The Setién effect fades

first_imgIf we stick to other competitions, Quique Setién also does not stand better compared to Valverde: in the Copa del Rey the final was always reached with the Extremaduran coach while with the new coach the team fell in the quarterfinals against Athletic (1-0) in San Mamés. Although, in this case, it must be recognized that the new format of the Cup, a single party, did not favor Blaugrana interests.Right now in The only competition where Setién has an open bar to point at his predecessor is in the Champions League. With Valverde leading, the team fell devastated in the quarterfinals against Roma (3-0) in the 2017/18 season and in the semifinals against Liverpool (4-0) the following year. The team achieved an acceptable booty (1-1) in San Paolo against Naples last Tuesday, especially for what was seen in the field, with a Barcelona ramplón, without ideas, conservative and unambitious.The problem on the horizon is that He has not yet found the key after more than 50 days in office. He started with a 3-4-3 against Granada (1-0), evoking his mentor Johan Cruyff, but little by little he was defusing his ideology until formulating a 4-4-2 manual. Along the way he has been testing with 4-3-3, but the absence of extremes and strikers – lately he is relegating Ansu Fati to the bench and has not yet given ownership to Martin Braithwaite – has forced him to qualify his slate , to the point of betting on a system as conventional as little recognizable in Barcelona.Right now, the situation in Barcelona is extremely fragile. With a galloping institutional crisis, after the explosion of social media controversy, and with a template under minimum – Right now it only has 16 players of the first team available – the team has to face the remaining games from here at the end of the season as if they were authentic endings. And is that any stumbling block would be fatal both in the League and, let’s say, in the Champions League. When Quique Setién took the team in mid-January, he did it first in LaLiga, tied with Real Madrid, but with the ‘goal average’ in favor, with the knockout stages of the Champions League against Naples for playing after qualifying first of his group and with the Copa del Rey competition about to start. A truly unbeatable panorama to take over a team, although it is true that At the first exchange he encountered an important obstacle: the sports management decided to dispense with four players -Aleñá, Todibo, Wagué and Carles Pérez- and not incorporate anyone in the winter market.Setién arrived to reactivate the Barcelona game that, according to the technical manager, Eric Abidal, had stalled in recent months with the previous coach, “there are players who do not work much”, a sentence that opened the thunder box in the locker room, with Messi replicating the French so overwhelming.However, the reality is that neither the game nor the results have finished taking off with the medicine of the Cantabrian technician. Of the eleven games he has directed – seven in LaLiga, three in the Cup and one in the Champions League -, the balance Has been of seven wins, one draw and three losses, who have left the team without the leadership in LaLiga, in favor of Real Madrid, and out of the Copa del Rey.In fact, with Setién, Barcelona has only been leader in two of the seven days, 28.5%, while with Valverde the team was leader in 80 of the 94 days, 85%. With the Cantabrian coach in front, Real Madrid has already added five leaders, while throughout the Valverde era, the white team was only able to reach it six times.last_img read more

Cameron welcomes BCCI’s move to resume ties

first_imgMUMBAI, India, CMC – West Indies Cricket Board president, Dave Cameron, has hailed the resumption of bilateral ties with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), as the region prepares to host India in a four-Test series starting in July. The BCCI announced yesterday it had resumed relations with the WICB after resolving “outstanding issues” pertaining to the controversial abandoned tour of India two years ago, when West Indies players quit the one-day tour over pay issues with their board. “We are extremely delighted that concerns which arose due to the incomplete tour have been addressed and would like to thank BCCI for reviving our ties,” Cameron said in a statement. “West Indies cricket appreciates the support of BCCI and the cricket loving fans of the islands keenly look forward to witness some exciting contests between the two teams.” Last December, the WICB announced an agreement to play the four-Test series in the Caribbean, following discussions with BCCI president, Shashank Manohar. The agreement was a crucial step in the thawing of relations between the two bodies and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur yesterday underscored the importance of the upcoming series. “The BCCI is happy to resume their bilateral ties with WICB. We recognise that West Indies has a huge role to play in the development of cricket and we are happy to support their endeavours,” he said. “This tour will further strengthen the bond between the Indian and the West Indian fans, who have over the years patronised this glorious game of cricket.” The BCCI had moved swiftly to suspend relations with the WICB, following the abandoned tour which also led to the cancellation of the scheduled Test tour. An upset BCCI blamed the WICB for the abandonment and lodged a US$42 million claim for losses incurred due to the cancellation, and threatened legal action if the Caribbean board did not show how the amount would be settled. At the time, the BCCI labelled the Windies pullout a “monumental disaster” and said it had been faced with “huge revenue losses, a loss of reputation and is at risk of losing valuable commercial partners.” The BCCI has since waived the US$42 million claim.last_img read more

Batsmen struggle at Sabina

first_imgFast bowler Sheldon Cottrell produced a five-wicket haul to help bowl out the Leeward Islands Hurricanes for 164 on the first day of their fourth round WICB First-Class Championship clash at Sabina Park yesterday.However, at the close, the game was evenly balanced, as the Leewards, led by fast bowlers Azarri Joseph and Gavin Tonge, twowickets a piece, had the Scorpions struggling at 69 for six.The left-handed Cottrell, playing in his first game of the season following a foot injury, claimed five for 38, his third five-wicket haul at the first-class level, as the Leewards, after winning the toss, were blown away just before tea.Only three Leewards batsmen offered any form of resistance.They are returning wicketkeeper-batsman, Jahmar Hamilton, Jamaican-born Nkrumah Bonner, and opener Chesney Hughes, who is playing his first game since returning from county cricket in England.Hamilton, after hitting six fours and a six, ended unbeaten with top score of 51, Bonner, stuck around for just over two hours for 35, while Hughes scored 25.Wickets fell quicklyJamaica reached 39 without loss in reply but then wickets fell quickly.John Campbell was trapped leg before wicket by Cornwall for 29 and the innings went into a slide.Campbell was followed two balls after by captain Paul Palmer, bowled by impressive 19-year-old Joseph for eight with Barbadian-born Kirk Edwards, zero, falling two overs later, bowled by Joseph, without scoring to leave the total at 44 for three.Third match centurion AndrÈ McCarthy was next to go 10 runs later, caught at bat pad off Cornwall for seven, while former captain Tamar Lambert, after sticking around for 22 balls, was caught at slip off the bowling of Tonge for eight.Wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr and all-rounder David Bernard Jr, then tried to see out the final overs of the day with a partnership of 12 runs off 8.3 overs.However, with the floodlights on – for the first time in a first-class fixture in Jamaica, and 1.1 overs to go, the latter was bowled off the inside edge by Tonge for six.Joseph ended with two for 20, while the experienced Tonge finished with two for 31.Baugh Jr, eight, and Nikita Miller, zero, will resume batting today.SCOREBOARDHURRICANES 1st InningsS. Jeffers c wkp Baugh b Cottrell 0C. Hughes st Baugh b Miller 25D. Cruickshank lbw b Cottrell 0N. Bonner c Miller b Cottrell 35O. Peters c and b Miller 1*S. Liburd lbw b Cottrell 1+J. Hamilton not out 51R. Cornwall c Miller b Cottrell 0J. Taylor c wkpr Baugh b Miller 18G. Tonge lbw b Jacobs 17A Joseph c Palmer b Miller 4Extras (lb8, nb4): 12Total (all out, 63 overs): 164Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-0, 3-42, 4-56, 5-59, 6-74, 7-74, 8-107, 9-134, 10-164.Bowling: Cottrell 13-5-38-5, Mindley 9-2-19-0, Bernard Jr 7-0-19-0, Miller 23-8-53-4, Jacobs 11-3-27-1.SCORPIONS 1st InningsJ. Campbell lbw b Cornwall 28*P. Palmer b Joseph 8K. Edwards b Joseph 0A. McCarthy c Liburd b Cornwall 7T. Lambert c Liburd b Conrwall 8+C. Baugh Jr not out 8D. Bernard Jr b Tonge 6N. Miller not out 0Extras (b1 lb2, nb1): 4TOTAL (6 wkts, 27 overs) : 69To bat: D Jacobs, S Cottrell, M Mindley.Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-39, 3-44, 4-54, 5-56, 6-68.Bowling: Tonge 10-4-31-2, Joseph 7-2-20-2, Cornwall 10-3-15-2.Position: Scorpions trail by 95 runs with four wickets intact.Toss: Hurricanes.Umpires: Verdayne Smith, Nigel Duguid.last_img read more

Thomas Woewiyu ‘Misrepresented’ Past under Oath

first_imgSixty-eight-year old Jucontee Thomas (Tom) Woewiyu, has been arraigned in a United States Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania on charges of fraudulently attempting to obtain citizenship and fraud in Immigration documents.Woewiyu faces a US$4 million fine and 110 years of imprisonment if he is found guilty.Woewiyu also known as “Jucontee Thomas Smith” was arraigned on a 22-court charge of indictment, providing false information on his form number 400 Application for Naturalization and his involvement in the civil war in Liberia.He was also the former spokesperson of the NPFL and Defense Minister in President Charles G. Taylor-led National Patriotic Reconstruction and Assembly Government (NPRAG) in what was then ‘Greater Liberia.’According to the indictment, Tom Woewiyu allegedly provided support to the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) a rebel group that executed civilians, killed peacekeepers of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) as well as forced sexual slavery and raped of girls and women, according to the indictment.He was further accused of conscription of child soldiers and murdered of humanitarian aid workers.The Grand jury in their indictment stated that on January 30, 2009, in the US Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere the defendants Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, in his declaration certificate verification a statement, question 18 on his form was false in that he knew at the time he made the statement, he did not disclose his 1970 New York State conviction for falsification of business record, in violation of title 18 of the US code section 16.21 2.It further alleged that he did not disclose that while he was a member of the NPFL, he persecuted others because of their political opinion and membership particularly,  member of the Krahn and Mandingo tribes in violation of Title 18 of the US Code section 16.21.2.“While he was under oath before a competent tribunal, the defendant falsely stated, while responding to question 11 on the form he did not disclose that he was member of other organizations, including the NPFL that prosecuted political opinions and members in the particular social group,” the document said.It also said, “in response to question 8A and sub B on his form, Defendant Woewiyu knew that he did not disclose his membership and association with all organizations other then the Union of Liberia Association in the US, including but not limited to the NPFL and the NPFL-CRC.”Woewiyu earned a bachelor’s degree in labor studies from Rutgers University in 1981 and is pursuing a Master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. He has made his living through real estate investment.He first applied for citizenship in 2006, submitting a form that prosecutors now say contained many misrepresentations.Asked whether he had ever advocated the overthrow of another government, Woewiyu said no during his application. He also allegedly failed to mention his association with Taylor when asked whether he had ever engaged in political persecution, according to the indictment.But Raymond Basso, Woewiyu’s Philadelphia-based immigration lawyer, on Tuesday questioned why prosecutors had waited eight years to bring a criminal case against his client.Homeland Security agents interviewed Woewiyu in 2010 for nearly four hours about an unrelated case, the lawyer said. He described that meeting as “cordial.”And though Woewiyu’s citizenship application had been denied in 2009, federal authorities did not indict him until January or arrest him until Monday.Basso said Tuesday that his client took no part in the more brutal aspects of Taylor’s campaign.“Tom had nothing to do with any of that,” Basso said. “Immigration and the U.S. government were fully aware of that.”Woewiyu has maintained legal residency in the United States since 1972, while shuttling back and forth between here and Liberia — at times even serving as its Labor Minister and President Pro Tempore.Woewiyu was returning from a recent trip to Liberia, where he has declared his intention to contest in the up-coming senatorial race for Grand Bassa County, when U.S. Homeland Security agents detained him Monday at Newark Liberty International Airport.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former President testifies in Red House case

first_imgLease revocation challengeAs the trial on the Red House lease revocation challenge concluded last week, former President Donald Ramotar testified before acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, that while he did not put his own signature on the lease granted to the Cheddi Jagan Research Institute (CJRI), he granted approval, instructing the Commissioner of Lands and Surveys to sign the document.Although Ramotar has immunity under the 1980 Constitution, as his lawyer, Anil Nandlall highlighted, the Attorney called him to the stand. The former Head of State stressed that the Research Institute was granted approval to operate in the building since the year 2000.Justice George set December 17, 2018 to hand down her decision in the matter of the Institute challenging President David Granger’s revocation of its 99-year lease that former President Ramotar said he approved in 2012. This was some 12 years after the body was incorporated as a company under the Companies Act, and operated at Red House.Both Attorney General Williams and Attorney Nandlall, his predecessor, presented closing addresses to the court.Williams opined that the President of Guyana was required by law to signify approval of a land transaction while Nandlall countered that the law did not require the President to issue written approval. Nandlall added that Parliament, in making the relevant statue relating to lands, said the President should sanction but did not express how the President should exercise that sanction.Ramotar, who was the long-time General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party, was also a founding member of the Institute along with Dr Cheddi Jagan’s wife, former President, the late Janet Jagan and their daughter Nadira Jagan-Brancier.Ramotar outlined that the Institute aimed to preserve the work and memory of Dr Jagan, who served as President from 1992 until his death in 1997. In late December 2016, President Granger, under the coalition Administration, gave the occupants of Red House 48 hours to vacate the premises.This led to much public uproar and a subsequent legal challenge.last_img read more

Clean Energy Canada predicts almost a million new jobs and GDP growth by 2050

first_imgA new economic analysis by Clean Energy Canada is predicting steady GDP Growth and 900,000 new jobs by 2050 as BC renews its commitment to climate leadership.The report of the Simon Fraser University climate and energy think tank is based on new modelling results and technical analysis by the highly regarded Navius Research firm which has worked for governments and industries, as well as academic institutions.Merran Smith is the Clean Energy Canada Executive Director:- Advertisement -She says the government has committed to releasing a new climate plan later this month, and:That led us to Site C question and whether the CEC puts hydro-electric dams into the clean energy category:last_img read more

Courtois hails Chelsea ‘support’ after winning battle for number one jersey

first_img1 Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has praised the club for the way they handled him during his two-season loan spell at Atletico Madrid.The Belgium international stopped has pipped Petr Cech to the No1 spot in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI this season after impressing in La Liga over two campaigns.After the Champions League draw with Schalke on Wednesday night, Mourinho refused to answer any more questions about how he will manage to keep both goalkeepers happy – but he repeated his claim that the pair are among the best three in the world.It was widely believed Courtois would have demanded a permanent move away from Chelsea if he wasn’t given a first-team chance this season – like his international team-mate Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Everton.But he has just signed a new five-year-deal and thanked the club for the close attention they paid to him while he was away from west London honing his skills in Spain.“It is really nice when one of the best teams in the world goes and gets you,” Courtois said about his move from Genk in 2011.“They put a lot of trust in you and they give you the chance to develop in the best way you can.“Christophe Lollichon [Chelsea’s goalkeeping coach] followed me when I was abroad and the club kept in contact, watched my games and analysed my performances. That was really nice.“You feel important because, even when you are not in Chelsea colours, they know you are developing well and also they are supporting you.” Thibaut Courtois last_img read more

Baldev Chager zooms to Kajiado Rally victory

first_imgChager savored a cumulative total of 1:30.44 hours to win the KNRC 2 event by a 36seconds margin over two times reigning African Champions Manvir Baryan and Drew Sturrock who came in second  in a Skoda Fabia R5.Defending champion Carl “Flash” Tundo completed the podium dash in a time of 1:31.44 and candidly admitted he was thoroughly beaten by Chager and Manvir.In the absence of Onkar Rai who won the season opening Nakuru Rally, Chager takes over the KCB KNRC lead on 43 points while Carl retains second spot on 39points.From left, Drew Sturrock, Manvir’s navigator, KCB Kajiado branch manager Dickson Ng’eno, and Manvir Baryan during the rally awarding ceremony in Kajiado county. They emerged second in the KCB Kajiado Rally championship round two.Chager was all smiles after victory and this is what he had to say: “I’m very happy that the Evolution had beaten the Skoda. The car was faultless and its one of those days when everything goes as planned.”The event was flagged off by Kajiado Country Governor Joseph Ole Lenku outside KCB Kajiado branch. Out of 27 starters,  only 14 survived the demanding course.The 33km Andy’s corner stage proved quite unforgiving to many of the crews. Among those who went out on this stage included Aakif Virani (broken suspension arm), Dinesh Sachania (engine), Rajay Sehmi and Edward Maina.Eldoret’s Western Kenya Motor Club will host the third round of the KNRC in early April.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000From left, Baldev Chager of Kabras Racing team who emerged first in the KCB Kajiado Rally championship, KCB Kajiado branch manager Dickson Ng’eno, Baldev’s navigator Ravi Soni during the rally awarding ceremony in Kajiado county.KAJIADO, Kenya, Mar 3 – Baldev Singh Chager navigated by Ravi Soni in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 R4 won the KCB Kajiado Rally on Sunday to take over the lead on the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) log.The ‘Flying Singh’ as he is fondly referred as drove like a man processed, winning four out of five stages and leading the rally from start to finish.last_img read more


first_imgFEATURES: I’m Bored Mum! How many times will you hear that this summer?! Too many times is the answer, but DCCC are giving you some top tips to alleviate these issues! Ideas for keeping your children entertained during the Summer School’s Out for Summer and it won’t be long before you hear the familiar lament every parent dreads, “I’m bored”.So now what do you do?You don’t need to go to great expense to keep children entertained. Play is your child’s way of exploring ideas and investigating how the world works. There are plenty of low-cost and free resources for play available which provide your child with opportunities to extend his/her sense of wonder, discovery and imagination. Some Great Ideas for Outdoor PlayShelters, tents or huts – These provide security and a sense of fun. Shelters can be made quickly with materials such as sheets, pegs and poles.Pavement Chalk – Drawing with chalk on the ground gives children an opportunity to have a personal, though temporary effect on their environment. Let their imagination take them wherever they want to go.Gardening – Children get great pleasure from growing plants, digging and watering. You don’t need a garden to encourage children to be gardeners, most plants will grow in tubs on a window sill, or in a window box.Art in the Garden – Art activities can be much more exciting outdoors! They can be bigger, messier and more physical. Large sheets of paper or the back of an old roll of wallpaper can be taped to walls to make a giant canvas. Glue, paint and materials found outdoors can also be added to create a masterpiece.Role playing – Children love to dress up and pretend they are someone else. Having a box of old clothes, hats and costumes is a great way to encourage a child to participate in imaginative play. Props such as handbags, ties, sunglasses, could also be added to help them create the character they want to play.Construction – Construction in the garden is not just building bricks. It combines science and technology and lets them create new shelters, tunnels, bridges and much more. Cardboard boxes, plastic tubes, carpet offcuts plastic sheeting, rope and tape can all be used to create new structures.Carnival Games – Setting up an old style carnival using games such as ring toss, skittles, egg & spoon racing, ball games, sack races and 3 legged races will keep them entertained for hours whilst also developing fine and gross motor skills.Obstacle course – Setting up an obstacle course filled with markers, cones, nets, planks, hoola hoops and tyres can be a fun activity for older children. Running and jumping through a series of obstacles helps children develop their large movement skills, control, coordination and strength.These kind of activities contribute to personal and social development and help children develop knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Donegal County Childcare Committee Ltd. is a local agency that works for the development, sustainability and advancement of high quality early childhood care and education in County Donegal.The core work of DCCC in supporting over 200 early childhood services includes:Implementing DCYA childcare funding programmes and funding grants at local level in County Donegal.Providing direct and indirect support to early childhood providers including Crèches and Pre-Schools, Childminders, Parent and Toddler Groups, School Aged Childcare services, educators and parents.Promoting accredited training and continuing professional development opportunities to the early childhood sector.Supporting the work of local Parent and Toddler Groups and Childcare Networks operating across the county.For more information on the work of DCCC please see log on to the Donegal County Childhood Committee Facebook page. ‘I’M BORED MUM!’ HERE’S SOME TOP TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN ENTERTAINED THIS SUMMER! was last modified: June 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DCCCfamilyFeaturesnewslast_img read more


first_imgPIC COURTESY OF MARK MCHUGH – TOP DONEGAL DAILY SNAPPER!THE Donegal All Stars got their hands on their awards tonight at a glittering ceremony in Dublin.And Donegal defender Karl Lacey was named Footballer of the Year.The centre half-back a 4-time All Star – was superb as Donegal claimed the All-Ireland title and he pipped team-mates Colm McFadden and Frank McGlynn to the top player title. Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor took the Young Player award ahead of Paddy McBrearty while the Hurler of the Year honour went to Kilkenny forward Henry Shefflin.Johnny Coen of Galway collected the Young Hurler of the Year award.All-Ireland champions Kilkenny were represented by five players in the Hurling All-Stars team, one less than beaten finalists Galway.Cats centre forward Shefflin took his place in the line-up for an incredible 11th time. Donegal were rewarded for their Sam Maguire triumph over Mayo by having eight players in the Football All-Stars team which were announced earlier this week.It is one short of the record haul of nine shared jointly by Dublin in 1977 and Kerry in 1981.And they lined-up looking as sharp as ever in their Evolve Menswear suits!Lacey was selected in the line-up for a fourth time and his consistent excellence led to him winning the player award for the first time, no doubt helped by that last gasp quarter-final point which finished off Kerry.Said Karl afterwards: “This is such a huge honour and of course I feel sorry for Frank and Colm, but this is for everyone, for all the lads and we’ll enjoy it all tonight.” 2012 GAA GPA Football All-StarsP Durcan (Donegal), N McGee (Donegal), Ger Cafferkey (Mayo), K Higgins (Mayo), L Keegan (Mayo), K Lacey (Donegal), F McGlynn (Donegal), N Gallagher (Donegal), A Walsh (Cork), P Flynn (Dublin), A Dillon (Mayo), M McHugh (Donegal), C O’Neill (Cork), M Murphy (Donegal), C McFadden (Donegal)2012 GAA GPA Hurling All-StarsA Nash (Cork), P Murphy (Kilkenny), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), F Moore (Galway), B Bugler (Clare), B Hogan (Kilkenny), D Collins (Galway), I Tannian (Galway), K Moran (Waterford), TJ Reid (Kilkenny), H Shefflin (Kilkenny), D Hayes (Galway), J Mullane (Waterford), J Canning (Galway), D Burke (Galway) WHAT A LINE-UP! ALL STAR CELEBRATIONS FOR DONEGAL AS LACEY NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR was last modified: October 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:all starsDonegal GAAkarl laceyWHAT A LINE-UP! ALL STAR CELEBRATIONS FOR DONEGAL AS LACEY NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEARlast_img read more