La Liga asks UEFA to investigate Man City under FFP rules

first_imgUEFA is not investigating Manchester City under Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules after the Spanish football league (LFP) called for an inquiry into the English club and backed the decision of European soccer’s governing body to look into Paris St Germain’s spending.The LFP called for UEFA to look into the two clubs’ finances after they each splashed out over 200 million pounds in the last transfer window.“PSG and Man City’s funding by state-aid distorts European competitions and creates an inflationary spiral that is irreparably harming the football industry,” LFP president Javier Tebas said in a statement on Monday.PSG have been owned by the Qatar Sports Investment fund since 2011 and Premier League City were bought by The Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008.La Liga requested that they be investigated in August, saying both clubs have sponsorships which “make no economic sense and lack fair value”.“There is no investigation into Manchester City with regards to FFP regulations. Any reports mentioning such an investigation are unsubstantiated,” UEFA said in a statement.UEFA opened a formal investigation last week into PSG to see if their transfer spending has contravened the break-even rules of FFP.“PSG is a habitual offender and has been violating UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations for years,” Tebas added.“It is important that UEFA doesn’t just look at the most recent player transfers, but at PSG’s history of non-compliance. The transfers are merely the result of years of financial doping at PSG,” he said.The French club signed Neymar from Barcelona for a world record fee of 222 million euros.City brought in seven players including Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy for a combined 215 million pounds, more than any other club has spent in a single transfer window.Manchester City said they had no comment to make about the situation. PSG were not immediately available to respond.last_img read more

Hamilton, Vettel kick off race for fifth title in Melbourne

first_imgThe first instalment of what Formula One fans hope will be a genuine season-long tussle kicks off on Sunday as four-time champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel lock horns at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.This year marks the first that two quadruple champions are competing in the same season and their battle to see who joins Argentine legend Juan Manuel Fangio in second place on the all-time list with five titles promises to light up the series.Michael Schumacher leads the way on seven world titles.Hamilton emerged well on top for Mercedes at the end of 2017 after Ferrari’s Vettel made the early running, but their rivalry added plenty of spice, the pair banging wheels on the track in Azerbaijan and exchanging threats off it.Hopes are high for more tense duelling to spark interest in a championship that has generally proved a procession for the Silver Arrows, who have swept the drivers’ and constructors championships in each of the past four years.Much will depend on whether Ferrari’s SF71H can keep German Vettel within striking distance of Hamilton in his Mercedes W09, which the Briton raved about during pre-season testing.On that score, the jury is out.Lap times at testing can be misleading but there remains a conviction that Mercedes will head into Sunday’s race at Albert Park, as always, the team to beat.“We know that Mercedes is a little bit ahead of everyone and is dominating the sport for the last four years,” McLaren’s twice world champion Fernando Alonso told Reuters on Wednesday.“And they are the big favourites again to start the new season.”PERFECT TARGETMercedes are eager to see what the W09 can do at the lakeside circuit in Melbourne, with technical director James Allison saying it would “blow away” the W08 which garnered 12 race wins in 2017 and a fourth consecutive constructors’ title.Hamilton, however, was guarded about their opening weekend prospects, believing Red Bull could be as much a threat to the Silver Arrows as Ferrari.“I think at this time of the year everyone is trying to hype someone else up and we are the perfect target because we are the world champions,” the Briton said at a Melbourne event with sponsor Petronas on Wednesday.“From what I understand, I think Red Bull and Ferrari are very close. Potentially we are either level, just behind or maybe just ahead of the Red Bulls as far as I’m aware.”Ferrari have kept a low profile in the lead-up to the race but home hope and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo emerged on Wednesday to express hope for a “statement” performance.“Every year, the team works hard to build a fast car but, come testing, we’ve never really had much to show for it,” the Australian told reporters.“This year, we obviously had a bit more so, from a team perspective, we’re feeling much more prepared.”There will be fingers crossed in the McLaren garage as Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne put the new Renault-powered car through its paces, the once formidable outfit having split with Honda after three miserable years.Albert Park will see a number of debuts, with Formula Two’s Monegasque champion Charles Leclerc and Russian Sergey Sirotkin having their first races for Sauber and Williams respectively.The much-maligned halo, a cockpit head protection system, will also make its race debut along with ‘Grid Kids’, aspiring young drivers who have replaced the female models who paraded on track in seasons past.last_img read more

Djokovic pulls out of U.S. Open injured

first_imgBy Frank PingueNEW YORK, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic’s U.S. Open title defence came unstuck on Sunday when a nagging shoulder injury forced the world number one to retire from his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka, prompting a chorus of boos from the crowd at Flushing Meadows.Wawrinka was leading 6-4 7-5 2-1 when Djokovic decided he could not continue, the pair embracing at the side of the court before the Serb walked off with his head down low but his left thumb stuck high in the air.“The pain was constant for weeks now. Some days higher, some days with less intensity, and obviously taking different stuff to kill the pain instantly,” said Djokovic, who has won the U.S. Open three times.“Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.“You just know when you know, I guess, when you feel like you’re not able to hit the shot anymore.”After dropping the second set, Djokovic immediately called for medical attention and sat courtside without his shirt on while the trainer gave him a massage.He returned to the court but the 16-times Grand Slam winner was still clearly hampered by the issue and after being broken to love following a double fault decided he could not go on.The shoulder injury nearly saw Djokovic retire from his second-round match on Wednesday but the 32-year-old seemed to have recovered by Friday, saying he was almost pain-free after winning in straight sets to reach the last 16.While frustrated in his bid to inch closer to Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 career Grand Slam titles, Djokovic was confident there would be plenty more chances to add to his collection.“It’s a long road ahead hopefully for me,” he said. “I hope I can play for many more years. I’m planning to. I mean, I don’t see an end behind the corner at all.“Now it’s a matter of keeping my body and mind in shape and trying to still peak at these kind of events that are majors and that are the most significant in our sport.”Djokovic was off the pace in a lacklustre first set against three-times Grand Slam champion Wawrinka but seemed to right the ship in the second when he took a 4-1 lead.But a determined Wawrinka, with his serve clicking, fought his way back and twice held to love en route to taking the set for a 2-0 lead.Wawrinka, who had not faced Djokovic since beating him in the 2016 U.S. Open final, said he could see his opponent was struggling but did his best to focus on his own game.“For sure I could see some little thing that he was in trouble,” said Wawrinka, who will face Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals.“But I was most likely, most of the time, focused on myself because I know how well he can fight. I know how well he can come back. Doesn’t matter how he’s feeling on the court, and that’s what I was focusing on.” Results from the Grand Slam, US Open Men’s Singles matches on Sunday .. 3rd Round .. Andrey Rublev (RUS) beat 28-Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 7-6 7-6(5) 6-3 .. 4th Round .. 5-Daniil Medvedev (RUS) beat Dominik Koepfer (GER) 3-6 6-3 6-2 7-6(2) 3-Roger Federer (SUI) beat 15-David Goffin (BEL) 6-2 6-2 6-0 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) beat Alex De Minaur (AUS) 7-5 6-3 6-4 Results from the Grand Slam, US Open Women’s Singles matches on Sunday .. 3rd Round .. 13-Belinda Bencic (SUI) beat 21-Anett Kontaveit (EST) (Walkover) .. 4th Round .. 5-Elina Svitolina (UKR) beat 10-Madison Keys (USA) 7-5 6-4 16-Johanna Konta (GBR) beat 3-Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6-7(1) 6-3 7-5 8-Serena Williams (USA) beat 22-Petra Martic (CRO) 6-3 6-4 18-Qiang Wang (CHN) beat 2-Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 6-2 6-4last_img read more

SBC steps up basketball promotion in communities

first_img Promotions in gear Following a drop in the number of entrants for this season Southern Conference Basketball (SBC) Howard McCathy Community Basketball League, SBC president, Calvin Martin, says that his organisation will try a number of promotional activities to revive some former teams and encourage youth participation and development. According to the former Jamaica Basketball Association (JABA) interim president, the SBC has mandated that all participating teams should have an under-13 group and will also host a test tournament during the course of the season, which tips off at Pembroke Hall Courts next Saturday at 3:00 p.m. They will host a number of basketball activities in participating communities and the communities of former clubs to help rejuvenate some dormant teams. “We have less teams this year, we only have 20 this year and we had 25 last season. There have been a lot of reasons (for teams dropping out), there’s financial, some teams don’t want to go to certain places, while some teams no longer exist. “So we are seeking to do some promotional things in the communities of teams that don’t exist again and bring back some of the old teams like Rollington Town, Franklyn Town, Seaview, Bull Bay, Olympic Way, and Liguanea Lions. “We are planning to do some work during this league. We will do some 3-on-3 tournaments. We will also start a community under-13, as we are trying to get all the teams to have an under-13 group,” he said. “Most have their under-13 team as they have been mandated to. The only club that may not have an under-13 team is Police. We are looking to have that in tournament format.The tournament will be done in three parts. There will be the preliminaries on the first two days, and on the final day, there will be a playoffs with the top four teams,” he explained. However, he noted that there may be an issue with adequate venues but believes, there are enough playing courts to accommodate the tournament. “We will be using our regular courts. The opening will be at Pembroke Hall, but there will not many games there apart from the opening because Pembroke Hall is not playing. “The others (courts) are Edgewater, Majesty Gardens, Payne Land, Arnett Gardens, and Harbour View. We are hoping Rae Town can host some games and we were thinking of going to Spanish Town, but with the state of emergency, we decided not to go, although (Spanish Town) Spartans has a brand-new court,” he said.last_img read more

For Overstaying on Port Premises NPA, LRA, APM Terminals Auction Abandoned Cargoes

first_imgThe National Port Authority (NPA), in collaboration with APM Terminals and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has  auctioned abandoned container units through sealed bids.  The containers had overstayed within the premises at the Freeport of Monrovia for over three months or more.The auction indicates that several 40 feet and 20 feet containers had stayed for 90 days or above while loose cargoes (pallet drinks and Water) have also stayed for more than 90 days.  Included among the auctioned items were  several abandoned vehicles.The auction of these items was due to failure on the part of the importers to meet up with their storage payments for these entities.The exercise, which took place on Saturday, May 9, at the head office of the port, brought together 400 hundred business people and individuals who applied for them through sealed bids advertised in the local dailies.Sekou Korleh, Executive Director for Government and International Affairs at the Freeport of Monrovia, told the audience that before they came up with these auctions management of these entities granted importers of the cargoes additional ten working days– February 17-27—to have their cargoes cleared with all pertinent shipping documents presented and storage bills paid.Based on that, he said, nobody turned up to show ownership of them and, as a result, management decided to auction  them to the public through sealed bids.“Further delays in clearance will lead to accumulation of customs duties, storage and warehouse rent charges,” said Mr. Korleh. “Prolonged stay may lead to the goods being deemed abandoned to be disposed of through auction to create space for incoming cargo.”He said the entire process was followed in sequence where bidders bought the auction booklet and marked the items they were interested in.Commenting further on the abandoned items at the port, Mr. Korleh added that, “If you went to America and received  20 mattresses in a container free of charge and the port there (in America) asked you to pay US$1,500 for shipment to Liberia, when the goods arrive here (Liberia) then we ask you to pay another US$1,500 and you have not paid for freight, just calculate all the expenses; maybe it would amount to US$5,000 to US$6,000.  The  owner will definitely abandon  them and leave.”For his part, Wounpay Doe, Acting Manager for Trade Facilitation at LRA, said the entity is there to collect the lawful taxes that belong to government.Mr. Doe noted that when it comes to auctions the LRA believes in the laws, because the entity wants to ensure that government receives its lawful revenues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The language of suicide – an opportunity to accurately confront a global scourge

first_imgDear Editor,I thank the Caribbean Voice for highlighting the language of suicide as the global suicide crisis intensifies. Guyana is one of the most affected countries in the world, but this should not misdirect people in regard to the global crisis that exists. Guyana is a part of this global public health crisis.The language of suicide reflects our larger misunderstanding and lack of knowledge surrounding a genuine public health scourge. Even people with good intentions and dedication in the fight against suicide often speak with loose tongue, and even “mis-speak”.I am equally guilty, and I regret that I was not more careful in the past. This is therefore not a criticism of anyone; it is a plea for all of us to do a better job in the fight against suicide. We can start with the language we use.We often — even for those of us who have highlighted this problem — refer to people “committing suicide”. People do not commit suicide, people die from suicide. Think about it. People do not commit diabetes or heart attack or cancer. They die from such conditions. People do not commit AIDS, they die from AIDS.When several persons jumped off the World Trade Center during September 2001 (9/11), what exactly did they commit? They did not commit suicide. They died from jumping to the ground. They did not commit jumping. Like suicide, people made a choice, having been driven by extreme circumstances. They were victims of the special circumstances.When someone dies from suicide, that person has died because circumstances led them to that path. Just like cancer eats away our physical health and eventually leads to death; and just like heart conditions cause a deterioration of the heart, which eventually leads to death, just so do mental conditions lead to the failure of people’s mental capacities, and cause death.In earlier times, we treated suicide as a crime. Guyana and many other countries, and several States in the USA, still have laws in the books that deem suicide a crime, even if these laws are ignored. It is that view of suicide that has led to language such as “committing suicide”. Thankfully, laws are changing, but our language has not changed.The residue of shame associated with a crime remains attached to suicide. Our brothers and sisters; our children; our moms and dads; our relatives and friends, who died because of suicide, did not commit a crime.For those of us who genuinely want to help fight against the suicide scourge, it is alright to feel we can do more to prevent anyone from being a victim of suicide the way someone becomes a victim of diabetes or cancer. But we should never have to feel shame because someone close to us died from suicide. To say that someone “committed” suicide feels offensive to me. It is absolutely inaccurate to say people “commit suicide”.With that said, I understand that many persons who are guilty — and I also have been in the past — of mis-characterizing the problem had never intended to add insult to injury.I decided to make this commentary not because I have a “bone to pick” with anyone; I simply humbly plead that we adopt the more accurate language. Stop saying people “commit suicide”; consider instead the more accurate expression: “dying by suicide”.By adopting more accurate language around suicide, we have the power to reduce some of the massive shame carried by suicide survivors. It is possible. Not so long ago, we faced the same problem with cancer survivors; and, more recently, with HIV survivors. For those of us in the fight against suicide, we must energize the fight by highlighting this problem of inaccurate language about suicide. We must offer a countercultural option, a genuine act of kindness. Although just a small step forward, the interpersonal and political impact is nothing but huge.In ending this note, please pay attention to this from Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls: “It is not seen as insane when a fighter, under an attack that will inevitably lead to his death, chooses to take his own life first. In fact, this act has been encouraged for centuries, and is accepted even now as an honourable reason to do the deed. How is it any different when you are under attack by your own mind?”Respectfully,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

ECD missing sisters found

first_img– 1 in custodyTwo teenage sisters of Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) – 18-year-old Nimoutie Hiralall (aka Nikita) and 17-year-old Tresha Hiralall (aka Alia) – who had gone missing from their parents’ home on the night of Wednesday last, have been found.On the night of their disappearance, the girls were reportedly playing dominoes with their brother, Alex Harilall, who was called away to run an errand for their mother. Upon his return, he discovered the teens had disappeared, and duly informed his parents. The parents, Chandanie Hiralall (aka Shanta) and Deoraj Hiralall (aka Sunil), called the homes of neighbours and other relatives, but no one had seen the girls. The teens reportedly have no cellular phones, so their parents had no way to contact them.A report was subsequently made at the Enmore Police Station after the search for the teens had proved futile.Police officers found the girls on Friday last at Annandale, East Coast Demerara (ECD). They were reportedly being detained against their will, and Police have confirmed that a male suspect is in custody.The Guyana Times however understands that the younger teen had previously been found at the home of her alleged boyfriend who resides in Annandale. She had allegedly run away for two days, and it was only after someone had reported seeing her that she was found and returned home.Investigators are said to be questioning the suspect.last_img read more

Messi returns, Tevez snubbed by Argentina

first_imgArgentina 19-man squadGoalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria/ITA) Nahuel Guzman (Tigres UANL)Defenders: Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal/ESP), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City/ENG), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City/ENG), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United/ENG), Santiago Vergini (Sunderland/ENG), Federico Fernandez (Swansea/ENG) Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/ESP), Lucas Biglia (Lazio/ITA), Javier Pastore (PSG/FRA), Roberto Pereyra (Juventus/ITA), Angel Di Maria (Manchester United/ENG), Erik Lamela (Tottenham/ENG), Enzo Perez (Benfica/POR), Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica/POR) Strikers: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City/ENG), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli/ITA).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BUENOS AIRES, September 23- Argentina captain Lionel Messi was called up Monday by new coach Gerardo Martino for friendlies against Brazil and Hong Kong but Juventus striker Carlos Tevez was snubbed again.Messi, 27, returns for the Albiceleste after a groin injury saw him miss out on his former Barcelona coach Martino’s debut in a 4-2 friendly win against world champions Germany. Tevez was absent from the 19-man squad named Monday despite earlier press reports that he was set to return after three years in the international wilderness.The 30-year-old striker was shunned by former coach Alejandro Sabella but his successor was reported to be keen to see the 30-year-old forward return.Tevez scored 13 goals in 64 matches for Argentina between 2004 and 2011 before being frozen out.He won Premier League titles with United in 2008 and 2009 as well as the Champions League in 2008 before adding a third English title with City in 2012. His current club Juventus won the Serie A crown last season while in 2003 he lifted the Copa Libertadores with Boca Juniors. The Buenos Aires native is also a three-time South American player of the year (2003, 2004, 2005). Martino took over from Sabella who stepped down after leading the two-time global champions to the 2014 World Cup final where they were beaten 1-0 by Germany after extra-time. Argentina play Brazil in Beijing on October 10 and at Hong Kong four days later.last_img read more

Leeds fans on Twitter loved what Mateusz Klich did during brawl versus Bolton

first_imgKlich pouring a drink on someone 😂— Luke Clifford (@lclifford91) February 23, 2019 GREAT NEWS United were heading for a frustrating draw when Bolton goalkeeper Remi Matthews made a mess of Alioski’s overhit cross midway through the second half and gifted Leeds three valuable points.Patrick Bamford’s early penalty appeared to have put Marcelo Bielsa‘s side on course for a routine victory but Mark Beevers quickly equalised as Bolton gave as good as they got in an even contest.There was a flash point in the second half when Josh Magennis caught Alioski in the back and sparked a melee on the touchline which saw Bolton boss Phil Parkinson receive a red card.As Gary O’Neil tried to act as a peace-maker, Klich crept round the back of the brawl and squirted Joe Williams in the neck with a water bottle. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship REPLY Mateusz Klich won the hearts of Leeds United fans everywhere with his cheeky gesture during the clash with relegation-threatened Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.Ezgjan Alioski’s freak goal gave the Whites a nervy 2-1 win to keep them on track at the top of the Sky Bet Championship. Klich in action against Bolton at Elland Road Klich squirted Joe Williams with a water bottle Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ goalless 2 CONFUSION Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer ‘close’ Klich has given us some comedy gold this season 😂— Austin LUFC Pillay (@Austin4evaLEEDS) February 23, 2019 LATEST EFL NEWS Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Macclesfield set for further EFL sanctions after Plymouth match is called off Klich squirting the Bolton players with his water bottle 😂😂😂— leah (@leahwallerx) February 23, 2019 stalemate Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues 2 Mateusz Klich is proper Leeds isn’t he— Ashley Griffin (@AshleyGriffin8) February 23, 2019 Although seemingly innocuous, it sparked a furious reaction from plenty of the travelling players and members of staff.Check out what Leeds fans on Twitter thought of the incident! EFL result Orient chief gives update on manager search after ‘unfortunate’ Fletcher sacking Mateusz Klich squirting water down someone’s neck during the Leeds v Bolton brawl 😲Proper wind up merchant 🤣 pic.twitter.com/Kgkrr8Fdvn— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) February 23, 2019 HAHAHAHAH asif klich just squirted Williams in the face with his drink 😂 handbags here #lufc— Kieron (@Zikki__) February 23, 2019 Klich was just trying to cool everyone down 😂 #LUFC— ASW (@Awi1c0) February 24, 2019 ROUND-UP Klich with the water Bottle 😂👌— James 💙💛 (@jamesmelloy7) February 23, 2019 Mateuz Klich everybody 😂Legend #lufc pic.twitter.com/b5avEmBNdV— MagicPablo💙💛 (@PollsLufc) February 23, 2019last_img read more

Jackson County Inmate Roster – 10.1.17

first_imgBooking #:97751 Brown, Jonathan D Booking Date:09-30-2017 – 10:10 pm View Profile >>> Charges:35-43-4-2 A Theft Bond:No Bond Release Date:09-30-2017 – 3:46 pm Booking Date:09-29-2017 – 9:18 pm Charges:3 Out of County Hold View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Charges:35-33-10-3 Fugitive Warrant Crane, Jessi A Charges:35-42-2-1 (1A) Battery Release Date:09-30-2017 – 10:16 am Martin, Kyle A Booking #:97746 Booking Date:09-28-2017 – 3:26 pm Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours. Cowles, Danialle E Bond:No Bond View Profile >>> Charges:9-30-5-2 Operating Vehicle While Intox9-30-5-1 BAC .08% to .14% Booking Date:09-30-2017 – 7:09 pm Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. Bond:$355 Douglas, Samantha S Bond:$705 Bond:$705 Booking #:97749 Release Date:09-30-2017 – 9:46 pm Booking Date:09-30-2017 – 3:12 am Booking #:97738 Booking #:97750 View Profile >>>last_img read more