Barcelona studies adapting La Masia to focus

first_imgFC Barcelona has some of the more model sports cities and modern on the planet but is not raised in no case to carry out concentrations over a period of time. At least, no concentrations like raise the protocol of LaLiga to return to the activity where he recommends, in the third phase of re-adaptation to competition, the staff concentration for at least one week while they are already training in groups of eight players. This concentration can be carried out inside the sports facilities or in a hotel, but under the priority of “high security”, that is, having totally disinfected the premises.Given the exceptional circumstances of this situation, the Barcelona is starting to study possible alternatives. And the most viable would be to resort to La Masia facilities -currently empty- to carry out the workforce concentration. La Masia, which is within the Ciutat Esportiva, has a total of 78 rooms: 39 singles, 36 doubles and three triples. Both the players – a total of 19 from the first team plus Ansu Fati- and the members of the staff technician would use the double rooms but of individually, while the rest of the changing room employees could be installed in the individual rooms. Is about austere rooms, just over twenty square meters, with a wardrobe, a television and a table. Obviously, if the first equipment were finally installed, a series of temporary reforms in the occupied rooms, in order to better adapt to the needs of soccer players.Within The farmhouse, which has some 6,000 square meters spread over five floors, there are dining rooms, gyms, changing rooms, water area, kitchen, massage room, large classroom, offices for management and even a game room with pool table and foosball tables, which would allow the team to maintain a minimum of security guarantees during the concentration phase. Obviously, it would be an extreme resource and force majeure, since more than one heavyweight from the first team, such as the captain Sergio Busquets, has already shown publicly your absolute disagreement to concentrate in the Ciutat Esportiva or in a hotel as a preventive measure.We will have to see if finally LaLiga may require clubs to stick to your protocol or a series of nuances about the initial protocol, but in any case it seems very complicated that the footballers agree to stick to it a series of indications that make the practice of football as we understand it very difficult, such as: solo training in the Ciutat Esportiva, not changing in the dressing rooms or seeing teammates or train with masks and gloves.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgSunderland appoints AllardyceSUNDERLAND, England (AP) – Sunderland hired Sam Allardyce yesterday as their new manager on a two-year contract.Allardyce replaces Dick Advocaat after the Dutchman quit last weekend following a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham. Sunderland surrendered a two-goal lead in the game and have only three points from eight matches so far in the Premier League, leaving them second from bottom in the standings.The 60-year-old Allardyce, who has also managed West Ham, Blackburn, Newcastle and Bolton in England’s top flight, will face West Brom in his first game as manager on October 17.Elias Hernandez, Guemez added to Mexico rosterMIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Mexico has replaced injured midfielder Jose Juan Vazquez and forward Giovani Dos Santos on its roster for today’s play-off game against the United States for a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup.The football federation of North and Central America and the Caribbean said yesterday that Leon forward Elias Hernandez and Club American midfielder Javier Guemez have been added to the roster.The US play Mexico at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, for the right to represent CONCACAF at the FIFA event in Russia, a warm-up for the 2018 World Cup.Brazil, Argentina loseRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazil showed Thursday they can’t win against the best without Barcelona star Neymar, losing 2-0 at Chile as qualifying in South America opened for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.It was the same story for Argentina without their Barcelona marquee player Lionel Messi, falling 2-0 at home against Ecuador.Chile won behind second-half goals by Eduardo Vargas and Alexis Sanchez.Argentina went down to Ecuador in Buenos Aires on second-half goals by Frickson Erazo and Felipe Caicedo.Messi is out with a left-knee injury and is expected to return in late November.In other qualifiers on Thursday, Uruguay overcame the altitude in La Paz to defeat Bolivia 2-0 with goals from Martin Caceres and Diego Godin.Teofilo Gutierrez and Edwin Cardona scored in Colombia’s 2-0 victory over Peru in the Colombian city of Barranquilla and Paraguay defeated Venezuela 1-0.Aguero injureshamstring, faces spell outMANCHESTER, England (AP) – Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was carried off on a stretcher, in tears, with a hamstring injury during Argentina’s 2-0 loss to Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier and faces a spell on the sidelines.Aguero lasted 24 minutes of Thursday’s game before he pulled up sharply, holding his left hamstring, while chasing a long ball.Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said on City’s website that Aguero had arrived on international duty carrying a knock.Aguero scored five goals in 20 minutes in his last game for City in a 6-1 win over Newcastle that returned his team to the top of the Premier League.last_img read more

Police Arrest Girlfriend ‘Killer’

first_imgOfficers of the Liberian National Police assigned in Grand Cape Mount County, Western Liberia, have arrested a 30-year-old man identified as Sylvester Tarpeh Davis, who allegedly murdered his 22-year-old girlfriend, Sonnie Tipayson in the Clara Town Community last week.Shortly after he reportedly committed the act, Davis escaped the scene but was arrested in Tienia, Grand Cape Mount County by the Liberian National Police (LNP) over the weekend and subsequently transferred to the LNP Headquarters in Monrovia from where he is expected to be forwarded to court for prosecution.The incident took place on November 28, 2014 in Clara Town, Bushrod Island, when Davis allegedly murdered Sonnie, buried her corpse in a trash barrel in the very room they lived in and escaped the scene.But Davis was arrested following a tip-off from some residents in Grand Cape Mount County where he had been in hiding since the incident occurred last week Friday.According to the LNP, “This is the second time that they have arrested a girlfriend killer in the county.”The LNP is advising all those who have previously been accused or suspected of killing their fiancés, but escaped justice, to report themselves for further investigation.At the same time, the LNP has urged citizens to cooperate with them by reporting any strange persons in their respective communities whose motives may not be readily established by the locals.Last Friday, the Tipayson family at the back of the Prestige Motor Garage in Clara Town reported the mysterious death of their second child, allegedly at the hands of her boyfriend, Sylvester T. Davis, who had lived with their late daughter in the same house with them over the years.Upon the commission of the act, the suspect hurriedly dumped the remains of the late Sonnie into the barrel in their room and escaped.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Where is the evidence?

first_imgDear Editor,Where are all the evidence and prosecutions that the APNU/AFC must have about wide-scale corruption under the democratically elected PPP/C before they came into power?When in Opposition, the APNU and AFC screamed “Corruption, Corruption” by the PPP/C. Clearly, before they screeched “Corruption, Corruption”, they must have had evidence of corruption.It was only after they came into power that we found out they did not actually have any evidence, but needed to do “audits” to find evidence. This is clearly going on a fishing expedition for evidence of corruption.The APNU/AFC lied to themselves about wide-scale corruption under the PPP/C, then lied to their supporters to get into power.Now they have to go on fishing expeditions to find evidence.Yours faithfully,Sean Orilast_img

Irfaan all the way for President

first_imgDear Editor,I first met Mohamed Irfaan Ali in 2009. He was a member of a cricket team I managed for a match in Wakenaam Island and despite being the Housing Minister at the time, Irfaan willingly subjected himself to my “tough” style of management without complaint. I was impressed by how this young man (he was 28 at the time) handled the pressure of expectation from the large crowd, his ease of interaction with everyone and his willingness to be a minor team player.Irfaan made 4 runs, not the fastest runner, but he nevertheless put serious effort in when called on in the field and even bowled a few overs. The crowd loved it and he received a standing ovation on his return to the pavilion. It made for a wonderful day and many people still remind me of that match from time to time.During the tussle with the Government of Guyana and the Guyana Cricket Board, Irfaan and I were on opposite sides of the fence. Irfaan did not change his attitude towards me, instead of becoming hostile as was expected of a powerful Government Minister; he expressed admiration for my willingness to stand for what I believed to be right. It was at that point I stopped believing the stories being peddled about the PPP/C and started my quest for the truth.Robin Singh won v the Attorney General and remains a landmark CCJ decision. I became vocal in matters of Government, I spent more time learning how government works, asking endless questions of my friends in the legal fraternity. I began writing my opinions on issues and suggesting solutions via the letter columns in local newspapers. People began taking notice and I was asked to join or meet with various political parties over the years. I always found ways to politely decline.I watched the PPP/C suffer from a well-orchestrated public vilification rife with what we now call “fake news”, allegations of massive corruption totalling five times the annual budget, allegations so ludicrous that I soon realised that Hitler’s theory that “People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one, and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.”Irfaan Ali was delivering on promises; he was innovating, taking the “One Stop Shop” for housing to the people; house lots were being distributed at a record rate; wells were being built, construction was booming; special projects were being implemented with the Young Professional and Re-migrant Schemes.During this period we would run into each other at various events and he would take my inquiries about his “mansion” in good grace and return the ribbing with good nature. I still marvel that all of this was done by such a young man; few could handle the pressures of the demand for housing and house lots, the Auditor General’s reports show housing stock increased by 28,456 during his tenure, they do not show that the projects he started are still the only ones being developed.My sense of fair play led me to defend the record of the PPP/C and ask others to examine the facts rather than believe the big lies. I was never asked to do so by anyone in that party, I simply wanted the truth to be known. After the Government changed in 2015, I again ran into Irfaan and he expressed a simple “thank you” for my support and belief in his integrity. That action spoke volumes on his character, and my respect grew as a result.Over the coming weeks and months, we will all be subject to information and fake news about Irfaan Ali, I already know all that I need to about this man from the people, for the people and will be making every effort to make him our next President for the betterment of all Guyanese.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Participation important for boosting local content opportunities – GCCI

first_imgOffshore Technology conference– as Guyanese contingent showcases local technology in TexasGuyana made its presence known at the opening of a three-day conference on Monday in Houston, Texas, with several booths showcasing what the country has to offer as it created opportunities for business and networking.(second from right) Chief Executive Officer of GO-Invest, Owen Verwey and Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes interacting with other attendeesThe Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is being held this year under the theme “OTC: The Next 50 Years”.Speaking at a recently held press conference, President of GCCI Nicholas Boyer said that participation at the OTC is necessary for local content development. He had noted that it allows for Guyanese businesses to learn and seek partnerships in pursuit of the emerging opportunities in the South American country.GCCI represents more than 240 companies in Guyana and has been advocating for local content development, with emphasis on oil and gas, over the past two years.“Participating at OTC will help us to bring more of the supply chain on to Guyana’s shores,” he said. “It was very important that Guyana has representation at this conference, and as such, in January, I reached out to the CEO of GO-Invest and the Ministry of Business to pursue a partnership so that we can ensure there is an adequate representation.”“One of the key things we are aiming for in this mission is first education, secondly connection and networking. The underpinning of these two is to promote local content,” he saidMeanwhile, the Business Ministry on its social media page posted the Guyanese contingent interacting with other high-level experts in the field.“This year, 24 representatives of Guyanese companies are in Houston, Texas, to market their companies, interact with potential investors and partners and to learn of modern advances in the oil and gas sector. Guyana’s participation at the conference is being coordinated by the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI),” the Ministry said in its post.Before leaving to attend the Conference, Chief Executive Officer of GO-Invest, Owen Verwey told media operatives on Thursday that Guyana will form part of more than 60,000 that will be in attendance and it will create opportunities for business networking and education sharing among Guyana and other countries.He had explained that the goal of the mission is to foster relations with other oil-producing companies to benefit the country and its economy. Furthermore, Verwey said the aim is to allow members of the Guyana delegation to network with other participants, as well as to gather relevant information on the offshore oil and gas sector.“We will have two booths at the Conference and we will be looking into specific activities that are Guyana-focused and that will also complement OTC activity that is Guyana-focused, with emphasis on the country’s upcoming oil and gas industry,” Verwey explained.There will also be a Guyana night of information sharing and networking in collaboration with a major partner ExxonMobil.Some of the businesses attending the conference include Roraima Airways, Hughes Fields and Stoby, Ramps Logistics, GTT, Guyana National Shipping Corporation, Sterling and Japarts.The Offshore Technology Conference was founded in 1969 and forms a series of conferences and exhibitions focused on the exchanging of technical knowledge relevant to the development of offshore energy resources, primarily oil and natural gas.last_img read more

Snowmobilers and ATV users asked to stay off farmer fields

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District and area farmers are asking residents to stay off area farmer fields this winter.A number of farmers were not able to harvest their crops this fall due to poor weather conditions.  Crops will remain in the fields until they can be harvested in the spring.Driving snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles on the crops will damage them, resulting in fewer crops being viable in the spring. If you need to get around a field, choose to drive around the edges than through the middle of the field. – Advertisement -At the November 14th Board Meeting, the Peace River Regional District Board resolved to take action in support the local agriculture industry by sending a letter to provincial and federal representatives, including Premier John Horgan, Minister of Agriculture, Lana Popham, MLA Dan Davies, MLA Mike Bernier, and MP Bob Zimmer.The Peace River Regional District would like to clarify that while the PRRD Board is in full support of the Agriculture industry and local farmers, there has not been a declaration of an Agricultural Emergency at this time.The Peace River Regional District Board will be meeting with local producer groups at a special board meeting on November 27th to discuss the difficult conditions and impacts producers are facing. The Peace River Regional District’s priority is to collaborate and work with local producer groups to forge a meaningful path forward together and advocate for solutions that work for Peace Region farmers.Advertisement Following the meeting, the PRRD Board will bring concerns of Peace Region producers forward to the Province to advocate for additional help and support.last_img read more

Liverpool target is quality but focus should be on other attackers

first_img Liverpool transfer target Ezequiel Lavezzi 1 Ezequiel Lavezzi is being linked with a move to Liverpool, so explain to us whether or not buying the tattooed trickster is a good move. Check out for tons more Liverpool stats…Despite the acquisitions of Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Divock Origi and Rickie Lambert, reports indicate Brendan Rodgers is prepared to further strengthen up front. The £75m sale of’s highest rated player last season, Luis Suarez (8.43), to Barcelona significantly weakened their frontline and one understands the need to spend the funds received to fund a new look attack.Many feel the Reds should bolster their defence, though the signing of Dejan Lovren and supposed moves for Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo suggest Rodgers is looking to do just that. Liverpool, however, continue to be linked with a number of attack-minded players after a move for Loic Remy fell through.Marco Reus is the marquee signing fans crave, while the Merseysiders are believed to have shown an interest in Wilfried Bony, Jose Callejon and, most recently, Lavezzi. The Argentine has failed to replicate his Napoli form at PSG following his move to France in 2012, but that is not to say he has performed poorly.The 29-year-old winger scored nine league goals in PSG’s title-winning campaign, a figure bettered only by Suarez (31), Daniel Sturridge (21) and Steven Gerrard (13) of all Liverpool players in the Premier League last term. Granted, Lavezzi’s return did not come close to matching Suarez’s, but in an attack featuring Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, that is not necessarily a poor haul.What weighs in Liverpool’s favour is that PSG need to sell players in order to accommodate new arrivals. The £40m spent to sign David Luiz from Chelsea had a significant impact given FIFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, meaning they have had to loan Serge Aurier from Toulouse for the season with an option to buy next summer and are expected to do the same with Angel Di Maria, who is set to sign from Real Madrid.Di Maria’s arrival would limit Lavezzi’s first team action, especially with manager Laurent Blanc also able to call on Javier Pastore and Lucas Moura in his favoured 4-3-3 formation. Rodgers, though, could use a player of Lavezzi’s quality in his squad.As highlight on the player’s page, his style of play sees him dribble and cut inside from wide positions. The PSG ace has a similar attacking style to Suarez and would help ease the pain of the Uruguayan’s departure.However, the main concern is whether Rodgers could convince Lavezzi to swap Paris for Liverpool without the guarantee of regular first team action. The winger is expected to see his playing time restricted in the upcoming campaign under Blanc, but with a number of options available in attack at Anfield, it’s up for debate whether he would force his way into Rodgers’ starting XI on a regular basis.If PSG are willing to sanction his sale, and Lavezzi was prepared to drop his high wage demands, Liverpool could use a player of his quality in the squad. His inclination to cut onto his right foot from the left flank would appeal to the club as they look to snare a like-for-like replacement for Suarez. Meanwhile, strength in depth is essential, but if younger targets are available, then they should turn their reported interest away from Lavezzi and focus elsewhere.For more stats on Liverpool target Ezequiel Lavezzi, click here to view his player page.last_img read more

Ibra-mania as Zlatan’s double seals Galaxy fightback

first_imgThe Swede then headed home Ashley Cole’s cross in injury time to put Galaxy ahead in an extraordinary finale that lived up to the hype surrounding the veteran striker’s arrival from Manchester United.“If you look back, every team I played for, I scored in my first official game. I wasn’t going to let that stop today,” a delighted Ibrahimovic said afterwards. “I heard the crowd saying ‘We want Zlatan, we want Zlatan’ And I gave them Zlatan,” he added.Ibrahimovic’s winner was the final act of a thrilling first ever derby between the Galaxy and expansion side LAFC, who had surged into a 3-0 lead early in the second half after two goals from Carlos Vela and an own goal from Daniel Steres.Slack play from LAFC allowed Galaxy to pull a goal back through Sebastian Lletget in the 61st minute after dogged work from Servando Carrasco.The home crowd then roared in appreciation in the 71st minute when Ibrahimovic made his entrance from the substitutes bench.The 36-year-old star had an instant impact and was involved in the build-up which led to Galaxy’s second goal, headed in by Chris Pontius from Emmanuel Boateng’s cross.Suddenly the Galaxy dared to dream of an improbable comeback, and when Ibrahimovic thundered home his equaliser on 77 minutes the home side had drawn level.Los Angeles Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid hailed Ibrahimovic’s “world class” second goal.“Ibrahimovic is the perfect definition of a guy who always dares to be brilliant,” Schmid said. “If you do that, you can pull off things. That’s a goal that will go around the world.”– Last word –Ibrahimovic’s winner was the final act of a thrilling first ever derby between the Galaxy and expansion side LAFCLAFC had a chance to regain the lead when Costa Rican international Marco Urena hit the woodwork late on.But instead it was Ibrahimovic who was determined to have the last word.Former Chelsea and England left-back Cole stormed forwards down the left flank and crossed into the area, and Ibrahimovic guided home the header to launch his MLS career in the most dramatic way possible.Ibrahimovic had talked boldly on Friday of helping restore the Galaxy to their position of dominance in Major League Soccer after a dismal 2017 campaign that saw them finish bottom of the Western Conference.However the scale of the task facing Ibrahimovic became apparent after only 26 minutes on Saturday, with Mexico striker Vela scoring twice to give LAFC a 2-0 lead that their dominant play deserved.Vela drew first blood after only five minutes, picking up the ball on the edge of the area and curling a magnificent strike beyond the dive of Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham to make it 1-0.Los Angeles FC continued to dominate, pressing Galaxy aggressively and threatening in attack through the lively Vela, Costa Rican international Urena and Uruguayan youngster Diego Rossi.Rossi almost doubled the LAFC lead in the 11th minute, flashing a low angled shot wide of the post.But Los Angeles did not have to wait long for the second, with Vela beating Bingham before coolly taking his time to lift his shot into the goal off the underside of the bar.On the bench, Ibrahimovic bowed his head in his hands, and it got worse when Steres turned in an own goal early in the second half to put LAFC 3-0 ahead.However Ibrahimovic had other ideas soon after coming on as a substitute with just under 20 minutes remaining.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Swede then headed home Ashley Cole’s cross in injury time to put Galaxy ahead in an extraordinary finaleLOS ANGELES, United States, Apr 1- Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his arrival in Major League Soccer with two goals on his debut including an injury-time winner as the Los Angeles Galaxy fought back from three goals down to beat Los Angeles FC 4-3 on Saturday.Ibrahimovic — who only arrived in California on Thursday — lashed home an imperious volley from 40 yards just six minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute to make it 3-3 at the StubHub Center.last_img read more

Jena beating defendant is freed on bail

first_imgMychal Bell’s release on $45,000 bail came hours after a prosecutor confirmed he will no longer seek an adult trial for the 17-year-old. Bell, one of the teenager beating suspects known as the Jena Six, still faces trial as a juvenile in the December beating in this small central Louisiana town. District Attorney Reed Walters’ decision to abandon adult charges means that Bell, who had faced a maximum of 15 years in prison on his aggravated second-degree battery conviction last month, instead could be held only until he turns 21 if he is found guilty in juvenile court. The conviction in adult court was thrown out this month by the state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, which said Bell should not have been tried as an adult on that particular charge. Critics accuse Walters, who is white, of prosecuting blacks more harshly than whites. They note that he filed no charges against three white teens suspended from the high school for allegedly hanging nooses in a tree on campus not long before fights between blacks and whites, including the attack on Justin Barker. An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 protesters marched in Jena last week in a scene that evoked the early years of the civil-rights movement. RACE: Prosecutor won’t try 17-year-old as an adult, but the teen still faces juvenile court. By Doug Simpson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JENA, La. – A black teenager whose prosecution in the beating of a white classmate prompted a massive civil rights protest here walked out of a courthouse Thursday after a judge ordered him freed. Walters said last week’s demonstration had no influence on the decision he announced Thursday. Walters has said repeatedly that Barker’s suffering has been lost in the furor that erupted over the case, and that what happened to the teen was much more severe than a schoolyard fight. Walters also has defended his decision not to seek charges in the hanging of the nooses, which he said was “abhorrent and stupid” but not a crime.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