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  • Pessimism grows in Leganés and cuts are no longer ruled out

    first_imgTo the south of the capital they believe that it is the path to which the whole of Spanish football is heading. The diagnosis is that, sooner or later, the 42 teams that make up LaLiga (both First and Second) they will be forced to adjustments and that these will be carried out jointly. That is, there will be an agreement so that the measures taken are transversal to all the clubs, both First and Second. At Leganes fear grows economic consequences it will have for Spanish football, and for the club in particular, stoppage due to Covid-19 coronavirus. In Butarque they are pessimistic. Very pessimistic. So much so that authorized voices of the entity see as a feasible option that the championship does not resume, with the serious damage that it would leave in its coffers.Under this premise, and even in the event that the competition returns in the summer, on the Avenida de los Once Leones they already study all possible scenarios. Also including the wage cuts among its workers, both from sports personnel and the rest of its personnel.Initially, the club’s position was not to take ERTE or similar measures, although this decision was always conditioned by the evolution of the pandemic and what LaLiga decided. Meanwhile, the club did make some cuts that affected store staff and non-sports club workers. In Leganés they would not see with bad eyes the intervention of the Government to regulate these adjustments in professional soccer by means of a special Decree. A sector that, due to its characteristics, needs adjustments specific to its activity. Other First Division clubs such as Real Madrid do not rule out state participation in the resolution of this matter.Impact despite the good economic situationMeanwhile, the club makes numbers. And they insist that there will be negative consequences. Leganés is, on paper, one of the teams with the most waist to face such a complex situation. The pepineros have always enjoyed a healthy economy that, in recent months, has been reinforced by the departures of En Nesyri and Braithwaite. Both sales have already left 25 million euros in the cucumber coffers. In addition, the farewell of the first will inject another 13 million more as a result of the deferred payment of its clause. Sevilla still have a maturity before June 30 (7 million) and another before the end of the year (6 million euros).It also happens that the departure of both players has meant saving a sensible amount of money as wages. In Nesyri he received almost a million euros gross per season while Braithwaite was around two and a half million per course.It should be remembered that, beyond both operations, the Leganés began the 2019-2020 fiscal year as one of the seven First Division teams with negative net debt and that, after investing 14 million euros in transfers, the club had planned to have a profit of 1.9 million euros. After the advance made by LaLiga of the third third of the television contract, Leganés has between 12 and 15 million euros to collect from this item of income.last_img read more

  • St. Antony, Moi Girls Nangili clinch Copa titles

    first_img0Shares0000St. Antony’s Boys Kitale goalkeeper Issa Emuria is carried shoulder high by teammates and fans after saving three penalties during the Copa Coacacola National final against St. Peters Mumias on July 28, 2018.ELDORET, Kenya, Jul 28- St. Antony’s Boys goalkeeper Issa Emuria was the hero of the side saving three penalties as the Kitale based team clinched the 2018 Copa Cocacola National Secondary School Games title with a 3-1 post-match penalties win over St. Peters Boys Mumias at the Hill School in Eldoret on Saturday.St. Antony reached the final last year and lost 1-0 to Kakamega High School and gifted themselves with a well worked win, one that would have been wrapped up in regulation and extra time had they been more efficient in scoring. Head coach George Owoko was pleased with the result especially with his Under-19s side having failed to reach the final. This is his third Copa title as a coach having won in 2010 and 2011 with Ambira High School.“I had hoped to clinch a double but that is how football is sometimes. The Under-16 boys had made us proud by winning this title and it is also a good day because we have won bronze with the Under-19s. We played really well and dominated the game which makes me very happy,” Owoko told Capital Sport after the game.On penalties, Emuria proved to be the genius stopping the first two kicks taken by captain Felix Otieno and James Wafula, using his height to his advantage.St. Antony’s Boys Kitale midfielder Daniel Odhiambo takes on St. Peters Mumias Ainea during the Copa Coacacola National final on July 28, 2018 at the Hill School in EldoretThe Solidarity Boys were in firm control Christopher Raila and Leon David scoring sublime efforts to give the side a 2-0 advantage. However, Woodvine Okoth saw his penalty saved and on the return end, Brian Mbithi scored to reduce the deficit to 2-1.However, Rashid Issa atoned for his mate’s miss scoring St. Antony’s fourth kick with his keeper Emuria putting the game to bed saving from Salim Badi.In regulation time, St. Antony, fan favorites with their free flowing football had the better chances.However, it was St. Peters who posed the first threat in the 17th team with Marcus Ochola having an effort come off the bar after making the most of a defensive blip.Red hot Kennedy Mwendwa had an effort for St. Antony in the 26th minute when his shot from the right bounced across the face of goal with Shamun Ansar failing to arrive at the back post in time to tap it home.In the second half, Shamun had the best chance of the game when Okoth’s shot from the right fell on his path but his spectacular shot on the volley attracted an equally good save from the St. Peters keeper.Moi Girls Nangili midfielder Fridah Chepchumba in action against Wiyeta players during the Copa Coacacola National final on July 28, 2018 at the Hill School in EldoretEarlier on, debutants Moi Girls Nangili from Western won the girls’ title after outsmarting last year’s finalists Wiyeta Girls 2-0 with goals from Noelle Oruko and Ivy Chepkurui handing them the title.Oruko broke the deadlock in the 28th minute when Oruko volleyed the ball home after racing onto the ball which was planted behind the defense.In the second half, Wiyeta had a chance to draw level through Jecinta Karemana whose shot from range fizzled through the goalkeeper’s legs, but she managed to react quickly to pick up before it crossed the line.Chepkurui put the cherry on the cake in sublime fashion 15 minutes after the restart with a wonderful goal taken from the halfway line, her shot catching the Wiyeta keeper off guard.Four minutes later, Nangili thought they had the third goal to seal the deal but Felistas Atieno’s goal was ruled out for offside after some good interchange of passes.Defending champions Olympic finished third after beating Waa Girls from Coast by a solitary goal.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Ramsey signs Sh51.6mn-a-week Juventus deal

    first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey has signed a four-year deal with Juventus © AFP / Glyn KIRKMILAN, Italy, Feb 12 – Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has signed a four-year deal worth over Sh51.6 million (£400k-a-week) deal to join Juventus on a free transfer from next July.The 28-year-old Wales international will arrive in northern Italy on July 1 with his contract running until June 30, 2023. As his contract will have ended, Arsenal will not be entitled to a transfer fee.“As a result of the registration of the player, Juventus will incur additional costs of 3.7 million euros ($4.1 million), to be paid by July 10,” the Serie A champions said.The move brings to an end Ramsey’s 11-year spell with the Gunners having moved from Cardiff City in 2008.Over the past decade he has played 256 Premier League games, scoring 38 top-flight goals, and winning three FA Cup and two Community Shield.He also had two loan spells at Nottingham Forest in 2010, and back at former club, Cardiff in 2011.“I wanted to issue a personal statement for all the Arsenal fans who have been extremely loyal and supportive,” Ramsey wrote on Instagram.“You welcomed me as a teenager and have been there for me through all the highs and lows I have encountered during my time at the club.“It is with a heavy heart that I leave after 11 incredible years in north London. Thank you.“I will continue to give the team 100 per cent and hope to finish the season strongly, before heading on to my next chapter in Turin.”Ramsey has 58 caps for Wales, scoring 14 goals, and was a part of the Welsh side that reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals.He becomes the third Welshman to play for Juventus following club legend John Charles and former European Golden Boot winner Ian Rush.Ramsey had turned down the offer of a new deal at Arsenal, with clubs including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich linked with the player.“Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Aaron Ramsey a happy and successful future,” the London club said in a statement.“Aaron’s made a fantastic contribution to our club since joining from Cardiff City in 2008. He has always been a consummate professional and will always have a special place in the hearts and memories of Arsenal fans around the world.”Juventus have an 11-point lead on top of Serie A and are on track for an eighth consecutive league title.They are through to the Champions League knock-out rounds and will play Atletico Madrid in the last 16 starting next week.Ramsey will reportedly become Juventus’ second-highest earner behind Cristiano Ronaldo earning 7 million euros ($7.8 million) a season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • ADAMS TELLS GLENTIES SUMMER SCHOOL: REPUBLIC NOT THAT ENVISAGED BY PROCLAMATION

    first_imgSinn Féin, president Gerry Adams TD, speaking at the MacGill Summer School in the Glenties, said this state is “not the republic envisaged by those who wrote the Proclamation. They had a vision for a real republic – a republic of justice, equality and fairness – a republic for all the people of this island.”Teachta Adams described the Dáil as “a dysfunctional forum” whose “formal protocols were inherited with little real change from the London model. It operates in a time warp and in a bubble, immune at times to the harsh and unfair regime visited by the government on the citizens who elected it”.The Sinn Féin leader criticised Fine Gael and Labour who promised a democratic revolution but “instead they opted for cuts to public services and greater centralisation of power. “Instead of creating a more effective, transparent and accountable democracy, the government moved to abolish the Seanad, cut the number of elected representatives in the Dáil and in local government, got rid of Údaras elections and centralised even more power and authority into its own hands.“Instead of initiating real reform Fine Gael is power-grabbing and Labour is acquiescing.“At the heart of the debate on the Seanad is the issue of equality of citizenship. Only one per cent of citizens have a vote in Seanad elections while others have multiple votes. That is why Sinn Féin will not support a proposal to retain the present Seanad. We will campaign for its abolition.“A genuinely progressive government would have given the future of the Seanad to the Constitutional Convention for discussion. “It would have considered the option of making the Seanad democratic and accountable and able to act as a meaningful check on the dominance of the Dáil. It chose not to.”Teachta Adams described the institutions of the state as “very partitionist”. “Moreover the institutions of this state, whether media or academia as well as the political elites are very partitionist. They have their backs to the border. While they are generally benign, policy makers knew little about the North and care even less. Their concern is to protect the interests of the establishment as they understand it.”Referring to the Good Friday Agreement Gerry Adams said “we are all living in a post Good Friday Agreement Ireland. This is most obvious in the North, but nowhere are the equality safeguards or parity of esteem measures of the Good Friday Agreement reflected in this state, in its governance or the protections for citizens…“The Good Friday Agreement also removed the Government of Ireland Act, under which the British government claimed sovereignty over the North, and provided for a poll on Irish unity.“Such a poll will provide a unique opportunity for a real, inclusive and constructive debate on the future of Ireland. Yet the government in Dublin shies away from such a debate. It has no strategy to win unionists to embrace a united Ireland and until recent events forced the issue the government had no consistent or strategic engagement with the British government over matters arising from the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements. “If unionists saw a real commitment to equality by the Dublin government this would have a real and positive effect on those unionists who want to live in harmony with their neighbours. ..There is no design plan for reconciliation but we all share responsibility to give leadership in spite of opposition and adversity. Perhaps the Civic Forum could be a vehicle for this?”The Sinn Féin President called on the government “to be fully engaged, as it is entitled and obliged to, in the North. Not in a threatening or interfering way but under the terms of the Good Friday and other agreements.And as sections of unionism, like others, adjust in a more pragmatic and positive way to the merits and advantages of cross- border cooperation, particularly on economic issues, we will see more progress.”The Sinn Féin leader called for the construction of a new republic “rooted in core democratic principles, shaped by the political, social and economic realities of today” and with a “commitment to the unity of Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter and the rejection of sectarianism… A republic that shares its wealth more equitably, looks after its aged and young, provides full rights for people with disabilities, liberates women and delivers the highest standards of public service. “The key to building a new republic – a 32 county republic – is to begin now”.Full text of speech follows:Title: Building a new Republic – Let’s begin nowA chairde,I want to thank the MacGill Summer School for the invitation to speak to you this evening.Three years away from the centenary of the 1916 Rising it is indeed appropriate to examine ‘How stands the Republic’.Indeed the proposition begs the question – what Republic?This state is not the Republic envisaged by those who wrote the Proclamation.They had a vision for a real republic – a republic of justice, equality and fairness – a republic for all the people of this island.This is clear when you read the Proclamation. It addresses Irish men and Irish women. At a time when women didn’t have the vote this simple address was in itself a progressive statement. Irishmen and Irishwomen is what it says. It doesn’t say unless you are gay or unless you are a traveler or unless you are poor or unionist or unless you are disabled. No. The Proclamation speaks of pursuing the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all its parts; guarantees civil and religious liberty, and equal rights and equal opportunities; and commits the republic to cherishing all the children of the nation equally. These concepts are mirrored in the Democratic Programme of the First Dáil. In words that resonate just months away from another budget that will strip billions out of public services, the Democratic Programme set as the ‘first duty of the Government of the Republic to make provision for the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the children, to secure that no child shall suffer hunger or cold from lack of food, clothing, or shelter, but that all shall be provided with the means and facilities requisite for their proper education and training…’ These are words that speak to us in a society where children and adults go hungry; where half a million citizens are out of work, and where emigration is thriving. The forced emigration of generations of Irish citizens is a telling and shameful indictment of this state. It is a salutary illustration – decade by decade – of failure. The impact of partitionAlmost 100 years ago partition created two conservative states ruled in their narrow self-interests by two conservative elites.The northern state was a one party state which reinforced the institutionalised use of discrimination, sectarianism and segregation.Despite the significant progress arising from the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement the legacy of that structured discrimination and inequality still needs to be tackled in a focussed and systematic way.Partition also affects this part of the island.This state is the product of the counter-revolution that followed the Rising and of a dreadful civil war which tore out the heart at that time of what remained of the generosity of our national spirit.As the idealism of the aborted revolution waned a native conservative elite replaced the old English elite with little real change in the organisation of Irish society and no real movement towards a rights based dispensation.Instead conservatism ruled.Religion was hijacked by mean men who used the gospel not to empower but to control, and narrow moral codes were enforced to subvert the instinctive generosity of our people.Women were discriminated against; gay and lesbian citizens were denied equality under the law and all the while scandals like the abuse in the industrial schools, the Magdalene laundries, Bethany Home and the barbaric practice of symphysiotomy were tolerated and encouraged.Those who suffered were mostly poor.The arts were censored. Our language undermined. Our culture corroded. Millions fled to England, the USA and Australia.A lesser people would not have survived.The system of economic and political apartheid in the north and the scandals of backhanders and brown envelopes, and of the banking and financial institutions and developers in this part of the island, exemplify how the elites held sway.Moreover the institutions of this state, whether media, academia as well as the political elites are very partitionist.They have their backs to the border.While they are generally benign, policy makers knew little about the north and cared even less.Their concern is to protect the interests of the establishment as they understand it.I am minded here of the words of a US President Rutherford Hayes in 1876.He was writing about the USA at that time and echoing concerns expressed earlier by Abraham Lincoln about the power of corporations President Hayes wrote: “This is a government of the people by the people and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations by corporations and for corporations.”He could have been writing about Ireland today.Liam Mellows warned of this in the Treaty debates when he noted that when men get into power they will want to hold on to that power.Of course there are exceptions both at a collective and an individual level but the prevailing sense among the policy makers is to perpetuate the status quo.This will only be changed when a genuine national spirit is recreated to replace the nonsense popular in some circles that this state is the nation and that Ireland stops at Dundalk or Lifford.That is the easy lazy option which conceived the politics of Section 31 and the gradual erasure, which accompanied it, of patriotic music and songs from our so called national airwaves. Post Good Friday AgreementWe are living in a post Good Friday Agreement Ireland.This is most obvious in the north.But nowhere are the equality safeguards or parity of esteem measures of the Good Friday Agreement reflected in this state, in its governance or the protections for citizens.On the contrary the Irish government, as part of a cost cutting exercise, merged the Irish Human Rights Commission with the Equality Authority.The government has failed to introduce equality proofing legislation.The Good Friday Agreement also envisaged that there would be a Bill of Rights for the north and a Charter of Rights for the island of Ireland.There is no Bill of Rights or Charter of Rights and no Civic Forum.The Good Friday Agreement also removed the Government of Ireland Act, under which the British government claimed sovereignty over the North, and provided for a poll on Irish unity.Such a poll will provide a unique opportunity for a real, inclusive and constructive debate on the future of Ireland.Yet the government in Dublin shies away from such a debate.It has no strategy to win unionists to embrace a united Ireland and until recent events forced the issue the government had no consistent or strategic engagement with the British government over matters arising from the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements.This not to say that I believe this government is averse to dealing with these issues.Not at all. It is simply doing what governments here do, including the last Fianna Fail government. And that is as little as possible.Unionism knows this as well as the rest of us.If unionists saw a real commitment to equality by the Dublin government this would have a real and positive effect on those unionist who want to live in harmony with their neighbours.Orange is one of our national colours.Most of us don’t appreciate that. Unionists know this as well.There is no design plan for reconciliation but we all share responsibility to give leadership in spite of opposition and adversity.Perhaps the Civic Forum could be a vehicle for this?So the imperative at this time is for the government to be fully engaged, as it is entitled and obliged to, in the north.Not in a threatening or interfering way but under the terms of the Good Friday and other agreements.And as sections of unionism, like others, adjust in a more pragmatic and positive way to the merits and advantages of cross border cooperation, particularly on economic issues, we will see more progress.No one can argue with the reality that an economy of 6.4 million citizens, consumers and taxpayers would be stronger!The failure of Government reformTwo years ago Fine Gael and Labour promised a democratic revolution.Instead they opted for cuts to public services and greater centralisation of power.Instead of creating a more effective, transparent and accountable democracy, the government moved to abolish the Seanad, cut the number of elected representatives in the Dáil and in local government, got rid of the Údaras, and centralised even more power and authority into its own hands.Instead of initiating real reform Fine Gael is power grabbing and Labour is acquiescing.At the heart of the debate on the Seanad is the issue of equality of citizenship.Only 1% of citizens have a vote in Seanad elections while others have multiple votes.That is why Sinn Féin will not support a proposal to retain the present Seanad. We will campaign for its abolition.A genuinely progressive government would have given the future of the Seanad to the Constitutional Convention for discussion.It would have considered the option of making the Seanad democratic and accountable and able to act as a meaningful check on the dominance of the Dáil.It chose not to.Even the government’s chief whip has acknowledged that its record on reform and accountability has been deplorable.The Dáil is a dysfunctional forum, its formal protocols inherited with little real change from the London model.It operates in a time warp and in a bubble, immune at times to the harsh and unfair regime visited by the government on the citizens who elected it.The failure of AusterityIn a real republic citizens would have a wrap-around health service from the cradle to the grave.Billions of taxpayers money, that could and should have been invested in job creation, has been used to bail out banks.Last Wednesday I visited St. Mary’s care centre in Drumcar in my constituency.The staff there look after 600 of our most vulnerable and disabled citizens.Citizens who cannot move; who need to be washed and dressed and fed; citizens who have dementia and mental health issues, and severe epilepsy.They have lost €7 million in cuts since 2008 and this year their deficit will amount to €1.2 million.They have had to cut out meals to people attending their day services.That St. Mary’s cannot feed vulnerable citizens is a huge indictment of this government and of this state!During the years of the Celtic Tiger Sinn Féin advocated equality and fairness and urged that the surplus wealth be used to build public services, especially in education and health, infrastructure and sustainable jobs.The political establishment including those who crashed the economy accused us of being economic illiterates.They refused to socialise the wealth but this same establishment has no problem with socialising the debt.Building a new republic – Lets begin now.I believe that the Ireland of the 21st century should be rooted in core democratic principles, shaped by the political, social and economic realities of today, a commitment to the unity of Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter and the rejection of sectarianism.Politics must empower citizens. They must be inclusive, democratic, accountable, citizen centred and rooted in equality, human rights and communal solidarity.That is, for a real republic that is tolerant of the views, opinions or beliefs of others and inclusive of all its’ people.A republic that shares its wealth more equitably, looks after its’ aged and young, provides full rights for people with disabilities, liberates women and delivers the highest standards of public service.A republic that has a sense of itself, would defend and promote its language and culture and ensure that equality is the basis on which it plans, promotes and sustains the language.And why can’t the constitution reach out to the children of the diaspora scattered around the globe; including allowing Irish passport holders wherever they live to have a vote in the Presidential election?A new Republic for the 21st century must mean equal rights for those in same sex relationships, ethnic minorities like the Travellers Community and those of all creeds and none.The key to building a new republic – a 32 county republic – is to begin now.That means setting out clearly what we are for and then developing strategies to achieve it.I believe citizens will respond positively to a national conversation on these issues and to the big question about how the wealth is used for the benefit of citizens.The real test is the equality one.20 years ago when Sinn Féin first talked about a peace process we were vilified and ridiculed.Reams of hard words were written about the Hume/Adams proposals.Today that same peace process has shown what’s possible if you have a vision and the determination to pursue it.So to with building a new Ireland.The island of Ireland today is in transition.A lot of the old certainties are gone.Many of the old conservative influences have been weakened.Progress has been made.The most important political reform since partition has been the Good Friday Agreement.That has created a new context on this island, a new potential and a new dispensation for the whole island.But if there was a real commitment to the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement the logic and common sense of harmonising policies and services across this island and the principles and safeguards and ethos of the Good Friday Agreement, would be increasingly inculcated into all of the institutions on this island.And that would be good for all our people, including the unionists.A chairde, the people of this island deserve better than the society we have inherited.We have the means to change this.We have the opportunity to ensure that justice, equality and fairness are core principles of a new society.We have the opportunity to win real freedom.ADAMS TELLS GLENTIES SUMMER SCHOOL: REPUBLIC NOT THAT ENVISAGED BY PROCLAMATION was last modified: July 31st, 2013 by John2Share 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:ADAMS TELLS GLENTIES SUMMER SCHOOL: REPUBLIC NOT THAT ENVISAGED BY PROCLAMATIONgerry adamsGlentieslast_img read more

  • Active citizens ‘key to Development Plan’

    first_img17 November 2011A key aspect of South Africa’s new National Development Plan, a blueprint for creating sustainable growth and development in the country over the next two decades, is its emphasis on active citizenry, says Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.According to Matola, the plan – which seeks to create a “virtuous cycle of growth and development” by removing the most pressing constraints to investment and job creation – is set to improve South Africa’s international reputation and competitiveness.“In these fraught times, with Europe hovering on the brink and America’s economic recovery under threat, having a coherent vision for the country through 2030 could do much to improve South Africa’s competitiveness,” Matola said in a statement on Thursday.“International experiences suggests that trade, tourism and particularly investment respond well to the kind of long-term policy planning we as a nation are doing.”The National Development Plan, which will be refined through public engagement before going to Cabinet, was presented to President Jacob Zuma by Trevor Manuel, chairman of the National Planning Commission, in Pretoria on Friday.The wide-ranging draft plan aims to eliminate poverty and sharply reduce inequality in the country by 2030.It intends doing this by concentrating on, among other things, expanding infrastructure, building a capable state, moving to inclusive planning, creating jobs and uniting the nation.Citizens who Play their PartThe call to get citizens to Play their Part is already an essential ingredient of South Africa’s national debate.For many years, ordinary South Africans have found ways to strengthen society, democracy and the economy. From creating employment opportunities, to mentoring young students, to starting up small and medium enterprises, South Africans have been pursuing sustainable means to make their society and local communities better for all.Matola says that a fundamental shift the National Development Plan (NDP) proposes – from passive to active citizenry – will be the basis on which the whole approach will be built.“What needs to happen now, as highlighted by the NDP, is that as South Africans we take accountability, and make it our responsibility to have a say in our democracy, development and prosperity,” Matola said. “It is about taking things back to basics – involved citizenship and participation.‘We can no longer afford to be ambivalent’“From understanding the Constitution, to pursuing ventures to better the lives of our children and future generations, and being accountable for our environment and surroundings in the midst of climate change, we can no longer afford to be ambivalent about meeting these challenges.”Another notable aspect of the NDP, says Matola, is the call to build a capable state. This will mean that the best people must work for the state – and not just to pursue a good career opportunity but also because they want to serve the people of the country.“The best condition for an improved public service is to encourage especially younger professionals to enter the public sector and build and maintain the capacity required for better service delivery for all,” Matola said.“We all need to play our part, contribute to the National Plan and make sure that the milestones we achieve translate into better functioning communities and a better society.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

  • Cong. approaches J&K governor, seeks intervention

    first_imgThe Congress has submitted a memorandum to Governor N.N. Vohra and sought his intervention to ensure free and fair polls.A Congress delegation described the lowest ever voter turnout of 2% in re-polling at 38 polling stations in the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency as “the State government’s failure on all fronts”.“The government is losing the confidence of the people. Any future elections in Jammu and Kashmir should be held under Governor’s rule in order to ensure free, fair and successful conduct of the electoral process,” demanded the delegation.The delegation, headed by J&K Pradesh Congress Committee chief G.A Mir, demanded imposition of the governor’s rule.The delegation included senior leaders Sham Lal Sharma, Nawang Rigzin Jora, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori, Haji Rasheed, Aijaz Ahmed Khan, Mula Ram, MLA Mohd Amin Bhat, MLA Usman Majid and MLA Gulzar Wani.The Congress leaders also pointed to the alleged “partisan role of the present dispensation in the conduct of elections”.last_img read more

  • SEA Games: Archery instructor collects bronze in men’s compound

    first_img“It was overwhelming. I was very nervous,” said Dela Cruz, who fired a 10 while the hugely favorite Malaysian had a nine.Dela Cruz started in recurve — the Olympic archery event — in 2003 but shifted to compound. He is an instructor at FR Sevilla Archery Range, home of the Philippine Team.The Philippines will have more chances of nailing a gold in the next few days in compound event with team competitions for men’s and women’s on tap.The rest of the individual compound archers, including former champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, faltered in the round robin matches.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Paul Marton De La Cruz bags the bronze medal in men’s individual compound archery in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — Under gathering darkness, Paul Marton Dela Cruz came away with a bronze medal for Philippines in archery Wednesday.The 30-year-old Dela Cruz, a full-time archery and instructor, said he didn’t expect to make it to the bronze medal match because of his dismal performance in the first two ends.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony “I just told myself not to give up and continue to fight,” said Dela Cruz as he tried to calm his nerves for his first individual medal in the Southeast Asian Games in this verdant, humid city.He matched up with top-ranked Mohd Juwaidi Mazuki of Malaysia in the semifinals, lost and fell in the bronze medal match against yet another strong hometown bet Ruslan ZulfadhliFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“He showed determination and I was happy that on Day 1 we were able to medal,” said head coach Clint Sayo. “It was a good fight in the bronze medal round.”Indeed, Dela Cruz finished at the same score as Zulfadhli (144-144), forcing a nerve-wracking shootout for the medal at the Synthetic Turf Field inside National Sports Council KL Sports City. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH absorbs first loss in men’s water polo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

  • Southgate: England have progressed since the World Cup

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