first_imgCITY (4-2-3-1)CABALLERO,ZABALETA, OTAMENDI, MANGALA, CLICHY,FERNANDO, FERNANDINHO, NAVAS, DE BRUYNE, SILVA,AGUERORONDON,BERAHINO, FLETCHER, GARDNER, YACOB, SANDRO, CHESTER, EVANS, McAULEY,DAWSON, FOSTERWBA (4-2-3-1)On Wednesday, Manchester City recorded an impressive result in the Champions League, holding Paris St-Germain to a 2-2 draw in the French capital, their eyes now firmly fixed on a semi-final place.City now return to the Barclays Premier League where they sit in fourth place, a point behind third-placed Arsenal and 15 points behind leaders Leicester City.Though City have won only 10 of their 16 home games, they have scored a massive 39 goals, the most in the league.Interestingly they have drawn just once at home, again the lowest in the division. City won 4-0 at Bournemouth last Saturday, one of only two league wins in their last seven games. In that seven-game spell, they have also lost four and drawn one.West Bromwich Albion are 11th in the Premier League but goals are rare when the Baggies are on the road. Albion have scored just 11 away – only Newcastle have fewer, with nine – while the 16 conceded means their away games have produced just 17, the fewest in the Premier League.Albion drew 0-0 at Sunderland last weekend, their second stalemate in four league outings.On the opening day of the season City won 3-0 at Albion, their eighth straight Premier League win over the Baggies. Indeed, Albion last beat City in December 2008 at The Hawthorns; since then they have lost 11 and drawn one of 12 subsequent meetings.Albion last won at City in February 2003, at the old Maine Road. Since then, they have drawn two and lost on their last six visits.City are still without Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling while there are tests for Fabian Delph, Joe Hart and Yaya Toure. Albion, meanwhile, test James Morrison and miss Chris Brunt and Callum McManaman.last_img read more

Jamaica Cricket Association boss hoping for good crowd at historic day-night local match

first_img “We even have seen some interest already with several persons calling about the use of the venue boxes, which is rather encouraging.” The president, who is nearing the end of his first two-year term, also expressed the hope that the final will be the first of many such local games with the national Twenty20 tournament and high-school cricket on the radar. “We have our yearly national T20 competition coming up, and that is a key candidate to be played under lights,” he said. “Additionally, we intend to discuss with ISSA the playing of schoolboy cricket under lights, which would add another dimension to the use of lights at Sabina Park,” Heaven added. Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) President Whilford ‘Billy’ Heaven says he is eagerly anticipating the staging of a first-ever competitive local cricket match under floodlights at Sabina Park tomorrow. Defending national one-day champions St Catherine CC will go up against surprise finalists University of The West Indies (UWI) in the final of the JCA 50-overs Tournament starting at 2 p.m. “As part of our manifesto two years ago, we told the people that we would have lights at Sabina, with local matches being played under lights, and this is a further fulfilment of that commitment,” said Heaven. “We have seen the Caribbean Premier League T20 played under lights, now we have the final of our one-day tournament. It is a proud moment for all of us.” The final, dubbed in some circles as a ‘David versus Goliath’ showdown, contest will see an experienced St Catherine, laden with several national players, going up against the UWI, who are second-time entrants. “The hope is that there will be a good turnout on Monday, given that it is a day-and-night match, which should give more people the convenience to attend,” commented Heaven. ENCOURAGING OUTLOOKlast_img read more

WATCH: Kobe Bryant’s 11-year-old daughter shows off basketball prowess

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ EAC, Letran triumph Fans may no longer see Kobe Bryant suit up in the hardwood, but it looks like he has found a worthy successor—his 11-year-old daughter, Gianna.After admitting that the WNBA Finals rematch between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx has got them all hyped up, the father-daughter duo went on to work and put on shots of their own.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Bryant posted a couple of videos of their 1-on-1 workout on his personal Instagram account, which has accumulated a combined 3 million views as of this writing.“@wnba finals rematch got us hype! A lil one on one with my baby,” Bryant captioned the first video, which showed Gianna clearing some space and draining a jump shot.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours A follow-up video showed Kobe’s “mambacita” hitting another shot from deep, followed by a strong drive to basket over her legendary father. DAY6 is for everybody 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 In a previous interview with Andrew McNicol of the South China Media Post, Bryant shared an adorable story of how Gianna was irked by fans who kept calling him the “G.O.A.T.”“It’s me, my wife [Vanessa], my eldest daughter Natalia and our middle child Gianna,” he shared. “And fans throughout the park keep walking by me saying ‘you’re the GOAT, you’re the GOAT!’“Finally, Gianna turns to one of them and shouts ‘how rude.’ I asked her what was wrong, and she says, ‘they keep calling you a goat, that is so rude!’Kobe clarified that it meant “The Greatest Of All Time” and Gianna went on to thank the fan.Shortly after his retirement in 2016, Bryant shared that he was looking forward to spending more time with his wife and three daughters.By the looks of it, he is certainly cherishing every moment. /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Kobe’s 11-year-old daughter drains jumpshot a la ‘Black Mamba’ MOST READlast_img read more

Swimmer Ryan Lochte suspended until July 2019 for use of IV

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The longtime U.S. swimming star has been banned from competition until July 2019, which means the 12-time Olympic medalist cannot compete as planned in the national championships that start this week in California. Lochte will also be ineligible for other top meets, including the Pan Pacific Championships later this year and next year’s world championships.“This is devastating,” Lochte said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’He did not take a banned substance. But he got an intravenous injection of vitamins in May — and since it exceeded 100 milliliters, no matter what was involved, he broke anti-doping rules. The 14-month ban, retroactive to May 24 and announced Monday by USADA, is his second in less than two years following his 10-month suspension for his behavior during a drunken incident that created widespread scorn at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics .“A rule is a rule and I accept that there is a technical violation,” Lochte said. “I am hopeful other athletes will learn from my mistake and be mindful of this rule, as well as others.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lochte’s violation came to light when he posted the photo of him getting the IV on his social media accounts. That triggered the USADA investigation, one that Lochte “fully cooperated” with according to U.S. officials.“Lochte received an intravenous infusion of permitted substances at an infusion clinic,” the USADA announcement of the suspension said. Under most circumstances, athletes cannot receive IVs unless related to a hospitalization or when allowed under the terms of a USADA-approved exemption — and Lochte fell into neither of those categories.Suspensions for use of an IV are extremely rare: The USADA database shows only two other athletes being sanctioned for using such a method, one of them getting a six-month suspension and the other a 14-month ban, just like Lochte. That same database shows that before Monday, no other U.S. swimmer in the last 10 years, for any reason including actual positive tests, had been suspended for more than one year by USADA.This week could have been a significant step forward for Lochte, who was entered in four events at the U.S. championships at Irvine, California and was preparing to compete in what would have been his biggest competition since the Rio Games. Lochte said that he and three other U.S. Olympic swimmers there were robbed at gunpoint at a gas station, a story that quickly unraveled.The investigation in Brazil is continuing, and Lochte said it’s “concerning” to him that a court there recently decided that he could still face prosecution for filing a false report.Lochte was not only suspended 10 months for that debacle, but also forfeited $100,000 in Olympic medal bonus money and was banned from competing in last year’s national and world championships.And now, he’s back in hot water. USADA agreed to start the 14-month clock on May 24, the day that he posted the photo that no longer can be found on his Instagram page. He reiterated Monday that he wants to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, though those hopes would seem to be in at least some doubt now.“I should know better,” Lochte said.Lochte spent much of his career portraying a party-boy image, while his wildly successful exploits in the pool — six Olympic golds, 36 world championship gold medals, no fewer than four world records — were always overshadowed by 28-time Olympic medalist and 23-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps.After Rio, Lochte was dropped by at least four major sponsors including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren, though he has added some endorsement deals since. He was also apparently targeted by two men wearing t-shirts bearing an anti-Lochte message rushed the stage while he was competing on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 Dwight Howard aims for career-finishing run with Wizards Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Lochte said he took the IV because both his wife and his son were ill and had recently visited hospitals, and that he didn’t want to get sick as well. He said the IV contained B-12 and other vitamins that could be purchased at any pharmacy.He and his wife both got IV infusions in Gainesville, Florida, he said, to bolster their immune systems.“I’ve been swimming my whole life and I’ve been monitored by USADA for my entire competitive career,” Lochte said. “I have never taken a prohibited substance. I have never attempted to gain any advantage over my competition by putting anything illegal in my body. I would never do that.”In Brazil, he there were questions about his version of what happened.This time, he revealed what happened — obviously unaware of the ramifications it would bring.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? View comments FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, United States’ Ryan Lochte checks his time in a men’s 4×200-meter freestyle heat at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lochte has been suspended until July 2019 by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The 12-time Olympic medalist has been sanctioned for getting an intravenous infusion, a method that broke anti-doping rules. U.S. officials say Lochte was not using a banned substance. But under anti-doping rules, athletes typically cannot receive IVs unless related to a hospitalization or through an exemption. Lochte posted a photo of himself getting the IV in May and that image prompted the investigation. He was entered in four events at the national championships that start Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in California. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— Ryan Lochte posted a photo for the world to see, and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency noticed.It got him suspended — again.ADVERTISEMENT Lochte returned to competition last year, most notably winning the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. Open. He also has become a father and a husband since Rio — he married former Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid in January, seven months after their son was born.Lochte will turn 36 during the Tokyo Games. He won Olympic gold in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016, and if he found a way to win another in Tokyo he would be the oldest Olympic swimming champion.“I have goals that I want to accomplish in 2020,” Lochte said. “If anything this is going to add more fuel to my fire.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamlast_img read more

Very Gifted

first_imgWhen the words of mortal adorn youYou cannot but smile wide from deepHow just small praises makes your dayOne can never tell how honest the praiseMaybe a rant to solicit a special attentionCould be the song to slow your progressOnly positive words stimulates motivationVery Gifted….When all about you is expressed with goldYou cannot relent on the drive to not sleepHow dearly many strive in valleys with hayOne left out in the streets no hope for raiseMaybe the orphans no longer in detentionCould food and shelter be set in congress?Only a hear of God in us can be gravitationVery Gifted….Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Basketball Election Postponed to Saturday

first_imgToday’s basketball election amongst supposedly 32 and questionable 10 division three clubs has been postponed to Saturday, February 21 after over five hours of intensive meeting amongst stakeholders yesterday at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Also, Tuesday’s congress, which was intended to discuss the annual financial report of the association, was pushed to Friday, February 20.The deferment marked the third postponement – the first date was January 28; later to February 6 and 7, and then to February 17 and 18.Deputy Minister for Sports Henry B. Yonton said the postponement was necessarily to tackle complaints of allegedly 14 unduly registered clubs, amongst other issues.A ranking member of the aggrieved stakeholders’ spokesperson, Malcolm Joseph and the LBF technical committee chairman, Mr. Eric Williams argued that there are 32 active clubs, but the Rufus Anderson’s administration said though 10 clubs didn’t participate in the league, they duly registered with the federation, making them eligible to vote.Minister Yonton told journalists in an interview held yesterday after the lengthy meeting in his office that the failure on any of the party to prove their commitment in accordance to the Resolution, the Ministry would execute a remedial decision.He said the Liberia Basketball Federation (LBF), aggrieved stakeholders and the Ministry found a “middle ground” and have resolved in an 8-count resolution to have a successful congressional election this weekend to be observed by the Ministry and the Liberian National Olympic Committee (LNOC).According to the 8-count Resolution, of which a copy is in our possession, the LBF must present the current bank statement and receipts of the Association to determine the legitimacy of the 14 clubs being contested on Thursday, February 18, at 11:00am to the offices’ of the Deputy Sports Minister.The Resolution states: That all qualified teams receive package on February 18, at the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ facilities; That registration for election is open from Tuesday, February 17 to Thursday, February 19, and that registration fees for the election be paid to the election commission of the LBF constituted to oversee the election.It further states: “That all clubs obligated to the Association must pay said money to the Secretary General of the Association or the Treasurer before the close of business on Thursday, February 19, and that the second day of the congress must be subsidized by the aggrieved party and said amount should be channeled through the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Thursday, February 19.Mr. Ali Sylla of D-Rocks and Calvin Diggs of Flames signed on behalf of the aggrieved stakeholders as proof of commitment; while Secretary General D. Allen Goodridge and President Rufus Anderson affixed their signatures on behalf of the LBF leadership and the Deputy Minister for Sports approved the Resolution.“Now therefore, we the officials and stakeholders of the Liberia Basketball Association under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports have affirmed to abide to the provision as stated supra, any bridge by either part the Ministry of Youth and Sports should institute necessary remedial actions as deemed appropriate in the supreme interest of basketball development in Liberia,” the Resolution said.It may be recall that the Electoral Commission of the LBF qualified six candidates to vie for various positions which are being described by many as white ballot poll.Electoral commission chair Jerome M. Hodge, said, in keeping with general regulations and guidelines of the LBA, the six candidates have met all necessary requirements.Candidates in the race are: T. Rufus Anderson, vying for the presidency; Fred Ted, vice presidency; Bruce W. Quaye, vice president for operations; Abiodu Thomas, for treasurer, Jairus J. Harris, for the financial secretary post and Isaac Smith, for the chaplain position respectively.The Rufus Anderson-led administration at the Liberia Basketball Association has been under mounting pressure from club presidents’ association for financial and administration mismanagement.However, the legitimacy of the Chief Executive Officer of K-Delta, Abraham Samukai,  as well the Proprietor and President of Dream Team 1, Jake Kabakollie are  still uncertain with the constitution in full swing.Accordingly, the administration said K-Delta proprietor isn’t eligible to contest but that was thrown out, making him eligible to run, if he desires to do so.The Ministry of Youth & Sports, in consultations with the LBF and the LNOC agreed that all owners and presidents of basketball teams in good financial standing are eligible to run for positions in the federation, clearing the way for Abraham Samukai to make his choice.However, Dream Team 1 has not participated in the LBF leagues in the past three years and is also financially indebted to the federation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Unleashing the Potential of Young People in Liberia: A New Initiative

first_img“An engaged alumni community prepares the way for a brighter future,” said Beyan Flomo Pewee, Executive Director of YOCEL.It is a brighter future for young people across Liberia, which a new joint initiative is aiming to achieve. The initiative, developed by Future First Global, in partnership with YOCEL, is being launched this week to enable Liberian schools to be supported by thriving and engaged alumni communities, which can support young people as they transition from school into further education, training or the world of work.YOCEL is a Liberian based non-profit youth oriented organization that promotes quality education and provides a supportive platform that challenges the creativity of young people. The organization emphasizes community mobilization and engagement as a means to address the needs of young people. It focuses on education and capacity building, participation and empowerment, employment and entrepreneurship, advocacy and gender equality. It provides the platform for young people to stand up and raise their voices in support of quality education.The initiative launches in 15 pilot schools later this year, after an initial launch workshop with all involved, including representatives from the schools and the Ministry of Education (MOE). An assessment undertaken by YOCEL over recently shows that 80 percent of outgoing high school students is willing to give back to their former schools. It further showed 90 percent of students wants career advice and mentoring from former students.There is already some sporadic use of alumni networks at a high school level in Liberia, but this new partnership will support schools in developing well-functioning alumni networks. It will unleash the latent will of alumni to give back as volunteer role models, mentors and providers of work experience. The initiative aims to be nation-wide in Liberia by 2017.“Imagine if every young person in Liberia had access to a network of mentors, role models and work experience providers to help them in their journey to fulfilling their own potential. Together, I am confident we can establish a program, which will do just that” said Jake Hayman, CEO of Future First Global. About Future First GlobalFuture First Global’s vision is to turn every school into a community by engaging former students, now in jobs, as mentors, role models and work experience providers to young people at their old schools. They currently work in the UK, Kenya and USA. For additional information on the initiative contact: Jake Hayman, or Beyan Pewee f.pewee@gmail.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chiefs start strong

first_img“But he’s adjusting real well, and if he keeps his focus he could be one of the top outside hitters in our league.” Montebello is also off to a solid start. The Oilers are 2-1, with the only loss coming in five games to Los Altos, ranked No. 3 in Division III. “We’re hitting our spots,” said Montebello coach Greg Ng, whose team faces Whittier today. “I think we (started well). We played very well against Los Altos and lost in five. We also played well against El Rancho, who we beat in four games. “We’re starting to jell and the offense is coming around. We’re doing better, but we have a lot to improve. If we can continue to improve, we could challenge for the league title.” The Oilers are led by Aaron Casillas, averaging eight kills and six blocks per match. He is coming off a 14-kill effort against Los Altos. “He does everything for us,” Ng said. “He hits from the back, the outside. He passes, and is basically an all-around player. He’s really stepped up.” The Oilers are also getting production from Antonio Tinoco. “We’re pretty much a team this year,” said Ng, whose team finished second in the Almont League to San Gabriel last season. “We don’t have a bunch of individuals. We have guys who really work well together.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Potentially, this could be a very good team. We just need to (refine) the little things. (The players) know the basics of what I want to run, it’s just the little things that will determine our fate.” And perhaps the play of Taotoai, who despite being a setter had a monster 12-block effort in a four-game win over Costa Mesa last week. He is averaging just under 33 assists per match. “He’s just a very good player,” Komer said. “He knows the game and understands where to be, and how to run the offense.” The Chiefs are also led by junior outside hitter Jared Mayfield, who despite moving from middle blocker to outside hitter has a solid .332 hitting percentage. “He’s just a great athlete,” Komer said. “He’s switching to outside hitter, so he’s going through a transitional phase. It would have been normal to expect the Santa Fe High School boys volleyball team to get off to a slow start this season. The Chiefs are under new leadership this spring, as first-year coach Chris Komer brings his act over from Costa Mesa. A new coach with new strategies usually means a transitional period. center_img But Santa Fe is disproving the theory. The Chiefs, led by junior setter Jeremiah Taotoai, instead have started quickly, winning six of their first seven matches. “I’m pretty happy where we are at,” said Komer, who led Costa Mesa to a runner-up finish in CIF-Southern Section Division III last season. “But we could be a lot better. last_img read more

Barcelona sign Sh19bn Coutinho in 3rd richest deal

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona made repeated efforts during the summer transfer window to land Philippe Coutinho, but were rebuffed each time by Liverpool © AFP / Paul ELLISBARCELONA, Spain, Jan 6 – Philippe Coutinho finally got his wish on Saturday when Barcelona agreed to sign the Brazilian star from Liverpool for 160 million euros ($192 million) in the third richest deal of all time.The swoop for the 25-year-old attacking midfielder — which contains a 400 million euro release clause — will be the third biggest deal in football. Last year, Paris Saint-Germain shelled out a world record 222 million euros to lure Brazilian star Neymar from Barcelona before the French champions then agreed to pay Monaco 120 million euros for Kylian Mbappe in a deal which will be officially activated once the striker’s loan period is completed.“It is with great reluctance that we -– as a team and club –- prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Philippe Coutinho,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told the club’s official website.“It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known.“Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his teammates this was a move he was desperate to make happen.”Rio-born Coutinho arrived at Anfield from Inter Milan for £8.5 million in January 2013 and scored 54 goals for the club in all competitions, although he won no silverware during his five-year stay.Barcelona had tried to sign him in the summer, but his departure is a blow to Liverpool as the playmaker has just returned to top form after an injury-hit start to the season.He scored six goals in the last seven games of 2017 to put his side firmly in the Champions League places.Capturing Coutinho allows Barcelona to move on from the bitter experience of losing his Brazil teammate Neymar last summer.Coutinho had stayed in Liverpool on Saturday while his teammates jetted off to Dubai for warm-weather training, fuelling speculation that he was set to leave the Premier League club.He was then photographed giving a thumbs-up as he left London for Spain accompanied by his wife, Aine.Coutinho is expected to watch his new team host Levante on Sunday afternoon at Camp Nou.Video posted on the club website showed a locker bearing his name had already been reserved for their new recruit.Coutinho’s age is highly attractive to Barca, whose three main stars, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta are all in their thirties. Iniesta, at 33, has shown signs of fatigue this season.– ‘What will he gain?’ –French media group beIN Sports reported late Saturday that Liverpool will immediately spend 55 million euros of their windfall on Leicester striker Riyad Mahrez.They claimed Mahrez will have a medical at Liverpool on Sunday before penning a four-year contract.Liverpool have also been strongly linked with Monaco forward Thomas Lemar, who Arsenal tried to sign before the season.Coutinho played no role in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over city rivals Everton in the FA Cup on Friday.Liverpool’s winning goal was scored by Virgil Van Dijk, the Dutch defender signed last week from Southampton for £75 million ($101.7 million, 84.5 million euros).Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson said his old club had probably got the better deal.“It’s hard to get my head around what Philippe is going to gain because he can’t play Champions League football for them, they are running away with the league, and he’s got the World Cup at the end of the season,” Thompson said on Sky Sports.“Will he play regularly every week at Barcelona? I’m not too sure. Philippe could have carried on (at Liverpool). He could have been playing in the Champions League.”Meanwhile, later Saturday, Liverpool said they will offer supporters who bought shirts bearing the name of Coutinho a £50 voucher to help offset the impact of the Brazilian star’s departure.“The offer follows today’s announcement that Coutinho will join Barcelona and reflects the exceptional circumstances behind the player’s departure,” said the club.“Supporters should present their 2017-18 Coutinho replica shirt at any official club store where the voucher will be issued…the shirt will not be retained but proof of purchase will be required.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgAdvertorialThe inside of Patrick Gildea’s new salon.Patrick Gildea Hairdressing love to hear feedback from their valued clients on their salon experience. This is why in order for them to continuously develop they created a system that clients could email them after a visit to give them honest verified feedback. Since the creation of the North West Hairdressing “Centre of Excellence” they have received so many fantastic reviews we felt it would be a shame not to share them with you!Patrick himself is so grateful to all their clients for their feedback.“We are overwhelmed that so many of our clients took time from their busy schedules to provide reviews on their experience, feedback is so important to us because it helps us to improve our client experience every day. We pride ourselves on the experience that we provide our customers and look forward to welcoming them back always,” said Patrick.There were so many great reviews that we found it difficult to choose but here are some of our favourites which have all been verified by Phorest Salon Software: Grace said “I had a great experience today. It was my first time and I know I will be coming to this salon for a long time now after the excellent professionalism the salon has. I was talked through in what I wanted to achieve and I was so happy with the result. This is the first time in all my experiences in various hair salons that I am happy leaving and that’s thanks to the Patrick Gildea team. I can honestly say as I have been to a lot of other salons and never compared to my experience today. Thanks so much again and I will be back real soon.”Anne said “This is my first time in this salon. It’s not just a haircut. It’s an experience”.Emma said “WOW! A Really special salon with excellent staff, delivers a master class in what a salon experience should be.”Maurice said “As always, the Patrick Gildea Team makes the experience both highly professional and enjoyable for the client and I am very impressed with the new Centre of Excellence. It is a pleasure to have my hair styled by the wonderful staff, and it is always great to get a catch up with them every 6 weeks or so”.Rose said “I spend time in Letterkenny every year and have been to the salon a number of times to get my hair done .Today was my first time in the new salon which I must say is fabulous very spacious but comfortable. All of the staff, who dealt with me today made me feel welcome, relaxed and I was given lots of detail re: what would be done with my hair. I was more than pleased with the result and will be back again. It is heartening to get such an experience I work in Customer Service Training in the UK covering a range of businesses and in my experience this is one of the best examples I have seen.” Roisin said “Such a relaxing experience. Felt I was in an exclusive salon in London but it was down to earth without city prices. All the staff were excellent.”Colette said “I found your staff extremely professional during my first visit to your new salon in the summer. I always feel apprehensive going to a salon for the first time but the consultation with your team reassured me and I was encouraged to try lowlights which I absolutely love as they are so subtle but added richness and tone to my colour. My second visit today was a lot more relaxing as I knew I was in capable hands and could trust your highly skilled staff. I will be recommending you to my friends.”Rebecca said “I was given a complimentary consultation on the hair product Nioxin stocked in their salon. The staff explained the range and advised me on the best available for my hair type. Whilst there I opted to have a Nioxin Dermabrasion treatment applied and a blow dry. The salon was buzzing the whole time and what I thought was excellent was not feeling lost which I have felt in other big salons before. That alone will bring me back although so far I am loving the way Nioxin is making my hair feel and look. Definitely recommend it.”Noreen said “Getting my hair done here is an unforgettable experience. Staff are so chatty & friendly while being so professional. I came out of your salon about 10 yrs younger thanks to my stylist’s recommendation. That was on Fri nite last &I have been asked several times since who did my hair. I must also mention that the girl who washed my hair was lovely. Lovely manner. Keep up the good work in there, I will be back!!!” Deirdre said “I always love going to the salon. All the staff are so lovely & professional. With fresh coffee & great magazines. Just a real treat & of course my stylist is fantastic. I always leave feeling a million dollars. Thanks everyone. Deirdre. X”Heather said “When I arrive I do not have to wait very long before I am in the chair & getting down to business, unlike other salons I have used. During the consultation process my stylist actively listens to what I want as well as offering their own professional opinions on what may work but never pushes them and leaves the final decision down to me. The standard of training and experience is evident as from my appointments in the salon I have learned there is a great deal more in achieving the desired shade of “blonde” than just using peroxide! The staff’s interpersonal / communication skills are excellent, they make appropriate conversation but is in no way intrusive or nosey!”Monica said “I love the service, the atmosphere and all the staff 🙂 I have a 1:30 hour return journey to get my hair cut with yourselves, well worth the trip. The new salon is fantastic!”Mary-Francis said “Got my colour and cut today and what a great job, such great hairdressers with lovely personalities who went out of their way to get me lemon for my glass of water and everyone who attended me was lovely. Overall brilliant salon beautiful surroundings very relaxing and most of all best staff in town. Next appointment made Thank you all.”WOW after reading all those amazing reviews, I really want to book an appointment with Patrick Gildea Hairdressing….what about you?PATRICK GILDEA – WHAT THE CLIENTS ARE SAYING! was last modified: November 8th, 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:donegalletterkennyPatrick Gildea Hairdressinglast_img read more