The US Open is transformed: it becomes a hospital and dining room

first_imgThis is Armstrong Stadium in BJK Nationwide Tennis Heart. Different elements of the middle will change into a hospital. This stadium is a meals prep & distribution heart the place hero workers will put together as much as 25,000 meals packages each day, every w / 2 days’ value of meals for sufferers, staff & youngsters. pic.twitter.com/smh1YYkvmu– Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) April 3, 2020If it nonetheless stands, the US Open could be the second Grand Slam of the season after the Australian Open when the aforementioned appointment on the London grass was canceled and after Roland Garros controversially postponed its event a week after the good American . This season’s US Open is set for August 24 (31 the principle draw) to September 13, though tennis is presently not the principle theme each on the earth and amongst event organizers. The Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Heart, which hosts the New York Grand Slam yearly, has change into a heart for preventing coronavirus. The Louis Armstrong monitor, which for years was the principle monitor, is now a canteen the place 25,000 meals are ready each day for the sick and well being personnel, amongst different staff.Different elements of the tennis complicated function a hospital because of the sudden improve in coronavirus infections that america normally and New York specifically are struggling. In complete, 350 beds are anticipated to be added, which could possibly be extra till even the capability of the coaching courts is exhausted. Final Wednesday, america Tennis Federation introduced after the cancellation of Wimbledon that the US Open is going forward.last_img read more

Iqbal takes Bangladesh to Super 10 stage of ICC World T20

first_imgDHARAMSALA, India (AP):Opener Tamim Iqbal struck the first Twenty20 International century by a Bangladesh batsman to help his team beat Oman by 54 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method yesterday and reach the Super 10 stage of the ICC World Twenty20.The left-hander’s 63-ball 103 not out, which was studded with five sixes and 10 fours, helped Group A favourites Bangladesh notch a huge 180-2 after being put in to bat.Oman could only manage 65-9 in the rain-interrupted game after a revised target of 120 off 12 overs left it to score 75 off 22 balls.Iqbal, who played some fine pull and lofted shots as well as some deft strikes behind the wicket, added 97 for the second wicket with Sabbir Rahman, who hit 44 from 26 deliveries.Bangladesh’s left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan later grabbed 4-15 as the team joined India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand in Group Two of the main league, which starts tomorrow.”After a couple of boundaries, I was hitting the ball nicely,” said Iqbal, who scored 83 not out against the Netherlands and 47 versus Ireland in earlier games. “I’d told my coach (Chandika Hathurasinghe of Sri Lanka) that I’ll give you a hundred in this World Cup and I kept my promise.”In an earlier game, pace-bowler Paul van Meekeren grabbed 4-11 as the Netherlands defeated Ireland by 12 runs. Put in to bat, the Netherlands scored 59-5 with opener Stephen Myburgh striking an 18-ball 27 with five fours. Irish left-arm spinner George Dockrell took 3-7.Ireland could only reach 47-4 in reply with Van Meekeren ending their hopes with the wickets of Max Sorensen (9) and George Dockrell (0) off consecutive deliveries in the last over.”It’s special,” van Meekeren said. “The captain told me to bowl short of length and into the stumps and it was perfect conditions for me. We had been preparing for this for the last three weeks, maybe six months, and it worked out well.”Paul Stirling top-scored for Ireland with 15.last_img read more

Neymar to PSG? Barcelona’s denials don’t stop transfer talk

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Slaughter admits dealing with chemistry issues in 1st game back for Ginebra PSG may be better served signing Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who is not as skillful as Neymar but more hard-working.Playing Neymar at striker would add flair, but arguably less goals: raising the question whether it’s actually worth it for PSG to sign him.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Before him came Rai, the classy midfield general who broke down in tears after waving good bye to PSG fans following a brilliant spell from 1993-98 where he scored 72 goals and dazzled in the City of Light. There was also Valdo — Rai’s astute midfield partner. Attacking right back Leonardo — who became the club’s sporting director, signing Ibrahimovic — and the recently retired left back Maxwell left lasting impressions.___FITTING INTO THE TEAMWhich position would Neymar play for PSG? Would he fit in or clash with star striker Edinson Cavani?Awkward questions for PSG.Neymar can play on both flanks, but should be the leading main man as center forward.That role already belongs to Cavani, who signed a new PSG contract until 2020 after netting a league-leading 35 goals last season.Having waited three years to become PSG’s No. 1, slogging it out wide right to accommodate Ibrahimovic, it is highly unlikely Cavani would welcome doing the same again if Neymar joins.Equally, having played a supporting role to Messi and — somewhat — to Luis Suarez for the past two seasons, Neymar would not want to play second fiddle again.PSG is desperate to join Europe’s elite, but signing Neymar may produce a conflict the club should avoid. For his arrival could push Cavani out of the door, depriving PSG of its best scorer. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Not magical enough to win the Champions League yet, or even advance past the quarterfinals in the past four seasons. To challenge for European soccer’s top prize, coach Unai Emery told L’Equipe earlier this week: “PSG must have one of the top five players in the world. We are looking to sign one this summer.”Neymar certainly fits the bill. While not at the level of Barcelona star Lionel Messi or Real Madrid’s prolific Ronaldo, the 25-year-old Neymar has longer left at the top and has not even reached his peak. Should PSG sign Neymar, the transfer would smash the previous world-record fee of 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid a year ago for France midfielder Paul Pogba.It would be a massive coup for Emery given his troubled first season.PSG relinquished its league title to Monaco and made unwanted history by becoming the first team eliminated from the Champions League knockout stages having won the first leg 4-0. PSG lost 6-1 away to Barcelona in the last 16, with PSG’s tormentor being Neymar.___PSG’S PURSUITThe Qatari-owned club’s courting of Neymar dates back to April last year.With uncertainty surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future, PSG had discussions with the player’s father and his agent, Wagner Riberio. PSG reportedly was ready to pay 190 million euros.But two months later, Neymar reached an agreement to extend his Barcelona contract until 2021, with his release clause pushed up to the existing 220 million euros and 250 million ($288 million) by the summer of 2018.It raised the question whether he just used PSG club as a bargaining tool. However, in September, Ribeiro publicly stated that Neymar had been “close to joining PSG.” ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTubecenter_img ___ANTICIPATION IN PARISReports in Spain and France state that the transfer could be completed by the end of July.“Un Pari Magique” (A Magic Gamble) read the front page headline on sports daily L’Equipe on Saturday. It was accompanied by a photo of Neymar with his hand on his forehead like a ship’s captain, gazing into the horizon as if longingly eyeing a future destination.The headline is a play on words with the favorite chant among PSG fans of “Paris est Magique” (Paris is Magic).ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ But Neymar left the stadium in New Jersey without saying anything to reporters, allowing speculation he will imminently join PSG for 220 million euros ($253 million) to persist.The Barcelona coach and president have been more willing to speak, and both are adamant the mercurial forward is staying put.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We want Neymar to be with us,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after the 2-1 victory over Juventus. “We know the importance he has in our game, our dressing room, the team dynamic, and we want him with us. It’s clear.”Barcelona’s league campaign begins on Aug. 20, while PSG’s season opener is in less than two weeks on Aug. 5. Barcelona’s Neymar, center, attacks as Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, tries to block his shot during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match, Saturday, July 22, 2017, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Juventus’ Andrea Barzagli, right, helps defend on the play. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)PARIS — Denials from Barcelona are doing little to halt the fervor that Brazil star Neymar could be joining Paris Saint-Germain in a transfer that more than doubles the world record.Neymar is still playing for Barcelona, warming up for the new season by scoring twice against Juventus in a friendly on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Fast forward, and sections of the Brazilian and Spanish media reignited the deal this month, saying that Neymar wants to emerge out of Messi’s shadow — which couldn’t happen for a while seeing as Messi has agreed a new Barcelona contract until 2021.But the last thing Valverde needs is losing Neymar.“There are rumors, we’re aware of them,” Valverde said. “We’re happy with him and he’s happy with us.”According to Spanish reports, Neymar has told club Josep Bartomeu that he wants to leave. But speaking Thursday during an interview at The Associated Press, Bartomeu said firmly : “He is not on the market.”Landing Neymar would be an even bigger coup than signing Ibrahimovic in 2012.___FEELING AT HOMEThe PSG squad features several of Neymar’s compatriots. The captain is Thiago Silva, whose center back partner is fellow Brazilian Marquinhos. PSG also recently signed rampaging Brazilian full back Dani Alves from Juventus.PSG’s Parc des Princes loves a Samba beat, too.The mesmeric Ronaldinho was a huge favorite from 2001-03, securing a big move to Barcelona — where he won the Golden Ball. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ateneo crushes FEU, advances to 3rd straight UAAP Finals

first_imgAteneo started hot early with a 17-9 lead after the first, including an 8-0 opening run, and sustained that momentum throughout the whole match.Things turned from bad to worse for the Tamaraws when point guard Alec Stockton got ejected for trying to punch Thirdy Ravena at the 7:12 mark of the third.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 ChrissRavena then gave the Blue Eagles a 48-24 buffer after 3-pointer right following the incident.“We knew that coming into this game we would go up against a tough FEU team who had two great wins against Adamson and De La Salle so we wanted to make sure that from the start we’d lock on especially on the defensive end,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. Mavs pull away in 4th, beat Celtics View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FEU got into the Final Four by the skin of its teeth after ending the elimination round on a three-game winning streak capped of by an 82-56 beating of Adamson.The Tamaraws then got into a fourth place playoff with the Green Archers that they won 71-70, but that momentum didn’t carry over as the Blue Eagles showed their mettle.It was all Ateneo throughout the game and Ravena gave the Blue Eagles a 31-point lead, 59-28, with a three-pointer with 2:53 left in the third quarter.Ravena finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals before fouling out with 3:33 left in the game while Angelo Kouame had an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Blue Eagles.Barkley Eboña led all FEU scorers with nine points while the graduating Arvin Tolentino, who averaged 13.4 points before this game, managed to score just five points on 2-of-4 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion Ateneo didn’t waste any time in going back to the title round after whipping Far Eastern University, 80-61, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball Final Four Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The first-seeded Blue Eagles (12-2) own a twice-to-beat advantage but that didn’t matter as they displayed their championship class to bamboozle the fourth-seeded Tamaraws, who couldn’t get into their offensive rhythm especially in the third quarter where they trailed by as much as 31.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carpio 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Hindu body concerned over delay in approval of marriage licences

first_imgSome eight pandits, who have been waiting since last year for approval of marriage licences, are growing concerned over the delay in the process.Vishnu Bandhu, President of the Guyana Central Arya Samaj, a major Hindu umbrella organisation in Guyana, has expressed annoyance over the push around his organisation is getting from Government in its efforts to secure the marriage licences.During an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday, Bandhu explained that applications to legally conduct Hindu weddings were submitted to the Public Security Ministry since October 2015 but to date no progress has been made: “The Guyana Central Arya Samaj made several follow-ups with Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and the ministry staff since last year. Mr Ramjattan’s Ministry acknowledged receipt of the application but there was no action, saying it was working on the request.”In March, Bandhu said his organisation was eventually informed that the processing will take place at the Citizenship Ministry.However, the organisation was required to resubmit all documentations: “The Ministry however said it “lost” all the applications and supporting documents and asked for a re-submission of same. The organisation again expeditiously resubmitted all the requested relevant supporting documents with attachments.”The religious leader registered concerns over the push around his organisation has been receiving from the Citizenship Ministry, too.He alleged that another Hindu organisation, which has close ties with the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition administration, also made submissions for marriage licences around the same time his organisation did and they were successful.“Clearly, the more things change, the more they remain the same. The Guyana Central Arya Samaj is urging the Government to act in the best interests of all Guyanese and the nation at large,” Bandhu stated.He also expressed that his involvement in politics could also be a factor for the slothfulness in the application process. Bandhu had contested as the presidential candidate for the United Republication Party (URP) in the General and Regional Elections 2015.One of the pandits, who is waiting on approval for his marriage licence, told this publication that it is rather inconvenient not having the licence: “I am a practicing pandit. I am doing all the rituals. So people would approach you. For example, I had to turn down a wedding offer a few weeks back because I wasn’t a marriage officer so I had to point him to somebody else,” Doodnauth Bowan from Clonbrook, East Coast Demerara (ECD) stated.Nonetheless, he expressed that he has enough patience to wait until the process is completed: “I was told that the applications got misplaced and we reapplied. I am not that frustrated but I am still on the lookout for the licence. I have patience.”Another pandit who spoke to this publication also noted that he is in no hurry to get his licence but is concerned about the run-around the organisation is receiving.“The negligence on the part of the Ministry is worrying. We had a meeting with the Minister in his office, you know. After that, we got a message that they lost all the application and then they asked us to reapply which we did. Since then, to date, we haven’t heard anything,” Muneshwar Rup from Charity, Essequibo Coast, stated.The organisation is calling on the relevant authorities to look into the matter and ensure the applications are processed swiftly.last_img read more

Opposition to challenge DPP’s dismissal in High Court

first_imgOne day after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack, dismissed charges against Government Ministers Volda Lawrence and George Norton, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Opposition has indicated its intension to challenge the decision in the High Court.This was announced by former Attorney General and Opposition’s legal representative, Anil Nandlall.“I am now actively considering challenging the DPP’s decision in court because her decision is reviewable by the High Court… I will do it, it’s just a matter of time,” he told this media group during a telephone interview on Tuesday.“The DPP has exercised her discretion and her powers unlawfully and discriminatorily and therefore, her actions are illegal and unconstitutional,” Nandlall noted. According to the former AG, while the DPP has the power to take over and discontinue all criminal charges filed, this “power and discretion” is not absolute, and must be exercised reasonably and in accordance with established principles.To this end, he pointed out that that the reasons advanced by the DPP cannot withstand objective legal scrutiny.“The two legal reasons given in the press statement are dubious at least. One that a report was not made to the Police station, the DPP was careful not to point which law requires for such a report to be made because there is no such law… Secondly, the DPP said she’s acting in good governance; ‘good government’ is not part of the responsibility of the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions…,” he stated.The former Attorney General further outlined that there seems to be a battle between authoritarianism and the rule of law unfolding, while noting that every time an authoritarian act is not challenged, then it is allowed to prevail over the rule of law.“It is important that we do not allow unlawful decisions and abuse of power to go unaddressed… It is a pity that organisations and persons, who a few years ago were very vociferous on these very issues, have now become silent. History will judge their hypocrisy harshly,” Nandlall stated.Hours after private criminal charges were filed against three more Government Ministers by Nandlall on behalf of Opposition parliamentarian Juan Edghill, the DPP announced discontinuance of the case filed on April 19, 2018, against Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and former Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton over the sole sourcing of over $600 million in drugs and other pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and the rental of a house in Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, to be utilised as a drug bond at a cost of $12 million monthly, respectively.This move by the Opposition came on the heels of former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), being charged by the State on April 12, for “misconduct in public office: contrary to common law” as it pertains to the sale of three plots of State land.Nevertheless, the DPP said in a statement on Monday that, “…These charges concern a grave issue under the criminal law in relation to two serving Ministers. In the interest of good governance in the State of Guyana, such allegations ought first to have been reported to the Guyana Police Force for an investigation to be launched and the advice of the DPP sought.”However, Nandlall had pointed out on Monday that, as far as he is aware, no one wrote requesting a review of the charges against Ministers Lawrence and Norton.“I am aware that at a press conference held on Saturday, the 21st day of April, 2018, Attorney General Basil Williams stated that ‘the Government expects’ the DPP to review the private criminal charges filed against the Ministers. It is now apparent that, even without a request, the Government’s expectations were met,” he observed.Moreover, he also recalled writing the DPP inviting a review of the charges filed against former Finance Minister and former head of NICIL that were brought on last week, and to date, he has not received a response.Nevertheless, the PPP Opposition moved on Monday to file criminal charges against another three Government Ministers; this time in relation to the controversial D’Urban Park Project.The private criminal charges were filed against Finance Minister Winston Jordan; Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, alleging a breach of the Procurement Act in relation to the expenditure of $906 million in public funds to a private company, Homestretch Development Inc, for the construction of the controversial D’Urban Park Project, which has been a contentious issue for some time now.Jordan and Patterson have been jointly charged with misconduct and abuse of public trust for having allegedly authorised the payment, while Dr Roopnaraine, who was a Director of the company, has been charged with alleged misconduct and the abuse of public trust for having received in his capacity as Director the $906 million in public funds while serving as Minister.last_img read more

Boys’ basketball: Campbell Hall makes quick work of LACES

first_imgCampbell Hall (30-1), ranked No. 2 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports and No. 19 in the nation by USA Today, advances to Saturday’s semifinal. Joe Finnerty’s layup and 3-point play on the next trip down the floor started the second-quarter onslaught and gave the Vikings a 30-23 lead with 3:39 left before halftime. Joe Ford buried a 3-pointer, Jrue Holiday hit a pair of jumpers, Finnerty added another layup and Ford followed with a basket from the baseline to give Campbell Hall a 41-23 lead, an advantage that was extended to 20 points at halftime. “We haven’t had a run like that in a while,” Campbell Hall coach Terry Kelly said. “We wore them down.” It was more of the same in the second half as LACES (13-23) struggled to find any answers. Ford hit two jumpers to open the third quarter and Holiday scored nine consecutive points, highlighted by a breakaway two-handed dunk to give Campbell Hall a 58-28 lead with 5:06remaining in the third quarter. “We got after them on defense, and that led to easy baskets,” Ford said. “Once we got a couple of buckets things just started snowballing for us. It was a classic run.” Jrue Holiday wasn’t done. The 6-foot-4 junior stole the ball from Kevin Jackson, took the ball coast to coast and dunked over Sean Butler to make it a 66-36 game at the 3:01 mark of the third quarter. He threw an alley-oop to brother Justin seconds later and exited the game, along with the rest of the starters, with 3:57 remaining left in the fourth quarter. “Once Campbell Hall starts playing its game, getting out in transition, they’re tough to beat,” Baskerville said. “Impossible to beat.” Jrue Holiday finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. Justin Holiday added 10 points and 15rebounds. Ford had 17 points and eight assists. sean.ceglinsky@dailynews.com (818) 713-3612 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LACES of Los Angeles entered Thursday’s Southern California Div. IV regional playoff game against Campbell Hall of North Hollywood as the prohibitive underdog, but had to feel good when it trailed by just two points with 3:50 left in the first half. Then things quickly fell apart. center_img The Vikings stepped up the defensive pressure with a stifling full-court press and went on a 16-0 run over a two-minute stretch of the second quarter to take control en route to a 91-60 victory at Crespi High in Encino. “We knew they were going to make a run, but there was nothing we could do to stop it,” LACES coach Ernest Baskerville said. last_img read more

China seeks faster Myanmar reforms

first_imgYANGON, Myanmar – China called on Myanmar to speed up democratic reforms, state media reported Saturday – an unusual move for Beijing, which has traditionally refrained from criticizing the military regime. The call came as a U.N. human rights investigator wrapped up a trip to the country that he said had helped him to determine that at least 15 people died during the junta’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests in September. China’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi also expressed support for U.N. attempts to reconcile the regime and the suppressed democracy movement during a two-day meeting with the junta that ended Friday. The state-controlled New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported the meeting only after Wang had left the country. China, a communist country whose own record on democratic reforms and human rights has been criticized, is one of Myanmar’s largest trading partners and its main political ally. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Beijing does not usually publicly criticize Myanmar’s military government, a reflection of its position of strict noninterference in the internal affairs of the country. But in recent weeks, it has been credited with working behind the scenes to pressure Myanmar to embrace democratic reforms after the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations. China also provided important backing for visits to Myanmar by the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy. 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

BUSINESS PROFILE: GUS O’DRISCOLL, WET ‘N’ WILD, LETTERKENNY

first_imgBUSINESS PROFILE: GUS O’DRISCOLL, WET ‘N’ WILD OUTDOOR STORE, LETTERKENNYDonegaldaily.com: What is your career and what do you do?Gus: I own & run an Outdoor Sports Business in Letterkenny called Wet n Wild that offers a decent selection from all of the top Outdoor Brands specialising in Outdoor Clothing & Footwear, Watersports Equestrian & Camping Donegaldaily.com: Tell us about your first job and how much were you paid?Gus: £5 per day working to a farmer in Galway PJ Costello a real legend. Taught me most of what I know and the lessons I learned with PJ have stood me in good stead down the years.Donegaldaily.com: What was your first success in business?Gus: Having the balls to face down a devious Kerryman and Corkman at my first (post graduate) employment and not backing down as they thought I would and going on to “win the war”! Donegaldaily.com: Name the one local or international business person you look up to?Gus: Michael O Leary no question about that. A much maligned genius who had the acumen vision and balls to take a fledgling airline in its infancy that was pitted against a semi state leviathan (Aer Lingus), Government ineptitude, Irish begrudgery and British condescension and within 20 years instead of it being laughed at in the Brit & Irish tabloid press for having an aircraft detained at Birmingham for late payment of fuel to becoming one of the biggest airlines in the world far bigger than BA and all because Michael doesn’t do BS!Donegaldaily.com: What has been your biggest mistake in business?Gus: Working for 1 year longer than I should have for two incompetent men when I should have pressed the eject button earlier to “plough my own furrow”Donegaldaily.com: What is the most valuable piece of advice you have ever been given? Gus: There is nothing wrong with making a mistake as long as you learn from it.Donegaldaily.com: What advice would you give to someone starting out in business today?Gus: You have to speculate to accumulate but the trick is in managing the risk.Donegaldaily.com: What one item would you take with you to a desert island and why? Gus: A Leatherman Multitool – a product with a lifetime guarantee that is a knife, pliers, scissors and hundreds more things (available at Wet n Wild!)Donegaldaily.com: What item can you not do without?Gus: A mug of good coffee in the morning to “Fire up the day”Donegaldaily.com: What item would you prefer to do without?Gus: Shop Mortgage!Donegaldaily.com: What do you do in your spare time (if you have any)?Gus: Scuba Dive, Horse Ride, Mountain Climb, Kayak – but if I had more free time I could squeeze in a few more.Donegaldaily.com: When will you retire?Gus: When I am 90 the way things are going in Ireland at present !Donegaldaily.com: What’s your tip to surviving the recession?Gus: Remember a man can eat an elephant but only in small bites.Donegaldaily.com: What one thing would you do if you were Finance Minister to help business?Gus: Abolish Dole and set up instead a massive community employment scheme so that anyone who wants to work can and in return for a reasonable weekly wage there would be no rubbish on the back of Errigal Road, Beaches would be clean, Letterkenny would be tidy with no rubbish on streets and we would get a bit of pride back into our country and any able bodied person who doesn’t want to work for a wage should be given a free ticket to Nigeria or Albania or wherever and sign on there instead!BUSINESS PROFILE: GUS O’DRISCOLL, WET ‘N’ WILD, LETTERKENNY was last modified: January 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Brendan Rodgers joins talkSPORT to reflect on losing first game as Celtic boss

first_imgBrendan Rodgers is confident his Celtic team will make amends for losing his first game in charge against semi-pro side Lincoln Red Imps by thrashing them at home.The Bhoys were beaten 1-0 by the champions of Gibraltar in their Champions League qualifying tie on Tuesday – a result many are branding one of the worst in the club’s history.Striker Lee Casciaro, who had scored Gibraltar’s first international goal against Scotland at Hampden Park in 2015, sensationally put the part-timers ahead in the 47th minute, while the Hoops missed a series of chances on the Victoria Stadium’s astro-turf pitch.The teams will meet again in the second leg at Celtic Park next Wednesday, and Rodgers believes his new-look side will put the shock result behind them with a convincing display at home.However, the former Liverpool boss admits it could be disastrous if they suffer elimination at the hands of the minnows.When asked what went wrong for the Hoops, Rodgers told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “It was a mixture of a few things, really. We were playing on an astro-turf pitch, which wasn’t ideal, and it was up to the mid-30’s in temperature.“And it wasn’t a modern turf pitch, either, it was a very dated and old school one.“But still, we dominated the game, we failed to our chances and obviously they had one clearance up the pitch that bounced awkwardly and the guy goes in and scores.“But give credit to them, they played with five at the back made it very difficult for us, and we couldn’t break them down. Then when we did, we hit the crossbar four times and their keeper made some great saves. Sometimes that happens in football.“It’s obviously disappointing but I think over the course of these qualifying rounds the second legs for us at Parkhead were always going to be very important.“It will be a totally different game at home.  “The team has been training really well. They’ve only been back at training for about 20 days and these games come very quickly for us. They’re a great bunch of boys who will be hurting this morning.“I’m sure the result last night would have disappointed the fans, but this is a process for us, it’s going to take time to mould this team.“But we’ll be even more disappointed if we don’t get the right result next week.”last_img read more