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La Liga race heats up as Barca collapse

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first_img At the time, Barcelona were cruising toward a repeat of the Champions League, Spanish league and Copa del Rey treble. But Luis Enrique’s squad has won only one of its last six games, being eliminated by Atletico in the Champions League quarter-finals and seeing its league lead collapse. Its 39-game unbeaten streak ended with a home loss to Real Madrid earlier this month. Atletico have three of their last five games at home, while Barcelona will play away three times. Real Madrid also are away in three of their last five matches. Valencia opened the scoring after Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic deflected a cross into his own net in the 26th minute. Midfielder Dani Parejo then provided a perfect pass for Santi Mina’s precise shot into the far corner in first-half injury time. Lionel Messi scored his 500th career goal in the 63rd to end a five-game scoring slump that was his worst with Barcelona in five years. He completed a cross by Jordi Alba to keep his team’s hopes alive, but it was not able to capitalise on its chances of equalising. Several opportunities MADRID (AP): Barcelona fell to Valencia 2-1 at the Camp Nou yesterday, losing their third straight game to allow Atletico Madrid to draw level on points atop the Spanish league with five rounds to go. Atletico erased Barcelona’s lead by beating Granada 3-0 earlier yesterday. Real Madrid are only one point behind after winning 5-1 at last-place Getafe on Saturday. Atletico were trailing by nine points three rounds ago, and Real Madrid were 12 points back four games ago. Champions League Valencia had several opportunities to put the game away in counterattacks, but the best scoring chance of the match was squandered by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique in the 89th. He had only the goalkeeper to beat but missed from close range. Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves made a few great saves to help secure the win, including a spectacular one after a Rakitic shot from inside the area in the 75th. It was the second win in a row for Valencia after four straight losses, moving the club further away from the relegation zone. They have 40 points from 33 games and are in 12th place.last_img read more

Standhardinger says he will be at PBA Draft after missing combine

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The draft will take place at Robinsons Place Manila.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UAAP Starting 5: Week 7 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments MOST READ 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 awardcenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson READ: Standhardinger no-show at PBA Draft Combine“Hi guys, Everything is good! It is understood that I am officially under contract in Hong Kong, so I could not be at the PBA Draft Combine,” Standhardinger posted on his Twitter account.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“My agent has already informed PBA officials in advance. Looking forward to seeing you all at Draft Day!” he wrote.Standhardinger, who is projected to be this year’s top overall pick, is currently in Hong Kong practicing with the Long Lions. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comAfter skipping the Draft Combine on Monday, Christian Standhardinger assured that he will attend the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.The Fil-German big man shared that he had already notified the league of his absence in the mandatory combine weeks ahead due to his commitments with his ABL team Hong Kong.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

How Many More Power Thieves Must Die?

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first_imgOnce again death has laid its icy hands on two power thieves. They were electrocuted a fortnight ago at Tweh Farm near the St. Paul Bridge and on Camp Johnson Road in Monrovia.The two incidents are a grim reality of what power theft can result to in addition to causing damage to LEC’s properties and other facilities, and rubbing the company of its potential revenue earnings. These incidents bring to five the number of persons who have been electrocuted in the past two months as a result of power theft.Less than four weeks ago, the management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation announced a massive disconnection of the entire New Kru Town due to persistent power theft in the Borough.The management at a press conference hosted by the Executive Director for Administration and Human Resources, Mr. Vamunyah F. Sheriff, said that LEC loses about 90 percent of potential revenues to power theft in New Kru Town. This amounts to about US$4,000 daily.A loss of revenue is a major setback for the company because it would make it difficult for LEC to order new equipment from overseas to replace the damaged ones caused by power theft through illegal connections to the electricity grid or by-passed meters.“This setback we are talking about is POWER THEFT. It accounts for 15 to 20 percent or more which represents US$200,000 (two hundred thousand United States Dollars) monthly in revenue loss to the company”, Mr. Sheriff revealed.Said Mr. Sheriff, “Let me make it clear that we are leaving no stone unturned to put in measures to save the company from further losses. We will also shame the people who steal power by publishing their names in the newspapers”.He pointed that despite numerous appeals to the public to report any such crime, no one has come forward. “we have from time to time encouraged the communities to report these crimes even when it involves an LEC employee or contractor. We will take the necessary actions against that person or group. But, up to date, the communities have yet to point out one LEC employee”.Individual calling to report power theft may remain anonymous. The numbers to call are: 020.777.8889 (Call Center), 0777.444.156 (Customer Service), 020.777.7779 (Emergency) and 0776.085.238 (Emergency).The two recent electrocutions are just part of the many that happens in many communities. Many of these do not come to light as family members try desperately to conceal the information. The Tweh Farm incident was a glaring example when a man fell from the pole (see photo) and was quickly removed from the scene by family members.The Camp Johnson Road incident involves a young man who had gone to illegally connect to a neighbor’s electricity line. He decided to carry out his dubious act during a brief power outage in the area, where people had gathered to watch the on-going FIFA World Cup.Little did he know that electricity was going to be restored in a matter of minutes. As he placed the lines into his mouth, according to sources, all of the sudden, power was restored and was immediately electrocuted.After a recent tour of the LEC facilities and projects on Bushrod Island, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf gave the energy company a thumbs-up for the level of progress being made to provide electricity to the country.President Sirleaf said with the high level of professionalism and progress being exhibited by the management in overseeing various projects such as the construction of three Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) plants that will generate sustainable electricity to the country, she hopeful that the slogan “small lights today, big lights tomorrow will soon be a reality.The president said she was also delighted that the projects are creating job opportunities for Liberians and the three HFO plants in particular when completed will reduce the tariffs for customers, who are currently paying around 42 cents per kilowatt hour.Projects toured by the president included the two 10MW HFO plants being funded by the Japanese government and the World Bank respectively and the 18MW HFO being funded by the Government of Liberia.Efforts are also underway to connect as many households as possible despite the limited generation of 22MW which was commissioned in July, 2007.Other projects to expand electricity to Monrovia and its environs as well as other parts of the country are well on course. The Cross Border project intended to serve 18 communities in Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Maryland Counties are glaring examples.Currently, citizens of Ganta, Sanniquellie and Sacleapea and other outlaying cities are enjoying 24 hours of electricity supply. The Transco project (WAPP) will also provide electricity to Nimba, Grand Bassa going through Harbel, RIA to Bomi, Cape Mount into Sierra Leone.There are also three corridors that will be connected. They are Paynesville-Kakata, Bushrod Island to Bomi and Cape Mount counties as well as Paynesville to RIA.  Currently, the LEC is trimming trees and planting poles on the RIA highway in readiness to connect people toward that end. And there are many more projects of this sort being implemented to cover the country.But we cannot improve our power generation is unscrupulous people continue to steal electricity and leave the majority hopeless. Numerous appeals for people to STOP stealing have only fallen on deaf ears. So, how many more people must die before we know realize that power theft is dangerous.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Good Intent woman withdraws death threat case

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first_imgA man who allegedly threatened to kill the woman with whom he used to live was placed on a one-year bond to keep the peace behaviour when he appeared at the Wales Magistrate’s Court last week.Wales Magistrates CourtThe Virtual Complainant (VC), 42-year-old Simone Glasgow, of Good Intent Village, West Bank Demerara, opted against pursuing the matter. The former accused, Travis Garret was said to have used threatening language against Glasgow at Murphy Street, Good Intent, when he threatened to kill her during a heated argument.She promptly reported the matter on December 4 at the Wales Police Station which caused him to be arrested and charged. From the witness box on Thursday last, Glasgow under oath informed the court that she would not offer evidence against the defendant. She further told presiding Magistrate Annette Singh that she did not intend to live with Garret again who denied that he ever threatened to kill Glasgow.As such, Magistrate Singh dismissed the matter against him and placed him on a one-year bond to keep the peace. She stressed that should Garret breach the court’s order, he will spend one month in jail.last_img read more

Business Ministry, Private Sector to continue collaboration – Gaskin

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first_imgDespite differences of opnions, Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin believes both the Government and the Private Sector Commission (PSC) share the same goal of working to achieve a prosperous and developed Guyana.Business Minister Dominic GaskinThe business minister is of the view that once this is understood, the basis for a healthy work relationship can be achieved between the two bodies.In an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI) today, Minister Gaskin said his office intends to continue the collaboration it began in 2017 with the private sector in this new year.He expressed gratitude to the PSC for its positive reviews towards his ministry over the period of 2017. “My performance has to be measured by the performance of the private sector. If they are not doing well, then it means I am not doing well.”According to Minister Gaskin, the ministry worked strenuously to promote the local private sector, especially since it facilitates job opportunities for the Guyanese population.“The private sector has to be the drive and growth of development in Guyana. We (government) are the facilitators, so it is important that we have a good working relationship with the private sector.”This year, the Business Ministry will roll out several key projects which are aimed at fostering development within the private sector.“Every entity has a role to play and we want to make sure that we can facilitate growth and development at all levels of the private sector”, the minister assured.last_img read more

Govt unmoved on countrywide property valuations

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first_img…as Communities Ministry moves ahead with projectThe Government of Guyana is moving ahead with its overhaul of property taxes across the country following Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan’s signing of an agreement with a Canadian company to fund a property and valuation system.The agreement, which was signed with the Municipal Property Assessments Canada (MPAC) and AxiLogic Inc, will bring the country closer to Government’s drive to bring all property values up to date.Speaking at the Ministry’s Kingston, Georgetown office, Minister Bulkan said that the project was geared to utilise modern technologies to complete a national inventory of properties, which would then be passed onto the Guyana Valuation Office to implement the necessary changes.“The scale and scope of this project involves a complete inventory of propertiesCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkan and AxiLogic President Michael Chettleburgh pose with the signed contracts. Also in photo are Communities Ministry Permanent Secretary Emile Mc Garrell, AxiLogic CEO John Psihos, MPAC Representative Antoni Wisniowski and Canadian High Commissioner Lilian Chatterjeenationally,” the Minister stated.He added that the project would allow for capacity building for the modernisation of property assessment. The Minister outlined that the improvements to this system would further advance Local Government organs which are guaranteed in the Constitution of Guyana. He, in fact, stated that such organs were “severely damaged” and degraded over time.Canadian High Commissioner Lilian Chatterjee, highlighting the importance that valuation has towards providing services, added that the revenue generation initiative would foster development across the country. The first stage of the project will run for 12 months as a pilot in New Amsterdam at a contract cost of US$125,000.It will assess current property valuations after which shifts in the market will be analysed. Over the next two days, representatives of MPAC and AxiLogic will collaborate with the Communities Ministry to commence the project’s implementation.Even as property valuations were not assessed in several decades, the topic could be one for intense debate ahead of the November 12 Local Government Elections (LGE) as the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) said that no increases in rates would be implemented in the areas the Party wins.When the Party launched its campaign in September, General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo made the announcement. Government had, however, outlined that rate hikes would be up to local officials after the valuations were complete. The Opposition is, however, holding out that upon the coalition’s assumption to office in 2015, it has increased over 200 taxes and was collecting some “$60 billion more per year now compared to 2014” from residents.“Any area that the PPP wins, we will not increase rates and taxes…people who vote APNU [A Partnership for National Unity] will be voting to increase their taxes,” the former President had indicated.Last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan explained that efforts were being made to ensure the stability and self-sufficiency of the Local Democratic Organs (LDOs), to reduce dependence on subventions from central Government. He noted then that revenue for the LDOs came from rates applied to properties valued under a regime system that dates back to the 1970s.The Government has expressed its dissatisfaction with the national valuation system, noting that it showed an extended neglect of the local government system. This has led to the recognition of the importance of restoring the effectiveness of the Valuation Department, to provide support to the councils and to modernise the system for property evaluation.MPAC was contracted by Government for approximately $330 million to assist with the exercise. The project is expected to last until next year.last_img read more

AMERICAN IDOL: We have a winner

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first_imgJordin Sparks, an amateur teen singer from Arizona, was crowned the new “American Idol” on Wednesday after the record-breaking TV talent contest came to a finale at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Sparks, 17, who auditioned for the sixth season of the show in Seattle, had no formal music training, and now gets a record contract and a place in the showbiz spotlight, joining five previous “Idols.” The daughter of former pro-football player Phillipi Sparks, Jordin outsung hip-hop-inspired runner-up Blake Lewis in the competition that drew a record 74 million votes. TV’s highest-rated show opened with Sparks and Lewis dueting on the Beatles song, “I Saw You Standing There.” It opens with the line “Well, she was just 17,” a nice fit for the 17-year-old champ. Kellogg, Pop-Tarts and Coca-Cola are major sponsors, and all the judges, hosts, and contestants are often seen drinking out of cups bearing the Coca-Cola logo. Wednesday’s extravaganza included guest shots from Motown star Smokey Robinson, “Idol” season one winner Kelly Clarkson, Gladys Knight, season five winner Taylor Hicks, Tony Bennett, season four winner Carrie Underwood, Bebe and Cece Winans, Bette Midler, and hip-hopper Doug E. Fresh. Green Day performed John Lennon’s acerbic “Working Class Hero,” a song whose message of anti-consumerism surely sailed over the heads of most in the audience. And in the most touching segment, four of the five previous “Idols” (third season winner Fantasia couldn’t make it because she’s appearing on Broadway in “The Color Purple”) did numbers from the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album, released 40 years ago this summer. To help fill the two hours leading up to the big moment, host Ryan Seacrest introduced blooper reels of memorably failed auditions and joke bits. Sparks also performed the Motown chestnut “You’re All I Need to Get By” with second season winner Ruben Studdard, a segment that had Abdul dancing at the judges table. Even as “Idol” winner Sparks begins thinking about cutting her album, there are no guarantees millions will buy it. Record sales vary widely among winners. Last year’s winner, Hicks, hasn’t broken the 700,000 mark with his debut, while Chris Daughtry, last season’s fourth-place finisher, has the top-selling album of all season five contenders with 2.5 million albums sold. Fifth-season runner-up, Sherman Oaks’ own Katharine McPhee, sold around 322,000 copies of her debut disc, according to Nielsen SoundScan.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Earlier in the day, Hollywood Boulevard was packed with fans holding signs and cheering for their favorites as the stars floated down the red carpet. Across the street, around the pool of a trendy hotel, “Idol’s” British owners-producers Fremantle Media, which has aired local versions of “Idol” in 35 territories worldwide, celebrated with a private party where spirits were high and top-shelf liquor flowed. Some poolside chatter centered on judge Simon Cowell, who announced he would be leaving the show in four years once his contract was up after the 10th season. His fellow judges, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, had no comment. The consistently popular “American Idol,” a copy of a British series called “Pop Idol,” is a ratings and revenue bonanza. Athough its 25 million average weekly viewers declined in recent months, Fox won its third consecutive season among 18-49s when the season ended Wednesday. The network’s 4.0 rating and 11 share comes in 0.3 ratings points over CBS, giving it the biggest margin of victory for any network in five years, according to the trade publication Media Life. This year, a 30-second spot averaged more than $600,000, according to Advertising Age magazine. That makes it the highest priced regular season commercial buy, followed by ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” at a reported $394,000 per spot. Wednesday’s season-ender was expected to top the 29.4 million viewers that watched last season’s finale, and commercial spots for the finale reportedly went for $1.3 million. last_img read more

Long-term Everton target set to reject Premier League switch

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first_img1 Cedric Soares in action for Sporting Lisbon Long-term Everton target Cedric Soares is set to reject a move to the Premier League and instead sign a new contract with Sporting Lisbon.The Toffees have been tracking the highly-rated Portugal international for some time and manager Roberto Martinez is keen to add much-needed cover in defence with John Stones out until February.Martinez has had to call upon veteran full-back Tony Hibbert this season and youngster Tyias Browning to solve injury problems in defence, and he is concerned his team need more reinforcements to cope with the extra demands of Europa League football.However, despite firm interest from the Blues and Scottish Premiership side Celtic, Soares now looks certain to stay with the Primeira Liga giants and pen a three-year contract extension to his existing deal which expires in June 2016.According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Soares’ £15m price tag has deterred the Merseysiders from bidding for the full-back up until now and the 23-year-old is ready to commit his future to the club where he began his career.last_img read more

JOB VACANCY: MCMENAMIN ENGINEERING LTD SEEKING TO RECRUIT QUANTITY SURVEYOR AND WELDER/FABRICATOR

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first_imgMcMenamin Engineering LTD are seeking applications for vacant Quantity Surveyor and Welder/Fabricator positions within the highly reputable company. QUANTITY SURVEYORDuties shall include: Pricing of structural steel and cladding, producing bills of quantities and quotations. Cost control and account management over projects, writing up and agreeing contracts, verifying adherence to contract, producing monthly cost control invoices and statements.Minimum of three years’ experience required working in a similar role.WELDER/FABRICATOR Duties shall include: Manufacture of sub-assembly steel components, weld assembly of structural steel components from drawings, MAG welding to factory procedures.Minimum of three years’ experience required working in a similar role.CV by post or email Email: michael@mcmenaminengineering.ie McMenamin Engineering Ltd, Killygordon, Co. Donegal Closing Date for Applications 11th of Nov 2014.JOB VACANCY: MCMENAMIN ENGINEERING LTD SEEKING TO RECRUIT QUANTITY SURVEYOR AND WELDER/FABRICATOR was last modified: November 4th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessjobsMcMenamin Engineering LTDnewslast_img read more

Aston Villa submit big-money bid for Fulham striker Ross McCormack

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first_imgAston Villa have launched a bid for prolific Fulham striker Ross McCormack, it is understood.The Scotland international, now 29, cost Fulham £11million when they signed him from Leeds in July 2014. Villa are reportedly prepared to part with £12m to entice him away from Craven Cottage, but there are some suggestions the Londoners are holding out for £15m.McCormack has attracted attention from the relegated club – now bankrolled by Chinese owner Tony Xia and managed by Roberto Di Matteo – with his 21-goal for Fulham haul last term.He scored 17 times in the Championship in his first season with the Cottagers having been Leeds’ top scorer in the 2013-14 campaign with 28 goals.The Glaswegian, who made his name in Scotland with Motherwell before joining Cardiff in 2008, has already attracted interest from Norwich, who like Villa dropped out of the Premier League in May.Di Matteo has already brought goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, defender Tommy Elphick and midfielder Aaron Tshibola to Villa Park but is yet to sign a striker. Ross McCormack: The Scotland international cost Fulham £11million in 2014 1last_img read more