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Narine retained by KKR despite ICC ban

January 20, 2020 | bfiqjzlr | No Comments

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):Under-fire West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine has been retained by Kolkata Knight Riders for the upcoming Indian Premier League season despite currently being banned from bowling in international cricket.The 27-year-old Narine, a key member of KKR’s squad over the last several seasons, was banned by the International Cricket Council last November after his action was found to be illegal.He had been reported by umpires following the third One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Pallekele earlier that month.Despite this, KKR have opted to retain the Trinidadian ahead of the new IPL season, which runs from April 9 to May 23.This is against the backdrop of a move by the West Indies Cricket Board to bar Narine from playing in the domestic one-day championship set to bowl off Thursday.In announcing Narine’s suspension last November, the ICC said the player would be banned from bowling in all domestic tournaments internationally but would be allowed to play in Caribbean events, with permission from the WICB.Franchises retain 5 WI playersNarine is one of five West Indies players to be retained by their franchises for the new season.He is joined by all-rounder AndrÈ Russell, who will again suit up for KKR, while champions Mumbai Indians have also retained the pair of Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons.Big-hitting opener Chris Gayle has been retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore, but West Indies Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy had no such luck as he was dumped by the franchise.All-rounder Dwayne Bravo will turn out for Rajkot, one of two new franchises debuting in the new season.Rajkot, along with Pune, replaces the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.last_img read more

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments “I’d welcome him in with open arms,” Portis said on Nov. 13, the same day Mirotic started working out again with the team.Mirotic said he had yet to inform Portis he had accepted his apology.“You know, we are teammates,” Mirotic said. “On the same team. Fighting for the same team and we’re both going to do what we need to do to make it work. Yeah, I accept it. I’m comfortable being on the team. I’ve had a lot of support from my teammates, from everybody. Right now, it’s on me to relax and enjoy playing basketball again.”Coach Fred Hoiberg said Mirotic’s actions Wednesday were critical to helping the team get back on track. The Bulls (3-16) have lost six straight games.“I do think that’s an important first step,” Hoiberg said. “Obviously, the first thing was getting back on the floor after the incident, to start getting himself back in shape. The next thing was to get back with the group, which he’s done here the past few days.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson FILE – At left, in a Jan. 2, 2017, file photo, Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic brings the ball up court against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago. At right, in an Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis (5) handles the ball during a preseason NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, in Dallas. Mirotic says he has accepted Portis’ apology, more than a month after the two teammates had an ugly altercation at practice. A day after he sat on the bench for the first time all season, Mirotic finally spoke publicly Wednesday, nov. 29, 2017, about the Oct. 17 incident that left him hospitalized with two facial fractures and a concussion. Portis served an eight-game suspension. Mirotic didn’t return to practice until Monday. (AP Photo/File)CHICAGO — Niko Mirotic accepted Bobby Portis’ apology on Wednesday, six weeks after their ugly altercation at practice led to a hospitalization and a suspension.Things remain awkward for the Chicago Bulls.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “It’s good to have Niko back out on the floor with the guys and another important step talking about it for the first time and then continuing trying to move past it.”Mirotic will remain in Chicago while the team travels to Denver for Thursday night’s game.Hoiberg said the earliest Mirotic would return to action is Monday when the Bulls host the Cleveland Cavaliers. Though he acknowledged his return is much closer than before, Mirotic also said he wouldn’t get ahead of himself as he focuses on conditioning.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set A day after he sat on the bench for the first time all season, Mirotic finally spoke publicly about the Oct. 17 incident that left him hospitalized with two facial fractures and a concussion. Portis served an eight-game suspension and Mirotic didn’t return to practice until Monday.Mirotic, who has a no-trade clause, declined to comment when asked if he had requested a trade from the Bulls. The two players were seen giving each other a fist bump during Tuesday night’s 104-99 home loss to Phoenix, but Mirotic suggested the interaction between the two players has been limited.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Right now, we are on the same team and we are working to make it work,” Mirotic said. “The only thing I can tell you . I was always a good teammate so I was professional with everybody and I’ll continue to do that. If I’m here, it’s because I want to support the team. He’s a part of the team and I’m going to support him, too. Obviously, I’m going to give him hands like he’d give me hands, too.”Portis issued a public apology shortly after he received his suspension and acknowledged he would be open to the two working together. MOST READ Nieto twins vow better showing in Game 3 LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Returning Soltones carries Smart past Sta. Lucia in PSL All-Filipino opener Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img The PBA will review the documents and eligibility of the Fil-foreign aspirants with the final list of those who qualified will be released on December 3.Local players also have until December 3 to submit their draft application.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew READ: Lyceum settles for no. 2, but adversity motivates PiratesJoining Perez in the draft, scheduled on December 16, are CJ Isit, Robbie Manalang, Paul Varilla, Trevis Jackson and John Ragasa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 6-foot-2 Perez, who is the reigning NCAA MVP, recently led the Pirates to their second straight NCAA Finals appearance.READ: Before playing for NCAA crown, Lyceum Pirates face another hurdle—exams MOST READ CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum’s CJ Perez, one of the country’s top collegiate stars, has applied for the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.Perez led five other Fil-foreigners looking to make a name for themselves in the pro ranks.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Immunisation week launched in Region 6

January 12, 2020 | bfiqjzlr | No Comments

first_imgGuyana has joined the rest of the world in the fight to ensure that persons are immunised against deadly diseases. The Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Health Department on Tuesday launched its Immunisation Week of activities.Healthcare providers host an awareness walk on Tuesday in Berbice. In photo, workers walk through Main Street, New Amsterdam, to bring awareness of the importance of immunisationIn 2017, the number of children immunised worldwide was 116.2 million; the highest ever reported. Since 2010, 113 countries have introduced new vaccines, and more than 20 million additional children have been vaccinated.Despite those figures, all of the targets for disease elimination including measles, rubella, and maternal and neonatal tetanus, are behind schedule, and over the last two years, the world has seen multiple outbreaks of measles, diphtheria and various other vaccine-preventable diseases. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said most of the children missing out are those living in the poorest, marginalised and conflict-affected communities.According to the WHO, countries must intensify efforts to ensure that everyone receives the lifesaving benefits of vaccines.This is the seventeenth year that World Immunisation Week is being observed in the Americas and the aim is to immunise 70 million persons against some of the world’s deadliest diseases.This year, immunisation week is being observed under the theme “Protect your community, do your part”.In Region Six, the health department is promoting vaccines for 9-16-year-olds to prevent certain types of cancer.Director of Regional Health Services Jevaughn Stephen said that persons are first being encouraged to ensure that all family members are immunised and then to extend that care to their neighbours. If all are to do that, he explained, the entire community will be immunised.The Health Services Director noted that most of those who have been visiting health centres in the region to be immunised are persons from out of the country.In fact, most persons are foreigners from Brazil, Venezuela and Suriname.last_img read more

Dow Jones closing in on 13,000

January 11, 2020 | bfiqjzlr | No Comments

first_imgNEW YORK — Wall Street bounded higher Friday, hurtling the Dow Jones industrial average to a record close approaching 13,000 as investors celebrated a week of surprisingly strong earnings reports. The major indexes all had their third straight winning week, their longest such streak since October. Investors who had tempered their expectations for first-quarter earnings Monday were energized by the initial wave of upbeat results. So far into the earnings season, 16 of the 30 Dow components have posted financial results for the first three months of the year — with 10 surpassing analyst forecasts. Dow components Honeywell International Inc., Caterpillar Inc., Pfizer Inc., and McDonald’s Corp. all reported earnings Friday. Better-than-expected results allowed stocks to extend their best April rally in four years, and one that pushed the Nasdaq composite index and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to six-year highs. “It’s not a matter of 13,000 for the Dow, we could be looking at 14,000 by the end of the year,” said Robert Froehlich, chief investment strategist for investment firm DWS Scudder. “There’s too much money out there chasing too few companies. This story isn’t ending anytime soon.” The Dow closed up 153.35, or 1.20 percent, at 12,961.98, after setting a new intraday high of 12,966.29. The blue chip index — now about 38 points shy of 13,000 — has hit 34 record closes since the beginning of October last year. The S&P 500 index soared 13.62, or 0.93 percent, to 1,484.35, and the Nasdaq rose 21.04, or 0.84 percent, to 2,526.39. The Nasdaq, badly beaten down since its peak of 5,048.62 in early 2000, now stands at just over 50 percent of that record. For the week, the Dow surged 2.8 percent, the S&P 500 added 2.2 percent, and the Nasdaq rose 1.4 percent. Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by more than 3 to 1 on the New York Stock Exchange, where consolidated volume came to 3.29 billion shares, compared with 2.94 billion Thursday. Bonds held steady as many investors focused on stocks. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was unchanged at 4.67 percent. The dollar was mostly lower against other major currencies, while gold prices spiked. Oil prices rose ahead of the presidential election in Nigeria, which is Africa’s top producer of crude. A barrel of light sweet crude rose $1.55 to settle at $63.38 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Friday’s advance brought fresh highs for several market indexes, indicating that the advance was more broad-based than simply a strong showing by the Dow industrials. Among the indexes setting records, the Dow Jones transportation average closed at a record level, as did the Dow Jones utilities average. The Wilshire 5000 composite index, a free-float weighted index that measures 5,000 U.S. based companies, closed above 15,000 for the first time Friday. The Russell 3000 index, which represents about 98 percent of the U.S. market, on Friday registered its fourth record close for the week. Wall Street’s advance signaled its recovery from the Feb. 27 worldwide plunge in stocks that sliced 416 points from the Dow. On Wednesday, the blue chips set their first new closing and intraday highs since Feb. 20. The February skid was caused in part by concerns that China’s economic growth might be curbed; the Shanghai stock market led the rest of the world lower. This week, Chinese stocks seesawed amid continuing concerns, but Wall Street suffered little damage. The abundance of relatively benign U.S. economic data released this week contributed to investors’ buying mood. New data indicated that builders picked up the pace of construction of new homes last month, and that there was a modest increase in core inflation. Federal Reserve Governor Frederic Mishkin said in a speech Friday that it might take a couple of years for inflation to ease toward levels the Fed is comfortable with, which could mean the central bank won’t be cutting rates anytime soon. Either way, Wall Street theorized this week that central bankers did not see enough evidence in recent reports to force a policy change. And that set up earnings to be a key catalyst for stocks. “The main impetus has been, most of the bears and the gloom-and-doomers thought that first-quarter earnings would stink. Once again, the gloomy Guses have been proven wrong,” said Alfred E. Goldman, chief market strategist at A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc. in St. Louis. Google gave a boost to technology stocks after it reported late Thursday a 69 percent jump in first-quarter profit to exceed analyst expectations. The results helped reassure some investors who had grown cautious about tech growth, and sent Google up $10.83, or 2.3 percent, to $482.48. 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

Big bucks

January 11, 2020 | bfiqjzlr | No Comments

first_imgReally? Prudence says we ought to be suspicious of a pay-raise survey of those most likely to benefit from a pay raise. Besides, if the $720,000 figure is realistic for many LACERA workers, then the increases the pension board has approved are wholly inadequate. Yet, somehow, the board maintains that the new salaries will enable LACERA to attract and retain top-level employees. Something here doesn’t add up. Moreover, LACERA boasts that it’s been doing a fabulous job investing funds for county pensions, which are 91 percent funded – which is to say the public is still in the hole for 9 percent despite the boom in the stock market in recent years. It’s fair to ask whether the salaries for these people will be slashed the next time the market falls and the pension equity goes down. ONCE again, local government has jacked up salaries for some of its highest-paid employees, and once again, we are told that this is the way it has to be. It takes big bucks, political leaders insist, to lure away the best of the best from the private sector and into “public service.” This time the pay hike is for investment staffers at the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Agency, who will see their salaries swell by as much as 40 percent. While LACERA employees used to have to make do with annual incomes in the range of $163,000 to $246,000, the county pension board has increased them to $234,000 to $353,000. That makes LACERA investment staffers some of the highest-paid employees in this, the region with the highest-paid public employees in the nation. But according to the board, a survey conducted by county staffers says LACERA employees could earn as much as $720,000 a year working for the insurance or banking industries. Will LACERA’s experts be 40 percent better with these pay raises than they were before them, or will they still be half as good as the mutual fund experts making the really big bucks? And that brings us to the real question: Would it not be cheaper and better to turn over investing the pension fund money to the best private firms rather than having disgruntled public-payroll staffers earning a piddling $246,000 a year, and threatening to quit unless they get an additional $100,000? 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

first_imgThey remembered her records. The way she ran. How high she jumped. And the way she smiled, more than anything. For years, they defended Marion Jones when others tried to besmirch her name. She was their star and they knew her best, long before the world ever did. Jerry Sawitz even sent a letter to Time magazine defending Jones, whom he coached in the long jump at Thousand Oaks High in 1991-92. But now. … Now? … Now … they’re just sad. Friday afternoon, after years of steadfast denials, Marion Jones pleaded guilty in White Plains, N.Y., to lying to federal investigators about her use of banned drugs from 1999 to 2001, then apologized to her supporters and the sport in a tearful news conference on the courthouse steps in which she announced her retirement from track and field. Until Sawitz heard the words from Jones’ mouth, there was a part of him that believed she’d been clean. That part, the coach now says, is the part that has always wanted to believe her because of the Marion Jones he got to know as a high school junior and senior. “She was just one of the most amazing athletes you’re ever going to see. “I mean, once-in-a-lifetime kind of athletes,” Sawitz said. “I’ve seen her take a tennis ball and dunk it in a basketball hoop. I’d always defended her because what she was doing at 15 or 16; running the 100 meters in 11.1 (seconds) wasn’t that much of a stretch from what she did on the world stage. I just thought it was a natural progression for a great athlete. “But the Marion Jones you see today is a different person than the Marion Jones we knew in 1992. The Marion you see now is the result of a lot of poor decisions. It’s really sad.” Those who knew her at Thousand Oaks aren’t the only ones trying to make sense of the shocking turn of events. Inger Miller was never close with Marion Jones, but their careers have been intertwined for more than 15 years. Miller had starred at Muir High in Pasadena in 1987-90; Jones burst onto the scene as a freshman at Rio Mesa High in Oxnard in 1990 and was good enough as a 14-year-old to push Miller in her senior year. Later, they’d team on the winning 400-meter relay team at the 1997 World Championships. In 1999, Miller finished second to Jones in the 100 meters at the World Championships. Miller won the 200 meters in record time, but only after Jones pulled out with back spasms. Saying a prayer At the time, everyone wondered whether Jones would’ve won both races if she hadn’t got hurt. Now, that question has been flipped on its head. “It’s a shame that we are where we are right now,” said Miller, who now runs an event-planning company in Los Angeles. “It’s a good thing for everyone that the truth has come out. Ultimately, I think the sport is bigger than any one person.” Asked whether she thought she should be awarded the gold medal in the 100 from the 1999 World Championships, Miller said, “I just want them to do what’s just and what’s right. … This is a sad day. It’s not something I’m rejoicing over. It’s not a happy occasion.” Gail Devers, the former UCLA star who went on to win three Olympic gold medals and has competed against and with Jones since 1991, said she was saddened by Friday’s developments. “My first thought was to say a prayer for her and her family and whatever she is going through. That’s all we can do is pray. I am not the judge or jury,” Devers said. “All I ask is that she asks God for forgiveness and that her family and particularly her son will be shielded from any harm.” Now that Jones has admitted to lying to federal prosecutors about using banned substances, there could be a lot of rewriting of the record books. She could be stripped of the Olympic and World Championship medals she won. “She has done so much for the sport. I am sure that she was afraid of letting everybody down. Everybody makes mistakes and it’s hard for me to jump on her,” said rising sprint star Danielle Carruthers, a two-time indoor national champion in the 60 meters. “But she made some bad decisions and now she has to answer to it.” Jones’ brushes with the drug-testing authorities began in high school. In 1992, she missed an out-of-competition drug test when an overnight package informing her of the test was misplaced in a coaches office. High-profile lawyer Johnnie Cochran Jr. came to her aid, and she was later cleared at a hearing. Suspicions resurface The suspicions about Jones using performance enhancers resurfaced in 2000, when her then-husband, C.J. Hunter, tested positive for steroids. Then in 2003, her name was linked to Victor Conte and his BALCO operation. “You heard whispers and speculation, but I really tried to stay away from that,” Miller said. “I knew I was running as fast as I could, by doing things the right way, so I knew she (could be too).” Sawitz is one of the only people who knew Jones as a high schooler that is left at Thousand Oaks High. Head track coach Art Green died in August. Sprints coach Jerry Murphy passed away last year. Girls’ basketball coach Chuck Brown is retired, and did not return messages left at his home phone number. In 2000, when Jones won five medals (three gold, two bronze) at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, about 200 people gathered at the Thousand Oaks Community Center, which is adjacent to the school campus, to watch her perform and to celebrate their hometown hero. In 2004 though, Jones published a book that claimed she was lonely, unhappy and had no friends in her years at Thousand Oaks. “To this day, my memories of Thousand Oaks are painful,” she wrote in “Marion Jones: Life in the Fast Lane.” “Thousand Oaks used me. But I used them too.” Those words stung Sawitz and those who’d known Jones in high school. He couldn’t imagine that the “happy-go-lucky girl” he’d known had been unhappy and lonely the whole time. So he called up one of her friends from high school, Samantha Clark (now Hollister), and asked how good of friends they were. “Samantha was like, ‘We were best friends. I thought,”‘ Sawitz said. “I didn’t know what to make of it. It was sad. I guess she’s just a different person.” Kirby Lee contributed to this report. ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com (818) 713-3617 Marion Jones’ statement Friday “Making these false statements to federal agents was an incredibly stupid thing for me to do, and I am responsible fully for my actions. I have no one to blame but myself for what I’ve done. “To you, my fans, including my young supporters, the United States Track & Field Association, my closest friends, my attorneys, and the most classy family a person could ever hope for, mainly my mother, my husband, my children, my brother and his family, my uncle and the rest of my extended family, I want you to know that I have been dishonest, and you have the right to be angry with me. “I have let them down. I have let my country down. And I have let myself down. I recognize that by saying that I’m deeply sorry, it might not be enough and sufficient to address the pain and the hurt that I have caused you. Therefore, I want to ask for your forgiveness for my actions, and I hope that you can find it in your heart to forgive me. “I have asked Almighty God for my forgiveness. Having said this and because of my actions, I am retiring from the sport of track and field, a sport that I deeply love. I promise that these events will be used to make the lives of many people improve. That by making the wrong choices and bad decisions can be disastrous. I want to thank you all for your time.”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

first_imgConor McGregor has revealed he WILL fight at UFC 200.However, there is not yet any official confirmation from event organisers.The 27-year-old Irishman had been set for a rematch with Nate Diaz at July’s event in Las Vegas, following his defeat to the American in March.But McGregor pulled out of the highly-anticipated bout due to a dispute over promotional duties, and then teased on social media that he was to hang up his gloves.On April 19 he posted: “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese.”UFC president Dana White said organisers were looking for a replacement for the Irishman, who he claimed refusing to fly to Las Vegas for a news conference and promotional photographs.But days later the UFC featherweight champion posted another statement, explaining his annoyance at being asked to do too much promotion by UFC which was disrupting his training.He ended the message by insisting he was “NOT retired” and now seems to have confirmed his re-entry to UFC 200.“Happy to announce that I am back on UFC 200,” said McGregor.“Shout out to Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta on getting this one done for the fans. Respect.” 1 Conor McGregor WILL fight at UFC 200 last_img read more

first_imgKATE HALEY is a Transition Year student at Loreto Community School in Milford.Here she takes a light-hearted look at her recent trip to Spain to learn more about that country’s language and culture.And she passes on some great advice to other Co Donegal students planning to go abroad to brush up on their language skills this year in exchanges. My Spanish Adventure by Kate HaleyMy twin sister and I are in Transition Year and we both did Spanish for our Junior Cert. I want to do it for the Leaving so I decided that TY was a great year to start improving my language skills. We have family, a great uncle to be exact, in a town called Almuñecar, near Malaga.He knew a family who lived in the nearby town of Fuengirola, who were looking to do an exchange. So after a lot of calls and emails, it was all arranged and my sister and I were to go to Spain to live with a Spanish family and go to a Spanish school for three weeks. In July their son, Alvaro, is coming here to Donegal to try and learn some English. Though I don’t know how he’ll take to the good ol’ Donegal accents! So the big day arrived and my twin sister, my mother and I all drove down to Dublin to catch the 12.30pm flight to Malaga. It was an early start but once we got on the plane and I could start to look up Spanish phrases in my dictionary (unfortunately ‘What’s the craics?’ wasn’t there!) it was pretty exciting! We arrived in Malaga after a four hour flight. The sun was shining and things were looking good. My uncle collected us and we all drove to his holiday home in Almuñecar.We then stayed with my uncle for the first three days of our trip. Then it was time to say goodbye to our mum as she flew back to Ireland and head to Fuengirola where our new Spanish family were waiting. To be honest I was a little nervous at first and at the start it was hard to understand as the family only spoke Spanish to us but having someone you knew, i.e. my sister, there with you did help.The family were actually so unbelievably nice it was hard not to settle into things. I know you hear of some terrible exchanges where the kids were stuck with some strange family they hate but this was nothing like that at all. After the first few days things started to feel like home.We had school every week and we had arranged tennis lessons twice a week after school so the weekends were filled with family trips to different cites and other sight-seeing activities.We visited Granada and went to the Alhambra an amazingly beautiful Arabic palace. We went to Malaga to hear the Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaga play in a concert. We also visited Mijas a small town in the mountains where all the buildings are white. We even hit Marbella for a look around.  Yes, we certainly were immersed in Spanish culture!Apart from sight-seeing we also got to hang out with a few of our friends we’d met in school, we did a bit of shopping here and there and of course our family trips to the cinema to see movies in Spanish, which basically meant I’d sit there watching the pretty pictures on the big screen! So the weeks seemed to fly by and before long I was standing in Malaga airport saying goodbye. We really had become part of the family so leaving was really hard. We have promised to return this summer but even then neither my sister nor I wanted to go. Unfortunately we had a flight back to Dublin waiting so after a long and tearful goodbye only the thought of coming back this summer made us get on that plane.I have truly had one of the most amazing experiences of my life here in Spain and I do believe my Spanish has massively improved. So to anyone thinking of going on an exchange, I’d say you’d be mad not to!Surviving Spanish SchoolWe all know transition year has a lot to offer but a Spanish exchange?! We get a few tips from one TY student who’s experienced school in the sun! People are extremely friendly so don’t shy away from a crowd. On your first day, you will be bombarded by questions like ‘where are you from?’ and ‘why are you here?’ Hey, it’s a great place to start making friends!The fact that the Spanish kids speak English that is a thousand times better than your Spanish does make it, oh so tempting to speak in English. DON’T! Stick with Spanish and you’ll be thankful you did.It can be frustrating when all your friends are speaking rapidly in Spanish and all you can do is smile and add in the occasional ‘sí’ or ‘no’. Don’t worry about it, things can only get easier and you’ll start understanding the gist of things.When someone asks you a question and you don’t understand what they’ve said, ask them to slowly repeat and at a last resort say it in English. Be careful pretending you understand and answering ‘yes’ anyway. Seriously you don’t know what you could be agreeing to!Actual classes in school are the hardest to sit through, with the exception of English where you will be the star of the show. I’d advise you to bring some books you can use to improve your Spanish in class otherwise you’ll be sitting there with nothing to do and not a clue what’s going on.Don’t be afraid to speak Spanish in fear of saying something wrong, say it anyway! If you’ve messed up the chances are the person you’re speaking to will understand anyway and helpfully correct you. You’re there learn Spanish so don’t be afraid to speak it!Overall just have fun, enjoy yourself! The weather is better over there and the people are generally nice. Who knows maybe you’ll be invited back for a summer in the sun!FROM MILFORD TO MALAGA: MY SPANISH ADVENTURE, BY KATE HALEY was last modified: March 5th, 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:donegaldaily.comMY SPANISH ADVENTURE: BY KATE HALEYlast_img read more

first_imgCharles Boyle and Pat O’Donnell before they set off on their long sojourn to see Michael Murphy and the lads fire Donegal into the All-Ireland final.Two Donegal supporters have embarked on a marathon journey from Australia to make it back to see their heroes in action against Dublin this Sunday at Croke Park. Pat O’Donnell and Charles Boyle originally from the Rosses, currently reside in Brisbane, Australia.When it was announced that Donegal would face Dublin the pair decided to book flights straight away and get back for the big match. Last week the pair embarked on the mammoth 16,738km journey to be back in the Hills of Donegal for this Sunday’s crunch clash with Dublin at Croke Park.While bookmakers and the majority of GAA pundits make Dublin hot favourites, both Pat and Charles are confident Donegal can defeat Dublin and book their place in next month’s All-Ireland final.Charles told Donegal Daily, “Dublin are the only big scalp that Donegal haven’t defeated since Jim took over, we’ve beaten Mayo, Cork, Kerry, Tyrone, Monaghan and Kildare but Dublin are the one top side we haven’t beaten.“We’ve obviously only played them once, and that was in 2011, but we were unlucky that day, and then in 2012 we obviously never got to meet them on our way to All-Ireland success. For many Donegal fans the only slight on Jim McGuinness’s glowing CV is that elusive victory over the Dubs.There’s nothing quite as sweet as beating the Dubs in their own backyard.Pat said the thought of missing out on seeing the Dubs toppled at Croke Park by Donegal was the main factor in returning.“Me and Charles were both at Croke Park in 2011 and it was a stomach churning defeat, before the match there wasn’t a Dub in sight, then after all you could see and hear was thousands of them singing Summer In Dublin.“I’d have loved it if we had played them in 2012, that would have been the icing on the cake had we played them in the final that year, we would’ve beaten them, there was no stopping us that year. While both Pat and Charles admit Dublin are a top class side they both genuinely believe Donegal can overcome them on Sunday.Charles said, “They’re a fantastic team, there’s no doubting that, but I genuinely think we’re capable of beating them.“If you take last year out of it, we’ve only lost one championship match under Jim in three years and that was against Dublin, I really think we can cause an upset.“We’re the underdogs, but we’ve won three Ulster titles and one All-Ireland, this team has experienced a lot of success. “I also think the odds being offered on us are disrespectful, but I’m sure it will only motivate the players further to turn them over.Joe Brolly recalled in his column a few months back that Donegal had gotten under the skin of some Dublin players, with Bernard Brogan telling him had Donegal faced Dublin in the All-Ireland final instead of Mayo in 2012 they wouldn’t have won.Dublin are keen to prove a point, and show that their swashbuckling style of play that has won them so many admirers, won’t come shuddering to a standstill against the blanket defence of Donegal.It’s why the game promises to be such an intriguing and fascinating match, two very contrasting styles of play meeting each other head on.The game is an official sell out and 82,300 people will fill Croke Park on Sunday.However, it’s very doubtful anyone else among the capacity crowd has travelled further than Pat O’Donnell and Charles Boyle to be at the game.They like the rest of us are daring to dream, and they believe Donegal can do it.They’ve only booked a one-way ticket, why?Pat said, “We’ve booked a one-way ticket because if we do win, like I think we will, we’ll be sticking around for the All-Ireland final.Now that’s a positive attitude!!Well done lads.Tir Chonaill Abú.DONEGAL SUPERFANS TRAVEL BACK FROM AUSTRALIA FOR CLASH WITH DUBLIN was last modified: August 30th, 2014 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:AustraliaBrisbaneCharles BoyleCroke ParkdonegaldublinPat O’DonnellSuperfanslast_img read more