Messi retires from international football

first_imgPlace of birth: Rosario, ArgentinaClub: Barcelona (ESP/since 2000)International appearances: 112International goals: 55International debut: August 17, 2005, Hungary 1 Argentina 2HonoursClubChampions League (4): 2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15Club World Cup (3): 2009, 2011, 2015Spanish Championships (8): 2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16Spanish Cup (3): 2008-09, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16Spanish Super Cups (6) 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013InternationalWorld Cup: Finalist (2010), Quarter-finalist (2006, 2010), 15 matches, 5 goalsCopa America: Finalist (2015, 2007, 2016), Quarter-finalist (2011), 16 matches, 3 goalsOlympic gold medal (1): 2008Under-20 World Cup (1): 2005Individual Honours:Ballon D’Or (5): 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015Top scorer in the Spanish league (3): 2009-2010 (34 goals), 2011-2012 (50 goals), 2012-13 (46 goals)Top scorer in the Champions League (5): 2008-2009 (9 goals), 2009-2010 (8 goals), 2010-2011 (12 goals), 2011-2012 (14 goals), 2014-15 (10 goals)World Cup Golden Ball (1): 2014Olympic player of the tournament (1): 2008Under-20 World Cup player of the tournament (1): 2005Top scorer at Under-20 World Cup (1): 2005 (6 goals) Lionel Messi factfileName: Lionel Andres MessiNationality: ArgentinianDate of birth: June 24, 1987 – age 29 Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football here Sunday after Argentina crashed to an upset defeat against Chile in the final of the Copa America.The heartbroken Barcelona superstar was distraught after missing a spot-kick as Chile snatched victory in a penalty shoot-out — Messi’s fourth straight defeat in a major final while representing Argentina.“For me the national team is over,” the crestfallen 29-year-old told reporters.“I’ve done all I can, I’ve been in four finals and it hurts not to be a champion.“It’s a hard moment for me and the team, and it’s difficult to say, but it’s over with the Argentina team.”Messi’s dramatic announcement followed Argentina’s third loss in a major final since 2014.They were beaten 1-0 by Germany in the final of the World Cup in 2014 and lost on penalties, also to Chile, in the final of the 2015 Copa America.Messi also tasted defeat with Argentina in the final of the 2007 Copa America.Despite a glittering career that has seen him be named FIFA World Player of the Year on no fewer than five occasions, Messi has often faced baffling criticism from Argentina fans.Although universally regarded as one of the greatest footballers ever, he has regularly been criticised for his failure to land a major title in the colours of Argentina.Messi’s failure to match the achievements in the Argentina jersey of Diego Maradona, who single-handedly carried the team to victory in the 1986 World Cup, has often been held against him.Maradona himself has often taken potshots at Messi, criticizing him on the eve of the tournament for a perceived “lack of personality.”“He’s a really good person, but he has no personality,” Maradona said in Paris shortly before the start of Euro 2016.“He lacks the character to be a leader.”Messi’s bombshell decision comes after a gruelling season which was disrupted by injury last year.He recovered to help Barcelona win the Spanish title once more and was relishing the prospect of leading Argentina to glory in the Copa America Centenario.His commitment to playing for Argentina was reflected in his decision to fly from Spain to Argentina for a low-key friendly against Honduras shortly before the tournament, where he suffered a back injury.He then returned to Spain to give evidence at his trial for tax fraud before jetting off to the United States to join up with his Argentina team-mates.Although he was injured for his team’s opening group game against Chile, he came on as a substitute in a 5-0 hammering of Panama to score a hat-trick in 19 minutes.He then equalled Argentina’s international goalscoring record of 54, held by Gabriel Batistuta, in the quarter-finals before setting a new mark with his 55th international goal in the semi-final win over the United States. Share on: WhatsApp East Rutherford, UNITED STATES | AFP |last_img read more

Hunters Academy begins in NCD

first_imgFormer Lahanis captain and Hunters assistant coach Nigel Hukula said: “Basically, it’s a small training academy where youths from the Port Moresby Rugby League, between the ages of 16 to 20 years old, are invited to come.“They attend the basic tackling techniques, ball patterns and training drills which are conducted by our trainers and also, we give the opportunity to the players to conduct drills and training.“We believe it is important for young and upcoming rugby league players to acquire these skills and techniques given the fact that most of the boys are still in school but they also play rugby league,” said Hukula.”Marum, during his time with the Gurias, also set up a similar academy and a lot of the current Digicel Cup players and few Hunters players were part of that program.“It’s a pilot program and we are starting here in the Nation’s Capital but nothing big at the moment. We’ll just run it for a couple of months and see how it goes.”last_img read more

Murray splits with coach Ivan Lendl for second time

first_imgMOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ That came in Dubai in March, while his best Grand Slam performance was reaching the semi-finals of the French Open.A hip problem ruined his Wimbledon defence and forced him out of the US Open, ultimately ending his season with three months to run.Murray’s 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon titles came under Lendl and after they split in 2014 he worked with former French player Amelie Mauresmo before reuniting with Lendl in 2016.The top of the men’s game is currently beset by a glut of injuries to big-name players, with Murray, Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka all missing from the ongoing ATP Finals in London, which Murray won last year.Murray has slipped to 16th in the world this year.Nadal pulled out of this year’s tournament after his opening round-robin match.Murray replaced Djokovic as world number one in November 2016 and held the top spot for 41 weeks before being replaced by NadalMurray practised with Austria’s Dominic Thiem for two hours ahead of the ATP Finals last week. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Murray, who has missed a big chunk of the current season through injury, will continue to work on his fitness in Miami before heading to Australia ahead of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year.“I wish Andy well going forward. We had a great run and a lot of fun,” said Lendl, himself an eight-time Grand Slam winner as a player.Lendl will continue to work in the field of player development at the US Tennis Association, where his group’s Patrick Kypson recently won his first professional event.Murray has won just a single title in 2017 after his golden year in 2016.Injury-ravaged 2017ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene FILE – in this Jan. 15, 2012 file photo, Andy Murray of Britain, left, talks with coach Ivan Lendl during a practice session for the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia. Murray and Lendl are calling it quits for a second time, ending a partnership that produced three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic gold medals. (AP Photo/Sarah Ivey, File)LONDON — Former world number one Andy Murray announced Friday he has split with coach Ivan Lendl for the second time as he works towards regaining full fitness for the 2018 season.The 30-year-old Scot has enjoyed all of his Grand Slam success under the guidance of Lendl, securing a second Wimbledon title last year and another Olympic title in the second instalment of their fruitful partnership.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Overall, in his two spells with Lendl, Murray won three Grand Slams, two Olympic golds and reached the top of the rankings in a fearsomely competitive era of men’s tennis featuring Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.“I’m thankful to Ivan for all his help and guidance over the years. We’ve had great success and learned a lot as a team,” Murray said on his website.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“My focus now is on getting ready for Australia with the team I have in place and getting back to competing.”The statement said the decision to end the coaching relationship had been mutual. Peaking Archers seek Finals slot vs Falcons Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View commentslast_img read more

Westbrook has procedure on knee; status for opener in doubt

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 UEFA insists no talks on Champions League final in New York Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shouts after a dunk in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee on Wednesday, putting his availability for the season opener against the Golden State Warriors in doubt.The team says Westbrook decided after suffering from inflammation in the knee this past weekend that he’d have the procedure. He’ll be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks, close to the season opener at Golden State on Oct. 16.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Westbrook was the league MVP in 2016-17 and averaged a triple-double last season for a second straight season. He averaged 25.4 points, a league-leading 10.3 assists and 10.1 rebounds last season.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 Chriss View commentslast_img read more

Funds available to pay dismissed Wales sugar workers – Holder

first_img– as court ruling remains pending; matter to be heard today – GAWUWhile thousands of dismissed workers across the sugar belt were paid the final tranche of their severance payments, ex-Wales Sugar Estate workers are yet to receive their legally entitled benefits, as the matter is still before the court.Wales Sugar EstateHowever, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder is insisting that Government is ready to pay the workers, noting that the funds are available.“I spoke to GuySuCo (Guyana Sugar Corporation) and they said that unlike the others with the straightforward supplementary, that case is before the court. We have the money to pay, and if the court case with the workers and the union is done this week, they can get paid by weekend…we are ready,” Holder told this publication on Monday.GAWU President, Komal ChandHis comments came in response to a story carried in this newspaper wherein it was revealed that over 350 workers who had been attached to the Wales Sugar Estate were not paid their severance. These workers are involved in a court case wherein they contend that their employer, GuySuCo, was acting unlawfully by compelling them to travel 22 miles from their point of origin to Uitvlugt on the West Coast of Demerara.According to President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand, the court case is scheduled to be heard before Justice Sandil Kissoon today (Tuesday). It was in early November that the National Assembly gave approval for almost $2.5 billion to cater for the remaining severance payments to 4,723 sugar workers.Earlier this year, Government opted to pay some workers half of their severance, with the remaining half to be paid in the latter part of the year. It was last Friday that the majority of payments were made. During last week, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo gave all assurances that the Wales workers who were previously prevented from receiving severance pay by the GAWU-filed court case would receive their outstanding benefits.Agriculture Minister Noel HolderA report by Government agency the Department of Public Information (DPI) claimed that many former workers benefited from alternative livelihood programmes designed to equip them with skills to seek employment in different areas such as sewing, cosmetology, caring for the elderly, catering, mechanical and electrical works, and small business management. This was in contrast to what Guyana Times has been reporting over the last two years — that many of these very workers are finding great difficulty is obtaining consistent and well-paying employment. In December 2016, Wales was the first Estate that was closed in the current era of Governmental rule. Other Estates closed were Skeldon, Enmore and Rose Hall, all of which were re-opened under small operations as GuySuCo eyes local, regional and international investors to manage the entities.last_img read more

Pipeline Bombings Update Today

first_imgThe RCMP will be holding a news briefing this morning to update its investigation, into the South Peace natural gas pipeline bombings in October.It says new information and surveillance photos will be released and, an official from Calgary based Encana Pipelines, the targeted company of all three bombings, will also release a statement.In their previous news briefings on the bombings, police have said they believe, whoever is responsible for them is from the local area and, very familiar with its oil and gas industry.- Advertisement -Today’s briefing is scheduled for ten o’clock in Dawson Creek.last_img read more

Fullerton ends season for SBVC women

first_imgThe 13th-seeded Wolverines, who recorded the first playoff win in the program’s history last week in an upset of Orange Coast, finished 20-10. “The game was very physical, and in the first half I think the officials got caught up with the fans,” SBVC second-year coach Sue Crebbin said. “They have a homecourt advantage. I think they (officials) settled down in the second half.” By the end of the first half, it looked like the Hornets might make the second half largely a moot point. Fullerton drew 15 first-half fouls, was 11 of 17 from the line, led by as many as 12 points in the first half before taking a 44-34 halftime lead. SBVC had six different players with at least two first-half fouls, including Ja’Nae Westmoreland, who had three. “It (foul trouble) forced us to go to a zone, when we prefer to stay with a man defense,” Crebbin said. FULLERTON – The San Bernardino Valley College women’s basketball team had already gone farther than it ever had before. But the Wolverines fell short of their much larger goal. But the Wolverines came out firing to start the second half, going on a 12-2 run to tie the score 46-46 on a Ronisha Edwards jumper with 15:01 to play. “They made some outside shots because we were playing off them, protecting against the drive,” Fullerton coach Debi Woelke said. “We had to guard them a little closer.” Fullerton scored the next six points, and SBVC couldn’t get closer than four points thereafter. The Hornets never pushed the lead beyond 10 in the second half. “We were caught between a rock and a hard place,” guard La’Quita Jordan said. “We wanted to play them tight, but we had the fouls.” Both Shy Walter (15 points) and Edwards (13 points) fouled out for SBVC, but both of those came in the final minute. Edwards and Jordan (16 points) provided some offense off the bench for the Wolverines, who were used to playing lower-scoring games. “Jordan and Edwards are like instant offense for us,” Crebbin said. But the Wolverines’ instant offense wasn’t enough to overcome Fullerton, which shot 68 percent in the first half, and 59 percent for the game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Fullerton denied SBVC its first trip to the state tournament, with a 77-69 victory on Saturday at the Hornet’s Nest in a Southern California Regional game. Fullerton (27-8), seeded No.5 in the South, advances to Fresno for the state quarterfinals for the first time since 1998. last_img read more

Sen. Clinton: House ‘run like a plantation’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK (AP) – Sen. Hillary Clinton on Monday blasted the Bush administration as “one of the worst” in U.S. history and compared the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to a plantation where dissenting voices are squelched. Speaking during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, Clinton also offered an apology to a group of Hurricane Katrina survivors “on behalf of a government that left you behind, that turned its back on you.” Her remarks were met with thunderous applause by a mostly black audience at the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem. The House “has been run like a plantation, and you know what I’m talking about,” said Clinton, D-N.Y. “It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard.” “We have a culture of corruption, we have cronyism, we have incompetence,” she said. “I predict to you that this administration will go down in history as one of the worst that has ever governed our country.” A spokeswoman for the White House declined to comment and referred questions to the Republican National Committee. RNC spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt said: “On a day when Americans are focused on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Hillary Clinton is focused on the legacy of Hillary Clinton.”last_img read more


first_imgA total of 18 Primary Care Centres and Health Centres in Donegal will introduce a tobacco-free campus policy on Monday, 2 December 2013.From that date, it will no longer be possible to smoke anywhere on these Primary Care Centre or Health Centre grounds; for example, entrances, doorways, walkways, internal roads, car parks or cars.The Primary Care Centres and Health Centres that are leading the way in this initiative are: Convoy Health CentreManorcunningham Health CentreLifford Old Health CentreMuff Health Centre Malin Health CentreQuigley’s Point Health CentreLetterkenny: ARK Medical CentreLetterkenny: Scally PracticeRathmullan Health Centre Brianleck Health CentreDoochary Health CentreFintown Primary Care CentreDunfanaghy Health Centre Glenties Health CentreBundoran Health CentreMountcharles Health CentreDunkineely Health CentreKillybegs Health CentreAs healthcare providers in Donegal, these Primary Care and Health Centres are committed to reducing the use of tobacco and its harmful health effects.The Tobacco Free Campus Policy in the 18 Centres aims to create a healthier, smoke-free, clean environment for the clients, staff, visitors and contract workers.Dr Gearoid O’Rourke GP said lung cancer is the commonest cause of cancer death in men and women.“In fact lung cancer kills more people than do the next three common cancers combined. Yet lung cancer is almost entirely preventable.“About 1,650 people in Ireland die from lung cancer every year. Smoking cigarettes is by far the biggest risk factor and is responsible for 90% of cases. There are over 4,000 chemicals in every cigarette and at least 55 are known to cause cancer.“The risk of developing lung cancer is also dose dependent. For example, if you smoke just one cigarette a day, you are three times more likely to get lung cancer than a non-smoker. However, if you smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day, you are 20 times more likely to get lung cancer than a non-smoker.“Even if you do not smoke, ‘passive smoking’ can increase your risk of developing lung cancer. Research has found that non-smoking women who share their house with a smoking partner are 27% more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smoking women who live with a non-smoking partner.Fiona Boyle, Smoking Cessation Advisor, HSE Donegal says, “The HSE has set a target of introducing a Smoke-Free Campus Policy to all health campuses by 2015.“We are introducing this policy in one third of Donegal’s Primary Care Centres on Monday, 2 December. We are urging all doctors and allied healthcare workers to support the Tobacco Free Campus Policy initiative and join with us in sending a clear, strong and unambiguous message against Tobacco.“The Tobacco Free Campus policy will lead to a better health outcome for patients by treating tobacco addiction as a care issue and we are actively promoting smoking cessation to support patients to quit. The introduction of a Tobacco Free Campus policy will take time but the success of this type of policy in other places, such as on the Letterkenny General Hospital campus, indicates that the majority of people support the policy. Introducing a tobacco-fee campus policy sends a clear message that these Primary Care settings are committed to protecting and promoting the health of their patients, staff and all who visit the centres.”The HSE Donegal Smoking Cessation Service is supporting this initiative by offering free support to anyone wishing to quit tobacco in any of the 12 clinics throughout Donegal.If you wish to avail of this service, you can contact Fiona Boyle on 087 – 2514790 or Catherine Coleman on 087 – 6913777 for details or to make an appointment.HSE staff who join the Donegal Smoking Cessation Service will also be supported with six weeks free Tobacco Dependence Treatments i.e. NRT patch, to support their quit attempt. The HSE has also developed a QUIT campaign to provide supports for people who want to quit smoking which is available on or National Smokers’ Quitline on 1850 201 203.NO ‘IFS’ OR ‘BUTTS’ – SMOKING STAMPED OUT IN DONEGAL HEALTH CENTRES was last modified: November 21st, 2013 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:donegalhealth centresNo SmokingPrimary Care Centreslast_img read more

Free Suicide Intervention course to take place in Letterkenny

first_imgThe Doorway Project is a community organisation managed by a voluntary committee based in Letterkenny, mainly working in training and education for people of all ages, youth, and childcare. The Doorway Project Education Centre will be hosting ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training); a free two-day skill building workshop in suicide first-aid.During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. ASIST was developed in 1983 and has been taken by over 1,000,000 people worldwide.It will take place at the Doorway Project at No. 6 Meadowbank, Letterkenny on Tuesday 18th January and Wednesday 19th January from 9.30am – 5pm.For further information/book a place contact 0867831376 or email You can also call in to No.6 Meadowbank, Long Lane, Letterkenny.You can find out more about The Doorway Project by visiting their website or Facebook. To find out more about ASIST you can click here.Free Suicide Intervention course to take place in Letterkenny was last modified: January 7th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Asistletterkennythe doorway projectlast_img read more