La Liga chief says PSG make mockery of system

first_img“All PSG have to do is turn on the gas tap,” he said, referring to Qatar’s massive gas reserves. “This is what PSG have been doing for the past four years.”Tebas said it was not a level playing field for clubs.“Teams that use use financial doping play for an entire year and can win their league or a European trophy, although some have lost as well.“So it is not fair to the victims which are the teams playing by the rules. We have to get a system that is fair to the victims.“The rules are there on the books.”Tebas said however he was not pushing for PSG or City to be banned from European competition.“We are not looking to kick them out, (but) if we don’t do anything then now it will be PSG and Manchester City and then in the future it will be a sheikh from Bahrain, or a Malysian businessman who will ‘deform’ the industry.”He said he took some hope from the fact that Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich has “settled down” in his spending.Tebas insisted that the Spanish league dealt severely with clubs who contravened their rules regarding financing.“We have relegated teams to the second tier for some of those practices and kicked teams out of competitions,” he said.Barcelona faced criticism for carrying sponsorship from the Qatar Foundation and later Qatar Airways on their shirts, but Tebas argued he was not being “hypocritical” in defending that deal.“They paid a market price because a non-state company, a Japanese one, then came along and paid more.“When contracts are not reflecting real market incomes — as in money not derived directly from football — then we take action.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP |  Qatari-owned French side Paris Saint-Germain are “laughing” at the financial fair play (FPP) system, a combative Javier Tebas, president of Spain’s La Liga, said on Wednesday.The 55-year-old also warned that if he was not satisfied with UEFA’s response to La Liga’s concerns regarding the lavish spending of both PSG and Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City then he would consider taking his case to Brussels and the European Union.PSG stunned the football world when they prised Brazilian superstar Neymar away from Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros ($264 million) and then took Monaco’s highly-rated French star Kylian Mbappe on loan with an option to buy him for 180 million euros.In response, UEFA launched an investigation to see whether the club has broken FPP rules.Manchester City also spent heavily in the last transfer window, lavishing an estimated £221 million (242 million euros, $288 million) on players although they offloaded several too.– ‘It can’t be tolerated’ –“PSG are laughing at the system,” Tebas said at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester, speaking through a translator.“A Spanish journalist defined it, and I hope I am not being rude, as like they were peeing in the bed or the swimming pool.“Well Neymar has gone on to the diving board and peed into the pool — it can’t be tolerated.“But this is not solely because of Neymar. We at La Liga have fought hard for collective TV rights. We are being destroyed and this is going to damage the industry.”That provoked a strong reaction from the French league.“These unworthy remarks are unbecoming of an institution as respectable and successfui as the Spanish La Liga,” the LFP wrote.Tebas, who has revolutionised La Liga since taking over in 2013, engineering a collective TV football rights deal among other measures, said PSG were simply not paying market prices.last_img read more

This is a special Overtime Report – Please pay attention

first_img:10 Lets pretend…for the sake of all mankind, that the world is actually a good, fair, equal and moral place to be. And let’s further pretend that everyone loves everyone else and only want the best for each other and more than anything wants everyone to be treated with the utmost respect. Ok, good. Now we can talk openly, because in that make believe…it ain’t never gonna happen world, the Pittsburgh media would have done the right thing. But nooooooo, not in this world, no sir! Get to the point you say. Alright, here we go. On Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. the City of Pittsburgh was privileged to have one of the most important and influential men in America, I dare say the world, visit our “fair” city. The fact that he’s also African-American is an extreme added plus. Judge Reggie B. Walton was the keynote speaker at the 38th Annual Willie “Pops” Stargell Pittsburgh and Allegheny County “M.V.P.” Awards Banquet, hosted every year by Champion Enterprises.By now you know that Judge Walton is a Donora/Pittsburgh native who has excelled to professional, social and judicial heights of superior levels and has done so through hard work, perseverance and tremendous parents. His highly impressive resume in short is as follows:last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MASSIVE BLOW FOR DONEGAL AS KARL LACEY RULED OUT

first_imgCOUNTDOWN TO CROKER: Rory Gallagher will have to plan without the services of Karl Lacey following confirmation earlier today that he won’t be fit for Saturday’s clash with Galway. Donegal face Galway at Croke Park on Saturday hoping to get their quest for an All-Ireland title back on track.However, Rory Gallagher will have to make do without inspirational defender Karl Lacey. Lacey picked up an injury in the first-half of Donegal’s Ulster SFC final defeat against Monaghan and was replaced early in the second-half.He wouldn’t be out long-term but he is not available for the Galway game,” Gallagher told the Irish Times.“It’s a huge blow because he had started the Ulster final very well, scoring a point and setting up another, and was in great form.“There is slight damage to the outside of the knee but we’ve known about it since the day of the (Monaghan) game.” Gallagher also dispelled fears over an injury to Michael Murphy.Murphy was heavily strapped during the Ulster final and was ineffective during Donegal’s defeat.However, while Gallagher confirmed Murphy had a slight knee injury heading into the final – he says Murphy is now fully fit to face Galway and came through training fine.  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MASSIVE BLOW FOR DONEGAL AS KARL LACEY RULED OUT was last modified: July 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAkarl laceynewsSportlast_img read more

Air Canada, Virgin Australia begin codeshare flights

first_imgAir Canada and Virgin Australia are kicking off the first phase of a strategic cooperation agreement with the sale of codeshare flights in North America and Australia.Air Canada customers flying on the carrier’s daily non-stop flights from Vancouver to Brisbane and Melbourne are now able to book on connecting Virgin Australia flights to Adelaide, Canberra, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth, Christchurch and Auckland and earn Aeroplan miles. The codeshare also applies on Sydney-Brisbane, Sydney-Gold Coast and Brisbane-Wellington flights.Passengers travelling on Virgin Australia’s 18 return services per week between Australia and Los Angeles can now book connecting Air Canada codeshare flights to Calgary, Toronto and Montreal and receive Velocity frequent flyer points on services to the three cities.The codeshares apply to travel from June 1 and there are plans to extend the agreement, signed in 2016, to cover Vancouver at a later date. The airlines also plan to ultimately offer reciprocal frequent flyer redemption on each other’s flights.Air Canada flies a Boeing 777-200LR to Melbourne and a Boeing 787 to Brisbane and recently announced it would also operate direct flights to Melbourne on a seasonal basis from December 2017.“This codeshare agreement will make it easier for Australians to visit Canada and for Canadians to explore more of Australia and we are thrilled to be working with a world-class airline in Air Canada,’’ Virgin Australia Airlines group executive John Thomas said in a statement.“Canada is an important inbound tourism market for Australia, with visitors spending $A800 million in 2016 and visitor arrivals increasing by seven per cent on the previous year.”The codeshare agreement comes as Virgin low-cost unit Tigerair Australia announced it would start flying three times weekly services between Brisbane and Canberra from September 14.The LCC launched services from Melbourne to Australia’s capital in December last year and announced Friday it would add an additional weekly service on the route due to good consumer demand.The new service will lift the number of return flights between Melbourne and Canberra to eight per week from September 15, providing more than 200,000 seats a year.last_img read more

TPP Coalition formed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Coalition for TPP announced an expansion in its leadership as it works to advocate for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, signed by the United States and its 11 TPP partners on Feb. 3. The expanded Coalition leadership now includes the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Business Roundtable, the Emergency Committee for American Trade, the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. These five organizations issued the following joint statement:“Our five organizations have joined together as co-leaders of the U.S. Coalition for TPP for the next phase of its efforts – pushing for the expeditious passage of the TPP. We are intensifying our broad education and advocacy efforts on the Hill and around the country as the Administration and Congressional leaders work to address the next steps that are required to secure passage of the TPP.“The TPP is a strong agreement that will eliminate barriers to U.S. exports and set in place standards that will improve American competitiveness in a region where the United States has lost market share. Industries and companies, large and small, across America know that standing on the sidelines hurts the U.S. economy and American farmers, manufacturers, services providers and workers. It is critical that America move forward as soon as possible to open markets and level the playing field with our TPP partners.”last_img read more

Addressing rutted fields from the soggy harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThough it always seems the rutting is a bit worse in the neighbor’s fields, the soggy fall and winter harvest conditions have left no shortage of problem areas to address in Ohio’s corn and soybean fields before spring planting.Seed Consultants, Inc. agronomist Bill McDonald has seen plenty of rutted up fields in his travels around the state and fears there are no easy answers as long as the wet conditions persist.“It really concerns me because the closer we get to spring, we are still wet and saturated. I’m afraid the chisel plow is going to be out — with these conditions there is going to be no chisel plowing to get those ruts turned in. It would have been nice if we could have chisel plowed last fall and let this winter freeze take care of that and help with some of the compaction we caused out there this fall, but I don’t see that as an option. It looks to me like a lot of these ruts will be disked in this spring and we’ll have to live with it for another year,” McDonald said. “The compaction will really probably have to be addressed next fall. If Mother Nature would stop it from snowing and let this ground freeze down fairly deep it would take care of some of the compaction problems. We’re not seeing that. When we have snow on the ground, underneath that is just mud. There is not a darn thing we can do right now and Mother Nature is not breaking up any of that compaction for us.”Between now and planting, options are limited to avoid being stuck in a rut this spring.“I’m afraid it is going to be an issue where you take a disk and work those ruts in the best you can and plant through them,” McDonald said. “In most cases it is conventional fields that have those ruts. If we get a dry fall we can get out with a chisel plow and break up a lot of that. Hopefully next winter we can solve our problem.”In conservation tillage or pure no-till situations, those ruts can be even more of a problem.“My view is that you do the least amount necessary to fill in the ruts. If you just have ruts in maybe 10% of the field, don’t till up the whole field just to correct that 10%,” said Randall Reeder, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural Engineer (retired). “If you have individual ruts, maybe run a tool that will pull soil from the sides back in and fill up the rut. In this example you are not trying to correct the compaction at the bottom of the rut, you are just filling it in level so they don’t hold water and you can get a planter across them next spring.“One tool I know about is made by Blu-Jet. It is built mainly for areas out west where they have pivot irrigation and ruts that need to be filled in every year. It has two or three disks on each side of a small tool bar that pull the loose soil to the middle to fill in the rut.”The more significant and lasting challenges with the ruts are likely below the surface, especially in no-till.“If you have a rut 12 inches deep you have messed up the soil structure. You have compaction underneath it. Planting a cover crop next year that will have a deep root, like oilseed radish or a couple of others, can break through that compaction. That is a biological solution for compaction, which is the preferred way,” Reeder said. “Running a deep tillage tool may be desirable in some worst case scenarios, but try to minimize the amount of deep tillage.”And, looking forward, there are numerous steps than can be taken to minimize the chances of causing ruts in the first place and limiting the damage they can cause to soil structure.“It is easier said than done, but try to avoid causing the ruts and severe compaction in the future. I would never tell an individual farmer not to get out and harvest a crop when it needs to be done, but trying to avoid driving on wet soil as much as possible is a common sense thing,” Reeder said. “If you do have to harvest on wet ground, don’t fill the combine bin all the way and maybe only fill the grain cart half full. Do those common sense things to try and minimize the load in those situations. It can slow down the harvest a little bit but it is a good long-term strategy to try to do those kinds of things.”A controlled traffic system on the farm can be a significant investment in time, money and effort, but can be a very effective long-term solution with many soil structure benefits for the farm, including rut prevention.“If a farmer has a controlled traffic system they are less likely to have the rut problem to deal with because they will be driving on firm, compacted ground in the first place,” Reeder said.last_img read more

Google removes ‘anti-India’ mobile app from Play Store

first_imgDays after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked Google to remove an anti-India mobile application — ‘2020 Sikh Referendum’ — from its play store, the mobile app has been removed, said a government statement on Tuesday.A press release from Punjab Chief Minister’s office said that the app was not available any more on Google play store for mobile users in India.Centre alertedThe Chief Minister, who had also urged the Central government to persuade Google in the matter, had asked the State Director General of Police to coordinate with central security agencies to tackle the threat resulting from the launch of the app.Notably, the app invited general public to register themselves to vote in the “Punjab Referndum 2020 Khalistan”. Data storedThe statement said that during analysis of the said application and an associated website in the Digital Investigation Training and Analysis Centre (DITAC) Lab, Punjab, it was found that the data of voters registered through the app was also linked and stored in the web server of the website, namely www.yes2Khalistan.org, created and handled by ‘Sikhs For Justice’ (SFJ), an outfit banned by India.Notice to Google “Based on these findings, the Cyber Crime Centre of the Bureau of Investigation, Punjab, had moved to get the app removed from the Google play store and the website blocked for usage in India. On November 8, 2019, a notice under Section 79 (3) B of Information Technology Act was sent to the Google Legal Cell for immediate removal of the mobile application from the Google Play Store,” said the statement.last_img read more

Japan eye record gold haul at Tokyo 2020

first_imgView comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I reckon we can aim to get 2.5 times the amount we did in Rio,” the former Olympic judo champion told local media, pointing to Japan’s recent success in gymnastics, table tennis and badminton.“That’s just my personal opinion, not that of the technical committee,” added the 60-year-old Yamashita, who was Japan’s deputy chef de mission in Brazil.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We will collect the relevant data and decide (the official target) hopefully by next summer.”Yamashita, who won judo gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, also raised the hope that the host nation’s track athletes could deliver a surprise after a Japanese sprinter, Yoshihide Kiryu, finally broke the 10-second barrier last month after years of trying. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan’s previous best effort in terms of gold medals was as host of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and at the 2004 Athens Games, when they won 16.Thirty golds would have put them above second-placed Britain’s 27 in Rio, but still a long way behind the table-topping United States, who captured 46.Yamashita was also bullish about Japan’s chances at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, predicting nine medals overall.The country’s previous best haul at a Winter Games was five gold medals and 10 in total as host of the Nagano Olympics in 1998.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MVP favorite Fajardo, Beermen likely to banner Mythical Team 2020 summer Olympic games host city, Tokyo, is projected on the floor as dancers perform during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)A senior Japanese Olympic official has called on the host country’s athletes to win a national-record 30 gold medals at the 2020 Summer Games, local media reported Friday.Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) sports committee chairman Yasuhiro Yamashita backed home-grown competitors to more than double their haul of 12 golds at last year’s Rio Olympics, where Japan finished sixth in the medal table.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Play hard but fair: Cricket Australia’s new chairman has a message before India Tests

first_imgIndia’s Test series against Australia begins in less than a week, and new Cricket Australia’s chairman Earl Eddings has clear message for his team – “play hard but fair”.His comments come at a time when ‘elite honesty’ has emerged as the buzz word in the Australian setup. The series starts with the first game in Adelaide on December 6. The players have devised their own cultural pact and, under new coach Justin Langer, are expected to have ‘elite honesty’.”Just play good, hard cricket. I don’t think people want us to be quiet but they want us to play with respect to the game, play hard but fair, and win well and lose better,” Eddings was quoted as saying by ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.”The old adage is you don’t say much when you win and say even less when you lose. I think we have a great team, they are fine young men, and I think they will do that.”My advice to the guys is to go out and play your natural game and try as hard as you can. That’s all Australians want to see,” Eddings said.Eddings got the job after predecessor David Peever was forced to step aside having lost the support of key states NSW and Victoria. His arrival followed the damning Longstaff report into the culture of the governing body, coming after the sandpaper ball-tampering scandal in South Africa when David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were suspended.Eddings had hoped the Adelaide Test would continue to be staged under lights, but the visitors had reservations.advertisement”Day-night Test cricket is a way of the future. You don’t play it in all countries and at all venues. Certainly in Adelaide, you have seen how successful that has been,” Eddings said.”Unfortunately, we couldn’t get it done this year but we are going to have one in Brisbane. If you have the right Test at the right spot, day-night Test cricket is fantastic.Under current International Cricket Council rules, the visiting nation can reject the host nation’s request when it comes to scheduling. However, that is set to change under the new Test championship program from next year.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Bowlers give India their greatest hope of beating Australia: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Virat Kohli can’t stop laughing after getting a wicket in Test warm-up at SCGAlso Read | Murali Vijay signals his intent with quickfire hundred in Test warm-upAlso Read | India’s Test warm-up ends with hundred for Vijay and 62 for KL RahulAlso watch –last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid captain Ramos: We don’t miss Ronaldo

first_imgReal Madrid captain Ramos: We don’t miss Ronaldoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos insists they do not miss former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo left Real in August for Juventus.Preparing for their Club World Cup defence, Ramos insists they don’t miss the Portuguese.”I think that on the field there will not be much difference, despite the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was a decisive player for us, but we are going to compete with the same philosophy as always in the club: to win,” explained Ramos.”We have good memories of this competition, because we have been successful on previous occasions, it is a short competition and there is no margin for error, there is a semifinal and then a final, and we want to take the cup back home.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more