It is reasonable and fair. It would have been a punishment of unimaginable dimensions for a generation that has earned it. I celebrate and applaud him. I am happy for this generation that I love so much. It is an absolutely right decision.How do you prepare?If God wants the qualifying matches for the U21 Euro Cup to resume in September, in an ideal scenario, we could have free dates in March to play matches for a pre-Olympic team. There would be more advantages.But it will be even more difficult to choose 18 …Let’s see how they arrive. But it is good, because footballers are going to progress a lot in this year of competition. The generation of 2000 and 2001 will continue to grow and we will have more footballers. Some of those who seem untouchable just the same on that date have a drawback. Therefore, the more we have to choose the better. Then I will have to get wet and you will hit the sticks (laughs).I get Oyarzabal, Olmo, Fabián, Ceballos … who will go to the European Championship. Can you combine Eurocup and Games?Today I would say yes. They are young and motivated. A player with desire and motivation gets those two conversations without problem. The ideal hypothesis is that they go to the Absolute, that they play all the matches reaching the final. You leave with the moral through the roof and it takes away in two days any fatigue.On the part of the Federation there would be no problem?For our part, none. And Luis Enrique has always said that he supports that, he said it at the time. And the clubs … There could be inconvenience with foreigners, who do not have the obligation to transfer them.Madrid did not want to give up Vinicius and Rodrygo to Brazil …With Spanish clubs I think they are not going to put any inconvenience, I want to think of it like that. The relationship with the clubs is extraordinary. With foreigners there may be some doubt but it will be seen. Same shot down the middle street and take the little ones (laughs).Are you clear that you are going to use the three places for seniors?Yes Yes. If I understand that to be so, I will. I have it very clear. They are very good footballers. You have to bring three older people to complete that list. Fully determined. Unless there are boys who break it and deserve more to go than the older ones, but not because of age. The important thing is capacity. Those who are at the best time and who best adapt to the idea we have will go. Luis de la Fuente (Haro, 1961) has seen how the coronavirus totally changed his plans. As an Olympic and U21 coach, both competitions are delayed by one year: the Tokyo Games in 2021 and the U21 Euro Cup in 2022. The coach gave a joint interview to AS, Marca and Onda Cero to analyze all these situations. How are you doing these days?I’m very early riser, I’m the one that goes out to put the streets (laughs) Saving the drama that we are living, I get along well. I am orderly and routine. Work, sports, friends … I have recovered my reading, I have time to read. I didn’t have time and now I’m taking a little while, because it’s something I love. I have recovered that habit and it gives me great joy.How do you see this situation in the world of soccer?There is great concern, not surprisingly. We all wish that it would be normalized and we will try to return it to that normality. We know it will take a long time. I always say that this situation is exceptional and exceptional measures will have to be taken against that. It will be necessary to make an effort between all to normalize something that is not normal. It will not be easy, we are concerned. But I am happy for this little window to resume football activity, so it can cause not only for athletes but for society in general.What do you think about whether or not to finish the leagues?I am in favor of trying to finish them. Let’s give ourselves a chance to have that possibility. If then unfortunately there is a more negative situation, then another decision will be made. But now we have to be determined to try to overcome this. That little window that has been opened to resume activity is good news. I go beyond athletes, it is important for all of society.Can the fact that each country make war on its own make us a little crazy?You have to understand the uniqueness of each country. It is difficult to coordinate and unify all measures. Each country must assess its particular situation. I would rush until the last moment to make the decision to suspend something. As long as there is a small chance it is healthy for the competition to be completed.Before going into Selection issues … What do you think about the Cup final?We all agree that playing without an audience is not what we all want. But I insist that in an exceptional situation, exceptional measures must be taken. I think you have to wait and see if you can play with or without the public. The decision will be made when all the elements are available and it will surely be the right one, because it will be made at the appropriate time and not now. I remember that in January they asked me about Ramos and the Games and said that you never know … And now see what has happened. Well, the same, we do not know how it will be in two months. Maybe everything is better and the picture is different.The Federation has warned that either it will be played without an audience before September or they will be left without Europe …Well … That at the club level will have to be valued. I think going to Europe is important. For me, the Cup is the greatest show in Spanish football. We will have to take a measure that interests everyone at the right time. You don’t have to tear your clothes, you have to be generous. It is a situation that not even in a movie. Concessions will have to be made.Do you think it is fair that those from ’97 go to the Games? Was there concern among the players?One moment of the interview. Can the list you sent be redone?Right now I don’t know. I understand that there will be some revision, because soccer players may appear who this year begin to play. It wouldn’t be fair not to be able to add players to that list. At the moment we have no news.Is that list of the European Under-21 Championship going to weigh?It is that they are very good. And you have to be very very good to be better than them. We are guaranteed to be a brilliant generation. We would celebrate that someone had the ability to take one of those players away, hopefully, but that generation is very good.How does it change from a list of 23 to 18?Changes a lot. There are 18 plus four that can come to be in the reserve, but without options to play unless there is a loss. With 23 you can almost double positions. I have experience with the U19, which were 18. You have to spin very fine. It changes a lot and you have to find more versatile players.Were you worried about a specific player in recent days? Or vice versa, delighted …Overall I was concerned that there were few current U21 players in First Division regularly. The previous European players did have more regularity. What I don’t understand is how there are such good Spanish players playing outside. With a beastly talent and without continuity here. Some sound to return …In this U21 there are fewer starters in their teams than in the previous one. Is it a concern?Yes, totally. It is true that it is his first year, in the second more will appear. I have moved an important group and in Primera they participated little. Most played in Second and without great continuity. But we bet on them for their development with the future in mind. These days I listen to a lot of coaching interviews. Many think that success lies in coaches betting on them, not going to a youth club. We must be convinced that the good ones, with confidence, are very difficult to improve. Abroad there are few better than those of our quarry.What do you think of Ansu Fati?From the first moment I said that Ansu needed tranquility, there is no need to advance processes. He had fewer minutes in his club than in the national team. You had to calm him down and wait for his moment, he is very young.Are you worried that the break will cut the projection of this generation?They are very talented. This does not have to mean harm. A talented footballer, if he has an opportunity to play, overcomes any previous inconvenience that has prevented him from playing. It is able to exploit and demonstrate its full potential in a short time. It is not the ideal situation, but it will happen to all athletes. Resuming the Games, you will see how records will be broken in the Games. Athletes with potential need little to exploit. This situation has to make us much stronger. They must value what they have and not miss opportunities.What do you think of Éric García and Cucurella?Éric has always been ahead of his generation. And now it competes with those of 98 being from 2001. It has tremendous potential. He knows how to take advantage of his moment and makes good use of it. In the plants we are seeing some lack in Spain, there are not many. But I hope that some will be consolidated. And Cucurella … It’s doing a year to frame. That versatility it offers you … It was a discovery, I bet as a side. At Eibar they passed him and it was a discovery and look at Bordalás. I recognize the merit of those coaches because I saw it as lateral. It is true that in our style there were other soccer players who adapted better. It seems to me a success of the coaches. In the Selection we have more possibilities, surely I would choose another more specific end. But Cucurella is very important, especially for that wealth of being able to play in two positions.What do you think of Brahim? Are you concerned? Do you think you should be on loan?It is legitimate what you think, it is a demonstration of the confidence that you have in your possibilities. But reality is what it is. I can be very confident in my chances but if expectations are not met I will have to find another scenario. It would be interesting for players so young that they have a chance to play. Knowing that nobody is going to give you anything. Wherever Brahim goes, nobody would guarantee him anything, but a priori if they offer you more options elsewhere, young footballers should play first, compete, keep growing. The important thing is to play 40 games anywhere, you cannot play eight or ten games being a promise because you do not grow the same, your evolution is delayed. You have to have the opportunity to play thirty or forty games.How do they work in the Federation now?With Luis Enrique the relationship is fluid, very friendly. Also in the last weeks all the coaches are having meetings with him talking about football, methodology, how to improve. They are being fruitful. It seems to me something historical in the Federation, I do not remember that a meeting has ever been held with all the coaches and the sports management to have a sharing. It is being something sensational. We are talking about the same idea and methodology. I say that now we work more than before, because there is a lot of time to watch soccer. Now I am seeing other players that I have not had so much opportunity to see …Like who? Who has surprised you?Surprised not because we know everyone. But for example Pepelu and Oriol Busquets …Ok, so Pepelu and Busquets …(Laughs) No, no … I was saying it because Busquets has played central, midfield … It gives me the option of having a more versatile player. I spend my time watching games I haven’t paid as much attention to …So Tondela matches have seen a few …Yes (laughs) But I had seen the two of you long before. But, for example, Busquets had paid more attention when he played as a midfielder. The games he played at central he saw but did not pay much attention to. And now I am aware of it and in a position where we needed more alternatives. For this type of situation I use this time.
MIAMI (AP):Miami jumped a slow-starting and inaccurate Dallas to set up a 106-82 win against the Mavericks on Friday, moving within one game of the lead in the NBA Southeast Division.Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 19 rebounds for the Heat, who were without an ill Dwyane Wade early but still dominated.Elsewhere, Toronto rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Charlotte, and Chicago blew a big lead before steadying and beating New York.Miami’s Gerald Green added 19 points off the bench for Miami, who were forced to adjust their starting lineup shortly before tip-off when Wade was stricken by flu-like symptoms. Wade got some intravenous fluids and checked in early in the second quarter, just his 10th time playing off the bench in his 13-year career.Whiteside made 12 of 16 shots, and the Heat enjoyed their biggest victory margin of the season.Dallas had only 10 points in the first quarter – their lowest for any period this season – and shot just 36 percent for the game, compared to 56 percent for Miami.Zaza Pachulia’s 14 points and 13 rebounds was best for the Mavericks, who had won their previous four games.Toronto came from seven points down after three quarters to defeat Charlotte 104-94.DeMar DeRozan had 23 points and Kyle Lowry added 18 points and 11 assists for the Raptors.Kemba Walker had 18 points for the Hornets.Chicago blew a 17-point lead before pulling away again in the final quarter to beat New York 108-81.Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, and Nikola Mirotic had 17 points and seven assists for the Bulls, who won comfortably despite Derrick Rose missing a second straight game with hamstring tendonitis.Carmelo Anthony scored 20 for New York, who have dropped five of six.Washington beat Orlando for the 11th straight time, with John Wall contributing 24 points with 13 assists toward a 103-91 victory.Los Angeles’ Lou Williams scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter against his former team to guide the Lakers to a 93-84 win against Philadelphia in a match of the league’s two worst teams.
Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) celebrates with guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, California— Kyle Lowry had 23 points and 12 assists to lead a balanced Toronto offense while leading scorer Kawhi Leonard sat out, Serge Ibaka added 20 points and the Raptors dominated Golden State from the start, routing the Warriors 113-93 on Wednesday night to complete a season sweep.Danny Green scored 15 points, Pascal Siakam had 13 and Fred VanVleet added 10 to help the Raptors improve to an NBA-best 23-7, matching the best start in franchise history.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments It was Toronto’s first win in Oakland since Feb. 8, 2004.The Raptors beat the Warriors in overtime earlier this season behind a season-high 37 points from Leonard. Golden State didn’t have Stephen Curry or Draymond Green for that game, but both were back for the rematch while Leonard sat out.It hardly mattered.Toronto led by 18 in the first half and was up 93-67 early in the fourth following a three-point play by Greg Monroe. Warriors coach Steve Kerr benched his starters midway through the fourth as the Oracle Arena crowd filed for the exits.Curry scored 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting. Green was 1 for 5 and finished with two points as Golden State went 6 for 26 on 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto went 4-0 in California this season for the first time in franchise history. … Lowry’s double-double was his 100th with Toronto. … Green picked up a technical foul less than four minutes into the first quarter. … VanVleet (back) started after being questionable before the game.Warriors: Andre Iguodala sat out a second straight game with a hip injury sustained during warmups Monday. Kerr said Iguodala is day to day but added the team is taking a cautious approach. … Kerr said there is no new update on DeMarcus Cousins but left open the possibility that the All-Star center could practice again with the G-League team in Santa Cruz.UP NEXTRaptors: Play at Portland on Friday.Warriors: Play at Sacramento on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum They did it despite not having Leonard for a second consecutive night. Toronto’s star forward has a sore right hip and was questionable before the game before being ruled out less than 30 minutes before tip-off.The Raptors also lost 7-foot center Jonas Valanciunas to a dislocated left thumb in the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissKevin Durant had 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Golden State. The Warriors had won four straight heading into a much-anticipated showdown between two teams many expect to reach the NBA Finals.Despite playing the second half of a back-to-back following a 123-99 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Toronto appeared to be the fresher team. The Raptors repeatedly beat the sluggish Warriors to loose balls and outrebounded the two-time defending champs 48-40. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rodney Hood’s late basket sends Cavs past Knicks
After a run of 10 wins and one draw in 11 games since Solskjaer replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, defeat is a reality check for United’s revival and they have a mountain to climb when the sides meet again for the second leg on March 6.The English giants will also have to cope without Paul Pogba in three weeks’ time as he was sent off for two yellow cards a minute from time to round off a terrible night for the hosts.The French champions have bowed out in the last 16 in each of the past two seasons to Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.Yet, for all the positivity of United’s return to form in the past two months, they remain 14 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool and the big rebuilding job required to make the three-time European champions contenders again for this competition was laid bare.PSG showed they still retain plenty of world class talent despite their big name absentees as United struggled to contain the slick passing of Thomas Tuchel’s men in midfield and the pace of Mbappe in attack.Angel di Maria was roundly booed by the home support on his return to Old Trafford after an unhappy one-season spell with United after signing for a then club record £60 million in 2014.The Argentine nearly silenced his detractors with a dipping shot that flew just wide six minutes in.PSG have struggled on the road in the Champions League against elite opposition but showed little sign of nerves as they stroked the ball around confidently.– Injuries disrupt United –Anthony Martial was also forced to come off with an injury and Juan Mata came on to replace the FrenchmanHowever, it was when given the chance to counter-attack and use Mbappe’s speed they looked most dangerous.The 20-year-old World Cup winner slotted a huge chance wide on the half hour mark, although Mbappe would likely have been ruled offside by VAR, on its introduction to the Champions League, even if he had found the net.For all PSG’s injury problems, a double blow also rocked United in the seconds before half-time and at the break as Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial limped off to be replaced by Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata.The home side never recovered their composure as PSG produced a stunning second-half display to all but book their place in the last eight despite David de Gea’s best efforts.Mbappe had the first chance when his header was turned behind by the Spanish goalkeeper.But from the resulting corner, Kimpembe was left completely unmarked to side-foot home from point-blank range.A brilliant team goal doubled United’s trouble soon after when Mbappe was again too quick for Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly to meet Di Maria’s low cross.Thereafter only De Gea stood in the visitors’ way as he stayed big to block Mbappe’s attempted chip as he bore down on goal again before Juan Bernat’s rising drive was then diverted wide.Any hope of a United comeback in Paris suffered another huge blow when Pogba was dismissed late on for catching Dani Alves with a raised boot.PSG suffered the biggest collapse in Champions League history when Barcelona overturned a 4-0 first leg deficit to win the return leg 6-1 at this stage two seasons ago.However, on this occasion PSG have done the hard work on the road making a similar comeback at the Parc des Princes even more unlikely.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The deadly forward timed his run to perfection and showed brilliant composure to slot the finish home. Photo/DAILY MAILMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Paris Saint-Germain made light of an injury crisis to inflict Manchester United’s first defeat under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 2-0 win at Old Trafford on Tuesday to take a huge step towards the Champions League quarter-finals.Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe struck in a seven-minute spell just before the hour mark as PSG displayed their credentials to finally become champions of Europe for the first time, especially once they get the world’s most expensive player Neymar and Edinson Cavani back from injury.
Lisa BurkittLisa Burkitt is a former producer and presenter on Highland Radio. Her first novel; The Memory of Scent, was published earlier this year and she is also published in an anthology of short stories; Best Paris Stories. She is currently working on her second novel.This is her Donegal:What is your favourite place in Donegal and why? The back strand on Rutland Island. Generations of my grandmother’s line (the ‘Buckie’ Boyles) came from Rutland so it has a huge pull on me…apart from the fact that it is a stunning beach.If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I don’t think it is necessarily a Donegal thing – but it is the random dumping. You can come across it on beaches, forests, the side of the road. Anything from take-away packaging, to mattresses, and everything in between. Nothing kills the beauty of a Donegal scenic view, than a discarded fridge.Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why? I have an uncle, who is a priest (Fr. PJ McGlinchey) and who headed off to Korea as a very young man in the 1950s. Over the decades, and through practical hands-on initiatives (many of which he culled from Donegal ideas) he transformed hundreds and hundreds of lives from poverty to sustainability. He brought looms from Donegal and taught the women how to weave; he imported sows and distributed piglets to families; he transferred the idea of the Co-operative from his home county to his adopted country. He is not ‘in’ Donegal, but ‘of’ Donegal.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Oh No…this is like Sophie’s choice!! Given my aforementioned connection with the area – I have a soft spot for Rosses folk, so this is like choosing between two of my kin!What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?….and that song immediately pops into my head! You know the one…where he’s sitting on a beach in Lanzarote? It did the rounds for a bit. You might have missed it. What was Donegal’s saddest moment?To me, there is always something terribly tragic about losses at sea – and the Arranmore tragedy in 1935 was especially poignant. 19 victims, 17 coffins, countless families ripped through. It must still reverberate.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Turf. Not exclusive to Donegal, I know, but it makes you think of home fires. Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?I immediately thought of Clannad. Many years ago, I was living in Paris and I saw a poster that they were playing at a small venue there, so I went along. The effect that they had on the audience, just made me proud to be from Donegal. They brought this effortless, authentic sound, and you could almost feel the scree of Errigal underfoot. They brought Donegal, and the crowd loved it. This was one venue, in one city, in one country and I am sure it was replicated everywhere they went. Altan do this as well – in fact, any Donegal musician who picks up an instrument and makes people connect with them and their sense of place, is an ambassador.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?The late Hugh Greene was an example of common sense, vision, resilience and adaptability. Though his success came in New Zealand, he never lost his ties with Donegal. It takes guts to run a business…and in this climate, anyone who is surviving – is succeeding.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?I remember at the time, hearing about Danny McDaid training for the Olympics between his postal rounds (and often during). It was the first time I ever really considered the dedication required of sports people.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?I want to say that I haven’t found it yet – because that gives me the excuse to keep experimenting and trying out new places. There are so many good restaurants around the county. For the best quiche – the coffee shop at Alcorn’s Garden Centre; for a good, well-cooked menu in a small establishment – Belle’s Bistro in Rathmullan; for a great, fresh selection of fish – Harry’s in Bridgend; for lovely home bakes in a nice atmosphere – the Starfish café in Dunfanaghy. And I find myself in the Yellow Pepper in Letterkenny a lot; Pat’s on the Square always worth a visit; Any pub that has good Guinness and serves a nice plate of smoked salmon and brown bread or bowl of mussels….I think I eat out too much.Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?I am rooting for the golden eagles. They have fallen once to man’s deliberate eradication of them from the county and it would be a shame if the same thing was allowed to happen again in this century.Your nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?I’m afraid I have had to think long and hard about this one. The former Minister James McDaid represented us well in the sartorial stakes. Noel Cunningham cannot but spring to mind – as you know that he puts a unique stamp on how he pulls himself together. But for effortless style that makes you turn your head in appreciation….ummmmm He or she is definitely out there….I’ll just have to think a little longer about it.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?‘Don’t cut the branch you’re sitting on’….courtesy of a lovely woman in Fanad, who has a raft of them, that I keep meaning to write down.Will Donegal win the All Ireland next year?There is no reason why they shouldn’t. And we’ll get to hear that song again, and again.What is your favourite Donegal food?Rathmullan House does a delicious Crab Linguine with crab from Ward Seafood of Burtonport.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?I am not convinced about wind farms, and would hate to see these giant turbines creeping across our skyline. ‘Wind energy’ sounds harmless, but we are implanting chunks of high-tech metal into our landscape.If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?A million euro would not go next nor near addressing the transport network which is so desperately needed for this county…so the next best thing is to put it towards that wall that the Goat’s Don’t Shave once sang about.MY DONEGAL – WITH LISA BURKITT was last modified: December 25th, 2012 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:MY DONEGAL – WITH LISA BURKITT
Kelly’s Centra have been awarded with a SILVER MEDAL at the National Convenience Store awards ceremony which was held earlier this week.It’s yet more recognition for a business that has established itself as one of the best convenience stores not only locally but also nationally.With over 500 entrants, a rigorous elimination process was used to narrow down those nominated for the best convenience store in Ireland. Martin Kelly admitted that the fact they placed 2nd in the entire country is unbelievable acknowledgment and recognition for all the staff and management for their effortsMartin Kelly told Donegal Daily, “We are regular industry award winners and it’s our goal to be the very best we can every single day.“We strive for that because we pride ourselves on our customer service excellence.KELLY’S CENTRA MOUNTAIN TOP NAMED SECOND BEST CONVENIENCE STORE IN IRELAND was last modified: November 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:awardbusinessesFeaturesKelly’s CentraMountain Topnews
1 Andrea Belotti celebrates for Torino Manchester United target Andrea Belotti will not be sold to an Italian club, according to Torino president Urbano Cairo. The striker has been in stunning form this season and he is currently the top scorer in Serie A with 25 goals.Manchester United are now very interested in securing the services of the Italian international, as are the likes of Bayern Munich and Juventus.But Cairo has revealed Belotti will only be sold abroad as his £84m release-clause only applies to foreign clubs.“It’s the right value, I think,” Cairo told Gazzetta dello Sport.“And it’s only for foreigners. In Italy there is no clause and do you know why? Because I won’t sell Belotti [in Italy]. “Another year at Torino and another 30 goals will be good for him and for us.”
INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Mayock emphasized multiple times Wednesday that the Raiders have too many holes on their team to put just one or two positions atop their offseason priority list.“We’ve got 10 picks, and we value all of them,” Mayock said. “We need to hit on a high, high percentage. We’ve got more needs than I can even tell you about right now.”Wide receiver, running back, offensive line, possibly tight end, defensive end, linebacker, safety, maybe more.The Raiders’ bevy of needs may lead …
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30 May 2014 The government will continue to improve its incentive scheme for South Africa’s film and television industry, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at a meeting with members of the industry on Thursday. Davies said the film industry had demonstrated that it had the capacity to contribute significantly to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). “It’s for that reason that we have been working to continuously improve the film incentive. A baseline study by the National Film and Video Foundation said that the film sector contributed R3.5-billion to South Africa’s GDP,” he said. “It created more than 25 000 full-time jobs. That is a significant number of jobs and a significant contribution to the GDP.” Davies noted that a beefing up of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) film and TV incentive scheme in 2008 had shown impressive results. From its inception in 2004 through to 2008, the scheme supported 49 productions, whereas between 2008 and 2013 it supported 398 projects. Of these, 256 were South African productions, 77 were co-productions (with other countries), and 65 were foreign productions.Improving the scheme While this was good news, Davies said, there was still room for improvement – hence the department’s continued engagement with the industry. “There are a few features of the current rebate we need to [look at]. We have to have an incentive that is competitive with what exists around the world. We need to be frank about the fact that we are a small, developing economy.” Being competitive was important not only in monetary terms but also in terms of “the certainty and reliability of the scheme, so that when filmmakers come, they know that it’s not just a vague promise that is made to them but it is a certainty,” he said. The scheme also needed to be continuously improved in line with what was happening in the industry, both domestically and abroad. “It’s about making adaptations when they are necessary.”‘More than just a good location’ South Africa, Davies said, should be seen as more than just a good location for films. “We still have that, but I think we need to make it clear to the world that we’ve moved on to things like the ability to provide a world-class film studio in Cape Town. Also, companies are moving into the production of animated films, which are particularly popular. [We] also have the ability to produce the industrial materials that go into the construction of sets.” Davies added that the department was looking into the issue of supporting smaller black film makers. “It’s something under active consideration. We are looking at how we can address that concern.” Filmmaker Eric Miyeni and Film Afrika representative Rudi van As, who attended the meeting, described the DTI’s rebate as a “lifeblood for the South African film and television industry, which is regarded as being very efficient”. “Unlike some incentive schemes out there, it is reliable. This allows filmmakers to predict accurately how much their rebate amount will be and that it will materialise,” said Van As. Source: SAnews.gov.za