first_imgFor Barça, signing a right center back was already a priority last season. Then, he launched into recruiting Mathijjs de Ligt. But, unlike De Jong, the Dutchman gave pumpkins to Bartomeu and ended up at Juventus. Barça then preferred contention, surviving with Piqué, Umtiti and Lenglet and trusting, unsuccessfully, in Todibo.The urgency of the central continues. In fact, the signing of a defender and a striker are the priorities for next season, ahead of a midfielder (like Fabián) and a right-back (Emerson). Diego Carlos appears on the list of favorites. His clause, 75 million, is abusive for Barça, who would still try to make the operation somewhat cheaper. The difference in its market value, according to the specialized website transfermarkt, is not so huge. Diego Carlos’s is € 32 million and Rakitic’s is € 20. Another thing is what Monchi thinks. As published by the Sport newspaper this Saturday, Diego Carlos (15-3-1993, Barra Bonita, Brazil) is number one in Barça’s preferences to reinforce his defense. The powerful center-back of Sevilla, another audacious discovery by Monchi in the French market (comes from Nantes), has played practically everything this season (25 league games; only one was lost due to penalties for warnings and another was a substitute for rotations). on the occasion of the Europa League), it is underlined in red by Ramon Planes and Eric Abidal.last_img read more

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Other countries, including Germany, Italy and Kenya, have similar laws. U.S. authorities have long been hamstrung by limited legal options to prosecute doping cheats.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This photograph taken on February 7, 2018, shows the production of BEREG-KIT for drug and doping control, at Berlinger AG facility in Ganterschwil, which are scheduled to be used for the collection of urine samples at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said February 1, 2018, that it had confirmed that new generation drug-testing kits could be susceptible to tampering and recommended use of an older model at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. With the Winter Games due to open on February 9, the International Olympic Committee had asked the agency to look into the matter after a laboratory in Cologne reported the newer bottles could be opened after being frozen. The glass containers had been touted as the next generation of sample bottles since being released last year, part of the ongoing effort to avoid a repeat of the Russian doping scandal that dogged the 2014 Winter Olympics and still reverberates today. But WADA said the older BEREG-KIT 2016 — released for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro — should be used instead./ AFP PHOTO / MICHELE LIMINAWASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill on Tuesday that would make it a crime to use or distribute performance-enhancing drugs while competing in international sports events.The bill in the House is named after Grigory Rodchenkov, the Russian lab director who blew the whistle on Russian cheating at the Sochi Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Penalties would include fines of up to $250,000 for individuals and prison sentences of up to 10 years for those who make, distribute or use banned substances at international events, such as the Olympics.U.S. and foreign athletes would be subject to the law if competing in an event that includes four or more U.S. athletes and other athletes from three or more countries, even if the event is held outside the United States.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe bill cites the U.S. contribution to the World Anti-Doping Agency as justification for jurisdiction over events outside American borders.The bill also would expand the timeframe for athletes and corporate sponsors who were cheated to file lawsuits seeking damages. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Tiger Woods’ digs for the week is more than a dinghy Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READlast_img read more

first_img…escapes with $7MA fisherman was on Friday afternoon shot and relieved of $7 million while walking along the Cove and John access road, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Injured is 50-year-old Eddie Brandon, who was heading home in the company of his 17-year-old daughter. Reports are the duo were walking when two men exited a silver-grey Toyota Carina 212 motorcar, held them at gunpoint, and demanded aAn injured Eddie Brandon arriving at the GPHC on Friday afternoonbag containing the money.The now injured man reportedly resisted the men, and one of the bandits discharged several rounds, one of which hit the man to the left leg. The bandit then gun-butted the fisherman and relieved him of the bag, before re-entering the motorcar which sped off.Guyana Times understands that the fisherman had withdrawn the money from a bank at Triumph, ECD, before boarding a minibus for Cove and John.It is believed that the armed bandits trailed the duo from the bank, and carried out the attack after they had disembarked the minibus.Police have since retrieved three spent 9mm shells at the scene, and are on the hunt for the robbers. At the Georgetown Public Hospital, the injured man when approached for a comment confirmed that he was robbed of $7 million but did not give details about the robbery.Other relatives at the hospital stated that they received the news of the shooting but were not briefed on the matter. They are however, leaving the Police to conduct their investigations.last_img read more

first_imgThe governor steered around a question about whether he would support McCain in the California primary but also called him “a great national leader.” Coming off a decisive re-election in November, the celebrity governor appears eager to assume a more prominent role in national affairs. His push to move California’s presidential primary to Feb.5 from June could give the state – and by association him – much greater influence in the 2008 presidential sweepstakes. With McCain at his side, Schwarzenegger called for a national low-carbon fuel standard for transportation fuels, similar to standards in California intended to make fuel burn cleaner. It wasn’t clear how such a standard would be put in place, or if it would become a centerpiece of McCain’s nascent campaign. “I know that Senator McCain sees the value of bringing to Washington the same kind of programs that we have put into place right here in California,” Schwarzenegger said. By contrast the governor met privately this month with another GOP contender, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, but the two did not appear together. The senator and Schwarzenegger have shared a mutually beneficial political kinship, as well as a friendship, for years. McCain has headlined fundraisers for Schwarzenegger in California, and they’ve campaigned together. The governor’s 2006 campaign manager is now a senior adviser to McCain’s campaign team.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger offered his most lavish praise yet Wednesday for a 2008 presidential candidate, calling John McCain a “great senator” and “very good friend” who shared his views on critical issues such as the environment. The celebrity governor stopped short of formal declaration of support for McCain’s budding candidacy, but their appearance together in the Port of Los Angeles was a strong reminder that the two maverick Republicans share a well-developed friendship. The Arizona senator joked that he was endorsed by Schwarzenegger. Then Schwarzenegger said their joint appearance wasn’t about politics. “We share common philosophy and goals for this country,” McCain noted. last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola isn’t glorying in Jose Mourinho’s problems at Old Trafford © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 31 – Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has refused to gloat over his old rival Jose Mourinho’s troubled start to the season at Manchester United.Guardiola was asked about the pressure which is mounting on his United counterpart following consecutive Premier League losses to Brighton and Tottenham. The pair have had a strained relationship since their days as rival managers of Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga.But, despite United’s problems and the growing storm around Mourinho, Guardiola insisted City’s arch rivals remain a force to be reckoned with.“We’re in August. There are a lot of points to play for and the real season starts after the international break,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.“We dropped two, or won one, point at Wolves. The secret last season was when we did that we won the next game.”Champions City finished 19 points ahead of second placed United last season and have made an unbeaten start to the new campaign, while Mourinho’s team have stumbled from one crisis to another.Asked about the personal pressure on Mourinho, who has faced speculation about his relationship with United midfielder Paul Pogba and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, he added: “Unfortunately it’s our job. Our job depends on results.“When we win we are good, when we don’t we are not good. When you get to this level, they are top, top managers.”– Gomes potential –Meanwhile, Guardiola wants another option in his City midfield, but refused to confirm if that would mean making a signing in the January transfer window.City missed out on landing Jorginho from Napoli during the summer when the Italian opted to join Chelsea instead.Guardiola can call on former Paris Saint-Germain teenager Claudio Gomes, who is on the fringes of the first-team squad after arriving in the summer from the French club.When asked about the 18-year-old ahead of the weekend’s Premier League clash with Newcastle, the Catalan admitted he has been impressed by the youngster, but also did not rule out adding a new face.“Claudio Gomes is a young player. He was in pre-season with us and we were delighted with him, his personality,” Guardiola said.“The January market is a long time away. We’re looking at options for the future. We decided to pick Claudio up because of his potential.”City will face a defensively-minded Newcastle team at the Etihad Stadium, but Guardiola insists dealing with teams who set out to thwart them with a negative approach is not a concern.“That is not a problem. They believe in their styles. It’s in our hands to solve that. That is the trick,” he said.“We spend more time on ourselves and what we need to do. We can only imagine what our opponents maybe will do but we don’t know 100 per cent.“Huddersfield we expected five at the back and they were four.“We analyse our games, we spend our times analysing training and games on ourselves to improve. The players have to adapt, of course.“You have to know what they do and inform the players what they are going to do. But it’s more productive to concentrate ourselves, what we can do.“We talk about ourselves, normally about 80 per cent of it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgGuardiola admitted even he was taken aback by Manchester United’s stunning 3-1 win in Paris and holders Madrid’s capitulation to a talented young Ajax team, but refuted suggestions their elimination had cleared the way for City to finally conquer Europe.“We are teenagers in this competition that’s my feeling. It’s not excuses, of course we want to win it,” said the Catalan coach on Monday.“You have to dream and point as high as possible but in the same time you have to accept there are other teams thinking the same with a lot of quality and lot of talent.”Guardiola was annoyed by City’s mistakes in conceding two penalties and having Nicolas Otamendi sent off 22 minutes from time in Gelsenkirchen three weeks ago despite turning around a 2-1 deficit with 10 men through late goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling.And he used that experience to warn his players against any complacency.“In domestic competition there is another game, in this competition there is not another game. It is something unique, the focus is incredible and when you make something wrong they (the opponent) punish it,” he added.“Schalke had two shots on target and scored two goals. We played 23 minutes 10 v 11 when we could avoid that second yellow card from Nico.“We are lucky today we are here 3-2 up when we could be 3-1 or 4-1 down. That’s the reality in this competition. (There is) work to do, be calm and focused.”– Gundogan future unclear –Along with the suspended Otamendi, Fernandinho will again miss out through injury, but the Brazilian’s absence has not been felt as badly as first feared due to Ilkay Gundogan’s form.Ilkay Gundogan has yet to commit his future to Manchester City beyond 2020 © AFP / Paul ELLISThe German has deputised ably in the holding midfield role, but has so far refused to commit his future to City beyond his current contract, which expires in 2020.“There is no decision yet otherwise I would have signed or rejected a contract. I would say we are still in talks,” said Gundogan.“I’m 28 years old now so obviously my next contract will decide where I am for maybe the end of my career.“Everyone feels different, (whether) to go for a new challenge or change something. I am always open-minded for challenges, it is not (an) obvious (decision).“Everyone has to make their own decision and at the moment I try to play as good as possible.”Guardiola, though, urged Gundogan to make his intentions clear.“I would prefer him to stay but at the same time I want to feel he wants to stay too,” said Guardiola.“If he doesn’t want to stay, he has to leave.”Schalke sit 14th in the Bundesliga after a dismal domestic season, but their under-fire manager Domenico Tedesco insists a shock win over City isn’t out of the question.“The situation in the league is precarious but nevertheless we are going to try with all our effort tomorrow,” he said.“We showed in the first leg we are capable of competing with City. We need to play better than we did in the first leg but we want to take that chance.”Schalke finished second in the Bundesliga last season but their form this term has put Tedesco’s future in doubt.Rather than focus on his battle to avoid the sack, Tedesco urged his players to cause a memorable upset against City.“We have to use the small chance we’ve got as clear outsiders. We need a special day and hopefully we will have that,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola warned against complacency in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Schalke © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 11 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has again cast doubt on the Premier League champions’ readiness to win the Champions League for the first time despite being favourites for the competition.City host Bundesliga strugglers Schalke on Tuesday with a 3-2 first leg lead in their last 16 tie hoping to avoid the pitfalls that did for Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid in Champions League shocks last week.last_img read more

first_img Saenz said he and his friends went out for a drive and were going to a bank. The Toyota went up the hill on Colima Road. It made a u-turn and headed south. Saenz said someone in the car said “turn around” but he didn’t know who. They had already gone to the bank, he added. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Witnesses told police a Whittier woman was driving too fast and cut off another motorist before her car crashed, killing three of her passengers. Details about the April 3 fatal crash on Colima Road emerged during the Wednesday preliminary hearing of Xenia Guerra, 19, who has been charged with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving with bodily injury. Whittier Superior Court Judge Mark Nelson said there was sufficient evidence for the charges. Guerra faces an Oct. 17 arraignment at Norwalk Superior Court. Whittier Police said that Guerra’s reckless driving caused the crash. Guerra and four friends were in a silver 2006 Toyota Scion that lost control on Colima Road, struck a tree and was cut in half. Three of the passengers were killed: Joshua David Gutierrez, 19, of Pico Rivera and Whittier residents Albert Joseph Valasquez, 19, and Jennifer Unzueta, 18. Guerra and the other passenger, Hector Saenz, 18, of Whittier, were injured. Saenz doesn’t recall the crash or someone cutting off his seatbelt. He remembers waking up on a stretcher and being told by a paramedic that he was in an accident and he would be airlifted. He testified that Guerra was driving kind of fast and was going back and forth between two lanes. He said he didn’t know how fast she was going because he was sitting behind her.last_img read more

first_imgDonegal North East TD Charlie McConalogue has said that the news that Flanagan’s furniture has gone into liquidation comes as a devastating blow to Buncrana and the wider Inishowen community.Deputy McConalogue was speaking today after revealed on Saturday that Flanagan’s closed its doors late last week with the potential loss of up to 50 jobs.The local Fianna Fáil TD said: “Flanagan’s has a long-standing reputation for quality and excellence in the furniture business. The company has been a strong employer both in Buncrana and in their other locations throughout the country. Their team of craftsmen are renowned for high quality restoration work which has stood the test of time, along with their wider retail business. “My thoughts today are with the Flanagan family and their staff. As a local representative I will give every possible support I can to the company and its employees at this difficult time.”You can read our original story here: CLOSURE IS BLOW TO COUNTY, SAYS TD was last modified: November 21st, 2011 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)last_img read more

first_imgIs there no end to what’s broken at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power? A Daily News examination has found that the city’s water and power utility has been relying on the short-term staffing trick of overtime – but for the long term, and in rather large quantities. For example, just for the second half of 2006, the DWP paid workers some $51 million in OT. About half of all the city utility’s workers caught some of that extra work and pay. In some DWP divisions, overtime accounts for nearly one-third of payroll costs. Throughout its long history, the city’s utility has been able to keep rates lower than other local utilities through a combination of brute force and shrewd investment. But in recent years, the agency aged into something more akin to a bloated government bureaucracy, making poor spending choices and overpaying its contractors and employees. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The results are serious: The equipment is breaking down and needs to replaced; DWP officials have raised water rates and want to continue to do so over the next few years; outages, like the one last September, are becoming all-too common. Despite all this – and a new commission serious about reform – the DWP continues to follow bad money-management techniques. Here are just a few of the more egregious ones we’ve reported on: Dodgers sponsorships, public-relations contracts with international spin doctors, the annual multimillion dollar transfer to the city’s general fund. The OT abuse shows that the agency either needs more workers, or needs to use its existing work force more efficiently. But rather than making those kinds of changes, the DWP chooses to give current workers tremendous pay increases. Before DWP officials continue to press for additional rate hikes, they must end all of the money tricks, including excessive OT. And that’s unlikely to happen without a major shake-up of the management.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” featuring a score by composer Felix Mendelssohn that includes his “Wedding March,” will be performed by the company and guest artists. The Shakespeare comedy follows the eloping Hermia and Lysander, Demetrius and his spurned Helena and a band of rustics who get caught in the crossfire of the feuding Titania and Oberon, the Fairy King and Queen of the forest. Tickets to these performances range in price from $22 to $28 and are available by calling the Santa Clarita Ballet box office at (661) 251-6844. VALENCIA – The Santa Clarita Ballet’s spring performance next weekend will include two favorites, “Beauty and the Beast” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Performances are scheduled for 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 10 at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. “Beauty and the Beast” will feature the Santa Clarita Ballet Company, academy students and guest artists. It tells the story of a beautiful young woman whose father is taken captive after plucking a perfect rose from the cursed Beast’s garden. Beauty offers to take her father’s place as the Beast’s captive and her fear of the Beast diminishes as friendship ensues. Her love for the Beast removes the curse, transforming him from a hideous creature into a handsome prince. 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