Giggs eyes promotion after win over Ireland

first_imgWales boss Ryan Giggs challenged his players to win their Nations League group after seeing them edge past the Republic of Ireland without star men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.Giggs’ men sit at the top of League B’s Group Four after completing a double over Ireland with a 1-0 victory at the Aviva Stadium courtesy of Harry Wilson’s fine free-kick.They entertain Denmark next month already having assured a place in pot two for the Euro 2020 draw and knowing another three points will put them into an unassailable position.Giggs said: “We set out in this Nations League to win the group and then see where it took us, and that’s good that we can do it with one game to go.“Now the next thing is to look to win it. It won’t be easy – we have got Denmark at home – but Cardiff City Stadium will be bouncing, we’re guaranteed for that, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge now.”A game of sparse quality was won by one of the few moments of inspiration when Harry Wilson took full advantage of Harry Arter’s rash 58th-minute challenge on Connor Roberts to curl home a superb free-kick.Giggs, who handed first starts to teenagers Matthew Smith and Tyler Roberts in Dublin, was significantly happier with Wilson’s contribution in Dublin than the one Derby’s on-loan winger made in scoring in his club’s Carabao Cup win over Manchester United last month.He said: “Harry, magnificent free-kick. I thought about fining him for scoring at Old Trafford, but I won’t be fining him tonight.“It’s not easy when you’re missing quality players like that, and there have been results which have not gone our way without Gareth and Aaron, so it was a chance for the players to come in and prove that that’s not the case going forward and they did that tonight.“We played some really good stuff, but the thing I’m most proud about is that clean sheet, that will to defend and put their bodies on the line.”If Giggs was jubilant as he headed back across the Irish Sea, opposite number Martin O’Neill found himself increasingly embattled after a run of five competitive games without a win and only nine goals in 13 matches.Asked if he questioned himself – there were boos on the final whistle – he replied: “Do you know what? I am not so sure that I have ever not asked questions about myself.“I think I do. I think I did that as a player and I certainly do that as a manager.“If you are asking about responsibility for it, I take responsibility for every kick that is made on that field by us. That is my job. That will not change.“And in terms of questioning, there is no question. I do question everything that happens on the field. I look back again to see what we may have been able to do a little bit better and hopefully that improvement continues.“But in terms of questioning myself as a professional, both as a player and as a manager, I’ve always done it, genuinely always done it.”last_img read more

Sparks of violence on third day of taxreform protests

first_img“We have a significant [police] presence to guarantee that delinquents don’t try anything against citizens or the facilities,” said Michael Soto, Minister of Security.Police detained one RECOPE employee on suspicion of sabotaging the electrical system at the facility in Limón.Workers started the strike on Monday to oppose a proposed tax reform plan that the government hopes can contain the deficit. The deficit reached 6.2 percent of GDP in 2017 and is expected to grow to 7.2 percent this year. Economists warned that if tax reform isn’t passed, the country faces an economic downturn.At the center of the plan is a proposed 13 percent Value-Added Tax to replace the current 13 percent sales tax. This would allow the government to tax services as well as goods.The government said most of the public sector is functioning normally and hasn’t been affected by the strike.Public schools were the most affected. Only 55 percent of them are open, some partially.Costa Rica’s Social Security System (CCSS) said that it was able to complete 4,0000 medical appointments in the first few hours on Wednesday, although 43 percent of operating rooms weren’t operating. Facebook Comments La Fuerza Pública arremetió a golpes contra los estudiantes que bloqueaban la calle principal en San Pedro. En una acción innecesaria, ya que los estudiantes ya se habían retirado, la policía capturó y golpeó a varios de ellos.— Semanario Universidad (@SemanarioU) September 13, 2018Wednesday’s march in San José started in La Sabana Park and thousands of protesters made their way to the Legislative Assembly. The protest turned tense after a group of protesters tore down a metal barricade and tried to force their way into the building.Riot police showed up to reinforce security until the group dispersed after an hour of tension. Lawmakers were sheltered in the building during that time.Some protesters yelled at journalists covering the protest, saying they were “bought.”“I’m fighting for my kids’ food and future,” one protester’s sign said. “Let the rich and big capitalists pay,” said another.There were also brushes of violence in the Caribbean capital of Limón, some apparently caused by protesters.A truck was set ablaze by unknown perpetrators while about 150 people blocked the entrance to RECOPE, the national oil refinery. This led to police intervention to retake the facility to guarantee gasoline supply. Government intends to declare strike illegal as thousands protest tax reform Violence broke out on the third day of tax-reform protests in Costa Rica. Protesters confronted police outside the Legislative Assembly in San José on Wednesday afternoon and students clashed with police outside the University of Costa Rica later that night. Related posts:Costa Rican government seeks agreement with unions to end strike Unions and government start talks to end strike Cats march through streets, rats scared, milk supply runs low What you need to know about tomorrow’s strike in Costa Ricalast_img read more