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first_imgBut City manager Guardiola, who was then on a sabbatical, has played down the idea Ferguson proposed the United job to him.“My English is not perfect now, but it’s a little bit better. But in that period my English was not good and maybe I didn’t understand him,” Guardiola said on the eve of Sunday’s Manchester derby.“But I don’t remember, when we were in a magnificent restaurant having dinner, that he suggested to me that I should go to Old Trafford. I don’t remember. I know he said that, but I don’t remember.“We spoke about life, about football of course, about the Premier League, but he never sent me a message under the table to say: ‘Maybe, you know, United will be involved,’ or something like that.“I don’t remember that. It was just two friends, two colleagues in football, talking about many, many things.“When he spoke really fast, it was difficult to understand him. But it was nice because he chose an amazing restaurant and of course he paid.”Ferguson stepped down at United at the end of the 2012-13 season, but by then Guardiola had already committed to join Bayern Munich.In any case, Guardiola said he wanted to join City and link up again with director of football Txiki Begiristain, with whom he had previously worked at Barcelona.– Ferguson achievements ‘magnificent’ –“I had already spoken to Bayern,” Guardiola told reporters in Manchester this week.“And in my mind, I was clear that I wanted to live that amazing experience in Germany.“Bayern Munich were the first to call me, alongside Manchester City. But I decided to go to Germany, to learn German and to live that experience.Pep Guardiola is pictured with Alex Ferguson during the UEFA Champions League final in 2011 © AFP/File / CARL DE SOUZA“From the moment Manchester City approached, I decided that if I were to go to the Premier League, I would go with them, because I know Txiki.“I met Khaldoon (al Mubarak, the City chairman) there in my last period in Munich and they showed more interest than any other club to pick me up and that was so important for me.“They said: ‘We want you, not just for the hypothetical titles you are going to win, or won in the past. We want you.’“That’s why I decided to come here. And believe me, I don’t have any regrets about that.”Guardiola retains plenty of admiration for Ferguson, who won 49 trophies in 26 and a half glittering years as United manager.“Definitely. Definitely,” said Guardiola. “Just imagine, 13 Premier Leagues. That’s why he’s ‘Sir’.“It’s magnificent, what he’s done. I said many times that sometimes you are lucky to be manager for one period when you have a group or generation of amazing players and you win a lot of titles.“He had a generation, out. A new one and win again, out. New one and win again. That is so complicated.“To maintain that for a long time and be there winning with attractive football, scoring lot of goals and not just in ‘Fergie time’, but during the games… I respect his long career.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pep Guardiola said he wanted to join Manchester City and link up again with director of football Txiki Begiristain, with whom he had previously worked at Barcelona © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 10 – Pep Guardiola says Manchester City were always his first-choice club when he decided to come to the Premier League, despite Alex Ferguson’s attempt to lure him to Manchester United.Former United manager Ferguson wrote in his 2015 book ‘Leading’ that he asked Guardiola to contact him before accepting his next job during a dinner in New York in 2012.last_img read more


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MCLOUGHBOLTFF502632:21:05242» DEIRDRE MCKERRFF452652:21:14243» LISA HEGARTYFFS1812:21:44244» LIAM GRANTMMS202:22:35245» LORNA O’DONNELLRosses A.C.FF451402:23:04246» JAMES SMYTHMM551302:23:37247» SEAN DOUGLASMM351372:24:14248» MARY ROSE LAVERYInishowen A.C.FF352162:26:07249» BRIDIE BALDRICKFF551232:26:07250» KATHLEEN DOHERTYInishowen A.C.FF40422:26:40Page:12>RESULTS FROM THE INISHOWEN HALF MARATHON was last modified: April 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:2014Inishowen Half MarathonResultslast_img read more


first_imgAudley Harrison says his boxing career is over after abandoning a proposed return to the ring.Harlesden’s former Olympic champion has not fought since losing to Deontay Wilder in 2013, after which he announced his retirement.He reversed that decision just three weeks later but said on Thursday he risked further damage to his health if he carried on fighting.Now 43, Harrison said: “I am no longer a professional boxer and that is good with me.“After locking myself away for the last five weeks, I’ve tried to focus and turn back the clock to get myself into fighting condition.“I’ve also seen specialists for my brain, eyes and various other experts to test my strength, power, speed, reaction time, cognitive function and agility.“Additionally, I looked at the latest research into concussion and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).“I’ve suffered a few TBIs and will have to work hard to reverse some of the effects taking punches to the head has brought about to my overall health.“I have vision problems, vestibular issues that lead to balance disturbances and have had bouts of serious irritability and moodiness that comes with TBI recovery.“After years of denial and sticking to my guns, I’m finally getting out my own way. As tough as it is to say this, it’s time to stop.”Harrison turned professional having won Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000, but he was often criticised for lining up sub-standard opponents and failing to land a serious punch on David Haye in a world title challenge in 2010.He also suffered a crushing defeat inside 82 seconds against David Price in October 2012.However, he did win 31 of his 38 professional fights, won the European heavyweight title and was twice winner of the popular Prizefighter tournament.But the defeat by Wilder first led him to call time on his career and although he has considered a comeback, Harrison says he has had to accept his time in the spotlight is over.He said losing his boxing income would force him to file for bankruptcy but said he wanted to stay in the sport to become a trainer and manager.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgThe Houses of Parliament in Cape Townwere completed in 1885. This is the seat of the legislature, although government resides in Pretoria. (Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Estelle RandallMedia specialist, Parliament+27 21 403 8195 or +27 76 027 2181 RELATED ARTICLES • Millions vote in record SA election • State of the Nation address • Zuma: SA’s most important year • Government in South AfricaJanine ErasmusOn 31 May 1910 four disparate territories were united under the Union of South Africa, sparking a gruelling, 84-year struggle among the land’s indigenous people, who became disenfranchised.Both the African National Congress (ANC) and apartheid rose out of unionisation, and led to a series of historic events which eventually resulted in the democratic South Africa we know today.The Union originally consisted of the provinces of Natal, the Cape, the Transvaal and the Orange Free State, and was later expanded to include administration of the territory of South West Africa.The Union shaped the political future of South Africa, notably in terms of the rise of the ANC, now in its 16th year of rule.In his State of the Nation speech delivered in February 2010, President Jacob Zuma called on all citizens to use the anniversary of the Union to reflect on South Africa’s many achievements, especially in recent years.“Significantly, the exclusion of black people from this union was one of the chief reasons for the formation of the African National Congress in 1912,” said Zuma. “As we mark this centenary later in the year, we should reflect on how far we have travelled as a country.”While it is a solemn day for many, the date stands as a reminder of the seemingly insurmountable difficulties South Africa has overcome, and the tremendous strides it has made in all spheres – politically, economically, culturally, and socially.Despite many years of turmoil, South Africans today can look back and appreciate that, even with all its problems and ongoing dissension, in many ways the country today is still a better place than it has ever been.Turbulent historyThe Union was formed while the country was under British dominion. The British had colonised South Africa bit by bit since they landed in the Cape in 1795, seizing it after the Dutch settlers lost their grip on the region. The Dutch did manage to regain control for a few years in the early 19th century, but the British finally stamped their authority on the territory in 1806, and began to expand their dominance.The arrival of about 5 000 British immigrants in the eastern Cape region in 1820 entrenched the British presence, although it intensified tension between the Dutch-speaking Boers who had settled on the land and the English-speaking colonists. The last straw for the Boers was the British abolition of slavery in 1828.In the years that followed there were many bloody disputes between the British, the Boers, and the indigenous groups of people living here. A northerly migration of Boers in search of greater independence resulted in the establishment of a republic in today’s Free State province, although they encountered much resistance in the Zulu-controlled Natal territory.The Boers did manage to soundly defeat the Zulus in 1838 at the historic Battle of Blood River, and they proclaimed the newly won territory, Natalia. But, by 1843, the British moved in, forcing the Boers to pack up again and move further north. Here they founded the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR) or South African Republic in 1852, with its capital at Pretoria.In 1900 the British struck again, annexing the ZAR and renaming it the Transvaal colony. It later became the Transvaal province under the Union of South Africa.The Oranje Vrij Staat, or Orange Free State, meanwhile, was pronounced by the Boers in 1837 after the defeat of the Matabele chief Mzilikazi and the capital was named Winburg. But it only became an official republic years later, with the signing of the Orange River Convention in 1854.Like elsewhere, Boer rule there was short-lived and the British annexed it in 1900. The young republic effectively lost its independent status through the Treaty of Vereeniging, which followed the Second Boer War in 1902.Britain had long wanted a united South Africa, and after this, matters seemed to be finally moving in that direction. However, peace was not guaranteed as the rights of the indigenous people were not recognised by the treaty. Discontent grew and eventually spilled over in the Bambatha Rebellion of 1906, which saw the Zulus in Natal rising up against British rule and taxation in that province.The incident is considered by many to be the forerunner of the future struggle against apartheid, which would culminate 88 years later in South Africa’s first democratic elections and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president.The British Parliament’s South Africa Act of 1909, which brought into legal effect the terms of government drawn up at a National Convention the year before, laid the foundation for the formation of the union. This legislative document served as the country’s constitution until its departure from the Commonwealth in 1961.Unity under the CrownWith the four colonies now united under one treaty and one flag, the British were concerned mainly about loyalty to the Crown, and promoting harmony among the different population groups – although it could be said that this only applied to the white settlers.After eight years of negotiation following the Vereeniging accord, the Union of South Africa was born. Of the four regions, only the Cape allowed coloured people to vote – provided they owned property.Unionisation enabled Afrikaner nationalists to eventually gain the upper hand. This would lead to the country’s biggest shame – the dawn of apartheid.Authorities were unable to agree on which city should be the capital of the Union. They finally decided that the administrative capital would be Pretoria, the judicial capital would be Bloemfontein, and the legislative capital would be Cape Town. This arrangement still stands today.At the end of the First World War in 1918 the Union took over the administration of the former German colony of South West Africa, under the terms of the newly established League of Nations. South West Africa became an unofficial fifth province, being administered in the same way as the other territories in South Africa.Another British colony, South Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe, had a chance to join the nion in 1922, but a referendum proved that most people there preferred to live under their own government rather than be absorbed into the neighbouring state.The Union of South Africa remained a dominion in the British Commonwealth until the enforcement of the Statute of Westminster in 1931 took away legislative power from British. This bestowed on South Africa a status equal to that of other Commonwealth territories, and did away with Britain’s right to pass laws on its behalf. The significance of this was that the South African Parliament gained greater freedom in dealing with the contentious “native question”.Power rested in the governor-general and the prime minister. The first prime minister was former Boer general Louis Botha, while the first governor-general was the Honourable Herbert Gladstone.But trouble was brewing. By allowing just two groups, the British and the Afrikaners, to have a say in the running of the territory, the British government had planted the seeds of apartheid. The Land Act of 1913 and the Urban Areas Act of 1923 were further omens of what was to come – complete segregation of the population.In some quarters, disapproval led to far-reaching action. The ANC was founded in 1912 following a protest gathering of Zulu chiefs convened by lawyer Pixley ka Isaka Seme, who is credited as the founder of the organisation.Sol Plaatje was named secretary and the first president was the Rev John L Dube. The organisation, known then as the South African Native National Congress, aimed to unite indigenous people and give them a platform to stand up for their rights.Nationalism on the riseThe establishment of the Union in 1910 also led to the birth of the National Party in Bloemfontein four years later. The party, which first rose to power in 1924, wasted no time in boosting the numbers of white voters, notably by allowing white women to vote for the first time in 1930. This instantly halved the power of the coloured franchise in the Cape.The more liberal United Party, a merger between the South African Party and most of the National Party, governed from 1934 to 1948. A small faction of Nationalists abstained from the merger. Calling themselves the Purified National Party, they rejoined the parent party when it came to power in 1948, to show solidarity with the strong Afrikaner opposition to South Africa’s obligatory participation in the Second World War.The new ruling party immediately put the wheels of apartheid into motion, passing laws such as the Group Areas Act of 1950, and the Bantu Self-Government Act of 1959, which created the so-called homelands. This meant that the greater part of South Africa was under the control of white people.The coloured people of the Cape lost their vote in 1968, and the government even tried to incorporate the administrative territory of South West Africa into South Africa as the fifth province, because it was felt that the Afrikaans and German citizens there would add strength to the Nationalist cause. But this move was not condoned and never officially recognised by the rest of the world.The Union of South Africa became a republic on 31 May 1961 – but not before the National Party’s apartheid policies had earned the world’s wrath. On attaining independence, South Africa’s racial policies were criticised and condemned by other Commonwealth members, and the country left the association under a cloud.http://www.sahistory.org.za/pages/governence-projects/blood_river/index.htmlast_img read more


first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Once and Future Geocacher — Excalibur (GC2VQ88) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 4, 2013In “Community”Are you brave enough to enter? – Hsin Pyushin Monastic Complex -The hidden chamber (GC3FH35) — Geocache of the WeekApril 23, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” “This cache is in Luang Prabang. We left the touristy places in order to reach this geocache. What we found was unexpected… a temple right in the middle of a rural area surrounded by the forest. The place was peaceful and quiet. At GZ (ground zero) we started searching under the stare of some young monks. One of them walked toward us but didn’t say anything. He grabbed the tip of a “temple-like” construction, put his hand in the hole and there was the geocache…the scene was unreal. We felt like adventurers, lost in the jungle, reaching a grail. After signing the logbook we gave it back to the young monk, we bowed to them, smiled and left trying to believe what just happened,” Chiliconsushi. Share with your Friends:More And there you have it. Geocaching takes you to the most magical places.  What magical place do you want geocaching to take you??To see more of Luang Prabang (and additional stunning pictures), follow Chiliconsushi’s blog Seth et Lise.Squabbling roosters in Luang Prabangcenter_img The road to the temple There are no ordinary days for the adventurous geocaching duo “Chiliconsushi.” The couple spends their free time geocaching all over the world together, 30 different countries so far. They document their travels through photography, a personal blog, and detailed geocache logs. Out of their nearly 2,000 finds, GC41D89 in Laos is one of their most memorable. Here is the story behind the incredible photo they took at the geocache location.The young geocache watcherlast_img read more


first_imgRaking up the Ayodhya issue, BJP president and Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday accused the Congress of stalling the case in the Supreme Court. He also alleged that the Congress Party kept the Kashmir problem hanging fire for 70 years in its “greed” to protect its vote bank. “For so many years this judgment was not happening. We also wanted a resolution to this dispute within the framework of the Constitution. Now see how with the blessings of Lord Ram the Supreme Court has cleared the way for the construction of a grand Ram temple.” “Everyone wanted a Ram temple in Ayodhya but the Congress kept stalling the case,” Mr. Shah addressed the election rallies in Manika and Lohardaga, as he kicked off the BJP’s campaign for the Jharkhand Assembly polls. He also accused the Congress of delaying a solution to the Kashmir issue for seven decades. “The Congress Party left the Kashmir problem hanging fire for 70 years in its greed to protect its vote bank. Modiji [PM Narendra Modi] has erased the blot of Article 370 from the crown jewel of ‘Bharat Mata’ and paved the way for Kashmir’s development,” he said. Emphasising the importance his Party attached to the issue, Mr. Shah said the Modi government scrapped Articles 370 and 35A during the very first Parliament session it faced after winning an absolute majority for a second time. The Centre framed a defence policy that has protected the borders and freed the country of terrorism, he asserted. “Terrorists… carried out attacks regularly in the country during the Congress regimes, but the Narendra Modi government gave a befitting reply to them,” Mr. Shah said, referring to surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the LoC. The BJP president also accused the Congress-JMM combine of indulging in corruption and “hoodwinking” the tribals and the poor. The JMM leadership indulged in corruption of thousands of crores of rupees, while the BJP dispensation led by Raghubar Das gave a stable government and took the State forward on the path of development, he said. “JMM leader Hemant Soren should be asked which Party he has aligned with, a Party which hoodwinked tribals for 70 years. I would like to ask the Congress president and Rahul Gandhi to give an account of what they have done for tribals.The BJP will also give an account of the work it has done for the State,” Mr. Shah said. He also wanted to know why the Congress failed to provide electricity, cooking gas connection, health cards, toilets and homes to the people.The Union Home Minister lauded the Raghubar Das government for “freeing” the State of the Naxal issue, saying it was the most important achievement of the current BJP dispensation. The BJP, in its election manifesto, will promise constitution of a committee that will consider raising the percentage of reservation for the backward sections after coming to power again. “The backward sections have an important position in the social constitution of Jharkhand but they don’t get reservation in proportion to their population,” he said. Reaching out to the tribals who have a sizeable presence in the mineral-rich State, Mr. Shah said the Modi government set up a museum in the memory of tribal leaders who fought valiantly for the country’s freedom. He also sought to remind the electorate that it was a BJP government which created a separate State of Jharkhand for which many sacrificed their lives. “Atal ji [Atal Bihari Vajpayee] created Jharkhand and Narendra Modi will embellish and spruce it up,” he told the election rally in Manika. “People kept dying, youth sacrificed their lives, but the dream of statehood remained unfulfilled under Congress rule,” he said.last_img read more