The preseason, an option to save the furniture

first_imgThe decision was made firmly: Barcelona was not going to make any tour this summer despite the fact that these tours in Asia or America represent a good income for the club’s economy. Now, the situation demands measures that reduce the economic impact that will result from the coronavirus crisis and the option of the tour is back on the table. An option that today would only remotely affect Asia, where Barça has its great sponsors (Rakuten in Japan), where the epidemic seems to be being controlled, quite the opposite than in the United States.At the beginning of the season, Barcelona decided not to carry out any promotional tour for various reasons. From the outset, it would have been done without the majority of the main players in the squad who were planning to play the Copa América, the Eurocopa and the Olympic games this summer. Also, last summer’s experience was disastrous at a sporting level. The official start to the season was disastrous for the Blaugrana and voices from some players were raised in the locker room, criticizing so much travel and so little training. The board noted that.Barça played in Japan and then in the United States in an accumulation of kilometers that prevented the team from training under conditions during a key period. It was the first time that the Catalan entity carried out a preparation period on two continents. Until then, only one continent was visited and tours of Asia and the United States alternated with great economic benefits. Without going any further, in 2017 the match between Madrid and Barcelona played in the summer of 2017 in Miami, the first Clásico played outside of Spanish territory, meant for the Barcelona team an income of 5.7 million euros within the framework of a tour that helped the Catalan club raise 12 million as revealed by Football Leaks. That, by the way, was the last game Neymar played with the Barcelona shirt.Participation in the International Champions Cup tournament, which leads the main European teams to play in Asia and the United States, provides Barcelona with an average of six million euros per participation, without playing against Real Madrid, a fact that reached consider this year.In this sense, the Washington Post published that those responsible for the ICC had contacted Barcelona and Real Madrid to repeat the game in Miami three years later, but in Las Vegas as part of the opening events of Alegiant Stadium, the new sports coliseum in Nevada City, which has cost $ 1.75 billion and is the new home of the American Football Raiders.Given the new economic situation that has paralyzed the sport, Barça is waiting to see how the calendars and once it has been confirmed that there will be no Euro Cup, no America Cup or Games, a space is opened for a preseason that will save, at least in part, the furniture from the economic blow of this health crisis. Although, the option of the United States seems absolutely ruled out.last_img

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May 14, 2020 | by

Guyana not in “really bad state” – Ramjattan

first_imgCrime spiralling out of control …MP calls for Minister to be reassigned or fired The impression that Guyana is in a “really bad state” as compared to other countries with regard to the country’s crime rate is “not true”.This is according to Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, who at a press conference on Friday said: “sometimes this thing is emblazoned across the front pages of newspapers giving the impression as though we are in a real bad state, [but it’s] not really true”.He stated that although crimes are occurring, there must be an appreciation of the fact that Guyanese live in a geopolitical space (Latin America and the Caribbean) where interpersonal violence is the highest in the world.However, this analysis of the escalating crime situation in Guyana did not go down well with Opposition Member of Parliament (MP), Harry Gill; a Member of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on the Security Sector, who in no uncertain terms called for the Minister to either be reassigned or fired as Public Security Minister.“Like most Guyanese, I am totally disgusted by all the brutal, senseless killings and barefaced robberies taking place every day throughout the country, and the apparent lack of any coherent plan by the Minister of Public Security to end this escalating crime spree,” Gill said in a letter to the editor on Saturday.He added that the ease with which criminals are going about their business, “brutalising families in their homes, stripping them of their valuables, their dignity and often, their very lives, is reminiscent of the infamous Burnham era of the notorious kick down the door bandits. And Minister Khemraj Ramjattan seems clueless and in denial,” he added.PPP MP Harry GillAccording to the PPP Parliamentarian, the Government’s news agencies continue to publicise articles which give the impression that there has been a steady decrease in crime since the APNU/AFC coalition was elected but that independent press reports reveal an escalating crime wave that is “out of control”.He posited that since 2015, crime has escalated to dangerous levels, prompting the British Government and the US State Department to issue travel advisories to their citizens to exercise caution when travelling to Guyana due to an increase in crime, citing violent crime, such as armed robbery and murder as being “common”.“Yet Ramjattan declares it is not really true…Since Khemraj Ramjattan became Minister of Public Security, he has brought the entire security sector in disrepute: In March 2016, seventeen (17) prisoners were burnt to death and 11 others injured in what was described as the worst prison riot in our history.Then in July 2017, during the blazing inferno of the Camp Street Prison, a prison officer was murdered and 8 notorious, hard-core criminals escaped, two of whom are believed to be still on the run. Since then, there have been several more well-organised prison breaks, countless murders and armed robberies that dominate the news behind Government corruption. No doubt, Minister Ramjattan has a difficult job… One he has proven incapable of,” the MP said.Gill contended that Minister Ramjattan is yet to accept ministerial responsibility for his inability to keep our citizens safe and is calling for him to be fired in the public’s interest, or to be reassigned to a Ministry “where his incompetence can no longer affect the safety of our people”.Meanwhile, Ramjattan, in downplaying the crime situation in Guyana, said that “countries like Honduras and El Salvador have murder rates that reach over 50 per 100,000, Jamaica 52 per 100,000, then you go to St Vincent and Grenadines, St Lucia and Trinidad and so on at 32 and 42 per 100,000. And I am talking about Caricom countries here, we are probably one of the lowest, 15 per 100,000, and of course, that is 15 more than we want to have happening if we don’t want anything happening in relation to homicides”.He acknowledged that every day in other Caricom countries there are murders, many of which are brutal in nature, and that here in Guyana it is largely “domestic violence kind of murders”. There has been an escalation in murders and robberies in Guyana.last_img

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January 12, 2020 | by

Senior Flyers lose in Grande Prairie

first_imgThe Fort St. John Senior Flyers travelled to Grande Prairie Saturday.Adam Horst ended up scoring the only goal for the Flyers in the 6-1 lose to the Athletics. The loss ends the Flyers 8 game winning streak.Grande Prairie lead the 2-1 after the second period and then scored four straight goals in the third period.- Advertisement -The Flyers next game will be Thursday Dec. 9 in Dawson Creek starting at 8:30pm.last_img

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January 12, 2020 | by

Trojans playing with a purpose

first_img“We were one shot away,” Lodrick Stewart said. “He misses that shot, we would have won. That gives us a lot of confidence that we can get this win.” Westphal said he thought after that 1971 season that USC and UCLA would be perennial top-10 teams for the rest of his life, but it didn’t turn out that way. The Trojans have had only fleeting moments of success. USC hasn’t won a conference title since 1961. Starting point guard Gabe Pruitt said he expects to play today, though he suffered a mild sprain to his right ankle while making an awkward stop late in practice Tuesday. He’s determined not to miss the UCLA game after having to sit out USC’s victory over the Bruins last year at the Sports Arena because of a knee injury. Pruitt, a junior, has never beaten UCLA. matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That game had even more drama than this one. USC had been ranked No. 1 in the nation for half the season before losing to UCLA in the first game. The Bruins took over No. 1 in the polls, but the Trojans had climbed back to No. 2 by the second contest. Back in those days, only the winner of the Pac-10 made the NCAA tournament. So, even though they were the top two teams in the nation, only one was going to move on to the postseason. USC ended up 24-2, with both losses to UCLA, but did not advance. “The game meant either ending your year or moving on,” Westphal said. “It’s a different system now and a different kind of pressure, but this is still a very compelling game.” In the rivals’ first game Jan. 13, USC players felt let down when they allowed UCLA to come back from a 10-point deficit and win on Arron Afflalo’s buzzer-beating jumper. That they outplayed UCLA for most of the game has the Trojans believing they can win at Pauley, where they have a pair of 21-point defeats the past two seasons. LOS ANGELES – For once, USC is not playing solely for pride and bragging rights when it travels to Pauley Pavilion tonight to face rival UCLA. If the No. 19 Trojans can shock the No. 2 Bruins, USC will tie UCLA for first place in the Pacific-10 Conference. center_img Former USC player and coach Bob Boyd, the program’s resident historian with 56 years following the team, said he doesn’t remember a USC-UCLA game this big since 1971. In that season, a Paul Westphal-led Trojans team coached by Boyd had a chance to tie the Bruins for first place in the final game of the regular season, but lost 73-62. last_img

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January 11, 2020 | by

New Treaty 8 agreement in Alberta

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Alberta government has this week signed a framework deal with its Treaty 8 First Nations to take a more hands-on approach to solving problems on a range of issues.The deal creates working groups to address issues in areas such as health, education, and infrastructure.At the signing ceremony, Premier Rachel Notley said the framework is designed to chase problems early, rather than react to them, and to ensure that First Nations people have the resources and opportunities necessary to chart their own future.- Advertisement -Treaty 8 was signed in June 1899 by Queen Victoria and is one of 11 numbered treaties between the Government of Canada and First Nations.840,000 square kilometers of land are covered by the treaty in northern Alberta, northeastern B.C., northwestern Saskatchewan and a southern-most portion of the Northwest Territories — making it larger than France.The Fort Nelson, Doig River, Halfway River, Prophet River, Saulteau, and West Moberly First Nations together form the Treaty Eight Tribal Association. Along with the Blueberry River First Nations and the McLeod Lake Indian Band, they are B.C. Treaty 8 signatories.Advertisement The latter ratified an agreement in principle with the federal and B.C. governments in 2000, which brought the nation under Treaty 8. It is now negotiating a self-government agreement independently in the B.C. treaty process.While the treaty still governs the region today, much has changed in terms of its landscape and use. Tribal Chief Liz Logan of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association says ongoing government sanctioned industrialization and resource extraction have broken the treaty promise that her people could practice their way of life, adding that ‘they’ve acted as if there was no treaty.’Negotiation of the 11 Number Treaties took place over a 50 year period beginning in 1871. No two treaties are alike, as they are dependent upon specific geographic and social conditions within the territory being addressed.last_img

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January 11, 2020 | by

Dinosaur with strange jaw discovered

first_imgThe 30-foot-long Nigersaurus had a feather-light skull held close to the ground to graze like an ancient cow. Sereno described it as a younger cousin of the North American dinosaur Diplodicus. Its broad muzzle contained more than 50 columns of teeth lined up tightly along the front edge of its jaw. Behind each tooth more were lined up as replacements when one broke off. Using CT scans the researchers were able study the inside of the animal’s skull where the orientation of canals in the organ that helps keep balance disclosed the habitual low pose of the head, they reported. Nigersaurus also had a backbone made of more air than bone. “The vertebrae are so paper-thin that it is difficult to imagine them coping with the stresses of everyday use – but we know they did it, and they did it well,” Jeffrey Wilson, assistant professor at the University of Michigan and an expedition team member, said in a statement. The dinosaur’s anatomy and lifestyle were to be detailed in the Nov. 21 issue of PLoS ONE, the online journal from the Public Library of Science, and in the December issue of National Geographic magazine. The first bones of Nigersaurus were picked up in Niger in the 1950s by French paleontologists led by Philippe Taquet, but the species was not named at that time. Sereno and his team honored this early work by naming Nigersaurus taqueti after the nation where it was found and the French scientist.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s not normally a good idea to have all the teeth in the front of the jaw – hundreds in this case. Sure, “it’s great for nipping,” Sereno said, “but that’s not where you want do your food processing.” “That was an amazing moment, we knew we had something no one had ever seen before,” Sereno recalled. Sereno, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence and paleontologist at the University of Chicago, said the first evidence of Nigersaurus was found in the 1990s and now researchers have been able to reconstruct its skull and skeleton. While Nigersaurus’ mouth is shaped like the wide intake slot of a vacuum, it has something lacking in most cleaners – hundreds of tiny, sharp teeth to grind up its food. WASHINGTON – A dinosaur with a strange jaw designed to hoover-up food grazed in what is now the Sahara Desert 110 million years ago. Remains of the creature that “flabbergasted” paleontologist Paul Sereno went on display Thursday at the headquarters of the National Geographic Society, where they will remain until March. Sereno and colleagues recovered, assembled and named the creature – Nigersaurus taqueti – that he said seems to break all the rules, yet still existed. “The biggest eureka moment was when I was sitting at the desk with this jaw,” he said. “I was sitting down just looking at it and saw a groove and realized that all the teeth were up front.” last_img

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December 30, 2019 | by

Language: Want to help Letterkenny become a Gaeltacht Service Town?

first_imgLetterkenny has been named as one of the towns that could apply to achieve recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town under the Gaeltacht Act 2012.On Tuesday next 26 July at 7pm a meeting will be held in the Council Offices in Letterkenny for any interested parties including groups and organisations who would like to learn more about the process involved.A language plan must be put together for any town interested in becoming a Gaeltacht Service Town and it is hoped that a local committee can be established to put this plan together. At the meeting interested parties will learn more about the language planning process for Gaeltacht Service Towns and the type of support and assistance that will be available.This meeting will include representatives from Foras na Gaeilge, the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Údarás na Gaeltachta. Anyone interested in attending this meeting should contact cobaoill@forasnagaeilge.ie.Language: Want to help Letterkenny become a Gaeltacht Service Town? was last modified: July 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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December 29, 2019 | by

MAYOR McMONAGLE SAYS TRAFFICKERS MUST BE KEPT IN THEIR ‘BOX’

first_imgLetterkenny Municipal District Mayor Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle has welcomed the launch of the UN Gift Box initiative at LYIT.The Gift Box is a UN initiative used to highlight the crime of Human Trafficking. The Box will be on display at LYIT until Friday and will be staffed each day by students and lecturers at the College.This is the first time that the Gift Box will be displayed in the Republic.Mayor Mc Monagle is asking people to call out to the LYIT and support the UN initiative. “This is something that we all must become aware of especially in light of the recent arrests in Letterkenny of people suspected of being involved in human trafficking.“Trafficking in Human Beings is a gross violation of human rights and is a very profitable business for crime gangs involved in people trafficking.“It is therefore very important that we all play our part in highlighting this terrible crime and helping the Gardai in anyway we can to crack down on the gangs involved in Human Trafficking,” he said. MAYOR McMONAGLE SAYS TRAFFICKERS MUST BE KEPT IN THEIR ‘BOX’ was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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December 28, 2019 | by

SEANÓG HANDS OVER LONDON MARATHON SPONSORSHIP TO LITTLE ANGELS SCHOOL

first_imgA DONEGAL man who took on the London Marathon has handed over €700 he raised from the run to the Little Angels school in Letterkenny.Seanóg Foody, who works at Brian McCormick Sports in the town, was very proud of his medal at the end of the run.Seanóg said: “I did the ‪LondonMarathon‬ at the end of April. What a lot didn’t know is that I did it in Aid of Little Angels School. “When I gave the money raised I felt proud and privileged to be able to help those who deserve it as it shows being selfless has its benefits and shows one’s true character as…..“What we do for ourselves dies with us, but what we do for others remains, and is immortal”He added: “Thanks to everyone who sponsored me no matter how big or small the donation it all counts. €700 was raised.” SEANÓG HANDS OVER LONDON MARATHON SPONSORSHIP TO LITTLE ANGELS SCHOOL was last modified: June 15th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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December 28, 2019 | by

Why Leicester’s title win has taken the shine off Chelsea’s ‘miracle’ – opinion

first_img1 It’s the final day of the 2014/15 Premier League season and Chelsea are champions. The sun is shining, the confetti has fallen and the trophy has been lifted.It’s the first season I’ve been able to afford to go and watch my team play every week so, after a beautiful day basking in my team’s success, I take one last look around Stamford Bridge before heading off. From my seat in the East Stand I have a clear view of the Shed End, the West Stand and the Matthew Harding. I pan across and see thousands of happy people celebrating in blue. I take it in as I have a feeling it won’t last.I’m not one of these nutcases who’s going to now try and convince you I’m a “psychic” or have “eerie premonitions” or anything stupid like that. I’m just a pessimist. I think pessimism is bred into you if you’re a Chelsea fan.You may think this makes no sense given the golden age of Chelsea history that I’ve lived through over the past decade-and-a-half, but my Dad always made sure that, despite our success in my lifetime, I always remembered where Chelsea came from. Probably just because he wants to whinge about the tripe he had to sit through for so many years, but either way it sunk in.So when the 2015/16 season came around and things started to fall apart at Stamford Bridge, although I wasn’t exactly happy about things, I think I dealt with it fairly well opposed to most modern Chelsea fans. A lot of us have come to expect success now rather than failure, and that’s only natural, but I saw this as payback for the massive overachievement we’ve had in the past few years.I mean if you look back at our history we have been crap at times. Really. Really. Crap. And yet, in 2012, we were crowned Champions of Europe and put our name on the back of that beautiful, giant, silver trophy alongside Europe’s elite.So I thought it was only right we were put back in our place.The manager we’d waited so long to get back to our club was sacked and ended up joining one of our biggest rivals, the players we’d loved had turned into “rats” and our legendary captain seemed to be on his way. The only silver lining for the entire season was the fact we were able to have a hand in Spurs not winning the league, but the future looked generally pretty bleak for us.We finished tenth and that was higher than we deserved.Then Antonio Conte was appointed.John Terry signed a new deal, we brought in a few players (most notably Kante, Alonso, Batshuayi and Luiz) and were ready to start again with ANOTHER new man at the helm.People need to remember, if you had offered any Chelsea fan a fourth place finish at this point, we’d have all bitten your hand off. Most didn’t see the signings we’d made as enough to achieve that, combined with the fact we’d kept so many of the useless players from last season and had a manager with no Premier League experience in charge.But we’ve gone and won the league.From tenth place, from turmoil, from a sacked manager, from booing our best players and calling them rats… to champions again. Twice in three years, with THAT season in between. It’s incredible.And yet no-one’s really giving us any credit for it.People are praising us for this season; I’m not denying that. But when Leicester won the league it was a ‘miracle’. People were talking about the whole story, where they’d come from, the state they were in the season before and how incredible it was to be where they were now. That’s been glossed over for Chelsea this season.Maybe it’s because we’re Chelsea and everyone hates us (that’s not something I oppose by the way) but, how I see it, for a team to come from tenth place in the league and the shambles we were last season to then leapfrog absolutely everyone and win the title is a miracle in itself.If it wasn’t for Leicester doing what they did last year, a lot more fuss would be made over us this season. However, as our ‘miracle’ isn’t as good as theirs it’s been forgotten.Two years ago, nobody would have ever thought it possible that a team coming from tenth in the league could then go and win the title. It used to be possible back in the days of the old First Division, but in the Premier League era? The era of the top four? No chance.So give us our credit. Just because our ‘miracle’ doesn’t top Leicester’s doesn’t mean it isn’t one.last_img

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December 27, 2019 | by