Xavi Torres announces that he will appeal the judgment of the ‘Osasuna Case’

first_imgToday a historical sentence has been announced in Spanish football. For the first time, a sports corruption conviction has been passed and nine of the eleven defendants will have to go to prison. One of them is the former player Xavi Torres, who has been sentenced with one year, a 900,000 euros fine and two years of disqualification from exercising the activity of professional football. Through a statement, has confirmed that he will appeal:“Today I have been notified of the Judgment of the so-called Osasuna Case, for which I have been convicted of a crime of sports corruption. First of all, I want to express my full respect to the magistrates who have issued it. At the same time, I cannot hide my surprise since I do not understand that I am condemned for the commission of a crime that I have never been able to commit or intervene in any way.Both in Betis and in the other clubs that I have defended throughout my career, I have acted with rectitude in accordance with codes of professionalism and honesty. Far from committing any infraction, I have always tried to collaborate with justice, with the truth and I will continue to do so to safeguard the values ​​of sport.With deep sadness, I have asked my lawyers to carry out the corresponding appeal, with the complete certainty that the sentence will be revoked soon.Xavier Torres Buigues “.last_img read more

Get Lara involved, advises Warne

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Legendary Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne believes an intervention from Brian Lara is warranted in order to save West Indies’ troubled tour Down Under from becoming a full blown crisis.Speaking after witnessing the Windies innings and 212-run defeat inside three days in the opening Test in Hobart, Warne said Lara could play a role in reviving team morale.”Lara is in the country. They need to get him involved, spend some time with the team in Melbourne,” said Warne, who snared 708 wickets from 145 Tests.Lara is the highest run-getter for West Indies in Tests with 11 953 runs in 131 matches and remains the world record holder for the highest scores in Tests and first class cricket.He is currently in Australia after featuring in a Festival of Cricket Twenty20 match in Western Australia last week.Warne, one of Lara’s main nemeses during his playing days, said it was important West Indies bounced back as world cricket needed a strong Caribbean side.”I think world cricket needs the West Indies to be strong. What they bring to the table is so exciting,” said Warne. “They play with emotion, passion and flair. The Windies are passionate people and they will be hurting from that loss.”West Indies were hammered in Hobart, dismissed twice for 223 and 148, in response to Australia’s massive first innings score of 583 for four declared.They face Australia in the second Test in Melbourne starting Boxing Day.last_img read more

Tucber Park take Upper Corentyne to school

first_imgBCB/Stag Beer 50-Over First Division cricket tournamentꟷ join Rose Hall Town in final; D’Andrade, Lindie slam tonsIn a full display of class by the dynamic Tucber Park duo of Anthony D’Andrade and Clifton Lindee — who each smashed centuries to defeat Upper Corentyne by 188 runs at Albion on Saturday last — New Amsterdam/Canje giants Tucber Park Cricket Club have advanced to the finals of the Berbice Cricket Board’s (BCB’s)/Ansa McAL Stag Beer 50-Over tournament.Antony D’AndradeIn the match alluded to, Tucber Park won the toss and elected to bat first. They amassed a massive 338-5 in 50 overs, with former National Under-19 batsman D’Andrade rolling back the years with a polished 110 that included seven boundaries and two sixes; while fellow middle order batsman Lindee also scored 102, including nine boundaries and four sixes.The Upper Corentyne bowlers and fielders struggled to cope with the blazing sunshine abounding at the Albion Sports Complex. Guyana Under-19 batsman Garfield Benjamin struck 53, and Martin Singh made 27, supporting the two century makers as Tucber Park racked up the highest total of the tournament.Upper Corentyne’s best bowlers were Devindra Bishoo with 2-48 and Steve Embrack 2-55.Clifton LindeeRequiring 339 from 50 overs to reach the finals, Upper Corentyne were bowled out for 150 in 40 overs, to lose the match by 188 runs. Veteran off-spinner Devon Clements grabbed 3-26, while paceman Nial Smith had 2-20 and Guyana Under-19 pacer Leon Swammy bagged 2-18 for the Tucber Park team.Tameshwar Ramoutar top-scored with 48, while Embrack and Gooniah chipped in with 21 and 18 respectively.The BCB will shortly name the date and venue for the finals, once certain arrangements fall into place.The Tucber Park side would be spearheaded by the returning Warriors’ player Romario Shepherd, and include Devon Clements, Garfield Benjamin, Kwesi Mickle, Clifton Lindee, Nial Smith, Leon Swammy and Damon Vantull.The powerful Rose Hall Town Namilco Flour team would include players like Shawn Pereira, Clinton Pestano, Eon Hooper, Delbert Hicks, Kevin and Junior Sinclair, Keith Simpson, Kevlon Anderson, Jonathan Rampersaud, Sylus Tyndall and Jason Sinclair.last_img read more

Liverpool team news: Starting XI to face Stoke in the League Cup

first_img 11 11 11. Roberto Firmino (forward) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Liverpool line-up against Stoke in squad number order 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre-back) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Liverpool line-up against Stoke in squad number order 7. James Milner (attacking midfield) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Liverpool line-up against Stoke in squad number order 4. Kolo Toure (centre-back) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Liverpool line-up against Stoke in squad number order 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Liverpool line-up against Stoke in squad number order 23. Emre Can (midfield) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Liverpool line-up against Stoke in squad number order 11 18. Alberto Moreno (left-back) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Liverpool line-up against Stoke in squad number order 11 14. Jordan Henderson (midfield) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Liverpool line-up against Stoke in squad number order 24. Joe Allen (midfield) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Liverpool line-up against Stoke in squad number order 11 38. Jon Flanagan (right-back) Liverpool host Stoke this evening, hoping to book their place at Wembley for next month’s League Cup final. The Reds take a 1-0 advantage into the semi-final second leg at Anfield, thanks to Jordon Ibe’s first-half strike at the Britannia last time out.  Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to guide his side to silverware in his first season on Merseyside and, if they go through, they will face local rivals Everton or Manchester City, who play tomorrow. Liverpool will be buoyed after their victory in the Premier League at the weekend, which saw them come from 3-1 down at Norwich to score in the 95th-minute to emerge 5-4 winners. In terms of team news, Nathaniel Clyne, who has been an ever-present in defence this season, is a doubt (knee), which could see Jon Flanagan start his first match since returning from an 18-month lay-off. Dejan Lovren is not expected to start as he regains match fitness, while on-loan defender Steven Caulker is cup-tied. The match is live on talkSPORT – take a look at our predicted Liverpoool line up by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.CLICK HERE to see Stoke City team news: Predicted Potters XI to face Liverpool in the League Cup 11 11 11 33. Jordon Ibe (attacking midfield) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Liverpool line-up against Stoke in squad number order 11 11last_img read more


first_imgThere’s still time to make a bid for a beautiful piece of original artwork by award-winning artist Marvin Baldemor.The framed painting can be viewed at Mac’s Mace, High Road, Letterkenny and was very kindly donated by the Donegal-based artist to help raise funds following the Typhoon Haiyan disaster.The vibrant painting reflects the artist’s interpretation between his Filipino and Irish culture. It measures 28 x 22 inches framed.A second painting by the artist has already been snapped up and fundraisers are hoping to receive bids to help the Irish Red Cross support its campaign in the Philippines.An Associate member of the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts and NorthWest artists group, Cuisle, Marvin has described his work as “dominated by bold colours, combining acrylic paint, sand, handmade papers, collage and ink”.His paintings can be viewed in art galleries in Letterkenny, Ramelton, Sligo and Belfast. Paddy Mc Teague, Respite Coordinator at Ballymacool Respite House, Letterkenny, is organising the sale of the painting.Anyone who would like to make a bid for the picture can phone Paddy on 0872514666.The picture will go to the highest bid.Go along to Mac’s Mace and see the picture and make your bid! GET YOUR BID IN FOR PAINTING BY AWARD-WINNING ARTIST – AND HELP TYPHOON VICTIMS was last modified: January 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:bidcharityMacs Macepaintinglast_img read more

Round-up: Jokanovic confirms tensions, Conte wants defender and backs Fabregas, QPR boss blames fatigue

first_imgFulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic has criticised the club’s transfer policy, confirming there are differences of opinion behind the scenes at Craven Cottage.West London Sport revealed this week that Jovanovic is at odds with the Fulham hierarchy over the club’s transfer policy.He feels he has missed out on a number of players and that the club are being slow to pursue his more recent recommendations.The Serb was speaking after Fulham’s draw with Cardiff at the Cottage, where 16-year-old Whites full-back Ryan Sessegnon scored.Ryan Sessegnon scored in Fulham’s drawMeanwhile, Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1 at Watford with goals from Michy Batshuayi and Diego Costa.Cesc Fabregas came on as a substitute for the Blues and was praised afterwards by boss Antonio Conte.Conte also confirmed after the game that he is keen to sign a defender before the end of the transfer window.Earlier, Chelsea’s Under-18s lost 3-2 at Southampton.Michy Batshuayi scored for Chelsea at Vicarage RpadThere were defeats today for QPR and Brentford, who lost to Preston and Rotherham respectively.It was a second away loss out of two for the Bees, who paid the price for missing early chances.And Rangers went down 2-0 to Preston at Loftus Road, where skipper Nedum Onuoha scored an own goal.Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink suggested tiredness was a factor in his team’s below-par display. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sharks start December with ugly loss to Washington Capitals

first_imgSAN JOSE — November ended with a bang for the Sharks. December began with a faceplant.The Sharks were no match Tuesday for the Washington Capitals, who scored three goals in the first period and added two more in the second to help cruise to 5-2 win at SAP Center.Melker Karlsson scored at the 2:33 mark of the first period for the game’s opening goal, but the Capitals quickly took over. Garnet Hathaway, Jakub Vrana and John Carlson all scored in a three minute and one second span to put the …last_img read more

SA sharpens attack on poverty

first_imgCommunities are to benefit from a new national anti-poverty initiative, which will aim to reduce crime. (Image:Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more photos visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusPresident Thabo Mbeki has announced a nationwide anti-poverty initiative that will see the government stepping in to help South Africa’s poorest in all nine provinces. The drive will be launched in August 2008 under the auspices of Vice-President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.The statement came after the conclusion of the annual mid-year Cabinet lekgotla held in late July in Pretoria, which brought together key decision makers in government, including ministers and deputy ministers, premiers, and other officials. The lekgotla is held every year to review progress in implementing the government’s Programme of Action, which is an extensive effort to address issues such as tax relief, food prices, access to basic services and health care, as well as to identify interventions to speed up implementation.A lekgotla (Sesotho, meaning “meeting place”) is derived from the concept of public village meetings, usually presided over by the village chief. It can also refer to a traditional court of law as well as the actual meeting venue. In Setswana it’s known as kgotla, meaning “court”. In political terms a lekgotla is a strategy or long-term planning meeting of leaders and is also known as a bosberaad (Afrikaans, “bush summit” referring to the fact that such meetings are often held in remote venues where participants are unlikely to be disturbed).War on povertyMbeki, who is entering the final stretch of two four-year terms in office, said those wards and households most in need would be identified and visited to exactly establish the level of assistance necessary.The president added that a war room on poverty has also been set up. In his State of the Nation address in February 2008 Mbeki announced the intention of the government to establish an anti-poverty war room, which will initiate specific interventions to relieve, prevent and reverse poverty.“For this, we will require a National War Room for a War Against Poverty”, he said on that occasion, “bringing together departments such as social development, provincial and local government, trade and industry, agriculture and land affairs, public works and health, as well as provincial and local administrations, which will work with non-governmental organisations and business to identify the interventions required in specific households and implement them as a matter of urgency.”Among the measures proposed are greater self-employment in South Africa’s second economy, especially among households and women, income security for the vulnerable, access to infrastructure, a focus on early childhood development, getting drop-outs back into school, and adult basic education and training.Putting the brakes on food price hikesAnother significant outcome of the lekgotla, said Mbeki, is the approval by Cabinet of a draft framework, which will now go out for consultation, for a national food control agency.“This arises out of the concern about the high and rising food prices and their impact on the poorest in the country,” he said. “Therefore you need an agency, which is kind of more permanent, less ad hoc, with greater capacity to look at the entirety of the food system, not only as it affects us, but within the global context.”The agency will be tasked with studying and analysing the ever-rising food prices and making relevant recommendations to government to alleviate the situation, which hits the poor hardest of all. Government figures put the number of South Africans living below the poverty line at more than four-million.Bringing criminals to bookMbeki also announced the creation of a task team to review the criminal justice system and the issue of juvenile offenders. He said that there are 3 478 children in detention in South Africa, 820 of whom have been sentenced and are in correctional facilities.Government has resolved to continue to strive for a 7-10% reduction in South Africa’s contact crime rate, a target that was set in 2004. To date crime has decreased by an average of 7% each year since then.Crime statistics released in June 2008 indicated that all categories of contact crime – common robbery, rape, attempted murder, aggravated robbery, common assault, murder, assault with grievous bodily harm, and indecent assault – have decreased. However, the levels of crime are still unacceptably high, said Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula. Although murder is at its lowest levels since 2003, other types of crime such as business and home robberies, as well as car and truck hijackings, are on the increase.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related storiesCrime in SA still a challengeUseful linksDepartment of Safety and SecurityThe PresidencyProgramme of Actionlast_img read more

SA heritage comes home

first_imgA slice of South African history – Ahmed Kathrada, Arthur Chaskalson, George Bizos and Denis Goldberg from left to right in the back row, with Richard Stengel, Madiba and Pallo Jordan from left to right in the front. Dr Pallo Jordan, Minister of Arts and Culture, receives the priceless documents from Nicky Oppenheimer. Arthur Chaskalson (left), Ahmed Kathrada (right) and George Bizos (bottom) confer. A jovial Nelson Mandela greets the guests. (Images: Janine Erasmus)Janine ErasmusThe Nelson Mandela Foundation and the National Archives have taken delivery of vital documents relating to the writing of Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom and the historical Rivonia Treason Trial respectively, in the presence of Madiba himself.At a ceremony on 29 November 2008 at the offices of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Arts and Culture minister Pallo Jordan received records from the Rivonia Trial from their previous custodian, De Beers Group chair Nicky Oppenheimer.At the same time, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory took possession of 100 hours of recorded conversations made during the writing of Long Walk to Freedom. The collection was handed over by former Rivonia Trial accused Ahmed Kathrada and Time magazine’s managing editor Richard Stengel, who worked with Mandela for almost two years on the book.Chair of the Foundation and eminent linguist Professor Jakes Gerwel presided over the occasion, which brought together not only Mandela and Kathrada, but also other surviving treason trial participants including fellow accused Denis Goldberg and distinguished defence lawyers George Bizos and Arthur Chaskalson.Seminal event in South African history“The prosecution documents are a vital part of the Rivonia Trial, which is such a seminal event in South Africa’s history that it was entered into the Unesco Memory of the World register in 2007,” said Gerwel, adding that still today much of the documentation is missing.In 2009 funds from Unesco will provide for a worldwide audit so researchers working on the project can investigate exactly how much documentation still exists, and where it is held.The Rivonia Treason Trial was so named because it resulted from a raid by South African police on the farm Liliesleaf in Rivonia, near Johannesburg, on 11 July 1963. Resistance leaders from the African National Congress were evading the security police on the farm – Mandela himself lived there masquerading as a gardener and cook called David Motsamayi (“the walker”). He was already in custody when police swooped on Liliesleaf, and joined his fellow accused later for the trial.The trial began in November 1963 and sentence was passed on 12 June 1964. Nelson Mandela and seven other accused – Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoaledi, Andrew Mlangeni, Kathrada and Goldberg – received life sentences.Chief prosecutor Dr Percy Yutar kept a valuable bundle of papers that included a handwritten Mandela diary, a transcript of the trial, Mandela’s four-hour speech delivered from the dock, and a number of photographs. He later attempted to get rid of these collected papers, and others, by putting them on sale to the highest bidder. “This archival heritage is now coming home,” said Gerwel.Accepting the priceless papers, Jordan noted the significance of the month of November in South African democracy, saying that the Rivonia Trial began almost to the day 45 years before, and a decade previously then-president Nelson Mandela received the first interim report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from its chair, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.“One of the mysteries of the Rivonia Trial is the fate of its full body of documentation,” said Jordan. “The defence team secured its records against raids by the security police, and we do have some of this documentation in libraries at Wits University and in the UK and other countries.”He mentioned that the prosecution team under Yutar collected copious documentation which should, by law, have been transferred to the National Archives within 30 years of the end of the trial.“However, Dr Yutar took a somewhat elastic view of the notion of public property,” said the minister wryly, “and in the 1990s the documents went on sale on the open market. Nelson Mandela decided not to prosecute his former prosecutor, and fortunately Harry Oppenheimer intervened to keep the records within South Africa.”Nicky Oppenheimer described the Rivonia trial as a seminal event in South African history that changed the world’s perception of what was really going on in the country and mobilised huge international support for the defendants.“My father [the late Harry Oppenheimer] was determined that Yutar’s papers should not leave the country,” said the younger Oppenheimer, “and he bought them for his Brenthurst Library of Africana. My sister [Mary Slack] and I are now proud to pass the papers to the National Archive.”Jordan said he hoped that the example set by the Oppenheimer family would inspire others, whether locally- or internationally-based, who may have purchased trial documents, to return them to the state. “Humanity can only gain by looking the past squarely in the face. We thank the Oppenheimers on behalf of a grateful nation.”Conversations with MadibaKathrada and Stengel handed a collection of audio conversations with Mandela to the Foundation’s Centre of Memory. The conversations, made by the trio in the early 1990s, were part of the preparation for the best-selling Mandela autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, and have lain in storage for over 10 years.“The tapes are a unique archive of Madiba’s often intimate engagement with his own memory,” said Gerwel, “and it is fitting that an archival institution such as the Foundation should take care of them, process them, transcribe them, digitise them, and make them available to everyone. They belong, as a resource, to the world.”Stengel, who was in South Africa in December 1992 to meet with Mandela, described the months leading up to South Africa’s first democratic elections as “perilous”. “I had to wait a few weeks to see Mandela but it was worth it,” he said. “This is the man who, I believe, paved the way for Obama. He grasped history by the lapels and shook it, and it is the greatest privilege of my life to have worked with him.”Long Walk to Freedom, added Gerwel, will be read as long as there are people who believe in justice, equality, fairness and kindness.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesHistory of South AfricaTaking the Nelson Mandela routeFrom Liliesleaf to Robben IslandUseful linksNelson Mandela FoundationThe National ArchivesPolitical trials in South African historyMandela’s Rivonia Trial speechMemory of the World – Rivonia TrialThe Brenthurst LibraryLilliesleaf Trustlast_img read more

Total Shutdown of Internet in Libya – Again

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins “After a quiet week, we received reports tonight that Libyans in Tripoli were suddenly unable to use various Internet communications utilities…All of the Libyan-hosted government websites we tested (i.e., the ones that are actually hosted in Libya, and not elsewhere) were unreachable… Tonight, however, we suspect that someone has turned off the tap on the Libyan Internet again, this time leaving the routes in place.”Google’s Transparency Report bears out this picture as these graphics show. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Breaking#Government#international#news#politics#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting On February 18 the Libyan Internet appeared shut down across the whole of the country. That state of affairs did not last long and since then, the Internet has been intermittent as pro- and anti-government forces fight it out. Today, however, Rensys confirmed a report we mentioned from journalist Lisa Goldman that the Internet is 100% down for the North African country. The shutdown, even in the areas controlled by opponents of the current government, seems complete. Rensys’s update outlined the drop-off of traffic, which has lasted for better than 12 hours now.last_img read more