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Madrid would be a leader without the VAR

first_imgThe arbitration will be in the spotlight during the Classic after the last complaints of Real Madrid. The decisions of Hernández Hernández, against Levante, and Orsato, against Manchester City, have not liked the white team, which demands in some of these actions the intervention of the VAR. Video arbitration has not become precisely his great ally, since technology has intervened more times against Madrid than Barcelona. Moreover, in a parallel and fictitious classification, in which the decisions taken from the VOR room were not taken into account, Madrid would be in the first position of LaLiga Santander with two points of advantage over the Catalans.VAR interventions in Madrid matches-In favor (3): two rival goals were annulled (to Brais, for the previous offside of Aspas, and to Luuk De Jong, for a previous foul on Militao) and the repetition of a penalty against Leganés (Soriano stopped the maximum penalty for Ramos, but was early and on the second attempt he managed to beat him).-Again (5): a direct red to Modric, a somewhat rival was awarded (to Gerard Moreno) and three goals were annulled for offside (to Jovic, against Osasuna, Hazard, against Betis, and Casemiro, against Valladolid).-They did not influence (1): Sánchez Martínez had an identity error. He took a yellow one to Valverde and from the VOR they warned him that the foul was from Jovic.VAR interventions in Barcelona matches-In favor (2) a penalty in favor by Aguirregabiria and a goal annulled to Getafe for a previous foul.-Again (4): two penalties were indicated against (Vidal and Lenglet, both by hand), goal annulled to Messi for offside and goal awarded to Gameiro.-They did not influence (2): An identity error (yellow shown to Arthur that had been wrongly shown to Suarez before) and mediation to Gil Manzano (the VAR confirmed that Paulista’s goal had to be annulled due to a previous foul, but this occurred before it was put into play the corner, so from the VOR they indicated that the corner kick should be repeated and not missing as indicated by the braid).The VAR in the ClassicsThis will be the sixth Real Madrid-Barcelona with video arbitration, but to date it has only entered once. It was on the first of all, on the 10th day of the 2018-19 season. Hernández Hernández, VAR referee, warned Sánchez Martínez, on the grass, of a Varane penalty on Luis Suárez. The Murcian referee pointed it out and the Uruguayan scored. The irruption of technology is very low in the Classics, although the white team has repeatedly claimed it. They think he should have entered the same game he did to signal the maximum penalty on Luis Suarez. In that crash, later, the Uruguayan would commit a serious abrupt game action on Nachor. The Canarian referee, from the VOR, did not recommend his partner to go to the monitor. The VAR was also requested in the last Classic in LaLiga. Madrid claimed two penalties on Varane. The first for a stencil of Lenglet and another for a grab of Rakitic. In the first one the VAR did not enter because there was a previous hand of Benzema and in the second one because from the VOR they considered that it was not a clear and manifest error.The referees: Mateu Lahoz and González GonzálezThose designated to whistle Real Madrid-Barcelona are Mateu Lahoz, from the field, and González González, from the VOR. Ramos complained last weekend that Hernández Hernández could not talk. The Appointments Committee has chosen for the Classic an arbitrator totally contrary to what the white captain complained. Mateu Lahoz is one of the most talkative referees of the First Division and he likes to make players see what he plays, although he does not wrinkle before them in complicated situations. The Valencian is one of the referees who shows more cards, both yellow and red, shows. Of course, it is not one of the most penalties. Mateu, in addition, It is one of the referees that has been corrected less times by the VAR. On three occasions he has rectified his decision. In a fourth, the VAR also recommended that he review a penalty he noted, but remained in his initial decision. He is one of the few referees who has done it and has surprised everyone, since he almost always hears: “If he goes to the monitor, he will change his decision.”From the VOR he will be helping you González González, one of the most interventionist referees in the category. He has entered seven actions when he has worked as a VAR and plays of all kinds (gameplay, penalties and reds). He is a referee who does not hesitate to call his partner on the screen if he thinks he has made a clear and manifest error.last_img read more

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India win World Cup thriller

first_imgBANGALORE, India (AP):Bangladesh slumped to a one-run defeat by India at the World Twenty20 yesterday after a collapse by their lower-order batsmen in the final over of a gripping Group Two match at Chinnaswamy Stadium.Needing 11 to win off the last over, bowled by Hardik Pandya, Mushfiqur Rahim slammed two consecutive boundaries as nine runs came off the first three deliveries to put Bangladesh in sight of victory in reply to India’s 146-7.But Mushfiqur holed out to midwicket. The next ball saw Mahmudullah do the same, and Shuvagata Hom missed the final ball and made a vain attempt to steal a single to level the scores. However, his partner, Mustafizur Rahman, was run out by India wicketkeeper and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to leave Bangladesh beaten on 145-9.RUNS ADDED ONThe defeat followed a solid start by Tamim Iqbal (35) and Sabbir Rahman (26) – who did well to add 44 for the second wicket – and some useful contributions from Shakib Al Hasan (22) and Soumya Sarkar (21).Put into bat, India’s openers had earlier struggled to get going against some disciplined bowling. Both Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan struggled to score at a run-a-ball, and the frustration that crept in resulted in both openers departing in quick succession. Rohit made a 16-ball 18 and Shikar had a 22-ball 23.With Virat Kohli being joined by Suresh Raina, India began to make progress. The pair added 50 runs for the third wicket before Kohli was bowled by Hom for 24.Raina showed a return to form by cracking a 23-ball 30. But two back-to-back wickets by Al-Amin Hossain, who had Raina and Pandya both caught, put India on the backfoot again.Dhoni then took charge, finishing unbeaten on 13. Along with Ravindra Jadeja, he added 20 runs for the seventh wicket before he and Ravichandran Ashwin put on nine more runs from five balls.last_img read more

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Over $600M in loans granted to small businesses

first_imgThe ‘Micro and Small Enterprise Development and Building Alternative Livelihoods for Vulnerable’ Project on Thursday closed off on a high note at the Herdmanston Lodge, Peter Rose Street, Queenstown, Georgetown, where it was disclosed that some 199 loans and 545 grants were handed out worth over $600 million.This was related by the Credit Guarantee Fund Manager, Gillian Edwards, during the closing ceremony of the programme. According to her, “We were able to do loans in eight of the 10 regions… so we did a total of 199 loans of a value of $695 million… for grants, our original target was 300 grants and because we shifted funds from the intro-subsidy which was largely unused for that. We exceeded our target and to date, because we are still disbursing some who just had part disbursement so far 545 grants to the value of $163 million.”Among the 100 programmes tied into the five-year project were training sessions with small business owners in the areas of business management, cosmetology and others.Persons from across the 10 administrative regions benefited from the US$5 million project, with aid from the American Development Bank and several banking entities in the country.A number of trainers, including Action Coach, also participated in giving their services to train persons in different areas.A few beneficiaries of not only training, but loans expressed how helpful it was to them. One woman who disclosed that she not only benefited from a loan, but the training programme in cosmetology, said, “I will say that I have benefited greatly from the programme because I got the grant which moved me from baking in a four burner oven to having an oven now that can hold 300 chickens at one time to bake”.A farmer shared that he now benefits from the loan in that he now produces about 4000 chickens when he used to only be able to grow 300 at a time.Meanwhile, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin explained how successful the project was although it was initially intended to be a two-year programme.“This project has come to define the work of the Small Business Bureau over the last few years and I know that it can boast thousands of beneficiaries within the micro and small business communities. It addresses some of the fundamental needs of those businesses such as the need for training and the need for financing and it also addresses one of the key objectives of our Ministry’s five-year strategic plan and that is to intensify the services of the Small Business Bureau,” Gaskin pointed out.Plans for growthThe Business Minister was keen to note that plans are in place to help move small businesses up the scale.According to him, one of the key initiatives Government is currently working on is the establishment of a system to monitor procurement of projects to these small businesses which will enable them to expand one way or the other.He said, “We have to have a system that allows regular reporting so that every quarter we can say to the public (that) this is the level of procurement from small businesses for this quarter so that involves being able to identify small businesses whenever they procure”.The Member of Parliament explained that the plans are to monitor the procurement of all Government projects at the Regional, National Procurement and Tender Administration Board or the Ministries’ level.Even as these plans were announced he made it clear that the government is still trying to “find a system” to gather all the data required for this project.It was explained by him that this process will be beneficial in that measures will be developed from the statistics gathered to give these said businesses a better chance of getting Government procurement.Among the principles already identified to govern this initiative will be the implementation of a “scoreboard” which will dictate that a specific percentage of projects will be allotted to small or large-scale businesses to create a level playing field for all.Although the project has not been given a deadline, Gaskin said he would like it to become a reality by the beginning of next year since it is “very urgent”.last_img read more

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Supply Health Centre’s construction to be re-advertised – REO

first_imgThe termination of a contract between the Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) administration and contractor Navin and Sons, for the construction of a new health centre at Supply, East Bank Demerara, has left officials with no other choice than to have the project retendered at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB).Supply Health CentreThis was on Tuesday related to Guyana by the Regional Executive Officer (REO) Pauline Lucas at the sidelines of a handing-over ceremony.Last year, the contractors were ordered to halt construction of the Health Centre after major building flaws were discovered.In this regard, the REO said that the project would have to be retendered and was likely to be advertised by next week.“We have already prepared the bid documents, so it should be advertised shortly,” she explained.In December 2018, Lucas revealed that the contract between the two parties had been terminated as a result of the shoddy works. She stressed that the decision to terminate the contract was based on recommendations made by the senior engineer for the Region and the Auditor General’s Office, both of whom conducted tests on the works done. Both tests lead to similar findings.The Supply Health Centre has for some time been at the heart of a struggle between regional officials seeking value for money and the contractor. A few months ago, an investigation was ordered into the issue by Regional Chairperson Genevieve Allen.The move was sparked after Councillors on the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) recommended sanctions against the contractor.According to a report that was submitted by the Clerk of Works, the contractor had failed to comply with a number of requirements for the project.Among the requirements reportedly ignored by the contractor was one for the complete removal of tree roots and debris from the site.Regional officials have complained that contrary to the specifications of the project, the casting of the Health Centre’s flooring was found to have been done without removing a major tree stump. Lucas had previously expressed concern that this raised serious questions about the strength and quality of the building.The contractor was ordered by the Clerk of Works to not proceed with casting the foundation of the Health Centre. This cease work order was reportedly ignored.last_img read more

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Pierre has a fan in Wills

first_img“A player like him should have 20-25. He hit .292 last year. If he just had four more bunt hits, he could have easily been close to .300. That could have led to who knows how many more runs, because scoring runs is the key thing.” Little said barring injury or just ineffectiveness, Takashi Saito will remain the club’s closer, but he didn’t rule out using Jonathan Broxton to close selected games. “If everyone is healthy, I think it will be hard for us to think about making a change,” Little said. “If we have to use Saito three days in a row, a lot will depend on what happens in those three games.” tony.jackson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 VERO BEACH, Fla. – Dodgers manager Grady Little remains tight-lipped on whether the newly signed Juan Pierre will bat first or second, but one of the greatest leadoff hitters in the game’s history said Monday he’s a perfect fit at the top. “It’s the manager’s decision, of course, and we all know that,” former Dodger Maury Wills said. “But I think Juan is a natural leadoff hitter.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Wills, who works throughout spring training on bunting and baserunning, said Pierre already is an excellent bunter who could bunt for more hits. “He had 16 (bunt singles) last year, and that’s not enough,” Wills said. last_img read more

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Stakes high for ‘other’ LAUSD race

first_imgTwo former school administrators are battling each other, an ambivalent teachers union and expected low voter turnout for the Los Angeles school board seat representing the Harbor Area to Watts. The race between Richard Vladovic, 62, and Neal Kleiner, 60, for District 7 hasn’t created the interest of the San Fernando Valley board race between incumbent Jon Lauritzen and challenger Tamar Galatzan. Nevertheless, the stakes are high for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who would gain a majority on the school board if Galatzan and Vladovic win in the runoff elections Tuesday. He has endorsed both. Although the Los Angeles mayor has been rebuffed in the courts in his effort to gain substantial control of the Los Angeles School District, he has won a seat at the table, said Jamie Regalado, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs. “The mayor has basically lost the possibility of having major control over the schools,” Regalado said. “The next best thing is to have a majority of his supporters on the school board. … That would allow him in the door to some kind of unofficial power-sharing arrangement.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Vladovic had the upper hand in the March 6 primary, besting Kleiner by 14 percentage points (46 to 32 percent). The two were forced into a runoff because third-place finisher Jesus Escandon captured 22 percent, preventing Vladovic from gaining a majority. Vladovic, former LAUSD local superintendent of the area from San Pedro to Watts, also enjoys an overwhelming fundraising advantage – more than 11 to 1 – over Kleiner. His war chest of more than $618,000 reflects his support from the Los Angeles mayor. Villaraigosa gave at least $243,000 via his Partnership for Better Schools. Kleiner has raised at least $54,000. While Vladovic has spoken out in support of legislation that would have given the mayor substantial control over the LAUSD, Kleiner pitches himself as a more independent voice. paul.clinton@dailybreeze.com (310)543-6627last_img read more

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Revealed! The 10 best January transfers of all time, featuring Man United and Liverpool icons

first_img 10 10 10. Javier Mascherano (West Ham to Liverpool on loan – January 2007, signed permanently in summer 2007 for £15m) – After his bizarre and ultimately fruitless spell with West Ham, Mascherano became a key part of an indomitable Liverpool midfield trio alongside Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso. Initially on loan, his combative style helped the Reds reach a second Champions League final in three years in 2007 and a second-placed Premier League finish in 2009. 3. Patrice Evra (Monaco to Manchester United – £6m in 2006) – Evra was initially identified as one who might struggle with the demands of the Premier League, but those doubts were immediately extinguished as he quickly established himself as a reliable member of United’s dominant back four. Five league titles, three League Cups and a Champions League success later and he can be truly regarded as one of the great left-backs of the Premier League era. 10 10 7. Philippe Coutinho (Inter Milan to Liverpool – £8m in 2013) – Now a key cog in Jurgen Klopp’s transitional Liverpool team, Coutinho has emerged from the shadow of Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling to become the Reds’ talisman. His penchant for stylish goals makes him one of the most eye-catching players in the league when in form and, given the size of the fee Liverpool paid for him, his arrival has proved a real bargain. 10 8. Gary Cahill (Bolton to Chelsea – £6m in 2012) – Gary Cahill’s astute, stylish performances at Bolton saw his dream move to Chelsea materialise and he was an instant success, helping the Blues to Champions League glory just four months after signing. He established an imposing partnership with John Terry and nailed down a regular England place. 10 4. Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea to Liverpool – £12m in 2013) – Injuries aside, Sturridge has been one of the finest Liverpool signings in the Premier League era. His goals/game ratio trumps that of Anfield legends like Robbie Fowler, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez and his goals so nearly took the Reds to that elusive top-flight crown in 2014. If only he could stay fit… 10 9. Ashley Young (Watford to Aston Villa – £9m in 2007) – There was once a time when Young was being compared with Lionel Messi by Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill, with the winger turning in some sensational performances after announcing himself at Watford. His displays helped Villa to three consecutive sixth-placed finishes in the league before an £18m move to Manchester United in 2011. 10 When it comes to the January transfer window, the general consensus is that deals tend to be either desperate or overpriced.Last year, in particular, it was a case of much ado about nothing as the majority of clubs sized each other up without really splashing the cash.But we’ve seen on numerous occasions in the past that some real bargains are often out there, especially when players might not be seeing as much first-team action as they had hoped.These ten players are evidence of that – will anyone follow suit over the next month?Notable exceptions include Papiss Cisse and Christophe Dugarry as, while their initial impact was stunning, their value faded in following seasons.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see which ten players from January’s gone by made our shortlist… 6. Mikel Arteta (Real Sociedad to Everton – £2m in 2005) – Over 200 competitive games for Everton in a six-year spell suggest Arteta really was one of the first names on the teamsheet under David Moyes. After learning the ropes in Scotland with Rangers in his earlier career, Arteta’s range of passing made him a Toffees favourite. 5. Nemanja Matic (Benfica to Chelsea – £17m in 2014) – Matic’s impact on the Chelsea team after his return to the club in 2014 cannot be underestimated. He quickly established himself as the finest defensive midfielder in the country and became the combative rock that allowed the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas to thrive on their way to title glory in 2015. His performance levels have dropped since, but there’s no denying his talent when fully fit. 10 2. Nemanja Vidic (Spartak Moscow to Manchester United – £7m in 2006) – Unless you’re Fernando Torres, very few players ever had a sniff when Vidic was around. His insatiable resilience and incredible strength saw him forge a defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand that became the platform for all of United’s success in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last years. Considering Evra was recruited in the same month, January 2006 could go down as the best January splurge in Premier League history. 10 1. Luis Suarez (Ajax to Liverpool – £22m in 2011) – Vidic ran him close, but Suarez just edges the Serbian. From the downright obscene to the ludicrously sublime, the Uruguayan ensured there was never a dull moment when he was around. Liverpool’s decline since his departure to Barcelona has reinforced his impact on that team that so nearly won the title in 2014, and he wasn’t just a goalscorer too. He is sorely missed, not just on Merseyside, but throughout England.last_img read more

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DONEGAL PUT ON THE CYCLIST TOURIST MAP THANKS TO GUARDIAN REPORT

first_imgWHEN it comes to online newspapers, there are few bigger in these islands than the Guardian.It’s even bigger than donegaldaily.com (just!!!).A superb article on cycling through Co Donegal appears in today’s print edition and online. Writer Dixe Wills does make the classic British journalist mistake of referring to the North as ‘the province’.But we will forgive him this once….as he travels through the Twin Towns and on through Barnesmore to Rossnowlagh.You can read his piece here:http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2012/feb/24/cycling-trail-donegal-sligo-ireland?newsfeed=true#  DONEGAL PUT ON THE CYCLIST TOURIST MAP THANKS TO GUARDIAN REPORT was last modified: February 25th, 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:DONEGAL PUT ON THE CYCLIST TOURIST MAP THANKS TO GUARDIAN REPORTlast_img read more

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GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD

first_imgThere are 12 races on tonight’s greyhound racing card at Lifford Stadium.Runners are (first race 8.00pm):Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Had It All; 2, Godsake Jake; 3, Tahina Gerry; 4, Colarhouse Coco; 5, Hather Jill; 6, Another Chico. Race 2 Buy a Buster 350 (350 yards): 1, Mullrook Danaher; 2, Hather Phoenix; 3, Kilgrogan Theft; 4, Carriglad Froggy; 5, Westminster City; 6, Avenue Vans.Race 3 Try a Trio 350 (350 yards): 1, Rampant Razzle; 2, Curragh Brae; 3, Bannroad Sean; 4, Hather Peggy; 5, Uncle Lez; 6, Blackstone Hugh.Race 4 “Like” Us on Facebook 525 (525 yards): 1, Killuran Brae; 2, Cloneen Dynamo; 3, Centre Point; 4, Gabbys Tango; 5, Maid of More; 6, Ballymoss Ace.Race 5 Lifford €15 Special 525 (525 yards): 1, Boherna Jock; 2, Tullna Island; 3, Quill Rocket; 4, Hather Culmore; 5, Castlegore Drary; 6, Corner Plane. Race 6 Christmas Party Nights 525 (525 yards): 1, Blackstone Maxx; 2, Doka Boy; 3, Psycho Bob; 4, Callyyourselfladog; 5, Ballyhill Civic; 6, Joshuas Prince.Race 7 Lifford €10 Sizzler 525 (525 yards): 1, Hather Crown; 2, Tahina Sabrina; 3, Paddock Paula; 4, Mongys Flyer; 5, Altmore Champ; 6, Smurfing Convoy.Race 8 The A McLean Bookmakers 525 (525 yards): 1, Aughduff Murt; 2, Some Effort; 3, Hi Dibbles; 4, Castlegore Missy; 5, Dartrey Snow; 6, Hather Lock.Race 9 Ultimate Dining Experience 350 (350 yards): 1, Moss Bob; 2, Bovally Mist; 3, Hes a Nutter; 4, Imperial Tank; 5, Tahina Ned; 6, Westminster Bric.Race 10 www.liffordgreyhounds.com 525 (525 yards): 1, Flaming Jenny; 2, Bleu Paradise; 3, Flimsy Truth; 4, Smurfing Manx; 5, Tommylees Buddy; 6, Slow to Engage. Race 11 Booking Office 575 (575 yards): 1, Mulroy Ninja; 2, Carson; 3, Personal Fantasy; 4, Mullrook Kofi; 5, Kagawa; 6, On the Snaff.Race 12 The Getting Out 575 Bumper Stakes (575 yards): 1, Raughlan Blaze; 2, Total Motion; 3, Glebe Flyer; 4, Skater Amy; 5, Ferryforth Fran; 6, Collins.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: October 18th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:cardgreyhoundLiffordRacinglast_img read more

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