• Paco: “We must ensure 100% of the salary to employees”

    first_img-It will not be the same. Soccer without an audience almost doesn’t make sense. Another thing is that we have to finish the championship by obligation and because it is the best for the clubs, to leave this settled.-There is uncertainty for those who end the contract …It is a rather legal issue and I think that there will be no problem. I finish on June 30 and if I have to stay to finish LaLiga in August, I will. The world of football has a good predisposition to everything: lower wages, help people … It has always been a solidarity group and this will be the same. -And the players?We do not speak daily, but we do videoconference all together every several days. The physios, the readapters, the physical trainer … are in contact with them to change their training, due to the issue of diets …– Does it strike you that other clubs have thought of returning or have called players for controls? Is there some impatience already?-I highly respect what others do. We all want to start, not some more than others, but we understand that now there is something much more important than that. If we have been told that we should stay home, we have to be consistent and in solidarity with the people who are doing it. That we could possibly be training in groups of two … Yes, but this is not a matter of what each one wants but of what the experts tell us. -Do you think LaLiga will end?-One thing is to anticipate possible scenarios and another, to know what will happen. It is a path that we have never explored and we do not know where it will take us. Everyone’s intention is to end the season. I would like LaLiga to talk with technicians and players before making decisions or designing protocols, to find the best possible solutions among all. We have interesting things to say.-What does seem certain is that he would return with games behind closed doors. CONGRATULATIONS RESUMPTION OF COMPETITION “I would like LaLiga to talk to coaches and players before designing protocols” “This year it’s my turn to sing happy birthday on the computer” Paco Jémez, coach of Vallecano Ray, meet today 50 years. He does it in full confinement by the epidemic of coronavirus and with the family distributed between Madrid, A Coruña and Córdoba. Your wish? Let life and football return.-How is the running of the bulls?-Each day more tired and more eager for everything to end. It is especially difficult for me not to be able to go out and breathe fresh air, although I am aware that there is still room. I turn my head to do different things and that the days pass in the most pleasant way possible. -The Ray had the intention of applying an ERTE, how is that issue now?-The club sent us the notification that it was going to apply an ERTE, which it has not yet submitted because it is in negotiations. I want to think that in the end we will reach an agreement and it will not be necessary. An agreement must be reached in which the workers, with the exception of the first team players and the coaching staff, are sure that they will receive 100% of their salary until the end of the season. We all have that disposition to look for a formula in which workers do not lose a single euro, whatever is done. That is what matters most to me. That those employees who need their salary to take home and feed their family, pay water and electricity or rent do not lose a single euro. Not reaching an agreement would be a mistake that none of us would ever forgive ourselves. If we and the club have to make an effort to safeguard those people, we will. Definitely.-This Saturday turns 50. Make a wish!– Right now I am clear: to recover our lives, to stop dying people, to see the family and to hug each other … That this makes us better and does not fall on deaf ears, although I am very skeptical.-Plans for today?-I cook, but I don’t control how to make a cake (laughs). We will invent something. They will sing happy birthday to me on the computer. I know it’s a very sad thing, but it’s what it is (laughs). This year I will spend Father’s Day and birthday locked up and without being surrounded by the people I love. On top of that it was a nice figure, to have celebrated it in a big way with the family and with the players.last_img read more

  • Prof. Tarpeh Wants Capital Assets Support for Media Houses

    first_imgA business environment that is averse to advertising, a clientele that frustrates media organizations through delays in paying bills, and a banking sector that is not in a hurry to give credit facilities to media organizations leave donors as the only option to provide capital assets to protect the editorial independence of Liberian media houses.That was Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh’s argument to USAID and INTERNEWS yesterday at a one-day seminar on media market forum (the second USAID program through INTERNEWS) with 67 Liberian media representatives and others in Monrovia.Speaking on the topic ‘The Media’s Financial Sustainability and Business Growth in Liberia,’ Prof. Tarpeh, the owner of THE NEWS newspaper, said the independent media, like any other business enterprise in a free market economy, requires adequate funding and associated support to become and remain viable.He defined media sustainability as “the media’s capacity to operate effectively under sound political, legal and economic conditions and in such a sustained environment, journalists operate without interference or fear of violence, censorship, and media organizations enjoy stable legal and business conditions that pay decent salaries, discourage media corruption, and promote sector-wide integrity.”Prof. Tarpeh said there is a tendency to equate sustainability with financial sustainability or financial self-sustainability, which is understood as freedom from dependency on a particular donor or on donors in general.“At its most basic level, financial sustainability is defined in terms of income and expenditure. If your income minus your expenditure equals zero or slightly more than zero, you are financially sustainable, to the extent that you can maintain this balance,” Tarpeh, who once served as Liberia’s former Finance Minister, said.Using THE NEWS newspaper as a case study, Prof. Tarpeh said a recent survey of the newspaper’s aggregate revenues amounted to L$115.2m (U$1.2m) with advertisement revenues making up 80 percent, or L$92.2m (U$960,000).“We found out that 35 percent of the income came from international organizations, 40 percent from government ministries and agencies, 25 percent from the business community and a tiny 10 percent from an assortment of personal related sources,” he explained.The result is contrary to the average media income sources in the West African sub-region and identified the culprit as three fundamental areas. Quoting the Liberia Business Registry (LBR), Prof. Tarpeh said at least 90 percent of registered businesses in the country are owned by Liberians, while the remaining 10 percent is foreign owned and managed.He said, however, that the Liberian owned and managed businesses account for a mere 12 percent of the total market share of the economy and non-Liberian owned businesses control a massive 88 percent of the economy, the first culprit. “The non-Liberian owned business sector does not advertise and when it desires to do, it assumes a dominant position in the negotiation and lowers the cost of advertising,” Prof. Tarpeh said.Another negative factor or culprit is what he described as a troubled economy as a result of declining revenues in the public sector and its resultant hardship on the general population, along with the recent outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease.The third factor is the unusual delays by the Liberian government in paying invoices for services rendered. “Generally, these billings are supposed to be paid within a reasonable time but the government subjects the media to undue delays that border on unintentional financial strangulation,” he said.With all these prevailing stumbling blocks, Prof. Tarpeh said there should be a way forward, and applauded USAID, INTERNEWS and others for their support to ensure trained staff for media institutions (USAID funded projects involving INTERVEWS) and appealed for tangible investments for capital assets and the provision of reasonable working capital to assist media owners in meeting their operational needs.“These interventions must also go to the community radio sector, the primary source of news and information in rural Liberia, and also to ensure that radio stations are financially independent to maintain their editorial independence, free of interference by political parties and other groups,” Prof. Tarpeh said.The one-day seminar also discussed the topic: ‘How can the Media and Business Communities in Liberia Maximize on the Media Market Forum?’ The forum provided media representatives and other stakeholders ways to better understand media audiences and market trends and how to put the information to good use in the relevant social, cultural, economic and political media environments. The first forum was held on July 12 this year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • “Lola” to face trial in BVI for falsifying HIV test

    first_imgGuyanese Make-up artist, Lolita Callender, popularly known as “Lola Doll”Guyanese makeup artist Lolita Callender, popularly known as “Lola Doll”, will be facing trial in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) for attempting to falsify an HIV test by having a man take the test in her name.Callender, who is facing a conspiracy to impersonate charge, appeared in court on Thursday, when her lawyer, Stephen Daniels, attempted to get the charge dismissed. According to reports, he argued that in order for a charge of ‘conspiracy to impersonate’ to be established, it would require a third person to be involved in the crime.However, the Magistrate threw out the application and set the date for trial – June 12.The court was told by the Prosecutor that there were seven witnesses to testify on behalf of the State.Following the court hearing Callender was further remanded to prison, since she has not posted the US$60,000 bail granted to her upon her arraignment on April 29, 2019.It was reported that the Guyanese woman enlisted the help of a man named ‘Eric’ and on April 24, he took an HIV test under the name ‘Lolita Callender’. Later that day, the two returned to the lab to uplift the result and Callender requested that the sex on the document be changed from male to female.The change was eventually made after the duo were questioned and the make-up artist claimed that it was her who did the test. According to reports, the defendant then posted the test result on her social media account, which was picked up on by the lab facility.A report was subsequently made to the Police, who launched an investigation and later arrested Callendar.last_img read more

  • Gas Prices Update

    first_imgThe common posted price of gasoline in Fort St. John has broken through another ceiling, on route to another record high.It is up four cents a liter, to a dollar 42, point nine cents and, has pushed through the ceiling of a dollar and forty cents, for the first time ever.In addition the Esso outlet, at 100th street and 93rd avenue, has now moved nine tenths of a cent past, a dollar and forty-five a liter. Advertisement – Advertisement -However, even that no longer equals the highest survey price in B.C.The honor now belongs to Victoria, which has registered a ten point three cent hike this past week to a dollar 46 point nine.Vancouver with a 9.9 cent increase is close behind at a dollar 43 point nine and, Labrador City has reached a dollar 50 point five.These numbers are all coming from the new national survey posted today by Calgary based MJ Ervin and Associates, which carries a 6.2 cent hike.It puts the national average at a dollar 37 point two, another all-time high.last_img read more

  • Ellen recounts night with Oscar

    first_imgA day after her triumph hosting the Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres took her talk show’s fans on an emotional behind-the-scenes tour of her big night. “Did you see the Oscars last night?” she asked her studio audience faux-innocently on a special live episode (seen on tape delay in Los Angeles). “I didn’t. I was busy.” Calling the event “a crazy, crazy night,” DeGeneres joked, “I’m still drunk, I’ll tell ya. Has anyone seen my shoe from last night?” During the show, DeGeneres confessed that she had injured her hand on the tambourine she played at the end of her opening monologue, causing it to swell up. “I wanted so badly to put my hand in my vodka on the rocks, but the moisturizer would’ve ruined the drink,” she quipped. She also revealed that Steven Spielberg sent her flowers when she was first announced as host, along with a little piece of advice: “Don’t look at the people in the first three rows. Look way in the back of the theater those are the ones who are going to laugh. People in the front are too nervous.” DeGeneres admitted that she didn’t suffer from any nerves until about 30 seconds before going onstage. “Your brain plays with you: What if you don’t talk? What if words don’t come out?’” She spoke hypothetical gibberish, and wondered, “What if Jack Nicholson’s the only one who understands me?” The show presented footage of DeGeneres as she prepared for the ceremony throughout last week. In her dressing room a few hours before the show, her eyes watery, DeGeneres said, “I should cry now, I’m so excited.” Celebrities were filmed for her show at the Vanity Fair party, all giving her a thumbs-up: Sheryl Crow: “Best host since Johnny Carson.” Kate Winslet: “She’s going to be doing it every year now, isn’t she?” Regis Philbin: “My only complaint not enough Ellen. There should’ve been more Ellen.” Coming out of that sequence, DeGeneres dabbed tears from her eyes. “I’m crying for many reasons,” she admitted. “I’m tired, so I’m emotional. It represented so many things for me. People believed in me. They took a chance on me that I could hold the show together. They took a chance that that many people wanted to see me.” Jennifer Hudson, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Dreamgirls,” spoke to DeGeneres via phone, saying that performing after winning at the ceremony was easy. “American Idol” contestants have to sing after being eliminated, Hudson noted, “So it felt good to sing after winning.” The Pilobilus Dance Theatre, which performed at the Oscars, opened the show by contorting their bodies to spell out “ELLEN.” David Kronke, (818) 713-3638 david.kronke@dailynews.com 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

  • Sudan’s ‘sister coach’ takes love of football to field

    first_img0Shares0000Salma al-Majidi has been acknowledged by FIFA as the first Arab and Sudanese woman to coach a men’s football team in the Arab world © AFP / ASHRAF SHAZLYGADAREF, Sudan, Apr 3 – In Sudan, where a women’s national football team remains a distant dream, Salma al-Majidi knew the only way to take part in her beloved sport was to coach… and that the players had to be men.Majidi, 27, acknowledged by FIFA as the first Arab and Sudanese woman to coach a men’s football team in the Arab world, is a pioneer in a sport that dominates the region. “Why football? Because it is my first and ultimate love,” said Majidi, clad in sports gear and a black headscarf, as she led players of the Al-Ahly Al-Gadaref club at a practice session in the town of Gadaref, east of Khartoum.“I became a coach because there is still no scope for women’s football in Sudan,” said Majidi, who is affectionately called “sister coach” by her team.Daughter of a retired policeman, Majidi was 16 when she fell in love with football.It came about as she watched her younger brother’s school team being coached. She was captivated by the coach’s instructions, his moves, and how he placed the marker cones at practice sessions.“At the end of every training session, I discussed with him the techniques he used to coach the boys,” Majidi told AFP, as she watched her own players practising on a hot day at a dusty ground in Gadaref.“He saw I had a knack for coaching… and gave me a chance to work with him.”Soon Majidi was coaching the under-13 and under-16 teams of Al-Hilal club in Omdurman, the twin city of Khartoum on the west bank of the River Nile.– Limits on women players –Questions like whether she understood football or had the skills to coach men were all put to rest over time, said Majidi, speaking in a soft but confident tone.Named in the BBC’s 2015 list of “100 inspirational women”, Majidi has coached the Sudanese second league men’s clubs of Al-Nasr, Al-Nahda, Nile Halfa and Al-Mourada.Majidi says she became a coach “because there is still no scope for women’s football in Sudan” © AFP / ASHRAF SHAZLYNile Halfa and Al-Nahda even topped local leagues under her coaching. She currently holds the African “B” badge in coaching, meaning she can coach any first league team across the continent.The only other woman to have gained recognition in Sudan’s footballing world was Mounira Ramadan, who refereed men’s matches in the 1970s.Sudan joined FIFA in 1948 and established the Confederation of African Football (CAF) along with Egypt, Ethiopia and South Africa. It won the CAF trophy in 1970.Women’s football has faced an uphill task since the country adopted Islamic sharia law in 1983, six years after which President Omar al-Bashir seized power in an Islamist-backed coup.There is no legal ban on women’s football in Sudan, but a conservative society coupled with the Islamist leanings of the government have left it in the shadows.Women do play football but there are no competitions or women’s clubs, and they do not play much in public.“There are restrictions on women’s football, but I’m determined to succeed,” Majidi, whose dream is to coach an international team, said, as her players kicked up clouds of dust practising free kicks.– ‘Kids of Salma’ –Majidi’s journey has not been easy.“Sudan is a community of tribes and some tribes believe that a woman’s role is confined only to her home,” said Majidi, a university graduate in accounts and management.Questions like whether she understood football or had the skills to coach men were all put to rest over time, Majidi says © AFP / ASHRAF SHAZLY“There was this one boy who refused to listen. He told me he belongs to a tribe that believed men should never take orders from women,” she said.It took months before he finally accepted her as coach. “Today, he is a fine player,” said Majidi, who works full-time and receives a salary that is equivalent to that of a male coach.At first, “people in the streets used to call us ‘Salma’s kids!’” said Majid Ahmed, a striker and an ardent fan of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.“In school we have female teachers, so what’s the problem having a female coach?”Majidi said her entrance to what was a male preserve is just a start.“My message to men in general is to give women a chance to do what they want,” she said as she prepared tea after a gruelling practice session.– ‘She was different’ –Coming from a traditional family, it was a challenge for Majidi to prove herself to their relatives, recalls her father, Mohamed al-Majidi.Majidi says her entrance to what was a male preserve is just a start: “My message to men in general is to give women a chance to do what they want” © AFP / ASHRAF SHAZLY“Then one day, her uncle who used to criticise her saw crowds shouting ‘Salma! Salma!’ during a match,” he told AFP at the family’s mud-and-brick home in Omdurman.“These same relatives now pray to Allah to support her.”From early on, Majidi’s mother knew her daughter was different.“She always preferred wearing trousers… And even when crossing the street, she would watch the boys playing football,” said Aisha al-Sharif.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Sarri set to give Hudson-Odoi first Premier League start

    first_imgHowever, Sarri justified his patient approach with Hudson-Odoi — who won his first senior England cap as a substitute in the 5-0 thrashing of the Czech Republic last month — at a press conference on Tuesday.“During this season he has improved and now he’s ready to play,” said Sarri.“I know Callum very well and I want him to improve more because his potential is high and Callum is always in my mind.“In my opinion, he is our future and now he is ready to play. Probably he will start tomorrow or in the next match.”Sarri is also likely to recall France’s World Cup winning midfielder N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard for the game with struggling Brighton.“I don’t know at the moment but I think so,” said Sarri.“They rested in the last match. We need to consider that N’Golo has played 50 matches this season and Hazard 48.“Sometimes they need to rest but now they are OK, I think.”Sarri’s side are presently involved in a four-way battle with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United for the final two Champions League places.However, despite also being in the Europa League quarter-finals — where they will face Slavia Prague — many fans have called for him to be sacked.“I am not happy, of course, but I am not concerned. It can happen,” said Sarri.“I can understand very well the frustration of our fans. But, in the end, we are not doing so badly.“During this season, we have won 33 matches.“I think that, in England, only Manchester City did better than us. Of course, we know very well we need to improve our performances.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi was a transfer target for Bayern MunichLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 2 – Under-fire Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he is ready to give England international Callum Hudson-Odoi a first start in the Premier League, either against Brighton on Wednesday or West Ham next Monday.The 60-year-old Italian has angered Chelsea fans with his refusal to start the 18-year-old winger and they vented their feelings during the fortunate 2-1 win over Cardiff on Sunday.last_img read more


    first_imgColm McFadden netted two goals against Bundoran this evening in their opening fixture of the Donegal SFC.St Michaels were in devastating form this evening in their Donegal SFC clash with Bundoran.St Michaels ran out convincing winners on a comprehensive score-line of 4-10 to 0-06.Goals in either half from Colm McFadden ensured a comfortable win for Tony Wilkinson’s side. Christy Toye and Michael Langan were the other goal scorers for St Michael’s who delivered an accomplished performance in difficult conditions at The Bridge.The score-line would suggest St. Michaels had it all their own way, but in truth the first-half was a closely fought game.Bundoran had the advantage of the breeze, but in truth were unable to take advantage of it and only posted four first-half points.St. Michaels also found scores hard to come by in the opening period, but a penalty from Colm McFadden and great team move involving Martin McElhinney, Ciaran Gallagher and Oisin Langan was finished off brilliantly by Michael Langan. Those goals ensured St Michaels led 2-01 to 0-04 at the interval.In the second-half St. Michaels were absolutely clinical and ruthless in their play, and outscored Bundoran 2-09 to 0-02.St. Michaels were fantastic in the second-half, and with players from both Kilcar and Glenswilly in attendance at the game, St. Michaels have certainly gave them food for thought ahead of their forthcoming clashes with both teams in the next couple of weeks.    ST. MICHAELS DELIVER OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE TO POWER PAST BUNDORAN was last modified: September 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:bundoranDonegal SFCnewsSportSt Michaelslast_img read more

  • De Bruyne starts: Shakhtar vs Man City preview and confirmed team news

    first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice Shakhtar, drawn alongside City in the group stages for the second season in-a-row, were one of the few teams to beat Pep Guardiola’s men last season as they triumphed 2-1 at the Metalist Stadium last December.But they face a City side in rampant form, coming off the back of a 5-0 win against Burnley on Saturday.Both clubs are top of their respective domestic leagues, with Shakhtar claiming ten wins from their opening 12 games in the Ukrainian top flight.What the managers are saying 4 Guardiola believes the Lyon performance was a one-off Manchester City are in no need of being reminded of their opponents’ quality as they head to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday night – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT  from 8pm.Premier League champions City lie second in Group F, a point ahead of the Ukrainian side, inresponse to a shock opening defeat to Lyon with a win at Hoffenheim. After Shakhtar beat City last season, Fonseca delivered his press conference dressed as Zoro MONEY RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 4 Shakhtar won the last meeting between these sides De Bruyne is back in the starting XI ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED 4 4 REVEALED huge blow Pep Guardiola (Man City): “Other than the first 45 minutes against Lyon – when we did not play the same way we have played all season – I think we have played well.“We watch our players play every day and it is clear that they still enjoy playing football.“The motivation is there.”Paulo Fonseca (Shakhtar): “We will need to pay attention to all the players in the City team. They are very strong players and any of them can give us problems. “We know it is going to be difficult and we will probably have to suffer a bit without the ball, but we will try to find ways to play our game and attack.”Confirmed teamsShakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Matviienko, Kryvtsov, Rakits’kyy, Ismaily, Maycon, Stepanenko, Wellington Nem, Kovalenko, Fernando, MoraesSubs: Shevchenko, Butko, Khocholava, Dentinho, Patrick, Bolbat, KayodeManchester City: Ederson, Laporte, Mendy, Stones, Otamendi, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, JesusSubs: Muric, Walker, Kompany, Agüero, Sané, Bernardo, Foden Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more


    first_imgVoice of Ireland star Shane McLaughlin will be the special guest at this Sunday’s Donegal Youth Council organised MUSIC FOR LIFE fundraising gig in the Greenroom Live in Letterkenny.Shane will perform alongside some of Donegal’s top upcoming young bands and solo artists at an all ages show in aid of Relay for Life Donegal.The event, which has been fully co-ordinated by Donegal Youth Council Relay for Life Team Captain Nora Doherty and the rest of the Youth Councillors will also feature top young Donegal acts such as Jamaican Vampires, Donegal IYMA winners Solution, Phat Kiidz, Lauren Sheridan, X Factor hopeful Erin Laverty and many more. Youth Councillor Nora Doherty, from Kilmacrennan explained “The whole Youth Council were really keen to put a team into Relay for Life this as we wanted to support such a great cause. The theme for fundraising this year is FUN so we will definitely be making sure this event is just that and we have a number of surprises on the night.”The Bank Holiday Sunday date for the gig is also significant, as the Youth Council were keen to put an event on for young people on a night when there would be little else for them to do.Nora says, “we chose the bank holiday Sunday as we felt this is a night when there would be nothing else open for young people in the county so we want young people to use this fun event as an opportunity to come along with friends, enjoy the best young talent the county has to offer while having fun in an alcohol free way and supporting a great cause.”Doors open at 5.30pm for the gig on Sunday evening. Admission is €5 at the door with all proceeds going to Relay for Life Donegal. VOICE STAR SHANE WILL BE SPECIAL GUEST AT MUSIC FOR LIFE EVENT was last modified: May 1st, 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) Tags:Music for Lifeshane mclaughlinThe Voice of Irelandlast_img read more