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English Football Season Extends Shutdown Till April 30

first_imgUEFA’s decision to postpone Euro 2020 for 12 months earlier this week could allow games to be completed over the summer if strict restrictions on travelling and mass gatherings to halt the spread of COVID-19 are lifted in time.The leagues still hope to finish the season once play can be restarted rather than accepting the current standings as final or declaring the campaign null and void.“We’re united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so,” added the statement.Even if play can commence in early May, that could mean matches stretching beyond the June 30goal UEFA agreed on for finishing the season on Tuesday.The end of June is when many players’ contracts and loan deals expire.However, the English authorities are putting no limit of when the 2019/20 season must be finished by.“The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that ‘the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June’ and ‘each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season’.“However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football.”One option could see the end of the 2019/20 and beginning of the 2020/21 come together with no time for an off-season break.“Players may need to get their summer break in now before we finish what was the 19/20 season and roll it right into the 20/21 season without a break,” Brighton striker Glenn Murray said.“Everyone loves sport, everyone loves watching football but I really think the right decision was made in bringing it to a halt.“At this moment in time it’s pretty irrelevant, people’s health is first and foremost. Once we get over this crisis we can look at sport and getting the Premier League and Football Leagues back in action.”The sudden shutdown, though, could have long-lasting consequences for many lower league clubs worrying if they will even be able to survive the next couple of months with no income from gate receipts.A £50 million ($58 million) short-term relief package was announced by the EFL to help stricken clubs on Wednesday.However, there has so far been no bailout from the Premier League to ensure those further down the pyramid survive.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram COVID-19 UPDATEThe shutdown of English football was extended until at least April 30on Thursday after the Premier League and English Football League (EFL) held crisis meetings.“We’ve collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday 30 April,” said a joint statement by the English Football Association, Premier League, EFL, players and managers’ bodies.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JULY 3, 2016

first_imgChad Lindsay61971115%44%$204,510 BEHOLDER, STELLAR WIND WORK FOR REMATCHChampions Beholder and Stellar Wind, first and second in the Grade I Vanity Mile on June 4, Sunday morning at Santa Anita worked towards an expected rematch in the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar July 30.Under Janeen Painter, Beholder went five furlongs in company with Air Light in 1:00.80, while her stablemate was clocked in 1:01.20.“It was just a little maintenance work,” trainer Richard Mandella said of Beholder’s drill. “She’ll have a stronger one here next week before shipping to Del Mar.”Also in company, Stellar Wind worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 under regular rider Victor Espinoza for trainer John Sadler. Stablemate Carnival Lights went in 1:01.80.“John’s happy, I’m happy and Stellar Wind is happy,” said Sadler assistant Larry Benavidez after the workout. IMPRESSIVE WINNERS CLASH IN LANDALUCE STAKESThe filly counterpart of the Santa Anita Juvenile also will be run next Saturday in the form of the $125,000 Landaluce Stakes for two-year-old fillies at 5 ½ furlongs.Cioppino Pasadino may have surprised some folks when she won her only start by 4 ¼ lengths at 8-1 on May 28, but trainer and part owner Gary Sherlock wasn’t one of them.“She wasn’t a surprise to me,” said Sherlock, who owns the California-bred daughter of Time to Get Even with breeder Terry Lovingier. “She’s very, very fast, and we want to run her Saturday because the CTBA Stakes (for Cal-bred fillies at Del Mar) was moved to July 29, so now we can run here and there.“If I didn’t run Saturday and waited for the CTBA, it would be eight weeks between starts, a bit too long. This should set her up for that race.”Cioppino Pasadino will be ridden by Edwin Maldonado, who is enjoying a quietly spectacular Spring Meet with 26 wins, good for fourth in the standings.Among those expected to face Cioppino Pasadino are Miss Southern Miss (Flavien Prat) and Theonewewaitedfor (Rafael Bejarano). DERBY DREAMS START IN SANTA ANITA JUVENILETWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES ON PARADE IN LANDALUCE BEHOLDER AND STELLAR WIND WORK FOR HIRSCHCELEBRATE DOLLAR DAY, JULY 4 AT SANTA ANITA Edwin Maldonado14426221518%44%$987,556 Santiago Gonzalez16821242813%43%$1,062,475 Stewart Elliott918879%25%$369,615 Martin Pedroza771191214%42%$362,870 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Miller561014718%55%$479,060 Fernando Perez911110812%32%$427,403 Rafael Bejarano16841342924%62%$2,291,570 Doug O’Neill939211910%53%$695,986 Tyler Baze18028383116%54%$1,453,922 HALL OF FAME JOCKEYS TO SIGN ONE-OF-A-KIND POSTER NEXT SUNDAYNext Sunday, July 10, closing day of the Spring Meet, Hall of Fame jockeys Gary Stevens and Mike Smith will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to sign one-of-a-kind posters featuring three-time champion mare Beholder and the undefeated filly Songbird.Signings will take place in the shaded saddling enclosure. Families are invited to bring the kids, as Santa Anita mascots, Winnie and Lucky, will be on-hand to greet fans and offer Beholder peppermints, her favorite treat. Joseph Talamo13224171918%45%$1,425,618 FINISH LINES: Mike Smith, slightly sore from a training mishap early Saturday morning, took off his only mount today, 4-1 morning line chance Gloryzapper in the Southern Truce Stakes. She will now be ridden by Rafael Bejarano . . . Rito Almanza, who won his first race in the United States on only his second mount in this country when he guided $52.20 outsider Valentine Boy to a 5 ¾-length stunner for trainer Felipe Souza in Saturday’s ninth race, fulfilled one of his dreams with the victory. “I always wanted to compete with the best,” the 23-year-old Almanza said through Michael Burns, his agent and interpreter. “I only arrived in the U.S. (from his native Peru) on June 14. The win was very emotional for me. Rafael Bejarano (also from Peru) has been very helpful to me. I hang out with him in the jocks’ room and we’ve gone out to dinner together. He’s been a big supporter.” . . . Mario Gutierrez, Martin Pedroza and Joe Talamo ride at Belmont Park next Saturday, Gutierrez on Ralis in the $1,250,000 Belmont Derby Invitational at 1 ¼ miles on turf and Land Over Sea in the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational at 1 ¼ miles on turf; Pedroza on Private Zone in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship; and Talamo on unbeaten Coppa in the Grade III Victory Ride Stakes . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Flamboyant, a candidate for the Grade II Eddie Read at Del Mar July 23, worked six furlongs on the main track Sunday in 1:12.20 for Paddy Gallagher with Drayden Van Dyke up . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Om, who had his second breeze Friday after being turned out for two months, is ticketed for the Grade II Del Mar Mile on turf Aug. 21, trainer Dan Hendricks said . . . With four racing days remaining in the Spring Meet, Bejarano holds a 41-36 lead over runner-up Flavien Prat in the jockeys’ race, while D’Amato has a commanding 23-14 lead over runners-up Bob Baffert and Jerry Hollendorfer among trainers. Favorites are winning at a 32.91 percent rate (103 out of 313); on dirt at 33.92 percent (77 of 227) and on turf, 30.23 percent (26 of 86). Odds-on favorites have won 47.13 percent of the time (41 of 87), favorites have been in the money 75.08 percent of the time (235 of 313), and odds-on favorites have been in the money 88.51 percent of the time (77 of 87) . . . Santa Anita’s Spring Meet closes out with a three-day week next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 10. Simulcast wagering will be offered on Thursday, when there is free Grandstand Admission and free grandstand parking that day and on Friday, July 8. FANS CAN WIN MERCEDES-BENZ TOMORROW, DOLLAR DAYTomorrow, July 4, is Fan Appreciation Day at Santa Anita. Fans can enter to win a chance at a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC, presented by Rusnak/Arcadia, reserved seating for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Nov. 4 and 5, VIP packages good for the track’s Autumn Meet which begins Sept. 30, and $500 betting vouchers.Veterans and active duty military will receive free General Admission Monday at Santa Anita as well. Monday also is also Dollar Day, with one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs available throughout the day.Following are details on Santa Anita’s Fan Appreciation Day offerings: Each fan (with paid admission) will receive a contest entry card as they enter Santa Anita. The card, once completed, can be placed in a number of designated contest locations or bins throughout the facility. All entries must be submitted by 3 p.m. Martin Garcia771261316%40%$646,734 Bob Baffert501410628%60%$787,603 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Woncenter_img DERBY FEVER COULD BEGIN NEXT SATURDAYIt’s 10 months too early to come down with a serious case of Derby Fever, but symptoms could start next Saturday when two-year-olds with Triple Crown aspirations run in the $125,000 Santa Anita Juvenile at 5 ½ furlongs.Two likely starters are trained by Doug O’Neill, who already has a successful template for winning the Kentucky Derby, having done so with I’ll Have Another in 2012 and champion Nyquist on May 7 this year.O’Neill plans to start two impressive maiden winners in the Juvenile, Green With Eddie and Secret House. Green With Eddie, a bay colt sired by the “now” stallion Square Eddie, was bred and is owned by Reddam Racing, who owned I’ll Have Another and also owns Nyquist.Nyquist, whose long-range goal is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, is scheduled to work five furlongs Monday under regular rider Mario Gutierrez.Also expected for the Juvenile is California Diamond, an impressive first-out winner for trainer John Brocklebank under Edwin Maldonado, who retains the mount Saturday.Green With Eddie worked four furlongs Sunday in 48.20. John Sadler62971215%45%$739,973 James Cassidy4474616%39%$427,500 Richard Mandella3795724%57%$723,132 Mario Gutierrez71715410%37%$583,775 Kent Desormeaux54108319%39%$411,685 Philip D’Amato912318825%54%$1,500,658 Mark Glatt6712151018%55%$454,266 Peter Eurton4285519%43%$481,515 Jerry Hollendorfer721471419%49%$973,463 Mike Puype51106520%41%$328,650 Mike Smith40138133%55%$926,437 Patrick Gallagher2872225%39%$261,390 Richard Baltas54991217%56%$401,190 The contest cards will be used to draw the winners, who will be announced throughout the day from the Winner’s Circle.One lucky fan will become the final contestant entered into the drawing for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC presented by Rusnak/Arcadia. All 10 qualifiers will be on-track and will be assigned to a specific horse in a designated race on Monday. The contestants will watch their race from the Winner’s Circle and the winning horse will determine the winner of the Mercedes-Benz GLC.Betting vouchers worth $500 will be given away, as will four 2016 Autumn Meet “VIP Day at the Races” packages.Two Breeders’ Cup Reserved Seating Packages, including a Four-Pack for Friday, Nov. 4, and a Four-Pack for Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Saturday, Nov. 5, will be given away.Visit http://www.santaanita.com/events-and-tickets/ for contest rules plus additional info on giveaways and VIP packages. Flavien Prat13436211927%57%$1,768,280 Tiago Pereira100915169%40%$449,857 (Current Through Saturday, July 2) JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Wonlast_img read more

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49ers report card: Offensive errors trigger Week 1 loss at Vikings

first_imgGet 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.MINNEAPOLIS – An undefeated season is out of the question. An 0-9 start like last year is improbable. So what should we make of the 49ers’ 24-16, season-opening loss Sunday at Minnesota? Here are our ratings:PASS OFFENSE: D+ Jimmy Garoppolo’s first loss as a starter coincided with his first three-interception game, including a pick-six when Kendrick Bourne ran the wrong route on a still-risky throw. …last_img read more

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Monkey See, Darwin Do

first_imgScience Daily thought so.  In an article adorned by a picture of macaques enjoying a hot spring, the title read, “Primate Culture Is Just A Stone’s Throw Away From Human Evolution, Study Finds.”    The studious studiers were researchers at the Primate Research Center in Kyoto, Japan.  They discovered what children already know: monkey see, monkey do.  Lo and behold, the macaques learned a new behavior: stone-throwing.  This behavior was learned and passed on to the young.  The researchers looked beyond the stone-handling behavior of macaques and saw great achievements in science and literature just a stone’s throw ahead.  Keep the funding coming, because “Research on such transformation may shed light on the evolution of stone-tool use in early hominids” – our ancestors.    Cave painting came next on the evolutionary timeline: the transition to a real human consciousness.  EurekAlert reported on a new book by anthropologist David Whitley, Cave Paintings and the Human Spirit.  By common agreement, the earliest cave paintings in France and Spain were already masterpieces.  “To grasp what drove these ancient artists to create these masterpieces, and to understand the origin of myth and religion, as Whitley explains, is to appreciate what makes us human.”  There’s some controversy over whether the first religion was shamanistic or not, but no controversy in the article about whether religion evolved.    By the time recordkeeping evolved (see PNAS), the human brain had evolved ways to expand its memory indefinitely.  Human civilization came to full fruition.  We had an IRS.Thought you needed a good belly laugh for the day.  Laugh harder by realizing they really believe this stuff.  You’re a glorified macaque, especially if you like sitting in a hot spring.  Or eating.  It’s obvious – similarities prove we all had monkey ancestors, and they had ancestors all the way bacteria.  Teary, it’s so backward.    Speaking of cave paintings, here’s a book you should read on the subject that makes a lot more sense: The Cave Painting: A Parable of Science by Roddy Bullock.  It tells a fanciful tale that is all too true: a scientific establishment forcing its naturalistic worldview down the ear canals of students with utter disregard for the obvious.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Minister Brown: we are not close to a blackout

first_imgAt a press briefing held on 15 April, 2015, Public Enterprises minister, Lynne Brown, has assured South Africans that despite the implementation of stage three of load shedding, the country is not close to a power blackout.Public Enterprises minister, Lynne Brown, says load shedding is expected to continue through winter, a time when there is usually more pressure placed on the national grid. (Image: Brand South Africa)Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne BrownOn Monday, Eskom implemented stage 2 load shedding and load curtailment from 16h00 until 22h00, due to a shortage of generation capacity brought on by the fact that several units were out of service due to planned and unplanned outages.Yesterday , Eskom at first implemented stage 2 load shedding, but at around 18h00 moved from stage 2 to stage 3 load shedding due to further shortage of generation capacity as additional units have had to be taken out of service for unplanned maintenance caused by technical faults.At around 21h00 last night, load shedding changed back from stage 3 to stage 2 and stage 2 load shedding was stopped at 22h00 .Load shedding at stage 3 shows the seriousness of the constraints that we face but it is in no way an indication that we are close to a black-out.Today, for the entire day, from 06h00 until 22h00, stage 2 load shedding will be in place.The acting chairperson of the Eskom Board, Dr Ben Ngubane, has provided me with a detailed report on what happened during the last week.The loss of a number of generating units early in the week reduced the available capacity to meet the demand on Monday.It is expected that the situation would continue throughout winter when consumption is higher as the constraints on the grid means that planned, controlled, and rotational load shedding and load curtailment, are introduced to protect the power system.I have also asked Dr. Ngubane to ensure that Eskom improves communication with stakeholders and consumers and to ensure alignment of load shedding schedules.Government wants to ensure improvement in the communication and compliance to load shedding schedules and therefore have collaborated with Naspers, Primedia and eNews Channel Africa. This is for South Africans to access the latest information on load shedding schedules for their area by clicking onto the website of these three partners.Government extends its appreciation to the media houses for coming on board. The quick and accurate dissemination of information has a direct impact on the daily lives of South Africans.We understand the consequences of load shedding on business activity, employment and productivity and wish to assure the public, consumers and all players in our economy that we are working tirelessly to ensure that we have adequate electricity supply.The role of the War Room is in essence is to play a coordinating role and to ensure integration to address the challenges we are facing with electricity.We are committed to ensure a reliable power supply and our response to this resulted in the following successes:The Medupi Power Station in Limpopo recently reached a key milestone by delivering power to the grid for the first time on 2 March 2015 from its Unit 6 generator. Once on stream, Unit 6 will bring much needed extra 800 MW capacity to the grid;Restoring the Majuba Power Station is underway and 1200MW has been recovered as part of an interim solution. The Majuba Power Station provides full power at the morning and evening peaks and an average of 85% power during the day.Eskom’s maintenance strategy and its execution is receiving focused attention from the War Room to ensure that it delivers the improvements required in plant availability and plant performance. Eskom has deployed 30 experienced senior managers from head office to power stations to ensure that maintenance is done correctly.The procurement process is underway to replace the boiler at the Duvha Power Station which failed last year and a supplier will be appointed by the first quarter of the new financial year.A R4 billion loan was recently secured to scale up Eskom’s renewable energy generation capacity. Eskom will build the Kiwano solar thermal power station in the Northern Cape and the lngula Pumped Storage Scheme in KwaZulu-Natal which will add 1OOMW and 1332MW respectively to the national grid.The completion of the Sere Wind Farm, in Vredendal in the Western Cape, and KaXu Solar One Power Plant, in Pofadder in the Northern  Cape, have together added 200 MW to the national grid.The co-generation contracts were successfully renewed at the end of March ensuring 800MW to the grid. This year, Eskom has been following its preventative maintenance schedules to the aging plants so that the recovery to sustainable and reliable power generation is expedited.This will understandably place strain on the system over the short term as changes to demand or additional plant failures, as experienced over the past few days that took us into Stage 2 and Stage 3 load shedding, might occur.I wish to, on behalf of government, apologise for the inconvenience anyone has suffered due to load shedding and would also like to thank all citizens and consumers for their patience and understanding but also for assisting us in the many creative ways to lift pressure off the grid.I once again appeal to all citizens to help us reduce demand by making electricity reductions in households and businesses part of their lifestyles.We need to work together to ensure that we have a reliable power supply.Government remains committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure this and calls on all citizens to join our national effort to safe electricity.For media enquiries contact Minister Brown’s spokesman, Lionel Adendorf, on +27 61 4941105 and [email protected]last_img read more

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Zuckerberg’s Page Hacked, Now Facebook To Offer “Always On” HTTPS

first_imgFacebook announced this morning that it was making several security changes to protect users’ accounts, including boosting the availability of accessing the site using a secure connection. The announcement comes less than a day after CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook profile was hacked, and while the announcement isn’t necessarily a result of this, it’s a good reminder of the importance of always using a secure connection to access your accounts online – Facebook and otherwise.Facebook says it will begin giving users the ability to choose an “always on” setting for HTTPS, a secure connection between a browser and a server. The option, which Facebook says it will roll out over the coming weeks, will be opt-in and available under the Account Security section of users’ Account Settings page. After enabling this, all Facebook activity will be served over a secure connection.Facebook will also make this new feature available to developers so that apps are also served via HTTPS. If developers don’t opt to provide a secure connections, Facebook users who’ve enabled the enhanced security settings will get a warning that they’re moving from HTTPS to HTTP before continuing on to the app.Feeling (Fire)Sheepish, Facebook?The move to a HTTPS connection will address what’s become an ongoing security concern: keeping online activity safe and private while using the Internet from a public Wi-Fi network.The release last year of Firesheep, a Firefox extension that makes it possible for anyone sharing an unsecure Internet with you to grab your login information for any number of social networks and take over your online identity. The Firesheep extension was specifically designed to demonstrate the dangers of unsecure connections and to force the hand of the multitude of popular websites – like Facebook – who don’t provide HTTPS connections automatically. When you use HTTPS, your activity – including your username and password – is encrypted end-to-end and can’t be so easily “sidejacked.”The timing of Facebook’s announcement, over three months since Firesheep’s release and the initial furor over unsecure log-ins, comes right on the heels of someone hacking into Zuckerberg’s own Facebook page.Yesterday, Zuckerberg posted an odd message: “Let the hacking begin,” it started. The post, clearly by not Zuckerberg, was quickly yanked. It’s not clear who or how someone accessed Zuckerberg’s account – Facebook hasn’t commented – but it does seem to point to how very easy it is to access someone else’s information when there isn’t a secure log-in.Thankfully, that will no longer be the case with Facebook, as you’ll soon be able to protect yourself – and your updates – with HTTPS. Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img audrey watters Tags:#Facebook#NYT#security#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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The Incredible Litepanels Astra 6X LED Fixture and You

first_imgPortabilityA great perk of the Astra series is its form factor and portability. If you’re a traveling filmmaker, the Astra 6x is an exceptional option, offering portability and ease of use on set. Now, I’m a big fan of the ARRI Skypanel series; however, traveling with those fixtures is a challenge. The Astra 6X overcomes this. However, you do sacrifice output from the fixture in comparison to an ARRI Skypanel. With many softbox options for the Astra, keeping it compact and getting a pleasant light quality is not a challenge.QualityWith a 95 CRI, the Astra 6X is perfect for any production. The light is fully dimmable from 0 – 100% with no color shift. If you’ve ever dimmed tungsten fixtures, you know how color shift can be an issue with dimming; however, this is not the case with the Astra 6X.Also, in comparison to other LED fixtures of similar build, the Litepanels feature some of the strongest construction. This will ensure that the light will last you a long time and find itself on many of your sets.Image via lightpanels.Functionality/ OutputWith optional bi-color functionality, the Astra 6X gives you options regarding the variety of light fixtures you can use on set. You’re not locked into daylight or tungsten only. This light also packs a punch. It’s comparable to the output of a 2000W softlight or a 1,000W hardlight equivalent. Earlier Litepanel fixtures would not allow you to diffuse your LED fixtures with heavier diffusions like some 216, 250, or even silk. The 6X solves that problem.LED lighting has evolved immensely in just the few years it’s been on the market. The Astra 6X is a huge step into the future of LED lighting. It’s portability, output, and quality make it a strong contender to be on your next set. Looking for more information on LEDs? Check out these articles.Are the Days of Tungsten Lighting Over?The Future of LED Lighting with the ARRI Skypanel In August, Litepanels released the Astra 6X. We took an in-depth look at this LED fixture, and it may be the perfect tool to have on set.Cover image via Litepanels. Litepanels LED lights have been a staple in the industry since the infancy of the LED light revolution. Their latest release, the Astra 6X, is an impressive LED fixture bound to find its way onto many film sets .EvolutionLED lighting has come a long way in the last six years. When Litepanels first debuted, they didn’t feature a great deal of output. However, what they did have was the potential for this lighting technology to really take off and transition the industry into a more efficient future. The Astra 6X is the next step into the future for Litepanels. It features six times more output than the original Litepanel fixture.last_img read more

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12 hours agoCarlos Vela keen on Barcelona loan move

first_imgCarlos Vela keen on Barcelona loan moveby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLos Angeles FC striker Carlos Vela is hopeful of joining Lionel Messi in a loan spell at Barcelona once the MLS season is over.LaLiga giants Barça reportedly considered a left-field move for the former Arsenal and Real Sociedad forward in January as they sought cover for Luis Suárez. Vela told the New York Times: “Who could say no to playing with Messi for four months and then coming back to LA? Enjoy, learn and then come back home.” For now, Vela is focused on LAFC’s playoff campaign and an El Tráfico meeting with LA Galaxy in the Western Conference semi-finals on Thursday.”I have not had the pleasure [of meeting Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic],” Vela said, adding: “Maybe the people don’t really love my decision [to play in MLS]. But for me, it was the best option, and I’m really happy that I made it because I am enjoying it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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SBDC Model to be Rolled Out During Fiscal Year

first_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) model will continue to be rolled out during this fiscal year, in the hope of reaching university students and others across the island.“Memoranda of agreements were signed with three entities for the establishment of SBDCs in Manchester at Northern Caribbean University (NCU), in Kingston at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), and in Trelawny at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office,” the Minister said while making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 23.He also noted that an additional Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) office was established during the last financial year in Morant Bay that will serve as an SBDC centre, and this fiscal year, the target is for the establishment of five more centres across the island.“Big things are happening in our small business sector, and we are determined to make even bigger things happen,” Mr. Shaw said.The Minister pointed out that the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector, which is associated with the SBDC model, is a major catalyst in any effort to induce inclusive growth, social development and job creation.He said the sector is indispensable to achieving broad-based and inclusive growth and that it is critical to the transformational growth envisioned for other sectors of the economy, such as manufacturing, agriculture, logistics, offshore services and tourism.Mr. Shaw said that during the financial year 2018/2019, there were several developments, citing the MSME and Entrepreneurship Policy and Five-Year Implementation Plan that was tabled in Parliament as a White Paper in July 2018.He argued that this is the most comprehensive, coherent and coordinated framework for addressing the policy issues facing the sector, as well as providing an outline for targeted support to the sector to expand its contribution to socio-economic development. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) model will continue to be rolled out during this fiscal year, in the hope of reaching university students and others across the island. “Memoranda of agreements were signed with three entities for the establishment of SBDCs in Manchester at Northern Caribbean University (NCU), in Kingston at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), and in Trelawny at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office,” the Minister said while making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 23. Story Highlights He also noted that an additional Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) office was established during the last financial year in Morant Bay that will serve as an SBDC centre, and this fiscal year, the target is for the establishment of five more centres across the island.last_img read more