Coronavirus: suspended matches and postponed competitions

first_imgCoronavirus or Covid-19 has unleashed a global crisis, at all levels. Declared a pandemic by the WHO, the spread of the disease and the fear that it will continue to claim infected and human lives are causing more and more governments to take exceptional measures. Of course, football is no stranger to all this and so much National and supranational soccer organizations are paralyzing competitions, in some cases, and that matches are played behind closed doors, in others.Until today, seven of the main leagues in Europe have closed their football with a scheduled resumption date of at least two weeks or indefinitely.. At the moment, this weekend you will not be able to see any of the 10 games of the 28th day of LaLiga Santander, the 10 of the 30th in the Premier League, the 9 of the 27th in the Bundesliga, the 10 of the 27th in the Series A, the 10 of the 29th in Ligue 1, the 9 of the 25th in the Liga Nos, nor the 9 of the Eredivisie. In total, 67 games, among which Athletic-Atlético or the Sevilla-Betis derby stand out, in Spain, in addition to Real Madrid-Eibar or Mallorca-Barcelona; Tottenham-Manchester United or the Everton-Liverpool derby in England; Bayern Munich-Eintracht or Wolfsburg-Borussia Dortmund, in Germany; Atalanta-Lazio, in addition to Bologna-Juventus or Inter-Sassuolo, in Italy; PSG-Nice or Montpellier-Olympique de Marseille, in France; Ajax-Twente or the Rotterdam Sparta-Feyenoord derby in the Netherlands; o Famalicao-Oporto and Benfica-Tondela in Portugal.But it is that the paralysis of European football extends to the rest of the lower divisions of these competitions and, of course, to more leagues attached to UEFA. That is to say, they are many more parties than those 67 of the seven main European leagues. For example, in Denmark all football matches have been postponed for the next two weeks; in Austria, also the next two days of both the First and Second divisions; in Norway, football is held until April 15, until further notice, and it is expected that the first league game will be played on the first weekend of May; in Switzerland, the competition is suspended from March 2 until, in principle, March 23; in Romania, all official competition matches are suspended until March 31, inclusive; also in Greece, Scotland, Georgia, Ireland … It is only played in Russia. The Premier League is the only one with some substance in Europe that will take place this weekend. Of course, the stadiums cannot exceed the capacity of 5,000 people, as the Putin government has decreed.In countries like Sweden it will be decided what to do with the start of the league, scheduled for April 4. The last day of the Belgium Jupiter League will be played behind closed doors this weekend. Also behind closed doors in Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary. But it is that in the American continent, the situation is no different: the Colombian league and the American MLS have been suspended, and in Argentina and Brazil, behind closed doors. In Chile, without an audience from next weekend, and in Mexico, this conference will be held normally and the situation will be debated on Tuesday or Wednesday.Soccer is paralyzed or put on alert practically worldwide, therefore. With what this supposes of economic damage. In Spain, LaLiga, chaired by Javier Tebas, estimates at 678.8 million the impact that the suspension of the First and Second Division competitions would have if the measure continues until the end of the season. The clubs would stop entering 549 million for television rights, 88 for subscriptions and 41.4 for box offices, according to the estimate made by the employers themselves. And in England they claim that the damage would reach 830 million euros. But it is that this goes beyond the local competitions. It should not be forgotten that the Champions League and the Europa League have also been postponed, and the Copa Libertadores, the Eurocopa is in the air, and the African Cup, the Copa América … Sport like the rest of sectors of the society lives in uncertainty.last_img read more

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Portmore on a roll

first_img Portmore’s assistant coach, Jeffrey Hewitt, said Morris saw limited playing time while at Montego Bay United last season, and he was determined to prove himself, and he believes the work the 23-year-old put in the off season is bearing fruit. “Ricardo is a warrior, and he was really hellbent on proving his worth, so when he came back (from MoBay), he really worked hard during the preseason. He was very dedicated toward his preparation, and it showed today.” Anderson headed Waterhouse in front from a free kick, and they dominated play until Morris’ solo effort brought Portmore back on even terms. Waterhouse had some great chances to restore their lead, the best of the lot came on 65 minutes, but Shaven-Sean Paul denied Nicholy Findlayson from the spot after DeAndre Brown was cut down inside the area. Then 15 minutes from the end, Foster stole the show when he capitalised on a miskick by a defender and broke away to slot past McCallum for the winning goal. In the meantime, Waterhouuse coach Calvert Fitzgerald says finishing continues to let them down. “We should have put the game away from the first 30 minutes. We keep getting chance after chance and not finishing. That is the part of the team that let us down today, and we ended up paying for it,” he commented. Portmore United’s Ricardo Morris continues to take this season’s Red Stripe Premier League by storm. Yesterday, he netted his third goal in as many games to help Portmore come from behind to beat Waterhouse 2-1 at the Waterhouse Stadium. The former champions are now five points clear atop the table with maximum nine points from three games. The former national under-20 midfielder scored a brilliant equaliser on 35 minutes after Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson had headed the hosts in front after 26 minutes. The dynamic and tricky left-footer picked up the ball just inside the Waterhouse half and left his two markers on their heels, then beat a third defender at the top of the box before calmly slotting under goalkeeper Richard McCallum with the outside of the boot, while still under pressure from the tracking defenders. Substitute Maalique Foster scored the winning goal in the 79th minute. The midfielder’s pace, energy and delightful left foot posed constant problems for the Waterhouse defence, and McCallum had to pull off two outstanding saves to stop him from adding to his tally. ready to provelast_img read more

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Judges Indicted of Demeaning Lawyers

first_imgThe president of the National Bar Association (NBA) has described as “ridicules” the manner in which Judges approached lawyers in open courtroom.Cllr. Theophilus Gould claimed that it has become habitual on the part of judges to intimidate or demean lawyers in the presence of their clients and the other parties.“They sometimes respond harshly, if they wanted clarity about an issue raised by lawyers,” the Bar Association president furiously claimed on Monday, August 11.He made the allegation when he responded to Judge Johannes Zogbay Zlahn’s   address at the opening of Criminal Courts; A, B, C, D and E of Montserrado County at the Temple of Justice. Cllr.  Zlahn is the Judge of Criminal Court ‘A.”He spoke on the topic; “The Court as Administrators and Dispensers of Transparent Justice in the System of Government.”However, Cllr. Gould maintained   that the Judges’   actions were contrary to administrating and dispensing justice in the system of government. “[The practice of ridiculing lawyers] is not in the interest of justice and fair play,” Cllr. Gould declared.“The party litigant will see it as an expression of interest for the opposite side, which demonstrates that the court is not transparent in the discharging of justice. We must stop it now, if we want to administrate justice and fair play in our court system,” the NBA boss warned.“It is also wrong and unethical because the court is charged with the responsibility of administering and dispensing justice throughout the country,” he further warned.Chapter 3, Article (20) of the Liberia Constitution provides that “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, security of the person property, privilege or any other rights except as the outcome of a hearing judgment consistent with the provision laid down in the Constitution and in accordance with due process of law.”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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Elderly patients left abandoned at Linden Hospital

first_imgOfficials attached to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) have noted with concern, an increase in the prevalence of elderly patients being abandoned by their relatives at the medical institution for extended periods.According to the officials, persons, who are somewhat incapacitated are deliberately left at the medical institution. While there has been an influx of such cases at the hospital over the years, its Public Relations Officer (PRO), Toshanna Alicock, noted that presently there are seven persons at the medical institution who have been abandoned by their relatives. The figure, she noted, refers to persons left at the hospital for extended periods of time even though they no longer require medical attention. As such, hospital officials are urging persons to desist from such practice, as concerns continue to be raised over the need for an elderly care home in the Linden community.Social worker attached to the hospital, Laurette Smith-Gray, said the medical institution does not have the capacity to deal with long-term patients.“Most persons that we’re dealing with are persons who would have been here months after the doctors would have written their discharge. It therefore meansPRO Toshanna Alicock (left) and social worker Laurette Smith-Graythey’re no longer under medical management, but they fall as social patients. Now, the hospital does not have the capacity to hold persons who are not patients that are in dire need of medical attention,” Smith-Gray said. She added that on any given day, most of the beds in the female, male and paediatric wards are filled to capacity and are sometimes overfilled, even more so when there are surgeries. This, she noted, puts the hospital in a difficult position. “When we have people here as social cases, it then puts the hospital in a situation where we are pressed for space, where we may have to turn away some persons, where we may have to send some persons away without fully assessing their condition before they’re fully discharged,” she said. As such, the social worker is asking family members to take responsibility and look into the care of their relatives.Smith-Gray also urged that persons desist from calling the ambulance services to have their relatives removed from their home under the guise that they are ill, in the event that there might be a real medical emergency.She said recently, there has been an increase in cases where an ambulance is called for persons who are not ill and they are left abandoned at the hospital.Smith-Gray said there has also been cases of minors, who are left at the hospital, however such cases are referred to the Child Care and Protection Agency for them to be placed in the necessary homes.The social worker said while some persons may be terminally ill, relatives are expected to take them home after hospitalisation so as to provide continued management. In some cases, she said family members are a no show even after contact is made for them to collect their relatives.“I have had persons here for months, never heard from any relative until they would have died…,” she noted. Even more worrying, she said, persons left in the hospital environment for an extended period are at risk of contracting nosocomial infections (infections acquired from being in hospitals for prolonged periods).Over the years, residents and officials of Linden have voiced concerns over the absence of an elderly care home to cater for elderly people in vulnerable circumstances. The situation at the LHC has also reiterated such calls by hospital officials. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

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David Ramnarine resigns from GPF

first_imgAfter serving in the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for well over 27 years, former acting Top Cop David Ramnarine has resigned.His resignation comes some five months after he was overlooked by President David Granger for appointment as Police Commissioner or even Deputy Commissioner.The 49-year-old cop requested early retirement from the Police Force and it was granted. Ramnarine would have been eligible for retirement next year in accordance with the public service rules.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan confirmed that the former acting Top Cop would be waving good bye to the Force, noting that his service would truly be missed.He said, “He was [a] extremely good cop in my opinion and I will certainly miss the fact of his leadership style and all of that, but, of course, we must respect his decision.”So far, no reason was given regarding Ramnarine’s decision to leave the Force.Former acting Top Cop David RamnarineEfforts made to contact Ramnarine also proved futile.Ramnarine, who had served as acting Police Commissioner upon the retirement of Seelall Persaud, was the most senior rank in the Force prior to the appointment of Leslie James as Police Commissioner last year.Ramnarine was overlooked for the position as Top Cop. He was even discounted from the post of Deputy Commissioner, of which there are currently four – Lyndon Alves, Maxine Graham, Nigel Hoppie, and Paul Williams.President Granger has stated that there were specific reasons why Ramnarine was not appointed.Prior to that, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces had expressed his desire to have the leadership of the Police Force comprise individuals who are unbribable and not corrupt.An inquiry into the Police Force’s handling of an alleged plot to kill the President in 2017 had concluded that Ramnarine, and others, lacked the professionalism to lead the GPF. Ramnarine has not worked a single day under the new leadership of the Force.He had proceeded on leave after he had not been shortlisted for the Top Cop position.Ramnarine joined the GPF in April 1991 and he became an Assistant Police Commissioner at the age of 40.last_img read more

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Liverpool fans attempt to break the internet after ‘greedy’ Raheem Sterling departs Anfield

first_img1 Raheem Sterling’s transfer from Liverpool to Manchester City has divided opinion.Is the Reds’ loss decisively City’s gain, or have the Blues paid well over the odds?Now that the wrangle is settled, after the 20-year-old completed his acrimonious £49m move to Man City, all that is left for Liverpool fans to do is voice their opinion.After rejecting an improved contract offer in February, agreeing to an unauthorised interview in April and missing two successive training sessions just last week, the winger isn’t the most popular figure on Merseyside.Sterling, of course, insists his decision to swap Liverpool for Manchester was purely for football reasons and nothing to do with the lucrative pay package City were willing to offer.Reds’ fans, though, don’t necessarily agree with him, and some of the best reactions to the transfer can be found below. Raheem Sterling last_img read more

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Rose Hills hosts sunrise service

first_imgWHITTIER – On a chilly Sunday morning at Rose Hills Memorial Park, about 1,200 people gathered atop a grassy hill to celebrate Easter. At the crack of dawn, a choir sang songs such as “On the Third Day” and “Hallelujah” to an audience that had come from as far away as Anaheim. “It was a beautiful atmosphere with the grassy landscaping and view,” said landscape architect Ron Lee, 31, of Rosemead. “You kind of forget you’re in a cemetery. I felt like I was here for God.” Pastors presiding over the service recited scripture readings and led prayers amid the dim glow of candle lights nearby. “Easter is the most important day on the Christian calendar.” said the Rev. Thomas Boles. “Easter is about change … about life and death.” “Jesus Christ has risen,” said retired police officer Duane Benell, 67, of Whittier. “He is our lord and savior. Through him we have internal life and will also rise.” The celebrants drove home the point that Easter isn’t just about rabbits and candy. “Some think Easter is about bunnies, eggs and baskets,” said the Rev. Ed Besserra. “\[But\] Christ has risen today.” The Easter sunrise service has been a tradition at Rose Hills Memorial Park since 1941, when much of the verdant landscape was just dirt. The service, which has always been free to the public, attracts hundreds of the faithful every year. “Families like to come here because their loved ones are buried here,” said Natalie Neufeld, community affairs manager for the park. “That way, they feel like they’re celebrating Easter with their loved ones.” For many, Easter means a renewed life and starting fresh. “Easter is about people having their lives change,” Boles said. “Christ has made it possible for us to have a new life.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES

first_imgOur reserves played out a 1-8 to 0-11 draw on Friday night away to Killybegs.Congratulations to David Walsh and the county team on their victory over Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday.Our minors defeated Naomh Columba at home on Friday night on a scoreline of 0-15 to 1-11. This now means the tie will go to a play-off with Glen having won the first leg. Great performances from Alan Quinn, Jamie Dorrian and Sean Duffy helped the lads to victory.  GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 28th, 2012 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:NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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NATALIE TO GET HER ‘KICKS’ AT CIVIC RECEPTION TODAY

first_imgCarrigans native Natalie McCarron is to receive a civic reception from Donegal County Council today.Natalie created history by becoming the first ever Irish Lady Professional Kickboxing Champion of the World by winning the ISKA Featherweight title. Natalie is an icon in Kickboxing, but is also a loving mother.She works enthusiastically for charity and has given her life to her sport, having won three world titles in three different weight categories thus far. She gives back to the sport by teaching her skills to the children of Donegal in Carrigans gym each week, providing them and us with a strong, inspirational role model of women in sport. Natalie will be honoured at a civic reception in the County House Lifford, today at 3.00pm in recognition of her sporting achievements. This Civic Reception will be hosted by the Mayor Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr and by the members of Donegal County Council.The Mayor, elected members and staff of the Council will be joined by the Natalie, her management, trainer Paddy Toland, and invited guests, at this special event that will recognise the wonderful achievements of this Donegal woman in sport.The Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr is delighted to be honouring Natalie for her outstanding achievements at todays civic reception.“Natalie has reached the highest levels in her chosen sport and it is a great honour for me and the elected members of Donegal County Council to have the opportunity to acknowledge her achievements with this Civic Reception”. Natalie will be presented with a special scroll marking the occasion of this Civic reception along a specially commissioned piece by well known artist Fiontann Gogarty. NATALIE TO GET HER ‘KICKS’ AT CIVIC RECEPTION TODAY was last modified: April 29th, 2013 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:civic receptionMayor Frank McBreartyNatalie McCarronlast_img read more

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DONEGAL PLAYERS BRINGING SAM TO THE STATION HOUSE TONIGHT

first_imgDONEGAL’S All-Ireland winning stars will be at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny this evening – along with the Sam Maguire of course!The popular hotel’s is marking the opening of its new function room which will be even more popular with Glenswilly players and fans – it’s being called the Glenswilly Room!To mark the occasion there will be a dance this eveing with the Sam Maguire and some of the county players there for the official opening. Doors open at 9.30pm with a €5 entry fee – and all the proceeds with go to the Players’ Training Fund. DONEGAL PLAYERS BRINGING SAM TO THE STATION HOUSE TONIGHT was last modified: October 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL PLAYERS BRINGING SAM TO THE STATION HOUSE TONIGHTlast_img read more

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