first_imgManchester United forward Alexis Sanchez pleaded guilty to two counts of tax fraud dating from when he played for Spanish team Barcelona and accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence, his agent Fernando Felicevich said on Wednesday.In a statement issued by the Barcelona prosecutor and seen by Reuters, Sanchez was accused of defrauding the Spanish state of a combined 983,000 euros in image rights in 2012 and 2013 by using a shell company in Malta and omitting the earnings from tax returns.The Chilean was given a suspended sentence of eight months for each of those years and fines of 353,000 euros and 237,000 euros respectively.Spanish law is such that any sentence under two years for a non-violent crime rarely requires a defendant without previous convictions to serve jail time.Sanchez posted on social media a statement from Felicevich which criticised Spain’s authorities for changing their criteria on tax returns and using the media to publicly shame players.“Despite proving Alexis did not commit any crime, we felt obliged, on the recommendation of our advisers, to accept the unfair pact offered to us to alleviate the emotional, personal and financial stress that comes from dealing with long and tedious court cases,” the statement said.“Seeing the huge ordeals that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi etc have been put through, we came to the conclusion that it was best to accept this unfair deal so that we can move on and stop being the object of media and political pressure.”A spokesperson for Spain’s tax agency said it could not comment on individual cases but that it uses the same criteria and measures for each tax payer.Sanchez, who joined United last month from Arsenal, is the latest in a long line of La Liga players past and present, including Ronaldo, Messi, Marcelo, Pepe and Javier Mascherano to face judicial process for allegedly defrauding the Spanish state.Sanchez moved to Barcelona from Italian side Udinese in 2011 and joined Arsenal three years later.last_img read more

first_imgManchester City are sweeping all before them this season but talk of a possible unprecedented quadruple might need to be postponed at least until after Monday’s trip to FA Cup bogey side Wigan Athletic in the fifth round.Roberto Martinez’s relegation-bound Wigan upset the odds to beat Roberto Mancini’s City in the 2012-13 FA Cup final and prove that the world’s oldest domestic cup competition is still capable of providing unlikely winners.Not only that, but the following season Wigan went to the Etihad Stadium and repeated the feat, winning a quarter-final 2-1 against a side that weeks later would be crowned Premier League champions under Manuel Pellegrini.Those days seem a long time ago for Wigan who are vying for promotion back to the second-tier of English football.City, meanwhile, are scaling new heights with Pep Guardiola working his magic. They are 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League, are on the verge of the Champions League quarter-finals and next week will play Arsenal in the League Cup final.Yet despite the gulf in quality between the two sides, the FA Cup being the FA Cup means Monday’s conclusion to the fifth round promises to be an intriguing one.Wigan boss Paul Cook would be well-advised to ban his players from watching City’s 4-0 hammering of Basel on Tuesday in the Champions League.Instead he may reference second-tier Bristol City’s plucky 5-3 aggregate defeat to City in the League Cup semi-final as proof of what can be achieved with a positive attitude.“You can sit here and talk about the superlatives, about how good they, but the reality is for us that we have to try to beat them,” Cook, whose side knocked out top flight West Ham United in the fourth round, told a news conference on Wednesday.“Everyone who comes before them they seem to put away comfortably at the minute and for us it’s a massive challenge. Can we take the game to them at times? We have to believe that key moments in the game can go for us.“It’s hard to say it’s just a normal game because they are one of the best teams in the world. We’ll give them the utmost respect. We’ll have to study them and come up with a plan.“Good luck with that one!”POTENTIAL SLIP UPTottenham Hotspur, who like City were impressive in the Champions League this week, drawing 2-2 with Juventus, will also be wary of a slipping on a banana skin when they travel to Rochdale who currently prop up League One (third-tier).Sunday’s clash at Spotland Stadium will be played on a newly-laid pitch after Rochdale’s threadbare surface came under fire after their fourth-round defeat of Millwall.Tottenham have never played Rochdale but will need no reminding of how the Cup can be a leveller after they needed a Wembley replay to beat League Two side Newport in round four.Manager Mauricio Pochettino will likely rotate his squad for the trip, although he knows the FA Cup could offer the more likely route to a first piece of silverware.On Saturday, twelve-times winners Manchester United are at Huddersfield Town while West Bromwich Albion and Southampton take a breather from their relegation battle at the Hawthorns.Brighton and Hove Albion host Coventry City and in-form Swansea City are away at Sheffield Wednesday.last_img read more

first_imgSevilla President Jose Castro says action will be taken after the team’s humiliating King’s Cup final defeat by Barcelona on Saturday.Barcelona won 5-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano to lift the trophy for the fourth year in a row and Spanish media reported that Sevilla’s Italian coach Vincenzo Montella is at risk of being fired when club chiefs meet on Tuesday.“As president I have to apologise to all Sevilla fans,” Castro said on Monday.“The board will take the measures it deems necessary to try and help in these last five matches (in La Liga), we have to qualify for Europe.“We will see what decisions to take but it’s the moment to be calm and think about what’s best for the club.”Sevilla are seventh in the La Liga standings with 48 points from 33 games, three behind Villarreal in sixth and a Europa League qualifying spot.Montella took over as coach in December after Argentine Eduardo Berizzo was sacked a week after returning to work following an operation to treat prostate cancer.Sevilla eliminated Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16 but lost in the quarter-finals to Bayern Munich and they have suffered heavy league defeats, conceding five goals against Atletico Madrid and four against Celta Vigo.Midfielder Steven N’Zonzi apologised after being criticised by supporters for having a night out in Madrid after the final and for going straight to the dressing-room at full time instead of applauding the fans.“I want to apologise to Sevilla fans,” N’Zonzi said in a video released by the club on Sunday. “I made a mistake because I left after the game.“What happened is also difficult for the players. We play every three days, I live alone, I train and I go back home. I am always at home. Yesterday my family and friends were there and I left.”last_img read more

first_imgAlthough the name Clement Tweh may not be familiar to most Liberians, if one were to Google his name, almost every entry that pops up links his name to the first nationwide chimpanzee survey or conservation research in Liberia. Clement is an up and coming Liberian conservationist whose work on Liberian endangered chimpanzee species has resulted in several scholarly presentations and publications. The most recent of these was his poster presentation at the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) and the 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology (ECCB) held from August 2-6, 2015 in Montpellier, France.The meeting which was jointly sponsored by The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) with Agropolis international and the French Foundation assembled conservation professionals from the international community to deliberate conservation challenges and “present new findings, initiatives, methods, tools and opportunities in conservation science and practice. “ The meeting also served as an opportunity to welcome young researchers like Clement, scientists and conservationists from around the world.Clement attended the meeting, with sponsorship from ArcelorMittal Liberia, and did a poster presentation entitled “Evaluating conservation needs in a West African biodiversity hotspot and an Ebola epicenter? The presentation was rooted in his claim that although Liberia was featured on international news prominently during the Ebola crisis, it has not received the international attention it deserves as a “regional conservation priority.” The grounds for this claim stem from his continued work in underscoring the threats to the endangered chimpanzee population in Liberia and his attempts to assess the socio-economic impact of Ebola and its effects on the “human livelihoods and society.” The aims of the research therefore were: to assess chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes versus) population status in Liberia, identify future conservation needs, quantify attitude changes towards bush meat consumption and meat preference in response to the recent Ebola outbreak and identify socio-economic factors that may influence these changes.There were several important conservation and environmental issues concluded in this study. First, the study showed that Liberia ranks second only to Guinea in chimpanzee population. Guinea recorded 17,751 chimpanzees while 7008 were recorded in Liberia. Although Liberia is home to the second largest chimpanzee population, the chimpanzees in Liberia are the least projected populations in West Africa, our chimpanzees are the least protected.In addition the study concluded that Liberia‘s current Proposed Protected Area (PPA) needs to be revised because they only partially overlap with current chimpanzee range, and under their current status would offer minimal protection for the endangered species. PPAs are areas that will be protected in the future. Clement argues that 70% of Liberia’s chimpanzee population occurs outside these proposed areas and therefore declaring those areas as PPAs will not help to conserve the chimpanzee population.Lastly, the data from the socio-economic survey will scaffold the efforts of Liberian institutions in implementing effective conservation management and providing human populations with the ecological services they need.In 2013 at the 13th Annual Conference of the Gesellschaft für Primatologie (GFP), University of Hamburg, held in Germany, Clement in collaboration with several of his colleagues delivered a presentation “Closing the data gap: results of the first chimpanzee and mammal survey across Liberia”. Through funding from ArcelorMIttal Liberia’s Biodiversity Conservation Program, he also studied at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in Leipzig, Germany. Clement is also a member of the World Chimpanzee Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is registered in Switzerland and aims to enhance the survival of the remaining wild chimpanzee populations and their habitat in the tropical rain forests throughout Africa.When asked about his passion for his work and its impact, Clement had this to say: “The impact of my presentation and published article has a great impact in providing the first scientific and systematic data on Liberia’s wildlife for several years, and letting the world know that despite the effects of Ebola on Liberia, the country is still rich in biodiversity that is essential as a conservation priority.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The allegation that at least one of the men recently electrocuted was not wearing protective safety gear (“Man electrocuted while installing cameras at stadium was not wearing safety gear, wife says” SN June 13, 2019), raises seriously the question of safety security for employees engaged by companies in the type of work these unfortunate persons were engaged in.From reports, it seems the persons were contracted by the company, which might feel it did not have an obligation or responsibility to ensure these persons were properly outfitted to undertake all aspects of the job.Reports that one of the deceased persons had wire wrapped around his neck is also of grave concern. The fact that a Government agency contracted the company gives rise as to whether due diligence of the company’s ability/suitability was done.It seems prudent to query whether the company had workers’ compensation/insurance and if not, why not? From reports, it does appear safety was not given the priority it ought to have been given and was compromised.My condolences to the grieving families.Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img read more

first_imgTwo brothers were on Wednesday cross charged with assault and abusive language when they appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Joshua Ferreira and Compton Ferreira both pleaded not guilty to the offences, which alleged that on June 20, at David Street, Kitty, Georgetown, they assaulted each other with intent to cause actual bodily harm. It is also alleged that on the same day at the same location, they used abusive language towards each other.According to the prosecution’s case, the two brothers were arguing over a bucket of water after which a fight ensued. Joshua Ferreira while attempting to defend himself took up a knife and threatened his brother, the Prosecution contended.Magistrate Moore ordered a probation officer to examine the matter after which she will report her findings to the court.The men were both placed on self bail and will return to court on June 30.last_img read more

first_img―Coomacka drivers continue strike actionDisgruntled drivers plying the roads to several mining areas across Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) continued their strike action on Tuesday, calling for their demands to be met before they could resume operations, even after they met with Regional Chairman Renis Morian.The drivers, supported by residents, have expressed dissatisfaction over the deplorable state of the Coomacka access road, as well as the dilapidated state of the roads and bridges at Coomacka, Yaribo and Three Friends, and commenced strike action on Monday.On Tuesday, a large group consisting of residents, drivers and schoolchildren met with Regional Chairman Morian, in front of the office of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in Linden where they further vented their frustration regarding the issues.Residents, drivers and schoolchildren meeting with Region 10 Chairman Renis MorianAccording to Morian, comprehensive work is needed, but in the meantime, contractors have been sent out to grade the roadway. However, residents and drivers have argued that they did not notice any contractors at the location on Tuesday. They further sought to clarify when the work was expected to be completed, but there was no definite answer provided by the Regional Chairman, who indicated that it depended on the state of the road.“I can’t even tell you how long a pot of cook-up would take to cook. I can’t say how long, but if we start now, we will finish it to the earliest. I sent letters. There were persons who would have seen me come in to the area,” Morian told the gathering.Speaking with this publication, one minibus driver, Robert Gentle explained that drivers would not continue to work unless there was improvement, not only at Coomacka, but in neighbouring places such as Yaribo. He further refuted claims by the Regional Chairman that there was a grader already present along the deplorable roadway.“The road ain’t bad. The road terrible. It nearly impassable. It got some holes so big that if the bus go down and you look at the ground level, you only seeing from the windscreen up. The rest gone down in the ground,” he said.Similar sentiments were also expressed by minibus driver Mark Peters, who indicated that the situation has been ongoing for a number of years. “We’re in a devastated state right now, because for the past couple years the road is in a very deplorable state. We bus drivers decide to take a stance because we’ve been getting promises year after year, but nothing is being done,” he said.During the discourse, angry residents claimed no regional official had visited the Three Friends area to take note of their concerns. Residents and drivers alike are contending that all areas must be dealt with.“If we start back working when the bridge fix up to Coomacka, we would got to punish in Yaribo for the rest of we life. So this thing got to happen straight in to Yaribo. The bridges got to fix. They got people in Yaribo who got truck and when they go and load they does got to walk like two miles to meet home because the truck can’t cross the bridge. In Coomacka, the truck does got to park over the bridge and the driver does got to walk and go home,” Gentle said.“It got to fix. No truck, nothing can’t pass,” another resident noted.Based on the results attained, drivers said, they would know how to proceed.“The Chairman made some promises. At the end of that work, which he promised is going to be done; we will decide the way forward because our expectations have to be met. A very critical part of this exercise is the bridges in Yaribo. Now if these bridges are not fixed, we can’t work. We can’t work until these issues are ironed out. Because if the bus fall in the bridge is another story again. The bridge only hook on lil’ bit of stuff and when the rain fall and that wash out, the bridge falling overboard…” Gentle related.Outrage over Regional Chairman’s reaction and responseResidents were dissatisfied with the Regional Chairman’s move to meet with them on the roadway during what they described as a “peaceful” exercise, as well as his responses to certain questions which were posed.Gentle related that he went with ideas to present to the Regional Chairman, but was not given a fair chance to engage him. He noted, however, that he was still waiting to observe what would be done.Peters said he was also dissatisfied that residents were not given a chance to meet at the office of the Regional Chairman.Others were dissatisfied over the way in which their questions were answered, and noted that the Regional Chairman refused to listen to their concerns.“We’re not getting no proper answer. He just don’t want to listen to anything that people have to say. We got to go and block up the road,” a resident noted.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000WASHINGTON, DC, May 31 – Brazil playmaker Neymar scored one goal and set up two more to spark the five-time World Cup champions past the United States 4-1 on Wednesday in an international football friendly.The Brazilians used the match to study talent ahead of the London Olympics, with 17 Olympic-eligible players on the roster, including Neymar, a 20-year-old Santos forward who has attracted interest from many of the world’s top clubs. “It’s not every day one can apply dribbling over the head and between the legs, but I had a goal and two decisive passes, so I’m pretty happy about that,” Neymar said.The Brazilians improved to 16-1 all-time against the Americans, winning for the ninth time in a row since suffering their only defeat, by 1-0, in 1998. And they did so with a young roster looking to London and Brazil’s 2014 World Cup.“It’s a great satisfaction,” Neymar said. “We all knew the doors would open for the national team and we’re all happy about that.”A crowd of 67,619 saw the Brazilians, coming off a 3-1 victory over Denmark on Saturday, end a five-match win streak for the Americans, who beat Italy 1-0 and routed Scotland 5-1 last Saturday in their run.“I didn’t expect this, really,” Brazil coach Mano Menezes said. “But I saw the confidence of young players and I knew we could trust them. The response was very good.“You can see in the faces of the players they can feel the accomplishment. We played better than we did against Denmark. We need to improve every game.”US coach Jurgen Klinsmann was impressed with Neymar and his teammates, but sees flaws compared to past Brazilian dynasties.“Neymar and the technical skills he has, he has the freshness to try things out — he does things you don’t expect,” Klinsmann said. “They have a very good young team. It’s a promising team. But it’s a beatable team.”The Americans are preparing for the start of their 2014 World Cup qualifiers on June 8 against Antigua and Barbuda.“We’re ready for qualifiers,” said US forward Herculez Gomez, who scored the lone goal for the hosts in the 45th minute. “We played well in stretches. We learned some things from this match.“Once we get a little nasty I feel like we will be a lot better off.”Neymar opened the scoring on a penalty in the 12th minute after US defender Oguchi Onyewu was whistled for blocking a shot with his left forearm at the top of the penalty area.Neymar went to the spot against US goalkeeper Tim Howard, a standout for Everton in the Premier League. Howard dived to his right as Neymar fired into the open side, netting his ninth goal in 17 matches for Brazil.The visitors took a 2-0 lead in the 26th minute when Neymar lofted a corner kick into the heart of the penalty area and Brazilian captain Thiago Silva headed the ball into the goal.Gomez, a striker for Santos of Mexico, answered for the hosts, taking a cross from onrushing defender Fabian and deflecting the ball into the goal to trim the half-time deficit to 2-1.Neymar set up Brazil’s third goal from the backline to the right of Howard, flicking a backward centering pass to Real Madrid defender Marcelo, who blasted the ball past a helpless Howard in the 52nd minute for a 3-1 Brazil lead.Brazil closed the rout in the 88th minute on a left-footed blast by AC Milan’s Alexandre Pato.“It’s bad. It’s not the end of the world,” Howard said. “It hurts.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img Reports have emerged that Ander Herrera is disillusioned at Old Trafford 1 Reports emerged overnight that Manchester United fan favourite Ander Herrera has requested showdown talks with Louis van Gaal after becoming disillusioned with life at Old Trafford.The attacking midfielder has struggled to hold down a starting berth in the team with Van Gaal preferring to rotate between Bastian Schweinsteiger, Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin for the two central midfield roles.Herrera has also not been given a huge opportunity to establish himself in the no.10 position due to the Dutchman’s reluctance to drop out of form Wayne Rooney.Predictably, Manchester United fans have reacted with outrage at this news, instead calling for Van Gaal’s head.See the best tweets backing Herrera below!last_img read more

first_imgIt may be a long way from Donegal but the people of Rathmullan are doing their bit to help the less-well-off in Malawi.The Rathmullan to Malawi Habitat group are a group of individuals of all ages from the community of Rathmullan and the surrounding area who are heading to Malawi in the first week of August 2013 to build houses for the poor as part of the Habitat for Humanity group.They will go to an isolated village in the south of the country for two weeks to build houses for those who live in primitive conditions. There are approx. 15 members going and they are currently running many fundraising events in and around the Rathmullan area.Their fundraising began at the start of December when the Christmas tree in Rathmullan was officially lit up. Baubles were sold in the local shops and people could write their family name or a loved ones name on them and then hang it on the tree.The official turn on of the lights was held on the first of December. Carols were sung and Santa arrived to switch on the lights, putting everyone in the Christmas spirit!They also benefited from the (very cold) New Year’s Day swim in Rathmullan which had a very large turnout. A spokesperson for the group, Sarah Sheridan said that the public have been very supportive of the group and their help is very much appreciated.Many fundraisers have been organised for the coming months such as a massive game of Twister in a local school, a “Take me Out” night, a variety concert among many others.Next Fundraiser: We will be holding a table quiz in the Beachcomber Bar Rathmullan on Friday the 25th of January at 9pm and all are welcome.Further details of the table quiz and others can be found on our blog. Your generousity is very much appreciated at this time and you can keep updated at: www.facebook.com/RathmullanMalawi and also on our blog www.rathmullanmalawi.wordpress.com.IT’S NOT THAT FAR FROM RATHMULLAN TO MALAWI – WITH A BIG HEART! was last modified: January 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RATHMULLAN TO MALAWI HABITAT GROUPlast_img read more