Why Boca hothead Barrios is great fit for Spurs despite Copa final red card

first_imgTHE key moment in Sunday’s controversial second leg of the Copa Libertadores final came right at the start of extra time.Boca Juniors holding midfielder Wilmar Barrios went into a tackle, overdid his characteristic aggression and picked up a second yellow card.6 Walk of shame for Wilmar Barrios in finalCredit: AP:Associated PressThe Colombian was sent off, and the stage was set for his compatriot, River Plate’s Juan Fernando Quintero, to win the game for his side.Barrios and Quintero were in action for Colombia against England in that World Cup second round tie in Russia on July 3.Barrios could have been sent off in that game, too.He was lucky to get away with just a yellow for flicking a little head-butt at Jorden Henderson as they waited for a free kick to be taken.6 Barrios had a cheap shot at Henderson during the World CupCredit: ReutersThe 25-year-old Colombian is a feisty character.But, in two and a half years at Boca, this was his first red card.His absence in the final half hour only served to underline his importance.Without his covering and his tackling, his midfield presence and leadership, it was much easier for River Plate to take the initiative and go on to win the biggest game in the history of this epic Argentine rivalry.6 River Plate celebrate winning the Copa LibertadoresCredit: Getty – Contributormost read in tottenhamPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVESalah admits he could LEAVE Liverpool, how Sancho will fit in Utd XILive Blogblues newsChelsea transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeRevealedFORTUNE TELLERIncredible Hawkeye blunder saved Villa’s lives – but Smith says it was karmaNEXT SEASONAaron Connolly says ‘see you next year’ after scoring goal to end seasonLive BlogJU BEAUTYJuventus vs Sampdoria LIVE: Stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team newsAnd it could be one of the last times that Barrios is seen in a Boca shirt.He is an obvious candidate for a move to Europe and Premier League clubs, especially Tottenham, are said to be interested.The appeal is clear.There is something of the young Javier Mascherano in Barrios.Quick across the ground, sharp in the tackle, quick with his distribution – his passing may not quite be in the class of Mascherano, but he is safe enough – the occasional card is a fair price to pay for the virtues of such a defensive midfield dynamo.6 Barrios does not live up to Mascherano’s world class passingCredit: Getty – ContributorBarrios, from Cartagena up on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, grew up the hard way. He wandered the buses selling sweets.He was taken to Tolima, a first division club in Colombia, where he made his debut at 19 and was team captain by the age of 21.Boca took him to Buenos Aires in the middle of 2016.This was a big jump, but Barrios did not even blink.  He soon made himself an indispensable member of the starting line-up, and the fans quickly took to him.6 Mauricio Pochettino is keen to sign the midfielder- despite fumble in finalCredit: PA:Press AssociationBoca have a working class, sweat and sacrifice ethic, and the little big man act of Barrios in the heart of midfield left them in raptures.They could all see themselves represented by the way that he went about his business – and Premier League fans may end up feeling the same way about him.Wilmar Barrios may not have brought the 2018 Copa Libertadores to Boca.But he played a big role in the league title wins of 2016/17 and 17/18.His trip to Madrid for Sunday’s final may cause him some unhappy memories. But it could also set off his quest for more silverware on that side of the Atlantic.6 Barrios celebrates with fans after scoring a goal in the SuperligaCredit: Getty – ContributorMOST READ IN FOOTBALLBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormRED LETTER DAYKeane and Neville urge Man Utd to invest big after securing Champions LeagueLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordGREAT SCENERonnie Whelan celebrates with grandson as Liverpool lift Premier League trophyColombia player Wílmar Barrios escapes red card after headbutt on England midfielder Jordan Henderson at World Cup 2018last_img read more

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UAAP: UP survives FEU’s late surge for opening game win

first_imgCanada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs FEU mounted a 17-7 run to cut the deficit to 45-44 in the third then tied the match at 55 on split charities from Wendell Comboy midway in the payoff period.But the Tamaraws failed to follow up in their comeback, allowing the Fighting Maroons to wrap it up as Bright Akhuetie drilled a hook shot with 1:35 left and Jun Manzo’s nailed four straight free throws to iced the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4UP head coach Bo Perasol admitted his team got too flashy for its own good and was too eager to execute the highlights rather than be consistent on its offense.“I really think we’re very emotional with our offense, sometimes we get too carried away,” said Perasol. Rivero announced his arrival for the Maroons, connecting with Manoz on a transition alley oop play less than four minutes into the game.Javi Gomez de Liaño led was UP’s lone player in double figures with 22 points, six rebounds and three assists while Akhuetie, the reigning MVP, had seven points and 11 boards.Ray Bienes had nine points to lead the Tamaraws while Pat Tchuente had eight points and 14 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Bothered by back, Roger Federer loses US Open QF to ‘Baby Fed’ LATEST STORIES LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash View comments MOST READ Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ricci Rivero makes his debut for the UP Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines held off Far Eastern University, 61-55, to start off its bid in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Fighting Maroons, who are hoping to build on their finals stint last season, were off to a hot start and established 38-27 lead at halftime, but the Tamaraws were not ready to give up and came alive in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago Citylast_img read more

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Macroeconomic stability outlook 2020-2023: in light of the emerging oil and gas industry

first_imgAs shown in previous articles, the Bank of Guyana (BoG) net foreign assets will continue to deplete to stabilise the international foreign reserve, which, in turn, is the most important macroeconomic stability component of the economy. Why? Because this is directly linked to exchange rate stability which is directly linked to the stability of the domestic currency against the US dollar, thus, guarding against hyper-inflation.Ironically, based on the historic pattern of the trend over the last four years, it is hard press to posit, unfortunately, that as oil production commences in 2020, the net foreign asset of the bank may well continue to deplete at an even more rapid rate. Why? Because from examining the half-year report 2019, the balance of payment deficit position driven by a surge in the import bill by some 30% compared to the previous half-year, logic, or common sense, dictates that when Guyana actually starts to produce oil, the import bill will balloon at an even higher rate, thus, placing further pressure on the net foreign assets to pay for these imports. Now, what is the theoretical assumption behind this?  It has been established extensively in previous writings that this balance of payment deficit and increase in imports and net capital inflow by the private sector and/or foreign direct investment are largely on account of oil and gas-related activities. Imagine, therefore, if Guyana is not producing oil as yet, it would mean quite logically, without any sophisticated model of forecasting, that importation for the oil and gas sector of materials and equipment, including foreign labour for the sector, will increase exponentially. The foreign inflow that will come in from foreign investments and the projected oil revenue will not be sufficient to offset the outflows simply because all the FDIs flowing into the system right now, 2020 and beyond, will flow out from the economy when they have to repatriate their profits, simply because most of these are foreign companies. An insignificant amount of Foreign Exchange (FX) will remain in the economy.The projected oil revenues in the first three years will not be more than US$300M. As such, this will only come into to fill the void from the losses of FX we have had over the last four years from our traditional sectors and export commodities. Then, there is, and will be, wage inflation. These foreign companies are taking away the best in the labour market and paying them double or more than what they earn from local companies. With all the influx of foreigners coming in now and 2020 onwards, businesses like MovieTowne, Hard Rock, Pegasus and the Marriot, prices will start to increase for the services they provide and this demand will be driven by the foreigners in the country and the labour force servicing the oil and gas players. There is already the creation of a different high-end consumption goods and services, examples of which were mentioned previously, catering for this. As this will continue to grow, importation of luxury goods and normal consumption goods, apart from oil and gas-related imports, will altogether skyrocket the import bill, thus, placing increasing levels of constraint on the BoG net foreign assets and reserves. It would not be surprising henceforth, that the BoG would eventually, within the next three years, fail to meet its three months of import cover (minimum target), and would then have to engage the IMF for help, to borrow FX from the IMF in the short term to stabilise our exchange rate and overall macroeconomic stability, to avert a currency and economic crisis. There are many debates and optimistic analyses in the public domain by both international analysts and local commentators and analysts alike – as to the future of Guyana in light of the emerging oil and gas sector. There is absolutely no doubt that as Guyana starts to produce oil, there will be much more foreigners and foreign direct investments on account of this new industry flowing into the economy. This, in turn, will create a new sea of wealth for Guyanese and investment opportunities for the private sector businesses as well. Of critical importance, however, ignored from the multifaceted debates in this regard, is what will be the macroeconomic stability outlook in the next three years with anticipated oil revenues in the equation, and this is despite the positive picture painted in the Article IV report of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). To this end, the analyses of this author are contrary to those of the projections of the IMF in light of previous analyses of economy presented in this column where it was shown that all the other major sectors have been grossly underperforming and that oil and gold are very volatile commodities – susceptible to market crashes or distress. This analysis has to be put into context of what the projected oil revenues will be for at least the first three years as shown in a very simplified calculation in the table below, which has also been confirmed by the Finance Minister that oil revenues will be anywhere in the region of about US$300M in the first three years.Average Oil Revenues from ExxonMobil for the First three years on some Basic Assumptionslast_img read more

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RDC ignoring ECD residents

first_imgDear Editor,Not only the drainage infrastructure in Chateau Margot on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) is very poor and ignored by the Regional Democratic Council at Triumph village or even the Neighbourhood Democratic Council, which is at Better Hope, ECD, but also the damaged unsuitable roads and streets. Children who walk to local school have to dodge wide street pot holes, made by large and very heavy vehicular traffic, on their way back and forth; morning and afternoon.Several resident have already made their fears known palpable and subtle via all or most of the known legal channels, but it seems like ancient Nero of old Rome they ( ie the authorities), have plugged all their fingers in their ears and pretend that they do not hear or just do not care and want to even listen.Yours faithfully,Rooplall Dudhnathlast_img read more

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NIS will collapse given backward management

first_imgDear Editor,The National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is bound to collapse given its present management. This is a certain fact when you peruse the last actuarial report on the corporation. As the name suggests, the National Insurance Scheme is a corporation that caters for the welfare and good of all of its members when they would have reached the mature age of retirement. A well-thought-out plan for the good which works very well, especially for many of those workers who only lived for today and not for tomorrow. So, the NIS is a wonderful idea put into action.Now, why should an institution with such lofty ideals ever see bad times, failure or collapse, a question every onlooker is asking right now? Well, here’s a couple of reasons for that morbidity. As the name suggests, NIS is a welfare institution; however, if it is run purely on welfare lines, as is the present situation, then it is headed for sure failure. The NIS is also a bank; one should never lose sight of that, which means that there are inflows and outflows. If there are only outflows and not commensurate inflows, then again I say it would become a bankrupt body. Then, it is a warning bell to the powers that be that the Insurance Scheme is in trouble and there have to be mechanisms put in place to have it run on commercial lines. This is something the previous Administration had well in place which transformed the Scheme into a huge success story.Another factor that must be taken into consideration is the fact that NIS is almost totally dependent on the contributions coming in from Government employed personnel and from – the very important factor – investment. On these pillars, the NIS is buoyed; without these, it will fall.Now, when this People’s National Congress (PNC)-led Administration came into power that viability was dampened in two key areas, that is in the Government service areas when over 7000 sugar workers were dismissed from regular earnings and regular NIS contributions. In addition, there were others such as 2000 workers more in the Amerindian community who lost their jobs. This means that direct inflows into the Scheme were heavily affected.But this is my main concern and I draw your attention to the way this Government dealt with investment made by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government. I make mention of the Berbice Bridge investment made by NIS; the incoming PNC Administration deliberate move tampered with the above-board and sound investment made by the previous Administration through the NIS in that bridge. They threw the original contract overboard and deliberately lowered the toll for the users of the Bridge. That meant instant failure as it puts the returns of the investors in jeopardy.When failure begins to seep into the PNC/AFC coalition, they turn again to blame that failure on the PPP/C. Outrageous!I must hasten to a close, but I will say this, do you know that the successful and efficient management of the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) there has led the Government of St Lucia to cease payment of pensions? Yes, since 2003, all Government employed workers are now paid a percentage of their earnings by the NIC? If you do not believe me, I urge you to make a telephone call to the Government or Corporation and you will be apprised of it. Tells you how backward the PNC-led coalition has led Guyana, instead of progressing we are digressing.Respectfully,Neil   Adamslast_img read more

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City Crews working to clean up the snow

first_imgThe biggest problem is the City’s snow dump.  Normally before the snowfalls in large amounts, the ground is frozen.  This year, the ground isn’t frozen so trucks hauling away the snow are getting stuck when trying to dump the snow.  That’s why it may take more time for the City to remove the windrows from streets like 100th street and 100th avenue.Crews are also working to clear sidewalks in the community, but residents and property owners are reminded it is there responsibility to clean the sidewalk in front of their property.  The City will focus on cleaning sidewalks in the downtown core and near schools.If you need more information about the City’s snow clearing procedures, contact City Hall at 311.- Advertisement –last_img

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Heineken brings Champions League final VIP viewing for Kenyan fans

first_imgIn a statement released to news rooms, the Country Manager of Heineken Kenya Nina Ndabaneze noted that, ‘‘Football is about so much more than the match alone, it’s about the experience and the celebration of the beautiful game. As long term sponsors of UEFA Champions League, we’re enabling fans to do just that by giving them the chance to win awesome prizes through our promotions and activities, during the match viewing,” she said.“We have massive fans of football in Kenya, throughout the Champions League tournaments this season, we created ways to encourage football fans to enjoy the games and in the process make them feel as though they are part of the experience.”The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious European club league; the premier sporting event has become a global phenomenon that fits perfectly with the Heineken brand, which is enjoyed in almost every country in the world.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Champions League fans.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 28 – As Atletico Madrid seek to make history this Saturday when they once again face their rivals Real Madrid in a Champions League Final, Heineken Kenya has set up exclusive VIP experiences for its Kenyan football fans to enjoy the game.To bring the excitement of the world class tournament to fans, Heineken will host the final match screening at various clubs around the country in exclusive events open to the public.last_img read more

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Reports – Man United failed in late bid for Barcelona wonderkid

first_img1 Adama Traore in action for Barcelona Manchester United failed in a late bid for Barcelona wonderkid Adama Traore, according to reports in Spain.Newspaper Sport have claimed that United pursued a move for the 18-year-old starlet until the very close of the window – and could go back for him in January.United have held a long-standing interest in the teenager, and the arrival of Louis van Gaal as manager has not changed the club’s stance.The rapid winger joined Barca’s youth set-up at the age of eight and made his La Liga debut at the age of 17 in November.But the secret is well and truly out with United on a long list of clubs, which includes Tottenham and Stoke, who are keeping close tabs on his progression.And it has been reported that United were first to firm up their interest with an enquiry late last month but they failed to prise him away from the Nou Camp.It appears that Adama, who is yet to appear in La Liga this season, is happy to stay at the club after holding talks with manager Luis Enrique and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta about his role in the first team.last_img read more

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Nottingham Forest 1-3 Birmingham City: Blues revival continues under Rowett

first_img1 Birmingham manager Gary Rowett Gary Rowett got his Birmingham revolution back on track and piled more pressure on opposite number Stuart Pearce as three goals in 10 first-half minutes helped them snatch a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.The Blues manager tasted defeat for only the second time since returning to St Andrew’s when they were hammered 4-0 by Derby on Boxing Day. But two goals from Clayton Donaldson and another from David Cotterill helped stretch Forest’s miserable run of form to two wins in 17 games, with Britt Assombalonga’s 91st-minute header no more than a consolation.Rowett has now won six of his 10 games in charge to lift Blues well clear of the relegation zone, while Pearce finds himself needing to address a frustrating Forest slump.It was Birmingham who piled on a short flurry of early pressure, with Cotterill firing a shot into the side-netting and Demarai Gray twice coming close.Henri Lansbury, restored to the Forest side after illness, was a whisker away from a goal in the 13th minute, as he followed up a burst of short passing on the edge of the box with a low shot that was close.Matty Fryatt then had his head in his hands after getting a tiny bit too much power on his header, after connecting with a fine cross from Michail Antonio.Assombalonga twisted and turned his way into the box beautifully, only to be denied by a smart save from Darren Randolph and, when the ball ricocheted loose to Lansbury, his rocket of a shot was deflected just wide. From the resulting corner, Michael Mancienne headed over.It had looked as though it was Forest who would take the lead, but it was Birmingham who struck first. Lansbury brought down Gray as he threatened to cut into the box from the left, to collect his 10th booking of the season and concede a dangerous free-kick. And Cotterill took full advantage, somehow finding the bottom corner of the net with a low shot through a crowd of players.That goal came in the 35th minute and three minutes later Birmingham doubled their advantage. Cotterill was again an integral figure as he drove in another low shot which found the bottom corner of the net, this time with the aid of a slight touch from Donaldson who was quick to claim the goal.The game was all-but killed off just before the interval when Donaldson pounced on a deflection to scramble the ball past an exposed Darlow to give Birmingham a 3-0 advantage, although Robert Tesche did clatter the crossbar with a spectacular strike that bounced down just the wrong side of the line for Forest.Tesche came close again after the break, this time with a header, as Forest looked for a way back into the game. but Birmingham were doing a decent job of seeing the game out, with Cotterill even coming close to a fourth with a 20-yard shot.A corner from sub Ben Osborn picked out Assombalonga at the far post for the striker to head home a consolation goal in injury time, but it was too little too late for the hosts.last_img read more

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L.A. playground shoe-in

first_img(818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Let Me Play campaign began with a $500,000 grant to retrofit two playgrounds to be chosen by the city. To counter growing youth obesity and inactivity, Nike hopes to help provide other safe places to play. Nike officials did not say how much they ultimately planned to spend or when the playgrounds would be completed. In the past three years, the company has given $1 million for four L.A. playground renovations, plus 4,500 pairs of athletic shoes to city kids. Its recycled shoes are used to resurface basketball courts, running tracks, soccer fields and more. “It’s a very good product,” said Mark Mariscal, a superintendent for the city Department of Recreation and Parks. “You get great spring.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com HOLLYWOOD – Los Angeles playgrounds may soon have a lot more spring – thanks to worn-out athletic shoes from Nike. The Oregon-based shoemaker announced plans Wednesday to upgrade the basketball courts and playing areas of two city parks with Nike Grind, an athletic surface made of recycled running shoes. The company also promised to ultimately refurbish at least 84 playgrounds across L.A. with the ground-up shoe material. “We want to empower youth to play sports,” Nike General Manager Sarah O’Hagan said at a Hollywood news event that included 350 local teens joined by the Lakers Kobe Bryant, tennis star Serena Williams and Olympian Carl Lewis. “We’re not going to stop until this is done.” last_img read more

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