Laporta will announce before the end of the year whether to stand for the Barça elections

first_imgThe lawyer Joan Laporta, who was president of FC Barcelona between 2003 and 2010, assured this Wednesday that he will announce “before the end of the year” whether or not he decides to stand for the club’s presidential elections, initially scheduled for the summer of 2021.In a statement to ‘Deportes Cuatro’, Laporta indicated that he maintains the illusion and has “a project for the future.” Although he has proposed not to reveal his plans before the end of the year, he admitted that he is bringing together “a group of people” he trusts, “professionals, with experience” to do so.The lawyer has the desire to experience the last soccer stage of players like Leo Messi. “I am very excited to manage this period, I see myself winning ‘Champions’ and the League”, Laporta pointed out, who joked about it when remembering that in his stage “the madridistas did not win a single one (‘Champions’)”. As for Messi’s future, Laporta said that “he will have no problems” to renew, although he understands that as captain he is upset. “If I were a Barça player, I wouldn’t be very happy either”, he claimed.He specifically referred to the Neymar case. The former president believes that “they were not clear” with the Brazilian. “I would get Neymar back for sure”, said.And for the bench, Laporta also has a candidate. “Xavi? Of course it would be possible. It would be like the natural solution, the time will come when you consider it. He has to decide the moment, “he said.last_img read more

INSPORTS in limbo

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) has found itself in a bind as the role of the administrative director, Ian Andrews, particularly as it relates to signing powers, has not been restored – as mandated – by the board of directors, which is led by Don Anderson.As a result, staff and creditors of the government-run agency are being significantly impacted as health benefits and personal deductions for staff, which have been signed by Andrews, are not being co-signed by Anderson or any other board member.Also, some creditors who have rendered services in various sports development programmes carried out by the government organisation cannot be paid, as Anderson refuses to co-sign the cheques with the administrative director.And only last week, one creditor, Edward Cooke, filed for compensation by the agency through his lawyer, for monies ($619,000) owed by INSPORTS.The issue is long-running, since September last year when Andrews was sent on administrative leave and his signing powers revoked by the board, following appraisal by the Auditor General’s Department.The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), which mediates on behalf of government workers, intervened and cited discrepancies in the removal, noting that it was unconstitutional.It said the decision to send Andrews on administrative leave was not in line with public-sector leave protocol and instructed Andrews to remain in his job as the board acted irrational and without foundation.The JCSA also insisted that Andrews’ signing powers be restored and even warned against the current dilemma facing the Institute, as a result of the administrative director’s signing restrictions.”This goes against proper governance … and will impair the smooth running of operations,” a portion of the letter from the bargaining unit shared.Further, it said because the bank had already accepted on the board’s request to relieve Andrews of signing power, it called on Anderson to make the corrective changes with the bank to restore such privileges.Since then, the Ministry of Finance and the permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister have instructed Anderson to restore the signing powers of the administrative director. However, he has refused.The request was first made at a meeting between representatives of government ministries, the INSPORTS board and Andrews.In a letter to Anderson dated November 9, 2015, Alison McLean, chief technical director, Ministry of Finance, called for the expedition of the removal of the administrative leave and that “any consequential arrangements that were predicated on that instruction be rescinded from the date of the correspondence as agreed in the October 6, 2015 meeting”.A second letter to Anderson, dated November 18, 2015, from Elaine Foster-Allen, permanent secretary attached to the OPM, instructed: “Following our conversation this morning (Foster-Allen-Anderson), I write to confirm that the directives issued in relation to the administrative leave of administrative director Ian Andrews, which has been withdrawn, also indicated that his authority to sign on behalf of the Institute of Sports has been restored.”Please be kind enough to indicate that this has been done.”When The Gleaner asked Anderson about his refusal to follow the directives, he gave no clear answer.”That is a redundant question (why Andrews’ signing power is not restored). When you spoke to me last week I told you exactly what the position was … The thing about it is that I have answered this question already, unless you are trying to stoke up something else,” he said.”Talk to me in a few days time and all will be clear, hopefully. But I have to be sensible about my response, so later on we will talk,” he promised.last_img read more

Prep notes: May may scout game sans guilt

first_imgHowever, they won’t know whom they’re going to play until Wednesday night when Huntington Beach hosts Tustin. The winner of that game plays Los Alamitos and May and his coaching staff would like to be there in person to scout both teams. One problem, though. Wednesday is also Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. So what is a married coach to do? Most wives would get mad at their husbands for volunteering to work on Valentine’s Day but luckily for him, Los Alamitos boys basketball coach Russ May doesn’t have that problem. After winning the Sunset League title and riding a 16-game winning streak into the CIF Southern Section playoffs, the Griffins (24-4) will open the postseason at home this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. “Instead of dinner and a movie, it’s probably going to be dinner and a basketball game for the wife,” May said. “Or maybe I’ll take a rain check on Valentine’s Day. Actually, my wife is pretty competitive. She’d probably send me to the game rather than have dinner.” Some coaches might not want a bye this time of the year for fear of losing whatever momentum they had entering the playoffs but if you ask St. Anthony coach Glenn Marx, he’ll take one every time. The Saints finished the regular season 23-3, having won the Santa Fe League with a perfect 8-0 record. As a result, they were seeded second in Division IV-A and have a bye in Wednesday’s first round. They won’t play again until they host a second-round game on Friday against the winner of Wednesday’s Webb-L.A. Baptist contest. “I like having a bye in the first round,” Marx said. “We don’t have to play a game on Wednesday and we get to scout our next opponent in person. And whoever wins only has one day to prepare for us. I think we have the advantage.” center_img Just about every year, there’s a lot of pressure on Artesia in the playoffs because usually, it’s the favorite to win its division. However, this year, the Pioneers will not have that problem because they’re no longer the hunted, but the hunter instead. Despite only having two losses during the regular season, Artesia (24-2) didn’t earn the top seed in Division I-AA. Instead, that went to Mater Dei (24-3) while the Pioneers are seeded second. Artesia beat the Monarchs on Dec. 29, 58-57 at the Orange Holiday Classic. “I guess that gives us something to shoot for,” Artesia coach Loren Grover said. “But right now, we’re not worried about rankings, we just want to play, no matter who it’s against. We haven’t played a game since last Tuesday so I think we’re all chomping on the bit to get back on the floor.” Normally in the playoffs, teams don’t know too much about their opponent and they have to rely on looking at film to scout them. La Mirada, however, won’t that have that problem. The Matadores (19-7) defeated Lawndale 56-42 on Dec. 9 in the finals of the El Rancho Tournament and as luck would have it, the Matadores drew them again in the first round of the Division I-AA playoffs Friday night. And if they win and if Gahr beats St. John Bosco in the first round, La Mirada would then play the Gladiators in the second round Feb. 20. The Matadores defeated Gahr 91-88 on Jan. 15. For the first time in a while, Compton is going to be completely healthy when it opens the playoffs Friday night at home against the winner of Wednesday’s South Torrance-J. Serra wild-card game. The latest injury for the Tarbabes (22-5) occurred last Thursday against Jordan when senior point guard Anthony Sandoval was hit in the face with an elbow. Sandoval never returned and he needed nine stitches to stop the bleeding. On Sunday, Compton coach Tony Thomas said he should have his floor general back in time for Friday’s game. “He’s going to have the stitches taken out on Thursday and we expect him to be healthy,” Thomas said. “He’s the facilitator of our offense and we need him.” – Ben Villa 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Exclusive – Wenger can get the best out of Welbeck, says Man United legend

first_imgManchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can take Danny Welbeck to the next level.The England striker joined the Gunners on transfer deadline day in a £16million move as Radamel Falcao signed for the Red Devils on loan.And as it looks like Welbeck will be given a chance to play as a central striker at the Emirates with Olivier Giroud absent through injury, Schmeichel feels Wenger is the right man to get the best out of the 23-year-old.“I don’t think it’s a gamble [by Arsene Wenger to sign Welbeck]. It’s unfair to use his goalscoring stats against him. I know he has started a few games [centrally] but he’s not really had a proper opportunity to be a number nine and he will get that at Arsenal.“Danny Welbeck is a fantastic player he’s got great technique it looks a bit awkward but it’s difficult to play against.“He’s lightning quick and I think he appreciates he has to work on his goalscoring ratio. It’s not what it should be as he gets chances, but he hasn’t been able to put them away.“Maybe he’s been working too much on the flanks and using up all his energy so when he gets an opportunity in front of goal he hasn’t got that little bit of concentration you need to stick it away.“He’s getting a chance with Arsenal now, it’s a great opportunity. I think he’s getting a great manager [in Arsene Wenger] who can bring him up to the next level.”last_img read more


first_imgA taxi-driver put his head in his hands with relief after he was found not guilty of sexually-assaulting a 20 year old woman in his cab. Jacob Okornoe, of 57 The Elms, Letterkenny had pleaded not guilty to the charge on November 28th, 2010.The father of three appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today and was found not guilty by a majority verdict after they deliberated for more than two hours. The court was told that Okornoe, 35, put his hand on the young woman’s leg and made suggestive advances towards her.The woman, who cannot be named, told the court that she had been out at her Christmas party with colleagues and got a taxi home.Another man in the taxi got out and she headed home in the front passenger seat.She claimed just five minutes into the journey, the driver starting talking suggestively to her.“He said I was making him hard and that I was a good looking girl. He put his left hand on my right leg and started rubbing it. I pushed him off and told him to stop – he did it again and I was really frightened.“I understood that hard meant is that I was making his penis hard,” she said.The young woman asked to get out of the taxi but the driver locked the doors and didn’t speak for the rest of the journey.“I was really scared” said the woman.She eventually arrived at a friend of her sister’s house and told them what had happened.Later that day she made a complaint to Gardai.The cab-driver was tracked down by CCTV as he was wearing an unusual hat.The hat was found by Gardai who came to his home with a search warrant.When interviewed, the taxi-driver said he never made any sexual suggestions or put his hand on the woman’s legs and dint even remember what she was wearing.He said he thought the woman was a bad woman because she said she was married and that she had just cheated on her husband.He said he came from a Christian family and that he loved his wife.He said the woman became angry when he asked her not to smoke in his cab.Barrister for the accused, Damian Crawford, appealed to the jury to consider their judgement very carefully.“A conviction for sexual assault is not just for Christmas, it’s for life,” he warned.After two hours, the jury returned and said they could not reach a unanimous verdict.Judge John O’Hagan said he would then accept a majority verdict of 11 to 1 or 10 to 2.The jury returned again a short time later and said they had found the taxi-driver not guilty.TAXI-DRIVER FOUND NOT GUILTY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT OF WOMAN IN CAB was last modified: February 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:letterkennynot guiltysexual assaulttaxi-driverlast_img read more


first_imgMembers of the Atlantic Coast Classic Car Club gathered at their Club headquarters in the Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Town on Tuesday Aug 2nd to present a cheque to the Donegal Hospice.The money was raised from the PJ Treacy Memorial Run & Draw which resulted in a cheque for €2,405 being presented to Mary Service of the Donegal Hospice.She thanked the members and committee for the much needed cash and assured them the money would be used “wisely and effectively in the delivery of first class hospice care in the county”. The AC Classic Car Club members cars have been used in numerous fund raising events in the South Donegal area.Your next chance to see these magnificent cars will be at the Family Fun Day in the Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Town on the afternoon of Sun. Sept 25th in aid of Animals In Need (Donegal)Photo Caption: 1st Group: Kevin Haines, Tony McDermott (Proprietor Mill Park Hotel), Maureen & Brian McGivern,  Middle Group: Eddie Ferry (President;  Atlantic Coast Classic Car Club) Mary Service & Philomena McGill (Donegal Hospice), , Martin Treacy (Secretary; Atlantic Coast Classic Car Club), Michael & Dylan Martin, Peadar McGinty. 3rd Group: Barney Cullens, Dan Kelly, Mickey Ferry, Chris Hewitt . Pic Paul O SullivanCLASSIC CAR CLUB RAISE CASH FOR HOSPICE was last modified: August 3rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgAN Inishowen man has admitted his role in an arson attack on apartments in Bundoran.John Fullerton, 33, of Park Lane Apartments in Buncrana appeared at Donegal Circuit Criminal Court.Fullerton pleaded guilty to arson at Williamson’s Flats at West End in Bundoran on September 12, 2011. He also pleaded guilty to damaging a car at Magheracar in Bundoran on the same date.Judge John O’Hagan adjourned sentencing until March 25 and ordered a probation report.He also asked the prosecution to allow the victims of the incidents to be allowed to make impact statements on that date.BUNCRANA MAN ADMITS ARSON ATTACK IN BUNDORAN was last modified: December 10th, 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) Tags:BUNCRANA MAN ADMITS ARSON ATTACK IN BUNDORANFullertonlast_img read more

Research opportunities

first_imgDespite the impetus to direct funding towards post-apartheid development imperatives like housing and basic service supply, the government is now prioritising research.Most research capacity in the higher education sector is located in the country’s top 12 universities, but the National Research Foundation is spending R43-million each year in an equity drive to boost research activity in the historically disadvantaged institutions. (Image: School Moves)Brand South Africa ReporterAfter years of academic isolation, the country’s higher education institutions have eagerly rejoined the international research environment.The country puts out more research than any other on the continent, generated by 12 500 academics and as many researchers based at research councils, institutes and companies. There are hundreds of researchers who have achieved international recognition as leaders in their fields of research.Most research capacity in the higher education sector is located in the country’s top 12 universities, but the National Research Foundation is spending R43-million each year in an equity drive to boost research activity in the historically disadvantaged institutions. Altogether, the higher education sector contributes 34 percent of the country’s research and development initiatives.Despite the impetus to direct funding towards post-apartheid development imperatives like housing and basic service supply, the government is now prioritising research. In 2001, state funding for research increased by 15%.The challenges presented by a developing country combined with first-world teaching and research facilities at some of our universities and technikons, provide unique opportunities for study and research in South Africa. Many local institutions are working in collaboration with foreign institutions, and many academics from abroad spend periods of time here.Applied research projectsThrip. Higher education institutions are also forging links with private companies on applied research projects. The government’s huge Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (Thrip) embraces government, industry, science councils and higher education institutions in joint ventures to develop new technology and skills for the country.Innovation Fund. The government has also set up an Innovation Fund, which received R125-million for 2000 – 2001. The initiative encourages multi-disciplinary collaboration on projects addressing major social and economic problems. Countless opportunities exist for students to embark on academic study and research that has a real impact on the broader society.Statutory research bodiesSouth Africa has eight statutory science councils through which the government commissions research for social, scientific and technological development. Each has its own web site, offering a huge range of science-, technology- and industry-related information, archives, databases, services, products, funding and other facilities.National Research Foundation. The NRF promotes research through funding, human resource development and the provision of research facilities in order to facilitate knowledge creation, innovation and development in all areas of science and technology. The NRF’s web site has plenty of information on research and funding opportunities in the higher education sector.For specific information on bursaries and scholarships administered by the NRF, click here.To access research funds for research to be conducted at historically black universities, click here.Agricultural Research Council. The Agricultural Research Council promotes agriculture and related sectors through research, technology development and technology transfer.Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The CSIR is the largest scientific and technological research, development and implementation organisation in Africa.Council for Geosciences. The Council for Geosciences provides geoscience information and services for the benefit of the people of South Africa.Human Sciences Research Council. The HSRC facilitates problem-solving and enhances decision-making through research excellence in the human sciences.Medical Research Council. The MRC improves South Africans’ health status and quality of life through relevant and excellent health research.Mintek. Mintek is one of the world’s leading technology providers, specialising in mineral processing, extractive metallurgy and related fields.South African Bureau of Standards. The SABS is responsible for the development and publication of standards for products and services.Other research organisationsAfrica Institute of South Africa. The AISA Promotes research on Africa and aims to further the aims of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).Southern African Association for Institutional Research. The SAAIR furthers research and development in the context of research units in higher education institutions.South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education. The SAARDHE aims to further research in higher education with grants and awards.For more information on research opportunities, visit Study South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Backing Up a WordPress Blog to the Cloud Using Amazon S3

first_imgalex williams Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market We posted yesterday about founder Matt Mullenweg and his view that cloud computing is marketing speak. The conversation followed a significant outage. In our research looking into the role that cloud computing played, we discovered a lot of discussions about backing up your account. One method looks especially interesting. With an Amazon S3 account, you can do an automatic back up to the cloud with a WordPress plugin called Automatic WordPress Back Up. Dan Coulter developed the plugin. It is sponsored by Web Design Company. The plugin makes it pretty simple to back up your blog. All you need to do is provide an Amazon S3 account key. Digital Inspiration’s Amit Agerwal says there are few advantages to this approach:The plug-in won’t just backup your WordPress databases but it will save a copy of your WordPress themes, plug-ins and other important configuration files (like .htaccess, wp-config.php, etc) to Amazon S3.Amazon S3 charges you for every byte of data storage so you can set the plugin to automatically delete backups that are older than a month.You can either run scheduled backups (once per day, or per month) or take snapshots manually. The backup happens in the background and you don’t have to wait in the browser for the process to complete.Of course there are several ways to back up your WordPress account. But this looks like an effective way to use the cloud to automatically keep your blog backed up in case of an emergency. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more