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first_imgThe missing matches of the Champions League 2019/20 they will all be played in August, according to Sky Sports Italia. With a compressed calendar and theoretically the finished leagues, August 7 and 8 are indicated as the days for the second round matches: Manchester City-Real Madrid, Barcelona-Naples, Bayern-Chelsea and Juventus-Olympique de Lyon. According to Sky’s plan, The first leg of the quarterfinals will be played on August 11 or 12 and the return on 14 or 15. Dates they would enter Atlético de Madrid, PSG, RB Leipzig and Atalanta classified for quarters before the stop by the coronavirus. The first leg of the semifinals will be on August 18 and 19 and the return on 21 and 22. The final of the maximum European competition will be played on August 29 at the Ataturk stadium in Istanbul.. While the Champions 2020/21 would start on October 20. The Europa League He would return on August 2 or 3 when he had to play the round of 16 first legs: Seville-Rome and Inter-Getafe. Leverkusen-Rangers, Shakhtar-Wolsfburg, Wolves-Olympiacos, Manchester United-LASK Linz, Basel-Eintracht Frankfurt and Copenhagen-Basaksehir would be added to the Roma-Sevilla and Getafe-Inter return games on August 6. The first leg of the quarterfinals would be played on August 10 and the return on the 13th with the semifinals a week later, 17 and 20 and the final on August 27 at the Gdansk Arena.Next Tuesday the UEFA will meet with its 55 federations, on Wednesday it will be the turn of the ECA clubs and the European leagues. The dates of the Cup finals will also be discussed at these meetings.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot every team can push through perilous situations and Kazakhstan showed it has what it takes in a 92-88 victory over the Philippines in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.The Kazakhs were holding onto a 90-88 lead with less than half a minute remaining and they had a hard time setting up a shot as the Filipinos hounded their passing lanes in front of a rabid Philippine audience at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT But Kazakh captain Alexandr Zhigulin knew how his team remained composed during that pressure-packed situation—just be totally stoic.“Of course, there was pressure but we stayed calm and we did our job without any emotions,” said Zhigulin as his team improved to a 4-5 record while staying in fifth place of Group F.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Snow Leopards have a slim chance of advancing to the 2019 Fiba World Cup since only the top three teams in both Groups E and F and the better of the two fourth placers will advance to China.Still, it was a win Kazakhstan savored especially with the way they pulled it off. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Philippines ‘can’t afford to lose’ vs Iran, says Tenorio Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia It was a tit-for-tat affair throughout the whole game and Marcio Lassiter’s three with 26.1 seconds left cut Kazakhstan’s lead to two, 90-88.The Snow Leopards were able to nail the dagger field goal when guard Rustam Yergali connected with big man Anton Bykov for the clutch layup with 12.7 seconds left in the game.“The last two points from Bykov and that assist from Yergali were very important, and in that moment you won’t feel any pressure,” said Zhigulin who finished with 30 points and seven rebounds.“At that moment you feel like we can finish and that we can win. More importantly we stayed without emotions.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made additional appointments in government affecting the Ministries of Finance, Information, Foreign Affairs, and National Security Agency, and Internal Affairs. According to an Executive Mansion release, those appointed include:Ministry of FinanceAdolphus Forkpa Deputy Minister for Fiscal AffairsMrs. Juah Feika Deputy Minister for AdministrationMr. Hanson Kiazolu Comptroller & Accountant GeneralMr. Johnny Tarkpah Assistant Minister for External Resources & Debt ManagementMr. Stanley Barh Sr. Assistant Minister for AdministrationMinistry of InformationMr. Jacob V. Jallah Assistant Minister for Technical Services,Mrs. Vivian W.G. Lombeh Minister Counselor for Press & Public Affairs,Liberia Permanent Mission to the United NationsMinistry of Foreign AffairsMr. Edward Essiah Deputy Minister for AdministrationMadam Vivian Wreh Ambassador, Republic of GuineaNational Security AgencyMr. Adolf W. Yancy Assistant Director for External ServicesMinistry of Internal AffairsLocal AppointmentsLofaMr. Akoi Zogbo Commissioner, Voinjama DistrictMs. Korlu Y.M. Beyan Commissioner, Zorzor DistrictMr. Tarmie Zarwu City Mayor, Zorzor DistrictMr. Anthony Armah Commissioner, Lukambeh DistrictGrand Bassa CountyMr. Joe Manuway Township Commissioner, Goegboe TownshipMadam Nancy Greene Superintendent, Statutory District # 2Rivercess CountyMr. Dennis G. Seeboe District Commissioner, Sengblor DistrictMaryland CountyMr. Solomon S. Johnny Superintendent, Karluway Statutory DistrictMs. Jacqueline Ceeta Konneh Karloken city, Karluway Statutory DistrictMr. Richard Gbuffua Commissioner, District #2, Karluway Stat. DistrictMr. Adolphus M. Sieh Commissioner, Yederobo Dis. #3, Karluway These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Honorable House of Senate where applicable.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_img… says transparency, accountability required now more than everThe independence and capacity of the Auditor General’s Office is one of the priority areas to be addressed by Guyana, in order to ensure there is transparency and accountability with regards the oversight of the nation’s revenue and expenditure of public resources, especially in light of the imminent influx of monies into the economy as a result of oil and gas production.This was disclosed by Resident Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Sophie Makonnen, as she brought the curtains down onAt head table, from left: Accountant General Jennifer Chapman; GCCI President Deodat Indar; Auditor General, Deodat Sharma; IDB’s Resident Representative, Sophie Makonnen at Thursday’s eventa multiyear capacity building programme funded primarily by the International Financial Institution (IFI) and held at the Georgetown Marriott Hotel.Echoing Makonnen’s sentiments was President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Deodat Indar, who went a step further in calling for the strengthening of the internal audit mechanisms at the Finance Minister’s Accountant General’s office.Oil revenuesThe IDB representative, in her remarks to the participants, was adamant that “institutional capacity in the Public Sector is one of the priorities that will ensure growth in social and economic development of Guyana; this is really important in the current situation in which Guyana finds itself and I refer to oil revenues which you are expecting in the next few years.”Makonnen told those in attendance, inclusive of internal and external auditors along with Finance Ministry staffers, that transparency and accountability areGCCI President Deodat Indar interacts with Auditor General Deodat Sharmarequired now more than ever with the advent of the oil revenues.She explained that the US$2 million that the IDB plugged in the capacity building programme for the Audit Office is a component of the wider assistance provided to Guyana with regards capacity building for the Public Sector.Makonnen used the opportunity to stress the importance of “control functions” in the Public Sector, adding that this “cannot be over emphasised as importance in the decade to come.”GCCI President Indar, in his unrestrained keynote address to those gathered, sought to remind that the Office of the Auditor General of Guyana stands as a vanguard against threats to its democracy and also called on that body to strengthen its internal deficiencies.“The Audit Office is a vanguard in any thriving democracy; its office audits the use of taxpayers’ dollars and report the same to the Parliament of the people led by the Speaker…We would be comfortable at any moment in time in the history of Guyana when the collective wisdom of Guyana’s decision makers sees the value of this Audit Office and the benefits it dispenses.”Speaking to the need for greater controls with regard the internal auditing mechanism of the Ministry of Finance, Indar sought to underscore the need for the Auditor General’s Office to be able to rely on the accuracy of the information provided especially in light of its own resource and personnel constraints.As such, he used the opportunity to welcome the support of the IDB to the Auditor General’s Office, in order to “strengthen this major constitutional body so that it becomes competent as much as it could be, independent in the true sense of the word.”Quality assuranceSpeaking to the relationship between the Finance Ministry’s Accountant General’s Office and that of the Auditor General, the GCCI President reiterated, “the Ministry of Finance has a corps of internal auditors which is the central corps of internal auditors and they are mandated to work with the Audit Office to make sure that their programmes align, work is not duplicated, the external auditors can use the work of the internal auditors providing that that work is proper… and there is quality assurance in the work of the internal auditor so the external auditor can rely on that work.”He was at the time addressing specifically, the Accountant General (ag) Jennifer Chapman and appealed for that officer to ensure that resources are channelled in order to be able to better use cross functional resources, in order to reduce the work load on the staff of the internal auditors. According to Indar, “in a national environment where they have rife, where they have strife, where they have back and forth, the Audit Office will come under fire.” He called on the Auditor General Deodat Sharma, to remain strong in the task at hand, namely the efficient audits of the national spending by Government in the Public Sector.Accountant General, Jennifer Chapman, speaking on behalf of the Finance Ministry, also used the occasion to underscore the importance of the Audit Office.She said it was Government’s responsibility to provide quality public service to its citizenry since it is the custodian of public finances and properties.Conceding that governments are constantly under pressure to improve the services provided while reducing the cost to the taxpayer, Chapman told the closing ceremony, “based on this premise and in keeping with the statutory mandate the Ministry of Finance and the Audit Office have an inter-agency coordination and cooperation.”This, she said, is aimed at improving public management controls and accurate oversight of the public accounts. “Strong public financial management are essential to improved public service delivery, speed-up poverty reduction and to achieve sustainable development goals,” she said.Effective public financial management systems have also strengthened transparency and accountability and financial efficiency, according to Chapman, who concluded that this provides an important element of truth in public finances.“Consequently, transparency and accountability are pillars of good governance and it is at this juncture that the fundamental function of the Auditor General is the protection of public interest.”The multiyear capacity building programme commences in March 2004 and was financed through four tranches of disbursements from the IDB to the tune of US$2 million with the support of Government to the tune of US$145,000.During the three years, in addition to the training afforded to members of the Audit Office, a sizeable amount of the money was utilised in the digitising of the Office.The primary objective of the agreement which led to the multiyear programme was identified as the continued support of the process of modernising and strengthening of the Audit Office of Guyana to stabilise the transition into an independent and more effective national audit office, as mandated by the 2001 Constitutional Amendment to improve public accountability.ObjectivesThe specific objectives of the programme centred on enhancing the efficiency of its auditing processes; institutionalising best practices, knowledge and skills for sustainable operations; and raising the institution’s visibility to ensure collaboration with stakeholders.With regards the push towards a more digitised method of conduction audits, it was reported that close to two thirds of the final tranche of monies disbursed was spent in this area alone.Participants were told that the Audit Office has since installed and have begun using the TeamMate Audit management Software which provides for the standardisation of working papers, in keeping with international standards and practices.It was explained too that the software ensures quality work is produced on a consistent basis and that the timeliness of the report can be guaranteed providing the software is used as intended.Funding from the project was also utilised on capacity building through report writing workshops, performance and procurement auditing in addition to forensic accounting and fraud investigations.According to Auditor General Deodat Sharma, moving forward, the office intends to fully implement the TeamMate Audit Management Software while reducing the time taken to produce its annual report on the public accounts of Guyana to Parliament.last_img read more

first_imgThis tackle by Yousef Ahmad on Robbie Kruse was only deemed worthy of a yellow card.It came during Australia’s 5-1 hammering of Harry Redknapp’s Jordan in their World Cup qualifier and was something to make Ralph Macchio aka Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid proud.But this happened on the football pitch and not the All Valley Karate Tournament.“You don’t like to see that on the football field,” said Kruse, who said after the game he was hopeful there was serious damage done.“I’m just really thankful it looks good at the moment.”last_img

first_img Gonzalo Higuain scores one of his 36 goals for Napoli in the 2016/17 season Football statistics analysts assess the benefits Gonzalo Higuain could bring to Liverpool FC (for more stats on the Reds, check out WhoScored’s Liverpool page)…This summer promises to be an exciting one for Liverpool. Since Jurgen Klopp took charge last October, the Reds have shown signs of their development under the German. Now, with the break in football to mould the squad in his image, changes aplenty are expected. Joel Matip and Loris Karius have already been signed to improve the defence and while work at the back is still required, improvements are perhaps needed in attack too.Christian Benteke looks set to be shown the Anfield exit, while Daniel Sturridge’s future is in doubt, despite his commendable form on the back of his return to fitness. Indeed reports of a move for Gonzalo Higuain will hardly have sat well for the pair. The Argentine is believed to be keen on a Premier League switch this summer, with Liverpool a possible destination. Napoli will understandably look to retain the services of their star striker – only Paul Pogba (7.81) gained a better rating than Higuain (7.74) in Serie A this season – but, like with any player, could sell if the price is right.Of course, if Liverpool were to move for the 28-year-old, they wouldn’t be the only side in the running for signature. Higuain’s goalscoring exploits are rarely called into question, with his 36 goals this season, more than any Serie A player, a testament to his exemplary goalscoring ability and reinforces his strength of ‘finishing’. Only Luis Suarez (40) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (38) bagged more goals than the Napoli star in Europe’s top five leagues this season, and the Partenopei are reportedly demanding any club that wants the striker pay his full €94m (£71.6m) release clause.It would take something special for Liverpool to sanction that sort of deal and obliterate their club transfer record but with the influx of TV money this is perhaps a deal that would otherwise not normally be possible. His striking approach means he would provide an effective offensive outlet for the Reds in their pursuit of a top-four finish. Capable of either spearheading the attack or pulling wide to drag defenders out of position, this style of play would suit a Liverpool side where those in support are consistently on the move.With Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho in particular roaming free in the final third, Higuain’s regular movement would open up gaps for the offensive duo to exploit. An average of 1.5 key passes per game in Serie A this season was a respectable return, while 1.4 successful dribbles per league match shows a willingness to take on the opposition defence, though it goes without saying his best role is as the focal point of attack rather than pulling wide.An average of a goal every 40.7 touches, the best of those to net 10 or more goals in Serie A this campaign, further highlights just how effective Higuain was in front of goal. Given only Tottenham (13.2) played more key passes per game than Liverpool (13.1) in the Premier League this season, a striker of Higuain’s talent will thrive in attack for the Merseyside outfit. Furthermore, having averaged more shots per game (5.2) than any other player in Italy’s top tier term, his unwavering confidence in front of goal would benefit this Liverpool side, particularly given the number of goalscoring chances they create.A number of teams in Europe will be courting Higuain this summer, of that there is no doubt. If he does indeed look to leave Napoli, Liverpool won’t be the only side partaking in the race to sign the frontman. However, if the Argentine does fancy a switch to Anfield, the Reds would be in their right mind to do all they can to sign the prolific hitman.For more stats on Gonzalo Higuain, click here to view his player page 1last_img read more

first_imgDonegal North East TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn will be seeking a progress report from the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter and senior management in An Garda Síochána as to what has been done since they received Sinn Féin’s detailed ‘Impacts and Attitudes to Crime in Donegal Survey’ last year.He was speaking at a Donegal Sinn Féin press conference on the issue of crime in the county, where he was joined by Sinn Féin representatives, Cllrs Mick Quinn, Gerry McMonagle and Jack Murray.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said the survey, which was carried out face-to-face with 500 people in the north and east of the county provided sound scientific evidence of the need for greater garda resources in Donegal. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “Last year Sinn Féin members in Donegal interviewed people across the north and east of the county to assess their opinions on crime and garda responses.“Some of the most startling statistics revealed that over a quarter of people do not feel safe in their own community, just under a third had been a victim of crime or anti-social behaviour in the last five years and 79% of people would like to see an increase in garda patrols.“These statistics are further compounded by the unprecedented crowds that turned out in Manorcunningham for the public meetings following the brutal robberies of elderly people.“So now, a year after we presented our findings to the Minister for Justice, the Garda Chief Superintendent in Donegal and submitted it to be included in the County Donegal policing plan, the question has to be asked, ‘what has been done’? “Sinn Féin will not stand for inadequate garda resources in our communities. Our people deserve to feel safe in their own homes.“Excellent work has been done by communities in establishing community alert and neighbourhood watch groups, but in order for these groups to reach their full potential they need the proper garda resources to assist them.“Donegal Sinn Féin are now challenging the two Government TDs in Donegal as well as all the Government supporting councillors to bring Minister Shatter to Donegal as soon as possible to hear first hand from our communities and the victims of crime about their serious concerns”. NOT ENOUGH GARDAÍ TO DEAL WITH CRIME WAVE – TD was last modified: February 28th, 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:crimedonegalSinn Feinlast_img read more

first_imgA man wrongly accused of being a “sexual predator” has said he does not know if he will ever be able to return to live in Co Donegal after his ordeal.Kieron Coyle had been accused of rape and sexual assault while working as a taxi-driver in Derry last Christmas.Coyle, 39, has been living in Killygordon with his wife and child for the past number of years. But people had blanked him and even threatened him since the allegations came out.However the case against him was dropped this morning by the Public Prosecution Service in Derry.However Mr Coyle told that his life has been destroyed by the claims.‘The bottom line is that I have never been guilty of any of these claims and I knew that from the start.“And yet I was held by police for five days and made to feel like a convicted criminal. Mud sticks and that’s just how it is.“I will always be seen as having done something wrong. There are people who were at my wedding and they will not speak to me because of this,” he said.Kieron said he does not known the woman who accused him of rape other than the fact that he brought her to a house in Derry when she was very drunk.He said he will never forget being arrested and held in prison until he could come up with the bail money.“I told the other prisoners I was in for drugs offences but rapists and paedophiles are the worst things in prison.“On my last night there, my name was in the newspapers as a rapist and I went through hell. The other prisoners were roaring and shouting at me. I was terrified and I didn’t come out of my cell,” he said.He said he has also been told to “watch his back” by the PSNI as Dissident Republicans had compiled a profile on him.He said he now just wants to get on with his life but does not known if he will be able to pick up the pieces of his life.“I love Donegal but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to go back to Killygordon.“I just want people to see that I didn’t do this – that I’m not this sexual monster I have been painted as.“Our lives have been hell but I always knew I never done this. Hopefully I can start again,” he said.MAN WRONGLY ACCUSED OF RAPE SAYS HE MAY NEVER LIVE IN DONEGAL AGAIN was last modified: March 16th, 2012 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:KIERON COYLElast_img read more

first_imgA St Johnston actor features in a BBC spoof ahead of Saturday night’s ‘Money Fight’ between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.Patrick McBrearty plays the news anchor in a sketch on the ‘outbreak of Boxing Expert Syndrome’, made by the Tight Shorts team, BBC NI’s social media comedy strand, which has gone viral on the internet.The fight is on everyone’s lips ahead of the bout at the MGM Grand – and the BBC have put together this cracking spoof about BES – a ‘virus’ that affects only males and can be recognised by symptoms that include ‘exaggerated knowledge of boxing’ or ‘a compulsion to give your opinion on social media!’ Patrick, from Dundee in St Johnston, is a former student at St Baithin’s NS and St Eunan’s College. A graduate of the famous Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London with a BA in Acting for Stage and Screen, he has performed a number of lead roles.Watch the sketch below …Watch: Donegal actor in BBC’s McGregor-Mayweather spoof that goes viral was last modified: August 25th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Conor McGregorFloyd Mayweatherpatrick mcbreartySt Johnstonlast_img read more

first_imgA SUMMER sunshine beamed its rays down on Sean MacCumhaill Park this afternoon for the 2019 Donegal SFC semi-finals.Champions Gaoth Dobhair overcame Kilcar 3-8 to 0-12 to return to the final, where they will defend Dr Maguire and also put their Ulster SFC title on the line.Standing between the Gaoth Dobhair men and retention of their silverware will be Naomh Conaill, who edged St Eunan’s 0-15 to 1-11 in the first semi-final. After losing the last two finals, Naomh Conaill will be aiming for a case of third time lucky. A healthy attendance of 5,400 saw the action unfold.Pictures by Evan Logan …A section of the large crowd at Sunday’s game.Hugh, Geraldine, Francie, Eddie and Tommy enjoying the occasion.Eddie Crawford and Malachy McCann.A section of the large crowd at Sunday’s game.Glenfin men Hugh, Seamus, John and Seamus enjoying a half time cuppa.Gaoth Dobhair supporters Aoibhin, Emma and Roisin before Sunday’s big game.A section of the large crowd at Sunday’s game.A section of the large crowd at Sunday’s game.Kilcar supporters Saoirse, Cliodhna and Laina.A section of the large crowd at Sunday’s game.Kilcar supporters Ciara, Katie, Mollie and Kelsey.Naomh Conaill supporters Jade, Cathy, Andrea, Lara and Abbi celebrate their big win.Picture special from Donegal senior championship semi-finals was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Donegal SFCGaoth DobhairkilcarNaomh ConaillSt Eunanslast_img read more