Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, told young local footballers yesterday that a good education is a key element to becoming a top professional.The ace goalscorer is in the island as a Heineken ambassador on a three-day Champions League trophy tour.”One of the most important things I tell the players I train is that school is number one, and if they are doing well in school, they can play on my team,” he said.He added that the discipline needed to do well in school is also important to perform well as a young professional player.”It is also something you need later in your professional life, so we put emphasis on doing those things (education and discipline),” he said.Van Nistelrooy said coaches looking to develop young goalscorers should focus on getting movement off the ball right and getting them to know how to make the best use of space.”It’s important to get players aware of spaces to move into. Using video systems where you can sit with the players and go over their movement in games is a great asset in helping me to get them aware of the spaces,” he said.Earlier in the day, the former Old Trafford favourite hosted a football workshop with members of the UWI Rooster team, that won the UWI Heineken five-a-side tournament and Prodigy, who topped the skill challenge at the Indoor Centre on Tuesday. Both captains said getting the opportunity to play with the legend was a ‘once in a lifetime experience’.”When we heard about the five-vs-five competition and that we could meet Van Nistelrooy and view the official Champions League trophy, it was more than enough motivation and we played our hearts out just to see the Manchester United, Real Madrid legend … so it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Alaine Messam, the Rooster captain said.Keen Curtis of Prodigy was overjoyed to be sharing the same field with such a legend of the game.”We went into the skill challenge at Indoor Centre and came out on top. It was a pleasure kicking it with Ruud. We couldn’t find words; it was awesome,” Curtis said.- L.S.
Karl Lacey has named his greatest ever Donegal XV.Donegal star Karl Lacey has selected his best ever Donegal side, and the Four Masters man has left out some notable names.Lacey selected the team based on who he has played with during his glittering Donegal career.His Four Masters teammate Paul Durcan is selected in goals, while his full-back line contains Damien Diver, Neil McGee and himself. His half-back line contains Shane Carr, Barry Monaghan and Frank McGlynn.His midfield pairing is that of Neil Gallagher and Rory Kavanagh.Lacey’s half-forward line is made up of Christy Toye, Brian Roper and Michael Hegarty.While his full-forward contains Colm McFadden, Michael Murphy and Adrian Sweeney. In his interview with SPORTSJOE.ie Lacey acknowledges Brendan Devenney was unlucky to lose out on a starting position, but you can’t really argue with that full-forward line can you?Double All-Star winner Kevin Cassidy is a surprise omission from Lacey’s XV as is Eamon McGee and perhaps Anthony Thompson.Lacey himself is arguably the greatest player to ever play for Donegal and his haul of four All-stars ensures he will be regarded as one the best players of his generation.Do you agree with Karl’s selection?SOME SUPRISE OMISSIONS AS KARL LACEY NAMES HIS BEST EVER DONEGAL TEAM was last modified: January 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAkarl laceynewsSportXV read more
in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share April 15, 2013 441 Views Redfin: Spring Season Kicks Off with Surge in Prices, Flat Inventory Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Redfin Service Providers 2013-04-15 Tory Barringer The seasonal surge in home sales combined with another drop in listings to further drive up prices in March, “”Redfin””:http://www.redfin.com/ observed in its latest Real-Time Price Tracker.[IMAGE]According to the brokerage, home sales rose 25 percent month-over-month in March, reflecting the normal spring spike that occurs every year. On a year-over-year basis, however, sales were up just 0.9 percent–the smallest gain in 14 months.Ten of the 19 markets tracked by Redfin saw sales increase year-over-year, one fewer than February. All 19 markets posted month-over-month improvements.Home prices also saw a nice boost, growing 6.2 percent from February and 15 percent from March 2012. Eighteen of the 19 markets measured reported monthly and yearly increases, with Long Island being the only exception.[COLUMN_BREAK]However, the dark cloud that is low inventory continued to hang over the market. The number of homes for sale fell 31 percent from March 2012 to March 2013–actually a slight improvement over February’s decline–and was flat month-over-month, driving up competition and limiting buyers’ choices.””You know that inventory is in sad shape when it feels like good news to have a month where the number of listings on the market stays flat,”” wrote Redfin analyst Tim Ellis on the company’s “”blog””:http://blog.redfin.com/blog/2013/04/real-time-price-tracker-march-2013.html. “”That’s exactly what happened in March, as the total number of homes for sale fell just 0.1 percent compared to February. The year-over-year decline was bad, but not as bad as it has been, with inventory dropping ‘just’ 30.6 percent from March 2012.””Inventory has fallen year-over-year for 25 months in a row now, Ellis added.Meanwhile, from March 1 through 26, 34.8 percent of new listings were under contract in two weeks or less, an increase of 1.6 percentage points over February–further proving that the market is firmly in the grasp of sellers at this point.””With sale-to-list ratios exceeding 100 percent and buyers facing multiple offers on over three quarters of Redfin deals, the spring homebuying season is living up to our January prediction of being the most hectic in years,”” Ellis wrote. read more