Professional soccer in Portugal, in the air until you see the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgThe president of the Portuguese Football Federation, Fernando Gomes, and the leaders of the First and Second professional clubs met this Wednesday electronically to analyze the situation and concluded that, if the evolution of the pandemic allows it, they could end the League.The president of the Maritime, Carlos Pereira, advanced this Wednesday to EFE that the most evident conclusion after the meeting is that “until the peak of the pandemic -in Portugal- is known, the future of the competitions will not be defined”. In this sense, the Government of Portugal peak of pandemic expected to be reached in late May, although it would last a few weeks. If there are conditions, “the option of concluding the championship will be considered,” Pereira said, although he insisted that nothing materialized, not even if the matches could be played behind closed doors. The president of the insular club of Funchal insisted to EFE that “everything is subject to what the World Health Organization (WHO) marks.”“Football today is not worth it, since we are not going to applaud the stadiums while thousands of people die”he stressed.During the meeting on Wednesday, there was also no discussion of the economic situation of the Portuguese football clubs, since, at the moment, they have not availed themselves of any temporary employment regulations.The meeting also served to share UEFA’s advanced measures in the last hours, which has raised the possibility of resuming the season in late June or early July, which could extend it until August.last_img read more

Excelsior’s Love targets Champs record

first_imgExcelsior High School’s girls’ team captain, Shanice Love, showed off her good form at the Digicel/PUMA Youngster Goldsmith Classic held last Saturday inside the National Stadium. Competing in her backyard, the 18-year-old threw a meet record 51.92 metres to win the girls Class One discus. She came into the showpiece in good form and improved on the 49.49 metres – which had also been good for gold – at the Queens/Grace Jackson meet a week earlier inside the National Stadium. Love, no doubt, will give some inspiration to her Excelsior charges ahead of next month’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the same venue, just a stone’s throw from their Mountain-View-based school. “I feel good to get the meet record, it’s the start of the season so this is a good start. I have to lead from the front as captain and set the example and be a role model to my younger teammates,” the Excelsior ‘Lady Eagles’ captain shared with The Gleaner, following her win on Saturday. This year, the discus Class One girls Championships record of 51.32 metres will no doubt be under threat from Love, who will be hoping to finish her Girls’ Champs career in fine style. “My coach has been working closely with me throughout the season and it has been great so far. I will go for Champs gold and the record and also to push my personal best to its furthest,” she outlined. “I want to set the record so that it can stand for years and years to come,” she continued, adding that she will then move on to tertiary studies. Love is also a big academic winner, having copped the Scotiabank-sponsored Howard Aris Scholarship, awarded to the Jamaican student-athlete with the top grade point average at the JAAA’s annual Golden Cleats Awards, recently. The value is $250,000. She finished second at Champs last year behind Hydel High’s Shadae Lawrence, who took gold in 48.66m. Love’s 48.01m seems now a distant stepping stone, as she seeks to round off her final year in style, with the World Juniors also on the agenda.last_img read more

Dinthill pay the penalty

first_imgWestern Bureau: Bridgeport High secured a quarter-final spot in the 2016 edition of the FLOW Super Cup, but were made to fight hard to gain a 1-0 victory over Dinthill Technical at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday. The lone goal of the game came courtesy of a 20th minute penalty kick from Shakeen Powell. The midfielder fired the spot kick down the middle of goal after the Dinthill goalkeeper Troy Taylor moved to his right. Thereafter, it was practically all Dinthill. Their talisman Kaheem Parris opened up the Bridgeport defence several times in the first half, but they failed to find the back of the net. And in the 32nd minute, his shot was charged down by a defender after dancing by two other Bridgeport players. Coming into the game boasting a 100 per cent win record, Dinthill looked the part, especially in midfield, with a series of slick one-touch passes, but they failed to make it count. On the other hand, Bridgeport were compact in defence as it seemed they were ready from that point to defend their slender but precious one-goal lead. They made few forays the other side, as Dinthill, through Parris, Harvey, Kimani Pryce and Stephen Brown pressed high upfield in search of the equaliser. Bridgeport’s coach Garnett Lawrence was a happy man at the end of the game. “We are just thankful to God that we are in the knockout still, especially after playing an excellent Dinthill team,” Lawrence said. “Sometimes all you need is one goal and a little luck, and tonight, we got that,” he added. On a better day, Dinthill would have scored no less than five goals, but after striking the crossbar three times and hitting the upright twice, as well as having the ball cleared off the line two times in quick succession in the 87th and 90th minutes, respectively, it was clear it was not to be Dinthill’s night. “What can I say?” asked defeated Dinthill coach Kevin Williams. “We did it all today and leave here with nothing. Such is football,” he said. The loss is the first time this season the Linstead-based Dinthill have been beaten, but Williams said he is not fazed. “We are not fazed. Our focus returns to the daCosta Cup and Ben Francis KO, where we hope to push for at least one of those titles,” stated Williams.last_img read more

Despite annihilation of Kia, Banchero says Alaska still has a lot of work to do

first_imgAlaska has now brushed off its 0-2 start in the PBA Philippine Cup and have strung together two straight wins with the most recent one in the form of a 102-65 humiliation of Kia.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mixed emotions for Compton after beating former coach Dandan in Alaska win over Kia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours With such an impressive showing, it’s safe to assume that the Aces have found their groove in the All-Filipino Conference, but guard Chirs Banchero said there’s still more work to be done.“There’s a lot of room for us to get better,” said Banchero Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We got to do a better job of sharing the ball and growing as a team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd even though the Aces registered 26 assists against Kia, Banchero said it was the team’s defense that ultimately got them the victory.Alaska pressed the majority of the 48 minutes and got 17 steals in the process, with Banchero taking a team-high of three, while forcing the Picanto to commit 29 turnovers. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson This frantic defense allowed Alaska to score 27 fast break points and 32 points off turnovers.“Defense is going to win us the championship, defense is going to give us wins, defense and rebounding the ball,” said Banchero who finished with 11 points and five assists.Alaska’s defensive pressure reached peak form in the third quarter when the Aces outscored the Picanto 36-5 in the third quarter.“I feel the first five to 10 minutes of that second half were the biggest parts of the game,” said Banchero. “It was a great team effort.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

ONE: Pacio submits Mitsatit with ‘passion lock’ for third straight win

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Joshua Pacio submits Pongsiri Mitsatit. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn one of the most creative finishes the promotion has seen, Joshua Pacio employed a unique submission hold and forced Pongsiri Mitsatit to tap out in the first round of their strawweight fight in the ONE: Reign of Kings Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.After securing the full mount earlier in the fight, Pacio had Mitsatit’s back and tried to pull the Thai fighter’s left arm all the way to his nape.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Mitsatit eventually tapped out 3:37 into the fight.“I feel awesome, I cannot express my feeling fighting in front of these people,” said Pacio, who is a member of the famed Team Lakay stable. “I think I’ll call it the ‘Passion Lock.’ I tried that once in the gym and I thought it will be best if I try it here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’This is Pacio’s third straight win, bumping his record to 12-2 while Mitsatit (9-1) saw his nine-fight winning streak get snapped.Rene Catalan throws a strike. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEarlier in the preliminary card, Filipino strawweight Rene Catalan scored a unanimous decision win over Indonesia’s Stefer Rahardian. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img PBA board not consulted by SBP about Asian Games withdrawal MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Catalan peppered Rahardian with strikes with the Indonesian managing to survive the fight by clinching.It’s now Catalan’s fifth straight win as he improves to 5-2 while Rahardian fell to 8-1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Ombudsman Will Not Handle Election Matters

first_imgNominated chairman of the Ombudsman, Chris MassaquoiBy J. Burgess Carter The Ad Hoc Committee constituted to work on the proposed Act creating the office of the Ombudsman to oversee the Code of Conduct, on Tuesday presented its work to the Senate plenary.The committee was set up by the leadership of the Senate after lawmakers received a letter from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf nominating members to the office of the Ombudsman for their confirmation.In their debate on several provisions of the Act, the Senators were unanimous in agreeing that issues dealing with electoral matters under Sections 5.1 and 5.2 should not be directly under the supervision of the Ombudsman, but should instead be the responsibility of the National Elections Commission (NEC) and provisions in the Constitution be made accordingly.The Senators were however divided on the question of the age of a member of the Ombudsman, with some suggesting 35 and above, while others suggested 40. Required among other things are experience, high IQ, and maturity.Plenary also debated the question of qualifications, with some agreeing that the executive director should be someone with a law degree, while other members must be persons with a legal background.On the requirement that those seeking electoral posts should resign two years prior to the elections, plenary suggested that such requirement should be handled by the NEC, and not the Ombudsman. With regards to tenure, two three-year terms as proposed in the act was agreed on.Senator J. Milton Teahjay suggested that the Ombudsman’s office should by law have financial autonomy to help reduce the pressure of financial coercion on members.Following their deliberations, the Senators voted that all necessary input from individual Senators must be included for a possible passage of the Act today, Thursday, June 1.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cougars fall to No. 1 Lions

first_imgAzusa gave up 21 second-chance points and trailed by as many as 22 points in the second half en route to a 90-74 home loss to Vanguard on Saturday at Felix Event Center. Since Dec. 2, the Cougars had won 19 of 20 games. The Lions were the only team to beat the Cougars, scoring an 80-72 decision at Vanguard on Jan. 13. “We didn’t take care of the ball,” Cougars coach Danelle Bishop said. “They’re a great team, and you need to be on your game when you play them. They killed us with the offensive rebounds.” Azusa senior guard Monica Somers, who leads the Golden State Athletic Conference in scoring, finished near her average with a game-high 23 points but scored just eight in the first half as the Cougars focused on the interior game. Azusa Pacific’s men’s basketball team overcame a slow start to outscore Vanguard 45-26 in the second half in an 84-68 home win. Senior guard Tristan King scored a game-high 22 points and senior guard Demario Butler had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Cougars (22-5, 12-5), who allowed the first 11 points of the game and trailed by as many as 12 in the first five minutes of the first half. After trailing 42-39 at halftime, APU took a 47-45 lead 2:18 into the second half and never looked back. sean.moses@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2213 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Saturday’s game was supposed to be the No. 12-ranked Cougars’ second chance to prove they could hang with the top team in the country. Unfortunately for APU (21-5, 13-4), it was the Lions’ second chances that made the difference. center_img • Slideshow: Vanguard vs. APU AZUSA – Earlier in the season, the Azusa Pacific University women’s basketball team lost to No. 1-ranked Vanguard University despite leading by 12 points in the second half. last_img read more

Palmdale considers stepping up war on crime

first_imgThe plan calls for the organization to identify community and faith-based leaders; get their assessment of such issues as public safety and education; and craft solutions that improve school attendance, reduce the potential for violence, and improve the overall quality of life. The plan also calls for showcasing the work of these community and faith-based leaders at “what works and why” public meetings. “It’ll help us reach a part of our community that’s difficult to reach,” Councilman Tom Lackey said. “It’ll help us engage residents and empower the people in neighborhoods where we are having problems.” The organization works with grass-roots groups on a range of poverty issues, with a particular emphasis on those dealing with youth violence. Other issues include substance abuse, homelessness, housing, education, community revitalization, economic development, youth development, ex-offender re-entry and job preparation. The organization has provided training and technical assistance to more than 2,000 leaders of neighborhood organizations in 39 states. The overall Partners program is envisioned as being grass-roots driven. Among the program’s components will be developing and expanding youth programs; establishing city-owned “neighborhood houses”; greatly expanding Neighborhood Watch; starting a “citizen academy”; expanding family education and mediation programs; establishing neighborhood commissions; providing grants and loans to fix up homes; and encouraging volunteerism. Youth needs will be a focus of the effort. The program will seek to expand or add such programs as anger management, life-skills workshops, community service programs, drug and alcohol education, youth-safety workshops and internships. To gauge the effectiveness of the Partners program, the city is planning to form a citizen task force that would set measurements for which the program would be judged. The city is also looking at conducting surveys of residents to see if the effort is having any impact. City officials held three public meetings last week to collect ideas for fleshing out the program. A fourth, youth-only meeting is slated for May 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A Washington, D.C.-based group that specializes in programs to stop youth violence may be hired by the city to help with its Partners for a Better Palmdale anti-crime effort. At its meeting on Wednesday, the City Council will consider a $130,000 contract with the nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Enterprise to assess the city’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and develop a plan to reduce crime and improve quality of life. Part of the effort will involve identifying effective community and faith-based leaders and helping them partner with the city. “We’re trying to understand what’s going on in the neighborhoods where we’re not connecting,” Mayor Jim Ledford said Monday. “We need to reach out and touch the positive influences in neighborhoods.” last_img read more

Petronas to acquire Montney Gas holding of Talisman Energy

first_imgPetronas acquired properties in Farrell Creek and Cypress areas of B.C in 2012, and are now being sold to Progress Energy Canada Ltd. Moore said: “In making my determination, I carefully considered the plans, undertakings and other information submitted by Progress Energy Canada Ltd. in light of the net benefit factors..” Talisman energy Inc. signed a deal in November in which Progress will acquire more than 51 000 net hectares of land in areas of Montney that Talisman owns through a 50-50 partnership with Sasol.- Advertisement – The deal also includes interests in wells, processing plants and pipelines. Petronas has said it intends to invest up to $11 billion in a LNG export terminal near Prince Rupert, B.C.last_img read more

YOUNG BUSINESSMAN GIVES ICONIC DONEGAL BRAND SOME NEW FIZZ!

first_imgA young businessman is giving one of Donegal’s most iconic brands a new lease of life around the world.McDaid’s Football Special is now making a comeback around the globe.Like thousands of people from Bundoran to Ballybofey to Buncrana, the taste of the Football Special soft drinks always reminded them of home.Now Seamus McDaid, 26, has been charged with giving the unique-flavoured soft drink a new lease of life – across the globe. And his efforts are already paying off.Now based in New York, Seamus is hoping the tens of thousands of Irish people living abroad will long for the drink as much as they hanker for Barry’s Tea of Tayto crisps.“It’s got a frothy head on it,” he told the Sunday Independent, “so when you pour it out it looks like a pint of Smithwick’s.“I thought that if you can buy other Irish products across the pond, then you should be able to buy our brand, too.” Deciding on three of the most popular varieties, including a banana flavour called Smooth Banana and American Ice Cream Soda, the first shipment arrived last Easter.McDaid, who is the company’s sole employee across the pond, now regularly delivers the product to ‘mom and pop’ retailers and delicatessens in the Empire State, not forgetting sellers in Irish-American communities in Boston and Philadelphia.While breaking new territory means he’s forced to abandon the reputation McDaid’s Beverages has built across four generations in Ramelton, the young entrepreneur said American retailers provide him with a certain candour their Irish counterparts never did.He says: “One of the things I love about doing it in the States is that I’m really in touch with my retailers. The managers will be brutally honest with me how my product is going.“Thankfully the feedback so far has mostly been good – but even when I do get negative feedback, it means that I’m able to work on it.” Yet McDaid doesn’t market Football Special and its sister sodas as classic Irish staples; the rise in craft beers in the years following the economic crash has provided him with an entirely different unique selling point.“It’s not like Ireland is renowned for its soft drinks. It’s not like tea; putting the Irish tricolour around it is not necessarily going to sell it.“In essence, it is a craft soda, from a small batch production facility. This isn’t like Coca Cola, where millions and millions of bottles are produced every week. It’s almost artisan in its creation.”In 12 months, McDaid’s US operation has netted a modest $25,000 from 50 Stateside retailers, but he insists this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the New York-based Irish Business Organisation. His intention now is to target the larger, and substantially more lucrative, Hispanic market.“In the past year, we were just connecting with diaspora who couldn’t get our products anymore.“We’re launching in Glasgow, because there’s a large contingent of Donegal people there. And we sent our first shipment off to Perth, Australia about six months ago.”YOUNG BUSINESSMAN GIVES ICONIC DONEGAL BRAND SOME NEW FIZZ! was last modified: April 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFootball SpecialRameltonSeamus McDaidlast_img read more