PSG at crossroads of history against Real Madrid

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Last year, PSG came close to achieving a big coup on the continental scene when it thrashed Barcelona 4-0 at home only to be humiliated 6-1 in the return leg.“Tomorrow will be a unique moment, a moment that perhaps we won’t have the chance to live again,” Alves said. “History is there to be changed. PSG has shown its limits in that competition in the past, it’s now time to get beyond them, so we can keep growing as a club and a team. We are going to try and knock them out. We want to send a message to the others, letting them know we have the weapons to see this through.”In addition to attracting Alves, PSG also splashed out a world record 222 million euros ($260 million) to sign Neymar from Barcelona. But the Brazil striker won’t feature against Madrid or in the rest of the season after breaking his right foot on Feb. 25.“We have two options,” Alves said. “Either we sit down and cry, or we stand up and fight. Of course PSG is stronger with Neymar. But without him we remain a strong team.”In the absence of Neymar, PSG coach Unai Emery has a lot of attacking options. Emery is expected to keep using his favorite 4-3-3 system, with Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria in charge of the scoring duties.ADVERTISEMENT Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Saturday, March 3, 2018. Ronaldo scored twice in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)PARIS — A former Barcelona and Juventus defender, Dani Alves has all the credentials required to speak about what makes a club great.Signed by Paris Saint-Germain last year as part of the French club’s plans to win the Champions League, the 34-year-old Brazil right back believes his new team is at a crossroads.ADVERTISEMENT “Neymar is an important player who made us suffer in the past when he played with Barcelona. But Di Maria is also an immense player,” Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos said. “For us it does not change anything. Because Di Maria is a versatile player and brings an extra something defensively.”Di Maria has 11 goals in his last 11 starts in all competitions and is almost certain to start against his former club.“Di Maria is ready, he knows the Champions League well, and I’m convinced he will be hungry,” Emery said.Emery said Mbappe and center back Marquinhos, who were doubtful with minor injuries, trained normally on Sunday. The coach has concerns about Javier Pastore’s form, though.As for Madrid, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, who haven’t played in nearly three weeks because of injuries, traveled to France with their teammates. Modric had been nursing a muscle injury and Kroos had a left knee problem. Neither has played since the first leg against PSG on Feb. 14.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will also be able to count on the return of right back Dani Carvajal, who missed the first leg because of a suspension.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Dear Kobe … LeBron animated over Bryant scoring Oscar GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View comments After repeated failures in the Champions League, the super-rich club backed by Qatari funds needs to overturn a 3-1 deficit against defending champion Real Madrid when they meet at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday in the second leg of the round of 16.Alves, who won three Champions Leagues with Barcelona, said knocking Madrid out of the competition would help PSG enter a new dimension in Europe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Getting past opponents like those of tomorrow is what we currently lack,” Alves said on Monday. “It’s what we need to take it to the next level. We need to make our rivals take us into account and stop thinking Paris is just a team with a lot of money.”Since Qatar Sports Investments took over PSG in 2011 with the aim of turning it into a world-class club, the owner has spent millions of dollars on new players, including 400 million euros ($492 million) on new forwards last year. But despite the massive investments, PSG has never been beyond the quarterfinals in that time. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

GOL Pumps US$5M in Ebola Trust Fund

first_imgThe Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) has announced the creation of a Trust Fund to manage the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. The fund is established at the Central Bank of Liberian (CBL) (Act No. 022530000215/ Ebola Trust Fund) under the guidance of the MFDP, with supervision from the National Task Force on Ebola.The government through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in collaboration with the Central Bank of Liberia has contributed an initial US$5 million to the fund, demonstrating the seriousness it attaches to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, which has already claimed the lives of over 130 Liberians. The GOL therefore encourages all partners including donors, private sector actors and ordinary citizens to contribute to the Fund.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has authorized the Minister of Finance, Mr. Amara M. Konneh, to appoint a Special Comptroller General and a small team of accounting and procurement specialists to manage the Fund. She said the objective of appointing a special comptroller general and procurement specialists is to ensure that the funds are used effectively and that the goal is achieved.The GOL noted that the purpose of the special team is to ensure that after the program is over, a full accounting report of all funds and other resources received and expended is produced for the public.“At the end of the program, a detailed report shall be provided and the General Auditing Commission (GAC) will be asked to perform an audit and results communicated to the nation,” a GOL statement said.According to the government, the special team will work directly under the National Ebola Task Force chaired by the President to ensure that resources are provided expeditiously without any bottleneck in supporting those on the frontline to combat the Ebola epidemic.The government noted that all procurement and logistical decisions will be made at the task force level.The government has meanwhile emphasized that it has made available US$5 million to the fund as its initial contribution. It encouraged the public, donor community and friendly governments to make contributions to the fund.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mixed Reactions of Liberians on Trafficked Girls Case in Liberia

first_imgFollowing the just-released verdict of Lebanese national cleared of charges against girls that were trafficked to Lebanon by Abbas El Debes on Monday by the judge of the 11th Circuit Court in Tubmanburg, due to government lawyers being unlicensed and without direct evidence to prosecute, the case has captured the attention of Liberians at home and abroad.Several citizens and non-citizens have provided mixed reactions about the issue.Many of those interviewed believe in the saying: “No justice for the poor’ and therefore urged the international community to look keenly in the issue and protect these girls from the state of disgrace and agony they are experiencing in their own communities.Exclusive InterviewsSpeaking to this paper in an exclusive interview yesterday in Monrovia, a sophomore student of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) Mr. Frederick Tulay, 24, said that he is very angry about the government’s failure to protect its citizens especially in such case.“I’m really feeling bad about this situation to see a Lebanese National being set free due to government’s own failure to provide capable, licensed lawyers to plead the case of its citizens.“It’s a total disgrace for us in Liberia because our government doesn’t value its citizens but gives credence to foreigners to destroy the future of our sisters,” he said.“Liberia must be able to value its citizens, must take key interest in the wellbeing of every Liberian not only when the leaders wants to seek state power. If something is not done about this, it’s dangerous to the world because Liberians in other countries will also be marginalized because the government cannot protect its citizens.”“As a woman I feel so much disenchanted because the girls that went through this terrible experience are women like myself who will love to receive justice in my country as it relates to this matter,” 23 year old Fatumata Jabbie of the AME University said with emotions. She explained that from the day the girls set their feet on Liberian soil, she was pleased with the manner in which the government reacted by taking a huge delegation to receive them at the airport but, to her surprise, the entire case turned to be different with Abbas being set free without charges.“The government through our justice system should have carried out better investigation if they didn’t believe these girls, by at least sending them along with some officials of government to Lebanon to see for themselves the pains our sisters went through.‘But nobody believed in them so they provided unlicensed lawyers to plead for them and allow Abbas to go free without punishment but we will all pray to our God for justice to be done one day,” Ms. Jabbie of New Georgia said.Joseph Kwesi, a Ghanaian citizen and a petty trader in Red-light, told this paper that what happened in Liberia cannot go on in his country Ghana especially with foreigner ill-treating citizens in the country.“In my country this is a very big issue because our government prioritize citizens; therefore total justice was going to be done for our sisters. I really feel their pains and understand the difficulties they went through and after all they went through was it unfortunate to receive no justice from government,” he said. Madam Rosetta Brown, a mother of 4 children who trades in charcoal business in the 12th street community, called on other women’s groups to work along with the girls in order to reintegrate them in the society despite the unfortunate situation they are undergoing.“I am a mother and I know what it means for your children to go through serious torture, this man shouldn’t have been set free and we keep preaching Gender issues in our country this is an abomination for our country.“As poor mothers who don’t have money to pay for justice, we will keep praying for God himself to handle this difficult issue that our government couldn’t fight for us and make our children to go through shame in their own motherland,” Madam Brown said.She meanwhile encouraged the ladies to firstly focus on God for their justice and use their stories to defend other women that are going through similar issues in other countries.“Make the world to know that this is not the end of your lives but a strong test of times in life to strengthen you for the future challenges ahead of you and make mama Liberia a proud nation that we can count on for justice for the poor,” she uged the girls with tears in her eyes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

182 contracted employees still at Region 3

first_img2016 Auditor General Report– REO lays blame for delay at feet of PSCThe Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) administration is yet to regularise almost 200 of its contract employees, laying the blame for this, however, at the feet of the un-constituted Public Service Commission (PSC).Region 3 REO Denis JaikarranWhen the Regional Executive Officer (REO) for Region Three, Denis Jaikarran, appeared before the Public Accounts Commission (PAC) at the National Assembly, he provided the Commissioners with an update on the situation.What they have been able to do, the PAC was informed, is to regularise 102 contracted persons in 2016. The regional authorities claimed that confirmation of the remaining 182 contracted employees was dependent on the PSC.“Before the Commission went out of commission, we were able to propose persons who were on contracted employment be placed on the permanent establishment,” Jaikarran said, adding that the remaining workers were employed last year.According to the report, “Amounts totalling $2.592 billion were expended on Employment Cost for 2016. According to the National Estimates, the Regional Administration had a staffing structure of 2165; however, the actual staff of the Regional Administration exceeded the authorised strength by 64.”In response, the Head of the Budget Agency had indicated that the Regional Administration has already taken steps to move its employees over to the permanent system, and this process was expected to be completed by the end of October 2018.It was recommended that the Audit Office recommends that the Regional Administration continue the process of moving staff over to the permanent system in order to minimise the number of staff employed on a contractual basis in keeping with circularised instructions.last_img read more

EITI recommends review of mining permits

first_img– concerned State losing revenue to inaccurately categorised minersThe Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has recommended in its first report on Guyana’s extractive sector that a wholesale review be done to weed out wrongly categorized miners.According to the organization in its recently released report, this is because thousands of acres of mining permits have been awarded to claimants on a scale that should be considered large scale. Large scale permits involve higher rental fees and more revenue to the state. But the report states that in some cases this is not happening.“We note that several mining permits, covering plots in the same location as per GGMC list of permits, had been awarded on the same date to the same applicant following the award process of medium scale mining permits instead of following the award process for large-scale mining licenses.”“The total combined acreage of several mining permits awarded during FY 2017 to a same applicant exceeded 1,200 acres which is the maximum surface for a medium scale mining permit. If these plots had been combined, they would have exceeded 1,200-acre threshold and would have been categorized as being “large scale tenures,” it also states.Besides paying higher rental fees, EITI pointed out that large scale permit holders also have to go through more stringent license award procedures. These procedures include requiring further approvals from other Government Agencies. According to EITI, this oversight may cost the state a large sum of money per year.“Additionally, the list of active mining permits shows that several plots were held by the same extractive entity and within the same location. The combined surfaces of these mining permits exceed 1,200-acre threshold in several instances.”“Such mining permit holders may need to be categorized as large-scale extractive operators as defined by the current legislation whenever it is established that the relating plots run consecutively one after the other. The annual rental fees due by large scale operators is USD 3 per acre as opposed to USD 1 per acre for medium scale mining operators.”The EITI therefore recommended a review and an update of the list of current active mining permits in order to ensure all are in compliance with the definition of the large scale mining license.In a press release after the EITI report was completed, however, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) had staunchly refuted the finding of the report. According to the association, only a small percentage of the mining lands have been mined.“From reviewing the report, the author of the report apparently thought that the entire 1200 acres are mineralized and has gold and as such, by separating the permits the government and people of Guyana (are) being short-changed.”“This is far from the case. The large-scale companies receive Investment Development Agreement (IDA) where duty free is granted for equipment, fuel, spares etc. which more than compensate for the extra fees. Medium scale permit holders are paying for most of the land and of which only 5 per cent is mined,” GGDMA had claimed.As of December 31, 2018, total gold declarations from all sources amount to 613,073 ounces, which was 6.22 per cent lower than the figures from 2017.Additionally, the foreign exchange value of exports processed on behalf of dealers and the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) came to US$443,961,666.The Guyana Gold Board has meanwhile projected that for 2019, declarations and exportations will be at 651,000 ounces.last_img read more

Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum opening on Friday

first_imgAlthough the official grand opening isn’t until September 26th, this Friday the public gets its first chance to visit, a new $34 million Peace Region tourist attraction, albeit on the Alberta side of the border.The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is located at Wembley, about half way between Beaverlodge and Grande Prairie, and will open its doors after an amazing fast track construction period of only 13 months.It also has a rather uniquely named, Clairmont based operating organization, called, “The River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum Society”.- Advertisement -George Jacob is the Executive Director, and he says museum visitors can be prepared for an exhibit experience that’s unlike any other in Canada, and a lot of it will have to do with technology.“Most of all augmented reality platforms that allow you to pan your tablet devices over articulated skeletal forms and the hot spots allow you to flush them out and see those animals in their ecosystems. You will also see layered interconnected information like a chase scene, like a flood scene where 73 million years ago herds of dinosaurs drowned here at Pipestone Creek and so on. The exhibit experience is on a very difference scale.”Mr. Jacob says, while allowing for variations in committed viewing times, the museum will accommodate about 600 visitors at one time, and he estimates it will take about three hours to fully view and appreciate what it has to offer.Advertisementlast_img read more

WATCH! Incredible Cristiano Ronaldo scores 33rd hat-trick of Real Madrid career

first_imgRonaldo continued his sensational form last night to fire Real Madrid to a 4-0 victory against Shakhtar Donetsk.After scoring FIVE goals against Espanyol at the weekend, the Portuguese superstar netted three against Donetsk to get Real’s Champions League campaign off to a winning start.Ronaldo now has a remarkable 33 hat-tricks to his name for Real Madrid and is just one strike away from Raul’s historic tally of 323 goals in all competitions for Los Blancos.VIDEO: SERGIO RAMOS’ DIVE AGAINST SHAKHTARHis first two were penalties and he rounded off the night with this header. 1 Ronaldo celebrates last_img read more

ALL STAR OISIN McCONVILLE SET TO JOIN OUR ‘UP FOR THE MATCH’ NIGHT

first_imgOisin McConville is joining our illustrious panel of GAA legends. The show is at 8pm tomorrow, WEDNESDAY, at the Mount Errigal HotelTHE Donegal Daily ‘Going GAA GAA for Sam’ night at the Mount Errigal Hotel has another great name to add to our star-studded panel – gaelic football legend Oisin McConville.RTE broadcasting legend and Kerry man Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and Donegal All Star Kevin Cassidy had already been confirmed for the gig which starts at 8pm tomorrow, Wednesday (doors open at 7.30pm).Now Oisin has confirmed he will be joining the panel with MC Charlie Collins and members of the audience putting the questions in a night being organised in conjunction with St Eunan’s GAA Club ahead of this Sunday’s All-Ireland Final clash between Donegal and Kerry. The former footballer had an astonishing career.He won an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medal, seven Ulster Championships and a National League title with Armagh, picking up two All Star awards along the way.He was also a prolific winner with his club, the mighty Crossmaglen Rangers and won six All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championships, ten Ulster Senior Club Football Championships and 16 Armagh Senior Football Championships with the club.Said Oisin today: “I’m looking forward to being on the panel and looking forward to this Sunday’s All-Ireland final. It should be a fantastic curtain-raiser to a great weekend.” The room at the Mount Errigal was being set up today, with tables of ten in the ballroom.Entry is just 10 euro for adults, 5 euro for children and 20 euro for a family of 2 adults and up to 3 children.A Donation to the county Players Fund will be made.Donegal TV will also be there to capture the night’s events.Doors open at 7.30pm with the show due to start at 8pm sharp with music and entertainment during the interval. There will also be video highlights of Donegal’s year so far as Jim McGuinness and his team prepare for Sunday’s Croke Park final.It’s a ‘must’ night for GAA fans – payment is at the door.ALL STAR OISIN McCONVILLE SET TO JOIN OUR ‘UP FOR THE MATCH’ NIGHT was last modified: September 17th, 2014 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)Tags:Kevin CassidyMícheál Ó Muircheartaighmickey harteOisin McConvilleUp For The Matchlast_img read more

Avian flu not a concern among locals

first_img A call to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the federal agency responsible for stopping infectious diseases from entering the country, was not returned. Ben Baeder can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703, or by e-mail at ben.baeder@sgvn.com 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It daily makes headlines in newspapers throughout Asia. Scientists fear the disease, which is found in poultry throughout Asia and has jumped to humans, could infect millions of people worldwide. Nisha Varghese, health director of the Asian Youth Center in San Gabriel, said the disease comes up in conversation from time to time, but that it has not been a major concern expressed by parents. She said intuition might lead people to believe that any new diseases from Asia would first show up in Asian communities in Southern California, but that historically has not been the case. “Any sort of illnesses from Asian countries have been contained by public health officials,’ she said. “The government quarantines people.’ Despite a declaration by President Bush that he was considering using the military to enforce quarantines in the event of an outbreak of the avian flu in the United States, residents in Asian-American communities in the San Gabriel Valley said they generally are not worried about the virus being transmitted into the area. “The truth is, I have not heard much about it,’ said Allen Co, an ethnic Chinese native of Vietnam who is on the South El Monte City Council. He called friends who ran area restaurants, who also said the avian flu did not seem to be a topic of conversation, he said. The disease has been found in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam since it was first identified in late 2003, and has killed at least 65 people. last_img read more

WOW! THAT THUNDER SNOW STORM CLOUD IN ALL ITS GLORY

first_imgTHIS was the colour of the sky over Lough Foyle earlier.It’s called a ‘thunder snow cloud’ according to BBCNI weatherman Barra Best.And it settled in the sky – straddling counties Donegal and Derry – not long after a blue lightning storm erupted. The picture was taken well after dusk – so that blue you see is a the electric-charged lightning, not blue sky.Pic Owen Anderson WOW! THAT THUNDER SNOW STORM CLOUD IN ALL ITS GLORY was last modified: January 14th, 2015 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) Tags:cloudDerrydonegallightningsnowlast_img read more