Tebas proposes new kick off times for La Liga games next season

first_img “There will be football earlier on Saturday, probably at one in the afternoon. We believe it’s a good time.  This new time will not be fixed for every weekend of action, though. In principle, it will be for those weekends when games cannot be played on Fridays because of either international games or European competitions.  The president of the LFP, Javier Tebas, revealed on Cadena COPE that there will be La Liga games next season (2016-17) on Saturdays with a 13.00h CET kick off.  “The games on Mondays will be maintained, but Fridays will be open,” Tebas said on the show El Partido de las 12.  Upd. at 13:18 16/02/2016 CET Sport EN “It won’t be every week. It’s a day which all teams are able to play on, apart from those that play in the Europa League on Thursdays.”last_img read more

Viru looking forward to Zak attack in season 2 of the T10 League

first_imgAdvertisement af8NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsltWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6yp3f( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6xgWould you ever consider trying this?😱bfCan your students do this? 🌚5ldvRoller skating! Powered by Firework The second season of the T10 League will start on November 23 and it has managed to attract some big names, including the likes of Zaheer Khan and RP Singh. The debut season of the T10 League was played in December 2017 in UAE. Both Zaheer Khan and RP Singh are left-arm seamers and were known for their ability to swing the ball at a decent pace.Advertisement Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan.Zaheer Khan is one of India’s most successful bowlers and has over 600 international wickets across all formats. Virender Sehwag who is one of the icons of the T10 Cricket League announced the arrival of Zaheer Khan with a tweet, “Such a delight to see men from India support and participate in the season 2 of the T10 League. Looking forward to see some magical swing from my friend, @ImZaheer.”Advertisement Joining Zaheer and Singh are Praveen Kumar, S Badrinath, and Reetinder Singh Sodhi, the organizers of the event said in a statement. T10 League chairman, Shaji ul Mulk, said, “I am happy to announce that we have signed up eight Indian players to play in the second season of the tournament. This will encourage players from all over the world to join the T10 League movement and help popularize the 10-over format cricket worldwide in the coming years.”In its inaugural edition last year, Sehwag was the only player from India who featured in the tournament. Sehwag captained the Maratha Arabians team last season. However this season he will be their batting coach. Advertisementlast_img read more

McIlroy blitzes Bay Hill to end title drought

first_imgRory McIlroy staged a spectacular back nine charge to claim a three shot victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, collecting his first PGA Tour win since 2016 and putting himself among the red-hot favourites for the U.S. Masters.Two back of overnight leader Henrik Stenson when the day began, McIlroy overhauled the Swede with a brilliant error-free final round eight-under 64.The Northern Irishman hit five birdies over his last six holes, including a nerve-wracking clutch 25-foot birdie at the 18th to clinch his first PGA Tour title since the 2016 Tour championships.“I kept saying the last few weeks, I wasn’t that far away and it just takes something to click into place,” McIlroy said in a greenside interview.“Something clicked into place with my game and obviously something clicked into place in my putting and this is the result.“It’s so nice to see everything come together finally.”McIlroy arrived in Orlando with plenty of concern over the state of his game having missed the cut in two of his four PGA Tour starts this year with his best result a tie for 20th.After Sunday’s round, though, the Northern Irishman was right back in the conversation about who will win next month’s U.S. Masters at Augusta, where he will have another chance to complete his collection of all four major titles.McIlroy strung together four consistent subpar rounds for an 18-under 270 total and a three shot victory over American Bryson DeChambeau (68).Briton Justin Rose (67) finished alone in third while Stenson (71) faded to fourth.Tiger Woods, an eight-time winner at Bay Hill, had a 69 to cap another solid comeback effort and finished in a tie for fifth.“OWN HISTORY”After a tense afternoon at Bay Hill Golf Club, McIlroy had looked poised for an uneventful finish when he stepped onto the 18th tee with a three shot lead.But before McIlroy could get to his second shot, DeChambeau turned up the pressure with an eagle at 16 to trim the advantage to one.McIlroy, however, had the answer and rolled in a 25-footer for birdie at the last, triggering a roar from the massive gallery and a huge fist pump from the Northern Irishman.“I’ve seen Tiger making this one enough times, so I was just trying to emulate that,” said McIlroy.“Just to be able to create my own little bit of history at the 18th green here is pretty special and I’m just really proud of myself to have hung in there over the last few months.“The last time I won a PGA Tour event was the day Mr. Palmer passed away and so it’s a little bit ironic I come here and win.”McIlroy’s dramatics overshadowed another patented charge from Woods, who had put himself within one shot of the lead with four to play.Decked out in his familiar final round red, Woods mixed six birdies with a single bogey through his opening 13 holes but watched his charge fizzle with back-to-back bogeys at 16 and 17.While it was disappointing end to promising week, the 14-times major winner will take away plenty of positives as he looks ahead to next month’s U.S. Masters.Still in the early stages of his comeback from spinal fusion surgery and years of back issues, Woods result offered more evidence that he is getting close to his old form coming on the heels of a runnerup finish last Sunday at the Valspar.“I felt pretty good out there, I hit the ball probably a little bit better than I did last week,” said Woods.“This golf course affords the opportunity to go ahead and stretch it out a little bit, the greens were really smooth and really fast and I felt like I really putted well the entire week.”last_img read more

GECOM and public trust

first_imgOver the past few days the spotlight has been centred on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) as the electoral body has found itself mired in allegations of high-level corruption. At present, the public image of the organisation, whether justified or not, is taking a severe beating and it seems as if its Chairman, Commissioners and Chief Election Officer are not interested in doing any damage control, that is if anything at all could be done, at this time.This newspaper reported a few days back that State auditors, earlier this month, launched a major probe after it was reportedly noticed that there were some discrepancies in relation to the purchase of 50 VHF communication radios by GECOM for close to G$100 million, prior to the May 2015 General and Regional Elections. The contract was handed to a Water Street, Georgetown businessman. As expected, serious questions were raised regarding the entire transaction, especially as it relates to the huge cost for these radio sets.According to reports, even though the radio sets were purchased for use during the 2015 General and Regional Elections, particularly in the outlying regions of Guyana, they were never put into use after it was discovered that many of them were faulty.Media reports later surfaced that some of the equipment purchased were obsolete and were not covered by warranty. As a matter of fact, sections of the Guyanese media reported that the Australian-based manufacturer, Barrett Communications, through its European office, distanced itself from the purchase.From reports gathered, the company made it clear that it had ceased to manufacture the equipment more than five years ago. These are all very startling revelations and if found to be true, would no doubt raise serious questions about the entire procurement methods adopted by GECOM.In addition to this most recent case, there were several other cases where concerns were raised regarding the methods employed by GECOM in procuring goods and services. In fact, at a press conference recently, one Commissioner bluntly told the media that he believes corruption at the electoral body is deep-rooted, with key players at many levels of the organisation.If we are to go by what some Commissioners are saying, at least in the press, there are serious problems plaguing the organisation at the moment which should be addressed forthwith, not only as it relates to transparency and accountability of public funds, but the overall management and delivery of credible elections.Perhaps the time has come for all stakeholders to seriously commence talks regarding reforming the organisation, meaning its entire operational structure, starting with the manner in which the Chairman and Commissioners are appointed and the way the secretariat functions.It is clear that a major stakeholder, the parliamentary Opposition, has lost confidence in the current Chairman and CEO of the organisation. Some have expressed the view that the Commission is expending a tremendous amount of time and resources in attempting to dismiss and/or delay the hearing and determination of the 2015 Elections Petition, because it will expose the electoral machinery and system administered and managed by GECOM to public scrutiny.With respect to the G$100 million purchase of VHF communication equipment, it would be premature to make any definitive pronouncement on the matter considering the fact that an audit is in progress.That said, while we await the findings of the audit, it is hoped that GECOM would learn its lesson from this entire episode and take the necessary steps to ensure that it is never caught up in this mess again.As stated by the Opposition Leader, as an independent constitutional body, GECOM enjoys financial, functional and operational autonomy and like every agency which is financed with public funds must account in a transparent manner for the expenditure of these funds.The bottom line is that GECOM certainly cannot afford to be caught up in such scandals. Because of the nature of the work it does due to its constitutional mandate, GECOM must always strive to build public trust; its officers must be seen as credible and working on behalf of the nation in every respect. Every stakeholder in the country must have confidence in the work the electoral body is doing.last_img read more

Police Divisions to be decentralised

first_img…as President outlines high hopes for Security Sector ReformAs the Government moves ahead with plans for the implementation of the Security Sector Reform Programme, President David Granger on Monday announcement that this initiative is expected to take off as early as next year.While speaking at a momentous occasion for the Guyana Police Force on Monday, the President indicated that further enhancements are awaiting the country’s crime fighting system.This was as he noted, “We restarted, with the permission of the British Government, the Security Sector Reform Project and next year that project will bePresident David Granger speaking of the reform initiativetransformed into a formal department in order to implement the recommendations which are now being drafted.”With the impending establishment of the Security Sector Reform Programme, the Head of State went on to outline what is in store for this initiative.He pointed out that, “The Force’s efficiency will be enhanced further through improved management, training and the provision of more, and improved, equipment. Your government is committed to ensuring that the Force is given the tools to do the work which it is required to do.”Having highlighted the need for this undertaking, Granger further underlined one of the major changes which will take place in the Guyana Police Force as part of the reform venture.“The Police Force will adapt the same divisional structure as the 10 administrative regions of our country so that every divisional commander will be able to relay to a Regional Chairman in the RDC. Every capital town will be the headquarters of a Police division,” the Head of State conveyed.Meanwhile, even with the longstanding intentions to revisit and restructure Guyana’s security sector, this reform was fast-tracked, especially after the Camp Street fire and jailbreak which posed a major national threat to public security.As such, a security expert from the United Kingdom, who was brought in last year to assist the Government with the Reform Programme, was also asked to look at the July prison riots as a part of the reform venture.With the preparations already well underway, this initiative is expected to commence bearing fruits within the coming months.In fact, Minister of State Joseph Harmon told the media at the same occasion that the Security Sector Reform Programme is slated to kick off in less than five months.This is as Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge revealed in May that funding for Guyana’s revised Security Sector Reform Action Plan (SSRAP) could be dispersed by the end of the year.last_img read more

Mini Mashemeji derby as Gor, AFC clash in KPL U-20 tourney

first_imgDefending champions Western Stima and Sofapaka completes Pool A that has been termed as the group of death.Gor are one of the tournament favourites after having a consistent Under-20 side for the last two years that has seen Amos Nondi, who skippered the youth side last year promoted to the senior team and most recently named captain of the Harambee Stars Under-20 team.The junior side supported by the Gor Mahia Fans’ Foundation won the Nairobi County League in their maiden attempt in 2014 and reached the final of the Nairobi Champions Cup last year.“We have a strong team and our target of course is to win this tournament. It is not an easy pool but we have faith in the boys,” Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier said.Leopards will be handled by club legends Ezekiel Akwana and Boniface Ambani with the latter saying his side is raring to go.“We recruited a team about two weeks ago and we concentrated on getting players between 15 and 17 years. We have a three year project and this tournament will give us a good starting point. Our aim is build a team but if we go on and win the tournament it will be a plus,” Ambani stated.Group B will have 2013 finalists Tusker FC, Mathare United, Chemelil Sugar and Posta Rangers while Ulinzi Stars, Sony Sugar, Ushuru and Bandari will battle it out in Group C.Thika United, the 2011 champions headline Group D alongside City Stars, Muhoroni Youth and Kakamega Homeboyz.City Stars will be handled by former midfielder Dennis Okoth who is also the senior side assistant coach.“It might seem an easy group on paper, but we are not going to relax. Our initial aim is at least to get to the knockout stages and this tournament will be of importance to help us feed the senior team. If we get a capable player who will prove himself in this tournament then he might get a place in the senior team in June,” Okoth noted.Due to the limited finances, the winner will receive Sh500,000 with KPL catering for food and accommodation of the teams throughout the tournament.“We are in talks with the sponsors to see whether we can put this Under-20 contract in tandem with the league sponsorship so that they go hand in hand. At the moment we have a one-year partnership that will see us get Sh6.2 million per edition. We will have the other two in August and December,” KPL CEO Jack Oguda declared.The league governing body decided to shift the tournament from an Under-19 age cadre to Under-20 to align with CAF and FIFA age grade tournaments.However, the biggest impediment expected is the age verification process after the previous two editions were marred with protests of age cheating.“If we are to achieve the full targets of this tournament, then we need to ensure we are strict on age. It will be of no use if I am to strive to bring players below 20 in my team and others flock overage players. I would like KPL to be very strict on this,” Ambani urged.The tournament will run all the way to April 30 with KPL set to work on the fixtures and venues.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards U-19 players during 2013 edition.PHOTOFILE/courtesy.NAIROBI, March 31- Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will face off in Group A in a mini Mashemeji Derby when the Kenyan Premier League Under-20 tournament gets underway April 17.The competition that is open to footballers aged below 20 years returns after a two-year absence following a sponsorship boost from league title sponsor SportPesa who have injected Sh18.6million into the tournament.last_img read more

QPR star Faurlin out for nine months after suffering THIRD ACL injury

first_imgQPR have announced that Alejandro Faurlin will be out for up to nine months after suffering his third anterior cruciate ligament injury in as many years in Wednesday night’s 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Burton Albion.The news will speed up manager Harry Redknapp’s search for reinforcements in the midfield department before Monday’s transfer deadline, but it is unlikely to come in the way of West Ham’s Mohamed Diame, after Hammers boss Sam Allardyce ruled out selling the Senegalese international on Thursday morning.QPR boss Harry Redknapp said: “We’re all desperately saddened and disappointed for Ale. He is a great man and player, and he’s suffered terribly bad luck over the last few years with injuries.“We will, of course, do everything we can to support him and help him back on the road to recovery.”The setback comes as a bitter blow for Faurlin, after the 27-year-old Argentine – who is the longest-serving player still at Loftus Road – only signed a new one-year extension to his current deal last July upon proving his fitness.QPR’s Head of Medical Services, Peter Florida James, added: “We’re all absolutely devastated for Ale. It looked so innocuous on Wednesday night, so this has come as a massive blow for us all.“The knee itself stayed pretty stable, but the scans have since revealed his ACL graft has ruptured. If he has a repair it will be a six to nine month injury, which is absolutely devastating for all concerned.” 1 Alejandro Faurlin in action for QPR last_img read more

Rumsfeld faces war foes’ fire

first_img 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThree protesters were escorted away by security as each interrupted Rumsfeld’s speech by jumping up and shouting anti-war messages. Throughout the speech, a fourth protester stood in the middle of the room with his back to Rumsfeld in silent protest. Officials reported no arrests. ATLANTA – Protesters repeatedly interrupted Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld during a speech Thursday and one man, a former CIA analyst, accused him of lying about Iraq prewar intelligence in an unusually vociferous display of anti-war sentiment. “Why did you lie to get us into a war that caused these kind of casualties and was not necessary?” asked Ray McGovern, the former analyst, during a question-and-answer session. “I did not lie,” shot back Rumsfeld, who waved off security guards ready to remove McGovern from the hall at the Southern Center for International Studies. With Iraq war support remaining low, it is not unusual for top Bush administration officials to encounter protests and hostile questions. But the outbursts Rumsfeld confronted on Thursday seemed beyond the usual. last_img read more

Miller has lock on 42nd District

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsWhile it always strives to have a candidate in all 53 congressional races in the state, the Democratic Party can’t always come up with a viable candidate, said Bob Mulholland, campaign adviser to the California Democratic Party. “Sometimes the person who agrees to run decides later to drop out,” said Mulholland, adding that if the decision is made after the filing deadline, the party is left in the lurch. And in gerrymandered districts like the 42nd, where Republican voters outnumber Democrats by 62 percent to 38 percent, getting someone to run for the minority party may seem like a hopeless proposition, said Michael Alvarez, a politics professor at Caltech. “At the beginning he was a very strong candidate and these \ questions were not really being raised in the media,” Alvarez said. “At that point, it is very difficult to get people to join the fray.” But the possibility that something unexpected might arise is exactly why parties should always field a candidate, Menefee-Libey said. He noted that the Democrats have been better this year at covering all their bases than ever before, running candidates in 419 of 435 House races. The race for the 42nd Congressional District was over before it began, with incumbent Rep. Gary Miller running unopposed despite his being under fire over questionable tax breaks. In August, a Washington watchdog group demanded an inquiry into the Brea Republican’s deferral of tax payments involving land sales in Monrovia and Fontana in 2002 and 2005. The IRS will not comment on whether it is investigating the matter. So why are the Democrats absent in Miller’s district at a time when they are mounting strong challenges against ethically embattled Republican incumbents from New York to Montana? “That is the $64,000 question,” said David Menefee-Libey, professor of politics at Pomona College. “Even in a staunchly partisan district, you never know what is going to happen,” he said, pointing out that Democrats challenging initially strong candidates like disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley in Florida and Rep. Tom Reynolds in New York now have a chance to win those races. “Now Miller has these ethical problems and we will never know what kind of a chance a challenger may have had,” Menefee-Libey said. In another area race, Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, is under a federal investigation into his ties to a now-defunct lobbying group but is facing a toothless challenge from Democrat Louie Contreras. Contreras has reported raising no money, compared to Lewis’ $1 million-plus campaign war chest. Menefee-Libey said the lack of any credible opposition is likely due to Lewis’ popularity in his district, which is even more staunchly Republican than the 42nd. “There is a cruel business going on in the last few months where the national committees are making decisions on where to allocate scarce money,” Menefee-Libey said. “They must have thought that, no matter how bad Lewis’ problems are, he is not vulnerable to this challenger this particular year.” Miller, who faced only token opposition in the last election, declined to comment for this article. Instead, his office issued a statement saying that Miller’s record could stand on its own against any challenger. “Mr. Miller has chosen to use his seat in Congress to focus closely on the most pressing issues facing Southern California – issues like transportation improvements, water infrastructure, affordable housing, and border security,” the statement read. “Evidently, the people of the 42nd district believe he is doing a good job in that they have re-elected him to Congress three times by comfortable margins.” Scott Toussaint, Miller’s spokesman, said the congressman maintains he did nothing wrong in his land sales to local municipalities. Regardless, the issue has been raised, and Miller may not find his seat uncontested in the next election, Alvarez said. “If these allegations are investigated and there is even a hint that there is any merit to them, he will have a serious challenge next time around,” Alvarez said. “I wouldn’t be surprised to have some sharks circling in the water even in a strong Republican district.” fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Donegal duo in Irish U17 squad for European qualifiers

first_imgTWO DONEGAL players have been named on the Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-17 squad for the UEFA Under-17 Championship qualifying round in Lithuania.Inishowen girls Erin McLaughlin and Kerry Brown are part of a 20-player squad named by head coach James Scott.The Girls in Green will take on Albania (Tuesday, September 10th), Lithuania (Friday, September 13th) and Greece (Monday, September 16th) as part of the first round of qualifying as they look to take a step closer to next year’s tournament in Scotland. McLaughlin plays for Culdaff in the North West Women’s Super League, while Brown is at Danske Bank Women’s Premier League challengers Sion Swifts.Speaking ahead of the games, Scott said: “I’m delighted with the squad of 20, we have four players in who are born a year early so that’s great experience for them.“We’ve got a good balance and there’s four girls in the squad who played with the Under-17s last year, it was a great experience for them and now coming in this year they know what to expect.“We have a group of talented players coming through and we’re all really looking forward to heading out Lithuania.” Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-17 squadGoalkeepers: Leah Coen Hayes (Cork City), Emma Ring (Peamount United)Defenders: Kate Slevin (Galway WFC), Therese Kinnevey (Galway WFC), Shauna Brennan (Galway WFC), Amiee Bates Crosby (Wexford Youths), Chloe McCarthy (Shelbourne), Jenna Slattery (Fairview Rangers)Midfielders: Olivia Gibson (Cork City), Aoibheann Clancy (Limerick FC), Della Doherty (Peamount United), Muireann Devaney (Sligo Rovers), Kate O’Dowd (Sligo Rovers), Ellen Molloy (Thomastown United)Forwards: Aoife Horgan (Limerick FC), Rebecca Watkins (Peamount United), Orlagh Fitzpatrick (Peamount United) Erin McLoughlin (Sea Rovers), Kerry Brown (Sion Swifts), Laura Shine (Wilton United) FixturesSeptember, 10: Ireland v Albania, (KO 13:00, Irish time), SRC Alytus – AlytusSeptember, 13: Ireland v Lithuania, (KO 16:00, Irish time), Stadium of Marijampole – MarijampoleSeptember, 16: Greece v Ireland, (KO 13:00, Irish time), SRC Alytus – Alytus Donegal duo in Irish U17 squad for European qualifiers was last modified: September 7th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:culdaffErin McLaughlinGreencastleKerry BrownSion Swiftslast_img read more