Archive for April, 2011
The excellent European Football Weekends blog ran a report what I wrote about my trip last Sunday evening to see Rayo Vallecano v Real Betis in a top of the table Liga Adelante clash.
As well as pitting first against second in the division, it was also a meeting of two of the worst run clubs in Spain. I’ve written about Betis’ boardroom problems previously for WSC, but had not been fully aware of how screwed up things also were at Rayo before I started reading online before the game.
Once I got close to the ground the fans anger at the club’s owners was clear from stickers and posters in bars and bus shelters, as well as mounted police keeping an eye on things. And then…
Inside, the stadium rang with chants of ‘Rayo si, Rumasa no’ both before kick off and during the game, while banners displayed around the compact 15,000 seater ground included the easily translatable ‘Rayo Vallecano Solución Ya’. My Spanish didn’t stretch to understanding the longer anti-Rivero songs, but the word ‘puta’ was regularly audible. Then at the 15 minute mark the home fans all round the ground simultaneously held up red and white cards, and chanted ‘Rumasa vende ya’, or ‘Rumasa sell now’ . This refrain would have been very familiar to Betis fans. Their version – ‘Lopera vete ya’ or ‘Lopera go now’ – had the same tune and stresses.
Last Sunday’s Business Post careers and recruitment section featured a story I wrote about a new programme being run by Institute of Technology Blanchardstown which helps currently unemployed people get back to work.
ITB’s Work Analysis Programme offers unemployed participants advice and guidance aimed at giving them support and guidance to make better career decisions and secure suitable employment.
Here’s the skinny from Adrienne Harding, access officer at Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) (pictured right).
‘‘We saw a massive appetite for guidance and support on re-training amongst people who are unemployed,” said Harding. ‘‘These people were deeply concerned about their career opportunities and very unclear as to what their options were. The programme aims to assist the students to look at education as an option, prepare them to get back into employment and also to consider alternative career options.”
It’s a really worthwhile initiative, with programme modules covering important workplace skills, including sales and communications, customer care, office and negotiation skills as well as others designed to assist with the job-hunting process, included presentation skills, CV writing, career guidance and study options.
For the full story on the SBPost.ie site click here.