WCup expectations a ‘sufferance’ for Messi

first_img0Shares0000Game over: Argentina’s Lionel Messi walking off the pitch after their 4-3 defeat to France at the World Cup. © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMADRID, Spain, Oct 9 – Former Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said the ‘Albiceleste’ were saddled with excessive expectations at the World Cup, stifling the performances of his players, including Lionel Messi.Argentina were tipped as possible winners of the tournament in Russia but were eliminated at the knockout phase following a tense 4-3 defeat to eventual champions France. Even before they squeezed into the second round, Argentina flattered to deceive, drawing 1-1 with Iceland, losing 3-0 to Croatia and squeezing past a plucky Nigeria 2-1 in the group stages.Sampaoli said expectations that Argentina would win the tournament emanating from the country’s football federation stifled the creativity and success of Messi and his fellow players.“The best player in the world (Messi) was devoted” to the Argentina cause, Sampaoli said in comments to Spanish sports daily Marca.“At his club (Barcelona) he has great stability. But when he comes to the national team a collective hysteria takes over and it’s like we’re expected to win.“This is not possible. If we don’t win, it’s him (Messi) who cops all the criticism. So you can’t play, and you can’t enjoy it.”He added: “The weight of expectation on this team was too heavy. We all felt pushed by the obligation to win, which meant it was difficult for us to express our talents.“It was difficult to work in those conditions because there was only one available option: to be world champions.“Putting that kind of obligation ahead of the match itself made everything much more complicated.”Although Sampaoli pledged to hang on to his job following their elimination, he soon resigned from his post.The Argentinian federation have appointed Lionel Scaloni, their former under-20 coach, as Argentina coach.Sampaoli, 58, offered him some advice: “We need to find a balance so that this obligation to win doesn’t generate even more anxiety.“Every match (at the World Cup) was a sufferance.”Messi’s future with the national side has been in doubt since Argentina’s elimination.According to reports, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner asked not to be considered for selection for a series of friendlies in September and October.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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FIFTY DONEGAL ENTREPRENEURS SET TO TAKE PART IN UNIQUE CREATIVE EXHIBITION

first_imgFEATURES: As part of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival, over 50 of Donegal’s creative entrepreneurs will gather together for a unique exhibition to showcase the work of some of the county’s best talent. In partnership with Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office, the exhibition will officially launch this Thursday, 14th July from 7-9pm in Town Centre Building on the Justice Walsh Road and all are welcome. The exhibition will run from Friday, 15th – Sunday, 17th July from 12 noon to 7pm and will include live demonstrations and exhibitions where members of the public will have the opportunity to view and purchase premium quality local arts and crafts.The exhibition includes makers from a range of disciplines including music, fine art, sculpture, film-making, graphic design, illustration, fashion design, ceramics and wood-turning. For more information visit: http://www.localenterprise.ie/Donegal or www.eaf.ie.FIFTY DONEGAL ENTREPRENEURS SET TO TAKE PART IN UNIQUE CREATIVE EXHIBITION was last modified: July 14th, 2016 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:ArtsCreativeEAFexhibitionFeaturesnewsRCClast_img read more

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Scotland’s Kieran Tierney will have gum shield made for crucial England game

first_img Kieran Tierney sits after sustaining a facial injury in the Scottish Cup final Gordon Strachan confirmed that Kieran Tierney is having a gum shield made for Scotland’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against England at Hampden Park on Saturday.The Celtic left-back, who turned 20 on Monday, was substituted in the first-half of the Hoops’ 2-1 William Scottish Cup final win over Aberdeen on May 27 after being on the end of a flailing arm, albeit he returned from the hospital in time for the trophy presentation.Speaking at the Scots’ Mar Hall training ground, Scotland boss Strachan said: “He is fine but he told me last week he would be fine.“It is just a matter of getting a gum shield made.“There is no pain there really, it is just making sure he doesn’t get a knock in that area. But he is ready to go.“He joined in some of the training this morning, wanted to do a bit more but we thought ‘better not’, just in case we have an accident, but he is in a right good place at the moment.”Two players missed out on training, striker Leigh Griffiths, who was not feeling well and midfielder Darren Fletcher who played in Michael Carrick’s testimonial on Sunday, although Strachan has no concerns over either.The Scotland squad is at various stages of fitness after a disjointed end to the season but Strachan stressed the attitude was inspiring.He said: “It was absolutely, completely different to what you think.“At times with a coach you are meant to inspire players but the players inspired the whole coaching staff this morning.“As you know there is a group who have not trained for a long time and not played for a long time.“We put on an extra-hard session for them at the end of training and when it started everybody in the squad joined in.“The reason being is that the players thought, ‘if they are doing we are all doing it’.“So they came ambling across and started doing the same as the rest of the guys – much to the concern of the fitness coach may I add, who was having kittens at the time – but it just shows you that it is players who drive a group on, which was absolutely phenomenal. An inspiration.” 1last_img read more

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ANNE’S TEACHER: GALLAGHER HAD TRIED TO KILL TEENAGER BEFORE

first_imgA FORM teacher for Anne Gillespie spoke out today about double killer John Gallagher, detailing the terrifying final days of the teenager before her death.Speaking to Joe Duffy on RTE Radio One’s Liveline, Greta Harrison revealed how Gallagher had tried to kill Anne, 18, at least three times before he shot her and her mother Annie at Sligo General Hospital in 1988.The teacher revealed how Anne had approached her just a few days before the brutal killings and told her how Gallagher: * Tried to drive his car into a lorry with Anne sitting beside him in the passenger seat* Strangled her until she was unconscious* Raped her and was dragging her away to kill her when a neighbour came to her rescue.“She thought he was very possessive and she wanted to finish it but he wasn’t having any of it,” recalled the teacher. “She said she was really afraid of him. She told me that they had been at a wedding with him a few days earlier.“John glared at her when she went out to dance with a neighbour. He grabbed her and said they were leaving.“He then produced a knife, cut himself and then smeared his blood over himself and said that’s what she would like if she ever looked at another man again.”She went on: “She (Anne) told me he strangled her; she thought she had died because she had passed out. He said he was going to kill her and he would get away with it.“I feel I have to speak up for Annie and Anne. Anne told me ‘If you don’t do something soon you will be singing at my funeral’. She said on one night Anne had gone into her own house in Ballybofey one evening and Gallagher was waiting for her. He attacked her.“At the end of the attack – I know she alleged rape afterwards – he was dragging her away from the house when a neighbour came out and warned him off,” the teacher told Joe Duffy.“The guards came and they were in Anne’s house that night and she told them what had happened.”The teacher said Gallagher threatened to kill himself that night on the bridge at Lifford. He later signed himself into St Conal’s Hospital in Letterkenny before signing himself out a day later.“He followed them to Sligo and did what he did,” said the teacher.She was never called as a witness at the trial and none of the previous threats were ever brought up at the case where Gallagher was found insane.“I was furious,” she said when asked by Joe Duffy what she thought when she heard Gallagher had pleaded insanity.Gallagher’s sister-in-law Sharon told the programme that he had told her that he had “done this before and he will do it again.”She claimed his Gallagher was trying to get back into Donegal so he can get his hands on the family home.Gallagher is back in the Dundrum Mental Hospital today after returning there this week – 12 years after absconding.He is planning a legal bid to be declared sane – and released again.ANNE’S TEACHER: GALLAGHER HAD TRIED TO KILL TEENAGER BEFORE was last modified: May 23rd, 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:ANNIE’S TEACHER: GALLAGHER HAD TRIED TO KILL TEENAGER BEFORElast_img read more

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TRIBUTES FLOW IN AFTER DEATH OF ONE OF DONEGAL’S BEST-KNOWN BUSINESSMEN

first_imgTributes have been flowing in for one of Donegal’s best-known businessmen, Jim White, who passed away last night.The late Jim White.The well-known hotelier, who was 75, owned a string of hotels including the Abbey and the Central in Donegal Town.Mr White was also a Fine Gael TD having been first elected to the Dail in 1973. He was born in the Rock, Ballyshannon where his family had a grocery shop.His father died when he was just thirteen years old and his mother also passed away just a couple of years later.Jim said his family’s lifestyle changed dramatically from being comfortable to fighting for every penny.He went away to England to work in supermarkets there but returned where e set up his own grocery shop. He decided to stand for election for Fine Gael after his local Fianna Fail rival yet close friend Sean McEniff had set up a supermarket next door to him in Ballyshannon.Jim served a total of nine years as a TD but went back to his business roots in 1991.Things went from strength to strength for Jim and he expanded his hotel business.Many attribute the development of Donegal Town and other areas to Mr White and his drive to make the area a success.Fine Gael County Councillor Barry O’Neill said Mr. White was “one of his great friends, inspirational to all those he represented, a great employer and generous to many organisations”.  Cllr. O’Neill said that “It was with great sadness to hear that Jim had passed away last night. I would like to expressmy sympathies to the White family at this sad time, I had been to visit Jim in hospital on Thursday evening last and knew that it would most likely be the last time to see Jim. “I had the pleasure to work closely with Jim back in 2002 managing his General Election Campaign and later worked as a Marketing Executive at the White Hotel Group Head Office in Ballyshannon”.  “Jim’s political achievements in the 1970’s and early ’80’s were very significant for both himself and for Fine Gael. He was first elected in 1973 in the Donegal – Leitrim Constituency, but his greatest day that he always recalled with pride was topping the poll in the all-county Donegal Constituency in 1977, coming home with almost 11,000 first preference votes.“Jim was elected for a third time to Dail Eireann in 1981 in the Donegal South West Constituency before resigning his seat, Jim concentrated on business from thereon but always stayed involved in politics and in 1992 and 2002 ran in General Election campaigns” added Cllr. O’Neill.  Cllr. O’Neill said that “Jim was the person who inspired me most to run for politics, following that General Election bid in 2002, I knew almost straight away myself that I would be contesting the next County Council Elections.“I had been given a great insight to the campaigning with Jim and he has always given me great support. Jim was a great motivator, inspirational and what I liked most about Jim at work in the office was his decisiveness and his ability to negotiate. In terms of Hotel Tourism particularly in Coach Tours, Jim’s vision and foresight in establishing an international marketing division in several countries across Europe for the White Hotel Group, proved that he was ahead of many so-called major hotel companies. He was the best in the business and I remember fondly working alongside Jim in Glasgow some years ago with a Coach Tour Company and it was unreal watching and learning how he negotiated for business almost two years ahead of those tours arriving in Ireland”.  Cllr. O’Neill added that “Jim White was a great friend, inspirational to all those he represented, a great employer and generous to many organisations and charities across the North West. His legacy in political life is still there to see, his legacy in business is very evident and without doubt he is one of the people responsible for putting County Donegal on the tourism map. Jim will be sadly missed by his family, friends, staff and indeed by his valued customers, his welcoming presence in the Hotels or indeed at his Head Office in Ballyshannon will be sorely missed, but his contribution to this county will not be forgotten”. TRIBUTES FLOW IN AFTER DEATH OF ONE OF DONEGAL’S BEST-KNOWN BUSINESSMEN was last modified: September 3rd, 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:BallyshannondeathdonegalhotelierJim Whitelast_img read more

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Teen held in slaying of attorney’s wife

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) – A teenage neighbor was arrested in the slaying of a prominent defense attorney’s wife, and a newspaper reported Thursday that he clubbed her to death while looking for marijuana-growing equipment he had ordered. Authorities would not identify the 16-year-old youth and said they were still working to determine a motive for the beating death Saturday of Pamela Vitale, the wife of lawyer and TV legal pundit Daniel Horowitz. “Although we have a suspect, the investigation is still going on,” said sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee. “Much more work still needs to be done.” Vitale, 52, was slain over the weekend at the hilltop estate where the couple were building their dream home in the wealthy San Francisco suburb of Lafayette. The teenager lived down the hill on a remote canyon road. He was arrested Wednesday night. The San Francisco Chronicle, citing an unidentified law enforcement source, reported that investigators believe the killing was related to a scheme that involved using stolen credit card numbers to fund a marijuana-growing operation. The source said the boy had ordered equipment for the pot operation and mistakenly thought the supplies were delivered to Horowitz and Vitale’s home, the newspaper reported on its Web site. He went there Saturday looking for the equipment and got in a fight with Vitale, striking her dozens of times in the head with a piece of molding that was left behind at the scene, according to the source. The boy apparently had scratches on his arms and legs from the fight, the newspaper reported. He was described as a quiet student at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, where he stood out because of his attire. “He was really gothic, always wore a long, dark jacket,” said Kevin Etheridge, 16. “He’d hang out with a few kids, but he was pretty quiet, pretty much to himself.” Another student remembered him drawing a pentagram on the ground with chalk in junior high school and dancing around it with other students. “He told people the book that he was carrying and reading from was the book of Satan,” Keith Kingon said. A man at the house where the suspect lived declined to comment Thursday as goats and chickens wandered around the property. A potbelly stove, a bathtub and dozens of baseballs littered the yard. If the boy is convicted of murder as an adult, he would face up to life in prison. If convicted as a juvenile, he would be freed on his 25th birthday. He is too young to face the death penalty. Horowitz said he discovered his wife’s body when he returned home after working on the case of Susan Polk, a woman accused of stabbing to death her therapist husband. “She fought back very hard. That was very obvious from the scene,” he said Wednesday, adding that his wife had a head wound. Vitale, 52, worked part-time for her husband’s law firm and had been in the front row of the courtroom during opening statements. Horowitz rose to national prominence as a cable news commentator during the Scott Peterson murder trial. He was in seclusion Thursday as Vitale’s memorial service was held in a private graveyard ceremony.last_img read more

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Donegal returnees could be owed major tax refunds from Australian Govt

first_imgDonegal people who have returned from Australia since 2008 could be owed a tax refund of up to $2600 (€1,645).Tax experts ‘Taxback.com’ say Irish people are owed hundreds of thousands in Australian tax refunds.Significant changes were introduced by the Australian government in 2017, meaning visa holders were hit with higher rates of tax on earnings. However, the tax specialists are advising anyone who lived and worked in Australia in the last 10 years to check their tax filing obligations and entitlements.The company launched a ‘Bullshit-Free Guide to Australian Working Holiday Taxes’ which explains how you can go about getting your refund.Eileen Devereux, Commercial Director at Taxback.com told independent.ie: “Australia’s tax year ends on June 30, at which point anyone who has worked in Australia the previous year needs to file a return.“In light of this, we thought that this would be an opportune time to remind people not only of their filing obligations, but of their potential refund entitlements.” There are 4 primary cases in which people could find themselves getting a cheque from Australian revenue:The recent tax changes were not retrospectively introduced, meaning anyone who worked in Australia in the 9 years prior to the changes (2008-2016), and has since returned home could still be eligible for tax rebates based on the old regime and the historic rates of tax.Those who worked in Oz anytime between 2008 – 2016 could also be eligible for a superannuation refund – approximately 62pc of the total fund accumulated.Anyone who worked after January 2017 could still be eligible for a refund for a myriad of reasons such as overpayment of tax, refund of emergency tax, not including relevant deductions etc.Post January 2017 workers could also be eligible for a superannuation refund – albeit at a lower rate – approximately 35pc of the total fund accumulated.” Ms Devereux warned that failure to file a return could impact visa eligibility should they wish to go back in the future.Donegal returnees could be owed major tax refunds from Australian Govt was last modified: June 29th, 2018 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:Australiadonegaleuroowedlast_img read more

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US fund’s R1.3bn housing boost

first_img9 May 2008USA-based International Housing Solutions (IHS) has raised some US$175-million (about R1.3-billion) in capital from institutional investors for its newly launched South Africa Workforce Housing Fund.In a statement this week, Municipal Mortgage & Equity – commonly known in America as MuniMae – said that its affiliate, the IHS, would use the fund to invest in rental and for-sale housing for low and moderate-income families in the country.IHS provides innovative financial solutions, including debt and equity, to owners and developers of affordable housing projects, opening its Africa head office in Rosebank, Johannesburg, in 2007.MuniMae is widely recognized as a leader in US affordable housing finance, with over $12-billion of affordable housing investments under management for institutional investors.The company also expects several additional investors to commit further capital to the SA Fund, increasing its size to $240-million (about R1.8-billion), enough to fund the construction of an estimated 30 000 homes, and help meet the large and growing demand for housing in South Africa.“We began IHS in order to bring our expertise in financing affordable housing projects to countries around the world,” said MuniMae CEO Michael Falcone. “We now have top-notch teams of investment professionals in South Africa and the UK bringing MuniMae expertise to housing in those markets.”Spurring developmentSouth African property developers had found it difficult to raise capital for large-scale affordable housing developments, IHS SA country director Elize Stroebel told Property24 this week, adding that IHS helped developers finance affordable housing projects in the form of equity.“The equity allows developers to obtain larger loans from the banks at a reduced borrowing cost, which in turn allows them to build bigger developments without having to phase them in or conduct large pre-sales,” she told the website.“As the developers achieve more scale in their projects, they are able to pass the lower costs on to middle income families, in the form of lower rentals and selling prices which in the current South African economic climate is a huge benefit to these families.”The $175-million of capital commitments includes $95-million from a North American pension fund and a US foundation endowment, as well as up to $80-million committed in participating debt from the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a US government-sponsored agency that supports American investments in emerging markets.The company believes the fund will help leverage returns for fund investors while spurring economic and housing development in South Africa.“Our international activities have become increasingly important, as the credit market disruption has impacted fund raising ability for US projects,” said Falcone. “We believe our success in raising this fund demonstrates the confidence these capital partners have in MuniMae.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Marketing Inspiration: The Viral Video Sensation, Poo Pourri

first_imgBask in the sweet smell of viral marketing success with the story of Poo Pourri.A bathroom stall door opens to reveal an adorable redhead in pearls and a tight teal-blue dress perched delicately on a toilet. She greets you with, “You will not believe the motherload I just dropped.”Such is the beginning of Poo Pourri’s viral video smash hit, Girls Don’t Poop. The video, launched in 2013, has racked up over 36 million views and climbing. But what made it work?Here are three things that Poo Pourri got right and every viral video should try and emulate.Be DifferentFrom iconic visuals which contrast the upper-class socialite in a dirty pasture surrounded by cows, to sharp copy that never misses a chance for a solid pun, the video as a whole reeked of something new and different. In an internet culture that produces content by the dump load, it takes something fresh to make it stand out.Be FunnyWith a few notable exceptions, the majority of the videos that go viral are of the comedic variety. From Dollar Shave Club to Old Spice, the key to an audience’s heart is through the funny bone. Be irreverent, be ironic or slapstick — you’ll need to rack up the laughs early and often to keep your viewer’s attention.Be ShareableThe number one symptom of virality is the desire to share it with your friends, family and colleagues. Poo Pourri was (and still is) a small start-up with a micro-marketing budget compared to its major counterparts. The video’s success was driven almost exclusively by people passing it around on their own accord. Give people a reason to watch it again through someone else’s eyes.What’s your favorite viral marketing sensation? Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

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Don’t Let Them Change You

first_imgThere are many good reasons to turn down business that you could win. But the most important reason to turn down business is when taking it would mean unintentionally changing your business strategy.Some sales organizations end up changing their strategy to lowest price without meaning to. They start selling to prospective clients who sell lowest price to their own clients and customers, and just like that, these unsuspecting sales organizations are part of the lowest price value chain. They rationalize the decision to take the low price (and low margin) by extolling the great virtues of volume and revenue, underestimating the impact it has on their business, the additional time it takes to serve their large, low margin client over their smaller, higher margin clients, the challenges of executing without the necessary profit to do so. I once heard someone jokingly refer to this strategy by saying, “We’re losing money on every transaction but we’re going to make it up on volume.” The additional volume isn’t a benefit when it crowds out new, high margin clients.You are better off selling to your dream clients, the clients for whom you create breath taking, jaw dropping, earth shattering value. By creating the value you are meant to create for clients who benefit from it, you will be allowed to capture an appropriate portion of that value. If lowest price isn’t your strategy, winning clients on price will change you . . . for the worse.Agreeing to provide the lowest price isn’t selling. It’s the opposite of selling.last_img read more

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