LaLiga denounces the RFEF for the audio and will not go to more meetings

first_img• The Action Protocol has been studied, reviewed and approved for the return to training of the LaLiga teams. This protocol will be informed and explained to all the Clubs and SADs affiliated with LaLiga in the next Division Boards that will be held next Thursday, and will be made available to the Higher Sports Council (CSD) and the competent health authorities.• It has been reiterated within the Executive Committee that before any decision on the return to the competition will be to what the health authorities have.LaLiga and AFE meet tomorrow after their fightsLaLiga and the Association of Spanish Soccer Players will meet again. It will be online tomorrow afternoon to continue addressing the solutions that clubs and players demand to alleviate the effects of the coronavirus crisis. Thebes, the president of the employers’ association, and David Aganzo, the maximum manager of the union, will face each other again after a little respite during this Holy Week and after the ‘Audios Case’ whereby its two institutions have denounced the Federation on the understanding that they recorded the last meeting of the Monitoring Commission without permission.The new meeting between LaLiga and AFE, to which Luis Gil and Diego Rivas will also join, It also comes after the disagreements between Thebes and Aganzo, which ended up breaking the economic negotiations on the ERTE (something that about 20% of the 42 professional entities have done so far) and the salary reductions to be applied in the event of losses (Thebes asked for 47% responsibility for the players and they 20% at the most and recovering 10% in the future). For this reason, at this Tuesday’s meeting It will only and exclusively discuss sanitary measures to apply, the return to training and the various calendars that LaLiga manages. in coordination with UEFA in order to restart the competition. LaLiga took a step forward this Monday after the meeting of the Executive Committee, by videoconference, in which Javier Tebas has agreed on his position on the latest events related to the return to training, the ERTE, the negotiation of the player’s salary reduction as well as the controversial meetings with the Federation and AFE. Six First Division clubs (Madrid, Seville, Betis, Valencia, Villarreal and Levante) and another six Second Clubs (Deportivo, Cádiz, Las Palmas, Alcorcón, Almería and Lugo) were summoned to this meeting.At the end of the summit, the employers has made an official statement in which it is recorded that He has denounced the RFEF for allegedly recording him without consent at a meeting, he has assured that he will not go to more meetings with Rubiales for COVID-19 and, in addition, he has announced that he already has a new health protocol ready for the return to training.Official statement from the LaLiga Delegate Commission“The LaLiga Executive Committee held today, has adopted the following agreements:• He remembers not attend the next meetings called by the RFEF of the “COVID-19 Monitoring Commission, after analyzing what happened regarding the biased and interested leak of the audios of said commission to the media.• Contact will be maintained with the RFEF, through the “Monitoring Commission” that is contemplated in the current Coordination Agreement signed last July 3, 2019 between LaLiga and the RFEF.• In view of such facts from LaLiga will adopt the appropriate legal measures, among which are both the filing of a complaint before the Higher Sports Council against the President and the Secretary of the RFEF for the commission of infractions of abuse of authority and carrying out acts that threaten the dignity and decorum of sports, as the complaint by the affected people of a claim before the Spanish Agency for Data Protection for violation of various provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation.last_img read more

Pocari bucks 2-set hole, grounds Air Force to book Finals berth

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Pocari Sweat needed a major jolt to turn back hard-fighting Air Force Wednesday en route to its fourth straight finals appearance in the Premier Volleyball League Open conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Guino-o, pitching in for an off Kai Nepomuceno at opposite position, unloaded 14 points for the Lady Warriors.“Good thing we got that positive vibe once again. I told them to just enjoy it, don’t dwell on the negative things,” said De Guzman. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Starting off cold against the determined Jet Spikers, the Lady Warriors found themselves under siege after losing the first two sets before clawing their way to a thrilling 16-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-10 win in Game 3 of the semifinals.Myla Pablo scored 22 points, most of them in the third set where the Lady Warriors made a solid stand from 17-19 to extend the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I was telling my teammates let’s help each other, we can do it despite the scores,” said Pablo.Pocari has won the past three conferences in utter domination of the league it joined just last year. LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend PH gets deadline to decide on SEAG 2019 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img View comments Teen gunned down in Masbate MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It will now face BaliPure in the championship match after the Water Defernders melted the Creamline Cool Smashers in their semifinal decider, 25-22, 27-25, 25-23.Game 1 of the best-of-three series is on Saturday.And for a while, it didn’t look like Pocari Sweat was going to make it there.“From the start we had trouble with our first ball,” said coach Rico de Guzman in Filipino. “And we started playing very stiff and tentative. It looked like we didn’t want to win the first and second sets.”Fortunately for Pocari, the Lady Warriors were able to steady themselves just in time and then got a big boost from stringer Heather Guino-o.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Batangas-Tanduay gains semis; QC extends series

first_imgRecto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lady Eagles, Tigresses eke out tough wins The schedule and venue of Game 3 will depend on the outcome of the other two series.The Classic lost for the first time at home as they struggled to counter the Capitals’ hustle and energy in the second half. They missed Paolo Hubalde who was sidelined by an injured rib.Alvarez finished with 17 points and Acuña added 14 for the Athletics, whose depth and firepower were again on full display against an overmatched Bataan team that lost Gary David due to fouls early in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Unfazed by the lively hometown crowd that cheered on their every mistake, the Capitals turned the tables on the Classic after riding the heroics of guard Alwin Alday.The 5-foot-10 Alday, a star in recreational leagues in Metro Manila, pumped in 10 points, four rebounds and four steals to typify the Capitals’ gutsy stand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHesed Gabo, the former Mapua guard, tallied 17 points, including a dagger of a triple with 1:11 remaining that gave the Capitals a 72-62 edge.“The mentality coming to this game was not do-or-die, it’s do or do it,” said QC coach Vis Valencia. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Top seed Batangas City-Tanduay punched its ticket to the semifinals on Saturday night with another dominant performance, while Quezon City-Royal Manila lived to fight another day after grinding out a stunning 76-68 away win over Valenzuela-Yulz in the MPBL-Anta Rajah Cup at Valenzuela Astrodome.The Athletics rolled past the Bataan Defenders Baishipping, 95-82, behind solid efforts from ex-pros Lester Alvarez, Val Acuña and Jhaymo Eguilos to complete a two-game sweep of their quarterfinal series.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

WBG Prez. Urges More Support to Ebola-Affected Nations

first_imgThe President of the World Bank Group (WBG), Jim Yong Kim, has emphasized the need for more support to help Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone get to zero new Ebola cases.He said reaching zero new Ebola cases will help the three countries jumpstart their economy recovery and build a safer, more prosperous and resilient future for their citizens.“Many of us have acknowledged that the international community was slow to react to Ebola. Let’s show that we have learned this lesson by supporting an effective and sustainable recovery that also prepares these countries — and the rest of the world — for the next pandemic.” Kim said.He noted that, in addition to the severe effects of Ebola, the economic downturn in the three countries has been aggravated by the sharp decline in global iron ore prices, as well as the collapse of the mining sector in Sierra Leone, which has resulted in an unprecedented GDP contraction in that country estimated at 23.5 per cent.Since the WBG issued its last economic update on January 20, 2015, it says important differences among the three countries are emerging.The WBG new report has found that Sierra Leone is now facing a severe recession with the potential for an unprecedented 23.5% growth rate in 2015, resulting from financial issues that led to the closure of iron ore mining.The report also noted that a gradual return of Liberia to normalcy, with a projected GDP growth rate of 3%.The report further shows that the Ebola epidemic continues to cripple the economies of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.An estimated GDP losses for the three countries in 2015 rose to US$2.2 billion: US$240 million for Liberia, US$535 million for Guinea and US$1.4 billion for Sierra Leone.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the week leading up to April 12, there were a total of 37 confirmed cases of Ebola, compared with 30 the previous week in Guinea and Sierra Leone.There has been no case reported in Liberia for the past three weeks.At the same time, World Bank has announced US$650 million as additional support to the three West Africa Ebola affected countries for the next 12 to 18 months to help them recover from the impact of the Ebola crisis.The new funding will be used to strengthen priority areas in health systems and frontline care, agriculture, education, cash transfers and other social protection programs, which include lifesaving infrastructure such as electricity, water, sanitation and roads.The funds will also be used to develop a regional disease surveillance system across West Africa that will help prevent or contain future pandemics.The new WBG pledge brings the organization’s total financing for Ebola response and recovery efforts to US$1.62 billion.Other commitments announced include $300 million from the African Development Bank, $80 million from GAVI, and $387 million from the Global Fund through 2017 for the worst Ebola affected countries in the sub region.This is in addition to previously committed funding to the Ebola response and recovery efforts from the United States, United Kingdom, and many other development partners, which represents a substantial investment in support of the national plans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New soluble pack cement launched by Argos

first_imgArgos Cement has now partnered with its local representatives and with the National Hardware Guyana Limited to launch its new soluble ‘Smart Pack’ cement.The new cement is a solution geared at meeting the challenges of the building industry, and its packaging presents new, environmentally friendly ways of disposing of cement bags.Hosted at the National Hardware Industrial Site at Ruimveldt, Georgetown, the launch saw a live technical demonstration of the new product’s innovative features.The event was intended to inform players in the construction and engineering sectors of the new technology, which is compatible with “going green and sustainability”.The demonstration was presented by Joslyn De La Cruz, Argos Technical Advisor; and Jose Guillermo Araujo, Argos International Sales Manager.With the launch, it is clear that “innovation is the only way to remain competitive” in order to offer the best and most efficient solutions to clients.The Soluble Smart Pack Cement will be available all across Guyana in hardware stores at the current price of Argos Cement.Argos Cement has been distributing to Guyana for a number of years, and is confident that this new product will be well received by both the Guyanese construction industry and wider populace. ARGOS will play its role in helping to green Guyana.last_img read more

Court denies ‘stay’ application

first_imgParking meter burden The High Court on Monday denied the application for a stay of execution filed by the Attorney-at-law Kamal Ramkarran representing Mohendra Arjune, the civilian that challenged the legality of the parking meter project.  This suggests that there will be no suspension to paid parking in the city pending the outcome of the matter.Details of this story will follow in the March 07, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

TEA PARTY TREATS FOR CHARITY FUNDRAISER

first_imgDon’t forget there’s a charity Tea Party taking place on Saturday in Letterkenny.The event is hoping to raise much-needed funds for two Donegal charities, Sands Still Birth and Neonatal Deaths and Pieta House, Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centre.Organised by Nutritionist Caitriona Feeney, the event is open to the public and takes place tomorrow, Saturday April 4th at Raw Nutrition Centre, Fit Hub, Mountain Top, Letterkenny at 12.30pm. Chefs at the Eat Pretty Tea Party will serve up a delicious selection of mouthwatering clean and paleo treats with coffee or tea to help raise funds. Kerry O’Donnell from Kerry’s Little Bakery and Ricky Mac Giolla Bháin, head chef at the Stateside American Restaurant, have volunteered their services for the event as well as members of the Fit Hub Gym who regularly bake clean mini-feasts.Expect tasty treats free from wheat, grains, refined sugar and non-processed ingredients.Everyone welcome.  TEA PARTY TREATS FOR CHARITY FUNDRAISER was last modified: April 3rd, 2015 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:charityletterkennyTea partytreatslast_img read more

MONEY MISSING AND 200 COMPLAINTS AGAINST DONEGAL SOLICITOR

first_imgA CO DONEGAL solicitor has agreed not to practise after an investigation found there was no control or accountability over money going into his office.The was despite a previous investigation over breaches of solicitors’ regulations, a court heard.The High Court was due to hear a number of matters relating to the practice of Robert Sweeney at High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, was told Mr Sweeney had undertaken not to seek a practising certificate and not to practise as a solicitor.There had been more than 200 complaints against him, mostly from financial institutions in relation to failure to comply with solicitors ’ undertakings.Mr Sweeney had previously been suspended and his client accounts frozen following an investigation in June 2012. It found he had failed to have 151 title deeds for property transactions stamped in time for Revenue purposes which meant interest and penalties started building up.He also had a deficit in his client account of about €77,000 which he undertook to discharge. That was only reduced to about €72,000 when Law Society investigating accountant Damien Colton checked on his practice over a month later.More than a year later, in November 2013, Mr Colton attended Mr Sweeney’s office and discovered another 38 deeds had not been stamped. In an affidavit, Mr Colton said he had found Mr Sweeney was in arrears for VAT and income tax for €65,000 and there was a client account deficit of about €27,000, with some client money unaccounted for.There were another 38 unstamped deeds equating to about €91,000 in unpaid stamp duty, he said.Significantly, the unstamped deeds had arisen during the period in which the Law Society’s regulation of practice committee believed Mr Sweeney was not fit to remain in practice, he added.While there was some control in relation to outgoings because a second solicitor had been brought in to co- sign cheques, there was in general “absolutely no control or accountability in relation to monies received by the office”.The fact Mr Sweeney was unable to account for €25,000 of client money gave rise for serious concern, Mr Colton said.Following a regulation of practice committee meeting on January 22nd last, it recommended to the High Court that Mr Sweeney’s suspension should continue and the matters be referred to a disciplinary tribunal.MONEY MISSING AND 200 COMPLAINTS AGAINST DONEGAL SOLICITOR was last modified: January 31st, 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:moneyrobert sweeneysolicitorlast_img read more

JIM MCGUINNESS SAYS IT’S TIME TO CREATE TWO-TIER ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

first_imgFormer Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has revealed how he would reinvigorate the Provincial and All-Ireland Championships in the GAA by devising a two-tier All-Ireland series.Jim McGuinness has devised a fascinating system which he believes will reinvigorate the entire GAA championship.There has been growing pressure on GAA powerbrokers to dissolve the Provincial Championships after a series of mismatches so far this summer.However, McGuinness has devised a system in which the Provincial Championships retain their importance. He has also incorporated the Allianz National League into his plans to dictate seeding for the top-tier and second-tier competitions for the All-Ireland Series.That idea would also breath life into the league and make every single game carry significant importance.McGuinness has produced some superb ideas and is something that GAA chiefs should really look at as a template for change.In his weekly column in The Irish Times, McGuinness penned his revolutionary thoughts which has already gained a huge support from GAA followers online. McGuinness’s plans make the league exciting again to dictate positions in the All-Ireland series, and even those who slip out of the top-tier group for the race for the Sam Maguire can get back into the top-tier by winning their respective Provincial Championship.McGuinness wrote in The Irish Times, “I read last week about the intention of the Gaelic Players Association to canvass its players on the structures of the All-Ireland championship. Dessie Farrell was at pains to point out that he felt the provincial championship has run its course. And although I could sympathise with Dessie’s viewpoint, the idea set alarm bells off in my mind.It is obvious to me that the All-Ireland championship needs some kind of shake-up or a new dynamic. But simply dissolving the provincial championships, which have provided the super-structure of the All-Ireland summers for over one 100 years, is not the answer to my mind.In fact, I think it would be a disastrous move for Gaelic football. Once a thing is gone, it is gone. The provincial system is far from perfect. But if you simply do away with it, it means that instead of five trophies on offer, you would be left with just one. And I know that in Donegal, winning the Ulster championship was critical in terms of creating a new space to challenge for the All-Ireland.It got me thinking about ways in which we could improve the structure of the All-Ireland football championship – and, more importantly, to address the widening gap between the powerful counties and those struggling to stay in touch. The recent mismatch between Dublin and Longford provided further substance for those who would argue that the provincial system has run its course. I don’t agree with that. What if we came up with a structure which linked the National Football League, the provincial championships and the All-Ireland? And in doing so created two distinct All-Ireland competitions for the first 16 and second 16 ranked counties at the end of the process?Top-tier groupLet’s agree in theory that by the end of July, say, we are left with two distinct All-Ireland championship competitions, featuring two groups of 16. The top-tier group, consisting of the 16 highest-ranked teams in Ireland, would play eight knockout games with the winners progressing to the All-Ireland quarter-finals and so on until a county lifts the Sam Maguire.The same would occur in the other bracket, which would obviously need a suitable name and a cup: that would be up to the GAA to decide upon. But how do we arrive at identifying which teams are in each bracket?This is where the National League comes in. The All-Ireland championship grade one and grade two competitions would be based on league ranking and provincial championship performance.Let’s look at the race for Sam Maguire, in the grade one All-Ireland. The top six teams in Division One and the two teams promoted from Division Two would form the first eight ranked teams. The two teams relegated from Division One would rank number ninth and 10th respectively. The team that finishes third in Division Two is ranked number 11. However, the 12th ranking would be held for the winners of the grade two All-Ireland competition the previous year. That leaves four places reserved for the provincial championship winners – irrespective of where they finished in the league. So in effect, only the top 11 teams in the league would be guaranteed a seeding in the Sam Maguire bracket. If the top-seed teams also won the provincial titles – as will frequently happen – then the top 15 league teams – and the winner of the previous season’s second-tier championship – go into the grade one All-Ireland play-offs.So, to give a scenario: Wicklow earn league promotion from Division Three to Division Two and qualify for the Sam Maguire grade one All-Ireland as the lowest-ranking or 16th-seeded team at the end of the league. They then play the Leinster championship and lose in the first round. But that is okay: their league work is worth something.Let’s say Mayo are the top-seeded team. Then Wicklow will play Mayo – and at home if they win the toss – in a last-16 knockout game with a place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals at stake. Wouldn’t that make it worthwhile scrapping to get out of Division Three?But there is a proviso here. Let’s say Kildare have had a miserable league and are demoted to Division Three and therefore are out of the top 16 when the championship starts. They are facing a summer in the second-tier knockout series. In essence, they aren’t playing for the Sam Maguire – which is a huge psychological blow for such a strong football county. But they catch fire in the Leinster Championship – and they win it. This guarantees their place as a top seeding in the Sam Maguire bracket. They qualify as provincial winners. Wicklow are squeezed out.The significance of the provincial championship is retained both as a standalone competition and as a means to compete in the All-Ireland.I think this structure would achieve two things. It would ensure strong teams are no longer just drifting through the league on automatic and that teams from counties with no winning tradition can strive for something more tangible. It would end the whole idea of a strong league performance somehow equating to fool’s gold. The reward for a really all-out league contest is there: it is evident in seeding.ProgressPreserving the provincial contest means that even if a smaller county is locked into Division Four and can’t make any league progress, they still get their chance to play against Cork or Kerry in the Munster championship, for instance. What is the alternative? If you abolish the provincial system and create a two-tier structure, then what incentive is there for a kid in Waterford, say, to aspire to play county football? There are good footballers in Waterford. And if you have a 20-year-old corner back, he deserves a shot at marking James O’Donoghue. His team may not win but he deserves a chance to test himself against the best.So I feel that rather than abolish the provincial systems, it is time to streamline them. They could be run like tournaments rather than needlessly stretched out over months. The Ulster football championship is terrific. But imagine a weekend when you had a match on a Friday night, a double bill on a Saturday and another match on a Sunday. You could play the semi-finals a fortnight later. The importance of the competition is not diminished and even if a team like Monaghan or Cavan has had a tough league, there is always a chance that they will catch fire in Ulster and go and win the Anglo-Celt.So: the two All-Ireland play-off brackets are decided upon by league and provincial championship performances.I think that these should be called the All-Ireland Championship ‘Play-offs’. These are in-or-out knockout games, which will bring a cut and thrust feel to the season. I have absolutely no concerns about the play-offs for the Sam Maguire. Sixteen strong teams, with number one playing 16, two playing 15 and so forth – and home or away decided upon a coin toss – would make for a really fascinating competition and would produce unexpected results.My priority would be in the promotion and elevation of the other competition into something valuable. This can be done. The first thing is that this competition has to be advertised, it has to be put up in lights, and the teams must feel as that their competition is worthwhile. Players want to feel that they are on the big stage. If they are playing in a venue packed with 30,000 people, then the sense of competition will take over. That, to me, is a world away from the reality of a contest like the Tommy Murphy Cup. So games in the second bracket should be guaranteed to be fixed as curtain raisers to the Sam Maguire games. That should follow right through until All-Ireland final day. If we are serious about promoting the game in counties that are struggling, then they should be encouraged to play on the big stage. If that means moving minor games, then so be it. Senior football teams should be given top billing. But there is no reason why there can’t be triple-headers featuring minor, grade two and grade one matches from the All-Ireland quarter finals onwards.The key thing that any player or manager asks himself is this: what are we playing for? Right now, too many teams are playing for nothing tangible. If we abolish the provincial system and create a cold two-tier structure, that becomes even more true. We are effectively punishing struggling teams and instructing them to literally go and play by themselves. They need to have a chance to play against the glamour counties and, if they lose, to still have meaningful games to play in afterwards. This system still gives every team a second chance but to some extent, it removes the safety-net of the qualifying system which always seems to benefit the stronger counties. It means that counties have a clear incentive for progression in the league.Tradition And it means that the tradition and legacy – the day out! – of the provincial championships is preserved. It brings an element of intrigue into the season. Most people can probably hazard a reasonably educated guess as to which teams will contest the All-Ireland quarter-finals in August. I think this idea would change that. It requires a little bit of bold thinking but nothing more.And most of all, I would hope, it brings an element of fairness into the All-Ireland tradition. The big day should not be the preserve of the powerful counties. It is often pointed out – and rightly – that the difference in standard between Division Three and Division Four teams can be marginal. If they have the chance to be involved in a knockout All-Ireland competition with an All-Ireland final in Croke Park on the third Sunday of September up for grabs, then wouldn’t every county feel as if they are included in the conversation? Isn’t that what everyone dreams about growing up?JIM MCGUINNESS SAYS IT’S TIME TO CREATE TWO-TIER ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES was last modified: June 9th, 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:donegalGAAJim McGuinnessnewsSportlast_img read more

Vipers bow out of Champions League

first_imgComments Vipers’ Noah Wafula (13) in action against Constantine on SaturdayCAF Champions League – First RoundVipers SC 0-2 CS Constantine (0-3 Agg)St. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeSaturday, 22-12-2018KITENDE – Vipers were eliminated from the CAF Champions League by CS Constantine of Algeria, falling at home 2-0 on Saturday and subsequently losing 3-0 on Aggregate.Going into the game having lost 1-0 in Constantine, Vipers looked out of sorts and struggled to create chances for the biggest period of the game.Adil Djabout opened the scoring in the 67th minute while Mohamed Walid Bencherifa made it two in the 73th minute to give the visitors a deserved win.“Am proud of my players, we had many opportunities but we didn’t score, said Vipers Coach Javier Martinez.“The opponents had a good game and  we have learnt from them. ” he added.The visitors head coach said his team was better than Vipers in both legs.“I had the better team than Vipers both home and away, my boys displayed good football, the Constantine coach Denis Lavan said.He also added that he’s boys were stressed and nervous during the first half but he told them to calm down and concentrate.“My boys were nervous and stressed in the first half but at break time I told them to be positive they will score, and they did, Lavana added.The loss means that the Ugandan champions drop to the Caf Confederations Cup for another two legged tie in the Confederations Cup after which they can earn a position in the group stages of Africa’s second club competition.Vipers next play Rusekere Growers in the Stanbic Uganda cup on Boxing day at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende.Vipers XI on Saturday: Derrick Ochan (G.K), Bashir Asiku, Yayo Kato Lutimba, Halid Lwaliwa, Livingstone Mulondo, Geofrey Wasswa, Brian Nkuubi Ssemakula, Moses Waiswa (66’ Abraham Ndugwa), Noah Wafula (47’ Duncan Sseninde), Daniel Muzeyi Sserunkuma (72’ Davis Kasirye), Tito OkelloSubs Not Used: Fabien Mutombora (G.K), Rahmat Ssenfuka,Ibrahim Kiyemba, Joseph JjanjaliHead coach: Javier Martinez EspinozaCS Constantine XI:Chemseddine Rahmani (G.K), Ahmed Gagaa, Islam Chahrour, Nasreddine Zaalani, Yassine Salhi, Sid Ali Lamri (Captain), Adil Djabout (83’ Junior Sylla Ousmane), Aichi Mounir (12’ Mohamed Walid Bencherifa), Kadour Beldjilali (60’ Ismail Belkacemi Abdelfetah), Fouad Haddad, Houcine BenayadaSubs Not Used:Mohamed Lofti Anis Osmani (G.K), Said Kheir Eddine Arrousi, Sofian Khadir, Mohamed Lamine AbidHead coach: Dennis Lavana Tags: CAF Champions LeagueCS Constantinevipers sclast_img read more