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NBA Free agency updates: What’s next for Lakers, Clippers?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers•Chris Paul leaves Clippers in trade to Rockets•Miller: Lakers out to prove all things are possible again•Alexander: Mock drafts suggest gamble on UCLA’s Ike Anigbogu will pay off •Destiny’s child: Lonzo Ball, Lakers can complete fairy tale in NBA Draft•NBA draft: UCLA’s youth, talent destined for 1st round•Clippers ‘to be active’ in NBA draft despite no picks•Nick Young to decline $5.7M option with Lakers•NBA draft: Lakers find success with non-lottery picks•Lakers’ Draft Preview: Will Los Angeles draft Lonzo Ball at No. 2?•Where and when to watch the NBA Draft live•Why did the Lakers let their neighbor get away with buying that awesome classic car?•Oram: Lakers trading D’Angelo Russell is fitting end to a flawed tenure•2017 NBA Mock Draft: Who goes when, where and why•Lakers trade D’Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov to Nets for Brook Lopez, 27th pick•Miller: Jerry West says he’s ‘crazy,’ proves it by joining Clippers•Lakers work out Gonzaga’s Zach Collins in case they trade down in NBA Draft•Whicker: Double-talk from Paul George, who wants to win but also wants to be a Laker•Paul George reportedly plans to join Lakers in 2018•Heisler: Lakers still look fixated on Lonzo Ball, for better and worse Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Los Angeles Clippers traded Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets and re-signed Blake Griffin.The Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball and are clearing cap space for 2018. But moves around the league continue at a dizzying pace. Stay here for all the latest news and rumors throughout the 2017 NBA free agency season.Following along on a mobile device? Click here.News and notes:last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Babe Ruth

first_imgNelson broke open a close game with six runs in the final innings.Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the accomplishment with Team of the Week honours.The Nelson Babe Ruth squad includes coach Roger May, Jayden Maida, Marco Falcone, Jared Martin, Chase May, Jordan McLeod, assistant coach Dylan Jacobs, Andrew Felcone, Benoit Thibault, Vinnie Watson, Garnet Duplessie, Sebastian Bodine and Justin Lasichuk. Nelson Minor Baseball historians say the last time a Heritage City squad won the West Kootenay Babe Ruth Championships the current members of the team were not even born.A group of Nelson players put that streak to rest by stopping Trail Athletics 11-5 Thursday at the Queen Elizabeth Park.last_img

Football Viewers’ Guide: Week 5

first_imgCentral Arkansas at Sam Houston State, Saturday, 3 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN3 appsTalent:Randy McIlvoy, play-by-playShea Walker, analyst Lamar at Nicholls, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. CTNational Television:Eleven SportsDirecTV 623Channel finderRegional Television:Cox Sports TVLafourche Parish Charter 324/815Channel finderOnline:Southland Digital Conference appsTalent:David Saltzman, play-by-playButch Alsandor, analystGerald Gruenig, reporter FRISCO, Texas – All 11 Southland Conference football teams are in action this weekend, with five league matchups and one non-conference affair. The Southland Game of the Week on ESPN3 pits two of the the conference’s four ranked teams, as #19 Sam Houston State hosts #12 Central Arkansas. Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby, cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. Northwestern State at Southeastern Louisiana, Saturday, 7 p.m. CTRegional Television:Cox Sports TVNatchitoches Suddenlink 61Natchitoches CP-TEL 36Hammond Charter 324/815Channel finderOnline (Subject to blackout in Cox Sports TV territory):ESPN3 appsTalent:Lyn Rollins, play-by-playRene Nadeau, analystCarley McCord, reporter Incarnate Word at Abilene Christian, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+ ESPN appsTalent:Grant Boone, play-by-playJim Reese, analyst ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment in conjunction with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. Stephen F. Austin at McNeese, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTOnline:Cowboy Insider Hoeffer, play-by-playJohnny Suydam, analystRon Hayes, reporter ESPN+ is an integrated part of the ESPN App, the leading sports app and the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans. The ESPN App is a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation, delivering a rich, personalized experience that curates all of ESPN’s incredible content around each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is also available through Houston Baptist at SMU, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN3 appsTalent:Drew Fellios, play-by-playForrest Conoly, analyst About ESPN+last_img read more

What every Prem team’s doing on first winter break as stars jet off

first_imgTHE inaugural Premier League winter break is upon us and the players are making the most of their short time off to jet away on holiday.Of the 20 top-flight teams, eight are in action this weekend including champions Manchester City.17 Callum Hudson-Odoi is one of a long list of footballers to head to Dubai during the first Premier League winter breakCredit: Instagram / @calteck1017 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed to Dubai with his family during his time offCredit: Instagram / @aubameyang97But for the rest, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and champions-elect Liverpool do not play in the league until the following weekend.And each side has made plans to give their players some well-earned rest after the hectic Christmas period and start to 2020.SunSport rounds up who is going where and what the clubs are doing during their time off…ArsenalThe players have been given a few days off but must be in Dubai on Friday to meet up for training. Mikel Arteta has encouraged the players to bring their families.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took to Instagram to show pictures of him flying to Dubai and his kid playing in the sun.17 David Luiz dons a stunning hat as he tops up the tan in DubaiCredit: Instagram17 Lucas Torreira has returned to form with Arsenal but is relaxing during his time offCredit: Instagram17 Bernd Leno jetted off with fiance Sophie ChristinCredit: Instagram / @sophiechristin_17 The pair flew to Dubai where the stunning blonde posted snaps to her InstagramCredit: Instagram / @berndleno117 The couple shared initiate pics of their time awayCredit: Instagram / @sophiechristin_17 They even hit the gym together to stay in shapeCredit: Instagram / @sophiechristin_17 Nicolas Pepe (top left) also headed to Dubai with some pals View this post on Instagram 🇦🇪 ✈️ A post shared by Aubameyang Pierre-Emerick (@aubameyang97) on Feb 3, 2020 at 9:55pm PSTAston VillaDean Smith has given his players the week off and will continue training on Monday ahead of their match with Tottenham.17 Tyrone Mings and Jack Grealish have jetted off to sunnier climes togetherBournemouth*The Cherries play Sheffield United on Sunday then players will have a reduced workload with no warm-weather training.Brighton*Another of the teams involved this weekend but the squad are not given extra time off – instead they will train as usual throughout their two weeks off.BurnleyTo stop them travelling too far, Sean Dyche has got his lads in for training on Friday and Saturday but given them the rest of the week, including Sunday, off.ChelseaIt is good news for Chelsea – they have a good amount of time off before heading back to Cobham early next week.Fikayo Tomori has been with Leicester’s Demarai Gray and Tammy Abraham in Dubai, Reece James is soaking up the sun, as is Callum Hudson-Odoi who is in Dubai.Ross Barkley and Mason Mount, though, were among those to use the time off for some extra training.17 Fikayo was also spotted with Leicester star Demarai GrayCredit: Instagram / @fikayotomori17 Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori are away togetherCredit: Instagram / @tammyabraham117 Jorginho jetted back to Brazil to spend time with friends in the country of his birthCredit: Instagram17 No rest for Ross Barkley and Mason Mount who are working hard on the training groundCredit: Instagram / @rossbarkleyCrystal Palace*Palace travel to Everton on Saturday but then have some time off next week with no training abroad booked.Everton*The Toffees players will get a few days off after the Palace game but then will have some extended training.Leicester CityJames Maddison, Gray and Ben Chilwell are all away already, making the most of their time off with no formal squad trip.LiverpoolKlopp and his players skipped the FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury to ensure they got their winter break in full.Adam Lallana, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold headed to the USA, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino both opted for the Maldives with their wives and Georginio Wijnaldum chose Dubai.Manchester City*The only one of the traditional ‘big six’ in action this weekend and then the players have four days off next week.Pep Guardiola considered a training camp but decided to give players more time with families.17 Gray and Ben Chilwell are close friends on and off the pitchCredit: Instagram / @demarai View this post on Instagram When she don’t reply to the dm… A post shared by James Maddison (@madders) on Feb 3, 2020 at 9:21am PST View this post on Instagram ❤️ A post shared by Rebeca Tavares (@rebecas.tavares) on Feb 3, 2020 at 9:43pm PST View this post on Instagram Eu te amo, COMO EU TE AMO! ❤️ A post shared by Lari Firmino (@larissa_peereira) on Feb 3, 2020 at 9:42pm PST View this post on Instagram Capture the moment, live to the fullest 🙏🏾 A post shared by Gini Wijnaldum (@gwijnaldum) on Feb 3, 2020 at 12:50pm PST Manchester UnitedOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s have 16 days between the Wolves draw and the trip to Chelsea so are off until Saturday.Then the Manchester United team head to Marbella for a week of training, with Qatar vetoed by the manager due to tensions in the Middle East.Fred took his wife Monique on a second honeymoon while Marcus Rashford got away early due to injury so he could attend the Super Bowl.Jesse Lingard meanwhile has been putting in the extra hard yards alongside Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot.NewcastleAfter the Oxford FA Cup replay, the Magpies squad have been given five days off.NorwichFor the Prem’s bottom side, it is business as usual and training will carry on.Sheffield United*The Blades are heading away together for a few days after the Bournemouth game but details have been kept private.SouthamptonLike most, Southampton’s players will enjoy a few days off before attention switches to focus on Burnley.TottenhamThe players are set to be handed some time off after the Southampton FA Cup replay and are expected back in early next week.17 Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw are putting in the extra yardsCredit: Instagram / @jesselingard17 Fred and his wife Monique are enjoying some more down time in the MaldivesCredit: Instagram / @fred08oficial View this post on Instagram Probably one of the only Superbowls I could have seen live during my career and what an experience 🏈 Congrats @chiefs and @patrickmahomes ❤️ And congrats 🐐 on an amazing half time show! A post shared by Marcus Rashford (@marcusrashford) on Feb 2, 2020 at 7:12pm PSTLatest Premier League newsExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidHEAT IS OFFHeaton will miss Aston Villa’s 10-game relegation dogfight with knee injuryPASSED THE TESTHuge boost to Project Restart with ZERO positive results in new Covid testsWatford*Watford face Brighton on Saturday but then Nigel Pearson will let them enjoy a few days to themselves.West Ham*The Times report that, despite having two weeks off after facing Manchester City on Saturday, the Hammers’ plans still haven’t been finalised.WolvesThey headed to La Manga on Monday for warm-weather training and are due back on Friday.Nuno Espirito Santo will give them the weekend off but training will resume as normal next week.Jesse Lingard, Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot head for Man Utd warm-weather training early and cut short winter breaklast_img read more

Rain or Shine, TNT trip foes

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Riviera Classic: Mondilla grabs early 2-shot lead OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES The starting lineup delivered in twin digits for the Texters, who dealt away De Ocampo to Meralco in a three-team trade on Monday as TNT went on to deal the Road Warriors their third loss in 10 games.NLEX gets another chance to nail a twice-to-beat incentive on Sept. 24 against Star.Phoenix is out of contention after the Fuel Masters lost for the eighth straight game and dropped to 2-8.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Rain or Shine couldn’t afford to lose this one, as it closes out against Barangay Ginebra, Alaska and souped-up Blackwater in its chase for a twice-to-beat privilege in the quarterfinals.“We were lucky to win this game,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said after Gilas Pilipinas regulars Raymond Almazan and Gabe Norwood bailed the Painters out in the fourth. “We started strong, but our intensity was down in the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneTNT KaTropa began life without Ranidel de Ocampo by formalizing its entry into the quarterfinals after holding back NLEX, 112-107, later in the night.Glen Rice Jr. churned out a triple double with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists that negated a night-high nine turnovers as the Texters won for the second straight game to improve to 6-3 and take solo third at the moment. MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Phoenix’s Brandon Brown gets all tangled up with Rain or Shine’s Chris Tiu and Beau Belga. —AUGUST DELA CRUZANTIPOLO—Blowing hot early and finding the resilience to bounce back from a lethargic stretch in the third, Rain or Shine on Wednesday night tripped Phoenix Petroleum, 116-111, to stay in the top four hunt in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here.The Elasto Painters saw an 18-point lead in the first half vanish but regrouped with aplomb when winning time came to rise to 5-3 and gain a momentary tie for No. 4 with San Miguel Beer heading into the final two weeks of the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

NU rides MVP tandem of Nabor-Santiago en route to perfect run

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Alejandro frustrated with NU’s lack of effort against UE Jaja Santiago was the unstoppable force while Jasmine Nabor kept National University’s engine running like a well-oiled machine.Nabor, the placid playmaker, set the table for Santiago and the rest of the Lady Bulldogs’ power hitters like Aiko Urdas and Risa Sato, who more often than not finished off her well-placed sets in emphatic fashion.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 READ: Jaja Santiago fittingly named PVL MVPThe 18-year-old Nabor was at her best in the grandest stage as she and Santiago led NU to a finals sweep of Far Eastern University in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNabor had 46 excellent sets in Game 1 on Wednesday before putting up 45 on Saturday while Santiago unleashed 55 points in the finals duel.READ: Lady Bulldogs sweep way to PVL Collegiate crown Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Nabor wound up with the Finals MVP award on the exact same night that Santiago was officially named conference MVP.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

LIBA President Decries Tribal, Sectarian Division

first_imgLiberian Business Association president Dee Maxwell S. Kemayah is calling Liberians to rise up against those in the habit of using tribal and sectarian divisions to inflict inequality on Liberians.Making the call last Sunday at the Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Sinkor, where he and other personalities of the church were honored, Mr. Kemayah noted that at one point in time a certain group of people sectionalized the people of Liberia and the majority were marginalized in the use of the country’s wealth.There was another time in the country’s history, Mr. Kemayah said, when people were asked for their tribes before receiving any opportunity to acquire something or to have the right of passage.As a result of these situations, the LIBA president said the country has suffered not only economic and developmental retrogression, but also suffered years of civil strife that caused serious consequences on its growth and development.It is this same divide and rule syndrome that the country still experiences today, where millions of citizens are facing abject poverty with no social services extended to them.Sensing that it is the same situation pertaining in some Liberian churches, Mr. Kemayah urged religious institutions including churches and mosques, to practice values that will show cohesion instead of division.To create an inclusive society that will be pleasing to everyone, citizens must seek a person who will bring value to the society and not one who instigates divide and rule.He admonished that Liberians need to go beyond tribal or sectional sentiments to appraise people by what they contribute to the society.The LIBA president was honored along with three others, Senator Edward B. Dagoseh, Stalink K. Javon and David T. Morris, for what the church described as their “valuable services rendered to society”.Senator Dagoseh, who is also a deacon of the church, said in brief remarks that he does not believe in too much talking, but taking concrete actions that will impact people.He then contributed LD$60,000 towards the school project undertaken by the church.The senior pastor of the church, Rev. Galison M. George, recounted that these men, especially Mr. Kemayah, had taken personal interest in the activities of the church.Dea. George O.C. Kaicora, Sr., in his sermon, urged all those serving on the church’s Deacon Board to consider themselves as servants responsible for three tables, which are, the Holy Communion, the pastor’s table and benevolence.Dea. Kaicora urged them not to exercise authority over the pastor of the church, but see themselves as helpers of the pastor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cevon’s in hot water with Region 10 RDC over “illegal dumping”

first_imgBy Utamu BelleConcerns are presently being raised by the Region 10 Democratic Council (RDC) over the alleged discriminate dumping of waste by Cevon’s Waste Disposal in the vicinity of the Linden Watershed situated at Wismar.The issue formed part of a back and forth discussion at the RDC statutory meeting on Thursday, with Councillor Douglas Gittens referring to the alleged act as an “illegal operation”.The meeting which was held on ThursdayHowever, in 2012, a contract was signed between the previous administration of the RDC and Cevon’s for the company to conduct waste disposal operations in the Linden community. While the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) was the sole entity responsible for the community’s waste management, the Council had opted not to engage in collaboration with Cevon’s.In addressing the issue at the meeting, Regional Chairman Renis Morian resorted to informing the Council of the contract which was signed by the previous RDC. He made a promise to have the content of the contract be made available to the Council.“It’s a strange contract. All the then REO signed to is for Cevon’s Waste to operate in Linden. But Cevon’s Waste had to go to the individual homes and get their own contract to pick up the waste from persons. The problem that came out of this is that Cevon’s is dumping within the Watershed Management”, Morian stated.Gittens, who was also a part of the previous RDC indicated that the contract was expected to be overlooked by that Council, however since it was not under its jurisdiction, Cevon’s was instructed to consult with the LM&TC. He opined that this was not done.“…I think they made a decision to send them away and let Linden people deal with the situation because we have the capacity to deal with something like this on our own. People bought trucks and are willing to provide the service. Why somebody got to come from town to do it?” Gittens exclaimed.This was refuted by Councillor Gordon Callender who was part of the previous LM&TC. “We had no discussions over this issue… when that document (was) signed it just appeared just so at the Town Council to say contract signed, Cevon’s in the place. We didn’t know anything about it,” he said.This was partially refuted by Councillor Charles Sampson who was also of LM&TC at the time. Sampson disclosed that initial discussions were conducted at the time, however the Council disagreed with the proposal made by the waste disposal entity.“As a private company, we could not stop Cevon’s from doing business in Linden, especially if they went to individual members of the community and put forward their proposal to do business… We could not object to that… I don’t have a problem with Cevon’s doing business in Linden if they’re doing business with private individuals but we always said that the municipality had a responsibility to collect garbage in the town and that is what we stuck to…”, he reiterated.Meanwhile, Regional Executive Officer Gavin Clarke said while the RDC may not be able to stop Cevon’s from operating, it can still hold the entity responsible for the way it does so, also to terminate its contract if the relevant specifications are not met.last_img read more

Govt taps into Treasury for $6.4 billion

first_imgThe coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC), six months into its second financial year, has already tapped the treasury another .3 billion, in addition to the 0 billion Budget for 2017.Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Friday tabled the first financial paper for 2017Parliament sitting on Friday where legislators heard of monies being withdrawn from the Treasuryfor a period outlined between January 1 and December 31, 2017.The Financial Paper, No 1/2007, as presented by the Finance Minister, details the expenditure being divided into $143.6 million to be used on recurring expenditure to be used by the Ministry of the Presidency and the Finance Ministry.Of that allocation of $143.6 million, the document detailed, $130 million will be utilised by the Finance Ministry, not only for recurring expenditure, but the money also provides for the establishment of a Special Purpose Unit to manage the reform of the sugar industry.According to the Financial Paper, “this amount ($130 million) includes provision for employment costs, utilities, professional and legal fees, advertisements, office space, and operating supplies, furniture and equipment.”This money has been represented as subsidies and contributions to localFinance Minister Winston Jordanorganisations.Meanwhile, provisions have also been made for the Department of Innovation and Education Reform, housed in the Ministry of the Presidency.The Financial Paper outlines the additional spending on this department. One of the glaring increases for this department is the more-than 700 per cent increase in employment cost for its contracted employees – up from an originally voted provision of $899,000 to more than $6.3 million.This department is also slated to receive, under Capital Expenditure, in excess of $3 million for the provision of furniture and equipment.Another of the beneficiaries of the largesse supplementary provisions from the national coffers is the Public Infrastructure Ministry.While some of the provisions represent inflows from foreign-funded projects, in excess of $1.4 billion were taken from the national coffers in order to meet expenditure related to the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport at $300 million, a final payment on the rehabilitation of the MV Lady Northcote, in addition to money “to meet the increased cost of vehicle.”Other projects for which Government has expended additional sums of money relate to the construction of highway overpasses to be constructed at Houston, Eccles, Peters’ Hall, Diamond, and Providence East Bank Demerara.According to the Financial Paper, “this supplemental request is premised on the fact that the government has successfully completed negotiations with the IDB to utilise uncommitted balances that would have been cancelled as at March 31, 2017…The final disbursement date has consequently been revised to December 31, 2017.Another $160 million have been allocated for repair to the sinkhole project in the vicinity of the Kitty Pump Station.Other projects to benefit from the allocations include several of the large road repairs and construction, and the upgrade of the power grid at almost $2 billion.It was explained in the Financial Paper that the provision represent an inflow from the IDB to facilitate the payment of mobilisation advance and other areas under the programme, including the supervision of civil works and management of the project.The bond and advances were supposed to have been paid in 2016, according to the Finance Minister, but this did not obtain.last_img read more

Raging Buffon’s crazy Champions League farewell

first_img0Shares0000Gianluigi Buffon raged at English referee Michael Oliver and was sent off after he awarded the late penalty that out Real Madrid into the semi-finals of the Champions League © AFP/File / OSCAR DEL POZOTURIN, Italy, Apr 12 – Gianluigi Buffon’s Champions League career came to a bitter end on a crazy night with the Juventus legend sent off in Madrid and then accusing the referee of having “a rubbish bin instead of a heart”.The veteran goalkeeper’s frustration spilled over at the Santiago Bernabeu after Juventus beat Real Madrid 3-1 on the night, but were eliminated 4-3 on aggregate in the quarter-final after English referee Michael Oliver awarded the Spaniards a contested 97th-minute penalty. “In place of a heart he has a rubbish bin,” raged 40-year-old Buffon after Oliver pointed to the spot for Mehdi Benatia’s challenge on Lucas Vazquez in the dying minutes.Buffon was given his first ever red card in 117 Champions League games and after Wojciech Szczesny had taken his place in the Juventus goal, Cristiano Ronaldo coolly slotted home the spot kick to put defending champions Real Madrid through to the semi-finals.“You have to be a murderer to make the last two decisions the referee made,” Buffon, the Juve captain, said later.“You cannot ruin the dreams of a team. I could’ve told the referee anything at that moment, but he had to understand the degree of the disaster he was creating,” he continued.“If you can’t handle the pressure and have the courage to make a decision, then you should just sit in the stands and eat your crisps.”It was another blow for the charismatic 2006 World Cup winner who was reduced to tears after Italy dramatically failed to qualify for the global showpiece in November’s playoffs.Juventus have finished runners-up twice in the Champions League in the past three years and Wednesday’s defeat was probably Buffon’s last chance to continue his bid for the only major title missing from his collection.“I’m not here to judge what the referee saw, because it was a borderline incident,” he said, continuing his diatribe.“All I’ll say is that you can’t be that cynical in the 93rd minute, to shatter the dreams of a team that had given everything it had to give.“I’ve always found it an honour to go up against this team and this club in front of this crowd, but tonight we deserved extra time at the very least.”Juventus president Andrea Agnelli said he could understand Buffon’s fury and called for the introduction of the use of VAR in the Champions League — it is already used in the Serie A in Italy.“The referee did not understand anything, and tonight the least happy person of all should be him,” said Agnelli.Benatia, whose challenge led to the penalty, said: “It’s unbelievable that our captain isn’t allowed to speak to the referee -– the red card was very harsh.”– ‘Stolen dream’ –Before he saw red, Gianluigi Buffon celebrated Juventus’ third goal scored by Blaise Matuidi that put them on level terms with Real Madrid on aggregate © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOBuffon’s dismissal generated a storm back home with Turin daily La Stampa lamenting “the beauty of football, and its cruelty”.“(The penalty) ruined everything, including Buffon’s farewell to the Champions League. The dream was stolen, the achievement cannot be reached. It hurts to go out like this.”“It hurts badly, very badly,” agreed Italian daily Corriere della Sera. “Juventus deserved more, much more, at least extra-time.”“The rage and the pride,” headlined Gazzetta dello Sport of “a night of regrets”.“Every referee knows that there are times when whistling has a different weight, and therefore only the most obvious fouls are punished,” wrote Gazzetta dello Sport, claiming that Oliver “was not up to the challenge”.Tuttosport, a paper based in Juventus’ home city of Turin, said it was “an undeserved ending — just as Buffon doesn’t deserve to end his career in Europe with a red card.”After the frustration, Buffon — who had said this season would be his final one — must turn his attention to winning a seventh straight Serie A title with Juventus, and completing the double with the Italian Cup.Next up is a Serie A game against Sampdoria on Sunday with a potential title decider against Napoli on April 22, and the Italian Cup final against AC Milan on May 9.And there remains another record which could prove a lure for Buffon to continue his club career — Paolo Maldini’s record for Serie A appearances.Buffon has played 635 times in Italy’s top flight, but with seven games remaining this season he would fall short of former AC Milan defender Maldini’s record of 647.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more