Europe’s top club coaches have asked Uefa to review the use of the away goals rule in continental competitions because scoring away from home is not as difficult as it used to be.They also want the transfer window to end at the same time in all the region’s major leagues.Uefa’s deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti confirmed that the European soccer body would “open a discussion” on the use of the away goals rule which is used to determine the winners of knockout ties when the aggregate score is level.The annual meeting included Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Carlos Ancelotti (Napoli), Unai Emery (Arsenal), Paulo Fonseca (Shakhtar Donetsk), Julen Lopetegui (Real Madrid) Jose Mourinho (Manchester United), Thomas Tuchel (Paris St Germain) and former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.“The coaches think that scoring goals away is not as difficult as it was in the past… so they think the rule should be reviewed and that’s what we will do,” Marchetti told reporters.“They consider the situation in football has changed and the weight of the away goals is not the same as many years ago when the rule was introduced.”The rule was first introduced in the former European Cup Winners’ Cup competition in 1965 as an alternative to tossing a coin or staging a replay on a neutral ground.At the time, playing away in Europe was a huge challenge which involved difficult travel and intimidating, unfamiliar conditions abroad, a far cry from today where it is considered routine.Marchetti said the coaches felt the rule was also counter-productive and that, as much as encouraging away teams to attack, it induced home teams to defend to avoid conceding a costly goal.“This is one of the points that needs to be looked at,” he said.On the transfer window, he said the coaches wanted more countries to follow the example of England and Italy and close them before the start of the season.The transfer windows in England and Italy were changed this year in response to complaints last year that they had overshadowed the action on the pitch and made it difficult for coaches to plan.However, in Spain, Germany and France, they continued until the end of August as before.“The coaches are of an opinion that there should be a unified window and the window should close before the competition starts,” said Marchetti. “The idea would be to try and bring them into line.”
Christmas in the sugar beltBy Andrew CarmichaelChristmas is one of the most extravagant holidays but it has not been the same for the thousands in the sugar belt who were terminated when the Government of the day decided to begin downsizing the industry.Leslin Southwell at her pay office standThe usually bustling community of Wales on the West Bank of Demerara completely changed since the closure of the sugar estate in that community. However, the situation with Wales is not unique since the entire Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) area is still reeling from the brunt of the Estate closures.It was in December 2017 that an estimated 800 workers were sent home from the Rose Hall estate.A grocery store operated by Yassodra Singh on Monday – the day before Christmas EveThere have been drastic changes in several villages in East Canje, where the estate was situated. At this Christmas period, it is most evident the impact the closure has had and is continuing to have on the lives of those who live in the sugar belt.The residents said that they have been depending on overseas help for basic sustenance.“It is the overseas help that has been driving this community,” one retired teacher said.Christmas decorations on one of the housesSome have left the community in search of jobs while others are sitting waiting on employment. Properties are being put up for sale and many females, who were once housewives, are now seeking employment and most of them are looking towards the security sector. However, of major concern is the fact that the main employer in that sector has reportedly not been turning over the monies it has been deducting as National Insurance Scheme (NIS) contributions from employees.Mohabir’s Variety Store on Monday“The environment here is dead,” one lady said while adding that there is nothing to do.Business at the pay office at Rose Hall in years gone by had been bright, especially on Fridays. Last Friday the market which has been reduced to just two stands, saw just one customer when Guyana Times visited.In the past, many made a living off of selling at that market. There are now no meat stands, none selling clothing or toys as in the past.Boys hanging out on a bridge at AdelphiLeslin Southwell, a mother of four, remembers the golden days in East Canje while she worked on the estate said it was wonderful working there.“It was hard work, but being among your colleagues made you feel great. It was different but we had a wonderful time. When people got money, they spend. The estate used to operate and money used to circulate. We don’t even know if the workers will be paid for last week,” Southwell related.She noted that while the money might not have been as much as it is today for the workers with little money, they were still able to give their children something for the holidays. She said when she commenced working on the estate, she was paid $65 daily and worked her way up. In March this year, she was forced to take up new employment.Several other persons in the community related similar experiences.“We don’t have Christmas here in Canje; this is supposed to be an entire season but it’s just like Christmas Day and Boxing Day we can’t have a nice time with the family. I can’t buy anything for my children. I used to work at the estate and my husband and both of us get sent home. He left and he gone in the bush and since February…he hasn’t returned,” Angela said as tears ran down her cheeks.She was out with her three-year-old son who was not wearing a shirt at that time.“This is Christmas time I should get nice clothes for them, but any money that I get is just to find something to cook,” Angela said.She now operates a small business in the New Amsterdam Market.Many boys in the community of Adelphi have opted for ball games to keep them going.Yassodra Singh, who was just rocking in a hammock, told this publication that there has been no significant increase in purchases by members of the community during the Christmas period. The businesswoman related that this has been the trend since the closure of the estates.The impact of the closure of the Rose Hall Sugar Estate is being felt more than 20 miles away, where Guyana’s largest market is. The Port Mourant Saturday Market is Guyana’s largest market. Many of the customers once came from East Canje, but they seldom go to the farmers’ market, impacting negatively on business even in that Corentyne community.Over in Wales, the situation is the same. The community remains depressed because of the short income. Children are not looking forward to the holidays because of the fact that there may not be a present for them.What was once an elaborate celebration now becomes another regular day where the worry is finding the next meal and keeping your job.
Dear Editor,It is considerably irritating to see the City Constabulary of Georgetown, move to a new frontier of venality, bribery and persecution; clearly with the consent and urging of the administration of the Council.For many years these law enforcers who were better known as Market Constables, Sardine Police, etc were notorious for their hounding and harassment of vendors both stationary and itinerant, but they now seem to have outgrown this pool of victims and have new target groups.For some odd reason without any call for assistance from the National Police or without any visible void in this area, the City Constabulary has jumped into traffic control and management. Clearly without any proper training these officers are not only redundant but indeed a nuisance, as they are hardly interested in improving traffic congestion and the ‘Hot Plate’ but are more interested in shaking down the minibuses, taxis and drivers at large for very frivolous reasons.They could be seen all over the city annoying motorists with some fabricated traffic violations that they claim persons have committed in order to lure them back to City Hall to either waste the time of the motorist or to obtain a backhander to avoid an unjustified prosecution process.The senior officer leading the charge of this racket is well known to every vendor in Georgetown for his dishonesty and bullyism, and should therefore be arrested by the national Police for his criminality, but rather is left to prey on poor people, an activity that he has accelerated with retirement approaching.Why is the City Police not commissioned to bring an end to the noise nuisance created by the CD carts rolling around the city blasting music laced with the vilest of lyrics? Why is the City Police not dispatched to bring an end to the sale of rat poison and other toxic substances by vendors, something that is strictly prohibited by the Poison Control Board?Why does the City Police not be made to stop the Three Card trick men from fleecing innocent passers-by? Why does the City Police not enforce the law that prevents men from displaying their genitals and from urinating in public, a most disgusting practice particularly for women? Should the CityPolice not be utilising their time and effort to remove those vagrants from the pavements who cook, sleep, bathe and live right there?Instead they are driving and riding around looking for persons that have building materials left outside their yards for a day or two to demand a bribe.Rather than buying a garbage truck to clean the city, they have bought a tow truck to get involved in impounding vehicles. These Constables have been collecting fees from market vendors for years without issuing receipts. Where does the money go? In their pockets, of course.How much longer must the poor vendors, motorists, and the public at large be left at the mercy of the City Constabulary and the Council? Could someone in authority please intervene and rescue us?Sincerely,Shanta Singh
0Shares0000MUNICH, Germany, May 18- Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has branded Chelsea striker Didier Drogba an “outstanding actor” to up the ante ahead of Saturday’s Champions League showdown.Bayern host Premier League giants Chelsea at Munich’s Allianz Arena in the showcase final with the Blues bidding to win their first European title and Drogba set to lead the Chelsea attack. The 34-year-old Ivory Coast striker underlined his reputation as a big game player by scoring his eighth goal in eight appearances at Wembley to help beat Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup final earlier this month.With a total of 33 Champions League goals to his credit, including the crucial winner in the semi-final first leg against Barcelona, Drogba knows how to put pressure on referees and Heynckes said his team must pay close attention to the powerful forward.“Drogba, for so many years, has been one of the top strikers in the Premier League and he is definitely dangerous and can score at any moment,” said the 67-year-old Heynckes.“Sometimes he over does it a bit, sometimes he is an outstanding actor on the pitch.” Heynckes said focusing solely on Drogba would be a mistake with plenty of talent packed into the Chelsea ranks.The Blues will be without captain John Terry, midfielders Raul Meireles, Ramires and defender Branislav Ivanovic, who are all suspended, but Heynckes is wary of their replacements.“The likes of (Juan) Mata, (Frank) Lampard, Daniel Sturridge and (Salomon) Kalou, all these players are at the top level, so it would be amiss to focus on just one player,” said Heynckes.“(Spain striker Fernando) Torres too, he has improved enormously over the last few weeks, so it’s not just about Drogba.”Likewise, Bayern expect to have wing Arjen Robben fit, despite the Dutch winger only returning to training for 45 minutes on Thursday after struggling with a cold.“I have had no negative news from his side, if there was anything negative to say I would know about it already, so he should be able to play from the start,” said Heynckes.“He trained for 45 minutes yesterday and he should be able to play.” Bayern are bidding to become the first team since Inter Milan in 1965 to win the European title in their own stadium and Munich is a sea of red and white flags as the Bavarian capital eagerly awaits seeing their heroes in action.“We have the chance, after 11 years in our own stadium, to win the Champions League,” said Heynckes after Bayern last won the Champions League title in 2001.“I know clubs with a long tradition that are still waiting to win the trophy. This is another chance to do something which doesn’t come along often. “We may never have the chance to play the final in our own stadium again.“I am considering driving the team bus through the city on the way to the stadium to see all the flags and support from the fans, it’s an obvious motivation.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesAt the hospital, police found two other men with stab wounds who had fought with the victim and were brought in from the traffic collision. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SYLMAR – Three men suffered stab wounds in a fight, apparently in a dispute over stolen CDs from two years ago, police said today. None of the wounds were life-threatening, Los Angeles Police spokesman Kevin Maiberger said Sunday. The identities of the three men were not immediately released. Police and ambulances were responding to a traffic collision in the 14500 block of Dyer Street and found a man with suffering from a stab wound to the neck, Maiberger said. En route to the hospital, the man said he suffered the wound during a fight over music CDs that were stolen from him two years ago, Maiberger said.
“It is without question another example of what L.A. is about – an opportunity to look at the stars, to reach for the stars,” added Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Outside, the historic observatory gleamed in ivory, its bronze solar and planetary telescopes guarding its green rotunda and copper planetarium dome. A terrace now surrounds the observatory – home to 2 million visitors a year before it closed for renovations – offering the best views of Los Angeles. An outdoor transit marks the seasonal path of the sun. Inside, the 40,000-square-foot observatory is now twice its former size with a new planetarium, theater, cafe, classroom, book store and more than 60 stellar exhibits. But with less than 200 parking spaces and a crush of expected visitors, the observatory will allow no drive-in access for the first few months. Instead, visitors must make advance timed reservations to shuttle up the hill for a fee. Hikers and cyclists can visit free with a 48-hour advance reservation. At Sunday’s gala, special guests sashayed toward the bust of James Dean, with views of the Hollywood sign and a glorious sunset over the Pacific. The party, hosted by Friends of the Observatory and organized by the Los Angeles Sports Entertainment Commission, included such local celebrities as James Spader, Courtney B. Vance, Lucy Lawless, Art Linkletter and Stefanie Powers. “I adore this place,” said Powers, who visited the observatory as a child. “It has all the grace and elegance of the age in which it was constructed – it was the Golden Age of Hollywood.” But it was Aldrin who commanded the interstellar buzz at the galactic celebration. “We’ve been coming to the Griffith Observatory for 35 years,” the astronaut said, gazing at the moon above the planetary dome. “This is the place to come for L.A. night life.” dana.bartholomew @dailynews.com (818) 713-3730 IF YOU GO: For Griffith Observatory reservations, see www.GriffithObservatory.org, call (888) 695-0888 or go to the Griffith Observatory Satellite, 4800 Western Heritage Way at the Los Angeles Zoo. Shuttles will leave from the satellite-L.A. zoo parking lot, or from the Hollywood & Highland Center at North Orange Drive and Orange Court north of Hollywood Boulevard. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Stars gazed upon stars Sunday at a Galactic Gala at Griffith Observatory to herald this week’s reopening of one of Los Angeles’ most prominent landmarks. Photo Gallery: Griffith Park Gala Hollywood celebrities, city officials and supporters of the $93 million makeover sailed across a heavenly blue carpet to hail the observatory’s public launch on Friday. “We’ve been waiting five years and are really excited to be here tonight,” said Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock on the epic “Star Trek” series and donated $1 million toward a 200-seat theater built in his name. “Millions of people will come through in the next few years,” Nimoy said. “Thousands of children will come here who will be excited about space. It’s a great thing for the mind.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Elegantly dressed VIPs – from Buzz Aldrin, the second human to set foot on the moon, to actress Angela Bassett – were awed by the refurbished observatory that shone atop Mount Hollywood like a beacon to the cosmos. Built in 1935 as a gift to Los Angeles by Griffith J. Griffith, the art deco observatory has become one of the city’s most cherished icons. Now after four years of meticulous restoration, what has been dubbed “the hood ornament of Los Angeles” will reopen its doors to the public on Friday. “To all the people of Los Angeles: One of the greatest buildings in the world is coming online,” said Councilman Tom LaBonge, a big observatory booster parading among the stars. “This is the greatest spot in the whole universe.”
Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £11.2mSergio Aguero is the obvious Kane replacement.The Manchester City striker has already racked up 99 points this season. having netted 10 goals this term and added a further five assists.With Guardiola’s men back to their blistering best and fixtures against Huddersfield and Newcastle next, the Argentine is the most reliable pick. 6 REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Kane lies on the turf in agony after the Manchester United gameBut who could you replace Spurs’ talisman with? talkSPORT.com has scouted five potential strikers who could provide you with point hauls over the coming weeks. Aubameyang has racked up 134 points this season REPLY REVEALED Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – £11.3MAnother player you could turn to is the striker who is currently the joint in the top scoring charts with Kane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Gabon international has racked up a huge 134 points so far this season – having netted 14 goals and assisted three.Although Arsenal have been on poor form of late and they have difficult fixtures, Auba’s stunner against Tottenham proved he can score any side.The Gunners face Chelsea then Cardiff at home before travelling to Manchester City in one of their hardest fixtures this season. shining Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Vardy has some hard fixtures but he never shies away from the big teams Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice 6 Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been sidelined until March, giving millions of Fantasy Premier League managers a transfer headache ahead of gameweek 23.It’s a huge blow and one which may derail Tottenham’s hopes of silverware this season as they also face four games without Heung-Min Son. Latest Football News Aguero is the obvious Kane replacement ADVICE Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – £8.9Perhaps our most surprising tip of the bunch is Jamie Vardy.The striker has been inconsistent this season but has still racked up 78 points.His last points came when he scored the winner at Everton but with increasing pressure on Puel, who is unpopular with the fans at the King Power stadium, Vardy could notch up a few goals in the coming gameweeks.Leicester have hard fixtures coming up against Wolves, Liverpool and Manchester United, but they like playing against these opponents so they break on the counter.Their counter-attacking football won them the league once, and you wouldn’t bet against Vardy bagging a few goals against the big guns in the coming weeks. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 6 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 6 Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £7.4mMarcus Rashford is enjoying an extraordinary run of form under Ole Gunner Solskjaer.In his last five gameweeks he has recorded scores of 7, 12, 11, 2 and 6 and there is no denying he is the game’s must-have asset right now.Manchester United have a very favourable run of fixtures too, with Brighton and Burnley at Old Trafford their next two matches, the United striker has a good chance of adding to his 86 points.If you brought in the forward you would also free-up funds to improve your squad elsewhere. Seems like a no-brainer if you do not own him already. 6 Rashford is in red-hot form for Manchester United Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – £9.2mRoberto Firmino hasn’t performed as well as he did last season but has still racked up 104 points this term.His recent scores suggest an upturn in his form, with 2,8,17 points earned in his last three outings respectively.Liverpool also have nice fixtures in the coming weeks, with Crystal Palace, Leicester and West Ham in their next three.Firmino could be a nice little differential for you to make ground or stretch your lead against your rivals. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Firmino could be a decent differential pick 6 MONEY huge blow
The EA SPORTS Cup Quarter Final draw in full:Cobh Ramblers v Shamrock Rovers/Longford TownDundalk v BohemiansSligo Rovers v Waterford/Cork CityDerry City v Shelbourne/Drogheda UnitedFixtures to be played on Monday 7 / Tuesday 8, May 2018 Sligo Rovers have been given a home tie for the quarter-finals of this year’s EA Sports Cup.The Bit O’ Red will host either reigning Premier Division champions Cork City or high-flying Waterford in the last eight of the competition next month.Rovers have lost to both of these teams at home in the league already this season, and last won this competition back in 2009.They have reached the quarter-finals thanks to their narrow 1-0 defeat of First Division side Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park last week.
7 January 2004Conrad Botes, the South African artist internationally known as one of the founders of the irreverent comic publication Bitterkomix, is holding his first solo exhibition in the United States.The Big White Sleep, at the The Scene Gallery in New York City, also features a collaboration with New York artist Stephanie Diamond. It runs until 31 January 2004.Bitterkomix is something of a cultural institution in South Africa. The publication is characterised by its sexually and racially charged imagery and its acerbic debunking of everything held dear by the Afrikaner establishment.The iconoclastic sensibility and bold graphic style of Bitterkomix reverberates throughout Botes’s versatile artistic production.Whether it is in his canvases, in his delicate paintings on glass, or mixed media installations, Botes’s works are distinguished by a pop sensibility, bright colours and a dark, sometimes outright cruel, sense of humour.At the core of Botes’s work is a relentless examination of the unspeakable trauma inflicted to generations of South Africans by the legacy of the apartheid.As Botes says: “Since I grew up as a white male under apartheid it makes sense to make art about hierarchy, abuse of power, domination, suppression and so forth. Self criticism, subversion and confrontation are important elements that I want to pursue in my work.”For his collaboration with Diamond, Botes has painted onto a series of Diamond’s photographs.“Botes’s direct iconography painted on top of my subtle imagery works as if someone was painting my private thoughts,” says Diamond.Botes was born in Ladysmith in the Western Cape in 1969. He studied graphic design and illustration at the University of Stellenbosch. Here, he met Anton “Joe Dog” Kannemeyer with whom he founded Bitterkomix in 1992.Botes has exhibited widely in South Africa and Europe. His recent exhibitions include “Passport to South Africa”, Centro Culturale Trevi, Bolzano, Italy; “In Fumo”, Galleria of Modern Art, Bergamo, Italy and “Comix 2000”, Institute Français de Bastica, Corsica, France.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Tags:#mobile#Trends#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Last month, both China and Myanmar suffered natural disasters of such huge proportions that they received the attention of the world. The combination of the quake and the cyclone left a death toll that is today approaching 200,000, but has affected millions more. Many of us have read the news but have been so caught up in our day-to-day lives that we haven’t been able to find time to give. However, new mobile “text-to-give” services will help make charitable donations faster and easier to do. Last month, we informed you how you could use social media for social change. Today, we’ll tell you how to use something a little closer at hand: your cellphone.Help China & Mynmar Starting today, customers of Verizon Wireless in the U.S. can donate to a charity called “Save the Children,” who has mobilized in this time of crisis to provide lifesaving assistance in these two affected regions. Verizon customers can text to the address 4SAVE (47283) with the keyword “quake” to contribute to earthquake relief or the key word “cyclone” to contribute to cyclone relief. They will then receive a reply asking them to confirm their donation of $5.00, which will appear on their next monthly bill. In China, they’re doing the same thing – China Mobile customers can text the number ‘10699988’, and write the amount they would like to donate (from 1RMB to 30RMB) in the body of the text. The money will is deducted from either their phone bill or prepaid card.Text to Give PayPal has had a section of their web site devoted to charities that you can donate via text. Currently, the charities you can donate to this way include Amnesty International, UNICEF, and Starbright. Anytime you see an ad that says “Text To Give,” it’s simply a matter of texting the code to the number provided. PayPal calls you back to confirm your donation and then you’ll receive your receipt by email. To use PayPal mobile, you must first activate your phone. Then, select one of these current codes: Text AMNESTY to 78787 to donate $10.00 to Amnesty International Text WATER to 78787 to donate $10.00 to UNICEF’s program to help supply those in need with clean drinking water. For the Starlight Starbright foundation, you can donate one of three different amounts to help seriously ill children: Donate $5: Text 5 to 78787Donate $15: Text 15 to 78787 Donate $30: Text 30 to 78787 Of course, once your phone is registered, you can send money to anyone via PayPal’s SMS commands. Mobile Giving/Social GivingThere’s also a new site that’s involved in allowing people to donate to charities via text. The site is called mGive, and here, non-profits can register themselves and the keyword they want in order to receive a short code for mobile donations. The texters pay the donation amount on their mobile bill and mGive collects that from the cell companies and distributes it back to the non-profit. One of mGive’s current campaigns involves Alicia Keys’ efforts with the Keep a Child Alive Foundation, which is a response to the AIDS pandemic in Africa. U.S. users can text “ALIVE” to “90999” to donate $5 towards this cause. This service works on AT&T, Nextel, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.mGivemGive works with a group called the Mobile Giving Foundation, a newly launched effort with a large amount of support from Qualcomm. The Mobile Giving Foundation was set up to help move the money from the cell phone carriers to the charities. This organization is currently working with over 20 large charities, like Keep a Child Alive (mentioned above), and more. Since the foundation has just launched, there are only a limited number of campaigns running, but its current roster that includes ASPCA (text Give to 27722), Alicia Keys Keep a Child Alive Campaign (text ALIVE to 90999), and FIT to UNITED (864833). In the future, there will be campaigns with PBS, IFAW, and others. More SoonMobile Giving is certainly a growing trend meant to capitalize on the ubiquity of cell phones and their heavy use by members of the younger generation. We’ll definitely start seeing more of these “text to give” campaigns in the future, but it seems that, today, only Verizon seems to offer a campaign for China and Myanmar aid, which is disappointing.A rise in mobile giving will also give rise to mobile charity scammers – in fact, it already has, both in China and in the U.S., so be on guard against unsolicated SMS text messages asking for donations. Do you know of any good text-to-give campaigns? Let us know in the comments. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology