Messi may play in Club World Cup final

first_imgYOKOHAMA, Japan (AP):Lionel Messi could still play for Barcelona in tomorrow’s Club World Cup final.The Argentina forward missed yesterday’s training, and was absent from the 3-0 semi-final win over Guangzhou Evergrande, sick with renal colic, a type of abdominal pain commonly attributed to kidney stones.”All the situations are open. What the manager (Luis Enrique) said is that we have to evaluate, hour after hour, how he is feeling,” Barcelona media officer Chemi Teres said. “I don’t know if it is renal colic or kidney stones, or something else in this area.”Neymar’s prospects of playing in the final against Argentine club River Plate appear to be improving.The Brazil striker sat out Barcelona’s training on Monday and Tuesday before doing some workouts at the start of Wednesday’s session.Neymar came on as a substitute in the semi-final match, but stepped up his training routine yesterday, running the perimeter of the field with a coach. He then did some dribbling drills and sprinting with the ball, isolated from the other players.Dani Alves missed yesterday’s practice with a bruised foot, but is expected to be fit for tomorrow’s match.Barcelona are bidding to win the tournament for a record third time after titles in 2009 and 2011.last_img read more

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Celtics’ Irving coy on possible reunion with LeBron

first_img“In this business, I’ve kind of experienced it all and I’ve seen a lot, so we’ll see what management decides,” Irving said when asked if he would be open to playing alongside James again.Irving was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cavaliers in 2011 and played three seasons with James, from 2014-17. The duo made three straight trips to the NBA Finals, winning a championship in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Obviously, it’s a business at the end of the day,” Irving said. “Ownership and management, they’re going to feel what’s best for our future and I’m fully supportive of (them). We’ll see what happens.”Irving was traded to Boston last August and averaged 24.4 points and 5.1 assists over 60 games in his first season with the Celtics. FILE – Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics is guarded by Lebron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first quarter of a game at TD Garden on February 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — Kyrie Irving is playing coy about the possibility of reuniting with his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James next season in Boston.The Celtics guard on Tuesday deferred when asked about the prospect of the team pursuing James this summer. The 33-year-old James has a player option to remain in Cleveland next season but could opt for free agency.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Celtics expect Irving to be completely recovered by the start of training camp in the fall.“I’m feeling good,” Irving said. “It was going to be a process coming back, just making sure I’m healthy enough for September. Just trying not to push it too hard.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The five-time All-Star missed the last 15 games of the regular season and the entirety of the playoffs after undergoing left knee surgery.“To kind of have something like that unexpected, it was hurtful, because just a lot of what I wanted to accomplish with our guys and individually as one of the leaders of the team,” Irving said.Irving also had a separate surgery in May to repair a deviated septum, a procedure that kept him away from the sidelines for Game 7 of the Celtics’ Eastern Conference Finals series against James and the Cavaliers.“Obviously, it wasn’t going to feel the same (not being there), but I was just so proud of our guys and what they did,” Irving said. “They passed a lot of expectations, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”Cleveland beat Boston 87-79 in Game 7 to send James to his eighth consecutive Finals series. The Cavaliers were swept by the Golden State Warriors, dropping James’ personal Finals record to 3-6.ADVERTISEMENT An end to a long wait MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View commentslast_img read more

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PATEL Cites Problems with ECOWAS Tariff

first_imgReps. Prince K. Moye and Samuel Kogar The National Chairman of the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL), Presley S. Tenwah, said the Common Extended Tariff (CET) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), if amended by the Legislature, would be a bad law that leaves Liberian businesses at a disadvantage, arguing that most Liberians are engaged in small businesses.Tenwah said most of the goods Liberian businesses trade in, such as used clothes, used cars and the like, are not part of the goods that would benefit from the ECOWAS tariff.The PATEL chairman made the observation on Monday, March 27, in the House’s First Floor Conference Room during a public hearing on “An Act to Amend the Act Ratifying and Adopting the ECOWAS Common External Tariff as Amended.”The public hearing was conducted by the chairman of the Joint Committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Development Planning and Commerce & Trade, Rep. Prince Moye.Leadership of the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL)Tenwah stressed that most of the goods that are supposed to be sold only by Liberians according to the Liberianization Policy are imported and sold by foreign businesspeople.He said that Liberia does not have “factories” to compete with other countries to boost her domestic economy.Other members of PATEL, Katumba Dolley, Sheik Jallah and Leon Topoe, told the lawmakers that “the law should sleep and never wake up.”The president of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC), Francis A. Dennis Jr., differed with PATEL, and expressed support for the ratification of the ECOWAS CET.He, however, urged the lawmakers to protect the “space of Liberian businesses,” by ensuring that foreigners don’t venture into businesses which are reserved only for Liberians.The president of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA), David Sembeh, also expressed support for the CRT, while buttressing LCC on the prioritization of Liberian businesses.The Ministry of Finance & Development Planning was represented by Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs, Adolphus D. Forkpa, and the director of the Tax Policy Division, Molley O. Kiazolu, as was the Ministry of Commerce and Industry through its Assistant Minister for Trade Services, Daniel Dean.The chairman of the Joint Committee, who is also the Chairman on Ways, Means, Finance & Development Planning, Rep. Prince Moye, said the Committee will strive for the Liberianization Policy to be upheld, indicating that they will work closely with the Ministry of Commerce.The co-chairman of the Joint Committee, who is the chairman on the Committee on Commerce and Trade, Rep. Samuel Kogar, said he would work to ensure the ratification of the CET protocol.Meanwhile, it may be recalled that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wrote Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay recently on the ratification of “An Act to Amend the Act Ratifying and Adopting the ECOWAS Common External Tariff as Amended.”The President said: “The objective of the bill is to create the legal framework that allows Liberia adopt a five-year migration plan to the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET).”According to the communication from President Sirleaf, it was agreed among members of ECOWAS to adopt a common external tariff for all imported products from outside the ECOWAS community with a view to establish a customs union.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf maintained that the Act ratifying and adopting the CET in Liberia provides for a two year transitional period, thereby alleviating the immediate negative impact of the CET as it relates to basic household consumables and critical inputs.“Due to the impact of the CET on national revenue, the ECOWAS authority has provided each country a five-year transitional period (of which 2 years have elapsed) for implementing the tariffs for certain commodities,” the President asserted. “The bill when passed shall repeal and replace the migration plan which was adopted under the CET implementation with a new migration plan.”According to reports, 10 member states have so far implemented the Common External Tariff (CET), which came into effect in January 2015.The ECOWAS CET aims to ensure transparency and facilitate the ease of doing business both within the sub-region and with third party countries, and would boost sub-regional trade between 10 to 14 percent (%).The ECOWAS CET also has provision for a temporary Import Adjustment Tax, which was accommodated to allow countries to adjust to the scheme during the five-year transitional period ending in 2019.Howbeit, Committees on Ways, Means, Finance & Development Planning and Judiciary have been mandated by the House’s Plenary and report within a week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Let’s make a deal!

first_imgIn February, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and the Texas Pacific Group led a group of investors that offered to acquire TXU, the Texas energy giant, in a deal valued at $45 billion, including assumed debt. That would be the largest buyout ever, eclipsing last year’s $39 billion acquisition of Equity Office Properties Trust. “There are no signs that commercial credit is tightening up,” said Filek of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He also suggested that recent declines in the stock market might have spurred deal activity by lowering the prices of takeover targets. Private equity buyers, which accounted for a fifth of all deals last year, have made the biggest deals so far this year, but blockbuster transactions between public companies may also be on the way. ABN Amro of the Netherlands and Barclays of Britain recently disclosed that they are in discussions to merge, a deal that analysts estimate could value ABN as high as $88 billion. If an agreement is reached, it could surpass the 1998 merger of Travelers and Citicorp as the largest financial services deal in history. Buyout firms, meanwhile, continue to outdo each other with new, record-breaking funds. Both the Blackstone Group and the private equity unit of Goldman Sachs are raising funds that could reach $20 billion or more, providing plenty of fuel for taking companies private.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We are still in an accelerating mode,” said Robert Filek, a partner in the transaction services group at the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. He added that transactions this year could break the record set in 2006, when there were about $3.8 trillion in announced deals – up 38 percent from 2005. Last year’s abundance helped produce an especially rich bonus season among bankers. But February and March brought a few harrowing swings in the stock markets and an implosion in the market for subprime mortgages, creating concern on Wall Street that corporate and financial buyers would pull back. There was special concern that a crisis in the credit markets would render deal-making more difficult for private equity firms, which usually borrow heavily to pay for their acquisitions. But rather than retreat, buyout firms have taken their deals and fundraising to new levels. After breaking the record for mergers and acquisitions last year, deal makers have started 2007 at an even faster pace. With the first quarter about to draw to a close, the value of corporate deals announced through Wednesday reached $1.08 trillion, according to Thomson Financial. That is 24 percent more than the value of deals in the first quarter of 2006. The tempo has slowed from last year’s fourth quarter, when $1.2 trillion in transactions were announced. But the deal cycle is seasonal, and the fourth quarter has been the busiest one for announcements in recent years – a trend that could partly reflect a desire by investment bankers to plump up their year-end bonuses. Many of the conditions favorable to deals remain in place, including an accommodating credit market and an abundance of well-financed private equity firms. last_img read more

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Arsenal’s Emery pleased with present squad

first_img0Shares0000Unai Emery is Arsenal’s first new manager in 22 yearsLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 2 – Unai Emery says he’s satisfied with the signings he’s made so far at Arsenal and would be confident to begin the new Premiership season with the side he has assembled.Speaking after the Gunners’ International Champions Cup penalty shootout win over Chelsea, the new manager revealed he was “happy with the players” he had. Alexandre Lacazette netted a very late equaliser in the pre-season friendly after a fifth minute goal from Antonio Rudiger.All of Arsenal’s penalty takers scored from the spot, with only Ruben Loftus-Cheek missing for the Blues.New club signings include Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.Emery said: “At the moment I am very happy with the players who are with here with us.“I am telling you now, we are ok.”The manager added that he was not uncertain if Aaron Ramsey would be remain at the club this season, saying: “I don’t know [if he will sign a new contract]. This is a question for the club and the player.“My focus is on the players and the training for the match against Lazio and then Man City.”The Welsh international picked up a minor injury in the warm up to this game and did not feature.Arsenal face Serie A side Lazio in their final pre-season match this Saturday before facing the Premier League champions on the opening day of the 2018/19 season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Abraham gifts Liverpool with Super Cup title

first_img0Shares0000Abraham gifts Liverpool with Super Cup titleISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug 15 – Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham missed his final penalty kick as Liverpool converted all to beat Frank Lampard’s side 5-4 on post-match penalties to lift the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday in Istanbul.The match had ended 2-2 after Senegalese superstar Sadio Mane struck twice for the UEFA Champions League winners while Oliver Giroud had opened the scores for the Europa League title holders before Jorginho conveted from the spot in extra time. Every penalty in the shoot-out had been successful before Mohamed Salah stepped up to convert Liverpool’s fifth kick at the home of Besiktas. Substitute Abraham then had his effort saved by Adrian, the summer signing only playing in the absence of the injured Allison Becker.It is Liverpool’s fourth Super Cup victory, with their last coming in 2005 on the back of their memorable Champions League triumph, also in Istanbul.They have now won 13 European trophies overall, and how their supporters would love to come back to the banks of the Bosphorus for the final of this season’s Champions League.Sadio Mane had earlier been Liverpool’s star, cancelling out Olivier Giroud’s first-half strike to ensure the match ended 1-1 in 90 minutes, and then putting Jurgen Klopp’s team in front on 95 minutes.But it was perhaps inevitable that French referee Stephanie Frappart would play a role in the outcome of the game.The first woman to take charge of a major men’s match in European competition, Frappart gave Chelsea a penalty when Abraham went down under contact from Adrian. Jorginho — his name unfortunately wrongly spelled on the back of his shirt — netted the spot-kick.He also scored in the shoot-out, but there would be no first trophy as Chelsea coach for Frank Lampard, who lost the Super Cup twice with the club as a player, including a defeat on penalties against Bayern Munich in 2013.Lampard has stated a willingness to give youth a chance this season, although here he left Mason Mount and Abraham — aged just 20 and 21 respectively — on the bench.Instead N’Golo Kante was deemed fit to play after a summer plagued by injury problems, while Giroud came in and Christian Pulisic made his full debut. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first start for Liverpool in 16 months after recovering from a serious knee injury.The England midfielder released Salah for an early chance only for the Egyptian’s effort to be saved down low by Kepa Arrizabalaga. However, he generally struggled to make an impact on the left flank and was replaced at half-time by Roberto Firmino.– Chelsea start on top –Ng’olo Kante in actionChelsea had enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes, with Pedro Rodriguez crashing a shot off the bar midway through the first half before Adrian saved at the feet of Mateo Kovacic.The opener arrived in the 36th minute, with Kante finding Pulisic and the American drawing several red shirts towards him before releasing Giroud to score first-time.Shortly after that, Pulisic thought he had made it 2-0, but his fine finish was disallowed for offside by Frappart.The introduction of Firmino helped change things completely at the start of the second half, though, with Liverpool needing little more than two minutes to draw level.– Mane brace –Sadio Mane scored a braceThe Brazilian knocked the ball into the path of Mane, who scrambled home from close range despite Kepa getting a glove to it.Kepa fared far better in the 75th minute, blocking Salah’s shot following Jordan Henderson’s corner and then reacting brilliantly to turn Virgil van Dijk’s follow-up onto the woodwork.Brought on from the bench along with Abraham, Mount briefly thought he had restored Chelsea’s lead late on but his crisp low strike was disallowed.On into extra time they went and, to the delight of the crowd, who were mostly supporting the European champions, Liverpool went 2-1 up thanks to that same combination.Mane found Firmino near the byline and then latched onto the Brazilian’s cutback and fired home off the underside of the bar.But, in the 101st minute of this match, Jorginho converted from the spot to bring back the possibility of a penalty shoot-out.Having conceded that spot-kick, Adrian later produced a firm hand to deny Mount and was at it again as he denied Abraham to secure victory for his team.0Shares0000(Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Bradford City sign ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones

first_img1 Former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones Former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones has joined League One side Bradford City.The Australian was released by the Reds at the end of last season and after a long summer searching for a new club, the shot stopper has penned a one-year deal at Valley Parade.Jones made just 26 appearances in five years at Anfield but did replace out-of-form Simon Mignolet for a short period last term.However, injury cut short Jones’ chance to establish himself as Liverpool’s new No.1 and Brendan Rodgers opted to release Jones at the end of the campaign.last_img

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PICTURE SPECIAL: SUPER DANNY’S INCREDIBLE CHARITY NIGHT SHOW

first_imgDanny O Carroll ( Buster) with Liverpool and Ireland internationals Ray Houghton and Ronnie Wheelan who turned waiters along with a host of TV and sporting stars to support Danny O Carroll’s Charity Christmas Party in Co Donegal in aid of Lurgybrack National School autism unit and they Paediatric Ward at Letterkenny General Hospital. Photo Brian McDaidHE’S a Dub who has made Donegal his home.And last night (and in the early hours of this morning) Danny O’Carroll got huge amounts of people to make massive donations to two Donegal charities at a wonderful Christmas dinner event at Letterkenny’s Mount Errigal Hotel. Everyone who was anyone was there.Super soccer stars Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton (he kept going on about how he was a Buncrana man) joined stars from Mrs Brown’s Boys, Adam (Ian Beale from Eastenders), rugby legend Shane Byrne and ex-world champ Bernard Dunne for the superb charity night.All the money went to Letterkenny General’s paediatric unit and Lurgbybrack school’s autistic department.The food was wonderful and the music was fabulous. And everyone there enjoyed themselves.Donegal Daily snapped up a pair of signed football boots from our own Seamus Coleman…the pair he wore when he scored against Man U (who are they?)It was the best €800 we ever spent!We’d like to now auction those boots to the highest bidder – with every cent going to St Vincent de Paul here in Donegal this Christmas….Want them? email your bid to info@donegaldaily.com Danny O Carroll ( Buster) with liverpool and Ireland internationals Ray Houghton and Ronnie Wheelan who turn waiters with host of TV and sporting stars who turn out to Support Danny O Carroll (Buster) Charity CHristmas PArty in Co Donegal in aid of a autism unity at the local school and they Peadiatric Ward at Letterkenny General Hospital. Photo Brian McDaidAmanda Woods from Miss Brown’s Boys with Mary Mc Cartney former Miss North Ireland, Rosin Mc Devitt from Fermanagh, Rosin Ball former Miss Donegal, Judeth Grey Miss Northern Ireland, and Emma Kane, Miss Donegal Danny O Carroll’s Charity Christmas Party in Lettterkenny Co. Donegal. Photo Brian McDaid PICTURE SPECIAL: SUPER DANNY’S INCREDIBLE CHARITY NIGHT SHOW was last modified: December 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BustercelebrityDanny O’Carrolldonegallast_img read more

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Benfica defender targeted by Manchester United in advanced talks with Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona are in advanced negotiations with Manchester United target Nelson Semedo.The Benfica defender is in high demand ahead of the summer transfer window and is expected to secure a lucrative move away.Manchester United were thought to be favourites to sign the 23-year-old as part of a double swoop involving fellow defender Victor Lindelof. However, according to Portuguese newspaper Record, that is no longer the case as Semedo is in fact in advanced negotiations with Barcelona.The Spanish giants are desperate to land a new right-back this summer after failing to replace Dani Alves since he left for Juventus last year.Semedo is the man new Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has earmarked and now talks are underway over a deal worth over £30m. Nelson Semedo vies for the ball 1last_img

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