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Madrid downplay UCL experience

first_imgMADRID (AP):Real Madrid are entering today’s Champions League final with the attitude that the past means nothing.According to coach Zinedine Zidane, the fact that the Spanish giants are two-time defending champions, playing in their third straight final and have a chance to win a fourth title in five seasons will be totally irrelevant when they take on Liverpool in Kiev.”We are prepared,” Zidane said earlier this week. “But not because we have more experience. That doesn’t mean anything. It’s another game. We have to go out and show that we want to win it.”Madrid are also the most successful team in European Cup history with 12 titles and 15 finals. While many in Madrid’s squad have already won three Champions League titles, most in Liverpool’s team have never made it to a final.The only Liverpool player with a Champions League trophy is Emre Can, who was with Bayern Munich – although he didn’t play much – when they won the European title in 2013.”It doesn’t matter that we won it last year and that they haven’t made it to a final in 11 years,” Zidane said. “We will give all we have.”Liverpool last played in the Champions League final in 2007, when they lost to AC Milan. They won their fifth – and most recent – European title in 2005, also against Milan.”We’ve won the last two finals so it may seem something easy to do, but we know that it’s not,” said Madrid left back Marcelo, a three-time Champions League winner. “We know how hard it is to go through each training session and each game. It’s tough to make it to the final and we are determined to win it.”Marcelo is one of the 12 Madrid players trying to win the competition for the fourth time. Cristiano Ronaldo can lift his fifth Champions League trophy, as he also won it with Manchester United in 2008.last_img read more

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Govt, Communities Ministry playing ‘GAM’ with taxpayers’ money

first_imgDear Editor,The Government through its Ministry of Communities is playing ‘GAM’ with taxpayers’ money under the pretext of advancing an inclusive development agenda. In reality, the game is synonymous with, and links one’s recollection to the perhaps forgotten marble game in which children would consistently miss the target, when there was nothing meaningful to do.The fact is that the Government has woefully failed citizens on many local government fronts. In particular, the deliberate delay in the establishment of the Local Government Commission as the constitutionally approved institution, to employ meaningful mechanisms which will deliver tool and fine-tune inclusive development and complementary approaches to acceptable governance.There is no doubt that the substituted approach being employed by the Minister, seeks to impose a conditional directive of Government’s influence to local government areas where they have little leadership control. Instead of the Commission, we witness targeted diversion attempts to coordinate directives to Regional and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils on the first hand, and more recently, to municipalities. The flawed approach has numerous defaults which are deceptive and intended to cover-up the impotence of the Government towards the constitutional local government framework.The Municipal Conference held over the last weekend was attended by the Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councillors, and the Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of APNU/AFC controlled municipalities and regions respectively. This gathering includes staff from the Communities Ministry and other invited guests basically for the purpose of photo opportunities. It is noted that while the Mayors and Deputy Mayors, ‘only’, along with Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of the PPP controlled municipalities and regions were also invited to participate in the Conference, many rightfully opted to stay away.Although the agenda touted an opportunity for laying a central plank toward Management training and Capacity building, the bottom line is that a framework for accountability in public office is already established. Further, the agenda suggested timelines that would not have allowed for any detailed or meaningful exchange of technical or improvement strategies. As such, the intent is strongly recognised to be linked to the positioning of APNU/AFC constituency holders on a body that would determine obligations for other local government areas.It was also touted at the Conference that the Guyana Association of Municipalities (GAM), has a critical role to play in the emergence of “developmental” local governments by building the capacity of their members to adopt good local governance practices and promote good local development. At the same time, it must be recognised that the current legal framework establishes the aforementioned functions as a responsibility of the Local Government Commission which is not being moved upon because it is expected to exercise balance which the APNU/AFC do not desire in PPP/C won local government areas.So what are we really advancing? It seems much more rational to fix the internal structures in accordance with the applicable laws and then do any required adjustments. If the Minister cannot rationalise, he must therefore provide reasonable and grounds for his repeated failures. It is known that the Mayoral sessions held are not likely to have any major fiscal impacts in the short- or long-term, as the municipalities are still dependent on funding recouped through the local governments structures or the appropriations of Parliament which are normally based on previously approved timelines and approaches.Perhaps therefore, Minister Bulkan has achieved his partisan structure of control when one looks at the newly-elected executives as follows: President, Mayor Holland; Vice President, Mayor Marshall; Secretary, Mayor Wynter; Treasurer, Mayor Chase Green; Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, Councillor Fraser; and Committee Members, Mayors Ramoo and Beckles, and Deputy Mayor Negeshwari Lochanprasad, Darul Khan, Carolyn Caesar and Waneka Arrindell. It leaves all to wonder the way forward with this addition of another bureaucratic tier.But how will this serve meaningful LGA development? Seemingly, if it cannot be fiscal, then the approach has to be dictatorial. It is known that the initial organisation of GAM formed during 2006, was themed towards gaining from the experiences of municipalities in other developed countries like Canada, which operates in accordance with the Constitution of those countries.It is also noted that in the absence of any serious attempt to streamline the implementation of the Local Government Commission, Minister Bulkan in his ‘thank you’ speech, at the Mayoral Conference, pledged fullest cooperation to working with GAM in pursuit of President Granger’s vision of strengthening all three levels of administration; i.e. national, regional and local to spur and deepen national development.With the partisan political game now introduced at the level of the municipalities, it is foreseen that this sort of arrangement without the legal and operational framework of the Commission, would only compromise the good work that has already been done by and at some of the municipalities. It means that decisions pertaining to development, policies and the legal frameworks would have to be taken to the Association for clearance before implementation and or action.The Government is fully aware that they cannot interfere with the operations and the decisions taken by any municipality so the next best thing in sight for them to maintain control of the townships is to have their Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councillors placed at the executive level of Guyana Association of Municipalities (GAM).This move is seen as a strategic one for the APNU/AFC coalition Government to take and maintain control of all the municipalities, especially those that were won by the People’s Progressive Party. It is a game of GAM in which the marbles are likely to be lost.Respectfully,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Fort St. John to step up enforcement after issues with recycling

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John says that Bylaw officers will be stepping up spot inspections of recycling bins after a large number of unacceptable items were found in residents’ blue bins last week.The City’s Communications Coordinator Julie Rogers said that last week, nearly 15 dumpsters’ worth of non-recyclables were found in bins, which is sorted by hand after it is picked up. Items found included clothing, bedding, grass clippings, garden hoses, needles, batteries, and bags of kitchen garbage, some of which poses a serious hazard to those workers.Rogers says that the City has decided that similar to this time last year, Bylaw Enforcement officers will be conducting random spot checks of recycling bins this week, and that the spot checks will be continuing into the foreseeable future. She explained that if officers find items that are unacceptable, they will seal the bins’ lids with red stickers that indicate which items inside the bin are not recyclable, and that trucks won’t pick the bins up during that weeks’ collection.- Advertisement -If residents are unsure whether items are acceptable in their recycling bins, they can consult the Waste Wizard on the City’s website or mobile app.last_img read more

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Former QPR and Tottenham flop Adel Taarabt set for sensational Serie A return

first_img1 Former QPR and Tottenham flop Adel Taarabt is closing in on a sensational return to AC Milan.The attacking midfielder is currently training with Benfica’s reserves after falling out of favour at the Portuguese club.The Morocco international is understandably itching for a move away this month as he searches for first-team football.And now, according to O Jogo, Milan are ready to come to Taarabt’s rescue by snapping him up.The 26-year-old spent six months on loan at the San Siro in 2014 and impressed with four goals in 16 appearances.That spell has not been forgotten and Milan are willing to give Taarabt a lifeline by signing him on loan until the end of the season. Adel Taarabt last_img read more

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Murray signed as new coach

first_imgAs expected, the Dodgers formally announced their major-league coaching staff on Tuesday after completing an agreement with Hall of Famer Eddie Murray that will result in the former Dodgers first baseman becoming the club’s hitting coach. Murray will join pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and first-base/infield coach Mariano Duncan, both of whom were promoted from the club’s minor-league system; and bench coach Bill Jauss, third-base coach Rich Donnelly and bullpen coach Dan Warthen, all of whom were brought in from outside the organization. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Curiously, Little didn’t surround himself with any of the coaches who were with him during his two-year stint managing the Boston Red Sox. Only Jauss has direct ties to Little, having been the Red Sox’s first-base coach from 1997-99 while Little was the club’s bench coach. Jauss also worked in the Boston organization while Little was the manager, first as player development director and later as major-league advance scout. Little and Murray just missed each other in Cleveland. Little’s final year as the Indians bench coach was 2001, the year before he was hired in Boston and Murray was hired as the Indians hitting coach. But both worked under then-Indians manager and current Philadelphia skipper Charlie Manuel, who remains close to Little and Murray and might have influenced Little’s decision to hire Murray. Kent recovering: Tuesday’s surgery to remove scar tissue from Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent’s right wrist went well, a club spokesman said. Kent will begin exercising in about four weeks and be ready for full baseball activities midway through spring training. Tony Jackson,(818) 713-3675 tony.jackson@dailynews.com center_img It is believed all six were signed to one-year deals. The club also re-signed special coach Manny Mota and bullpen catcher Rob Flippo, the staff’s only holdovers. “This coaching staff combines a tremendous amount of major-league playing, coaching and scouting experience and will provide incredible support for the organization and its players,” LA Dodgers manager Grady Little said in a statement issued by the club. “I feel fortunate to be able to surround myself with some of the more talented coaches in the game who know what it takes to win.” last_img read more

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Grant Leadbitter helps Sunderland to Wembley just a day after his mother’s death

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow 1 gameday cracker deals LIVE ON talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED “Life throws you curve balls and we all have to keep fighting. I wanted to play last night because my mam and dad would be disappointed if I didn’t. Thanks for your support and kind messages. Lastly, the job is far from done, we have one more tough game to go.” getty no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Manchester City vs Watford (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Academy graduate Leadbitter’s father Brian died in 2008 at the age of just 50, and his ashes were buried under the pitch at the Stadium of Light.Sunderland will play Charlton at Wembley for a place in the Championship, with the Addicks booking their place in the play-off final with Friday’s penalty shootout defeat of Doncaster. REPLY LATEST Leadbitter started and completed the whole game against Portsmouth despite losing his mother the prior day Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Grant Leadbitter helped Sunderland reach this season’s League One play-off final just one day after his mother died.The 33-year-old midfielder played the full 90 minutes of the Black Cats’ 0-0 semi-final second leg draw with Portsmouth on Thursday evening after his mother, Susan, lost her battle with cancer on Wednesday. He spoke of his anguish in an Instagram post on Friday morning as he thanked fans for their condolences.Leadbitter wrote: “Last couple of days have been tough, not just myself but my 2 sisters too. To lose my mam on Wednesday was horrible, but I know now she is at peace now after tough battle of cancer. She now rests alongside my Dad. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move tense last_img read more

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Champions League final tickets: Will Liverpool and Spurs sell out Madrid stadium?

first_img Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available Aiming high Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano will host the 2019 Champions League final How many tickets have Tottenham and Liverpool got?Both teams were allocated 16,613 tickets for their supporters.The final is being held at Atletico Madrid’s 68,000-capacity Estadio Metropolitano Stadium but the majority of tickets have gone to UEFA and national associations, commercial partners, broadcasters and corporate hospitality.The two teams received 300 tickets for club staff and for the players’ families and friends.How much will Champions League final tickets cost?Ticket were priced are £513 (Category A), £385 (Category B), £154 (Category C) and £60 (Category D).UEFA also provided an allocation of 100 adult/junior combined tickets for each club priced at £120 per pair. Champions League final: talkSPORT coverageWe’ll be building up to the big game all day on the radio and online, before our full talkSPORT coverage from Madrid gets underway at 7pm.Mark Saggers will host all the build-up and Jim Proudfoot and Stuart Pearce will be on commentary duty.To tune into all the action, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below. on target 2 Tottenham take on Liverpool in the final of the Champions League this weekend after a truly incredible round of semi-final action.Liverpool came from three goals behind to beat Barcelona 4-3 to book their place in the final in Madrid on June 1. 2 Tottenham and Liverpool will go head-to-head in the Champions League final Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton ready? Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury BOOST Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman They were joined by Premier League rivals Tottenham after they also overcame a three goal deficit to beat Ajax on away goals.After those two historic results, the English sides will now compete for Europe’s top prize on Saturday night. LATEST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEWSlast_img read more

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2010 hotel prices ‘mostly reasonable’

first_img29 March 2010Seventy-four percent of South African accommodation establishments are charging reasonable prices ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, according to a specially commissioned survey by auditing firm Grant Thornton.The survey was commissioned by the government following allegations that accommodation providers were hiking prices excessively to take advantage of the expected massive influx of tourists for the World Cup.‘Supply and demand’The survey found that half of all South African establishments would not be charging additional premiums. It also found that price premiums were a normal occurrence wherever big events were hosted worldwide, driven by the standard economic principles of supply and demand.Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Friday that he was satisfied that the majority of South Africa’s accommodation establishments were “acting responsibly”.“I am also pleased to note that the survey found that many operators do recognise the damaging impact that exorbitant accommodation prices will have on the legacy objectives of the 2010 World Cup.”Higher premiumsIn areas such as Gauteng province, the survey found, more establishments were charging higher premiums.The survey found that 65% of Gauteng’s establishments were charging over 50% above the high season rate of the standard price for accommodation during the event. This was found to be in establishments closer to stadiums.In North West province, 53% of the establishments were charging prices 50% over the high season rate, while 53% of Durban establishments were charging premiums higher than 50%, compared to 7% of establishments in the rest of KwaZulu-Natal.Van Schalkwyk said his department would continue to discourage excessive premiums where these did occur, saying he had already consulted with the tourism industry in this regard.Code of conductFor its part, the industry has committed unequivocally to take further steps. A code of conduct for major events will be rolled out. In addition, the industry will encourage membership of its industry associations in order to extend their reach and influence more stakeholders.“Given the fact that South Africa is a robust free market economy, fans are encouraged to shop around and avoid establishments with exorbitant pricing in line with our desire that South Africa continues to remain a value-for-money destination,” Van Schalkwyk said.The respondents to the survey were accommodation establishments in all nine provinces and included hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast establishments, lodges, camping and self-catering facilities. A total of 2 479 responses were analysed.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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SA joins European astronomy network

first_img14 May 2012 South Africa has become a member of a European institute that makes joint use of radio telescopes spread across the world to produce the clearest available images of some of the most distant and energetic objects in the universe. The Joint Institute for Very Long Baseline Interferometry in Europe (Jive) last week welcomed South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) as a member. JIVE’s funding organisations already include the National Astronomical Observatories of China, as well as European national research councils and facilities in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Jive supports the European VLBI Network (EVN) of radio astronomy facilities, which collaborates with international facilities to conduct Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), an astronomical technique “that uses widely separated radio telescopes in conjunction with each other to simulate a single telescope hundreds or thousands of kilometres in diameter,” Jive said in a statement last week. “This technique produces the clearest, highest resolution images of some of the most distant and energetic objects in the universe.” South Africa’s Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) has been an active member of the EVN since 2001, and its 26-metre dish has participated in EVN observations for an even longer time. HartRAO is also working with various African countries to convert obsolete satellite communications dishes across the continent into radio telescopes to create an African VLBI network which, it is planned, will also collaborate with Jive. South Africa’s radio astronomy – and VLBI – capabilities will be hugely augmented when the Karoo Array Telescope (also known as the MeerKAT), a 64-dish precursor instrument for the Square Kilometre Array, is commissioned in 2014/15. “The formal addition of the NRF as a full Jive member signals the NRF’s commitment to VLBI and to the future of our collaboration in the EVN in particular,” said Jive director Huib van Langevelde. “The NRF partnership commits Jive to actively assist in making these facilities successful new additions to the VLBI network. “Hartebeesthoek’s participation in VLBI observations over the past several years has improved the performance of the EVN tremendously,” Van Langevelde said. “We look forward to observing together with these new South African telescopes to further strengthen the EVN.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Six Steps to a Great Workplace

first_imgLet’s imagine for a minute: You’re the new CEO of an established company. Its performance has been average, customer loyalty is falling and your best employees are leaving every week. The previous CEO subscribed to a command and control management style allowing for little flexibility and no room for mistakes. The employees lived under an ever-present fear of doing something wrong. As the new CEO, how do you transform the culture of this organization? How do you turn a fearful environment into a company considered a great place to work? Here’s six steps that will prove imperative in turning the company around and creating a great place where employees want to work and customers keep coming back. Talk with Leaders: Communicate your vision for the future and the new workplace you intend to create for employees in the coming months and years. Do your best to obtain leadership buy-in. Leadership Roll Call: If your leaders are not on board with your vision of creating a great workplace built on trust and respect, it is time to clean house. The qualities of trust and respect are foundational elements of a great workplace, and your leaders must also possess these qualities. Technical vs. People Skills: The initial reaction for many CEOs will be to retain leaders with excellent technical skills but poor people skills. This is a bad idea for positive culture transformation. Always keep apprised of how supervisors are doing in this area. Give supervisors a chance to change and buy in to your leadership model. However, company assistance and a timeline should be attached to your people skills expectations. A Messy Process: Creating a great workplace is a messy process. The organization has likely accumulated many bad people practice habits and not everyone is going to be happy with the changes. Although you are trying to transform the company into a great workplace, the metamorphosis from toxic to great can rattle a few nerves. Give your HR team permission and authority to fix poor people practices immediately. Spend Time with Employees. Jump down from that executive suite and spend time with the people who interact with your customers. Ask them how things are going. Serve them lunch and sit down and eat with them. Have a Q&A session afterwards – and allow any questions to be asked and answer them honestly. Follow-up with the group for any questions with which you don’t have immediate answers. The bigger your organization, the longer this will take. Fortunately, technology is making the process of being more than one place at a time easier. Openly communicate what is happening in the organization. Legal, operations, marketing, and even public relations may try to convince you that you cannot openly communicate important information to employees. Building trust with employees, the number one ingredient of a great workplace, is created with continual, open communication. Don’t restrict this important leadership responsibility.last_img read more

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