Mallorca making a fuss over teenager Luka Romero, the ‘ Mexican Messi’

first_img At that age, he will also have to decide which national team to represent if he is called up. He has three nationalities and is eligible for Argentina, Mexico or Spain.  Romero, whose value has gone through the rood since coach Vicente Moreno called him up for training ahead of the visit of Barcelona on June 13, does not have a professional contract with Mallorca.  Upd. on 26/06/2020 at 14:43 CEST Mallorca pay a monthly wage and the rent of a young star, Luka Romero Bezzana, who was born in Durango (México), plays for Argentina’s youth teams and is now residing on the Balaeric Island. They call him the “Mexican Messi” due to his style of play and his similar physique to the Barcelona star.  IN SPORT.ES He is still 15 and will have to wait until November, when he turns 16, for his representatives to be able to negotiate a new deal, which will also include a release clause.  Mallorca will try to tie the player down with the belief that he has a big future ahead of him, as proven with the club’s youth teams and with Argentina in the Sudamericano Championships in Paraguay last year.  Sources close to the club have admitted to EFE that it will be “complicated” to keep hold of a player of Romero’s qualities if some of Spain’s — or Europe’s — biggest clubs show an interest in him. El Mallorca mima a Luka Romero, el ‘Messi mexicano’ 05/06/2020 EFElast_img read more

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Gazette’s century in Pakenham

first_imgThe Gazette this month celebrates 100 years in Pakenham. Company founder Albert Edward Thomas was persuaded by the business people…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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FIFA hands 1,300-page corruption report to Swiss authorities

first_imgFIFA said on Friday it had completed a 22-month internal inquiry into allegations of high-level corruption and criminal misconduct that buffeted world football and handed its report to Swiss authorities.“FIFA will now return its focus to the game, for fans and players throughout the world,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino, elected last year to replace Sepp Blatter, who is under criminal investigation in Switzerland.In a statement, FIFA said that more than 2.5 million documents were reviewed during the investigation and that the report it shared with Swiss authorities ran to 1,300 pages and included more than 20,000 pages of “exhibits”, or documentation.The investigation began after several dozen soccer officials, mainly from Latin America, were indicted in the United States in 2015 on corruption-related charges, sparking the worst crisis in FIFA’s 113-year history.Some of the suspects have pleaded guilty and await sentencing, others face trial and some are in their native countries where they are fighting, or have avoided, extradition.FIFA said its report would also be made available to U.S. investigators.In Switzerland, the attorney general’s office has begun criminal proceedings against Blatter and former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on suspicion of offences including criminal mismanagement“FIFA is committed to conducting a thorough and comprehensive investigation of the facts so we could hold wrongdoers within football accountable and cooperate with the authorities,” Infantino said in the FIFA statement.Swiss prosecutors “will continue to pursue those who enriched themselves and abused their positions of trust in football”, he added.The statement from Zurich-based FIFA gave no further details and said that, because of the criminal inquiries under way, it was “legally restricted from releasing or commenting on the findings from its internal investigation”.FIFA said the Swiss authorities had acknowledged its “close and consistent cooperation”.Blatter has already been banned for six years and Valcke for 10 by FIFA’s own ethics committee. Both have denied wrongdoing and Valcke has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Blatter has already lost an appeal at CAS.In September, FIFA opened a new ethics investigation into Blatter, Valcke and former finance director Markus Kattner for possible violations including bribery and corruption.FIFA said then that the allegations were in the context of salaries and bonuses paid to the three.last_img read more

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‘2017: A Threshold for Transition in Liberia’

first_imgThe outgoing Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU), Harrison Oluwatoyin Solaja, has said that the ensuing 2017 presidential and legislative elections are very crucial to the consolidation of peace and democracy that would place Liberia on the right trajectory for economic and infrastructural development.“It is my sincerest hope and wish that holding of successful elections in 2017 through transparent and democratic governance processes would serve as the threshold to transition Liberia from post-conflict situation to a fully fledged democratic country,” Ambassador Solaja said.He spoke on Monday at a farewell reception which coincided with an investiture ceremony held in his honor by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office for Solaja’s “numerous contributions” to the Liberian state especially during the Ebola crisis. The President recalled how Mr. Solaja rallied the continent to bring in medical volunteers, while also mobilizing funds to assist in the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).Monday’s ceremony was graced by an array of government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, members of the private sector and traditional leaders, among others.The departing AU diplomat’s tenure expired at the end of his four-year assignment in Liberia. He arrived in the country on the eve of the 2011 general and presidential elections when political tension peaked – an experience which, he said, prepared him for the task of building up good relationship with Liberia.After being celebrated for his “selfless and invaluable services” rendered Liberia, the AU envoy told Liberians that no amount of disagreement and dissatisfaction should ever lead them to conflict. He further urged Liberians to maintain the peace they have sustained for so many years. “No amount of challenges, disagreement, displeasure or dissatisfaction should ever lead this country again to civil crisis,” Mr. Solaja cautioned.He also expressed gratitude for the level of interactions he had with all state and non-state actors, who helped in the successful implementation of his mandate in the last four years. Ambassador Solaja also spoke of the country’s bright future. He said challenges make life interesting, “but overcoming them makes life meaningful.” “The past cannot be changed, but the future can be molded into any shape or form of ones choice, and that the future lies in the hands of the Presidency, the Legislature, the Judiciary and every Liberian lover of peace,” he said.During the Ebola crisis, the AU diplomat disclosed that the organization spent about US$37 million through contributions from partners including the African Private Sector, which facilitated the rapid deployment of about 850 AU Health volunteers and the provision of needed logistics to fight the EVD in the three worst affected Mano River Union countries.Also during his stay, The AU, through its Permanent Representative Council (PRC) subcommittee on refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons in Africa, also provided the amount of US$50,000 to the United Nations Commission on High Refugee (UNCHR) in Liberia toward humanitarian activities.As a result of his outstanding performance while representing the AU in Liberia, President Sirlead admitted Ambassador Solaja into the Humane Order of African Redemption with the Grade of Knight Official.Before he was conferred the distinction, President Sirleaf praised Solaja for his many accomplishments during his tenure especially in the fight against the deadly EVD. She thanked the AU for contributing over 800 African troops to countries hard hit by Ebola and for placing Liberia on the agenda of the AU. She then wished Solaja well in his future endeavors, noting that as a diplomat, he is always welcomed to visit Liberia at anytime.Meanwhile, at the investiture ceremony, Ambassador Solaj was gowned and given the traditional name of Bonu Musa Kamara of Quedu Gbonni District in Lofa County. Various government entities presented gifts to him and wished him well as he departs the country.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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Day of…

first_img…constitutional supremacyPresident Granger’s handlers have gotten their collective undergarments in a knot, and are squealing about the Opposition Leader’s announcement that, come March 21, Granger ceases to be President; and as such he’ll be addressing the fella living in the “Green House” as plain, old “Mr. Granger”.“NO!!” they shriek, “the President will continue to be President until another one is sworn in!!”Now, once again, the PNC Government spokespersons are following the lead taken by their leader, to insist that their “perception” of what the Constitution says is what it ACTUALLY says!! But it doesn’t take much to separate “sense from nonsense”…all we gotta do is go to the Constitution and read what it says. Article 106 (6) declares quite unambiguously, “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Now, isn’t this “defeat” by an NCM exactly what happened? Didn’t the PNC Government already return to the National Assembly and had the Speaker reiterate that “boat done gone a watah”?? Didn’t the court already add its voice to the obvious import of Art 106 (6) – that the President and his Cabinet were “gone with the wind”??Well, the PNC diehards might say they’ve appealed the judgement. Well…duh!! The appeal wasn’t about what the President and Cabinet had to do…it had to do with whether the NCM was actually carried! And only IF the Appellate Court rules otherwise can anything change. So, in the meantime, the workings of the Constitution – which is the SUPREME law of the land – holds: there’s NO President and Cabinet once the NCM was passed!! Sayonara!! At least the Cabinet acknowledged this reality, since they’ve been referring to their meetings as a “plenary”!!Jagdeo was being kind on the President’s status until the Day of Constitutional Supremacy, since technically he was a “resigned president”.But the President’s handlers went on to jump on a second limb – Art 106 (7), which says, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the GOVERNMENT shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”But they pretend to be blind to the fact that the Constitution is not an ass! It’s making a DISTINCTION between the “President and Cabinet” and “the Government”! And of course the GOVERNMENT continues…but NOT the President and Cabinet.That’s why we have “government departments” and “heads”!!…infamyYour Eyewitness is predicting that March 21, 2019 – which is the day the Opposition has presented the Government with the opportunity to acknowledge supremacy of the Constitution – will unfortunately go down in history as a “day of infamy” for our young republic. A “day of infamy” because ignoring the crystal-clear dictates of the Constitution will cause incalculable harm to its sanctity. And this, we know, is the only line dividing us from reverting to the law of the jungle.We are a young nation, but if we need to know how we can survive to become an old nation, we can do worse than look over to the US, the most powerful nation on earth, and reflect on the fact that their respect for their constitution is the most significant reason for their success. Sure a constitution might not be perfect – nothing that man creates can be. We aren’t omniscient, but there are built-in amendment procedures to make changes.But we don’t just dump all over it. One day “we may look to the rock for rescue, but there’ll be no rock!”…retribution against hubrisWas it just serendipity that March 21st is also “Holi” – the day that a tyrant was given his comeuppance by the greatest “Rock” there is?Or was it a warning??last_img read more

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New cab service getting started in Fort St. John

first_imgThe process for a new cab service in the city has been a lengthy one, as Thompson and Fort St. John City Council first sent a letter to the Passenger Transportation Board back on Oct.11, 2011. Now that his application is officially approved, Thompson will get to work on installing a meter and servicing his vehicle to make sure it is up to standards.As for the name of the new company, Thompson, who applied to open another cab service to serve the people of Fort St. John, is leaving the name up to those very same people. He is extending an invitation to anyone who wants to name to company to send their ideas to his email, bjwt1972@hotmail.com, where he will pick the best name to be displayed on the side of his cab. Those interested are being asked to submit their idea, along with their contact information.He is also looking for drivers and dispatchers as part of his new company. Anyone interested can submit their resume to the above email address.- Advertisement -Those interested in applying for the position must submit a resume, as well as show proof of a valid Class 4 Drivers License and their Chauffeur Permit, which can be acquired at City Hall for $35. A criminal background check is also required to get the permit.Thompson shared his feelings on being approved by the Board, saying “I’m so grateful to the people and my main goal is providing a good, reliable service where I can be honest with the customers.”Thompson stressed that honesty will be the main focus of his new business.Advertisementlast_img read more

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If Kinder Morgan bails, feds would back new Trans Mountain investors: Morneau

first_imgDuring a remarkable eight-hour stopover in the national capital, an unscheduled break from a busy overseas travel itinerary, Trudeau convened a summit in Ottawa with B.C.’s John Horgan, who has staked his government’s survival on opposing the pipeline, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, whose province’s economic health depends on it.Trudeau instructed Morneau to sit down with Kinder Morgan to find a financial solution that would soothe their investors. He also promised legislation that would reaffirm Ottawa’s authority to press ahead with a development deemed to be in Canada’s national interest.The Liberal government position is that it approved the project in 2016 after a rejigged environmental assessment and Indigenous consultation process, and in concert with its climate change and oceans protection plan. Approval came in consultation with the previous B.C. Liberal government, which gave its consent to the project after its own conditions were met.Horgan’s election last year changed that. His minority government exists at the pleasure of the Green party, and on condition of his continued opposition to the project.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)Advertisement He said investors need certainty in order to back a project that the government has repeatedly insisted is in the national interest but steadfastly refused to say what sort of dollar figures are currently on the table.The finance minister had been engaged in intensive talks with Kinder Morgan officials up until Tuesday, but the two sides have yet to declare any common ground on the amount of federal money involved.“Discussions with Kinder Morgan continue and we are striving to get to an agreement by the May 31 deadline.”Morneau’s talks with Kinder Morgan had their genesis a month ago when Trudeau promised to deploy both financial and legislative tools to ensure the disputed expansion is able to proceed.Advertisement OTTAWA, O.N. – If Kinder Morgan wants to abandon plans to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, there are plenty of other investors out there willing to take up the cause, and they will have the backing of the federal Liberal government, Finance Minister Bill Morneau says.The government is willing to “provide indemnity” to any investors, be they the project’s original architects or otherwise, to ensure the controversial Alberta-B.C. project is able to proceed, Morneau told a news conference Wednesday.The announcement, coming on the very day when the company’s Calgary-based Canadian operation is scheduled to hold its annual meeting, bore the hallmarks of an effort to ratchet up the pressure in advance of Kinder Morgan’s May 31 deadline.- Advertisement -Amid mounting opposition from the B.C. government, environmental groups and protesters, not to mention skittish investors, the company last month halted all non-essential spending on its $7.4-billion plan to double an existing pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C.“We are willing to indemnify the Trans Mountain expansion against unnecessary delays that are politically motivated,” Morneau said _ a reference to B.C.’s ongoing refusal to allow the project to proceed, despite federal jurisdiction.“If Kinder Morgan is not interested in building the project, we think plenty of investors would be interested in taking on this project, especially knowing that the federal government believes it is in the best interest of Canadians and is willing to indemnity to make sure it gets built.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Stoke confirm captures of experienced goalkeeper and Chelsea starlet

first_img1 Shay Given Stoke’s summer recruitment continues apace after the club confirmed the signing of former Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given.The announcement of the Republic of Ireland international’s arrival on a two-year deal came less than an hour after the Potters secured Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel on a season-long loan.Given fills the gap left by veteran Thomas Sorensen’s departure at the end of the previous campaign, but, with first-choice Asmir Begovic seemingly on his way out of the Britannia Stadium, with Chelsea stepping up their interest, the 39-year-old will provide competition for England Under-21 international Jack Butland.“I know Shay particularly well from our time together at Manchester City and I’m really looking forward to working with him again,” said manager Mark Hughes.“He will not only be a great asset on the pitch as an outstanding goalkeeper but he’s also a fantastic character to have in the dressing room and around the club – a true professional.”Given joined Stoke after being released from the final year of his deal with Villa.and chief executive Tony Scholes added: “Few players can match Shay for the longevity of his career, but having finished last season as Villa’s first-choice goalkeeper it’s clear he still has so much to offer.”last_img read more

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Saluting Campy, heart of Dodgers

first_imgShe’ll be standing at home plate on Saturday in front of 55,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, thinking about her dad, the late Roy Campanella, and how he’d be having a pretty good laugh. One of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ greatest Boys of Summer being honored in Yankee Stadium, the House That Ruth Built. “Some of my dad’s fondest memories were hitting baseballs out of that stadium,” Joni Roan said Wednesday, laughing as she got ready to leave her Woodland Hills home for the trip back East with her brother, John. Campy, as he was nicknamed by fans, never got the chance to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was paralyzed in a car accident in New York in 1958, the year before the team moved from Brooklyn to L.A. The stamp ceremony is taking place at Yankee Stadium – the piece of real estate the Dodgers hated most – because it’s the only ballpark still standing from the 1940s and ’50s, the golden era for the four sluggers. “All four men are from New York, and Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field and the Giants’ Polo Grounds are long gone, so we chose Yankee Stadium,” said USPS spokesman Mark Saunders. Greenberg, the first Jewish superstar in Major League Baseball, played most of his career in Detroit, but was born and raised in New York. Still, it would have been more fair had the ceremony been held on neutral ground, such as the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., so Campy, Ott and Greenberg would not be overshadowed by the speeches and special ovations expected for Mantle. “I agree, but that’s just the way it is,” former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley said. There will be a ceremony at Dodger Stadium to honor Campanella on July 30 – Postal Service Employees Day at the ballpark. “Roy was a humble man and would have been proud to accept this honor, but it would be Roxie, his wife, who would have been the most excited,” O’Malley said. “She knew about the stamp before she died (in 2004), and was thrilled for Roy’s sake. Roxie dedicated her life to caring for Roy.” Pitcher Don Newcombe, who played with Roy during the five seasons the Brooklyn Dodgers won the National League pennant between 1949 and 1956, and on the 1955 World Series-winning team, thinks his old pal would have been happy to be remembered for his baseball accomplishments. “I remember him as much for his accomplishments as a man – providing support for young people living with paraplegia through the foundation he and Roxie started,” Newcombe said. Frank McCourt, owner and chairman of the L.A. Dodgers, said Campanella’s legacy as a catcher is “only matched by his valor after his tragic accident.” “His life will always be an inspiration,” McCourt said. Campy may never have had the chance to show Los Angeles the baseball talents that landed him in the Hall of Fame, but we knew all about the man. That’s why on the night of May 7, 1959, more than 93,000 fans came to the Los Angeles Coliseum – a temporary home field for the new L.A. Dodgers – to salute a legend they would never see play. Midway through the exhibition game with the Yankees, former Dodgers captain Peewee Reese pushed Campy in his wheelchair to home plate as the fans went wild. Then the Coliseum lights were turned off, and the largest crowd to ever see a MLB game lit matches to illuminate the ballpark in Campy’s honor. Saluting the heart and soul of its new baseball team – the L.A. Dodgers. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But the Hall of Fame catcher, who won three Most Valuable Player awards in his shortened 10-year major league career, is still considered the heart and soul of the Los Angeles Dodgers. When the U.S. Postal Service went looking for four Hall of Famers to honor in its Baseball Sluggers stamp series being unveiled this weekend, it was Roy, who died in 1993, who was chosen to represent the Dodgers. New York Yankee Mickey Mantle, New York Giant Mel Ott, and Detroit Tiger Hank Greenberg round out the series. “It’s perfect, really,” said Roan, who heads the Daily News’ Newspapers in Education program. “Dad’s number was 39, and how much is a stamp these days?” Even though he never played for the L.A. Dodgers, Campy proved invaluable to the organization. He worked more than 25 years as a spring training instructor for young catchers, such as Mike Scioscia, and was an inspiration to the team. last_img read more

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Survivor donates to fight cancer

first_imgSince 2002, Crawford has donated more than $34,000 to the Shelia R. Voz Breast Imaging Center at the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, the only center of its kind in Santa Clarita. “What better legacy could I leave my children and grandchildren than to make a difference in their community?” Crawford said. This year bears special significance, because she will be making a donation of more than $9,000 in memory of businessman Tom Veloz, who died recently. Veloz donated $500,000 to Henry Mayo Hospital to fund the breast-imaging center, which is named for his late wife, Sheila. “As I sat in Tom Veloz’s funeral it occurred to me there was no better way to honor him than by donating our proceeds in his name,” Crawford said. Crawford’s humility is one of her trademarks, friends say. “She is beautifully humble and a delightful representative of women in the community,” said Terry Bucknell, director of the breast imaging center. Bucknell added that Crawford’s work cannot just be measured in dollars. “Not only does she contribute financially from her sales of pink ribbon, but she is always more than willing to offer her support to patients. She donates gift baskets to give away.” Jane Bettancourt-Soto, Crawford’s only employee, has worked alongside her for four years now. Bettancourt was the caregiver for her mother during two bouts with cancer. “We don’t just give people a receipt with their purchase; we encourage them to tell us about their experience and then we form an instant bond,” Bettancourt-Soto said. “It becomes a dialogue which is part of our vision.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As Dianne Crawford sat in a desolate LAX terminal lobby, she couldn’t shut off her thoughts of self-pity and depression. She was bald, 50 pounds overweight, and afraid of what her life was becoming. Crawford had breast cancer. “My life was no longer what I knew; it was how I was thinking and I was extremely depressed,” Crawford said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsShe would have never believed it then, but that terrible day eight years ago would turn her life around forever. Sunday is Crawford’s eighth anniversary for her remission – an day she says is as important as her wedding anniversary or her birthday. It’s a day the 62-year-old retired flight attendant shares with close friends, drinking coffee and eating ice cream galore. The day also kicks off Crawford’s new fiscal year for her nonprofit e-store, www.pinkribbongifts.com, which sells jewelry, clothing, greeting cards and other items. All of the store’s proceeds go to breast cancer research and treatment, with a commitment to keep the donations in the Santa Clarita area. last_img read more

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