Aspiring teacher wins Miss Berbice “I am a Big Deal” pageant

first_img…$1.2M given to contestants for own home projectRameshwarie Devi Jairam of Islington, Greater New Amsterdam was on Sunday declared winner of the Miss Berbice “I am a Big Deal” beauty and empowerment pageant for 2018, for which eight contestants had been vying over a three-week period.The 21-year-old obtained the judges’ nod following a close battle with Cintiana Harry of Kilcoy Village, Corentyne, who copped the 1st runner-up position. Omgila Bindha was declared the 2nd runner-up.Jairam also won the Talent, Intelligence, Best Smile and Miss Congeniality awards; while Harry won the Best Costume, Best Evening Gown and Miss ImpressionThe contestants on stage at the Albion Sports Complexawards.The contest had seen participants competing in a costume segment, which was held on the road in Rose Hall Town; and a swimwear segment, which took place at the poolside of the Skeldon Estate Pool. The scores from those segments were tabulated and added to the scores on pageant night.On Saturday night into Sunday morning, the contestants showcased their talent and evening gowns, as well as their intelligence in the question-and-answer segment.Organiser of the pageant, Tracy Khan, explained that there were four different judges for each segment, and five judges for the final segment.The final question asked of Jairam, who aspires to become a teacher, was to explain the term women’s empowerment to a high school student.“Women’s empowerment is having a woman recognise her capabilities and her strength; and to explain to a high school student about women’s empowerment, I would say it is a way of finding a way and a solution to empower yourself in every way possible, whether it be education or work. It is a mindset on your capabilities and your strength,” Jairam told the judges and the crowd at the Albion SportsNewly crowned Miss Berbice “I am a Big Deal” beauty and empowerment pageant winner 2018, Rameshwarie Devi JairamComplex.The runner-up, Harry, was asked, “Can poverty be eradicated, and how?”She answered, “I believe that poverty can be eradicated by educating our students at school, and also having educational outreaches in our communities.”The contestants had embraced platforms such as suicide, domestic violence, cyber-bullying, and women’s empowerment. Before the various winners were announced, contestants were surprised when they were told that Fabulous Homes Reality was going to give to each of the delegates $150,000 towards a new home project.Organiser Khan said Fabulous Homes Reality had promised to assist the contestants, but she was unaware of the input the company was making towards development of the contestants.The “I’m a Big Deal” pageant was promoted by RD Production. The contest is now in its second year.According to Promoter Royston Drakes, one of the main aspects of the pageant is to “empower young women” in everyday aspects of their lives. The pageant focused on education, empowerment, discipline, talent, and building self-confidence and leadership qualities.The pageant was also aimed at encouraging women to take up roles as leaders in society. Moreover, it geared the contestants to become role models, and equipped them with the necessary tools to build Berbice as a cohesive county. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Sasol in R8.4bn local wax investment

first_imgSouth African petrochemicals giant Sasol is to invest R8.4-billion to double the production of hard wax products by its Sasol Wax division in the country by 2014. The investment will be done in two phases, with the first phase coming into operation by 2012 and increasing Sasol Wax’s production capacity by 40%. The company has already completed the basic engineering and ordered some of the long lead items for this phase. The second phase will come into operation by 2014. “This large investment shows Sasol’s commitment to the wax business and enables us to grow with our customers in this market,” said Sasol Wax MD Johan du Preez. “It is in line with Sasol’s strategy to leverage our advanced proprietary technology and is also aligned with our longer term plans to significantly grow the chemicals business of the Sasol group.” Another important application is as an additive in the forming of PVC objects such as pipes or window frames. Lead based stabilisers in PVC are being phased out and hard wax is a critical component in the additives that are replacing the lead based product. An environmentally friendly application for hard wax is as an additive in bitumen used in road construction. The product is also used in printing ink. 2 December 2009 The investment will also result in increased production of medium waxes, mostly used by the candle industry in Southern Africa, as well as liquid paraffins used in a variety of industrial applications. Hard wax is used in a number of unique applications. An important application is in hot melt adhesives – the glue which is applied at high speed, for instance to seal cereal boxes or milk cartons. This is a rapidly growing application, especially in the developing world. Used in unique applications Sasol Wax is a major producer and marketer of synthetic and petroleum derived waxes, with production facilities in South Africa, North America, and Europe. Total production of all the wax products from the Sasolburg site near Johannesburg will increase by two-thirds. ‘Significant investment’ “This is a significant investment for the Sasolburg site and demonstrates our commitment to our South African Asset base,” Sasol GM Reiner Groh said in a statement this week. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Milena Alessandrina ready to come out of shell in new role as Tigresses’ co-captain

first_imgView comments MANILA, Philippines—Milena Alessandrini’s rise didn’t stop when she won Rookie of the Year in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament with the outside spiker getting named the co-captain of University of Santo Tomas in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Alessandrini was chosen to be the second-in-command to captain Cherry Rondina for the Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament in what she believes was a reward for the hard work she put day in and day out.“Maybe it was because of the performance I did because I’m very shy so I need to become extra vocal with my teammates,” said Alessandrini who’s of Filipino-Italian decent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAlessandrini missed four games in the first round of Season 80 due to a shoulder injury but was still able to average 10.5 points in the 10 games, one of which was when she was used as a libero in her return against University of the East.Despite being a wallflower in practice, Alessandrini said that she’s willing to take on the leadership role that her coaches entrusted to her. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Thank you to the coaches for this responsibility and it’s an honor for me,” said Alessandrini. “I want to help the team do their best.”Apart from Alessandrini’s shyness, there’s also the issue of the language barrier within the team since the new co-captain isn’t well versed in Filipino but Rondina said it’s not a problem to them.“It’s a given that there’s still a language barrier between us and Milena but it won’t matter because when we play our hearts out there won’t be any problems,” said Rondina in Filipino.“She’s a fighter and she’s always willing to be mingle with us whatever the situation and that’s one of the best things about her,” added Rondina.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Calvin Abueva gets last laugh over CJ Perez in ‘battle of the beasts’last_img read more

Harden Scores 41 as Rockets Outlast Warriors 126-121 in OT

first_imgBy KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer.HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden made a 3-pointer to finish off the Golden State Warriors in overtime.Eric Gordon helped the Rockets get to that point with the best playoff performance of his career.Harden scored 41 points, and Houston outlasted the Warriors 126-121 on Saturday night to cut the deficit in the Western Conference semifinals to 2-1.A layup by P.J. Tucker put Houston up by three with about 2 minutes left and the Warriors missed shots on their next two possessions. That set up the 3-pointer by Harden with 49 seconds left that made it 124-118.Kevin Durant made three free throws after that, but Harden added a layup to stretch the lead. Stephen Curry, who dislocated a finger in Game 2, missed a wide-open layup and Harden grabbed the rebound to secure the victory.Gordon added a playoff career-high 30 points with a playoff-best seven 3-pointers.“It’s all about bringing something to the table, offensively, defensively every single night to give yourself a chance to win,” he said.Durant said Gordon was “very important” to Houston’s win.“He kept them afloat for a while,” he said.The Rockets withstood a 46-point performance from Durant and late surge by the Warriors to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole in the best-of-seven series.Game 4 is Monday night in Houston.Harden led the team despite recovering from injuries to both eyes he sustained in Game 2 when he was hit in the face by Draymond Green. He said they didn’t bother him on Saturday, but both eyes remained bloody red in spots.“That’s James. That’s what he does,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said.Curry finished with 17 points on 7-for-23 shooting after missing two layups in overtime. He wouldn’t say if his injury was limiting him on Saturday night.“I’ve just got to make those,” he said. “If I’m out there playing, I’ve got to produce and it just didn’t happen tonight.”Green added 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.Houston was clinging to a one-point lead when Iguodala’s 3-pointer put Golden State up 112-110 with 45 seconds remaining in the fourth. Harden made two free throws a few seconds after that to tie it and Durant missed a jump shot on the other end to give Houston a chance to win it in regulation.Chris Paul was in the lane when Klay Thompson forced a jump ball. Harden got the ball but didn’t have time to get a shot off before the buzzer.The Warriors used a 15-2 run at the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth to take a 94-93 lead with about 10 minutes remaining. Durant was unstoppable in that stretch, scoring all 10 of Golden State’s points to start the fourth.Tucker, Houston’s defensive stopper who had been on the bench with four fouls, re-entered the game to try and help slow Durant down. Tucker was really unhappy while he sat on the bench and watched Durant singlehandedly give Golden State the lead.Asked if he said something to D’Antoni about it to get back in the game he said: “Oh, I said something to all of them.”Durant cooled off after that, but Iguodala and Thompson both made 3-pointers soon after that and the Warriors remained up by a point with about 8 minutes left in the fourth.The Rockets were up by nine at halftime, and Harden and Paul made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in the third to push the lead to 72-61.A 3-pointer by Curry cut Houston’s lead to seven later in the period before Houston used an 8-2 spurt to extend it to 83-70 with about 3 minutes left in the quarter.Houston had a 12-point lead after a dunk by Clint Capela with less than a minute left in the third. Golden State scored the last five points of the quarter, with a 3 from Green, to get within 91-84 entering the fourth.Houston got out to a much better start on Saturday night after being outscored 57-39 in the opening quarter of the first two games and the Rockets only trailed by one entering the second.They used a 33-point second quarter, powered by 13 points from Gordon, to take a 58-49 lead into halftime.TIP-INSWarriors: Durant passed Dwyane Wade for 10th place on the NBA’s career playoff scoring list. … Iguodala scored 16 points. … Golden State made 14 of 33 3-pointers.Rockets: Gordon has made at least three 3-pointers in all eight playoff games this year. … Capela had with 13 points and 11 rebounds. … Paul had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. … Tucker led the team with 12 rebounds and had three assists, two blocks and seven points.TUCKER’S VALUED’Antoni and Kerr as well as players from both teams raved about the job Tucker did.“We say it all the time, Tuck doesn’t do any of the glamorous stuff,” Paul said. “All the stuff he does doesn’t show up on the stat sheet … but it’s always nice for other people to see it and appreciate it.”Kerr said Tucker’s offensive rebounding down the stretch was a key.“The plays P.J. Tucker made in overtime and the fourth quarter, those were big plays,” Kerr said. “Those are indicators of who played harder.”Said D’Antoni: “Tuck would not let us lose.”HARDEN’S EYESWhen Harden was asked if his eyes bothered him considering how they looked on Saturday night he answered with a straight face.“What do you mean, how they look?” he asked.Paul jumped in quickly with the answer.“They look crazy,” he said laughing before Harden snickered, too.UP NEXTAfter Monday’s game the series shifts to California where Game 5 is on Wednesday night. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

UNDER THE NTL SPOTLIGHT 2…

first_imgRelated Filesgary_sonda_ntl_profile_2007-pdf The 2007 National Touch League is Australia’s most prestigious touch football tournament. In the lead-up to the NTL, Touch Football Australia will be profiling some of the biggest names in the game who will be in action at the showcase event.Today’s featured player under the NTL spotlight is Sydney Mets stalwart Gary Sonda. “GS7” has represented Mets in every National Touch League tournament since its inception in 1997.The dual World Cup champion has been a fixture in the Australian Open Men’s team since 2000 and is one of the most competitive players to have ever laced on a boot.Renowned for his intelligent ball playing ability, never say die attitude, leadership skills, and the occasional well-worded sledge, the Mets maestro is passion personified.A player who hates losing a game of marbles, his commitment to the cause and willingness to pay whatever price is necessary to secure victory for his team is legendary. Loved by teammates, and loathed by the opposition on the field, Sonda makes no apologies for his “playing for keeps” attitude in the heat of the battle.By his own admission, he plays hard on the field, but that is where the competitiveness and aggression stays. In the great tradition of Aussie sporting champions, the crafty middle plays hard but fair, and is always gracious and generous in his praise of opposition teams and players who might get the better of him occasionally.He is always one of the first players to outstretch the hand of friendship and have a drink with an opponent once when battle is done.The long serving champion was all set to take a break from the NTL in 2007, post World Cup, but answered an SOS call from his life-long NTL franchise when several other big names decided to rest from the tournament.The New South Wales Men’s Open Captain is one of the best students of the game and his passion for and knowledge of the sport is amazing.He has endured a hectic playing schedule around NTL for the last three years, playing both the Open Men’s, and then the NTL Senior tournament without missing a beat.He has annexed two NTL Open Men’s titles for Mets in 2002 and 2004, and a hat trick of Men’s 30’s titles from 2004-2006.He has had to build on a room to house the trophies that keep coming his way for his dominant work on the field for his beloved Mets at NTL level.“GS7” took home the Men’s Open Player of the Series in 2002, and has won a hat trick of Men’s 30s Player of the final awards in the Mets three-peat from 2004 – 2006.There have been some absolutely outstanding pieces of individual magic on field One at the Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium on Finals day in a decade of NTL action, but few present will forget one moment from the 2006 NTL Men’s Open final that will be etched in NTL history forever.Despite his Mets team being on the end of a Drumayne Dayberg Muir and Nathan Jones inspired “Shark attack” in the final, Gary Sonda produced one of those moments that just make you stand and cheer, regardless of where your allegiances are.Under the pump to get a quick pass away, Sonda threw an instinctive no look flick through his legs to give his winger a saloon passage to the line to score a crucial touchdown.His side may have gone down to the rampaging South Queensland Sharks, but few present will ever forget Sonda’s inspired piece of wizardry.Click on the attachment and find out a little more about one of the most durable, hardworking, and talented players to have played the game as we put Gary Sonda under the NTL spotlight.last_img read more

23 days agoMan City boss Guardiola: Dinamo Zagreb made it difficult

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Dinamo Zagreb made it difficultby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised Champions League opponents Dinamo Zagreb after last night’s win.City encountered a stubborn Dinamo defence at the Etihad Stadium, who were eventually unlocked by what has become a trademark Guardiola move.Having worked the ball wide, Riyad Mahrez played it across the face of goal and Raheem Sterling, as he so often is, was there to bundle it home.For the Catalan, it is the perfect way to score and he admitted the visitor’s resolute defending made the goal even sweeter.“We don’t have big headers for crosses,” added the boss.“We play that way for the quality of the players we have in small spaces.“We believe when you attack inside and put a ball wide and people arrive for the cross, that’s the best way to score a goal.“It was really nice, but they defended so well. Even for the goal the defender was there. They were so good.“I didn’t expect them to play so deep, because they didn’t have a shot on target, apart from one or two set pieces.“But what they did in that part of the pitch was so good. They won duels and anticipated all the time.“They deserve a lot of credit. That’s why it was an incredible battle.” last_img read more

Pamela Anderson In Tears Over Plight Of Elephant In India

first_imgMoments after learning about the plight of a young elephant who has been beaten so badly that he sustained an eye injury, Pamela Anderson fired off a letter to Vinay Kore, a member of the legislative assembly of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the leader of the Jan Surajya Shakti Party, from her home in Malibu, California.The blond bombshell with the big heart, who visited India in November 2010, wants the little elephant, named Sunder, to be removed from Jyotiba Temple in the Maharashtra district of Kolhapur and sent to a sanctuary in order to spare him further suffering. Last week, former Beatle Paul McCartney interrupted his Olympics rehearsals to send an urgent appeal to Forest Minister Dr Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam to help free Sunder from his chains.“I am in tears over the plight of the little elephant, Sunder, who you so kindly gave to Jyotiba Temple with the best of intentions. … He is the age of one of my sons, and as sensitive as anyone’s child”, writes Anderson. “Sunder must be rescued without delay. May everyone, including me, count on you, please, to save this youngster?”Anderson’s plea follows PETA India’s discovery that Sunder was being abused by his handler, who has been on the run from police since the group became involved. Sunder, who sustained injuries after the handler jabbed him in the right eye with an ankus (a sharp, hooked metal poker-like weapon), is also confined to chains with sharp spikes and is kept alone inside a dark shed. Lesions all over his body indicate past beatings by the handler.A scandal is growing over the way some elephants used in Indian temples to represent the Hindu god Ganesha are being housed and mistreated. Frequently controlled through beatings and prodded and gouged in sensitive areas behind their knees and ears with an ankus, they languish without veterinary care for even serious conditions, sustain leg injuries and are fed unsuitable food. Many elephants at Indian temples also show signs of severe psychological distress, such as swaying, head-bobbing and weaving – behaviour not found in healthy elephants in nature. Elephants also suffer from a lack of exercise and years spent standing in one position on hard concrete surfaces amid their own waste, which can lead to painful and crippling foot ailments and arthritis.Find out more here.last_img read more

Big Papi Needs More Time To Think

At the beginning of this season, Major League Baseball instituted a new set of rules to make the games go faster. The idea was to limit how often batters can step out of the box during at-bats, thereby shortening the delay between pitches. The Red Sox’s David Ortiz was not happy about these rules and suggested that the changes could harm his performance. As indicated by his temporary benching two months into the 2015 season, Ortiz may have been right.Thus far, the much-discussed batter’s box rule changes have had at most only a minor effect on the overall time of games. For individual batters, however, the impact of the rule has been anywhere from negligible to remarkable. Some hitters already had quick routines and didn’t need to make any alterations. Others liked to step off the plate after every pitch, a habit that the new rules outlaw.The older veterans have been the most affected by the rule change. I’ve shown before that older batters are the players most likely to dawdle, the 39-year-old Ortiz included. From last year to this year, Ortiz has decreased his time between pitches by almost two full seconds, according to Fangraphs.1The Baseball Prospectus numbers are different from Fangraphs’, perhaps because they exclude foul balls and delays longer than 60 seconds. However, both sets agree that Ortiz has sped up. Given Ortiz’s rather vocal opposition to the idea of cutting any time from his routine, it seems reasonable to believe that this was a change the new rules forced upon Big Papi.Whatever his struggles with the clock, Ortiz has endured a disappointing season so far at the plate. Big Papi is currently earning a .289 weighted On-Base Average (wOBA), 20 percent worse than an average hitter in this overall measure of offensive production. This mark is far off his projected performance (.365 wOBA, according to the Steamer projection system) and the worst he’s put up since 1999, when he played in only 10 games.Ortiz isn’t the only veteran slugger suddenly looking helpless with the bat. Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has gone from tearing the cover off the ball (a .411 wOBA last year) to rarely getting it out of the infield this year (.246 wOBA). Aramis Ramirez has fallen apart in a similar fashion, dropping from .334 to .274. Some of these hitters’ underperformance can be blamed on injuries, small sample size and bad luck, but some of it likely comes down to decreased skill. Hitters over 35 who have racked up at least 100 plate appearances (PAs) have been an underwhelming lot this year, collectively falling .016 shy of their projections by wOBA (on average). To put that in perspective, that’s roughly the difference between the offensive performances of Mike Trout and Brandon Belt this year.Older hitters are always risky and come with the chance of sudden collapse, but last year hitters over 35 with at least 3002This is the same 100-PA cutoff as above, but roughly prorated out to the length of a full season. PAs hit only 3 points worse than their projected outcomes.It’s tougher to figure out whether it’s the rule changes that are causing older hitters to do poorly, though. For all hitters, no correlation is obvious between being forced to speed up and doing worse than expected.3The correlation coefficient is a measly -.025, nowhere close to statistically significant. The lack of a relationship implies that pace may not be the driving factor.When you look at it with regard to specific hitters, however, pace begins to seem much more important.4Here I am using data supplied to me by Pitch Info. Every pitch that’s thrown in the majors has a run value attached to it. If a 1-1 pitch is a strike, it increases the probability of a strikeout happening, and an average 1-2 count is going to lead to .0748 fewer runs than the 1-1 count. If we take those expected run values of each pitch, we can see whether a long delay before the pitch changes the number of runs that come from it.For all hitters in 2014, pitches that were preceded by more than a 30-second delay were worth about .0028 runs per pitch.5This data set does not include the first pitch of each at-bat. Pitches that followed less than a 30-second delay were worse (at -.0052 runs per pitch), but only by a small margin. So there was a very slight advantage to the batter to stepping out of the box or otherwise postponing the pitch.Ortiz, on the other hand, gains an inordinate amount of value from delaying the pitch.For Ortiz in 2014, pitches thrown after 30 seconds gained .0289 runs, whereas pitches under 30 seconds were worth only .0014 runs. The difference a few seconds makes to Ortiz is about three times the value for the average batter. This isn’t a fluke just for 2014: Four of the past five years have seen Ortiz reap great benefits from delaying the time between pitches by 30 seconds or more.Ramirez’s numbers tell a similar story. Since 2011, Ramirez has been building his value from delays that last more than 30 seconds. In 2014, Ramirez added .0556 runs per pitch when time between pitches was long, but he lost .0013 runs per pitch when it was short.We can also contrast Ortiz and Ramirez with younger sluggers. The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton, for example, is every bit as powerful and patient as Ortiz (if not more so). But Stanton delivers his hits about equally whether the time between pitches is long or short (.0183 for long and .0224 for short). If anything, Stanton does slightly better when there’s less time.We can’t say for sure that the delay between pitches causes Ortiz or Ramirez to do better. But consider that these players are on the older side and are potentially losing the physical skills that made them threats in their younger years. In the absence of the muscles needed to adjust to pitches in the air, these more seasoned sluggers might make up for it with experience. By taking their time to anticipate what pitch is coming next, Ortiz and others like him may be able to guess where a pitch will go before it leaves the pitcher’s hand. In this way, experience can compensate for deteriorating bat speed.That process of educated guessing takes time, Ortiz says. If Big Papi feels hurried or distracted by the umpire (even if he isn’t actually taking any less time between pitches), it could contribute to a reduced ability to predict the next pitch. In turn, that could change hard-hit fly balls to weakly struck grounders, as Ortiz estimates the wrong location of an oncoming pitch.It’s hard to ever count Ortiz out. Many commentators incorrectly predicted his demise in 2009, but Ortiz came roaring back to post a couple of his best seasons in the last five years. Still, Ortiz is facing a new and difficult task: adjusting to his declining physical skills, potentially without having the time to use his most valuable mental skill (experience). Thanks to the new emphasis on pace of play, it’s a dilemma common to many of the elder statesmen of baseball. read more

Lopetegui Real Madrid expect a stronger Roma

first_imgReal Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui expects AS Roma to be stronger than they were last season heading into Wednesday’s Champions League clashLos Blancos will begin the defence of their European crown by hosting a Roma side that knocked out fellow Spanish sides Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in last season’s competition.However, the Giallorossi have only won a single Serie A game this term and currently lie in ninth-place in the league table after four games.But Lopetegui is taking nothing for granted ahead of his Champions League debut.“Debuting in the Champions League gives me pride, responsibility and a lot of enthusiasm,” Lopetegui said at a Press conference.“I won’t explain what Real Madrid are for the Champions League and the Champions League is for Madrid.“Roma knocked Atletico out of the Champions League last season and then eliminated Barca.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“I expect a better Roma than last season. We expect to face an intense and aggressive team.”Real Madrid are aiming to win the Champions League for a fourth successive season.Although they will have to make do without star man Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane.“We’re focused on the players who are still here and we’re all ready to compete on all fronts,” said Lopetegui.“More pressure after three Champions Leagues? Firstly you must take your hat off to Madrid, their squad and Zidane. There is absolute recognition on my part.“Pressure on me? You have to face each competition with ambition and enthusiasm. Pressure always exists at Madrid.”last_img read more

Jose Gimenez hopeful of Diego Godin stay

first_imgAtletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez has revealed he wants teammate Diego Godin to remain at the club despite speculation over his future.Gimenez is keen to continue playing alongside Godin with Los Rojiblancos for a long time as the veteran defender continues to be linked with A move to Italy.Godin’s contract expires at the end of the current season and the former Villarreal defender has been tipped to join Serie A outfit Inter Milan in July.The 32-year-old, who reportedly rejected a move to Manchester United at the start of the season, has called the Wanda Metropolitano home since arriving from Villarreal in 2010.Gimenez, who’s also a teammate of Godin at international level with Uruguay, is keen to continue learning from the experienced defender.Five players who might struggle at Inter Milan next season Taimoor Khan – August 5, 2019 Inter Milan are going to be a different prospect next season with Antonio Conte in charge and some players are going to find it…There is a lot of talk of team-mates and I want everyone to do well in their careers,” Gimenez said, according to FourFourTwo.“But I want them with me because they are great players and we need them.”“I hope everyone stays, I love them all personally. The club also loves them and will do their best for everyone. I hope Diego is my partner for a long time.”last_img read more