Messi back training with Barca after ending departure saga

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Barcelona captain Lionel Messi reported for training yesterday for the first time since requesting to leave the club last month.Messi had failed to turn up to the club’s tests for COVID-19 eight days ago and was absent from all subsequent sessions ahead of the new campaign after giving the club an official notice that he wished to leave.But the club’s all-time top scorer finally appeared at the Joan Gamper training ground ahead of an evening session, his first under new coach Ronald Koeman, after taking a test for the novel coronavirus at his home on Sunday.Messi, 33, revealed last Friday in an interview with that he was staying at Barca for the coming season as he did not wish to face a court case with the club where he has spent his entire career over a disputed release clause in his contract. The Argentine claimed in an official letter that he was free to leave the club unilaterally and without a transfer fee owing to the clause.But Barca and the league’s organising body responded by saying the clause was no longer valid and that the only way to free him from his contract was by paying a release clause of 700 million euros ($827.68M).Messi, however, will be free to leave free of charge next June unless he pens a new deal with Barca. Barca, who will be looking to reclaim La Liga title after surrendering it to Real Madrid last season, are sitting out the first two weeks of the new campaign which begins on Friday due to reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.Koeman’s side will instead play pre-season friendlies against Gimnastic de Tarragona on Saturday and Girona on September 16 before their first league game at home to Villarreal on September 27.last_img read more

USG Senate passes resolution to waive fee for absentee ballots

first_imgUSG Senate voted Tuesday to pass a resolution that asked the USC Credit Union to waive a fee associated with students registering for absentee ballots. (Aamani Ponnekanti | Daily Trojan)At Tuesday’s Undergraduate Student Government meeting, Sen. Michaela Murphy introduced a resolution she co-authored with USG Director of External Affairs Alec Vandenberg to help out-of-state students vote with absentee ballots. Several states currently require voters to get their absentee voting ballots notarized, or verified. USC Credit Union offers this service for $10, according to Murphy. The resolution asked USC Credit Union to work with USG to waive the notarization fee. “This $10 fee creates a potential barrier for out-of-state students to be able to exercise their fundamental, democratic right to vote,” the resolution stated. It also noted that only 21 percent of eligible 18-to 24-year-old students voted in the last midterm election.Murphy and Vandenberg said they found out about the $10 notarization fee last Friday and immediately began authoring the resolution. After the resolution passed unanimously, Vandenberg and Murphy asked the Senate for $300 to cover a portion of absentee ballot notarizations. Murphy said she doubts there will be enough time between the resolution’s passing and the upcoming midterm elections for any policy changes to be established. Because the notarization fees will likely not be waived for this election, the $300 Murphy requested will help cover 30 students’ notarization fees before the absentee voting deadline, depending on the state of residence. “The long-term ask is to continue collaboration with USC Credit Union to try to fully waive this fee in 2020,” Murphy said.Sen. Jacquelyne Tan was concerned that the senate fund is not the appropriate place to draw money for subsidizing the notarization fees because this incurred fee does not affect international students. The fund, she said, should go toward initiatives that benefit all students.“International students pay to this fund,” Tan said. “It’s meant to be for programming or initiatives that are open to all students, but this isn’t.”Mae Gates, a sophomore majoring in public policy, defended the use of the senate fund to subsidize notarization fees.“By giving these funds to ensure that all eligible students are able to vote back in their home states, you’re also empowering international students, because the things we’re voting on right now in the United States affect literally everyone who exists in these lands,” Gates said.Murphy also said that historically, the senate fund goes to just a few people and that this allocation would be a significant improvement.“I know that in the past, this money really has been spent on one or two people going to conferences,” Murphy said. “That really didn’t help with outreach. It really didn’t help with getting everybody supported with the fund from Senate.”After the discussion, the Senate approved the $300 allocation unanimously. Vandenberg said he hopes that even if the USC Credit Union does not waive the notarization fee this year, a better policy will be in place for the 2020 elections. “What give us hope is at least we’re starting the dialogue,” Vandenberg said. “At the very least, in future election years we won’t have to [have] these barriers and challenges.”last_img read more

Hotel manager killed, four others injured in hotel explosion

first_imgHotel Rui Reggae Tragedy struck at the Hotel RIU Reggae in Montego Bay, Jamaica when an explosion killed one worker and injured four others on Thursday afternoon.The dead employee has been identified as Maintenance Manager, Seduro McIntoshThe police report that the five members of the hotel’s maintenance team, were working in a boiler room close to the kitchen when an explosion occurred.They were taken to hospital where one was pronounced dead and the others admitted, two of whom are said to be in critical condition.Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, was saddened by the incident and expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased while hoping for the speedy recovery of the injured persons.“I am deeply saddened about the unfortunate accident that occurred at the Hotel RIU Reggae, which resulted in several injuries and the loss of a life. I offer my sincere condolences to the staff of the hotel as they cope with the aftermath of this tragic incident. I also offer my support to the families and friends of the other injured staff members who are all receiving treatment in the hospital,” said Bartlett.The adults-only property officially opened in November of last year with some US$60 million invested in the construction of the hotel by the proprietors of the chain.last_img read more

Premier League & FACT get tough on Illegal Kodi sports streams

first_img Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Submit Premier League bosses are targeting illegal streaming of syndicated football matches, with a view of further protecting the sport’s multi-million broadcast rights and media partners content.The Premier League is working with the UK Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), focusing on crackdowns to illegal sports stream enablers.UK news sources report that Premier League officials and FACT have pinpointed at ‘modified’ Kodi set top boxes as a notable concern for illegal sports streams. Installing add-on software to the Kodi devices, viewers have been able to bypass subscription services for live sports breaking UK copyright laws.This week UK police arrested five men in the North West of England in connection with selling ‘modified’ Kodi boxes which had pre-installed sports streaming bypass software.The sale of Kodi boxes in the UK is legal with the box manufacturer warning all viewers that any streamed content should be legal. However, FACT officials want the sale of Kodi boxes to be outlawed.Kieron Sharp, Director General of Fact, said: “These arrests should send out a clear warning to anyone involved in the sale and distribution of illegal set-top boxes”.“Set-top boxes loaded with apps and add-ons allowing access to copyright infringing material are very much illegal and anyone involved in selling these boxes should not be surprised to receive a knock on the door.” Share Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

3 reasons why Ghana can win a fifth AFCON title (the Penta)

first_imgWhen Andre Ayew leapt above his markers to score Ghana’s winning goal against South Africa, it was more than a physical leap, it was a moral one too. Ghana had just beaten South Africa for the first time in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) game after back to back defeats in 1996 in South Africa and 2000 on home soil.Indeed it was the first time Ghana had even scored a goal against the South Africans in 3 AFCON matchups, the other being a draw in 2002 in Mali.  So, the win was more than 3 points, it was poignant in many ways; it was testament to the Black Stars’ tough mentality, having recovered from an opening day defeat to beat Algeria 1-0; South African 2-1 and Guinea 3-0. That last victory ensured the Black Stars qualified for the semifinal for the fifth consecutive AFCON tournament. Although the team is witnessing a steady progress in the tourney, another semifinal appearance wouldn’t excite anyone as much as winning the actual trophy for the fifth time, the first since 1982, would. For some reason, 2015 feels like the year Ghana wins “the Penta” to end a 33-year drought; three reasons tells me so.Competition For the first time in many years, it actually looks like there is competition for places in the Black Stars team.  In the last 3 games, players have had to raise their performance or risk warming the cold bench. If that was in doubt, ask Awal Mohammed and Rabiu Mohammed who started the first game versus Senegal and got chopped. Ask Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu who started the first two games yet lost his starting role to Mubarak Wakasso, who was rewarded with a start against South Africa and Guinea after his impressive 2nd half showing against the Algerians. Ask Daniel Amartey who was also rewarded with his 3rd start against South Africa and crucially ask John Boye, who took his chance when he replaced an injured Amartey.  Boye not only churned out a disciplined performance, he also displayed rare predatory instincts by getting Ghana’s equalizer against the South Africans.  With Amartey now fully fit, Avram would have a headache choosing between the two, who to partner Jonathan Mensah when the Black Stars take on Equatorial Guinea in the semifinal on Thursday, February 5, in Malabo.At the risk of sounding like a broken record, competition always brings out the best in individuals in any endeavor and what coach Avram Grant has instilled in this team is the believe that hard work pays. Afriyie Acquah will testify; so will Kwesi Appiah who took his chance brilliantly by putting in a great shift and scoring a goal versus Guinea. Appiah’s performance could see Jordan Ayew, who started the first three games but got stick for his languid performances, staying longer on the bench. Character When Senegalese Moussa Sow scored in the dying embers to secure a 2-1 victory over Ghana in the opening game, the Black Stars may have felt pained but that last minute lapse reminded the team about the value in persistence. Ghana may have lost that game, but the Black Stars didn’t lose the lesson. In a comparatively much more difficult game against Africa’s number one team, Algeria, the Black Stars kept their head in a must win game and applied that value until the football gods smiled on them with a last minute goal to beat Algeria. It was almost an impossible goal; Captain Asamoah Gyan sprinted past Algeria’s Carl Medjani to score and claim Ghana’s first 3 points. Then along came the South Africans. Once again the Black Stars had their backs pinned firmly to a Zulu wall when South Africa took the lead against the run of play. However, the Black Stars that came out in the second half of that encounter showed signs of a team that was ready to dig deep into fire and pull the victory nut out at any cost. They were unrelenting as they bombarded their opponents with waves of attack after another until the team was rewarded with two goals that swung the game in their favour. The Black Stars had passed the test of character, a vital ingredient for any side that seeks a championship winning meal.OmenOkay, so I know this may be a little farfetched but what’s life without a dose of good omen. A lot of comparisons are being drawn between the run this present Black Stars team is having to when the team won in 1982. Ghana came back to draw 2-2 with hosts Libya in the opening game and defeated Tunisia 1-0 in a must win game to qualify for the semifinal against Algeria. That semifinal had drama written all over it as Ghana came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Algeria 3-2 to qualify for final. In front of Libya’s home fans, Ghana defied the odds again to draw 1-1 in regulation and win the cup 7-6 on penalties. That was 33 odd years ago, but the “omen-ists” have drawn the comparisons and if Ghana, like Andre Ayew, leaps above today’s odds to annex “the Penta”, Ghanaians would care less about omens and happily dance to Daddy Lumba’s big hit “Y3ntie Obiaa”. That is the character this team is developing. February 8, couldn’t come quicker. Let me hear you say VIM!last_img read more

Third Avalanche player tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgMORE: NHL, several teams cut employee salaries amid season pauseColorado finished a three-game road trip on March 9 (at Vancouver, San Jose and Los Angeles) before holding its final home game against the New York Rangers on March 11. Ottawa had made the West Coast swing from March 7-11.The NHL’s season has been on indefinite pause due to the outbreak since March 12. The NHL announced Tuesday (April 7) that a third Colorado Avalanche player has tested positive for COVID-19. The team previously announced that players had tested positive on March 26 and March 28.In a statement, the league said, “The Colorado Avalanche were advised this morning that a third player had tested positive for COVID-19. The player is in self-isolation and has not had close contact with any other Avalanche players or staff members.” Tuesday’s announcement raises the NHL’s total reported number of positive player tests to eight.The Ottawa Senators announced on March 17 and March 21 that unnamed players had tested positive. On April 1, they added that four additional members of the organization had tested positive. TSN’s Frank Seravalli reported three of the four members who tested positive were players. last_img read more

Medical cannabis businesses in Council Bluffs, Davenport close

first_imgCOUNCIL BLUFFS — Two of the state’s five medical cannabis dispensaries have abruptly closed.The “Have a Heart Compassionate Care” dispensaries in Council Bluffs and Davenport are permanently closed. A news release issued Monday from the Iowa Department of Public Health says state officials were “made aware today” of the decision to close the two outlets.There are three other state-licensed facilities that sell medical cannabis products in Sioux City, Waterloo and Windsor Heights, which is a Des Moines suburb. In a written statement, officials in the Department of Public Health said the agency will work to license two new dispensaries in western and eastern Iowa as soon as possible.The medical cannabis industry has been lobbying legislators to expand the state law that set up the system for growing, producing and selling cannabis products in Iowa, arguing current restrictions mean they are not able to make a go of their businesses.Last year, Governor Kim Reynolds vetoed a bill that would have let the businesses sell more potent medical marijuana products. This year, lawmakers have been crafting a bill that would meet the governor’s objections, but medical marijuana advocates say it’s still too restrictive.last_img read more

Saturday Spring Weather Tease

first_imgTwo River-area residents woke up to a preview of spring Saturday, March 30. After a long stretch of chilly weather, warmth and sunny skies drew people outside. From leisurely strolls on the boardwalk in Long Branch to flying kites on the beach at Sea Bright, from baseball games at Fair Haven Fields to bicycling and running in Thompson Park, people showed they were ready for some fun in the sun. Photos by Patrick Oliverolast_img

Real Murcia wants to be the first joint club in the world

first_imgUnder the slogan #HazloSuyo, Real Murcia has presented on Thursday an ambitious campaign to encourage the capital increase of the club, whose objective is to reach a nominal amount of 2,292,735.39 euros by issuing a maximum number of 18,792,913 New actions But the proposal of Real Murcia goes further. The goal of the grana club is to give prominence to women and become the first club in the world. That is to say, The challenge is that the entity has the same number of male and female shareholders. Real Murcia has about 25,000 shareholders, of which about 85% are men. The goal of the club, appealing to the sentiment and asking the shareholders to hook their loved ones, is to match this data. “We want to be the first joint club in the world and we will emphasize that. We want shareholders to share their passion with their partner, with their sister, with a family member. We want to be a national and global example with this measure the woman is going to have prominence “, commented Francisco Tornel, president of Real Murcia.The presentation ceremony took place at the Francisco Rabal Regional Film Library. Murcia has been represented by several managers and the captains of the first team, in addition to the women’s team. LThe campaign, promoted by Jorge Martínez, is inspired by the figure of José Rico, known as the baker of Archena. The club has issued an emotional video explaining the relationship with his wife, full of love and feeling for Real Murcia. This is the hook that you want to use to step forward. “I would love for our Minister of Equality to echo this news and buy an action from Real Murcia”, said Daniel Moreno, director of Real Murcia.last_img read more

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