Real make unhappy Spurs boss Poch No1 target to replace under-fire Zidane

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO remains a top target for Real Madrid as the La Liga giants consider Zinedine Zidane’s future.The Frenchman eased the pressure tap on his second stint at the Bernabeu with a win over Sevilla at the weekend but big concerns remain over his management.2 Pochettino has continually sent ambitious messages over Spurs’ spendingCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd, should Real dispense with Zidane, the Mirror claim Pochettino is their No1 preference to replace him.Although he is on a five-year, £8.5million contract in North London, the former defender has hardly cut the most joyous figure in recent months.The Champions League final saw him publicly question his own commitment to thrifty Spurs and he insinuated victory over Liverpool may have led to him calling it a day.Results in 2019/20 won’t have improved his mood much either with important leads against Arsenal, Olympiacos and Leicester surrendered in recent weeks.In fact, when questioned about whether he will ever take over Real while attending Monday night’s The Best FIFA Awards, Poch replied: “Maybe some year.”Madrid club president Florentino Perez is described as a big admirer of the Argentine and his connection to Barcelona’s local rivals Espanyol may sweeten the deal with the fans. Latest La Liga NewsGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaPicturedKING OF SWINGBale pulls golf pose at training in jibe at critical Real Madrid fansWALKING A FINE LINERonaldo vs Messi ‘not close’ says Lineker as he gushes over Barca iconSET IN HIS WAYSSetien moans that five subs will ruin Barcelona plan of wearing teams downGossip’DEAD’ PAULPogba’s proposed £15m-a-year Real transfer risks wage row after virus pay cutNEY-MBER TWONeymar is second best player in world ahead of Ronaldo, claims ex-Barca chiefTHAT OLD TRICKMessi could leave Barcelona on free via exit clause to allow Old Boys returnGossipNO BALE OUTGareth Bale’s Real Madrid future in limbo with NO firm transfer offers yetThe recent 1-0 win over Sevilla sent Los Blancos back towards the top of La Liga after only winning one of their opening three games.Zidane’s legacy at the club predominantly survives off his Champions League success though and the opening matchday defeat to Paris Saint-Germain set alarm bells ringing in the Spanish capital.Les Parisiens ran out 3-0 winners at Parc des Princes as Real put in a severely lacklustre display on their first European outing since falling to a shock last-16 exit at the hands of Ajax last season.2 Zidane received a boost on the weekend but questions remainCredit: AFP or licensorsMauricio Pochettino tells Spurs to change job title from manager to ‘coach’ in bizarre transfers outburstlast_img read more

Shot fired as players, fans clash in match brawl – St Catherine FA investigates incident

first_imgThe St Catherine Football Association (SCFA) has launched an investigation after a shot was reportedly fired during a fracas between players and fans of Newland and New Raiders FC during a Major League match on Monday. The contest, which took place at the Spanish Town Prison Oval, descended into chaos after players and fans traded blows, saw one off-duty policeman reportedly discharging his firearm in an effort to restore order. According to reports, the game was nearing its end when a Raiders player was shown the red card for a hard tackle on an opposing player. This led to players from both teams squaring off in a fist fight, triggering the involvement of rivalling supporters. According to information reaching The Gleaner, the off-duty lawman, who was watching the game, fired a single shot to calm the melee, before helping to restore order and the resumption of the game. The match was completed at full time, 3-1 in favour of Newland. However, SCFA boss Peter Reid said the association is conducting an investigation into the incident and that the appropriate sanctions will be applied after the facts are ascertained. “We take any incident like this very seriously as discipline is the hallmark of St Catherine FA and we will leave no stone unturned. Our competition’s committee is doing their investigation and will make their findings known and then make a decision based on the rules. “If it is something the rules address, we will apply it accordingly, but if it is more than that, we have to refer it to the disciplinary committee. So until those things have happened, we have nothing more to say,” he said. “We apologise to our sponsor FLOW and the football fraternity, because things like this should not happen … . It’s very unfortunate to have a situation like that,” added Reid. Efforts to contact officials from both teams proved futile. SANCTIONS COULD BE APPLIEDlast_img read more

Milton Weeks, Co-defendants Re-arrested and Jailed

first_imgFormer CBL Executive Governor Milton Weeks, Deputy Governor Charles Sirleaf and Director of Banking Dorbor Hagba, are the first to be arrested, among many others pending, as named in the Presidential Investigation Team’s (PIT) report. BREAKING NEWS: The defendants in the CBL missing money case involving current and former officials of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), all of who were arrested and jailed on charges of economic sabotage and theft of property, were rearrested early this afternoon and are remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison.The defendants, former Executive Governor Milton A. Weeks, former Deputy Governor for Operations, Charles Sirleaf, Dorbor M. Hagba, Director, Finance Department, Richard H. Walker, Director for Operations and Joseph Dennis, Deputy Director for internal audit, are being held on new charge: money laundering, for which they are now each required to file additional bonds.The new indictment and charge raises a new case, separate from the existing case, which was supposed to begin today. The opening of the case was postponed for Thursday, August 22. As the defendants emerged from court, they were slapped the new charge and marched off to court.RecapFollowing his first arrest, Co-defendant Milton A. Weeks, former executive governor of the CBL, filed a property evaluation bond in the amount of US$909,319.88 to secure his release from pre-trial detention.His bond was secured by properties secured by Mr. Benoni W. Urey, who owns property located on the Police Academy Road with an assessed value of US$163,291.58, as evidenced by the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) tax assessment. Additionally, Atty. Angelique G. Eupheme Weeks and Mr. and Mrs. Dweitt von Ballmoos, with the values of their properties as US$240,000 and US$506,026.30, respectively, secured the bond for the former CBL Governor Weeks.The first bond for Charles E. Sirleaf, deputy governor, was secured by the Accident and Casualty Insurance Company (ACICO) in the amount of US$60,000. However, Judge Boima Kontoe did not approve of it because, according to him, he needed time to review the said bond.Later Sirleaf, through his legal counsel, filed a motion to admit him to bail on medical grounds, which request was not opposed by the prosecution.Also, co-defendants, Dorbor M. Hagba, director, finance department, Richard H. Walker, director for operations and Joseph Dennis, deputy director for internal audit, had their initial bails secured by the same ACICO in the amount of US$240,000, meaning the insurance company paid the amount of US$60,000 for each of them.Prosecutors want defendants jailed at all costsGovernment’s lawyers have been craving a decision by Judge Gbeneweleh to set aside the bail bond filed to release the defendants and have them (defendants) rearrested, and subsequently detained at the Monrovia Central Prison until a proper bond is secured.However, Judge Gbeneweleh’s dismissal of the prosecution’s motion prompted their appeal to Justice in-chambers, Joseph Nagbe charging that Judge Gbeneweleh had displayed bias against their client in his handling of the case.Justice Korkpor, on Tuesday, August 6, communicated with Judge Gbeneweleh, instructing him to dispose of business before his court including the reading of Chambers Justice Nagbe’s ruling, denying the prosecution’s demand for Judge Gbeneweleh to recuse himself from hearing and determining the matter.“All the bonds these men have filed are legal and sufficient for them to be released and for the case to proceed, which will be in about a week. These people are not flight risks. So it baffles us as to why the prosecution is bent on keeping them in jail,” a source close to one of the defendants.This story will be updated as developments unfold. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MARAD urges commuters to report errant operators

first_imgUnlawful double faresThe Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) has renewed its call to commuters utilising the water taxi services to make reports of any form of unlawful behaviour from boat operators, especially those who demand a double fare on Sundays and holidays.On Friday, Harbour Master Michael Tennant in a public statement reminded passengers of the standard fare for the various water taxis routes.In his missive, Tennant said the fare from Georgetown to the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling is $100 while the fare from the Parika Stelling to Eastern Wakenaam is $1000 and $1300 from Parika to the Wakenaam/Supenaam Stelling. The fare from the Parika Stelling to Bartica is $2500.“Any demands for additional sums by operators/owners should be reported to MARAD, indicating the vessel’s name, and time of travel,” MARAD said.The Department is urging passengers to make their reports on telephone numbers 225-7330 or 226-3356 or inbox messages via the Facebook page at last week, Guyana Times was told that boat operators who double charge their passengers on Sundays and holidays were being suspended for the unlawful practice.This was related to this publication by the Harbour Master, who explained that the move comes weeks after this newspaper had published several articles in which commuters called for MARAD’s invention in the situation. “We have already said that persons who are overcharging people and all such like, all the persons have to do is provide the name of the boat to us, and we will take the necessary action,” Tennant reminded.He said he was unable to give an approximate number of boat operators who have been suspended, but noted that MARAD has begun to clamp down on errant operators in an effort to stamp out exploitation.Guyana Times had previously reported that boat operators were charging double fare on Sundays and holidays, much to the discomfiture of the travelling public.This newspaper was informed that boat operators usually demand a fare increase of an additional $100 when they transport half the number of passengers on this route.Passengers have also detailed cases when they were forced to pay the extra $100, some without even knowing that the additional fee is unlawful.Back then, when Guyana Times visited the Georgetown stelling, some disgruntled passengers opined that the fare increase was quite burdensome and “unfair”. An angry passenger had said, “I ain’t get raise on my salary, so I ain’t concern with no raise of fare! I won’t go for no raise of fare!”A bowman who spoke to this newspaper had said the fares are increased on Sundays and holidays because those are not full working days.“Sundays and holidays is $200 (charged) because we ain’t supposed to be working. So them man does come out because them ain’t got nothing fuh do (and them want) fuh try and help de passengers to get across more fast. $200 a head. Me ain’t know why them (passengers) does row, because this is de cheapest boat fare around here,” he had declared.last_img read more

Bad news for Arsenal and Man United! Real Madrid enter race for £40m-rated defender

first_img1 Aymeric Laporte Arsenal and Manchester United target Aymeric Laporte is wanted by Real Madrid.The Athletic Bilbao defender is among the most in-demand young players in world football.Premier League duo Arsenal and United have been tracking him for some time, while he is also on top of the transfer wish list for a number of other European giants, including Barcelona and Bayern Munich.Laporte, 20, has completed 18 La Liga matches so far this season and is a regular for the France U-21 side.The 6ft 2in talent has been at Bilbao since 2010 and established himself as a first-team star last season, after making 35 league appearances for the Basque side.Madrid and the rest of the Champions League sides interest in Laporte have all been told there is no wiggle room on his £40m buy-out clause.Bilbao are interested in Real’s midfielder Asier Illarramendi but will not even entertain the prospect of a swap deal as they rate Laporte so highly.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal two Sinn Fein TDs have call for “an all out effort” to salvage vital A5 road project.Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty have outlined their growing concern after the failure of the Northern Department of Regional Development to satisfy the requirement for an appropriate assessment under the Habitats Directive, recently outlined by a judge at Belfast High Court, Mr Justice Stephens.Deputy MacLochlainn said “The A5 Dual Carriageway is vital for the economic regeneration for Donegal and the North West region. It would be devastating for the people of Donegal if this road was not built. “Sinn Féin is fully behind this project and we know that the political will exists across the Six Counties to get the road built”.“However the concerns of the High Court in Belfast must be addressed and we now need an all out effort by Minister Danny Kennedy and his Department officials to salvage this project”.Deputy Doherty said “It is unthinkable for the people of Donegal that this project would not go ahead. Donegal needs this road both for economic regeneration and for the jobs that will be created during the construction phase of the project.“The environmental concerns of the High Court must be addressed in an urgent manner so that this road can go ahead as planned.”  SINN FEIN CALL FOR ‘ ALL OUT EFFORT’ TO SAVE A5 ROAD PROJECT was last modified: April 9th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Alito recusal failure may cause problem

first_imgWASHINGTON – Judge Samuel Alito has said he did not break a federal ethics law when he ruled in a case involving the company that handles his mutual fund investments. Legal experts are divided over whether Alito did anything wrong in the case three years ago. Of more immediate concern is his explanation of his role in that case – along with questions about what his recusal practices will be if confirmed to the high court. Judges, including Supreme Court justices, are required by law to stay out of cases in which they have a financial stake. Members of the high court, however, decide for themselves when to recuse with no oversight. Alito serves on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia and has most of his money in mutual funds. When he joined the court in 1990, he told senators he would avoid cases in which Vanguard Group was a party. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Senators questioned him about the 2002 Vanguard case, which was the subject of a conflict-of-interest complaint filed by the woman who lost her lawsuit. Alito withdrew after first ruling against her and the decision was reaffirmed without his participation. Alito and the White House have offered several explanations: that a computer glitch allowed the disqualification issue to slip through undetected, that Alito’s 1990 pledge to stay out of Vanguard appeals only applied to his initial service, and that the promise was “unduly restrictive.” “The explanation causes greater concern than the problem,” said Stephen Gillers, a professor specializing in legal ethics at New York University’s School of Law. “It would have all gone away if Judge Alito had said, ‘This was an oversight.’ People can forgive oversights. We all have them.” Doug Kendall, executive director of the Community Rights Counsel, a public-interest law firm, said the response was “inconsistent and somewhat incoherent.” “His explanation has made it an issue that will continue through the (Senate) hearings,” said Kendall. Judges who have even one share of stock in a company are not allowed to rule in cases involving that company. Because of that, recusals are common at the high court. Steven Lubet, an ethics expert at Northwestern University, said the rules for judges and their mutual funds is not clear. If the mutual fund company is compared to a bank, which just holds deposits, then recusals are not required. Lubet said Alito should be praised for keeping the bulk of his money in mutual funds instead of in individual stocks. Alito reported holdings of about $80,000 in Vanguard funds when he was confirmed in 1990. Last year, he reported shares in 14 Vanguard Group mutual funds, worth $455,000 to $1 million. Nominated late last month by President George W. Bush, Alito would replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who has extensive stock holdings. O’Connor has had about 730 recusals during her 24 years on the court, according to Goldstein & Howe, a Washington law firm that tracks Supreme Court statistics. New Chief Justice John Roberts has already had several major recusals, including one that followed an acknowledgment that he wrongly participated in a case. He took himself out of a patent infringement case the same week he and the other justices picked the case for review. The conflict apparently was related to his former law firm, Hogan & Hartson. Like Roberts, who also had served as an appeals court judge, Alito as a justice would be sidelined in a few cases he previously ruled on. 160Want 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

Revolving door behind Buster Posey continues for Giants

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants continued to tinker with the Buster Posey support group Monday, claiming catcher Tom Murphy off waivers from the Colorado Rockies in advance of their Bay Bridge Series game against the Athletics.Murphy, 28, is the second catcher the Giants added in two days, coming after a trade for Erik Kratz from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league infielder C.J. Hinojosa.Aramis Garcia, who was Posey’s backup only a few days ago, was optioned to Triple-A …last_img

49ers-Saints reactions: San Francisco’s thrilling win called ‘game of year’

first_imgDefense be damned, anyone who watched the 49ers’ thrilling, 48-46 victory over the Saints Sunday can probably agree on one thing: this was one for the ages. (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)49ers-Saints reactions: San Francisco’s thrilling win called ‘game of year’ The two teams treated viewers to nearly 100 points and 1,000 yards in what can only be called an instant classic as the 49ers seized (at least temporarily) the top seed …last_img

An Ugly Head Rises in Lenin’s Land

first_imgAccording to Andy Coghlan, reporter for New Scientist, the spectre of an “ugly head” is rising in Russia.  What is it?  It’s not atheism, because Coghlan admits that Russia once made that the state religion.  It’s not communism, because Coghlan admits “Godless communism” once prevailed in the Soviet Union.  No, it is an ugly head Coghlan believes Russian dissidents, scientists and liberals must band together to fight before it invades the schools of the vast country.    What is it, you ask?  Creationism.  “Yes, creationism has now reared its ugly and evolving head in Russia, the heart of the ‘Godless communism’ that prevailed in the Soviet Union,” Andy Coghlan wrote.  In a strange twist of fate, American creationists have taken on the role of the Comintern and are propagandizing Russian schools with the subversive doctrine that “Darwin’s theory remains a theory… This means it should be taught to children as one of several theories, but children should know of other theories too.”    How could this ever happen in a land that once imprisoned pastors and closed churches, turning them into museums of atheism?  Coghlan referenced “a superb blog by Michael Zimmerman in the Huffington Post” as a source.  (Zimmerman, head of the “Clergy Letter Project,” seeks to get American pastors to sign a statement that Darwinism is not such a bad idea.)  Coghlan also referenced the Dover, Pennsylvania court case as “momentous” in combatting American attempts to allow creationism and intelligent design to get a foothold in schools.    The irony rises to a fever pitch at the end of the article.  Coghlan quotes a Russian dissident who conflates fighting alternatives to Darwinism with fighting communist propaganda: “It’s a dangerous idea and we will do all we can to stop it.  We overcame communism as the state ideology and certain forces want to replace it with Orthodox Christianity.”  It appears nobody – not even the Archbishop of the Russian Orthodox Church whom Coghlan quoted – was even suggesting making the Russian Orthodox Church a state ideology; even so, it begs the question how teaching creationism in science classes would lead to that, if such a suggestion were even on the table.  But visions of moral equivalency like booting Darwin out of science class, sending biology teachers to Siberia, or turning science centers into museums of Russian Orthodoxy are surely absurd.  Yet Coghlan ended with this shocker: With pressure from evangelicals for the US to abandon the division between church and state insisted upon by Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers, and the growing influence of the Orthodox church within Russia, we could see an unlikely alliance forged between former enemies.  Jefferson and Lenin would be spinning in their tombs.For some clarity on what Jefferson meant by the oft-quoted “wall of separation between church and state” (not a part of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, or Bill of Rights, but part of a letter he wrote to Baptists worried about the Federal governments power to infringe on their rights), readers are encouraged to see this explanation on that shows it has been turned to mean the exact opposite of what Jefferson meant and believed.Is there any reader not left breathless with disbelief at such a statement like what Coghlan just said?  Any reporter who can put Lenin and Jefferson in the same sentence as allies against creationists has just reached a new low, both in historical ineptitude and calumny.  This guy needs a serious remedial education.  We suggest some Teaching Company courses in the Rise of Soviet Communism and Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century for starters, and some good books on the horrors perpetrated by the communist dictators.  Remember the unforgettable 11/30/2005 entry?  How on earth can one compare such polar opposites as Jefferson, lover of liberty, with a murderous totalitarian dictator like Lenin, whose first acts were to shut down freedom of the press, freedom of education, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, institute one-party rule, and start murdering everyone who opposed him?  We need a category not just for Dumb Ideas, but for Evil Ideas.    If you are a Darwinist reading this, welcome.  See?  This is part of the open marketplace of ideas.  (Notice: This is part of the open marketplace that American students don’t get.)  One thing you can be assured of is that creationists, as much as you may despise their beliefs, are not bad people.  Take any one of the famous ones: Henry Morris (see Scientist of the Month) or Duane Gish, say; even pro-Darwin historians will be among the first to state openly that they are (or were, in the case of Henry) nice, pleasant people (as well as qualified and informed scientists).  They didn’t go around ordering purges of their enemies (with real guns and real bullets) and sending people to Siberia, OK?  The same is true of all the leaders of the Intelligent Design movement.  You would be hard put to find a more pleasant group of people to share a stage or a lunch with.  Even Michael Ruse knows that.  Take Paul Nelson to lunch sometime as a scientific experiment and you’ll see.  If you had a chance to live in a country ruled by creationists or by communist dictators of the likes of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Kim Il Sung, Castro or the rest of those murderous incarnations of evil, you can be sure that 100 times out of 100, you would flee the Iron Curtain at every chance for the freedom that coincides with those who embrace ID or creation or both.    Please notice also that no mainline creationist or ID organization has ever advocating banning Darwin.  In fact, ICR and some ID organizations have stated clearly that they want to teach “more Darwin” than the Darwinists allow the schools to teach.  One reason is to include both the strengths and weaknesses of the theory, but another is the reality that students cannot understand the 20th century without an understanding of Darwinism.  The only dogmatists who want to teach one side are the DODOs (Darwin-only, Darwin-only).  It’s the Darwin-olators that would have Jefferson spinning in his grave.  As for Lenin, well; most people who know their history would be grinning with satisfaction to see the RPMs turned up on his tomb.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more