Gonçalo, the last of the active Guedes saga

first_imgGonçalo has become the last of the Guedes saga that is still active. His father retired a long time ago, but his brother left him later this year. After trying his luck in the lower categories of Belenenses, Amadora, Benfica and Leira, with which he went on to do the preseason with the first team in the First Division, Joao hung up his gloves a few months ago to dedicate himself to the family business, to the pharmacy that the Guedes have in Benavente. Joao was a goalkeeper and with only 26 years old he decided to leave after making his last stops in his town team. “I did it for fun and for sports, but I have a lot of work and I have had to leave“Joao says as he takes a gap in his pharmacy to answer the phone.” We have a lot of work because of the pandemic, it’s incredible. And that Portugal has not been much affected, “admits the oldest of the Guedes, trained with the degree of Pharmacy and Institutional Relations. East of Lisbon, about 50 kilometers away, is Benavente, the town of Los Guedes. There Gonçalo, the Valencia player, maintains all his roots. Benavente is the place where the winger is lost whenever he can, the Portuguese municipality where he gave his first kicks to a ball. It was not strange that Gonçalo learned to kick rather than to walk. His father, Rogerio, was also a soccer player. “Modest, but with talent and a lot of goals. He became a scorer of tournaments in the area,” says Joao Maria, Gonçalo’s older brother who kindly attends to AS. Rogerio did his part so that the two brothers could enjoy their passion. In fact, the father lived through some difficult years. While Gonçalo knocked down the door of Benfica, Joao Maria played in Belenenses. “My father went crazy from one place to another, from one sports city to another and, on top of that, he worked. My mother also worked to help out at home, “says Joao. Rogerio Guedes, Gonçalo’s father, top left, in his stage as a player.Image provided by Joao Maria Guedes. Joao Maria and Gonçalo Guedes, in the lower categories of Benfica.Image provided by Joao Maria Guedes. Gonçalo Guedes and Joao Maria Guedes, currently.INSTAGRAM GONCALOGUEDES15 Gonçalo was growing and leaving behind that “Boy especially good at math and mental computation”. “He was intelligent and a good student, but he was the terror of the teachers because he had a lot of energy. He never failed a course, although later he had to opt for football “, says Joao, who fondly remembers his brother’s character: “Gonçalo has practically the same friends that he had in the nursery. It is a very hard core that gets together whenever it can “.” It is usual to see him nowadays on the streets of Benavente with his longtime friends. He is a humble, affectionate, simple and accessible boy. Right now all the boys in our school are looking at him. Everyone wants to be Gonçalo Guedes in our town, he is the idol of the people “, says Joaquím Ganhao, the sports director who saw Gonçalo born and who has some 200 children under his tutelage.The Guedes brothers lived many experiences together, but they will be left with the thorn of never having been able to share costumes, nor have they faced each other on a professional level. “It is clear that I would have loved it, but I am very happy for my brother’s career. He has fulfilled his dream and we are very proud, “says Joao Maria as he remembers” the afternoons and afternoons “that were spent in the home garden playing on the lawn: “In the beginning, we played on the street. Then we moved and went to a bigger house with grass and we played a lot against each other. I was a goalkeeper and he was a forward, so we could use those training sessions. Gonçalo never had an idol in his childhood, he only thought about enjoying himself. “ Gonçalo knocked down the door very soon and Benavente was too small for him. Joaquím Ganhao, sports director of the modest Portuguese club, says that the Valencia winger never got to play any official match with Benavente as they did not have teams for such young children. “Gonçalo always had to play with older kids and he could only play friendlies with our jersey. It was in an Easter tournament when Benavante invited Benfica. We confronted them and from there he got attention and they signed him. At just six years old! “Says Ganhao.”His signing for Benfica was great news at homeBut at the time we didn’t think it could go that far. My parents only wanted their children to play sports. In fact, we also did horseback riding and swimming, in addition to playing soccer. “, says Joao Maria. But soccer and ball were always present in the Guedes’ home. “My father was also a delegate for Benavente and we lived in a house next to the soccer field. We spent all day playing. Gonçalo attracted attention because he was very thin, but very fast and competitive. He highlighted his creativity to overcome rivals in one on one, “recalls Gonçalo’s brother, only a year and a half older than Guedes. Joao and Gonçalo are currently separated by distance, but their treatment is daily. Joao does not miss a game of Valencia and closely follows his brother. The eldest of the Guedes admires the little’s capacity for sacrifice. “He is very strong mentally. He has shown it with the injuries he has suffered because he has always turned the situation around. He does not give in to external pressure and only thinks about getting up again and again. He is a true survivor and how he has been recovered from injuries attests to this. He is very happy at Valencia because he is in a large and historic club. Also, the city is fabulous and I am very happy, “says Joao.last_img read more

Gun, ammo unearthed in

first_imgA passenger in a route 42 minibus was on Sunday arrested following the discovery of pistol and several matching rounds of ammunition on his person.According to reports, at about 14:10h, Police acting on information intercepted the minibus along the Providence Public Road, East Bank Demerara, and conducted a search.During the search, one occupant was found with a .32 pistol along with eight matching rounds of ammunition in his possession. The illegal gun and ammo were found tucked in his pants waist.He was taken into Police custody and is expected to be charged shortly.last_img read more

Several areas to get intermittent power outages

first_imgThe Guyana Power Light (GPL) Inc will be conducting line maintenance from February 27 to March 1 and several communities may experience power outages according to a statement from the company.The maintenance will commence on Wednesday, February 27, at Cove and John on the East Coast of Demerara from 08:00h to 17:00h.On Wednesday, February 28, it will continue in Zeeburg on the West Coast of Demerara from 08:00h to 17:00h.The maintenance process will conclude on Thursday, March 1, in Georgetown in areas including North and South Ruimveldt, Lamaha Park and Springs, Tucville, Festival City, Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Shirley Field Ridley Square, Alexander Village and River View, Ruimveldt, also from 08:00h to 17:00h.GPL advises persons residing in these areas to be on the lookout when these activities are being conducted.last_img read more

Improve performance recorded in Maths, English

first_img2017 NGSA resultsBY VAHNU MANIKCHANDAfter years of Guyana struggling with low pass rates in Mathematics at theEducation Minister Nicolette HenryNational Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examination, new measures implemented have resulted in improved performances recorded this year.This was revealed by Education Minister Nicolette Henry on Friday as she announced the results of this year’s NGSA.Given the continued poor performance in Mathematics; one of the core subjects, President David Granger through his Cabinet stepped in to have an emergency Mathematics intervention plan.This move resulted in the Ministry implementing recommended measures such as training of teachers in content and methodology, developing learning communities where teachers were able to share information and experiences regarding mathematical concepts, and the recruitment of monitors and coordinators to ensure that the emergency plan was implemented in the classrooms.Enhancement of public relations, parental involvement in the education of children and acquisition of support materials for students such as mock exams were also among the new initiatives undertaken by the Ministry.These measures, Minister Henry noted, have been fruitful given the improvedA packed room in the boardroom of the Education Ministry where the 2017 NGSA results were announced on Fridayperformances at Mathematics, which recorded a whopping 32 per cent increase when compared to last year in the number of students who obtained 50 per cent and more pass rate.Over the past three years, the trend of Maths performance is 37.49 per cent pass rate in 2015, 13.85 in 2016 and 45.6 per cent this year. This year, the students were tested in this subject based on their knowledge, algorithmic thinking and reasoning.Nevertheless, the similar increasing trend was also seen in the other subject areas.In 2015, English recorded 45.88 per cent, 41.62 per cent the following year and in 2017 54.1 per cent pass rate of students gaining more than 50 per cent. “This is the first time in many years that we were able to get over 50 per cent passes in a subject area and that is absolutely phenomenal,” the Minister stated.For this subject, the candidates were tested in the areas of reading, comprehension and vocabulary; structure and mechanics; content, focus, vocabulary, language and organisation.The figures for Science were 44.12 in 2015, 27.55 in 2016 and 46.3 per cent this year. In this subject, they were tested for knowledge, comprehension and application.Meanwhile, there was a 46.5 per cent pass rate recorded in 2015 for Social Studies, 46.1 per cent in 2016 and 47.6 per cent in 2017. Knowledge, conceptual understanding and use of knowledge were the areas tested.Going forward, Minister Henry outlined that the Ministry has very ambitious but realistic targets that would ensure the students can realise their full potential. She noted that they will be focusing on these structural interventions undertaken to work assiduously to achieve their objectives.“We believe here in education that if we are to increase across the board in terms of quality and delivery, our objective is to ensure that irrespective of which school you would be placed or which region you’re from that you are reaching your best potential,” she asserted.Zooming in on the measure implemented, the Minister underscored the importance of some such as parental involvement. She noted that the Ministry cannot achieve its goal if parents are not involved in the process and play their part in moulding the children. “So it’s a collaborative process,” she posited.Meanwhile, Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson said this year’s stellar performance represents a turning around in the education sector. He noted that the Ministry will retain and build on those plans and measures that have worked so far to repeat this year’s performance in the future.On this note, he urged that support be placed behind these students. “We will hold high expectations of our students. If you don’t feel our children can perform they will not perform, if you believe that there is something in them that will make them do well you will push and cause them to do well…,” Hutson remarked.Furthermore, the Chief Education Officer outlined that going forward, the issue of accountability will be brought into focus.“Accountability of student’s performance at the level of the school and classroom will be brought sharply into focus. Schools have to perform, we can’t have schools that are not performing for decades and nothing is done about that. Schools must perform,” he stated.Moreover, Hutson warned the education officers at the different level not to be complacent following this high of success, which was achieved in such a short time.“Our watch words will be sustainability and continued improvement because there’re times when we could become cocky and believe that we’re doing well and we lose focus… So we have to sustain what has worked and is working even after we get as close as possible to the 100 per cent mark,” noted the CEO.Cabinet in October of 2016 had mandated that a strategy be established targeting improvements in students’ performance in the core subject areas. That plan, which was spearheaded by the Chief Education Officer, was subsequently approved and implemented.last_img read more

Atom Flyers finish 4th in Dawson Creek

first_img-submitted The Pimm’s Production Atom Flyers participated in the Dawson Creek Atom Tournament over the weekend. Games results are as follows:Game 1The Pimms Production Atom Flyers played Ft. Nelson Fury on Friday night. The Flyers won 11 – 2. Jacob Lang and Aaron Kosinsky each got hattricks, with Teagan McMullen, Trey Hipkiss, Austin Crossely, and Thomas Pope contributed with singles. FSJ’s Damen Kraeleman also netted a goal on a penalty shot. Coleman McAffery faced 13 shots between the pipes for FSJ.Game 2The Pimm’s Production Atom Flyers played Fairview Jr. Kings on Saturday morning. The Flyer’s held on to a 6-5 win. Jacob Lang and Adom Bowie rallied for 2 goals each, with singles coming from Trey Hipkiss, and Thomas Pope. Jessie McArthur played strong in net facing 22 shots.- Advertisement -Game 3The Pimm’s Production Atom Flyers final game in round robin play saw the 9 year olds face off against Peace River Mustangs Saturday afternoon. FSJ’s Teagan McMullen scored the only goal for the Flyer’s in an 8-1 loss to the Mustangs. Game 4The Flyer’s secured 4th place out of 7 teams after round robin play and had to face the Peace River Mustangs again in the semi-finals on Sunday. FSJ’s Damen Kraeleman opened the scoring early in the first period to put the Flyer’s up 1-0. This would end up being the Flyer’s only goal of the game, as the Mustangs rallied back for a final score of 5-1. The Pimm’s Production Atom Flyers finished in 4th place.The Pimm’s Production Atom Flyer’s travel to Nampa, AB next weekend as they resume All Peace League action against the Peace River Mustangs.Advertisementlast_img read more

Norwich 2-1 Bolton: Jerome fires Canaries back into the top two

first_img1 Cameron Jerome’s double fired Norwich back into the Championship top two as they ended a five game win-less run and swept aside a feeble Bolton.The Canaries came racing out of the blocks and deservedly got their reward on 11 minutes when the ex-Stoke man struck.Showing his Premier League experience, Jerome nodded down a long ball, before collecting a return pass and firing confidently home.Bolton boss Neil Lennon looked short of ideas on how to stop the rampaging hosts, who went close to a second through Kyle Lafferty and Steven Whittaker efforts.Nathan Redmond’s trickery and pace was causing all sorts of problems for the retreating Trotters, and the England Under-21 international almost found the net, only for Andy Lonergan to tip the ball onto the post.But just five minutes later Jerome showed his team-mate how it was done, lethally meeting Gary O’Neill’s corner for his eighth Championship goal this season.Knowing another goal would see them topple league leaders Derby on goal difference, Norwich proceeded to go in search of a third.However, Lonergan’s heroics in the Bolton prevented such a scenario occurring, and with time ticking away Lee Chung-yong grabbed a late consolation for the visitors. Norwich striker Cameron Jerome scores against Bolton last_img read more

Something is Lack-ing

first_imgANAHEIM – The Angels bullpen performed at their usual level of excellence in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Friday. But it didn’t really matter – not after an unusually poor performance by starter John Lackey. It wasn’t the sort of postseason performance the Angels have come to expect from the 26-year-old right-hander. Lackey entered the game with a 2-0 record and 2.41 ERA over seven postseason games. That includes two no-decisions from the recent Division Series against New York, in which Lackey gave up just three earned runs over 11 innings. He gave up five earned runs in just five innings Friday. Konerko got his third RBI on a fifth-inning single. Two innings prior, Carl Everett hit an RBI single, but Lackey was bailed out from further damage when Aaron Rowand’s third-inning line drive with two runners on base found shortstop Orlando Cabrera’s glove for an inning-ending double play. Lackey’s past two starts – a 78-pitch effort against New York and Friday’s 83-pitch outing – were his lowest pitch counts of the season. “John wasn’t as crisp from the get-go tonight or as crisp as he has been,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “(John) wasn’t awful, but he obviously wasn’t as crisp as he was against the Yankees.” Lackey, who led the team with 199 strikeouts in the regular season, came out of the Yankees series as the Angels’ de facto ace, with Bartolo Colon now sidelined with a strained shoulder. Not awful was not exactly the evaluation Lackey was seeking in debut performance as the ace. But he’ll likely get the call in Game 7 – if the series is extended that far. “We’ve got a couple of games back here at our house and we’ve got to get back to playing better baseball,” Lackey said. “I just hope I get another opportunity.” Relievers Kevin Gregg and Brendan Donnelly each pitched two shutout innings. Keven Chavez, (626) 962-8811, keven.chavez@sgvn.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I definitely wanted to come out and pitch better,” said Lackey, who took his first career postseason loss. “It just didn’t happen.” Scott Podsednik led off the game with a solid single to left and Tadahito Iguchi sacrificed him to second. Jermaine Dye followed with a line-drive double to the right-center field wall to score Podsednik. Then Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko delivered the big blow, crushing a full-count hanging curveball over the wall in left field for a 3-0 White Sox lead that effectively took the air out of the Angel Stadium crowd and their ThunderStix. “I think (Dye’s) hit was big, and if you can get some hits early, it kind of takes the crowd out of it,” Konerko said. “And that’s what happened.” Said Lackey: “I just hung a couple of breaking balls. I have no excuses other than that.” center_img The postseason has been Lackey’s time, from his Game 7 victory in the 2002 World Series to a strong 5-inning stint on three days’ rest against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the Division Series on Sunday. But the Chicago White Sox wasted little time in knocking around the Angels’ playoff hero, needing just four batters to put three runs on the scoreboard en route to an easy 5-2 victory, which ended Lackey’s run of October dominance. last_img read more


first_imgTony Blair says John Downey should not have received an OTR lettterFORMER British Prime Minister Tony Blair told MPs today that Donegal fisherman John Downey should not have got a letter saying he was no longer wanted by police.Mr Blair faced a tough two hours of grilling by MPs in London after previously refused to be questioned. He repeatedly told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee said that there was “no secret deal” over letters to on-the-run IRA members.And he said he feared the worst about the IRA if he did not sort the OTR issue once and for all.The letters to so-called on-the-runs (OTRs) came to light in February last year when the trial of Donegal Sinn Fein member John Downey collapsed at the Old Bailey courthouse in London.The trial judge dismissed the charges he faced over the 1982 Hyde Park bombings after it emerged he had received a letter from the British Government to say he was not wanted by police in the North or in mainland Britain.It sparked political fury with claims the British Government had struck a “secret deal” with Sinn Fein over the OTRs in a quid pro quo for IRA decommissioning and support for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).Mr Blair admitted today that Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was pushing him to resolve the issue, as convicted prisoners had been let out of jail on licence under the Good Friday Agreement.And Mr Blair accepted that he “grew to like Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness” during the peace talks process.Mr Blair told the Committee about the scheme: “This was not a private arrangement. There was no secret. There was no deal.”On the Downey case, he told MPs: “The Downey case was a mistake…but I don’t think the process was wrong or unlawful. The scheme evolved over time.He accepted that the letters had caused “a lack of trust between parties”.But he added: “There was no secret deal.“We were trying to make sure there were no more victims; it was difficult and on a knife edge throughout.“If I said I was not going to deal with OTR, I would have had a serious consequence on our hands.”Unionist MP Sylvia Hermon said political parties, like the Ulster Unionist Party, Social and Democratic Labour Party (SDLP) and the Progressive Unionist Party were unaware of the OTR administrative scheme.She asked Tony Blair: “Did you tell the late David Ervine (former PUP leader) about this scheme?”He replied: “I didn’t tell him about the scheme but he knew about the OTRS. No I didn’t. tell and I accept it completely.”SH: “The letters were kept secret from people, like UUP leader David Trimble, the late David Ervine , the SDLP’s Alasdair MCDonnell. Why was that?”TB: “They weren’t kept secret. The process was not a secret”.SH: “The first two letters were issued from Downing Street by your chief of staff Jonathan Powell. Why were they kept secret? Sinn Fein always like to brag about the concessions they got from the British Government. They didn’t brag about this So Why were they kept secret for 14 years?TB: It was not kept secret.SH: At his trial John Downey relied on that letter in his abuse of process was mounted and it was won. The letters were key to this whole scheme. You wrote to Gerry Adams to say you would expedite the scheme.TB: I accept the (John) Downey letter was a mistake. But wee were fighting to keep the peace process alive for the next decade.”JOHN DOWNEY SHOULD NOT HAVE RECEIVED OTR LETTER, SAYS EX-PM TONY BLAIR was last modified: January 13th, 2015 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:BRITISH MPSJohn DowneyJOHN DOWNEY SHOULD HAVE NOT GOT OTR LETTERSAYS EX-PM TONY BLAIRlast_img read more

Pat’s €2,000 cup of tea (and buns!) for Alzheimer’s Society!

first_imgPat put the kettle on and came up trumps!Well-known Creeslough woman Pat McCarry held a tea party a few weeks back with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Society.Pictured in our photo are Pat and Pauline Mc Carry presenting cheque for €2,000 proceeds from Alzheimers Tea Day held at Pat’s home at Cashelmore Creeslough, to Alastair Mc Kinney Chairperson of Alzheimers Society Donegal Branch. Pat’s €2,000 cup of tea (and buns!) for Alzheimer’s Society! was last modified: October 6th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Let’s help Lee lift his beautiful daughter into his arms again

first_imgA Co Donegal man is hoping a heartfelt campaign can help him lift his beautiful daughter in his arms once again.Lee McKinney’s life took a sudden change earlier this year when he was diagnosed with cancer in his arm.The outlook for the 29-year-old who lives on the outskirts of Letterkenny was not good. Surgeons had no option but to amputate his arm just below his shoulder to prevent the disease from spreading.The operation was successful and Lee is attempting to lead a full life with his devoted wife and little daughter.Lee insists that his should not be a sad story insisting “My life isn’t over, it’s just taken a turn in a different direction.”His sister Samantha insists this is typical of Lee’s attitude, always seeing the best in every situation. “His attitude and determination as he learns to live his life in a different way has been an inspiration to us all.”Now, in a bid to help Lee get back on track, his family and friends have launched a campaign to get him a prosthetic arm.Such opportunities do not come cheap and prosthetic arms cost between €15,000 and €100,000.Last night his family started a Go Fund Me page in a bid to raise the money needed so Lee can lift his little daughter into his arms once again.Lee is one of our own and if you can spare a couple of euro, it will ALL go a long way towards helping this family along the way. To donate to the Lee McKinney Prosthetic Arm Fund please click here https://www.gofundme.com/lee-mckinney-prosthetic-arm-fundLet’s help Lee lift his beautiful daughter into his arms again was last modified: October 1st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:armcancerdonegalFundLee McKinneyprosthetic armlast_img read more