20/11/2019 Rubiales reveals Moreno told RFEF he wants ‘agreed departure’ Robert Moreno hará hoy público un comunicado SPORT have learned that he is ready to give a comment after not speaking following the win over Romania, because he was too emotional about his goodbye. IN SPORT.ES RELATED STORIES Former Spain coach Robert Moreno will publish, at some point on Wednesda, a statement offering his version of events after the RFEF rehired Luis Enrique in his role on Tuesday. Moreno then sent two lawyers to a meeting with the RFEF instead of attending himself, where they negotiated his exit package. RFEF chief Luis Rubiales and sporting director Jose Francisco Molina then spoke in a press conference, but Moreno was not present there either. Today we will get his version. Upd. on 21/11/2019 at 16:54 CET
Tributes have been paid this afternoon to long time Galway GAA Stalwart Tommie Kelly, whose funeral takes place this evening. It it with great sadness that be learned of the death of Tommie Kelly (Loughrea), a great Gael and wonderful friend of Galway GAA and Galway Football in particular.Tommie was born in Kildare and played Football with Westmeath before be moved to Loughrea in the sixties, where he became deeply involved in Galway Gaelic Football.For many years Tommie served in Officer positions in the South Board G.P.C and also on the County Board promoting participation in Gaelic Football. Tommie was involved also with many Galway Teams over the years and he played a key role when Galway won the under-21 Football Final in 1972 and when the Minor Footballer won the All-Ireland Final in 1976. He was also involved with the Galway Senior Football Teams in the 1970’s and many of the County players of the era have fond and lasting memories of Tommie and all he did for them.Tommie struck up a great friendship with the late John Tull Dunne from Ballinalsoe and they traveled the high ways and by-ways of the Country together attending games. Tommie got great satisfaction from attending Juvenile games and Finals throughout the County.In 2012 Tommie was elected President of Coiste Peil na nOg and he served in that position up to the time of his death. Tommie was a great servant of the Galway GAA throughout his life.On behalf of all in Galway GAA I extend our deepest sympathies and condolence to his Family and his wide circle of friends. Mór ár mbrón. Thomas Ó Ceallaigh imithe ar Shlí na fírinne. Uaigneach muid ná an chailleach beara. Slán a chara.When Tommie retired from the Galway County Board in 2010, Jim Carney wrote this article in the Tuam Herald…End of an era as Tommy Kelly retires from Galway Football Board ExecutiveBy JIM CARNEYA long-lasting link in the chain of Galway football will be broken next Monday night when Tommy Kelly, from Loughrea, retires as assistant secretary of the County Football Board Executive â€” in his 40th year of dedicated, loyal service to the Maroon and White.One of Galway’s great “constants” in those four decades, a popular, highly respected figure who did his work quietly and without fuss, to such an extent he was probably taken for granted â€” it can be a compliment to a person â€” Tommy joined the Football Board at the end of 1970, as East Board delegate; his predecessor in that role was the late Patsy Geraghty of Ballinasloe, who had just retired. Straight away, Tommy formed a close friendship with the county’s leading football administrator, John Dunne, and they were inseparable at the G.A.A. venues of Ireland from then on.Sadly, “Tull” Dunne died in 1990, eight years before Galway regained the Sam Maguire Cup, bridging a 32-year gap, while other senior Football Board officers who Tommy Kelly served with, including Pa Burke, Jack Mahon and Miko Kelly, have also gone to their eternal reward.Tommy was a selector of Galway minor, U-21 and senior teams for twenty years, and has particularly fond memories of the brilliant All-Ireland winning U-21 team of 1972 who, like the Minors of 1970, defeated a group of young Kerry men who went on to become probably the greatest ever county senior team. “We were better than them; we proved it twice, in Minor and U-21,” says Tommy, “but while Kerry immediately put their trust in youth and quickly went to the top at senior level, we held our young players back and paid the price for it. But in general I have very happy memories of all my time in football and it’ll always be a big part of my life. The thing I’m most sure of, looking back on the last forty years, is that making friendships with the players gave me the greatest pleasure and the greatest satisfaction. Some of them were rogues, great characters, but they were great lads â€” year in, year out â€” and I’ll never forget any of them. I have no regrets, only great memories.”Tommy was born in Co. Kildare, in Castlemitchell, near Athy; it was Gaelic football country and he played with the local club before moving to work and live in Westmeath, where he played for the county team for three years and won a Westmeath S.F.C. medal in 1962, with Rochfortbridge.A qualified fitter/turner, work then took him â€” as it did so many others â€” to Tynagh Mines, near Loughrea, and he’s been a Galway man since.He married a Kildare woman, Sarah Wright; they went to National School together, and Tommy is proud of the fact that his wife’s nephew Larry Tompkins had the honour of lifting the Sam Maguire Cup in triumph at Croke Park, as the Cork captain in 1990. He is thankful, too, that Sarah’s dedication to family life meant he could devote so much of his own life to the G.A.A. “She kept the show going at home,” as Tommy puts it, “I wouldn’t have had the great life I’ve had without her.”The Kellys are also very proud to have seen their son Brian play for Galway in the 1973 All-Ireland Minor hurling final, which they were unlucky to lose to Kilkenny; proud that their sons Shane, Declan and Tommy (Jnr.) won Vocational Schools’ medals with Galway, and that SinÃ©ad was involved in the medical back-up for several Galway Minor football teams.They’ve known great sadness in their life together, too: Brian died aged only 50. Go ndÃ©ana Dia trÃ³caire ar a anam.The Galway Football Board Convention at Loughgeorge next Monday night will be an emotional occasion for Tommy Kelly, but he can walk away with his head held high.As Shakespeare’s Othello said: I have done the State some service, and they know it.Tommie will be reposing in Kilboy’s Funeral Home, Loughrea this Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 o’clock. Funeral cortege will arrive at St Brendan’s Cathedral on Wednesday morning for Requiem Mass at 12 o’clock followed by burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway GAA Secretary John Hynes paid this tribute….
Two points in it and an interesting 35 minutes ahead…. Referee blows Half Time…..Dublin leading Galway 1-9 to 1-7 There will be one minute of injury timeWe have a minute left in the first half….Johnny Heaney for Galway….Dublin 1-9 Galway 1-7Shane Walsh for Galway…..Dublin 1-9 Galway 1-6Another Dublin point…..They now lead by four….Dublin 1-9 Galway 1-5Kilkenny responds for Dublin…Dublin 1-8 Galway 1-5Ian Burke has the ball and they are back within two….Dublin 1-7 Galway 1-5Dublin return with the ball…Con O’Callaghan has it….GOAL DUBLIN….Dublin 1-7 Galway 1-4Walsh…..It’s over the bar….Teams are level….Galway 1-4 Dublin 0-7Ten minutes left in the first half…Another free for Galway……Shane Walsh again will take it….Shane Walsh will take the free and slots it over the bar…..Dublin 0-7 Galway 1-3Ian Burke is fouled…Galway Free to close the gap to a single point….Twenty one minutes gone and Ian Burke gets a point for Galway to close the gap to two…Free Dublin…Dean Rock will take it and slots it over the bar..Dublin 0-7 Galway 1-1NÍL the result….Paul Mannion with an effort but Hawkeye is called….Fifteen Minutes in and Dublin lead 0-6 to 1-1Two Dublin points in a row and the gap is two again in favour of the Dubs.Shane Walsh takes the 45′ but it’s wide…Eamon Brannigan will take the penalty but it’s saved…45′ GalwayDamien Comer…is felled……PENALTY GALWAYBrian Howard has the ball and puts it over the bar….level…1-1 to 0-4Shane Walsh…..Great point…..Galway are in front….Galway 1-1 Dublin 0-3Teams are level after eight minutes….Galway 1-0 Dublin 0-3Galway have another chance…OOH…That was close…….High Ball In…Comer…GOAL GALWAY! Teams are level…Seven Minutes gone in the first half…Dublin free to go three points up….Dean Rock will take it and makes no mistake….Dublin 0-3 Galway 0-0.Free for Dean Rock and he makes no mistake….Dublin 0-2 Galway 0-0Chance for Galway but Damien Comer but puts it wide…A minute gone and Galway trails Dublin by 0-1 to 0-0.Eoghan Kerin slips and Paul Mannion gets Dublin’s first point.The game is on….The referee is Barry CassidyAlmost time for throw in…..The Galway Team To Face Dublin Ollie and Frank Ready For Senior CommentaryAlready, three changes for Galway, Ciaran Duggan Starts at Midfield, Sean Armstrong starts in the Half Forward Line and Johnny Heaney starts in the Half Back Line…We are back….We are taking a small break for a minute…Need to catch our breath after that…FINAL SCORE…GALWAY 3-13 MEATH 2-9GALWAY ARE IN THE ALL-IRELAND MINOR FOOTBALL FINAL!Time is now up…..The referee blows the Full Time Whistle!!!!Galway are on the verge (To quote Sean…..)Paul Kelly seals it for Galway with a great point!Final minute of injury time to be played…..Luke Mitchell with a point and the gap is down to six points…..Two minutes of injury time left…This is remarkable from GalwayRyan Monaghan with the free and he nails it. Galway 3-12 Meath 2-8.Four minutes of Injury time left….Galway wins a freeFive Minutes of injury time to be played…..One minute left…..Ryan Monaghan will take the free…and he gets it! Galway 3-11 Meath 2-8Three minutes left but there will be a bit of injury time in this one….Free Galway….Eanna McCormack the man who has been fouled…Luke Mitchell with a free for Meath….Galway 3-10 Meath 2-8Four Minutes Left plus injury time…..Five minutes left…..Galway go six points up…..Tomo Culhane with a brilliant point for Galway….Galway 3-10 Meath 2-7.Six minutes left….Meath have emptied the bench….Cathal Sweeney is the player who was caught off the ball…Referee sees an off the ball incident…..Oisin McCloskey is given a black card…..Aidan Halloran for Galway and the gap is now five! Galway 3-9 Meath 2-7Conor Raftery now has the ball…..Point Galway….Galway now leads by four….Galway 3-8 Meath 2-7.There are fourteen minutes left and Galway are leading by three…Galway have the ball. Tony Gill in space…GOAL GALWAY! Galway now lead 3-7 to 2-7!Luke Mitchell with a free for Meath and the teams are level…2-7 apiece…Outstanding last few minutes from Galway who have gone from five points down to lead by a single point! 42 minutes gone in the game!Galway again…..Oisin McCormack….GOAL GALWAY AGAIN! Galway 2-7 Meath 2-6Galway chance…..Eoghan Tinney….GOAL GALWAY! Meath 2-6 Galway 1-7Free for Galway…Ryan Monaghan takes it but it goes wide.But Meath respond with two points in a row and the gap is out to five points…Meath 2-6 Galway 0-7Aidan Halloran with a good start for Galway…Meath 2-4 Galway 0-7Second Half is underway and Galway needs a good start….Referee blows the Half Time Whistle…..Meath Leads 2-4 to 0-6A minute left in the first half….Free Meath…..David Bell with the free and Galway trail by four….Luke Kelly for Meath and he could have a goal here…..GOAL…Meath lead 2-3 to 0-6Five minutes left in the first half…..Teams are level and Galway have the breeze in the first half.Great chance for Galway but the Meath keeper makes an excellent save…45′ GalwayEight minutes left in the first half…Halloran again for Galway and the teams are level! Galway 0-6 Meath 1-3.Aidan Halloran with the point for Galway and just a point between the sides…..Meath 1-3 Galway 0-5..Point for Meath….They lead Galway 1-3 to 0-4Daniel Cox with a well taken point for Galway…..Meath 1-2 Galway 0-4…19 minutes gone in the first half.Meath have the ball….They have a chance here…GOAL Meath….They lead 1-2 to 0-3. Luke Mitchell with the goal.Cathal Sweeney again…Galway lead 0-3 to 0-2 with 12 minutes gone.Cathal Sweeney responds for Galway….0-2 all.Meath free…David Bell with the free and they go in front…Meath 0-2 Galway 0-1Galway have hit three wides in the opening ten minutesTen minutes gone…Brian McCormack and the teams are level…0-1 each.Ryan Monaghan will take the 45’……wide…Galway’s first.Chance for Galway…Eoghan Tinney….Good save from the Meath keeper…45′Great work by Galway and Cathal Sweeney opens Galway’s account…Galway 0-1 Meath 0-0..Two minutes gone….The action is underway in the All-Ireland Minor Football Semi-Final!!Teams are out on the fieldTeams are out on the pitch for the Minor Semi-Final..The Galway Minor Team For Today’s Semi-FinalMinor Commentator Tommy Devane is ready to Rock. Tommy is joined by Diarmuid Blake this afternoon..So, the Scene is set…..If you fancy a read, why not check out our look back at 1934 Here or 1983 Here.1934 was when Galway last beat Dublin in the championship and 1983 was the last time they met, that infamous All-Ireland Final that Dublin won.Storm clouds gathering over Croker as well so we could be getting a drop or two of rain throughout the afternoon. Will this be a factor?In the Senior,Galway have made one change to their starting fifteen with Patrick Sweeney coming for Adrian Varley while Dublin have made 9 changes to last week’s win over Roscommon. Niall Scully, Ciaran Kilkenny and Brian Howard occupy the new-look half forward line, with Con’ O’Callaghan, Dean Rock and Paul Mannion playing in front.Johnny Cooper and James McCarthy bolster the Dubs half back line with Brian Fenton coming into midfield.The Galway Minor Team shows two changes from the team that beat Clare in the Quarter Final. Paul Kelly from Maigh Cuilinn starts in midfield alongside team captain Conor Raftery and Oisin Gormally starts in the half forward line.Could be two interesting games with Galway facing Meath in the Minor at 3 and Galway and Dublin in the Senior at 5Good Afternoon everybody and welcome to our Match Tracker for the Minor and Senior All-Ireland Semi-Finals.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
The document details Covid-19 protocols for each industry group and the procedures which must be undertaken by all racecourses hosting race fixtures. A series of educational webinars will be announced next week to assist further understanding of the changes people will encounter when returning to work on the racecourse. Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) today published a protocol document for key personnel necessary to run race fixtures, which will resume behind closed doors in Ireland on June 8. These protocols have been developed by Horse Racing Ireland in consultation with the IHRB and are essential to safeguard everyone’s health and wellbeing, and to ensure that racing will resume in a safe and appropriate manner.Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland, said:“We have worked closely with the IHRB and the Senior Medical Officer Dr Jennifer Pugh in strengthening our protocols ahead of a return to racing.“The new system of health screening will include the registration of every attendee at every race meeting, from jockeys, trainers, IHRB staff, to racecourse staff, cleaning staff and so on. Everybody will be required to complete a baseline health screening questionnaire followed by a set of further screening questions every 24-hours before attendance at a race meeting.“We have further strengthened the screening process with the installation of a thermal camera system to check attendees’ temperatures. Nobody with an elevated reading will be allowed entry.“The infection control policy is such that all surfaces will be regularly disinfected both before racing and throughout the race day, all indoor areas will be well ventilated, and only those essential to that area are present.”In line with Government advice, persons over the age of 70 will not be permitted to attend in the initial stage of the return.Brian Kavanagh added:“It is incumbent on everybody in the industry to familiarise themselves with the new protocols, to partake in the upcoming webinars which will help bring these protocols to life and to ensure that the racecourse continues to be a safe place to work.”HRI PROTOCOLS DOCUMENT print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Productive spell BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC -: The Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners took a giant step towards qualifying for the semifinals of the Regional Super50 when they defeated the Barbados Pride by 125 runs in their crucial Group B clash at Kensington Oval on Thursday. Both sides entered the contest tied for second on 15 points behind runaway leaders Jamaica Scorpions, with the Pride having played one more game than the Marooners. The result means victory in any of the Marooners two remaining matches will secure them a place in the semis. The Marooners used a strong top-order performance, where three of the first four batsmen all scored half-centuries, to post a challenging 259 for seven off their 50 overs. Captain Carlos Brathwaite and Khesan Ottley then grabbed three wickets apiece to help rout the Pride for 134 in 35.1 overs and set up a comfortable win. Marooners’ openers Kyle Corbin and Kjorn Ottley gave their side a promising start in a partnership which yielded 74 runs from 11 overs. Corbin was eventually bowled by left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn for 18, bringing Amir Jangoo to the crease. Soon after reaching his half-century, Ottley was clean bowled by medium pacer Kevin Stoute for 57 to leave the score 94 for two. He struck five boundaries and three fours during his 67-ball knock. His dismissal brought no relief to the Pride’s bowlers, as Jangoo teamed up with Jonathan Drakes in a third-wicket partnership of 104 from 21 overs. Shamar Springer’s introduction resulted in the prized wicket of Jangoo for 62, his innings lasting 76 balls and contained three fours and two sixes, with the Marooners 199 for three. And even during a brief middle-order slump which saw the Marooners losing four wickets for 27 runs, Drakes’ responsible knock of 70 from 98 balls got them up to their eventual total, before he was dismissed in the final over. Springer was the Pride’s best bowler snagging three wickets for 48 runs while Stoute took two wickets for 40 runs. The Pride’s run chase never materialised, with the struggles at the top of the order continuing.
As HR and talent acquisition leaders, we are always looking for cost effective and creative ways to make your recruiting dollars go the extra mile. The market for best in class experienced candidates will remain extremely competitive as unemployment rates continue to drop, which leaves many companies looking to new options to fill their hiring needs. Because of this an increasing number of companies are adjusting their work environments in order to attract and train professionals, especially those who have recently graduated from colleges and universities, in an effort to develop raw talent. Inexperienced recent grads can provide a clean slate that a savvy employer can mold into a fantastic employee over time. If you’re serious about looking to recent graduates to fill your hiring needs, consider these four tips to raise the odds of finding long term success with your hire.Leverage Inexperience to Your AdvantageRecent grads are hungry to gain experience, and they also know that their lack of it is their biggest downside. Find tasks or areas of a job that don’t require the new hire to have a wealth of previous experience, but do require that they learn and adapt quickly. Based off how the new hire tackles these tasks you can gain insight into how they would likely learn and perform over time. What’s more, jobs that don’t demand a lot of experience can easily start as low-cost internships and turn into full time opportunities, giving the company the benefit of screening future job candidates on-the-job to get a feel for how they work.Get the Right Culture Fit FirstWhen recruiting recent grads remember you aren’t hiring solely for experience. Focus instead on interviewing and assessing the right personality to fit into your company culture with the end goal of interns becoming permanent full time employees. By looking for a good culture fit, you get to train the candidate exactly how you’d like so they can learn about the business from the ground up. You will build a candidate pipeline and peace of mind knowing you have a candidate who has already proven him/herself and is familiar with your company culture and team, and the candidate will be trained exactly as needed to make sure they thrive in their role. By matching the goals and personality first, you also have a better chance of retaining people longer, simply because they like the organization and know they are supported as a professional.Give a project to them and see how they receive feedback.If you’re still wary of hiring someone with little experience, don’t be afraid to test them with a small project. This can be sent to them via email or hand delivered after an interview. Provide them with a time constraint that would be similar to a current employee (but not too strict, they are likely full time applying and won’t have all day to work on it, a two hour turn around isn’t enough) and see how their work comes in. Does it seemed rushed and sloppy? Is it incomplete and without critical thought? It’s up to you to determine what the most important factors you’re looking for are and how you want to score the project. Just remember that you’re not always looking for the candidate who does it perfectly, but for the candidate that holds the most raw- potential and ability to bring the most long term value to the table.Schedule Your Feedback.Schedule a focused time on engaging and sitting down with recent grads and those you are most interested in hiring, recruiting, promoting and developing especially when it comes to transitioning those interns to permanent positions with your company.While it can be a scary proposition to hire a college graduate with little experience, the upside can be tremendous if you need to scale your team quickly and on a budget. Be sure to give your recruiting efforts real thought ahead of time so you know exactly what type of person you are looking for, and most importantly, what type of company you are. Use this information to formulate a profile of the type of person you’re looking for, the candidate “must haves”, and what type of exercises you think would best convey if the potential hire has the skills you need. It’s not a perfect science, but by keeping these three tips in mind when looking for a new, recent graduate hire, you’ll significantly up the odds of finding someone great that’s ready to join and make an immediate and noticeable impact.
The Formula One group’s commercial managing director, Sean Bratches, believed it would continue to further the organisation’s attempts to connect with a new audience. “This launch presents an amazing opportunity for our business: strategically and in the way we engage fans,” he said.“First, it’s a growing category with tremendous fan engagement that we’re entering in a big way; and we are proud to have Codemasters and Gfinity joining us on this ride. Of course as we do in Formula 1, we’ll continue to evolve and innovate in the way we run this virtual counterpart to the F1 championship to ensure we provide the most exciting and enjoyable experience we can for our fans.”Since the Formula One group took over F1 and dispensed with the services of Bernie Ecclestone it has made fan engagement and embracing digital media a priority. They relaxed the rules around teams using social media at the Spanish Grand Prix and have been active in using social media as an organisation. They have also made a concerted effort to increase the involvement and entertainment at the fan village at races and been pro-active in allowing promoters to put on events at races. The sport’s chief executive, Chase Carey, has been dismissive of Ecclestone’s reign, saying the sport had become used to saying “no” to new ideas too often. Share on Pinterest Formula One 2017 Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Since you’re here… Formula One Share on Facebook Reuse this content Read more Support The Guardian esports Share on Messenger Share via Email At this stage the series remains largely a marketing exercise for both F1 and the video game but the Formula One Group will be more than aware of the possibilities in reaching a new audience that the medium offers as well as the potential financial return in the future.The interest in and return from eSports has been growing exponentially in recent years. A survey by Nielsen revealed that 14% of Americans over the age of 13 are fans of professional gaming. The gaming market research company Newzoo’s latest report placed the global eSport audience at 385m and worth $696m, a figure they are predicting will reach $1.5bn in annual revenue by 2020.Equally F1 is following a route in to gaming that has already proved successful elsewhere. PlayStation and Nissan have successfully colluded in their Academy project in turning gamers into racing drivers, with Jann Mardenbrough proving a notable success in recent years. The Xbox Forza racing championship is now in its third season, the largest eSport event of its kind and hosted its final at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Moto GP launched their eSport series, backed by Red Bull and Michelin in May.McLaren announced earlier this year their World’s Fastest Gamer programme – an annual competition in which video gamers will compete to win a job as a simulator driver for the team. The team’s executive director, Zak Brown, noted the importance of eSport in appealing to a younger demographic. “The F1 audience is getting older and this is part of how we capture the younger generation,” he said. “This is how that generation will grow up learning about the sport.”In January the British driver Graham Carrol, who had moved on to driving sims due to a lack of funding, raced at the Formula E Championship eRace in Las Vegas for a $1m prize. He has been unequivocal on the importance of F1 entering the sport. “It would just add to the show if there was a Formula One sim race,” he said. “It is just getting bigger and bigger. If someone is signed to a proper racing team there will be knock-on effect and lots of people will be signed up.” news Motor sport Formula One has announced it is launching an official eSport series to run in conjunction with the on-track world championship. The series is the first time the sport has entered the eSport arena and is to be run in conjunction with the official F1 video game and the eSport group Gfinity. The inaugural season, which will run from September to the season finale at Abu Dhabi, will be open to all-comers and represents a further move by the Formula One Group to embrace digital media.The series will be held on the new F1 video game, published by Codemasters due for release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC platforms on Friday. A qualification period will be held in September and from it the 40 fastest drivers will attend the semi-finals to be held at the Gfinity London Arena in October. The top 20 drivers from the semi-finals will reach the finals, a three-race event to be held at F1’s season finale in Abu Dhabi in November. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage The rise of eSports: are addiction and corruption the price of its success? 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TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Chelsea make €25M contract offer to Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barellaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have offered Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella a massive contract package to move to London this month.TMW says a five-year deal worth €5m-a-season has been tabled to the Italy U21 international.Chelsea have also offered Cagliari a massive €55m for the Sardinians to sell.Barella is a specific request of Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, while his No2 Gianfranco Zola has been on the phone to the player regularly about life at Cobham.However, the player is still to be convinced about leaving for abroad at this stage in his career.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the “special gesture” of US President Donald Trump to join the Indian community programme in Houston signifies special friendship between the two countries. In a series of tweets, the prime minister said he looks forward to joining the Indian origin community in welcoming Trump at the programme. “A special gesture by @POTUS, signifying the special friendship between India and USA…highlights the strength of the relationship and recognition of the contribution of the Indian community to American society and economy,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsExpressing delight at Trump’s decision to join the community programme in Houston on September 22, Modi said he looks forward to joining the Indian origin community in welcoming him at the event. More than 50,000 Indian-Americans from across the US have registered for the September 22 “Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures” event to be held at the NRG Stadium in Houston. “Howdy”, short for ‘How do you do?’, is a friendly greeting commonly used in the southwestern United States.
New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls, making a slew of promises, including giving Rs 72,000 each to five crore poor families under the ‘Nyay’ scheme, filling up 22 lakh government vacancies, bringing a separate budget for farmers and fixing a single moderate GST rate. The 55-page document titled ‘Hum Nibhayenge’ (We will deliver) focused on addressing the issues of joblessness, farm distress, safety of women and boosting the rural economy, with stress on building a narrative on “real issues” faced by people. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The manifesto was released by party president Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and senior leader P Chidambaram among others. For farmers, Congress promised to put them on the path from “Karz Maafi” (loan waiver), to “Karz Mukti” (freedom from loans). This will be done through remunerative prices, lower input costs, and assured access to institutional credit, the party said, adding it will present a separate “Kisan Budget” every year, if voted to power. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Speaking on the occasion at the Congress headquarters here, Gandhi said the Congress will allocate 6 per cent of GDP to education, strengthen government hospitals and give high-quality healthcare access to poor if voted to power. The party also promised to enact the Right to Healthcare Act and guarantee every citizen free diagnostics, out-patient care, free medicines and hospitalisation, through a network of public hospitals and enlisted private hospitals. The Congress president alleged that the BJP government had spread hate and divisiveness in its five year rule and his party will work towards uniting India by bringing people together. “Our manifesto process reflects our commitment to a higher vision, that of listening to the ‘jan awaaz’. It is not the ‘mann ki baat’ of one individual but the collective voice of lakhs of people,” he said in a preface of the manifesto. With this manifesto, Gandhi said the Congress has offered to people “the only national alternative — a distinct alternative that is unwavering in its commitment to truth, freedom, dignity, self-respect and prosperity for our people.” He promised to make India “strong and united, and a just and prosperous society”. On the party’s showpiece minimum income guarantee scheme or Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), the party’s manifesto promised to give Rs 72,000 per year to the poorest 20 per cent households in India. To the youth of India, Congress pledged to make jobs its top priority, saying it will ensure 34 lakh jobs in the public sector by filling all 4 lakh central government vacancies before March 2020, persuading the state governments to fill 20 lakh vacancies and creating an estimated 10 lakh new Seva Mitra positions in every gram panchayat and urban local bodies. The party said it will also provide a fillip to private sector by incentivising businesses for jobs creation and employing more women. On GST tax, the Congress said it will radically simplify the GST regime with a single moderate rate of tax, zero rating of exports, and exemption for essential goods and services. It also promised panchayats and municipalities a share of GST revenues. The Congress, it said, will reverse the trend of declining defence spending under the NDA government, and increase it to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces. “We will expedite all modernisation programmes of the Armed Forces in a transparent manner. We will improve social security, education and health facilities for our Paramilitary Forces and families,” the party said. On education, Congress promised that school education from Class I to Class XII in public schools shall be compulsory and free. The party promised to pass in the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha the Women’s Reservation Bill reserving 33 percent of seats for women in the Lok Sabha and the State Legislative Assemblies. “Congress will also reserve 33 percent of all posts/vacancies in the Central government for women,” it said.