Godín and his little ‘feeling’ with Conte, a problem at Inter

first_imgDiego Godín has not had the start he expected in his new adventure and is in a delicate situation at Inter Milan. According to the Italian newspaper La Gazzeta dello Sport, the Uruguayan does not have a good relationship with his coach, Antonio Conte, and it has gradually faded, according to the Italian newspaper La Gazzeta dello Sport. The center arrived in Milanese lands last summer in search of new professional challenges, after spending nine seasons at Atlético de Madrid, where he was the leader of the defense and a true benchmark in the dressing room. However, the last few months have not gone as expected.Godín had a start to the campaign where he started being important, curdling big games, like the second in the league against Udinese. In fact, in the Champions League only one match was lost, the first against Slavia Prague. The rest of the games started, in a group that Inter finished third, after FC Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund. But, little by little, the central was losing prominence. He had come to be the leader of the defense, to make a leap in quality for the team and to bring experience to a young group. Some specific errors and their difficulties in adapting to the three central system, indisputable for Conte, together with the explosion of the young Bastoni, they have made the Uruguayan only have started in 12 league games.If Italian football finally resumes, it will probably be with a frenetic pace of matches. This will lead many teams to make continuous rotations, and there Godín could regain the prominence he has lost since he arrived at Inter. The Uruguayan has always been a leader, and not a year ago was the benchmark behind one of the strongest teams in Europe in recent years.His age (34 years) and his salary (6.5 million net per season) make it difficult for him to find accommodation, despite his great reputation. Therefore, the best Inter and Conte can do is try to win back a player who still has a lot to contribute. His character will make him recover, as he has done so many other times.last_img read more

Ja beat Guyana by five wickets

first_imgMANDEVILLE, Jamaica (CMC):Jamaica defeated Guyana by five wicketsin the opening roundof the Regional Under-19 Championship at Manchester High Schoolyesterday.Scores:Guyana 203 all out off 44.3 overs (Ronaldo Alimohamed 39, Kassem Khan 29, Akenie Adams 23, Keemo Paul 20, Oshane Thomas 3-41, Tyrone Daley 3-32, Odean Smith 2-51).Jamaica 204 for five off 45.2 overs (Shahid Crooks 73 not out, Ramone Francis 53; Sherfane Rutherford2-32).last_img

LeBron James leaves game vs Warriors with strained left groin

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks past Knicks in Christmas debut Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) grimaces after straining his left groin, during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The Lakers won 127-101. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James left Tuesday’s game against Golden State midway through the third quarter with a strained left groin and was listed as questionable to return.The Lakers star grabbed at his left groin after slipping under the Warriors basket at the 7:51 mark of the third trying for a loose ball.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Members of the training staff came out and James tried to stretch it out, awkwardly walked toward the Lakers bench trying to loosen up before leaving on his own though gingerly out the tunnel for the locker room.James, playing his second straight Christmas game against the Warriors at Oracle Arena after losing last year’s matchup with Cleveland, had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before exiting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Great Opportunity for Liberian Poultry Farmers

first_imgThe commissioning last Saturday of the 95,000 capacity hatchery at the Obasanjo Farm in Grand Cape Mount County is a great and serious opportunity for the poultry and egg industry in Liberia, and mostespecially for poultry farmers.President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Nigerian leader-turned major agricultural investor, with the encouragement of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has given Liberia its biggest poultry investment ever, and opened the way for our poultry farmers to buy day-old chicks and other products right here in Liberia.Gone, hopefully forever, are the days when our farmers had to import their day-olds from Holland and other parts of Europe.The Obasanjo farm is also expected to produce 22,000-24,000 broiler chicks per week and 10,000 pullets or layer chicks, depending on demand.Our Presidential Correspondent William Harmon, who covered President Sirleaf’s commissioning of the hatchery, said if local poultry farmers take advantage of the initiative, it would help end the importation of chickens and eggs in Liberia.This has been going on since the late 1980s, following the outbreak of the war.  We recall that in the mid-1980s poultry farmers, including Robert Bright, his son Rameses in Kakata, Margibi County, then Chief of Staff General Smith in Montserrado County, and others pleaded with the Daily Observer newspaper to expose their plight by putting pressure on the Agriculture Ministry to impose a tariff on imported eggs.  The indiscriminate importation of chickens and eggs was ruining their business.  They contended, rightly, that this was a totally unfair advantage, since European poultry farmers, empowered by subsidies from their governments and from the European Union (EU), were shipping their eggs and chickens by hundreds of container loads monthly to Liberia.Not long after the Observer   started writing about this problem, the Agriculture Ministry got the Samuel K. Doe government to ban the importation of chickens and eggs.  Our poultry farmers were happy and grateful, and soon they started meeting the demand of the market.But then came the civil war,   when everything changed, with the looting and destruction of the Bright and other poultry farms and the disappearance of eggs from the market, except for the few produced by local chickens.  But these soon disappeared, too, as rebel soldiers seized every chicken, goat, sheep and cow in sight, resulting in a massive scarcity of eggs and meat in the country.Since the end of the war merchants have intensified their importation of poultry and eggs, making Liberia nothing more than a dumping ground for European chicken and eggs, much of it outdated.This has caused widespread discouragement among local poultry farmers, many of whom, including Sangai Farm in Suacoco, Bong County and Wulki Farm in Careysburg, Montserrado County, have been struggling for survival.  Urey Farm was even producing day-old chicks and broilers, though on a small scale.Market women bought the imported chicken and sold them in piles that have become increasingly expensive, causing many customers to switch to fish.The Obasanjo farm has also pledged to engage in training and agricultural extension, in a bid to encourage poultry farmers to reenter the industry.   Obasanjo Farm says it will go one step further, by empowering Liberian farmers to grow more corn and other products in order to begin the manufacture of chicken and animal feed that would limit imports.The Agriculture Ministry says Obasanjo Farm is a major concession which is not in competition with local farms, but is instead designed to help them.We pray that this major development will be taken very seriously by Liberian farmers.  Here, it is important to remind ourselves that we should not depend on Obasanjo Farm alone to encourage farmers to grow corn.  We call on the Ministry   of Agriculture and the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) to become actively involved in training the farmers in the proper and successful cultivation of corn and other crops that will enhance feed production. They would have a ready market–Obasanjo and other poultry and livestock farms–and we trust that the government will ensure that the farmers are given a fair price for their corn. This will encourage them to produce evenmore and make money to improve their family livelihood.Obasanjo Farms should do everything possible to encourage ALL poultry farmers to become profitable and successful.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GBTI awards Early Savers

first_imgThe Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) continues to promote savings, and believes that an early start to good saving habits could influence a good lifestyle.Every year, the GBTI awards three customers from its Early Savers Account Club in a bid to encourage them and others to continue practising good habits in regard to saving.The winners are selected from new and active customers depositing $1000 or more annually. Two-year-old Nathan Budnie of Tabatinga, Central Rupununi; Kavita Rohan, of Canal Number Two, West Bank Demerara, and Jaden PersaudNathan Budnie receiving his prize from GBTI Staff Aruna Hari in the presence of his mother, Miriam Sabaof Kitty, Georgetown are the bank’s 2018 Early Savers Winners.Budnie won a tricycle, while the other two winners received tablets.The GBTI Early Savers Club has many benefits for members. Their savings account starts with a minimum balance of $1,000 and has an attractive interest rate.Every year, the bank recognises eligible members who have successfully completed the National Grade Six Assessment and submitted an entry for the Bursary Award. As a club member, family and friends can also purchase GBTI’s gift certificates without additional transaction charges.In addition, parents of Early Savers Club members can enjoy a 0.50% reduction in loan rates to purchase educational items and pay school and tuition fees.An early saver is gifted a free ATM card on their 12th birthday, pays no ATM transaction charges, and can withdraw up to $15,000 per day. Special discount packages at several local merchants also form part of the package benefits.Additionally, every year, the GBTI organises a one week summer programme for Early Savers Club Members.last_img read more

Govt advised not to change signed oil contracts – Finance Minister

first_img…US$20M World Bank loan to be used to develop oil & gas frameworkFar from renegotiating the contracts already signed with oil companies that leave more to be desired, Government appears to be following the advice it has received from multi-nationals that there is nothing they can do to correct prior contracts.This was disclosed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, during a press conference on Friday. According to the Minister, multinationals like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have done a range of studies.“I think mostly the IMF have come up with the fact that (they) understand what (we) have and so on, (but) the template these days is not to go this route. But they made it very, very clear. There’s nothing you can do with those you’ve already signed.“Whatever they are recommending is going forward. I have a petroleum fiscal regime that is supposed to be best practice international, which they would like to see us put in place. But it would not affect any contracts we have already signed. It is a blueprint going forward for any other arrangements we enter into.”That being said, Jordan acknowledged the concerns being expressed from several sections of society. But he noted that the IMF and other organisations were helping the Government to formulate legislation. This includes the provision of a loan which will be turned towards capacity building.“We have a loan coming up from the World Bank, I think about US$20 million, for oil and gas development. One aspect of that is to look at the pieces of legislation we have to put in place to improve the architecture of the sector.“Right now, except for the existing piece of legislation, we have no direct legislation like the local content, the SWF [Sovereign Wealth Fund], the Petroleum Commission, the petroleum fiscal regime legislation. Plus, we don’t have people to draft them, so with this loan, we have to bring people to help us draft these pieces of legislation.”The contractThe contract between the coalition Government, ExxonMobil and its partners in the Stabroek block was signed in June 2016. Since its release last year, there has been resounding criticism of its terms.For one thing, ExxonMobil and its partners in the Stabroek block were able to secure exemptions from paying Corporation, Excise or Value Added Tax on their earnings from petroleum.Article 15.4 of the renegotiated contract also provides for the Government itself to pay the company’s income tax. To facilitate this, the oil company has to submit tax returns to the Government. That is not all. Article 32 stipulates that Government cannot modify the contract or increase any fiscal obligation the company has.This, therefore, puts a cap on the taxes, royalties, duties, fees, or charges outlined in the contract. Government also has to compensate the operator if a change to existing laws causes loss of revenue for the company.Some have since suggested that Government avail itself of the services of international lawyers known for renegotiating contracts. Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had announced last month that the terms of the contract would be reviewed in four years.last_img read more

Celtic could lose loan star to Lazio

first_imgOn-loan Celtic striker John Guidetti is interested in joining Lazio at the end of the season.The Manchester City man, at Celtic Park for the season, will be out of contract in the summer and has family in Italy close to the Serie A side.“At the end of the season I will be free, with no contract,” Guidetti said. “But now I’m a player at Celtic, it is impossible to say now where I’ll end up.“I’ve never had an offer from Lazio but my relatives would be happy. Some are still living in Italy and go to support Lazio.“The only Italian team I ever came close to joining was Sampdoria. At 15 I trained with them, in the youth team and once in the first team. I liked everything but then then Sven-Goran Eriksson took me to Manchester City.” 1 John Guidetti last_img read more

Dortmund CEO rules out Jadon Sancho transfer

first_img0Shares0000Jadon Sancho has caught the eye of Europe’s top clubs with his explosive form for Borussia Dortmund this year © AFP / LEON KUEGELERBERLIN, Germany, May 26 – Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has categorically ruled out selling England starlet Jadon Sancho ahead of next season.Sancho, 19, has been linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs after an explosive second season in Dortmund, but in an interview with Bild newspaper on Sunday, Dortmund boss Watzke said they would not let the English winger leave. “It is safe to assume that Jadon will not play for Dortmund for the next ten years,” said Watzke.“But in terms of the present day, we have very clear agreements. Jadon is not on the market and he is guaranteed to be a Dortmund player next season.”Dortmund have repeatedly ruled out selling Sancho in recent months, but speculation resurfaced this week after the club signed two similar attacking players in Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt.The 19-year-old joined Dortmund from Manchester City for 7.8 million euros (Sh891mn) in 2017, but his estimated value has skyrocketed in the past year.Sancho earned his first England call-up in October, and established himself as a regular starter as Dortmund challenged for the Bundesliga title this season.The team eventually finished two points behind champions Bayern Munich, but CEO Watzke insisted that Dortmund will continue to challenge for the title in future.“We want to be champions, but Bayern are like Mount Everest, an 8000 metre challenge. You can try to tackle it, and we will do that,” he told Bild.“German football has a problem abroad because people see it as having a football monoculture. We broke that this season, and we feel we owe it to German football to set our sights on the title.”Watzke also admitted, however, that neither Dortmund nor Bayern could hope to keep up with the financial might of the Premier League.“England takes in 2.1 billion euros ($2.35bn) more than us in TV rights money every year,” he said.“As long as it stays like that, we can only have occasional success. No German team will be able to remain at the top of the European game anymore.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cancer Society launches ads for health reform

first_imgHis organization spends $10 million each year on advertising, and focuses it on exercise and other prevention measures for patients. The Atlanta-based cancer society, with 2006 revenues of $1 billion, has been stepping up its political activity in recent years. In 2001, it formed a sister organization, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to lobby and work on government health policy. The Cancer Action Network pushed for legislation that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco, and last year fought a bill that would have enabled small businesses to form health insurance pools across state lines without guaranteeing coverage of certain cancer tests. Now it’s putting together petitions and voter’s guides, organizing political forums and rallies, and in May will begin a nationwide bus tour promoting health-care reform. Despite the fact that many cancer patients are 65 and older and are covered by the federal Medicare program, cancer society officials estimate that at least 55,000 of the 1.4 million people diagnosed with cancer each year have no health insurance. Hundreds of thousands of others have coverage but end up financially distressed by uncovered bills, they say. Inadequate coverage is a major impediment to cancer patients getting the medical care they need. Studies show that women with health insurance get annual mammograms at twice the rate as women who don’t, and cancer death rates are higher for people without coverage. The cancer society joined the heart association, the American Diabetes Association and AARP in leading rallies designed to get the attention of presidential candidates. The rallies were held in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina – four early sites of key presidential primaries and caucuses – and all focused on the general issue of providing quality health care for all Americans. Others groups have efforts, too. The American Medical Association recently announced a “Voice for the Uninsured” campaign with advertising in early primary states. Families USA and the Federation of American Hospitals are organizing a series of hour-long presidential forums. The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, an 80-organization group formed earlier this year, is placing reform-focused billboards in and around airports and this month used college cheerleaders to voice chronic disease messages outside a presidential candidate debate in New Hampshire. Some experts predict health reform will be a more potent issue in 2008 than any time since 1992, when it helped carry Bill Clinton to the White House. Large increases in insurance costs in this decade have caused employers and others to become more interested in systemwide reform, said Ken Thorpe, an Emory University health policy professor. “Many big businesses have come to the realization they can’t solve this problem on their own,” he said. At the cancer society’s call center in Austin, Texas, a team of 14 operators have been assigned to take calls from people who are uninsured or underinsured. They form the core of a Health Insurance Assistance Service, which tries to connect people with coverage programs. It was through the assistance service that the cancer society found the star of one of its new commercials – Raina Bass, 26, a legal assistant in central Missouri. She survived ovarian cancer in her teens and became a wife and mother. But in 2005, she woke up with a swollen throat one summer morning that turned out to be thyroid cancer. Both she and her husband had health insurance through their jobs, but it didn’t cover all her medical bills. Meanwhile, bill collection agencies were calling regularly. “I should be shouting and jumping that I beat cancer twice,” she said in an interview, but instead often found herself crying about debt and job constraints. Bass will be at a press conference today in Washington when the Cancer Society’s campaign is unveiled. “I am so glad I’ve been given the opportunity to finally speak out about this,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – The American Cancer Society this week will take its biggest step ever into the politics of health-care reform, spending $15 million in advertising on behalf of Americans with too little health insurance or none at all. The cancer society – the nation’s richest health charity, in both donations and volunteers – traditionally focuses its advertising on encouraging Americans to quit smoking or get a screening test. But this year’s campaign will feature television commercials that portray the challenges of uninsured and underinsured cancer patients, accompanied by a call for people to do something about it. The change comes after cancer society officials concluded that insurance-related problems have emerged as one of the one of the largest obstacles in their goal to cut cancer death rates by 50 percent and incidence rates by 25 percent from 1990 to 2015. “We’re not going to meet our goals if the health-care system remains unfixed,” said John Seffrin, the cancer society’s chief executive. Starting today, three commercials on network and cable channels will run until Thanksgiving. Ads will be placed in magazines and on Web sites as well. The cancer society is not endorsing any particular reform plan or candidate. Even so, it’s an unusually pointed campaign for the philanthropy and for organizations like it. The American Heart Association’s chief executive, M. Cass Wheeler, envied the group’s resources and applauded their new campaign. “Heart and stroke patients are going to benefit from the good this advertising campaign is going to do,” Wheeler said. last_img read more

Shock report! Arsenal target £22m January swoop for Ligue 1 hitman

first_img1 Arsenal are lining up a bid for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, claim reports in France.Arsene Wenger opted against buying a forward in the summer transfer market but is said to be plotting a swoop for the Belgian, who has scored six goals in nine league appearances for the French club this season.According to Mercato 365, the Gunners are prepared to shell out around £22m for the 22-year-old in January and the club’s hierarchy are expected to make contact with Marseille over the next few weeks.Batshuayi has a contract until 2019 with the Ligue 1 club but the lure of Arsenal may prove too tempting for him to turn down.Marseille are expected to play hard ball with the Gunners after only signing Batshuayi from Standard Liege last year, and may delay any possible deal until the summer. Michy Batshuayi last_img read more