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Leaving Real Madrid was an easy decision: Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo revealed on Wednesday that leaving Real Madrid for Juventus was an easy decision for him.Ronaldo, who completed a 100 million Euros move to Juventus in the summer, feels that it was his “destiny” to play for the Turin club.Ronaldo is Madrid’s leading goal scorer and has won everything there was to win for him at the Spanish capital but he feels that it is in the past and he wants to write a new story with his new club.”There are things in life that seem to be dictated by destiny and in this case it was like that,” Ronaldo said in an interview with the DAZN streaming service. “I never expected to play in this team, but some things happen naturally. For me it was an easy decision, what was done in Madrid is incredible, I won everything, my family lives there, but it’s part of the past. I want to try to write the story in this club.”Also read – Cristiano Ronaldo moves to Juventus after 9 years at Real MadridRonaldo shined on his competitive debut in Juve’s 3-2 win over Chievo Verona on Saturday. However, he failed to record a goal on the night.”I’m very happy. The team is strong and Juve, as everyone knows, is one of the best clubs in the world,” Ronaldo said. “I like how they train, their mentality. They have special methods. They are very, very professional and for this reason I feel good.” Cristiano Ronaldo won Champions League with two different clubs so far (Reuters Photo)Juventus have won seven straight Serie A titles and four straight league and cup doubles, but last won the Champions League in 1996. Ronaldo has won Europe’s top club tournament five times, including four of the last five, and has also scored a competition record 120 goals.Also read – Cristiano Ronaldo after Juventus move: Real Madrid has conquered my heartadvertisementThe Portugal forward first won the trophy with Manchester United in 2008. Clarence Seedorf is the only player to have won it with three different clubs.”I want to win the Champions League with Juventus,” Ronaldo said. “We’ll focus on that, with my teammates, but without obsessing over it. We’ll go step-by-step and then we’ll see if it’s this year, next year or the year after that.”Another Champions League win would also see him join Francisco “Paco” Gento as players to have won Europe’s elite club competition a record six times. Gento did it between 1956 and 1966.Also read – Cristiano Ronaldo takes 8 minutes to score first goal in Juventus shirtRonaldo scored one of the best goals in Champions League history last season against Juventus in Turin — a spectacular overhead goal which earned him a standing ovation from the Italian team’s fans.And the 33-year-old admitted that played a part in his decision to move to Turin.”The small details make the big difference at the end of the day so I would say what I saw in the stadium helped, to be honest,” Ronaldo said. “(It) was, in my opinion, the best goal in my career so far. And, of course, when the people start to applaud me in the stadium I was like, ‘Wow.'”(It) surprised me a lot because this has never happened in my life, so was unbelievable moment.”(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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Gov’t Committed to Making Schools Disabled-Friendly

first_img Minister Reid was speaking with JIS News at the National Labour Day Project at the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School, St. Ann, today (May 23), where a wheelchair ramp was installed to accommodate children with physical disabilities. Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is committed to ensuring that schools are accessible to all children, including those with disabilities. “We want no child to be left behind. Children are Jamaica’s important resource, and we want to bring them into mainstream so we can develop their full potential,” he added. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is committed to ensuring that schools are accessible to all children, including those with disabilities.“We want no child to be left behind. Children are Jamaica’s important resource, and we want to bring them into mainstream so we can develop their full potential,” he added.Minister Reid was speaking with JIS News at the National Labour Day Project at the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School, St. Ann, today (May 23), where a wheelchair ramp was installed to accommodate children with physical disabilities.The activity kicked off the Government’s ‘Ramps in Schools’ programme aimed at building ramps in 126 institutions across the island by the end of the financial year.Senator Reid said the national project, which is being implemented at a cost of $3.5 million, will send the right signal that the education system is inclusive.“This, we are hoping, will be a model school, an inclusive school, because we have to target all our children, including those who have special needs, those who otherwise are at home and can’t find an education facility to house them,” he explained.In the meanwhile, Principal of the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School, Debbie Parson- Morris, expressed her gratitude to the Government for selecting the institution as one of the national projects.“I am extremely happy. Words are not enough to say how I am feeling now. It has (always) been my concern (about) access to children who have disabilities; now I can boast that I will now have ramps for the children who are not able to walk to get to their classrooms,” she said.She noted further that the work will go a far way in ensuring that the school is certified by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC).“Inspection is any time now, and with this amount of work being done today, then we are well on our way to be certified,” she said.For her part, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, who is also Member of Parliament for North East St. Ann, said that the initiative is a welcome one and continuous efforts will be placed in ensuring that all schools are disabled-friendly.“As Minister with responsibility for the disabled community, it is even more important as we seek to make schools accessible to all children. At the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, we have responsibility for the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP), which deals with children 0-6 years old who are physically and mentally challenged,” she noted.“So, the importance of having accessible schools for all children is very important…. and we will be working assiduously to make sure that it is a reality,” she said.Participating in the day’s activities were Senator Floyd Morris, and volunteers from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF); National Education Trust (NET), which is spearheading the ‘Ramps in Schools’ programme; Social Development Commission (SDC); Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; Ministry of Labour and Social Security; Christian Evangelism Fellowship; Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo); residents of the community; and parents of children of the institution.The day’s activities also included repair of the roof, de-bushing, installation of a perimeter fence, and the painting of the sickbay and administrative areas of the facility.Labour Day 2018 was celebrated under the theme ‘Ramp it up… Fix it up’.last_img read more

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SIX SHOWS YOU SHOULD SEE AT THE TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL

first_img.. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Our brains choose the most opportune moments to dwell on our deepest insecurities and overwhelming concerns, don’t they? In Night Feed, Sarah Joy Bennett and her collaborators literally bring these late-night tormentors to life through the bloodshot eyes of a new mother (played by Corinne Murray). In the middle of the night, as she breastfeeds her infant daughter — a puppet created by Reiter, with a hinged mouth designed to latch or scream — objects in her apartment taunt her. Her bike tries to seduce her into a nighttime ride, a clock has an existential crisis, a breast pump coaches her on the cringeworthy transition back to work, dust bunnies copulate behind the couch. Bennett and Mohr are engaging puppeteers who create a dreamlike, sleep-deprived sensation with their physicality and vocals while giving each puppet a unique personality. Murray’s understated performance keeps the show grounded; with a believable mix of exhaustion, anxiety and patience, she cradles her puppet baby with such care that the emotional payoff of the conclusion hits right at home. There has never before been a combination as earnest and pure as the Toronto Fringe, musical theatre and a bunch of passionate teens. Drama 101 is a collaboration between composer Kevin Wong (The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel), writer Steven Gallagher (The Last Party) and the youth theatre training company Bravo Academy, which transforms its greatest strength — the enthusiasm of its 14-member cast, all aged between 13 and 19 — into the foundation of the musical’s concept and plot. The students of Drama 101 are throwing a retirement party for their beloved teacher Mrs. Chang and, as preparations continue, each character reveals through song how the class and their love of the performing arts have impacted their lives. Wong and Gallagher weave in musical theatre references including recent teenage obsessions (Dear Evan Hansen, Be More Chill, Hamilton, Wicked) and classics (Guys and Dolls, West Side Story) but have clearly tapped into the true perspectives of their cast: from social anxiety, to romance, to the eternal divide between the actors and the stage crew. Drama 101 is a heartfelt, unapologetic love letter to theatre that belongs to these kids and this festival.—Carly MagaNight FeedWritten by Sarah Joy Bennett. Created in collaboration with Ginette Mohr and Shawna Reiter. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 30 Bridgman Ave..In Night Feed, a new mother (Corinne Murray) is taunted by objects in her apartment as she breastfeeds her daughter in the middle of the night. DAHLIA KATZ / COURTESY TORONTO FRINGE Advertisementcenter_img So far, the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival has revealed an embarrassment of riches in unconventional packages. On top of the breakout solo shows and new musicals that populate the Fringe circuit, the Toronto Star’s theatre critics have ventured into more unexpected territory of audio plays, mime and puppetry, braving oppressive humidity and rainstorms along the way.Here are some of the Star’s favourite Fringe shows, which you can catch before the festival ends Sunday — or before they sell out. All performances are on until July 14.Drama 101: A New MusicalWritten by Kevin Wong and Steven Gallagher. Directed by Gallagher. Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College St. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: The young stars of Drama 101: A New Musical, in which the real-life theatre students of Bravo Academy play theatre students planning a party for a beloved teacher. BLAKE CRAWFORD / COURTESY TORONTO FRINGElast_img read more

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