Poyet resigned to Scocco departure

first_imgSunderland head coach Gus Poyet has admitted striker Ignacio Scocco’s future is likely to lie away from the club. Press Association Scocco, known as “Nacho”, arrived on Wearside in January as Poyet invested £3.2million in his services in the search for goals to keep the Black Cats in the Barclays Premier League. Ultimately, it was a gamble which did not pay off as the 29-year-old Argentinian made only eight appearances and failed to find the back of the net. center_img Former club Newell’s Old Boys have been on his trail for several weeks and River Plate have also expressed an interest as South America beckons once again. Poyet told the Sunderland Echo: “My first idea – and I knew it would be difficult – was to use Nacho last season to help us get out of the problems we were in. “It was always going to be difficult for a player who had played in Argentina and Brazil over the last year to come to the English Premier League “We were in a fight and he’s not that type of player – he needed us to be controlling games in order for him to do his bit. “The type of player he is, we were not playing to his strengths – he needs to be in a team that is on top in games, so my idea then was to take the closed season to improve the team and to improve Nacho in terms of him being used to the environment over here and the football itself. “But there are options now and everything is being analysed, we will see what happens over the next few days.” Meanwhile, Sunderland’s pursuit of Fiorentina full-back Marcos Alonso has been dealt a blow amid reports from Italy that he has been taken off the market. The Black Cats have been in talks with the Viola over the man who spent the second half of last season on loan at the Stadium of Light for several weeks, and are understood to have made a cash-plus-player offer with Modibo Diakite the make-weight. But Alonso is reported to have impressed manager Vincenzo Montella in pre-season training and may now have a role to play at Stadio Artemio Franchi. It remains to be seen whether or not the latest development is a bargaining ploy designed to prompt an improved offer from the Wearside club. last_img read more

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Longest Ride is playing at Wellington Regent this weekend

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: The Longest RideSchedule: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: PG-13. Time: 2 hours 8 minutes.Movie Synopsis: Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and feateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love. (C) FoxRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 29%. Audience review: 77% approval.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Neymar world record PSG move imminent

first_imgClubs can be sanctioned by UEFA for making a loss of more than 30 million euros over a three-year period.“We will not accept this money from a club like PSG,” Tebas told Madrid sports daily AS on Wednesday. “Especially when this club is infringing rules and laws.” – Champions League dream –Winning the Champions League for a first time is the dream driving PSG’s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) to fund a deal that could herald the start of a new era at the elite level of European football.Since QSI’s takeover in 2011, PSG have failed to make it beyond the quarter-final stage – most notably blowing a 4-0 first leg lead to lose 6-1 to a Neymar-inspired Barcelona in the last 16 of last season’s competition in March.Prising Neymar from the grip of Barca would truly announce PSG’s presence as a contender for the likes of Barca, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to fear.Neymar has formed one of the deadliest strike partnerships in football history with Messi and Luis Suarez over the past three seasons.Together they have won two La Liga titles, a Champions League and three Spanish Cups, whilst Neymar has scored 105 goals and provided 80 assists in just 186 games.However, his four-year spell in Spain has also been overshadowed by the murky transfer deal which brought him to Barcelona from Santos in 2013.He and his parents as well as Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu face charges of fraud and corruption in an ongoing case brought by DIS, a Brazilian investment company.DIS owned 40 percent of the players’ rights at the time of the deal and believe they were deliberately cheated out of their real share due to the complex structure of the transfer. NOT STAYING: Pique (right) and Neymar (left).Barcelona, Spain | AFP |  Neymar could be presented as a Paris Saint-Germain player as early as this weekend for a world record fee as Barcelona admitted defeat in convincing the Brazilian to stay at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.The player has travelled to Porto by private jet from Barcelona surrounded by his entourage, including his father and agent Neymar Sr, after saying goodbye to his Barca teammates.Among that party was Wagner Ribeiro, an advisor to the player, who claimed PSG would pay his 222 million euro ($260 million) buyout clause in the “coming hours”.That would more than double the current transfer record set by Paul Pogba’s £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) move to Manchester United last year.Media reports suggested that Neymar had gone to Porto, where PSG sporting director Antero Henrique had worked until recently, to undergo a pre-transfer medical.Sources told AFP that he will arrive in Paris on Thursday afternoon.Earlier, Barcelona ended weeks of speculation by publicly confirming for the first time the 25-year-old’s wish to leave after four years at the Camp Nou.“Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and representative, communicated to FC Barcelona this morning his decision to leave the club,” Barca said in a statement.“The club have informed them that the buyout clause in his contract, that from July 1 is 222 million euros, must be paid in full.”Neymar has been tempted to Paris by an astronomical offer that would reportedly see his wages tripled to 30 million euros a year after tax.However, on the field he also faces the challenge of stepping out of the shadow of five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi to try and prove himself as the world’s best.“It was a huge pleasure having shared all those years with you, my friend @neymarjr,” Messi posted on Instagram alongside a montage displaying some of the pair’s finest moments together.“I wish you lots of luck in this new stage in your life. See you soon tkm,” he added. “Tkm” stands for “te quiero mucho” (I love you loads).“Thanks brother. I will miss you man,” Neymar replied.Presuming both clubs don’t come to a late agreement, the buyout clause would have to be paid to Barcelona via Spain’s La Liga to free the player from the contract he signed last year and runs until 2021.However, La Liga president Javier Tebas has threatened not to accept PSG’s money over what he perceives as a failure on the French side’s part to comply with UEFA’s financial fair play rules (FFP).center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Kiprotich finishes 7th in Toronto Marathon

first_imgKiprotich, now 29, became a Ugandan national hero when he won the 2012 Olympic marathon, becoming only that country’s second Olympic champion in history. A year later he won the 2013 IAAF World Championship marathon in Moscow’s searing heat.But for all his outstanding performances he has so far failed to match his personal best time (2:06:33).“I have the two medals but also I want to run a faster time than 2:05,” he told IAAF. “Most of the people they look at my times and they ask me how did you win these two medals in poor times? So it is my hope to run a good time before I retire.” Kiprotich (left) chases the leaders in Toronto on Sunday. ? @RunCRSBenson Kipruto ?? 2:07:24.0Augustino Sulle ?? 2:07:45.9Felix Kandie ?? 2:08:29.5Cameron Levins ?? 2:09:24.9Jake Robertson ?? 2:09:51.2Daniel Teklebrhan ?? 2:10:02.4Stephen Kiprotich ?? 2:11:06.0Anthony Maritim ?? 2:13:06.5Philemon Rono ?? 2:13:36.6Top Prizes 1st — $30,0002nd — $15,0003rd — $10,0004th — $6,0005th — $4,0006th — $2,000Toronto, Canada | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s former Olympic and world marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich finished 7th as the Toronto marathon got a new winner, Kenyan Benson Kipruto.Kipruto, 27 surprised the strong field of Kenyans and Kiprotich, by winning in 2:07:24 to bag the top prize of Canadian $30,000 ($23,000).It was his first international marathon win but his time was far from last year’s winning and record of 2:06:52 set by fellow countryman Philemon Rono.“I tried to push, and when I pushed, I saw the guys were not there. I saw that I could win,” Kipruto said after the race.Second place went to 21-year-old Augustine Sulle from Tanzania with two-time champion Rono managing 9th.The women’s race was won in a new record time. Bahrain’s Mimi Belete finished in 2:22:26. Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img Kiprotich, the first Olympic champion to compete in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, clocked 2:11:06. which was far outside his personal best of 2:06:33 set in Tokyo in 2015.Kiprotich came 5th in 2:07:57, in his most recent race, the 2018 Haspa Hamburg Marathon in Germany in April.last_img read more

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Bolt adds to the legend

first_imgWORLD RECORD—Jamaica’s Usain Bolt leads United States’ Ryan Bailey to win the men’s 4 x 100-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, in London. Jamaica set a new world record with a time of 36.84 seconds.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) The speed. The medals. The poses. It could only be Usain Bolt, who electrified the London Games by becoming the first man to win the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay golds in back-to-back Olympics. Even IOC President Jacques Rogge, who initially balked at giving him “living legend” status, conceded that the six-time gold medalist “is the best sprinter of all time.” last_img

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New County Emergency Homeless Shelter Advances

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski | OCEANPORT – The new Monmouth County adult emergency homeless shelter to be built on borough property on the former Fort Monmouth should be ready for occupancy by the end of next summer, according to county administrator Teri O’Connor.The single-story facility will consist of two new, prefabricated modular structures connected by a “bridge” portion at the corner of Courier Avenue and Murphy Drive.The 3.1-acre site, conveyed to the county by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) in March, previously contained one hut-style structure that is being demolished. Engineering work was recently performed to relocate utilities and improve ingress and egress, and site work has begun, O’Connor said on Nov. 30. Spiezle Architectural Group of Hamilton prepared the plans. The county is expected to advertise for bids this week. County officials anticipate awarding the construction contract in February.“The facility will have one side for men and the other for women, with a common area in between with a kitchen, laundry, a dining area and a common room,” O’Connor said, adding that only adults and no children will be allowed to reside there on a temporary basis. The shelter will also have space for security, counseling, clothing, a computer nook and staff. The cost is projected at $1.7 million. FMERA officials have stated at past public meetings members “fully support the project.”The previous county emergency homeless shelter was destroyed in Super Storm Sandy. Since then, adults needing temporary shelter have been placed at the John L. Montgomery Care Center in Freehold, a former county facility that was sold to a private concern about a year ago. The county houses a fluctuating number of about 18 up to 30 homeless adults who are required to work or look for work and permanent housing during daylight hours. Occupants are allowed to remain at the emergency shelter for a maximum of 30 days.“There are strict criteria participants must follow,” said Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian Burry, the county’s FMERA representative. “It’s an interim place to be sheltered until they can transition into new circumstances. This is something we’ve done for years for those who are in a temporary state of homelessness.” By statute and agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the county’s homeless shelter must be located in Oceanport. To identify a suitable permanent site on the former fort, Burry, O’Connor, and county Public Works and Engineering officials worked with FMERA staff. The site was accepted by Oceanport officials, Burry said.The new site is located across Stephenson Avenue from the former county homeless shelter and already has a paved parking area. Last month, Family Promise of Monmouth County, an affiliate of National Family Promise, opened a 2,832-square-foot, one-story facility to provide support services for homeless persons on 1.7 acres along Malterer Avenue, also in Oceanport. Located across from the FMERA offices along Route 537 (Avenue of Memories), that facility provides case management, links to outside service providers and programs including education by working with community agencies, faith-based services and religious entities to provide shelter, food, transportation and supportive services for homeless families. Also part of the redevelopment agreement with HUD, that site was transferred to Family Promise for $1.This article was first published in the Dec. 7-14, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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GECOM is not responsible for creation of new NDCs

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has noted that, in some sections of the media, there are accusations that the Commission has demonstrated a “lack of concern at the creation of new Neighbourhood Democratic Councils.”That creative function does not fall within the remit of GECOM. That call falls within the mandate of the Minister of Communities, Hon. Ronald Bulkan, and the statutory duty so to do is his and his alone.Chapter 28:03, section 38a of the Local Authorities Act states that “each Local Authority area shall be divided into constituencies for the purpose of electing members of the Municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils.”In accordance with the Local Authorities Act, the Minister shall, by order, identify the Local Authority Area where the election shall be held, and state for each Local Authority Area:i. the number of members for each local authority is provided and that such number is an even number;ii. the number of members to be elected by the proportional representation component shall be 50 percent of the number so named;iii. The number of members to be elected by the constituency component shall be 50 percent of the number so named.The role of GECOM is clear, as prescribed by section 38a (5) of the Act. It states that “the Elections Commission may, by order, combine or subdivide one or more electoral divisions to form a constituency (a group of voters in a specified area who elect a representative to a legislative body) for the purpose of electing members of that Local Authority.”It is against this backdrop that GECOM would like to caution that it is not responsible for the creation of new Neighbourhood Democratic Councils, and its mandate is primarily the conduct of elections, once it has been announced and the date has been set.The Local Authorities Act is clear in the distinction of the role of the Minister and the role of GECOM. Identification of Local Authorities falls within the ambit of the Minister, and GECOM determines the constituencies and conducts the elections.Sincerely,Yolanda WardPublic Relations Officerlast_img read more

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LEITI Elated by Sime Darby’s Operations

first_imgLiberia’s lead transparency watchdog, the Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (LEITI) has expressed delight over Sime Darby Plantation’s investment in Western Liberia.The Head of LEITI’s Secretariat Mr. Samson S. Tokpah, who led a LEITI delegation on a one-day compliance verification tour within Sime Darby’s concession areas in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties, observed during the week that the Malaysian Conglomerate was doing a lot for the local communities in addition to the terms laid down in its concession agreement with the Liberian Government.Mr. Tokpah said he was quite impressed over the level of dedication and commitment Sime Darby was showing in honoring its commitment to the 63-year Concession Agreement that was signed with the Government back in 2009, and taking it a step beyond.“I am quite impressed with the dedication and commitment that you are showing in honoring the concession that you signed with the Liberian Government in 2009. For us at LEITI, as a global watch-dog and a transparency body, our job is to strike a balance between business interest and accountability;” Mr.Tokpah said during the tour.The Transparency top-man said, he acknowledges the daunting challenges Sime Darby faces in its land development plan for Liberia. He said, however, that there was a more compelling need to move the process forward through accountability and transparency in doing business in developing countries like Liberia.He continued that his institution has a more global role to play, when it comes to verifying how each party to the concession respects the Concession Agreement (CA).“The government has a role to play, and I think the government must respect that responsibility to the people and to you the investors. Civil society has a role as well; then of course you the investor have a role. If we can all honor our individual responsibilities, it is only at that point that we can consider it a good one,” LEITI Boss said.The LEITI delegation visited SDPL clinic at Clerks, Bomi County. The Clinic provides free healthcare services to residents of Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties. Beneficiaries include employees and non-employees of Sime Darby as well as residents from other surrounding towns and villages, and accident victims.Tokpah and his team also visited Sime Darby schools within the concession area, including Matambo Estate in Grand Cape Mount County. Matambo is Sime Darby’s first estate in Africa, and stands as one of the best among others within the agriculture sector, according to Finance Minister.Apart from the healthcare centers in Clerks, Bomi County, Matambo Estate has a school, a clinic, and a day-care center for children of working mothers, a football field, a church, a mosque, a community hall and a supermarket.Each of the 186 housing units within the estate has three bed rooms for ordinary workers including a living room, one bath and a kitchen.    Sime Darby Head of Project, Upstream Liberia, Roslin Azmy Hassan, said during the tour that his company was committed to developing more land in Liberia as it has done with Matambo.Hassan pledged that Sime Darby will construct 88 central housing complexes in Liberia as well as employ 35,000 Liberians once the company is fully operational.According to the first 4-year development plan, Sime Darby was expected to develop more than 24,000 hectares of green fields into oil palm and rubber; to date, however, the company has been able to plant only slightly over 10,000 hectares with oil palm and rubber.Sime Darby also has more than 2,900 Liberians employed as permanent workers, earning more than US$5.65 as daily wages.According to the Ministry of Labor, the daily wage offered by Sime Darby is the highest in the Agriculture sector. Employees of Sime Darby are also enjoying free medical insurance as well housing and educational benefits for their children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Winning back-to-back medals at the Olympics is a very unique Indian feat

first_imgAgreed, it hasn’t been a gold rush for India but six medals in one edition of the Olympics is double of what we got from Beijing.Sport has this wonderful ability to heal. The scars left behind by archery and hockey and the inability of the Indian male boxers to win medals was disappointing. But the way Yogeshwar and champion Sushil Kumar have signed off leaves you feeling so good.It’s nice to be critical and say we don’t win medals like the Americans or the Chinese or the British. The fact remains, from Atlanta 1996 we have been getting better and better.I have repeatedly said, whatever damage the 2010 Commonwealth Games did to the tax-payers’ in India, the good thing was we won more medals. And the same thing happened in the Guangzhou Asiad.I am with Sushil. Proud moment.Spending money on sport is a non-stop process. In Britain, where their swimmers have been a failure, they have already cut down on the budget for swimming.In India, we cannot afford to treat any Olympic sport shabbily as there is one way of looking at the success achieved — positively.Look at the way wrestling has developed in India. It’s not as if we are competing in this sport for the last few years only.It has been a traditional sport, though there are still so many cities where only mud akharas are used for training.There is no glamour in this sport at all. Not only do you have to break ligaments and bones (not literally), go through all types of pain and sweat in tough conditions, the rewards are not enough.advertisementSushil and each Yogeshwar are remembered only from time to time when they win medals at the world championship, Asian Games or the Olympics. They are not like IPL stars who flop and dope and still get the publicity.For me, the biggest Indian success at the London Games is Sushil. Here is a champion who is so modest and unassuming. He wears that half smile which you will fall in love with.And by becoming the first Indian to win a bronze in Beijing and silver in London, he has shown us what it means to be dedicated.There are Olympic medalists like RVS Rathore and Vijender who have got swayed by Olympic glory and could never repeat their success.Wrestling is all about tradition, performing day in and day out without getting immediate results. Sushil’s labour is truly captivating as the background he comes from is all about humility.In Beijing, he was the young man who did not know till he reached India what success meant. Son of an MTNL employee who brought him milk daily for his diet supplements and not high priced tablets, Sushil stayed away from home for years.At the Chhatrasal Stadium, he has known only one thing: Toil, even if there is no fan or there are power cuts.The same Sushil, even after the Beijing success, continued to keep his head on his shoulders. Yes, he did miss the Guangzhou Asian Games because of injury but the return to the London Olympics, his third successive journey, has been superb.From the time Sushil was bestowed the honour of carrying the tri-colour at the opening ceremony, he has been treated as a huge brand ambassador for the country.He has gone about his training all these years as a quiet champion and not made any noise at all. Yes, he had one demand and that was to take his masseur along as it’s so important in a sport where you hardly get any recovery time between bouts.Other than that, money, medals or mementoes have never made Sushil greedy.If budding Indian sports stars need a role model to be inspired by, it has to be Sushil. I repeat winning back-to-back medals at the Olympics is a very unique Indian feat.The average athlete in India tends to rest on laurels and enjoy the riches from employers, state government and the central government.In the case of Sushil, awards are already being announced. He may end up earning much more than what he did after Beijing but it doesn’t matter to him.His modesty and sportsmanship are truly inspirational and that’s why I salute this champion, again today.last_img read more

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Our pick of the month

first_imgRun Patiala Run- July 27MGO Runners, a runners’ group that boasts of members from across India, is organising a marathon. The group shares a common passion for running, whether it is for fitness or training. Apart from the thrill, participants can be assured of sports drinks, water, primary health care,Run Patiala Run- July 27MGO Runners, a runners’ group that boasts of members from across India, is organising a marathon. The group shares a common passion for running, whether it is for fitness or training. Apart from the thrill, participants can be assured of sports drinks, water, primary health care and enthusiastic volunteer support.A medal and a certificate of timing for each participant who completes the half and full marathon are other attractions. Now, what’s stopping you from putting on your running shoes? At Hotel Ajuba Residency, Patiala Tel 8295971163, 9467977863, 9728949438 Timings 05.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.last_img read more

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