Goodbye to waste in soccer

first_imgA scenario that would affect agents, who charge a percentage of player transfers. José Antonio Martín ‘Petón’, CEO of the Bahía Internacional representation agency, although he is no longer at the forefront of this business, is on the path: “The coronavirus can air soccer. It is a good time to seek common sense and bring order. An elite group of 5-6 crazy teams against which nobody can compete was being created. You cannot deny them that they have a higher income, but you can force them to spend similarly to others. Still they would have a margin of superiority over the rest, but not so obscene. It is a matter of sensible majorities and they may be forced to do so. Barcelona has a severe liquidity risk and maybe they have to be the one to take the plunge“The circumstances point to an opportunity to bring sanity to this aspect. It has been very generous and detached. It will be a time of reflection and readjustment. The contracts are going to adapt to this scenario and new clauses will be included to put variables that if there is no activity, you do not charge, “adds Liébana.Manuel García Quilón, another of the great agents of Spanish soccer players, does not share limiting the market: “This crisis is going to reduce income and curb investment in players. But Limiting the market has no legal coverage. Within the legal parameters, each one can be managed as they see fit and they decide what they can invest. With less income, there will be fewer transfers” Jorge Ibarrola, a lawyer, maintains a position close to Quilón’s: “FIFA should be in charge of regulating these ceilings and it would be necessary to see if these measures are in accordance with the European regulations on economic freedom and movement of players. Furthermore, look at the side effects. A limitation could favor the greats. It would be easier for players to switch teams with cheaper transfers, and powerful clubs could secure salary caps for players, while smaller ones could not.“ Times of austerity come to football. The coronavirus has misplaced the budgets of the clubs, which have been cut off from the income tap (television rights, tickets, subscriptions, marketing …) and are trying to survive by reducing the spending on the wages of their players and workers. Experts consulted by AS assure that the impact of the pandemic could be a turning point for an economic model who has managed to make transfers for 222 million euros (Neymar’s to PSG) and salaries of up to 8.3 million a month (Messi, according to L’Equipe). Now, there are several voices that predict that the economic bubble of soccer is going to deflate and are committed to limiting transfers and player salaries.Gay of Liébana, professor of economics, is the first to analyze this bubble: “The whole world of football is scared and there may be a puncture. There will be prudence and sanity in the market because there is no money coming in. Perhaps nothing will ever be like before” Jaime Fortuño, professor at the EAE Business School, believes that it will be a drop in the market that can be recovered in the coming years: “It is going to deflate, but it will come back. It is not a problem of soccer as a business. The superficial properties will disappear only a year or two. Now it will be difficult to see big signings and the clubs are going to think about making big investments, although signing an Mbappé or Neymar offers you a great return. It will also affect those who want to sell players like Dembélé and Coutinho and do not end up doing it because it would be for less than 100 million. “Carles Murillo, President of the Spanish Society for Sport Economics, also bets on austerity in the next market and a reformulation of the system: “The bubble swells as demand increases and football has squeezed the goose that lays the golden eggs with so many games. In life these situations make you rethink things. More than one will think of putting things in a more economically reasonable environment. I do not see it feasible to pay a lot for players, except for the clubs that have people with many reserves behind them. There will be a devaluation of prices by players. This would be the time for you to temporarily an American-style transfer limitation is imposed. Limit wages and transfers. Although it would have to be in the short term as a shock measure. “last_img read more

Man Killed in Slipway Accident

first_imgA man believed to be in his 30s was killed on Saturday at the Slipway-Johnson Street intersection when a speeding vehicle skidded off the road and knocked him off the sidewalk.According to an eyewitness, the man was hit by a black 4 door KIA, marked PC-7941 which reportedly developed brake failure causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The incident occurred around ‘Dis and Dat’ Beauty Saloon between 9 or 10 am.The victim, according to another eyewitness, was seen walking from the Gabriel Tucker Bridge towards Johnson and Broad Streets when he met his fate.Many onlookers observed that the victim was breathing after the accident but there was no emergency assistance and no ambulance arrived on the scene from any of the clinics and hospitals in the city.According to another report the driver was stopped by a police officer for a violation that could not be confirmed. The driver, whose identity is still unknown, told the lady police officer that his car’s brake had failed and was not driveable downhill, said the eye witness.‘’The police officer then got in the car and compelled the driver to drive. When the driver got the vehicle in motion, he could not even slow down or stop when he tried to,” the eyewitness said.The police on the scene and later at the nearby Depot declined to speak to the press on the grounds that their investigation was not concluded but confirmed that the driver was in police custody. Up to press time last night the identities of both the driver and the deceased are still unknown.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cocopa ‘Go Slow’ Turns Violent

first_imgA month long ‘go slow’ at the Cocopa Rubber Plantation on Friday April 1 turned violent after aggrieved workers blocked the main road leading to Saclapea from Ganta, preventing vehicles from plying their regular route.The action forced an ambulance transporting a patient from the Bahn Refugee Camp to Ganta to divert to another route through Karnplay to Ganta.Officers of the Liberia National Police Emergency Response Unit (ERU) who arrived on the scene tried to disburse the crowd but the situation went out of hand and the police resorted to the use of tear gas. During the confusion, three police officers sustained injuries resulting from stones thrown at them from the crowd.The workers allegedly broke into the main warehouse at the plantation, as well as the only clinic, and looted everything there. When confronted, their spokesman denied that they were involved in the looting. He said they embarked on a peaceful go-slow but when the police arrived and began to use tear gas, the crowd lost it, leading to the looting and disorderly conduct. The Plant’s Operation Manager, Benjamin Saye, and senior staff members of the various departments have since moved to Ganta. Eleven persons, including two women were arrested and brought to Ganta for questioning, but they were later released after Acting Ganta City Mayor Ben Dokpa, upon the instruction of the Supt. Zuagele, stood their bonds. Meanwhile, the situation at the plantation is now calm. Police officers are presently on the plantation to protect other facilities that were not tampered with, the County Police Commander told the Daily Observer.The management is set to pay the workers their arrears today, April 4, as well as recruit a minimum number of workers that it can maintain, Mr. Saye said. The go–slow at the plantation began a month ago, when teachers, nurses and even security officers decided to stop all operations until salary arrears were paid.The workers meanwhile threatened to close the highway linking Ganta and Saclapea if the government failed to address their plight.The management was forced to hire a Community Watch Forum to take control of the facilities until the disturbance was ended.Many of the citizens of Nimba have expressed disappointment in the workers’ action when there was a process already underway to pay them. “Although, we’re in sympathy with the Cocopa workers for the delay in getting their salaries, we’re not in support of taking the law into their own hands,” said an eyewitness at the scene.He added “They were going to get their arrears so they shouldn’t have gone on the rampage.”The recent saga began when the government of Liberia took the plantation from the previous owner, LIBCO due to bad labor practices in 2013.Since then the workers have continued to complain about delays in receiving their wages and monthly rice supply.Recently, the present management, Nimba Rubber Incorporated, issued a distribution of rice to the aggrieved workers to ease the tension while working on the payment of salary arrears which was supposed to start on April 2.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Family shocked after couple found dead in bathtub

first_imgSuspected double suicideThe family of 26-year-old Kevin Singh, whose lifeless body was discovered in a hotel bathtub with his girlfriend – Subrina Nandram – on Sunday evening, is now left with many questions surrounding the death of the couple.Mother of Kevin Singh, Kuntie TekchandKuntie Tekchand, the mother of Singh, told Guyana Times on Monday that she is still trying to accept the fact that her son is dead.She explained that prior to the young man leaving their home on Saturday, there was no indication that something was amiss. She said Singh had been making plans for a future investment and left his house to finalise his plan.“On Saturday morning he said he was going to see a car to buy and I asked him if he wanted his brother to go with him but he declined,” Tekchand told this publication.The distraught mother added that whenever Singh would leave their home, he would always telephone her upon arrival at his destination. However, on Saturday, this did not happen.Dead: Kevin Singh“I was so occupied throughout the day and until 9 pm (21:00h) I called him and he asked me how I was doing. I asked him how he was, he said okay, and when I asked him where he was I was told that he was on West Coast. I asked what he was doing there and what time he was coming back but by that time the phone cut off and I never hear back from him,” Tekchand lamented.According to Singh’s mother, she did not know much about her son’s girlfriend, 25-year-old Subrina Nandram.“My nephew he came and told me that Kevin was in an accident, he didn’t want to tell me but he knew. My other sons had already known but didn’t want me to know directly but they told him [nephew] to bring me and when I got there that is when I knew he died and such.”Dead: Subrina NandramThe woman added that she is hopeful that the police conclude the investigations into her son and his girlfriend’s death soon so that she can get closure.The bodies of the couple were on Sunday evening found in a bathtub at the popular Aracari Resort, Versailles, West Bank Demerara, in what appeared to be a double suicide.Singh and Nandram of Mon Repos, ECD, and formerly of Corentyne, Berbice, were found dead at about 18:00h by staff of the resort.Based on information received, the couple checked into the resort on Saturday after lunch and was due to check out at 12:00h on Sunday but the male extended their stay.However, on Sunday, the hotel staff attempted to make contact with the couple but calls to their room went unanswered. At that point, the staff did not suspect anything and thought the couple did not want to be disturbed.Nevertheless, after some time, the staff attempted to contact the couple for a second time and again, the phone went unanswered. The staff, thinking that something was amiss, walked over to the room and it was then that they made the discovery.last_img read more

Sidhu leads offensive attack as Huskies beat Blades

first_imgSaturday’s win over the Blades was significant for the Huskies as they continue to climb in the NWJHL standings. The team that began the 2013 portion of the season in the league basement, now sits tied for fourth place with Slave Lake and only sit two points behind third place Fairview.With the win, the Huskies have now won six of their last seven games.Another big two points are on the line this Wednesday, as the Huskies travel to Dawson Creek, who now only trail the Huskies by two points in the standings. Another three goals were scored by the Huskies in the third, beginning with Robbie Sidhu completing his hat-trick on a beautiful goal scored low five-hole from his backhand.Sidhu’s third goal also provided him with the lead in the aforementioned goal scoring race between himself and rookie Cayle Bell, which following Saturday’s game, sits with Sidhu leading by just one, 21-20 in favour of the Huskies veteran.Cody Hildebrand scored his 11th of the season, while Dayne Pederson notched his second of the game and the Huskies final tally, on a beautiful goal where the speedy forward undressed a defender, and then pulled a few quick stick handles on Quinn, roofing the puck on his backhand to earn his first multi-goal game of the season.It was a busy day for the Fort St. John scorekeepers, as nine different Huskies players completed the evening with multi-point games, While Robbie Sidhu and Cayle Bell finished the game with three points each, and the team went an impressive 3-for-5 with the man-advantage.  Advertisement Post victory, Huskies multi-goal scorer Dayne Pederson, who earned the first star of the game Saturday, says despite some struggle midway through the season, morale is at an all-time high in the Huskies dressing room right now.     “Feels pretty good right now, all of us are going together, bonding, sticking together, doing everything as a team, feels really good right now all of us clicking, playing as one.”Pederson also spoke about his team’s next challenge, the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks, and what the Huskies need to focus on entering Wednesday’s away game.“Probably more discipline from the guys. It’s always been a rival between us, so we’ll come out flying, hitting, and do whatever we can to get the ‘W’.”It was a rough outing the last time these two teams met on Thursday, January 31, a game that totalled close to 200 penalty minutes, and produced three separate fights in the Huskies 6-1 victory.Advertisementcenter_img It was a dominant first period for the Huskies. Three different goal scorers hit the game sheet Saturday in the opening frame, beginning just 5:41 in, when the Huskies leader in points Robbie Sidhu, scored on the power-play, going end-to-end with the puck, undressing a Blades defenseman, and scoring high blocker on Beaverlodge starting goalie, Dylan Quinn.Rookie Cayle Bell doubled the lead roughly five minutes later courtesy of a perfectly placed shot, while Dayne Pederson added his first of the evening off a rebound halfway through the first, wrapping up the opening frame with the hometown Huskies leading 3-0, while out-shooting the Blades 15-4 in the first.The second period progressed much like the first, as Cayle Bell scored his second of the evening 7:04 into the period, followed by another Robbie Sidhu power-play goal, where the shifty sniper fired a perfectly placed shot low on the ice to beat Quinn.- Advertisement -Sidhu and Bell’s back-and-forth goal scoring battle was exciting to watch, as the two are currently deadlocked in a race for the team’s leading goal scorer.  Unfortunately, Huskies starting goaltender Daimon Derouin’s shutout was snapped 13:22 into the second, as Blades forward Cody Darke scored the lone goal for Beaverlodge Saturday.Regardless, Derouin had another solid performance in net for the Huskies, finishing the game with a 21 save performance to be proud of, earning his third win in his fourth start for the team.Advertisementlast_img read more

Court rejects Villaraigosa’s plan for L.A. school district

first_imgCroskey wrote that the Legislature, which passed the Villaraigosa plan, cannot ignore the constitutional rights of citizens based on the belief the mayor can do a better job of running the schools. Villaraigosa said amending the state Constitution and the City Charter to reflect a change in school district governance could cost up to $40 million. “I can’t tell you that I have the wherewithal to raise that kind of money right now,” Villaraigosa said during a City Hall news conference. The mayor said his lawyers would review the court’s ruling before a decision is made on a possible appeal. “My first instinct would be to appeal it, and it may be that after reviewing the decision that it might not feasible, frankly,” Villaraigosa said. LOS ANGELES – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plan to assume partial control of the Los Angeles Unified School District was unanimously rejected Tuesday by a state appellate court panel that questioned its impact on voters’ rights. The three-judge panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal heard two hours of oral arguments from attorneys for the mayor and the board of education on April 2, with Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles Parents Union attempting to convince the justices to overturn a judge’s Dec. 21 ruling that the law creating the mayor’s plan is unconstitutional. “The citizens of Los Angeles have the constitutional right to decide whether their school board is to be appointed or elected,” Justice H. Walter Croskey wrote in the 44-page opinion. “If the citizens of Los Angeles choose to amend their charter to allow the mayor to appoint the members of the board, such amendment would indisputably be proper.” “But we’ll make that decision when we come to it,” he said. “Right now, I’d like to appeal the decision all the way to the Supreme Court. That would be my first inclination.” “We are in the educational reform business to stay. Nothing worth having is easy to obtain,” he said. The current majority on the Los Angeles Board of Education and attorneys for the school district hailed today’s ruling. “It’s great,” LAUSD attorney Fredric D. Woocher said. “It clearly supports our position and \ Janavs’ decision completely. I hope they get the message now and go in a different direction.” Woocher said the decision reinforces the position of the LAUSD that the schools should be governed by the school board and not an outside official like the mayor. Woocher said he doubts the state Supreme Court will agree to hear an appeal, in part because the appellate court panel that considered the case is very highly respected. During the April 2 appellate court hearing, the most pointed questions came from Justice Joan Dempsey Klein, who noted the legislation, AB 1381, is scheduled to expire in six years if eventually enacted into law. “There are only `X’ number of years to this scheme and then it’s all over,” Klein said. “Does that coincide with the two terms of the mayor?” Attorneys for the LAUSD argued that the mayor’s plan runs afoul of the Constitution and that the Legislature, by making it law, intended to give him powers beyond those he is granted in his elected job as the city’s chief executive. “It is unabashed that their purpose is to take away power and to give it to somebody else they think would do a better job at it,” Woocher said during the hearing. The Office of Legislative Counsel twice concluded that the bill was unconstitutional, Woocher said. AB 1381 – signed into law last September by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – would have shifted some of the decision-making authority from the seven-member board to the district’s superintendent. The law also would have created a Council of Mayors, giving a significant role to Los Angeles’ mayor in managing the nation’s second-largest school district, and granted individual schools greater control over their budgets and curriculum during a six-year trial period. The mayor and a Community Partnership for School Excellence also were to have been put in control of a “demonstration project” made up of the district’s three lowest-performing high schools and their feeder campuses. The LAUSD and a coalition of district parents, students, administrators and the League of Women voters filed suit Oct. 10 challenging the plan. In her questioning of the attorneys, Justice Klein asked whether Villaraigosa could have obtained some of the same goals by working within existing law and focusing on such areas as charter schools. “Speak to me about the right of the people to have a voice with the mayor sitting on top of the heap,” Klein asked attorneys for the mayor. Justice Patti S. Kitchings queried the mayor’s lawyers about whether giving Villaraigosa such powers is in conflict with findings by the city Charter Commission that the mayor does not have control of the schools. “This would be getting around the decision of the local Charter Commission, would it not?,” Kitchings asked. Croskey wanted to know whether the plan “undermines rights people have to elect that governing \ board. That right goes right out the window, doesn’t it?” But Daniel Collins, an attorney for Villaraigosa, argued “the votes of no one are being diluted.” He said the bill instead establishes a re-delegation of duties. School board President Marlene Canter said she was gratified but not surprised by the ruling. “I’ve always said we do not need legislation to partner together,” she said, adding that she wants to keep working with the mayor to improve the school system, which has been hurt by a high dropout rate and low test scores. The Associated Press contributed to this story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Bear rescued from Simi Valley backyard

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – A bear that walked into a backyard near the hills on the city’s north side today has been rescused by Fish and Game officials and will be released into the wild, authorities said. The 80-pound baby bear had been sitting in a backyard at 2195 Geronimo St. Nobody was threatened. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Stolen Work Truck

first_imgThe vehicle was stolen Monday night, from Alaska Road South, near the Econo Lodge.The truck is a F250 utility truck, with a “Jett Industries” logo on both doors.The license plate number is DW 2476.- Advertisement -Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100.last_img

Kane hopes Mourinho can end Spurs trophy drought

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho talks to forward Harry Kane after their 3-2 win at West Ham © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 25 – Harry Kane hopes ‘proven winner’ Jose Mourinho can deliver the trophies that Tottenham crave after taking over as manager from Mauricio Pochettino.The Portuguese, back in the game after 11 months out, led his new club to a 3-2 win at West Ham on Saturday — their first Premier League away win since January. Kane was a staunch supporter of Pochettino, crediting him with making him into one of the top strikers in the world, and visited the Argentine at his home after his dismissal.“It’s a week I’ve never really had in my career before,” said the England captain.“It was a big shock on Tuesday night for everyone, the players included, and then it was a quick turnaround.“All of a sudden we’ve got a new manager, one of the best managers there’s been in the game, so automatically you have to turn your head towards that and focus on the game.”Pochettino, who took Spurs to the Champions League final in June, ended his five-and-a-half year stint with no silverware.Kane has expressed his desire to win trophies at Spurs and is hoping that Mourinho, a former boss of Chelsea and Manchester United, can help him achieve his goals.“The gaffer’s won at every club he’s gone to — there’s no hiding away from that,” Kane said.“He wants to win. He’s a proven winner. I’ve made it clear that I’m at the stage of my career where I want to win trophies.“I’ve made it clear I want to win them here and it’s a big year for us.”Kane said Mourinho’s reputation for winning silverware gave the players confidence.“It’s almost a fresh slate for everyone now to show the manager what they can do and hopefully the players can thrive on that,” he said.Midfielder Eric Dier said the players were lucky to be able to work under Mourinho, whom he called the “perfect” replacement for Pochettino.“His record is unbelievable and he transmits that confidence. The way he speaks, you believe it, you feel it from him,” Dier said.0Shares0000(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Parents named suspects in girl’s disappearance

first_img“They tried to get her to confess to having accidentally killed Madeleine by offering her a deal through her lawyer – `If you say you killed Madeleine by accident and then hid her and disposed of the body, then we can guarantee you a two-year jail sentence or even less,”‘ Gerry McCann’s sister, Philomena, told ITV news. A police spokesman, Olegario Sousa, confirmed that police had named a new suspect but would not say it was Kate McCann. He cited privacy laws in declining to comment further. He could not be reached later for comment on Gerry McCann. The couple professed their innocence Friday. The day’s developments marked a dramatic turn in a case that has riveted the world for months, ever since Kate McCann ran screaming from a hotel room saying her daughter had disappeared. The McCanns, both doctors from central England, said they were dining at the time in a hotel restaurant, but returned frequently to check on Madeleine and her twin 2-year-old siblings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Most of the suspicion has focused on Madeleine’s mother, Kate, long praised for her strength in the ordeal. The girl’s aunt said police suggested Madeleine might have been killed accidentally and offered the mother a plea deal if she confessed. Kate McCann was questioned for more than four hours Friday in a second day of interrogation into the disappearance of Madeleine in Portugal. Her husband, Gerry McCann, followed her into the police station in the southern Portuguese town of Portim o for a separate round of questioning. Both were named suspects, their lawyer, Carlos Pinto Abreu told reporters. “They have not been charged, and the investigation continues,” he said without elaborating. Friends and relatives said the mother told them she was offered a deal if she confessed. By Paul Haven THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal – For four months, the world watched in horror and grim anticipation as police pursued the presumed abductor of wide-eyed British 4-year-old Madeleine McCann. Then, authorities dramatically turned the tables, naming the girl’s parents as suspects. Suddenly, a couple who had been the beneficiaries of so much sympathy and so many prayers – meeting with Pope Benedict XVI and getting support from celebrities like J.K. Rowling and David Beckham – found themselves in the cross hairs. last_img