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May
14

The calendar puts in check to finish LaLiga and play the Euro

first_imgCoronavirus can wreak havoc on the calendar of all sports competitions. LaLiga, as Serie A already did, has made the decision to stop the championship. The great inconvenience that exists is the dates available in the calendar to recover these postponed days.Options to recover two days postponed and keep the Euro CupThe calendar is highly saturated by domestic competitions, UEFA competitions and national team appointments (from March 23 to April 2 there will be friendlies). For the First Division teams there would be barely two weeks before the end of May to recover a postponed day. Initially, if only two days were postponed, the calendar would allow them to be recovered. It is released the weekend of April 18 and 19, after the Federation agreed yesterday with Real Sociedad and Athletic to postpone the final of the Copa del Rey. The next available days are Tuesday, May 19, Wednesday, May 20, and Thursday, May 21.The problem of postponed parties in EuropeThe downside is in the Champions League and Europe Leauge competitions. Inter-Getafe and Sevilla-Roma have been postponed. What determines the eighths of the second European competition. There would be no free date on the calendar of these teams until April 18 and 19. Date to which the domestic competitions would resort. Which would imply a conflict of interest between the leagues and UEFA. One of the possibilities, which Clemente Villaverde (Getafe’s general director) opened, is that the games postponed to a single match would be played on a neutral field. An option that would be on the table and being studied. The European Championship is in dangerThe big problem that exists to recover the league matches that are not played due to the closure of football in the face of this pandemic is the celebration of the European Championship, whose start is set for June 12 and will last a month. In LaLiga there could be a problem of dates if more than two days are suspended. Thing that if it happens in the rest of the European leagues could force, along with the premise of prevention against the virus, of not holding this season the Eurocup as planned.In UEFA, there is already talk of delaying it for a year and having it played in 2021. This would lead to a new problem: it would coincide with the League of Nations, which is scheduled for the final phase to be played in June 2021. There is also scheduled for next summer to open the new format of the Club World Cup in China (from June 17 to July 4). This tournament could not be delayed until July due to the fact that the holidays of the players would not be respected. If this measure is taken, the European leagues and competitions could recover the days postponed during the month of June.last_img read more

Jan
18

Massaquoi Warns Violators of “Harsh Treatment” under State of Emergency

first_imgPolice Inspector General Chris Massaquoi has warned the public of more rigid security measures on the part of the police in the wake of the declaration of a “State of Emergency.”Addressing a news conference in Monrovia on Monday, the police authority warned the public against staging protests and setting up road blocks in the streets.“The police will react differently in this period to deal with any persons wanting to cause problems in the streets. Protest on streets corners about bodies in the streets on Ebola-related matters must be stopped. Those caught in such practices, when arrested, will be dealt with harshly.“The President said in her address that certain rights will be suspended and we ask the public to take notice,” Director Massaquoi asserted.In recent times, the Police have received and responded to several reports of mob violence in and around Monrovia and elsewhere in the country. To date, the Police have rescued five accused persons from such incidents. In perpetrating this mob violence, roadblocks are erected, which obstruct the free flow of traffic, including ambulances taking Ebola suspects and other patients to the Hospital.In order to combat and contain the public menace, and in the face of the escalation of the Ebola causatives, the Police announced that it has developed a special operational plan codenamed “Operation Rescue 1 & 2,”  whose functions are: (a) to provide protection for health workers and ambulances going to collect patients and dead bodies; (b) to protect the Ministry of Health cremation team; and (c) Containment: to erect necessary barricades (roadblocks) and checkpoints restricting movements (human and vehicular) to communities declared Ebola-infected.Commenting on allegation of poisoning wells and other water sources in the country, Director Massaquoi stated that evidences gathered by the police established that there has been no case of poisoning in the four incidents investigated by police.Making a direct reference to a particular situation in Kpor Town, Margibi County,  Director Massaquoi indicated that Edwin Dagbe, aged 27,  was arrested and later transferred to the RIA Police detail for safety reasons. According to the police chief, water samples tested showed  that “it lacked information on the percentage of concentration of formaldehyde which would render the water either contaminated (poisoned) or not.It also showed that the water taken from this well had a pH of 6.52 at 24.4 degree centigrade, while normal water pH is reported to be between  6.5 to 8.5.”“The test further revealed that aldehyde (an element of formaldehyde) is usually found in water sources closer to swamps and sandy areas.“Also, the test results indicated that all water has its own chemical substances; these substances were,  however, not mentioned.Finally, the test results also mentioned a low concentration of aldehyde,  thereby rendering the water nonlethal and harmless for human consumption.”The Police Chief concluded,  “We did not have sufficient evidence to support the suspicion of the community dwellers that Mr. Dagbe attempted to poison or contaminate their well.”No mention was made, however, of the Schieffelin incident or the New Georgia incident or any others around the country. Besides, the fact that Mr. Dagbe did not succeed in poisoning the well does not mean he did not attempt it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jan
18

Petitioners ‘Not Ready’: What Kind of Behavior Is That?

first_imgOn Friday, November 28, 2014 Justice in Chambers of the Supreme Court of Liberia, His Honor Phillip A.Z. Banks, slammed a stay order on the ensuing special senatorial elections scheduled for December 16, 2014.A very serious lawsuit was filed about 10 days before the Justice in Chambers to stop the ensuing October 16 special senatorial elections, which were approved both by the Legislative and Executive branches of government.   The stay order was issued pending a hearing by the full bench of the Supreme Court of   a lawsuit jointly filed against the National Elections Commission (NEC) by several institutions and individuals.  The stay order included all campaign activities.The petitioners included the Concerned Group of Eminent Citizens, the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) and some political party leaders.   Others were some Civil Society Organizations by and through their spokespersons, Blamoh Nelson and J. Emmanuel Bowier, John Ballon, Milton and Nathaniel Barnes.They claimed that the ongoing election process was a threat to public health against the spread and transmission of the deadly Ebola virus.But when the full bench of the High Court, which took the lawsuit against NEC very seriously, met last Friday for oral hearings between the contending parties and NEC, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor found to his utter surprise that those who had successfully petitioned the Justice in Chambers to issue to the stay order said they were “not ready” for the hearings.  This is though the High Court had given the petitioners time to file their brief, in time for Friday’s oral hearings.The lawyer for the political parties, Counselor Laveli Supuwood, who is himself a senatorial aspirant in the same elections, told the High Court last Friday that he was unready for the oral hearings.The High Court, to begin with, will have to determine whether this is not a conflict of interest—for an aspirant candidate in these very elections to be the one pleading for cancellation.The Chief Justice was quick to warn the petitioners that the Court would “not accept any more delay tactics from any lawyers in this matter.” He gave them up to Saturday, December 6, to file their brief.We would have thought that these petitioners and their legal counsel, would have realized the sensitive and serious nature and time-bar surrounding this whole electoral matter.  The election, for which these petitioners are seeking cancellation, is scheduled for Tuesday, December 16—next Tuesday.We would have thought further that the petitioners would have realized that millions of United States dollars have already been spent on the preparations for these elections; and that the money came from a government already strapped for cash, given the devastating blow Ebola has dealt to the national economy.  Finance Minister Amara Konneh announced a week ago that the economy had shrunk from the projected 5.8% to 0.4%.So we are dealing here with a very serious matter of grave   implications.  To come now and say that the very petitioners are “not ready” with their briefs for a lawsuit they themselves had enthusiastically filed and received an immediate and   serious response from the Justice in Chambers, makes one wonder how serious these petitioners were about their lawsuit.That is precisely why Chief Justice Korkpor pulled no punches in warning the petitioners that the High Court would accept “no more delay tactics” in this case—a practice that Liberian lawyers over the decades have been well known to employ.    This is definitely one of the reasons so many people languish for years in jail without trial—many of them the victims of “delay tactics.”We hope that Counselor Supuwood and company are ready this morning, Monday, December 8, with their brief.  Should they not be, they run the risk of their petition being summarily thrown out by the High Court.We pray that the High Court will find a way to mitigate (ease) the tension, by first realizing that the elections have been approved by the two other branches of government; and by suggesting ways in which the threat of viral transmission can be minimized.Thankfully, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has already banned mass gatherings, making it mandatory that political parties and candidates find more creative ways to campaign instead of mass gatherings such as the Congress for Democratic Change staged two Fridays ago.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jan
12

Plane makes emergency landing at Fort St. John Airport

first_imgA Central Mountain Air flight had to make an emergency landing at the Fort St. John Airport Friday afternoon.The plane had just taken off from the airport when the crew registered a problem with a hydraulic hose on the plane’s brakes, says Moira Green, managing director for the North Peace Airport Services.- Advertisement -The Hawkair Dash 8 plane was flying for a Central Mountain Air scheduled flight to Fort Nelson. It had just taken off from the airport with around 20 passengers when it had to return because of the problem.Emergency crews were called out to the airport at approximately 1:52 p.m. Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows says that the plane landed without incident and was able to taxi to the airport building to be checked out.Green says the plane will either be fixed or Central Mountain Air will bring in another plane to transport the passengers to Fort Nelson.last_img read more

Jan
6

Gor set for Batambuze, Muguna capture

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna dribbles the ball during training at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 11, 2017.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 –  Champions elect Gor Mahia are set to complete the double swoop of midfielder Kenneth Muguna and Ugandan left-back Shafik Batambuze, way early ahead of the new season which kicks off last week of November.Muguna is set for a return to the club after an unsuccessful stint in Albania where he had moved to join his former boss Jose Marcelo Ferreira. The midfielder found playing tough hard to come by and had to make a resort for a return to his former club which thrust him into prominence after sealing a move from Western Stima.Meanwhile, Batambuze makes a return to the Kenyan Premier League after one year, returning to the country after spending one year in Tanzania with Singida United. Batambuze moved to Tanzania in a mega-money deal from Tusker FC.Left back Shafik Batambuze in action for Tusker FC in a past match. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Talks are at an advanced stage with the two players and I have already received their release letters from their respective clubs. Because these are international transfers, we will wait till the window is opened to finalize. But more of less, we are almost done,” Gor Mahia Chief Executive Officer Lordvick Aduda said.The arrival of the Ugandan will be a welcome relief for Gor and head coach Dylan Kerr especially after the departure of Godfrey Walusimbi who left for South African top side Kaizer Chiefs.The club had been on the pursuit of Rwandese Eric Rutanga from rayon Sport but sources intimate that the club was put off by the player’s huge asking price for both a sign on fee and salary.Meanwhile, the club has already initiated talks for a contract extension for goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch who has however not played for the last two months because of a shoulder injury.At the same, the club is set to land their hands on the 17th Kenyan premier League title on Sunday after their match against Mathare United in Kisumu on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jan
3

More police on the road

first_imgAlthough it may take a while to fill the new traffic officer position – the department is still trying to get its patrol division fully staffed – the money also can be used for overtime, Lowe said. “We’re going to go out and saturate an area,” he said. “Instead of one officer out there, you will see three of us,” he said. “It will start sending a message to the public that we’re out in force and to slow down.” In addition, there will be additional red-light and street-racing enforcement as well as DUI checkpoints. If the city doesn’t do more, problems will get worse, Lowe said. “The volume of cars on roads will increase and people will look for roads less populated as far as shorter routes or cut-throughs,” he said. “That’s where we get a lot of complaints about speed.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The city has received a $364,000 state grant to provide more traffic enforcement police say will help reduce the number of collisions. The money will allow the hiring of another traffic officer during the next two years. It will pay for a new motorcycle as well as an officer’s salary and benefits during the first year and half. The grant will also allow for overtime pay. “It’s great,” Councilman Joe Vinatieri said. “It’s clear that stepped-up enforcement is one way of dealing with the safety issue.” Police are concerned because the annual total of DUI-related collisions has increased by 29 percent, or from 60 collisions in 1998 to 84 in 2006. At the same time, the number of DUI arrests has decreased by 31 percent, or from 323 arrests in 1998 to 220 in 2006. In 2004, driving under the influence was the primary collision factor in 5.6 percent of traffic crashes. “One of the reasons is that we have more drivers on the road, but the average number of officers per 1,000 people hasn’t risen,” said Whittier police Sgt. Dan Lowe. Whittier now has a traffic bureau with a sergeant, four officers – two of whom are on motorcycles – four part-time parking enforcement officers, and a traffic analyst. last_img read more

Dec
29

Liverpool could miss out as PSG plot £40m Marco Reus swoop

first_img Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus 1 Paris Saint-Germain are aiming to beat Liverpool and Arsenal to the signing of Borussia Dortmund hotshot Marco Reus.Arsenal tried to sign the playmaker two summers ago, while Jurgen Klopp is eyeing a reunion with his former player this year as he tries to form a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title.And the Germany international offered a glimpse of his skill with an assist and lethal finish in Thursday’s Europa League clash at Anfield.However, according to L’Equipe, PSG are ready to muscle in on any bidding war for the 26-year-old and will test Dortmund’s resolve with an offer of around £40million.The Bundesliga outfit are desperate to keep hold of their star man as Thomas Tuchel attempts to keep pace with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga next season.Arsenal could step up their interest in the summer should they allow the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to leave, but may not be able to compete with PSG’s spending power.last_img read more

Dec
29

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Wenger has been offered a new contract, but I’d take Ranieri!’

first_imgPiers Morgan has revealed to talkSPORT that Arsene Wenger has been offered a new three year contract to stay at Arsenal, urging fans to stop chanting his name if they want him to leave the Emirates.The French boss has once again failed to win the Premier League, with Leicester securing the title on Monday evening, despite many believing the North London club would be favourites for the trophy.Much of the blame for this failure has been directed at Wenger, due to his failures to improve his squad last summer.Petr Cech was the only player signed before the start of the season – meaning Arsenal were the only team to not bring in an outfield player in the transfer window – and even in January the manager only brought in Mohamed Elneny.Fans of the club have started turning on their manager due to all these failures on his part, but Piers Morgan revealed that the Frenchman has a new contract lined up to stay at the Emirates.Speaking to the Two Mikes, famous Gunners fan Morgan said: “Wenger, I know for a fact, has a new three-year contract on his desk. He is, as he normally does, trying to strategically play the fans and the media to a point where he can legitimately sign that new £25 million contract.“On Saturday, the fans had a chance to basically make their view known that it is time for change, but it turned into a massive damp squib. Yes, a few thousand did put their placards up, but it wasn’t well organised and it didn’t play out particularly well.“What Wenger immediately did was turn this into: ‘I was so surprised. I’m so delighted 80% of the fans are with me’.“I know what this means. It means he is going to sign a new contract, and that means Arsenal will go another three years without winning the league and without winning the Champions League. If fans continue to chant Wenger’s name, they will get him the three more years.”It is clear that a portion of the fans do not want Wenger to agree a new deal, and many want to see a manager such as Diego Simeone brought to the Emirates.However, Morgan has admitted he would take Claudio Ranieri in a heartbeat, following the Italian’s success in leading Leicester to the Premier League.He added: “I’d take Ranieri tomorrow. Because Ranieri has shown that it’s not just about money, and Wenger can’t compete at the top end with the big boys, or at the bottom end with the Leicester’s who did it though heart, desire and committment.”last_img read more

Dec
27

Car dealer ordered to pay customer €17,500 for motor riddled with defects

first_imgA second hand car dealer has been ordered to pay €17,500 to a customer whose car was riddled with defects.Thomas Friel, trading as Modern Motors at Mountain Top in Letterkenny, didn’t defend the action when it came before Letterkenny Circuit Court. The court heard that John Patrick Gallagher, a pensioner from Dungloe, had spent €10,200 on the 2009 1.3L Vauxhall Astra in January 2012.However in March 2012 and again in May 2012 he returned the vehicle to the dealer for repairs under a seven-month warranty.Mr Gallagher told Judge John Hannan that despite water and oil leaks the problems weren’t fixed and Mr Friel had refused to give him his money back.He said gardaí told him in May 2012 that the car should be taken off the road.The following month – in June 2012 – Mr Gallagher commissioned an engineer’s report which found the Astra imported from the UK had a series of problems including:· warped front brake discs· it had been ‘clocked’ with the mileage put back 20,000 miles· it had been a company vehicle with visible signs of wear and tear· the car had suffered damage in a previou crash to the front of the vehicle· its bonnet repaired or replaced· a damaged cylinder head· damage to its pistons· battery was unsecured· the wiring harness was wrapped in insulating tape creating a fire hazard· the exhaust support bracket was missing· the centre pipe was the incorrect model· front tyres were prematurely worn due to poor alignment and steering.The engineer’s report valued the car at €500 for scrappage.Mr Gallagher told the court the car had been parked at his home for the past four years after Friel had refused to refund him his money.The pensioner said he was forced to buy another car for €1,800.Judge Hannan said most people would have considered the car ‘nearly new’ but it was clear it was not fit for purpose as advertised.He said that while the ‘buyer beware’ warning is valid, consumers shouldn’t expect this situation “if you are using a reputable dealer”.One the clocking of the car, the judge said: “We are unsure as to who is responsible for that but it is something the gardaí might want to investigate.”Judge Hannan said Mr Gallagher had been put through a great deal of stress and inconvenience and had been “put through the mill” with the added stress of seeing the car parked at his home for the past four and a half years.He ordered that Friel pay the pensioner €10,350 compensation and an additional sum of €7,150 for breach of contract, damages and inconvenience.He also ordered Modern Motors to pay costs in the case.The dealer was not in court for the case, a solicitor saying that he was ill and out of the country and not in a position to defend the case.Car dealer ordered to pay customer €17,500 for motor riddled with defects was last modified: October 6th, 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) Tags:courtdonegalletterkennyModern Motorslast_img read more

Dec
27

Letterkenny AC coach Teresa McDaid selected for European duty!

first_imgLETTERKENNY AC’s Teresa McDaid has been selected to be a part of the European Athletics coaching staff at the Great Edinburgh Cross-Country event this weekend.The event, held at Holyrood Park in Edinburg, consists of four separate events and pits the best of Team GB and NI against Europe and the USA.Athletes compete across four races: the junior men’s 6km, the junior women’s 4km; the senior men’s 8km and the senior women’s 6km. The overall winning team will be determined by the best aggregate finishing positions of the six best placed athletes in the senior category, as well as the four best placed athletes in the junior races.McDaid was the manager of the Irish Senior Women and Under-23 Women’s teams for last month’s European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy and has now been selected for duty by European Athletics.“I have to say I’m excited, but also a wee bit nervous,” says McDaid, who learned of the invite on St Stephen’s Day morning on a chance check of her email.“It’s really exciting. The European gear is quite distinctive. You see it on other people at times and be amazed. Now, I’ll have it.” While McDaid – who will be the first Irish coach involved in such a role – knows the course at Holyrood Park pretty well, Saturday’s event will bring with it many challenges.She says: “I’m actually more excited about the challenge. I’ll be dealing now with a team that I don’t know. It’ll be good from a personal point of view. Sometimes you get a little bit relaxed and it’s nice to be challenged.“It’s good to hone different skills. There’ll be a language barrier there and I’ll be working with a team that will be new to me. Working with people from other countries is a massive opportunity, too.“You’re looking at different responses, how people deal with things differently, how problems are solved and dealt with. It’s something that I’m really looking forward to.”McDaid was named Athletics Ireland’s Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and has been one of the country’s leading coaches since first dipping her toes in the water back in the 1990s. She’ll be joined on the trip this weekend by Irish senior athlete Fionnuala McCormack.Letterkenny AC coach Teresa McDaid selected for European duty! was last modified: January 3rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:letterkennyLetterkenny ACteresa mcdaidlast_img read more