Fill stadiums, the great pending task of women’s football

first_imgLogroñoLas Gaunas44116,000 Athletic *Lezama4621,000 Madrid CFFMatapiñonera8483,000 Spanish women’s football proved last season to be able to fill a stadium with 60,739 spectators (Atleti-Barça at Wanda). This historic milestone, which broke the world record for attendance at a women’s club match, was accompanied by other great entries of this category in First class temples. To the traditional opening of San Mamés, which has been hosting women’s matches quite often for decades, the party of a Seville derby joined in Benito Villamarín (23,000 spectators) or a Real Sociedad-Athletic in Anoeta (21,234), among many other examples.Undoubtedly, 2018-19 was a season marked by good assists in this category, demonstrating the great growth of the fans of women’s football in Spain. However, far from these numbers, the reality day after day in the fields of the First Iberdrola was and is very different. Without going any further, this season, the average general attendance at matches is around 700 spectators. Added to this is the decrease in openings in large elite temples. Atlético have not yet held any women’s matches at Wanda this year and only the league has opened its doors on Heliodoro Rodríguez López (Granadilla-Betis, with 1,351 spectators), San Mamés (Athletic-Barça, with 32,068), the Reale Arena (Real-Athletic, 28,367) or el Colombino, in which Sporting de Huelva has played several games with an average entry of 750 people. These stadiums are joined by Riazor, which received 7,569 spectators for a Depor-Valencia Cup. * Teams that have played in other stadiums. Source: SoccerwayBy teams, only Barça (leader of the First), Atlético (2º) and the surprising Depor (4º) surpass a thousand spectators, the azulgrana being the one with the best average, with 2,787 people in the new Johan Cruyff. In addition to these clubs, only three teams (Madrid CFF, Valencia and Real Sociedad) exceed 700 spectators in the total season average. The rest of the clubs (10) are far below, drawing attention to the cases of Sevilla, Levante, Tacon or Rayo, which usually have an entrance of about 300 spectators. It should be noted that the majority of women’s teams play in sports cities, in areas far from the city center. Whether or not this is the reason for the low attendance, the truth is that filling the stadiums day after day and not only at specific moments is marked as one of the great pending tasks of Spanish women’s football. SportsC.D Abegondo1,1342,000 HeelCD. Real Madrid3443,000 ValenciaAntonio Puchades8103,000 I raisedCD. Buñol3723,000 First Iberdrola assists TeamStadiumAverageCapacitycenter_img Passion fruit*The palm4542,700 SevilleJesus Navas3827,000 BetisCD. Luis del Sol5423,000 Real society*Zubieta8001,500 Spanish*CD. Dani Jarque4576,000 BarcaJohan Cruyff2,7876,000 Sp. Huelva *The order5062,000 AthleticCD. Wanda1,3453,000 Vallecano Ray*CD. Vallecano Ray3001,200last_img read more

Drinking spree murder lands porter in jail

first_imgA man who allegedly killed his drinking buddy during an argument over who should have the last shot of vodka was on Wednesday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Callis Rodrigues, a porter, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The charge stated that on August 17, 2019, at Kumaka Water Front, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini), the 20-year-old murdered Oswald Henry.According to the prosecution’s case, at about 21:30h, the men were imbibing at a shop when they began to argue over who should take the last shot of vodka in the bottle.It was reported that Henry allegedly held on to the bottle and Rodrigues became annoyed, picked up a piece of wood, and reportedly dealt Henry several lashes about his body.The injured man fell unconscious and was rushed to the Kumaka District Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The matter was then reported, an investigation was carried out, and Rodrigues was arrested.Rodrigues was remanded to prison and the case will call again at the Aquero Magistrate’s Court on September 30, 2019.last_img read more

Egypt’s record-breaking keeper El Hadary retires aged 45

first_imgEl Hadary, nicknamed “High Dam”, won 159 caps for his country during a 22-year international career that saw him win the Africa Cup of Nations four times.At the age of 45 years and 161 days, El Hadary smashed Colombian stopper Faryd Mondragon’s record for oldest player at a World Cup when he took to the field against Saudi Arabia in Volgograd this summer.He wrote that he was “very proud” to have finally “realised the most important, biggest, dearest dream of playing at the World Cup”.The joy of appearing at Egypt’s first World Cup since 1990 was tempered by the team’s poor showing, as the Pharaohs led by Liverpool star Mohamed Salah crashed out winless.El Hadary did, however, manage to pull off an impressive penalty save in the final game with the Saudis against a player nearly half his age.Talisman Salah hailed El Hadary as a “legend” after his international retirement was announced.“A new legend from the golden generation is leaving us,” Salah wrote on Twitter Tuesday, wishing El Hadary “all the best” for the future.Despite dropping out of the national setup, El Hadary is still playing for Egyptian top flight team Ismaily.He signed for the club back in his homeland in July after leaving Saudi side Al Taawun.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary became the oldest player in World Cup history against Saudi ArabiaCAIRO, Egypt, Aug 7-Veteran Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has retired from international duty aged 45, after breaking the record for oldest player to appear at a World Cup in Russia.  “After reflecting at length and asking God, I have decided to retire from international football,” El Hadary wrote on Facebook late Monday.last_img read more

Man City told £17m will get defender, plus club activate £20m release clause

first_img 6 6 6 Lucas Hernandez: Club to activate Atletico defender’s release clause? Click the arrow above, right, to see more Man City transfer rumours – According to the Sun, Guardiola is ready to activate the Frenchman’s release clause, believed to be in the region of £20million. The 20-year-old made 16 appearances in all competitions for Diego Simeone’s side last term. Leroy Sane: Schalke winger to decide on future – Guardiola and City are big fans of the 20-year-old winger and hope to progress with a deal later this week, report the Telegraph. After the conclusion of Euro 2016, Sane can make a decision on his future and he could be added to the existing competition of attacking players at the Etihad, along with Nolito who arrived from Celta Vigo. Leonardo Bonucci: City to seek alternatives to Juventus defender? – According to ESPN earlier this week, Serie A giants Juventus are asking for too much money to prise Bonucci away from Turin. The Citizens are wary about paying over the odds for a 29-year-old, despite Guardiola being a big admirer. Bonucci impressed for Italy at Euro 2016 but City may be forced to look elsewhere for their investment, such as John Stones or Lucas Hernandez. Bruno Peres: City told to pay up for the Torino defender – The full-back is attracting interest from City but the Serie A club have reportedly told Etihad chiefs to stump up at least £17million for the 26-year-old Brazilian. He impressed in Italy last season, making 33 appearances in all competitions, even chipping in with three goals. He would add competition to the ranks at City, with Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy current first choices, with Pablo Zabaleta set to leave. 6 6 Man City fans face an exciting summer judging by these transfer rumours.Now Pep Guardiola is at the helm, the club are being linked with the game’s very best players and have already snapped up two quality players in Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito.BEST DONE DEALS SO FAR IN 2016It appears the club are far from done, however, and here, talkSPORT has more rumours for supporters to digest.Remain up to date with the latest transfer rumours here or listen to the Transfer Centre on talkSPORT 2 every weekday from 1pm here. Marlos Moreno: Atletico Nacional forward to join then be sent on loan – City are set to sign the Colombian for just over £8million and loan him to Deportivo La Coruna, according to the Manchester Evening News. The 19-year-old has been attracting interest from across Europe and it appears City are going to win the race for his signature. 6 Marc-Andre ter Stegen: Guardiola to raid Barcelona for a new goalkeeper? – The Mail Online reports Guardiola is weighing up a move for either of Barcelona’s goalkeepers. His doubts over current first choice Joe Hart has been widely reported and the 45-year-old is set to raid his former club for Ter Stegen or Claudio Bravo. The duo have shared the main role at the Camp Nou over the last two seasons and are reportedly unhappy about the current situation. Bravo is 33, while German shot-stopper Ter Stegen is 24 years old. last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL man Jason Black was hoping to be on top of Mount Everest today – to mark his daughter’s birthday!But mother nature has put off the final ascent for two more days at least!The Letterkenny nightclub owner was delighted however to pick up a faint phone signal from 8000mts up – and sent the following blogs. And he talks of his sadness at learning that a climber he met out there has died.Here’s his latest despatch:Just sitting at the yellow band at just below the death one at 8000mts – FREEZING I mean really FREEZING .. Summit next 2 days .. Fingers crossed guys.Guys can’t believe my luck, switched on my phone and don’t know how this has happened but I’ve got one bar on a Chinese reception. Anyway quickly guys I’m on the final push the last few days have been just brutal but in a sick way unbelievable. Outside of the pain the views and sights of God’s play garden for the slightly mad has been just life_changing and that’s a chapter for another day, life changing and inspirational and a damn good way to really find my myself.Tonight now its 9.40 here and I’m sitting just meters from the death zone – sounds so dramatic but trust me it is.So many lives have been lost here already – 14 about the death zone at 8000mts and sadly I lost a good friend who I met first day in Kathmandu because the route is a lonely old place we most days hooked up for a cuppa to discuss our plans ahead.Well yesterday Namgil, who was to me a super guy became number 15 and my heart today is so heavy.His body just gave up and he dropped on route, tomorrow on my way I will pass Namgil as he’s still up ahead and I will give him a good Irish prayerful goodbye. So as I sit pitched high on a very, very windy north ridge – gales are 80mph + and I hope this tent holds out or I’m for a speedy run.Everest summit above now waits guys and I’ve got a date with destiny….Plenty of prayers very welcome.Can’t seriously express how much you guys mean to me and the encouragement has been breath taken I hope to do you all very proud over the next few days. And for the kids of Donegal I’ve got some pretty quality photos to show you all.That all for now…LoveJasonPSAnd I’ve left the best for last – HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAURA – my beautiful daughter’s birthday 18th May and how proud you have made myself and your mammy Laura.I’d planned the 18th for my summit but Mother Nature put a stop to that plan so have a great day Laura… I love you so much…Daddy xJASON BLACK’S MOUNT EVEREST BLOG: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER LAURA was last modified: May 18th, 2013 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:JASON BLACK’S MOUNT EVEREST BLOG: A FRIEND I MET OUT HERE HAS BECOME 15TH PERSON TO DIElast_img read more


first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: Suspected thieves using a white 07 Hiace van has been spotted acting suspiciously over the past 24 hours in several areas of east Donegal.These include St Johnston, Manorcunningham, Carrigans, Newtowncunningham, Binnion and Raphoe.Report suspicious activity to gardai.  COMMUNITY ALERT: SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IN EAST DONEGAL was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Carriganscrime alerteast DonegalmanorcunninghamNewtowncunnighamRaphoeSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Phil Coulter: “Lough Swilly was the scene of some of the most painful experiences in my life”

first_imgMusician Phil Coulter has spoken of the pain of losing two of his siblings in unrelated drowning incidents in Lough Swilly.The Derry native appeared on the Late Late Show last night alongside his wife Geraldine Branagan.After discussing how Dubliners legend Luke Kelly encouraged him to write about more personal experiences, Ryan Tubridy asked about Lough Swilly, which features in songs such as ‘By the Shores of Lough Swilly’ and ‘Star of the Sea’. “It was the scene of some of the happiest times of my life with my two brothers and two sisters when we were kids, and we would rent a little house on the shores of the swilly in Inishowen,” Coulter explained.“We’d learned to swim in that stretch of water, we’d play for those endless days in the summer together, and then in adult years it was the scene of some of the most painful experiences in my life when in two separate, unrelated incidents, both my sister and brother were drowned in Lough Swilly.”Phil Coulter’s brother Brian perished in the waters in 1984 while windsurfing. “My brother was windsurfing, he had windsurfed around the world. It was in the month of November/December so there were no boats in the water, and people could see from the shoreline, the wind had got up very quickly, very suddenly, and Lough Swilly can be very treacherous. They could see that he was in difficulty.Despite calling the emergency services, it was too late, Coulter says.“The tide and wind had blown him out.”In a separate incident, Coulter’s sister Cyd, a social worker, was tragically killed when one of her clients, who she had been attempting to help, drove them off of Buncrana pier.“And with my sister, if anything it was more painful because she was a counsellor for people with addiction problems and she was called away from one of her kid’s tenth birthday party.“She got this panic call and she said ‘I’ll put the ice cream cake in the fridge and we’ll finish this when I come back but I’ve got to go and see this client’.” “Well, unfortunately, he was on a suicide trip and was determined to take her with her, and that’s what happened.”They then took a moment to listen to Sinead O’Connor angelic performance of ‘By The Shores of Lough Swilly’.To watch Coulter’s full interview, you can catch up on the RTÉ Player.Phil Coulter: “Lough Swilly was the scene of some of the most painful experiences in my life” was last modified: February 25th, 2018 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:briancydLate Late ShowLough SwillyPhil coulterlast_img read more

SETI Communication Only Outward So Far

first_imgWhile we wait for responses, all we hear are echoes of our own intelligent signals into space.Astronomers and biologists who yearn to find company in the universe met yesterday in Puerto Rico for a conference, reports. Titled “The Intelligence of SETI: Cognition and Communication in Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” its purpose was “to discuss the many forms alien intelligence could take.”All the communication, though, seems one-way: outward. “Can We Talk to E.T.?” Mike Wall headlines. If we must. They are not talking to us, so far. Much of the discussion seems about our strategy for reaching out.“Philosophical questions aside, from a pragmatic perspective, if we are to send a message, we must design it in a way that it can be understood and used by the broadest range of forms that intelligent life could take,” University of Washington biologists Dominic Sivitilli and David Gire said in a statement. “We can make substantial progress toward this goal by understanding the diversity of forms that intelligent life has taken on this planet.“They didn’t word it with the dreaded phrase “intelligent design,” but those two words were used, and were key to the point, even if separated by other words. How is our own intelligence to be explained? One remarked that “‘exaggerated’ intelligence, as in humans, may be a rare accident of chance, as rare as a peacock’s tail.” Stuff happens. Maybe that’s why’s opening graphic shows constellations: the peacock, an octopus, and the profile of Charles Darwin, author of the Stuff Happens Law.Fermi Paradox AgainA visionary physicist has a new way of finding the aliens. You could do this at home, with a backyard telescope, Science Daily says: just look for cosmic beacons they are sending. They must be out there, because we are just now getting good enough at photonics to send super-bright, reinforced-energy beacons of our location, and we’re not more intelligent than the aliens, are we? He suggests the possibility of SEDI, the Search for Directed Intelligence.On second thought, Philip Lubin (UC Santa Barbara) realizes there are implications of his technological theory.Lubin added. “Could we see each other? Can we behave as a lighthouse, or a beacon, and project our presence to some other civilization somewhere else in the universe? The profound consequences are, of course, ‘Where are they?’ Perhaps they are shy like us and do not want to be seen, or they don’t transmit in a way we can detect, or perhaps ‘they’ do not exist.”It’s hard to believe the aliens are all shy. Humans sure are not, broadcasting messages into space with reckless abandon. Which brings us back to the old Fermi Paradox: if they are out there, and if they are so much more advanced than us, where are they? They should have made their presence known long ago.Isn’t it ironic how the believers in SETI hate intelligent design, but find it very useful? They use intelligence to project messages, and they would certainly infer intelligent causes if they detected complex specified information from space. They know it’s possible to distinguish natural causes from intelligent causes, even when you can’t identify the designer. That’s the core principle of intelligent design.The possibility that Earth is unique in the universe as an abode for intelligent physical beings should not be dismissed too quickly, even with quintillions of stars out there. For one, it fits the empirical evidence from SETI (i.e., complete silence). For another, humans are not obscure, being about halfway in size between subatomic particles and galaxies.* Finally, we have the Creator’s word that he formed Earth to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18-20). Nowhere did He say that He created other physical beings with souls outside of the Earth. And Earth was so special in His plan, He sent His Son to redeem the rebels that turned from Him.That should not imply, however, that the rest of the universe is wasted space. Nothing is wasted if He creates things for His own pleasure (Revelation 4:11). We don’t know the abode of the angels, who are extremely numerous according to the Bible, with ranks and hierarchies of power. And God’s future plans for the universe, and humans within it, are only vaguely revealed. Furthermore, heaven may not be limited to the dimensions we can currently sense.*Consider these four arguments for the unique existence of humans in a vast universe. (I, your humble commentator David Coppedge, have not found these discussed by others, so I’m going to claim priority unless shown otherwise. I’ve taught these ideas at star parties for several years.)Why are humans so small in a vast universe?We appear small by necessity. Given the laws of physics that make atoms and stars possible, human beings must be smaller than rocky planets of a limited size with sufficient gravity to hold them to the planet’s surface. They must also orbit a star with the right mass and type to permit a suitable environment on that planet. If God had made us larger than planets and stars, we could not exist, because our mutual self-gravity would destroy us. We would become black holes, not people. We would be incapable of communicating as God intended.If God had made us larger than planets and stars, He could easily have extended His creation by the same amount, leaving us with the same conundrum, “Why are we so small in such a vast universe?” His purpose was to declare His glory, including His omnipotence (Psalm 19:1).In the spectrum of size—from subatomic particles to galaxy clusters—there is only a narrow range suitable for the existence of complex, communicating life. At the extremes, diversity decreases, but in the middle, the capacity for individuality skyrockets. Consider: stars and galaxies fall into a limited number of categories; for the most part, they are much the same, and certainly incapable of constituting intelligent beings able to communicate. Planets, being smaller, are very diverse, but they are prisoners of gravity and the vacuum of space (SETI doesn’t plan on communicating with stars or planets, but with beings roughly our size on a planet somewhere). At the other end of the size spectrum, subatomic particles and atoms can be classified on a single sheet of paper. Diversity starts climbing with molecules, but they are too prone to atomic and electrical forces to have free will. Cells are extremely diverse, and they communicate profusely, yet only over limited areas, and without sentience as far as we know. It is only at the size range we inhabit (plants and animals) where true sentient communication between intelligent beings possessing free will is physically possible. And as humans, if Philip Rubin is right, we could theoretically project signals of our presence across the whole universe.Let me know what you think. Does this make sense? Are these arguments original? (Probably not, but I’d like to know.) (Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Photo library: Buildings and structures 12

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Buildings & Structures contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Victoria West, Northern Cape province: Old buildings in Victoria West have been restored and attract visitors to the area. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: The reception at the business centre of the new Ngqura Harbour, next to the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: The reception at the business centre of the new Ngqura Harbour, next to the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province: The Post Office Building. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Mthatha, Eastern Cape province: The Bunga Building, home of the Nelson Mandela Museum. It is one of two museums dedicated to South Africa’s first democratically elected president – the other is in Mandela’s home village of Qunu. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Qunu, Eastern Cape province: The Nelson Mandela Museum. Mandela grew up in the village of Qunu. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Qunu, Eastern Cape province: The Nelson Mandela Museum. Mandela grew up in the village of Qunu. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Qunu, Eastern Cape province: Nelson Mandela’s new home. Mandela grew up and went to school in the village of Qunu. Photo: Rodger Bosch, » Download high-res image Bloemfontein, Free State province: The Supreme Court of Appeal. The city is the judicial capital of South Africa. The country has three capital cities; the other two are Cape Town (legislative) and Pretoria (administrative). Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES 12: {loadposition bd}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at read more

Dan Uetrecht, March 26

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest My father moved here in 1965 and we mainly were a cattle and hog operation but have slowly evolved out of livestock to just grain farming. You can see the farm from Interstate-71 by Caesar’s Creek Lake.We have a rotation of corn, beans and wheat. We have 150 to 200 acres of wheat every year. We like that rotation because we can do a pretty good job of growing cover crop beans and we plant at least 40 acres of clover, radishes and rye behind wheat. I plant beans into that because it works pretty well. Then the next year we plant corn and it does pretty well after the beans with the organic matter and nitrogen from the cover crops. Planting corn into the cover crops is more risky.We strip the wheat and try to run it at 20% so we can get the double-crop beans in as quickly as possible. Then the 40 or 50 acres we plant cover crops in we will typically bale that.Our bins are completely cleaned out except for about 10,000 bushels of beans that I have rolled into a July contract. I typically try to clean my bins out, especially corn, before planting. If I want to re-own it, I just own it on paper.It has been a unique winter. We had a really cold spell there for a while and I think that is good for insect issues. But we have outdoor stoves and we are still burning wood. We have cut a lot of wood this winter. We are slowly harvesting our dead ash trees. They make really good firewood.We just topdressed the wheat and it looks pretty good considering the tough winter. We are ready to get in the fields when the weather allows us.last_img read more