Brazilian forward Neymar faces a corruption trial in Spain in connection with the value placed on his 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona, the Spanish National High Court said.The defendants in the pending trial are the player, his parents, the two clubs, current and former Barcelona presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell, and former Santos president Odilio Rodrigues, according to a court statement.Bartomeu, Rosell, Barcelona and Santos also face trial on fraud charges, along with former Santos president Odilio Rodrigues, the statement said.“We are very happy as this was a favourable decision for us,” Altamiro Bezerra, an advisor to NN Consultoria told Reuters.“It has eliminated the question of fraud in the contracts and we are also certain that we will be absolved of corruption.”The case stems from a complaint by DIS, a Brazilian company that owned 40 percent of the rights to Neymar when he was at Santos. It argues it lost out on its rightful cut from the transfer because the true value of the deal was understated.Prosecutors said in November that Neymar should be fined 10 million euros ($11 million) and handed a two-year jail sentence. For first-time offenders in non-violent crimes, sentences of two years and under are suspended in Spain and it is unlikely the player would serve any prison time.Barcelona said at the time of Neymar’s move that the transfer figure was 57.1 million euros, of which 40 million was paid to Neymar’s family.DIS received a 40 percent share of the remaining 17.1 million that was paid to Santos. But the court put the actual value of the rights to the player that were transferred to Barcelona at 25.2 million euros, and said DIS’s cut should have been based on that amount.“The Judge has set bonds of 3,429,768 euros as pecuniary liability for Rosell, Bartomeu, Rodrigues, Football Club Barcelona and Santos Football Club, which must be paid by all jointly,” the court said in a statement.Barcelona did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment. No one was available to comment at Santos, while a spokesperson for DIS said they were pleased with the ruling.The transfer has given rise to several investigations in Spain and Brazil.Last June, Barcelona agreed to pay a fine of 5.5 million euros to the Spanish authorities to settle a related tax fraud case.
Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Young Bucks hope they’ve learned lessons in time for Game 6 Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Washington Wizards guards John Wall (2) and guard Bradley Beal chest-bump during the second half in Game 5 of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 103-99. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON—Back at home, and back in charge, Bradley Beal scored 27 points, and John Wall added 20 points and 14 assists, leading the Washington Wizards to a 103-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night for a 3-2 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 29 points, making a career high-tying five 3s, and 11 assists. But after his basket from beyond the arc pulled Atlanta within 101-99 with 70 seconds left, Wall responded with a 21-foot pull-up jumper.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home MOST READ A miss followed from Paul Millsap, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds, but after Wall’s jumper was off the mark, the Hawks seemed to waste too much time at the other end and the buzzer sounded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer
Today thousands of citizens and well-wishers in the region and diaspora will join the country’s leaders to celebrate and mark Guyana’s 52nd Independence Anniversary.The celebrations will no doubt be grand in certain parts of the country, despite the fact that the Government has abandoned the traditional and midnight flag raising ceremony which was the feature event for decades, since it was symbolic with the events which took place back in 1966.Even as Guyanese celebrate, there is need for urgent introspection and reflection on the gains that have made on the country’s long road to independence, and the consistent strides that have been secured in Guyana’s turbulent and dynamic post-Independence history.Recall, that upon attainment of Independence, Guyana became the only English-speaking country on the South American continent and the 24th member of the then British Commonwealth of Nations, despite the struggles faced in the early 1950s and its nationalist movement which birthed the original People’s Progressive Party under the leadership of the Late Presidents Dr Cheddi B. Jagan and Forbes Burnham.At that time, both leaders pursued a menu of noble, democratic and visionary policies aimed at the attainment of national unity and internal self-government. As Dr Tota Mangar wrote in one of his literary pieces, “their resounding victory at the 1953 general elections under adult suffrage astounded many, including local reactionaries, the Colonial Office, and moreso the US State Department”. It was the crowning achievement of how a people could rally against oppression if they were hungry for the right to determine their own destinies.Dr Mangar also notes in his writings that “the mass-based party’s tenure in office was only short-lived, as Great Britain, under considerable American pressure, suspended the Constitution and overthrew the legally elected Government under the guise of preventing the establishment of a communist state in the then British Guiana.An interim Government was imposed, and it comprised of many individuals, who themselves suffered humiliating defeat at the hands of the toppled nationalist candidates. As if that setback was not enough, the nationalist movement itself became severely fractured in 1955 into Jaganite and Burnhamite factions of the PPP and the eventual emergence of the People’s National Congress two years later. This development paved the way for the subsequent intense political rivalry between our two foremost leaders – Dr Jagan and Mr Burnham.It was no doubt at this point that Guyana’s history became even more interesting and intriguing in the lead up to Independence, because the split between the two leaders led to many of the problems which characterized Independent Guyana in her post-Independence years, which were also considered as the “dark years”.As history would have it, Burnham would lead the first coalition Government in 1964 with the United Force, while Dr Jagan continued his activism and work in Opposition, notwithstanding the fact that he led the first national Government.The ultimate movement of triumph of patriotism, unity and togetherness came when, in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Kent; Sir Richard Luyt, the first Governor-General of Guyana; former Conservative Colonial Secretary Duncan Sandys, and Colonial Secretary Anthony Greenwood, and 62 delegates from 47 countries worldwide, Dr Jagan and Burnham embraced each other in what appeared to be an emotionally charged hug.Fifty-two years after the event, Guyana is still facing some of the same challenges faced then. This country is toying and experimenting with various models of governance that could lead to inclusivity and the achievement of national unity. The country is still racially polarized and divided despite the advancement of legislation and other events that took place, which were aimed at creating national healing, consensus-building, and inclusivity.Leaders are still locked in a heated debate about the kind of Guyana that is needed in order to transform the lives of the ordinary men and their standard of living. The same threats that existed in the pre- and post-colonial days appear to be resurfacing disguised as new wine, but many of those who lived through the fifties recognize the old bottles and know too well the dangers that may lie ahead if a decision is not paid to change course.We must work together to accomplish a lot more by the time the country celebrates its next Independence Anniversary. Citizens must take pride in being Guyanese, and must understand that they are the only ones that could truly redefine this country’s destiny, but they must not barter their rights and freedoms in order to live a good life. They must defend those freedoms zealously, while demanding that those in power who have access to the public purse fulfill their mandate as promised.
Media pundits rounded on Arsenal afterwards, former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness branding them “weak and insipid” and ex-Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson saying Wenger should leave if they do not win the league.“I’m never surprised by the criticism that comes,” Wenger told a press conference ahead of his side’s home game with Swansea City on Wednesday.“That’s part of the media today. Part of the opinion is always a bit excessive and emotional, but we have to deal with that and I don’t complain about it.“I don’t want to respond to individual criticism. People are a bit too emotional and we want to put things into perspective by analysing things a bit more in a neutral way.“This club is respected all over the world despite what people say. Everybody has freedom of opinion and I enjoy very much that people care about my future. I thank them for that.“Apart from that, in my life, I have always taken care of myself and my future.”Arsenal face second-place Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby at the weekend and Wenger wants his side to use Swansea’s visit as a springboard for what could prove a pivotal game in the title race.“That’s what we want to do,” he said. “We want to transform the negatives into positives around us and create even more solidarity.“Let’s not go overboard. We do not play to be relegated. We are playing to fight for the title. That’s why we have to put criticism in the right place.”Wenger also revealed that England international midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be sidelined for as long as two months by a knee injury sustained in the recent Champions League loss to Barcelona.Wenger gave the estimated timescale for the 22-year-old’s recovery as “six to eight weeks”.“No surgery,” he added. “We feared surgery at some stage before we saw the MRI (scan). In the end we got, on that front, positive news.“The next eight weeks means March and April. He should be OK for the European Championship.” 0Shares0000Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the Arsenal v Leicester City Barclays Premier League match at Emirates Stadium. PHOTO/AFP.LONDON, March 1 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Tuesday labelled criticism of his team’s faltering Premier League title challenge “excessive” and “too emotional”.Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at injury-ravaged Manchester United left Arsenal five points below league leaders Leicester City, compromising the London club’s chances of ending their 12-year wait for the title. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Papa John’s has been promoting its online ordering, which enabled football fans to post pizza orders days or even weeks before the big game. “That lets them get one part of their party planning out of the way,” Papa John’s spokesman Chris Sternberg said. Louisville-based Papa John’s International expects to sell more than 600,000 pizzas on game day at its 2,600 U.S. restaurants, Sternberg said. It’s the chain’s biggest day of the year, with sales up about 50 percent from a typical Sunday, he said. Pizza deliverers log more miles – and more tips – on Super Bowl Sunday. “The traffic is very light,” said Dana Harville, spokeswoman for Domino’s Pizza. “And people are feeling generous with tips,” especially if their team is winning. Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Domino’s predicts sales of 1.5 million to 1.6 million pizzas at its 5,000 U.S. stores on game day, up 36 percent over a normal Sunday, she said. For Domino’s, it’s one of the year’s top sales days, along with Halloween, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving Eve, she said. Pizza Hut, part of Louisville-based Yum Brands Inc., expects to sell millions of pizzas on game day – its busiest day of the year – at its nearly 6,600 U.S. restaurants. For pizza makers, preparations start days before kickoff. Pizza restaurants beef up their game-day work force, and Domino’s even enlists some former employees to help crank out pies. “Everyone on the payroll is there on Super Bowl Sunday working,” Harville said. Domino’s isn’t offering a Super Bowl deal but has been pitching its offer of three medium pizzas with one topping each for $5 apiece. “When you’re expecting a crowd to come watch the game with you, that’s a great way to give everybody a pizza of their choice,” Harville said. Pepperoni is typically the favorite topping, followed by sausage. A lot depends on teamwork and execution to keep pace with demand, said Ferguson, who owns two Papa John’s stores and is an area supervisor for a 49-store franchise in Florida. “It can be crazy but a lot of fun,” Ferguson said. “If the restaurant has not planned well or has some staffing woes, it can be treacherous. When it’s executed well, it’s one of the most fun nights we can have.” Pizza makers root for a close game because orders seem to mount, Harville said. People’s appetites especially drop off in the losing city of a lopsided score, she said. Papa John’s is trying to add to the suspense with its “Go Deep Challenge.” If either team breaks the record for the longest touchdown pass in Super Bowl history, Papa John’s will give a free large pan pepperoni pizza to anyone registering in advance on the company’s Web site. As of Tuesday, the online registrations for the contest totaled 189,023, he said. And just like on the playing field after the game, there’s plenty of celebrating in a pizza restaurant once all the orders have been filled. “Everyone is hollering and high-fiving,” Ferguson said. 160Want 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The National Restaurant Association estimates that about one out of seven Americans order takeout or delivery food from a restaurant for Super Bowl gatherings at home. Fifty-eight percent order pizza, 50 percent request chicken wings and 20 percent choose subs or sandwiches, it said. Another one in 20 Americans watches the game at restaurants or bars. “Super Bowl is a huge day for our business,” said Papa John’s president and chief executive officer Nigel Travis. Some pizza makers time menu introductions around the Super Bowl. “Pizza Hut always goes big for the big game with a new product launch,” said Tom James, chief marketing officer for the nation’s largest pizza chain. This year, Pizza Hut rolled out Cheesy Bites Pizza, featuring cheese-filled bites that form the perimeter of a large pizza. The chain is pitching the new product with pre-kickoff Super Bowl ads featuring singer Jessica Simpson. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Forget about which Super Bowl XL team to root for. The biggest game-day decision for many armchair quarterbacks is deep dish or thin crust. On a day when pigskin partying hits its peak, Super Bowl Sunday has become a bonanza for the $37 billion pizza industry. Competition is intense, the pace frantic, both among the large chains and the neighborhood pizza joints that still make up a large part of the market. “When the rush comes, you get a rush,” said Bill Ferguson, a Papa John’s franchisee executive in Florida who rolls up his sleeves on game day to cook pies. “Your adrenaline gets pumped up.” Munching pizza is as much a Super Bowl staple as the glitzy halftime show and pregame hype, ranking it as the busiest – or among the busiest – days of the year for pizza makers.
1 Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Benfica centre-back Victor Lindelof, with a £42 million move to be finalised in January.The Red Devils will pay £37m up front, with Jose Mourinho signing off on the arrival of the highly-rated Swedish international.One of the most in-demand defenders in European football, 22-year-old Lindelof only broke through at the Estadio da Luz at the beginning of this year.However, he has established himself at the top of the game since then – missing just a single league match since January and playing at Euro 2016 – and it is hard to imagine him being anything other than a starter at Old Trafford.And this is something which delights United fans, who have watched their team struggle at the back this season.But with Lindelof set to join Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Daley Blind as available centre-backs, it seems someone will be moved on next month.And fans believe that player could be Smalling, who has done little to endear himself to Mourinho since the start of this season.We have collected a selection of the best social media reactions to Lindelof’s impending transfer below… Manchester United are set to sign Victor Lindelof for £42 million
Residents complained about constant gunshot noise, destruction of the environment and a decrease in their quality of life. In response and as part of an overall effort last year, the Azusa City Council rezoned the area to exclude the gun club, where champion shooters such as Olympian Kim Rhode called home. The club, which was given 18 months from February 2005 to move out or to shut down, was one of several businesses rezoned out of existence to make room for retail and housing in 20 years. The council left open a process for appeal for club members, which could have allowed it to stay up to 10 years. Originally, club members said they weren’t moving from the property. But with a shuffle in the board, that attitude has changed. About one out of 10 people who spoke Thursday favored the extension. Opponents said club members have broken promises in the past. “Nothing dominates my life more than the gun club. Sometimes it sounds like there is a war going on over there,” Chuck Limmer said. “It’s not a private gun club, it’s a weapons club.” David Sigler said he doesn’t have to set his alarm clock on a Saturday. The sound of gunfire does the job. “I’m looking forward to an early departure of the gun club,” Sigler said. The club is used by 62 law enforcement and military agencies for training. An estimated 70,000 people make their way to the gun club annually. Burro Canyon, one mile east of the junction of state Route 39 and East Fork Road in the Angeles National Forest, however, hasn’t been operating without its own troubles. The U.S. Forest Service shuttered it in January 2001, during a dispute over a lapsed permit. The abrupt closure left many local police departments in the lurch, including West Covina, El Monte, Pasadena, Azusa and Sierra Madre. Eventually, they reopened. Burro representatives could not be reached for comment. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AZUSA – The San Gabriel Valley Gun Club announced Thursday it will move from its longtime location in the foothills of the Azusa-Duarte border to Burro Canyon Shooting Park, a range which is 15 miles to the northeast in the Angeles National Forest. The move, expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2007, will be accomplished in phases, gun club officials told a group of about 70 people who met at the Azusa Senior Center. In the meantime, the club will seek approval July 17 from the Azusa City Council to extend its stay until arrangements can be made. Technically, it is supposed to be off the federally and privately owned location by September. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2David Smith, president of the private, nonprofit club, said he is in negotiation with the owner of the 80-acre Burro Canyon. Both ranges are outdoor. “We are committed to moving,” Smith said. “We will take the suggestions we heard here tonight to the board \ and then go before the City Council with a plan.” Smith said the board is willing to make concessions with neighbors in order to extend the club’s stay. The 59-year-old shooting range has come under fire from nearby residents living in the Mountain Cove Estates neighborhood built four years ago.
TYLER Toland was in the festive spirit alongside Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola yesterday.The St Johnston woman signed for Manchester City women’s team in September.Toland was among 300 staff from the club who wrapped presents, food and clothing yesterday for distribution among nine charities in Manchester. The event, an annual occasion held by City In The Community, is a popular fixture in the calendar.Toland, Guardiola and her team-mate Janine Beckie (pictured above) and their colleagues got into the mood on Christmas Jumper Day.Republic of Ireland international Toland made her City debut against Leicester City in the Continental League Cup and last month made her League debut in the 5-0 win over West Ham.Tomorrow, City – who are third in the Women’s Super League, three points off leaders Arsenal – welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to the Academy Stadium at 12.30pm. Tyler Toland with a festive ‘Pep’ in her step at Man City charity event was last modified: December 14th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Janine Beckiemanchester cityPep GuardiolaSt Johnstontyler toland
ONE way systems in many Donegal towns cause confusion.And last night in Letterkenny the driver of this Nissan Micra was definitely confused – driving the wrong way up a one way street.Drivers of other vehicles passing Swilly Meats (driving the right way) down Canal Road had to swerve to avoid the errant motorist. And after a few close shaves and a few noisy horns, two motorists had the decency to help the elderly Nissan driver by giving him the time to do a three-point turn so he could finally drive the right way.Could have been worse – he could have been a pedestrian trying to cross the same road….there’s not a single proper pedestrian crossing on Canal Road.Send your pictures to email@example.comWHEN ONE WAY BECOMES THE WRONG WAY was last modified: April 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Canal Roadletterkennyone way street
Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Union Berlin almost threw away a three-goal lead as they held on to beat Mainz 3-2 at the Coface Arena.Daniel Brosinski’s own goal on the half hour sparked Mainz’s downfall, that was completed by a double either side of the interval from Sebastian Andersson to take the Sweden international’s tally for the season to six.Karim Onisiwo pulled one back in the 81st minute, with Brosinksi adding a second in the fourth minute of added time, only for Union to claim a third victory in their last four league games to lift themselves up to mid-table.Rouwen Hennings scored a 23-minute second-half hat-trick as Fortuna Dusseldorf came from behind on three occasions to salvage a point from a 3-3 draw at Schalke, who missed the chance to move into the top four. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta targets AFP or licensors Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Bayern were too good for Dortmund Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Getty – Contributor Leipzig claimed a useful win in the German capital LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Robert Lewandowski became the first player in Bundesliga history to score in eleven consecutive games as he helped Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena.Bayern didn’t just beat their rivals though, they smashed them, winning 4-0 at the Allianz Arena – Robert Lewandowski scoring two of them. update on target Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti statement Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 3 This comes six days after Bayern suffered their worst defeat in ten years with a 5-1 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt, a game which proved to be Niko Kovac’s final game in charge of the Bavaria club.The reigning champions are third and just a point behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.Poland striker Lewandowski scored the first and third goals in the 17th and 76th minutes to take his tally to a remarkable 26 in 22 games for club and country this season.Serge Gnabry added a VAR-confirmed second just after the break, with a Mats Hummels own goal 10 minutes from time compounding Dortmund’s misery. 3 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ rookie error Is there a better striker in world football than Lewandowski? appointed AFP or licensors Second-placed RB Leipzig are also a point behind Moenchengladbach following a come-from-behind 4-2 win at Hertha Berlin.They were made to do it the hard way at the Olympiastadion, however, as the home side opened the scoring with a stunning strike from Maxi Mittelstadt just after the half hour.Hertha’s lead was shortlived, though, as six minutes later Timo Werner slotted home the equaliser from the penaty spot after VAR confirmed a handball against Karim Rekik, with Marcel Sabitzer giving the visitors the lead on the stroke of half-time.Leipzig had to wait until late on to seal the points via goals from Kevin Kampl and Werner’s 11th of the season, with Davie Selke’s added-time strike nothing more than a consolation. Goals from Daniel Caligiuri, Ozan Kabak and Suat Serdar all gave Schalke the lead at various stages, only for Hennings to equalise every time, with his first from the spot, and his hat-trick goal coming five minutes from time for his 11th of the season.SC Paderborn remain rooted to the foot of the table after suffering a ninth league defeat of the campaign, with Philipp Max scoring the only goal of the game in Augsburg’s 1-0 win at the Benteler-Arena. latest stalemate 3