From Russia with love… Brief stories from the World Cup

first_img0Shares0000A poll finds Argentina fans are most prepared to sacrifice hard cash to see Lionel Messi lift the World Cup on July 15 © AFP / JUAN MABROMATAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 30 – AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup:Financial gains How much are you willing to pay to see your country win the World Cup? Dutch bank ING asked supporters of nine World Cup finalists.Argentines topped the poll, with 41 percent questioned saying they were prepared to give up one percent of their annual salary to see Lionel Messi and company lift the trophy on July 15.The French, Argentina’s last-16 rivals, were less committed, with only 14 percent prepared to sacrifice some of their hard-earned euros on seeing Didier Deschamps’s men triumph.On the chinBelgium’s Michy Batshuayi scores on social media after clumsy goal celebration © AFP / OZAN KOSEMichy Batshuayi’s clumsy celebrations after scoring against England have become a source of online amusement.The Borussia Dortmund striker mishit the ball, it ricocheted off the goalpost and hit him smack bang on his face. He took it on the chin, tweeting: “Why am I so stupid, bro?”SackedOne Mexican politician finds football and politics don’t mix © AFP / Hector RETAMALFootball and politics don’t mix. A candidate for mayor in the Mexican town of Atlixco can certainly vouch for that. Juan Antonio Villarroel Garcia travelled to Russia to support the national team.His trip appeared on social media, and he was promptly fired. “He abandoned his responsibilities,” his political party declared.India’s World Cup pupilsAn Indian school teacher paints the face of a student with the flag of Brazil at Bright Academy School, in Siliguri © AFP / DIPTENDU DUTTAIceland, population 330,000, made it but India, population 1.25 billion, has never graced the World Cup stage.That hasn’t stopped Indians keeping a close eye on events in Russia — especially teachers at a school in Siliguri, which has organised a World Cup for its pupils.Each team wears the colours of one of the finalists, an opportunity to learn about each the country, its culture, geography, and cultural differences, but also the rules of football, perhaps in anticipation of qualification for Qatar 2022.Ronaldo for president?US President Donald Trump talks Cristiano Ronaldo with his Portuguese counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the White House © AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM“Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest player in the world.” That’s not only the view of all Portugal and Real Madrid fans but also the president of the United States.“They say he is the greatest player,” Donaldo Trump told Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa when the two heads of state met in the White House.“So, tell me, how good a player is he?” asked Trump. “Are you impressed?” I’m very much impressed. He’s the best player in the world,” nodded De Sousa.But despite his popularity, Ronaldo has no chance of swapping the keys of his dressing room locker for the keys of state.“So will (Cristiano) ever run for president against you?” Trump asked Robelo de Sousa.“He wouldn’t win! You know he won’t win?”. “Well, president, you know there’s something I must tell you,” replied Rebelo de Sousa. “Portugal is not the United States. It’s a little different!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA DONEGAL woman axed from her job as a Special Needs Assistant because of Government cuts has revealed that she’s been told she will have to wait SIX MONTH for her miserly €4k redundancy.The expert worker was laid off three months ago after an assessment found she was no longer needed in a school in the county.But when she tried to get her pay-off, she was told to “join the queue.” She told “I couldn’t believe how I lost my job, but I don’t want to give my name because it is no reflection on the school where I worked for the past three years.“The staff are totally dedicated to the children. But some mandarin with a clipboard decided after a few hours in the school that I was surplus to requirements.“I am one of the cutbacks at the frontline. However I wasn’t prepared for what happened next.”The special needs expert told donegaldaily that she was totally shocked. “I just assumed that I would get a lump sum a month after leaving my post but when it didn’t arrive I made lots of phone calls and eventually got through to the department dealing with my redundancy,” she said.“I was told that it could take up to six months because that was how long the backlog was. I don’t blame the woman I was dealing with. She and her colleagues clearly don’t have the resources, but it left me shocked and I think it is a disgrace that here in Donegal we have politicians on big fat cosy salaries who will defend this sort of nonsense.“I wanted to speak out so that people know what is happening to ordinary workers like me – dumped from a place where I was needed and then not given any compensation on time for the hours and dedication I put in. It’s sickening.”DONEGALDAILY.COM – REPORTING YOUR STORIES. SEND YOURS TO [email protected]© 2011, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on AS AXED DONEGAL SPECIAL NEEDS ASSISTANT TOLD: ‘WAIT SIX MONTHS FOR PAY-OFF’ was last modified: November 18th, 2011 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:SHOCK AS AXED DONEGAL SPECIAL NEEDS ASSISTANT TOLD: ‘WAIT SIXSNAlast_img read more