Several officials of the Moroccan club Raja de Casablanca sacrificed a ram in a public ceremony to stop the streak of injuries suffered by players of the Moroccan team in this last season.The sacrifice was made at the club stadium in the Oasis neighborhood of Casablanca Last weekend, local newspapers “Assabah” and “le360 sport.ma” reported today, adding that the act caused the astonishment of several club workers.The meat of the ram offered was distributed among the different workers of the club as a kind of gift to provide good luck and end the injuries The players suffer. Since the beginning of this season Twelve Raja players have suffered injuries that have required extensive surgery or extensive medical tests.The newspaper “Assabah”, citing Mohamed Arsi, president of Raja’s medical commission, attributed the repeated injuries of soccer players to bad preparations at the beginning of this season.Moroccan newspapers remember that in 2006, the board of directors of Raja, the most successful team in the history of Moroccan football, sacrificed a calf in the same stadium to provide good luck.
The preseason is compromised and the stage could be in Valdebebas. The coronavirus crisis is spreading and the tsunami carries with it sporting events across the globe. Another one who joins the list in serious danger is the International Champions Cup in the USA, which each summer becomes pre-season rehearsals and a generous source of income for Real Madrid. For this 2020 there was also a jackpot: a Classic against Barcelona in Las Vegas.A project that unveiled in February the Washington Post in which the white club and Barcelona have continued to negotiate with Relevent Sports, the company that organizes the tournament. The plan was to hold the second Classic on American soil, after Miami in 2017. It would serve, as if it were a bottle of champagne, to launch the new stadium of the City of Sin. The Allegiant Stadium is the next wonder of Las Vegas (it has cost € 1,750M) and will host from this year the Raiders, the NFL franchise that has just moved there.But this new Classic received a first blow four weeks ago, when the scourge of the coronavirus shot up in China and forced Relevent Sports to cancel the part of the tournament that was going to be played in Singapore … Now, the temporary suspension of the major leagues constrains the calendar to the maximum. To this we must add that the United States is closing due to the pandemic, its competitions too (the NBA) and for example a macro event such as the next NFL draft, precisely in Las Vegas, will be held behind closed doors on April 23. The organization, however, is reluctant to cancel the 2020 ICC in its US version. “We continue planning the 2020 edition and we are adjusting to the new soccer calendars”, a senior manager of Relevent Sports explains to AS, “we have to monitor the situation but we have to understand that it is changing very quickly”. “In any case, safety and health will be our priorities,” he concludes.An economic disorder …The preseason of Real Madrid is seen, whatever happens, committed. It’s on the table perform the stage in Valdebebas, with a very limited presence outside (predictably only in Spain) with friendlies. Running out of tour would be a financial setback for Madrid. He is in the select group that receives the largest cache in the ICC (along with Barça, Manchester United and Bayern, and Liverpool wants to join them) with € 3M net per friendly, more bonuses depending on the entity of the rival. A figure that multiplied by three in the Miami Classic (€ 9M) and that it had been established as the basis for negotiating the minutes for each club in this Las Vegas Classic. In total, in the summer of 2019 Madrid billed € 12M net for his US tour. A wobbly gold mine.
Petition for early releaseShaheed Roger KhanIn his bid to be released from prison in the United States, Shaheed Roger Khan is insisting that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) should use his good-conduct credit under the First Step Act to have him released earlier than July.Khan is currently serving a 15-year sentence for drug trafficking to the US and is set to be released on July 8, this year. However, he filed a petition in March for early release, pursuant to good-time credit acquired under the First Step Act (Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act or First Step Act) – which revises sentencing laws and expands reentry and early release programmes.The First Step Act, which was signed into law by President Donald Trump in December 2018, seeks to ensure that all inmates within the BOP receive the full 54 days of good-conduct credit. This would mean that Khan could have benefited from a three-month early release which would have been in mid-to-late March.But the BOP, according to the petition, has taken the absolute strictest stance in an effort to wait until the very last second to apply this legislative correction. As such, the good conduct credit fix will be applied until after July 19, 2019, which means thousands of prisoners, like Khan, will not benefit from the passage of the First Step Act.In his reply to the response filed by the State, on behalf of the warden at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Miami, Bryan Dobbs – where he is being kept – Khan noted that the dispute is really when the change in laws was supposed to go into effect.He outlined in his submissions that the Respondent’s position is that this change will not go into effect until July 25, 2019, based upon the provision within Section 102 (b) of the First Step Act that holds the “effective date” to “take effect beginning on the date that the Attorney General completes and releases the risk and needs assessment system”.And according to the Respondent, since the Attorney General was granted 210 days to complete the “risk and needs assessment” system, then the good-time fix will not go into effect until July 25, 2019.This, Khan argued, is erroneous. He pointed out that the Attorney General’s directive to complete a “risk and needs assessment” system is independent of, and separate from, the good-time fix.“It was meant to be applied solely toward the separate ‘earned-time’ credits, which has nothing to do with the ‘good-time’ fix. The only part of the law that was supposed to have a delayed implementation was the first [earned-time]; the other part of the law [good-time] was, by congressional intent, to have immediate application,” Khan insisted in his submissions.Furthermore, he posited that the cases that the Respondent cites as supporting its position are not precedent but, in fact, go against the Eleventh Circuit’s directive to give effect to congressional intent, which, he said, is clear in this matter; that these two provisions (earned-time vs good-time) were to be two separate considerations independent of each other.Khan was sentenced in 2009 to 15 years’ imprisonment after he pled guilty to arms trafficking, drug trafficking, conspiracy and witness tampering. He was nabbed in neighbouring Suriname back in June 2006 after fleeing Guyana illegally. Khan had made claims of working to curb an out-of-control crime situation during that period by using extrajudicial methods of execution.
– resolution adopted urging return to democracy, free and fair electionsOn the same day as the swearing-in of Venezuela President Nicholás Maduro, Guyana was among 19 countries to support a resolution refusing to recognise the legitimacy of a Maduro Government and to call for fresh elections.This resolution was taken at the level of the Permanent Council of Organisation of American States (OAS), of which Guyana is a member. When the dust from voting had settled, OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez announced that 19 voted in favour of the resolution, six were against it and there were eight abstentions and one member completely absent.According to the resolution, the OAS would not recognise the legitimacy of Maduro’s new term as President. The resolution also urges member states to use lawful, diplomatic, economic and financial measures to restore democracy to Venezuela.Among other things, it also calls for new, free and fair presidential elections to be held. The resolution notes that last year’s election failed to meet international standards for elections and lacked legitimacy.The resolution also seeks “to invite Member States and Permanent Observers to implement measures to address the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and impacted countries, through the support to appropriate international and regional organisations.It also urges “the Venezuelan regime to allow the immediate entry of humanitarian aid to the people in Venezuela, including epidemiological surveillance, to prevent the aggravation of the humanitarian and public health crisis, particularly against the reappearance and propagation of diseases,” going on to demand “the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners.”The OAS resolution also assures the Venezuelan people of its solidarity andThe voting at the Permanent Council of the Organisation ofAmerican States (OAS Photo)intention to restore democracy to the beleaguered Spanish speaking country, adding that the resolution will also be presented before the United Nations (UN).It was noted in the resolution that Maduro’s Government has presided over “worsening political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis, resulting from the breakdown of democratic order and serious human rights violations in that state, and the Government of Venezuela’s negligence to meet the fundamental Inter-American standards of human rights and democracy.”It adds that “as a consequence, a significant number of Venezuelans are being forced to flee the country because their basic needs have not been met.” The OAS also noted that with the collapse of Venezuela’s healthcare system, there has been a reemergence of previously eradicated infectious diseases across that country and into its neighbors and the wider region.It is understood that besides Guyana, the other 18 votes in favour of the resolution came from Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, United States, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, and St Lucia.On the other hand, the six countries voting against were: Bolivia, Nicaragua, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Suriname, and Venezuela. The eight countries that abstained were: Mexico, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, and El Salvador. Grenada was absent.IntimidationIt was only a week ago that Guyana’s Government had called on Venezuela to cease its intimidation tactics and respect Guyana’s territory. This had followed complaints late last year from ExxonMobil that the Venezuelan navy had intercepted one of its vessels while doing research work.On December 22, ExxonMobil’s local subsidiary announced it was suspending the 3-D seismic tests it started only a month ago in Guyana’s Stabroek Block; after the appearance and approach of the Venezuelan navy caused the company’s seismic vessel to pack up shop and vacate the area.Ramform Tethys, the vessel in question is owned by Norwegian company Petroleum and Geo Services (PGS). The company was contracted by Exxon to carry out tests and acquire seismic data.The incident came at a time when Guyana has an ongoing territorial integrity case with Venezuela. While Guyana has submitted the relevant paperwork to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) the Venezuelan Government is yet to join the proceedings. During the 2019 budget debates, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge had revealed that April 18, 2019 has been set for Venezuela to submit its counter memorial.Guyana approached the ICJ in the hopes of a final judicial settlement of longstanding border controversies with Venezuela. When US oil giant ExxonMobil announced the first of multiple oil finds in local waters in 2015, Venezuela renewed its claim to two-thirds of Guyana’s territory. Venezuela has been against oil exploration in Guyana’s Stabroek Block, where multiple oil deposits were found by ExxonMobil, and has since renewed claims to the Essequibo region.On January 30, 2018, Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres concluded that the Good Offices Process – which the parties had engaged in for almost 30 years, but it failed to achieve a solution to the controversy – and chose the ICJ as the next means of settlement, for which Guyana has long been advocating. Sir Shridath Ramphal and Ambassador Audrey Waddell are assisting Minister Greenidge.
“We waited for the right moment to operate so he would be fit again as soon as possible,” the club said.In his 17-year career, he won his first trophy with boyhood club Esporte Clube de Bahia followed by five at Sevilla, 23 with Barcelona, two at Juventus and four so far at PSG.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dani Alves had surgery on a knee in Paris on Tuesday © AFP/File / François-Xavier MARITPARIS, France, Jun 6 – Brazilian defender Dani Alves went under the knife Tuesday for the injured knee that ruled him out of the World Cup, his club Paris Saint-Germain announced.The 35-year-old former Barcelona star Alves suffered knee ligament injuries on May 8 during the French Cup final, meaning Brazil lost a senior player with 107 international appearances for the World Cup.
1 Hull staged a second-half recovery to earn a point in a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship.Steve Bruce’s men failed to impress in the opening 45 minutes of this Yorkshire derby as the Owls deservedly led through Fernando Forestieri’s instinctive finish after 28 minutes.But Bruce clearly had words with his men at the half-time interval and they came out firing in the second half, with Abel Hernandez’s 50th-minute strike earning a draw.Both sides will feel they could have won, as several chances were missed during their respective dominant 45 minutes, but Wednesday and Hull both extend their impressive unbeaten runs.Wednesday’s first-half domination could have began much earlier had referee Keith Stroud awarded them a spot-kick inside the opening 10 minutes when Kieran Lee burst into the box and looked to be fouled by Tigers skipper Michael Dawson.However, after continuing to look the more threatening, they took the lead in the 28th minute through Forestieri.After a corner was cleared Ross Wallace stood a ball back into the area which Tom Lees headed down for Forestieri to hook home from eight yards.Hull threatened an immediate response when Jake Livermore’s low effort forced Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood into a scrambling save, but it was Wednesday who continued to boss matters.Lucas Joao almost doubled the lead when he made space for himself on the edge of the area and sent in a stinging low shot, which Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor failed to hold, with Forestieri denied as he was about to follow up.And then Barry Bannan squandered an even better opportunity after blazing over at the far post following good work by Lee.After a poor first-half showing from the Tigers it took them only five minutes to improve after the break and they levelled through Hernandez.Westwood beat away two efforts from Livermore but he was helpless to Hernandez driving in his fifth goal of the season.Hull were a different side and only the fingertips of Westwood stopped them taking the lead on the hour mark.Ahmed Elmohamady whipped in an inviting cross and Hernandez’s precise header was superbly tipped around the post.Sam Clucas and Andrew Robertson both drilled over as Hull continued to press, though there was a rare moment of danger at the other end as McGregor had to produce a fine save after Robertson diverted a Wednesday free-kick goalwards.Hull sent three men up front in the final 10 minutes in a bid to force a winner, but the only late drama was Stroud suffering an injury after taking a tumble, with the referee replaced for the four minutes of time added on by fourth official Darren Handley. Steve Bruce
Colwell agreed it was proper to establish such reserves, but stood his ground that raiding them to pump up earnings was not. When Oppenheimer asked whether Colwell opposed the timing of the reserves reduction, Colwell responded, “No, the timing in my mind was not an issue with the changes, it was the way.” Colwell conceded that no one told him to do anything improper with a reserve account, nor did he voice concern that his action was wrong. “You never said, ‘Gee, I don’t want to do this?”‘ Oppenheimer asked. “I did not say that, you’re right,” Colwell replied. Other witnesses have testified that Skilling either ordered or had authority to order the last-minute increase in reported earnings per share in the second quarter of 2000. Colwell’s predecessor, Wanda Curry, took the stand Monday and testified that the trading division’s then-chief executive, Cliff Baxter, told her in February 2000 that Colwell would replace her as chief accounting officer of Enron North America because she “was incapable of making aggressive accounting decisions.” Causey then assigned her to work for Enron’s retail energy unit. In autumn 2000, he directed Curry to analyze its trading contracts and billing procedures in an assignment dubbed “Project Deep Dive.” Curry said she found wildly overvalued contracts stemming from the retail unit’s trading operation and piles of uncashed checks from customers, which translated to hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for the unit. “It was a complete do-over because we couldn’t trust what was in those books,” she said of efforts to assign more reasonable values to contracts. She reported her findings to Causey and other superiors in February 2001, and learned in March of that year that the retail unit’s trading operation had been folded into Enron’s wholesale division, which encompassed the company’s larger trading franchise. Skilling told analysts the move consolidated similar functions to increase efficiency. But Curry testified that his explanation didn’t make sense because retail contracts were more complicated and wholesale traders lacked the expertise to handle them. “I believed the decision (to move retail trading into wholesale) was made at the end of March or early April because of documented large losses, referring specifically to the retail side of the business,” Curry declared sternly. Curry’s testimony was expected to wrap up today, but it wasn’t clear who would testify next. Prosecutors expected to call Delainey, who pleaded guilty to insider trading in October 2003, but the defense teams said they weren’t ready to cross-examine him because they didn’t expect Colwell and Curry to finish so quickly. Prosecutors said they might instead call Timothy Belden, a former top Enron trader who pleaded guilty in October 2002 to wire fraud for manipulating California power markets during that state’s power crunch in 2000-2001. Before the trial began, Jan. 30, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake ruled that Belden could not testify about audiotapes of Enron traders often profanely discussing how they gamed California’s power system for higher profit because neither Skilling nor Lay is charged with manipulating that state’s market. Prosecutors contend that Lay and Skilling repeatedly lied about Enron’s financial health while knowing fraudulent accounting propped up the company before it crashed into bankruptcy proceedings in December 2001. The defendants say there was no fraud at Enron, and that negative publicity coupled with diminishing market confidence fueled the company’s swift collapse. Colwell, 46, testified as part of an immunity deal he obtained from prosecutors. In October 2003 he paid half a million dollars to settle Securities and Exchange Commission civil allegations of manipulating Enron’s earnings, but has not been charged with a crime. “If I tell the truth and don’t withhold any information, I will not be prosecuted for my crimes while at Enron,” Colwell told jurors Monday when explaining his deal. The SEC complaint alleged that Colwell and others improperly set aside higher-than-expected trading profit to report in future quarters so Enron would appear to be a stable, growing company rather than one vulnerable to market volatility. In addition to paying a fine to settle the SEC allegations, Colwell lost his CPA license and is barred from being an officer in a publicly traded company. He is not a felon. Skilling faces 31 counts of fraud, conspiracy, insider trading and lying to auditors, while Lay faces seven counts of fraud and conspiracy. If convicted, both face decades in prison. Only Skilling faces allegations of improper stock sales. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “I didn’t talk to Skilling,” Colwell said. Twice within a five-day stretch between the close of the second quarter in 2000 and Enron’s announcement of earnings, Colwell reduced reserves by $7 million. The total $14 million was added to reported income so Enron could announce earnings-per-share of 34 cents rather than the 32 cents Wall Street expected, making the company appear more successful than it was. “Did you use reserve accounts at Enron North America to fraudulently manipulate Enron’s reported earnings?” prosecutor Sean Berkowitz asked. “Yes,” Colwell replied. Skilling lawyer Randall Oppenheimer tried to establish that reserve accounts are part of normal operations to protect companies against losses or liabilities. He also noted that amounts of those reserves fluctuated with efforts to keep adequate financial cushions. HOUSTON – The former top accountant for Enron Corp.’s profitable trading division said Monday that he improperly raided reserves to increase earnings in mid-2000 when he understood that former Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling and other superiors wanted results that would wow Wall Street. Wesley H. Colwell kicked off the fifth week of the fraud and conspiracy trial of Skilling and Enron founder Kenneth Lay, telling jurors he helped the company fraudulently manipulate earnings to meet or beat analysts’ expectations by dipping into reserves when Enron needed an income boost that business operations didn’t provide. Colwell didn’t say Skilling ordered him to plunder reserves to boost earnings. He said, however, that he e-mailed his boss – then-Enron North America chief executive David Delainey – days before Enron released second-quarter 2000 earnings to say he understood that it was Skilling’s “preference” to surpass expectations. Colwell explained later he had found out about Skilling’s preference third-hand from accounting executive Mark Lindsey, who told Colwell that then-Enron Chief Accounting Officer Richard Causey had discussed it with Skilling.
DONEGAL SHC FINAL/Burt 3-11 Setanta 2-7:Niall Campbell was the Burt hero as he scored two goals and eight points as his side regained the Donegal title at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny today.Campbell scored the first five minutes from the end of the first half as the Inishowen men came from six points down to lead 1-7 to 1-6 at half-time. He got his second, and Burt’s third, with 10 minutes left to open up a nine-point lead after Jonathan McGrath had scored the second. Setanta’s Kevin Campbell’s injury-time goal was too late.BURT: P OBrien; C McDermott, C Dowds, K Glenn; B Harrigan, J Boyle, C McLaughlin; A McDermott, J McGrath (1-0); S Boyle (0-2), P Strain, R McDermott; N Campbell (2-8, six frees), E McDermott, M McCann (0-1). Subs: D Grant for Glenn (39 mins), S Gillespie for S Boyle (47 mins), S Murphy for Strain (59 mins).SETANTA: M Campbell; B Tourish, J Callaghan, S Gallen; C Bonner, D Cullen (1-0), T Cotter; J Browne, P Browne; D Browne (0-1), S McMenamin, M McGhee (0-1); K Campbell (1-4, 1-3 frees), S Flynn, M Bonner. Subs: R Kee (0-1) for McGhee (5 mins), C Gallen for S McMenamin (34 mins), M Callaghan for S Flynn (44 mins).Referee: E Hasson (Derry). BURT ARE COUNTY HURLING CHAMPIONS was last modified: September 28th, 2011 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) Tags:BURT GAASETANTA
He has brought us sports news from around the globe for almost 50 years.Packie Bonner and THAT save!And now presenter Bill O’Herlihy is set to hang up his microphone after tonight’s World Cup Final.And now the 75 year old has revealed that his favourite sporting moment of that career was Packie Bonner’s World Cup penalty save against Romania at Italia ’90. The Corkman revealed “It was very exciting in the studio and a fantastic time for Ireland.“Everyone knows where they were when the big Donegal man pulled off that wonderful save.”O’Herlihy has been described as the “best in the business” by his old pal and fellow pundit Eamon Dunphy.As Bill would say himself – “We’ll leave it there so.” OKEY DOKE – RTE LEGEND SAYS PACKIE’S WORLD CUP SAVE WAS HIS FAVOURITE MOMENT! was last modified: July 13th, 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:Bill O’HerlihydonegalItalia ’90Packie Bonnersave