Oceanport $33M Referendum

first_imgOCEANPORT — The Oceanport School District is asking voters to weigh in on a $33 million bond referendum Dec. 10 to improve facilities at the Wolf Hill and Maple Place schools. According to business administrator Valery Petrone, the district has spent $1.7 million on required maintenance over the past 10 years. Frank A. Messineo, principal and owner of Solutions Architecture, said the district has a 2 percent cap on the budget that they cannot exceed, which makes it hard to fund large-ticket items like fixing leaking roofs or removing asbestos tiled flooring. “It’s an ongoing fight and we can never really catch up. And the referendum is our one best chance to do something like that,” he said. “And by allowing the district to finance these over many years, the cost is spread out and debt service aid is available.” If the referendum passes, both schools will receive new fire sprinkler systems; fire alarm systems; secure vestibules and lockdown capabilities; safety glazing on lower level windows; camera systems; new windows; new roofing systems; flooring; classroom furnishings; mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades; new lighting fixtures; parking improvements; and gym renovations, among other features. “Our buildings are rather aged and they are in serious need of upgrade and repair,” said Anne R. Facendo, the Oceanport superintendent. “The Wolf Hill Elementary School, which services pre-K through grade four, is 108 years old.” She also said the median age of the two combined facilities is 81.5 years old and the district’s last referendum was in 1996. The vote will be held Dec. 10 from 2 to 8 p.m. in Oceanport and in Sea Bright. The full presentation is available on the school website at oceanport.k12.nj.us. Wolf Hill School will see a new media center, cafeteria and connecting courtyard; six new classrooms will be added; toilet facilities will be renovated in pre-K and kindergarten classrooms, as now required by law; a new bus drop-off loop will be added; ADA-compliant spaces will be renovated; and more. According to the proposal, Wolf Hill School’s estimated 14,800-square-foot expansion will help accommodate the influx of children entering the Oceanport School District from the new housing developments at former Fort Monmouth. Because Sea Bright is a sending district to Oceanport schools, its residents will weigh in on the vote and the costs as well. If approved, the average Sea Bright homeowner can expect an extra $4.93 a month, or $59.19 a year, on their tax bills. He also said that bond rates are at a historic low, making this a good time to have a referendum. “But they’re not going to stay there forever so we want to try to take advantage of this,” he said. School board member Meghan Walker said a demographic study showed enrollment is steadily declining. However, 720 residential units are being built at the former fort. Projections show that once those children enter the school system, the demographics will about mirror the student population today. At a referendum presentation at a recent Sea Bright council meeting, a resident asked about the projections of student populations over the next five to 10 years. At Maple Place School, the science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) wing will be renovated with science labs, computer labs and more. There will also be renovations to the cafetorium, locker rooms with individualized showers, media center and guidance and physical therapist/occupational therapist rooms. According to the district, 81 of the 720 total residential units are “dedicated to Acute Care, which will produce no school age children, leaving 639 units.” Of the 639 units, 116 have already been built and are occupied. As a result, the district gained 20 new students. With this in mind, the district anticipates it will receive 109 students once the rest of the residential units are built. If the referendum is approved, the district anticipates receiving 34 percent of the total 40 percent it will be eligible for in state aid, to off-set costs. In that case, the average homeowner in Oceanport would pay an additional $43.32 a month, or $519.85 per year, on their tax bills.last_img read more

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Warriors, Rockets set for Game 7 in West finals

first_imgMOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s going to be fun,” Stephen Curry said. “It’s what you play for, to be in a situation where you’re one win away from going to the finals. Pressure both ways because of how big the moment is, and you’ve got to want it.”The Warriors trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half Saturday night before using a splendid second half to roll to a 115-86 victory. Curry knows that if the Warriors hope to return to the finals for the fourth straight year they’ll have to get off to a better start in Game 7.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I guarantee if we start the game out like we did (Saturday) and they jump out to the lead, it’s going to be 10 times harder to make it a game,” Curry said. “So for us that’s our challenge to have the same mentality we had for the last 36 minutes of (Game 6) and bring that from the jump in Game 7.”Kevin Durant is excited about helping the Warriors return to the finals, but he got a little confused on when Game 7 was on Saturday night. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film James Harden, who had 22 points in the first half on Saturday night but just 10 the rest of the way, insists that the Rockets remain confident despite the blowout loss and are up to Monday’s challenge.“There’s no pressure. It’s an opportunity, an opportunity that we all are excited to be a part of,” he said. “Game 7 at our house, that’s what we’ve worked the entire regular season for (is) to get home-court advantage. So we’re going to come out and be ready.”The Rockets tied the Raptors for best home record in the NBA during the regular season by going 34-7. They’re 7-2 in Houston this postseason with one of their losses coming in Game 1 of this series.After 10,000 people paid $10 each to watch Saturday night’s game at the Toyota Center in what was a fundraiser for victims of the Santa Fe school shooting, Harden has no doubt that the home fans will be ready to help them out in Game 7.“They’re going to bring it,” he said. “We’ve got a whole city behind us, and they’re as loyal as they come.”Golden State coach Steve Kerr is trying to figure out why his team has struggled to put together complete games in this series, but is proud that the Warriors have found ways to win despite their up and down play.“Our guys have a ton of character and a ton of competitiveness, desire,” he said. “They’re champions. So our guys compete. That’s the main thing. They may not always focus, but they compete.”The Warriors are also dealing with injuries as Kerr said Andre Iguodala, who has missed the last two games with a bruised left leg, is doubtful for Monday’s game.Kevon Looney has filled in for him the last two games but is also listed as questionable for Game 7 with sore toe on his left foot. However Kerr said Looney is fine and will play in Game 7. Capitals, Golden Knights in improbable Stanley Cup Final LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “I can’t wait ’til Tuesday,” Durant said.Curry quickly jumped in to correct his teammate.“Monday,” he said. “Please don’t miss a game.”The Rockets aren’t dwelling on their missed opportunity to close out the series as they get ready for Monday’s game where they’ll try to punch their ticket to finals for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 1995-95.They might have to do it without star Chris Paul, who is dealing with a strained right hamstring that kept him out of Game 6. Coach Mike D’Antoni said Sunday that he’s continuing to receive treatment and his status for Game 7 will likely be a game-time decision.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, drives past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)HOUSTON — When the Golden State Warriors lost Game 5 of the Western Conference finals to the Rockets on Thursday night to send them to the brink of elimination they vowed to be back in Houston for Game 7.After a resounding win in Game 6 that’s exactly where the defending champions are, preparing for a winner-take-all game Monday night for a spot in the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Pacers keep key piece in place by giving Turner new deal

first_imgKrzyzewski, Duke reload with another strong freshman class Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title A message was left by The Associated Press with Turner’s listed agent.The signing means Indiana will have two key players — Turner and All-Star guard Victor Oladipo — under contract for the next three seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissTurner was taken No. 11 overall in the 2015 NBA draft and finished third in the league with 1.82 blocks last season. He also averaged 12.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.In a statement issued by the team, Turner said he is “excited to build here in Indiana.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers leave the floor after fouling out agent the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 29, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 105-101 to win there series. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers have signed 22-year-old Myles Turner to a contract extension.Team officials made the announcement Monday but declined to provide details of the deal. It is a four-year deal worth $72 million, espn.com reported.ADVERTISEMENT 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 awardcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

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‘We are in Prison’

first_imgOn Friday, April 22, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf broke ground for the construction of a 48 kilometer road that, when completed, will connect Morlakwelleh in the Bella District to Pallakwelleh in Bokomu District, Gbarpolu County.Though the road in Bella Yalla might have brought road access closer to the people of Bokomu District, they walk five to six hours, at times hauling loads, before they can see or have access to vehicles to get to Bopolu City, the county capital, to transact business.Before she broke ground for the road construction, a traditional leader of the district, Flomo Nyangomo, told President Sirleaf that they have been in what he considered as “prison” for too long and it would be a great achievement for the President if she could liberate them as she did the people of Bella Yalla.Chief Nyangomo, who spoke through an interpreter, told the president that she continues to exemplify her distinctiveness as a true leader of the people by doing things that bring relief to the ordinary people.“We are in jail and this is the time for you to save us and we know you can do it,” the traditional leader said, pleading with the President that the road be completed before she leaves office, because he would never be sure if it will ever be done after her tenure expires.Chief Nyangomo noted that residents of the community wholeheartedly welcome the President and her entourage to the district, and are receptive to the pending road construction.Earlier, President Sirleaf told the audience that she had continuously told the county leadership that she was going to get back to Bella Yalla, especially to inspect the enormous challenges that have impeded the road construction, especially at the infamous Gorma Hill, that is somehow slowing the Bella Yalla road work. She noted that her government will ensure that a road runs to the isolated Bokomu District. This, she said, will bring relief to citizens in that part of the country. This road, if completed will lead to Zorzor, Lofa County. “Pallakwelleh is the short way to get to Zozor,” residents said.According to President Sirleaf, she has a special place in her heart for Bella Yalla. She noted that the district is indeed an example of departing from difficulties to success and from suppression to freedom. “Driving into Bella is freedom for our people,” she said.“It brought tears to me and the residents when they saw vehicles for the first time; the excitement was just overwhelming,” President Sirleaf once told reporters in an interview. But she noted that this is the kind of landmark that her government had come to achieve. “We came into power to bring relief to the Liberian people, and this is a clear example. The Bella Yalla story is a true manifestation for our vision for the country.”She said with the county leaders, which also comprised the President Pro-Tempore, Armah Zulu Jallah, will work collectively to have the road constructed for the betterment of the masses. All of the lawmakers from the county were present at the ceremony. In a brief remark, Pro-Tempore Jallah lauded the President for her presence at the ceremony, noting that it is a clear manifestation that the President has a heart for the people. “I stand ever ready to work with you, Madam President, in whatsoever that will bring sanity to the people of Liberia,” Jallah declared. The people of Bella Yalla, like their Bokomu counterparts, were also isolated for too long. This was until President Sirleaf made a historic milestone when she ordered a motor road penetrate the dense high forest of Bella Yalla in 2010.Bella Yalla hosted the nation’s infamous maximum prison facility where political prisoners were tortured, flogged and were conscripted to hard labor. The prison was fortified by the dense forest surrounding, with no road facilities. Prisoners were transported to the facility by air at the time. President Sirleaf made history when she ensured that a road, for the first time, entered Bella Yalla and she was the first President to visit the town by road and saw the facility.Many of the onlookers were overjoyed when they were informed that the President was in their area to break ground for road construction. They continuously sang songs of joy in the Belleh dialect and jubilated throughout until the President departed the area.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bus driver freed of rape charge

first_imgFifty-two-year-old Jack Mangal, of 114 Agriculture Road, Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was freed on Monday after Justice Simone Ramlal upheld a no-case submission and directed the 12-member jury to formally return with a not-guilty plea.Freed: Jack MangalAttorney Maxwell McKay represented Mangal, a bus driver, who was accused of raping a 19-year-old female student at Agriculture Road on August 1, 2014. He was committed to stand trial in the High Court in February of 2015.According to the particulars of the case, the teenager was running errands for her mother when she was raped.Prosecutors Seeta Bishundyal and Orienthia Schmidt presented the State’s case.At approximately 11:40h on Monday, Justice Ramlal instructed the jury to return with the not-guilty plea upholding McKay’s no-case submission. Following the not-guilty verdict, Justice Ramlal turned to Mangal and said: “Mr Mangal, you are a free man.”The man breathed a visible sigh of relief, smiled and made a beeline for the first exit out of the courtroom.last_img read more

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$6M pledged to fight teen pregnancy in Region 9

first_imgThe recurring high percentages of adolescent pregnancies in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) has captured the attention of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which has introduced mechanisms to control the high numbers.Partnering with the Women’s Across Differences (WAD), the Public Health Ministry and the Social Protection Ministry, an agreement was signed recently which will see the injection of $6.8 million into the initiative.Findings in 2014 from the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) have demonstrated that the adolescent birth rate in Region Nine is 6.5 per cent, which is  almost twice the national average.WAD will implement a three-prong approach which includes the prevention of adolescent pregnancy, the prevention of a second pregnancy in an adolescent child and livelihood skills for these young mothers. Training will also be provided at the regional and sub-regional levels to prevent and address such circumstances.Over the next 18 months, the two bodies will seek to realise some of the objectives that were set out which will be achieved through addressing adolescent pregnancy and providing life-skills support, livelihood skills guidance, referrals and provide access to quality of services.WAD is a non-governmental organisation which enables women and girls to empower themselves through access to social and economic resources. The organisation has vast experiences working with adolescent mothers for over the past 10 years.UNICEF has also prioritised cross-sectoral initiatives in the 2017-2021 Country Programme Document (CPD) to strengthen capacity at the regional and community levels to address challenges that are monumental. One of these is the issue adolescent pregnancy.WAD has pledged to work with the organisation in all the sub-regions of Region Nine to implement the Comprehensive Empowerment Programme for the Prevention and Reduction of Adolescent Pregnancy in order to prevent and reduce pregnancy and eradicate the chance of another pregnancy among young girls.It is envisaged that this project will complement the impact that already exists from previous projects implemented by UNICEF and other stakeholders.last_img read more

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City Hall owes $150M to garbage collectors

first_imgThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has added to its outstanding debts to various entities with some $150 million being owed to its two major solid waste collectors, Puran Brothers Disposal and Cevon’s Waste Management.City HallDuring a visit to the Haags Bosch landfill site on Monday, senior representatives of the solid waste management companies indicated that they have not been paid for services to the Council since the second quarter of 2018.The outstanding payment due to Puran Brothers Disposal is about $73 million, while Cevon’s Waste Disposal is owed $75 million.“We have an outstanding $73 million, and that’s for services provided within the period of June to date. So far, we haven’t got any positive outcome on the way forward in receiving payments,” General Manager of Puran Brothers Disposal, Khalesh Puran, disclosed.General Manager of Puran Brothers Disposal, Khalesh PuranBusiness Development Supervisor of Cevon’s Waste Management, Morris Archer, also nodded at the rates which have not been paid. He explained, “City Hall owes us $75 million, and that reflects from payments due from May 2018 to current.”It was indicated that the companies have been engaged in discussion with the Council on numerous occasions, but there has not been any fruitful discussion on how these payments would be made. This has resulted in the companies contemplating whether they would provide services for another month, given that severe losses are being incurred for operational costs and payments to employees.These expenses will increase during the upcoming holiday season, and it is more than likely that the collectors would cease operating until they are paid, this newspaper was told.“We are contemplating a way forward together, because it’s affecting our working capital. To work for four months without receiving payments is kinda tough on us, because it’s a lot of costs behind these services that we provide,” Puran posited.For one of the collectors, the monthly operational expenditures is somewhere around $15 million.Business Development Supervisor of Cevon’s, Morris ArcherA letter has been sent to the Communities Ministry, alerting officials there about the situation with the objective that these monies would be paid before the ending of 2018.This information comes at a time when the administrative body at City Hall is being probed for mismanagement of funds. There are also some instances when large sums of money received have been unaccounted for.City Hall’s financial woes date back to many instances when both Puran Brothers and Cevon’s were left with no other option than to withdraw their services until outstanding payments have been liquidated. Staffers have been retrenched and later rehired whenever this option has been exercised.For the past months, there have been talks in regard to implementing a fee for routine garbage collection in Georgetown; this is presently done at no cost attached. (Rupadai Seenaraine)last_img read more

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Extreme cold warning issued for North Peace

first_imgExtreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please monitor local media or Weatheradio. Email reports of severe weather to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet with the hashtag #BCStorm. Below is a copy of the full warning from Environment Canada.7:34 AM PST Sunday 08 February 2015Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverA period of very cold wind chills is expected.- Advertisement -Temperatures near minus 30 combined with northerly winds of 20 km/h are producing wind chill values near minus 42 to the BC North Peace River region this morning. The cold wind chill values will moderate by midday today.While anyone who isn’t dressed warmly is at risk in cold weather conditions, some are at greater risk than others for frost bite and hypothermia:– homeless people– outdoor workers– people living in homes that are poorly insulated (with no heat or no power)– people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, peripheral neuropathy and diseases affecting the blood vessels, people taking certain medications including beta-blockers– winter sport enthusiasts– people who consume excess alcohol– infants and– seniors.Wear appropriate clothing.– Always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Synthetic and wool fabrics provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry and further reduce your risk.– Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can remove layers if you get too warm (before you start sweating) or add a layer if you get cold.– Wear warm socks, gloves, a hat and scarf in cold weather. Be sure to cover your nose to protect it.– If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you’re wet.Advertisementlast_img read more

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‘I love Man United. In the future, let’s see’ – Cristiano Ronaldo speaks

first_imgThis interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on @sportmaguk“He was screaming at me: ‘Cristiano! Make the right decisions! Cristiano decision making!’”Cristiano Ronaldo flashes his pearly whites as he recalls the bellowed words of Sir Alex Ferguson, the man who he calls his “father in football” and his great teacher.Sport has asked the Portuguese superstar which lessons still resonate inside his head. “Oh, many things,” he replies in near perfect English. “When you’re a young player, you don’t understand decision making properly: when to take a touch, when to dribble. He taught me the basics that took me to where I am today. I remember that in the beginning – they always say I didn’t do the decision making great. So he taught me how to do this.“I feel proud that he pushed me so hard. One of his best qualities is that he pushed players when they needed it – and in that period of time, I needed it. I needed him – and Roy Keane too, our captain – always screaming to me: ‘Cristiano! Pass the ball!’ But it was good! At the end of the day, I feel happy, because I learned a lot from them.” “It’s very, very complicated,” Ronaldo says of how it makes him feel. “When you feel your family and your friends are more emotional, more nervous than you, it makes me feel a bit nervous too. They should be more relaxed than me, but sometimes it’s the opposite.“But they live so intense the sport and my life, that it’s part of it. Especially my mum. My daddy died ten years ago, and I don’t want my mum to die in the next five or ten years. I want that she can live. So I try to make her calm: ‘Relax, it’s football – it’s not life.’ But it’s hard, because she lives so intense. So intense, all the time. She saw the game, she’s nervous… [sighs] and it’s hard.”Ronaldo lost his father José to an alcohol related liver condition when Cristiano was just 20. “He drank every day,” says the player openly. Not having his father around to see and share in his achievements – and not to know him as a man now – is a regret that Ronaldo shares in the film.Yet, in other ways, he remains an opaque figure; wandering around his glass mansion like some improbably chiselled aftershave advert come to life. Some of his confessions – “I consider myself an isolated person” – chime with the view of him as an ultra-competitive individualist. Someone singular and obsessive in his pursuit of perfection.What he has quite clearly is a genuinely close and loving bond with his scene-stealing son, Cristiano Junior (naturally). The little tyke enjoys fun-time activities with Pops, including ‘work out which car has gone missing from our gigantic garage’ (turns out it’s not the Porsche, it’s not the Roller – it’s the Lambo). A game we can all recall playing with our own fathers. Then there’s the fun of press-ups with Dad, trips to the Ballon d’Or ceremony and – yes – bumping into one Lionel Messi. 6 Exclusive – Cristiano Ronaldo on his love for Manchester United… and his love for Lionel Messi 6 6 With that, we have time for just one more question. Because he’s been part of his own documentary, Sport wonders, which current sporting figure would he himself like to sit down and watch a feature-length film about? It’s a question that briefly stumps him. Not because he can’t think of any, but because there are too many names to consider.“Football players, basketball, athletes – I follow a lot of them. All the guys I like are at the top level. For example, I watched the [2015 World Championships] athletics – the qualification. I saw Usain Bolt win, then Justin Gatlin did – and I loved it! I couldn’t wait to see the final. I like sport, I like other sports – so it’s a hard question for me to answer.”So Sport departs, struggling slightly to reconcile the petulant player with the bright, cheery chap we’ve encountered. Usain Bolt’s name has just come up, but it’s another great runner’s words that resonate in our head. Michael Johnson once told us that the reason he looked so surly on the track before a race was because he tried smiling once – and he finished second. “Laser focus” was required for him to be at his optimum.“I needed to be in a nasty attitude, really – a little bit pissed off,” he explained. “That’s where I needed to be, but that may not work for everyone.”Perhaps Ronaldo is the same. That intensity might be what he needs to carry on to the pitch to squeeze the absolute maximum out of his astonishing talent. Whatever he’s doing, it works. It might have taken him a while to master decision making – but most of the choices Cristiano Ronaldo makes seem to work out pretty well for him now.Illustrations by Dave Homer Well, we got this far without mentioning him. Yet Ronaldo is at pains to point out that, despite what you may have heard, he has a perfectly cordial relationship with Barcelona’s own resident genius.No Messi situation“It’s normal,” he says of the press speculation that the rivalry between them is of a deeply personal nature. “It’s to sell papers – and for the media it’s great to say that. But on the one side, while it’s very normal, on the other side… I don’t know why they do it. Because my relationship with him is good.“In the past eight years, we are on the stage together all the time – and I never, ever, had a problem with him. He’s a fantastic professional, a fantastic player. It’s just the press making that story. But it’s normal.”It might be “normal” for the world’s two best footballers, playing in equivalent positions for Spain’s best teams and fiercest rivals, to be constantly compared. But it seems odd how divisive an issues it is; that you have to choose between the two – that somehow a compliment given to one is seen as a slight on the other. Especially when – it seems obvious to point out – they’re both superb. In terms of sheer consistency alone – of never seeming to have a season ‘off’ – they’re two of the greatest players club football has ever seen. Both are worth enjoying while they’re here, because we’ll be boring our grandchildren with tales of their exploits. Not that Ronaldo is finished yet.“Why not?” he says when we ask him if we’ll see him back in the Premier League again. “In football, you never know what will happen tomorrow. I feel great here – it’s a fantastic club – but tomorrow, I don’t know. People know I love Manchester United. It’s great there – they support me a lot… I’m very good here at Madrid, but in the future: nobody knows. Let’s see what’s gonna happen.” It was 12 years ago this year that Cristiano Ronaldo, a Sporting Lisbon teenager with spaghetti in his hair, ran amok against Manchester United in a pre-season friendly. Keane himself recalls it in his autobiography: “He was up against John O’Shea. Sheasy ended up seeing the doctor at half-time because he was actually having dizzy spells.”Since that day, the dizzying rise to the top has continued. The move to Manchester United; seasons of improvement into becoming one of the club’s best ever players; an £80m transfer to Real Madrid; becoming this famous club’s record goalscorer in just over six seasons. Yet that doesn’t mean everything in Ronaldo’s life is perfect.Arrogance and vanityWe’re in Madrid talking to the 30-year-old around the release of a documentary, Ronaldo, put together by a team of acclaimed filmmakers who were given behind-the-scenes access for a year. Early on, we hear Ronaldo say that he’s aware that some people view him as “arrogant” and “vain”. Does he feel misunderstood?“It is what it is. I cannot complain. If you worry a lot about what everyone is thinking, you’re not gonna live your life. Of course I try to do the right things, to be an example… but after that, you have to live your life. Nobody is in my shoes. They don’t know me. They don’t live the way I live, they don’t train when I’m training, they don’t go play and [have] people boo. The easy way is to criticise. But I’ve played sports as a professional for 13 years. I’m used to it like that.”Laid bare, his words hint at bitterness, but his delivery in person is breezily matter-of-fact. Many footballers are wary and monosyllabic in interview settings – perhaps fearing how their words will be twisted or cowering under the glare of a cabal of PR people. Yet Ronaldo is animated and engaging, shifting around on a hotel sofa with child-like energy. It’s almost disappointing. Sport was semi-hoping for the scowling prima donna who smacks the turf after he fails to score (even if a team-mate just has).The film covers the start of 2014 to the beginning of this year, bookended by Ronaldo winning his second, and then third, Ballon d’Or awards. It’s obvious how much both successes mean to him, yet this is fuel for critics who claim that, if there’s a flaw in this superlative footballer, it’s that he’s too much of an individualist. The question is why – for a player who’s won the Champions League with two different clubs, plus every major domestic trophy in both England and Spain – does a voted-for award matter so much? 6 6 6 “To be recognised as the best player in the world is fantastic – but it’s not the most important thing,” he replies. “For me, the most important thing is to be at a level, year by year. This is the challenge for me. This is the most difficult thing. And people who understand football, they recognise that.“Of course if you win [team] trophies, it’s better. But I feel good, I win things both individual and collective – but of course I want more. I expect to play another five, six years – and I want more and more. This is something that I love.”World Cup woesThe film is not, however, a slavish account of Ronaldo’s triumphs. It also includes Portugal’s World Cup campaign, in which their number seven, labouring with a knee injury, is unable to lift his country out of the group stage – scoring just once, against Ghana. The agony of disappointment is writ large on his face, but it’s someone else’s pain that makes for the documentary’s most emotive scene.Ronaldo is extremely close to his mother, Dolores. At one point, while watching her son play against the USA in a World Cup game on TV in Madeira, she gets up mid-match and leaves her sitting room in distress to wander alone down a deserted suburban street. The anxiety of seeing it is simply too much.last_img read more

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first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. Club The €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 16 were Michael Gallagher, Old Golf Course Road and Seimi Campbell, Gortloskey.The numbers drawn were 4, 8, 11 & 17 with the jackpot now standing at €2,700.  The Club will host the Sam Maguire Cup and a number of the Donegal players in Dom’s Pier 1 next Tuesday night November 6th from 9.00 pm. Eveybody welcome. Tickets for the Neven Maguire Christmas Cookery Demonstration next Wednesday November 7th are still on sale from Bord na nOg committee members, underage managers and at Reception in the Abbey Hotel. The Sam Maguire Cup and a number of the Donegal players will also be in attendance on the night. All-Star Goalkeeper, Paul Durcan will join Neven on stage to display his culinary skills for part of the demonstration.  Best of luck to the Senior Reserve team management and players who take on Cloughaneely in the County Final this Sunday in Mac Cumhaill Park. GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: October 30th, 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:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more