Barça will face a half-hearted San Paolo

first_imgThis afternoon tickets are still available in all sectors of the field except the two upper Curves. The prices of the tickets, the most expensive in the history of the club have taken their toll and will also make the environment of the stadium halfway. The ultras of Curve B, which made the song “a giorno all’improvviso” famous throughout the world, They announced with a statement that they gave up the event for prices “that seem like a punishment to the city”. Despite the enormous illusion for the arrival of Leo Messi, in San Paolo tonight the poster of everything sold will not be hung. Moreover, three hours after the kick-off, the tickets sold are far from the figures of the match with Real Madrid three years ago. According to the latest rumors, there will be around 42,000 Tifosi who will go to Fuorigrotta, almost 15,000 people less than those who filled the stadium for the Real Madrid showdown of 2017.last_img read more

Lawsuit Hangs over LBDI for ‘Facilitating Illegal Withdrawal’

first_imgLawyers representing aggrieved members of the Liberia Scrap Association (LSA) are gathering documentary evidences to bring charges against the Liberia Bank for Development Investment (LBID) for allegedly facilitating LSA president Aylmer Johnson to withdraw US$7,400 from the entity’s account at the bank without authorization.The alleged withdrawal was based on an order dated October 23, 2014, issued by then Presiding Judge Emery Paye of the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice after the judge ruled in favor of Johnson, declaring him as the duly elected president of the association as contained in the court record.In that ruling, Judge Paye mandated LSA former leadership to immediately turn over all assets in their possession for Johnson to become the new signatory to the association’s account at LBDI. The judge’s decision was challenged by the LSA legal team, which also announced an appeal to the Supreme Court by the former officials.The announcement of the appeal restricted the enforcement of Judge Paye’s order pending the outcome of the Supreme Court decision into the matter.But immediately after Judge Paye knew that his decision was already under appeal, he reversed the decision after three days on October 26, 2014, on the basis that the case was before the Supreme Court, according to document.Based on that order, Johnson on October 30, 2014, allegedly proceeded to the bank and was assisted by a staff to fill out the LBDI checking account signature card, ignoring the October 26, 2014 order when Judge Paye placed a stay order on his previous decision.According to the document, Johnson allegedly used the original order to become the signatory to the association’s accounts and subsequently withdrawing US$7,400, thereby leaving a balance of US$200 in a period of three months.His first alleged withdrawal was done on October 31, 2014, in the amount of US$5,000.On November 1, 2014, Johnson made a second withdrawal in the amount of US$2,000. He lastly withdrew the amount of US$400 on November 27, 2014, leaving a balance, after monthly bank service charges, of negative US$183.The case started in 2013 when Johnson was elected president of LSA, but the defunct election commission refused to recognize his victory, which prompted him to file a “Motion for Declaratory Judgment” against the commission to the Civil Law Court.Johnson argued that the former leadership had prevented him from assuming the post of president, although he was certificated and inducted into office.It was based on the complaint that Judge Paye ruled in favor of Johnson, which the former LSA officials rejected and announced an appeal before the Supreme Court, prompting the judge to reverse the previous decision.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Consultative approach needed for modern administration – Granger

first_imgReorganising the local govt systemPresident David Granger is calling on leaders from the various municipalities, Regional and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils to work together to achieve an efficient and effective public administrative system.The Head of State made this charge at the opening of the second annual meeting of the National Regional Development Consultative Committee (NRDCC), which was held at the Marriott Hotel on Friday.President David Granger and Government Ministers along with the regional leaders from across the country at the conference on Friday at the Marriott HotelThe event was held under the theme, “Strengthening regional governance through leadership and human resource development.”In his feature address, President Granger posited that the move by his Government to decentralise the local Government system is being done against the backdrop of difficulties in accessing basis administrative services by citizens in remote regions.“Government is continuously trying to strengthen the system of public administration by making each region administratively more resourceful, geographically and infrastructurally more integrated, economically more robust and depending on your efforts, demographically more populous,” he noted.According to the President, the current system of administration was very slow to adapt to modernity and this has led to not only administrative deficiencies but great discomfort on the part of citizens in our population.As such, he noted Government envisages that each region would possess its own capital town, which is necessary to deliver administrative services and to promote economic development. He wants to see public services and other amenities such as aerodromes, banks, chambers of commerce, courts, factories, hospitals, museums, radio and television stations, Police stations, schools, regional offices and so on, so as to drive independent commercial activities that would see it even attracting investors.“A rich country cannot build on poor regions; rich regions require cooperation among the local government organs in order to ensure that they’re working towards the achievement of common goals,” he posited.However, the Head of State outlined that this vision cannot be achieved without cooperation among all stakeholders.“Government operates at three levels – local, regional and national – and all must work together if we are to achieve our achievements that we seek,” Granger asserted.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan had stated that the conference would allow for greater consultations and collaborations among the regions.“(The President’s) call for regional development to be centred in the establishment of regional towns in which public, financial and economic services are satisfactorily delivered, demands a consultative corridor to be established to enable greater communication, calibration and coordination of national, regional and local policies and plans,” the Minister said.He went on to say that the NRDCC is intended to serve as a mechanism for coordinating the developmental agenda of all three spheres of Government, while supporting the bottom up approach to democratic governance.“Since the principle function of the NRDCC will be to facilitate collaborative financial planning and administration, it will allow for more accountability, more transparency for partnership for among key stakeholders and planning, which will aid in the effective delivery of public services throughout Guyana,” the Communities Minister stated.The ceremonial opening of Friday’s conference was followed by the Business Session and Caucus Deliberation. During these, regional chairpersons (RCs) were required to detail policy directions and plans for future development of their RDC for the year; discuss specific issues of national importance and arrive at resolutions; report on challenges, lesson learnt and success stories and development in the region, and propose policy recommendation to strengthen the system of regional administration.Additionally, the Business Session heard from RCs as to progress and timelines on: the renaming of the regions; implementing regional flags and symbols, and establishment of Capital towns in Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Five (Mahaica-Berbice).last_img read more

Mixed feelings for Gerrard after first Premiership win

first_imgHowever, they were already 2-0 up when McCrorie was sent off.Alfredo Morelos, who was sent off last weekend although his red card has been rescinded and reduced to a yellow, got his third goal of the season after some sloppy St Mirren defending and centre-back Connor Goldson struck with his first goal for the club to give Rangers a two goal advantage.“I’ve spoken to the team and praised them for the result,” said Gerrard, whose side opened with a 1-1 draw with Aberdeen last weekend and are two points off leaders Hearts after two matches.“But I’ve also spoken about discipline and composure out there.“It’s difficult enough with 11 men. We’re picking up too many red and yellow cards for my liking. But we’ll learn, grow and keep going.”Goldson went close to making it 3-0 as his header hit the post.St Mirren had very little to offer although Danny Mullen, who has been in fine form with three to his name this term, hit the bar.Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers quashed suggestions he could walk away from the Scottish champions due to disagreements with the club’s board over transfer spending despite falling to an early season 1-0 defeat at Hearts on Saturday.Rodgers has masterminded two consecutive domestic trebles since joining the Glasgow giants, but publicly voiced his frustration at not adding to his squad before a 1-1 draw at home to Greek champions AEK Athens in the Champions League third qualifying round in midweek.Northern Irish veteran Kyle Lafferty’s fine strike from the edge of the box 11 minutes after half-time sent Craig Levein’s men to the top of the table with maximum points from their opening two games.“Of course we want quality players but there’s still improvement in this squad, this team, lots of young players so we’ll continue to work with and improve them,” said Rodgers.“I love my life here. Despite all reports, there’s talk of ultimatums with the board, I don’t work that way, my communication is very open, so that’s certainly not the case.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Rangers manager Steven Gerrard won his first match in the Scottish Premiership but warned his players to improve their discipline after finishing with 10 players for the second successive week © AFP / ANDY BUCHANANLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 12 – Former Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard complimented his Rangers players in delivering him his first victory as manager in the Scottish Premiership but warned them to improve their discipline following the 2-0 win over St Mirren on Sunday.Gerrard’s side had shown great resolve to take the three points as Ross McCrorie got a straight red card just after the half hour mark for a professional foul on Nicolai Brock-Madsen.last_img read more

Five things we learned from the Community Shield

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring their second goal against ChelseaLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 5 – Manchester City cruised to an impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.Here AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the annual curtain raiser to the English top-flight season: Foden shows his potentialManchester City’s Phil Foden showed his potential against Chelsea © AFP / Glyn KIRKHailed as the ‘Stockport Iniesta’ for the way his smooth passing conjures memories of Barcelona great Andres Iniesta, Phil Foden’s composed display suggested the Manchester City midfielder could live up to the hype. Already tipped for stardom after inspiring England to Under-17 World Cup glory, the 18-year-old played 10 times for City last season, but this term promises to be his breakthrough year. City boss Pep Guardiola believes Foden is now mature enough to cope with the demands of the Premier League and, having already labelled him a “gift” to the club, the Spaniard gave him a start against Chelsea. Foden responded with a performance that belied his tender years, highlighted by an incisive run and pass that set up Sergio Aguero’s opener.Jorginho misfiresChelsea’s Italian midfielder Jorginho struggled at Wembley © AFP / Glyn KIRKBilled as the pivot who would provide the foundation for Maurizio Sarri’s attacking gameplan, Italy midfielder Jorginho was completely out of sorts in his introduction to English football. Jorginho reportedly snubbed City to follow his Napoli boss Sarri to Stamford Bridge in a £57 million ($74 million, 64 million euros) deal. It’s too soon to say Guardiola had a lucky escape, but Jorginho didn’t earn many admirers among his new club’s fans with a sloppy display. The match was barely minutes old before he had twice surrendered possession in careless areas. And when Foden set up Aguero’s first goal, it was with a burst through an area left untended by Jorginho. He was only a little better as the match wore on and Sarri must hope it was just a case of first night nerves.Red-hot Aguero heats upManchester City’s Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring their second goal against Chelsea © AFP / Ian KINGTONAguero has played a key role in all of City’s Premier League title triumphs and last season was no different as the Argentina striker became the club’s record goal-scorer en route to the trophy. Winning over Guardiola was arguably Aguero’s greatest achievement however as the Spaniard had doubts about his ability to fit into a style of play that demands mobile forwards. That initial concern has been banished by Aguero’s relentless appetite for goals and he became the first player in City’s history to score 200 times for the club when he opened the scoring in the 13th minute against Chelsea. It was a typically predatory finish and he netted again after the interval, prompting Guardiola to salute his star’s sharpness at a stage of the season when many of his peers are still rusty.‘Sarri-ball’ a work in progressChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri tries to get his message across © AFP / Ian KINGTONOnly three weeks into his reign, Sarri cut the kind of frustrated figure that was familiar to Chelsea fans who grew used to Antonio Conte’s touchline anguish when results went bad last season. Hired as an antidote to the acerbic Conte, former Napoli boss Sarri admits Chelsea are under-cooked following a hectic pre-season that has left him with little time to drill his players in the attacking philosophy that made his time in Italy so entertaining. Having changed Chelsea’s formation to a 4-3-3 system after Conte used a 3-4-2-1 plan, Sarri needs to work on a defence that looked completely disorganised, while also improving communication in midfield and reinvigorating moribund striker Alvaro Morata. Having Eden Hazard back after his post-World Cup break will be a major boost.Slick City back in the grooveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola was in command at Wembley © AFP / Ian KINGTONAfter their record-breaking title triumph last term, City showed they are still hungry as they seek to become the first team since Manchester United in 2009 to retain the crown. Amassing more points, wins and goals than any other Premier League team set sky-high standards at Eastlands. But with driven boss Guardiola at the helm, they seem certain to be back among the silverware this term. Winning is still a joy for Guardiola and his players, and despite a lack of fitness and practice time since the World Cup, the way they tore into Chelsea was ominous for their title rivals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Watch all 400 of Messi’s goals for Barcelona!

first_img Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi 1 Lionel Messi has reached another huge milestone in his career as he hit his 400th Barcelona goal in a 2-0 win over Valencia at the weekend.The Argentine superstar seems to break a record every other week these days as his continues to mesmerise with his ability over in La Liga.So from his very first strike, which came against Albacete in 2005, to his last, in added time against Valencia, talkSPORT presents you with all 400 goals from Messi’s Barcelona career.Check out the video below…last_img read more

Poet elaborates on his craft at Citrus College

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“My impulse is to write everything and then go back and read everything,” he said. He added that “there is no right way to read a poem,” and that “young people do not think of poems as dull or of the past.” The author of seven poetry and three nonfiction books is a graduate professor at the University of Houston. He has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award and the T.S. Eliot prize. With many of the attending students enrolled in an English course, Doty urged the budding writers or poets to be creative and compared the structure of a written work to a human being – poems and stories all have bodies, minds and soul. GLENDORA – Mark Doty’s advice to young writers is that good poetry should surprise its author. A common cliche, he adds, is one should write what they know. But, he said, the best text actually comes from writing about the unfamiliar. “It is what you are trying to know,” the 54-year-old said. “A poem should resist easy explanation. If you can summarize and say what that poem means, it probably is not a good one.” The accomplished poet addressed Citrus College students Thursday, answering questions on his writing process. There should be emotion and feeling, but enough description so the reader understands what the scene is or the person being written about, Doty said. “The more you are willing to take a risk, the more your readers will feel the energy of that risk,” he added. Anthony Garcia, 21, is a longtime fan of Doty’s work and was introduced to the poems through an English class. Garcia wants to be a published poet. He was thrilled to have the chance to meet one of his idols and read one of his original compositions with Doty in the audience. For Ace Paule, Doty’s tips could be applied to another creative area – composing song lyrics. Paule, a guitarist in a funk jazz band, reflected that much of Doty’s wisdom, “looking over the work and removing the deadwood,” was worth remembering. Paule, 30, writes in a journal every chance he gets – scribbling the details of his dreams or reflections on a difficult experience. He admits that much of the entries would not make sense to others. During Doty’s question- and-answer session, he asked the poet if he found writing poems about negative experiences difficult. He said it was natural to avoid such experiences, but unless they are dealt with, they will resurface later. “You can have power over the words you use to say something,” he said. “Sometimes that is the only power we have.” Paule said that he has the tools to make his writing better – and “more digestible for people.” Having attended hundreds of similar question-and-answer sessions across the country, Doty said students feel connected to him because he is a working writer who struggles daily just as they do. “It makes them feel that writing is a little less remote from their lives than it otherwise seems,” he said. The poet fancies himself as a “champion of idiosyncracy,” celebrating one’s ability to “listen to their inner voices.” Citrus instructor David Overly, who helped organize the event, said he hopes to have authors like Doty speak to students every year. “He talks about writing,” he said, “and students learn about the craft of poetry, which can inspire students.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 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

Public workers show students their world

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – They usually work quietly behind the scenes, but public works employees play key roles in maintaining cities’ infrastructures. This week, though, the workers are coming out of the shadows for National Public Works Week. “We’re bringing awareness of what Public Works \ is involved in,” said Ted Spaseff, Santa Fe Springs’ director of municipal and utility services. “Police and fire are always visible, but we’re just kind of an unknown commodity.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsSpaseff and several public works associates visited Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School on Tuesday to talk to students about just what it is the Public Works Department does. The students learned about different areas of public works, from pollution prevention and water conservation to traffic safety and emergency response procedures. “It shows us a part of the city we don’t see a lot,” said 9-year-old Oneica Trasvina, a third-grader. Trasvina said one of her favorite parts was the signals presentation, led by public works associate Joe Rodriguez. He gave the students a behind-the-scenes look at traffic signal operations, then told them about the importance of vehicle and pedestrian safety. Although a traffic signal might be green, “it doesn’t mean it’s safe for you to cross the street,” Rodriguez said. Third-grader Nancy Leon understood the consequences of not complying with traffic signals. “They help tell us that we don’t need to make crashes,” the 8-year-old said. “You press the button and it turns to red so the cars can stop and we could walk across safely.” Teacher Patricia Duran said the presentations help bring to life classroom lessons about energy, life cycles and recycling. “I think it’s good for kids because, as far as career opportunities, it gives them ideas on what they want to be,” she said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want 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

Maranatha scores shutout

first_img Nick Soash was crowned homecoming king at halftime and 15 minutes later scored on an 8-yard pass from Schulz. Maranatha (4-0) scored its lone first-half points when Mark Love scored from 1 yard out. PASADENA — Eric Schulz threw for three touchdowns to lead Maranatha High School to a 25-0 nonleague victory over visiting Santa Clara High on Saturday afternoon. It was the first home game for the Minutemen on their new campus, which was formerly Ambassador College. Fuery and Gordon combined for 155 yards receiving in the second half. Schulz was happy with the win but feels the offense has to be more consistent. “We have to all be on the same page,” Schulz said. Schulz was sharp in the third quarter but expects more of himself. “I have to be more consistent and make good decisions,” he said. Penalties, turnovers and dropped passes cost the Saints any chance of staying competitive. They trailed just 6-0 at halftime and got the ball to start the second half, but were forced to punt. Maranatha scored on its first play of the second half and reeled off 19 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Schulz had all three touchdown passes in the decisive third quarter. Schulz connected with Chaz Fuery from 65 yards out and with Kwame Gordon on a 55-yard scoring play. “We need to play four quarters of offense like we did that third quarter,” Maranatha coach Dwayne Cantrell said. The Minutemen defensive line dominated the line of scrimmage throughout. Brad Lyddon had two sacks, Kyle Delahooke had an interception and Trevor Alleman and Tom Flewelling both recovered fumbles. “I was very happy with our defense,” Cantrell said. “David Vanderlaan had a heck of a game.” Saints quarterback Steven Raab completed only 4 of 18 pass attempts for 41 yards Santa Clara’s Cierra Woods gained a team-high 60 yards on 10 carries as the Saints dropped to 1-3. last_img read more

London Olympics opening ceremony hours away

first_imgThe last few hours before the world’s biggest sporting spectacle begins is always filled with tension and suspense. And as the city of London gives final touches to its seven-year-long preparation for the Olympics opening ceremony, everyone wishes the Games are peaceful and each of the 304 sporting events is conducted in the right spirit.Glitz, glamour, light and sound; all that will go into the opening ceremony being directed by Danny Boyle has already been detailed. But 10m there can still be a huge suspense as what the world finally gets to see on TV can be different.The weather in London has been pleasant after an incredibly wet summer. The sun has been shining for the last few days, which means the locals can wear bare minimum clothes.Four years ago, when Beijing wanted to show the world its sporting might and ability to organise a high voltage opening ceremony, they wanted to fire ‘rockets’ in the air to disperse the clouds!In London, no such thing has been planned and whatever nature decides will be accepted. The big problem for LOCOG, organisers of the London Olympics, is who will light the Olympic flame.Lord Sebastian Coe, head of LOCOG told Mail Today on Thursday a decision is yet to be made as to who will light the torch. Five-time Olympic gold medallist rower Steve Redgrave and decathlete Daley Thompson are touted as favourites but Kelly Holmes, winner of the 800m and 1500m in Athens, 2004, could also get a look in.advertisementAfter the opening ceremony, it will be 15 days of pulsating action where rivetting rivalries in track and field and swimming have already attracted attention, aroused interest and instilled desire.Usain Bolt vs Yohan Blake in the 100m and 200m and Michael Phelps vs Ryan Lochte in the swimming pool are events which the world is waiting for.Looking at the global rivalries, the way China has grown as a sporting giant will be watched with interest. In the Beijing Olympics, China topped the medal tally with 51 gold, 21 silver and 28 bronze for an aggregate of 100 medals. The United States of America was second with 36 gold, 38 silver and 36 bronze, while Russia was third.As the hosts, Britain will look to enhance its image as a serious sporting superpower. In Beijing, their tally did swell to 19 gold, 15 silver and 15 bronze for an aggregate of 47 medals.But there have been a few goof-ups already. At the women’s football event, the South Korean flag while introducing the North Koreans, causing the match against Colombia to be delayed by an hour. Even though the organisers apologised to the North Koreans, it has already left people wondering what more gaffes are in store.But what about India’s chances at the London Olympics? There is an air of expectancy that this time around, India can win more medals than the three in Beijing.In archery, shooting, wrestling, badminton and boxing, there are medal chances.The feats of Abhinav Bindra, Ronjan Sodhi, Deepika Kumari, Saina Nehwal, Vijender and the new boxing breed plus the wrestlers raise our hopes. So does MC Mary Kom, who represents India as women’s boxing makes its debut.With adequate government funding and the corporates also chipping in well, Indian sport should do well.(Opening ceremony on ESPN from 1am)Security is a huge nightmare for organisers of any big sporting event. The London Olympics are no different as the city has roped in even the Army to ensure everything is peaceful over the next fortnight. What type of security personnel will be guarding the Olympic Stadium and areas near it on Friday are not known, but cops in plain clothes will also be there in large numbers.For those who will need to use cell phones, be prepared for signals being jammed. “Wi-fi will also most probably not be working inside the stadium for the media,” said an official. The advice for public is come in early for the opening ceremony and be ready for an elaborate ‘search’.last_img read more