“If Atlético needs a goal, why don’t they give Saponjic a choice?”

first_imgYou are Ivan Saponjic’s agent and you know firsthand what the player is living in Atlético. The forward signed last summer, debuted in the first preseason game and even scored that day. However, the month of January is the only player of the whole team that has not played a single minute since he signed last summer (Vrsaljko is not yet available), even with the casualties that the team has had and with the Goal problems you are suffering. What happens and how did he get to Atlético?At the end of last season Atlético explained that Kalinic was going to leave and that he was going to look for a third striker. The idea was that it was someone young to compete and wait for his opportunity with Diego Costa and Morata. I think Saponjic fit that profile. Young, strong and with a winning mentality. He had been world champion with Serbia in the U-20 World Cup, being the youngest in the squad. I was already used to that pressure, having debuted at age 16 in the first division in a big club and with pressure like Partizan. Benfica paid three million for him because he saw potential. But there he did not have the options of Oblak, which was ceded three times, or of Jovic, for example, which was also ceded and now look where they have arrived. So I proposed to Atlético, it was not going to be a great investment and I could become a first level striker in this club. Then they called me and we signed a contract for three seasons, signing the player for a minimum cost. The club also asked Paunovic if he was a player for Atlético and presented himself with Pantic.You also represent Oblak. Does this signing relate to the negotiations for the renewal of Oblak?No, absolutely nothing. The renewal of Oblak was agreed several months before and the negotiation for Saponjic arose in the summer. At that time Atlético also spoke with Benfica, his home club, by João Félix. Was it a joint negotiation?No, neither. We have nothing to do with it. I insist that Ivan comes to Atlético because I believe he is the right player for that profile on the team and that he has the Atlético’s DNA. I am sure that when I have a chance, I will prove it. It will mark as soon as you are given an option to do so. But that still does not come. Teammates like Oblak or Saul said they try hard and could help the team. Yes, it is true and it is strange. No one knows why he is living this situation. From the club they tell us that the attitude of the boy is fantastic, always positive and has adapted well in the template. The boy has a good relationship with peers, even fans have realized his positive attitude. But the most important thing, you can check, is that every day, despite not having played yet, he trains hard, waiting for his chance. Even during the last week, when he was again out of the team. On Thursday I had a meeting with the club and they told me the same as other times, that nobody really understands what happens.Cavani could now arrive, do you think that all this may have to do with evidencing the need for the Uruguayan to come?Why didn’t they buy Cavani then in the summer? Even if a new player arrives as is normal, how can it be explained that a player who trains hard and has a good attitude has not deserved even five minutes and that Atlético fans can judge him? If goal is needed, why is it not given at least one chance?last_img read more

Lucas and Nacho, come to less

first_imgThe former has participated in 18 matches in this campaign for a total of 820 minutes (He has played a complete match in the Cup, 90 minutes, when in the Champions, in three games in which he has participated, he has 93 minutes …). He has scored three goals (two in the League and one in the Cup, all of them scored away from the Bernabéu) and has given two assists. It occupies the eighteenth place in the table of players with the most minutes played. Last season, the Galician player was, along with Karim Benzema, the player who was called up the most times by Lopetegui, Solari and Zidane: 53 times. He participated in 47 games and scored five goals: he was the tenth player with the most minutes of the entire season… When everything seems like they are going to start shooting balls again in Valdebebas, several members of the madridista squad rush to grit their teeth in this final stretch remaining championship. They are just 11 games to settle the League title, but also to know if their performance gives them a new campaign in the Madrid ranks. Two of those footballers are two youth players: Lucas Vázquez and Nacho. Two players trained in the White Sports City and who this season they have gone from more to less. Both need strong encouragement to become part of that group of 14-15 players who had the full confidence of Zidane to face the competitions. Practically Nacho is in the same situation. Salvador this year with his goal in Valladolid that served for the Whites to take three gold points on their visit to José Zorrilla. The defender He has hardly participated in nine games, of which he has completed six (four in the League and two in the Cup plus 45 minutes in the Champions). A ligament injury knocked him off the pitch for much of the final stretch last year, preventing Zidane from having more services. This campaign he has only played 641 minutes, which makes him the fourth player with the fewest minutes for the Whites: he is only ahead of Mariano (65 ‘), Brahim (170’) and Odriozola (on loan from Bayern since the last market. winter and when he left it totaled 434 minutes).Now a new phase begins in this strange season. Lucas Vázquez and Nacho must change their trend: from come to less to reverse their situation. Zidane needs them and they will seek to reverse their situation.last_img read more

MFDP Initiates Pro Poor Credit-Loan Scheme for Employees

first_imgDeputy Finance Minister Wolokollie (fourth from left) posed with other officials at the signing ceremony of LPA agreement. The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning has recently signed an agreement known as the Legal Power of Attorney (LPA), with two institutions namely; Guaranty Trust Bank Liberia Limited and the Liberia Cement Corporation to initialize a credit-loan scheme for employees.The Legal Power Attorney, also co-named MFDP-LPA is expected to alleviate challenges when actualized, according to Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs Samora Wolokollie.Wolokollie said the scheme is the fulcrum of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) and will ensure the well-being of employees, while also increasing productivity and efficiency.He said the initiative is part of efforts aimed at easing challenges employees of the ministry have in accessing credit for construction and other purposes.Wolokollie added that with the financial constraints employees face, the short term borrowing scheme will help them greatly.He urged employees to borrow within their limits, calling on them to see the scheme as an opportunity to support their financial needs.Basically, the LPA model re-branded by the MDFP was borrowed from the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).LRA Commissioner General Thomas Doe Nah termed the scheme as ‘wonderful’ for the country and ‘good for the economy’. Nah explained that the initiative is about people taking responsibility to build credit culture where they will have access to resources.He believes the MFDP in collaboration with the two private entities, and other stakeholders will help the economy greatly, adding that it will enhance the fight against corruption.“This is good for the fight against corruption, because it will help you achieve whatever you want to achieve, so there will be no need for corrupt acts,” CG Nah stated.The LRA Boss, making reference to the United States, said it is difficult for people to achieve normally without cash credit and, with the launch of the scheme at the MFDP, employees will have opportunities to do many things.He called on the ministry to increase the vendors, while implying the model of ‘seamless’ so that employees can not feel the burden.In addition, CEMENCO Managing Director William Gaignard said his company is working assiduously to produce best quality cement, and is proud to be part of the initiative. He expressed the need for collective efforts in building the country, stating that CEMENCO is here forever.However, Guaranty Trust Bank Managing Director, Ikenna Anekwe, said the initiative will lead to growth for the economy. He assured Minister Wolokollie of the bank’s support to the PAPD. He disclosed that the bank believes in creativity and innovation and the credit scheme is one of the platforms the bank is making use of.Omar Hamzi, Super Manager of City Builders expressed delight with the initiative, terming it as something good. He lauded the Ministry of Finance for what he called ‘believing’ in them to form part of the program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Scholarship Scheme for 120 Montserrado Students Launched

first_imgShortly after the launch, some of the scholarship beneficiaries danced with Rep. Morris in the community.Montserrado County District #1 Representative Lawrence Morris on Monday, October 8, launched a four-year scholarship scheme for 120 students in the district as a pilot project.The life span of the project will, accordingly, depend on the ability of the students to excel academically, which would allow each student to remain on the scholarship until he/she can graduate from university.Morris said the future of any country lies in the hands of serious-minded young people who would eventually play leadership roles.As a lawmaker, Rep. Morris said he strongly believes in the development of young people through education, “because when the minds of the youth are developed, the future of the country becomes secured, while all other development programs follow.”    He said the scholarship scheme is part of campaign promises he made to his constituency during the 2017 legislative election.“I depend on nothing else to lead you; put God first and education second, because if education could make me successful today, then I need to empower the youth with education to reach my level and even beyond. The bottom line is to see Liberia is developed,” Rep. Morris told the gathering.He said he initially decided to educate 50 students through the scheme but, looking at the yearning for education across the district, his office increased the number of beneficiaries to 120, including at least two or three students from each community.“This is something that will bring joy not only to me, but to our district and country at large. I therefore urge every beneficiary student to study and earn a grade point average above two points to stay on the scholarship,” he said.Community leaders and representatives of the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to Rep. Morris for the scholarship. They also hailed him as a “lover of education” that has come to empower school-going pupils to pursue higher education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MoU inked for inter-agency sharing of info

first_imgMoney launderingData gathering and the sharing of information have been deemed two critical components in the fight against money laundering and countering terrorism financing and, therefore, collaborative efforts by several important agencies in Guyana are essential to securing successful prosecutions and convictions.Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Matthew LangevineThis is according to the Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Matthew Langevine, who at a signing ceremony of agreements with seven agencies on Monday stated that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that each agency inked with the FIU allows for the exchange of information in a timely, safe and secure manner.“The MoU was developed based on recommendations to 29 of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Forty recommendations which require that organisations, competent authorities in every country, share information that will allow for the effective execution of its mandate with respect to dealing with the scourge of money laundering,” Langevine said at the brief signing ceremony.The agencies which will be sharing information are Guyana Gold Board, Bank of Guyana, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Gaming Authority, Lands Registry, Chief Cooperative Development Officer and Guyana Securities Council.ConfidentialityLangevine explained that the MoU allows for all competent authorities to agree to share information and exchange information in an efficient, safe and secure manner, so that there is confidentiality and protection of the information that is shared.“As well as to share the information in a timely manner so that investigations are conducted efficiently. We have an MoU with the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) already that was done previously and so with all the agencies now coming on board to exchange information in a more structured and efficient manner, it should allow for a more efficient and effective process with respect to all the investigations we are conducting.”According to the FIU Head, such a process is standard for all FIUs globally and all the competent authorities in every country. The fact that Guyana was not a part of this process earlier was highlighted as a weakness within a National Risk Assessment (NRA) that was conducted.Langevine further explained that the inking of such a MoU is one of the recommendations that came out of the NRA that was completed in 2017. It is aimed at ensuring that all measures that were identified in relation to improving the effectiveness of the Anti-Money Laundering/Caribbean Financing Action Task Force (AML/CFATF) regime in Guyana, are in place.“We signed with seven today but we would have signed a couple already. We have a few others that we are hoping to sign with very shortly including the additional registries, the Commercial Registry and the Deeds Registry as well as the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) which is still outstanding which we are going to have signed off very shortly. The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) is also scheduled to sign off with us very shortly as well.”No SOCU successful prosecutionsHe told this publication that over the past few years, since the establishment of the FIU, his agency has continuously been sending cases to SOCU so that it (SOCU) could pursue with the aim of securing successful prosecutions which would lead to convictions.“We are sending cases all the time, we are sending reports to them, sending updated reports to reports submitted previously so it is an ongoing process. The one thing I would like to warn the public is that money laundering investigations are very complex and it takes a lot of time and requires a lot of work and a lot of skilled resources and I think that we have to allow the process to work.”However, he noted that getting to the stage of convictions, prosecutions and seizures of assets cannot happen until there are certain systems properly implemented.last_img read more

Fivestar fighters punch their way to success in Grande Prairie

first_imgNelson Zenner (Champion Gym, Grande Prairie AB) vs Logan Mackinnon (Red Deer Boxing Club, Red Deer AB) 60lbsDouble Winners (Fun Box)Ella Cameron (Champion Gym, Grande Prairie AB) vs Gabby Sanderson (Precision Boxing Club, Nanaimo BC) 95lbsDouble Winners (Fun Box)Damya Bow (Warrior Strong, Grande Prairie AB) vs Alaya McCormick (Fivestar Boxing Academy, Fort St. John BC) 112lbsDouble Winners (Fun Box)Joshua Sallano (Champion Gym, Grande Prairie AB) vs Eddie Scarfo (Fivestar Boxing Academy, Fort St. John BC) 112lbsWinner Eddie Scarfo via TKOMarcus Leung (Red Deer Boxing Club, Red Deer AB) vs Zack Bower (Warrior Strong, Grande Prairie AB) 78lbsWinner Zach Bower via Unanimous DecisionAaron Boyd (Marshall Boxing, Edmonton AB) vs Brayden Sims (Fivestar Boxing Academy, Fort St. John BC) 132lbsWinner Brayden Sims via Unanimous DecisionFausto Santoro (Marshall Boxing, Edmonton AB) vs Jerome Leroyer (Precision Boxing Club, Nanaimo BC) 132lbsDrawKyle Oliver (Lethbridge Boxing Club, Lethbridge AB) vs Dominic Barbossa (Salmon Arm Bulldogs, Salmon Arm BC) 135lbsWinner Kyle Oliver via Split DecisionJesse Cartwright (Alliance Boxing Club, Edmonton AB) vs Ken Kapeller (Champion Gym, Grande Prairie AB) 200lbsWinner Jesse Cartwright via TKOJustin Lemire (Champion Gym, Grande Prairie AB) vs Brylee Gladue (Alliance Boxing Club, Edmonton AB) 178lbsWinner Justin Lemire via Unanimous DecisionJesse Mackie (Champion Gym, Grande Prairie AB) vs Nick Dragovich (Fivestar Boxing Academy, Fort St. John BC) 145lbsWinner Nick Dragojevich via Split DecisionMackena Kansley (Alliance Boxing Club, Edmonton AB) vs Jordyn Konrad (Salmon Arm Bulldogs, Salmon Arm BC) 126lbsWinner Mackena Kansley via Split DecisionCole Brander (Marshall Boxing, Edmonton AB) vs Hammid Hussein (Queensborough Boxing, Vancouver BC) 112lbsWinner Cole Brander via Unanimous DecJosh Peck (Lethbridge Boxing Club, Lethbridge AB) vs Nick Young (Fivestar Boxing Academy, Fort St. John BC) 150lbsWinner Josh Peck via Split DecisionMissy Dempsey (Alliance Boxing Club, Edmonton AB) vs Krishan Lysenko (Precision Boxing Club, Nanaimo BC) 150lbsWinner Missy Dempsey via Split Decision GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – Fivestar fighters returned home two weekends ago after a successful tournament in Grand Prairie versus Albertan competitors.Justin Donally who runs and trains a number of participants at the Fivestar Gym in Fort St. John, saw his fighters finish the B.C. vs Alberta tournament with a 5-1 record. Nick Young suffered his first loss of his career after a wardrobe malfunction allowing his opponent, Josh Peck, to take advantage and win by Split Decision in the 150 pound division. Young added, “My performance wasn’t usually how it is, I had a pretty bad malfunction with my headgear which led to me gassing out and getting hurt in the second round. I was able to rebound in the last round.”Brayden Sims also competed at the event and he improved to 6-2 after defeating Aaron Boyd by Unanimous Decision in the 112-pound division, was also awarded the Best Junior Boxer of the weekend. He said, “I think I fought really well, I felt comfortable in the ring and landing my punches. I was really surprised by the award as it was the first time I’ve ever received it.”- Advertisement -Donally added, “Overall we had a very good weekend, I was very pleased. Other than Nick having to battle a headgear piece slide over his eyes for most of the fight, I thought he did really well. With Nick we achieved his goal of getting to 10-0 and we knew at some point there would be losses along the road. As for another one of the winners, Eddie Scarfo who is twelve years old got his first TKO versus Joshua Sallano, which was pretty special for him.”Next up for Donally’s crew is a trip to Quesnel for B.C. Bronze Gloves on November 23rd and 24th.The full list of winners from the event can be viewed below:Advertisementlast_img read more

Jay Hill stepping down

first_img[asset|aid=3183|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=37b92731e135e83c279b1c74e40f1f4b-Jay Hill 1_5_Pub.mp3] Hill first ran in the federal election as a Reform Party candidate. He has been the MP for the Prince George – Peace River riding since 1993 and was most recently the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons from 2008 until a minor cabinet shuffle in early August.Although it is not known for sure who will run for his seat in the next election, there have already been three people who have announced their candidacy for the federal Conservative nomination. Hill says he suspects the opposition will probably bring down the government within six months, forcing a general election and negating a need for a by-election in the riding.Advertisement The Member of Parliament for Prince George – Peace River has officially announced he will be retiring in three weeks.Jay Hill made the announcement in the House of Commons, Monday, and says he feels that it is time to step down and thanked his constituents.- Advertisement -He officially announced on July 21 that he would not be seeking re-election, however he did not indicate he would step down before the next election.He says despite the fact that the riding won’t have an MP after he steps down, constituents will still have the same access to services.[asset|aid=3182|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=37b92731e135e83c279b1c74e40f1f4b-Jay Hill 2_2_Pub.mp3] last_img read more

Opposition, President urge Guyanese to draw inspiration from Christmas

first_imgThe two main political parties in Guyana – the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) – have both joined in extending Christmas greetings to all Guyanese while urging all to draw inspiration from the message of Christmas.The PPP extended Christmas wishes to the Christian community in Guyana and in the Guyanese diaspora, noting also that it was a time for joy, goodwill and sharing, as well as other positive attributes.“The holiday season is a time of joy, goodwill and sharing. It is also a time for compassion and kindness as we all endeavour to spread peace and love towards our fellowmen and women for the betterment of humanity.“Our dear country abounds with traditions for Christmas, as Guyanese, despite their challenges, find ways and means to share in the true spirit of the season. It is these traditions and values that have come to make this period here unique and much anticipated, epitomising what we have all come to hold dear at this time of year.”The Party urged that while Guyanese celebrate, they also reflect on the pertinent messages and the significance of the festivities. According to the Party, there are lessons to be learnt about building a more tolerant society.“Christmas marks the birth of the Saviour Jesus Christ whose exemplary life and teachings provide guidance for the upliftment of humanity. Let us all be inspired by what he stood for and continues to represent so as to build a more tolerant society and a better Guyana.“Our Party also urges that we all keep in our thoughts and prayers, the needy, the less fortunate and the many others who are faced with personal challenges thereby preventing them from truly experiencing the festivities of this season.”APNUMeanwhile, APNU noted in its message not only the religious symbolism of the occasion, but also the fact that Christmas represents the eternal and universal human aspiration for peace and goodwill.“Christmas recalls that Christ was born into a family. Jesus came into the world as a baby, born into a family, He belonged to a model family…the holy family. The family is a divine creation which must be protected.“Christmas is a time to strengthen the bonds of fraternity, friendship, and family-hood. It is a time for family reunions and for spreading cheer by exchanging gifts, visiting friends, attending church, sending greeting cards, singing carols and sharing dinners within the home and community.”The party also noted that Christmas reminds every one of their duty to each other, particularly the nurses, soldiers, policemen and other persons involved in providing public services. According to the party, they will spend Christmas away from their families and homes.“We are reminded, also, of the plight of the poor, the weak, the destitute and those who are sick, in grief and in need, at this time. We are all part of society. The Holy Festival of Christmas is an opportunity to strengthen the bonds which unite us – as a family, community and country.“Let us be the agents for promoting peace and bearing goodwill to all. Let us ensure peace, goodwill and safety in our homes, on the roadways and in our communities. A happy and peaceful Christmas to all Guyanese!”last_img read more

Tottenham sweating over Alli injury

first_imgWith striker Harry Kane already out until March, the Spurs injury list can’t afford to get much longer if they want to maintain their current top four spot on the Premier League table.Boss Mauricio Pochettino revealed more about the hamstring injury.“Yes, and from the first moment we saw [what happened] on the pitch, we were worried,” he told Spurs official website.“At that moment you don’t think too much because you are focused on the game and of course, you cannot be affected by that emotion.“Now, we feel so bad and sorry because he’s an important player for us and we’ll see, we need to assess him in the next few days and hope it’s not a big issue.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dele Alli injuLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 21 – Tottenham Hotspur may have lost another key player as Dele Alli went down clutching his leg in the comeback victory over Fulham at the weekend.The midfielder – who scored the equaliser – went down grabbing his hamstring on Sunday evening at Craven Cottage and when the medical staff arrived, he looked in serious pain.last_img read more

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Tuesday, July 28

first_imgListen to the best bits from Tuesday’s Hawksbee and Jacobs show, as Paul and Andy discuss Watford’s activity in the transfer market and the latest on the FIFA president wrangle.last_img