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Leaf roster starts to take shape as Maida & Company works through KIJHL preseason

first_imgThe next day, the Leafs play its home opener at the NDCC Arena.   Nice local flavour remains in camp   This season Leaf fans should have a chance to see a lot more Nelson Minor Hockey products on the roster.   Currently five players from the Heritage City remain in camp, including forwards Dallon Stoddart, Linden Horswill and Carsen Willans along with defence men Nolan Taylor and Blake Arcuri.   Both Arcuri (recovering from off-season shoulder surgery) and Horswill (concussion) are both being held out of any contact skills or games.   Maida has also said defenceman Cole Arcuri, a member of the Kootenay Ice of the Major Midget squad, should also see some action as an affiliate call up during the season.   Other players back from last season include Patrick Martens, Colton Schell, Riley Henderson and Tyler Parfeniuk. Leafs know a lot about goalie Andrew Walton, former of Castlegar and Fernie. Walton is also the main man in goal for the Leafs.   New players for the Green and White   Before former coach and GM Chris Shaw left for Vernon Vipers of the BCHL, the skipper recruited a few players who have turned up in Nelson.   Joining the Leafs are defence man Taylor Carribeau and defence man Nicholaus Newman of California, forward Max Bois, coming from the camp of the BCHL’s Prince George Spruce Kings and Russell Turner of Westside Warriors.   Brett Norman is also in Nelson after missing out with Dawson Creek.   Maida also said defenceman Walker Sidoni, playing last season as a 16-year-old, was on the bubble for the Vernon Vipers while forward Marcus Dahl was in  Manitoba. By Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily SportsWhen your a rookie coach a win is a win no matter what the time of the season.Which is why, despite burning the candle at both ends, Frank Maida is smiling a little more after just over a week into the 2011-12 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.   “We played 10 games in just over five days which gave us a good look at the kids,” Maida said following the weekend pre-season tournament in Fruitvale that saw the Leafs defeat Beaver Valley I 5-3 in the final.   “So the boys were given a well-deserved day off but were going to get right back at it Tuesday.”   Maida was pleased with the goal-scoring explosion of sniper Colton Schell.   “Colton had a great weekend and scored multiple goals all the games,” he said. Maida has yet to make any significant cuts to the roster, with 25 players remaining in camp.   Tonight is another chance for bubble-boys to impress coaching staff as the Leafs travel to Castlegar to face last years KIJHL finalists, the Rebels. Game time is 7:30 p.m.   Thursday is the final game of the pre-season as the Rebels meet Nelson at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.   “I’ll probably make a few changes to the roster for each of the games,” Maida said. “But whoever is playing we’re going to roll the lines and allow the players the opportunity to show us what they’ve got before we make our final decisions.”   Nelson opens the season September 16th in Castlegar against the same Rebel team.   last_img read more

Canberra Raiders stun Melbourne Storm, move to third in NRL ladder

first_imgOne week after handing Cronulla its first loss since March, the Raiders on Monday night became just the second team in 30 years to beat the competition leaders in back-to-back games.In front of 15,707 fans at Canberra Stadium, the Raiders claimed arguably their best win for the year with their defence turning the Storm away 51 times inside their own 20m zone.In contrast, Canberra had just 16 possessions in the opposition red zone.But that was all the home side needed, crossing for three tries to become the first team to score more than 20 points against the best defensive team in the competition this season.The win lifts Canberra back to third spot on the ladder, ramping up expectations of a title push while the Storm remain in first with three games remaining in the regular season.Canberra stunned the visitors with a try in the first set of the match, with Leilua putting Blake Austin into the backfield before backing up to score the quickest try of the season.Storm half-back Cooper Cronk replied when he ran the ball in the 17th minute, however Leilua returned by ploughing through three defenders seven minutes later.Jarrod Croker’s penalty goal gave Canberra a six-point advantage at half-time before Shannon Boyd crashed through under the posts in the 54th minute and Croker sealed the win with a 76th minute penalty goal.Leilua retired late in the game with what appeared to be a bad cut to his leg.Hooker Josh Hodgson could find himself in trouble for a possible grapple tackle in the first half.AAPlast_img read more

Solomon Islands sanctioned by FIFA

first_imgThe match is declared to be forfeited and awarded 3-0 in favour of Tahiti, with the SIFF also receiving a fine of CHF 6,000 after the FIFA Disciplinary Committee considered the SIFF liable for having breached art. 55 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) and art. 8 of the Regulations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.The sanction relates to the player Henry Luito’o Samuel Fa’arodo failing to serve the automatic one-match suspension imposed on him following two cautions received in two different matches (art. 17 par. 3 of the FDC).last_img

Spotlight on Purewater/JC meet as 2016 track season begins

first_imgThe 2016 series of local development meets kicks off today with the staging of two development meets on the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA) calendar.In the Corporate Area, Jamaica College will host the 23rd staging of the Purewater/JC Invitational meet on the school’s grounds, Old Hope Road starting at 8:30 a.m.Out west at the Herbert Morrison High School First Chance meet gets under way at 9 a.m.Most attention will focus on a well supported JC meet. The is a qualifier for the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships and athletes will be taking the opportunity to meet qualifying standards early. Meet director, Ian Forbes is very pleased with the support and is anticipating great competition.”More than 1500 athletes have entered and we expect high quality performances as this is an Olympic and World Junior Championships year,” Forbes said.He said entries have come in from all the top high school male and female teams. There will also be events for senior athletes from clubs and institutions.Several high schools have recruited new athletes during last summer and fans will get a chance to see who some of these athletes in action.Among the females are Janelle Fullerton and Rushelle Burton. Fullerton, who did well in the throws for Edwin Allen High last year, has moved to sixth form at St Jago High, while sprint hurdler Burton, formerly of St. Andrew High, has joined up with her former coach, Leacroft Bolt at Camperdown High School.SETTODETHRONECHAMPSJamaica College’s team will be closely watched as there are early whispers that they could be the team to dethrone defending champions Calabar at Champs this year. They have great depth in the field events with outstanding jumpers Obrien Wasome, Clayton Brown and Paketo Dudley among the likely leading performers.Top thrower, Vashon McCarthy, is also now eligible to represent the school after sitting out a full year after exiting Ascot High last year.Action will begin with the 3000m for girls. This will be followed by the boys’ 5000m. Other track events are the 100m, 800m and all sprint hurdles. In the field the events down to be contested are the long, high, and triple jumps along with the discus, shot put and pole vault.last_img read more

Harbour View looking to seal fourth spot

first_img Today’s games: “I am pleasantly surprised at their frame of mind based on the fact that we lost three points in the boardroom. They are in a positive frame of mind and declared that they will go out and do what they have to do. Based on that mood, we are pretty optimistic that we will come away with a positive result,” Reynolds added. Humble Lion’s chances will be boosted by the return to fitness of the talismanic Wolry Wolfe, along with Ricardo Cousins, Andrew Vanzie and Kemeel Wolfe. Levaughn Williams has been scoring for them, especially since the enforced absence of Francois Swaby, and he will again be expected to shoulder the goalscoring burden with Swaby still out. Reno are just four points above the relegation zone and with five matches to go, that does not spell safety and they cannot afford to finish pointless against Portmore United. The veteran Bradley Stewart has lit a fire in the hearts of the Rivoli United players and they must be confident that they can get the better of Waterhouse even though they are playing away from home. Tivoli Gardens are a rejuvenated bunch under Glendon “Admiral” Bailey and are expected to make things difficult for UWI FC, and even with the free scoring Girvon Brown, they could find the going rough. Positive frame Former champions Harbour View will head into today’s game with the coveted possession of the fourth spot, which guarantees a place in the semi-final round of the Red Stripe Premier League if they can hold on to that at the end of the five remaining sets of games. The Stars of the East owe their position to the opportunism of Nicholas Beckett, whose late double saw off a determined Waterhouse last week. Today, they host the unfortunate Humble Lion, who held the fourth place until a boardroom decision saw them lose it and set the cat among the pigeons. In contention for that place are Humble Lion and the promoted UWI FC, who play away to the tough and hungry Tivoli Gardens. Pole position is what Harbour View currently enjoy and, according to coach Ludlow Bernard, they will do all to hang on to it. “I consider this game just as important as the others that follow, and we will treat all of them as if they are going to be our last game. The approach will be a very aggressive one,” a confident Bernard told The Sunday Gleaner. With the exception of Brian Brown, Harbour View have found reliable goalscorers hard to identify, but Bernard appears unconcerned about that. “Goalscoring has been an issue, yes, and we are hoping that others will share that burden. Beckett came up big in the last game and he will be playing in a more advanced role. “We will be creating chances for sure, but you have to consider that we will be playing against a team that is very mean and do not give up a lot of opportunities. That will make our chances more difficult, but we are confident that we have the personnel that will be incisive enough to create and convert chances,” Bernard said. For Humble Lion’s Vassell Reynolds, this game is a massive one for his team, but he is confident that his players are up for the challenge. “This is big, big, big, owing to the fact that we are three points off a semi-final spot. At this stage of the competition, three points are as precious as gold,” Reynolds said. • 3:30 p.m: Reno vs Portmore United – Frome Complex – 6:30 p.m: Harbour View vs Humble Lion – Harbour View Stadium – 3:30 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs UWI FC – Edward Seaga Complex – 6 p.m: Waterhouse vs Rivoli United – Drewsland Stadium Tomorrow’s game: – 8:40 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Boys Town – Anthony Spaulding Complexlast_img read more

Catholic Hospital Reopens Soon, As Archbishop Zeigler, Others Meet with President

first_imgThe Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia (CAM) has concluded plans that will ensure the reopening of St. Joseph Catholic Hospital, which has since the Ebola outbreak been closed.  St. Joseph will resume the provision of normal health services to the general public later this month, Archbishop Lewis Zeigler has disclosed.Archbishop Zeigler, who led a high level CAM delegation on Tuesday, met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office, and informed her that the reopening is in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), an Executive Mansion statement said.Other members of the delegation were the Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Rev. Fr. Patrick Kabba; CAM’s Vicar General, Rev. Fr. Charles Boyce; Dean of the Mother Pattern College of Health Science, Stella Maris Polytechnic, Rev. Sister Barbara Brillant; member of the Catholic Church Ebola Taskforce, Mr. Samuel Kofi Woods.Others were Acting Administrator of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Rev. Brother Bernard Isah Benda; and member of the Coordinating Taskforce for the Re-opening of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Rev. Brother Jose Maria Viadero.As a result of the severity of the Ebola outbreak and its severe toll  on the facility, St. Joseph’s shut its gates in late July. This was right after the controversial case of Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian-American businessman who became globally known when he took the virus to Nigeria after being infected when he took his infected  sister to St. Joseph’s for treatment. After she died of Ebola, he flew to Nigeria, sparking the outbreak there. He also died of the virus in Nigeria.The original closure of St. Joseph’s was supposed to last a month. The Medical Director of the hospital, Samuel Bowman, 72, said the idea was for the facility to regroup and the wards disinfected. This was  supposed to have been done by the Health Ministry, but to no avail. So the hospital had to turn away pregnant women, children with broken arms, and patients with diarrhea and malaria whom the hospital had routinely treated over the years.Speaking with President Sirleaf about the planned reopening, Archbishop Zeigler indicated that activities at the hospital will initially focus on the Maternal Ward, to be followed by the Pediatric Ward and subsequently the General Ward.  He said 14 of the 18 Catholic-run health institutions across the country had been open throughout the crisis.Archbishop Zeigler reflected on the tragedy in August and September that led to the loss of nine members of the hospital’s staff, including four missionaries, among them a  Spanish priest, Father Miguel Pajares, who contracted the virus and later died in a Madrid hospital, where he and five other staff had been evacuated, “The church was completely devastated and indeed felt the weight of the death toll inflicted on it by the Ebola virus in August and September,” he said, adding,  “It certainly was not easy and we will always remember our dedicated healthcare workers and missionaries who died serving humanity.We thank God for the strength to have endured and overcome.”He informed President Sirleaf that the church looks forward to assistance from the Government of Liberia,  especially for the healthcare workers who will provide services at the hospital.”The Catholic prelate thanked President Sirleaf and her Government for finally taking control of the further spread of the disease with the support of the Liberian people and international partners. He also warned against blowing-up the success in the Ebola fight thus far with complacency, as such attitude could reverse the gains and lead the country back to the terrible experience of the last few months.Rev. Brillant, who is also head of the Catholic Church Taskforce on Ebola, briefed President Sirleaf about the Church’s Ebola campaign and the steps taken thus far towards the resumption of operations at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital. “Operations at the hospital will include care centers, triaging facilities and the regular hospital activities to ensure the safety of workers and patients as we commence operations later this month,”President Sirleaf described the decision of the Catholic Church to re-open St. Joseph as the happiest news of the week for the Church, government and the country as a whole, while at the same time commending the Church for its commitment to Liberians.She expressed sympathy and sorrow for the losses sustained by the hospital and promised to work with the government’s health team and partners to look into what can be done for healthcare workers who will be assigned at the hospital as it reopens.“The hazard pay introduced during the fight against Ebola was time bound for six months initially, but we can look into what can be done with Ebola still around. We must find a way to meet the needs of those who take the risk to provide healthcare services during this Ebola crisis,” President Sirleaf said. She promised to raise the matter at the next meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Ebola where the matter will be fully discussed.She said government is pleased with the progress in the fight so far due to the efforts of all. She noted that government was trying now to shift attention to upgrading the regular healthcare facilities and provide adequate training for healthcare workers across the country.President Sirleaf also informed Archbishop Zeigler and his delegation that in partnership with the Clinton Health Initiative, Government is developing a 10-year plan to upgrade the health system with strong infection control mechanisms for future disease outbreaks and health crises.Founded in the 1960s, St. Joseph’s touts itself as the oldest continuously operating hospital in the country. It stayed open throughout the brutal regimes and rebel wars of the 1990s.The hospital over the years  has been run by the Brothers of St. John of God, who have since returned to Liberia and will continue to run the hospital.The 140-bed facility, during the heat of the Ebola crisis, had only a handful of the full-body protective suits which have become the standard for treating Ebola patients. As a result of the limited number of PPEs the hospital staff had to use them “sparingly.”The medical director of the facility, Samuel Bowman, 72, upon the closure of the facility, said that St. Joseph’s wasn’t even supposed to treat Ebola patients, but some ended up on its wards. “In the process, our hospital director became infected by one of the patients, and he subsequently died. And those who had direct contact with him got infected.”Some of the medical practitioners inffected at the time were, a brother, two sisters, two staff nurses, the social worker and a laboratory technician.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Glory featherweight champion Varga provides kickboxing seminars

first_imgGlory featherweight kickboxing champion Gabriel Varga was in Fort St. John yesterday at Fivestar Athletics giving training pointers to children and adults.Varga said that whether he’s training someone who is novice in their skill level, or more experienced, he believes there are different, productive ways to help anyone hone their craft.“I have guys that come in who have been training for months, and then some of the best guys in town who may have more fights with me, but you can still offer them something,” he explained. “If it’s somebody who’s brand new I focus on correcting errors in technique. If it’s someone that’s more advanced they don’t need that, but I can still come in and give them insight on what I’ve done to achieve this level and show them different ways of doing things.”- Advertisement -He added that the key in working with children is to keep things entertaining, as well as educational and to avoid any injuries that may come from contact to the head.“The adults you have the option of sparring, but with the kids you want it to be fun,” Varga said. “It’s important to keep kids safe. You can’t have them sparring hard and getting concussions. With them it’s about having fun and teaching them basic techniques.”In his career Varga has a record of 28-2. He defeated Mosab Amrani back on April 3 to become the Glory featherweight champion.Advertisementlast_img read more

Agenda 4/30

first_imgMEETINGS THURSDAY The Southland Regional Association of Realtors will hold an expo, 9 a.m. at 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City. Call (818) 947-2236. CONTINUING EVENTS To Network meets at 7 a.m. each Tuesday at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 377-0853. The Greater San Fernando Valley Business and Professional Women meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, call (818) 789-5414. The Kiwanis Club of Tarzana will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Paul’s Cafe, 18588 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 996-1020. Business Network International, Lunch Bunch Chapter, will meet at noon at Carousel Restaurant, 150 E. Angeleno St., Burbank. Call (818) 519-1717, Ext. 220. The Professional Business Network of the San Fernando Valley will meet at 7:05 a.m. at IHOP, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 585-0632 or log on to The Network Advantage of Santa Clarita will meet at 7 a.m. at Coco’s Restaurant, 24930 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 702-9687 or (661) 702-9316. The Harbor chapter of Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe in Ventura. For more information, call (805) 647-3600. The International Association of Administrative Professionals, Satellite Chapter, meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Chaminade College Preparatory, 10210 Oakdale Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 704-0763. BizNet Online magazine will host a networking breakfast from 8 to 9:30 at Denny’s Restaurant, 9001 Tampa Ave., Northridge. Call (818) 892-7883, Ext. 6, or visit the Web site at Burbank Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at the Carousel Restaurant Holiday Inn, 105 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank. Call Harvey Branman at (818) 954-9294. The Business Referral Group of Tarzana will meet from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 881-4900. The Computer Users Group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Granada Pavilion, 11128 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. Call Mariam Radcliffe at (818) 249-1629 or visit the Web site at Empowerment Systems workshop: “Helping Achievers Succeed.” Call Steve Chichester at (661) 287-4753. Crescenta Valley Chapter of Ali Lassen’s Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Decadence Espresso Bar, 3820 Ocean View Blvd., Montrose. Call (800) 767-7337. LeTip of Calabasas will meet at 7 a.m. at Marmalade Cafe, 4783 Commons Way, Calabasas. Call Glenn Neely at (800) 617-5626, Ext. 210. LeTip of Santa Clarita will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call Dr. John at (661) 222-9021. Motivated Toastmasters will meet from 6:50 to 8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 5525 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (310) 979-5777. North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Senior Services Business Council will meet at noon at Tango D’amore Restaurant on Nordhoff St., Northridge. Call (818) 349-5676. Pre-Paid Legal Services meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Glendale Hilton Hotel, 100 Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 781-1111. Power Partners of Santa Clarita will meet at 7 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, Magic Mountain Parkway and The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 298-5330. Premier Business Xchange will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. Call (818) 832-1463. Rising Star Toastmasters meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Frank’s Restaurant, 6005 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. (818) 982-9999. The Thousand Oaks Leads Club will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 371-0188. The Warner Center Rotary Club meets at 8 a.m. Tuesdays at the Holiday Inn, 2101 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 348-1440 or (818) 737-1347. The Zonta Club of Conejo Valley meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. Call Sandra Cherry at (800) 266-2077. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts an economic and business development meeting, 8 a.m. the second Tuesday of even-number months at the Economic Alliance Conference Room, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley hosts a livable and sustainable communities meeting, 8 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Economic Alliance BFG Boardroom, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUESDAY The YMCA’s Coed Service Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at various restaurants. For more information, call (818) 841-0387. California Entrepreneur Women meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Carrows Restaurant, 18355 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 996-4226. The Mayor’s Office of International Trade offers free international-trade assistance the second Tuesday of each month at the Valley Economic Alliance, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. The Business Works Networking Group meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Carol’s Restaurant, Northridge. Call (805) 497-0092. last_img read more

Murray River Coal Project earns environmental assessment certificate

first_imgEnvironment Minister Mary Polak and Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett have issued an environmental assessment certificate to HD Mining International Ltd.’s Murray River Coal project, which is located 12 KM south of Tumbler Ridge.The Murray River Coal project is an underground coal mine, with an estimated capital cost of $668-million and a 25 year operating life and will create 780 jobs during operations – according to the BC government.The mine is also reported as being able to produce up to 4.8 million tonnes of clean coal per year.- Advertisement -The decision was made after considering a review led by British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office.The ministers issued the certificate with legally-enforceable conditions – and came to the conclusion that the project will be constructed, operated and decommissioned in a way that ‘ensures that no significant adverse effects are likely to occur directly from the project.’The Murray River Coal project will now require federal environmental assessment approval and various federal and provincial permits to proceed.Advertisement The certificate conditions were developed with input from First Nations, government agencies, communities and the public.Key conditions for the project itself require HD Mining to:Hire an independent environmental monitor to determine whether HD Mining is complying with the conditions in the environmental assessment certificate;Develop a plan to address the risk and impacts of subsidence;Develop a suite of management plans for matters that include wildlife, fish and fish habitat, wetlands, air quality, noise, groundwater and surface water and impacts from invasive plants;Develop plans to support healthy communities and identify measures to mitigate economic and social effects;Continue to participate on the Murray River Aquatic Cumulative Effects Assessment Framework Steering Committee; andDevelop a plan to share information between HD Mining and First Nations and to identify measures to avoid impacts on Treaty 8 rights.HD Mining also decided to construct a production decline under the Murray River instead of constructing an overland conveyor, based on comments from First Nations and government agencies during the environmental assessment.The decline will reportedly reduce impacts on wildlife.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man United saw off Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal to sign Falcao, claims father

first_img1 Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao in action for Monaco Radamel Falcao’s father has revealed Manchester United saw off Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal to land his son.The Colombian international was also strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer but the deal did not materialise.Falcao instead joined Manchester United on a season-loan loan from Monaco on the final day of the transfer window.“The clubs that showed an interest in him were Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal at the last minute,” Radamel Garcia told Colombian radio station LA FM. “Fortunately, he has arrived to Manchester United, a great club.“Thank God everything came through with United.“Radamel is a person who has given a lot in Europe and has always deserved the best for all the effort, all the sacrifices he has made during his football career.“United is the most important team in England and one of the most powerful from an economic standpoint.“Now it’s his (Falcao’s) turn to give his best, to be ready and continue to win titles.“The deal with Real Madrid did not happen because if you have money and you go to the market to buy a shirt or a pair of trousers, you have to decide whether to buy it or not,” he added. “Real Madrid chose not to. I don’t know, I have the feeling they wanted the player for free with a number of conditions.“In any case, they bought the trousers and shirt they wanted and they considered that to be better. We have to accept it.”Garcia is confident his son will adapt quickly to the Premier League just as he did at Monaco, whom he joined in June 2013 from Atletico Madrid..“Fortunately, he has adapted to European football,” he said. “In the teams he has been since he left (River Plate) Argentina (in 2009), his integration has been very easy.“He was very happy at Monaco but unfortunately, they changed the original plan and decided to sell the players they had bought.”Falcao scored 11 goals in 20 appearances for the Ligue 1 side last season before sustaining a knee injury in January that kept him out of the World Cup.The South American will wear the number nine jersey at United and is expected to make his debut at Old Trafford against Queens Park Rangers on September 14.last_img read more