The last train for Diego Costa after completing a dark gray year

first_imgSimeone, the club and a large part of the fans still believe that Diego Costa has big nights left like rojiblanco. Although not with the regularity of the brand new 2013-14, but he is still a forward with intimidation capacity for the rivals. The 2019 preseason showed a much improved Costa compared to the previous year. It was not only the great night against Real Madrid, with his four goals, but already from training and in other matches. A finer Diego, more plugged in, hungrier and with a goal and that sponsored João Félix to make it easier for them to adapt to the group. Y Costa banded himself to get to Atlético-Liverpool, the first leg, and he did it. He was discharged just for that date, and when he entered the second half, the Metropolitan Wanda once again erupted. The coaching staff and the dressing room value that contagion effect the forward has. He is the first to put a good mood in training, but also the leader when it comes to battle. So, He started at Anfield, had a chance in 10 seconds and little else until he was replaced between fuss. Now, a new break, this global one. Upon his return, Diego Costa faces a new challenge, perhaps the last, to demonstrate that he still has much to say. The team needs its best version … A year ago, Diego Costa was still lamenting his expulsion at the Camp Nou two days before. That red one brought him an eight-game punishment, saying goodbye to the season. And in this, between injuries and droughts, nor was it the Costa that was intuited, especially for what was taught in the New Jersey summer derby. The balance of the last 366 days shows a rather gray year for the striker: he has only played 19 games, with 1,192 minutes and two official goals. For the return to competition, Costa has the challenge of convincing that his best version is not as far as his recent numbers suggest.center_img Lagarto’s started the official course with a muscle injury (and still dragging the final part of the sanction), but then it was indisputable for Simeone. With everything, he only scored against Mallorca and Valencia in the 15 games he played until, again, he had to brake, this time for a cervical disc herniation. To the operating room and to think about the eighth of Champions, about three months of leave and rehabilitation.last_img read more

I work in groups of six, and without a shower, water or car

first_img3. No more than two: The gym of the sports city will be considered a risk area, so it will only be allowed the presence of a maximum of two players in its facilities, which must also be disinfected after each use and be provided with sanitizing hydro-alcoholic gel. The protocol advises against using the gym in the first two stages.Four. Groups of six: The Training on the field will be divided into groups of six players, they could be expanded to eight in the second stage. Including footballers and coaches, there can be no more than ten people on the field. The coach will be able to do three working groups of eight players, but they will not be able to coincide on the ground. They may not mix in any of the sports city facilities, neither to train nor in the locker room.5. Confinement: In the fourth stage, the last week before starting to compete (scheduled for the first or second week of June, will work in a concentration regime well in the right hotel closest to the training center or in the club’s own facilities, if available. It will work in a confinement regime and closed to the outside.6. Test: The tests will be passed during the four stages of the protocol, according to the criteria and frequency ordered by the doctor. In the event of a positive during the stage, the infected person and his colleagues will be separated from his work group. to quarantine and LaLiga will be informed so that, via CSD, it can be forwarded to the health authorities, who will decide on the process. The protocol that the Superior Sports Council (CSD) has sent to the Ministry of Health for the recovery of the activity of professional soccer teams is a 25-page document to which this newspaper has had access and which details the staggered return of the players to training. The protocol for the return of footballers to activity It is divided into four one-week stages and has been designed to compete again from June 5 to 12.. The phases that it contemplates are the following: 1. Autocovid: Tests prior to returning to the activity for the so-called ‘first team staff’, which will be reduced to one person per job, which must be listed. It will be limited to the coach, technical assistant, soccer players, doctor, physical therapist and utillero. They will be carried out in each person’s car 72 hours before the start of training. That same vehicle will be disinfected and it will be the one to be used during the four phases of the protocol, without more people entering it.2. Masks: The staff of the List of the first team must come to the facilities at intervals in groups of maximum 10 people, protected with gloves and a mask, which they will wear in all training areas except on the field, in the case of soccer players. Showering in the training center will not be allowed. Fruit will not be allowed in the locker room or water, unless it is bottled.last_img read more

Give locals a chance, says Dr Paul Wright

first_imgLast week our under 17 Reggae Girlz left Jamaica to compete in the women’s CONCACAF Championships in the Caribbean island of Grenada. Our young teenage footballers had been crowned the Caribbean Football Union champions last year and after a preparation which included a training camp in Florida that head coach Lorne Donaldson described as “useful”, expectations were high.The pre-qualification hype suggested that other than the mighty USA, Jamaica should easily qualify for the next stage, which is the ultimate prize, the Under 17 World Cup. Jamaican football fans, anxious for another appearance of the national team in a World Cup Finals might be forgiven for thinking that this team of young girls comprised young Jamaican footballers who played football in this country under trying conditions, with the hope of representing their country in competition.No such luck. The team selected to play in the first game against the mighty USA comprised of seven American and four Canadian players, who have legitimately qualified to represent Jamaica in this tournament.No local-based player was good enough to make the cut.The quaint and old fashioned idea of international competition being the best of ours against the best of yours has once again been abandoned in the desperate attempt to win. Apparently, development will come later.Unfortunately, our girls lost to the USA 8-1.Our next game against Costa Rica saw our young girls leading 2-1 before eventually effectively bowing out of the tournament by losing 3-2. Today we play defending champions Mexico. Hopefully some of our local footballers will get a game as there is no chance of our qualifying and there is very little difference in losing 1-0 or 6-0.What would be different would be the fact that local footballers gained valuable experience in playing in a World Cup qualifying tournament against superior opponents. The lessons learnt in that match cannot be duplicated in a practise or ‘friendly’ game.Jamaica’s football is in crisis. That fact seems lost on the hierarchy of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), who constantly look overseas for talent when contemplating selection for international competition. Once you have an accent you are in.What kind of system is that? How can our local players improve? Why are our local coaches, those who constantly win local competitions, always overlooked for someone who trains abroad. Why is it not possible for the coach of the Barbican women’s football team who have yet to lose a match in two years been asked to coach a Jamaica team? Why is it not possible for the coach of Jamalco and other local netball teams asked to coach a Jamaica team? Why is it that the coach of the Jamaica cricket team, who has coached the team from first to last in the past two (or is it three) years not relieved of his duties?These are questions that need answers. These answers will only come when we-the-people demand it.I’m of the opinion that those in charge of our local sporting organisations have some other agenda than developing local talent. God bless our track and field athletes who have shown that there is absolutely nothing wrong with Jamaica. In fact, foreigners leave their first world countries to train here in Jamaica, while we the leaders of our other sporting organisations constantly look abroad for talent.Things can change. Recent happenings give me hope. Swimming has seamlessly changed leaders. The other sporting organisations have leaders who are prepared to defy the courts, Prime Ministers and fans, while desperately clinging on to power. Let there be power to the people.last_img read more

Jamaica seek vital point

first_img Although he thought they should have taken the three points from Haiti, which ended with 10 players, he felt the result was fair. “We can’t just assume that because the other team went down to 10 men that we are going to win the game and we don’t want to feel comfortable getting a point either. The result is a reflection of the game. We had the better of the chances and maybe should have won the game, but they gave it their all and their best and Haiti did the same, so it was a fair result,” he said. “Both teams played well and went at each other from end to end. We did well to dominate the game, we had significant moments for portions of the game. It was the kind of game we expected from Haiti, but it’s the kind of game that will help our boys get stronger as the competition progresses,” he added. FAIR RESULT Jamaica need only a point from their final Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 Championship Group A game against hosts Trinidad and Tobago at the Ato Boldon Stadium this evening – starting at 7:30 p.m. – to secure their place in the CONCACAF Finals, set for next April and May. The young Reggae Boyz share the lead in the group with Haiti on four points, but lead with a better goal difference. Trinidad & Tobago are next with three points, after coming from 2-0 down to defeat Bermuda 3-2. A draw for the Andrew Edwards-coached team would ensure at least a second-place group finish and a place in the semi-finals, which also guarantees them passage to the CONCACAF Finals. “We can never guarantee results, but we want to guarantee our supporters that we will be giving the best effort. We have scouted the Trinidad team, and we have prepared our technical plan. We have worked out how we want to play against them in offence and defence and in transition, and we believe we are a better team, man for man,” he assessed. “But they will have crowd support and we expect the stadium to be full to capacity and for them to give us a real fight, but we know that we have to go out and perform really well, and if we do that, the result will favour us,” he commented.last_img read more

Cavaliers say they’ve had positive communication with Rose

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Irving helps Celtics knock off Suns Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lue declined to share any further details on Cleveland’s dialogue with Rose. The team is expected to provide another update on Sunday.READ: Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers to handle personal matterFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 29-year-old Rose is averaging 14.3 points in seven games. He was originally injured Oct. 20, but returned after missing four games. Rose played in Cleveland’s next five games, but the team announced Nov. 17 he would receive treatment on his ankle and be re-evaluated in two to three weeks.Rose has been plagued by injuries since being named the league’s MVP for the 2010-11 season. He played in 39 games the following season and missed all of 2012-13 because of a knee injury. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Rose averaged 18 points in 64 games last season with New York before signing a one-year contract with Cleveland.READ: Cavs’ Derrick Rose out with sprained ankle The Cavaliers announced the day before Thanksgiving that Rose was away from the team, but Lue said at the time he expected him to return.The Cavaliers have used several players at point guard in Rose’s absence. Jose Calderon has started seven straight games and Dwyane Wade has played the point with the second unit. Isaiah Thomas has yet to play this season because of a hip injury, but has been doing on-court work and could return soon.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Nov. 3, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Derrick Rose (1) dribbles against Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr., left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Washington. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says the team’s communication with embattled point guard Rose has been positive. Rose is away from the team because of a personal matter. He also has been sidelined by a sprained left ankle. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers’ communication with embattled point guard Derrick Rose has been positive, according to coach Tyronn Lue.Rose is away from the team because of a personal matter. He also has been sidelined by a sprained left ankle.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Fiscal maturity needed

first_imgDear Editor,In today’s article, “Get Oil Smart”, it should be clear that the $10 billion revenue assumption stated is not an annual figure. Instead, it is a total revenue comment, and the time frame to receive this total revenue has not been explicitly stated; hence I would caution against a rush to spend this forecasted revenue, as it is also surrounded by much uncertainty due to cost and price variables.The prudent measure is to wait upon annual revenue from the oil industry, and then assign spending on prioritized projects for the following year. This will reduce the risk of both unsustainable spending and the undertaking of increased debt.Use of the crude oil futures market may also provide a hedge for the associated revenue stream from the industry.Best regardsJamil Changleelast_img read more

SOCU lawyers given 1 week to respond to High Court challenge

first_imgSingh, Brassington chargesLawyers for the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) have been given one week to file an affidavit in response, to show cause why the High Court should not grant an injunction to have an interim stay on lower court proceedings on charges against two former Government officials.On April 12, 2018, SOCU instituted legal proceedings against former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) CEO Winston Brassington for what it says is “misconduct in public office: contrary to common law” as it pertains to the sale ofAttorney Anil Nandlall surrounded by reporters and his legal team at the High Court on Wednesdaythree plots of State land. However, former Attorney General under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government, Anil Nandlall is challenging these matters for what the defence contends are frivolous charges. Nandlall filed two High Court actions seeking to 1) have an interim stay of proceedings in the Magistrates’ Courts and 2) to have the charges against Singh and Brassington quashed.On Wednesday, Justice Franklyn Holder heard the challenge for an interim stay of proceedings in the Magistrates’ Courts. Having heard both sides, the Judge gave SOCU’s lawyers one week to show why he should not grant Nandlall’s application.Singh’s and Brassington’s legal team included Senior Counsel Stanley Moore, Sase Gunraj, Ronald Burch-Smith and Mark Waldron.Following the in-chambers hearing, Nandlall, along with his legal team, told reporters that the hearing for the application for the interim order has commenced before Justice Holder, adding that time was of the essence.“We are challenging the legality and validity of the charges and that will take some time to determine; in the meantime, we want an interim order staying the hands of the Magistrate from going forward, so the hearing for that has commenced [but] the other side wants leave to file and answer,” he observed.Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran is of the view that the charges may be unconstitutional on the basis that Singh and Brassington were not “public officers” in accordance with the Constitution. “In England, which does not have a written constitution, or apparently any applicable statutory definition, case law developed. In R v Whittaker (1914), the court defined a “public office holder” as “an officer who discharges any duty in the discharge of which the public are interested, more clearly if he is paid out of a fund provided by the public”. He added that more recently, in R v Dytham (1979), Chief Justice Lord Widgery referred to a public officer as one “who has an obligation to perform a duty”.Various lawyers have also recently pointed out that using the definitions of “public officer”, “public office,” and “public service” as defined in Article 232 of the Guyana Constitution would exclude both Singh and Brassington, from the charges of “Misconduct in Public Office: Contrary to the Common Law.”It was posited that this was “an open-and-shut case”, as neither Singh nor Brassington are “public officers” and as such, the law under which they are charged (based on both the Constitution and legal precedents all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)) cannot be applied to them. After the charges were filed, Nandlall on behalf of PPP/C Members of Parliament (MPs) took to the court to have Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and former Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton charged with the same offence. In addition, Government Ministers David Patterson, Winston Jordan and Dr Rupert Roopnaraine were all also charged. However, all of those charges were discontinued by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), a move which Nandlall contends is unfair as he continues to oppose the decision. Both parties will return to the Supreme Court on May 16 for arguments on whether or not the Judge will grant the interim stay.last_img read more

Solskjaer keen to resolve De Gea contract delay

first_imgAs it stands, the 28-year-old would be free to speak to any European clubs from January 1 and leave next summer on a free transfer.United have reportedly offered a deal worth around £290,000-a-week ($363,000) to make De Gea the joint highest earner still at the club, alongside Paul Pogba, but still short of the £400,000-a-week Alexis Sanchez was earning at Old Trafford prior to his loan move to Inter Milan.“I’ve obviously not been involved in all the discussions, but I’m pretty confident we’ll get this sorted,” said the Norwegian.“David has never said anything else to me, other than that he loves this club, he wants to stay here and he’s had a fantastic time.“So let’s hope we just get it over the line.”– De Gea struggling –Protracted negotiations over De Gea’s future were offered as a reason for his poor form towards the end of last season.He was also at fault for Patrick van Aanholt’s late winner as Crystal Palace won 2-1 at Old Trafford last month.But the man crowned United’s Player of the Year on four occasions during his eight years in Manchester retains the backing of Solskjaer.“He has had a fantastic time here but of course whenever he concedes a goal, it’s headlines, that he should have saved it.“You have to be resilient and you need to have robust confidence and he’s fine. I don’t worry about David at all.”De Gea was part of the last United team to win the Premier League title in Alex Ferguson’s final season in 2013.Now Solskjaer wants the goalkeeper to be part of his plans as he tries to restore United to their former glory.“My focus and the club’s focus is to convince him to stay,” he added. “He can see what we are doing and he knows what we’re doing.“We want the best players here and most of the time the ones we want, stay.“There are not many that we want to keep that we don’t manage to keep.”Solskjaer needs all the help he can get at the moment as United have won only one of their last nine league games stretching back to last season.They are eighth after taking five points from the first four games and face unbeaten Leicester at Old Trafford.With West Ham and Arsenal to come this month, it is a tricky run of league fixtures for United, but the manager is convinced the team are on the right track.“There is always pressure here but of course I’m confident in what we are doing,” said Solskjaer. “We have a plan and the performances have not told me that we need to change direction. Results, now that is a different matter.“We can control how we play, how we practice and how we prepare. But there is not a lot we can control when you concede four goals in six chances against us in the last three games.“They are games we should have won and we know that. But we need to score the goals.”0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David de Gea has entered the final year of his contract at Manchester United © AFP/File / Paul ELLISManchester, United Kingdom, Sep 14 – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains confident that goalkeeper David de Gea will commit his future to the club despite entering the final year of his contract.United hoped the Spanish international would sign a new deal before the season began, but are still waiting for De Gea to put pen to paper.last_img read more

HB’s Pitcher House taps out in 57th year

first_img“Everything I had went into this building,” he said. “I’m gonna miss this place.” Although many Pitcher House regulars may appreciate the bar for the sawdust on its floors and the antique decorations on its walls – including a jukebox (yes, hanging on the wall) and a large painting of a naked woman rumored to be the mistress of a former Redondo Beach mayor – the building’s landlord, Richard DiGiorgio, does not have a similar affection for the place. He wanted Cullen to shape it up. “I said, `Gary, this place is a toilet. It’s dirty. It stinks,”‘ said DiGiorgio, who bought the building in 2000. “`If you can’t (fix it up), I’m going to get someone who will.”‘ Cullen said he couldn’t afford to make the changes DiGiorgio wanted, which would have cost $300,000 to $400,000 and would have altered the essence of the Pitcher House. Cullen realized about a year ago the bar would have to close. “I was pissed,” he said. “I told (DiGiorgio) he ruined my life.” Cullen later apologized for his initial outburst. When he bought the bar, Cullen made several improvements – cleaning and expanding the beers on tap from one brand to 12, adding television sets and building a stage so he could host live bands. The biggest performers to visit were Flogging Molly, former teen heartthrob Leif Garrett and “King of the Surf Guitar” Dick Dale, said Dave Moore, who books bands for the bar. Cullen also got the bar a full liquor license, which stays with the building even after he leaves. “I should have known that before I spent my life savings on fixing the place up,” Cullen said. Starting Monday, Cullen will have two weeks to clear out the many decorations, most of which he acquired when he bought the place. One of his biggest projects will be tearing out a section of the bar that has a 21-foot-long snakeskin visible through the countertop. Almost all the knickknacks will go into storage at first but will soon reappear when Cullen moves south to the Upper Deck on Pacific Coast Highway and Beryl Street. Once the bars merge their decor, the names will merge as well, becoming the Pitcher House Upper Deck. Cullen said most of his staff, some of whom worked at the bar before he bought it, will follow him when he goes to the new place. But Cullen said he will miss one person who won’t be able to follow: Tito Carinci, who died last year, started at the Pitcher House in 1983 and became instrumental in helping Cullen when he took over as owner. “Tito was the backbone of this place,” Cullen said. “He was the man.” Another longtime employee, Bob Connery, who has worked at the bar since 1978 and seen it through its three owners, said he feels he is losing more than just his place of business. “It’s more like a second family,” he said, “or in my case, my first home.” Piper Moretti, who lives with her husband and stepson on Second Street near the bar, said that although they have had to deal with noise and drunken patrons in their yard, she is sorry to see it go. “I never wanted them to leave,” she said. “It’s sad because (Cullen’s) a good guy.” Moretti said she doesn’t think her neighborhood will get any quieter after the Pitcher House leaves and Saint Rocke opens. The new owner, Allen Sanford, said he will make his venue upscale and try to attract popular bands. “We’re going to try to book bands that nobody would believe would come to the South Bay,” he said. Sanford said he wants to preserve the historic look of the building, which Cullen said first opened as a bank in the 1920s, but also wants it to include a full recording studio. Both Cullen and Connery said they are sad to leave the Pitcher House but it’s time to move on. DiGiorgio said it’s all just business. “People don’t ever want anything in life to change, but things change,” he said. “That’s life. That’s the way it goes.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAST CALL: You don’t have to go home, but you can’t drink at the Hermosa institution after Sunday. By Laura E. Davis STAFF WRITER For more than a half a century, the Pitcher House has given patrons many reasons to keep coming back to the historic bar in Hermosa Beach. With shuffleboard, foosball, pool and pinball – not to mention the eclectic wall decorations collected over the years – anyone 21 or older can find entertainment if the live music and beer aren’t enough. “It’s a mixed bag in here,” owner Gary “Tootie” Cullen said. “Not many places in this town have full liquor, a dance permit and live music.” But after 57 years, at the end of business Sunday, the Pitcher House at Pacific Coast Highway and Second Street is closing for good. The bar may not be gone for too long, though, as Cullen has plans to merge with another bar down the road in Redondo Beach. Tonight will be the final blowout. After the bar’s official last day Sunday, the space will be closed until late February or early March, when the new tenants plan to open a live music venue called Saint Rocke. Cullen, who has owned the bar since 1996, said it’s going to be hard to give it up. last_img

Aston Villa latest: Richards a doubt for Saints clash, Agbonlahor set to return

first_img Aston Villa captain Micah Richards Aston Villa could be without Micah Richards for their Premier League trip to Southampton this weekend.The former Manchester City defender has been one of the bright sparks in an otherwise dismal campaign for the Villains so far, but manager Remi Garde may have to make a change at the back against the Saints while Richards recovers from a knee problem.However, there was some good news for Garde, who is expecting Gabby Agbonlahor to feature for the first time since November 2.“Gabby has trained this week with the group,” Garde confirmed.“Micah hasn’t really trained too much this week.“Tiago Ilori is still not fully fit to be selected,” added Garde.“He is in a good way but he is not quite ready at the moment.” 1last_img