Girona trusts Montilivi its jump to Primera

first_imgClassification. Girona chains five consecutive days in playoff positions, but it is bumping into a wall. And this is fifth place Improving this position as far as the course is going is mission impossible, but it is the barrier they must overcome to dream of direct ascent. The draw last Sunday against Mirandés prevented them from catapulting to second place, but there are 12 days left to finish the League and it is not a chimera. Moreover, Zaragoza, second, is only six points and Cádiz, leader, nine. There are 36 points left to play. Girona has set its sights on Primera. The sensations given by the rojiblanca team are good and, on Saturday against Albacete, you can continue taking steps forward. Those of Pep Lluís Martí, if they do not fall, would reach the seventh game by adding and strengthen them in the playoff. But the goal is to hunt down direct ascent teams, there is room for maneuver, and hence in the locker room they have a clear thing: Montilivi must be key to it. So far this year, the rojiblanco team has 46 points and 33 of them have achieved them at home. It is the second best place in Segunda and they want to continue exploiting it.Securing the points at home will be crucial to try to make the definitive leap towards Primera and more considering that they have to visit direct rivals. Without going further, the final of the League will be exciting because the last three blocks that will pass through Montilivi will be Zaragoza, Almería and Cádiz, the first three classified. Of course, the other rivals that will come to the rojiblanco fief will not be simple either because they are immersed in the fight for the descent, like Albacete and Racing, or for not being in anyone’s zone and fighting to approach the playoff like the Numancia. In recent days, Girona has managed to create a great communion with its fans and hence the atmosphere that is breathed in the city is ideal for working with confidence and calm. The players feel that way and that To see the last defeat at home in the league, it is necessary to go back to 2019, on December 22, 21 against Mirandés (0-3).last_img read more

With aid, Roman found his dream

first_imgPALMDALE – Sam Roman’s improbable financial success story began with a big idea, but no plan. Roman, a Mexican-born immigrant from Zacatecas, found himself spending at least three hours a day commuting from Palmdale to his silk-screening job in Glendale and back. On a typical day, he’d leave for work at 5 a.m. and wouldn’t get home until 9 p.m., a routine that left him exhausted and with little time to spend with his family. Roman dreamed of some day starting his own silk-screening business. But with no coherent strategy, he doubted it would ever happen. Roman credits the Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – which today celebrates its 10th anniversary – with helping him realize his ambition. “I had a dream, but I had no idea what it takes to open a business,” Roman said. Roman’s dream has produced one of the Antelope Valley’s most inspirational small-business success stories. “Sam’s Silkscreening,” which began as an enterprise Roman ran out of his garage, now has storefronts in Las Vegas and Bakersfield, to go along with a 5,000-square-foot outlet and production facility in east Palmdale that employs six full-time workers. Roman discovered the chamber of commerce while watching former chamber president and co-founder Sal Tavera interviewed on a local TV station in advance of the chamber’s formation. Latino business owners and prospective entrepreneurs were invited to enlist the group’s support. Roman attended the chamber’s first meeting, the day it was granted official status by the state – appropriately enough, on Cinco de Mayo, in 1997. “The first chamber meeting, it wasn’t even a chamber,” Roman recalls of the meeting, which was held at The Hacienda, a Mexican restaurant Tavera owned. “Nobody thought we’d make it,” current chamber President Sylvia Duarte said. Roman said the chamber was instrumental in establishing his business, directing him to a property where he could rent space without paying a deposit, and helping him establish a checking account and apply for loans. The chamber, which now has an office near Palmdale’s civic center, remains an active force in the Antelope Valley business community. In addition to promoting Latino-owned businesses, the chamber has established a scholarship fund named for Tavera, who died last year. “A lot of people think we just cater to Hispanics, but it’s really for everyone,” Vice President Jenny Garibay said. “A lot of businesses don’t even know how to market to Hispanics.” Roman, who Garibay calls the chamber’s “poster-child,” now mentors others and is involved in engaging other Latino-owned businesses. “Meeting people who already had their own business, it was like a new family for me,” Roman said. “Every business had its own story of how hard it was for them. “They motivated me to keep going.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more