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Van says Pellegrini is the man

first_imgFormer Real Madrid and Malaga striker Ruud van Nistelrooy believes Manuel Pellegrini is the ideal man to build Manchester City’s dream for the future. “I can only tell from my own experience; half a season at (Madrid I was with him and the last season of my career at Malaga,” he said. “My experience was very good on a professional and personal level and I rate him very highly. “I think he proved with Villarreal most of all – and Malaga – he could build a team and get things moving and he can create a structural culture at the club where things get better. “In that sense, and me saying this as an ex-United player, he will build something at City. “I don’t know what his plans are, I only know the way he works and as a person and he is up there with the best.” Van Nistelrooy, speaking after a playing for both sides in a Manchester United v Real Madrid legends match at Old Trafford in aid of the Manchester United Foundation, which was won 2-1 by the visitors, added: “He led Villarreal to a (Champions League) semi-final and nearly a semi-final with Malaga. “I think that is a fantastic achievement building those teams right through to that point. It is exactly what City are looking for.” Press Associationcenter_img The Holland international worked with the Chilean at both Spanish clubs and has nothing but praise for 59-year-old’s methods. Pellegrini, who signed off from Malaga with a 4-1 defeat at Barcelona on Saturday, hinted he would turn his attentions to his expected appointed at City on Monday having been linked with the vacancy since Roberto Mancini’s departure. And while there are many in England who have questioned his suitability to take over at the Etihad Stadium, Van Nistelrooy has no doubts. last_img read more

FB : Spruill to miss spring practice with lower body injury

first_img Published on January 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse linebacker Marquis Spruill will miss 2012 spring football practice due to injury. He suffered a lower-body injury that will require surgery, according to a SU Athletics release on Friday.Spruill will be evaluated throughout the rehabilitation process, and his status for the 2012 season will be announced before preseason camp.Spruill moved from outside to middle linebacker before the 2011 season, his sophomore year. He played all 12 games last year, finishing fourth on the team with 62 tackles and second with 8.5 tackles for loss. He also recorded three sacks.The linebacker joins wide receiver Alec Lemon and cornerback Keon Lyn as players who will miss spring practice due to injury. Both Lemon and Lyn had shoulder surgeries.mcooperj@syr.eduAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Foreign Legion

first_imgRelated ENGLANDWe raise the curtain from the English premier league action as in form Alex Iwobi made a late entrance for Arsenal in their impressive 2-0 derby day home victory over fierce rivals, Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates stadium.21-year-old Iwobi who is fresh from his two-goal heroics against Argentina was making only his 6th appearance for the Gunners who are now 6th on the league table.Nigeria’s Isaac Success continues to struggle at the Vicarage road after he missed out in Watford’s 2-0 win over visitors, West Ham United in their 12th league fixture of the season.Success is yet to play a single game for Watford this term who have just two victories in their last five premier league games.Combative Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Onyinye Ndidi saw 90 minutes of action on Saturday but could not help Leicester City who were the latest victims of table toppers, Manchester City as were beaten with two unreplied goals at the King Power stadium.While Ahmed Musa looks well frozen out of the Foxes squad, Kelechi Iheanacho made a cameo appearance for Leicester City.26-year-old Victor Moses could not feature in Chelsea’s emphatic 0-4 away win over West Bromwich Albion as he steps up his recuperation from a hamstring injury he sustained against Crystal Palace.CHAMPIONSHIPIn the English Championship, Chelsea loanee, Ola Aina, completed his 16th league appearance for Hull City as they were pegged back to their 5th draw of the season in their 2-2 stalemate against Ipswich Town.At the Pirelli stadium, Nigeria’s Hope Akpan was not listed for Burton Albion’s 1-3 home loss against Sheffield Wednesday.A quick dash to the Madejski stadium, Sone Aluko made a second half appearance for Reading as they continued their struggle in the league with a 0-2 loss at home in the hands of in-form Wolverhampton Wanderers.AUSTRIAIn the Austrian Bundesliga, Ibrahim Alhassan was a 71st minute entrance for league champions, Austria Wien who continued their epileptic form as they were shocked 2-3 by a determined Admira Moedling side at the Ernst Happel stadion.Alhassan’s Austria Wien have managed just 5 wins in 15 games all through the season are currently, languishing in the 6th position on the Bundesliga table.BELGIUMWe dash quickly now to Belgium as on fire Henry Chukwuemeka Onyekuru was the hero once again for league champions Anderlecht at the Stade Le Connonier as his 80th minute goal proved decisive to give his team a 1-2 away victory over Royal Excel Mouscron.Youth sensation, Taiwo Awoniyi could not save Mouscron from their 6th league defeat in the fixture having seen the whole match duration.Onyekuru who made a cameo appearance for Nigeria’s final World Cup qualifying game against Algeria has gone on to score a massive 7 goals in 14 league games.Former Nigeria youth international, Abdul Ajagun was a late introduction for 14th placed Kortrijk as they recorded their first win in 5 games with a 3-2 victory over St. Truiden.The Nigerian trio of Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu and Anderson Esiti were all in action to hand Gent their 5th victory of the season as they bettered hosts, Lokeren, 0-3 at the Daknam stadion.While 20-year-old Samuel Kalu scored Gent’s second on the day, Esiti was shown his 6th yellow card of the campaign in the fixture.Upcoming Nigeria forward, Peter Olayinka could not help Zulte-Waregem avoid a consecutive defeat as he sat out their solitary goal home loss to visitor, Genk.ITALYIn the Italain Seria A, Joel Chukwuma Obi’s assist proved key for Torino as they played out a 1-1 stalemate against Chievo Verona to record their 6th draw of the campaign.The game was Joel Obi’s 6th this term after a tough start to the season and he has gone on to score 2 goals from all of those.Another Nigeria teen star, Sadiq Umar who is currently, on a season loan deal from AS Roma was missing in action in the tie.FRANCEWe drop by in the French Ligue 1 where Super Eagles defender, Chidozie Awaziem received his first cautioning of the season in Nantes 4-1 defeat away to league leaders, PSG at the Parc des Princes.Awaziem was making his 10th appearance of the season for Nantes in the loss.SPAINAt the Estadi Municipal de Montilivi inSpain, Manchester City loanee, Olarenwaju Kayode saw Girona’s 1-1 against Real Sociedad from the substitute bench as he failed to feature in his second successive match for the White and Reds.Kayode who made a deadline transfer move from Austria Wien has made 10 league appearances for Girona and is yet open his goal account.Super Eagles goalkeeping revelation, Francis Odinaka Uzoho was omitted from the Deportivo La Coruna squad who lost 3-2 away from home against struggling Malaga.GERMANYIn Germany now, Nigeria defender, Leon Balogun was missing in action for Mainz 05’s 12th league fixture of the season as they ran away with a solitary goal win over FC Cologne at the Opel Arena.Former U17 star, Victor Osimhen watched from the bench as Wolfsburg continued their impressive vein of form with a 3-1 home bashing of Freiburg.18-year-old Osimhen has managed just 2 league appearances this campaign for 13th placed Wolfsburg.Writer: Chidiebere Anugwolulast_img read more

Former Raider Martavis Bryant applying for NFL reinstatement, report says

first_imgHe was a fourth-round pick in 2014 and spent three seasons with the Steelers before playing just eight games with the Raiders during the 2018-19 season. Bryant tallied 19 receptions for 266 yards last year.He is an unrestricted free agent this summer. Martavis Bryant wants back into the NFL.The former Raiders wide receiver was suspended by the league indefinitely in December 2018 but is now applying for reinstatement, according to a report from ESPN. Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney could skip training camp after failing to get new deal, report sayscenter_img The 27-year-old has been working with both the NFL and NFL Players Association on the steps he needs to take in order to address mental health issues, which include therapists and ADHD treatments, the report noted.Suspended former Steelers and Raiders WR Martavis Bryant has formally applied to the NFL for reinstatement. Bryant has been working with the NFL and NFLPA on steps he needs to take to address his mental health issues with resources such as therapists and ADHD treatments.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) July 15, 2019Bryant has been suspended three times in the last four years for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. His latest suspension came as a result of him breaking the terms of a conditional reinstatement from April 2017. Related News Ezekiel Elliott is planning training-camp holdout if he doesn’t get new contract, report sayslast_img read more

Edinson Cavani is the great illusion of a cold market

first_imgThe forecast for 2020 It is austerity, but a single movement can trigger a chain reaction. Still, it seems unlikely that the figures for January 2018, with 214.8 million of spending on purchases, when marked el record largely for the 160 million that he Barcelona I pay for Coutinho, the highest figure, even today, that a Spanish club has disbursed for a soccer player. That winter was also paidn 65 million by Diego Costa and 32 by Íñigo Martínez, disbursement made by Athletic after receiving 65 million of Manchester City by Laporte.However, and as reflected in the graph below, the winter market has historically been more than sell than buy. That brand trend the strategy current of the first two classified. Barça has yielded to Aleña to Betis and wants to transfer to Vidal at Inter. In the Real Madrid, your signing star of January 2019, Brahim, is now one of the priorities for Relieve the template.The pursuers, Sevilla and Atlético, seek goal. Atlético to Cavani and, failing that, to Alcácer. Sevilla, a pure 9 or, as an alternative, Draxler. ANDThe colista, Espanyol, thinks about repatriating Raúl de Tomás, from Benfica.Other leagues:The dates of winter market they are the same for big leagues (Spain, England, Italy, Germany, France), but not at all. Austria will close on January 6, Serbia on 7, Switzerland, Croatia and Romania on 17. The latest will be Russia, which will close the February 21st. Real Madrid and Barça, great animators of the Transfer Bag, have buckled his wallets and they have no plans to invest nor in the euro. Upside down, your idea is to sell and make cash. Like them, five other clubs: Getafe, Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Athletic and Levante.For this 2019-20 season, the clubs have presented the highest budgets in Spanish football history, with Barça and Madrid surpassing those 1 billion euros. Good economic health is reflected in the salary limit which LaLiga approved for all 20 clubs. That is, there is money.center_img Saving times. LaLiga clubs have more money than ever but have decided to spend less than ever, being Cavani the most exciting name of all who shuffle in the winter market which begins today and will close at twelve on Saturday night, February 1.The Uruguayan striker (32 years old) of PSG is the fantasy pursued by Atlético. Cavani ends contract at the end of the season, it will remain free on July 1 and by then the club rojiblanco has signed his signing. But Cholo needs you now because he lacks a goal, and he tugs and loosens can last all January.last_img read more

Blood, goals for Ronaldo as Madrid scores 7 to end poor run

first_img“We played a perfect match,” Madrid midfielder Casemiro said.Deportivo, in the relegation zone and winless in five games, gave Madrid an early scare when Adrian Lopez opened the scoring midway through the first half.Nacho and Bale helped Madrid rally before halftime, and each scored again in the second half along with Modric. Bale’s first goal came from a neat left-footed shot that was curled into the top corner by the far post.Ronaldo, who hadn’t found the net in three games and had been among those criticized by fans, scored with a shot from close range just a few minutes before getting injured. He did not celebrate.___BIGGER LEADBarcelona scored five second-half goals against midtable Real Betis after an even first half at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville.Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring, then Messi and Suarez took over and added to their scoring runs.Messi is the league’s scoring leader with 19 goals, and Suarez has 15.Messi’s second goal late in the game was one to admire, with the Argentine entering the area and going past two defenders before calmly finding the net. “The players needed a game like this, a victory with a lot of goals,” Zidane said. “It’s always good to score seven times at home. It’s not something that happens very often so we are happy about it. We have to keep this momentum going.”Gareth Bale and Nacho Fernandez also scored twice, and Luka Modric added another goal for Madrid as it regained fourth place in the standings. Madrid remains 19 points behind leader Barcelona, which later routed Real Betis 5-0 in Seville with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez each scoring a pair of goals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAt the start of the league’s second half, Barcelona is 11 points in front of second-placed Atletico Madrid and 14 points ahead of Valencia. Atletico lost ground after a 1-1 home draw against Girona on Saturday, while Valencia lost 2-1 at Las Palmas.Madrid is five points behind Valencia but has a game in hand. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES View comments Ronaldo had to leave with about five minutes remaining after being hit by defender Fabian Schar’s boot while scoring the team’s sixth goal with a header. He was attended on the field for a while and could not continue as blood spilled over his face.While walking off the field, with his face still stained by the blood, Ronaldo asked for the doctor’s cell phone to take a look at the injury.Zidane said the Portugal forward needed “two or three stitches but was fine.”Madrid had already made three substitutions, but the much-needed victory was already secured by then.The fans who had loudly jeered the team in recent matches were cheering on their feet after the final whistle at the Bernabeu. The easy win followed a series of poor results that all but ended Madrid’s title chances.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases ___CELTA WINSMaxi Gomez scored a second-half winner as Celta Vigo rallied to defeat struggling Real Sociedad 2-1 and move closer to the Champions League spots.Striker Willian Jose put the hosts ahead early in the first half — but later missed a penalty kick — as forward Iago Aspas equalized for Celta.It was the second consecutive win for Celta, which is now seventh in the standings.Real Sociedad, in 15th place, has lost three in a row.___LATE EQUALIZERJoseba Zaldua scored in the 90th as Leganes salvaged a 2-2 draw at Alaves after trailing by two goals for much of the second half.Munir El Haddadi and Alfonso Pedraza put the hosts ahead with quick goals after halftime, and Gabriel Pires pulled Leganes closer in the 75th. NBA: Magic stun East-leading Celtics in Boston Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo bleeds from his forehead during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Deportivo Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MADRID — Despite watching Cristiano Ronaldo go off covered in blood, Real Madrid fans got to celebrate at home again with the team’s biggest win of the season in the Spanish league.Ronaldo, who left the game late with a cut to his face, scored twice as Madrid routed Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 Sunday, ending a three-match winless streak at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and easing the pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane and his players.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Leganes stayed 13th in the 20-team standings, while Alaves was 16th.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

Ceres opens AFC Cup bid vs Myanmar’s Shan United

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eagles rip Titans apart Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 More importantly, a win in the 7:30 p.m. clash can set the tone for bigger victories for the Bacolod-based side that won the Asean zonal title in 2017 before losing in the same stage last season to Singapore’s Home United.“There’s big pressure on us because its the first game and we’re playing at home,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. “We have to stand up to that pressure and play as a team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCeres’ defensive vulnerabilities were exposed three weeks ago when they got stunned by Yangon, 2-1, also in Panaad. Needing matches to sharpen up for the AFC Cup, the Busmen flew to Singapore for a one-week camp highlighted by wins in friendly matches against Singapore League teams Home United and Geylang International.The Busmen seemed to have addressed one key concern when they signed veteran Bosnian striker Mahir Karic for the continent’s second-tier club competition. Ceres Negros seeks redemption as it collides with Myanmar’s Shan United at the start of Group G play in the 2019 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Cup campaign on Tuesday night at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.Even after losing to Myanmar champion Yangon United in the preliminary round of the AFC Champions League, the Busmen set out as favorites against a team they beat thrice last year.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Spanish striker Bienve Marañon, Ceres’ top scorer the past two seasons in this competition, is fit again and could start alongside the Bosnian at the tip of the attack.Still, Vidakovic believes it would take a total team effort from his squad to get a result against Shan.“We can’t just rely on an individual player to make a difference,” said the Serbian coach. “We must work together.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View commentslast_img read more

SPU defends $30B bond acquired for GuySuCo

first_img…says PWC valuation of sugar estates 90% completeThe Special Purpose Unit (SPU) under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) has responded to statements made by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in regard to his criticism of the $30 billion bond acquired by SPU through commercials banks both in Guyana and the region.The SPU has not taken lightly those criticisms, which seek to suggest that the bond would be wasted and that it was acquired at an unreasonable rate. In a statement issued Thursday, the SPU said it should be noted that, as standard for any debt financing, security is required to secure payments to bondholders.According to the SPU, rather than burden the assets of NICIL, which include the Guyana Oil Company, Atlantic Hotels Incorporated and the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), the security of the NICIL bond is simply a guarantee of payment from the Government of Guyana.The terms of the bond are five years, since it is expected that the proceeds of the land sale for GuySuCo would be used to repay the facility, and NICIL wanted to secure the lowest possible interest rate.“It is therefore important to correct several inaccurate statements being made by the former President of Guyana and Minister of Finance, Bharrat Jagdeo, regarding the bond,” the statement said.The SPU reminded that the bond was secured solely by the full faith of bondholders in the Government, and not against any assets of NICIL or GuySuCo. Further, the Unit noted that the commercial lending rate for Guyana is 13.00 percent, while the NICIL bond was issued at 4.75 percent, which is 8.25 percent lower than the rate that most companies borrow at in Guyana.It said, “The current inflation rate in Guyana is 2 percent; therefore, any prudent investor would demand a return higher than the rate of annual inflation. Mr. Jagdeo’s comments, as a former Finance Minister, are very concerning, since he would certainly understand that no country in the world, including the USA, Switzerland or Germany, can borrow at less than 2 percent for 40 years, as he mentioned.”The Unit also stated that the 30-year US Treasury Bond is currently trading at 3.04 percent, which is expected to raise within the next year. To further illustrate how competitive the interest rates are in comparison to the countries in local lending rates, the SPU pointed to various bond rates in the region.However, Jagdeo said recently that he is now in receipt of the Private Placement Memorandum for the GuySuCo $30 billion bond, and having read the contents of that document, he was shocked by what was contained in the agreement, which now leaves more questions than answers.“I’ve had a copy of the Private Placement Memorandum for the bond – the $30 billion bond — and I was shocked,” the Opposition Leader said recently, noting that in reading the memo, he came across details that the proceeds would be used to fund long-term projects and capital expenditure.Jagdeo, an economist by training, said the general perception was that Government was raising $30 billion to spend on GuySuCo, on the remaining three estates. However, the memo tells a different story, as it has stated explicitly that the $30 billion that they agreed to will go to long-term projects instead.“We don’t know what the projects are as yet, but you would recall that this bond is only for five years. So, they’re borrowing on a short to medium term, for long-term projects. You tend to match your borrowing with the life of the project. Normally, we would borrow on concessional terms for long term-projects.”He used the example of the road and airport expansion projects, where there is an option of repayment of 20 or 30 years at one and two per cent interest. These, he said, are long-term projects. “So that you don’t have big balloon payments,” he declared.However, Jagdeo said that in the case of the GuySuCo bond, this was different because, “In five years, at a 4.75 per cent interest, which is 355 basis points above our treasury bill, the Government of Guyana will have to pay back from the proceeds of NICIL nearly US$40 million in about five years just to service $30 billion.”The SPU also announced that the preliminary works being carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers PWC with respect to the valuation of the estates that have been put up for privatisation and diversification are 90 percent completed. It said that it is completing information memoranda (IM) for each estate.The IMs will include the asset registry and land inventory for each estate. The completed IMs will be published for potential investors and public scrutiny within the next two weeks. It is expected that potential investors would begin visiting the various estates in August, in order to make assessments of the facilities as part of the preparation of their proposal to the SPU.last_img read more

Alleged love triangle ends in murder at Grove

first_imgA triangular love affair turned deadly on Wednesday with the discovery of 53-year-old Rohan Khanai Persaud’s body, which was found in Samatta Point Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD). Police preliminary reports stated that the handyman was killed by his friend, who was allegedly having an affair with Persaud’s reputed wife. Guyana Times was told that the discovery was made at about 06:30h by residents who saw the body at the corner of the road.Dead: Rohan Khanai PersaudAccording to Police reports, he was found with a gash on his abdomen. This newspaper understands that at the time of the discovery, the man’s intestines were protruding through the wound. His T-shirt was also rolled up around his neck while his back bore apparent marks of violence. Reports reaching this publication also stated that the suspect of Grove Housing Scheme moved into the now dead man’s home after he had misunderstandings with his brothers. However, while there, he reportedly started a relationship with Persaud’s wife. According to a source close to the family, this led to numerous arguments between Persaud and his reputed wife, known as “Julie Mango”. She subsequently moved out of the home. However, Persaud and the suspect along with other friends were in Grove at about 01:00h when another argument ensued between the duo. Persaud reportedly again accused the suspect of having sexual relations with his wife and a scuffle ensued.It was at this time that the suspect reportedly used a stingray (fish) bone and dealt Persaud one stab wound to his abdomen. The now dead man fell to the ground and was reportedly left for dead while the suspect and his friends fled the scene. Three men were taken into custody while Police continue the hunt to nab another suspect.Persaud’s body is presently at the Lyken’s Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.last_img read more

JASON BLACK: ‘I’M COMING HOME TO PUT DONEGAL EVEREST FLAG ON TOP OF ERRIGAL!’

first_imgDONEGAL mountaineer Jason Black has spoken for the first time of his incredible journey to the top of the world.In a blog sent overnight, the Letterkenny man speaks passionately about his incredible weekend feat in reaching the summit of Mount Everest.He speaks of his feelings as he reached the top – and the thoughts that went through his head. “I sat down in awe of where I was; all my childhood dreams have come true. Then a moment of weakness as today I stand closer to my mother and brother who both passed from this world and today for a brief moment I felt so reconnected,” he writes.“Proudly getting out my Donegal and Irish flags Nima snaps a few pics as a lifetime Reminder of this wonderful moment in my life.“Nima taps my shoulder saying we gotta get moving, taking my final look around and been so proud to be from Donegal and standing on top of the world.”He also says: “Tonight my focus is clearly to get home safely to my wonderful county Donegal and take my Mt Everest Donegal flag back to the most beautiful mountain in the world the Summit of Mt Errigal and I hope you all can join me that day.” Here’s his blog in full. It’s a story you must read.BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS to the TOP OF. THE WORLD .. Mt EVERESTPosted on May 22, 2013Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes…I have done it I have reached the TOP OF THE WORLD, with my donegal flag, Irish flag and my emotions are in free fall. So let me share with you, the journey to the top of the world – Mt Everest.It all started after spending a month and half acclimatising and climbing up to advance base camp located at 21.000ft on the edge of the Rombu glacier. After careful planning and many discussions with the weather station based in Switzerland, we looked at the jet stream movement, the winds speeds and directions, the temps expected on the summit at 29.028 ft. So Nima and myself set our summit date based on the information we had for the 19th May.Preparations now were in full swing everything from our technical high altitude down clothing and boots to my high altitude food, from the Irish army which proved a huge success on the summit, small high altitude gas cookers to heat and boil the snow ice, tents and sleeping kit.So on the 17th may heavily loaded with equipment and with a real sense of – this is it I’m on my way to the summit of the world, we set off and I knew it was going to be the toughest physical, mental and emotional battle I was ever about to endure, the fear that there was absolutely no rescue and no room for error as margins are so small. Climbing that day was tough with sometimes a vertical climb to the north column and camp one. From there looking up the north ridge with Mt Everest summit sitting high in the stratosphere we settled down for the night at 23.300ft, my food this night was made up from high alt ration packs of chicken casserole and it was tasty. Nima always reinforcing the fact you must always eat even though your body doesn’t feel like it.Early morning start after a short sleep we head up the north ridge fully loaded with snow and a wind coming in on my left ear, a wind that would just cut you in half. The objective today was to reach the next high camp location of 25.250ft camp two.It was an exhausting climb with the difficult conditions taking us seven hours beating against the high winds. From here we moved to the use of assisted oxygen, so on with the masks as we were carrying the oxygen in our rucksacks.We quickly got set up for the night, melting snow for fluids for the body and getting something on to fuel this tired body. melting and boiling even a couple of cups of tea would take any thing up to 1 hour to do. Falling into bed the ferocious storm continued with the tent taking the most fearsome beating with winds gusting 100mph and I was freezing both from that and with the cold coming up from the rocks I was laying on. With added difficulty tring to sleep with the oxygen mask on.Yeah no sleep, up early next morning boiled up some hot black tea and quick bit of food by now I don’t feel very much like eating, body’s rejecting everything.Stepping out of my tent I could see the damage the winds have left in there wake, ripped torn and some totally destroyed.Suited up and oxygen on level 2 we set of for entering the death zone at 26.250ft where the colour of the rock surface changes to a strong yellow colour known to the mountain as the yellow band. So our destination today is 27.250ft camp three by now the conditions are so bleak with all the snow removed by the jet stream leaving only a Mixture of rock and ice making it hard work wearing 12 pointed crampons.Ropes put in weeks before for the safety of the climbers are now very sparse and proves difficult navigation wise.The views over my shoulder are just breath taking and eery at times as we rise above the clouds.The winds still blow hard making it really difficult to catch your breath, we get into camp three at 4 pm exhausted as each step feels like hell to achieve.Nima informs me that we wont be staying here for long, just long enough to catch some some food, not that I can eat and four hours later at 8pm pitch black and really cold temps we head on for the final summit push with a mixed feeling of excitement and fear of we set off, extra gloves balaclava and energy food.My head torch firmly fixed on the bare route ahead Nima forcing me to lead the way.On we plodded and the higher we went the harder it was to breath and man it’s tough to climb as the energy levels are so low with the exhaustion, my body’s screaming at me as its in huge distress, now it’s taking all the Mental Stamina I can gather up to keep me going putting one foot in front of the other.It’s now 12 midnight and the temperatures are super low -20 -30 deg and my face hurts with the pain of the cold winds, my nose and cheeks numb, I’m now carrying 3 tanks of oxygen in my rucksack, each supplying 600mins each.About 1.00am I felt my body getting very weak I was sucking and sucking with a real fear of suffocation and I quickly checked my tank to find it empty, switched over it was like someone put the life back into me and on I plodded 2 – 3 – 4 o’clock each hour bringing its own pressures.one part of the climb was the feared second step which is a substantial vertical climb with a combination of ladders and ropes, times I knew my life depending only on a 6″ ledge to walk on with drops of over 10.000 ft directly below. The fear of god was genuinely running through my veins as climbed higher and higher.By now it was sunrise and it brought with it the most magnificent views and the most deadly reminders of where we were, as now the dead bodys were in fully view preserved in there full state, I had to block out and not let it interfere with my progress but it was hard to avoid the thoughts of what happens if something happens me up here, I’m I next .. Stop stop I shout to myself and focus again on the job ahead.Finally I see It the summit and the sun setting as my emotions run wild, I’m here I’m finally here, Nima reminds me it still and hour away and I knuckle down again climbing higher and higher, the final part proving very very difficult attached to the mountain with an 8mm red rope and directly on my right side is a bottomless drop turning left and safely I get onto to snowy slope to the summit and I push and push “I’m finally here” where’s everyone else at 7am I’m the only person standing on The summit of the world at 29.028ft, minutes later I see a team arriving from the south side but for a few simple minutes it was me and Mt Everest alone and it was wonderful, amazing, majestic, spectacular.I sat down in awe of where I was all my childhood dreams have come true. Then a moment of weakness as today I stand closer to my mother and brother who both passed from this world and today for a brief moment I felt so reconnected.Proudly getting out my Donegal and Irish flags Nima snaps a few pics as a lifetime Reminder of this wonderful moment in my life.Nima taps my shoulder saying we gotta get moving, taking my final look around and been so proud to be from Donegal and standing on top of the world.Slowly we started the decent proving as difficult as it was to climb Mt Everest. By now we were climbing non stop for days and days running on adrenaline which was quickly running thin.On my decent the reminder of where I was quickly grounded me as I counted 14 plus dead bodies they were everywhere and it was so so sad to think that this was their final place of rest.Arriving back wrecked to camp 3 at 27.250ft where I fell Into the tent exhausted my mind running wild with excitement.I needed no rocking as I slept, not even having the power to get into my sleeping bag or taking my moon boots off – I passed out.Next morning Nima Woke me “hot tea” and we need to get out out this Danger zone of 26.250ft down to a safer altitude of either the north col or if the energy provides get back to advance base camp.What a fantastic summit day to the top of the world and I have so many people to thank for this experience an experience that I wish to pass on to the youth of our county, hopefully inspiring them that no mountain is to high or no problem to big to conquer.Tonight my focus is clearly to get home safely to my wonderful county Donegal and take my Mt Everest Donegal flag back to the most beautiful mountain in the world the Summit of Mt Errigal and I hope you all can join me that day.For nowThank you a for allowing me into your lives and I hope you have enjoyed this wonderful expedition to the top of the world, on this majestic mountain standing 29.028ft .. Mt Everest.RespectJason.JASON BLACK: ‘I’M COMING HOME TO PUT DONEGAL EVEREST FLAG ON TOP OF ERRIGAL!’ was last modified: May 23rd, 2013 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:JASON BLACK: ‘I’M COMING HOME TO PUT DONEGAL EVEREST FLAG ON TOP OF ERRIGAL!’last_img read more