Spurs join Man Utd in hunt for Barca’s Rakitic with Jose a massive fan

first_imgTOTTENHAM have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Ivan Rakitic, according to reports.The Barcelona midfielder, 32, does not feel valued any longer at the Nou Camp, where contract negotiations have hit a wall.2 Ivan Rakitic is a summer transfer target for a number of clubs, including Jose Mourinho’s TottenhamHe refuses to be treated “like a sack of potatoes” and wants to be somewhere he feels “respected”.Frenkie de Jong’s arrival from Ajax last summer has seen his game time limited and, with just a year left on his deal, it is likely decisions will need to be made this summer.And according to Mundo Deportivo, Spurs are the latest side to show their interest in signing Rakitic this summer.Jose Mourinho is a long-term admirer of the Croatia international and spoke highly of the midfielder last year during his time as a pundit with BeIN Sports.Speaking after his match-winning performance in El Clasico last March, the Special One said: “He is a fantastic player at every level. He does defensive work on the right side to compensate for Messi and he runs miles.“In ball possession he is fantastic and he is simple and effective. He is one of the most underrated players.“Normally we speak about big names but Rakitic, for me needs to improve his Instagram and his social media because in this moment this is very important and he’s not very good on that but he’s very good on the pitch.”Rakitic was taken aback by the praise and admitted even his own father doesn’t gush over his performances in the way Mourinho did.2The Barca man said: “I do not have enough words to thank Mourinho, he is one of the best experts in the world.“I do not know if my dad has ever praised me in a better way. These are very nice praises that I enjoy.”In the same season, Rakitic netted a wonderstrike against Tottenham during the Champions League group stages.Mourinho’s relationship with Tanguy Ndombele is already strained.Add into the mix the fact that Barcelona themselves are eyeing up a move for the Spurs midfielder and the Rakitic deal could happen.Barcelona attempted to use Rakitic as a makeweight in a deal to sign Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.Meanwhile, Manchester United have been keen on him for a number of years.Napoli, Juventus and Atletico Madrid are also thought to be interested.But Rakitic’s former side Sevilla could try and make a dash to bring their former star back to Andalusia with his wife Raquel enjoying life in Spain and the player himself open to the idea.Latest transfer newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaHe made the switch to the Nou Camp in 2014 and is one short of 300 appearances for the Catalan giants.In that time, Rakitic has won four LaLiga titles, four Copa del Reys, the Champions League, Uefa Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup.On the international stage, he has amassed 15 goals in 106 caps, including a strike against Argentina at the 2018 World Cup on their way to the final. View this post on Instagram @optikaanda Izazov prihvaćen! 😎 #andaplank @raquel_mauri 😍💪 A post shared by Ivan Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) on Apr 20, 2020 at 4:58am PDT View this post on Instagram Mi feria este año te echaré de menos pero cuando pueda disfrutarte será día y noche 💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃 soy de esas personas que no aguanta 30 minutos corriendo pero si aguanto 3 horas bailando y tu? 🤣👍🏻 #esteañolaferialamontoencasa💃🥂🎉🎊 @ivanrakitic A post shared by Raquel Mauri (@raquel_mauri) on Apr 25, 2020 at 5:12am PDT View this post on Instagram ✨❣️✨#happyvalentinesday❤️ @ivanrakitic A post shared by Raquel Mauri (@raquel_mauri) on Feb 14, 2020 at 6:57am PSTIvan Rakitic smashes the ball in the back of the net during Barcelona traininglast_img read more

Expecting a dogfight vs Lyceum, San Beda gets rest before work begins

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The Red Lions are on course for a third straight title, their 11th title in 13 years and head coach Boyet Fernandez is readying his squad for an absolute dogfight against the Pirates.And one way of doing that is by giving his players some quality rest.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 ChrissREAD: San Beda heads to 13th straight NCAA finals, ousts PerpetualFernandez said he gave his players Wednesday and Thursday off so they clear up their minds from the stress of the NCAA finals and prepare them for a few days of hellish practices before Game 1 on Nov. 6. View comments Kobe Bryant named global ambassador for 2019 FIBA World Cup “Lyceum murdered Letran in the Final Four, while we led Letran by 20 in the last six minutes but that lead was cut down,” said Fernandez in Filipino. “And I think our win against the Pirates in the second round was a factor why they played that way against Letran.”San Beda split its season series with Lyceum losing 73-66 in the first round but winning 75-68 in the second meeting.“I’m actually nervous because the Lyceum team that beat Letran was different from the one we beat,” said Fernandez. “Hopefully we can find a way to limit Lyceum.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We have to rest because we’re expecting a dogfight in the finals because Lyceum has that pressure defense,” said Fernandez in a phone conversation with Inquirer. “We have to be ready physically, and emotionally we have to be relaxed, rested, and healthy.”Fernandez gave the two days off so his players can go back to their families and commemorate All Saints’ Day, which has been a tradition for Filipinos, before going back to work.The three-time NCAA champion coach added that even though they swept the Pirates for the Season 93 crown and won in the second round of Season 94, they always have to be wary of a more matured Lyceum in the title round.Fernandez pointed out how the Pirates ousted Letran in a dominant fashion, 109-85, while the Red Lions needed a jolt in the fourth quarter to beat the Knights, 74-68, in their last meeting.The Red Lions held a 22-point lead, 67-45, early in the fourth quarter but allowed Letran to cut the lead down before the buzzer saved them from utter collapse.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Beda is just days away from the biggest games in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament as it stakes its championship against Season 93 runner-up Lyceum in the finals.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

President Sirleaf Receives Letters of Credence from EU, AU Ambassadors

first_imgPresident Sirleaf receives Letters of Credence of new AU Ambassador to Liberia – H.E. Ibrahim M. Kamara at her Foreign Ministry OfficeECOWAS Election Monitoring Group led by Former Ghanaian President John Mahama facilitating elections President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received the Letters of Credence of the Ambassadors of the African Union and the European Union to Liberia, Ibrahim Mbaba Kamara of the African Union and Mrs. Helene Cave, Head of Delegation of the European Union, respectively.According to an Executive Mansion release, the President spoke during separate ceremonies in the Cabinet Room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs last Friday. She recalled the long and friendly ties between the two institutions that have strengthened Liberia in many ways and promoted closer cooperation in the areas of trade investment, agriculture, security, education, roads, capacity development among others. The president also reflected on her position as Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, and cited the significant roles the AU and ECOWAS played in strengthening Liberia’s democracy.Addressing the new African diplomat accredited to Liberia, President Sirleaf said: “As a founding Member State, Liberia continues to be a steadfast member ensuring that Liberia continues to promote African unity. I am pleased with these interactions, and perhaps more importantly, to explore further possibilities for more cooperation between our two institutions.”President Sirleaf and Former President John Mahama – Head of ECOWAS Elections Monitoring Mission along with delegationShe among others things expressed thanks and appreciation to the African Union and ECOWAS for their outstanding and positive roles played in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, which she described as their “great sacrifice” for Liberia.Touching on the elections, President Sirleaf said it is defining event which, according to her, will strengthen Liberia’s democracy and maintain the peace. Although there may be “some small problems,” the President said things are “generally good” and reaffirmed her continued support to a peaceful, free, fair and transparent election, stressing: “We will continue to carry out our mandate until January 2018 when we hold inauguration for a new government.”President Sirleaf receives Letters of Credence from in-coming EU Ambassador Helene Cave at her Foreign Ministry OfficeTalking about further support of Liberia’s postwar recovery, President Sirleaf recounted the EU and AU’s continued support and assistance to Liberia. She stressed that as Liberia works to further consolidate the democratic and economic gains achieved over the last decade, she shall continue to forge meaningful partnerships with the AU and EU as the country endeavors to attain rapid economic growth and development.“The EU has supported Liberia through the UN support to the country’s peace process and also provided resources including direct budget support,” President Sirleaf indicated.Speaking earlier, the new African Union and European Union diplomats – Mr. Ibrahim Mbaba Kamara and Mrs. Helene Cave respectively, thanked President Sirleaf for the warm welcome and reception accorded them since their arrival in Liberia. “We have followed your work and what you have done for the Liberian people and Africa in particular.”They made particular reference to the outstanding leadership role played by President Sirleaf when she served as Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government that peacefully ended the political impasse in The Gambia and her appointment as a member of the Council of the Wise of AU, adding: “Thank you Madam President; you are a great woman.”President Sirleaf also received in audience former Ghanaian President John D. Mahama who is leading the ECOWAS Monitoring Group to Liberia to facilitate and assess yesterday’s elections. She expressed appreciation on behalf of the Liberian Government and people for ECOWAS’ involvement in Liberia‘s peace initiatives and social economic development during and after the civil conflict.Former President Mahama thanked President Sirleaf for the warm welcome accorded him and team since their arrival in Liberia. He said he and his team are in Liberia to help Liberians achieve what they want.Mahama said his team met with the NEC leadership and were briefed and as well made some recommendations to ensure credible elections. He said they touched on the excess ballot papers and security.He noted that his team will issue a statement immediately after the elections and later in days to come.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Duck man” remanded for ex-girlfriend’s murder

first_imgDevindra Ramdiah, called “Duck man,” 34, of Prospect, East Bank Demerara (EBD), on Thursday appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and was not required to plea to the indictable murder charge.The court heard that on August 30, 2016, at Soesdyke, EBD, he murdered his ex-girlfriend, 37-year-old Shawnette Savory.The Police prosecutor objected to bail citing the seriousness of the offence, adding that the file is incomplete.Savory went missing almost two years ago after she left her lot 222 Prospect, EBD home to purchase credit.Shortly after she went missing, it was alleged that the accused had confessed to killing the woman.The case was reopened in 2017 after Police received information relating to Savory’s demise.He was remanded to prison until May 24.last_img read more

Indar calls for more exportation of local goods

first_img– laments high trade deficitPresident of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Deodat Indar, is calling on stakeholders to increase their exportation of locally produced and manufactured goods, as he highlights the continuous increasing of the country’s trade deficit.During a presentation at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) last Thursday, Indar drew attention to the figures from the Bureau of Statistics regarding Guyana’s exports in the first quarter of 2018.He noted that from a total export of US$325 million between January and March, 59 per cent is raw gold; bauxite represents 9.6 per cent; and shrimp and prawns 8.8 per cent. However, what was more startling, the GCCI head pointed out, are figures like 2.5 per cent for timber export, one per cent for sugar, and fruits and vegetables one per cent as well.“[Those are] very strong figures for such very large industries…that is something that needs to be looked at seriously, because those are main foreign currency earners… and this is just the first quarter information… So that is telling a story that we need to export more in the different sectors, not just the primary commodities. Our finished product, manufactured goods and so, needs to be exported, and in that way we can build our export capacity,” he posited.Indar, recently elected PSC Vice Chairman, went on to highlight some of the bottlenecks in Guyana’s exportation capability. He explained that while GuyanaGCCI President, Deodat Indarhas a liberalised trade policy with many agreements with different countries, the country does not always reap the benefits.“We have bilateral agreements with Colombia, with Costa Rica, DR (Dominican Republic), in Argentina and in China; as well as partial scope agreement with Brazil. So we have all of these agreements, but the question is: Is it to the benefit of the Guyanese businesses?” he asked.The GCCI President turned his attention to the ‘CARICOM Bloc’, saying that although the region remains accessible, the single economy aspect is something that continuously needs to be worked on. He outlined that the local private sector finds that while there is some level of integration between Caribbean partners, there are some things that still need to be ironed out; such as certain clauses in the Treaty of Chaguaramas.He mentioned as an example that if Guyana wants to export honey, it cannot go to Trinidad, or even via Trinidad, and this stifles honey exportation here.He outlined that despite the Bureau of Statistics’ figures showing trade deficits for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, there seems to be a closing of the gap; which says that more locally-produced goods are being used, and local consumption of manufactured goods is being promoted. This, he said, is a good trend, and would lessen the effects of Guyana suffering from export shocks and commodity prices.According to Indar, Guyana has recorded continuous trade deficits in recent years, and there are different reasons behind this.“But the thing is: if we go into agreements initially, we find ourselves importing more than we export. How do we deal with that? That’s a conversation that the private sector has to work with the Government on, to try to set up all of the institutions, all of the competitive structures that are needed to take different sectors and make them export-ready. We do have some, and I think we need to broaden those,” the GCCI Head asserted.Moreover, he further outlined that foreign direct investments have also been on the decrease from 2014 to 2017, and when that happens, it affects aspect of the influx of foreign currency that Guyana badly needs.He noted that most of the imports are being bought and the invoices are in US currency; so, to balance out the trade and ensure there is a stable foreign currency market, foreign direct investments are always a good thing, not only for the country, but (for) the private sector as well. Against this background, he noted that there needs to be more encouragement of non-oil investments.“So although Guyana might be 127 on the World Bank’s [Ease of Doing Business] Index, that does not stop an investor from coming to Guyana and invest in oil projects, because that’s happening now right before our eyes.But what we need to do is look at the non-oil projects, those are the ones that are on the periphery support system – in infrastructure, medicine, education, security, and all of those other things – we need to look at investments in those areas that are non-oil,” he opined.last_img read more

Water consumption in Fort St. John dropped this summer compared to last

first_imgIn 2006, the city began metering residential water use, and also launched a toilet rebate program – resulting in 3,500 toilets exchanged for low-flow options.That is the same year water use dropped significantly – and has remained at that lower level in spite of population increases. The City of Fort St. John says that water use dropped significantly in July and August this year.According to the city, water consumption dropped 1.7% over last year, but water consumption dropped 14.4% in August.With the second highest growth rate in the province – at 4.7% last year – they say it is particularly significant that water use went on the decline.- Advertisement -“Citizens in our community are very aware of our natural resources and the responsibility that comes with it,” said Lori Ackerman. “It is no surprise that they do not need to have restrictions imposed on them to conserve water.”Julie Rogers with the City of Fort St. John wrote in a press release that there are two things from the summer that she feels could have attributed to the drop.The City hosted Water Wise Wednesday, which utilized social media to discuss water conservation tips, and Rogers says the drought down south brought the importance of water conservation to people’s minds.Advertisementlast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP charge two people following Search Warrant Execution

first_imgThese matters are now before the court GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP have charged two people following a search warrant.On the afternoon of Friday, September 20, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Grande Prairie RCMP Crime Reduction Unit attended a local residence to ensure a male was abiding by his court-appointed curfew.According to RCMP, while there, members located a second male and a female in a vehicle on the property.- Advertisement -Police say an investigation revealed both were wanted on outstanding warrants and they were arrested without incident.  Subsequent to the arrests, CRU executed a search warrant on the vehicle.As a result of the search warrant execution, police seized illegal drugs, weapons, including a firearm and ammunition, Canadian currency and an array of stolen property.Charged is 37-year-old Orval Hayes of no fixed address and a 27-year-old female whose name will not be released at this time.Advertisementlast_img read more

Newcastle striker Cisse banned for three matches

first_img Papiss Cisse in action for Newcastle 1 Papiss Cisse will be banned for three matches after the Newcastle striker accepted a charge of violent conduct from the Football Association.Cisse elbowed Everton defender Seamus Coleman during Newcastle’s 3-2 victory on Sunday but escaped any action from referee Craig Pawson.The 29-year-old’s suspension begins with immediate effect.last_img

Forward places up for grabs as Spain take on Argentina

first_img0Shares0000Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi attends a training session in Madrid on March 25, 2018 ahead of an international friendly football match between Spain and Argentina © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Mar 26 – Two of the World Cup’s leading contenders will meet in Madrid on Tuesday but neither Spain nor Argentina have yet settled on a forward line for this summer.For Argentina and Jorge Sampaoli the question is who best to stir Lionel Messi, with the two-time winners again boasting an embarrassment of riches up front, while showing little indication they know how to deploy them. The supporting trio of Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria could reunite in Russia but they have disappointed together before, when all were younger and arriving in better form.Meanwhile, Paulo Dybala, one of the game’s most exciting young forwards, faces a fight for inclusion after being left off Sampaoli’s latest list, and Mauro Icardi is expected to find his 26 goals for Inter Milan this season insufficient to make the squad.Argentina may have to continue their search at the Wanda Metropolitano without their key component as Messi has been struggling with pain in his hamstring and adductor.He trained on Sunday but is unlikely to be risked.“Spain already has its team and knows how it will play at the World Cup,” Sampaoli said. “We have to find that certainty.”But for Spain and Julen Lopetegui, there is also uncertainty in the final third where it is less a question of too many choices but too few as Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Alvaro Morata and Iago Aspas all jostle for the lead striker role.Costa was the clear favourite after starting five of Spain’s opening six World Cup qualifiers but his fall-out with Chelsea, that led to five months stewing in Brazil, prompted Lopetegui into a rethink.“The coach was always very clear with me,” Costa said on Friday.“He told me: ‘If you do not play, you cannot come’. But he also told me that when I played again, if I did it right, I had the doors open.”In the last seven games, four of them qualifiers, Costa is yet to start while Morata has been picked twice and Moreno three times.It would seem too late now for Aspas but, unlike Morata, he is in the current squad and has the benefit of form, having hit 16 goals for Celta Vigo in La Liga this season, more than any other Spanish player.Costa, however, is back playing for Atletico Madrid, which makes him the likeliest choice when Spain open up against Portugal on June 15, while Morata still has three months to spark a revival.“Morata still has a lot of possibilities to go to the World Cup,” Lopetegui said last week.But it is Moreno who has momentum, on the back of two consecutive starts and a sharp finish in the draw against Germany on Friday, which means he now has three goals in five international matches.“It has been a great night both individually and collectively,” Moreno said after his goal against Germany. “The next squad is the most important and everything will depend on what happens from here to the end of the season.”There is still time, but the selection against Argentina will be instructive given they represent Spain’s last elite test, with Tunisia and Switzerland their final friendlies in June.Lopetegui has now overseen 17 matches without defeat and a bold performance against the world champions has increased the sense his team are ready to challenge.Victory over Argentina, regardless of who he picks up front, would swell that confidence further.“These games are important to know what we will find later in the World Cup,” captain Sergio Ramos said. “We have our feet on the ground and we know there is much to improve. You can never be complacent, only convinced of what you do, and we are. We are on the right way.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

MEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS

first_imgCome take a walk in the Media Box Shoes… Monday morning and it’s a Bank Holiday!  But alas the Media Box machine is still chugging away – what with a class of Marketing Toolkit students arriving at 9am in the morning for the last of our three Media Box University Courses. JSB is tied to her MAC as always, so if you think the June Bank Holiday weather is getting you down save a little thought for Ms Media Box who has managed to double book herself this week – not just once but twice! Aahhh, diary-doubling!  Hate it!So with June here (apparently it’s officially summertime) we get going with our usual Monday morning requests on Media Box FM! We love having our online radio station open so join us on facebook and place your request.  For the month of June it’s summertime tracks only! JSB chose “Shaggy’s” “Summertime” last week – what’s your favourite sunshine hit?With a new “news” partnership with Donegal Daily.com the girls in Media Box couldn’t resist but to get a new logo for our weekly blog!  So we hope you love the “Running in Heels” brand as much as we do!  We love 5 inches – it gives us the height we need to get ahead!A short week ahead and an array of Media Box clients to visit – it’s going to be a busy one.  It seems that our social media classes and online advice is getting people excited about their own facebook and twitter marketing so we’ve been doing lots of facebook competitions, landing pages and creative brainstorming for our clients. This week also marks the results of our “Media Box Think In” after we took some time out in the Mount Errigal Hotel to review the business of our clients and our own masterplan.We have a flagship event planned so guys watch this space. Let’s just say we are looking for volunteers who want to throw off their business attire in return for getting busy on the dancefloor.Now time to get back to the Media Box Manual, Marketing Toolkit Presentation, Facebook Marketing x 3 clients and the launch of one very special cash giveaway! You heard it hear first.  For more visit Media Box on facebook or at mediabox.ie. And remember send us your summertime tune requests.Until next week….keep running in heels! The Media Box Team. xMEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS was last modified: June 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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:MEDIA BOXPART 2running in heelslast_img read more