Víctor Santamaría: “Robin changed the way of counting soccer”

first_imgWhen did you start working with Michael?From the time he joined Canal + in 1991 until I retired from soccer, which Mediapro started doing, three, four years ago.What was working for you that caught Robinson’s attention the most?First, it was super punctual. The English paradigm. It’s not a joke (laughs). If we took the plane or the train at 12:00, he was there at 10:00. He was terrified of being late. His relationship with us, the technicians, was super fluid. I was always attentive to what he said. He commented looking at the monitor a lot and he helped us a lot with the repetitions and frames. Always respectful and polite, with dialogue.Robinson one of the ‘Seal Plus’ banners.It is about to explain the influence that that time had, that of the first Canal +, with Michael, Alfredo (Relaño), in the way of counting football. Valdano said it: it is something that lasts to this day. The orientation of what was the national sports treatment was changed. And it was that group of people catalyzed by Robin who began to approach it differently. “What is football? Like life. Well, life counts and you will count football,” he always said.How? (Smiles) He was a storyteller, literal, story teller, stories. And he put it in our heads. We went to the fields without anything prepared beforehand, we took the images and, from these, we told the story. That prompted Michael. I remember his phrase always. Pictures, pictures, pictures. You turned the camera and you also talked about soccer. That was the key. All very honest and with a blessed ignorance. We were very young too (laughs).Did you understand him at first when he spoke?Robin has always spoken better than he seems, huh (laughs). And he was self-taught, he boasted of it, that he had not given a Spanish class.There is something striking and common in all who knew him: when they talk about him they always do it with a smile on their lips.It is that Michael was a constant anecdote, a producer of professional anecdotes. He had fun and had a great time, like a good Irish medium. It spoke everything. It was rare to see him pissed off. When he got angry at work, he was very obsessive, he went into the loop. He was very perfectionist.Did you last see him …?One month ago. He went up to Report, to some meetings, already with his own, but like when I met him. Joking on his cancer, it seemed like he had nothing. We said goodbye and he should have eaten with him, but we were leaving him, we were leaving him …How much will soccer miss you?It’s going to be a stick … A generation of kids has grown up with it. It’s not just how he told it, it’s how the goat saw it …, tremendous. The best that I saw.last_img read more

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“Everything was agreed between Celta and Smolov; the club helped with the flight”

first_imgWhen on April 5 the news broke that the battering ram was in the Russian capital, Celta indicated that he was going to fine Smolov by applying “the internal regime” for having traveled without authorization, a permit that the celestial club had to grant The league. That same day the footballer spoke from Moscow, claiming “to be very grateful to Celta for his support and clarifying that” at all times I informed the club of my steps. “ Waiting for that Fedor Smolov return to Vigo, since Russia they deny the version of the Celtic on the go without the striker’s permission to his country. In an interview published by Sport express, the Russian journalist Nobel Arustamyan He claims that the Vigo club gave the green light for the point to break the confinement and even collaborated to fly it in a private plane to Moscow.“Celta could not speak otherwise in public: the Galicians had to show solidarity with other Spanish teams. I had to say like they said, criticize the attacker“, explains Arustamyan, before revealing that there is a pact between the Celtic leaders and the soccer player:”Smolov did not escape, the club learned of his departure and helped with the flight. Celta reacted appropriately to this. Officially, everyone can say anything, but internally everything was agreed“ Smolov, 30, alluded to “personal issues” to leave Vigo temporarily. Days after arriving in Russia, his fiancée Maria Yumasheva, granddaughter of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, celebrated her eighteenth birthday.TransferArustamyan and Smolov know each other. During this period of confinement, the journalist organized a meeting on social media with the footballer Alexander Kokorin and one of the guests in that live talk was the Celta player.His country’s press has speculated in recent weeks about the possibility of Kokorin and Smolov playing together next season at Lokomotiv Moscow. Arustamyan dismisses it and points out that at A Sede they want to take ownership of the battering ram, transferred by the Lokomotiv until June 30: “It has good prospects of staying in Spain. Celta continues with the dialogue to buy it. This conversation is real between the heads of the clubs, in Vigo they are interested in keeping Fedor “.The Russian international loan does not include a purchase option. Since his arrival in LaLiga, Smolov has become the undisputed starter for Óscar García. He has scored a goal, against Real Madrid, in the six games he has played as a light blue.last_img read more

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Port Mourant residents, NDC staff continue protest against overseer

first_imgResidents of Port Mourant and staff of the Johns/Port Mourant Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) on Thursday picketed the NDC office, demanding that the overseer be removed. This publication understands that the overseer is not on suspension, as the NDC Chairman had told the media on Wednesday.The protest started yesterday when staff turned up at the NDC office and found the front door open. It had not been closed when Overseer Boodmattie Ramnarine left on Monday afternoon. Her office was locked.Residents of Port Mourant and NDC staff protesting in front of the NDC Office on ThursdayAt the NDC statutory meeting on Tuesday, she was asked to hand over the keys, but never did. When the workers turned up at the office on Wednesday and found that the rate collectors’ door was also locked and the overseer had the keys, advice was sought from the Ministry of Communities, and permission was given to break open that door.There have been complaints that persons were going to the office to make payments but were being turned away because staff had no access to that part of the building. “I received no information about the business of the overseer, and the business of the NDC is still suffering, to some extent. We have access to the rates collectors’ office, but most of the files and information are locked in the overseer’s office. We don’t have any access to that (office). The monies collected from since Monday have not been sent to the bank as yet. The overseer has some in her possession and some are in her office. It is the overseer’s responsibility to collect those monies and deposit (them),” NDC Chairman Ishwar Narinesammy said during Thursday midday’s protest.Overseer Ramnarine, who was once dismissed from the NDC and rehired under the current administration, had been suspended since her reappointment, but the Ministry of Communities overturned the suspension. The overseer has been accused of assaulting staff members, collecting revenue and not issuing receipts, and asking vendors to lie about the issue. Also charged with assault, the overseer showed up at the office yesterday afternoon, but the NDC Chairman says a file containing accusations of her physically and verbally abusing staff members has been sent to the ministry.The overseer showed up at the office during the afternoon hours, and began to work.last_img read more

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Capped well at Diamond explodes

first_imgNatural gas eruptionA breach in the pipeline that was used to cap the gas pocket that exploded back in June in Diamond, East Bank Demerara, has caused a blockage which in turn saw several mini gas eruptions at the Diamond, East Bank Demerara, residence.The eruptions occurred sometime around 01:00h on Wednesday at the same Sixth Avenue, Great Diamond home where contractors had hit a natural gas pocket causing an immediate explosion two months ago.The exposed area was initially capped and the gas was being released into the atmosphere through a pipeline. However, that pipeline became compromised with a sand blockage; and as a result of this blockage, the gas was unable to escapeThe two mini eruptions in the yard at Diamondand the built up pressure resulted in the gas being released through other compromised openings. There were at least two mini-gas eruptions while various spots in the yard could be seen bubbling.“Actually the entire subsurface has been compromised from the drilling and blowout they had in the first case so now it’s very difficult [to stop] because if you walk around the yard you will see bubbles all around the yard… [The mud, water and sand mixture] was flowing through that pipe earlier this morning but now it stopped because of the sand blockage it can’t flow through [the pipeline] and so now it’s going to find anywhere through the weakest points to come escape,” Senior Petroleum Technologist attached to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), Mitchell Prince, explained.He added that debris from the collapsed trestle and the derelicts from the drillers along with the fact that the engineers could not find the exact location where the initial drilling was done, all contributed to this second explosion.Nevertheless, he noted that steps would be taken to clear the pipeline so that the gas can be released through it and not find other compromised channels to escape.“We’re gonna remove that pipe and we’re gonna pass a drill down that hole and flush the well out,” he noted.About a decade ago, a similar gas explosion in the nearby Golden Grove saw anThe initial explosionapparatus being constructed and installed to trap the gas in a tank which was release into the home for domestic use. While tests done in June had confirmed traces of methane gas, officials opted not to trap the gas this time and instead released it into the atmosphere.However, Prince told Guyana Times the former option could have been more effective.“It’s a case where you have [gas] coming into the pipe and it gotta be utilised… It would reduce some of the back pressure because what you’re having is back pressure,” he said.When asked whether the GGMC will be looking at using the tank at this location as well, the Senior Petroleum Technologist said that decision is not up to him.Meanwhile, as the GGMC works along with other stakeholder bodies to clear the pipeline so that the gas can be released through it, the Senior Petroleum technologist is assuring concerned nearby residents there is nothing to worry about. However, GGMC’s Commissioner Newell Dennison had told Guyana Times that they will have to await the completion of the clean-up exercise for an assessment to be done on the crater before commencing works on the apparatus. “It is intended that we will construct an apparatus, we will construct the conductor casings that we would want to put into the vent; those things will have to be constructed. But I wouldn’t want to preempt what it is exactly that would have to be done because there might be modifications of what is intended and what we observe, after the full clean-up and actually get a good look at the orifice that has been presented to us,” Dennison has explained.At about 18:00h on June 14, 2018, construction workers were drilling a well at the Lot 1200 Section A Block ‘X’, Great Diamond, residence (between Sixth and Fifth Avenue) when they hit a natural gas pocket causing an immediate explosion, which lasted the entire night with fluctuating eruptions, as high as 30 feet of various substances, including soot.Local stakeholder agencies had since come together to monitor the situation. According to officials, the gas emanating does not pose any threat to surrounding neighbours and as such, a safe zone was established in the area.last_img read more

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Mid-morning fire ravages upper flat of Diamond business complex

first_img– millions in gym equipment destroyed…owner blames Diamond Fire Station for lax responseAn entrepreneur whose business was housed at the popular G3 Building at Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) has lost millions of dollar worth in equipment after a fire completely destroyed the gym on Thursday morning.A section of the building that was in flamesThe blaze, which started about 11:39h, completely gutted the gym. Other businesses in the building were saved by the firefighters. Up to press time, business owners are assessing the damage caused by the fire.Among the businesses housed at the location are the gym, a restaurant, a pharmacy, a mini-mart and others.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, firefighters were working assiduously to contain the blaze to one location as business owners watched helplessly.Deonarine Etwaroo, owner of Essential Care Pharmacy, told this publication that he was informed of the fire and immediately rushed to the scene.“My staff tell me that the fire started on the top floor… they say that they saw the smoke coming out of the ceiling … it’s so sad to know a set of staff come out to work and they had to go home back and that’s the sadful part for me. When persons come for their medication and have to turn back from here, you see I’m in the medical field – we got a pharmacy, it’s not just for the business alone, but we provide a service with health care in this area,” he pointed out.Divisional Fire Officer Gregory WickhamOn that note, Etwaroo bashed the Fire Service for not acting swiftly to prevent complete destruction of the gym, since according to him, the Diamond Fire Station is a few blocks away.“You can interview anybody out there and they would tell you how long these people take to get water. The truck from Timehri saved this building, till from Timehri and we have Georgetown and we have right here, we have a canal in front there. It’s just about half an hour they start get this under control,” a dissatisfied Etwaroo said.On the other hand, Divisional Fire Officer Gregory Wickham contended that the firefighters did a professional job in getting the fire under control, thus disregarding the comments made by the business owner.“After we would’ve received the call, we had two vehicles dispatched to the scene, after a period of time based on initial assessment we had a third vehicle turning up to the scene and by the use of those three vehicles and appliances, we were able to bring the fire under control, only the top floor of the structure was destroyed by fire, the remaining floors are safe…The Fire Service is, has been and will remain a professional body and we know the signs of fighting fire and so we would’ve professionally performed our job. Other people would have their comments, but I think we did a professional job,” Wickham noted.Businessman Deonarine EtwarooIn addition, the Divisional Commander admitted to having difficulties in accessing water to put out the blaze, noting that they made use of the nearby canal and the tank supply on scene to contain the flames.“The water was receding back into the sea, so we went to the NDC and had them close the koker, so we have copious amount of water now so we can use, it took some time for that to be done … we used water that was available from the tank supply in the interim whilst we went and get that, simultaneously that was done we didn’t wait until the water was exhausted and then go to NDC,” Wickham told the media on Thursday.In closing, Wickham reassured that an investigation will be launched to determine what caused the blaze. Assistance to extinguish the blaze was also provided by the Central Fire Station and the West Ruimveldt Fire Station in Georgetown.Owing to the events at the location, there was a massive build-up of traffic entering and exiting the area, while a large number of onlookers were present as firefighters were still dousing parts of the building, where smoke was emanating from.last_img read more

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Taylor Water Restrictions & Water Stand Pipe Closure

first_imgTaylor has closed it’s water stand pipe for at least 2 weeks.Keir Gervais is with the District of Taylor[asset|aid=79|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Keir – Water Stand Pipe_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -The reason for the closure is the drop in water levels on the Peace River. BC Hydro is holding water for potential power production and releasing the minimum amount and to protect the domestic service the district has made this decision.The District is also reminding residents that Stage 1 Water Restrictions are now in effect. Stage 1 restrictions area as follows:Residential Lawn watering on odd calendar days between the hours of 6am and 8am and 8pm and 10pm.Advertisement Residents caught watering outside of these times will be finded 100 dollars. If the demand for water continues at it’s current rate the District will have to impliment Stage 3 restrictions – banning all lawn watering. For futher information contact the District office at 250-789-3392last_img read more

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Arsenal need two or three players to turn into title winners, talkSPORT

first_imgHarry Redknapp believes Arsenal are two or three players away from being serious title contenders.Arsene Wenger’s side are set to finish well adrift of Chelsea this season, with Sunday’s stalemate between the two sides leaving the Gunners ten points behind the Premier League-champions elect.But Redknapp insists Arsenal are not far behind the Blues and can be a real danger to Jose Mourinho’s men next term IF they buy well in the summer.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former QPR, Tottenham and West Ham boss said: “Arsenal are not far short.“I’m sure Arsene knows, but I think they need two or three players next year if they are really going to look to win the league.“They need a bit of strengthening down the spine of the team. I think they need another central defender, a midfield player and a striker.“They are not easy to find, but if they can go and out and bring a bit more strength to the team [they can challenge for the title]. They have certainly got lots of fantastic talented players there already.”last_img read more

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AND THEY’RE OFF! GOOD DAY AT THE RACES IN NEWMILLS

first_imgRACING AT NEWMILLS TODAY – PIC RONAN MCGEEHINThe Letterkenny Races took place at Newmills today – with a large turn-out for this premiere local event.There was €10,000 prize money on the eight-race card, the county’s wealthiest meeting.Brian McGeehin managed to capture some of the action with these snaps! RACING AT NEWMILLS TODAY – PIC RONAN MCGEEHINRACING AT NEWMILLS TODAY – PIC RONAN MCGEEHINAND THEY’RE OFF! GOOD DAY AT THE RACES IN NEWMILLS was last modified: July 29th, 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:AND THEY’RE OFF! GOOD DAY AT THE RACES IN NEWMILLSlast_img read more

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MAJELLA SHOCKS DANIEL WITH SURPRISE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY VIDEO

first_imgMajella O’Donnell yesterday surprised husband Daniel with a special wedding anniversary video at an American gig.Daniel and MajellaMajella, 53, who is battling cancer, was thousands of miles away from the country star as they celebrated being married for 11 years.She decided to shock the singer on stage in Branson, Missouri, with a sweet video as she couldn’t travel to be there in person. Fans watched as Majella – who wore a scarf over her shaved head – told how she “can’t wait for him to get home” and that she needs her “wonderful husband” back with her in Ireland.She said: “Please excuse this interruption into your afternoon’s entertainment. For those of you who don’t know, I am Majella O’Donnell, and I am Daniel’s wife. Today is our 11th anniversary. I can’t be with him and I normally am. I normally go to Branson every year.“I look forward to seeing all the regulars and I’m missing all of that this year.“I wanted to say hi to all, but particularly to send my love to Daniel today, and to tell him I don’t know what I’d do without him.” Daniel later revealed the video was a complete surprise.He said: “This is the first year we haven’t been together. During the show I sang the song Wherever You Are and dedicated it to her.“Little did I know she had a video message made as a surprise to be played during the show.”MAJELLA SHOCKS DANIEL WITH SURPRISE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY VIDEO was last modified: November 6th, 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:daniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnellwedding anniversarylast_img read more

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Man City have reportedly submitted an offer for Barcelona, Spurs and Bayern target

first_imgManchester City have reportedly submitted a £52million offer for Barcelona, Tottenham and Bayern Munich target Matthijs de Ligt, according to Sport.The 19-year-old Ajax star has attracted the interest of several top clubs from around Europe after a string of impressive performances for club and country. Barcelona are admirers of the centre-back, who they have earmarked as a long-term replacement for Gerard Pique.Ajax are bracing themselves for another battle to keep hold of their young stars with fellow midfielder Frenkie de Jong also being linked with a big-money move.And with speculation continuing to grow, Manchester City have made the first move in the race to sign De Ligt by submitting a £52m offer.This latest news is likely to spark Barcelona into action ahead of the January transfer window, while Spurs and Bayern Munich also continue to closely monitor his development. huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REAL DEAL Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt celebrates no dice silverware REVEALED Latest Premier League News Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense shining gameday cracker Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars deals last_img read more

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