The second stick, the bottomless pit of Espanyol

first_imgUp to seven times, the opponents scored on the second post, one of the team’s weaknesses, especially on the defensive left side. Antonio Puertas and Azeez with Granada, Óscar Plano with Valladolid, Mata del Getafe, Rubén García de Osasuna, Marc Bartra del Betis and Arturo Vidal last Saturday with Barcelona. The meeting against Valencia, which marked a negative turning point with Pablo Machín on the bench, was resolved by a penalty by Víctor Gómez trying to defend the second suit.If the second suit has been lethal, no less impressive has been the lack of attention when defending the first suit. Luis Suarez scored on Saturday, as did Karim Benzema at the Bernabéu, Borja Iglesias with Betis, Santi Mina in Vigo, Ramis with Eibar or Budimir with Mallorca. This data stands out especially in the time of Machín, in which Espanyol played with three central and average an average of 20 goals received in 10 games, by 14 by David Gallego in eight games.On the other hand, and despite trying to attack from the sides, only Espanyol has managed to score somewhat center in play, which was the one that Jonathan Calleri scored against Osasuna. The rest came from penalty kicks, in stationary shots, fast transitions or individual plays, an aspect that reduces the performance of the team. With 36 goals against, Espanyol dismisses the first round as the team with the weakest defensive system of the 20 LaLiga and its recent history: in the 2015-16 campaign, the worst in terms of goals received refers to a total of 74, at this point 30 had been fitted; and in 2003-04 they took 33. A deficit that is summarized in examples especially in Cornellà-El Prat, where Real Sociedad (1-3), Granada (0-3) or Osasuna (2-4) managed to undress the Espanyol in hilarious matches from the defensive point of view.It is striking that of those 36 goals, 35 have been from within the area, a very high percentage. The only goal received from beyond 16 meters was made by Mikel Vesga in San Mamés. The rest, counterattacks finished a few meters from the goal, penalties or shots after centers from the sides. It is in this facet of the game that Espanyol has been more fragile than other teams, unable to defend the lateral centers well.last_img read more

Marriott beach parties’ shutdown

first_img…as hotel files court action for noise nuisanceOne day after the announcement was issued to the public that a ban had been imposed on the hosting of social events at the Marriott beach front, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson disclosed that the Government was left with no other choice after being issued with a lawsuit by the five-star hotel for noise nuisanceA section of the beach in front of the Marriott Hotel that is used to host social activitiesAccording to Minister Patterson during the sitting of the National Assembly on Monday, approval will not be granted “for the area which lies between Fort Groyne and Camp Street to be used for activities that could generate noise above permissible levels”.In a statement issued by the Public Infrastructure Ministry, it was noted that the area will not be used as a venue for entertainment and/or social and other events which involve the use of loud audio and video systems, including those installed in motor vehicles; and for events “characterised by crowd generated noise”.This is in keeping with Government’s recent drive to clamp down on operators and business owners who facilitate sounds that exceed the provisions stated in the Guidelines for Noise Emission into the Environment.The Ministry’s statement outlined that the organisers are now “duly notified” of the annulment of their approvals, and that organisers are “advised” to use alternative venues and operate with the relevant regulations for use in public spaces.However, the enforcement of these measures has not been sitting well with many sections of society, especially the business community which sponsors and hosts the very events that are being curtailed.Sources close to the Marriott have informed this publication that visitors staying at the hotel would often leave during the hosting of any event, due to the noise levels. The reliable source noted that the hotel is on the losing end when this happens, since guests will have to be compensated. Meanwhile, president of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI), Deodat Indar, in an invited comment on the matter, said the matter is a “small issue” to warrant a comment from the entity.The Private Sector Commission has however called for reasonableness in moving forward with the matter.last_img read more

2% withholding tax “eating up” cash flow – Jagdeo

first_imgAs confusion surrounds the application of the 2 per cent withholding tax imposed by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and concerns grow over the devastating impacts this new fee will have on the business community locally, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, an economist by profession, told reporters on Monday that the withholding tax will eventually “eat up” the cash flows of businesses that are mandated to pay the charge.The Parliamentary Opposition had argued against such a tax when the proposal was made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan during the 2017 Budget Debates in January.The withholding tax, meant to be deducted from every payment made to contractors by those who had contracted them and remitted to the Guyana Revenue Authority, was designed to broaden the tax base by bringing in the loop more avenues for taxes to be paid into the treasury. But there is currently some confusion about how this measure is to be applied, and proper interpretations from the relevant authorities are not immediately forthcoming. Taxpayers are still confused as to whether the tax would be applied to all “contractors” in the traditional sense, or all transactions involving contracts.GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia“If it is on all contracts then it will be disastrous, because if you sell something, (for instance your motorcycle) then it will be disastrous,” the Opposition Leader reasoned.He noted that even if it is just on contractors in the traditional sense of the word, then such a tax will still have negative impacts on the cash flows. “Even if it is the narrower definition — only contractors and suppliers — then it will still have a serious repercussion on businesses, and it will eat into people’s cash flow,” he explained.Jagdeo noted, too, that this measure is another in the line of administrative pressures being introduced by this government.Questions regarding the application of this tax include whether the 2 per cent will be paid on the amount over $500,000 or the overall sum once the contract exceeds $500,000. Businessmen have told this newspaper that this new measure will pave the way for lots of underground transactions to occur, resulting in an increase in tax evasion. Persons have also questioned whether this 2 per cent withholding tax is Government’s way of recouping the 2 per cent it removed from the Value Added Tax (VAT).The GRA, in its only statement thus far on the matter, has said that the law which applies to payments to resident businesses, individuals and companies with written “contractual arrangements” is not applicable to regular day-to-day commercial activities involving the trade in goods and services. Consequently, payments such as those made by rice millers to rice farmers for paddy purchased are not subject to the two per cent withholding tax.However, the phrase “regular day-to-day” activities leaves much for interpretation, as the GRA cannot define what is not taxable by such ambiguous terms; because what is “day-to-day” for one firm may not be “day-to-day” for another.The GRA had also explained that the withholding tax is applicable to non-resident disbursements and payments, noting that rates range from 10 per cent to 20 per cent, depending on the country of residence.The 2 per cent withholding tax, which took effect on February 1, is applicable to individuals and companies receiving more than $500,000 for the supply of services, goods, materials, equipment or personnel in the furtherance of services. The two per cent withheld for all contractors must be remitted to the GRA on a monthly basis, or within 30 days of making the payment to the contractor.This publication understands that some Ministries have already begun deducting the two per cent withholding tax from money paid to suppliers. However, this is not applicable to foreign trade companies, but, as per prevailing public opinion, rather serves as a discriminatory measure to local businesses.last_img read more

“Govt has to find a home for me”

first_imgSimona Broomes breaks silence– says she was brought to the city from her homeJunior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes has made it clear that as a minister of Government serving the people of Guyana, the Administration under which she serves has a responsibility to provide a home for her.Broomes’ comments were made on Tuesday, in what is said to be a “silence breaker” since the issue was brought to the fore less than a month ago.The Minister came to the spotlight after it was revealed that some $500,000 wasJunior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomesbeing dipped from the public coffers and spent monthly on rent for a house she was occupying.Broomes, who hails from the mining district of Bartica in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), said when she accepted the governmental post, she was already living in her own home.“I avail myself for people and the people of the country. Concerning the renting of a house, Government gotta find a place to put me in. Government brought me from my home, not a house; I don’t live in a house,” Broomes said in an online recording released by a government information outfit.She said she came from a home where she has her family.“It’s not a walk in the park. A government that is standing up against corruption and fighting corruption, I don’t want nobody build no house and give me as a gift. We know in the past, people get a whole house in the name of a gift. I am not in a supermarket; I am not up for sale. I have been listening and reading the rumours; they have not touched me. I don’t have anything in my closet. I am that ordinary woman (Simona Broomes) and I would maintain that. I just ask God every day to keep my heart in the right place. He bring me here to serve the people. I’m a humble servant,” she said in the online video.Only on Tuesday, the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), a junior partner in the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) coalition, condemned Government for splurging such hefty sums on rent for a minister, when the ordinary public servantThe sum of $500,000 was being dipped from the public coffers and spent monthly on rent for this house for Minister Broomesis struggling with minimum wage.But Government last week distanced itself from the fiasco, saying that the responsibility fell in the hands of the National Assembly. And amid the ongoing difference of opinion on the matter, the Parliament Office is maintaining its silence, after an initial press release.On Tuesday, when asked about the fact that Government has distanced itself from the matter and has left the Parliament Office to explain itself, Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs said he has no further comment on the issue.“I did say in my last press release that I have nothing more on the matter. Any news could run in what direction they want to run,” he told Guyana Times. “I said nothing more, nothing further on the matter,” he added.Isaacs’ statement came days after Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said the matter was not addressed at the level of Cabinet but Parliament and such funds come from that budget.Harmon said he could not give specific details about the rent, as it was a matter for Parliament and the Clerk of the National Assembly.Meanwhile, Isaacs had denied that there was an increase in all housing allowances for Ministers.In a previous interview with this publication, Isaacs asserted that housing allowances were enshrined in the law and remained set at $25,000. However, he has admitted that a monthly sum of $500,000 was paid for Minister Broomes to rent a house, since she lives “out of town”.He noted that if State-sponsored housing could not accommodate any other persons, then they would have to rent. Isaacs noted that the housing allowance was separate from the rental. He added that there were two Ministers who had their rent paid in full. Those Ministers are Simona Broomes and Valerie Patterson.The issue of Parliament paying the rent for Minister Broomes came to the fore when she became the subject of a court action initiated by her former landlord, who had taken her to court for rent owed.This newspaper obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which had the Minister as a co-defendant in the matter brought over a default of $1 million plus in house rent, reportedly incurred between November 2016 and January 2017. The legal suit has since been withdrawn.last_img read more

SHARP-DRESSED JASON PROVES A KNOCK-OUT AT RTE AWARDS

first_imgHe may not have won the RTE Sports Star of the Year Award.Jason with dad Conor and AP McCoy at the RTE studios after the awards.But there’s no question Ballybofey boxer Jason Quigley walked away with best-dressed sports personality at the event in RTE on Saturday night.The world silver medalist looked a knock-out in a sharply-cut three piece navy suit from Evolve in Letterkenny. The clothing store made sure Jason packed a punch on the night as he was interviewed by sports presenter Darragh Maloney.Even jockey and overall winner of the Sports Star Award AP McCoy was overheard after asking Jason who his tailor was!Jason again revealed he was considering many options he had on the table including a number of offers to turn professional.  SHARP-DRESSED JASON PROVES A KNOCK-OUT AT RTE AWARDS was last modified: December 23rd, 2013 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:AP McCoyJason QuigleyRTE Awardslast_img read more

Mayfair keeps streak alive with win

first_imgNothing lasts forever, and someday the streak will end. At some point, the law of averages will catch up, and the Mayfair High girls volleyball team will lose a Suburban League match. But if not Wednesday, at La Mirada with a rowdy home crowd supporting the Matadores, then when? If the Monsoons were able to overcome La Mirada dominating most of the fourth game to force the deciding game, and win, 25-19, 19-25, 25-13, 21-25, 15-9, during a season in which graduation had gutted them of four starters, then it is unsure just when they can be expected to fall. “We didn’t come in here expecting a sweep, we knew we were going to have a fight on our hands,” first-year Mayfair coach Zac Chan said. “When we talked before that (fourth) game, we said we do not want to go to a fifth; they have the advantage, they have home court, they have more fans. But that fifth game, I told our girls they have a lot of heart, they have a lot of character. To overcome a fifth game on the road is an accomplishment.” Mayfair (7-7, 4-0) picked up its 112th consecutive league victory the hard way, with La Mirada riding the cheers of the crowd to lead the fourth game by as many as 10 points before a late Monsoons comeback. Considering their ubiquitousness on the professional and college sports scene, it was no surprise to find a few Matadores supporters wielding ThunderStix, with small plastic megaphones supplementing them from the top of the bleachers to produce a deafening din in support of the home team. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 As the Monsoons mounted a late comeback to make Game 4 close, outside hitter Jill Sorem had one of her 24 kills to cut the deficit to 20-14. And the Mayfair senior took a moment to shoot the La Mirada cheering section a look of defiance before celebrating the point with her teammates. “I didn’t hear them … well, I heard them in between points,” Sorem said. “It pumped me up more, to make me want to hit the ball harder. So they kind of did it in my favor. It made me just want to go for it, get the kills.” Game 5 was tied 3-3 before the Monsoons took a 6-3 lead and force La Mirada into a timeout. But the Matadores (8-5, 3-1) were out of gas, and Mayfair led 13-4 before La Mirada took advantage of Monsoons mistakes — including three kill attempts into the net — to close within 13-9. That was all, though, as the Monsoons, who also received nine kills and 24 digs from Katie Bos and 38 assists from Kelly Hasenjager, weathered their strongest Suburban League challenge in years to win another league match in a streak that began when some of the current Monsoons were just beginning grade school. “We still don’t talk about it in our team huddles, we don’t discuss it,” Chan said. “We talk about, /\x27/Hey, this is a great game, this is a tight game, let’s go out there and have fun.” This is only the fourth game of league, we still have Cerritos, which is going to be tough, we still have La Mirada one more time. We’re far from this league being over.” center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

ALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS

first_imgCOUNTY DONEGAL GAA RESULTSKerr Signs U/13 Hurling Section BDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 22-Sep-2013 Burt 7 – 8 0 – 4 Na Seamróga Hibernian ParkMarley Coaches Division 5 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 21-Sep-2013 Sean MacCumhaills 2 – 9 2 – 6 Glenswilly Sean Mac CumhaillCentra Supermarket U21 A Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2013 Cloughaneely 1 – 9 1 – 12 Four Masters Mac Cumhaill ParkCentra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 21-Sep-2013 Naomh Colmcille 0 – 5 1 – 12 Fanad Gaels Pairc Uí ShiailCentra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2013 Carndonagh 0 – 7 2 – 12 Aodh Ruadh Carndonagh Marley Coaches Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2013 Na Rossa 0 – 9 0 – 9 Convoy Na RossaCentra Supermarket U21 B Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2013 Naomh Columba 0 – 8 0 – 9 Red Hughs DonegalMarley Coaches Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2013 Naomh Pádraig Uisce Chaoin 1 – 7 4 – 11 Naomh Ultan Naomh Padraig Uisce ChaoinMcGlynns Restaurant, Castlefin Division 2 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2013 Buncrana 1 – 16 2 – 10 Termon Bun CrannachaMarley Coaches Division 5 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2013 Naomh Conaill 0 – 10 0 – 11 Ardara GlentiesMarley Coaches Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2013 Urris 1 – 14 2 – 11 Milford Crampsey ParkMarley Coaches Division 4 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2013 Burt 0 – 10 2 – 9 Letterkenny Gaels Hibernian ParkMarley Coaches Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2013 Burt 3 – 14 1 – 4 Letterkenny Gaels Hibernian ParkDONEGAL NORTH – RESULTSU13 League Division 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Sep-2013 Naomh Padraig Lifford 5 – 3 10 – 11 Naomh Colmcille Newtown Lifford-Pairc Mac DiarmadaU13 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Sep-2013 Gaoth Dobhair 0 1 – 5 Letterkenny Gaels Machaire GathlanU13 League Division 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Sep-2013 Milford 2 – 10 2 – 10 St Michaels Moyle Park MilfordU13 League Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Sep-2013 Red Hughs 0 – 1 8 – 12 Urris CrossroadsU13 League Division 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Sep-2013 Carndonagh 8 – 20 2 – 2 Glenswilly CarndonaghU13 League Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment22-Sep-2013 Glenfin 5 – 9 3 – 10 Sean MacCumhaills B Pairce TaobhoigeU16 Division 1 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2013 St Eunans 2 – 11 1 – 5 Sean MacCumhaills O Donnell Park-LetterkennyU16 Division 3 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Sep-2013 Robert Emmets 1 – 3 4 – 12 Urris Pairc Eimead Quarter finalU13 League Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Sep-2013 Red Hughs 0 – 1 7 – 19 Robert Emmets CrossroadsU13 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Sep-2013 Letterkenny Gaels 1 – 2 7 – 14 Termon Pairc Na nGael-LetterkennyDONEGAL SOUTH – RESULTSUnder 13 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Sep-2013 Naomh Columba 7 – 28 3 – 7 Naomh Brid Naomh ColumbaUnder 16 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Sep-2013 Na Rossa 1 – 9 4 – 5 Naomh Naille Ardara Semi Final ReplayUnder 13 League Division 1 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Sep-2013 CLG Naomh Muire 0 – 9 7 – 13 Dungloe CLG Naomh MuireUnder 16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Sep-2013 Ardara 0 – 12 2 – 4 Dungloe Naomh Connaill Semi Final Replay Linesman Ian Molloy & Connie DohertyALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: September 22nd, 2013 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:Donegal GAA resultslast_img read more

CALM WEATHER FORECAST FOR RNLI BOAT RUN

first_imgThe RNLI are holding a Boat Run tomorrow Sunday from Mountcharles to Mullinasole.by Paul O’ SullivanThe flotilla will leave the Big Pier at 3pm to arrive at the Mullinaole Pier. The event is open to all vessel; canoes, kayeks, rowing boats, dingies, half deckers etc.The Mountcharles and Inver Rowing clubs are participating.Those taking part are reminded that lifejackets MUST be worn.Please support the RNLI Lifeboats who have had one of their busiest summers ever including our local lifeboat in Bundoran.  CALM WEATHER FORECAST FOR RNLI BOAT RUN was last modified: September 6th, 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:boat rundonegalRNLIlast_img read more

Beloved bunny missing: can you help?

first_imgA Letterkenny girl, aged 6, has lost her much-loved bunny teddy that has been her companion all her life. Her family are now appealing to the local community to help get it home.The small grey toy with pink details was lost a few weeks ago. It is believed it may be somewhere in Letterkenny, but the family do not have an exact location to look.The bunny belongs to a little girl called Ella, who is 6 years old and has had the toy since she was days old in hospital. Missing toyElla’s mum Marie said: “We don’t know exactly when he was lost. We can only assume it was lost in town. She usually keeps him on her bed. She likes to take him in the car but we can’t remember where it was she last had him unfortunately.”If you have seen a toy like this bunny in Letterkenny, please contact Marie Brennan on Facebook here:Beloved bunny missing: can you help? was last modified: November 6th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:bunnylost and foundmissingToylast_img read more

Giants active in Rule 5 draft, add two players to major league roster

first_imgLAS VEGAS–Farhan Zaidi didn’t stick around for the final day of the Winter Meetings.But that didn’t stop the Giants from remaining active.The Giants selected a pair of players in Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 draft, adding left-handed pitcher Travis Bergen out of the Toronto Blue Jays organization and Andrew Ferguson from the Houston Astros on Thursday.Though Zaidi flew out of Las Vegas early Thursday morning, assistant general manager Jeremy Shelley represented the club on the final day of …last_img