21st Century Cracks: Mortimer, ‘silent’ talent for Barça

first_imgHe arrived at La Masia in the 2013-14 season from Malaga. He took his first steps in football at the age of four at UD La Mosca, a team from his native Malaga. There he caught the attention of Sevilla, but the 200 kilometers that separated the Sevilla training camp from his home made it an impossible mission to continue in his quarry. He had to return to UD La Mosca, where he captured the attention of Málaga in Alevín. Upon arriving at La Masia, he was always overshadowed by more media players than he was: in his first year at Infantil B he shared attack with Kubo and Ansu Fati. Less known, but with a talent that makes the Blaugrana leaders see him with first-team potential in the future.In the Spanish Selection they have him. He was called up for the 2018 Under-17 Euro Cup (although he was not the undisputed starter of that team). He also won a tournament in Slovakia in May 2019 with the U-18. It was a friendly tournament, since the Under-18 category does not exist officially by UEFA, they are championships organized by the Federations to prepare the transition of the players from U-17 to U-19. Mortimer burns stages naturally but with a firm step … Nils Mortimer (Málaga, 2001) has been overshadowed by the explosion of Ansu Fati, a player with whom he shares demarcation and with whom he has shared costumes despite being two years older. However, Barça also has another project in this left-handed player from Malaga that he should keep in mind for the future.He is a skillful winger, who associates well and very easily to see goal thanks to its verticality. He can play in either of the two bands and also as a center forward (false ‘nine’). Although he is in Juvenil A, sometimes the subsidiary has him: debuted last year, at just 17 years old, and this season he has played six games.last_img read more

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Indian Businessman Charged with US$30,000 Theft

first_imgPolice in Monrovia have investigated and forwarded to court, an Indian national accused of stealing several cartons of brake fluid valued at US$30,000.Defendant Darnesh Byramji was also accused of stealing 15 cartons of engine oil at the price of US$250.00 each.He allegedly stole the items from an Indian-run business center, Naresh Brothers, situated in Vai Town, Monrovia.For the past four years Byramji had served as warehouse manager of that business’ Randall Street branch.Byramji is charged with the commission of the crime “theft of property,” based upon a complaint filed against him by another Indian national identified as Bunty Anandani.Anandani is the general manager of Naresh Brothers.At his trial yesterday, defendant Byramji, dressed in a blue short sleeve t-shirt and blue long trousers, with a blue pair of slippers sat all day on the prisoner’s bench.He was yesterday allowed to walk freely out of the courtroom.  Apparently his legal team may have filed a bond on his behalf.The crime is a baliable offense under Liberian laws.The bond was very important because it prevented him from being remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison yesterday.It is not clear whether Byramji’s bond was paid in cash or an insurance because it was not disclosed, as had been done in previous cases.Usually, the bond fees either double or triple the amount which the individual is accused of stealing.In most instances, it is the Judge or Magistrate hearing the case who determines the bond fees.In his complaint, Anandani alleged that on November 9, they (management) of the business entity decided to conduct an inventory of their warehouse around the National Port Authority (Freeport) community.It was during that process, the Naresh Brothers general manager further alleged, that they discovered several empty bottles of brake fluid in the area.He said they also discovered 15 barrels of empty engine oil.According to him, the inventory was carried out in the presence of defendant Byramji.“We immediately questioned defendant Byramji about the discoveries,” the Naresh Brothers manager stated.While interrogating the defendant about the discoveries, Anandani claimed that defendant Byramji asked them to allow him to use the rest room.“After using the rest room Byramji escaped the scene and switched off his phone,” Anandani further narrated.He also claimed that the defendant later left the apartment where he had been residing for an unknown location.According to Anandani, defendant Byramji and he lived in the same apartment.Explaining about the defendant’s incarceration and subsequent charge, Anandani said, “After he went missing for three weeks, we came across him on the street, then we quickly contacted the police who arrested him.”According to police, during preliminary investigation, defendant Byramji admitted to the allegation levied against him.Police further said that based upon his voluntary admission and eye witness account, including evidence gathered from the warehouse, they agreed to charge defendant Byramji with the crime of theft of property.In their investigation, Police said, defendant Byramji told them that he usually gave out goods from the ware house when his boss issued him delivery notes for him to supply customers.He was also quoted as saying that “three months ago I was at the warehouse when one of our customers, Rufus Pewee, came to me that he wanted to buy engine oil.”“Pewee and I used to transact on a daily basis and along with my driver, Andrew Dennis.”“I sold several cartons of brake fluid to Pewee at the price of US$290 each and 15 cartons of engine oil at the price of US$250 each to him,” the defendant allegedly admitted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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AfDB Urges Investors Stay

first_imgThe African Development Bank (AfDB) has passionately urged investors and businesses not to abandon their investments in Liberia and other countries affected by the deadly Ebola virus outbreak. The president of the Bank, Dr. Donald Kaberuka on Wednesday, August 27, warned of dire economic upshot should investors pull out of economies affected by the virus. He called for rethink by foreign investors and businesses that have already folded up and left. Dr. Kaberuka, a national of Rwanda, arrived in Liberia on a one-day official visit on Wednesday as guest of the Liberian government. Speaking at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia in a joint news conference with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and World Health Organization (WHO) regional director Dr. Luis Gomez Sambo, the AfDB boss announced a US$60 million emergency grant for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to purchase equipment, train health workers [local and international] to fight the Ebola epidemic. He said the money will be implemented by the WHO to fight the epidemic. The AfDB boss urged investors and business people not to panic and make the embarrassing Ebola situation in Liberia and the Mano River Union (MRU) region worse. “I am here to show that there is no need to have any concerns about coming to Liberia. Investors are not to be afraid of Ebola because all they need to do is follow the health procedures. I will like to call upon them [investors] and business people not to panic and make the embarrassing Ebola situation worse,” he said. About 1,400 people have died of the Ebola virus with over 2, 200 cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The Ebola epidemics have slowed economic growth in the MRU region as foreign investors shut down their businesses and flee for safety. The Liberian economy was already receding prior to the outbreak of the virus and is now said to be worst hit by the epidemic. The country’s tourism sector is down and hotels are no longer receiving clienteles due to Ebola. Also worse hit is the domestic [Liberian own] small medium enterprises most of whom have shut down and can no longer pay their debts and their staff due to Ebola. Banks are also affected as debt to equity ratio widens amid default on loan payment by borrowers. The AfDB president assured the government of the Bank’s commitment to helping to revamp the economic after Ebola is eliminated. “We have to think about post-Ebola because there is economic impact after the virus has been eliminated. We have to think ahead about what we can do together to stabilize the economy to get it working again–to help with the balance of payment, to ensure that investors coming in their numbers can invest so that jobs can be created,” he said. Dr. Kaberuka also assured AfDB came to Liberia to render its support during the epidemic and beyond the epidemic.“I am here as a sign of solidarity for the people of Liberia at the time of enormous challenges. We are working very closely with the government to ensure that Ebola can be eliminated,” he said. For his part, WHO regional director Dr. Luis Gomez Sambo pledged WHO’s commitment to fighting and eliminating the Ebola virus in Liberia. Dr. Sambo assured the Liberian government and the public of his organization’s preparedness to deal with the Ebola crisis. In her intervention, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf thanked the AfDB through Dr. Kaberuka and the WHO through Dr. Sambo for helping the Liberian government tackle and defeat the Ebola virus. She also thanked friendly nations including Ivory, Senegal and others, for lifting flight restrictions on Liberia. “I am very pleased to announce that the Ivorian Government has lifted its restrictions on Liberia and that the Senegalese government has also urged SN Brussels to resume flight to Monrovia on August 28,” the President declared.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Episcopal Church, Others Support Gov’t Ebola Fight in Cape Mount

first_imgThe Episcopal Church of Liberia in collaboration with the Episcopal Relief and Development and NETS FOR LIFE, an international charity organization, has intensified its distribution campaign of assorted medical items and anti-Ebola materials to buttress government efforts in combating the deadly Ebola virus.The Episcopal Relief Development recently distributed food and non-food items and disinfectants to quarantined communities as part of the church’s contribution to eradicate the virus disease.The organization is currently providing food support to Ebola victims at the Island Clinic health center, which has made significant impact in that region.Speaking to the Daily Observer  over the weekend, the program coordinator of the Episcopal Relief Development, Madam Agnes Perkins, said the exercise is aimed at enhancing the ongoing fight against the epidemic.She added that the Episcopal Church, through its development and health services arms, has always been in the vanguard to help support government initiatives to improve the living condition of Liberians.According to her, the church earlier provided nutritional meals to Ebola victims of the Island Ebola Unit, while assorted food items were also distributed to quarantined communities. The distribution  of medical supplies is ongoing.The head of the Episcopal Relief Development presented  blankets, Personal Protective Gears, face masks, gloves, thermostats, aprons and bed sheets to the medical centers.The role of the church against the Ebola virus is cardinal.  This   prompted the Episcopal Church to re-direct all of strategies to the fight against the virus.An Archdeacon of the Episcopal Church, Rev. Moses King, who led a team of reporters to the different centers in Cape Mount County, added that the support given those facilities will better equip them to combat Ebola.Rev. King said the Bendaja community clinic in Porkpa District, the St. Timothy Government Hospital in Robertsport, the Mbaloma community clinic in Gola Konneh District and Mambo community clinic also benefited from the assorted medical items in that region.Montserrado County clinics that also benefited included United Pentecostal Church Medical Health Center in soul clinic, MASHCO medical center on the Somalia Drive, Kingsville Community Clinic and the  Bensonville Health Center. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Inconnu announces winners for Fall Raffle

first_imgCorporate sponsors for the raffle included Central Mountain Air, Everflo Compression Ltd, Northern Vision Care and Sugar Ray’s Pilot and Hotshot Services. Advertisement Through their Fall Raffle, the Inconnu Swim Club was able to sell 3,464 tickets for a profit of $16,320. All proceeds from this raffle went to support members of the Club for costs associated with swim meets and travel as the Inconnu Swim Club as Inconnu is a non-profit organization. – Advertisement -Winning first prize was Michelle Lindley for two Return CMA Tickets + $500.00 Cash. Heather Malcolm won second prize of $1,000 cash and Carly Firesen was drawn for third prize for $500 cash. Inconnu thanks the community and its various sponsors for their continued, generous support. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Inconnu Swim Club was selling tickets for their Fall Raffle and announced the winners on Friday, December 20, at the North Peace Leisure Pool.last_img read more

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Messi back for Argentina after eight month absence

first_imgThe 31-year-old Barcelona star hasn’t pulled on the light blue and white national team jersey since Argentina were dumped out of the World Cup last June by eventual winners France.Another long-term absentee, PSG’s Angel Di Maria, also makes the squad, but there is no place for other veterans Sergio Aguero — despite his sparkling form for Manchester City — Chelsea’s Gonzalo Higuain or Mauro Icardi of Inter.“The World Cup was a big disappointment for everyone, for him even more so,” Scaloni told reporters at Argentina’s Ezeiza training center outside Buenos Aires.“And then in the friendlies he saw us play, he liked it, and he wants to try again, and he’s welcome.”Scaloni said “Messi prefers to come than to rest,” despite the demands of a heavy fixture list for his club.“Leo is being called up now, and then we’ll see if he plays a match or two — or none. I don’t know. That’s a decision I’ll take.”In all, Messi has missed six friendlies since the World Cup in Russia but many believe he will be an essential part of the team that travels to Brazil for the Copa America, which kicks off June 14.Whilst he’s built up an almost unprecedented collection of trophies with his club, Messi is running out of time to taste major international success with Argentina.He was on the losing side in major finals three years running from 2014-16, first to Germany in the World Cup in Brazil, then twice to Chile on penalties in the Copa America, including the one-off Centenary edition of the competition.With 65 goals in 128 appearances, Messi is Argentina’s all-time top goalscorer. He’s also Barca’s top marksman ever with more than twice the number of goals as the next best.But he’s never managed to match his club form when operating on the international stage.Argentina play Venezuela in Madrid on March 22 and then travel to Tangier four days later to tackle hosts Morocco.Squad:Goalkeepers: Agustin Marchesin (Club America/MEX), Juan Musso (Udinese/ITA), Franco Armani (River Plate), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors)Defenders: German Pezzella (Fiorentina/ITA), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla/ESP), Juan Foyth (Tottenham/ENG), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City/ENG), Walter Kannemann (Gremio/BRA), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax/NED), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Gonzalo Montiel (River Plate), Renzo Saravia (Racing Club), Lisandro Martinez (Defensa y Justicia)Midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Guido Rodriguez (Club America/MEX), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis/ESP), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham/ENG), Roberto Pereyra (Watford/ENG), Matias Zaracho (Racing Club), Ivan Marcone (Boca Juniors), Domingo Blanco (Defensa y Justicia), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese/ITA)Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Gonzalo Martinez (Atlanta United/USA), Paulo Dybala (Juventus/ITA), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan/ITA), Dario Benedetto (Boca Juniors), Matias Suarez (River Plate)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi and now interim coach Lionel Scaloni © AFP / JUAN MABROMATABUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Mar 7 – Lionel Messi was named in the Argentina squad Thursday for the first time since the World Cup, ending a self-imposed eight month exile.Interim coach Lionel Scaloni named the five-time world player of the year in his squad for this month’s friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco.last_img read more

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Countrywide cutting up to 12,000 jobs

first_img The massive layoffs, which equal 20 percent of Countrywide’s nationwide workforce, raise concern whether the company will survive the mortgage market meltdown. “They are trying to get out in front of this and that means there is pain near term. But they might survive. Certainly Bank of America thinks so,” Sidhu added. Countrywide has already tapped an $11.5 billion line of credit and received a $2.5 billion cash infusion from Bank of America. “The news keeps getting worse,” analyst Douglas A. McIntyre wrote Friday afternoon on the blog 24/7 Wall St. The job cuts will come over the next three months and the company said that the eventual total could drop if the interest rate environment and related market volume outlook improve. CALABASAS – Countrywide Financial Corp. said Friday it would slash up to 12,000 jobs nationwide as it struggles to remain a viable business in the home loan crisis. It’s the second round of cuts this week for the nation’s biggest mortgage lender, which is based in Calabasas. Earlier they eliminated 900 jobs and another 500 last month. It is unknown how many local jobs will be lost. The company said that cuts are essential because it expects 25 percent fewer new mortgages in 2008 compared to this year’s already weak level. “They are taking the right action and the right action is estimate how bad you think it can be and then reduce costs,” said Nancy Sidhu, senior economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “We are taking decisive action to ensure that Countrywide continues to be well-positioned for further success,” Angelo Mozilo, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer said in a statement. He also said that the company’s focus is to remain an industry leader in the U.S. residential lending business. “While workforce reductions are therefore always very difficult, these decisions are being made with the utmost attention and sensitivity to the impact they will have on our company and our people,” company president and chief operating officer David Sambol said in a statement. The company said its strategy also includes: Continuing to move the residential lending business into its federally chartered thrift entity, Countrywide Bank FSB. This is expected to enhance and strengthen the business model by delivering greater and more stable liquidity, reduced borrowing costs and greater operational efficiencies, the company said. This should be completed by month’s end. It’s an important move because the bank can access funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. At the end of June Countrywide was among the federal bank’s top 10 borrowers, Sidhu said. Revising product guidelines to ensure that all loans the company makes can be sold into the secondary market or are high quality prime loans to be held in Countrywide Bank’s investment portfolio. The company recently decided not to make any more subprime loans except those that meet Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the Federal Housing Administration guidelines. Countrywide will also focus on growing its residential and commercial loan investment portfolio and expanding its financial center. Countrywide’s insurance segment will continue to grow. But the company’s troubles could also grow before they ease, too. For example, Countrywide is having to hold in its own portfolio some of the loans it made and Sidhu said that’s a transitional issue going forward. “The only kinds of mortgages it’s going to be able to sell near term are the prime conforming mortgages until the credit markets loosen up,” she said. “And it’s not clear when that will be.” greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want 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

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DONEGAL HOTEL GOES ON MARKET FOR JUST €900,000

first_imgANOTHER Donegal hotel has gone on the market – with a value price-tag.The Letterkenny Court Hotel has a €900,000 guide price.The Main Street Hotel has 57 en suite guest bedrooms and 26 apartments as well as a ground-floor reception. Its Dillon’s Bar, which also has separate street access “extends over split levels with front and rear bar and is fitted in traditional style with some of its areas suitable for casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere” according to estate agents.On the lower-ground floor is Lannigan’s Restaurant which was recently refurbished to provide dining for up to 90 patrons. DONEGAL HOTEL GOES ON MARKET FOR JUST €900,000 was last modified: July 11th, 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:000DONEGAL HOTEL GOES ON MARKET FOR JUST €900last_img read more

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VIEWPOINT: COUNCILLORS MUST SUPPORT THE RIGHTS OF GAY PEOPLE

first_imgDear Sir,I am writing in response to Miss Gallagher’s letter of September 14th ‘Why We Must Oppose Gay Marriage’ in which he urged readers to contact County Councillors to vote against the motion before them on Monday, on marriage equality.Miss Gallagher makes assertions that, should gay marriage become a legal reality in Ireland, the family would be undermined and society endangered. This is common rhetoric of a man with no understanding of the real issues at hand. All too often people in our society hide behind their ignorance and their beliefs in order to justify their discrimination against certain sections of that same society. They refuse to engage in order to actually learn about the issues at play. Let me clear some things up. Marriage equality would not endanger or undermine the family or the institution of marriage; it would strengthen them. Marriage equality seeks to protect families that exist where the parents of children are of the same sex. Presently these families are in danger with a lack of fundamental rights – both of the parents and, crucially, of the child. Marriage provides legal protections for the individuals involved within a family unit that civil partnership does not, such as citizenship and inheritance issues. One of the most important functions of marriage is to provide a stable environment in which children can be brought up. This stability currently does not exist.Miss Gallagher also states that Cllr. McCallion has, in tabling this motion for marriage equality, confused “the issue of rights and entitlements with changing the institution of marriage.” There is no confusion. The institution of marriage needs to be more accessible in order to grant those rights and entitlements associated with the institution to every citizen of Ireland. Ireland is a republic in which everyone is supposed to be treated equally before the law. Civil marriage is a state-provided institution. As such it should not be closed to a section of society. It is a discriminatory practice and needs to change immediately.“True love is about making sacrifices for others”, says Miss Gallagher. Yes, it is. So let those who experience true love, and want to demonstrate that true love, get on with it. Allow them to marry.Donegal County Council has an opportunity to send a signal and message to LGBT people living in the county that they are accepted and valued citizens of Donegal. It also has an opportunity to send a strong message to gay and lesbian youth in the county that the discrimination and prejudices they experience are unjustified and intolerable. The Tanáiste recently stated that the struggle for marriage equality is the great civil rights movement of our generation. He is correct. Donegal County Council would do well not to be on the wrong side of history. I call on all your readers to contact their Councillors and urge them to support the motion on Monday.Yours etc,Declan Meehan VIEWPOINT: COUNCILLORS MUST SUPPORT THE RIGHTS OF GAY PEOPLE was last modified: September 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:VIEWPOINT: COUNCILLORS MUST SUPPORT THE RIGHTS OF GAY PEOPLElast_img read more

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Art thieves enough to make Munch ‘Scream’

first_img Two Van Gogh paintings from Amsterdam’s Vincent Van Gogh Museum, 2002. Cezanne’s “View of Auvers-sur-Oise” from Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, 1999. Da Vinci’s “Madonna of the Yarnwinder” from Scotland’s Drumlanrig Castle, 2003. Solved: Authorities have recovered two Renoirs and a Rembrandt self-portrait that were taken from Sweden’s National Museum in 2000. Danish police arrested four people in a raid on a Copenhagen hotel in September after FBI agent Robert K. Wittman posed as a buyer for the Rembrandt, which dates from 1630 and is valued at $36 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Members of the FBI’s most-wanted list: a Cezanne, a Da Vinci and a couple of Van Goghs. The bureau unveiled its list of top 10 art crimes on Tuesday to call attention to a problem that Interpol ranks third among property crimes worldwide – at an estimated $6 billion a year. Heading the list are 7,000 to 10,000 Iraqi antiquities that were stolen from the Iraq National Museum and archaeological sites after the U.S. invasion in 2003. A handful of cylindrical seals believed to be more than 4,500 years old have been recovered, but 5,000 remain missing. Also on the list: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The biggest art heist in history, the 1990 theft of an estimated $300 million in paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Among the stolen artworks were three by Rembrandt, one by Vermeer, one by Manet and five by Degas. Munch’s “The Scream” and “Madonna” from the Munch Museum in Oslo, 2004. Benvenuto Cellini’s 16th century salt dish from Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, 2003. Caravaggio’s “Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco” from Palermo, 1969. Davidoff-Morini Stradivarius violin from a New York apartment, 1995. last_img read more

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