Morata returned in Mestalla and already thinks of Liverpool

first_imgFourteen days after leaving the derby against Real Madrid with a muscular injury, Morata returned to play with Atlético. It was in Mestalla, it was part of a plan: the one that Simeone has for Tuesday’s game. Liverpool arrives at the Metropolitan, the first leg of the round of 16, the current champion, the coconut of this edition, as the last one was Juventus, then rival. Recovering your best striker in the season is key for the coach and his coaching staff. He is his player with the most goals, 10, he is also the player who, when the team is overwhelmed, allows him to leave. With space balls, air play, back football. He saw himself in the time he had in Valencia: he was about to score. Only Jaume prevented his powerful header, after a perfect center of Vrsaljko, did not end up on the net. The presence of Morata becomes vital, as will be that of Diego Costa, even without discharge after being operated on for a cervical disc herniation, and no minutes since last November 11. But his fury infects. A year ago it was the letter with which Simeone knocked Juventus down. The strikers divided the times. First the Hispanic-Brazilian, after the Madrid. They won the rojiblancos 2-0 the first tie. Simeone has two games without strikers, with Correa and Vitolo as points. Both against Granada and Mestalla. One won it, last night he tied it. He had not achieved victory in the league for a month. Alias ​​de Arias and Giménez alsoBut in Valencia Simeone not only recovered Morata, but also Santiago Arias, other of their positions more hit by injuries. Trippier operated from a pubalgia and almost immediately lost Arias, another muscle injury. Vrsaljko, who had been without an official match for 11 months after breaking his knee in his transfer to Inter, had to play. Vrsaljko played again in the derby against Madrid. Also Carrasco, as if this Athletic was the one from two years ago. The look back during the game that a week ago, in the Metropolitan against Granada was a drama, three kids plus Lemar, Carrasco and Saponjic. Yesterday no longer. Yesterday all the coach had behind were first team players, something is something. Vrsaljko, Hermoso, Lemar, Carrasco, Morata and Giménez. The last other high yesterday, the third. I could also return to Liverpool. Atlético tremble less when the ball is stopped when Commander He is in charge of the defense, with Felipe as the best partner next door.last_img read more

With a heart for old people, Richardson twins hope to run to golden finish

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We are very close to them (maternal grandparents), we take care of them as much as we can,” added Kayla.Kyla said the gerontology, a course that deals with the scientific study of old age, the process of aging, and the particular problems of old people, is a growing field and a new major at USC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Plus people will get old eventually, they would need people to help them,” said Kayla.At the moment, Kyla and Kayla said their lives, all 18 years of them, revolve around running. Stage parents: Malditas have someone to watch over them during SEA Games campaign Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sprints twins Kayla and Kyla Richardson. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—The Richardson twins, Kayla and Kyla, share the same passions: Running, watching TV series and taking care of their grandparents.In fact, both are gerontology sophomores at University of Southern California.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “We just love running,” said Kyla who is a minute older than sprints queen Kayla. Kyla is entered in the relay events.They even run to get away from the stress of competition.No wonder the 18-year-olds are the “marked women” in the Southeast Asian Games sprints and relay events, which start on Tuesday.Kayla, the reigning century dash champion and silver winner in 200 meters, said they also enjoy watching TV series like Grey’s Anatomy and Food Network shows, and going to the beach.The Richardsons said they were not bothered by jet lags as they spent five days in Manila to train.ADVERTISEMENT They also don’t put pressure on themselves even though they are expected to bring in honors in the track and field competitions.“Dr. (Philip) Juico (track and field president) told us not to be bothered by pressure, because when we are relaxed, success is on our side,” said Kayla.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

‘Gov’t Needs to Encourage Private Sector for Economic Growth’

first_imgThe Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, has urged the government to consider the need to include private sector in order to enhance economic growth and development in the country.Governor Jones made the recommendation at the Induction dinner of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA), where officers-elect were inducted into office for the second time to stir the affairs of the organization for the next four years.The ceremony was held last  Saturday, at the Paynesville City Hall.“The challenge of the future is inclusive economic growth, which is credited upon a sound economic management of any country,” Dr. Jones declared.He pointed out that helping the Liberian sector to grow is a good idea for families, youth and others for economic empowerment across the nation.“The people need a helping hand and we must give them it,” he said emphatically.Governor Jones, who served as keynote speaker at the induction ceremony, said the absence of economic empowerment of the citizens would also lead them into the valley of poverty.“So economic empowerment is not just about dollars and cents but we should see it as a critical need that would bring us together as one people,” the CBL Governor added.Hope, he continued, is absent when trust becomes a scarce   commodity.  Without trust, it will be difficult to have peace in the context of functioning democracy for its people.Based on that, Governor Jones promised the business community that the CBL would remain supportive of the  Liberian economy, adding that the destiny of any nation rests on the shoulders of the people.Liberia needs to be part of the global economic growth and in so doing, we must create better opportunities for market women.At the same time, Governor Jones noted that Liberians  need to have access to credit with a reasonable loan scheme.For his part, Mr. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., president of LIBA, lauded the CBL and the business community for the support given him during his first tenure.Mr. Kemayah told the gathering that the organization would remain committed to ensuring that they are decentralized in the fifteen counties.He said LIBA’s decentralization policy has helped him to achieve  a lot in bringing on board local businesses to form  part of the decision making of the economy.Giving update of the decentralization policy, Mr. Kemayah said LIBA now has 490 members nationwide.However, the LIBA president told members he would  continue the struggle to ensure that all Liberian Businesses become part of the association.Meanwhile, the publisher and managing director of the Liberian Observer Corporation (LOC),  Kenneth Y. Best, speaking on behalf of all the certificated companies now LIBA members, expressed gratitude to the Association for certificating hundreds of Liberian businesses, including the LOC.Mr. Best also commended CBL Governor Jones and the CBL Board of Directors for empowering Liberians across the country.“It is about time,” Mr. Best continued, that Liberian are  empowered to succeed in the business sector of Liberia.He noted that Liberian need people like Dr. Jones who can push Liberians into business.  For too long Liberian commerce has been dominated by foreigners. This is the chief reason why Liberians have  remained poor and powerless  in they own country.This must stop! Otherwise those responsible for continuing this retrogressive and unfortunate state of affairs are sowing the seeds of another war, which we cannot afford and must not have.Liberia is on the forward march, but this march will continue only if Liberians play the leading role in their economy, the Observer publisher declared.  He urged LIBA members and Liberian businesspeople in general to engage in the grocery business and enter the wholesale market, too.Then, looking around the Paynesville City Hall, Mr. Best asked, “Where is the Commerce Ministry?”  He observed angrily, “We see neither the Minister of Commerce nor any representative of that critical Ministry at this important gathering of Liberian business people.  The publisher then asked, “Whom are the Ministry of Commerce people representing and whose interests are they serving—the foreign businesspeople?”Dr. Charles Clarke, founding president of the Liberian Business Association, told the audience that in the early 1990s he had a vision that there was need to bring Liberian businesspeople together to enhance their empowerment as stakeholders in the Liberian business sector.He lauded Central Bank  Governer for having effectively embraced LIBA and spurred it on and assisted in ensuring that it ceases to be a Monrovia-centered organization and become a nationwide body, represented in all 15 counties.The Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Her Honor Sia A. Nyene G. Yuoh served as the Induction Officer.Among those present at the occasion were Gender and Development Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, Liberian Peace Ambassador George Oppong Weah, National Investment Commission  Chairman Michael Wortoson, National Port Authority Managing Director Matilda Parker, United States Ambassador Deborah A. Malac, the Ivorian, Cameroon and Ghanaian Ambassadors, representatives of the Chinese Embassy, Chamber of Commerce president and Mrs. Francis A. Dennis, CBL Board Chair John Bestman, former Lands, Mines  and Energy Minister Eugene Shannon, National Toiletry and Napkins Manufacturer Fomba Trawally and former Liberian  Ambassador to London, Wesley Johnson. Representatives of LIBA branches throughout the country were also fully in attendance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyanese man wanted for Suriname’s double murder

first_imgLaw enforcement officers in Suriname have issued a wanted bulletin for Bisoen Kevin, 22, for questioning inWanted: Bisoen Kevinrelation to the murder of Leelawattie Sookhoo and her daughter, Tisha Ahiram.Guyana Times understands that the man has gone into hiding following the discovery of the 37-year-old woman and her 10-year-old daughter’s bodies on Tuesday. It is believed the man might have absconded to Guyana after he committed the gruesome acts.According to reports, Kevin and the now dead woman shared a rocky relationship up to the time of her demise. Only recently, he had accused her of being unfaithful. This publication was told the man became jealous after the woman’s former husband visited her recently.Based on information, the now dead woman was seen in the company of the murder suspect the night before the murder. The Surinamese Police had issued the wanted bulletin after taking into consideration the circumstantial evidence at their disposal.They have confirmed that contact was made with Guyana Police Force as law enforcement continues its search for the alleged murderer. The woman and her daughter were on Tuesday last found dead in their apartment in the Nieuw Amsterdam, a village in District Commewijne, Suriname. The duo hailed from Sparta Village, Essequibo Coast, Guyana.Their bodies were discovered when police turned up at the woman’s house after her boyfriend, who was supposed to be at work did not show up.When the Police arrived at the house to check for the man, they found the front door locked with a padlock and thought something was amiss.They subsequently broke the padlock and entered only to find the woman lying on the ground with a cord around her neck while the child was on the bed in a seminude state.Guyana Times understands that the area in which the woman lived with her children is known as a fishing area where a lot of Guyanese reside. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

Battered Stars run into hungry Tridents

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018 …Fresh off a red-hot win over the in-form Guyana Amazon Warriors, the Barbados Tridents now turn their attention to hosts St Lucia Stars in match 10 of the summer’s Biggest Party which continues tonight from 21:00h.After Shai Hope led a ruthless assault in the last of three opening games at Providence versus the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Tridents now enter tonight’s game with some form and fire and with the Stars snatching defeat from the jaws of victory last night in match nine against defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR); the visitors could start as favourites.The Warriors were unbeaten after their first two games at home before Hope, Raymon Reifer and company managed to hand the three-time finalists their first loss of the season. Hope showed his class as a power-hitter as well as a touch player as his 88 consisted of six fours and six sixes, leading the tridents batting charge.Running into the Stars at home at the Darren Sammy National Stadium in St Lucia, Tridents will need to put on the same show as they did in their only match to date, with their batting putting pressure on the opposition. Apart from Hope, former Aussie skipper Steven Smith found his feet with a classy 41 while explosive wicket-keeper/batsman Nicholas Pooran provided the late cluster of boundaries that took the game away from the Warriors in front of a sold out Providence.With a strong middle/lower-order, Tridents will now just need their two heavy-hitters at the top of the order in; Dwayne Smith and Martin Guptill to fire, after they missed out against the Amazon Warriors. Another key player for the Tridents is Raymon Reifer, the hero of their last game along with Hope.The Windies seamer bagged 5 for 20 against Guyana Amazon Warriors, flexing his muscles as one of the frontline left-arm seam bowlers in the Caribbean. His skill could again play a huge role, especially with the Stars struggling slightly against quality bowling. Also, the threat of the towering Pakistani pacer Mohammad Irfan, his countryman left-arm quick Wahab Riaz, Holder and off-spinner Ashley Nurse, make the Tridents bowling unit a force to be reckon with.In the other camp, it has been rough going so far for the Kieron Pollard-led Stars who have lost all four of their matches so far this season and have now gone 15 games without winning a streak that began in 2016.After losing to defending champs Trinbago Knight Riders in the first game, the Stars suffered defeats at the hands of the Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs and again to TKR after failing to defend 212/2 last night.While their talented team have not yet clicked, it is still early in the tournament and with the immense talent in the side, the Stars could just pull off a heist tonight that could see a change in fortunes. Batting-wise, St Lucia has seen glimpses of something from a few of their batters with Pollard, David Warner, Rahkeem Cornwall, opener Andre Fletcher, Lendl Simmons and former captain Darren Sammy being among the consistent contributors of runs to date.Simmons is one of the leading run-getters in the tournament and seems to be in some good hitting form batting down the order. Fletcher has warmed up with some starts but could do something.Despite a few woes in the batting department, the Stars will feel more confident bowling to the Tridents as they possess a bevy of world-class operators of the ball although they failed to deliver the knockout punch against TKR on Thursday. Afghan leg-spinner Qais Ahmad who grabbed 3-15 against Guyana but did not bowl against TKR while T20 bowling specialists like Kiwi pacer Mitchell McCleneghan and rookie pacer Obed McCoy; could be a handful at Gros Islet.The Tridents have the clear advantage heading into this match, having broken the Warriors unbeaten streak, a team who seem to be one of the more cohesive teams thus far in the tournament as well as their 2-nil track record against the St Lucia franchise coming off of last 2017 season where they beat them 21 and 29 runs, respectively. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

Nobody voted off ‘American Idol’ as show turns to charity for a night

first_imgNEW YORK – Charity was the “American Idol” theme Wednesday night, and the generosity flowed to the contestants, too – no one was voted off the show. After a parade of pop stars, including Kelly Clarkson and Celine Dion, Ryan Seacrest announced the non-result: “All your favorites are still in the competition. How could we let anyone go on a charity night?” Seacrest said the more than 70 million calls and text messages counted this week will be added to next week’s tallies. That means two contestants will be shown the door next Wednesday. And the six finalists are (still) Melinda Doolittle, Blake Lewis, Phil Stacey, LaKisha Jones, Chris Richardson and Jordin Sparks. The winner will be chosen in May. The hit Fox show departed from its usual format this week with “Idol Gives Back,” a star-filled fundraising effort. The goal was to raise awareness and money for the newly formed Charity Projects Entertainment Fund and other organizations that fund relief programs for children and young people in extreme poverty in America and Africa. Wednesday’s two-hour show – broadcast from the “American Idol” stage and Walt Disney Concert Hall, where Ellen DeGeneres was host – featured performances by Clarkson, Dion, Earth, Wind & Fire, Il Divo, Josh Groban with the African Children’s Choir and Annie Lennox. Jack Black took the stage to croon some verses from Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose.” That performance was panned by Paula Abdul, who said “the School of Rock called, they want their diploma back.” Stars including Ben Stiller and Madonna appeared in taped segments asking viewers for donations, which could be made by telephone via toll-free pledge lines or on the Internet. On Tuesday’s program, viewers voted as usual for the contestants, with donations coming in from corporations. “If every person who ever voted for Sanjaya could give just one dollar, we could do some good,” said actor Eric McCormack. DeGeneres announced she was donating $100,000. In its sixth season, “American Idol” continues to rule the ratings. It has attracted 26 million to 37 million viewers per telecast this season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tanker driver in crash had criminal record

first_imgOn Tuesday, two days after the crash, demolition crews finished clearing the charred debris and hundreds of thousands of commuters settled into new routines on bus routes, subways or just working from home. It was also clear the highway collapse was affecting traffic, but rush-hour slowdowns remained far from the gridlock authorities had feared. The government crackdown that followed Sept. 11 strengthened restrictions for obtaining a federal hazardous materials endorsement, but industry and government officials say enforcement has been slack in the face of a nationwide driver shortage. A study commissioned in 2005 by the American Trucking Associations predicts the industry will be short more than 100,000 drivers by 2014 and said the government’s more stringent security and safety regulations were factors. The U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General’s Office recently found that an increasing number of commercial trucking companies were dealing with the shortage by helping their drivers fraudulently obtain licenses. And an investigation last year by the Dallas Morning News turned up evidence that truckers were being recruited at Texas prisons and that convicted felons were behind the wheel in hundreds of crashes in the state. Nationwide, a study prepared for Congress suggested felons were involved in thousands of truck crashes annually. OAKLAND – Tough rules enacted after Sept. 11, 2001, were designed to strictly limit who can transport hazardous materials on the nation’s highways. But experts say a growing truck driver shortage and inconsistent enforcement mean people with checkered backgrounds often pass the screening process. Trucker James Mosqueda, 51, whose gasoline-loaded tanker caused the collapse of a busy highway overpass here, cleared an FBI criminal history check and an intelligence review from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration despite a history of criminal convictions, including felony drug and burglary arrests. The TSA said Tuesday that a review of Mosqueda’s criminal record confirmed he had a valid tanker license because his last stint in jail, for heroin possession, ended more than five years ago. But lawmakers and industry experts are questioning rules that allowed someone with Mosqueda’s background to operate a truck loaded with more than 8,000 gallons of gasoline. “He shouldn’t be driving, specifically being in care of hazardous materials, if he’s been convicted or deemed as a felon with possession of drugs,” said Darryl Tolentino, managing director of Fleetwatch Systems Inc., which performs driver background checks for trucking companies. “A family driving on the highway and looking at a gasoline tanker truck out the window assumes that driver has met the highest standards,” said Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, who chairs both the Assembly Transportation Committee and the Joint Committee on Emergency Services and Homeland Security. “We now know that’s not the case.” Nava met Monday with California Highway Patrol officials at the crash site and plans to meet with officials from the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles and the trucking industry to strengthen requirements for drivers. He also said he still has serious questions about the potential liability of the company Mosqueda was working for, Sabek Transportation. Calls to Sabek were not returned on Tuesday. The CHP says the company has been cooperating with its investigation. The TSA acknowledges that its screening rules are contributing to a trucker shortage, but a spokeswoman said Tuesday it isn’t designed to identify people with Mosqueda’s type of criminal record, which includes a two-year prison term for a 1996 heroin conviction, as well as arrests for burglary, felony drug charges and possession of stolen property, according to court records. “We’re looking for terrorists,” spokeswoman Andrea McCauley said. “We’re looking for people who would be involved in terrorist activities – that’s the scope.” Family and friends said Mosqueda, who remains hospitalized with second-degree burns, has been sober for a decade, is active in his church, and works as a drug and alcohol counselor with a Hispanic health organization. But Tolentino said he would not have cleared his company’s background check. “He is unemployable because of (his) past record,” he said. “That would be our recommendation right off the bat.” In California, the issue is likely to be addressed by the state Legislature. But Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is focused on other things at the moment, spokesman Aaron McLear said. “Our priority is getting commuters back on the road and getting people back to work,” he said. Joe Come, program director for motorcarrier safety for the U.S Department of Transportation Inspector General’s Office, said the incident raises a broader issue. “There’s a general question of, how hard do you want to make it for people to get a commercial driver’s license or anything else that can affect public safety,” Come said. “Do we hold them to the same standard as airline pilots?”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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AS Roma go third as Inter sink again in Genoa

first_img0Shares0000Time to celebrate: Genoa’s players after beating Inter Milan © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Feb 18 – AS Roma confirmed their return to form with a 2-0 win at Udinese on Saturday to move third in Serie A as Inter Milan fell back into crisis with a 2-0 loss in Genoa.Inter had looked to have put their poor run going back two months behind them with a 2-1 success against Bologna but the revival was short lived as they suffered a fifth consecutive defeat in Genoa. Luciano Spalletti’s side, who were top of Serie A two months ago and unbeaten until December 16, are now fourth and could fall to fifth if Lazio, who lost last weekend to Genoa, beat Verona on Monday.Cengiz Under and Diego Perotti scored in the second half in Udine as Roma, with 50 points from 25 games, jump two points ahead of Inter.Serie A leaders Napoli, who have 63 points, and champions Juventus, one point behind in second, are both in action on Sunday.Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia turned the ball into his own net for Genoa’s first goal on the stroke of half-time with former Inter forward Goran Pandev scoring the second.“When you go behind at the end of the first half with an episode like that it’s not easy, especially in this period, to regain confidence,” said Spalletti.“We are fragile right now and that makes it difficult for us to react to setbacks.“We have to believe our potential, believing can get us back on track and allow us to stay in the running for the top spots.”Inter were still without injured captain and top scorer Mauro Icardi with Yann Karamoh, who scored the winning goal against Bologna, starting alongside Eder.Macedonian Pandev threatened early as he pushed visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic into two early saves with Genoa counterpart Mattia Perin doing well to clear an Antonio Candreva volley.But Genoa grabbed the lead on the stroke of half-time when Ervin Zukanovic crossed to Milan Skriniar who slipped with his clearance bouncing off Ranocchia’s knee and into his own net.Pandev doubled Genoa’s advantage after 59 minutes, when Oscar Hiljemark’s corner was picked up by Diego Laxalt at the edge of the box setting up the former Inter player.“I always have to thank Inter because they brought me to Italy and I won everything with them, but it was crucial for us to win tonight on front of our fans,” said Pandev of Genoa who are in 12th position.– Under strikes again –Under pressure: Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOTurkish forward Under, 20, fired home his fourth goal in three games after 70 minutes, with Argentine Perotti tapping in a Radja Nainggolan cross in injury time for Roma.It was the third straight win for Eusebio Di Francesco’s side and a boost ahead of their Champions League clash at Shakhtar Donetsk next Wednesday.“The team have been improving for the last few games,” said Di Francesco who felt they were reaping the benefits of “a psychological as well as a tactical shift”.Perotti added: “It was important that we find our form before the Champions League resumed. Apart from Juventus and Napoli, everyone is dropping points, so we had to win this game before Shakhtar Donetsk.”In an intense first half, both sides had chances with in-form Under shooting just wide while Roma’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson kept out a Stipe Perica shot.Roma were denied a penalty when the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled that a handball from Iraqi left-back Ali Adnan, returning after two months out injured, was unintentional.Perotti came off the bench after 69 minutes with Under opening the scoring a minute later.And Perotti sealed the victory when converting Nainggolan’s cross a minute into time added on.Massimo Oddo’s Udinese stay tenth after back-to-back defeats, missing the chance to pull level with Torino, who host champions Juventus on Sunday.Chievo earned their first three points since November 25 with a 2-1 win over Cagliari.Substitute Emanuele Giaccherini had an immediate impact scoring on 74 minutes and setting up Roberto Inglese two minutes later.The side from Verona are 14th moving ahead of Cagliari who are just behind.Leaders Napoli host SPAL on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgTODAY’S BUSINESS PROFILE IS OF JIMMY HARTE, OF HARTE INSURANCES IN RAPHOE AND What is your career and what do you do?Jimmy: I am the Managing Director of Harte Insurances, which has offices in Letterkenny and Raphoe. I am also a local town and county councillor. They are quite similar I suppose – insurance broking is getting best deal for customer in insurance market and local councillor is getting best deal for constituent!  I actually graduated with a degree in Psychology in 1980 from UCD. Tell us about your first job and how much were you paid?I worked as a part time telephone operator in the local telephone exchange in Raphoe when I was at secondary school around 1975 .It was the old manual phone system where the phones had starting handles! I was paid 50p per hour which was great for a student at the time. You I knew most of the phone numbers  in Raphoe, and there was about 140 at that time. I can still remember that ‘Raphoe 1’ was the post office, ‘Raphoe 2’ was the Garda barracks, ‘Raphoe 3’ was the bank. and so on … What was your first success in business?Surviving the first year which was in the early 80’s. That recession really caused problems for everyone. Name the one local or international business person you look up to?I’d have to say Sir Gerry Robinson, a native Donegal man who, as well as being a tough businessman, is also a very nice and regular person. He is an asset to the country and it would be great if his skills could be used to help Donegal to be ahead of the pack when it comes to recovery in the What has been your biggest mistake in business?I have learned over the the years about the importance of listening to my customers and What is the most valuable piece of advice you have ever been given? My father once told me to keep my overheads down and concentrate on my business. Good advice which stood me in good stead over the What advice would you give to someone starting out in business today?Go with your gut instinct but do your research thoroughly. Your instinct is usually right but it has to be informed and not just blind optimism. Don’t be afraid to take risks at times and listen to all advice but ultiamtely make the decision What one item would you take with you to a desert island and why? Presuming I was alone for several weeks then I’d take the complete works of William Shakespeare to read. He was not only a writer but a observer of human behaviour and his plays and sonnets are still relevant today. Some factor 50 would also help as I burn easy! What item can you not do without?I’m sad to say it’s my car, but living in Donegal it’s a must. If I lived in the city I’d love not to have a What item would you prefer to do without?The television, even though my 7 year old daughter Saidbh might object! What do you do in your spare time (if you have any)?I try to go jogging at least four days a week – there’s nothing more relaxing and stress-busting than to do a 45 minute jog with company to bring things into perspective. I’ve ran 12 marathons and would love to do number 13 next year..I’m also an avid soccer fan and religiously follow the fortunes of Trapps team and Liverpool When will you retire?When I can afford to , which is probably What’s your tip to surviving the recession?I wish I had one really good tip but this recession is new ground for everyone. It’s important to realise that recessions are cyclical and we can learn from them which is useful for the  next generation of entrepreneurs. Stick at the task that you are good at and think “inside the box” to focus on your core business. Anyone who tries in business shows that they have  a risk taking nature and it usually pays What one thing would you do if you were Finance Minister to help business?It’s going to be such a difficult job for the next Minister for Finance but  one suggestion might be when new businesses are starting up then grants could be paid after a year or two years instead of paying them out at the start. This would incentivise businesses to take a longer view of things.* Interview by Greg HarkinBUSINESS PROFILE: JIMMY HARTE, HARTE INSURANCES was last modified: December 13th, 2010 by gregShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgA Belfast lawyer will tell the BBC tonight that the public should remain vigilant about possible investment scams.Laura Gillespie has worked with the Financial Services Authority on investigations into allegedly fraudulent schemes.She said that allegations of fraud were “not uncommon in tough economic times”. She tells BBC Newsline: “When the money is rolling in, people tend not to ask questions but lean economic times certainly tend to reveal problems.”Ms Gillespie said that investors needed to be alert to “tell-tale signs”.“First, consistently steady returns – if your investment yields say, 3%, consistently over a period of years, there is so little variation that it might cause suspicion,” she said.“Second, if the investment consistently outperforms funds of a similar nature, something may be awry. “Like any fraud, the rule of thumb is simple: if it seems too good to be true, it may well be.”The interview will be broadcast on BBC Newsline at 6.30pm.FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: LAWYER WARNS PUBLIC TO BE VIGILANT OVER SCAMS was last modified: February 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more