“In this summer window, exchange operations are predicted. There will not be so much money, so much cash, but there will be more player exchanges.” The phrase, spoken by Josep Maria Bartomeu, is a declaration of intent of what Barça intends when it comes to attacking the transfer market of the 2020-21 season. With the threat of accumulating losses due to the consequences of the health crisis; and with the forecast of being forced to lower its budget that had exceeded 1,000 million euros, Barça’s sports management, led by Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes, will have to do an important exercise in creativity to incorporate new faces. The preferred ones, as it is already public, Neymar and Lautaro.This is where a long list of players comes into play who will become barter this summer at Can Barça. Up to nine are on the list. Its total value, according to the specialized website transfermarkt, is 245.5 million euros. Number one on the list is Ousmane Dembélé. Barça have already thrown in the towel with the Frenchman, and although he will publicly maintain that he has the player, he wants to use it as a bargaining chip. With an estimated loss of six months, Barça is aware that it has lowered its cartel but that specialized websites still give it significant market value. Specifically, 56 million euros. At 22, he is still recoverable with the player, but at Barça he seems to be cursed. Barça already offered Dembélé last year within the Neymar operation, but PSG did not bite the hook. Of course, he will re-enter the proposal by the Brazilian and also the one made by Lautaro to Inter. Philippe Coutinho shares the first position in the transferable ranking at Barça. Although there is speculation that Chelsea or Leicester may make an important offer for the Brazilian, which logically would be accepted with pleasure by the institution, the player on loan at Bayern is also considered in the club as a possible currency. At 27, its market value is also 56 million euros.On a second step, names like Semedo, Junior, Umtiti, Vidal, Rakitic or Braithwaite appear. The Portuguese, with a market value of 32 million, is one of the club’s best assets. Last season it was already intended by Atlético de Madrid before the mattress makers signed Trippier. Barça made it clear that it would not accept offers below 50 million euros, but its price is still high and although Barça has the Portuguese in good regard, he knows that he has Emerson (Betis) in the bedroom. So if necessary, Semedo will also be on Barça’s trade list. Junior’s case is more surprising. He has only been playing for Barça for a year and has a market value of 20 million euros, higher than his initial cost (the Barça club paid 18 million euros plus 12 in variables). However, it is also on the exit ramp. It is one of the paradigmatic examples of the change in philosophy of Barça, which has made it clear that it is no longer a finalist club and that it will treat footballers as merchandise if necessary.Clearer are the cases of Arturo Vidal and Rakitic. The Chilean has been sought by Inter two years ago, but his market value is not high (11 million) and, since his record is high, it would be necessary to see if he would be convinced to enter any exchange operation. It is the same case as that of Rakitic, whose relationship with the directive is very deteriorated (it is only necessary to remember his reflection after the closing of the winter market) and that he will decide his future independently. Its market value is still holding at 20 million euros.Three more cases of players that fall within the profile of hypothetical exchanges. The first is Braithwaite. His signing was an emergency and, despite the fact that Barça signed a long contract (2024) with a very high clause (300 million), it will also be released. There is even speculation with a clause established in his contract in which the Danish agrees to be transferred this summer. None of the parties has confirmed it, but it is a certainty that the Danish, valued at just 9.5 million euros by specialized websites, will also be offered by Barça for possible barter.A different matter is Samuel Umtiti. Improved his problems in the left knee but with a physique that is not yet reliable, nor is it non-transferable at Barça. But that does not mean that it is easy to enter into an operation. Umtiti has a very high profile at Barça and no club in Europe is going to reach those figures. Placing it would not be easy. Its market value is 32 million euros. Finally, Todibo, valued at nine million by traskermarkt, is also on the market. Loaned at Schalke until the end of the season, Barça is looking for a central defender for the next season and the transfer or transfer of Todibo is also on the list of possible operations at Barça. Nine players put by Bartomeu in the showcase. Barter meat.
A forceful action is necessary to restore Liberia’s economy to normalcy because Ebola has put our financial system in new territory, says the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. J. Mills Jones.Meanwhile poverty still remains high in the country and therefore Liberians must lead the effort to restore the national economy, Dr Jones maintains. “That is why the Board of the CBL decided to take steps to help the rural economy and put new life into the microfinance sector of the country,” he added.Dr. Jones was speaking last Saturday, when he was honored by the National Apex of Savings and Loan Association as the ‘Champion of women economic empowerment’ at the official opening of its headquarters on the Old Road in Monrovia.Empowering Women and the Informal Sector “Women hold the family together, women manage the household. For many of us, if it were not for our mothers, we would not have achieved what we were able to accomplish here today, declared the Governor. “So, when we empower Liberian women, we are empowering the nation, we are empowering our children; we are empowering our families as well as insuring our future by putting our country on the right path.” Many times, a question has been asked about the CBL’s interest in empowering women and the Village Savings Loan Associations (VSLAs). “My response to them is that the informal sector of the economy is very important because it provides livelihood opportunity for a majority of the Liberian population.” In this connection, “We must understand that government cannot solve all the problems; the government cannot provide all the jobs; but what I believe is that government must do all it can to create the opportunity for Liberians to improve on their own lives,” Governor Jones declared.Microfinance, Sensible strategy for fighting poverty Most Liberians operate in the informal sector of the economy’ so when the CBL improves the informal economy, “we improve opportunities for most Liberians, Dr. Jones maintains.“We believe that little by little, we will bring those in the informal economy into the mainstream of the Liberian economy. This is a sensible strategy for fighting poverty. “We are told that the World Bank and the Liberia Institute of Statistic and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) and other organizations conducted two rounds of mobile phone surveys in October and November, 2014. They concluded that the Ebola disease substantially impacted the Liberian economy and spoiled all sectors and that those who engage in several activities of our VSLA have also been hit by the virus.” The CBL does not need a survey to know that, because “we have been working with the women and many others in our microfinance sector.” Dr. Jones said, “We know that the microfinance institutions were operating below capacity of the Ebola crisis; we know that many of our farmers were hit by the virus and marketers cannot go to the market. “We know that our cross-border traders cannot travel; we need to provide subsidy for them.” The Central Bank boss acknowledged that he is inspired and moved by many stories from the women and he is convinced that Liberian women are ready to lift themselves out of poverty. Earlier, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, who was also honored by the National Apex of Saving and Loan Association and the Village Savings Loan Associations, commended the CBL Governor and Board for empowering Liberian women. The women lauded Governor Jones for his immense contribution to the Liberian economy and appealed to him to extend the loan program to other parts of the country where people are not yet feeling his impact.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– want TUC’s English off Council; deny claims it’s not certifiedGTUC General SecretaryLincoln LewisUG Senior Staff Association President Jewel Thomas and UGWU President Bruce HaynesThe University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA), along with its fellow University union, is sticking to its position that it wants Ivor English, who has been accused of not representing its interests, off the University of Guyana Council as the Guyana Trade Union Congress (GTUC) representative – failing which it will leave the umbrella body.In a brief interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, UGSSA President, Dr Jewel Thomas made it clear that the union has not changed its mind. She also responded to a letter written by GTUC General Secretary Lincoln Lewis, in which he, among other things, said the union did not have its certificate of recognition.“He’s not right about the certificate of recognition. He is also incorrect about the list. There were no union leaders on the list of UG lecturers who had outstanding grades,” Dr Thomas explained to this publication.“We have not changed our stance. We had a meeting yesterday (Tuesday) with the GTUC at which Mr English was present. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a very fruitful meeting,” she said, adding that the union would have to have internal talks before commenting further.In a letter on May 30, Dr Thomas on behalf of UGSSA and Bruce Haynes as President of the University of Guyana Workers Union (UGWU) had combined to call for the removal of English as the GTUC representative on the UG Council. They noted that his positions on issues seemed to lean more towards UG Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith than the UG workers he was supposed to represent.In their letter, they had articulated that “during the Council meeting of Thursday, May 23, every position adopted by Mr English on critical issues under deliberation was in opposition to the unions’. He expressed his support for the Vice Chancellor being paid in lieu of leave. He also stated his support for the Vice Chancellor gaining a new contract without any evaluation.”“He advised that there should be a mechanism so that “minor irritants” of staff are dealt with and not come to the Council to “grind” Council down. He also expressed support for the vice-chancellor’s spending; stating that he (English) viewed it from a businessman’s perspective.”According to the union leaders, English’s views show that he “does not grasp that these are fundamental governance principles for which the unions have been advocating, and moreover what they perceive as ‘minor irritants’ of staff go to the heart of workers’ rights”.They also complained that English did not appear to understand that the University was experiencing financial difficulties. According to the unions, these difficulties are affecting the University’s ability to even educate the students, and they went on to threaten to break away from the GTUC if English was not removed.
– plunge entire town into darknessFirefighters attached to the Anna Regina Fire Station in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) were on Tuesday night successful in extinguishing a fire that started in the Caterpillar engines of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) branch in the town.The incident occurred around 20:30h at the company’s power plant aback of Anna Regina.According to information reaching Guyana Times, security guards saw the flames from inside the plant and immediately informed the Fire Station. When firefighters reached the scene, numerous cables from the Caterpillar engines were on fire. Firemen managed to provide sufficient water to extinguish the huge flames that erupted from the plant. The incident has since left the entire town of Anna Regina, from Three Friends to Walton Hall Village without electricity.Residents of Reliance, Anna Regina and Richmond have since experienced more than 15 hours of darkness. Many small shop owners have complained that items such as ice cream, sausages and chicken have spoilt. Supermarket owners have been forced to use generators to continue their business.Residents are calling on the Government of Guyana to provide the Region, particularly Anna Regina with new engines. The engines are said to have outlived their years of service and would malfunction often.Over the past two months, residents living within the town have been experiencing constant power outages on account of the obsolete engines at the plant. They are calling for an immediate intervention from the Government of Guyana as many were without electricity.
…ex-husband attempts suicidePolice are investigating the murder of a 28-year-old woman who was stabbed to death by her ex-husband.Dead is Tovanie Simmons, of Second Street, Limlair Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Reports are the alleged perpetrator, who attempted to commit suicide after stabbing the woman to death, had left his wife and was living with his new-found love – a next door neighbour.Guyana Times was told that at about 23:20h, the suspect, Imran Lyte, 28, stabbed Simmons about 10 times before fleeing the scene. However, he was later taken toDead is Tovanie Simmonsthe Port Mourant Hospital by relatives after he reportedly ingested a poisonous substance. He is currently under Police guard at a medical facility.Meanwhile, the dead woman’s mother, Jacklyn Henry, related that Simmons was visited by her ex-husband and his sister and they were sitting at the table having a discussion when he started stabbing the mother of four.“He grab she and start jucking she and she holla and jump on me; I went in the chair sitting down and I try fuh block he and he fire the knife at me and she run out on the landing.”Henry further explained that Lyte went onto the veranda where a relative tried to restrain him but he was able to free himself and pursued the woman, continuing to stab her.When this publication visited the Limlair home, bloodstains were spattered on the floor.In her account, Henry said she screamed for her daughter to escape and she jumped over the veranda onto the ground while her ex-husband’s sister shouted on her to run. However, the suspect ran through the house and exited the door, skipping stairs in his pursuit of Simmons. The already injured woman was haplessly caught on the street where she was again repeatedly stabbed. Lyte made good his escape before he could have been apprehended as everyone was focused on the woman lying on the ground bleeding.Guyana Times understands that last Saturday, Simmons had gone to collect herThe house where the woman was attackedchildren from another part of the village and on her journey, she was confronted by Lyte who accused her of allowing her friends to taunt his new lover. Lyte reportedly hit Simmons, and in retaliation, her sisters reportedly kicked him causing him to fall into a nearby trench.One of the now dead woman’s brothers, who was passing at the time, went to his sisters’ rescue but Lyte attacked him, stabbing him several times.According to Henry, since Saturday’s incident, the Police visited her next door neighbour in search of Lyte on several occasions but was on each occasion told that he was not at home.“They just come at the gate and ask for him and he deh right inside the house.”The couple had been together for nine years and have four children; ages eight, six and three-year-old twins. Henry said Lyte was always very kind but in the last few months after the relationship with her daughter ended, he became abusive.The grieving mother told this publication following the December last year separation, Lyte on one occasion destroyed her daughter’s cellphone but his sister asked for them not to get the Police involved because of Lyte’s financial position at the time.She said there were other instances where Lyte brought physical harm to her daughter. She also said her daughter had made several reports of threats made to her by Lyte at the Whim Police Station but those reports were never acted upon by Police. Investigations are continuing. (Andrew Carmichael)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John native Tristen Nielsen cracked the Calgary Hitmen roster as the team opens the WHL season tonight against the Kootenay Ice.Nielsen, who played minor hockey in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, was drafted in 2015’s WHL Bantam draft while playing with the Edge School in the CSSHL. The 17 year-old also made the cut as member of Team Canada White at the 2016 U17 Hockey Championships in Sault Ste. Marie.Nielsen will be looking to build on the 49 games he played with the Hitmen last season. The centreman collected three goals and four assists with a minus 18 rating and 19 PIMs. The Hitmen will be looking to rebound after the 2016-2017 WHL post-season, when they were swept by the Regina Pats in the first round.- Advertisement –
0Shares0000Uganda Cranes left back Mustafa Kiiza celebrates scoring against Eritrea during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda on December 11, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 11 – A strong second half performance saw hosts Uganda Cranes beat Eritrea 2-0 and progress to the semi-finals of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, joining defending champions Kenya who were the first to qualify on Tuesday.A long range shot from Nicholas Kasozi and a penalty scored by Mustafa Kiiza saw the Cranes pick their third win of the Championship and are assured of finishing top of Group A and will face the team which finishes second from Group B. If Kenya fails to beat Zanzibar on Saturday, then there might be an early final before the final, but a win for Stars against the islanders will mean they also top the group and will meet the second placed team from Group A.Eritrea are on three points and face second placed Djibouti on the final match day on Friday and victory there will see them book an appointment against Kenya. Djibouti will however progress if they avoid defeat to the Eritreans.Uganda coach Johny McKinstry made a wholesome change to his squad, swapping all but two of his regular starters. Only skipper Halid Lwaliwa and left back Mustafa Kiiza were retained in the starting team.Having picked a shock 1-0 win over Burundi in the opening game, Eritrea knew that a wi against the home side would be a sure bet to the semi finals and they were relentless in their hunt.Uganda kept early possession with Muzamiru Mutyaba’s early shot from range going just wide.Eritrea were direct in their approach and whenever they won the ball, they swung into attack. They had a chance in the 22nd minute but Filmon Semere’s header from a Robel Teklemichael cross was tipped over by keeper Joel Mutakubwa.Seven minutes later, Teklemichael played a brilliant through ball to Ali Ibrahim but keeper Mutakubwa was quick off his line to save the one on one effort.On the half hour mark, Uganda had another opportunity when Karim Watambala dribbled his way to the edge of the box but his eventual shot went inches wide.At the stroke of half time the Red Sea boys should have gone 1-0 up but Deyben Hintseab’seffort at chipping over the keeper from the edge of the area went over when he had acres of space ahead of him to prod forward and shoot.In the second half though, Uganda came back a better side.They went ahead just 12 minutes in when Kasozi’s shot from range slipped through the keeper’s fingers and into the net.They made it 2-0 in the 78th minute when Kiiza stepped up to score from the spot after his freekick from the edge of the box was handled by the wall.Five minutes from full time, they should have been 3-0 up with four minutes left but Joakim Ojera blasted his shot wide with a gaping goalmouth from Kiiza’s cross.0Shares0000(Visited 273 times, 3 visits today)
1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has rubbished claims he is off to Arsenal or Barcelona.The Gabon international was recently voted African Footballer of the Year and he has 18 goals in 17 league games this season.The 26-year-old’s form has led to interest from Arsenal and Barcelona, who have been linked with bids of over £40m.But Aubameyang has moved to end all speculation by insisting he is happy with his current club.“I still want to achieve lots with Dortmund,” Aubameyang told Bild.“I am here and nowhere else – not at Arsenal, not at Barcelona, not on the moon – you can see that.”
Although there were multiple reports out of New York on Monday that the Dodgers were close to hiring, or had already hired, Joe Torre as their manager, what little word there was coming from the organization indicated otherwise. That did not mean, however, that the Dodgers aren’t exploring the possibility of replacing their current manager, Grady Little, with Torre, whose 12-year tenure at the helm of the New York Yankees ended last week when Torre rejected a one-year, $5 million contract with incentives. A story in Monday’s editions of the New York Post, citing two sources with “knowledge of the Dodgers’ universe,” said the club is talking with Little about possibly buying out his contract, which also carries an option for 2009. Another story that hit the wires on Monday night, from the Journal News of Westchester (N.Y.) County, which also cited two sources “close to the situation,” said Torre could be named the Dodgers’ manager in the next 24 hours. “There has been a time or two that something has been in the newspaper that hasn’t been true,” Torre said. “There is nothing to any of it, so far.” The key words to that statement might be “so far.” Although nothing appears imminent, there are indications that the Dodgers are at least exploring the possibility of replacing Little with Torre – and it is possible that exploration is going on at a level higher than Colletti. Both Colletti and Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said at the end of the season that Little will return in 2008. But that was before it became clear that Torre wouldn’t be returning to the Yankees. Meanwhile, Dodgers officials have been conspicuously silent in recent days, to the point that few in the organization are even returning calls from reporters. The only official comment to come out of Chavez Ravine on Monday was a vague dismissal of the matter by the club’s chief spokesperson. “Grady Little is the manager of the Dodgers,” said Camille Johnston, the Dodgers’ senior vice president for communications. “Beyond that, there is no further comment.” Torre, 67, managed the Yankees for 12 seasons, the longest uninterrupted tenure of any Yankees manager since Casey Stengel (1949-60). Torre guided the club to the playoffs every year and won 10 division titles, six American League pennants and four World Series. But the Yankees haven’t won a World Series since 2000 and were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round each of the past three seasons. One interesting subplot of the Dodgers possibly hiring Torre has to do with Don Mattingly, who was Torre’s bench coach this season and his hitting coach the previous three seasons. Mattingly was widely considered the favorite to succeed Torre until that job ultimately went to Joe Girardi on Monday, and Mattingly’s agent released a statement later in the day saying his client was “extremely disappointed” that he didn’t get the job. The statement went on to say Mattingly had informed the Yankees he wouldn’t accept a position as a coach on Girardi’s staff. That would make Mattingly a natural fit for a potential Torre staff in Los Angeles, especially given that Mattingly’s son, Preston, is a highly regarded Dodgers prospect. Preston Mattingly, a second baseman, batted .210 this season at Single-A Great Lakes. Little, 57, just completed his second season as Dodgers manager. Although he led the club to the playoffs as a wild card in 2006 – the Dodgers were swept in the first round by the New York Mets – the team collapsed down the stretch this year and finished fourth in the National League West with an 82-80 mark after losing 11 of its final 14 games. It was during that stretch, on Sept. 20, that a clubhouse rift between the veterans and young players became public when second baseman Jeff Kent complained to reporters after a loss at Colorado that several of the team’s promising young players, “don’t get it.” That same week, a reporter for the Dodgers’ radio affiliate, KFWB, citing unnamed players as his source, said Little had lost the clubhouse. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti didn’t respond to messages left both on his office and cell phones. Little didn’t respond to messages left on his office, cell and home phones. But one Dodgers source with knowledge of the situation said “there is no truth to the story as it presently stands,” a long way from saying there is no truth to the story at all. Another source within the organization, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said, “I don’t know where any of this is coming from, but if you write it, you’ll look like an idiot.” Meanwhile, Torre himself made a guest appearance Monday night on the Late Show with David Letterman in which Letterman asked Torre about rumors involving him and the Dodgers.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “It has been gut-wrenching to hear how people have talked about our home, but if they are not working to make the community better then they don’t even belong there.” Construction of the San Diego Freeway created the first divide in the Van Nuys community. As early as 1960, real-estate agents in the Valley were marketing homes on the west side of the new roadway as “West Van Nuys.” But the first official name change in the area didn’t come until 1991, when the southern portion of Van Nuys officially became part of Sherman Oaks. Residents at the time said their original home deeds – from as far back as the 1940s – labeled the area as Sherman Oaks, but to date a half-mile strip between Magnolia and Burbank boulevards and from Van Nuys Boulevard to the Tujunga Wash still keeps its original Van Nuys ZIP code. By 1998, the community of Valley Glen had also etched its boundaries out of the eastern portion of Van Nuys and the western edge of North Hollywood. When the Lake Balboa and West Van Nuys movement got its desired name change last month, it left Van Nuys at nearly half its original size – with about 90,000 residents. Most say the name changes stemmed from residential areas wanting to shy away from Van Nuys’ gritty image. But Steve Leffert, president of the West Van Nuys/Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council, said those communities’ motivation to get a name change was more about unity. “After this uphill struggle, we are hoping to put all of this behind and get other things moving to improve our community,” he said. Leffert said the battle may have ended in a victory – but there is still some territory confusion. “Our boundaries still include a piece of Van Nuys and a sliver of Northridge,” Leffert said. But the question for many is what a new name for a community means. According to Councilman Tony Cardenas, name changes can create a false sense of community. “If I had that many people show up to a community cleanup or an anti-prostitution night out it would do much more than changing the name of a few blocks,” he said. Cardenas voted in favor of the Lake Balboa name change but said it was his way of putting an end to the debate. “If I never have to deal with another name change while I’m in office, I would be happy,” Cardenas said. Truth be told, no matter the name a community adopts, it often has little effect on services. “They get no new ZIP code or new services. They will get a couple of signs, but don’t get any more police officers or street cleaning,” Cardenas said. “This doesn’t dictate anything.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Van Nuys is shrinking. But no need to panic – the erosion isn’t new. Lake Balboa and West Van Nuys may be the latest communities to join forces and leave Van Nuys – once hailed as the “town that started right” – but they certainly weren’t the first. “We are working on getting Van Nuys’ name changed to Abandoned Meadows,” joked Don Schultz, a longtime Van Nuys resident and a member of the community homeowners association.