Fire in Barcelona: Messi crushes Abidal

first_imgMessi’s statements mean the beginning of a tremendous institutional crisis because every public statement of Messi, more if it is critical, has immediate consequences. And this is not going to be an exception. Barça is on fire. It was clear that statements as timeless as Eric Abidal’s were going to have an answer at some point. Maybe Xavi, less than Valverde … But who left in the first person was Leo Messi, Barça’s guide cross, who has crushed the sports director on Instagram. Messi took advantage of the subtitle of the Sport interview in which Abidal said that “many players were not satisfied or worked hard” to virtually sentence the sports director: “Honestly, I don’t like doing these things but I think everyone has to be responsible of their tasks and take care of their decisions. The players of what happens on the court and we are also the first to recognize when we were not well. Those responsible for the area of ​​sports management must also assume their responsibilities and above all take charge of the decisions they make. By last I think that when talking about players, we should give names because if we are not getting all dirty and feeding things that are said and are not true. “last_img read more

‘Fighting’ Disrupts Classes at Barshell University

first_img-CEO ‘attacked’ studentNormal academic activities at the Barshell University (BUC) in Paynesville, outside Monrovia were disrupted on Monday, April 29, 2019, when the chief executive officer (CEO) of the university,  Ceebee C.D. Barshell, also a sitting Representative of Montserrado County District#3, went on campus to “forcefully remove the president of the university from office.”The lawmaker’s action, according to eyewitnesses, came shortly after the the university’s acting president, Dr. Wehyee Gonsah Mattalid, resigned on March 21, 2019, but his letter was due to take effect on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.“Mattalid resigned because the administration has failed to pay him his salaries arrears over the last five months,” an authoritative source disclosed.One account alleged that when Rep. Barshell was violently trying to get Dr. Mattalid out of office, he got into a fistfight with one of the senior students identified as Archie V. Williams, and tore his shirt for the student’s refusal to join him (Barshell) to fight the president. Student Williams is studying Criminal Justice.Rep. Ceebee C. D. BarshellArchie said he was attending to his school matters in the office of the dean “when Rep. Barshell unexpectedly attacked me.”Monday’s incident, which occurred at 1:00 p.m. reportedly left the entire campus in disarray with everyone, including some faculty, staff and the student body running helter skelter.One student, who asked to remain anonymous, informed the Daily Observer that the Monday’s incident was one of the regular actions exhibited by Rep. Barshell whenever a member of the teaching staff complained about salary arrears.For Student Archie, he alleged that after a heated argument between Rep. Barshell and the Dr. Mattalid, “I saw the CEO pushing the president down the stairs asking him to leave the campus.”“He later told me to join him and also push the president down the stairs, but I did not respond and he later started beating on me. He slapped my chest and ears, tore off my shirt and threw me down the stairs, but one of my friends prevented me from falling,” Archie sadly explained in the midst of the stampede.Student Archie V. Williams, displays his thorn shirt, which he said was destroyed by Rep. Barshell.In the ensuing confusion, Archie claimed to have lost US$400 that his brother sent from the United States to pay his fees and settle some family issues.He described the situation unfortunate to have a sitting lawmaker using brutal force on a peaceful student, and also disrupting normal academic activities on campus.The student said if the school administration fails to address the issue, he will take legal action against the lawmaker for his “irresponsible behavior.”For Dr. Mattalid, he said the CEO wants full and absolute control of the institution, but has  failed to pay the teaching and support staffs, and “he became arrogantly violent in his approach.”He said as a professional, he tendered his resignation, which was to take effect within a month in order to give the institution sufficient time to find his replacement and also settle the balance salary the institution owes him.When contacted, the school administration said they are investigating the matter before speaking to the press.It may be recalled that in November 2018, Dr. Obiasogu resigned from the BUC, but also accused Rep. Barshell of monopolizing access to the university’s funds, thus strangulating the day to day running of the school.Our investigation continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Dr. Wehyee Gonsah Mattalid, resigned on March 21, 2019, but his letter was due to take effect on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.last_img read more

“We were collateral damage” – say dismissed Enmore sugar workers

first_img…accuse Govt of taking easy route outSeveral Enmore Estate workers who have had their services terminated at the end of 2017 have said they believe that Government took the easy way out in dealing with the challenges facing the sugar industry.The workers say they felt this was so because they were simply “collateral damage”, and are from a constituency which traditionally supports the Opposition Peoples Progress Party (PPP).A section of the Enmore EstateTheir positions were confirmed as news spread through the quiet community over the past three days that the Demerara Distillers Limited wanted to buy the Estate over, along with its assets.“I don’t have much education, but I am no dunce…I know something was fishy about what the Govt do to we… How come Govt, with all dah money that dem get, can’t save Enmore, but DDL could see this estate as profitable? I feel them man at OP (Ministry of Presidency) trade we off cause them ain’t want to wuk hard to help abee poor people,” Naresh Singh told this newspaper on Friday morning.Singh has been working at the Enmore Estate for more than two decades. He says he has sent all of his three children to school while working as a cane cutter.“I don’t like deh in politics, but nuff people coming round from various business places, telling we to hold on, if they buy Enmore we gon get wuk… What did we do this Government…fuh them treat we suh bad?” he asked.Another worker, Khemraj Persaud, said it was mind-boggling how the Government could just toss aside hundreds of workers who have laboured to make a contribution to the country just because it could not find other creative ways of saving the Estate.“Enmore is one a de best estates dem get in this country. We does wuk hard and we does deliver on we target… I see DDL want de estate, and I know nuff body gon want de estate too… Why Moses could not a help we out lil? Why dem could not a see another way fa save all dem man wha lose dem wuk? This is rough; is real hard for everybody…,” Persaud remarked.Other sugar workers have declared their happiness that DDL came forward with an expressed interest in buying the estate.“Moses and Ramjattan them tek deh easy way out… I neva expect dat… I know them man used to look into we interest, but now them can’t show them face in Enmore…I feel like if dem sell we off and did not try enough to help we and we picknee dem,” Harripaul expressed.The estate workers also lashed out at the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) for not doing enough to help save the Enmore Estate and the livelihoods of its workers.”Dem man a talk nuff fancy thing pon de TV, but we want action…we want strike…we want we money too, and we want justice,”Jaipaul Harripaul asserted.Expression of InterestJust recently, DDL submitted an Expression of Interest (EoI) to the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) to purchase the Enmore Estate.DDL has raised concerns over Government’s plans to downsize the sugar sector, and has recently submitted an Expression of Interest (EoI) to the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), and that EoI is currently under review.President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand, said in response to this news said the interest shown by DDL to potentially purchase a sugar estate proves that the industry is still viable, and is worth keeping alive.While the GAWU head maintains that the decision taken by Government was not well thought out, he said Guyanese may have to face the reality of the decision to sell these estates. But he is of the firm view that local buyers stand a better chance of efficiently managing these estates.The process by which these estates are sold may be lengthy, Chand noted, explaining that the process is expected to be completed by mid-next year, since the SPU has to assess the value of the assets owned by the estates.A company was late last year awarded the contract to carry out that exercise.Although a commitment was made by the SPU to keep the Enmore, Skeldon and Rose Hall sugar factories operational until they are sold, hundreds of the workers of those entities have already been issued termination letter. (Michael Younge)last_img read more

Ferus donates to Hospital Foundation

first_img “I think it’s great for a company to make inroads like this into the community, in addition to the donation they made to the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts,” said Earl. “This is huge for us and we certainly appreciate them doing it.”He said while the money hasn’t yet been earmarked for the purchase of a specific piece of equipment, there has been some discussion amongst the foundation’s board about acquiring a Triple-Channel intravenous infusion pump, which can be used to replace body fluids and/or administer drugs. Representatives from Ferus Inc. were at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital this morning to present members of the Hospital Foundation with a cheque for $10,000 towards the foundation’s “ Extreme Maternity Makeover” campaign.“The communities we operate in are important to our success,” said Dick Brown, president and CEO of Ferus. “We saw this as a positive opportunity to help out in an area that needs help.”Construction started last year on a plant to produce 200 tonnes per day of liquid nitrogen, which is used for stimulating the production of natural gas wells. However, earlier this year Ferus announced it was doubling that capacity to 400 tonnes per day by building a second facility, for a total investment worth about $55 million. The first plant is expected to be operational by the beginning of October, while the  second plant should come online early next year.- Advertisement -The donation this morning wasn’t the first made by the company in Dawson Creek, as last year Ferus announced a $75,000 contribution towards construction of the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts.“We continue to look for opportunities to help out,” said Brown.For the Hospital Foundation, the donation represents a significant step forward in its goal to raise approximately $600,000 to completely renovate the hospital’s maternity ward and outfit it with new equipment to care for the community’s mothers and newborns, said Jerimy Earl, the foundation’s communications and events coordinator.Advertisementlast_img read more

Erdogan’s shadow looms over Turkey bid for Euro 2024

first_imgYet again the shadow of Erdogan will loom large, with his image as a man who can deliver aiding the bid but his increasingly authoritarian reputation as a strongman presiding over an unprecedented crackdown a harmful factor.By extraordinary coincidence, Erdogan will be embarking Thursday on a visit to Germany — which has been bitterly critical on occasion of Turkey under his rule — and the outcome will make an interesting talking point in talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.The EU, which Turkey has tried unsuccessfully to join for half a century, and rights groups have decried the crackdown that followed the 2016 failed coup and saw tens of thousands arrested.UEFA itself, in an evaluation report that noted several positive aspects of the Turkish bid, said that the “lack of an action plan in the area of human rights is a matter of concern”.– ‘Eyes of the world’ –And rights is far from a theoretical issue after UEFA included it in the criteria in the bidding process for the first time in Euro 2024.“Wherever you look human rights abuses are rampant in Turkey,” said Andrew Gardner, Turkey researcher for Amnesty International.Turkey researcher for Amnesty International Andrew Gardner says that human rights abuses are “rampant” in Turkey, and UEFA would need to be clear with Erodgan that that “wouldn’t be acceptable” © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / SPENCER PLATT“UEFA needs to be clear with the Turkish government that that wouldn’t be acceptable during the Euro 2024 championship,” he told AFP, adding that protests would have to be allowed during the event.Jean Marcou, associate researcher at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies, said however that a squeaky clean rights record was hardly a prerequisite, citing the holding of the World Cup by Vladimir Putin’s Russia this summer.“In no way is a country chosen to hold a major sporting event expected to be a model of democracy and the rule of law,” he said.Gardner argued that hosting the Euro could even be good for the rights situation in Turkey as it would throw a spotlight on the country.“I think it does have an impact because just as you saw for example… in Russia, it really does put the eyes of the world and the focus on that country,” he said.– ‘More positive image’ –Even before Erdogan came to power, Turkey had bid unsuccessfully to hold both the Euro football and the Olympic Games.But the seriousness and clout of the bids grew under his rule and there was bad feeling in 2010 when Turkey lost out to France for the right to host Euro 2016 by one vote, amid controversy over the role played by UEFA’s then French chief Michel Platini.Erdogan expressed bitterness in 2013 when Istanbul’s bid lost out to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games, with its chances harmed by mass anti-government protests that swept the country that summer.The stadiums in Turkey and Germany for their Euro 2024 football championship bid © AFP / Thierry TRANCHANTErdogan was a semi-professional footballer in his youth and has overseen an unprecedented spree of new stadium building. But possibly on purpose, he has kept his distance from the Euro 2024 bid.Daghan Irak, a researcher at University Aix-Marseille, said that for this bid there had been a “great lack of motivation on the part of Turkish politicians and sports figures”.He said that with growth in the Turkish economy expected to slow markedly next year, this was probably for “financial reasons”.Yet hosting the competition would still be a boost for Erdogan and would allow him to bask in its glory one year after celebrating in 2023 the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the modern Republic.Marcou said hosting the Euro would make people forget the darker sides of modern Turkey “and give the country a more positive image, notably among those who don’t know it well”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The UEFA will determine if Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s dream will finally be realised when it chooses between Turkey and Germany over who will host the 20204 European Championship © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFISTANBUL, Turkey, Sep 26 – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an avid follower of sports who massively developed football infrastructure, has in 15 years in power always come away empty-handed from bids for Turkey to hold one of the world’s great sporting events.On Thursday, UEFA will determine if Erdogan’s dream will finally be realised when it chooses between Turkey and Germany over who will host the 2024 European Championship.last_img read more

Wal-Mart to offer better health plan

first_imgTwo years ago, the Maryland Legislature took the unusual step of requiring Wal-Mart – and only Wal-Mart – to increase spending on health insurance. The law was later overturned. Even before Tuesday’s announcement, Wal-Mart had taken some steps to answer critics. It allowed part-time employees to enroll their children in the company’s insurance program, reduced the waiting period before a new part-time employee was eligible for benefits to one year from two, and created plans with premiums as low as $11 a month. But critics contended that the company had not done enough, pointing to high deductibles and lengthy waiting periods. The new program, for which workers can sign up starting this month, offers 50 ways to customize coverage, with varying trade-offs such as higher premiums and lower deductibles. In one plan, for example, an employee would pay premiums up to $79 a month, receive a health care credit of $100 and pay a deductible of $500. In another, the employee would pay premiums of $8 a month, receive a $100 health care credit, but pay a deductible of $2,000. Though many generic drugs will be available for $4, brand-name drugs will cost $30 to $50. In an interview, Wal-Mart’s executive vice president for benefits, Linda M. Dillman, said the company hoped to persuade those remaining workers without health coverage to sign up for it. About half of Wal-Mart workers have coverage from the company, while 40 percent more get their coverage elsewhere – through a spouse, a parent, a second job or a state program such as Medicaid. About 10 percent of Wal-Mart workers have no health coverage. “We are removing any barriers of entry” into the company’s health care plan, Dillman said. “When you are talking about $8 a month and a $100 health care credit, why would you not sign up?” She said the program emphasized preventive care, paid for by the company before a deductible kicked in. Health care credits, for example, would make it possible for employees to see doctors and buy prescription drugs without paying anything out of pocket. “If they need to seek care, they will do it, not forgo it,” Dillman said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wal-Mart, long criticized for its health care coverage, unveiled a broad plan on Tuesday that is intended to cut employee costs, expand coverage and offer workers thousands of cheap prescription drugs. Starting Jan. 1, Wal-Mart’s insurance will look a lot like that offered by many other American companies, but with some twists that even longtime critics described as innovative. Independent experts praised several features of the plan and said it could represent a turning point for the retailer, the nation’s largest private employer. “On face value, this looks like a very significant change and improvement,” said Ron Pollack, president of Families USA, a health care advocacy group in Washington that has been critical of Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart said it would give each employee or family that signs up for coverage a grant of $100 to $500 to defray health expenses while charging premiums as low as $5 a month. It will eliminate expensive hospital deductibles and make 2,400 generic drugs available to employees for $4 a prescription – about 1,000 more than it sells to customers at that price. The plans with the lowest premiums would still charge annual deductibles as high as $2,000 – typical for American corporate health plans, but perhaps steep for Wal-Mart employees, many of whom work part time and earn less than $20,000 a year. And the company’s plans have other limitations, including waiting periods as long as a year for new employees. Wal-Mart Watch, a group long critical of the company, said Tuesday that “these plans are still unaffordable due to low wages or inaccessible due to waiting periods.” It is unclear how many of the 125,000 Wal-Mart workers without health coverage would sign up. But industry analysts said the program represented an upgrade for the 636,000 employees who already receive health insurance through Wal-Mart. They said it could force Wal-Mart’s discount retailing competitors to offer more generous plans for their own workers. Helen Darling, president of the National Business Group on Health and a former benefits consultant, called it “a very good plan,” saying that “parts of it, like the $4 generics, are game-changing for the industry.” Pollack and others noted, though, that they had yet to see the fine print of the new program. Wal-Mart has long been held up to ridicule for its health care programs. last_img read more

Downsized apartment design OK’d

first_imgA lengthy battle to save one of the San Fernando Valley’s oldest apartment complexes reached a compromise Friday when the Los Angeles City Council approved a scaled-back development for the Sherman Oaks site. Under terms of the deal for the historic Chase Knolls Garden Apartments, developer Bruce Bisno will add 141 one- and two-bedroom apartments – but will limit the height of new buildings and will add walkways, landscaping and other open space. Steve Afriat, a spokesman for Bisno, said visitor parking and other amenities also will be added. Existing units will continue to be covered by the city’s rent-control law, while the new units will be leased at market rates. “I’m not sure anyone is happy with the details, but we are happy to go ahead with the project as it is now,” Afriat said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Original plans had called for existing buildings to be demolished and replaced with new units. “It has not been easy getting here,” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said of the deal. “If I had it in my power to stop this development, I would. But I think we have come up with a solution that will leave the historic character of Chase Knolls and have the new development consistent with its existing nature.” Built in 1947, the 261-unit apartment complex was saved from demolition several years ago when residents and preservationists rallied to its aid and got it designated a city historic-cultural monument. Residents, who prize the complex for its parklike nature and ambience, had feared that the proposed development would eliminate the complex’s ambience and exacerbate traffic congestion and parking issues in the neighborhood. Ken Bernstein of the Los Angeles Conservancy said the project has come a long way since a proposal six years ago to tear down the entire complex and later plans to build more than 490 condominiums. “We are pleased with what Councilwoman Greuel was able to accomplish and to see the project scaled back somewhat, but we still wish it could have been reduced further,” Bernstein said. “We are still concerned with the scaling of the project and the massing effect it could have on one of the most beautiful complexes in the Valley,” he said. Rick Mayer, head of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council land use committee, said he remains dissatisfied with the process. “Overall, I think we and the community did one hell of a job in this,” Mayer said. “But I think we could have done more if we had more time to deal with this.” Mayer said talks about the project culminated Thursday with a daylong session in Greuel’s office, where the final terms of the proposal were hammered out. “I don’t think anyone is happy with the final results, but it is the best we can do,” Mayer said. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 160Want 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


first_imgA CROOKED doctor working in Letterkenny General Hospital is facing being struck off after he was unmasked as a convicted fraudster.Nigerian-born Dr Alabi Emmanuel Gbadebo was found guilty yesterday of professional misconduct after it was discovered he brought an old, broken lap-top to a shop, claiming it to be recently-purchased and fraudulently obtaining a refund for it. The bent doc faced a Medical Council fitness to practice inquiry today where a panel heard he had deliberately concealed his pending trial for the fraud from the HSE in Letterkenny.And he also failed to notify the HSE after the trial that he had been convicted.The inquiry heard the Dr Gbadebo, who had trained and worked inBelarus, had been inIrelandsince 2003. He passed both Irish medical and general medical council exams.The panel was told that although the convicted fraudster had held some observer posts, he had not got paid work when he was living in Cork in 2008. He was finishing a thesis for a Masters, was under financial pressure and anxious to get work.He said he had been having difficulty with his lap-top. “I had to submit the thesis. The best thing was to change the lap-top.”Gbadebo bought a new lap-top in aCorkcity-centre branch of Argos for €599.99 towards the end of August 2008.However, on August 29, he brought his old lap-top, in the new lap-top’s packaging, to the Blackpool branch of Argos with the receipt and obtained a ’refund’ for it.“I was thinking I had to get the thesis done. I was frustrated. I was five years in the country and no work,” he said in mitigation. “I have a wife and three children.’’He obtained a distinction in his Masters and obtained work in Mayo general hospital in Castlebar in 2009.Garda Michelle Quinn, from Watercourse Road station in Cork, said she had viewed CCTV footage of the doctor fraudulently obtaining the ’refund’ and sent a report to Castlebar gardaí in February 2010.Gbadebo faced Cork District Court and pleaded guilty on September 28, 2010 and was given a four month prison sentence suspended for two years.But as the court case was pending, the crooked doc secured contract work inLetterkenny General Hospital.The hospital’s Human Resources (HR)manager, Patrick Murray, said he gave the doctor a number of declaration forms on August 20, 2010 advising they should be signed in the presence of a solicitor.One declaration Gbadebo signed was that he faced no Garda investigation or pending trial.Mr Murray told the fit to practice hearing: “On October 5, I got a call from the local Garda station. I was told Dr Alabi Gbadebo was convicted of an offence in Cork at the end of September.“I called him to a meeting on October 12. He admitted it and apologised profusely and sought leniency.”His contract was terminated due to the “significant breach of trust” even though there had been no concerns about his clinical work. The hearing heard he had not worked since.Gbadebo told the inquiry he had not read the declarations. “I was so pleased to have work. I said ’Let me sign’.” He added that he regretted not telling the HSE about the pending trial.The committee found three charges were “proven as to fact” and each amounted to professional misconduct.The Council will determine the appropriate sanction or sanctions and Gbadeo could now be struck off the medical register.CROOKED DOCTOR FACES STRIKE OFF OVER LAPTOP FRAUD CONVICTION was last modified: September 21st, 2012 by cassoscoopShare 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)last_img read more

Melancon gives up walk-off home run, García records four hits in loss

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the photo gallery or video on your mobile device.ST. LOUIS–As the season winds down, the book on the 2018 Giants is almost ready for publication.Some of the chapters focus heavily on injuries and others on the team’s offensive failures. While the end of the plot has yet to play out, the paragraphs written about what’s transpired in St. Louis this weekend will focus on the promise of the future and concerns of the present.While young Giants …last_img

2017 FSR photo highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The rain on Tuesday created some challenges. Photo by Liz Funderburgh. It was a soggy but cool day on day one of the Review. OSU President Michael Drake provided an update. Director David Daniels Matt Reese talked with OSU CFAES Dean Cathann Kress. John Couch with SISCO-McFarlane talked to Dale Minyo about tillage. Dale Everman with Homan Inc. talked to Joel Penhorwood for a video. Adam Fennig with Fennig Equipment and Salford discusses tillage tools and cover crops for a video. Preparing for takeoff on day two Kevin Summers and Travor Litchfield are getting ready for lunch at the Kiwanis tent. Jaylen Shatto, Lucas Current, and Josh Johnson from the Greenon FFA relax in the shade when the sun came out on Wednesday. Members from the MVCTC FFA Chapter check out the soil pit. A game of corn hole at the Gwynne Attendees learn about mushrooms at the Gwynne Conservation arealast_img read more