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EMEA’s Graduate Exchange Program – Sharing Best Practices in Warsaw

EMEA’s Graduate Exchange Program – Sharing Best Practices in Warsaw

first_img“One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things.ShareI first discovered this quote by Henry Miller when I was on my exchange semester in Vermont 3 years ago. Up to this day, every new destination I visit brings a new perspective on how I experience life. I was so thrilled when I found out I was taking part in the Graduate Exchange Program, because what could be better than a project that connects my work and my passion?The Graduate Exchange Program is part of the EMEA Graduate Sales Program. We are a diverse team of 7 people from 7 different countries (Spain, Poland, Germany, UK, France, Ireland, and Morocco) who work as a virtual team for 2 months. The first time the virtual team met live was in Lodz, where we presented our ideas about the program and got to know each other face to face. This program is focused on enabling Sales Graduates to experience various Dell Technologies sites around EMEA. Our main objectives are to build and foster a diverse global network and Dell community, share best practices and insights, and drive change through the graduates.Our team recently met in Warsaw, where we experienced a new workplace, discovered several marketing initiatives and met with GM, Dariusz Piotrowski. Read on to discover some insights and key takeaways from our visit.Preparations and First Impressions in WarsawThe EMEA Sales Graduate Program provided us, the Graduate Exchange Program participants, with the opportunity to spend a day in the Warsaw office, turning our collaborative ideas into reality. Dusinska Katarzyna helped navigate us throughout the day. Since she is based in the Warsaw office and knows her way around, Dusinska planned a variety of activities for the group. We met briefly to organize our plans, discuss what we intended to achieve from this office visit, and prepared questions for our meeting with the GM (General Manager) and Sales VP (Vice President), Dariusz Piotrowski, before embarking on the planned activities.This was my first visit to a different Dell office. It was so interesting to see the differences in structure and organization, compared to my office in Casablanca. Despite these differences, I could still feel the same Dell culture and spirit. The Warsaw office was welcoming and inviting, and the space felt open and inspiring. The modern design and glass architecture gave the space a techy vibe.My teammate Franziska pointed out the breakout rooms, “I like the small telephone booths which you can retreat to for important telephone calls to escape from the open-plan office. We don’t have such phone booths in Germany”.  We have similar telephone cabins in the Moroccan office, which I find very helpful when I have an important call and there is a lot of noise around. This is a new concept Franziska would like take back and implement in the Germany office.Marketing Workshop and Experience CenterAfter touring the facility, our team had the chance to attend a marketing workshop with the amazing Polish Marketing Manager, Urszula Graczykowska.This was a wonderful opportunity for me, as I have not had the chance to attend a marketing workshop at Dell. As a TSR (technical sales representative), I tend to focus more on the technical aspects of the Dell products, so it was extremely refreshing and beneficial to learn about Dell’s broader marketing strategies. The marketing workshop taught me about the importance of fortifying myself with the proper tools to help me work with customers, better connect with customers, and ultimately build long-term relationships. We discovered many marketing tools and platforms that Dell offers to help sales people overcome the difficulties they face in their everyday tasks. This is especially helpful for new hires like many of us.Since we now understood the extreme value of positioning Dell products and solutions to better fit the clients’ needs, it was only logical to visit The Experience Center next. During the tour, our team had the opportunity to analyze and interact with many Dell products. The center was organized with various exhibition stands, from an impressive gaming area to a fascinating rugged device display.The client solution advisor, Aleksadra Pabin, walked us through The Experience Center and explained in great detail what each of the products are used for and how the products help customers optimize their performance and improve their IT infrastructure. Our team was especially impressed by the rugged laptop display. Aleksandra even demonstrated how reliable the laptops were by dropping one of them and then showing that was still in perfect working conditions.The Experience Center in Warsaw is a visually immersive and impressive demonstration of Dell products. This kind of showroom or center can be used to give customers and employees an impactful hands-on experience of current Dell products. I would love to see this concept implemented in more Dell offices around the world.GM InterviewOur team was very grateful for the opportunity to meet with Dariusz Piotrowski, GM of the Warsaw office. The purpose of this meeting was to get a managerial perspective and constructive feedback on our group project.Dariusz liked our thoughts and ideas surrounding the Graduate Exchange Program. It was reassuring to hear that he would support our proposed initiatives if they move forward.During the interview, Dariusz emphasized the human factor and office atmosphere as critical factors in creating a work environment that energizes people and encourages them to be creative and deliver remarkable results. I appreciated when Dariusz emphasized the “one winning team” spirit evident in the Polish office. This is a powerful and inspirational message, one I feel could be implemented in Dell workplaces around the world.Dariusz also mentioned several key differences in functionality throughout the various Dell offices he has visited. He made a good point in saying that the Graduate Exchange Project could be a key channel for understanding these differences and implementing best practices throughout.Our team was really impressed by one particular activity that takes place in the Polish office. Every month, anyone celebrating their birthday in that month is invited to celebrate with Dariusz over tea, coffee and cake in the canteen. This allows the GM to get to know the people who work in the office on a more personal level, beyond their titles and scope of work, creating a more positive and welcoming community. This is another initiative, we as a team, believe can be implemented in other offices.Networking and ClosingThe last scheduled activity for our day in Warsaw was lunch with the Polish graduates. This lunch was a great continuity of the networking that took place during the event in Lodz.We shared our Dell experiences with each other. It was nice to see how every graduate had their own unique journey, but despite these various paths, we all shared the same spirit, one that was continuously evolving and growing. During this lunch, we talked about the tools we use as TSRs and ISRs and how different or similar our days are in each of our respective offices.The most interesting part was seeing what we learned about diversity and inclusion at our previous meeting, come to life on a smaller and closer level. It was truly amazing to see so many nationalities and perspectives gathered around one table speaking the same language.The Lodz Manufacturing Site GM, Wieslaw Gorzelak said in his presentation about diversity and inclusion that “talking about networking and sharing new ideas and best practices is not the same as experiencing them”. I could not agree more and the day our team got to spend in the Warsaw office showcased this exact feeling.Hope you enjoyed learning more about the EMEA Graduate Exchange Program, and the incredibly valuable and insightful day we spent in the Warsaw office.last_img read more

Bridge Day 2017 Was One For The Books

Bridge Day 2017 Was One For The Books

first_imgLadies and Gentleman, our 20th and final festival of the Live Outside and Play 2017 tour has come to an end. It’s been a long, incredible, and exhausting journey but we wouldn’t have it any other way. In true LOAP fashion, we went out with a bang with one of the largest extreme sports festivals in the World. That, of course, is Bridge Day. For one day every year, the New River Gorge Bridge plays host to six hours of safe, legal, BASE jumping.We’re no strangers to the New River Gorge. The bridge, located in Fayetteville, West Virgina, is surrounded by world-class rock climbing and whitewater. In fact, this was our 3rd time visiting “The New” this fall.The act of BASE jumping is not an illegal activity. In the United States, however, it is almost impossible to find a place where you can legally BASE jump. For those unfamiliar, BASE jumping is jumping with a parachute from a fixed object. It is illegal in virtually all U.S. cities and National Parks. For that reason, every year on the 3rd Saturday of October hundreds of BASE jumpers flock from around the world to the New River Gorge Bridge. Their goal is to huck themselves off the 876′  modern marvel towards the water below.Bridge Day is the only day of the year where the bridge is actually closed to traffic and spectators can legally walk out onto the world’s second largest single arch bridge. This feat doesn’t come easy. The act of closing the bridge, coordinating the hundreds of vendors and 80 thousand attendees requires careful planning. The bridge is a vital artery for traffic in the region so the closure is minimized to a 10-hour window.For that reason, we had to wake up earlier than we have in quite a while to get in line for load-in. The early load-in not only helped everyone get where they needed to be in time for the 9:00 AM start, but it allowed us to catch one of the most beautiful sunrises of the year.Most of the day was spent at the booth talking to folks about the magazine and all of the great gear we brought. With the help of some of our fearless Blue Ridge Outdoors friends, we were able to break away in the afternoon and drive down below the bridge to the landing zone. It’s far more peaceful below the bridge. Traffic was prohibited so aside from the folks who hiked or biked into the gorge the place was empty. A far cry from the hustle and bustle of the massive crowd above. From below it’s much easier to see how far the jumpers fall before pulling their parachutes.Of course, Bridge Day isn’t only about BASE Jumping. If you have the desire and are lucky enough to have your name drawn in the lottery you may also repel down below the bridge. We could see tiny humans dangling from the bridge’s catwalk. It was quite the sight to behold and something that we would really like to try.Our festivals might be done for the year, but we’re not quite finished. We’re headed south to see some friends and help give back! Thursday, October, 26th we’re teaming up with The Hub and Pisgah Tavern in Brevard, North Carolina to help clean up Pisgah National Forest. Then, on Saturday, October 28th we hit Greenville, South Carolina for a little trail maintenance with Greenville County Parks & Rec. If you’re in the area, as always, we’d love to see you!!If you like the gear we’re reppin’, or what we’re wearing, check out some of the sponsors that make this tour possible: La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, National Geographic, RovR Products, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, LifeStraw, and Lowe Alpine.last_img read more

‘Trust, but verify’ in your watchdog role

‘Trust, but verify’ in your watchdog role

first_imgIt’s not enough to know employees are doing their jobs. Follow that up by documenting how they’re doing their jobs and how they’re following policies and procedures.“The mantra for credit unions and the goal for supervisory committees is ‘we trust, but verify,’” says Stacie VanDenBerghe, CEO of the consulting firm CU Innovate.Think about what’s in the credit union’s best interests and treat it as though it were your own business, VanDenBerghe says. Ensure the credit union has implemented appropriate policies, procedures, and internal controls, and provide oversight to ensure staff follow these to safeguard the credit union and members’ assets.“Supervisory committees are meant to be the watchdog of the credit union,” VanDenBerghe says. Performing this role requires carrying out four key responsibilities, says Sue Landauer, a certified public accountant with Forensic Accounting Services Group LLC. These responsibilities are: Establish and maintain internal controls to meet the credit union’s financial reporting objectives. Oversee and review the internal control system and the internal audit program and ensure your insurance coverage is adequate. Landauer also suggests performing surprise cash counts. Prepare the credit union’s accounting records and financial reports to make sure they accurately reflect operations and results. Perform audits and verifications, review financial statements and reports, and analyze financial trends, Landauer says. Then, discuss the findings. Ensure plans, policies, and control procedures the board establishes are properly administered. Attend monthly board meetings or review the minutes, and learn about board decisions and actions, Landauer says. Monitor the credit union’s progress on strategic goals and the board’s response to exams and audits. Ensure policies and control procedures safeguard against error, conflict of interest, self-dealing, and fraud. Perform audits of employee and official accounts, and verify new loans, new accounts, and closed accounts.Make sure the credit union implements and follows ethics and fraud policies.  Handle complaints from employees and members.Supervisory committee members must be assertive in carrying out their role, says VanDenBerghe. They must take the initiative and educate themselves on their role and industry trends and collaborate with other parties to accomplish their tasks.“Don’t be caught sleeping behind the wheel,” she says.VanDenBerghe and Landauer spoke at the 2019 CUNA Supervisory Committee & Internal Audit Conference in December.This article initially appeared in Credit Union Directors Newsletter, which provides strategic insights for board & committee members. Subscribe now to the print or PDF versions. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

German minister commits suicide after ‘virus crisis worries’

German minister commits suicide after ‘virus crisis worries’

first_imgThomas Schaefer, the finance minister of Germany’s Hesse state, has committed suicide apparently after becoming “deeply worried” over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, state premier Volker Bouffier said Sunday.Schaefer, 54, was found dead near a railway track on Saturday. The Wiesbaden prosecution’s office said they believe he died by suicide.”We are in shock, we are in disbelief and above all we are immensely sad,” Bouffier said in a recorded statement. Popular and well-respected, Schaefer had long been touted as a possible successor to Bouffier.Like Bouffier, Schaefer belonged to Merkel’s center-right CDU party.He leaves behind a wife and two children. Topics :center_img Hesse is home to Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt, where major lenders like Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have their headquarters. The European Central Bank is also located in Frankfurt.A visibly shaken Bouffier recalled that Schaefer, who was  Hesse’s finance chief for 10 years, had been working “day and night” to help companies and workers deal with the economic impact of the pandemic.”Today we have to assume that he was deeply worried,” said Bouffier, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel.”It’s precisely during this difficult time that we would have needed someone like him,” he added.last_img read more

Spain braces for impact of economic ‘hibernation’ to fight virus

Spain braces for impact of economic ‘hibernation’ to fight virus

first_imgTopics : But in a country where nearly one in three workers was unemployed at the height of its economic crisis in 2013, and still had the eurozone’s second highest unemployment rate — 14 percent — after Greece, anxiety is mounting.Half of all Spaniards fear losing their job because of the outbreak, according to a recent survey published in the daily El Pais. Speaking after the cabinet approved the decision to impose the work ban, Budget Minister Maria Jesus Montero said this economic “hibernation” was needed to fight the pandemic which has so far claimed 7,340 lives in Spain.Spain’s main business lobby group, the CEOE, immediately warned of an “unprecedented impact on the Spanish economy”.The eurozone’s fourth-largest economy was already largely at a standstill due to the lockdown, with production in Spain’s car plants already halted for example. Spanish bank BBVA had already forecast the country’s economic output would drop by around 4.0 percent before this new measure, which should not lead to “big changes” in its economic outlook, said Nuno Fernandes, an economist at the IESE business school. Spain, already struggling with high unemployment and debt, is bracing for the impact of the government’s decision to put the country’s economy into “hibernation” to fight the spread of coronavirus.Grappling with Europe’s second-worst outbreak of the disease after Italy, the government on March 14 imposed a lockdown and on Sunday it went even further, banning all non-essential work for two weeks in the nation of around 47 million people.The measure targeted especially the construction and manufacturing sectors, such as Airbus which was forced to stop production in Spain.center_img Job loss fears Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s leftist government on Friday banned job dismissals during the pandemic, a step demanded by unions which warned that up to one million people risked losing their jobs.”If there are not revenues but there are expenses and we can’t fire… the only option left is to close,” the head of the country’s main business group, Antonio Garamedi, said Monday during a radio interview.The government had pledged up to 100 billion euros ($111 billion) for loan guarantees to businesses to cushion the economy from the damage caused by the pandemic.But the business lobby group predicts 300,000 jobs could be lost if the crisis lasts over a month, especially in hotels, travel agencies and the textile sector.”Spain is a country where, if economic activity stops, more jobs are destroyed than in other countries,” said Pedro Aznar of the ESADE business school.This is because nearly 30 percent of all workers have temporary contracts, the highest rate in Europe, especially in the key tourism sector, and a 2012 labor market reform made it easier and less expensive to fire workers, he added. ‘Fewer resources’ The tourism sector, which accounts for around 12 percent of Spain’s GDP, has been especially hard hit by the pandemic.The UN World Tourism Organization predicted Friday that international travel will likely fall by 20 to 30 percent this year due to the disease.The global recession, which the virus will spark will also hit car sales, more bad news for Spain, Europe’s second-biggest car producer after Germany.With companies stopping their activity, “tax revenues will be very bad and the government will have fewer resources while it will have more expenses,” Aznar said.He said this explains why Sanchez “insists so much” on a proposal made by Spain and eight other European Union member states that the bloc borrow money to finance the fight against coronavirus by issuing joint “coronabonds”, he added.Germany and the Netherlands have opposed the idea.Spain has much less margin to maneuver now than it did when the global finance crisis struck in 2008.The country’s public debt currently stands at over 95 percent of its economic output, compared with less than 37 percent in 2007.last_img read more

Young male violence higher with lower drinking age

Young male violence higher with lower drinking age

first_img3News 20 June 2014More young men have been getting into fights since the legal drinking age was reduced to 18 in New Zealand, a study has found.New research from the University of Otago shows that since the minimum age at which Kiwis can buy alcohol was reduced to 18 in 1999, there has been an increase of assaults in male youths aged between 15 and 19.The study looked at the number of patients admitted to hospitals with injuries from assaults that took place on weekends before and after the law changed.In particular, researchers compared assault rates among 18-19 year-olds, whose legal access to alcohol increased, with 15-17 year-olds, whose informal access to alcohol is likely to have increased, as well as 20-21 year-olds, who were unaffected by the change in law.The results, published in the American Journal of Public Health, show there are more assaults in male youths 15-19, but not for girls the same age.http://www.3news.co.nz/Young-male-violence-higher-with-lower-drinking-age/tabid/423/articleID/349372/Default.aspxlast_img read more

Science is killing the pro-abortion movement!

Science is killing the pro-abortion movement!

first_imgScience Is Giving the Pro-Life Movement a BoostThe Atlantic 18 January 2018Family First Comment: “Scientific progress is remaking the debate around abortion. When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the case that led the way to legal abortion, it pegged most fetuses’ chance of viable life outside the womb at 28 weeks; after that point, it ruled, states could reasonably restrict women’s access to the procedure. Now, with new medical techniques, doctors are debating whether that threshold should be closer to 22 weeks. Like McGuire, today’s prospective moms and dads can learn more about their baby earlier into a pregnancy than their parents or grandparents. And like McGuire, when they see their fetus on an ultrasound, they may see humanizing qualities like smiles or claps, even if most scientists see random muscle movements.These advances fundamentally shift the moral intuition around abortion. New technology makes it easier to apprehend the humanity of a growing child and imagine a fetus as a creature with moral status.”Advocates are tracking new developments in neonatal research and technology—and transforming one of America’s most contentious debates.The first time Ashley McGuire had a baby, she and her husband had to wait 20 weeks to learn its sex. By her third, they found out at 10 weeks with a blood test. Technology has defined her pregnancies, she told me, from the apps that track weekly development to the ultrasounds that show the growing child. “My generation has grown up under an entirely different world of science and technology than the Roe generation,” she said. “We’re in a culture that is science-obsessed.”Activists like McGuire believe it makes perfect sense to be pro-science and pro-life. While she opposes abortion on moral grounds, she believes studies of fetal development, improved medical techniques, and other advances anchor the movement’s arguments in scientific fact. “The pro-life message has been, for the last 40-something years, that the fetus … is a life, and it is a human life worthy of all the rights the rest of us have,” she said. “That’s been more of an abstract concept until the last decade or so.” But, she added, “when you’re seeing a baby sucking its thumb at 18 weeks, smiling, clapping,” it becomes “harder to square the idea that that 20-week-old, that unborn baby or fetus, is discardable.”Scientific progress is remaking the debate around abortion. When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the case that led the way to legal abortion, it pegged most fetuses’ chance of viable life outside the womb at 28 weeks; after that point, it ruled, states could reasonably restrict women’s access to the procedure. Now, with new medical techniques, doctors are debating whether that threshold should be closer to 22 weeks. Like McGuire, today’s prospective moms and dads can learn more about their baby earlier into a pregnancy than their parents or grandparents. And like McGuire, when they see their fetus on an ultrasound, they may see humanizing qualities like smiles or claps, even if most scientists see random muscle movements.These advances fundamentally shift the moral intuition around abortion. New technology makes it easier to apprehend the humanity of a growing child and imagine a fetus as a creature with moral status. Over the last several decades, pro-life leaders have increasingly recognized this and rallied the power of scientific evidence to promote their cause. They have built new institutions to produce, track, and distribute scientifically crafted information on abortion. They hungrily follow new research in embryology. They celebrate progress in neonatology as a means to save young lives. New science is “instilling a sense of awe that we never really had before at any point in human history,” McGuire said. “We didn’t know any of this.”In many ways, this represents a dramatic reversal; pro-choice activists have long claimed science for their own side. The Guttmacher Institute, a research and advocacy organization that defends abortion and reproductive rights, has exercised a near-monopoly over the data of abortion, serving as a source for supporters and opponents alike. And the pro-choice movement’s rhetoric has matched its resources: Its proponents often describe themselves as the sole defenders of women’s welfare and scientific consensus. The idea that life begins at conception “goes against legal precedent, science, and public opinion,” said Ilyse Hogue, the president of the abortion-advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice America, in a recent op-ed for CNBC. Members of the pro-life movement are “not really anti-abortion,” she wrote in another piece. “They are against [a] world where women can contribute equally and chart our own destiny in ways our grandmothers never thought possible.”READ MORE: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/pro-life-pro-science/549308/last_img read more

Trial of former IAAF President set to start on June 8

Trial of former IAAF President set to start on June 8

first_img In their order for reference, the magistrates in charge of the investigation estimated that “Papa Massata Diack could only be enriched in considerable proportions to the prejudice of the IAAF with the constant and enlightened support of his father, who cannot leave the sole responsibility for it to his son.” In the same document, judges say Diack “played an active role, abusing his quality as President of the institution, and effectively placed his son at the heart of the system put in place which enabled him to divert important upstream revenues from the IAAF funds.” read also:Lamine Diack’s trial in Paris adjourned until June Four other defendants will also be tried in the case – Gabriel Dollé, former director of the IAAF’s medical and anti-doping department, Habib Cissé, lawyer and ex-legal advisor to Lamine Diack, Valentin Balakhnichev, ex-President of the Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) and former treasurer and vice-president of the IAAF and Alexei Melnikov, former head coach of long distance races at ARAF. Only Lamine Diack, Dollé and Cissé are expected to be present at the opening of the trial. Papa Diack, who lives in Senegal, is under an international arrest warrant issued on February 13 by French judicial authorities, while Balaknichev and Melnikov are also the subject of arrest warrants, however both the Senegalese and Russian Governments are refusing to extradite the accused. The trial was originally due to begin on January 13 but was adjourned just hours before it was due to start after prosecutors asked for more time to review three folders worth of documents relating to evidence given by Papa Diack in November. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 It was originally due to start in January, before being moved back to June 3. French media are now reporting it is due to begin on June 8, one day after Diack’s 87th birthday, although the exact reason for the further delay is unknown. Diack, who led the IAAF from 1999 to 2015, is charged with “giving and receiving bribes”, “breach of trust” and “organised money laundering” and is facing a potential 10-year prison sentence for allegedly taking bribes to cover up tests showing doping by 23 Russian athletes, as reported by France 24. Prosecutors allege Diack, who was arrested in November 2015, obtained $1.5 million (£1.2 million/€1.36 million) of Russian funds to help fund Macky Sall’s successful campaign for President of Senegal in 2012, in exchange for the IAAF’s anti-doping arm covering up offences by Russian athletes. The trial will take place in Paris and is expected to last 10 days, as reported by L’Equipe.Advertisement Trial of former IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) President Lamine Diack, who has been accused of corruption, influence-trafficking and money laundering, has been moved back five days to June 8. Promoted Content33 Celebs Photos From Their Childhood: Will You Recognize Them?Top 10 Female Disney Villains You’ll Definitely Fall In Love WithWhat Are The Chances Of An Apocalypse Happening This Century?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Loading… last_img read more

Joao Felix out for three weeks

Joao Felix out for three weeks

first_imgRelatedPosts Joao Felix wins 2019 Golden Boy award Felix, Partey give Atletico points in Moscow Atletico capture Felix for £113m Joao Felix is to be sidelined for up to three weeks after the 19-year-old suffered an ankle knock on Saturday.Felix was withdrawn with 10 minutes to go in Atletico Madrid’s draw with Valencia, as the sides were unable to be separated after goals from Diego Costa and Dani Parejo.The Portuguese star underwent X-ray and MRI scans at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra hospital and the club later confirmed that their mega-money summer signing has suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain.The injury means Felix will be out for around three weeks, and the attacker will miss league ties against Athletic Bilbao, Alaves and Sevilla, as well as Atletico’s Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen.Felix has had a steady start to life in the Spanish capital since joining Diego Simeone’s side for a whopping £114million this summer.The 19-year-old has scored three goals and provided a sole assist in his 13 appearances for the Spanish side, and has looked bright in parts when deployed on the wing or alongside Diego Costa up front.Atletico Madrid have drawn four of their last five league games and sit in fifth place in La Liga after nine games this season. Following Real Madrid’s loss to RCD Mallorca on Saturday night, Barcelona are the front runners at the top of the league.  Tags: Clinica Universidad de NevarraJoao Felixlast_img read more

Lynagh: O’Connell should lead Lions

Lynagh: O’Connell should lead Lions

first_img Press Association Bookmakers suspended betting on the captaincy after Warburton was backed heavily late last week, and the Wales flanker is expected to be unveiled when the squad is announced in London on Tuesday. “I guess the favourite is Warburton, but for me it has to be Paul O’Connell,” said Lynagh, speaking at the launch of Specsavers’ sponsorship of match officials for the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia. “He’s done it before, he’s a big guy, an inspirational bloke, fresh because he hasn’t played much this season and is as fit as he’s ever been. “From a political point of view you have Scottish, Welsh and English represented in the management and no Irish. Appointing O’Connell would balance things up.” Lynagh subscribes to the view that for the first time a ‘tour captain’, who would not be guaranteed his place in the Test XV, should be chosen. “I’d go down that route because it takes the pressure off who’s going to be a certainty in the team,” said Lynagh, who won 72 caps between 1984-1995. “If he’s not playing well, do you drop the captain? If you pick a tour captain then he has to perform during the opening three weeks of the tour to get in the Test team. That would be interesting.” O’Connell, who has missed most of the season with a back injury, became a genuine contender following an epic display for Munster against Harlequins in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals. center_img Australia great Michael Lynagh views Paul O’Connell as the best man to lead the British and Irish Lions this summer, but predicts that Warren Gatland will opt for Sam Warburton.last_img read more