Argentina and Messi not getting any sympathy from Brazil

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentina’s Lionel Messi gestures at the end of the goalless 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against Peru in Buenos Aires on October 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Eitan ABRAMOVICHSAO PAULO — With Argentina and Lionel Messi on the brink of missing the World Cup, they are not receiving any sympathy from archrival Brazil.Five-time champion Brazil qualified six months ago for the finals in Russia, and have been fascinated watching their archrival struggle to join them. Not even an entreaty from Argentina’s main sports newspaper Ole saying “I need you” in Portuguese seemed to move the leader of South American World Cup qualifying.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: LeBron supports new All Star Game format: ‘Not a bad idea’ Brazil is unbeaten in its 11 World Cup qualifiers under Tite. Nine were victories. If Chile can end Brazil’s unbeaten string, the reigning Copa America champion will advance to its third straight World Cup.“We think we have the weapons to do it,” Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo said.Bravo ruled out any collusion to hurt Argentina’s chances.“We don’t think of an agreement not to attack,” Bravo said. “Brazil is a team that presses and plays well. They are at home, which favors them. But we improved in the last match. We’ll play our game and try to makehistory.”After Monday’s training at Allianz Parque, Tite confirmed Brazil will test goalkeeper Ederson as a starter. He confirmed that defender Marquinhos, who will replace the injured Thiago Silva, will be the captain forthe clash against the desperate Chileans in Sao Paulo.Chile will be without key midfielder Arturo Vidal, who is suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards.Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has called up Esteban Pavez, who plays for Brazil’s Atletico Paranaense.“We qualified for the World Cup three matches ago and this has not changed the seriousness and the behavior of our team,” Gabriel Jesus said. “And it won’t change now.”In social media many Brazilian fans have jokingly said Chile should get a hand to advance and put the Argentines at an even bigger risk of humiliation. “Entrega Brasil”, which means “Give it away Brazil” in Portuguese, has been one of the most mentioned lines by Brazilians on Twitter since last week. View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 In other matches, which all start at the same time, its Brazil-Chile, Peru-Colombia, Paraguay-Venezuela, and Uruguay-Bolivia.Argentina needs a victory to get at least a playoff spot. Any other result puts it in jeopardy of missing the World Cup for the first time since 1970.Leader Brazil has 38 points. Uruguay is next with 28 and is a cinch to qualify. That leaves five teams separated by two points: Chile (26), Colombia (26), Peru (25), Argentina (25), and Paraguay (24).A World Cup without Argentina and Messi would hurt the TV networks, Russian ticket sales, and FIFA, which needs an exciting tournament to distract from any problems off the pitch.“It’s natural that a World Cup without Brazil, Argentina, or Germany would lose a little of its charm,” Brazil defender Miranda said. “But our goal is to qualify to the World Cup and our opponents should deal with their own situations.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “Qualification to the World Cup is not about one game, it is about a full campaign”, Brazil coach Tite said on Monday after being questioned about Argentina’s possible absence in Russia. “Yesterday, we thanked each other because we are already qualified. I can’t imagine what it is like for others; they must be having trouble sleeping. (In the end), others will reap what their work sowed.”Striker Gabriel Jesus said: “Everybody knows the skills of Messi and the importance of Argentina. If they are where they are, it’s because of what they have done. Of course, you talk about Messi, one of the best players football has ever had. But we have to think only about ourselves.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSouth America wraps up regional qualifying on Tuesday. Only Brazil is in. Three other teams will gain automatic berths, and one more qualifies for a playoff next month against New Zealand.Most eyes are on Argentina’s match in Ecuador, played at 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) in the thin air of Quito.last_img read more

Hundreds of millions tendered for Belle Vue rip-rap sea defence, roads

first_imgThe Public Infrastructure Ministry has procured tenders for a number of road works, in addition to the construction of a rip-rap sea defence at Belle Vue, West Bank Demerara, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), when the Tender Board met at the National Procurement and Tendering Administration (NPTA), Finance Ministry, in Georgetown on Tuesday. This tender attracted 14 bidders with the Engineer’s estimate reaching the sum of $175,853,850.A total of 14 bids were opened for the construction of a nursing hostel in the New Amsterdam School of Nursing compound, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The entity procuring this service is the Public Health Ministry with the Engineer’s estimated cost to construct is $60,136,213.According to information received from bidders, the hostel is expected to contain 16 self-contained units, inclusive of a toilet and bath. The dimensions of the rooms will be 13 feet by 28 feet.In addition to the hostel, tenders were also presented for the extension of the School of Nursing building in New Amsterdam.This expansion attracted 13 bidders with the Engineer’s estimate of $30,488,511.The Ministry of the Presidency also tendered for rehabilitative works to the Cabinet Room. The engineer’s estimate to complete the rehabilitation was $32,157,250.last_img read more

Information being compiled – President

first_imgInquiry into extrajudicial killingsPresident David Granger is holding to a promise made while he was Opposition Leader to probe the extrajudicial killings that occurred in Guyana during the period 2000 to 2008.According to the Head of State, such an inquiry is still on the table. In fact, he noted that the information required to conduct the probes are being compiled. “The information is still being compiled; as you know, we’ve taken actions to ensure that inquests are conducted,” he stated during the weekly programme The Public Interest, which was aired on Friday.Convicted felon Roger KhanGranger noted that he cannot fathom what prevented the previous administration from taking such steps, especially since one of its Cabinet members, former Agriculture Minister Satyadeo Sawh, was killed in the same manner.“Even in the case of the Minister of Agriculture who was assassinated, a sitting member of Cabinet, and there is no investigations, no inquest, no magistrate’s inquest wasn’t conducted. Members of the (Sawh) family have spoken to me face to face and asked for investigations to be done and we are proceeding in that way,” the President asserted.Sawh, his sister Phulmattie Persaud, his brother Rajpat Sawh and security guard Curtis Robinson, were gunned down on April 22, 2008 at the former Minister’s La Bonne Intention, East Coast Demerara, home.As Opposition Leader and even after his appointment into the presidency, Granger has called for a Commission of Inquiry into extrajudicial killings in Guyana.President David GrangerIn August 2015, while addressing a forum on the State of African-Guyanese at the Critchlow Labour College, President Granger said: “I will ensure that all those who were killed have their deaths investigated.”He also reiterated his intention to see a motion passed in the National Assembly for the appointment of a Commission of Inquiry which will probe a large number of killings during the period 2000 to 2008.Granger had first drafted the motion in 2012 while he was Opposition Leader. It seeks to investigate, among others, the killing of Sawh and the massacres at Lusignan, Bartica and Lindo Creek.In efforts to take a step closer to those killings, government wanted to ensure that there is an efficient and effective Coroner Department in place to investigate the crimes of that period. In this vain, government used its one seat majority in the National Assembly back in January this year to pass the Coroner’s Amendment Bill, which will see, among other things, a minimum of four full-time coroners in Demerara, three in Berbice and two in Essequibo.The Coalition has contended that during the ‘Phantom Squad’ era and prison escapee-led crime spree, hundreds of Guyanese lives were lost, including many police officers. Some 31 ranks including Superintendent Leon Fraser were killed in the line of duty during the period proposed for probing.The notorious ‘Phantom Squad’ is said to be led by self-confessed druglord Shaheed Roger Khan, who is currently serving a 15-year sentence in the United States after he pleaded guilty to arms trafficking, drug trafficking, conspiracy and witness tampering.Khan had made claims of working to curb an out-of-control crime situation during that period by using extrajudicial methods of execution.In October last year, US Ambassador Perry Holloway had told local reporters, when asked, that there is a possibility for the Guyana Government to access Khan’s testimony in the US Courts. He noted that there is a process to follow but one which has high requirements. Nevertheless, the US diplomat said that his country would cooperate if the necessary procedures are followed.“If the rules and regulations of the agreement are done with Guyana, or we have signed up under the UN or OAS to allow for such a thing, we would be sure to be disposed to cooperating within the framework of the rule of law,” the US Ambassador had stated.In response, President Granger disclosed back in March that there are plans to probe extrajudicial killings and noted that if there are connections to the convicted drug baron, then the Guyana Government will seek to engage him.“Wherever those leads take us, we will follow… We need to have a lawful and orderly society and whoever is accused of committing murders will have to be punished… I’m not accusing anybody but where ever those leads take us, we will follow to make sure justice is done and Guyanese can live in a country where they can be assured of being safe,” the Head of State had remarked.On the other hand, even as the Coalition is adamant about probing the killings during the 2000 to 2008 era, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Opposition had raised concerns, noting that government should launch investigations dating back to the 1970s and not only the 2000s.In fact, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had accused the coalition of being selective in its calls for investigations and suggested instead that the probe be done into all the murders and all the missing weaponry: “We should have an inquiry into everything, maybe the mother of all inquiries.”last_img read more

MySpace to offer news, lifestyle video channels

first_imgSocial networking site MySpace is launching video channels that will feature news and lifestyle video from partners including The New York Times and National Geographic, the company announced Tuesday. The channels will include programming created for the Web and comes as MySpace, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate News Corp., is rapidly expanding its video offerings. Video is seen as an important driver of traffic to sites such as MySpace, Google Inc.’s YouTube and other sites offering both user-generated fare and shows produced by TV networks and others. Advertisers are shifting money from traditional network TV to the Internet, a key issue this week as major networks start the process of selling ad time for fall shows. In the coming months, MySpace has said it will offer video channels from National Geographic, including short video drawn from shows such as “Explorer” and “The Dog Whisperer.” Also featured will be movie reviews, political news and other content from the Times and Reuters Group PLC, which has agreed to be acquired by the Canadian publishing company Thomson Corp. MySpace’s new lifestyle channels will feature animation, video games and other video from News Corp.’s IGN Entertainment site and shows from Ripe TV targeted to young adult males. Other channels will include The Daily Reel, a selection of the best short video clips on the Web; Expert Village, offering advice on topics such as “how to make the perfect margarita”; Kush TV, featuring reality shows and coverage of live concert and sporting events. Other partners will include LX.TV, which will feature dining, shopping and night-life guidance in major cities; and VBS tv, a music and cultural channel from the makers of Vice magazine and Young Hollywood, featuring exclusive celebrity footage and videos. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

RVP rules out leaving Manchester United for Besiktas

first_img Robin van Persie 1 Robin van Persie has turned the down the opportunity to join Besiktas.Manchester United are prepared to listen to offers for the 31-year-old striker this summer and the Turkish giants have targeted him as a replacement for Demba Ba, who has joined Shanghai Shenhua.Besiktas were prepared to pay around £7million for the Dutchman and offer him a lucrative long-term contract.But talkSPORT understands Van Persie is reluctant to uproot his family and move to Turkey and will not consider any proposal from the club.The former Arsenal captain still has a year left to run on his United contract and is not pushing to leave.However, Van Persie wants regular football next season and will consider a switch away if he fails to receive any assurances from Louis van Gaal over his future.last_img read more

MOTORISTS WARNED AS GORSE FIRE BREAKS OUT NEAR N56

first_imgMOTORISTS are being warned to drive with extra care on the N56 at Termon this evening because of a gorse fire.The picture – taken by a Donegal Daily reader at 5pm – shows the fire taking hold close to the main road.Fire crews have been informed and on their way to the scene. MOTORISTS WARNED AS GORSE FIRE BREAKS OUT NEAR N56 was last modified: April 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

GARTH SAYS IT’S FIVE SHOWS AT CROKER OR NONE AT ALL

first_imgGarth Brooks has said it is a case of five shows at Croke Park or none at all.Garth Brooks says it’s five shows or none at Croke Park.The singer has released a statement tonight following the decision by Dublin City Council to allow only three of the singer’s proposed five shows.He said “I can’t thank the people of Ireland enough for how welcome they have made me feel. “I have faith that Dublin City Council will make the best decision for the people of Ireland.“For us, it is five shows or none at all. To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another.”Mr Brooks’ comments follow the decision by Dublin City Council to allow only three of the proposed five shows later this month.Thousands of Donegal fans could be left devastated after the council said there would be no shows on either the Monday or Tuesday night as had been scheduled. Following the Council’s decision the promoter of Mr Brooks’ Croke Park concerts raised the possibility there will be no shows by the country singer at the GAA venue, while the GAA said it will assess the implications of DCC’s decision.The council said allowing all five concerts would have caused unacceptable levels of disruption to the local community.About 400,000 tickets have been sold for the proposed five sold outs shows, including 70,000 to people travelling from overseas.Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions said he was disappointed that the local authority denied permission for concerts on Monday 28 July and Tuesday 29 July.Mr Aiken told RTÉ News that the singer was devastated by the decision and felt that it is not fair that 160,000 people will not be able to attend those shows. He said that the Croke Park performances had grown from an initial two shows to a much bigger customised production, which would be a once-off event that would not be replicated anywhere else in the world.The production costs were scaled on this basis and it was not possible to simply stop two of the shows, he said.GARTH SAYS IT’S FIVE SHOWS AT CROKER OR NONE AT ALL was last modified: July 4th, 2014 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:Croke ParkdonegalfansGarth BrooksShowslast_img read more

Free MBA education for anyone

first_imgThanks to Regenesys, anybody can now have unlimited access to accredited business course material, no matter what their circumstances.(Image: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Kailas BergmanSenior account manager, Fleishman-Hillard+27 11 548 2001 or +27 74 221 1776 Janine ErasmusA South African tertiary education institution has become the first business school in the world to offer free education on four levels, ranging from a certificate through a diploma and bachelor’s degree, up to an MBA.The Sandton, Johannesburg-based Regenesys Business School is offering quality learning materials online through various platforms.Students have only to download and install the Regenesys app on their Android or Apple smartphone or tablet, or use the mobile site with any device, to gain unlimited access to valuable learning material that includes videos, ebooks, a research database, study guides and relevant academic articles.Now all aspiring entrepreneurs can get the tertiary business education that they have been denied, whether through lack of finances, no space at universities, distance, or for any of a number of reasons that may have held them back.“You can plan your own pathway,” said Regenesys director Brett Cousins, adding that the institution has trained over 70 000 students in the 14 years of its existence. “Our students can now complete their courses module by module, at a pace that’s comfortable for them. This is our gift to our country and the world.”Access to study material is based on the so-called Freemium model – where a product or service is offered free of charge, but consumers have to pay for advanced features – but should students decide to pursue a formal qualification with a piece of paper to hang on their wall, there will be a fee involved per module. This covers the cost of checking assignments, exams, and other admin fees.Students also have the option of attending classes at the Sandton campus, again with costs involved. However, since all the course material is freely available, this will work out much cheaper than going to university.University in your pocketThe initiative was launched at the organisation’s Sandton campus on 6 November. It’s supported by the Department of Trade and Industry, the Sunday Times, Internet Solutions, Pearson publishers, and the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) which is chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.“South Africa’s Freedom Charter speaks of the light that comes with learning,” said launch speaker Taddy Blecher, the chairperson of the HRDC’s entrepreneurship, education, and job creation task team. Blecher is himself an education pioneer, as one of the founders of Cida Campus in Johannesburg, an institution that offers a bachelor’s degree in business administration at virtually no cost.“The struggle was also about free access to education,” said Blecher, “because that would put us on the path to true democracy. Today we celebrate Regenesys, and we thank them for doing this incredible thing.”Cousins said that Regenesys hopes to have one-million students registered within three years. The institution gives credit for previous studies or work experience through the Recognition of Prior Learning model.“The world is moving towards a knowledge economy,” said Cousins, “and we’re hoping that by infiltrating into Africa and making our materials available, we’ll boost the continent in this arena.”He said that all material is available in PDF or HTML format, to make it accessible to South Africa’s 10-million internet users and the millions outside the country’s borders.“It’s a university in your pocket,” said Blecher.Accredited qualificationsThe four qualifications available are an MBA; a bachelor of business administration; a postgraduate diploma in management; and a higher certificate in business management. The course material is accessible to anyone.Fully 70% of South Africa’s employees are in small and medium companies (SMEs), as opposed to large corporates, said Blecher. “They are the backbone of our country’s economy.”Cousins said that Regenesys aims to boost entrepreneurship and create a platform for the creation of more SMEs.“There is no restriction on these materials, so any registered students can access them, at any level,” he said. “SMEs can boost their business knowledge; organisations can put their staff into training, risk-free, and perhaps allow the top students to continue to the actual qualification, on a bursary basis.”Registered users will also be able to interact with like-minded students, he added.Regenesys is accredited with the Council on Higher Education, the Department of Education, the South African Qualifications Authority and various sector education and training authorities. All courses are designed and compiled by and facilitated by subject matter experts.last_img read more

Talwars refuse remuneration for providing dental services, say authorities

first_img Jail Superintendent Dadhiram Maurya added that the amount would have been Rs 49,500.The Talwars have been attending to patients since November 2013, when they were put behind bars.Jail doctor Sunil Tyagi has said the Talwars have assured the authorities that they would visit the prison every 15 days to conduct check-ups on inmates.The Allahabad High Court in its verdict said neither the circumstances nor the evidence were enough to hold them guilty. Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have refused remuneration for their services to patients inside Dasna Jail, where they have been incarcerated since 2013 in connection with the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case, jail officials said.The Talwars, who were acquitted by the Allahabad High Court on October 12 on charges of murdering their daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj, are likely to be released in the afternoon.Also Read What the Allahabad High Court said while acquitting the Talwars Talwar couple likely to be released from Dasna jail on October 16  According to jail authorities, there has been a sudden rush of patients who are in a “hurry” to get their treatment done from them, the authorities said.The Talwars, waiting to walk out out of jail, perhaps to be virtually caged again inside the unrelenting media spotlight, have “refused to accept the remuneration” for the services rendered, said a jail official.Also Readlast_img read more

Two persons, who tested positive for Zika, die in M.P.

first_imgTwo persons, who tested positive for the Zika virus, died over the past 10 days in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal district, officials said on Tuesday, as the number people suffering from the disease mounted to 109 in the State. The deceased — an 18-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman — were suffering from the virus and other “serious” diseases. Therefore, it cannot be said they died due to Zika, they clarified. “We cannot say these deaths were due to the Zika virus as both the deceased suffered from multiple serious ailments, besides having tested (positive) for Zika,” a senior Health Ministry official said. The virus has infected 109 people, out of which 34 are pregnant women, the officials said. On November 5, an 18-year-old man died due to septic shock. He was suffering from dengue and encephalitis with brain herniation, besides being tested positive for the Zika virus, they said. In the second case, the 23-year-old woman, who also died due to septic shock, was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, besides the virus. She died in the first week of November, the officials said. Both the deaths were reported from the Bhopal district, the officials added.Over a 100 people have tested positive for the Zika virus in seven districts of the State. These include 44 cases from Bhopal, 20 from Sehore, 29 from Vidisha, two each from Sagar and Hoshangabad, and one each from Narsinghpur and Raisen.last_img read more