FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte in action during Copa del Rey, 16 round, against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. 23-year-old Athletic Bilbao says defender Frenchman Aymeric Laporte is reported Monday Jan. 29, 2018, to have paid his buyout clause, looks set to leave the club, opening the way for a transfer to Manchester City. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, FILE)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City signed France under-21 international Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for a club-record fee of 65 million euros ($80 million) on Tuesday, taking its spending on center backs since 2014 to about $250 million.The 23-year-old Laporte came close to joining City in 2016 — when Pep Guardiola took charge of the current Premier League leaders — but backed out of the move after feeling the Frenchman wasn’t quite ready.ADVERTISEMENT Eighteen months later, City clinched the signing of the left-footed, ball-playing defender after meeting his buy-out clause, strengthening the team’s options in what has been a problem position for Guardiola and previous managers.“He’s strong in the air, good quality with the pass. He is experienced, fast and he has the skills we need,” Guardiola said. “He is the perfect age, 23 years old, so hopefully he will have a long career here at Manchester City.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLaporte is the second most expensive defender in soccer history, with only Virgil van Dijk — who joined Liverpool from Southampton for 75 million pounds ($100 million) at the start of January — costing more.Since City won its most recent Premier League title in 2014, Eliaquim Mangala has arrived from FC Porto for a reported 42 million pounds and Nicolas Otamendi joined from Valencia for 32 million pounds in 2015. Another center back, John Stones, cost an initial 47.5 million pounds in 2016. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES Foes first, friends after Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Defenders do this more than ever before,” Laporte said in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine. “I spend as much time in training and matches working on starting attacks as I do stopping them.“I’m usually quite calm in possession, so this helps initiate quicker, more fluid attacks from the back. I also like playing long, cross-field passes to change the position of an attack and give us another option. Variety is important.”Barcelona has previously been linked with Laporte, who has similar qualities to Gerard Pique.The size of the fee reflects the shortage of top-quality, left-footed center backs around at the moment — and comes two weeks after City turned down the chance to sign Alexis Sanchez partly because of the Chile forward’s financial demands.Laporte has signed a contract until 2023 and becomes City’s most expensive player, with the fee exceeding the reported 55 million pounds spent on Kevin De Bruyne in August 2015.City has four of the five costliest defenders in Premier League history — Laporte, Stones, Walker, and Mendy.Laporte, who hasn’t played for France’s senior team, will be available for the knockout stage of the Champions League.“All I know,” he said in an Instagram message to Athletic’s fans on Monday, “is that I will never forget the place where I’ve become a better player and a better person. That’s why this is not a ‘goodbye,’ only a ‘see you soon.’” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Vincent Kompany, the club’s other center back, has been at City since 2008 and is the captain. But the Belgium international might be surplus to requirements from next season, especially considering his injury record.City also spent about 120 million pounds (then $155 million) on three fullbacks — Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo — in the last transfer window.“Last summer we had a problem, with six or seven players out of contract and over 30 years old, so we needed to make a change,” Guardiola said. “We decided to sign four or five different players and at this stage, Manchester City, when you want to compete at the highest level, you need to spend.“One day, maybe this club will spend 130-200 million pounds on one player. So far, we haven’t had to do that.”Laporte made his debut in 2012 for Bilbao under Marcelo Bielsa — a coach revered by Guardiola — and quickly became one of the Spanish league’s most promising players. He said he likes to bring the ball out from the back, giving him the pedigree that suits Guardiola’s vision and making him a likely rival for Stones to play alongside Otamendi.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
View comments Wang, though, is optimistic about China’s chances.“It is my second World Cup. I was given a substitute role at Canada 2015 as a young player but I didn’t score. So my initial goal is to break my Women’s World Cup duck this time around. I want to score as many goals as possible and help my team to a good result.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jose Mourinho leaves Man United after more than 2 years Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title PSG trails leader Lyon by two points at the top of the standings, with the league resuming on Jan 12.As well as PSG’s quest for glory on the domestic and European fronts, it promises to be a big year for Wang, who hopes her skills can help steer China to a deep run at next summer’s World Cup finals in France.“I think my experiences in France will be an advantage to me to compete in the Women’s World Cup here,” the 23-year-old said during a recent interview with FIFA.com.“Paris is the home of PSG. We face not only teams from the French league, but also from other countries during the Women’s Champions League and these teams represent the best of Europe.”China faces a tough task at the World Cup, however, after drawing European powerhouses Germany (a two-time world champion and ranked No 2) and Spain (No 12), as well as the 48th-ranked South Africa.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Marie-Antoinette Katoto finished with a hat-trick, Ashley Lawrence bagged a brace while Kadidiatou Diani was also on target for the host in its last game before the winter break.Playmaker Wang, dubbed ‘Lady Messi’ by fans, was delighted to end 2018 on a high.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 Chriss“It feels good to score in the last match of the year,” Wang, who signed for PSG in August, told Xinhua after the game.“I still feel that the team has experienced ups and downs. Some-times we play quite well and sometimes pretty bad. We are still a young group, so it’s quite normal.” China’s Wang Shuang congratulates Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kadidiatou Diani on her goal during PSG’s 7-1 victory over Metz in a Division 1 Feminine match in Paris on Sunday. DAVE WINTER/ICON SPORT/GETTY IMAGESChinese star Wang Shuang continued to show her world-class pedigree with a goal in a dominant French league victory for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.The recently crowned Asian women’s player of the year hit the net in the 58th minute with a leftfoot strike as PSG routed Metz 7-1 at Stade Jean Bouin to extend its unbeaten record to 14 matches－a run that includes 12 wins.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Madam Jamilah Sedee, a Liberian woman who has accused her ex-husband, Mohammed Sedee Falee, of kidnapping her three children in Mauritania in 2011, last week testified at Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice.Defendant Falee is being tried on charges of kidnapping and if he is convicted he could spend almost the rest of his life in prison. Interestingly he is on a bail.He was arrested in early 2014 in Gbarpulo County after the head of Interpol in Sierra Leone requested the Liberian government to do so and turn him over to that country to stand trial there.The request was rejected by Charles B. Blake, Deputy Commissioner of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and head of Interpol in Liberia.It was Comm. Blake’s refusal to extradite Falee that led to his indictment by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County, where he is currently standing trial.But, Madam Sedee’s testimony detailed how one of her ex-husband’s sons took them from Sierra Leone, where her children were schooling, to Mauritania, before the children were taken away from her by Falee.In her testimony, she alleged that one day as her family was enjoying their stay in Sierra Leone, one of her ex-husband’s children, whose name she did not mention, told her that he wanted to take them to Mauritania for a visit.According to her, when she refused to follow him with her children, he left and later came back after a month with the same request. “I said no again.”“When he came back for the second time,” she said, “he continued to talk to me about travelling and I said no.”At that point, she alleged, her ex-husband’s son asked her why she didn’t want to go. “I answered him that it was because my children were in school.” “I said I didn’t know the place and it was far away from my country, Liberia and I didn’t know anybody there,” she added.Madam Sedee quoted Falee and his son saying, “we were not going to stay but to go and see the family.”“So they promised me that after seeing the family I was going to come back, but what I started seeing was different from what they had earlier told me. “Not knowing they were deceiving me, they started manhandling my children while we were there and I told them that I didn’t like that.”She told the court that while they were in Mauritania, she received a call from her family in Guinea about the death of her father.“When I received the news from my brothers in Liberia about the death of our father, I left my ex-husband and the children and went for the burial in Guinea. Unfortunately, when I came back to Mauritania I could not see my children and their father anymore,” Madam Sedee told the court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The new Sterling Products outlet at the Enmore Mall, East Coast Demerara, is now in full operation as patrons and passers-by have found the ice-cream parlour to be a place of interest for the family, especially since it has the magic of sweet treats.The new location seeks to create fun, positive human engagements and community spirit within the area.The new venture has quickly become a top-quality meeting spot for everyone, since patrons can unwind in a pleasant environment and enjoy the numerous flavours of ice-cream offered.Sterling Products Ltd Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ramsay Ali has revealed that the launching of the Enmore Igloo Ice Cream facility was the continuous flow of a successful business model whereby the company would take its ice-cream to selected locations and make a positive social contribution by getting people from different cultural backgrounds to merge and mix, based on their shared love of sweet treats.The CEO further stated that the Enmore outlet was practically a duplicate of Igloo Ice Cream’s successful outlet at Providence, along the East Bank of Demerara.“What you have seen at Providence is exactly what is happening at Enmore … families are coming out on weekends, especially in the afternoons. They are bringing their children; they are buying ice-cream products and they are using the play area to have some fun…,” Ali said.The CEO elaborated that his company’s business development model had a strong communal aspect that aimed at developing and enhancing communities and family ties.He also explained that the company had plans to establish similar outlets across Guyana, and East Berbice was targeted to be one of the locations next year. In addition, each facility is built and operated according to strict hygienic and safety standards. The Enmore facility’s children’s play-park complies with the highest standards of comfort and safety.
The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) on Monday met with Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, where the representatives complained about delayed salaries among other things.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanIn a statement to the media on Tuesday, the Union reported that the workers at the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) are often paid their remuneration later than the usual date. In addition, it said the same usually occurs with workers’ benefits.“The Union pointed out that salary is personal property and the management had no right to delay such payments beyond the stipulated pay day,” the missive stated.Moreover, the Union explained that it also seized the opportunity to highlight some concerns with regards to some $600 million that was invested in a High Street, Georgetown, property and a few other debts, some of which are owed for protracted periods to the Commission.The Union, which sees itself as the sole bargaining agent of the workers at GFC, said it also pointed out to the Minister that the Commission is being given a heavier work load although no new resources are being provided to ensure these tasks are completed.“In recent times, the Commission has been charged with additional responsibilities. Notwithstanding the new tasks, the GAWU observed, that the GFC was not receiving any additional resources to meet its new obligations,” the Union pointed out.It added, “With regards to one such obligation, the Union referred to a large number of employees employed by the Commission who are engaged in tasks reportedly unrelated to the Commission. On that score, we urged that given the roles of the Commission in protecting a significant natural resource of our people, the State, we felt, was obligated to provide appropriate support to ensure that the Commission effectively discharges its expanded mandate”.According to the Workers’ Union, it reminded the Minister that the Forestry Act stipulates any shortfall in the Commission’s expenditure be charged to the Consolidated Fund.GAWU was represented by its General Secretary, Seepaul Narine; Organising Officer Porandatt Narine, and GFC GAWU Branch Secretary Hewley Clarke during that meeting.Trotman reportedly committed to addressing these issues once discussed with Cabinet. In fact, the Union said it was to be discussed with this body with a view to seek a subvention for the Commission as an immediate relief.In response to concerns raised about the $600 million property on High Street, GAWU noted that Trotman said he would “advise the Government to divest the High Street property and repay the GFC its investment”.
Hours after stunning the world by heavily defeating his favoured rival – Democrat Hillary Clinton – in Tuesday’s presidential election, President David Granger on Wednesday extended congratulations to the new President-elect of the United States of America Donald Trump, stating that Guyana is looking forward to continued bilateral relations with the North American nation.Commenting on Trump’s victory, which makes him the 45th US President, the Guyanese Head of State told reporters from his official residence that America is a democratic country and he believes that the presidential election was conducted in a transparent manner.“I think there is no country in the world that is not aware over the last six months about what was taking place, even some Guyanese had to vote (in the US elections). They were fully aware of the programmes of the two major presidential candidates but it’s a democratic outcome, we respect American democracy, and on behalf of the Government of Guyana I’d like to extend congratulations to the incoming President, Donald Trump,” President Granger stated.Going forward, the Head of State noted that Guyana will continue its cordial relations with the United States following President Trump’s inauguration in January. “I’ve already met with a senior official of the Department of State so we do not expect that there will be any significant alterations in the cordial relations we have enjoyed with the United States,” the President noted.Moreover, President Granger said he is looking forward to collaborating with the Trump Administration, particularly in the area of security with the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, a brainchild of President Barrack Obama.“We look forward to work with the Trump Administration because we are concerned with the security of the hemisphere and we are very confident that the American’s concerns about the security of the hemisphere will not diminished,” posited the Guyanese Leader.The 70-year-old Trump won the US presidential election early Wednesday in a stunning victory that sent shockwaves around the world. The Republican nominee defied pre-election polling to claim swing states, winning the key battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina.Trump won some 26 of the 52 states while Clinton only secured wins in 18. Out of the 538 electoral votes, Trump got 290 of them and Clinton 228.In his victory speech early Wednesday morning, Trump was gracious towards Clinton, while pledging to citizens that he will be a President for all Americans.“Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It is time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all of Americans, and this is so important to me,” he said in his first address after the results were announced.Trump, a real estate billionaire and former reality TV-star, will be the first President to enter the White House with no political, diplomatic or military executive experience.Clinton, on the other hand, in her concession speech later that day, said she offered to work with Trump on behalf of the country.The Democratic nominee pointed out that the Constitution requires a peaceful transfer of power, as she urged Americans to be open minded and give the new President-elect a chance to lead the country.“Last night (Tuesday), I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful President for all Americans… Donald Trump is going to be our President. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead,” she stated.She also admitted how painful her defeat was, saying she is sorry to her supporters and campaign workers for not bring home a victory.“This is not the outcome that we wanted and we worked so hard for, and I am sorry that we did not win this election,” Clinton said of her second attempt for the White House.Meanwhile, outgoing President Barack Obama has congratulated Trump personally and told Americans during a press briefing on the lawns of the White House that they should root for Trump’s success, as he assured a “smooth transition” of powers to his successor.“It is no secret that the President-elect and I have some pretty significant differences… We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country,” he noted. Moreover, Trump has been invited to a meeting at the White House today with President Obama to discuss the transition.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – Gene Pitney, whose keening tenor voice produced a string of hits including “Town Without Pity” was found dead in his hotel room in Wales on Wednesday after a concert that fans acclaimed as one of his best. He was 65. Pitney apparently died of natural causes, police said. He was staying in a hotel in Cardiff, Wales where he had played a concert Tuesday night during a tour in Britain. “Last night was one of the best performances, not vocally, but from the enthusiasm. He just wanted to please – and he did,” said Wendy Horton, who reviewed Tuesday night’s concert for the South Wales Echo newspaper. During a long career, Pitney had hits as a singer – “24 Hours from Tulsa,” “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance,” and “Half Heaven, Half Heartache.” As a writer, he penned “Hello Mary Lou” for Ricky Nelson and “Rubber Ball” for Bobby Vee. In 1962, Pitney had the top two songs on the U.S. chart – his rendition of “Only Love Can Break a Heart” was at No. 2, just behind a song he wrote for The Crystals, “He’s a Rebel.” Pitney was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. “We don’t have a cause of death at the moment but looks like it was a very peaceful passing,” said Pitney’s tour manager, James Kelly. “He was a rare talent and a beautiful man,” said fellow songwriter Burt Bacharach. Born in Hartford, Conn., on Feb. 17, 1941, Pitney married his high school sweetheart, Lynne, in 1967, and kept a base in Connecticut all his life. He built a recording studio in his home in Somers, 20 miles northeast of Hartford. Pitney said he wrote many of his best songs, including “Hello, Mary Lou,” in his candy-apple red 1935 Ford coupe, parked near a Rockville reservoir.
Gareth Southgate knows his young England side have come a long way since paper aeroplanes were thrown onto the Wembley pitch – but warned the World Cup semi-finalists must keep improving.Southgate’s side take on Spain in their opening UEFA Nations League clash on Saturday night, before heading to Leicester City’s King Power Stadium to take on Switzerland in a friendly next week. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 3 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “The summer is finished, we’ve got to move forward, continually evolve. Sport doesn’t stand still and you have to improve. What comes next is the most important thing.”Southgate continued: “It is brilliant that there is this excitement around international football because one of our ambitions is to improve that connection with the supporters, so the impact of the team over the summer was really pleasing.“A year ago we had paper aeroplanes landing in the pitch when we qualified, so that is great credit to the players.”Spain failed to make it past the last-16 stage at the World Cup after being beaten on penalties by hosts Russia. REVEALED Southgate was speaking to the media ahead of the games against Spain and Switzerland MONEY But Southgate is not expecting an easy ride as the former world and European champions look to begin a new era.“There will definitely be some differences that (new head coach) Luis Enrique wants to impose. They have some wonderful footballers and it will be a tough game,” he said.England captain Harry Kane secured the Golden Boot as leading scorer at the World Cup with six goals.The Tottenham forward is set to wear a special pair of boots at Wembley to mark the achievement as he receives the personal trophy before kick-off. 3 possible standings Southgate captured the imagination of a nation in Russia Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 3 Top Football news silverware Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Harry Kane won the World Cup golden boot Despite the plaudits coming his way, the 25-year-old Englishman believes he still has work to do before being compared to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.“They have set an unbelievable standard over the last few years but they are the heights we all want to reach,” Kane said.“To finish a World Cup as top goalscorer was something I was extremely proud of, but now it’s on to more things.” RANKED highlights How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal The Three Lions’ run to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia united the nation earlier this summer, restoring public affection after several tournaments of disappointment.Southgate, though, believes it is the time to look forward and move on from the defeat to Croatia in Moscow.“Over the summer (at the World Cup) you are looking for results, now it is about developing the team and improvement, looking at how we play, the tactical detail and testing ourselves against some really top teams,” the England manager said.“It is great we have got a full house (at Wembley) and we can step out in front of our own fans, and everyone will feel the appreciation – but now it is about the next challenge. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade impact
TEMPERATURES have dropped to freezing in many parts of Co Donegal this evening – with council gritters taking to the roads for the first time this autumn.Wet roads from torrential rain over the weekend is making driving conditions difficult in many areas.County council officials, AA Ireland and Gardaí have all warned motorists to be careful overnight and into Monday morning. ROADS WARNING ISSUED AS TEMPERATURES DROP TO FREEZING was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 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:aa irelandroads warning
Next Game: Southern Illinois 4/3/2016 – 1:00 PM Full Schedule Roster Preview Live Stats Watch Live DES MOINES, Iowa –Sophomore pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) of the Drake University softball team tossed a complete game with 12 strikeouts and the Bulldogs used a five-run second-inning to help defeat Southern Illinois, 7-1, on Saturday afternoon at Ron Buel Field. Drake improved to 17-11 overall and 7-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference with the series-opening win over SIU, who dropped to 20-9 overall and 5-1 in the MVC. In the Bulldogs’ big second inning the first run came courtesy of an error by SIU, but later the Bulldogs scored four more runs from three-consecutive, run-scoring hits. Sophomore Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) drove in two runs with her first triple of the season then freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) followed with a RBI-single and junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) capped the five-run second with her own RBI-single as Drake led 5-0 after two innings. In the fourth inning, Frank blasted her team-leading eighth home run on the season, a two-run shot that had no problem getting out on a very windy afternoon. Newman, who at one point in the contest struck out five consecutive Salukis, allowed just one run on three hits to move her record in the circle to 13-5. Frank led the offense with two hits while Sowa and Wright each had one hit. Sophomore Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) added Drake’s other hit and also scored one run. Drake and SIU will conclude the series with a doubleheader Sunday. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 11 a.m. Print Friendly Version