Rangers FC signs India’s Bala Devi

first_imgAmy McDonald, Rangers women’s soccer director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Bala to Rangers FC. His signing is exciting on many levels. Bala is a football creator. He likes to play as a number 10 and we believe he will contribute goals and assists. She will provide us with a threat in attack and versatility that we can use well in the 2020 season. His signing can be an inspiration for players everywhere to see where football can take them and what can help them achieve. ”Bala: Make it happenIn an interview with Sportskeeda in 2014 to celebrate International Women’s Day, Bala was asked what the motto of International Women’s Day meant for her, ‘Make it happen’. She answered: “I can understand it very well, because when I started playing football I always wanted to play in the main team. It was my dream and I worked very hard to get to where I was today. But I never revealed my wish to anyone. I would say that whatever your dream or desire is, don’t just think about it. MAKE IT HAPPEN”. Rangers FC has signed the attacker of the Indian national team Bala Devi, from the Manipur Police Sports Club. The player (29 years old) has signed an 18-month contract with the Scottish club, after a test in November.Bala Devi: top scorer in IndiaBala Devi is the captain and top scorer of the Indian women’s team, with 52 goals in 58 games since she debuted in 2005, when she was only 15 years old. With your signing it becomes the first Indian woman to be a professional anywhere in the world and also becomes the first Asian international player of Rangers FC.Last year Bala scored 26 goals in just seven games with the Manipur Police Sports Club of the Women’s League of India. He has won the Women’s Championship of the Football Federation of South Asia in 2010, 2014 and 2016, and She was named Player of the Year of the Indian Football Federation in 2014 and 2015.Delighted to join Rangers FCOn his signing for Rangers FC, Bala said: “Playing in Europe with one of the biggest clubs in the world is something I could never have dreamed of. I hope to make the most of the first class facilities and I am sure that I will benefit greatly from the standard of training and competition. I am very grateful to Amy McDonald, the coaching staff and the entire Rangers management for believing in me. I can’t wait to get to Glasgow, join my teammates and do my best. ”last_img read more

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Experts slam lack of plan, slow transition in Cup final

first_imgTwo local football experts have blamed Jamaica’s slow transition plays for the loss to Mexico in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Gold Cup final on Sunday night in Philadelphia, United States.Mexico captured their seventh Gold Cup title with a 3-1 win over a Jamaica team playing in the final for the first time in the nation’s history.Veteran coach and tactician Geoffrey Maxwell says that the team showed lack of a game plan. He said they just did not know what to do.”I thought we approached the game in error by trying to run at the Mexicans. They (Mexico) stood deep and countered,” Maxwell told The Gleaner yesterday.”I thought the coaching staff did not realise that Mexico had two important players on the field. We failed to mark those players and paid the price,” he said.”We did not have a game plan,” he firmly pointed out.Four days earlier, Jamaica beat the USA and advanced to the final with strikers Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes scoring in a 2-1 semi-final win. However, in the final, Mattocks surprisingly started on the bench and came on and scored the consolation goal for Jamaica.MATTOCKS’ NOTSTARTING”I was surprised that Mattocks did not start. The Mexicans are mostly short players, and they don’t like players running at them. Mexico are more South American minded,” the former national player and coach claimed.Now, with the Gold Cup behind, Maxwell says the team needed about three ball players in the World Cup qualifiers set to start next month.”We can’t take this European style of play into the World Cup campaign. We have to look for about three more ball players who are capable of playing the transition game. We paid the price for not having a game plan,” Maxwell emphasised.Clyde Jureidini, general manager of the Harbour View Football Club, says Jamaica started the game well but faded as it progressed, and the Mexicans took control and ran out easy winners.”I thought we started well, but the Mexicans drove the intensity with short passes and getting more shots on target,” Jureidini said.”We possessed slowly with unsure transitions, while Mexico stepped up with slick passing and intensity,” he added.Jureidini also thought that Jamaica had an excellent Gold Cup tournament.”It was an excellent fillip for the team as the first Caribbean team to reach the Gold Cup final. That set a good stage for us moving forward,” Jureidini noted.However, he thought the team needed to improve in their transition.”We have to improve our transition and team work to get into the World Cup in Russia in 2018,” he added.last_img read more

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Guyanese man dies in New York crash

first_imgA Guyanese man travelling in a car which was going at a high speed with four passengers died after it crashed into a utility pole in front of 2141 Central Avenue, New York, on Christmas morning, the Daily Gazette reported.Dead: Guyana-born Lakhraj “Derrick” PremnauthAccording to the Daily Gazette, Police identified the man killed as Guyana-born Lakhraj “Derrick” Premnauth, 24, of Schenectady. Those injured were Veeshram Ramdeo, 17, Kenny Jamuant, 17, and Sunita Hansraj, 21, all of Schenectady.The report stated that the Colonie Police Department received a call about the accident at about 07:01h. Police at the scene determined the vehicle, a 2001 Audi S4, had been heading east on Central Avenue when it crossed into the westbound lane and struck the utility pole.“The vehicle split in half and three of the four occupants were ejected from the vehicle,” Colonie Police said in a release. “Unfortunately, one of the ejected passengers, an adult male, was deceased at the scene.”The scene of the crash (Daily Gazette photo)According to the Daily Gazette, Ramdeo, the driver, along with his two injured passengers, Jamuant and Hansraj, were taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital with critical injuries and were last reported to be in surgery for multiple traumatic injuries, Police said.Police Lt Robert Winn said paramedics at the scene told Police the injuries were “critical in nature”. He said he could provide no further update on the conditions of the driver and two passengers. He said it would likely be weeks before a toxicology report is completed determining whether alcohol or drugs played any role in the accident.The crash broke the utility pole from its base, leaving most of it hanging from its wires.The Daily Gazette reported that Police at the scene said there was no utility disruption from the accident, and National Grid sent employees to fix the pole.Colonie Police drones, Colonie EMS, and the Stanford Heights and Midway fire departments also responded to the crash, the Daily Gazette reported.last_img read more

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Gasoline & Oil Prices

first_imgThe N-D-P claims a new poll shows there’s overwhelming opposition in B-C to the provincial government’s carbon tax, which took effect on Canada Day.Opposition leader Carole James says, an Angus Reid survey conducted earlier this month shows, more than two thirds of provincial residents opposed to the tax.In addition, almost 90 per cent think it’s unfair that ordinary consumers are paying it, while big polluters are not.Bolstered by the poll, the N-D-P says it will step up its efforts in the coming weeks to gather signatures on a petition to axe the tax, which added nearly two and half cents, to the cost of a litre of gasoline.Meantime, the national average price has dropped another 3.7 cents a liter and, is now again below a dollar and 30 cents.At a dollar 29 point two it is also, more than 15 cents below the common posted price in Fort St. John.Up until this morning , it had held firm at a dollar 45 point four cents a liter, since the imposition of the carbon tax.Then prior to opening this morning, the Petro-Can filling station, on 105th avenue and 100th street, posted a price drop…albeit, only one half of one cent a liter.However, by nine o’clock it had disappeared and, the price was back up, to where it’s been all month.That’s in sharp contrast to prices in the majority of the 60 Ervin survey cities, with 54 of them recording price drops, up to 10 cents a liter in the past week.That’s is line with what’s happening with the price of crude oil, now about 25 dollars a barrel below this summer’s peak. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Update – Tembec, workers sign deal at Chetwynd pulp mill

first_imgTembec has announced it has reached a deal with workers at its idled pulp mill in Chetwynd.The new deal is reportedly for a five-year term, and has been ratified by what the company is calling a “large majority of the membership.”According to the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union Members voted 88% in favour of the five year agreement. “By voting in favour, Local 448 has paved the way for Tembec to fire up the Chetwynd Mill again,” said Local 448 President Hugh Collins. “We expect that our members will be called back to work this week.”- Advertisement -The CEP also says the 5 year deal includes wage increases of 1% in the third year, and 2% in each of the fourth and fifth years of the agreement.  It also includes a wage adjustment for tradespersons, and increases to dental benefits.As reported on Dec. 10th, the mill is expected to re-open at the beginning of January, and ramp up to full production in February.The Chetwynd mill has an production capacity of 240,000 tonnes per year.   It was shut down in February of 2009, putting approximately 180 people out of work.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Fears of World Cup without Messi as Argentina stutter

first_img0Shares0000Argentina’s Lionel Messi gestures during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match, at El Monumental stadium, in Buenos Aires, on September 5, 2017 © AFP/File / ALEJANDRO PAGNIBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Sep 7 – Argentina’s poor run of results in the South American qualifiers has left everyone contemplating the unthinkable: a World Cup next summer without Lionel Messi.The dreaded question looms large after an uninspiring draw at home to last-placed Venezuela this week left Argentina adrift of the automatic qualifying places for Russia 2018. Veteran coach Cesar Luis Menotti described the latest performance as “scary” and had some choice words for coach Jorge Sampaoli, who like his predecessors is struggling with how best to use Messi’s verve in a team which has failed to find its spark.“The truth is, it was a shock. Seeing all this was a shock! I played two games against Venezuela: in Caracas we won 7-0 and in Rosario 11-0. Eighteen goals in two games!“And now I see that it’s hard for us to beat Venezuela? There’s something that we’re not doing well,” said Menotti, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1978.The goals have dried up. Argentina were on a run of 309 minutes without scoring in these qualifiers when they finally got an own-goal against Venezuela.Menotti levelled most of his scorn at the tactics used by Sampaoli, the former Chile and Seville coach. “I don’t understand the team.“It’s not the same thing to lead Seville as it is Argentina. Especially if you have Messi.”The diminutive 30-year-old cuts an increasingly isolated figure on the pitch, bereft of teammates who can give him the right pass at the right time, according to former Argentine international Alberto Marcico.“Messi is more isolated, in the past he was better served by those around him.”Messi’s current lieutenants, Juventus’ Paulo Dybala and Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi, haven’t been able to provide the service the star is used to in his slick club side Barcelona, and more often than not he is crowded out by defenders waiting to pounce when the ball finally comes.— ‘Like Tango’ —The over-reliance on Messi is striking for Menotti, saying Sampaoli must change how Argentina use him.“They use drones, they give talks, they put put fourteen guys to work and when he gets the ball, Messi bolts forward to see if he can take everyone on. It’s very difficult,” he said.“Football is like Tango. You can’t run around all the time.”“Football has pause. It has acceleration, it has rhythms, it has changes. The way Argentina play makes you dizzy, and that’s the worst enemy of a footballer,” Menotti told FoxSports.For commentator and former player Diego Latorre, Argentina’s problems go deeper than Messi.“Psychological issues play a very important role in how a game develops, and this team still has a block in its nervous system that can’t be turned off.”Argentina’s priceless forward line is too easily shepherded down blind alleys, playing “like a pack of hungry wolves without teeth who finish up meekly in a corral after 90 minutes,” Latorre wrote in the daily La Nacion.Aside for an over-reliance on Messi, the team has a heavy psychological burden to bear.“They lost three finals, and that’s heavy,” said Marcico, referring to the 2014 World Cup final — lost to Germany in extra-time — and successive Copa America finals in 2015 and 2016.Now, Argentina have just two matches to redeem themselves, hosting fourth-placed Peru in Buenos Aires next month before an awkward final match away to Ecuador at altitude.The top four in the table qualify for next year’s finals, which the fifth-placed team will face a play-off with New Zealand.Former national coach Marcelo Bielsa, now with Lille in France, remains confident that Argentina will prevail in their two remaining matches.“I am absolutely convinced that Argentina will qualify,” he said.But the fear remains that the burden of a nation’s expectations can crush the best of talents, and leave mighty Argentina without a place at a World Cup finals for the first time since Mexico 1970.And it could also leave the world without the spectacle of arguably its greatest player slaloming through defences in Russia next July, depriving him of one last chance to crown his career with ultimate football glory.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Spurs on alert as PSG make u-turn on teenage star’s future

first_imgParis Saint-Germain ARE now ready to loan out Tottenham target Adrien Rabiot this month – and Sevilla have moved to the head of the queue to sign him.As talkSPORT told you earlier in January, PSG had seemingly shelved plans to send the young midfielder out on loan during the window.However, according to sources in France, the capital club has reconsidered its position and may let the 19-year-old leave, so long as the club that signs him pay all of his wages until the end of the season.Rabiot is considered one of the most promising midfielders in French football but he has found game time hard to come by at super-rich PSG, where he has made just four Ligue 1 appearances this term.And Sevilla are hoping to take him on loan until the end of the season, which may tempt Spurs to reignite their interest in the youngster. Adrien Rabiot 1last_img read more

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Liverpool and Southampton miss out Real Madrid star arrives for Real Sociedad medical

first_img Asier Illarramendi Asier Illarramendi is set to undergo a medical ahead of a return to Real Sociedad despite late interest from Southampton.The Real Madrid midfielder is available this summer and had been linked with Liverpool until former club Sociedad became the clear favourites to sign him.Yet there were suggestions on Tuesday that Southampton were interested in making a move for the Spaniard as Ronald Koeman looks to strengthen his side for their Premier League and Europa League campaigns.But that now looks unlikely with Illarramendi back in Sociedad for a medical, with Marca claiming he told reporters he is ‘happy’ to complete the move.Reports in Spain suggest the fee agreed for the 25-year-old is around £11.7million, which represents a huge loss for La Liga giants Real, who paid Sociedad €32.2million [£23.5] for Illarramendi’s services just over two years ago. 1last_img read more

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Some radical Muslim groups denounce Egyptian bombing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventEgyptian authorities – despite massive sweeps by thousands of troops and hundreds of arrests after each previous Sinai attack – appeared increasingly frustrated by the ease with which terrorists continue to hit the country’s vital tourism industry. It brought in $6.4 billion in 2005 and is the top source of foreign exchange. “This incident is addressed to the whole of Egypt, there is no reason for it other than an attempt to destroy the economy of Egypt by attacking tourism,” said Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif as he visited blast victims. President Hosni Mubarak, who oversees an already-stagnant economy with unemployment rising in lockstep with the population explosion, called the attack a “sinful terrorist action.” The attacks came just one day after al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had urged Muslims to support al-Qaida in what he called its war against Islam’s foes. Egyptian officials have said local people were behind the previous bombings in the Sinai, but outside security experts say Sinai’s extremists seem either al-Qaida linked or at least aligned with its views. DAHAB, Egypt – Egyptian authorities, already struggling with elusive terror cells in the rugged Sinai Peninsula, moved quickly Tuesday – arresting 30 men in the triple bombings that ripped apart a resort town on a tranquil holiday evening. Radical Muslim groups moved just as rapidly to distance themselves from the Dahab attacks, which killed 24 people. The leader of Egypt’s banned Muslim Brotherhood condemned them as “aggression on human souls created by God.” The militant Palestinian Hamas organization called them a “criminal attack which is against all human values.” Many frightened tourists fled Sinai coastal resorts where two previous bomb attacks – like the Dahab blasts – bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida-linked groups that appear to have a free hand to continue operations in the barren, backward and rugged Sinai Peninsula. Security officials, who refused to be identified because they were not authorized to release the information, said the remains of three men recovered from the scene of the blasts were so badly torn apart that they could have been suicide attackers. Arabs throughout the Middle East voiced outrage, signaling a growing backlash as fellow Muslims increasingly bear the brunt of terrorist attacks. Of the 24 dead in Dahab, 21 were Egyptians.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DONEGAL LOTTO WINNERS LIVE IT UP IN SAN FRANCISCO!

first_imgPictured enjoying the sites of San Francisco from left to right are:Dermot Griffin, National Lottery Chief Executive; Pearl & George Bustard from Ballyboe and Marty Whelan, Winning Streak TV Gameshow host.If you’re going to San Francisco………please do the lotto for me!That could have ben the cry for Donegal folk Pearl Bustard, Martina Kelly, William Lucas and Francis O’Gorman who recently travelled with their guests to San Francisco thanks to the National Lottery’s Winning Streak game.A total of 44 lucky Winning Streak TV Gameshow winners from all over Ireland and their 44 guests jetted off to San Francisco for a six day luxury break on Friday 22 August 2014 with €2,500 spending money in their pockets. The excited winners won the prize on the National Lottery’s Winning Streak TV Gameshow during the January – May season. Gameshow host Marty Whelan accompanied the winners on their fun filled trip of a lifetime. For many winners, it was their first visit to the USA.Pictured from left to right are:Dermot Griffin, National Lottery Chief Executive; Liam & Martina Kelly from Killygordon and Marty Whelan, Winning Streak TV Gameshow host.2FM’s Rick O’Shea Show broadcast live from San Francisco on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 August 2014 and trip winners were involved in these broadcasts.“Here at the National Lottery we’re delighted to make dreams come true for 44 winners and their guests by sending them on a trip of a lifetime to San Francisco,” said Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive, National Lottery.Once in San Francisco, the group were transported by coach to the luxurious Fairmont Hotel which in recent times hosted US President Barack Obama. Pictured enjoying the sites of San Francisco from left to right are:Dermot Griffin, National Lottery Chief Executive; William & Mary Lucas from Killygordon; Marty Whelan, Winning Streak TV Gameshow host.On Sunday evening, the winners enjoyed a delicious gala dinner at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco Bay. The restaurant boasts incredible views of the famous Golden Gate Bridge.The group also visited the Rams Gate Winery in Sonoma where they sampled some of the regions finest wines. The winners returned to Dublin on Thursday 28 August 2014.Pictured enjoying the sites of San Francisco from left to right are:Dermot Griffin, National Lottery Chief Executive; Terence O’Gorman and his brother Francis O’Gorman from Bundoran; Marty Whelan, Winning Streak TV Gameshow host.  DONEGAL LOTTO WINNERS LIVE IT UP IN SAN FRANCISCO! was last modified: August 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal winnerssan franciscoWinning Streaklast_img read more

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