sport, reality, thriller, action, disaster, horror, comedy — whoknows?One thing is for sure, it is certain to be must-see.And the irony is, Pochettino’s first Spurs trophy could turn out to be a Bafta!He added: “The most important thing is to live the reality, not to try and generate something that is not real.“What the people are going to love to see is that we are normal people. I hope there is a happy ending.”Tottenham go to Liverpool tomorrow in good heart after their 5-0 Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade.last_img read more

Bangoura: “With work and patience everything will work out”

first_imgAlready in the use of the word, Bangoura said that “I am very happy to be here and to be able to help the team”. He also stressed that “I’m fine to play, I’m available to the coach and if he puts me today I can play now.” As for the situation of Lugo, the end wanted to emphasize that “I have seen the team well, very close and with the idea that everything will work out”. He also stressed that “the times I came to play Lugo I liked the team and now I want to contribute here”. He wanted to be positive despite the bad Bangoura qualifying situation, noting that “The work that is being done is good, I believe that with work and patience everything will work out”he sentenced. Lass Bangoura already acts as albivermello. In his presentation, the sports director of the CD Lugo, Manolo Mandía, highlighted the Guinean who “He is a player who comes to increase the competition in the band positions, besides being a profile that we did not have in the squad”, wishing you “reach your best level, because if you get it it will help us a lot and it will be important to achieve our goal”. Finally, he resumed the word Mandiá who, questioned by the possibility of Aaron Ñiguez joining the Lugo, said that “At the moment we continue to see him in training, he will continue a little and then we will all sit down to see the decision we made”, and valued the closure of the winter market assuming that “for us the winter market is always difficult and this year our situation is also not attractive”, despite which “I think we signed the profiles we were looking for, they are young players who are going to contribute a lot, “he said.last_img read more

Harit skips confinement

first_imgIn fact, after the publication of this video on the club’s social networks, on the night of Thursday to Friday, Harit participated in a party, interrupted by the police, at a shisha bar in Essen. Confirming this information, the sports director of the German club Jochen Schneider did not hide the facts. “Admittedly, Amine was there with a friend. He admitted his mistake“said the director of Schalke.“I reminded him once again of the seriousness of the current situation. In this serious crisis, things that were normal yesterday can no longer be tolerated today. Amine is very sorry and it won’t happen again“he continued.If Schalke 04 was forgiving of the Moroccan, his image is tarnished after this incident. Like the Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount and Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic, who also failed to comply with the containment measuresHarit has been particularly criticized by the media, but also by Internet users on social media. To apologize for this event, the former Paris Saint-Germain player would have planned to make a gesture to help fight this epidemic. In this period of health crisis, soccer players, always very closely followed, give an example on social media to enforce containment rules to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Schalke 04 midfielder Amine Harit has also participated in an awareness campaign by the German club to encourage people to stay home. But, according to information from the French newspaper Maxifoot, the Moroccan himself did not respect this instruction.last_img read more

The footballer’s plan: first play and then check the salaries

first_imgIn this telematic appointment, the day-to-day life of footballers was also discussed, in which no one has seen their working hours reduced in order to justify these cuts. The professionals, they allege, are working with the obsession to compete again, even if it is beyond June 30 and their vacations are reduced (they do not care). But they understand that postponement, which is what there is, is not the same as suspension. So you have to wait.In that LaLiga-AFE meeting, Tebas explained the employer’s position to help the clubs in coordinating the ERTE request. As Barça has done and the union calculates that they will do, in the worst case, 25% of the professional clubs in total (about 10 out of 42), although LaLiga believes that they will be quite a few more and even historical entities. But he also explained that, in general, they prefer to take other measures at the moment rather than dismiss. The State would not see fit to compensate millionaires now, while it will not be easy for clubs to justify that their measures are taken by “force majeure”. The appointment, by videoconference and without inviting footballers ON, comes a day after the employers met with the RFEF in the Follow-up Committee to which the AFE belongs but to which, this time, they were not asked to participate to stop all the competition sine die. Footballers have been the center of attention for two weeks with this break in competition. In the first place, because they have seen their professional activity, like so many others, slowed down by the appearance of the coronavirus. And secondly, because they are on everyone’s lips as a solution at hand to mitigate the effects that this crisis will have on professional football and on the population. UEFA, RFEF and LaLiga have already slipped their plans to reorder the schedule, and the clubs have also postulated their intentions to cut wages and apply for ERTEs. However, footballers in Spain, until now, had simply expected events. Until they have been shaken. If they have made something clear, in general, to their spokespersons, the captains, and their maximum defenders, the unions, it is that they will collaborate, as they already do with the one who needs it, and that se will lower wages if appropriate, but on one condition: all in due time.So far, all the measures that have been discussed have focused on agreeing on a salary readjustment for the most privileged, footballers (20% in Germany; 70% at Barça). They, the protagonists, propose the reverse path: first determine when the competition resumes, what day it ends and how, then assess the damage to the clubs and finally negotiate measures to keep the economy sustainable. They do not refuse to lower their payrolls. Unlike. They put their 14 monthly payments and the two extra, in which they charge a large part of their tab, at the service of their clubs to make numbers. What they request is that the steps be taken in a more orderly manner. They understand that if the remaining 11 days are ended and the European competitions and the Cup can be finished (the final remains), there will not be the same scenario as if the season is shortened or if it is not played again. Television earnings, which are the mother of everything, will set the pace. This is one of the things that David Aganzo, president of AFE, wanted to transmit yesterday to Javier Tebas in a meeting.last_img read more

H View for CONCACAF U-13 Champions League

first_imgHarbour View FC will represent Jamaica in the inaugural Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The youth showpiece will be held at the Cruz Azul Acoxpa Stadium in Mexico, August 4-8.In announcing Harbour View’s selection at Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Football Academy, at the University of the West Indies Mona yesterday, the JFF’s director of football, Vin Blaine, commended Scotiabank for this initiative to help develop football in Jamaica.”Travelling to Mexico is special as they are the top CONCACAF team,” Blaine who is also a Harbour View FC technical director said.While the squad will play under the Harbour View banner players have been drawn from other KSAFA-based clubs. The 16-member squad will be coached by Noel McClaren with Sydney McFarlane as his assistant. The team captain is Rojaughn Joseph.As title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League and the Caribbean Nations Cup, Scotiabank has now turned its attention to youth development.”One of Scotiabank’s core mandates is to support the development of youth through sport,” regional marketing director at Scotiabank, Heather Goldson, said. “The Scotiabank CONCACAF kid’s Champions League allows us to remain true to our drive to encourage youth development,” she added.Meanwhile, Kingston and St Andrew Football (KSAFA) president, Ambassador Stewart Stevenson said: “I know Harbour View. They always give of their best and I expect excellent performances,” he stressed.The eight clubs in the championship are CD Chatelango of El Salvador; Herediano (Costa Rica); Chepo FC (Panama); Harbour View FC (Jamaica); Montreal Impact (Canada); DC United (United States); Toluca FC (Mexico); Aguilas UAS (Mexico).last_img read more

Guyana/Venezuela border controversy case discussed during bilateral talks

first_imgCommonwealth Heads of Govt 2018The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, QC and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson were updated on the status of the Guyana/Venezuela border case which is presently before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by Head of State David Granger during bilateral discussions.President David Granger engaged in bilateral talks with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, LondonThe President along with his delegation comprising Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; Director General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Audrey Waddell; and Guyana’s High Commissioner to the UK, Frederick Hamley Case met with the officials on the sidelines of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) being hosted in London, United Kingdom.Providing an update following the meetings, which were held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Minister Greenidge said Guyana expressed gratitude to the Commonwealth for articulating their position in support of the country as it relates to the border controversy on the international scene.“What is unfolding now, what the ICJ is likely to go in terms of the future steps,” he added.The work of the Commonwealth and new areas of focus, particularly the development of toolkits to assist in the implementation of key policies in member states, which is an initiative of Secretary General Scotland also constituted the talks, Minister Greenidge revealed.Guyana’s Iwokrama Rainforest and environment protection initiatives were also explored.The bilateral engagement was described as fruitful as the President and Foreign Secretary Johnson committed to strengthening the cooperation between Guyana and the UK on all fronts.The Head of State discussed issues of common interest with the British Foreign Secretary and according to Minister Greenidge, “issues ranging from BREXIT to the challenges the UK faces to environmental issues and so forth, cooperation that is ongoing in terms of the security initiative and other areas,” were addressed.The Foreign Affairs Minister noted that these meetings precede previous engagements, including one held by UK Prime Minister Theresa May with Caribbean countries in relation to bilateral cooperation.As part of the CHOGM events, President Granger is expected to meet with Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi, attend the Commonwealth’s Malaria Summit and welcome dinner, which is to be hosted by Prime Minister May, tomorrow.Leaders at this year’s CHOGM are expected to consider a Commonwealth Blue Charter on ocean governance, a Commonwealth connectivity agenda for trade and investment, a declaration on cybercrime and Revised Commonwealth guidelines on election observation in member countries.last_img read more

Boost for Chelsea and Man City? Messi admits Barcelona future is far from certain

first_img1 Lionel Messi has dropped the biggest hint yet that he may leave Barcelona.The Argentine star has been linked with a move to Chelsea and Manchester City in recent weeks, after reportedly falling out with current Nou Camp chief Luis Enrique.Messi, 27, rubbished those rumours on Sunday, calling any talk of a move ‘lies’, and insisted he did not want to leave the La Liga giants.But, speaking at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala, the former Newell’s Old Boys striker claimed he was unsure where is future lay.“I’m not sure what’s going to happen, whether I’ll go back to Newell’s,” he said in response to a question about whether he might return to Argentina at some point in his career.“I’m not sure where I will be next year. In the football world so many things can change overnight.“I’ve always said I will end my career at Barcelona, but as Cristiano [Ronaldo] says only God knows the future.” Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona last_img read more

O’Connor labeled pitch-perfect choice for TofR return to politics

first_imgPASADENA — For the first time in the 117-year history of Rose Parade grand marshal announcements, both the grand marshal and the Tournament of Roses president wore pearls. Both dressed conservatively: President Elizabeth “Libby” Evans Wright in a scarlet blazer and matching lipstick; Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in a royal blue St. John-style knit and sensible, wedge-heeled shoes. Devoid of the marketing synergies of last year’s choice –Mickey Mouse — the selection of O’Connor was pitch-perfect: It reaffirmed the Tournament’s politics and traditions while tweaking its patriarchal legacy. It was both self-confident and self-critical. It made a statement without making a fuss. “I really do think it is an inspired choice,” said former Pasadena Mayor Rick Cole, once one of the Tournament’s fiercest critics. “It’s edgy without being edgy.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Tournament instinctively recoils from politics, and for good reason. Its last brush with controversy, in 1992, was so catastrophic that Tournament members openly mulled removing the parade from Pasadena forever. In the years since, Tournament presidents have avoided politics altogether, picking such marshals as Carol Burnett and Kermit the Frog. It was not always thus. The first grand marshal from outside the city’s borders, in 1930, was a politician: James Rolph, a Republican mayor of San Francisco whose nickname was Sunny Jim. (As governor, darker shades emerged. After praising a lynch mob, he became known as “Governor Lynch.”) In succeeding years, political dignitaries were as much a part of the grand marshal rotation as athletes and Hollywood stars. The politics of the marshals reflected the character of the city, which was, until recently, solidly Republican. Five Democrats have ridden down Colorado Boulevard (one switched parties three years later), but the high-wattage political figures have all been Republicans: Herbert Hoover, Earl Warren (twice), Richard Nixon (twice), Dwight Eisenhower, Everett Dirksen and Gerald Ford. O’Connor shares much with those old-school eminences. Before she was a justice, she was a Republican state senator from Arizona. But on the court, she has been a disappointment to the right, embracing moderation and reaffirming Roe v. Wade. When she announced her retirement this year, the loudest voices praising her belonged to Democrats. “Sandra Day fits into the long line of moderate, country-club Republicans who have been grand marshals of the Rose Parade,” said Peter Dreier, a political science professor at Occidental College. As with the two most recent political figures to be named grand marshal, Sen. John Glenn and then-Rep. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, O’Connor was not picked primarily for her politics, which have always been overshadowed by her gender. In picking the first female Supreme Court justice to lead the parade, Wright, the first female Tournament president, was telling women there are still “opportunities to be first.” Indeed, if only the most hidebound institutions have yet to admit women — other than the presidency and Augusta National, can you think of one? –then it remains an act of something like contrition for Wright to be making this point. After all, it was not until 1992 –1992! — that the Tournament made its first serious stab at diversity. The organization still awaits its first non-white president. “They tend to lag,” said Cole, who was at the center of the controversy in 1992. “But they get there eventually.” Any institution that hews to the Mos Maiorum as closely as the Tournament is bound to be out of step with the times. In 1945, with victory imminent in Europe, the parade was led by Hoover, blamed by many as the architect of the Great Depression. In 1968, with the anti-war movement and the Vietnam body count nearing their respective apexes, the Tournament chose Dirksen, one of the Senate’s most devoted hawks. But the Tournament was at its most tone deaf in 1992, when it chose Cristobol Colon, a descendant of Christopher Columbus, to help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. In retrospect it remains an inexplicable act of naivete. The organization was apparently simply unaware that the Columbian legacy had undergone significant revisions and had not escaped unscathed. The outcry that followed caught its members entirely off guard. By the time it was over, the Tournament had instituted a diversity committee, promised to hire more minority contractors, and installed Campbell, for a time the only Native American in Congress, as co-grand marshal. It has avoided politics ever since. The 14-year absence of political figures from the head of the parade is the longest in Tournament history. The selection of O’Connor was praised on both sides of the spectrum as a noble and dignified way to return to the world of politics. “I am utterly ecstatic,” said Lynn Gabriel, president of the Pasadena Republican Club. “I think it’s fabulous. I’ve read her biography and followed her for 25 years. She’s a remarkable woman and exemplifies what the Tournament tries to do.” Cole, now the left-leaning city manager of Ventura, said the choice would please conservatives and feminists alike. “It gives young ladies growing up in Pasadena something to shoot for beyond being Rose Queen,” he said. Some liberals, like Occidental’s Dreier, might have been happier with a more liberal choice. (He suggested Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers.) But O’Connor’s politics are unlikely to seriously offend anyone, anymore. The national Republican Party has moved well to the right since O’Connor’s time, and the Tournament, as is so often the case, has not kept up. Gene Maddaus can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444, or by e-mail at gene.maddaus@sgvn.com.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

Historic Sinn Féin Ard Fheis to take place this weekend

first_imgSinn Féin Dáil Deputy Leader Pearse Doherty TD has this morning published the Clár for his party’s Ard Fheis which takes place in the Waterfront in Belfast this weekend.More than 3,000 people are expected to be in attendance over the two days of debate on more than 170 motions.Speaking in Dublin this morning, Doherty said: “This year’s Ard Fheis will be a historic event as it is the first under the new leadership elected by the party earlier this year. “It is our first opportunity to talk about our priorities and to set out our vision for a New Ireland.“Rights and accountability in public life are two issues that will dominate throughout the weekend.“Women’s rights, marriage equality rights, Irish language rights and the rights of those with a British identity in a United Ireland will all be discussed.“Sinn Féin wants to be the voice of a new generation that is demanding change and which sees Irish Unity, not only as desirable but essential to the future prosperity of the island and to delivering their rights. “We will also be setting out how we intend to build on the reconciliation work of Martin McGuinness and the outgoing President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Dr Laurence Graham will address the Ard Fheis during our live session on Saturday.“With the European Council Summit taking place in just a few weeks’ time there will be a key discussion on Brexit just before the Presidential Address on Saturday evening.“We will robustly reject the British Government’s time limited version of a backstop agreement and continue to support Special Status for the North.  Irish citizens in the North must continue to have access to the same rights and benefits that they currently enjoy.“Also on Saturday afternoon Michelle O’Neill will open a new, ‘Standing with Women’ section at the Ard Fheis, which is about demanding a step change in how society views and treats women.“This is about delivering a new Ireland where women have their voices heard and are paid equally, treated equally and where the same abortion rights exist for women North and South. “In the wake of a series of scandals including RHI, the HSE including cervical check, An Garda Síochana and beyond, the party will set out a range of measures to ensure that those who hold positions of power are held to account for their decision and actions.“The section on ‘Securing Your Future’ on Saturday afternoon sets out an extensive platform based on ‘a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work’, sorting out the housing crisis and delivering decent public services.”Historic Sinn Féin Ard Fheis to take place this weekend was last modified: June 13th, 2018 by Chris CannonShare 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:ard fheisdailPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

North Donegal Network and Gardai join forces to tackle cyber-crime

first_imgThe North Donegal Community Network (NDCN) and An Garda Síochána have joined forces to roll out a new ‘Community Safety Campaign’ across North Donegal targeting the real threat to public safety of Cyber-crime, scams and fraud, and to promote public awareness on the issue.Sergeant Rory Harrison who is a forensic and a computer science expert with the Gardaí is leading out on the initiative under the direction of Superintendent David Kelly in response to the increase in the number of cyber-crimes being reported by people in Donegal.Chairperson of NDCN, Benny Trearty said: “Cyber-crimes can affect people from all ages, backgrounds and professions. The scammers will try and take money from anyone. “They are experts at what they do and are targeting good people in a multitude of ways. They really don’t care who you are if they can profit from what they do.”NDCN have worked with An Garda Síochána to pilot three ‘Staying Safe Online’ events in Termon, Dunfanaghy and Cranford during May 2019, taking a lead on the issue on behalf of communities across North Donegal.The talks cover a variety of issues including credit-card fraud, malware, phishing, password fraud, hacking, data breaches, online exploitation, identity theft, ransom and impersonation.NDCN community representative James Trearty added: “We believe that keeping the community informed about the different types of crimes and tactics used is critical. “Crime is crime, it’s just that criminals are now using different tactics online. There should be no fear in the public’s mind and the public are encouraged to report any form of crime to An Garda Síochána whether online or otherwise.“An Garda Síochána’s main concern is about public safety online and about fraud prevention. We are responding to the ever-increasing range of tactics used by criminals online.“Our approach to public protection focuses on education, awareness and prevention. This is the focus of the talks, how to protect you and your family online. Parents will find these talks of huge benefit.”The final in the series of the pilot talks is on this Monday night 20th May in Cranford Community Centre at 8pm.All are welcome so please feel free to come along on the evening. North Donegal Network and Gardai join forces to tackle cyber-crime was last modified: May 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more