The other major leagues: € 711M to cover holes

first_imgPremier League: 199 millionManchester United has been the great agitator of a fairly decaffeinated winter market in the Premier in which just 200 million euros have been spent. Ighalo arrived on loan from China a few minutes after the market closed and Bruno Fernandes, for 55 million fixed plus 25 in variables, has been the most bulky signing. For its part, Tottenham, who wanted to strengthen himself to satisfy his new coach, has been the one who has moved the most from the greats. This winter market has something exceptional. The clubs that have spent more money in each of the major European leagues, except for the Spanish one, are clubs that are not even in Champions positions in their respective countries: United (England), Hertha (Germany), Naples (Italy) and Monaco (France). Moreover, of the four, only the Red Devils are in conflict for European positions, the others are in the middle of the table. The conclusion is that none of these teams did their homework well in summer and expect to find an escape route in January to redirect the season. This is usually the most common reading of this winter window, designed to solve the shortcomings of each team in the middle of the course.In total, 711 million euros are spent by the four major leagues (not counting the Spanish), among which stands out Series A, which was the most invested: 213.Series A: 213 millionSeries A has been the protagonist of this winter market with a total investment of almost 210 million euros. It’s been a long time since January was so exciting in Bel Paese, and the Milanese clubs covered the covers: Ibrahimovic arrived as a free agent and has already changed his face to Milan, while Eriksen at Inter cost him 20 million and is one of the most prestigious additions in recent years. The arrival of Bergwijn for 30 million and that of Gedson Fernandes for 15 have underpinned a team that has to try to replace the deficiencies left by Harry Kane’s injury, despite the fact that he has not finally achieved a ‘9’ of guarantees. Arsenal, meanwhile, was finally made with the services of Pablo Marí through a transfer with purchase option.Bundesliga: 177.95 millionThe Bundesliga went to the winter market with the checkbook in hand. The 18 German clubs invested a total of 177.95 million in signings, yes, this time the most spent was the modest Berlin Hertha. Those in the capital invested 78 kilos in Piatek (it was the most expensive for 27 million), Tousart, Cunha and Ascacíbar, all thanks to the investments of the Tennor group this past summer. Juve was done with the services of Kulusevski (it will cost 40 million), which will remain in Parma until June, Gattuso’s Naples, under reconstruction after its deep crisis, invested more than 60 million (Lobotka, Demme, Politano …) and Fiorentina was also revolutionized. Commisso demonstrated its strength with six signings (including Cutrone and Duncan), which will cost almost 70 million between transfers and purchase obligations. Roma will speak more Spanish with Carles Pérez and Villar, while Lazio remained without signing, trying unsuccessfully to incorporate Giroud in extremis. The most media operation was the signing of Haaland, a jewel of Salzburg that arrived in Dortmund for 20 kilos and ended up causing the march of Alcácer to Villarreal. 20 million also cost Leipzig services with Dani Olmo, who finally left Dinamo to take the next step in his career. Todibo (Schalke), Dabbur (Hoffenheim) and Odriozola (Bayern) were the players who left LaLiga to try their luck in a Bundesliga which already has eleven Spaniards. Can closed the market leaving Juve to join Dortmund, thus closing a template that goes through the salad bowl.Ligue 1: 120 millionLLigue 1 gave the closing in the winter market with a negative balance of income and expenses. French clubs have disbursed 120 million euros, and have received only 76 million. It has been one of the markets with less movements in recent years, something unusual in the Gallic country.The star signing has been that of Bruno Guimaraes. The medium has reached € 20 million from Athletico Paranaense. The biggest sale has been that of Lucas Tousart, which has been transferred to the Hertha in Berlin for € 25 million, but will remain on loan at Lyon until the end of the season. Ligue 1 will feature a World champion, since N’Zonzi was ceded yesterday to Rennes at the last minute. Rubén Pardo, also a few minutes after the market closed, signed for Girondins.last_img read more

Messi wins the Laureus with Hamilton and tomb another wall

first_imgIn front of the longest piece of the Berlin Wall still standing, the one that forms the East Side Gallery with works by more than one hundred artists (among them the famous kiss of the communist hierarchs Honecker and Breznev) and with the river Spree acting behind as a natural border between the former GDR and western Germany, Leo Messi and football threw another wall. The one that prevented no soccer player will win the Laureus, the Oscar of the sport that grant an academy of 68 legends after voting from journalists around the world and that celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Verti Musi Hall. So fair it was, that for the first time in history there was a tie in the voting and He won the ex aequo prize with the Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, with six championships under his arm. Cannibal Messi presented his sixth Golden Ball, the Best of FIFA and a sixth Golden Boot (36 goals) as endorsement. And he beat Rafa Nadal, Marc Márquez, Eliud Kipchoge and Tiger Woods. The hand in hand with Hamilton ended in tables. The footballer (32 years old) had been nominated five times previously in the highest category and once in the revelation category, but the legends, impregnated with a more sports spirit, had never risen to the top. Neither he nor any other footballer. Yes, they won the prize for best team in Barcelona in 2012 and the Spanish National World Champion in 2010.However, Messi did not pick up the statuette in Berlin. The Argentine striker was in Dubai, where he traveled on Sunday night taking advantage of the two holidays that Quique Setién gave to the staff. He is ambassador of the Expo 2020 of the emirate and had to comply with previously marked advertising commitments. The organization tried to be in person, but it was too late. He thanked him in a video: “I was very excited to receive it there. I thank the academy because it is a special prize and be the first to win it by being a group athlete and not an individual.” The Basketball Team competed for the best team award (it was for South Africa rugby), but the Spanish Federation won a special statuette, that of the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ For twenty years of success. “A recognition of hard work”, in the words of Pau Gasol. The Revelation prize also spoke Spanish. It was for the first Colombian to win the Tour, Egan Bernal (23 years old), who has just participated in the Tour of his country and left a message: “I hope to win more.” In the women’s category, Simone Biles continued to set the pace and repeated: third time in four years. The five-gold record in the full World Cup competition (25 medals in total) weighed against the athlete Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. LAUREUS AWARDSMale sportsmanLeo Messi (football) and Lewis Hamilton (F1)Female sportswomanSimone Biles (USA)EquipmentSouth Africa (rugby)RevelationEgan Bernal (Cycling)ReappearanceSophia Flörsch (motorsports)Action sportsmanChloe Kim (snowboard)Athlete with a disabilityOksana Masters (cycling / skiing)Outstanding achievementFed. Spanish BasketballRace awardDirk Nowitzki (basketball)Best moment 20 yearsSachin Tendulkar (cricket)last_img read more

Code of Conduct Launched to ‘Transform Education System’

first_imgAuthorities at the MOE yesterday launched the Code of Conduct for teachers and school administrators across the country.The Code of Conduct, which was launched in the conference room of the ministry in Monrovia, is being hosted on the theme, “Transforming the Education System.”The exercise is one of measures undertaken by the MOE to build a disciplined  teaching force that is professional. Its development is in consonance with objectives of the Education Reform Act of 2011, which seeks to promote and sustain public confidence in the Educational System. It is further to promote and protect the concept of human rights for all Liberians, both with respect to access and opportunities for quality education.The Code of Conduct serves as a guide and provides the acceptable behavior for all teachers, school administrators and staff. It stipulates the acceptable behavior in carrying out their professional duties and responsibilities in and out of the school and classroom, among other things.The launch of the exercise brought together stakeholders in the educational sectors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

E Division has capacity to respond to 911 calls – Commander

first_img…says state of roads may impact response timeWhile E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) has the capacity to respond to 911 calls, the deplorable state of the roads may have a negative impact on response time to emergencies.Commander Fazil KarimbakshThis is according to Divisional Commander Fazil Karimbaksh, who noted that since the implementation of the 911 service, there has been prompt and timely response; however, since roads in the Region are not in good condition, some delay in response has been recorded.The 911 service expanded throughout Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), including outlying areas such as Mabura, Ituni and Kwakwani. According to the Divisional Commander, adequate vehicles are available in these areas; however, he noted that there have rarely been calls from Ituni and Kwakwani so far. He stated that more calls were made from the more populated areas such as Linden. As such, the Commander encouraged the public to utilise the line in cases of emergencies.“We encourage members of the public to feel free to call the 911 line, and we want the members of the public to know that the 911 lines, they are being monitored and everything is being recorded,” Karimbaksh said. The Divisional Commander has warned against prank calling, as he revealed that there have been a number of these. In such cases, he said, the Guyana Police Force will be moving to prosecute the callers.“The 911 line is an emergency line and is not for that purpose. It is used to get help rapidly, quickly…,” he said.Meanwhile, residents have called for panic buttons to be placed at major business places such as banks in the event of 911 emergencies. However, Karimbaksh noted that all 911 technological services were not yet in place to facilitate this. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

2000 students to be facilitated in Money Smart workshop

first_imgNew Accounts Manager at GBTI Frances Sahadeo…to budget, save and spend prudentlyFinancial Literacy Month commenced on Monday with the launch of the Money Smart Kids workshop, designed by the Outliers Zone to assist children in making wise financial choices.In collaboration with the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI), they are expecting some 2000 students from both the primary and secondary schools for the workshop on April 12.Outliers Zone is a financial wellness institute that will engage the children on the dynamics of saving, investing, spending and donating.Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Athalyah Yisrael explained that this activity eliminates the scourge of financial illiteracy by providing useful information at an early age.Yisrael explained, “Our force is radical towards our children…The primary students will be able to learn about finances on their level…What we don’t want is for them to be there and struggle paycheck-to-paycheck.”Since the 2017 launch of Outliers Zone, some 1000 persons have already benefitted from activities and discussions to control their spending habits.Meanwhile, New Accounts Manager at GBTI, Frances Sahadeo stated that the financial institution has also been instrumental in providing saving solutions for all ages.This is evident through their Early Savers programme, which has helped many children via the establishment of a saving deposit from a young age.“At GBTI, we understand these needs and challenges, so we have developed solutions for customers at every level. We cater for the children, the retirees, small and large business people,” Sahadeo stated.She added, “We believe that initiatives such as these should be endorsed and fully supported. We encourage parents to think of the kids’ future and we encourage our kids to get a piggy bank and start saving. It’s never too late to instil in our children, to start practising sound financial patterns”.Tickets for the workshop will be sold at a number of schools. For the primary school level, the cost for one ticket is $500 and the workshop is slated for 09:30h to 11:00h. The secondary students are required to pay $600 and will be facilitated from 13:00h to 15:00h. Both sessions will be facilitated at the National Gymnasium.Piggy banks are also available at the cost of $8995 but the children will be eligible to enter a drawing to win one of four such saving devices. The end goal is to enable 11,000 children from the various regions to be money smart.Chief Executive Officer of Outliers Zone Athalyah Yisraellast_img read more

Denny Morrison makes the podium

first_imgDenny Morrison (Fort St. John, BC) came away with the bronze medal in the 1000m, Saturday, at the World Cup long track speed skating Men’s competition presented in Obihiro, Japan. In the Women’s Competition, Shannon Rempel (Winnipeg, MB) raced her best times of the season, taking fifth place in the 1000m.Thanks to a time of 1:10.39, Morrison won his very first individual medal of the season. American Shani Davis won the race in a time of 1:09.56, beating out silver medalist Korean Kyou-Hyuk Lee who finished in 1:09.80.- Advertisement -“It’s a lot of fun being on the podium but it’s not really what I’m focusing on,” Morrison explained. “What I’m most concerned about is the way I skate, and today I felt that things went quite well. I’m trying to be strong technically and tactic-wise, and it worked out well.”Morrison is the only member of Team Canada to have taken part in every World Cup competition since the beginning of the season. “Being that it’s a post-olympic year, I didn’t train that intensely this summer, so it’s been a work in progress lately,” he explained. “We have a young, up-and-coming team this year, so it really gives a lot of energy to everyone. It’s pretty amazing to watch them skate because you can see how much potential they have. It’s neat to be a veteran like this, where I feel I’m in the position to be able to help them out. Personally, I’m still passionate about skating.”In the group A competition, Jamie Gregg (Edmonton, AB) finished with a time of 1:10.88, good for 12th position, while Richard MacLennan (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) finished 20th with a time of 1:14.52. In the B group, Gilmore Junio (Calgary, AB) and William Dutton (Humboldt, SK) finished 7th and 13th, respectively, with times of 1:12.40 and 1:13.61.last_img read more

Amendments to Mines Act increases time allocated for investigation

first_img“We don’t want to be in a position where time limits prevent investigators and Crown Counsel from doing their jobs, Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett said in a written statement. “These amendments will ensure there is more time available, if required, for a thorough investigation and for a decision on whether to pursue charges for offences under the Mines Act.”The amendment to the time limit for pursuing charges under the Mines Act is similar other natural resource legislation, such as the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Environmental Management Act, according to Minister BennettCurrently, under the Mines Act, the province has six months to one year to pursue charges for offences committed under the act, depending on the nature of the offence.- Advertisement -The amendment will increase this limit to three years from when the chief inspector of mines first learns of the incident.The amendments to the act will come into effect as of Aug. 1, 2014, and will apply to all ongoing investigations, including the tailings storage facility breach at Mount Polleylast_img read more

Fire Bans Remain In Place As Weather Set To Become Warmer, Drier

first_imgAnyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be fined $1,150 or, if convicted in court, may be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000 and be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Though cooler, wetter weather has lowered the Fire Danger Rating across much of Northeastern BC, the weather outlook is forecasting a warm drying trend.Category 2 open fires are still prohibited throughout the entirety of the Prince George Fire Centre. In addition, Category 3 fires are prohibited in the Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, and Fort Nelson fire districts.Specifically, the Category 2 open fire prohibition applies to:- Advertisement -* The burning of any waste, slash or other materials.* Stubble or grass fires over an area less than 2,000 square metres.* Fireworks, tiki torches, sky lanterns.Advertisement * The use of stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA/ULC approved.This open fire prohibition does not ban campfires that are half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, nor does it apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.Since April 1, the BC Wildfire Service has responded to 129 wildfires in the Prince George Fire Centre, burning 89,543 hectares. Of those fires, 95% were human-caused.A map of the affected areas within the Prince George Fire centre is available here.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘I really feel for him’, says Klopp at Karius howlers

first_imgThe 24-year-old handed Karim Benzema the opening goal when he threw the ball against the France forward and it rebounded into the net.Then, with Liverpool hoping to snatch a late equaliser, Karius let Gareth Bale’s long-range effort slip through his grasp and into the net.Karius was in tears afer the final whistle, but tellingly not one of Liverpool’s shattered players went over to immediately console him.Only Madrid’s jubilant stars acknowledged the German’s angst before, still sobbing uncontrollably, he went toward Liverpool’s supporters to hold his hands up in an attempt to apologise for his blunders.While he wouldn’t publicly condemn Karius, Reds boss Klopp made it clear the difference in the match was the mistakes made by the man he signed from Mainz in 2016.“Yeah, what can I say? Loris knows it, everybody knows it. It’s a shame, in a game like this and after a season like this. I really feel for him, he is a fantastic boy,” Klopp said.“The first one…I don’t know. The second one came because of the first one.“It is really difficult to get rid of bad thoughts in your mind in a game like this.”Aside from Karius’s woeful display, the other crucial turning point was the first half injury suffered by Mohamed Salah.The Liverpool forward was forced off after suffering a suspected dislocated shoulder in a challenge with Real defender Sergio Ramos.Klopp admitted the loss of Liverpool’s 44-goal star was a huge blow to his team’s confidence.“The situation with Ramos and Mo was really bad a shock for the team. You could see that, Madrid immediately came up,” he said.Bale’s brilliant overhead kick had put Madrid 2-1 ahead as Klopp endured his sixth successive final defeat — a painful run that includes losing the 2013 Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich.“Finals are for winning, nothing else. We started well, exactly like we wanted,” Klopp said.“But the Bale bicycle kick was unbelievable. The boys did their best, but it was not the best script for us tonight.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Loris Karius had a night to forget as two costly errors ruined Liverpool’s hopes of a sixth European Cup triumph © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKYKIEV, Ukraine, May 27 – Devastated Jurgen Klopp admitted he was shell-shocked by Loris Karius’s costly mistakes in Liverpool’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid on Saturday.Liverpool goalkeeper Karius played a huge role in his side’s misery in Kiev as he gifted Madrid two goals.last_img read more

Banning defends perfect record

first_imgNONLEAGUE: The Pilots apparently have shored up what used to be a weak defense. By Stephen McFadden CORRESPONDENT With a recent emphasis on defense, Banning appears to have solidified itself as a contender in the Marine League. The Pilots dominated the line of scrimmage on offense and running back Josh Limosnero rushed for 101 yards. Banning’s Michael Calloway was virtually unstoppable on punt returns, returning one for a touchdown and setting the Pilots up on Taft’s 10-yard line on another. Ferragamo credited the success on special teams to the practice time the Pilots have been dedicating to the unit every day. “Special teams are a big part of our game plan,” Ferragamo said. “It’s not something we just throw in there. It’s a big area of focus for us. We work on it every day.” Trailing, 14-7, in the second quarter, it looked as if Banning’s undefeated season was in jeopardy. Banning quarterback Anthony Rodriguez threw an interception and Taft took over on its 39-yard line, poised to stretch its lead. But the Pilots came up with a big stop on defense, forcing Taft to punt. Limosnero tied the contest moments later at 14-14 with a 2-yard touchdown run, his second of the contest. Calloway and the Pilots defense took control from there. After forcing another three-and-out series, Calloway returned the ensuing punt deep into Taft territory. Running back Joel Panteau ran for a 10-yard touchdown to put the Pilots ahead for good, 21-14. With Banning holding a 28-14 lead and stifling Taft on defense, Calloway put the game away late in the third quarter. The senior caught a punt on Banning’s 28-yard line, raced to the right sideline and ran practically untouched for a 72-yard touchdown. Limosnero, who had a relatively quiet game by his standards, was impressed with the effort of Banning’s defense. “Our defense stepped up big time,” Limosnero said. “They had some key stops. The special teams really came up big for us too.” Banning will face its toughest challenge of the season next week, when the Pilots travel to face City Section power Venice, considered one of the few teams capable of challenging City favorite Birmingham for this year’s title. “Venice is a great football team,” Ferragamo said. “It’s gonna be a dogfight.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Pilots dominated at Taft, 35-14, Friday night in a nonleague game to improve to 4-0, thanks mostly to a stingy defense and big plays on special teams. “We are really emphasizing defense this year,” said Banning head coach Chris Ferragamo, now in his second year of his second stint with the Pilots. “Last year, defense was a big weakness for us. But this year, defense is really a sense of pride for us. We are coming along every week.” Ferragamo’s team certainly seems to be getting the message. After falling behind, 14-7, early in the second quarter, the Pilots shut down Taft (2-2) for the remainder of the game, scoring 28 unanswered points to pull away. last_img read more