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Chelsea drop unsettled Costa

first_imgIt is understood he has not trained with the first-team for the last three days after he was the subject of a £30m-per-year offer from a club in the Chinese Super League.Sky sources understand the Spain striker has become unsettled by the approach from China, which would make him one of the highest paid footballers in the world, and he became embroiled in an argument with two fitness coaches.Conte then stepped in and, according to Sky in Italy, the row ended with the Italian shouting: “Go to China!”Sky sources understand that owner Roman Abramovich has no intention of selling Costa, who has two-and-a-half years left on his contract.But it comes as a major blow to Chelsea as the Premier League leaders look to get their title bid back on track at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening, following their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham last week.Costa has been in superb form this season and is the league’s top scorer with 14 goals, and Sky Sports football expert Graeme Souness believes this could derail Chelsea’s title bid.”This is the very last thing Chelsea need. He is playing out of his skin. They lose him and all of a sudden they are not going to win the Premier League,” Souness said.”If sense prevailed, maybe he could stay until the end of the season. There has to be a way around this where everybody can be happy.”Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid for £32m in 2014 and the 28-year-old has scored 50 goals for the Blues in all competitions.last_img read more

James does not reengage

first_imgJames returned to Real Madrid this summer of his assignment at Bayern and has lived riding a ferris wheel. He had the discard sign hung around his neck (Zidane did not count on him in summer and had a foot and a half in Atlético, but the wreck of New Jersey 3-7 against Simeone aborted the operation), then excited as a signing (Zidane used him for the first time on the second day against Valladolid and gave him four titles in five games in which the player took the chest) to finish, between injuries and technical decisions, to evaporate. The last three months have not been easy to navigate for James. On October 19 he played his last game as a starter. It was against Mallorca and Madrid derailed. That hit left some wounded. Odriozola, Jovic and also James. That day his situation turned. His gray performance in Son Moix was followed by controversies and injuries that have led him to play only 24 minutes since then … James Rodríguez takes a step forward and another step back at Real Madrid. After returning to the call in the Super Cup and playing 13 minutes in the semifinal against Valencia, Zidane got off the train against Sevilla and was off the list without any medical part in between (he trained normally). The coffee maker It has not just been re-hooked and inhabits the harrow and the bench more than the grass. Meanwhile, his name is pointed on the agenda of several European clubs. Ancelotti continues to sigh to recruit the Colombian for ‘his’ Everton. With him was the best version of James in Real Madri. However, in the white club they rule out in January. After the reverse of Mallorca, Zidane only gave him 11 minutes against Galatasaray. Then came the trip to his country for his fatherhood and an injury (of which there was no medical part of the club) prevented him from playing against Leganes, Betis, Galatasaray and Eibar. The controversy flew over James in the last FIFA stop, where he went to Colombia without having worked with the group yet. Zidane was surprised when asked by James (and Bale) before the game against Mendilibar: “They have no injury, but they are not available. It is not a technical decision, they still do not train with the team and then they cannot play tomorrow.” The player traveled with his team. In the first training he worked without problems; Two days later, on November 14, he suffered an injury to the internal ligament of the knee that had more than a month in the infirmary. He was discharged on December 19, but Zidane left him out against Athletic (he only had three training sessions) and against Getafe (technical decision).Madrid changed a lot while James was down and now he has to row upriver to find a hole in the middle. Valverde exploded and became indispensable, Kroos rejuvenated, Modric regained vigor and Isco ended up being rescued by Zidane. Much competition has that of Cúcuta. Zizou He did take it to Arabia to play the Super Cup although he only gave it 13 minutes. Back to LaLiga, and despite having trained all week, James lost ground again and stayed off the list against Sevilla. The coffee maker does not leave the tail box: he is the 19th player in the squad in minutes (465 ’, 18.6%).last_img read more

Palo de Messi: “We are surprised that the club tried to put us under the magnifying glass”

first_imgAt the time that Barça reached an agreement with its players to activate the ERTE that It will deduct 70% of the salaries of the footballers of the first team of Barça while the alarm state lasts, Leo Messi was writing a statement through Instagram in which he left a message to the board (“We are surprised that from within the club they tried to put us under the magnifying glass and tried to add pressure”) and gave a blow of effect when announcing that the players will make “contributions” so that Barça employees can collect “one hundred percent of their salary”. This is Messi’s official statement, obviously packed with content.“Much has been written and said about the FC Barcelona first team in terms of player salaries during this period of alarm. First of all, We want to clarify that our will has always been to apply a drop in the salary we receive, because we fully understand that this is an exceptional situation and we are the first ones who have ALWAYS helped the club when asked to do so.. Many times we have even done it on our own initiative at other times that we thought necessary or important. Thus It never ceases to amaze us that from within the club there were those who tried to put us under the magnifying glass and tried to add pressure to do something that we always knew we would do.. In fact, if the agreement has been delayed for a few days, it is simply because we were looking for a formula to help the club and its workers in these difficult times.For our part, the time has come to announce that, apart from the reduction of 70% of our salary during the state of alarm, we will also make contributions so that the club’s employees can collect one hundred percent of their salary for the duration of this situation.If we did not speak until now it was because the priority for us was to find solutions that were real to help the club, but also those who were going to be harmed the most by this situation.We do not want to say goodbye without sending an affectionate greeting and a lot of strength to all the culers who are having a hard time in these very difficult times, as well as to all those who patiently await the end of this crisis in their homes. Very soon we will get out of this and we will all do it together. Visca Barça and Visca Catalunya “.last_img read more

‘I Would Have Voted against It’

first_imgVP Jewel Howard Taylor: “My parents came from nowhere but they understand the importance of giving anyone a sound education…”Bong County Senior Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor has stated that had she been present, she would have voted against the amendment to the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Act, which was recently passed with unanimous consent by the Senate.Senator Taylor, a trained banker and Chair of the Senate Committee on Autonomous Commissions and Agencies, was speaking in Monrovia last week in the wake of mixed public reactions to the passage of the controversial amendment to the CBL Act by both Houses of the Legislature.“I was not here when that law was passed. I was in Accra, (Ghana) representing the Senate at a meeting there; but if I [had been here], I would have voted against it,” Senator Taylor declared.The Bong County lawmaker stated that there was a need for the Legislature to craft a holistic law that would apply to all officials serving at a particular level in government, instead of one that targets a particular entity and its officials.“You now have a group of governors — not just Mills Jones — every governor at CBL is now barred from taking part in the 2014 elections. I am not even talking about 2017. I was hoping that we would do that in the Code of Conduct that would set a certain level across the board… [without discrimination],” Senator Taylor lamented.“There must be a holistic law that looks at everyone at a particular level, instead of one law that seems to be targeting the Central Bank of Liberia and all of its officials. I made a comment the other day without knowing that they would have this problem,” the outspoken female lawmaker declared.“If there are issues of mismanagement or misusing money, there are opportunities to deal with that as an issue; but to go and put in place a law?”The Senate passed the bill unanimously before sending it to the House of Representatives, which concurred with zero tolerance for dissent. The speed with which the bill was passed earned it the nickname ‘4G bill’.Having voiced her disagreement with the recently passed bill, Senator Taylor opined that the matter must now be taken from where it is.“There are people who have already taken the issue to court (Supreme Court). Maybe they can use the opportunity to go back,” she suggested.In a related development, the former First Lady of Liberia has praised her colleagues in the Liberian Senate for the recent passage of the portion of the Electoral Reform Laws which stipulates that:  “In submitting to the National Elections Commission a list of its candidates for elective office, a political party or coalition should endeavor to ensure that the governing body and its list of candidates has no less than 30% of its members from each gender.”She said the development could not have come at a better time than on the eve of the week when the world is celebrating International Women’s Day. She particularly thanked her sister, Madam Sandra Howard, whom she recalled was among the crafters of the law that created the Gender and Development Ministry during the regime of her ex-husband, former President Charles Taylor.With the coming to power of Liberia’s and Africa’s first democratically-elected female President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Senator Taylor said the glass ceiling has been broken and marks the beginning of how far Liberian women can go.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Breaking: Father, son found dead in Campbellville house

first_imgA father and his son were earlier today found dead in their Delph and Craig Streets, Campbellville home after tenants complained of a stench emanating from the house. The two men were not seen for the past three days.Dead are 29-year-old Vickash Liliah and 62-year-old Deonarine Luliah. Both bodies have marks of violence and the home was reportedly ransacked. More details in Wednesday July 11th edition of the Guyana Times.last_img

Coutinho sale not close insists Klopp

first_img0Shares0000CoutinhoLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 17 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has rejected Barcelona’s claims that they are close to signing unsettled Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho.Klopp’s side have snubbed Barcelona’s £90 million ($115 million, 99 million euros) offer for Coutinho and last week issued a defiant statement insisting no further offers would be considered. Coutinho, who is currently sidelined with a back injury, responded by handing in a transfer request that was turned down by Liverpool’s American owners.But after Wednesday’s Spanish Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid, Barcelona’s general manager Pep Segura told Catalan television station TV3: “We are close to Coutinho and (Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane) Dembele.“We are discussing their deals but do not know when it will be done.” Asked if he expected them to sign, he added: “Yes, we expect it.”However, Klopp is adamant there have been no more developments and the two clubs are not even in discussions.“I saw the game (Real-Barcelona) but I forgot to watch the interviews afterwards. Nothing to say from our side,” Klopp told reporters on Thursday.“I don’t know why other people are saying what they are saying; I don’t even know them — especially this guy, I’ve never even met him.”Quizzed on whether there had been any recent talks at all, Klopp added: “I am not sure I have to answer this only because we have said what we have to say, or the club said what we have to say.“No news from me because no-one told me anything different since we spoke last time about this.”There have been suggestions Coutinho could agitate for a move by effectively going on strike, but while he is still injured that is impossible.Klopp conceded it is a tricky situation for all parties, but was keen not to be seen criticising the Brazilian’s attitude.“To be honest I have nothing to say about his attitude because since he has had a back problem he has obviously not been in training,” he said.“I asked the medical department how he is doing and there are no complaints so that is how it is. There is nothing bad to say about this.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Barca reach agreement with Griezmann – reports

first_img0Shares0000Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann has a 100 million euro ($118 million) buyout clause © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Dec 17 – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has met with the family of Atletico Madrid’s star forward Antoine Griezmann ahead of a possible summer move, sports daily Mundo Deportivo reported on Sunday.The French international, who has been Atletico’s top scorer for the past three seasons, has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in the past. However, Barca appear willing to meet his 100 million euro ($118 million) buyout clause as they seek to again unite Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez with a prolific attacker following the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in August for a world record 222 million euros.“Barca settled on Griezmann as an objective for 2018 and they spoke with his entourage to see if he was willing to wear the blue and red shirt,” reported Barcelona-based Mundo Deportivo.“After receiving a ‘yes’ in response, an agreement was reached with the French goalscorer involving Pep Segura, Barca’s general manager, and Robert Fernandez, the director of football.“President Josep Maria Bartomeu has now entered to finalise the operation.” the newspaper reported adding that “Bartomeu met recently with Griezmann’s family to eat in Barcelona.”Griezmann, 26, agreed to sign a new contract with Atletico in June after the club had an appeal against a transfer ban rejected.The top scorer at Euro 2016, Griezmann said it would have been “dirty” to walk out on the club when they couldn’t replace him until January.However, Atletico coach Diego Simeone accepted this week that Griezmann’s departure is inevitable. Many of Atletico’s other outstanding players, including strikers Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa, have also left in recent years for pastures new.“Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, as Diego Costa, Diego Ribas and Arda Turan have gone,” Simeone told French sports daily L’Equipe.“If a player comes to me and says, ‘coach, I have a chance of a lifetime and want to leave’, and if he’s left everything on the pitch for me like Griezmann, I’ll say, ‘no problem’.”Atletico are also likely to come under financial pressure to sell after moving into a new 310-million euro stadium in September and falling to make it into the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in five years.The club have also already committed to nearly 100 million euros in transfers for January with Costa returning from Chelsea and Spanish international Vitolo joining from Sevilla.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Hart pens new five-year deal at Manchester City

first_img England and Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has extended his stay at the club, signing a new deal that will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until 2019.He becomes the latest man to commit his future to the defending Premier League champions after Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Aleksander Kolarov and David Silva all penned new deals.The 27-year-old told the club’s official site: “I’m really happy, I’ve been here a long time now and I want to keep that going.“The new deal means I get to stay longer – the club’s doing amazing things at the moment, we’ve created history and we want to keep doing that.“Wanting to stay here was never going to be an issue for me – I’ve loved every moment since I joined.” 1last_img

HSE PATIENT UPDATE FOR LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL

first_imgServices operating normallyMaternity, Dialysis and Chemotherapy services have not been affected by flood damage. The hospital is providing limited Paediatric services for GP referred patients who do not need access to radiology services. The Laboratory service is operating with some limitations. Patients whose appointments are being rescheduled are being contacted directly to advise them of individual arrangements. A GP referred Orthopaedic Minor Injuries Unit is up and running for patients who are referred to the hospital by a GP. Please note this is not a walk-in service and patients have to be referred following a GP consultation. InpatientsWe have discharged patients who were well enough to go home, go to a Community Hospital or nursing home. Patient safety and welfare is our paramount concern and all patients currently in the hospital are being cared for in a safe manner.Emergency Department As a top priority we are working to re-establish diagnostic radiological capability using mobile equipment to enable us to set up a temporary Emergency Department at the hospital. A range of recovery projects are underway including the decontamination and sterilisation of equipment to restore full functionality and a project to restock the affected areas of the hospital with critical supplies. In the interim, emergency admissions continue to be diverted to Altnagelvin Hospital, South West Acute (Enniskillen) and Sligo Regional Hospitals. Our clinical team liaise with these hospitals regularly and we are extremely appreciative of their support.Outpatient ServicesAlmost two thirds of the Outpatient clinics continue to be provided onsite or in community facilities. Patients are individually contacted to advise them of any changes to location and time of their appointment.§ Maternity services are unaffected by the flood damage;§ Chemotherapy services continue in the hospital;§ Dialysis patients continue to receive a full dialysis service in the hospital;§ Orthopaedic fracture clinics have been relocated to Donegal Community Hospital, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm; § Endoscopy services are in place since 31 July;§ Some outpatient clinics are being relocated to the NoWDOC Centre in Oldtown, Letterkenny or to the Breastcare clinic in Letterkenny Hospital Nurses Home;§ The hospital is providing limited paediatric (children) services for GP referred patients who do not require radiology services;§ The Laboratory service is operating and § Antenatal Classes have relocated to Letterkenny Women’s Centre, Port Road (opposite An Grianan Theatre), Letterkenny. Next class will be on 12 August.Surgical ServicesMinor local anaesthetics will be carried out at the Scally Practice, Letterkenny from Monday 12 August. We are appointing suitable patients in order of clinical priority and all patients for surgery will be contacted directly by the hospital either by telephone or by letter. Day Case medical patients are being accommodated in the Day Services Unit in the hospital. Full endoscopy service for both inpatients and outpatients is up and running. Some surgery has been relocated to Galway University Hospitals and is being undertaken by Letterkenny Hospital clinical staff.StaffStaff are working around the clock to care for patients and to restore services as soon as possible. Approximately 30 staff from Letterkenny are assisting at Altnagelvin and Sligo Hospitals.Ambulance ServiceThe National Ambulance Services (NAS) has provided an additional seven ambulances from the onset of the flooding at LGH. These resources have primarily been put on at night shifts to build in a level of resilience and capacity to deal with the non availability of the emergency department and other services at LGH. We continue to monitor the situation with LGH to access service needs. The NAS in discussions with LGH management have reconfigured service needs to maintain a frontline emergency service.VisitingVisiting has been restored; a clean zone has been established between the wings of the hospital and visiting is back to normal visiting hours 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm and 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm daily. Please follow all hand hygiene procedures and comply with any instructions from staff to ensure the clean zone remains uncontaminated.Information linksPatients can get the latest information on www.hse.ie/letterkenny or from Letterkenny General Information line – (074) 9109160.HSE PATIENT UPDATE FOR LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL was last modified: August 9th, 2013 by John2Share 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

COUNCILLORS IN 5AM BUDGET AGREEMENT

first_imgDONEGAL County Councillors talked into the early hours before agreeing a budget for 2013.Just over €133M will be spent this year – a drop of €15M on 2012.Various proposals from Sinn Fein, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael were all defeated before the latter two met at 4am. By 5am a deal was done and the proposal passed. COUNCILLORS IN 5AM BUDGET AGREEMENT was last modified: January 8th, 2013 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