BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Javier Mascherano’s weight in the Barcelona team is measured by much more than his goals – or lack of. The club’s fans are more than happy to overlook the fact that he has never scored in nearly 300 appearances, because few players are as important to the Spanish champions. Having already proved his incredible flexibility over the years, the 32-year-old Mascherano is now learning another position. Mascherano is defying his age and increasing his worth in a team whose intricate passing style is incredibly demanding on players. The Argentina international has become coach Luis Enrique’s fix-it man. Already able to play either in midfield or as a central defender, Mascherano has now passed the test as Barcelona’s right back. He has filled in expertly for the injured Sergi Roberto, both as the right-sided defender in a back line of three, or in the four-man defence Luis Enrique used to thwart Manchester City on Wednesday in the Champions League. Enrique said yesterday that Mascherano may play on the flank for today’s visit to Valencia in the Spanish league. “The option of Mascherano is open,” said Enrique, who rarely reveals his line ups before the match. “He played a good match against City and he is one of the possibilities that I have for this and other matches.” Against City, he nullified winger Manuel ‘Nolito’ Agudo and also set up Barcelona’s opening goal. Stealing possession in City’s half, he sprang a quick attack that resulted in Lionel Messi’s first of three goals in a humbling 4-0 loss for former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. Mascherano’s value is his versatility and willingness to sacrifice in a team full of incredibly talented individuals – such as Messi, Neymar, Luis Su·rez and AndrÈs Iniesta. It was Guardiola who gave Mascherano the first opportunity to reinvent himself at Barcelona when he was struggling to find a starting role. Having arrived from Liverpool in 2010, he found Sergio Busquets well entrenched in his own position of holding midfielder. It was a simple choice: adapt or fail. So when a spate of injuries left Barcelona without a central defender, he seized his chance. Mascherano compensates for a height disadvantage with intelligent play, such as when he anchored the side that beat Manchester United 3-1 in the 2011 Champions League final. “I never thought I would be here this long,” he said. “I know what I can do, but I also know the demands that Barca places on you. In any other team, I would have liked to play in midfield, but changing positions was worth it to keep playing here.” Mascherano plays in midfield for Argentina and is a key player for the side that reached the final of the 2014 World Cup, losing to Germany. His latest positional change for Barcelona goes against a customary trend. The usual evolution of aging defenders is changing from a wide position to slot inside, compensating for dwindling speed. Barca’s coach saw the potential for Mascherano to do this when Roberto injured a leg muscle earlier this month. He overlooked Roberto’s natural replacement, Aleix Vidal, and asked Mascherano to take on the role. Mascherano’s industry more than makes up for the fact that he has not scored in 290 appearances – a Barcelona club record for an outfield player. “I am not obsessed over it,” he said. “A goal wouldn’t change my life.” Mascherano’s contributions, which have helped win 17 titles, are fully appreciated and he signed a new contract on Monday until 2019. “My time here at Barcelona has been magical,” he said. “Year after year the team has kept its hunger.” SIMPLE CHOICE
The Gambian super cup winners, Real de Banjul on Saturday forced Liberia’s FC BYC to an entertaining 1-1 draw at the KG5 Mini-Stadium, in Banjul, The Gambia.The game was the first leg of the CAF Club Champions match between the two sides. The second leg will be played in Bamako, Mali on Sunday, the 1st of March.According to reports, the Liberian football champions took a 3rd minute lead through striker Lamine Jabateh.The report further said the Blue boys (BYC) had other opportunities to increase their advantage as well as the host (Real de Banjul) who also missed a couple of gilt-edged chances to ensure parity.The first half ended with the national anthems on the lips of Liberians on the KG5 Mini-Stadium.Reports also indicated that despite the setback, Real de Banjul refused to go down without a fight and immediately made some substitutions which paid dividends not long afterward.In the 83rd minute, the Banjul’s hitman Modou Sawo leveled the tally, thus making the host to fall back to defend.The Blues reconsolidated but results were futile in their attempt to grab a win away.However, many football pundits believe that a win or draw for BYC is an advantage or a goalless draw can qualify the Liberian outfit for the next preliminary round in the CAF Club Champions League.They indicated that the draw boost BYC’s hope of qualifying for the second round, as well as keeping open the chances of making it to the group stage.Meanwhile, up to press time last night, the game between Liberia’s second football giants and Horoya FC of Guinea and FC Fassell were goalless.According to reports, the host (FC Fassell) were determined to secure the three points ahead of their counterpart to have advantage for qualifying for the next stage as well as to pocket the US$10,000 promised by is Chief Executive Officer Cassell Kouh for a win.The return leg would be take place on Friday, the 27th of February also in Bamako, Mali.FC Fassell should have hosted the Guinean team in Monrovia as well as Horoya FC of Guinea for FC Fassell but because of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) the Confederation of African Football (CAF) delocalized football activities in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia thus forcing clubs from these countries participating in CAF competitions to find neutral venues for their respective home matches.Howbeit, the Malian Football Association (MFA) agreed to serve as home ground for Liberian representatives as well as the Sierra Leonean and Guinean teams.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As 2018 dawns near, Guyanese seemed eager to ring in the new year with positive vibes and buoyancy. Several persons who spoke with this publication on Saturday expressed their desire to do away with the difficulties of 2017 by moving forward with optimism into the new year.Giovanna“My plans for the new year is to do better in school, go shopping with my mom, see the fireworks in the night and go up Region Five with her mom to see her family,” said nine-year-old Giovanna of Marian Academy, as she shopped with her family along Regent Street, Georgetown.Sir Campbell“Well when the new year comes, I’d like Guyana to stay up forward considering the oil system. The President and everybody should be able to do things that people appreciate… I don’t think I have personal resolutions, but I just want Guyana to be happy. I want the country to be happy,” voiced Sir Campbell as he sipped on a cold beer in the city.Ranford HarrisOn the other hand, a few persons voiced concerns over the dwindling economy and spoke on improved management of finances and expenses while others simply left it up to the Almighty (God) to do his will.“For the new year, perhaps change in vibes about what you do and how you go about doing it (managing) spending your money because this year was like a lot of expenses…to make a change in every aspect and try to improve on a lot of things that you didn’t get in this year or the previous year and into the next year,” said Ranford Harris.“For the new year, I plan to be close to God, to have a close relationship with God. When you get closer everything else falls into place so just believe and trust in him,” were the prayerful words of Glenda (only name given).However, some were not as enthusiastic and they took the opportunity to highlight issues affecting the common man and the country at large but nonetheless conveyed their hopes for the realisation of a better life for Guyanese in 2018.“Well basically what I would like to say for me is more opportunities for the youths them because life is not just about you alone. I would like to see the youths more occupied to use their lives to the full potential so all of us can inherit what is manifested in life,” Winston Franklin.“My new year resolution is really for the Government of Guyana to release the copyright laws so Guyana is protected. We been working hard, since 1955 the copyright law is being instituted in Guyana we got independence in 1966 – that is 10 years after – now is 2018 and were using the same copyright law. That is why Maduro would have done what he did the other day because we have no protection of our property so if the Government could make the copyright laws available for 2018 Guyana could get money, our country will be protected and our products will get protected also. I just want to see Guyana united. To everybody in Guyana, happy New Year and watch out for 2018!” cried Asapha of Guyana Music Affiliate.
President David Granger has said that investments in education coupled with development and emphasis on the agricultural sector will play a leading role in the transformation of the Region and the country.President David Granger shares a light moment with these exhibitors at the Lusignan Ground at the Region Four Regional Agricultural and Commercial ExhibitionThe President made the comment while speaking at the opening of the three-day Regional Agricultural and Commercial Exhibition (RACE) at the Lusignan Community Centre Ground. At the event he also commissioned two new school buses under the “Boats, Buses, Bicycles plus Books and Breakfast” (Five Bs) Programme. He said that the buses would serve the schoolchildren of the East Coast and East Bank of Demerara and were part of the Government’s continuous effort to ensure that there was access to education for all the children of Guyana.According to the President, more innovative approaches through education must be taken to enhance and highlight Guyana’s agricultural potential and this is where investment in education and technology transfer is important. President Granger noted that Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), as Guyana’s strongest administrative region, was expected to play a pivotal role in driving this ‘green’ agenda. “We must share and the more developed regions must assist the least developed regions. As you have heard before, Demerara-Mahaica is the most developed – smallest in size but strongest economy and at the same time, much of the economic potential and infrastructure are all located in Region Four…Demerara-Mahaica is the bellwether – it knows the way, it shows the way, it goes the way. The Region’s development, in this regard, must be aligned with Guyana’s green trajectory of development, which has, as one of its central objectives, the reduction in economic disparities between the hinterland and the coastland,” he was quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.He noted that the agricultural and commercial exhibition was geared towards showcasing and promoting local businesses, particularly those which are involved in agro-processing. It is also expected to connect producers and consumers while improving and expanding trade opportunities within the Region. President Granger said that the initiative would also help to empower young and upcoming entrepreneurs, something his Government was passionate about. The Head of State said it was his hope that RACEs could help to highlight the people’s potential to produce and to expose their products for purchase at home and abroad, and provide markets for farmers, traders and manufacturers.More importantly, he said that exhibitions such as these also emphasise the importance of regional stakeholders not only the Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs) and the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) but the Private Sector. To this end, the President proposed that the Region developed a Regional Economic Action Plan (REAP) to ensure that its agricultural potential was transformed into reality.Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, in his remarks, said that agriculture was one of the pillars earmarked to forge the path for sustainable development for the Caribbean and Guyana. He noted that not only was it of fundamental significance to ensure food and nutrition security, but it also represented a viable pillar on which to promote economic development for the country and provide a means for citizens to generate wealth and ensure a sustainable developmental trajectory.
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1 Leighton Baines in action for Everton Everton defender Leighton Baines will see a specialist to assess the damage he sustained to an ankle injury he sustained against Sunderland last Saturday.Baines was forced to leave the pitch during the 2-0 home defeat at Goodison Park and is rated a major doubt for the next game against West Ham this weekend.The England defender has been plagued with injuries this season after being forced to miss games with hamstring, thigh and knee problems.Everton boss Roberto Martinez is hoping he will not lose his star defender for a lengthy period of time and says they will take the appropriate action when they know the extent of the problem.Martinez, speaking on evertonfc.com, said: “We’re going to find out a bit more in the next two days.“It was really, really painful in an area that has been a bit of a problem for Leighton.“We’ll get more clarity over the next 48 hours and clearly we’ll address it once we get that information from the specialist.”
The Donegal connection at Everton continues to grow following the signing of James McCarthy to the Premiership giants. McCarthy’s grandfather is from the Rosses and it’s this connection that makes Glasgow born McCarthy eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland.He joins Killybegs native Seamus Coleman and Shane Duffy whose father comes from Letterkenny at Everton after signing for 12 million pounds from Wigan Athletic. McCarthy has been an influential player for Wigan and helped them to the FA cup last year at Wembley.The move will also please Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni who has made no secret of the fact he wanted McCarthy to seek a move back to the Premiership following relegation with Wigan last term. DONEGAL CONNECTION AT EVERTON CONTINUES AS JAMES MCCARTHY SIGNS ON was last modified: September 2nd, 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:12 millionDonegal ConnectionevertonJames McCarthyseamus colemanShane DuffyWigan
The U14 League A-Final was held on a very balmy Thursday night in Burt where a determined St. Eunans took on the raging hot favourites Buncrana.The game was an extremely tight affair where space was at a premium with both defences on top. Playing with the wind Buncrana were up 0.4 to 0.1 at half time . St. Eunans started brightly in the second half but Buncrana were able to reply to each score. In a tense closing quarter and after both sides missed goal opportunities Buncrana got the decisive and only goal of the game.The final score was Buncrana 1.08 to 0.04 for St Eunans.But on the night hurling was the winner. BUNCRANA EDGE OUT ST EUNANS IN UNDER 14 HURLING FINAL was last modified: May 25th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
This photo shows Aoife Nic Uait, Danielle Ni Chonghaile and Aoife Ni Chonchar with their display award. Their project investigated whether certain surfaces should be avoided at certain times of day tominimise the exposure to UVA rays.STUDENTS from Colaiste Ailigh in Letterkenny picked up four awards at the BY Young Scientist of the Year exhibition in Dublin.Principal Michael Gibbons said he was delighted for all the students who took part.Colaiste Ailigh students Eoghan O Brollachain, Ultan Farrell and Conor O Luadhog and their teacher Shane O Breacan with their highly commended award.Their project isolated and tested different pigments for the best electrical output on a Ti20 dye-sensitised solar cell. Colaiste Ailigh students Aoibhinn Murray and Shannon Mc Laughlin with their highly commended award. Their project title was ‘Ag tomhais taisleach ithir le leictreas’ Colaiste Ailigh students Odhran Mac Fhionnghae, Padraig O Riain and Caoimhin Mac Lochlainn who were award winners at BT Young Scientist Exhibition.Their project looked at drivers attitude towards motorcyclists PICTURE SPECIAL: COLAISTE AILIGH STUDENTS GET GONGS AT BT YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARDS was last modified: January 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyPICTURE SPECIAL: COLAISTE AILIGH STUDENTS GET GONGS AT BT YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARDS
Jim Doherty with the President and his son Ultan Doherty-O’Brien.It’s 25 years since the first community radio licenses were awarded in Ireland and stations began broadcasting around the country. To mark the occasion, President Michael D Higgins held a reception in Aras an Uachtarain for station representatives and members of Craol, the development body for community radio in Ireland.Buncrana man Jim Doherty, former manager at Inishowen Community Radio, was among the specially invited guests. Mr Doherty was a committee member and Chairperson of Craol for many years and played a key role in developing and promoting community radio in Ireland. “It was such an honour to be invited. The President has always been a strong supporter of the community radio sector and recognises the important work it does in local communities. It was great to hear his strong words of support,” said Mr Doherty.Jim is still involved in the sector, working as a consultant, trainer and radio producer. He also works in public service broadcasting, producing radio content for RTE and BBC Radio Foyle.Community licensed stations are owned and operated by the local community and run on a not-for-profit basis. Their purpose is as much about local community development as it is about broadcasting.For about 10 years ICR was one of the most successful and highly-respected community stations in the country but regrettably closed down about 3 years ago. The local community lost a valuable resource as a result. Mr Doherty was subsequently awarded substantial damages by the Employment Appeals Tribunal and the Labour Relations Commission over the manner of his departure from the station.“It is so sad and frustrating that ICR has gone and will never return. So many people, paid and voluntary, put such time and effort into building it into something worthwhile and beneficial. This day in the Aras is a recognition of their work too,” said Jim.INISHOWEN’S MR RADIO ENJOYS A GREAT DAY OUT AT THE ARAS was last modified: September 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aras an UachtarainInishowen Community RadioJIm DohertyPresiden MIchael D Higgins