“I grew up not knowing that being a professional footballer was an option”

first_imgVero Boquete is one of the most media players of the moment. Reasons for this are not lacking: the only Spanish woman who has lifted a Champions League, the first active member of the team of FIFA legends … In the midst of this health crisis, the Galician woman answers the call from AS from her home in Utah (USA) ) with the great desire to play again soon in Spain.First, how about everything?All right. The players have to attend to various protocols of both the team and the League and we are serving more confinement than the rest of the population. Utah is still allowed to go outside for walks and sports.Do you take advantage that you can go out to do sports outside?We have work to do at home and other days we go running. I try to go out for the minimum, two days to run and at 7:30 to avoid meeting anyone.They were in preseason, how do you manage the delay of the competition?I am motivated by the fact that there is a date set for training again (May 11) and for the League to start (mid or late June).Leaving the health crisis aside, what stands out the most when you look back?My beginnings, which were not easy. Until I was fifteen I played with children and had to put up with comments that my classmates did not have to put up with. I grew up without female references and without knowing that being a professional footballer was an option. This is what I think of when I look back at my past, though then I think of all that I have accomplished and am truly satisfied.He had no female references, but what about male ones?I started being central and I paid a lot of attention to Ronald Koeman. During my career I have also been inspired by Xavi Hernández or Iniesta, among others.From central to attacking midfielder. What a change … Yes (laughs). I started to play free, then I went to central and to midfield. I have also played on the wing or at the tip, although the position I adapt best to is the attacking midfielder.You’ve been to about 15 clubs (PSG, Bayern …), haven’t you found your place?The reason rather is that women’s football had no stability until recently. To play at the highest level you had to move. The one that was the best league in the world the following year did not come out or what was a team that fought for titles in the following season ran out of sponsors and you had to find your life. My sporting ambition also influenced.Now that the Spanish League is among the best, are you considering your return?With this growth I see it closer. Most of my career I have been abroad and I would like to return to Spain and find the conditions I have had to look for abroad.All the rumors place him close to Real Madrid …They have told me many times, but the one who has to have an interest in signing me is the club and that has not happened.What do you think is missing for Spanish women’s football to be professional?You have to be patient. We cannot pretend to change from 0 to 10 in one day. The signing of an agreement is the first step, but to make the League the best it is necessary to give it stability, time and a great commitment from all the parties involved.Finally, what do you think about the great success of the Women’s Depor this year?I’m delighted. I am very happy that my land finally has a benchmark club in women’s football and above all that they are doing this season so well. Nobody was expecting the newly promoted Depor to get the good results he has signed. I believe that success can only help women’s football in Galicialast_img read more

STETHS beat Dinthill in a rain drenched Ben Francis KO classic

first_img Murray, who earlier gave Dinthill the lead during regulation time, missed in the shoot-out as his shot was saved by the STETHS custodian to send the game into sudden death. It took the defending champions three additional kicks for the win, after Shemar Brooks missed for Dinthill, with the scoreline finally settling at 7-6. The Anthony Patrick-coached Dinthill had themselves to blame as they thought on two separate occasions they had won the game. Jahmari Ranger found his range with a blistering shot from just inside the 18-yard area for the 1-0 lead in the 86th minute. The defending champions responded as champions should do. Their top marksman, Michael ‘Diddy’ Kerr, profited from a botched attempt at a clearance and he rounded George Brown in the Dinthill goal to equalise in injury time (90+2) for his 28th goal of the season. That goal pushed the game into extra time and Dinthill took the lead again, this time from the penalty spot through Rodave Murray, who calmly stepped up to stroke the ball firmly into the goal at 2-1. However, McCulloch hammered in an absolutely sweet left-footed shot to even things up once again for STETHS, who dominated the game in large chunks. “Belief was our ally today; we believed we could win even when falling behind,” said STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn. On Monday, Dwainey Williams’ goal deep into the second period of extra time carried Manchester High to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Lennon High and into the final. Lennon, buoyed by their emphatic beating of a stellar Petersfield High team in the quarter-finals last week, jumped to an early lead when Chawayne Nelson netted in the eighth minute. However, Manchester drew level in time added after 90 minutes of pulsating action, with Romaine Walsh getting the goal. Then with 108 minutes on the clock, Williams struck a goal that sent his team into the final with a 2-1 scoreline. – Click link for more Schoolboy Football photos.http://jamaica-gleaner.com/myreport/schoolboy#mid=&offset=&page=&s= Murray missed penalty WESTERN BUREAU: St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) stayed alive to defend their Ben Francis KO title after coming within a kick of losing to Dinthill Technical yesterday. They ended up edging a drama-filled semi-final 7-6 by virtue of sudden-death penalty at Manchester High School. They will now face Manchester High in Friday’s final at Juice Field in Clarendon Park. Kicks from the spot began badly for STETHS, as Trevar McCulloch’s effort was brilliantly saved by Dinthill goalkeeper George Brown. Michael Kerr, Shawn Genus, Dwayne Foster and Glendon Gopaul scored for STETHS, while Antoine Rhule, Jahmari Ranger, Danchennel Goulbourne and goalkeeper Brown netted for Dinthill.last_img read more

Justice Singh must end GECOM’s conspiracy with APNU/AFC to delay elections

first_imgDear Editor,The GECOM Secretariat, led by the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, has provided a timeline for elections in late March 2020, more than a year after the deadline for elections expired and more than 15 months after a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) ended the life of the Government. The timeline is offensive to the Constitution and contemptuous of the Judiciary which has ordered that elections must be held at the earliest possible time. Instead, GECOM provides a timeline for election as late as possible. GECOM’s proposed timeline further violates the Constitution which required elections before March 21, 2019, more than 6 months ago, after the NCM was passed in Parliament on December 21, 2018. A few days after the NCM, on December 27, GECOM assured the nation it was ready to conduct elections, in accordance with its constitutional mandate. But GECOM became beholden to and a creature of APNU/AFC, doing the bidding of the Government in every way possible to prevent elections. The March 2020 proposal exposes again the conspiracy between Lowenfield, his staff and APNU/AFC, mocking the Constitution and the Judiciary and trampling democracy.Even the most ardent anti-PPP critic cannot deny anymore that GECOM is compromised by APNU/AFC to do its dirty job of preventing elections. From the moment the NCM was passed on December 21, GECOM became a co-conspirator with APNU/AFC to breach the Constitution, delaying elections for as long as possible. With Justice James Patterson, a creature of the PNC and David Granger, at the helm before July 29, the Secretariat was transformed into an APNU/AFC frontline hatchet gang, taking orders from Congress Place, conspiring in every way whatsoever to administratively block the elections. Even with Justice Patterson’s forced exit with the CCJ’s ruling his appointment was illegal, the GECOM Secretariat has continued virtually unimpeded to create as many roadblocks as possible to prevent the elections.The new Chair, Justice Claudette Singh, has been in place now for almost six weeks. Her decision to terminate the House-to-House Registration on August 31 provided a glimmer of hope that GECOM’s integrity and independence would be restored. But that fleeting moment of good sense has not deterred the GECOM Secretariat from continuing its conspiracy with APNU/AFC to delay elections. GECOM has played its puppet role masterfully.Justice Claudette Singh has built a sterling career and a reputation. She has shown she can steer GECOM to function as it was intended, with integrity, fairness, independence, at all times in accordance with the Constitution and the law. Justice Singh promised she will act only in accordance with the Constitution and the law. Her action in terminating HTH was not in favour of or against any political party; it was based on the law and on the requirement for holding of elections at the earliest possible time. But the decision is quickly becoming meaningless since the GECOM Secretariat is ensuring the timeline is still in the far distance, totally abrogating the orders of the court and continuing the reckless violation of the Constitution. Justice Singh must put a stop to this recklessness.Given Guyana’s experience since December 21, 2018, there was always an expectation Lowenfield and his staff will insist on a timeline designed for the latest possible date for elections, instead of the earliest possible time. There are many experienced persons who could identify the obvious inflation of time. Justice Singh should seek advice from those who have conducted elections in the past. Lowenfield was personally recruited to GECOM by Joe Singh, a former Chair of GECOM and worked under Steve Surujbally, the most recent former Chair of GECOM, Patterson being discounted because he was illegal. Both these former Chairs have had extensive experience. In addition, Rudy Collins served as the first Chairman of GECOM under the Carter formula. There are former Chief and Deputy Elections Officers. There are experienced persons outside of the political realm, like Lawrence Latchmansingh. Among these persons, Justice Singh can find an independent team to analyse Lowenfield’s proposal to find the earliest possible date for elections.Already we know one way to cut the time Lowenfield proposed. The merging of the recent HTH data with the existing NRR is unnecessary. In any case, it is also illegal since the recent HTH data was compiled without the scrutiny of the PPP, a fatal fault. With Justice Singh’s decision to end HTH on August 31, everyone now accepts Claims and Objections provide the legal remedy to add unregistered persons and to remove any name which is successfully objected to. This would mean the cross-matching of and printing of new ID cards for only several thousands of new registrants, not the 370,000 Lowenfield wants. In any case, the merging would require cross-matching with the entire NRR, an impossible feat with the time limits available. Should Justice Singh seek advice from those who previously conducted elections, she would find that many of the sequential steps Lowenfield identified can be done concurrently and in less time. In fact, the Lowenfield plan for March 2020 can be deflated for elections as soon as November 2019. Justice Singh must end the conspiracy now.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

Mbappe scores and sees red as PSG beat Nimes

first_img0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring for PSG against Nimes © AFP / Pascal GUYOTPARIS, France, Sep 1 – Kylian Mbappe scored the decisive goal but was later sent off as Paris Saint-Germain survived a major scare, and the concession of a VAR-awarded penalty, to win 4-2 at Nimes on Saturday.Neymar and Angel di Maria, the latter direct from a corner, had PSG two goals up at the Stade des Costieres, only for their newly-promoted opponents to haul themselves back level heading into the final 20 minutes. But Mbappe struck in the 77th minute, his fourth goal in three appearances since winning the World Cup with France, to break Nimes hearts before Edinson Cavani completed the scoring in injury time.However, there was still time for Mbappe to be sent off right at the death following a clash with Teji Savanier, who also saw red, in a remarkable finish to the game.PSG have now won all four Ligue 1 games this season under their new German coach Thomas Tuchel. They are three points clear of surprise package Dijon, who can join them at the summit if they beat Caen later.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FIFA latest: Brazilian legend confirms intention to run for presidency

first_img Zico Brazilian legend Zico has announced he intends to stand for the Fifa presidency after admitting the corruption scandal engulfing football’s governing body has saddened him.Current president Sepp Blatter revealed he was to stand down from his position just four days after being re-elected for a fifth term at the helm last month.Zico, 52, was speaking at a football skills centre in Rio de Janeiro, and said it was his “duty” to stand amidst an investigation launched into racketeering and bribes by a US justice department.“It’s sad for our sport to see what is happening in football today – the corruption… and the hard work of many other good people wasted – and I see it as my duty to use my experience and knowledge to try and stand for the presidency.”Although he has played and managed in countries around the world, the former Brazil captain has little experience in football administration at any senior level.Blatter has pledged to step down once his successor is chosen – likely to be in December. 1last_img read more


first_imgThere were a total of 96 athletes from the local schools taking part in the Donegal Primary Schools Sportshall Athletic Finals. Highlights of the day were victories for scoil Anagaire pair Mia McDevitt and Aoise Willoughby in the 1+1 Lap relay, Caoimhe Ni Bhaoill and Aoise Willoughby in the 2+2 Lap relay. A fine victory for the Scoil Rann na Feirsde, Keadue, Roshine team of Olivia Boyle, Saoirse Boyle, Claudia Friel and Roisin Rodgers in the 4 by 1 lap relay.There were also many fine performances in the field events. Well done to all. Check facebook page for some great photos.Please note that there is a change of time for the start of the upcoming 5k in the Spring Series planned for Sunday 24th March. Registration will be in the Donegal Airport from 1:30pm with race starting at 2:30pm. There will also be a 1k for primary school children. Entry will be 5 euro for adults and 1 euro for children doing 1k. Post race presentation and refreshments in the Airport. A number of athletes competed in Bundoran at the weekend and there were some impressive performances. Last call for Registrations are now due for all club members. For additional information contact Ita Gallagher or any committee member to get registered. 15 euro per child, 20 euro per adult and maximum fee of 40 euro per family. Forms also available on facebook page.  ATHLETICS NEWS: ROSSES AC NOTES was last modified: March 12th, 2013 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:Rosses AC noteslast_img read more


first_imgFormer Manchester Utd and Celtic star Paddy Crerand is to be given a civic reception by Donegal County Council.Soccer legend Paddy CrerandThe soccer star’s mother Sarah ‘Tim’ Boyle was from Gaoth Dobhair and Paddy still spends a lot of time in West Donegal.Family and friends will gather with Paddy when he is given the accolade by Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Frank McBrearty, this Friday at County House in Lifford. Paddy will then travel back to West Donegal where a gala dinner has been organised in his honour at the Ostan Gweedore Hotel.He will be joined by his family including his three children and eight grandchildren.Crerand, who is now 74, still works as a media pundit and often commentates on games for Man Utd’s television channel MUTV.Stars including Packie Bonner and Shay Given are also expected to attend the occasion.  MAN UTD AND CELTIC STAR PADDY TO GET CIVIC RECEPTION was last modified: June 4th, 2013 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:CelticFREEDOM OF DONEGALMan UtdMayor Frank McBreartyPaddy Crerandlast_img read more


first_imgAidan Callaghan backed up his performance in Camlough with a comfortable victory in the National Series Sprint Triathlon in Mullaghmore Co.Sligo. He improved his time from last year by over two minutesHe led from start to finish in ideal racing conditions in the picturesque seaside resort. There was a big turnout from the club with some very good performances and some significant improvements from the 2013 race. It was the first sea swim for a few members and they all acquitted themselves admirably.The club had two juniors participating, Stefan McCrossan in his first event and Christine Russell winning her age category. At the time of going to press we did not have all the results so will hold off until next week before publishing. On the international front Nicholas Fowell and Colin Dean competed in the UK half iron man competition in Exmoor Somerset with Nick qualifying for the world half Iron man championship in Canada in September as a result of his excellent performance. Colin was carrying a bug all week and did Trojan work to complete the course all things considered.Evelyn Boyle is flying the flag this week taking part in the European Duathlon in England. On the local front there were two five ks with some impressive performances at the Loughside five K and the Lifford five k with Michael Black winning the Inaugural five K event based in Roughpark Letterkenny Sabrina mackay winning her first category prize at the same event in and Lisa Dalton performing very well in Lifford.resultsLoughside 5K1 Michael Black 17.095 Martin Devenny 18.4810 Kevin Connolly 19.2913 Seamus Nallen 20.24 16 Martin Donnelly 20.4719 Tony Bonnar 21.0532 Sabrina Mackey 22.1751 Shaun Logue 23.56 71 Julie McGoohan 26.0298 Shauna Maloney 27.53Lifford 5k24 Gavin Crawford 18.1725 Paul Doherty 18.1827 Mark Hunter 18.1861 Lisa Dalton 20.1276 Liam Tinney 20.5885 Clara Quigley 21.46TRIATHLON NEWS: 24/7’s CALLAGHAN VICTORIOUS IN SPRINT SERIES was last modified: June 17th, 2014 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:donegalletterkenny 24/7Triathlonlast_img read more


first_imgWith the new school year beginning this week Donegal motorists are being urged to take extra care when driving near schools around the county.Donegal motorists are being asked to take care with children returning to school.Donegal County Council and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group’s Road Safety campaign, seeks to remind all motorists to put child safety first when driving during the school morning and afternoon rush hour, and remind people that Road Safety is everyone’s responsibility.In 2013, six children lost their lives across the country. So far in 2014 the number of child casualties is thirteen, already exceeding the total number of child deaths in 2013. “The first week of school is always a very busy time on our roads and I encourage all road users to be mindful that children will again be back making this daily journey,” Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said.“Children will be walking, cycling, travelling on buses and being dropped off and picked up in cars, so motorists need to be alert to their safety and exercise the utmost caution.“We also need to be mindful that there will be large numbers of children attending school for the first time,” he added. “Let’s ensure this is a positive experience for them by slowing down and taking extra care whenever we are travelling near or past a school. Slowing down around schools is vitally important no matter how much of a rush you may be in. All road users must obey speed limits, be patient, and make sure they park safely and legally when dropping off and collecting their children, and motorists are also asked to be extra careful when overtaking parked school buses.”The school warden service caters for a large number of children attending schools in the county on a daily basis during school terms and is delivered at a number of schools throughout the County. The wardens are identifiable by the high visibility uniforms worn, and the STOP sign used to stop traffic. In order to carry out their duties effectively they require the co-operation of all road users.Parents and guardians are being asked to make a real effort to demonstrate good road safety behaviour at all times as your child learns from your example.If your child walks or cycles to school, you are advised to take them on the route in advance and make sure they know where they are going. If they travel by car or bus, make sure they know how important it is to keep their seatbelt on at all times and remain seated until the vehicle is parked safely at the drop off point. Parents should be made aware of the need for appropriate and considerate parking in as many ways as possible.Information should be on the school’s website, in the school’s information book and in communications with new parents. The message is clear – make smart choices about how you use the roads: never ever drink or drug drive, strictly keep to the speed limits and reduce your speed, make sure you and your passengers are wearing seatbelts before you set off on a journey, no matter how short and never use your mobile phone for any purpose while driving.Children learn about Road Safety by watching others. Make sure you always set a good example. I would also ask schools and teachers to help make Road Safety a priority this year by making Road Safety a key part of their lesson plans: “We would ask teachers to consider including a Road Safety lesson from the RSA’s Road Safety resources in their classes. The RSA has set up a nationwide Road Safety Education Service. A Road Safety Education Officer is available to travel to your school and deliver effective programmes to everyone, which tackle all elements of Road Safety. A member of the RSA team will highlight the importance of understanding Road Safety through a series of interactive resources tailored in an age appropriate way”. This service is free of charge. The saying is true “our children are our future”, and we all need to educate them on Road Safety.Copies of the resources or the service of the Road Safety Education Officer can be obtained by contacting the Road Safety Authority directly or Donegal County Council’s Road Safety Section, who will gladly assist with the request.DONEGAL MOTORISTS URGED TO TAKE CARE WITH PUPILS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL was last modified: August 26th, 2014 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:childrendonegalroad safetySCHOOLlast_img read more

Sensing the World Requires Intelligent Design

first_imgHow do our bodies make sense of the external world?  Through our senses, of course; at least they are the entry points of data into the mind.  Behind those senses are remarkable mechanisms that we use but do not actively operate.  The design in their automatic operations is slowly being revealed with better observing techniques.Sensing sound with motors:  “From grinding heavy metal to soothing ocean waves, the sounds we hear are all perceptible thanks to the vibrations felt by tiny molecular motors in the hair cells of the inner ear,” began an article on PhysOrg.    A single mutation – one amino acid change – in a molecular motor protein called myo1c is enough to disrupt the function of the myosin motor in the hair cell and cause hearing loss.  The mutation causes a reduced sensitivity, perhaps due to making it spend less time attached to actin filaments.  The amino acid is “highly conserved” (unevolved) throughout the superfamily of myosin motors, the article said.Sensing light with circuits:  A novel microscope technique has allowed scientists at Max Planck Institute to decode the eye’s complex circuitry, Science Daily reported.  “The properties of optical stimuli need to be conveyed from the eye to the brain,” the 03/31/2008).    One example of pre-processing accomplished by ganglion cells is responding to light moving in a particular direction.  “This direction selectivity is generated by inhibitory interneurons that influence the activity of the ganglion cells through their synapses.”    Just as with man-made network protocols, the scientists “discovered that the distribution of the synapses between ganglion cells and interneurons follows highly specific rules.”  These ganglion cells intercept and process the visual information before it is received by the brain.  The article described various rules the network of cells follow in activating or inhibiting visual information.Sensing time with clocks:  All living things follow “circadian rhythms,” biological responses to changes in time of day, month, and year.  As in other mammals, the human master clock is located in the brain – specifically, in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), a group of nerve cells in the hypothalamus near the visual cortex.  In response to its data inputs, the SCN can direct the brain to produce more or less melatonin, a hormone that induces sleep.    Live Science described how the SCN works.  There are internal inputs, like genes and proteins produced in the body, and external inputs from the senses.  “Biological clocks aren’t made of cogs and wheels, but rather groups of interacting molecules in cells throughout the body,” the article said.  One of the proteins is aptly named CLOCK – “an essential component in directing circadian rhythms in humans, fruit flies, mice, fungi and other organisms.”  Another is SIRT1, which senses energy use in cells.  The balance of these factors affects how the SCN directs the body to respond to light and darkness and other factors.    Disruption of the biological clock can lead to a host of problems.  Jet lag is a common example.  Fortunately, clock repair is available for that: “Eventually your body is able to adjust its circadian rhythms to the new environment” by a kind of clock reset.  Other dysfunctions, though, can lead to more serious problems, like “obesity, depression and seasonal affective disorder.”  That’s because “hormone production, hunger, cell regeneration and body temperature” are some of the processes that rely on accurate circadian rhythms.All sensory inputs must be processed by the brain.  Fortunately, the brain, like good computer systems, has redundancy mechanisms that give it “plasticity” – the ability to change as we learn, or as parts become damaged.  Science Daily described how researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School are testing mice to see how “the plasticity of the brain allowed mice to restore critical functions related to learning and memory after the scientists suppressed the animals’ ability to make certain new brain cells.”    Fault-tolerant artificial networks, like the power grid and the internet, provide for alternate routes when hubs become unavailable.  Similarly, we have “mechanisms by which the brain compensates for disruptions and reroutes neural functioning,” the article said.  Part of this is recovering from loss of the ability to make new brain cells by giving existing cells more activity and longer life spans.    “It’s amazing how the brain is capable of reorganizing itself in this manner,” Geoffrey Murphy, an associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology at the medical school said.  “Right now, we’re still figuring out exactly how the brain accomplishes all this at the molecular level, but it’s sort of comforting to know that our brains are keeping track of all of this for us.”It makes sense that readers will sense the wonder of the senses a little more after reading these sensible articles, free as 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