Ancelotti rules out Manchester City move

first_img1 Carlo Ancelotti will not be taking over at Manchester City, or any other club, as he plans to take a year’s sabbatical.It was announced on Monday that the Italian would be leaving Real Madrid at the end of the season after two years in charge.The 55-year-old’s departure had sparked speculation he could be set for the Etihad as pressure continues to mount on Manuel Pellegrini.However, Ancelotti’s agent, Ernesto Bronzetti, has revealed his client will not be joining anyone as he plans to take a year out from football.“He [Ancelotti] wants to take a year off,” Bronzetti told Rai Sport.“The team was concerned at the news, and some of the players cried when he announced his departure.” Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more

Raphoe school to get funding injection for sports hall

first_imgDonegal Minister Joe McHugh has announced that Royal & Prior Comprehensive in Raphoe has secured funding for works on its sports hall.“I am delighted to be able to confirm the news that Royal & Prior has secured financial support for much-needed repairs to its sports hall,” Mr McHugh said.“I have spoken to principal Howard Welch to share the news after the Department of Education confirmed a grant under emergency works for the sports hall. “It is a massive leap forward for the school. The roof is badly in need of being replaced and this grant will give Royal and Prior the security to engage with architects and designers to devise a plan for the hall and to work with the Department to see it through.Mr McHugh, Government Chief Whip, met Mr Welch and visited the school on a number of occasions and also raised the need for major repairs with Education Minister Richard Bruton.Mr McHugh said the school is renowned for the standard of badminton players it has produced – a long line of champions, not least Olympian Chloe Magee who spent many hours in the school sports hall on her long road to international stardom.He said “There are 575 pupils at the school, including 37 boarders, and it is only right that they have facilities that live up to the high standards of sports stars that have been produced here down through the years. “I also want to thank Minister Bruton who is only too well aware of the difficulties that the school has run in to and now the Department is stepping up to the mark to support Royal and Prior, the principal, staff and pupils and their dreams of producing more world beaters.Mr McHugh, Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, said: “An agreement like this is a huge boost for Royal and Prior and pupils, parents and staff should know this is recognition that their needs are being heard and acted on.“It sets Royal and Prior on the right path to developing facilities to host badminton events and it will create the right atmosphere to inspire the next generation of champions and olympians.”Raphoe school to get funding injection for sports hall was last modified: September 13th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Business Transformation: Organizations Struggle to Find the Path to Innovation

first_imgBusinesses aren’t happy with themselves.  A report by KPMG found that 96 percent of businesses say that they need to change, transform and become more innovative.Stephen Hasty, Global Transformation Leader at KPMG International, said that “business transformation can no longer be a ‘one and done’ initiative.  Top executives realize that their organizations must create mechanisms to continuously evolve and respond to their external environment. Unfortunately, these business leaders are up against serious barriers to reaching goals, as well as massive disruptions in technology and customer preferences and demand.”The KPGM study has the following three recommendations for achieving transformation and innovation:Focus on the customerEmbed innovation in the businessLearn to thrive on changelast_img read more

World Cup, 1st Quarterfinal: South Africa vs Sri Lanka- Factbox

first_imgSri Lanka hold the edge with 29 wins out of 59 games against South Africa in ODIsAfter a gruelling 42 games in the league stage, top eight teams are now ready to lock horns in the knockout stage – slated to begin with Sri Lanka’s exciting clash with South Africa in the first quarterfinal of the ICC World Cup on Wednesday.Eight Quarter-finalists On one hand where South Africa will be eager to get rid of the ‘chokers’ tag and come good against their opponents, Sri Lanka will be counting on their World Cup experience and red-hot form to get the better of the Porteas in the quarterfinal.Here’s a look at the facts on the World Cup quarterfinal between Sri Lanka and South Africa scheduled at the Sydney Cricket Ground:SOUTH AFRICACaptain: AB de VilliersCoach: Russell DomingoSquad: AB de Villiers(c), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock(wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn.Results so far at 2015 World Cup(Played 6, Won 4 and Lost 2):- Beat Zimbabwe by 62 runs. (David Miller and JP Duminy starred in a record 256-run fifth wicket stand to sink Zimbabwe)- Lost to India by 130 runs. (Could not contain India’s top order and imploded while chasing)- Beat West Indies by 257 runs. (De Villiers blasted a 66-ball 162 not out and they shot out West Indies in 34th over)- Beat Ireland by 201 runs. (Centuries by Amla and Du Plessis set the tone for another huge win)advertisement- Lost to Pakistan by 29 runs (D/L method). (Bowled out Pakistan in 47th over but faltered in chase)- Beat UAE by 146 runs. (Solid middle order batting laid foundation for easy win)Best performances:AB de Villiers (417 runs): Enhanced his 360-degree batting reputation with scintillating shot-making. Third in the run-getters’ list with a mind-boggling 144-plus strike rate.Morne Morkel (13 wickets): Outshone pace colleague Dale Steyn, generating disconcerting bounce from lively pitches to trouble opponents.Key to beating Sri Lanka: Proteas will need to negate Kumar Sangakkara’s red-hot form and see through Lasith Malinga’s tricky overs.SRI LANKACaptain: Angelo MathewsCoach: Marvan AtapattuSquad: Mathews, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews(c), Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Seekkuge Prasanna.Results so far at 2015 World Cup(Played 6, Won 4 and Lost 2):- Lost to New Zealand by 98 runs. (Blown away by breezy knocks from Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson)- Beat Afghanistan by four wickets. (Jayawardene century helps them escape a potential upset)- Beat Bangladesh by 92 runs. (Centuries by Dilshan and Sangakkara set up big win)- Beat England by nine wickets. (Sangakkara and Thirimanne hit tons to chase down a 300-plus target with ease)- Lost to Australia by 64 runs. (Glenn Maxwell’s 53-ball 102 trumps Sangakkara ton)- Beat Scotland by 148 runs. (Sangakkara and Dilshan hit tons in facile win)Best performance:Kumar Sangakkara (496 runs): Became the first batsman to hit four successive World Cup centuries and looks unstoppable.Lasith Malinga (11 wickets): Getting better with every match while sending down toe-crushing yorkers and slow bouncers with characteristic regularity.Key to beating South Africa: Sri Lanka need to contain dangerous AB de Villiers and bat around veteran Kumar Sangakkara.South Africa vs Sri Lanka(head-to-head)The two teams have faced each other at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Total Played(ODIs): 59South Africa: 28Sri Lanka: 29Tied: 1No Result: 1Last ODI: South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 82 runs at Hambantota on July 12, 2014.last_img read more