Fran Sol: “2019 has been a very hard year for me”

Posted On May 14 2020 by

first_img2019 was not the best year in the football career of Fran Sol (Madrid, 1992). After two and a half seasons in Willem II, with which he scored 47 goals in 88 games, the Spanish striker from Madrid set course for Dinamo Kiev, where an injury slowed his progression. Used to seeing the goal regularly, Fran Sol chains almost a year without scoring, but that has not diminished his claims. “I came through the big door and I want to go through the big door,” he confesses.It has been a year since he left Willem II. Did you live there the best moment of your career?Undoubtedly. The stage in Willem II is my best memory as a footballer. It is where I started to feel professional player. I felt a star, I noticed that I was highly valued by the fans and the cub. In Tilburg I felt unforgettably well. It is a stage that I will always remember.They don’t forget him there either. The fans chose him second best player of the time.Those little things make me very happy. I am proud that they remember me and that they have chosen me as the second best player of the decade even though I was only there for two and a half years. It is clear that the first was not going to be because that is Jordens Peters, who is the captain and has been many years. Worse being after him fills me with pride and gives me much encouragement to return to the state so I lived there.How complicated is wanting to leave a club you appreciate?It’s complicated because you have the love factor and attachment to the club. It costs you more the decision to leave. As soccer players we are very selfish and we don’t think about the fans or the club or anyone else. We think of ourselves and our short career. In what is best for us and our families. You may think that it is wrong and I am clear that if I were an amateur I would not share this idea. But being a footballer I have to think like that. Our career is short. But yes, it is clear that when you love a club, leaving is much more complicated.Now the same thing happens to Pol Llonch, which sounds for Girona.Pol Llonch is a professional like a pine tree’s crown. It’s a phenomenon, everything you have outside the field, solidarity, generosity, kindness … transmits it inside. He is huge with his teammates, with his friends, with his family … The work he does, the kilometers he runs each game, the sprint he makes, the steals, the duels he wins … He is one of the players with the best defensive statistics that I have found in my career. If Girona or even another club better hires it would be a success. They would not be wrong at all.Then a forward especially thanks his work.Totally. Pol really is an oxygen bottle for everyone. Being a forward I don’t have to do so much work when he is in the field. And that favors that when they give me the ball I am much cooler to score or attend. The effort that Pol saves you shows a lot.Personally, how are you after a year when things didn’t end?Good, good now. It is clear that 2019 has not been the best year of my life. You have to be honest. But thanks to these bad times you learn to value the good ones. It was my turn to be injured. I annoyed my shoulder and then relapsed from another injury that I had in the quadriceps. In general it has been a very bad year, all I can do now is work and try to return to my rightful place.The shoulder injury slowed him down a lot. He arrived at a very bad time.Totally. It is that if I had to choose a time when it was worse for me to be injured, it was that. I was making great progress. I was doing very well in football, scoring many goals for a long time, and those four months cut my progress a lot. But they are things that happen in football. You have to accept them and move on.What do you ask 2020? The idea is to return to the physical state I had before the injury. What I want is to start and play all the games, but we have just started the preseason, so far we have not played any games, and until the beginning of March it will not be seen if I have returned to my best version. For now it is soon, but it is true that everything is going well.It was easy to get used to the good.Of course, in the last four years I have done very well in football and have enjoyed this sport a lot. I’ve also had bumps, but they have been smaller. 2019 has been very hard for me. I have been very far from my family, very cold, to a country where I had to start from scratch … Then the injury came, an operation in Ukraine, where you don’t know the language … That’s why I ask 2020 to be able to better match the competition and the team and that allows me to enjoy football again, something that I couldn’t do last year.How has it been a year without celebrating goals?Well it’s hard. The normal thing for most soccer players is not to score goals, but when you get used to doing them, it is very difficult to lose that feeling of putting the ball inside the goal. I had been doing more than one goal every two games for years, the average is great, and not doing them is being very complicated for me. You get into a bump, you lose confidence … But hey, it’s a learning. I am learning to handle the situation and be able to reverse it in case it happens again.Is it being difficult to adapt to Ukraine?The change from Holland to Ukraine has been very great. At first it went well because I arrived in preseason and that helped me to make friends and get to know the teammates well without the pressure of having to compete. But being injured took me away from the locker room and when I returned I was not as conditioned as at the beginning. And that was noticed in my performance. It’s a shame, but what are we going to do …Have you ever regretted going to Ukraine?No, much less. I have always thought that I chose well. I came through the big door and what I want is to go through the big door. Or fulfilling my contract and leaving everyone satisfied or after a club pays for me because I have done very well in Dinamo. In those two cases we would be happy both the club and me. So far I have not done well, but I do not regret anything and I will fight for everything to be positive from now on.What are the goals of Dynamo Kiev this season?Our goal, like every year, is to get into the Champions League and win the championship. Then the Cup and, of course, the Super Cup. We aspire to everything. We are Dinamo Kiev, historically the best club in Ukraine. Unfortunately, the last few years have been difficult for us, but we plan to return and we are working for it. This season we are very far from Shakhtar and it is very difficult to aspire to the championship. That is why we have to go for the Cup and get into August in the group stage of the Champions League.Although he did not play, he was able to celebrate a title last season.Effectively. Although I did not play due to injury I was very happy to be able to celebrate a title as a professional footballer. There are many, thousands of players, who have never been able to celebrate one. And there are thousands who will never celebrate even if they are good professionals. I am very grateful to Dinamo for giving me that opportunity. I didn’t play because I relapsed from my thigh injury, but I enjoyed it as the most.Are you enjoying your child? Will Fran Jr. follow in his footsteps?Very much. It goes very well and is a crack. Do what you want, but I would be very proud if I were a great professional. Whatever sport it is. Because if you give everything, nobody can ask you anything else, and that is the motto that I am going to try to teach you. If he is a tennis player, for example, and reaches his limit but he has given everything to me that will be a triumph. At the moment it has a football player’s name. Sol Jr. is a good name.last_img read more


Beermen, Painters try to bolster Q’Final bid

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments MOST READ PH fighters bag 2 golds Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer and Rain or Shine will shoot for wins on Wednesday that would push them closer to a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.And it’s not much of an advantage that the Beermen and the Elasto Painters will be facing teams that have scraped the bottom of the barrel. In fact, it could work against the two squads in the doubleheader at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Alaska is not a team you can relax against,” said RoS coach Caloy Garcia referring to the Aces. “We have to come out with the mentality of wanting to win rather than just playing the game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Beermen take on Phoenix Fuel at 7 p.m., right after the 4:15 p.m. duel between the Painters and the Alaska Aces.San Miguel coach Leo Austria got first-hand experience how it is paying against a team with nothing to lose when the Beermen needed a big finish and a huge game from June Mar Fajardo to subdue KIA Picanto, 118-112, in what he aptly described as “an ugly win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It is a wake-up call for us,” said Austria who is hoping to bring to the illustrious franchise its second Grand Slam.Rain or Shine will also guard against complacency when it battles Alaska. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIEScenter_img 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 DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours How to help the Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-uplast_img read more


President thanks media for sensitive handling of his illness

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_img– Commits to providing continued support to local press corps While pledging his continued support to the media fraternity in Guyana, President David Granger also thanked the press corps for the handling of information of his illness.In addressing the annual media brunch hosted at the Baridi Benab at State House on Sunday, the Guyanese head of state said he was heartened by the “tenderness and sensitive handling.”It was his first interaction with the media since being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The President was first diagnosed with the disease in mid-November 2018.“Thanks to the entire press corps, particularly for their sensitive handling of my disease, over the past few months. It could have led to speculation, but I was very heartened by the tenderness or sensitive handling of the way in which it was handled,” he told the gathering.Granger recalled making a promise to the Guyana Press Association (GPA) to provide assistance to its members andPresident David Granger addressing the annual media brunch held at the Baridi Benab State House on Sunday.said finances from Government is now available.He said that will go towards assisting the Association with hosting training workshops, forums and other activities to enhance the skills and professionalism of the local media corps.The President also committed to providing support to the GPA for the publishing of its history. The GPA will celebrate its 75th year in 2020, having first established in the year 1945. The press association is said to be one of the oldest, alongside the Press Association of Jamaica.Meanwhile, the President also reminded members of the press, particularly managers and editors, of the social responsibility to the people of Guyana. He reiterated the importance of fact-checking and ensuring that sound and accurate information is published or broadcasted. He called on the GPA to play a more active role in ensuring that practitioners conform to the generally accepted values and principles of journalism.The President also cautioned media workers to be cognisant of the fact that Guyana’s ethnic relations could be volatile sometimes. He reminded that news entities carry an element of public trust, and said when someone reads something it has to be accurate.Meanwhile, President of the GPA Nazima Raghubir in her remarks said 2018 has been a challenging year for Guyanese journalists in the region and further afield, making reference to the fact that the President only held one engagement with the media for the year.“The challenges we face in the Caribbean and particularly Guyana is no different from what our colleagues around the world face. However, our freedom to express ourselves and the right to work and practice our craft is guaranteed and ought to be respected by everyone,” she said.Raghubir reminded, however, that with freedom comes responsibilities, saying that the GPA remains committed to ensuring that its members and media workers are equipped with the necessary tools to practice professional, ethical and responsible journalism “In these rather eventful times, we have to ensure that we remain independent, factual and that our work cements social cohesion rather than fracture it. More than ever, our work is being relied upon, she stated, making reference to Guyana repositioning for new economic power. She said the GPA looks forward to mutually beneficial relations with all stakeholders interested in a stronger more professional media corps in Guyana.last_img read more


Video: Ronaldo, Messi and Neuer rap battle for the Ballon d’Or

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_imgWho will be named world player of the year by FIFA? Whoever it is, there’s no doubt it won’t be as entertaining as the latest 442oons video.The comedy football cartoonist has released a brilliant vid in which the main Ballon d’Or contenders – or should that be Bellend’Or? – face off in a rap battle to decide the world’s best.Take a look at the vid above and check out 442oons’ YouTube channel for more funny football videos.And for a slightly – but not much – more serious look at the credentials of Cristiano Ronaldo, take a look at this…last_img read more


Attack rumor frightens kids

Posted On Dec 29 2019 by

first_imgQUARTZ HILL – A post-Columbine parental nightmare – rumors of a planned attack on a school – scared hundreds of Quartz Hill High School students away from school Friday. More teens called their parents to come get them once they got to school and heard the rumors, and dozens of parents lined up at the school office at midmorning to retrieve their children. “He called me in a panic, and I wasn’t going to doubt what he said,” parent Stacey O’Hara said as she picked up her 15-year-old son at the 3,400-pupil campus. “If this was a ploy by kids to get an additional half-day off, that would be sad, but I’m not going to take that chance. I couldn’t live with myself if something had happened and he got hurt and I ignored his cry for help.” Officials estimated that 500 Quartz Hill High students stayed home or went home because of the rumors, which said that two former students arrested last month in an alleged plot against the school – or their friends – planned an attack on Friday the 13th. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The rumors spread over the myspace.com Internet Web site popular with teenagers and through students text-messaging each other on their cell phones. Sheriff’s deputies and school officials said the rumors may have started as a hoax to start the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend a day early. O’Hara’s son said he had heard there would be explosions and gunshots and that the two former students had accomplices who were going to do something Friday. “You never know how crazy these kids are nowadays,” the boy said. Parent Teresa Liparote came to pick up her 14-year-old son and another boy after hearing on television news that there was a bomb threat. She also heard from another parent, who telephoned her and said something was going on at Quartz Hill High and that she might want to get the boys. “I was worried about my kids. I tried to call the school but nobody called me back,” Liparote said. Extra school security officers and deputies were posted at the campus because of the rumors, but the only incident was an M-80 firecracker that someone tossed into a trash can during lunch, causing a loud explosion. School Deputy Paul Pfrehm said some parents came to the school and, after talking with school officials, decided to leave their children in school. The rumors revolved around two boys, ages 15 and 17, who were arrested and charged before the Christmas break with planning a Columbine-style attack on Valentine’s Day in retaliation for being teased. The boys, who dressed in Goth-style makeup and clothing, said they had felt ostracized at the school, deputies said. Deputies first became aware of the rumors Thursday afternoon when parents called and said they had heard that the two boys had been released from custody and were planning a pipe-bomb attack, Sgt. Darrel Brown said. Deputies called Sylmar Juvenile Hall and were told the two boys remained locked up there. “This appears to be a hoax that started out with a rumor and traveled among the school and parents,” Brown said. “They had a text-messaging ring going where students were text-messaging each other on their cell phones.” “The hysteria caused some students to be rightfully afraid, so the ones who didn’t do anything on purpose, they are hearing rumors from fellow students,” Brown said. Different rumors circulated among parents and students, including that bombs had been found on the Quartz Hill campus and that the purported attack for which the boys were arrested was supposed to happen on Friday the 13th, not Valentine’s Day, officials said. This was students’ first week back at school since the arrests were announced. That meant this week was the first time the teens had to talk about the story at school, Principal Mark Bryant said. “People are more sensitive than they would have been otherwise. We’ve been very careful and diligent in trying to follow things up,” Bryant said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 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


REVENUE LAUNCH BLITZ AGAINST SMALL FIRMS ACROSS DONEGAL

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_imgThe Revenue Commissioners’ office yesterday launched a blitz against small businesses across the county including Letterkenny.The Revenue visited a number of small businesses yesterday.A number of small firms across the town were raided as part of a tax compliance operation.Employees in a number of small businesses were interviewed and asked for their employment details including PPS numbers. Among the premises visited by the Revenue was the CoLab building at Letterkenny’s Institute of Technology.A number of officers from Revenue called to the campus to carry out an audit of firms there.The CoLab is made up of small, start-up companies.The owners of various small businesses were interviewed as part of a general investigation. The latest raids are part of an overall step-up in operations by Revenue.Last month, officers raided at least two building sites around the town and interviewed a number of construction workers on site.Details of workers conditions of employment including RSI numbers were sought.  REVENUE LAUNCH BLITZ AGAINST SMALL FIRMS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: April 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CoLabdonegalletterkennyLYITRevenue Commissioners officelast_img read more


PICTURE SPECIAL – J.J.REID MOTORS NORTH WEST VOLKSWAGEN AND AUDI CAR SHOW

Posted On Dec 24 2019 by

first_imgJ.J. Reid Motors would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended and donated money on the day of the North West Classic Volkswagen and Audi Show.It was a spectacular day, with a great amount of money raised for local charities which we will be presenting with cheques next week.Above is a selection of photos of the day, we would like to also thank all the exhibitors who brought along their vehicles for display. To view more photos and to see some of the stunning offers currently available at J.J. Reid Motors click on their Facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/jjreidmotors.lk/timeline     PICTURE SPECIAL – J.J.REID MOTORS NORTH WEST VOLKSWAGEN AND AUDI CAR SHOW was last modified: September 5th, 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:BusinessFeaturesJ.J Reid Motorsnewslast_img read more


What we learned in the Raiders’ London win: Playoffs? Why not?

Posted On Dec 20 2019 by

first_imgThe Raiders’ season is effectively one-third done, and after a win over the Chicago Bears in London on Sunday, Jon Gruden’s team resides in a Wild Card spot in the AFC.Is it ridiculous to think they could hold that?Nope. Because given the way that they have played — the way they have won — the last two weeks against playoff teams from last season, it’d be foolish to say that the Raiders don’t have a shot at playing in January.And looking around the AFC, it’s clear that there …last_img read more


Livestock manure is an option for replenishing soil nutrients in hay fields

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When hay is harvested nutrients are removed from the field. A ton of alfalfa removes approximately 13 pounds of phosphorus (as P2O5) and 50 pounds of potash (as K2O). According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Ohio harvested 2.6 tons per acre of alfalfa in 2016.Many hay fields are not pure alfalfa. The acidic soils of the southern and eastern parts of the state make it difficult to maintain an alfalfa or clover stand so a mixed stand of grass and alfalfa/clover is common. Stands in older fields are often just mostly grass. A grass hay crop will remove just as many nutrients per ton as an alfalfa crop. The big difference is that the annual yields from grass hay fields are usually about 1.3 tons per acre lower than alfalfa fields.Livestock manure can be used as a fertilizer source to replace nutrients removed through hay harvest. Pen pack beef manure will contain approximately 7.9 pounds of nitrogen (mostly in the organic form), 4.4 pounds of phosphorus (P2O5) and 6.6 pounds of potash (K20) per ton according to OSU Extension bulletin 604. Note that these are older book values and your actual farm manure nutrient levels can vary depending upon the animal’s ration, the amount and type of bedding material used and how manure is stored and handled. The recommendation is to sample and test manure at least on a yearly basis. This will provide a more reliable indication of the actual nutrient content of the manure on your farm. For more information about how and when to sample manure, Penn State Extension has a good publication available on-line at http://extension.psu.edu/plants/nutrient-management/educational/manure-storage-and-handling/manure-sampling-for-nutrient-management-planning.Let’s assume a livestock producer wants to use pen pack beef manure to replenish the nutrients in a hay field where he harvested three tons per acre of hay. Since alfalfa and grass hay both remove similar amounts of nutrients per ton, we can assume the three tons of hay removed per acre contained 39 pounds of P2O5 and 150 pounds of K2O. If pen pack beef manure was used to replenish these nutrients, 8.8 tons per acre would be sufficient to replace the phosphorus. However, a rate of 22.7 tons per acre would be needed to replace the potash. The 22.7-ton per acre manure application rate would result in almost 100 pounds of P2O5 being applied per acre, far more than was removed in the three tons of hay.A farmer would need to be cautious about using this practice repeatedly and growing the soil phosphorus level. It takes about 20 pounds of phosphorus applied to a field to raise the soil test level one pound per acre or two parts per million. So if the soil test level is low, the additional phosphorus from the manure would not raise the soil phosphorus level much in a single year.The key to using livestock manure to replace the nutrients removed through hay harvest is to get even distribution of the manure across the entire field. Having mowed hay fields as a teenager, where bedded pack manure was applied, I would strongly urge an even distribution pattern across the field. Avoid large clumps that will plug the mower or interfere with regrowth.If you are unsure how many tons per acre your solid manure spreader applies there is a simple way to make a determination. Make a heavy plastic piece that is 56 inches by 56 inches. Fasten it to the ground with weights on the corners and apply manure across the plastic. Fold up the plastic and weigh the manure captured. Many people use a bathroom scales for this. One pound of manure captured on the plastic is equivalent to one ton of manure applied per acre. Thus, if you captured 10 pounds of manure the application rate was 10 tons per acre.It is common for county extension offices to have farmers ask, “Can manure be applied between cuttings”? The answer is “yes.” Farmers commonly use liquid swine and liquid dairy manure between cuttings to replace soil nutrients and “boost” regrowth of the forage crop in northwest Ohio. There is the potential to damage the crowns of the forage plants but most farmers seem to like the results of the manure application. Solid manure could also be applied between cuttings instead of waiting until fall to apply the manure. The manure application should take place as some as the hay is baled.Liquid beef manure is also being used to replace nutrients in hay fields. Liquid beef manure we have sampled has contained 40 pounds nitrogen (about half in the organic form and half in the ammonium form), 35 pounds of phosphorus (P2O5) and 30 pounds of potash (K20) per 1,000 gallons of product. Applied with a drag hose, this can be an excellent fertilizer for a forage.A final cautionary note regarding manure application to forage fields: If manure is coming from a herd with animals infected by Johne’s disease, that disease can be transmitted by manure to healthy cattle. According to a publication from the US Dairy Forage Research Center at Madison Wisconsin and authored by Michael Russelle and Bill Jokela, the Johne’s bacterium can survive on hay. Therefore, those authors’ recommendation is that in herds with Johne’s, manure should not be applied as a topdressing on fields that will be harvested as dry hay.last_img read more


‘Court ruling twisted to allow illegal quarrying near Kaziranga’

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgStone quarry owners have twisted a Gauhati High Court order to illegally extract boulders and stones in the vicinity of Kaziranga National Park, an Assam-based environment activist has told a Supreme Court-constituted committee.In his letter to the Member Secretary of the Central Empowered Committee, Rohit Choudhury, the activist, said that the High Court had on September 25 ordered the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Karbi Anglong East Division to “relocate/ adjust” the Silimkhowa (close to Kaziranga) stone quarry to a suitable location. The court also allowed the removal of extracted stones from the area during this period.Twisting order“The court order has been misinterpreted, and instead of extracting the stones lying at the site, quarry operators are using high-impact blasting and heavy machinery in the entire Karbi Anglong Hills adjoining the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve,” Mr. Choudhury said.“The mining is being done without any environment clearance, forest clearance, or recommendation of the National Board for Wildlife. Even extraction or removal of stones lying at the site, or transportation of the same, amounts to mining,” he said.Mr. Choudhury said the illegal mining is being done with the “full knowledge” of the police and Forest Department of the Karbi Anglong district, and the stones are transported illegally on the highway skirting the Kaziranga National Park without any transit pass.The stone quarries are along the corridors of the 430 sq. km. Kaziranga National Park, which animals use to move to the safety of the Karbi Anglong Hills during high floods.Threat to habitat“Considering the importance of the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong landscape in conserving mega herbivores such as the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros, the Indian elephant, and carnivores such as the Royal Bengal Tiger, it is imperative that this landscape is given top priority for conservation and habitat restoration,” Mr. Choudhury said.“We have asked the Karbi Anglong district authority to look into the matter,” a senior forest officer said on Sunday.last_img read more