The Tajik adventure of Manuel Bleda

first_imgManuel Bleda, on his stage in Istiklol Belarus and Tajikistan – with the permission of Nicaragua and Burundi – have become the last haven of hope for soccer fans around the world. There, nothing more and nothing less than in two of the few countries whose sport challenges COVID-19, played Manuel Bleda (Sagunto, 1990) between 2014 and 2016. The Valencia striker, now in the Kitchee in Hong Kong, remembers his time at Belshina and Istiklol. An adventure full of coincidences that led him to record his name in the history of the most important club in Tajikistan. Everything could change, yes, a year earlier, when his departure to the Belaz Torpedo ended up being interrupted for financial reasons: “I signed and did a preseason month in Antalya, but when I was in Spain finalizing the move they told me that they could not pay my training fees and they proposed to wait a year“Bleda, disappointed after seeing his first attempt to play abroad fail, ended up in Dani Pons’ Alzira, “a coach who has always brought out the best in me”. The Valencian striker lived one of the best seasons he remembers there. And in March siren songs came again from Belarus: “They called me back, but I was no longer the Torpedo“It was Belshina, against whom he had played a friendly match months before, the team that launched fully into Bleda:” It cost me because Alzira had become my family. People said that where he was going, that he was crazy, but I was very clear and I left. “And there, in Babruisk, a city of 230,000 inhabitants 340 kilometers from the border with Russia, he spent six months” full of good moments “:”The coach welcomed me like a son because he was the only one from the non-Russian speaking club. The only bad thing is that he did not charge“Manuel Bleda points out:” From time to time they gave something, 15 or 20%. We lived in a hotel and we hardly had any expenses, but it is difficult to endure such a long time. I had to leave, but when I left we had already saved the category, which was the main objective of the club “.To Tajikistan by chanceFrom Babruisk to Tajikistan to play for FC Istiklol. 3,600 kilometers that Manuel Bleda traveled by chance: “Mubin Ergashev, coach who combined the Tajik team with Istiklol, traveled to Belarus to visit the BATE stadium before playing a friendly there. We had to visit them and he saw me play. I did well and he was waiting for me when he left. He gave me his card and we met the next day. The conditions were very good and I came for five months without charge, so we agreed, “recalls Manuel Bleda from Hong Kong:” I was very happy there. We won all the local titles at stake and reached the final of the AFC Cup -Competition equivalent to the Europa League in Asia- “. Istiklol fell to Johor FC, which does not detract from the role he played in what was his first participation in the continental championship. “I didn’t realize I had scored the 500th goal until I got to the locker room. The president came down to congratulate me.”center_img “Istiklol is a very powerful club. The owner is the nephew of the country’s president and practically all the national team players have ever played there. When I was there it showed that he played for a big club, “recalls Bleda, who defines the Tajik player as” technically good but tactically scarce. “” The country’s president is investing a lot of money in improving infrastructure and I am sure that little by little they will increase their prestige in Asia. They have already grown a lot lately, although there is still a lot of distance between the top finishers and the rest, “adds the Valencia striker.During his stay in Dushanbe, the capital and largest city of Tajikistan, Manuel Bleda left his name engraved in the history of the Istiklol. He did it after signing the goal 500 In the history of the Tajik club in local competitions, something that he did not realize until the end of the match against Khujand FC: “I had no idea. I realized when, with the game over, everyone started congratulating me. Also the president, who went down to the locker room. ” In what was his first adventure in Asia, the Spaniard got used to playing in extreme temperatures and taking advantage of the altitude: “We played at 3,000 meters, something that we could get a lot of out of. The fields were filled from start to finish and I still have contact with some of the players I met. I have very good memories and I wish I could visit them one day“A bus as a locker roomManuel Bleda has fond memories of his adventure in Tajikistan, but nothing like the day his team, Istiklol, had to use the bus as a dressing room: “We were playing the Cup against a small team and when we got to the field we realized there was nothing else. No bleachers, no toilets … The funny thing came when the driver got on the bus with the suitcases and said that we had to change there. Suddenly people began to appear. We were in balls and everyone watching! It was cold and it was raining a lot, but it was very funny. There were no showers either, and we had to go home sweaty. It was three hours … Good thing the club paid for a hotel so we could wash up halfway. “last_img read more

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Silver a bonus – Knight-Wisdom

first_imgJamaica’s Olympics-bound diver Yona Knight-Wisdom says winning the three-metre springboard silver medal at the FINA Diving World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was a welcome bonus after his historic qualification to the Olympic Games. Knight-Wisdom scored 427.40 points in Monday’s semi-final to finish 11th in the 18-man field, before surprising the competition in the medal round of the competition, which was being used as a Rio 2016 test event at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center. The 20-year-old Britain-born diver pointed to his approach in the later rounds, noting that he was much more relaxed going into the semi-finals and final after already meeting his main objective of becoming Jamaica’s first Olympic qualifier in a diving event. REALLY HAPPY “It (silver medal) means the world to me. The focus was to qualify for the Olympic Games. I never expected that to translate to a World silver medal, so I’m really happy about that,” Knight-Wisdom told The Gleaner from Brazil yesterday. Knight-Wisdom returned to log 459.25 points in the final, to finish behind gold-medal winner Rommel Pacheco (Mexico), who scored 504.40 points, with the United States’ Kristian Ipsen tallying 362.05 points. “The qualifying spot was what I was aiming for, and once that was over, I was a lot more relaxed and so everything after that was a bonus. I was very relaxed going into the semi-finals and even more so in the final,” said Knight-Wisdom. Still, the youngster isn’t getting ahead of himself and is expecting the competition to be far tougher when the Olympics begin. He is, however, also hoping for improvement as he prepares to take on the world in Rio. “At the Olympic Games everyone will be at their peak and it will of course feature other divers that didn’t compete in this event, so it will probably be a harder competition. But I am also looking forward to getting even better as well,” Knight-Wisdom said. The Leeds-born diver booked his spot at the Olympic Games after finishing 17th in the preliminary round with a score of 397.90 points. andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

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Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

first_imgLATEST STORIES The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City’s Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying: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“You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. … You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved.”Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland’s active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders’ game against the Buffalo Bills. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.ADVERTISEMENT Yankees face elimination again, this time in ALCS Game 7 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) makes contact with back judge Greg Steed (12) during the first half of an NFL football game between the Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Lynch was ejected after the play. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NEW YORK — Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders’ victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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1-year-old crushed by father’s reversing minibus

first_imgA one-year-old was on Friday morning crushed to death by a Route 40 minibus his father was reversing at their Kitty, Georgetown home.The child, Malachi Willis, of Lot 21 D’Andrade Street, Kitty, was reportedly behind the bus while his father, Wayne Willis, reversed the vehicle.Upon hearing the child’s cry, the frantic father stopped the minibus and went to check, and it was then that he realised the toddler was injured.He was rushed to the Woodlands Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries. The child’s body has been taken to the Lyken Funeral Home to await a post-mortem.At the Funeral Home, an aunt of the dead child refused to comment on the tragic accident, stating only that she was not there and was not in a position to give any information with respect to what had occurred.The child’s distraught mother was inconsolable. It is unclear if the one-year-old was the only child for the couple. The father, Guyana Times understands, is assisting the Police with their investigations. The minibus has been impounded at the Kitty Police Station.last_img read more

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Harps prepare for visit of Shamrock Rovers

first_imgThe Finn Harps senior squad continued preparations for next Friday night’s home League of Ireland Premier Division fixture against Shamrock Rovers with training in Letterkenny today. With Bray Wanderers joining Harps on 23 points there’s now only Wexford Youths and Longford Town below Ollie Horgan’s side in the table.So with the stakes getting higher the manager and his assistant Paul Hegarty are under pressure to deliver a result against the Hoops who have been on a pretty good run recently. Bray had an excellent 2-0 win over Galway Utd at Eamonn Deacy Park last night, a result that now puts them above Harps on goal difference with Wexford five points behind. Longford are bottom on 10 points.Horgan will be boosted by the return of Ruairi Keating from suspension and will be hoping that the striker can rediscover his scoring touch with Harps now having gone four games without a goal.Shamrock Rovers will be coming to Ballybofey after an easy 5-0 victory over Athlone Town last night in the third round of the FAI Senior Cup.Harps prepare for visit of Shamrock Rovers was last modified: August 20th, 2016 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:finn harpslast_img read more

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Rowing Places 13 on MAAC All-Academic Team

first_img Sarah Larson Sr. Biology Watertown, S.D. So. Environmental Science & Mathematics Oak Park, Ill. Gabrielle Brodek Sr. Environmental Science Hampden, Maine To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Madison Peterson Laura Claydon Jr. Psychology & Sociology Eagle, Colo. EDISON, N.J. – The Drake University rowing team had 13 student-athletes selected to the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women’s Rowing All-Academic Team, the MAAC office announced Wednesday, May 17. A total of 120 student-athletes comprise the team. Shelley Hunter Jr. Environmental Science Ontario, Calif. Erica Thacker So. Pre-Pharmacy Johnston, Iowa Sarah Frantik Jr. Actuary Science and Music Oswego, Ill. Jr. Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Duluth, Minn. Kerstin Donat Sr. International Relations Vilsbiburg, Germany Miranda Peterson Madeline Killian Elise Nikolic So. Magazine Media Champlin, Minn. So. International Relations & Religion Mendota Heights, Minn. Jessica Rebischke Jr. Actuary Science and Finance Lakeville, Minn. Elaine Fickau Jr. Public Relations Mukwonago, Wis. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Belfast couple say heartfelt thanks to locals who helped after car crash

first_imgBelfast woman Sarah Orr would like to reach out and thank everyone who stopped to assist her and her husband Phil after their car and caravan crashed beside Errigal on the Dunlewey side of Glenveagh National Park on Saturday evening.The couple was towing the van with their car when strong winds and a bumpy road caused the caravan to start snaking. It became difficult to regain control and the car began to weave along the road.Speaking to Donegal Daily Sarah explained; “We go on a holiday to Donegal every year, Phil has been going to Carrickfinn since he was a wee boy so we have a lot of friends there. “We were on our way back from Carrickfinn, the road was worse than it was last year. We lost control of the van and the car began to snake and swerve. To avoid hitting a car coming towards us we swerved into a ditch and rolled over.”Sarah says the experience terrified her, and that they are very lucky to escape the wreckage alive.“We’re really lucky no one else was involved and that we walked out unhurt. The girl who saw it happen thought no one was coming out.“There are so many people I’d love to thank. A girl came over with a blanket, people stopped and hugged us and held my hand. Everyone just gathered around and helped us. “I was in shock and I don’t remember faces and names, I remember some faces, and I’ve found others on Facebook. Phil’s reaction to shock is to get things sorted but I was the opposite. Everyone was so good to me, someone gave me their coat and through Facebook I arranged to get it back to her.“I want people to know how thankful I am. There was a psychiatric nurse there who helped calm me down. From what I remember and from what Phil told me, an off duty fireman, an off duty Garda, and a GP were also on the scene! We are also so thankful for all the help and support the emergency services provided. They were really understanding and made sure we were okay.”“It was an act of God, there’s no way we should have come out of that. Apart from some aches and a few bruises we were relatively untouched. I think the marsh took the impact of the crash from the car.“Roarty’s were also really good and helped us get the van and car back to Dunlewey.“There was a woman, I think her name was Martha, who traveled to Dunlewey to make calls for me as there was no signal. I gave her my phone and told her which people to ring and she rang my mother-in-law and my husband’s cousin in Carrickfinn and she came back with my phone. That was awesome, she just helped no questions asked. “It was just a real showing of basic human kindness and that’s how incredible people can be.“There were loads of people who stopped, I wasn’t fully aware but I had about five or six women checking if I was okay, and men were helping Phil. It’s still hazy. Everyone came to the rescue so fast.“We were amazed, it gives you faith in humanity with all the bad stuff happening around the world,” she said.Belfast couple say heartfelt thanks to locals who helped after car crash was last modified: September 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Belfastcrashdonegalgood newsHelplast_img read more

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Steve Kerr hints at strategy to get most out of Steph, D’Angelo Russell

first_imgApparently there was more to Steve Kerr’s summer vacation than staining picnic tables and binge-watching “This is Us.”The Warriors head coach, who has basically been playing variations of a pat hand the past few NBA seasons, has been playing chess in his head. He thinks All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell, who came to the Warriors in a trade from Brooklyn this summer, is an exciting piece to have on the board.“I watched him a lot last year,” Kerr said during an appearance on Bleacher Report’s …last_img

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WHO lauds health department

first_img8 May 2007South Africa’s Department of Health has received an award for implementing vaccine vial monitors, aimed at improving access to immunisation.Vaccine vial monitors clear warn if a vaccine is likely to have been damaged by heat and has been used over the past 10 years, making it possible for more children in more places to be immunised.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the use of vaccine vial monitors saves US$5-million worth of vaccines annually through reducing wastage. It has also improved immunisation access and coverage, while pinpointing cold-chain problems and enabling effectively managed vaccine stocks.The organisation is this year celebrating a decade of using vaccine vial monitors.The WHO presented South Africa’s deputy director-general of health, Nthari Matsau, with a certificate of recognition at their Geneva, Switzerland headquarters during the weekend.“The Republic of South Africa’s involvement in the early stages of development, through conduct of field studies for the implementation of vaccine vial monitors, was critical for the successful ten years.” the WHO said in an invitation letter to the department“The WHO would like to award the Republic of South Africa with a recognition certificate for its contribution to global public health.”Vaccine vial monitors have played a crucial role in overcoming challenges related to safe delivery of vaccines, especially in hot climates where vaccine refrigeration is weak or non-existent.Meanwhile, a health department representative to Geneva, Daisy Mafubelu has commenced her duties as the assistant director-general of the WHO responsible for family and community health.Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang appointed Mafubelu as a South African Health Ambassador to the organisation in Geneva in 2003. Before that Mafubelu was a deputy director-general at the Free State Department of Health.In a statement, the department wished Mafubelu all the best in her new role.“We believe that her appointment to this very senior position at the WHO will ensure that the health interest of the African continent is represented at the highest level of this global health organisation.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Sun City shines in Rustenburg

first_img11 February 2010The Sun City Resort near Rustenburg in South Africa’s North West province is famous for style and grandeur, and prides itself in being one of the most sought after destinations in Africa.Rustenburg is one of nine South African cities that will host football matches during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ in June and July.Among the games to be played at Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Stadium will be the highly anticipated England and USA match, as well as Ghana versus Australia and Mexico versus Uruguay, to name just a few.And when you visit Rustenburg, one of the places you will have to see is the Sun City Resort.Along with being a major destination for foreign visitors, Sun City has since become a prime tourist spot for South Africans seeking peace of mind and a perfect weekend.So, if you find yourself in Rustenburg’s Sun City before or during the Fifa World Cup, the question will be, what do you do there? FIFA.com came up with some recommendations after a recent visit.Improve your golf swingRenowned for being one of the most spectacular courses in southern Africa, the Gary Player Golf Course has been a happy hunting ground to some of the top players in the world.Named after one of the finest golfers to emerge out of South Africa, the golf course has hosted many international events including an annual tournament that attracts top players and many spectators.For the novice golfer, the Titleist Golf Academy provides private or group instruction and golf clinics. The design and multiple tees make it equally enjoyable for both beginners and professional golfers.Play in the wavesWhen in Sun City, the Valley of Waves is regarded as one of the most advanced water parks in the world and is a must-see place before you depart. The Valley of Waves is open daily from 9am to 6pm. Facilities at the Valley of Waves include well-equipped changing rooms, a locker service and a clinic for treating minor medical emergencies.Mingle with royaltyOne of the most awe-inspiring places in Sun City has to be the Palace of the Lost City. “Built as the royal residence of an ancient civilisation in South Africa, the Palace of the Lost City was destroyed by an earthquake in the past …” It has now been restored to its former glory, and offers splendid accommodation in the most sumptuous surroundings in South Africa.Go on a safariClose to the Sun City Resorts is the Pilanesburg National Park and Game reserve. Pilanesburg is the fourth-largest reserve in southern Africa and it supports such rare and endangered species such as black rhino, roan, tsessebe, foot-and-mouth free buffalo and wild dogs. As well as the “Big Five”, you will find the nocturnal brown hyena, cheetah, hippo, crocodile and sable.Explore the minesSouth Africa is the world’s biggest producer of platinum, and Rustenburg is home to some of the richest platinum mines in South Africa. From Sun City, it is a drive of less than 20 minutes to reach the nearest mines.Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

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