FC Barcelona’s Paulinho, right, celebrates after scoring with his teammate Luis Suarez during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored first-half goals in a 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday, restoring Barcelona’s nine-point lead of the Spanish league while it awaits the arrival of Philippe Coutinho.Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga by giving Barcelona the early lead and taking his all-time record in the competition to 365 goals.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coutinho will be officially presented Monday after a transfer deal that could reach 160 million euros ($192 million).“(Coutinho) is a player who I think can bring many things to the team,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “He scores goals and provides assists, and in attack he can help us a lot.”Not that Barcelona needs it in the league. Atletico Madrid, which beat Getafe 2-0 on Saturday, remains a distant second, and fourth-place Real Madrid stumbled again on Sunday when it drew at Celta Vigo 2-2.The win took Barcelona’s unbeaten streak to 27 straight matches.Ousmane Dembele started for Barcelona and played just more than an hour before being substituted in his second appearance since returning from a left-leg injury that sidelined him since mid-September. 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Barcelona said Coutinho has yet to meet with his new teammates and coach, although he did make an appearance at the stadium for a photo session after Sunday’s match.“This is like living a dream,” Coutinho told the club’s website. “It’s incredible to know that I am going to play with my idols, players who have made history. Players like Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, (Andres) Iniesta, (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Busquets… I am happy to be able to live with and learn from them, and to win titles.” “In these three months I have been able to learn Barcelona’s philosophy, now I am eager to help the team,” Dembele said.Until the deal for Coutinho, Dembele was the club’s most expensive signing for a transfer fee of 105 million euros that could rise to 147 million euros.Messi once again this season connected with left back Jordi Alba, who headed back his pass for the Argentina forward to use one touch to volley in off the far post in the 12th minute and record his league-leading 16th goal of the season.Javier Mascherano started for Barcelona amid widespread speculation that he wants to leave in search of more playing time.The defender helped to set up Barcelona’s second goal by lobbing a pass over Levante’s defense where Sergi Roberto used one touch to send it to Suarez in the 38th. The striker controlled the ball with his left foot before sweeping home with his right for his 11th goal of the season and his sixth in a five-round scoring streak.After Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two superb saves, Messi effectively finished the match by dribbling to the endline before squaring a pass for Paulinho to tap in for his seventh goal of the season.Barcelona reserve-team striker Jose Arnaiz debuted in the league as a late substitute.___16 POINTS BEHINDReal Madrid wasted a brace by Gareth Bale as it fell further behind the top three teams after drawing at Celta. Bale’s two goals in a three-minute span in the first half overturned an opener by Celta’s Daniel Wass.But they weren’t enough for the win amid an uninspiring performance by Cristiano Ronaldo, and poor defending by Marcelo and the rest of Madrid’s backline.Celta outplayed Madrid in the second half and its defenders left unmarked striker Maxi Gomez to head in a pass by Wass for an equalizer in the 82nd.Celta’s Iago Aspas went close to scoring twice, hitting the post early and having a penalty kick saved by Keylor Navas after the goalkeeper had fouled him in the 71st.The result left Madrid 16 points behind Barcelona, although with a match in hand, after only managing to win three of its last eight league games.“I have to find out what the problem is,” coach Zinedine Zidane said. “Sometimes we play 90 minutes well, but it is true that recently we don’t do it regularly. We need to have more confidence in our chances, and recently we don’t have the confidence to play 90 minutes well.”___OTHER RESULTSAthletic Bilbao beat Alaves 2-0, Leganes edged Real Sociedad 1-0, and Deportivo La Coruna drew 1-1 at Villarreal. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Communications Network (NCN) Lennox Cornette has sought to defend his name against rising media reports against him, that he was appointed although he had committed a criminal act 17 years ago, while an employee of the then Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T).New NCN CEO Lennox CorletteCornette was appointed last week as the new CEO of the State-owned entity, replacing Molly Hassan, who held the post for two years. Since his appointment, online news outfits have reported that Cornette, while serving as Public Relations Officer of the telephone giant, had forged the signature of the company’s then Deputy General Manager Terry Holder; an offence for which he was immediately fired.But on Tuesday, Cornette in a media release, sought to clear his name, defending that the “signature issue” occurring at GT&T had nothing to do with any financial improprieties. According to him, it was an in-house matter which was dealt with internally by GT&T. This, he said, could be attested to by the company.“Since my departure from GT&T at the end of 1999, the company and I have maintained cordial relations. In May 2011, the company asked me to chair the 16th Tele Gathering Meeting that it was hosting in Guyana over the Easter weekend. Tele Gathering is an annual event of telecos in the Caribbean. Stabroek News’ report on that meeting mentioned my name as chairing the proceedings,” Cornette saidHe said since the announcement by the NCN Board that he had emerged the best candidate among those interviewed for the post, numerous attacks have been fired on his person from online news sources. Apart from his issue with GT&T, Cornette said the attacks also questioned his ability to manage the broadcasting company. This he sought to also defend.“In relation to my ability to manage the national broadcaster, I have more than 20 years’ experience in management and executive management positions, I have successfully fulfilled several consultancies for national and international organisations, and I have done my Masters research on Strategic Marketing with focus on corporate identity,” the new CEO stated.He said from the leaked emails from the NCN Board discussion to what is being said in media reports, it seems obvious that someone was pre-selected outside of the Board for the CEO’s position.“However, it is now public knowledge that my submissions to the Board (all applicants were required to submit with their applications an outline of what they perceive as the mandate of NCN and how they will enhance that mandate), as well as my performance at the interview, came closest to what the Board required.”“It is my interest and deep desire to serve my country and to turn the fortunes of NCN around. NCN is a veritable well that has been blocked up by inefficient operations, lack of strategic vision and direction, inconsistencies between corporate strategies and departmental goals, inappropriate allocation of resources, lack of attendance to best practices, and staff who are not adequately motivated to pursue targets and goals,” he reasoned.He said as CEO of NCN, he intends to revolutionise the entity by ensuring that a good strategic plan is developed. This plan, he said, is aimed at operational efficiency through effective coordination of the technical, administrative, programming, and marketing components of the organisation.“A new corporate vision, objectives and major strategy components will be communicated to managers and employees. One of my first endeavours will be to stop the financial haemorrhaging and boost income generation,” Cornette said.
North Ruimveldt executionAs investigations continue into the execution-style killing of Mark Anthony Wilson, also called “QQ”, the Police are still to make an arrest, according to acting A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander, Marlon Chapman.Chapman noted that they are working with several leads and are yet to confirm whether the men left the scene in a motorcar or on foot. He added that based on initial information gathered by the Police, the two gunmen might have escaped on foot. Nevertheless, he noted the Police will continue to question residents in the area.The body of 22-year-old Wilson of Lot 1238 Canje Pheasant Lane, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was riddled with bullets by two of the three suspects at about 22:00h.This newspaper understands the young man was standing in the vicinity of the “Short Cut” when two men exited a car and opened fire on Wilson.In an attempt to escape, Wilson ran through a yard but the gunmen gave chase and continued to discharge their firearms, with several other rounds hitting him about the body. He eventually collapsed after running a short distance. The gunmen reportedly caught up with the injured man and continued to pump bullets into his body.After the gunmen made good their escape in a motorcar, persons in the neighbourhood ran to assist the injured man. He was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital but succumbed on the way to the medical facility.
By Lakhram BhagiratWhat was a bittersweet celebration for four close friends turned into a final goodbye for two of them when they met their demise following an accident at Cornelia Ida, on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) late Tuesday night.Twenty-six-year-old father of one, Romel Henry, of Lot 20 Second Street, Windsor Forest, WCD and 26-year-old route 32-minibus conductor, Doesh Sukhu of Lot 12 Gap Road, La Jalousie, WCD were both pronounced dead on arrival at the West Demerara Regional Hospital at around 00:30h on Wednesday.Dead: Doesh SukhuIt is reported that the duo were out drinking with two other friends; one of whom was expected to leave Guyana on Wednesday to permanently reside in the USA.According to the Police, investigations so far reveals that at around 23:30h on Tuesday, motor car PSS 413 driven by 25-year-old Mohammed Zahirulla Osman of Pakistan Street, La Jalousie with occupants Henry, Sukhu and 29-year-old Rajendra Nandalall of 58 Third Street, Windsor Forest, was proceeding East along the northern carriageway of the Corneila Ida Public Road, when Osman lost control of the vehicle.After losing control of the vehicle, it crashed into a fence followed by a lamppost before coming to a halt in a yard on the northern side of the road.The driver and the occupants were rushed to West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) where Henry and Sukhu were pronounced dead on arrival. While Nandalall was treated and sent away, Osman was transferred to Woodlands Hospital where he is a patient under guard.When Guyana Times visited the scene of the accident, it was cleared of all debris and residents reported seeing or hearing no accident.Dead: Romel HenrySukhu’s father, Paul Persaud, related that he got a call at around 00:30h and immediately rushed to the WDRH where he saw his only son’s lifeless body.“I went to the Hospital and when I went there they tell me to identify the body. It was the two of them, I identified it, and the doctors said that he died on arrival. His body was smooth but no major damage but the back of his head was bleeding,” he related.“He went with a friend who was scheduled to leave the country last night and they went and have couple beers and they were heading back,” he added.The elder Sukhu further stated that the Police are yet to inform the family of their findings despite repeated requests. He also explained that his son is a farmer and part-time minibus conductor.The grieving father said he lived alone with his son and describes him as a humble, peaceful and kind individual.Meanwhile, Henry’s mother, Saleta Parbudin, said she is unaware of the circumstances surrounding her son’s death since information is not forthcoming.“I don’t know what time (I received the call) but my cousin called me and said that my nephew ah come with this car to come collect you to go collect Rome ah CI (Cornelia Ida). When they carry me, there is no Rome and they carry me to Best (WDRH). I didn’t get to see my son. I hear they said two person dead already so me say ‘weh meh son?’ ‘Me want see meh son’ and me start scream and me run to the door at the Best Hospital and meh brother and boujee (sister-in-law) bring me home back and me nah get fuh see meh son, till today (Wednesday) meh nah get fuh see meh son,” the grieving mother related.Fighting back tears, Parbudin added that her son came home from lunch around midday on Tuesday and went back out to his barbershop and never returned home.Relatives who identified Henry’s body said the young man’s body was badly mangled and suspected his entire left shoulder and leg were broken. They said he also had a gaping hole to the side of his head.Henry leaves to mourn his wife and nine-month-old son.Both bodies are at the Ezekiel Funeral Parlour awaiting post-mortem examinations which are expected to be performed on Friday. Police investigations are ongoing.
It was less than half the July and August sales, but yesterday’s sale of oil and gas rights in Northeast BC still reached more than 220 million dollars. That just builds on what were already record-setting fiscal and calendar year totals, now both over $2 billion. Ninety-four of the 105 parcels offered this month were purchased, covering more than 80,000 hectares, with an average price per hectare of more than $2,700. One of two drilling licences sold, about 15 kilometres east of Chetwynd, topped out at better than $12,000 per hectare, and the pair totalled over $26 million. In addition, three licences in the western Horn River Basin, north of Fort Nelson totalled almost $98 million, with one bid topping $14,000 per hectare. This is the fifth consecutive monthly sale to produce more than $200 million in bonus bids. However, a new Oilweek article puts a damper on recent natural gas investment euphoria. It notes the recent decline in energy prices may force natural gas drillers to rethink plans for increasing Western Canadian drilling activity this winter. After surging to over $13 U.S. in July, a thousand cubic feet of natural gas is again trading for less than $8. The Petroleum Services Association of Canada, in late July, forecast 16,500 wells would be drilled nationwide this year. – Advertisement -That was still about 2,000 ahead of last fall’s forecast for 2008, but it was also about 2,000 less than the number drilled last year.
The agent of Manchester United and Chelsea target Thiago Silva has revealed his client wants to return to AC Milan.Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Silva spent three successful years at the San Siro between 2009 and 2012 and is reportedly keen to move back to the Serie A giants.The Brazil international’s agent, Paulo Tonietto, has hinted his client would choose a switch back to Milan above any other offer in the future – but insists his £35m price tag is a big stumbling block for other clubs.“One day Thiago could return to Milan, and he would like to, but at the moment there is not the slightest chance that he could change club,” Tonietto said in an interview with MilanNews.“At the moment he costs too much, he has a contract until 2018 (at PSG) and a very high salary.”He added: “Thiago Silva is doing very well at PSG and there’s no chance of him changing clubs, he’s too expensive for Milan.”United and Jose Mourinho’s men are monitoring the 30-year-old’s situation and both clubs could match Silva’s wage demands if PSG decide to cash in on their prized asset. Thiago Silva in action for Brazil 1
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was left literally cursing his luck with injuries despite a confidence-boosting 1-0 win over highflying Leicester at Anfield.Christian Benteke clinically turned home a second-half winner to inflict the Foxes first away defeat of the season as the Reds picked up their first win in four games.Benteke had replaced Belgian compatriot Divock Origi after the young striker appeared to suffer a hamstring injury in the first half, and Klopp was left dismayed as he saw yet another member of his attacking department succumb to debilitating knocks.“I did not notice before I came to England about the hamstring – it is the sh*t word of the year for me,” Klopp laughed.“It’s always hamstring, hamstring, hamstring. That’s the intensity of the game and the fixtures.“We will see [how Origi is]. I hope it’s not too serious as we have a game in the next three days and then three days after that.”Klopp opted for Origi ahead of Benteke to spearhead the Reds attack but was impressed by the latter’s match-winning contribution after first justifying his tactics.He added: “We needed his [Origi’s] speed today, he was the player for these runs and plays and he did really good for us.“But when Christian came in he fought really intensively and I don’t know too many strikers who know situations like this [his goal] so well.“It was deserved. We played too complicated at Watford but today we were much better.”
ENTERTAINMENT: Among the latest blockbusters to come to Eclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane this week is Arrival, the intense new sci-fi drama starring Amy Adams. When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. Check out all our listings @ www.eclipsecinemas.com Kids Club Sat & Sun @ 12noon Tickets €1.80 Loyalty CardsGet yours todayChristmas @ Eclipse Cinemas Lifford Strabane Eclipse Cinemas: Aliens attract sci-fi fans to ‘Arrival’ was last modified: November 10th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:Eclipse CinemasEntertainmentFilmsLiffordstrabane
A DONEGAL business woman who lost everything when her clothes shops went bust turned to a life of crime, stealing the identities of friends to swindle a bank out of tens of thousands of euro.Lorna Blackburn, who had fashion outlets in Derry and Donegal, swindled €47,452 from Halifax.She stole the identities of people she knew, applied for loans in their names and then pocketed the cash, Letterkenny Circuit Court heard. Blackburn, aged 37 and from Beltany, Raphoe, admitted what Judge John O’Hagan called “a large number of offences.”Det Garda Paul Lynch told the judge that €31,452 was still outstanding to Halifax, a debt transferred to a loan-chasing company in England since the bank pulled out of Ireland.He said €16,000 was paid off.“She cooperated with the Gardai. She has not come under adverse Garda notice since,” said the detective.He said Blackburn had owned clothes shops in Derry and Donegal but had lost everything during the economic collapse.She was now living with her mother and her daughter in rented accommodation.Defence barrister Desmond Murphy, SC, said Blackburn had nothing and had admitted 27 fraud offences.“She has managed to scrape together 260 euro for charity as a donation,” he said.“Her daughter is a One Direction fan and has been wanting to go to see them but there is no prospect of that – she has nothing left to give and there is no prospect of any money in the future.”Judge O’Hagan said Blackburn had become involved in “a series of dishonest dealings, stole IDs and used those to raise money to rescue a dying business. It didn’t work.“Some efforts have been made to pay some of the money back. She has pleaded guilty to an absolutely huge number of offences. She has nothing.“While these crimes may cry out for a custodial sentence I have decided to impose three year prison sentences on each count, but substitute that with 220 hour community service.”The judge ordered that the €260 be returned to Blackburn to spend on her young daughter.COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR BUSINESS WOMAN WHO STOLE FRIENDS’ IDENTITIES TO SWINDLE BANKS was last modified: November 7th, 2013 by John2Share 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)
DERRY All-Ireland winner and TV pundit Joe Brolly has said he hopes something can be ‘sorted’ after the GAA For All Project came to an end with the loss of four coaching jobs.Brolly was reacting after learning on Donegal Daily that Peace III funding for the programme came to an end on Friday – and no new funding had been found.“We’ll get this sorted one way or another,” said the Dungiven man, who had written just last week on how the project had assisted in coaching young players from special needs schools who had played at half-time in the Ulster semi-final between Donegal and Derry in Cavan last week. The project saw the coaches going into more than 40 schools to coach children in gaelic games. The programme reached out to members of the Protestant and new national communities and to children with special needs.Paddy Mullen, one of those behind the project, didn’t contact Donegal Daily but did post comments on Facebook in which he admitted that Peace III funding had run out last Friday and that no new funding had, as yet, been found.He said that he was “very disappointed” with the story on Donegal Daily on Sunday in relation to the job losses as funding had not been ‘axed’.“The tender, which I assisted in submitting, was for a 12 month project which ended last Friday,” said Mullen. “We are making efforts to try to find corporate sponsors and secure other funding which might allow us to run the project again from September but we cannot express enough our sincere thanks to the Peace III programme for awarding us the contract and allowing us to run such a successful project for the last 12 months.“It is, of course, unfortunate that we cannot afford to continue the employment of the excellent coaches we had recruited for the project, but we do hope that we will be in a position to rehire them again in the months ahead.”Brolly wrote about how the half-time display by teams from the Donegal Dynamos and St Bernadette’s would live long in his memory.“On Wednesday, their last day at school before the summer holidays, all the boys and girls were presented with the photographs of the day,” said Joe.“When the senior game is long forgotten, those extraordinary, joyous half time games will remain vivid in the memory.” FOOTBALL STAR BROLLY HOPES ‘GAA FOR ALL’ PROJECT CAN BE SAVED was last modified: July 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)