“My responsibility is to keep the financial health of the club intact”

first_imgLike any other company, Real Valladolid has stopped its economic activities, which will surely affect it in the future.: “We have to wait what happens with the competition, if they decide to play the remaining games, we depend on it. What we are talking about with our players is directly related to that. My responsibility is to keep the club with financial health intact. Our commitment to the evolution of the club is very great and maintaining a sustainable club is very important to us. I am sure that together we will find the best solutions. “Above any consideration is health, and Ronaldo knows that without that, the rest comes to the background: “We want to play to the end and maintain First Division status, but it is true that for this to happen, it has to give us total security for our players, employees and fans.. We are waiting for the government to end the quarantine and little by little things are clarifying; I personally don’t think we have any problems and for us the best thing would be to play the games until the end of the season, but we’ll see what happens. “The Brazilian insisted on the idea of ​​the time that the professionals will need once the quarantine is over to return to the competition at a reasonably good level: “It is a very new situation; the players are giving themselves to the maximum, following the plans that our professionals from food, doctors and physicists have prepared them, all with great responsibility. It is true that As they are high-level players, we will have to speak with all the entities, since the return to the competition cannot be immediate, it will take time for them to obtain the best physical shape and recover the level. All this right now is secondary, the important thing is to beat the coronavirus and from there we will find solutions to everything. “Ronaldo ended with a recommendation and a greeting: “Stay home and see you soon.” Regarding the club situationRonaldo said that “we are adapting to an unprecedented situation. We work from home, doing video call meetings, trying to keep our activity up to date. We continue to talk with all the soccer entities, with the League, the Federation, the AFE. .. trying to maintain normality, working from home because we cannot be stopped “.Everything is on hiatus and some of the Real Valladolid projects like the sports city also, according to the club president: “This situation is going to delay our plans a little; the sports city that we had planned to start its works in April, we will have to delay that start, but at the same time we continue the talks and the exchange of documentation with the city council and so we try to advance something in the procedures “.From the club the tests provided by the LFP have been rejected and Ronaldo insisted on the reasons: “It is a new situation for everyone and what we want is to transmit tranquility. From the beginning we wanted to closely follow our subscribers and seek solutions to problems for them, for the players and for the club’s employees. We are talking to the players and employees to find the best solution, but it is not up to us, we will see what happens in the next few days, maybe weeks … determined by the AFE, the LFP and the Federation. The most important thing for us is our people and we have rejected the covid19 detection tests because we understand that there are groups that need it the most. “ Ronaldo Nazario, president and owner of Real Valladolid, He addressed his fans through a video on the club’s website in these difficult days for everyone: “I am like everyone, living these moments of extreme difficulty, but also of extreme sacrifice for all, which is the only way in which we can fight this complicated adversary. We have to have a lot of patience and responsibility, since the best solution recommended by the authorities around the world in healthcare is to stay at home. I am doing it and most of the people are doing it with a lot of responsibility and we hope that we can beat this adversary as soon as possible. “last_img read more

‘Audit Two Critical Line Ministries before Merger’

first_imgOne of Liberia’s lead human-rights advocates, Atty Samuel Kofi Woods II, has called on the Liberian Government to conduct a comprehensive audit of the Ministries of Finance and Economic Planning before their official merger.The Former Public Works Minister and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Liberia Law Society made the call during a Thanksgiving and Appreciation Service held at the Melvin B. Cox Methodist Church in lower Caldwell.Atty Woods was honored at the church for his many contributions to the state, church and humanity.Speaking at the well-attended honoring ceremony Sunday, Woods said if an audit has already been conducted, the Public Accounts Committee of the Legislature should conduct the necessary hearings to establish a firm foundation for the merger of the ministries.He also described such a move by the National Legislature as critical to Liberia’s socio-economic development.Atty. Woods further contended that the Liberian people need to know the status of both institutions in terms of personnel, plans, actions and other recommendations that could assist the new merger.In a carefully worded press statement issued in Monrovia Monday, Atty. Woods recalled that issue of the merger of the two institutions has been a source of controversy with employees demonstrating against the transition.Meanwhile, the former Public Works Minister Woods has recommended that the National Independence Celebrations, July 26, this year be celebrated as a day of fast and prayer.He also noted that there are too many unfortunate and strange developments occurring in Liberia, which he referred to as ‘Signs of the Times’ that compel Liberians to reflect upon.The former Labor Minister also explained that the level diminishing trust in public officials, the Ebola plague, tragic violence in Nimba County and its attendant’s consequences are indeed worrisome.The change of venue of this year’s Independence Day celebrations, raging poverty and anger amongst Liberians as well as indifference, arrogance, disdain and complacency in the Liberian society are reasons not to celebrate in pomp and pageantry.Liberians, he said, should rather engage in a moment of mediation and reflection.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Baby found floating at De Willem koker

first_imgA newborn baby was discovered floating at the De Willem koker, West Coast Demerara on Saturday afternoon by residents in the area.Based on information received, persons in the area noticed what looked like a infant floating in a trench which leads to the koker, and upon checking, the dead baby boy was found. His umbilical cord was still attached.When contacted, ranks of D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) were unaware of the situation. Just one month ago, the body of an 11-month-old baby was retrieved from a drain at Sayah Village, Cane Grove, East Coast Demerara.The child, Alvin Matthew, of Lot 47 Sayah Village, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital. Based on reports received, the child was at home with his mother, Parbattie Matthews, and his siblings in the lower flat of their house.However, it is believed that the child crawled outside and ventured into the yard where he fell into the drain.Shortly after, his mother realised that the baby was missing and frantically began to look for him. The child was found lying face down in the drain, which is approximately 10 feet wide and three feet deep.last_img read more

No proof of work completed by contractor on international scale

first_img– Ralph Ramkarran, Govt Adviser question dealBy Devina Samaroo and Edward LayneChaos, confusion and controversy have completely replaced the short-lived excitement which initiallyDirector of NPS and SCS, Kamau Cushsurrounded the city parking meter project, as investigations by Guyana Times of National Parking Systems (NPS) and Smart City Solutions (SCS) leave more questions than answers.Director of NPS and SCS, Kamau Cush, during an interview with Guyana Times, insisted that his companies are legitimate and have been doing business on the international scene for a number of years.He claimed that his companies have worked in Panama, Argentina, Peru and Mexico City among others; however, checks by this publication in these locations turned up empty as there is no mention of either company.Further checks on search engine www.whois.net revealed that the NPS’s website (http://npsgreatcities.com/) was registered on April 8, 2016 through www.godaddy.com–a website hosting company in the US.This was about the same time fresh discussions about the installation of parking meters in Georgetown surfaced.Key stakeholders are raising concerns over the possibility of the undertaking being a shady deal aimed at exploiting the local populace.The project was announced recently by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown as an innovative initiative to ease congestion in the city and aid in generating more revenue.However, former Speaker of the National Assembly and commentator Ralph Ramkarran said the undertaking seems to be nothing but a “get-rich-quick scheme”, given the capricious and tenuous strategies and justifications provided for some aspects of the project.In his weekly blog “The Conversation Tree”, Ramkarran outlined a number of issues in relation to the project and even suggested alternatives that the M&CC could explore before moving ahead with the contentious parking meter plan.Ramkarran’s sentiments supports the assertions of Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan and Government Advisor Ruel Johnson, both of whom believe that the lack of transparency on the project is a reflection of poor governance and the project must be halted immediately.No consultationsFirstly, Ramkarran knocked the City Council for moving ahead with a project of such magnitude without holding proper consultations with all stakeholders expected to be affected.“Owners of motor vehicles who park them on the roads in Georgetown, either for long or short periods, while at work or for any other purpose, except residential, have not been consulted. Since a financial burden is to be imposed on these persons, one would have thought that both democratic principles and respect for the public that is to be burdened by the imposition would dictate that prior to the implementation of the decision to install parking meters, there would have been adequate consultation,” he posited.Ramkarran reminded that the election of the City Council to office did not give it a right to unilaterally exercise authority where the expectation existed that consultation would take place or where the public had a right to be heard, if its interests were to be affected.More so, he called out the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition for keeping this plan a secret from its constituents during the campaign trail, for “obvious reasons”.“Coming so soon after the elections, this decision to install parking meters was clearly on APNU/AFC’s agenda prior to the elections. During the elections, APNU/AFC contestants had ample opportunity to inform the residents of Georgetown that parking meters were on the agenda, but they kept this plot a secret for obvious reasons,” Ramkarran penned.LocationsThe selective locations for the installation of the parking meters are another matter of concern for the former House Speaker and well-respected Senior Counsel.The streets in which the meters are to be installed are Avenue of the Republic, Regent Street, Robb Street, Camp Street, Main Street, Brickdam, Water Street, America Street and Church Street.Contending that this decision should be reconsidered, Ramkarran pointed out that it was simply unfair for employees who park on those streets to have to pay exorbitant amounts while other employees are somewhat exempt.“Why are specific streets selected? For example, why Church Street and not North Road? What answer would the City Council give to the person who is employed in Church Street who asks why he or she has to pay for eight hours of parking while the North Road employee has to pay nothing?” Ramkarran explained.ExploitationRamkarran also contended that the fact the contractor would be taking 80 per cent of the revenue earned from these meters while the City Council would cash in on 20 per cent was extremely worrying.“This smells very much like a get-rich-quick scheme to exploit owners of motor vehicles, many of whom are regular working people, for the substantial benefit of the 80 percent private contractor(s) and not the City Council,” he stated.Reports indicate that some 300 parking meters will be installed across the city, charging $125 every 15 minutes for an expected yearly income of approximately $100 million to $200 million.Moreover, minibus and taxi operators will be expected to pay $100 every time they park in their respective parks.Those employees who park outside their offices for eight hours per day will end up paying roughly $80,000 every month.AlternativesRamkarran said if the City Council wanted to tax the use of motor vehicles, it could consider alternatives like imposing a tax on taxis and minibuses which use the city roads as a major and free resource for their business through which they profit considerably.He also suggested that the taxes on domestic properties be increased after being revalued and the percentage of taxes chargeable adjusted downwards so that the increase would be affordable.“Taxes for domestic properties have not been increased for decades and are ridiculously low,” he stated.ContractsFurthermore, Ramkarran noted that there appeared to be a mass of confusion in the City Council about the awarding of the contracts, with one contract being given to one company since 1996 while another was made with another company sometime in 2007.Importantly, Ramkarran argued that it was worrying that no tender was done before contracts were awarded.City Council had announced that the contract had been awarded to the company with which it had entered into agreement since 1996 – NPS, leaving the other company on the sidelines.The project, being undertaken by NPS, will be done in a joint venture with SCS.However, recently, concerns have been raised over the legitimacy of these companies since there appeared to be scant evidence available about their existence.Deputy Mayor Duncan claimed he was provided with little information about the companies and, therefore, was forced to resort to independent research to discover more about them.But, in his research, Duncan said he found nothing to substantiate the legitimacy of the companies.“In my research, I have not found any company by the name ‘Smart City Solutions’ associated with parking meter systems, in any of the places the company is purporting to have done business like Panama…There is no evidence that such a company actually exists,” Duncan highlighted in a Facebook post on Saturday.The following day, Johnson, who is the Cultural Policy Adviser to the Minister of Education, endorsed the views expressed by the Deputy Mayor.In his Facebook post, Johnson posited, “Why on earth would any sane person interested in good governance want this deal to go through? And while I applaud Sherod Duncan, who has been completely reticent on many issues, for speaking out coherently on this one, where are the voices of the other Councillors on this? Even if there were a majority in favour, there has to be a reasonable minority against this.”Johnson also called on the public to use this opportunity to hold the Government accountable and demand better governance.In a direct message to the governing Administration, Johnson said, “Dear coalition government, you cannot have what for all purposes seems a sham company control a critical revenue system in the capital for decades to come – indeed 10 seconds would mean that this indecency would have parked itself on the city’s potential development for too long.”The parking meter project is earmarked for completion in September.last_img read more

Win tickets and the chance to meet Doc Walker

first_imgListen all day Wednesday to 100.1 Moose FM for your chance to win tickets to see Doc Walker at the North Peace Cultural Centre Thursday.If you win, you’ll get a pair of tickets to the show and go back stage and meet the band.  Plus Doc Walker is offering a special contest for their fans on Facebook.  Visit their Facebook page on Thursday morning, and the band will leave a clue where you can find two tickets hidden somewhere in Fort St. John.  The first person to find them, will win tickets and also go back stage and meet the band.- Advertisement -Doc Walker, 2010 CCMA Group of the Year, will perform Thursday night at the NPCC and some great tickets are still available.Get your tickets by calling 250-785-1992 or you can purchase them online and pick your seat at www.npcc.bc.calast_img read more

Pogba tantalises with Neymar comments

first_img0Shares0000French international Paul Pogba has struggled for regular game time under Man United manager Jose Mourinho in recent weeks © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Mar 21 – Out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba said it would be a pleasure to play with Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, whom he described as pure “joy on the pitch” in an interview with an Argentine sports channel Tuesday.“Neymar is the definition of joy on the pitch,” the French international told Argentina’s TyC Sports. “When I look at him on the pitch, he enjoys playing, with his technique, his ability and all that.“I love watching him play. He’s a different guy, he has his own style. If one day I’m going to play with him, it’ll be a pleasure.”He was returning the favour after Neymar said in 2016 that he admired Pogba’s style and would love to play alongside him.Pogba, despite arriving at United in 2016 for a then world-record fee of £89 million (105 million euros), has fallen out of favour with manager Jose Mourhino, leading to speculation about his future.France coach Didier Deschamps said “he can’t be happy” with his current situation at Old Trafford after the 25-year-old joined up with the squad for Friday’s friendly against Colombia.Neymar, who joined PSG for a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) from Barcelona last year, suffered a fractured bone in his right foot last month in a match against Marseille.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tim Vickery questions Chelsea’s signing of Brazilian whizkid Nathan

first_imgtalkSPORT’s South American football expert Tim Vickery has questioned Chelsea’s decision to recruit Brazilian wonder kid Nathan from Atletico Paranaense.The Blues are reportedly close to wrapping up a £4.5m transfer for the 19-year-old on Wednesday, with the youngster already taking to Twitter to voice his delight at the deal.Chelsea have pipped the likes of Manchester City to Nathan’s signature, but Vickery has doubts over both the price tag and potential of a player who is still yet to complete a full 90 minutes for his club.“It’s difficult to see why they [Chelsea] quite want to spend so much money on him,” said Vickery.“He’s a playmaker who can thread a little pass and did well at under-17 level but poorly at under-20 level. It’s difficult to see what he has done in the last season to justify it.” Chelsea have an abundance of attacking midfielders in their first-team squad and their Under-19s won the UEFA Youth League earlier this week, prompting Vickery into suggesting Nathan may be loaned out like many Blues youngsters before him.“I think you could see him as a potential first teamer for Vitesse Arnhem in Holland,” added Vickery.Chelsea have an affiliation with the Eredivise club which has seen a number of Blues players head out to Holland on a temporary basis in the past few years, including the likes of Nemanja Matic, Lucas Piazon and Josh McEachran.last_img read more

Top 10 German players to grace the Premier League

first_imgManchester United have officially completed a deal to sign Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich.Astonishingly, the 30-year-old will become the first German to grace the Premier League in a Red Devils shirt.While Germany have thrived on an international front, the numbers to grace our shores have been few and far between down the years.Nevertheless, the current World Cup champions have still provided us with some stellar imports.To pay homage to Schweinsteiger’s move, talkSPORT have collated ten of the best German players to ever play in the Premier League.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see if you agree… 10 10 10 6. Thomas Hitzlsperger – click right to see the next German player on our list – Three spells in the Premier League for ‘The Hammer’ left a resonating impact on English football fans. While he was never prolific, the quality of his strikes meant he could have launched his own goal of the season competition. 3. Jurgen Klinsmann – continue to see the next German player on our list – Just the one full season in England, but what a season it was. Klinsmann took the top flight by storm in 1994/1995, scoring 21 times and earning the FWA Player of the Season award. His signature dive celebration is still one of the most iconic images since the competition’s induction in 1992. Klinsmann later returned to save Spurs from relegation in the late 1990s. 10 10 10 10 10. Markus Babbel – click right to see the next German player on our list – Babbel was a defensive stalwart for Liverpool and was integral to one of the club’s most successful seasons, the 2001 cup treble-winning campaign. Sadly his time at Anfield was severely disrupted when the right back contracted Guillain–Barré syndrome, but 50 caps for his country highlighted his reliability and he will always be fondly recalled for his contribution on Merseyside. 8. Robert Huth – click right to see the next German player on our list – Another defensive rock, Huth’s enduring capabilities at the back were reinforced last season when his January move to Leicester coincided with the Foxes’ upturn in fortunes as they secured Premier League survival. Nearly 150 Premier League appearances for Stoke and encouraging spells with Middlesbrough and Chelsea before helped the 30-year-old earn 19 caps for Germany, albeit with his last coming in 2009. 7. Mesut Ozil – continue to see the next German player on our list – The jury is still out on the Arsenal attacking midfielder. While his vision can occasionally dumbfound us all, he has been accused of going missing in the Gunners’ big games and perhaps hasn’t quite justified his £42.5m price tag. Still, he’s a World Cup winner and Cristiano Ronaldo was livid about his Real Madrid departure, so he must be pretty good. 10 5. Per Mertesacker – continue to see the next German player on our list – ‘BFG’ has his critics but, like Ozil, he’s a World Cup winner and very few players read the game better. 125 league appearances for the Gunners and a vastly improved defensive record last season suggest the big German is doing something right at the heart of Arsene Wenger’s backline. 4. Dietmar Hamann – click right to see the next German player on our list – An underrated player, Hamann was another who was integral to Liverpool’s incredible 2000/2001 campaign. Like Hitzlsperger, he was deadly from distance and he is credited with triggering the Reds’ remarkable Champions League turnaround in 2005 after coming on at half time in the final. 10 9. Uwe Rosler – continue to see the next German player on our list – The current Leeds United manager had a productive spell with Manchester City in the early Premier League years, scoring an iconic chip at Old Trafford. He averaged a goal every three games for the Citizens and was named the club’s player of the season in 1994/1995. 2. Jens Lehmann – click right to see the top German player on our list – While he was a bit bonkers and will probably be remembered for a rather acrimonious scuffle with Didier Drogba, Lehmann remains one of Wenger’s best ever goalkeepers. With nearly 150 appearances and a Champions League runners-up medal on his Gunners resume, Arsenal had arguably never properly replaced the German until they signed Petr Cech last month. 10 1. Michael Ballack – A true champion, Ballack practically invented a midfield role for himself – the enforcer. While he was always a prominent member of the Chelsea squad, he had to wait until his final season at Stamford Bridge for league success as Carlo Ancelotti’s Blues romped to the title. Deadly from set piece positions, too.last_img read more

Boss is torn in ferry baby death trial

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThey couldn’t have predicted that she was giving birth to a baby girl in the cramped space and, according to prosecutors, disposing of the 6-pound body in the bathroom’s trash can. Castro, whose trial is under way this week in Long Beach Superior Court, has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of her newborn daughter. The Catalina woman maintains that she thought she passed a blood clot that night – Sept. 29, 2004 – and was stunned to find out that she had delivered a child. Prosecutors contend Castro was aware of the pregnancy but covered it up because the baby was conceived during an affair with another man – a man described in testimony Tuesday as “nasty” and “controlling.” They contend that the baby was born alive – and seemingly healthy – when Castro severed the umbilical cord and ended the infant’s life before the child could muster her first cry. Graphic photos of the naked, deceased baby were passed among jurors in Judge Gary Ferrari’s courtroom Tuesday, after a Los Angeles County coroner’s investigator, Denise Bertone, testified about the condition of the baby when her body was found by a janitor inside a trash bag at the Port of Long Beach on Sept. 30, 2004. Bertone testified that, in her opinion, the baby was born alive. A coroner’s pathologist has yet to testify about the cause of death, although a hearing held two years ago indicated head trauma and possible asphyxia were to blame. Mother is accused of slaying on Catalina crossing. No one seemed to know Leticia Castro was nine months pregnant. Not her boss, not her close friends, not even her live-in boyfriend – with whom she shared a 5-year-old daughter. So when the 26-year-old Castro disappeared into a bathroom of a Catalina Island express ferry after enjoying a chamber of commerce-sponsored dinner in September 2004, her companions felt no need to worry. Perhaps the most emotional testimony of the day came from Castro’s boss, Juan Luna, who is married to one of Castro’s cousins. At times, he appeared torn by his affection for Castro and what he had seen on the ferry. Luna testified that Castro was a good mother, a devoted worker and the breadwinner of her small family. He said he knew Castro was suffering from hyperthyroidism and worried about her health. Castro accompanied Luna and his family at a mixer hosted by the local chamber of commerce on Sept. 29, 2004. Before the dinner, he said, she took some Advil to alleviate what she described as a “pain in her waist.” On the boat from Avalon to Two Harbors and at the dinner, Castro seemed “fine,” Luna testified. But minutes into the return trip on the ferry, he said, Castro disappeared into the “starboard side” bathroom. Finally, after the ferry docked, Luna said, she staggered out. “She was sweating and she was bleeding,” he said. Then her body went “loose,” he said, and she fainted. Despite her protests that she wanted no medical attention, Luna said, paramedics delivered her to Avalon Municipal Hospital. A medical intern, Alisha Riggs, delivered Castro’s full-term placenta, indicating that she had given birth to a baby. Riggs indicated that it was entirely plausible that Castro’s friends and family knew nothing of the pregnancy, and even that Castro might have been unaware of the pregnancy herself. But she said she could not envision a scenario where Castro’s ignorance of her condition continued after the birth. “She could have not realized she was pregnant,” she said. “But once she delivered a baby, I think she would realize that she delivered a baby.” wendy.russell@presstelegram.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pochettino ‘proud’ of Kane and hails deadly Spurs striker as one of world’s best

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino labelled Harry Kane one of the best strikers in the world after he hit four in Spurs’ rout of Leicester.The England forward is now in pole position to defend the golden boot after his haul in Tottenham’s 6-1 win at the King Power Stadium. He is two goals ahead of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku on 26 heading into the final weekend of the season with Spurs travelling to Hull and Everton going to Arsenal.Son Heung-min also scored twice for the visitors who outclassed the Foxes all night, despite Ben Chilwell’s second-half consolation.Kane scored 25 times to clinch the golden boot last season and is on course to defend his personal title with Pochettino praising the 23-year-old.“To be fair when he was injured, other players scored goals, like Son, or (Dele) Alli or (Christian) Eriksen. But it’s true that Harry Kane is our main striker and one of the best in the world,” he said.“To be fair to him and the team, it’s a very good collective effort throughout the whole season but we feel so proud of Harry. He will have another opportunity to score more against Hull. I hope he can win.“Our attitude and internal motivation was good. We were talking a lot about last season when we finished so badly. We spoke a lot to try to change that view and that feeling and finish in the best way. So I think this is fantastic.“During the whole season we’e been talking about improving and learning and this type of performance shows that the team is improving and has learned a lot from last season.”Tottenham striker Harry Kane keen to seal Golden Boot with further goals Harry Kane hit FOUR goals in Tottenham’s 6-1 win over Leicester City 1last_img read more