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Complaint against Rousaud

first_imgJosep Maria Bartomeu has completed the first phase of the remodeling of its board in the absence of incorporating new members in a second phase. The president of Barça remodeled his council after the telematic meeting on Tuesday afternoon that he had to face the crisis caused in the entity after the resignation of six managers. In this sense, the club approved denouncing former vice president Emili Rousaud for the words in which he assured that in the case of Barçagate (monitoring of Social Networks by the company I3 v entures) “someone had reached into the box ” “Given the serious and unfounded accusations made by Mr. Emili Rousaud (…) the board of directors categorically denies any action that could be classified as corruption and consequently has agreed to file the corresponding criminal action”explains the statement.Regarding the remodeling of the board after the departure of Rousaud himself, Enrique Tombas, Maria Teixidor, Josep Pont, Jordi Calsamiglia and Sílvio Elias, the board is as follows. Jordi Moix, until now responsible for the Espai Barça project, becomes the new economic and heritage vice president. Pau Vilanova also promoted to vice-presidency, who from working in the social area became institutional vice-president instead of Rousaud. Oriol Tomás will replace Josep Pont as head of the commercial area with the rank of vice president. The only director remaining on the council, Marta Plana, becomes the secretary of the council instead of Maria Teixidor, while David Bellver is promoted to treasurer.With regard to sports policy, the position of sports vice president is still not covered, which Josep Maria Bartomeu will continue to perform de facto. Javier Bordas will be the manager responsible for the first team, while formative football, which was in charge of Sílvio Elias, will have Xavier Vilajoana as manager. Vilajoana will also deal with women’s football in place of Maria Teixidor.Marta Plana and David Bellver also join the Compliance committee, which is the one that should assess in the first instance the audit commissioned by Price Waterhouse Coopers, which according to Barça in its statement, could not be completed due to the coronavirus pandemic. They argue that there are some processes (interviews) that must be done in person.last_img read more

Power Restored to almost all customers around FSJ

first_imgThere is only one area that doesn’t have power outside of FSJ.The outage is South of the 256 RD and West of the 277 RD. There are about 196 customers that do not have power in that area. There is still no estimated time for when power will be restored and the outage is listed as being caused by trees down across power lines. The power went out shortly after 12pm Wednesday.As for the other outages that effected over 1,500 customers at one point were all caused by the wind storms Wednesday or by trees down on the power lines. Some outages lasted almost 12 hours.- Advertisement -For current updates visit read more

Most Americans say climate change is serious problem

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Americans in large bipartisan numbers say the heating of the earth’s atmosphere is having serious effects on the environment now or will soon and think it is necessary to take immediate steps to reduce its effects, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds. Ninety percent of Democrats, 80 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans said immediate action is required to curb the warming of the atmosphere and deal with its effects on the global climate. Nineteen percent said it is not necessary to act now, and 1 percent said no steps are needed. Recent international reports have said with near certainty that human activities are the main cause of global warming since 1950. The poll found that 84 percent of Americans see human activity as at least contributing to warming. Global leader The poll also found that Americans want the United States to support conservation and to be a global leader in addressing environmental problems and developing alternative energy sources to reduce reliance on fossil fuels such as oil and coal. The presidential candidates have recognized the desire for swifter action on energy and the environment than the Bush administration has pursued and have offered plans with varying degrees of specificity. Among the leading Democrats, John Edwards and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York have offered fairly detailed plans for national and international programs to reduce heat-trapping gases such as carbon dioxide and encouraging alternative energy sources. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been critical of the administration’s responses and has advocated building nuclear plants to provide electricity. The issue arises frequently in public forums, and it is likely that along with the Iraq war and health care, it will be among the chief topics in the 2008 campaign. When it comes to specific steps to foster conservation or produce more energy, the public is deeply torn, the poll found. Respondents said they would support higher gasoline prices to reduce dependence on foreign oil but would oppose higher prices to combat global warming. By large margins, respondents opposed an increase in pump prices of $2 a gallon, or even $1, to deal with environmental and energy-supply concerns. Three-quarters said they would be willing to pay more for electricity generated by renewable sources such as solar or wind energy. The negative view of new gasoline taxes may reflect the wide expectation that pump prices will continue to increase regardless of government action. More than 80 percent foresee higher prices in coming months, with many citing the Iraq war as a primary cause. Most respondents said they did not expect that any withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq would cause prices to fall. Little confidence Nearly half of those polled also said they did not believe that their fellow Americans would be willing to change driving habits to save gasoline or reduce the production of heat-trapping gases, which most scientists say contribute to the warming. Respondents expressed little confidence in President George W. Bush’s handling of environmental or energy issues, and a majority of those polled, including many Republicans, said Democrats were more likely than Republicans to protect the environment and foster energy independence. One-third approved Bush’s handling of the environment, and 27 percent approved his approach to energy questions. Democrats have criticized Bush’s policies on energy and the environment almost from the day he took office. Those policies have also cost him some Republican support, the poll showed. “I think the Republicans have slashed the funds for cleanup of the environment, and if it comes down to whether or not it will cost big business, forget about the cleanup,” said Ron Gellerman, 65, a respondent from Maple Grove, Minn., who said he was a Republican. “The Democrats are more willing to spend dollars on pure research,” Gellerman added in a follow-up interview after the poll was completed. “They’re open to alternative sources of energy, like wind. We could save more energy by increasing the efficiency of our electrical system and our automobiles. And the Democrats would be more willing to look at that sort of thing because they’re not so beholden to Big Oil.” Confusing details Many governors, members of Congress and presidential hopefuls from both parties have been more outspoken than Bush on the need to take immediate steps to combat global warming and reduce oil imports. Private citizens tend to agree with them, the poll found, but they are also somewhat bewildered about the issues. Asked whether discussions of energy and the environment by political leaders were helpful or confusing, nearly three-quarters said the details were confusing. Asked how they would respond to a presidential candidate who said all Americans would have to pay more for fuel or use less of it to protect the environment, one-third said they would be more likely to vote for that person, and 15 percent said they would be less likely. Almost half said it would make no difference.last_img read more


first_imgMichael Murphy scored a great goal for Donegal today but it wasn’t enough.Donegal’s impressive league run came to an abrupt end in Tralee today after a bruising encounter with Kerry.Rory Gallagher’s men were quite simply out-thought and out-fought by a Kerry side who were all a little cuter than the visitors who eventually went down on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-8.From the throw-in, it was obvious that this was going to be a no-holds barred encounter at Austin Stack Park. Two red cards, two black cards and a number of yellow cards reflected the attitude of two sides who hold no great love for each other.But it was Kerry who got under Donegal’s skin time and time again with that man-mountain Kieran Donaghy leading the charge.Donegal found themselves 0-7 to 0-2 behind after less than half an hour thanks in part to a strong breeze in favour of Kerry.But despite Donegal pulling the game back to 0-7 a piece in the second half, it was Kerry who drove on to canter away in the final stages. Kerry wer cruising midway through the second half with a six point cushion on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-7.But a finely fielded ball from Michael Murphy saw the Glenswilly man hit the back of the Kerry net form the resulting shot.And when the Donegal captain lofted over another point, there was just two points between the sides.Donegal can also count themselves unlucky with what appeared to be some dubious referee decisions as well as striking the uprights on at least three occasions.But it was Kerry who persisted and thanks to points from veterans Brian Sheehan and Colm Cooper, the gap just proved too wide for Donegal to gap. Rory Gallagher can have no complaints  but will be thankful with some decent performances from the likes of the superb Ryan McHugh and Patrick McBrearty although Neil Gallagher stills looks a long way form being match-fit.DONEGAL OUT-THOUGHT AND OUT-FOUGHT BY THE KINGDOM was last modified: March 6th, 2016 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:donegalKerryLeaguelast_img read more

Ethnicity gap remains in LAUSD’s API test results

first_imgLos Angeles Unified’s minority and low-income students met or exceeded state academic progress goals in math and English for the third straight year, but they failed to narrow the achievement gap with Asian and white students, according to figures released Thursday. Educators said their main focus this year will be to address the persistent gap in a state where the English-learning population is projected to multiply, admitting their efforts over the past few years have not been tough enough. “This type of improvement is a cause for some celebration, with the caveat that we still believe we can do better,” said Jack O’Connell, California superintendent of public instruction. “We don’t want our (minority and low-income students) to parallel their peers. We want them to narrow the achievement gap that we admit exists.” Reflecting statewide trends, the LAUSD’s African-American and Latino students showed double-digit point increases in the Academic Performance Index – which measures performance on a 200-to-1,000-point scale – as did their white and Asian counterparts. The performance target for all students is 800. Officials explained that each year the measures for calculating the API scores change and become more difficult – with a greater emphasis put on the standards test – so it’s unrealistic to expect seeing exceptional gains like those in 2003. The best gauge of academic improvement is to track performance over time, educators agreed. For example, at Reseda Elementary, where more than 85 percent of students are on free- and reduced-lunch plans and about 76 percent are Latino, their API increased from 489 in 1999 to 774 – a difference of 285. While improving the performance of low-income and minority students has been a challenge, Principal Rosemarie Kubena said there is no doubt they will break 800 next year by continuing to address student needs. “We have improved tremendously since API began and we see us continuing to improve because we look at our data and assess and revamp what we’re doing to meet student needs,” Kubena said. “We tend to focus on the kids, their needs, and that’s how we drive our instruction.” O’Connell said Thursday that he is exploring establishing an accountability system that would impose higher achievement expectations for minority and low-income students. Also, the LAUSD’s school board on Thursday held the first meeting of its new Educational Equity Committee, which will focus solely on the problem of closing the achievement gap. “We’re really going to start to look at schools that are closing the gap, what they are doing and replicating their success,” board President Marlene Canter said. The API results released by the State Department of Education were nearly identical to those put out Aug. 1, but Thursday’s included results broken down by ethnicity and income, giving administrators more detailed information about where to focus their resources. Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But while whites hit an API of 800 and Asians 835, African-Americans had an API of 603 and Hispanics 624. “The good news is there is continuing improvement. But because all groups are growing, the (achievement) gap is not necessarily narrowing,” said Esther Wong, assistant superintendent for planning, assessment and research at the LAUSD. Districtwide, 64 percent of schools met their API targets – calculated as 5 percent of the difference between the school’s API and the statewide target of 800 – compared with 51 percent last year. San Fernando Valley schools performed better, with about 71 percent of schools meeting their targets. Statewide, 68 percent met their targets compared with 48 percent last year – an upswing educators attribute to teaching the standards. But neither the state nor the Los Angeles Unified School District has matched its performance in 2003, when 85 percent of LAUSD schools met their targets and 78 percent did statewide. last_img read more

Turnout good at Fairplex

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – At times Thursday, the flow of voters trickled into the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex and at times they came in by the busload. Iraqi expatriates and Iraqi Americans continued coming to take part in the Iraqi elections to select a 275-member Iraqi Parliament on the final day of voting. According to the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq, the three California polling places – Pomona, San Diego and the Bay Area – were the last places anywhere in the world to close due to time difference. Iraqis from the Southland and surrounding states traveled to Fairplex to cast their vote. Among them was Ali Abutabikh of Mission Viejo. “I’m 75 years old, and it’s the first time in my life I’m voting for any Iraqi government,” he said. “It’s a rare occasion in my life.” Although it frustrates him that he can’t travel and join friends and colleagues in his homeland, Abutabikh said voting is one way of playing a part in the effort. “My fate is this. I’m lucky to be alive,” he said. David Yousif, California spokesman for the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq, said Thursday the electoral process has been going smoothly. “It has been as good as expected,” he said. Wednesday was a busy day but Thursday morning started with the arrival of 200 voters who arrived in buses from Seattle and Arizona, he said, and other large groups were expected. Inside the voting area, every time a voter dropped his or her ballot into the box poll workers broke out in applause. Another voter Thursday was Layla Shaikley of Upland, a political science major at UC Irvine. Her goal is to become an architect one day and use her skills in Iraq. She was born in the United States but she is eligible to vote because her father was born in Iraq. Once conditions in Iraq become more stable, Shaikley plans to go there to do her part to help rebuild the nation. Austin McCormick is an observer with the International Mission for Iraqi Elections. The Whittier resident said Thursday the electoral process had so far been “open and transparent.” McCormick’s work did not end with the close of the polls at 9 p.m. Thursday. He would remain on site until counting was completed, he said. Yousif said the tally would be sent to Washington, D.C., which is in charge of collecting results for all of the U.S. polling places. Those results will be shipped overnight to Jordan and then to Iraq. (909) 483-9336.last_img read more

La Liga: Final Champions league spot up for grabs on Match-Day 38

first_imgLevante vs Atletico MadridEstadio Cuidad de Valencia, ValenciaSaturday, 18-05-2019 @2pmThis Saturday’s clash between Levante and Atletico Madrid kicks off the final weekend action in La Liga. It’s not a game with anything really riding on it. Atleti will finish in 2nd place whatever the outcome here. Levante meanwhile secured survival last weekend and are only playing for their final finishing position.Atletico Madrid said goodbye to one legend last weekend with Diego Godin’s stay in the Spanish capital coming to an end after the club refused to offer him more than a one year deal. The club were then rocked by Antoine Griezmann’s announcement in midweek that he would be leaving the club this summer having turned down Barcelona twelve months ago. This will therefore be the duo’s final game for the club and it may feel like something of an end of an era for Diego Simeone’s side.Levante have been a slightly erratic team this season with some fine performances nestled between plenty of less impressive ones. They won a huge relegation six-pointer at Girona last time out to secure survival and avoid what would have been a tense final day. They come into this game having won 3 of their last 4 matches and they’ve scored 4 in each of their last 2 home games so they will fancy they can pose some problems for Atleti.Atletico Madrid have been the best defensive side in La Liga again this season but there have been signs that their standards have started to slip in recent weeks. They conceded 3 in defeat at Espanyol in their most recent away game and they are a bit short on defensive options with youngster Francisco Montero drafted in to start their most recent match, a home draw with Sevilla. They’ve conceded twice or more in 4 of their last 6 road games in all competitions and that will offer encouragement to a relatively free-scoring Levante side.Paco Lopez’s men have scored 1.54 goals per game this term on average in La Liga, the 4th best record in the division. They’ve outscored their opponents here by 4 goals but defensively they’ve been weak with only Rayo having let in more.Espanyol vs Real SociedadRCDE Stadium, BarcelonaSaturday, 18-05-2019 @5:15pmThe race for Champions League football will make the headlines on the final Saturday in La Liga but there is a bit of a sub-plot and it involves Espanyol and Real Sociedad who are both hoping to clinch 7th place and Europa League football here. Both sides need to win this match to have any chance. That would move them level on points with Athletic who currently occupy 7th but both Espanyol and Sociedad have superior head-to-head records against Gaizka Garitano’s side which means this could develop into a really significant game if Athletic fall behind at Sevilla.It has been a strange but ultimately pretty good first season for Rubi at Espanyol. They were flying early on and briefly went 2nd after 11 matches. However a miserable winter followed and Espanyol fell into the bottom six with a relegation battle seeming likely at one point. They responded well though with an 8 game unbeaten run which they take into this game.As for Real Sociedad, they’ve hovered in mid-table for the majority of a campaign which started with Asier Garitano at the helm and finishes with Imanol Alguacil. The new man has done a decent job of steering them through an injury crisis and they’ve reeled off 3 straight wins to take their fight for European qualification to the final day.They’d love to pip Basque rivals Athletic to a European place at the death but Espanyol are strong at the RCDE Stadium where they’ve collected 66% of their points this term. Overall it promises to be an open game with a draw no good to either side and goals look likely.6 of Espanyol’s last 8 matches have seen both teams score. They’ve struggled to rekindle their early season defensive form when they were barely letting in any goals in at home but they have started to offer an increasing threat at the other end. Borja Iglesias has had a brilliant first season with 17 league goals including braces in his last two matches. Espanyol may face a battle to hang onto their top scorer this summer but backing Iglesias to score anytime and end the season on the right note could be well worth a punt here.Sociedad will pose problems too though. Willian Jose and Mikel Oyarzabal are both in double figures for goals in La Liga this term and they ultimately cruised to a 3-1 win over Real Madrid last time out. They’ve been a good watch for the neutrals too of late with 9 of their last 11 matches seeing goals at each end.Getafe vs VillarrealColiseum Alfonso Perez, GetafeSaturday, 18-05-2019 @5:15pmGetafe have been the surprise package of the 2018/19 season in Spain. For them to have a chance of Champions League qualification heading into the final day is pretty remarkable in itself but there will be a tinge of disappointment if they don’t get it now having spent much of the campaign in 4th. They need to better Valencia’s result to make Europe’s premier club competition. The situation is out of their hands but they will be focused on doing their job against Villarreal.The hosts may feel somewhat unfortunate with how things panned out last weekend. They ended up facing a stronger Barcelona side than might have taken to the field had they progressed in Europe. A 2-0 defeat coupled with Valencia’s win saw them slip to 5th and the bad news is that Valencia are also up against a team with nothing to play for this Sunday now Valladolid are safe.Villarreal could do their Valencian rivals a favour here but they too secured their safety last time out with a 1-0 win over Eibar. It has been a really poor season for the Yellow Submarine though. They could end up as high as 12th if they win here but even that would be a real disappointment given they’d reeled off five straight top six finishes heading into this campaign.Overall, the hosts look the more likely victors here though. While they’ve struggled to convert one point into three on the road, they have invariably done the business at home. Even with the pressure on, they’ve held their nerve and have won 12 of their last 15 home games in all competitions. They are an experienced side and there haven’t really been any cracks showing and they look capable of fulfilling their part of the final day bargain here.Having secured survival, Villarreal will most likely be quite content to just wipe the slate clean and start again next season. They have picked up a couple of key away wins over the past month or two but it’s still 4 defeats from their last 6 away games overall and too often they’ve lacked the steel and discipline to grind out results on their travels.Up against a Getafe side with an impressive 61% home win ratio this term, it’s hard to see them getting a result.Sevilla vs Athletic BilbaoEstadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, SevilleSaturday, 18-05-2019 @5:15pmIn some respects, this is the most important game on the final weekend in La Liga. Both Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao have plenty left to play for in terms of the race for Europe. Sevilla still have a chance of finishing 4th but they’d need a couple of big favours elsewhere for that to happen. Athletic Bilbao meanwhile would leapfrog Sevilla into 6th with a win but could drop out of the European positions and into 8th if they lose.6th would mean direct entry into the Europa League group stage rather than the early start to the season in the qualifying rounds that would be the result of finishing 7th. Either would be relatively scant consolation for Sevilla who looked like certain Champions League qualifiers at one stage. With just 4 points from their last 5 games though, they’ve really let it slip and there may come a point on Saturday where they decide to settle for 6th if the other games are going against them.It will also be something of a delicate balancing act for Athletic Club as they decide whether to really target the win here or just settle for the point that would guarantee Europa League qualifying action. They’ve done the opposite to Sevilla this season in many ways having started poorly and been in the relegation zone at the time of Gaizka Garitano’s appointment in the Autumn. He has done a sensational job but recent results have been a bit more mixed with 3 wins and 3 defeats from their last 7 games.The bookies make Sevilla the clear favourites here but you have to question whether they are worthy of that status. They collapsed to a shock 3-0 defeat in their most recent home game against a Leganes side with nothing to play for. The four game ban dished out to key man Ever Banega has hit them hard and Sevilla will be without their strongest midfield option again here which is a significant blow.Joaquin Caparros did a fine job in a caretaker capacity last term but he hasn’t managed to back that up this time around and he has plenty of other injuries to contend with here too. Athletic will fancy they can get something and they will most likely look to play on the break with the pace of Inaki Williams, who has had perhaps his most impressive season in an Athletic shirt.Real Valladolid vs ValenciaEstadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla, ValladolidSaturday, 18-05-2019 @5:15pmThe battle for 4th place in La Liga will be settled by the outcome of three simultaneous matches this Saturday afternoon. Valencia are in pole position to secure it now and they will be playing Champions League football next term if they can win this match against a Real Valladolid side who secured their safety last weekend.That fact may well work in Valencia’s favour as they are no longer playing a team that is scrapping for their lives. Los Che will be under real pressure to get the job done though. They are a club that budgeted for Champions League qualification this season having easily finished in the top four last term and they wouldn’t have anticipated being in a three-way scrap with Getafe and Sevilla heading into the final weekend.Real Valladolid’s only real target this season was to avoid the drop and they are the only one of the promoted teams who has managed to do that. They celebrated wildly with one of the biggest away followings of the season in Spain last weekend after a 2-1 win at Rayo Vallecano coupled with results elsewhere ensured they would have a tension-free final day.That result made it 3 wins from 4 for Valladolid and it’s just 1 defeat in 6 so they have responded really well to the challenge of a fierce relegation scrap. However they may struggle to match that intensity here and if history is anything to go by, teams with nothing to play for tend to get beaten on the final day in La Liga when faced with sides that do.Even if they were playing for something, this would be a really tough ask for Valladolid. Valencia are comfortably the better side and following their Europa League exit, this is their only path into next season’s Champions League. Their last two league performances have been good as they comfortably saw off the challenge of Huesca and Alaves with their three main forwards all getting in amongst the goals.They should have the beating of what isn’t a great Valladolid side. Sergio’s men are the division’s lowest scorers and it’s hard to see them severely testing this Valencia defence.Deportivo Alaves vs GironaEstadio de Mendizorroza, Vitoria-GastiezSaturday, 18-05-2019 @9:45pmGirona are in a pretty desperate position heading into this Saturday’s trip to Alaves in La Liga. They retain a mathematical chance of staying up. However they need a huge favour from already relegated Rayo Vallecano in Vigo. If Rayo win then Girona can survive by winning this game whilst overturning the goal difference deficit which currently stands at six goals.It looks very unlikely that all of those things will happen and there was an air of resignation at Montilivi last weekend as Girona lost a six-pointer against Levante having taken the lead on the hour mark. That was their 8th defeat in 9 matches and there was nothing about the reaction of the players or the post-match comments of their coach which suggested they believe they have any chance heading into the final weekend.The only positive for Girona is that they are up against an Alaves side that is in equally bad form. Both sides have taken just 3 points from their last 9 matches and find themselves well adrift at the bottom of the form table as a result. The Basques fortunately already had more than enough points on the board having looked like Champions League hopefuls only a couple of months back.Part of the reason for their demise may lie in a messy situation where their coach Abelardo has failed to agree a new deal leading to the club announcing his departure a few weeks back. The Alaves boss felt he was worthy of a greater pay deal and in truth he probably had a point having done a brilliant job in Vitoria but with just 3 wins in their last 19 league games, they have clearly lost their way a bit.Girona may be on the brink of relegation but they are actually the 6th best travellers in La Liga with an average of 1.22 points per game away. It is their shocking home record that has really cost them and they may end up spending much of the summer wondering just how they’ve failed to survive in a season where they’ve won at both the Mestalla and the Bernabeu.They will be hungry to end on a positive note here and at least try to put some pressure on Celta Vigo.Celta Vigo vs Rayo VallecanoAlbanca Balaidos, VigoSaturday, 18-05-2019 @9:45pmThis Saturday’s clash in La Liga sees Celta Vigo play host to already relegated Rayo Vallecano. The hosts need a point to guarantee their Primera Division survival. Even a defeat would be enough if Girona fail to win their game which kicks off at the same time and Celta do have a 6 goal advantage in the goal difference stakes so it would take some turnaround for the Galicians to end the day anything but a Primera Division club.They did miss the chance to rubber stamp their survival last time out. Celta were beaten 3-1 away to Athletic with 3 goals conceded inside the opening 40 minutes. It was a poor performance but they were helped out by Levante’s win at Montilivi which takes a lot of the pressure off the final game although there will still be an element of tension in the air come kick-off.Rayo will be playing Segunda Division football again next term. Despite a brief hot streak in the middle of the campaign where they won 4 out of 5, the Madrid club haven’t really looked like surviving at any point this term despite the impressive goal haul of Raul De Tomas. The re-appointment of Paco Jemez hasn’t stopped their decline either and they’ve lost 12 of their last 16 league games overall.It’s hard to see them getting anything here. Rayo’s last two away performances have been dismal as they slumped to a 5-0 loss at Sevilla before a 4-1 defeat at Levante in a big six-pointer at the bottom. That result basically sealed their fate and they are starting to look like a side that is ready for the summer break.Celta have found some form at home and that’s basically what has seen them haul themselves towards safety. They’ve reeled off four straight wins in front of their own fans and there’s no reason why they can’t make that five here. Iago Aspas has been in inspired form and with strong backing from the terraces at Balaidos, Celta look capable of winning this game with relative ease so going for Celta Vigo -1.0 Asian Handicap could be worth a punt.Huesca vs LeganesEstadio El Alcoraz, HuescaSaturday, 18-05-2019 @9:45pmHuesca bow out of La Liga after just one season this Saturday. They’ll be hoping to end the campaign on a positive note against a Leganes side who will be in celebratory mood whatever the outcome with their best ever league finish already sealed. Victory here would give them an outside chance of finishing in the top half which would be an extraordinary achievement.As for the home team, they need a win to stand a chance of avoiding the wooden spoon and that should provide some motivation. Huesca were always likely to struggle at this level and while it has turned out that way, some of their football has been good and they’ve been competitive in the vast majority of their games with the finishing touch the only thing lacking in a lot of their games.Leganes have struggled for victories a bit since a win over Valladolid in April moved them onto 39 points and all but guaranteed their safety. They’ve only won once in 7 outings since then but that was a hugely impressive 3-0 victory at Sevilla. Mauricio Pellegrino has again impressed in La Liga following his failure to make a mark in the Premier League but Lega could face a battle to hang onto him with both Seville clubs likely to be looking for a new boss this summer.With not much really at stake, there will be an end of season feel to this game and it’s a tough one to call. A failure to convert one point into three has been something of a running theme this season for Huesca. They’ve drawn twice as many games as they’ve won and five of their last eight league matches have finished up level.Leganes aren’t the sort of side that ever really opens up and looks to play expansive football. They will probably sit quite deep even against the division’s bottom club and look to hit them on the break. They have developed a counter-attacking approach to go with their more direct tactics and it has added a touch of variety to their game with Martin Braithwaite proving a hit following his January move.Real Madrid vs Real BetisEstádio Santiago Bernabeu, MadridSunday, 19-05-2019 @1pmSeldom have Real Madrid been so desperate for a season to finish and it finally will do on Sunday, admittedly several months after their hopes of clinching silverware ended. Real Betis will also be pretty pleased to see the back of this campaign which has ended with them slipping out of European contention and with their fans turning on the coach.This will almost certainly be Quique Setien’s last game as Betis boss. His side did see off bottom club Huesca last time out but a run of just 1 point from 5 games prior to that put pay to their Europa League hopes. Current Alaves coach Abelardo is the favourite to take over the realms at the Benito Villamarin this summer with Julen Lopetegui also in the frame.Real Madrid started the season with Lopetegui in charge and there is certainly a debate to be had as to whether it would have ultimately panned out better had they just stuck with the former Spain boss who was in the process of trying to bring in more of a passing game. Things briefly picked up under Santi Solari before imploding spectacularly and the return of Zinedine Zidane to oversee the final couple of months of the season hasn’t really brought any noticeable improvements.They’ve lost 3 times under the Frenchman to bring the season tally to 12 league defeats, their worst loss tally this century. However they have at least found a cure for their home woes. Real have won five out of five at the Bernabeu since Zidane’s return. The performances haven’t been spectacular but a return of 13 goals in those 5 games certainly represents an improvement and they will fancy they can exploit Betis’ defensive problems here.Quique Setien’s men have conceded 10 goals in their last 4 away games and have gone 10 league games without a clean sheet heading into this match. It’s also 10 defeats in 18 matches overall which speaks volumes for how their season has unravelled and there’s not a great deal of reason to fancy them to cause an upset here.Eibar vs BarcelonaEstadio Municipal de Ipurua, EibarSunday, 19-05-2019 @5:15pmThis should be a celebratory occasion for Barcelona as they play their final league game in another title winning season in La Liga. However there is not much optimism or joy around their camp right now with the fallout from the most humbling of nights at Anfield still very much an ongoing process. They will be hoping to at least record victory at Eibar this Sunday to give themselves a lift heading into the Copa del Rey Final next weekend.Barcelona are going to have Antoine Griezmann in their ranks next season which should add an exciting new dimension to their attack. However they are a bit short on options in the final third for the final two games with both Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez out injured. The back-up options simply haven’t delivered this term and that leaves Barca in the familiar position of relying on Leo Messi to guide them to another trophy next weekend.That may convince Ernesto Valverde to rest Messi here which can only be good news for Eibar. The Basques haven’t managed to better last season’s excellent 9th place finish but this season still has to be regarded as a success for a club whose budget would barely cover the wages of one of Barcelona’s superstars. Having already beaten Real Madrid at Ipurua this season, they’d love to claim another famous scalp here and they have a decent chance.Barcelona have rotated heavily in recent away games and while it’s not likely to be as weak a side as the ones that travelled to Huesca and Vigo, injuries alone ensure they won’t be anywhere near full strength. The cup final in six days time in Seville is the priority and while it was important they responded to the defeat at Anfield in the right manner which they did last time out, this isn’t a match that is particularly significant from a Barca perspective.The Catalans have won just 2 of their last 6 on the road in all competitions. While Eibar’s form and season has been a bit patchy, they have won 2 of their last 3 including an impressive victory at the Mestalla.BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments Tags: Spanish La Ligatoplast_img read more

Video: Newcastle United signing shows off his incredible skill

first_imgYasin Ben El-Mhanni, who has been snapped up by Newcastle, shows off his impressive array of skills. The 20-year-old West Londoner played for various non-League clubs and was on trial at Chelsea before securing a move to St James’ Park. For more footage of El-Mhanni and other young players, see FFDTVOnline’s YouTube channel and their Instagram page.See also:Chelsea give trial to non-League wingerChelsea trialist scores in Under-21 winChelsea trialist features in Under-21 gameFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Aliens: Evolutionists’ Imaginary Friends

first_img(Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Some evolutionists have a lot to say about imaginary friends no one has ever seen.SETI prima donna Jill Tarter is sure “aliens don’t want to eat us” (PhysOrg).  Presumably this implies they won’t wish to season their dishes with Tarter sauce, either.  Perhaps, then, their treatise on “How to Serve Man” really was a genuine offer of help, rather than a cookbook.Mark Thompson assures us that the Fermi Paradox means Earthlings “don’t need the ‘Men in Black‘” (Live Science).  Men in white, maybe… but don’t assume they are scientists.Mark Mardell (BBC News) is convinced that aliens use Legos.  “Life’s building blocks” have been found on Mars, he said, even though NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine admitted the carbon molecules detected are non-biological.  Still, the NASA piece used the L-word “life” hopefully five times.  (See 5/24/2012 entry also.)New Scientist said that if the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL, due to land this fall) doesn’t find aliens, it’s “No problem, we will look elsewhere.” The search will go on, even though “Astrobiology is an odd science. It largely concerns itself with studying something that may not exist,” the article said.  Apparently, existence is not a requirement for science these days.  Something else has taken the place of observing things that must exist: “Even so, it [astrobiology] captures the imagination like nothing else.”Live Science offered a quiz, “Mars Myths & Misconceptions.”  Partakers may be surprised to learn that Guglielmo Marconi believed he contacted alien signals from Mars in 1921, and that the U.S. Government was seriously listening for radio messages from Mars as late as 1924.  The quiz did admit that there is no solid evidence for life on Mars, but neglected to classify any of the current Mars astrobiology claims as myths or misconceptions.These are the people, you realize, who call creationists nuts.last_img read more

Jennifer Gluckow on 5 Questions that Will Result in Better Sales – Episode #115

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 34:00 — 27.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSAfter spending a lifetime in the industry, Jen Gluckow knows a thing or two about how to make better sales. She talks with Anthony on this episode of In the Arena about how you can own your career as a salesperson and how to connect better with your peers and leaders. She also answers 5 main questions that will help you become a better salesperson and ignite your career. All of these insights and more are included in Jen’s upcoming book, “Sales in a New York Minute,” available for pre-order now on Amazon and everywhere January 1. Be sure to check it out, and catch the full story on this podcast episode.After spending a lifetime in the #sales industry, @JENinaNYminute knows a thing or two about how to make better sales. She shares her invaluable insights on this episode of #InTheArena, and it’s a conversation you don’t want to miss. Listen now! @Iannarino Click To Tweet#1 – Why do you need to pursue your own leads as a sales leader?Most salespeople enter into the business wanting to make a difference, either in their own life or in the lives of others. Why is it, then, that so many salespeople sit back and seemingly wait for marketing to send them quality leads? You cannot afford to rely on others to make your career happen, and you have to be diligently working on securing your own top leads. Start talking with everyone you meet, and don’t hesitate to act because you’re waiting for the “perfect lead” to appear that simply doesn’t exist.#2 – What can you do to become a better networker?Networking can change your life if you let it, but great networking is not about quantity. The ultimate goal of networking should always be about making quality connections with people who can either send you business referrals or add value to your life. How can you make those types of connections? Start by being specific and targeted in the meetings and groups you pursue. Then, become a value-provider for the people you meet. You can’t expect quality results from new connections if you don’t first convince them you’re worth building a relationship with.Why do you need to pursue your own leads as a #SalesLeader? @JENinaNYminute shares her answer to this critical question, and so much more, on this episode of #InTheArena. Listen now! @IannarinoClick To Tweet#3 – How can you combat the temptation to make excuses for your work?No matter what market you’re involved in, the temptation to make excuses for poor performance is always present. Making better sales starts with taking responsibility for your action – and inaction. Both Jen and Anthony believe in the power of a great mindset and attitude when striving for selling success. Take 10 minutes and identify your top excuses that you tell yourself and your boss. Then, figure out ways to crush those excuses. The minute you stop making excuses is the minute you start making better sales.#4 – How can you become the CEO of your territory?If you aspire to become the CEO of your sales territory, you can’t spend all your time analyzing every decision. Company CEOs take action and implement strategies daily – they don’t overthink everything. Becoming a top sales leader is all about identifying your own style of leadership, committing to that method, and owning it.Excuses get you nowhere in #sales. Learn how to combat the temptation to become stagnant by listening to this episode of #InTheArena featuring @JENinaNYminute. You won’t be disappointed. @IannarinoClick To Tweet#5 – What’s the key to effectively following up with prospects and making better sales?No one enjoys getting those calls from salespeople that say, “Hey, I’m just checking in!” What that message actually conveys is a nagging need to know how the sale is coming along – not a desire to help the prospect make a good decision for their business. Jen encourages sales leaders to add value to their prospects’ lives instead. Send them interesting and relevant articles, connect them to professionals they need to know, etc. If you do that, you’ll not only make better sales but also grow a deeper network of industry peers.Outline of this great episode Jen Gluckow’s passion is helping others make better sales New York is different when it comes to sales, and it inspired Jen’s upcoming book #1 – Why do you need to pursue your own leads as a sales leader? #2 – What can you do to become a better networker? #3 – How can you combat the temptation to make excuses for your work? #4 – How can you become the CEO of your territory? #5 – What’s the key to effectively following up with prospects?Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeJen’s websiteFollow Jen on FacebookFollow Jen on TwitterFollow Jen on InstagramConnect with Jen on LinkedInJen’s upcoming book, “Sales in a New York Minute: 212 Pages of Real World and Easy to Implement Strategies to Make More Sales, Build Loyal Relationships, and Make More Money”The Iannarino Sales Accelerator – 833-426-6274The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeCompany #CEOs take action and implement strategies daily – they don’t overthink every decision. #SalesLeaders can learn from selling expert @JENinaNYminute all on this episode of #InTheArena. Listen now! @IannarinoClick To TweetWhat’s the key to effectively following up with #sales prospects? Discover proven methods for selling success all on this episode of #InTheArena featuring @JENinaNYminute @IannarinoClick To Tweetlast_img read more