Oral Tracey: Windies lack pride, professionalism

first_imgFellow Gleaner columnist and radio talk show host Orville Higgins has been strident and consistent in articulating the theory that the loss of the passion for Test cricket across the Caribbean is the main reason for the demise of the once powerful and all-conquering team. Higgins opines that both the players and the people across the region no longer love the game of cricket the way they did back in the glory days, thus the players don’t do enough hard work to improve the level of their performances, and so the team itself continues to struggle to be competitive and consistent. This lack of passion, it is argued, has trickled down to the fans who are not given enough incentive to go out and watch cricket the way they used to, with the net effect being the steady and disastrous decline of West Indies cricket. While agreeing that the passion is gone, my question is: Where is the personal pride and professionalism of the players? One does not have to be passionate to have personal pride and professionalism, and as these players continue to be part of a team that slumps to spineless and record-setting defeat after record-setting defeat, where is the Caribbean pride and the hurt that would typically embarrass a West Indian to the point where that inner quest for respect and adulation would kick him into the pursuance of the necessary actions needed to lift one out of this shameful quagmire? WIMPY AND UNPROFESSIONAL Passion or no passion, the current crop of players are shameless. If it is that they really do lack passion, they are then wimpy and unprofessional. Look at their latest surrender in the first Test mauling by Australia. There were several moments during the game when players looked disconnected and distant as if they wished they were somewhere else. The timidity with which they rolled over in less than three days suggests that they had very little regard for personal or team excellence. There was one poignant incident when captain Jason Holder was batting in the first innings, with the Windies on the ropes at five down for just over 100 runs and still in arrears of over 400 runs. Holder, as the leader at the crease and with only the bowlers to come, was hit high on the pad. The umpire gave him out lbw. Holder had a little glance at non-striker Darren Bravo and then walked off. The television replays showed that the ball was heading high over the stumps by about six inches, yet the captain chose not to use his available review. That is the kind of ‘competitive softness’ that permeates the mentality of the current crop of players. Long gone are the ruthless competitors, who placed premium value on personal performances. That has nothing to do with passion. None of those champions of the golden era would ‘give themselves out’ in the heat of battle if there was the option back then of the Decision Review System. If it were just a matter of a loss of passion, then it would be much more understandable why the players and the results continue to be as disastrous as they are. But the way the players and the team continue to fold, especially in Test cricket, the embarrassing and gutless performances point to the crucial absence of personal and collective pride and shows that they have no respect for the people of the region that they represent. That is why many West Indians, me included, have absolutely no sympathy or respect for this shameless and gutless bunch. Passion or no passion, MAN MUST HAVE PRIDE.last_img read more

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Promises by the APNU

first_imgDear Editor,As stated in my previous letter dated November 13, 2018, I wish to further examine the following promises of the APNU/AFC Government against their actual performance. The following two promises were made.EconomyCreate a new economy that will stimulate rapid development through Guyana’s transformation from a raw material producer to a manufacturer of Value Added Goods.According to the latest data by the UN, within the first year in office, 2015-2016, value added within the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector declined by more than US$67M. In fact, within the manufacturing sector, value added declined by more than US$18M, with whole sale, retail and trade having a US$5M deficit. At the local level, in 2017, lending to the manufacturing sector contracted by more than $4.2 billion or 14.6%, when compared to 2015. According to the latest available data, in mid-2018 the manufacturing sector contracted by another 5.7%, to $26.0 billion. Specifically, credit to the beverages, food and tobacco industry, and for other construction and engineering, decreased by $2.6 billion (39 %) and $1.8 billion (15 %), respectively. The decline, however, is of grave economic concern, given Guyana’s future role as an oil producing country. According to economic pundits, manufacturing has been proven to be the quintessential escalator for developing countries, given its unmatched capacity to absorb low-skilled workers. In a developing country like Guyana the development of our manufacturing sector is crucial for us to avoid any negative exogenous shock that accompanies oil prices volatility.Macroeconomic StabilityThere is no doubt that our economy is quickly receding. Public enterprises, commercial banks– even the Bank of Guyana, are showing signs of great financial difficulties. Overall, according to the 2017 Bank of Guyana annual report, non-performing loans from 2014-2017 increased from 7% to 13.2%. Specifically, NPL in the business enterprise and household sector increased by more than 58% or $7.1 billion, and 65% or $3.1 billion, respectively. In the commercial banking sector, return on equity for the six major commercial banks fell from an average of 22.3% in 2014 to 2.9% in 2017. Moreover, in 2018, the debt to GDP ratio is expected to reach 54.2%, the highest in four years.At the central government level, fiscal deficit increased from $9.3B in 2015 to $34B or 277% in 2017 and is expected to further increase by another $9B by the end of 2018, to a total of $43 billion. Moreover, public enterprises moved from producing a surplus of $8B in 2015, to a deficit of $12.8B in of 2017. In 2018, it is anticipated to further increase by another $10 billion, to 22.8 billion. To fund this deficit, central government has become increasingly reliant on domestic credit, subsequently outstripping credit to the private sector in the process. From 2013 to 2017, domestic borrowing to help fund budget deficit increased from $11.3 billion to $23 billion, an increase of 110%. Notably, in 2018, this sum is expected to increase by another $11 billion, to $34 billion. As it relates to International Reserves, the Bank of Guyana recorded a decline from US$130 million to US$454 million, the lowest in 10 years. The ramification of this decline could be detrimental to our economy, and even raise scepticism surrounding our 2018 projected import bill of US$1.6 billion.In the coming weeks I will continue the examination of all the broken manifesto promises. The readers can determine whether the promises were kept and where the Government is with their manifesto.Respectfully,Mohamed Irfaan Alilast_img read more

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Linden mother of 2 commits suicide

first_imgA Linden family is now trying to come to grips with their loss following the suicide of a young mother of two. The body of Crystal Couchman, 30, was discovered hanging in the bedroom of her home at Fair’s Rust, Mackenzie, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) around 18:00h on Saturday.A relative of the deceased said the distraught family is uncertain as to what drove the woman to end her life but pointed out that she was recently separated from her child’s father.Crystal CouchmanApart from that, the relative noted that Couchman, who was employed at the Esso Gas station in Linden had appeared normal and happy earlier on Saturday.According to the relative, other family went out, leaving the woman at home, but upon their return during the evening they made the gruesome discovery.Couchman leaves to mourn her children, ages 1 and 5.last_img read more

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BREAKING: Parliament to be dissolved on December 30, 2019

first_imgPresident David Granger has issued the Proclamations for the dissolution of Parliament and the ten Regional Democratic Councils on December 30, 2019. This will pave the way for General and Regional Elections on March 2, 2020.The Proclamations were issued earlier today.Article 70 (2) of the Constitution of Guyana states that the President, may at any time, by proclamation dissolve Parliament.It is also provided in Article 61 of the Constitution that an election of members of the National Assembly under Article 60 (2) shall be held on such day within three months, after every dissolution of Parliament as the President shall appoint by Proclamation.The Proclamation for the dissolution of Parliament states, “ In exercise of the powers conferred upon me by the aforesaid articles, I do hereby dissolve the Eleventh Parliament of Guyana on the Thirtieth day of December, Two Thousand and Nineteen and appoint the Second day of March, Two Thousand and Twenty, as the day on which the election of members of the National Assembly shall be held, the issue and publication of any other Proclamation pursuant to the Constitution in this regard notwithstanding.”last_img read more

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Court says EPA can rule on gases

first_img“It is huge. It takes off the table the arguments that the Bush administration has been making in case after case – that environmental law shouldn’t apply to global warming.” The ruling directly affects whether California can order automakers to cut emissions of carbon dioxide – formed by the burning of gasoline – and other gases that trap heat in the atmosphere. In 2002, then-Gov. Gray Davis signed a first-in-the nation law that requires all new cars, passenger trucks, SUVs and minivans sold in California to cut greenhouse emissions starting with the 2009 model year. Those vehicles would begin to appear in show rooms late next year. The law required that by 2016, carmakers had to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent. Automakers sued. They claimed that California did not have the authority, saying the only way to reduce greenhouse emissions is to burn less gasoline and that only the federal government can set mileage standards. But California said it wasn’t regulating mileage standards, only a form of pollution, carbon dioxide – a move allowed under the Clean Air Act. Monday’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on global warming increases the chances that a new generation of fuel-efficient cars could begin hitting the roads as soon as next year. In a 5-4 ruling, the court – taking up global warming for the first time – declared that the federal Clean Air Act clearly allows the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon dioxide as a form of air pollution. The ruling, written by Justice John Paul Stevens, was a stern rebuke to the Bush administration, which argued the EPA had no authority to regulate greenhouse emissions under the Clean Air Act. “This is probably the most important Supreme Court environmental ruling in history,” said Carl Pope, national executive director of the Sierra Club, in San Francisco. The lawsuit, filed by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, has been put on hold in federal court in Fresno pending the outcome of the Supreme Court case. “We believe this bodes very well for us,” California EPA Undersecretary Dan Skopec said. A spokesman for the alliance would not discuss the case Monday. “The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers believes that there needs to be a national, federal, economywide approach to addressing greenhouse gases,” its president, Dave McCurdy, said Monday. If California wins the lawsuit, which now seems likely, one hurdle would remain. The Clean Air Act requires the state to gain the federal EPA’s approval for its new rules. In years past, for other rules, such waivers have been a formality. Despite requests from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during the past two years, the Bush administration has refused to grant the waiver for the greenhouse rules. “I am very encouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today that greenhouse gases are pollutants and should be regulated by the federal government,” the governor said Monday. “We expect the U.S. EPA to move quickly now in granting our request for a waiver, which will allow California and 13 other states that have adopted our standards to set tougher vehicle emissions levels.” Seventeen states – including most of New England, New York, Oregon and Washington – have either copied California’s rule or have bills pending to do so. Together they make up 50 percent of the U.S. population. In effect, California has tried to do an end-run around the Bush administration, which has embraced only voluntary greenhouse gas limits. The California EPA has said the vehicle rule could be met with such technology as low-rolling-resistance tires, more hybrid engines and variable-valve timing. By 2016, those would add $1,000 to the price of a new car, according to the state Air Resources Board, which contends drivers make up the difference with reduced fuel costs. Tom Jennings, chief counsel for the California Air Resources Board, said Monday that the state is now in the driver’s seat legally. “If EPA were to deny the waiver, we are fully prepared to litigate that,” he said. The Bush administration’s response was muted. The White House said the ruling “settled” whether the EPA could regulate the gases. “We’re going to have to take a look and analyze it and see where we go from here,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino said. Now that the EPA can regulate carbon dioxide, even if Bush is slow to act, future presidents could impose sweeping national EPA rules on factories and vehicles. That could be good news for companies in Silicon Valley and other areas who are developing solar power and other energy-efficient products, said Ron Pernick, co-founder of Clean Edge, a research firm in Portland. “It has significant ramifications,” Pernick said. “There are companies like Sharp and GE and Toyota and even Wal-Mart that already are investing in clean technology because of global warming. This is going to incentivize more companies to act.” In Monday’s ruling, Massachusetts, along with 11 other states, including California, sued the U.S. EPA after it refused in 2003 to regulate carbon dioxide as it does other types of smog. Stevens said the Clean Air Act clearly allows carbon dioxide to be regulated because it defines a pollutant as “any physical, chemical . . . substance or matter which is emitted” into the air. Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer agreed. Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, along with Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. Roberts wrote his dissent “involves no judgment on whether global warming exists, what causes it, or the extent of the problem,” but rather whether the states had standing to sue. Last year was the hottest annual average temperature in the United States since records were first kept 112 years ago, according to the National Climatic Data Center, a federal agency in North Carolina. progers@mercurynews.com (408) 920-5045 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

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Everton hit Gor in historic Goodison friendly

first_img0Shares0000Everton’s Ademola Lookman celebrates with teammate Cenk Tosun after scoring against Gor Mahia during the SportPesa Trophy game at Goodison Park on November 6, 2018.LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Nov 6 – First half goals from Ademola Lookman and Kieran Dowell and a late second half double from Nathan Broadhead and Oumar Niasse saw hosts Everton FC thrash record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia 4-0 in a historic friendly match at the Goodison Park on Tuesday night.The hosts were clearly the better side in a game that saw Gor Mahia boss Dylan Kerr give all his players a chance to show themselves in the once in a lifetime SportPesa Trophy game. Coming off a weekend game against Brighton and looking on to this weekend’s game against crunch tie against Chelsea FC, head coach Marco Silva had decisions to make.Most of the Everton first team stars who started the weekend game against Brighton at the same stadium were rested with Silva making sweeping changes, but still managed to put up a strong side.Colombian defender Yerry Mina who arrived at Goodison from Barcelona in the summer transfer window was handed his maiden start for the senior team having come on as a sub against Brighton.Everton FC midfielder Tom Davies moves past Gor Mahia’s Bernard Ondieki as defender Joash Onyango closes in during their SportPesa Trophy friendly match at the Goodison Park Stadium on November 6, 2018Skipper Phil Jagielka returned to the starting team and partnered the Colombian at the heart of defense. Red-hot Lookman started out on the wing while French international Morgan Schneiderlin partnered Tom Davies in midfield.Cenk Tosun, limited in starts in the Premier League due Brazilian striker Richarlison’s form was handed the role to start.For Gor, Kerr handed Ugandan left back Shafik Batambuze his debut having signed from Singida United in Tanzania while Philemon Otieno was moved into midfield with Karim Nizigiyimana starring up at right back.-Mustafa for TuyisengeIn the absence of striker Jacques Tuyisenge who missed out on a visa, Burundian Francis Mustafa was handed the role upfront.Under the shivering late evening cold at Goodison Park, temperatures going as low as nine degrees Celsius and the sweeping wind not making things easier, it was the hosts who looked comfortable in the early exchanges, passing the ball around with ease.But it was Gor who had the first sniff at goal after eight minutes when Mustafa was put through by Batambuze before sliding in a low cross into the box, but Samuel Onyango handed a rare start could not connect on target, the ball going wide.Everton FC left back Beni Baningime skips away from Gor Mahia’s Samuel Onyango in during their SportPesa Trophy friendly match at the Goodison Park Stadium on November 6, 2018The patient Everton however broke the deadlock after 16 minutes when Lookman tapped into the net from three yards out from Tosun’s low cross off the right after Gor lost the ball in midfield.It took the side just eight minutes to double their lead, Kieran Dowell hitting the back of the net with a low shot inside the box. Dowell scored Everton’s winner when the two sides clashed in Tanzania last year July.-Another Gor mistakeThe second goal also came off a Gor mistake. From a counter, Joash Onyango did well to tackle  Dowell at the edge of the box, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin was quicker to react, taking the ball and feeding Dowell who was already up and on his way.The striker noticed keeper Boniface Oluoch flat footed and took a low shot that evaded the keeper’s grasp.Despite going two down, Gor tried to raise their tails and fight for some pride and they had a chance in the 33rd minute when George Odhiambo cut in from the left to the edge of the box but his final shot went way over the bar.On the other end, Oluoch made a fine save with is finger tips turning behind Calvert-Lewin’s shot from inside the box after he found some shooting space in a forest of legs.-Lookman crossTen minutes later, a sweeping move saw Lookman win the ball in a dangerous position before feeding Dowell whose eventual shot at goal was well saved by Oluoch.Everton’s Kieran Dowell makes a pass under pressure from Gor Mahia’s Philemon Otieno during their SportPesa Trophy match at Goodison Park on November 6, 2018At the start of the second half, both coaches made changes, Marco Silva pulling out keeper Marteen Stekelenburg for Joao Virginia while Kerr pulled out Onyango and Nizigiyimana for Humphrey Mieno and Bernard Ondiek.The changes meant Otieno moved to right back while Mieno moved to midfield with Ondiek going out wide.And Gor had the brightest start to the half with Odhiambo making one of his trademark runs down the left channel finding space, but his eventual cross was met by no one inside the box with a gaping goalmouth.Two minutes on the turn, Batambuze made a goal-line clearance denying Ademola Lookman who had driven into the box after Kahata had lost the ball, rushing to the byline before his shot skipped past Oluoch.-Better sideGor seemingly came back a better side in the second half with the changes Kerr had made having brought some stability in the team.They should have halved the deficit after 57 minutes, but Mustafa missed an empty net.Kahata’s brilliant ball dumped behind the defense saw substitute keeper Virginia rush to punch out off Odhiambo’s path, the ball landing on Mustafa who however couldn’t hit the back of the net with the keeper down.Gor Mahia defender Joash Onyango makes a successful tackle on Everton’s Ademola Lookman during their SportPesa Trophy friendly match at the Goodison Park Stadium on November 6, 2018On the hour mark both coaches made two changes.Keeper Oluoch and Mustafa made way for Peter Odhiambo and Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi respectively while CJames McCarthy and Oumar Niasse were introduced for Tosun and Calvert-Lewin respectively by Silva.Both coaches made further changes with Kerr handing a role for youngster Raphael Asudi on the big stage while Silva also handed youth players Kyle John and Anthony Gordon opportunities to play.Substitute keeper Odhiambo made a fine save in the 75th minute coming swiftly off his line to deny Niasse who had been sent through by Lookman.In the final 10 minutes of the game, Kerr handed playing time to all the other players who were on the bench to see off the final wave of the game.But, with a hugely weakened Gor side, it was the home side who would hit a quick late double, first, academy graduate Nathan Broadhead bumbling the ball into the net from a cross on the right before Senegalese forward Oumar Niasse made it four with a low shot from the edge of the area.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Deal gives Dubai a stake in Nasdaq

first_imgIf Qatar doesn’t try to disrupt the plans announced Thursday, two separate, state-owned investment vehicles could control nearly half of the 300-year-old LSE, Europe’s largest exchange. The LSE, which has fought off a multitude of bids in the past few years, had no immediate comment on the Nasdaq-Borse Dubai deal, but said it welcomed the purchase of a stake by the government of Qatar. The transactions are subject to approval by shareholders and regulators in Europe and the United States. Nasdaq and Borse Dubai said the agreements had unanimous support on both boards. Political scrutiny could complicate the desires of the acquisitive exchanges, however. U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., chairman of the Joint Economic Committee and a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee, expressed doubts about the deal, saying “at this early stage this deal gives me pause.” Schumer sent a letter to the Treasury Department seeking a review of the deal. However, President George W. Bush told reporters at a wide-ranging news conference in Washington that he was concerned protectionism could hamper economic growth. “We’re going to take a good look at it, as to whether or not it has any national security implications involved in the transaction. And I’m comfortable with the process to go forward,” Bush said. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said while she would want to learn more about the deal, the Nasdaq plan didn’t appear to raise the same concerns as an effort 18 months ago by another state-owned company in Dubai to purchase operating rights at six U.S. ports. That proposal touched off a firestorm of protest in Congress, which ultimately squelched the deal. In the aftermath of the controversy, Washington passed a law requiring that investments by foreign state-owned companies undergo an additional 45-day investigation by government officials, on top of a standard 30-day review. Legal experts said the transaction will face scrutiny by U.S. government agencies and on Capitol Hill, though it’s too early to tell whether steps will be taken to scuttle the deal. Ronald Meltzer, an attorney at law firm WilmerHale, said political concerns about the Dubai firm’s investment are likely due as much to the company’s Middle East location as any innate security concerns about the deal. But Nasdaq Chief Executive Bob Greifeld said the initial reception to its plans had been a warm one. “We’ve had some outreach with politicians today and the response has been very favorable,” he said on a conference call.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. struck a complex deal to sell a 20-percent stake to the state-owned Borse Dubai in return for control of Sweden’s leading stock market, but the plan met with some questions from U.S. politicians concerned it would raise security issues. The sale of the Nasdaq stake is part of a flurry of cross-border dealmaking unveiled Thursday that holds potential to remake the already shifting landscape of global stock exchanges. If enacted, the Nasdaq deal would let the exchange meet a long-held goal of planting a flag overseas as its larger rival, the New York Stock Exchange, did this year with the acquisition of Paris-based Euronext. Nasdaq’s plan would allow it to sidestep a further bidding war with cash-rich Borse Dubai for Sweden’s OMX AB while giving Dubai footholds in both Nasdaq and the London Stock Exchange. Under the complex deal, Nasdaq would pay Borse Dubai $1.72 billion in cash and Borse Dubai would get a 19.99 percent stake in Nasdaq along with two of 16 board seats in a combined Nasdaq-OMX. Nasdaq in turn would hand over most of its stake in the LSE to Borse Dubai. Borse Dubai’s voting rights at Nasdaq would be limited to 5 percent, which could help assuage any concern that a Middle Eastern government-controlled entity would for the first time own a sizable chunk of a U.S. exchange. Dubai, a city-state within the United Arab Emirates, has been an aggressive suitor of Western businesses and tourists as it seeks to diversify its economy beyond its oil wealth, which has helped bankroll a huge economic boom there. However, a potential obstacle to the complicated deal arose when a group from Qatar said Thursday it became the largest stakeholder in the London exchange. It is unclear whether Qatar – which shares Dubai’s ambitions for growth – would try to disrupt Borse Dubai from taking the London stake from Nasdaq. Qatar has also acquired a 10-percent stake in OMX, the Swedish exchange said Thursday, raising the possibility that Qatar could try to spoil Borse Dubai’s bid for OMX. last_img read more

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Juventus v Barcelona: Price of the two teams compared

first_img1 Gianluigi Buffon: Was the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when Parma sold him in 2001 for £32.6mPatrice Evra: Man United didn’t want him, but Juve did and paid just £1.2m for himStephan Lichtsteiner: Juventus were impressed with the energetic right-back and paid Lazio around £9m for him in 2011Leonardo Bonucci: The defender swapped Bari for Juventus in 2010, with around £11m changing handsAndrea Barzagli: Juve paid £260,000 for the defender in 2011, when he had six months left on his Wolfsburg contractClaudio Marchisio: The midfielder came through the ranks at Juve, making his debut when they were in Serie BAndrea Pirlo: After Milan released him in 2011, Juve swopped to sign him for freePaul Pogba: Juve exploited the player’s unhappiness at Man United and they handed over around £800,000 in compensation in 2012Arturo Vidal: The forward was starring for Bayer Leverkusen when Juventus pounced in 2011, shelling out around £7.7mCarlos Tevez: The striker left Man City for Serie A in 2013 in a £10m dealAlvaro Morata: Real Madrid let him go for £15.8m last summer and he helped knock them out of the Champions LeagueBARCELONA Juventus v Real Madrid is live on talkSPORT on Saturday 6 June, from 7pm.Italy’s most successful domestic side, Juventus are aiming to win their third European Cup this Saturday and complete a treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League.Unfortunately for the Italian champions, defender Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out, but Andrea Barzagli is set to deputise as the Old Lady attempt to claim the trophy 30 years after their first success was overshadowed by the tragedy of the Heysel Stadium disaster.Meanwhile, there is added motivation for their opponents, Barcelona, as the Spanish champions bid to wave goodbye to midfielder Xavi with a magnificent treble of their own, having already secured the Spanish title and Cup.Here, talkSPORT looks at the likely line-ups and the cost of both club’s possible starting XIs.JUVENTUS Marc-Andre ter Stegen: The club’s Champions League goalkeeper joined from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2014 for around £9mDani Alves: The right-back has been at Barca since 2008, moving from Sevilla for £23.5mGerard Pique: He rejoined Barca in 2008, four years after leaving the academy for Man United in a £5m dealJavier Mascherano: Liverpool sold the popular midfielder for £17.25m in 2010Jordi Alba: The left-back was released by Barca’s youth system, eventually joined Valencia for €6,000 who then sold him for £11.2m in 2012Ivan Rakitic: He starred as Sevilla won the 2014 Europa League before joining Barca for £14mSergio Busquets: The midfielder joined the youth set up in 2005 and graduated from La MasiaAndres Iniesta: Another youth success, who has won every major honour in club footballLuis Suarez: Liverpool were paid £75m for the striker’s services in 2014Lionel Messi: The best in the world did not cost a thing (his wages are hefty, mind) having come through La MasiaNeymar: The Santos superstar eventually moved to Europe in 2013 for £49m 1 1 The Champions League finalists compared last_img read more

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Public shouldn’t have to subsidize the cost of new development

first_imgWHEN Los Angeles City Hall needed money for new cops, it raised trash fees to pay for them. When the Department of Water and Power needed money to balance a budget out of whack from its years of extravagant employee paychecks, it raised user rates. When the city needed to recoup lost revenues from an illegal phone tax, it placed a new phone tax on the upcoming ballot. Every time City Hall needs more money, it looks to the public. It’s time for a little fee equity to spread the pain around. For starters, how about developers begin paying their fair share? A Daily News review found that taxpayers subsidize more than half the costs of new-development applications for projects in Los Angeles. The city has hired a consultant for $150,000 to figure out whether the fees are too low. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre We can save the city the money by saying, unequivocally: Yes, they are. Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize even one penny of the costs of new buildings in Los Angeles. It should be no problem for the City Council, which is always keen to endorse new fees for the public, to simply approve a new fee schedule for development applications. It should be, but many of the city’s elected officials are extremely cozy with L.A.’s developer class and possibly wary of making their monied friends mad. If they are serious about balancing the budget, though, then they must see this serious fee inequity and set it right. 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

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SWAN BREAK! MIGRATING BIRDS HITTING POWER LINES

first_imgRESIDENTS in Burt are calling on the ESB to take action to prevent whooper swans hitting power lines.Electricity to homes in the area has been cut FIVE TIMES in recent weeks as migrating swans arrive from Canada and Iceland.Thousands of swans spend the winter on the lands surrounding Inch Lake. Some countries have begun attaching ‘swan diverters’ to cables which act as aerial buoys and give the birds a visual warning of danger ahead.However many of the power lines around the important winter feeding grounds in Co Donegal do not have these diverters fitted. SWAN BREAK! MIGRATING BIRDS HITTING POWER LINES was last modified: October 22nd, 2012 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) Tags:SWAN BREAK! MIGRATING BIRDS HITTING POWER LINESlast_img read more

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