The revolution can wait

first_imgBartomeu, however, does admit to a blunder in Dembélé and Coutinho’s investments. He does not forgive himself, and he never tires of repeating it off the record, having so ridiculously squandered the money from Neymar’s escape. Bartomeu ends his term in June 2021. He considers that this is a good time for his successor to choose which course he wants for Barça and, if he so decides, to face the drastic change in the dressing room and the new cycle.There is a second reason powerful enough to postpone the revolution for another year. The health crisis has left Barça paralyzed and at the club it is assumed that the coronavirus will give him a good financial bite. Bad time, then, to turn the insole around like a sock. Hence Setien’s idea of ​​just tinkering. The priority is to sign a right center and a forward, but neither of the two operations is clear. With the battle for De Ligt lost last year, there is no high-ranking name to imagine him as the successor to Piqué, who at his best remains the best center in the world. And up front, the chosen one is Lautaro, but Suárez has one year left on his contract and the possibility of reuniting the trident in his last year is highly motivating for Bartomeu. Closing the circle with MSN, the trident that gave him the treble, is still a beautiful dream. The rest of the touches on the squad (right-back, midfielders) will have to do with bartering, so the structure, broadly speaking, will remain the same. Reforma, yes, and on the back of Messi. Revolution, no. “I don’t think a revolution is necessary, I don’t see this team exhausted.” Quique Setien’s phrase during one of the multiple interviews he has given in recent days has not been accidental. Setien blesses and accompanies the story of the club because he has no other choice, so his speech is made knowingly. One more season, Barça will avoid the great debate on the end of the cycle that began to hint after the defeat in Rome and seemed inevitable after the Liverpool disaster and the defeat of the Cup final against Valencia at Benito Villamarín. Last season, the club found an excuse in the May tsunami. When the month started, Barça smelled of the third triplet in its history. League champion as he was already, in the Cup final, and with a 3-0 income before traveling to Anfield, he smelled of rúa with the three titles on the front of the bus. And with De Jong signed and Griezmann on the way, all he had to do was touch up the squad. The Anfield and Seville disasters, then, left Barça without room for maneuver, but The generational shift for the 2020-21 season was dropped.But that will not happen. Barça will keep next season, start when it starts, the backbone of recent years. Except for surprise, next year Ter Stegen, Piqué, Alba, Busquets, Messi and maybe Luis Suárez will continue in the starting eleven. The last five, over 30 years old. However, Barça has an alibi again. The first, from its own president. Bartomeu wants no more riots in the locker room And he is determined to end this journey with those who have not stopped being his players: Triple in 2015, double in 2016 (plus the Club World Cup), Cup in 2017, double in 2018 and League in 2019, Barça has not stopped to win titles during this term of the president. Why, then, not finish with the players who gave him glory and have basically helped him finish his mandate. The old guard and then his signings. Umtiti, whom he renewed at the price of gold; and Griezmann or De Jong, his last little right eyes.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgPakistan whip Zimbabwe in 1st ODI HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP): Legspinner Yasir Shah took 6-26 as Pakistan thumped Zimbabwe by 131 runs in the first one-day international yesterday. Shah ran through Zimbabwe’s top and middle order, taking five of the first seven wickets as the home team crumbled to 128 all out chasing Pakistan’s 259-6 at Harare Sports Club. Put in to bat first by Zimbabwe, Pakistan struggled at the start and was 35-3 before their middle order came to the rescue. Mohammed Rizwan was top scorer with a career-best 75 in ODIs, hitting four fours and two sixes. Wasim made 61 and their stand ensured Pakistan went past 250. SA to bank on spinners DHARAMSALA, India (AP): South Africa captain Faf du Plessis gave a surprise spin warning ahead of their first ever Twenty20 in India today. “I suppose they know we’ve got spinners who can win us games,” du Plessis said about the Imran Tahir-led spin attack yesterday. “Imran has changed the way we play in the white-ball format. We’ve always relied on pace, but now our success in one-dayers and T20s is heavily on his shoulders.” The spinners have come to prominence since pace bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel are being rested for the three T20s, though they will figure in the five one-day internationals and four tests to follow. Du Plessis, who along with ODI captain AB de Villiers, Tahir, Albie Morkel and Duminy, has featured regularly in the Indian Premier League, feels the experience of playing in that will help, too.center_img Australia postpone Bangladesh tour MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Australia have postponed their cricket tour to Bangladesh because of concerns over player safety. Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said yesterday the tour, scheduled to start with a warm-up match tomorrow would not go ahead as planned after Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs identified a serious security risk. “The threats were credible and real and targeted, not only against Westerners but against Australians,” Sutherland said. “After six days of extensive deliberations and research, we’ve come to the conclusion that we have no other alternative than to postpone our tour.” Sutherland said he’d negotiate with the Bangladesh Cricket Board regarding potential future dates for the series. The Australians were scheduled to play two Tests – beginning October 9 in Chittagong and October 17 in Dhaka.last_img read more

July 26 Orator Calls for ‘New Order’

first_imgThe National Orator at the 167th Independence anniversary of Liberia, Dr. Elizabeth Davis Russell, has proposed a “New Order” that when followed, will help bring Liberia out of its current state of backwardness as wells as ensure infrastructural and human development.Speaking at the independence celebration on July 26 at the Centennial Pavilion in Monrovia, Dr. Davis-Russell, who is also the President of the Tubman University in Maryland County, proposed a module of stewardship challenging the common practice of leadership that is often built upon self-aggrandizement. She spoke on the theme, “We Must Bring About Transformation.”The veteran educator called for the transformation of minds, attitudes and behaviors if Liberians are to rebuild their country collectively, observing that in the face of competing priorities of infrastructural development, education and healthcare, it is of the utmost importance to seriously focus on the human factor to bring about the transformation Liberia.Davis-Russell outlined three levels at which this transformation of attitudes and behaviors, which Liberia direly needs, must occur. She named family, education and society, adding that it is imperative that each level reinforces the other. More emphasis was, however, placed on the society, which belongs to everyone.The society, which she called the third level of development, must support the family and education by setting and adhering to norms that are based on excellence, integrity, civility, ethics, civic virtue, dependability and trustworthiness.The National orator said dependability and trustworthiness must be the new order of the day and every day.“We must practice personal responsibility instead of trying to pass blame for not doing what we were supposed to do. Change will not come easy, but we must remain steadfast and hold ourselves and others accountable.”She warned that if Liberians do not change, Liberia will become obsolete as the dinosaurs while others speed by, adding, “Let us remember the words of the national songs which proclaim a new day.”Dr. Davis-Russell indicated that society must also reinforce the fact that there are consequences through rewards and punishment, reiterating that Liberians, small or big, should begin to take responsibilities for their actions.“In the words of the national anthem we sing the words “of valor unpretending”. If we search our Thesaurus, we know that other words for valor are courage, bravery, spirit, nerve, heroism, fearlessness, boldness, gallantry,” she explained.The TU president, who is also a professional psychologist, noted that Liberians must use courage, bravery, spirit, nerve, heroism, fearlessness, boldness and gallantry to change their perceptions of themselves, and their attitudes about what they can do for themselves, adding,  “ We must battle mediocrity and set excellence as the standard in our schools, workplace and in society generally.”The veteran educator, who has spent over 35 years in the profession of offering higher education, said Liberians must eschew dishonesty and corruption and imbed integrity in all actions, no matter how small.“Public servants should not ask for money or favors under the table to do the people’s work. Our interactions with one another should be characterized by civility. We may disagree, but we do not have to be disagreeable. Ethical behavior should be the norm rather than the exception.Love of nation should supersede ethnicity and other affiliations that are used to divide; each child must learn what it means to be a citizen; with all of the rights, privileges, obligations, and responsibilities,” she saidShe indicated that Liberians must understand that in order for Liberia to succeed, each one must do his/her duty regardless of what it is, because others depend upon us.“We cannot afford to have bench warmers — that is, people who sit in offices or under trees and do nothing but collect a paycheck. We also cannot afford to have minimalists, those who perform the least of what is expected and nothing more.”“We must examine our labor laws that permit those minimalists to work the system by working only 15 days a month knowing that they will get a paycheck for the whole month. We need workers who demonstrate the value and passion for work,” she noted.Dr. Davis-Russell noted that the family, which is the unit that gives each and everyone an early sense of who he/she is and provides people with the foundation of values that prepares  for the broader society, has been destroyed as a result of 15 years of war.She explained that the family provides comfort, security and a sense of worth. It is also the holder and transmitter of society’s norms. Yet two generations of Liberia’s young people have no family.“They raised themselves; and for many, their moral compasses are non-existent. And so they mistake brute force for acceptable means of achieving what they want. It is not too late for many of these young people. The schools, colleges and universities must become in loco parentis. That is, they must become surrogate parents on site,” she asserted.The TU boss said young people must engage in values clarification, provide structure, and correct misbehaviors by serving as models of what is appropriate.At the occasion, Dr. Davis-Russell was admitted into the Star of Africa with the Grade of Grand Band for her numerous contributions to Liberia and the world.Former Chief Justice, Cllr. Johnnie N. Lewis, was also admitted into the Most Venerable Order of the Pioneers with the Grade of Knight Grand Commander.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jury sees gun used to shoot Kitty man

first_imgPresent and former ranks of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) have identified the service pistol which was used to shoot electrician Devon Howell.Accused: Alistair WoolfordAt the High Court on Tuesday, it was confirmed that then colleague Jonathon Williams was given the weapon at the Army’s Camp Ayanganna headquarters. This was revealed at Alistair Woolford’s trial which continued at the High Court.Woolford is facing a manslaughter charge as it is contended that he discharged a loaded firearm at Howell with intent to murder him. The matter is expected to conclude later this week.At Tuesday’s proceedings, the 9mm semi-automatic silver pistol that was used to shoot the Kitty, Georgetown electrician at his friend’s nearby D’Andrade Street residence, was presented in court.Williams, the weapon holder, who left the gun on top of a refrigerator to use Woolford’s washroom, had testified the gun was the one he retrieved from Army headquarters. GDF Private Dennis Fung and fellow rank Cliff Johnson both confirmed that the silver pistol was the one Williams had taken.The gun was tendered into evidence by Policeman Oswin Semple who charged the defendant Woolford and held a confrontation with him and Daniel Fletchman, who witnessed Woolford shooting Howell. All four men, including Williams, were friends. Fletchman only Monday recalled witnessing Woolford pointing the gun towards Howell, who spun around before falling to the ground.Semple told the court Tuesday that after he charged Woolford, the accused replied that Howell was playing with the gun and he was on his phone and was not focusing on him. Later on, Woolford reportedly said that he proceeded to take the GDF service pistol and he squeezed it and it accidentally hit Devon to his neck.According to Semple’s recollection, the defendant told Police that he, Woolford, “John” and Howell went into a cousin’s car which transported them to the hospital. It was relayed that “John” took the gun and carried it back to the Army base.Howell was shot on November 21, 2014. He was hospitalised after the incident, and succumbed to his injuries three weeks later on December 8, 2014. Howell reportedly received injuries to his upper spinal cord, and died without regaining consciousness. Woolford is represented by Attorneys Compton Richardson and Hewley Griffith. Attorneys Mandel Moore and Abigail Gibbs are prosecuting the case.last_img read more

PRRD to ask for “Community Rail”

first_imgThe Peace River Regional District is hoping to make BC’s carbon footprint a little lighter—not with new technology, but with rail.Members of the PRRD will join representatives of other communities in the province at a Union of BC Municipalities Conference in Penticton later this month. The PRRD hopes to pass a resolution at the conference to endorse what it calls “community rail.”The resolution would see BC cities push for rail to be used as a “green” alternative to trucking, with a specific focus on consumer goods transportation between communities. If the resolution passes, it would require the UBCM to lobby the provincial government, as well as CN and CP Rail, to design and develop the system of inter-community routes.- Advertisement -Although the verdict on the resolution won’t be known until later this month, the UBCM Resolutions Committee has recommended Union members approve the resolution.last_img read more

Two Dawson Creek residents are dead following a crash near Demmitt

first_imgTwo residents of Dawson Creek, B.C. are dead after a collision Friday in northwestern Alberta. RCMP say the collision happened around 9:30 p.m. on Highway 43, about two kilometres east of Alberta’s boundary with British Columbia. Police say a Nissan SUV was westbound when the vehicle crossed the centre line and was broadsided by a pickup. – Advertisement -The driver of the SUV was transported to hospital in Grande Prairie, Alta., but later died and a passenger in the vehicle was declared dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup was taken to hospital in Hythe, Alta., and treated and released. Police say poor road conditions are believed to have contributed to the collision.Advertisementlast_img


first_imgLetterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club is proud to announce that July 21st will be the date of this year’s triathlon in the beautiful surroundings of Gartan Lake.The race which is in its second year and sponsored by local American diner “STATESIDE” promises to be an excellent day of racing if last years standards are anything to go by, with athletes coming from all over the northwest to take part in both the individual and relay disciplines of the race. The triathlon itself consists of a 750m swim in Gartan Lake, a 20km out and back bike ride on the main Churchill to Letterkenny road and a 5km run along the beautiful banks and forest paths of Gartan Lake.The club would like to invite anyone who has an interest in taking part to enter on-line on or see the club website for further details.The event is not only for the hardened competitor but also for anyone interested sport or exercise as the event is a great days fun and enjoyment for all that take part, and if you feel the individual race may be too much why not get a team together and take part in the relay event.Relay teams consist of three people with each completing one leg of the triathlon, with early bird prices available to all competitors it promises to be money well spent on an event that could be the beginning of a brand new hobby or past time, as triathlon is still for the third year on the trot Ireland’s fastest growing sport. DuathlonWell done also goes the 24/7’s Adam Speer who won the tri limits duathlon series at the weekend in Cookstown. The series itself consists of three races, with Adam finishing in 1st position in each race of the 8 week period. This is a great start to the season for Speer who will be hoping to carry this success into the triathlon national series which kicks off in the middle of May. Congratulations also goes to Colin Dean who finished 4th in the series and is hoping to pop his triathlon cherry in the summer months after working hard in the pool over the winter months.  24/7 TRIATHLON CLUB ANNOUNCE SUPER SUMMER EVENT was last modified: March 30th, 2012 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) Tags:24/7 TRIATHLON CLUBlast_img read more

Man City confirm signing of Dutch defender

first_imgManchester City have bolstered their defensive ranks with the signing of Dutch youth international Philippe Sandler.The reigning Premier League champions announced the arrival of the 21-year-old from PEC Zwolle on Tuesday afternoon. 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST TRANSFER NEWS IN DEMAND LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on Sandler, a Holland Under-20 international, came through the ranks at Ajax before moving on to their Eredivisie rivals and is likely to be one for the future at the Etihad Stadium.City also confirmed the departure of Kosovo midfielder Bersant Celina to Sky Bet Championship side Swansea.The 21-year-old made four first-team appearances during the 2015/16 campaign but was then loaned out to FC Twente and Ipswich.Celina has signed a four-year deal with the Swans as new manager Graham Potter builds a squad he hopes to secure an immediate return to the top-flight. Sandler has featured for Holland at youth level LIVING THE DREAM targets targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

Pearse Doherty welcomes removal of split mortgages from PTSB loan sale

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has welcomed the removal of 4,000 split mortgages from the sale by PTSB of thousands of its loans. He said it was proof that political pressure can bring about better results for mortgage holders. But that serious questions remained about how Permanent TSB’s split mortgages fell afoul of the ECB rules, while those of other banks didn’t.“I am glad to see these 4,000 split mortgages removed. I reiterate my opposition to the sales process in totality especially the sale of any family homes to vultures. Political pressure has seen 4,000 removed, the rest should also be taken off the market and treated by the bank. “Matt Carthy MEP and I will continue to question the ECB on its approach but it is clear to me that the root of this problem was Permanent TSB’s own split mortgage product design. Unlike AIB’s product the ECB found fault with the Permanent TSB product deciding it should effectively count as a non-performing loan.“My parliamentary questions about who provided technical or legal advice to PTSB on this product have been met with a wall of silence. That is unacceptable. Once again accountability seems out of reach.”Doherty the put the question to Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe if a bank received legal advice or technical assistance in the development of its split mortgage product. He then went on to try find out the details of the advisers and fees paid.Donohoe responded, “Permanent TSB has a requirement for legal/technical support and advice on an on-going basis across different parts of its business. “It manages some of this requirement through its in-house capabilities, as well as engaging external legal and technical advice where necessary.“Except where required by law or regulation, and in line with how it manages its relationships with its other third-party advisors, the bank does not disclose the identity of such firms or individuals engaged to work with the bank on specific issues or the terms of such work as this information is deemed commercially sensitive.”Pearse Doherty welcomes removal of split mortgages from PTSB loan sale was last modified: May 16th, 2018 by Chris CannonShare 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) Tags:donegalMortgagepaschal donohoePearse DohertyPermanent TSBSinn Feinlast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Late fall kings, anglers waiting on rain

first_imgThe wait for rainfall has been nothing short of grueling for coastal salmon anglers chomping at the bit to drift the Smith, Chetco or Eel. Humboldt and Del Norte Counties have been bone dry since mid-October, when enough rain fell to put all the local rivers on the rise. Though the parched ground soaked up a lot of the moisture, the rivers came up enough to push the salmon out of the estuaries and into the lower sections of the rivers. Since then, we’ve had very little, if any, rain to speak …last_img