Baba, the world champion behind the untouched costumes of Fuenla

first_imgHe wanted the chance that, when making his motto, Fuenlabrada stole the slogan of life from his props. Baba Sule is ‘Pride and Humility’. Few members of the Azulona family better summarize the essence of a phrase that, in the case of this Ghanaian, is a philosophy of survival. Baba has made news in recent months for being responsible for the shameless costumes with which Madrid leave each visiting stadium. Several of these rivals have celebrated the education of Fuenla in social networks by complimenting this exercise of education and responsibility without name and surname. But he has them: Baba SuleBoth live tattooed with a perennial smile, unable to be erased despite the fact that life itself has cornered this world champion more times than any human being would have resisted. But Baba is more than that. Baba is a colossus with a light body and hard jet skin. As his soul almost indestructible in the face of adversity. Baba is an example.He was with the ball at his feet, when, as a player, he won the 1996 U-17 World Cup against Brazil by Julio César, that central who signed Real Madrid from Valladolid in the late 90s. The now responsible for cleaning the garments of Fuenlabrada played in the core with style and forcefulness. A lead pen. Gold in the eyes of any scout.José Martín Otín, Petón signed him for his representative agency, for Bahia and, despite raining offers from Germany, that summer of 96 he went to Mallorca, where he coincided with Ernesto Valverde, the former coach of FC Barcelona. ‘Txingurri’ loves it. Nothing new under the sun. No one is able to hate Baba and his messy smile. That arrival in Mallorca the beginning of a golden path was promised that, alchemy of destiny, ended up transformed into a pit of misfortunes. First, they discovered hepatitis. Then they yielded it to the Orense, where it broke ulna and radius. Despite this, Real Madrid signed him for his quarry and gave it to Leganés, where in the first game he broke his knee. A year later he relapsed and, When operating, an infection poisoned his joint. Result: eight games in four seasons. He tried his fortune in Second B, but football said enough. I had to survive.And Baba survived what he could: from an electrician to a department store. He was also a driver. For that task he recruited him again Peton, what He put him at the controls of the car that led De Gea to Atlético’s training when he was still a kid. Illescas – Majadahonda every day. Always speaking in English, the language that Baba taught to perfect the Manchester United goalkeeper. Chapter that treasures with childhood nostalgia and that was a prologue to his landing at Fernando Torres, where he now enjoys the deed of feeling in Second with no more pretense than smiling day after day. “While there is work, you have to be happy,” he repeats as an eternal mantra. This is Baba. Pride and Humility.last_img read more

14-year-old missing for the 5th time

first_imgAfter running away on four previous occasions, Chandrawattie Dindial, 14, of West Minster, West Bank Demerara, has gone missing again, according to her father Ramlakhan Dindial on Thursday.Missing: Chandrawattie DindialReports are that on Friday last, the girl’s parents left her home alone as they went to work. However, when they returned, she was nowhere to be found. Father Dindial told Guyana Times when he queried with neighbours; he was informed that she was last seen on the veranda of the home at 12:00h.He relayed that when she did not return home after 24 hours, a report was lodged at the Brickdam Police Station. He was then referred to the Criminal Investigation Department of the La Grange Police Station, where the girl’s alleged boyfriend known as Leon Archer of Grove, East Bank Demerara, was brought into custody. This was done because she was with him on the previous missing occasions.While initially denying having contact with the teen, Archer eventually informed the Police that he had spent some time with her on Friday last, after which he gave her $200 and placed her in a route 42 bus. He refuted claims that he is aware of her location after putting her in the route 42 bus.“When we go by the boy she run away with Saturday, the boy say he never see she at all. Then we go by one of she friend, not too far from the boy, a street away and she said that me daughter and Leon went by she house. When the police cyar he at La Grange deh now, then he admit seh well he put she inside the 42 bus,” the father stated.Dindial is asking that if any member of the public has any information on the whereabouts of Chandrawattie Dindial, they report it to the nearest police station or contact him on numbers 592-691-5622 or 592-680-6747.last_img read more

Persaud warms up for year-end main event with title win

first_img2018 Lusignan Open Golf Tournament…Defending eight-time Guyana Open Champion Avinash Persaud swept the A Flight to capture the Lusignan Open Golf Tournament following last weekend’s two-day extravaganza.The return of the Lusignan Open after years of absence saw the return of top-level golf over a two-day period which teed off Saturday. Groups went off in 10-minute intervals as planned. It was a day of pleasant surprises as golfers strove to improve on first day’s scores and many of them did indeed.In the end, it was the reigning golf champ Persaud, who managed to beat off some stiff competition over the weekend to clinch the major title. In the A Flight (Handicap 0-9), second day’s better gross performers were: Persaud with 72; Chandra Lakraj, 76; Mike Mangal, 79; Kassim Khan, 80; and Patrick Prashad, 80.While this established Persaud as the clear gross winner, it showed the tenacity ofThe winners pose with Club President and Captain. From left to right: President Aleem Hussain; Imtiaz Subhan; Chandra Lakraj; “Pur” Persaud; Maurice Solomon; Avinash Persaud; Joaan Deo; Mohanlall Dinanauth; Paton George; Kassim Khan; Lekhnarine Shivraj; and Captain “Chen” Deogolfers to significantly cut that first-day lead of nine which he held in the A Flight. In other Flights, Joaan Deo and Maurice Solomon were crowned champions.In the B Flight (Handicap 10- 18), second day’s better gross performers were: Joaan Deo with an amazing 80 (10 points of the previous day’s score) upsetting the order of that group; Lekhnarine Shivraj, 84; Satrohan “Robin” Tiwari, 86; Aasrodeen Shaw, 87; Aleem Hussain, 89; Kalyan Tiwari, 89; and four ties at 90 – Parmanand “Max” Persaud, Ian Gouveia, Lakram Ramsundar and Rabindranath “Ravi” Persaud.In the C Flight (Handicap 19-28), gross performances on the second day were: Maurice Solomon – a splendid 90 (nine strokes off the first day’s play); Imtiaz Subhan, 96; Philbert London, 110; Lloyd Fung-A- Fat – a fascinating 111 (27 strokes off the first day’s play);Second day’s Top Net scores in each category were as follows: A Flight – Chandra Lakraj – 68 (a superb nine-stroke improvement on the first day) beating Avinash for the second day’s Net performance; Avinash Persaud, 70; Mike Mangal, 71; Patrick Prashad, 71; Kassim Khan, 73; Vishnu Seecharran, 79; and Mohanlall Dinanauth, 80.In the C Flight, Net scores were: Maurice Solomon, 68; Imtiaz Subhan, 74; Lloyd Fung-A-Fat, 83; Philbert London, 88; Eion Blue, 87; and Maxim Mangra, 90.Combining first and second day’s scores produced the following results: Best Gross – A Flight, Avinash Persaud, 144; B Flight, Joaan Deo, 170; and C Flight, Maurice Solomon, 148.The three Best Net winners for each Flight were as follows: A Flight – 1st Persaud 140/2; 2nd Chandra Lakraj 145/9; and 3rd Kassim Khan (tied with Chandra) 145/8. B Flight – 1st Deo 138/16; 2nd Lekhnarine Shivraj 145/17; and 3rd Patanjalee “Pur” Persaud 149/17. C Flight – 1st Maurice Solomon 145/22; 2nd Imtiaz Subhan 150/22 and 3rd Philbert London 167/22.The Longest Drive (approximately 325 yards or 297 metres) was won by Mohanlall Dinanauth (a former Guyana Open Champion) while the Nearest to The Pin (about one metre or three feet) was Paton George.Prizes awarded for total performance over the two days were Best Gross only in each category, and 1st to 3rd Best Net in each category. There was also a prize for the Longest Drive and the Closest to The Pin on the second day.President Hussain expressed the Club’s sincere gratitude to all the sponsors who were involved in making this Lusignan Open 2018 the huge success it was. Sponsors included Banks DIH, ANSA McAL Trading Ltd, Kissoon’s Furniture, Foodtown Restaurant, CIDI Beverage Company, Grand Coastal Hotel, Peppy’s, Progressive Auto Rental, AN Electronics, Game Express, Builders Lumber Yard, Ramchand’s Auto Spares, Chetson’s, Sylvie’s Variety Store, Brusters Guyana, RRT Enterprise, Steve’s Jewellery, Tropical Woods Lumber Yard, Marriott Hotel Guyana, Aracari Resort, and Nex Gen Global Marketing.last_img read more

Christie takes hike, suspended

first_img“We hadn’t really gotten to it yet,” Dunleavy said. “But with Mobley being out, potentially for a while, everything starts shifting to that direction, positive for his case.” Christie, 36, is in his 15th NBA season. With that experience, a 10-day contract is worth approximately $70,000. By missing two days, he forfeited $14,000 of pay. How the departure transpired blindsided the coach. “I’m surprised by it because I liked him,” Dunleavy said. “I thought he worked hard, thought he was a good teammate, and I just didn’t think he’d bail. That wasn’t even a thought.” Duo out Christie did not report to the Clippers for their practice Monday and did not play Tuesday, which would have been the final day of his second 10-day contract. He voided the contract, and the Clippers took the formal step of putting him on the team’s suspended list Tuesday. With Cuttino Mobley out with a strained groin, Christie figured to get significant playing time on the final day of his contract. Today, the Clippers would have been forced to decide whether to sign him for the remainder of the season, and coach Mike Dunleavy said no decision had been made on whether the team would keep him. The Clippers played their first game after the All-Star break without two starters – Mobley (strained groin) and Chris Kaman (flu). Kaman could be back for the team’s next game, Saturday against Golden State. But Mobley’s status is uncertain. Strangely, Mobley went through a sweat- inducing, pre-game regiment, although that regiment consisted mostly of shooting. “You can’t really tell about groins,” Mobley said. “You just have to let them rest. The slightest thing off the court can mess it up. You have to stay off of it as much as possible, or at least don’t move it as much.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LOS ANGELES – Doug Christie’s on-court antics are among the most bizarre in the NBA. For example, he raises his hand approximately 50 times per game as a love signal to his wife, Jackie. So perhaps it was within his character that his departure from the Clippers also was bizarre. last_img read more

What next for cash-rich but Neymar-less Barcelona?

first_imgHere, AFP Sports looks at what Barca must do to try and gain ground on bitter rivals and Spanish and European champions Real Madrid.Avoid Figo-esque crisisBarca will suffer on the field for Neymar’s absence, but seeing one of their prized assets snatched away to an inferior league is also a massive blow to Barca’s prestige and a reminder of days they thought were long gone.Brazilian forward Neymar joined Barcelona in 2013 © AFP/File / PAU BARRENAThe Catalans used to struggle to hold onto star names, particularly when Madrid’s riches came calling. Luis Milla, Michael Laudrup and most famously Luis Figo crossed Spanish football’s great divide.When Figo left in similar circumstances to Neymar as Madrid paid his buyout clause for a world record fee in 2000, it floored Barca on the pitch and in the boardroom. The money was wasted and they didn’t win a major trophy for five seasons.Then came Messi and a host of world class home-grown talents to propel Barca to their most successful ever era, winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues titles in the past 12 years.In the 17 years since Figo left Barca have become a brand and one of the richest clubs in the world, plus they still have Messi. All of which should ensure the fallow period that followed Figo’s departure isn’t repeated.Spend wiselyThe biggest challenge for Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu is now how much cash to splash in the next four weeks, especially after two years in which they have largely overpaid for little return in the transfer market on the likes of Andre Gomes, Paco Alcacer and Arda Turan.Luis Figo switched from Barcelona to fierce rivals Real Madrid © AFP/File / MARC ALEXThere will be pressure for the Catalans to reassert themselves by landing a marquee signing with Phillippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Paulo Dybala and Kylian Mbappe all linked.However, finding a like for like replacement for Neymar will be impossible –that is why he fetched a fee more than double the previous transfer record.With that in mind Barca may be better placed in the long run to save some money for future windows if they are not to end up poorer on the field and no better off financially from Neymar’s move.Give youth a chanceMost worryingly for Barca’s future is that Neymar has gone in his prime at 25, leaving behind an ageing squad.Messi and Suarez are both 30, as is defensive leader Gerard Pique, whilst captain Andres Iniesta is 34 and out of contract at the end of the season.Neymar was part of one of the most feared forward line-ups in football history at Barcelona, alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi © AFP/File / JOSEP LAGOOne of the criticisms of Barca’s evolution in recent seasons since Pep Guardiola’s departure as coach in 2012 has been that graduates from the club’s once famed La Masia academy have not been given a chance as the club turned to star signings such as Suarez and Neymar.“Barcelona have been sleeping,” Barca legend Xavi told the Tactical Room last month. “They have to strengthen the youth academy.”In need of fresh blood, Barca could do with the academy that produced Messi, Xavi and Iniesta coming good once more.Refind balanceIn Neymar’s departing words: “I made a trio with Messi and Suarez that made history. Conquered everything an athlete can conquer.”For three years the ‘MSN’ formed a thrilling front line arguably unrivalled in football history. In 110 matches together, they scored a combined 228 goals.Yet, by building the team around three forwards, other parts of the team struggled, most notably midfield which had been their strength in the glorious Guardiola years.The ‘MSN’ is no more, but if Barca use the Neymar funds to reinforce their midfield to back up the firepower still provided by Messi and Suarez, they will remain a force to fear in La Liga and the Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona have the huge challenge of replacing Neymar after the Brazilian’s move to Paris Saint-Germain © AFP/File / PAU BARRENAMADRID, Spain, Aug 4 – Barcelona find themselves flush with Sh27.3bn ($263.5 million), but faced with replacing one of the world’s best players after Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain smashed the world transfer record.The Catalans’ under-pressure board don’t have much time to react with the transfer window set to shut on August 31. However, they can still count on one of the most talented squads in the world led by the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.last_img read more

ALL Man United fans MUST see this: Louis Van Gaal REVEALS exactly how he plans to succeed

first_imgLouis van Gaal’s CV speaks for itself, but it’s still fascinating to hear the Dutchman explain the thinking behind his success.Fresh from a brilliant World Cup campaign as Netherlands boss, this presentation by Van Gaal reveals exactly why he does what he does in a managerial presentation on his spell with the national team.It makes for fascinating viewing and you can see this is a man who has absolute clarity about what he wants to achieve and how he plans to do it: vision and structure.Stepping into the hotseat at Old Trafford requires an iron will of the kind that made Sir Alex Ferguson so successful.Judging by this video, Van Gaal certainly possesses that spirit. Now let’s see how it translates into results.last_img read more

Audi R8 is a head turner

first_imgReiss ordered the car on the spot. Reiss noted that the R8 project was so new at the time that the options had not been priced out. And he bought the car without first driving it. Audi spokesman Andrew Lipman said the base price is $109,000 and can climb into the $130,000 range. Audi is making 1,000 R8s this year and they’ve all been sold. “It’s technically available via dealership but there is a waiting list. The buzz around this car has been tremendous since it was announced,” Lipman said. “Most of the people who have purchased them haven’t test-driven the car, which speaks highly of the car itself.” A few weeks before delivery the company contacted Reiss to see if he would be willing to share the excitement of being the first customer on the West Coast to own the car. He agreed and Audi contacted Drive Time. Drive Time went on sort of a minirally the day Reiss picked up the R8. When I arrived at the Daily News on Wednesday, a chauffeur was polishing a black Audi A8 L (the L is for long wheel base) and a few minutes later we were headed for Reiss’ home. Gotta say I was a little apprehensive, which happens whenever I meet someone new. We’d be belted in the back seat of a car for who knows how long in Los Angeles traffic, and the San Gabriel Valley is the farthest east I’d been in a long time. “Do you have any kids?” Reiss asked as we made our way back to the freeway. “Nope. Two cats,” I replied. “Me, too,” Reiss said. It was a few miles before the conversation got back to cars. Reiss’ interest in cars dates back to high school when his brother had an MG TD. And he had a sports car in college. More cars came his way during his career as a Hollywood exec and the serious collecting began about 10 years ago. He recently culled the collection. “You have to decide if you want a museum or cars to drive,” he said. When we arrived at the dealership it became apparent just how rare this Audi is. There wasn’t even an R8 on the showroom floor and Reiss’ car was being detailed. He signed the necessary paperwork and then settled into the cockpit for a tutorial. The first crowd gathered. This car has an aggressive stance and it’s easy to see just where the power and speed comes from. The impressive V-8 power plant is visible through the rear window. And Reiss confirmed that the mid-engine placement makes for spiffy handling. Soon we pulled out of the dealership and headed to a park for some pictures. Heads turned. Some cops stopped to gape at the R8. We got on the freeway. More heads turned. This can be a speed machine. The engine pumps out 420 horsepower and the top speed is 187 mph. The ride is comfortable and both of us, a bit over 6 feet tall, had ample leg room. Noise is not a problem either, even though the engine is at our backs. The exhaust tone is not abrasive while still signaling the car is capable of serious acceleration. “We’re doing 5,000 rpm and still able to carry on a conversation,” Reiss said at one point. “That wouldn’t happen in my F430.” It wasn’t long before we arrived for lunch at the Ivy restaurant in Beverly Hills. We had a table for two on the patio. The R8 had a parking spot in front of L.A.’s tonier eateries and a Hollywood hangout. Heads turned again. But this time they were checking out the R8 and not each other. In this town, that’s a pretty good endorsement. (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And that is indeed saying something. Reiss’ garage in Bel Air offers some impressive options for motoring about town. In the left stall is a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet by Pininfarina, in the middle stall is a 2005 Ferrari F430 Spider and the right stall houses a 2005 Mercedes SL65 AMG. That car churns out 677 horsepower and 738 pounds of torque. “That’s the amazing part,” he said of the last number. He’s also got two other vintage Ferraris and a Lotus Elise stored elsewhere. “It really fits into a little niche,” he said of his family of cars. “It’s not as exotic as my 430 or the beast that’s my SL65.” But Reiss, a retired top-tier executive at Burbank-based The Walt Disney Co., pined for the R8 for nearly two years. He heard a rumor that Audi was bringing out a supercar to challenge top-line Porsches and he did some checking. Brendan Harrington, at that time working for Mercedes-Benz, said it was true and – by the way – he was going to be the general manager of a new store, Audi West Covina, when it opened. Randy Reiss, a collector of cars old and new but all rare, finds himself in a unique position, at least for a while. Behind the wheel of the new Audi R8 sports car. He’s the only one around here who can make that claim. This week he became the first owner of an R8 on the West Coast, the company said. It’s got one of the best ogle factors I’ve ever seen. “I’m really, really impressed,” Reiss said Thursday afternoon, one day after picking up the black beauty at Audi West Covina. “I can’t find anything wrong with it so far. I took it out to Beverly Hills for lunch and I tell ya, everybody stops. People who don’t know what the car is say it’s beautiful. It’s really getting a lot of attention. But more importantly, it’s a really good driver.” last_img read more

Roma to rival Arsenal in race for former centre-back Thomas Vermaelen

first_img Will Thomas Vermaelen return to Arsenal this summer? 1 Roma have joined Arsenal in the race for Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen.The Belgian is reportedly ready to leave the Nou Camp this summer having made just 11 league appearances over the past two seasons.Arsenal have been linked with a move for their former captain, who they sold to Barcelona for £15million in August 2014.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Gunners now face competition from Roma.The Italian club are on the hunt for a new centre-back after Antonio Rudiger suffered a serious knee injury while training with Germany at Euro 2016.Roma have already signed Federico Fazio on loan from Tottenham, but they are in the market for one more defender and believe Vermaelen can be snapped up on the cheap.last_img read more


first_imgFor the past two months, over eighty young people from across South West Donegal have been busy rehearsing for the Bosco Centre’s production of “Caisleáin Óir the Musical”.Now, as opening night draws near, excitement is beginning to rise in advance of this beautiful, heart-warming and enchanting musical.This enchanting Irish musical is based on the novel “Caisleain Oir” by Séamus Ó Grianna. The beautiful Donegal tale was transformed into a dynamic and heart rending musical in 1998 when Donegal’s very own Leslie Long wrote the score and along with Kathleen Ruddy and Phil Dalton, created a new, vibrant and truly memorable musical (in the English language) out of “Máire’s úrscéal”. The story of Caisleáin Óir (“Castles of Gold”), as many people remember from their old school days, follows Séimí Gallagher and Babaí Mhairtín Freil on their journey through life.Set in rural Ireland at the turn of the 20th century, the play focuses on the childhood romance of Séimí and Babaí’ (Oisin Joyce and Hannah Doogan) and their pursuit of destiny.Director, Séimí Campbell, musical director, Eileen Carr and choreographers, Berni Canny and Kellie Coughlan, said that they are “very excited about this year’s production.”“I am lucky to have such a talented cast, hard-working production team and a wonderful script with beautiful music”, Séimí added. “Caisleáin Óir” runs next weekend, Friday 22nd – Monday 25th August, in the Bosco Centre, Donegal Town nightly at 7pm. Tickets can be pre booked through the Bosco Office on 0877846012 or on the door at €10 adult and €5 child.Séimí and Babaí….. will they end up together or will fate stop them? You will have have to go to find out by coming to this spectacular musical production! ‘CAISLEAIN OIR – THE MUSICAL’ HITS THE DONEGAL STAGE THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 21st, 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:Caisleain OirDonegal TownJohn Bosco Centrelast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Town lad Gerard Byrne dazzled BBC Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman with a dazzling display of Irish dancing.The Under 15 World champion danced alongside Julia O’Rourke from New York and made it all look so easy! Simply click to watch.DDTV – WATCH DONEGAL TOWN LAD DAZZLE NEWSNIGHT PRESENTER PAXMAN! was last modified: April 18th, 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 TownGerard ByrneIrish danicngJeremy PaxmanNewsnightlast_img read more