“Many players weren’t satisfied or working hard and there was also an internal communication problem,” said Abidal.”The relationship between the coach and the dressing room has always been good but there are things as an ex-player that I could smell. I told the club what I thought and we reached a decision (on Valverde).”Messi, however, hit back at Abidal in an Instagram post, circling an image of the sporting director’s quote.”Sincerely, I don’t like to do these things but I think that people have to be responsible for their jobs and own their decisions,” Messi wrote. “The players (are responsible) for what happens on the pitch and we are the first to admit when we haven’t been good. The heads of the sports department have to take their responsibilities too and above all own the decisions they make.”Finally I think that when you talk about players, you have to give names because if not, it makes everyone dirty and gives air to things that are said which are not true.”Abidal and Messi played together at Barcelona between 2007 and 2013, with the French defender returning to the club after retirement to become sporting director in June 2018.In his interview with Diario Sport, Abidal also said he thought Messi was happy at the club and a new contract for the Argentine talisman was currently being negotiated. Topics : Lionel Messi criticised Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal on Tuesday for saying many in the squad were not working hard under former coach Ernesto Valverde.Abidal and president Josep Maria Bartomeu sacked Valverde in January, replacing the coach with Quique Setien.Abidal, a former team mate of Messi, explained why Valverde was sacked despite the team being top of La Liga in an interview in Spanish newspaper Diario Sport.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) honored Indiana volunteer firefighters who have served their communities for 50 years or more.Frye recognized 62 volunteer firefighters who have devoted at least 50 years to protecting Hoosiers.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Frye-Firefighter-resolution-FINAL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.According to Frye, Hoosiers are served by 847 volunteer fire and rescue departments across Indiana.These volunteer firefighters usually maintain full-time jobs, while serving the fire department on a part-time basis after completing required training
Tourism Australia has launched a new online training model to educate international travel agents on the benefits of cruising around Australia.Unveiled today at travel agency conference, cruise3sixty, Aussie Specialist Cruise Module was designed to support the AU$30 million cruise sector as well as help agents learn the berthing points across Australia and the pre and post touring options.Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy explained the new online modules would enhance knowledge of the 3,600 registered agents across North America selling Australia to international visitors everyday.“Cruising is the fastest growing sector of the Australian tourism market in Australia, with 24 per cent average yearly growth over the last five years, fast outpacing many of our international competitor destinations,” he said. “As an island, we’re lucky to have access points for cruise ships right around our country, welcoming visitors into the most beautiful harbours and docks in the world.“We had involvement from seven of our state and territory tourism partners in creating touring itineraries for passengers, and with their involvement we can ensure that cruise passengers are motivated and interested in leaving the ships and discovering Australia’s beautiful surrounding regions.”Earlier this week Tourism Australia also unveiled a new website encouraging Aussie travel agents to update their knowledge of indigenous travel experiences.Click here for more information. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J