More than two dozen communities, including three locally, win grants to improve buildings

first_imgDES MOINES — 26 Iowa communities have won $100,000 grants from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to improve buildings. Jim Thompson oversees what’s called the Catalyst program.“Catalyst grants are primarily for buildings that are underutilized that need a new life,” Thompson explains. “Usually underutilized means vacant, or certainly could occupy different space.”This is the third year for these grants. “Forty-percent of every funding cycle is reserved for communities less than 1,500in population. And the Legislature put that in place when this program was initiated. And it really preserves the activity for small towns — they’re competing across the board and it’s been a great program,” Thompson says.The grant in most cases is less than half of the entire project — but it is money to get things started. “I never thought that I’d say that in my career that $100,000 isn’t a lot of money — until you do a total building rehab. And it’s not uncommon to have that be several hundred thousand dollars,” according to Thompson. “So this is a way to really encourage these property owners to work with the city to make these projects happen.”The program requires the cities to apply, which Thompson says gets them involved. He says the renovation of one building in a small town can really be a catalyst to help other businesses. “You’re really putting them on the tax rolls. We really want to see these buildings improve in value, and obviously help with all the other adjacent properties in that community,” he says.Thompson says they had 73 applications for this year’s funding and they are scored on project impact, appropriateness, funding, and incorporation of sustainability/smart growth principles.Thompson says there are just a few restrictions on the use of the money. He says they have a two-year timeline from July 1st to complete the project. Thompson says it is possible to grant an extension if something pops up. Thompson says around 90% of the projects in smaller towns include some sort of residential component.Belmond, Clarksville and Forest City were the three north-central Iowa communities that received funding. Belmond’s funding will help with the Ramsay School Building, Clarksville’s will be for the Mather Building, and Forest City will be rehabilitating a hardware store for another business.last_img read more

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ADORATION STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY JUNE 13, 2015

first_imgRICHARD MANDELLA, BEHOLDER, WINNER: “I’m relieved and delighted. Warren’s Veneda is a good filly and she ran at her and made a contest out of it, but I wouldn’t trade mine for anybody. We’ll look at the Clement Hirsch at Del Mar (for her next race; Grade I, $300,000, 1 1/16 miles on Aug. 1) and the Zenyatta here, with the Breeders’ Cup (Distaff at Keeneland Oct. 30) the ultimate goal. That’s what we’re here for.“In the first half-mile there was a little switching around going on with everybody wondering who was going to go to the front. It was a little confusing, but she’s a great mare.” NOTES: The winning owner is B. Wayne Hughes of Lexington, Ky., who races as Spendthrift Farm, LLC. JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES -30- CRAIG LEWIS, WARREN’S VENEDA, SECOND: “I saw two great mares. I anticipated the pace to be a little hotter. Tyler tried to hold her, but he had to let her run. She’s a nice mare. I’m lucky to have her.” GARY STEVENS, BEHOLDER, WINNER: “It was a pretty easy race for her. I rode her like she was the best mare out there, and she was. She does things so natural.“I always let her run into the first turn and let her get position. I didn’t really like that (Gonzalo Nicolas) packed us wide a little bit but the kid did a good job of getting back down to the fence and I had a rocking chair ride from then on.“When Oscar Party came up on the outside and joined up with us, Beholder got a little tough for four or five strides but when we lined up on the backstretch she relaxed for me again. I was very comfortable and she was comfortable going into the stretch, almost too comfortable. She was playing around a bit and drifted over towards the rail with me giving me a scare there for a second. She got too close and shied away from it though and went on about her business. It was a relatively easy win for her.“I respected Warren’s Veneda. She didn’t get any pace in the Vanity with Beholder’s scratch that day. I knew she was going to get some pace to run at today and Tyler would have a bead on me, and he did. She ran her race, she’s a Grade I winner and Craig has done his job with her, but Beholder is as good of a horse as I’ve ever sat on.”TYLER BAZE, WARREN’S VENEDA, SECOND: “She ran her heart out . . . I thought there would be a little bit faster pace and there wasn’t. I was a little closer than I thought I was going to be. She really ran her race; she tried hard. It just makes me wonder if that three or four pounds made the difference. They’ll get even weights the next time so we will see what happens, maybe we will turn the tables on her.”last_img read more

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Volleyball goes into semi-finals today

first_imgFour top teams from each division will battle it out for the medal play off on Saturday.The first match today at the BSP Arena is between home girls PNG and American Samoa.PNG will be looking to get all their support from the home crowd while the American Samoans are set to give them a good challenge.Gold medal holders Tahiti will play 2011 silver medallist, New Caledonian women in the next game. In the men’s, 2011 silver medallist Tahiti will be aiming to qualify for the gold play off when they take on New Caledonia at 3pm.Home team PNG will take on gold medal holders Wallis and Futuna in the last semi-final match at 5pm.This is the game to watch as Wallis and Futuna mean business as they’re out to defend their gold medal but PNG will have home crowd advantage so it could be anybody’s game.last_img read more

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Waterhouse look to delight home fans

first_imgWith three points tucked away following their away win against Harbour View, Waterhouse will be aiming to replicate that result on home soil when they host Tivoli Gardens today in the Red Stripe Premier League. The team which, to some, miraculously survived relegation last season, due mainly to the goals of veteran Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, owed Sunday’s victory to the youngster who replaced him when he got injured – Rodave Murray. That victory stopped a slide of four successive losses and eased a little bit of pressure on the club leadership. “The team has been struggling to get points on the board since the competition started and that win gave us some ease in terms of pressure,” Coach Marvin Tate, who took over as coach in the off season, said. He added: “Outside of that, it could not have come at a better time. We have been at a low point since the death of Dominic James, who was a part of our club. The community put a lot of pressure on us in terms of winning, but we came up with the goods at the right time.” – 3 p.m: Portmore United vs Humble Lion – Juici Park, Clarendon – 3:30 p.m: UWI FC vs Arnett Gardens – UWI Bowl, Mona – 3:30 p.m: Jamalco vs Reno – Wembley Centre Excellence – 3:30 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Harbour View – Wespow Park – 3:30 p.m: Maverley-Hughenden vs Boys’ Town – Constant Spring Complex – 3:30 p.m: Waterhouse vs Tivoli Gardens – Drewsland Stadium According to Tate, one of the keys to victory then was the presence and contribution of the senior players leading up to the game. “I must say, though, that with the presence of the senior players such as Weston Forrest, Anderson, Irvino English, among others, we were really composed and looking to turn things around. Coming up to face Tivoli, the same mood is in the camp,” said Tate. Today’s opponents, Tivoli Gardens, will present a different dynamic as they have won all their away matches so far and have not recorded any victories at home. “We anticipate a good game. Based on the result of their last game, Waterhouse should come out blazing as they would have earned some amount of confidence from that and playing at home should help them as well. “It seems as if we do better away from home. We are yet to win a match at home, but we have won our matches away so this is a plus for us and we are looking for a positive result,” Coach Omar Edwards stated. Training has been positive leading up to this game, Edwards said, pointing out that only one player will not be at 100 per cent. “Our training has been positive and the players are upbeat. We have only one player, Miguel Ricketts, one of our strikers, who had a knock, but it is nothing major,” added Edwards, who will be looking to the experienced Jermaine Johnson, Shavar Campbell, Marvin Stewart and the rejuvenated veteran goalkeeper Edsel Scott to provide leadership on the field. Waterhouse, on the other hand, may have to utilise Anderson from the bench if his fractured nose allows. They will also be without Kevin Kellyman, Carlos Wright, Ramone McGregor, Jahmika Hutchinson and, possibly, Kacy Bromfield, who has the flu. Those injuries could see captain Romario Campbell benefit from the presence of Forrest and English earlier than initially planned. In the Clarendon derby, leaders Humble Lion could get the better of Portmore United to consolidate their position at the top of the table, while Arnett Gardens will welcome the return of Coach Jerome Waite from national duties as they seek to continue their ascent at the expense of UWI FC. The free-scoring Jamalco and the impressive Rohan Richards will be aiming to rebound from last week’s loss to Boys’ Town when they entertain Reno, who are themselves in need of a return to winning ways. Defending champions Montego Bay United should be boosted by the return of national trio Dwayne Ambusley, Dino Williams and Allan Ottey for the visit of the struggling Harbour View while the Maverley-Hughenden versus Boys’ Town matchup should be an interesting affair. Senior players P W D L GF GA GD Pts Humble Lion 5 4 0 1 6 2 4 12 Arnett 5 3 1 1 5 2 3 10 UWI FC 5 3 1 1 4 4 0 10 Jamalco 5 3 0 2 9 4 5 9 MoBay United 5 3 0 2 7 2 5 9 Tivoli 5 2 1 2 6 4 2 7 Portmore 5 2 1 2 4 5 -1 7 Reno 5 2 1 2 2 3 -1 7 Maverly-Hug 5 1 3 1 6 6 0 6 Boys’Town 5 1 0 4 4 8 -4 3 Waterhouse 5 1 0 4 3 7 -4 3 H.View 5 1 0 4 2 8 -6 3 Today’s Games: POINTS STANDINGlast_img read more

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PBA: San Miguel gaining steam after stopping TNT

first_imgRejected by La Salle in high school, Sean Manganti shows how far he’s come Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum PBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer posted back-to-back wins after rallying past TNT, 107-96, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan.The Beermen closed the game on a 32-10 surge after trailing by 11 points at the 9:46 mark of the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img It was a crucial win for San Miguel Beer, which appeared to have put its early struggles behind.The Beermen rose to sixth place with a 4-4 mark while also stopping the KaTropa’s three-game winning run.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 ChrissKevin Murphy almost had a triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for San Miguel while Christian Standhardinger added a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds.Marqus Blakely had 26 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists for TNT, which dropped to a seventh-place tie with idle NLEX at 4-5. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

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Poro

first_imgThings that cannot be known have a big attraction. No wonder that Paul Julien, as many other researchers, was fascinated by the secret societies in Liberia in particular and West Africa in general. What follows are fragments of an article in a Belgian magazine and a radio talk written after his travel through Liberia in 1932 and should not be read as necessarily factual, but as an account of what was available to Julien as a visitor to Liberia at the time. And of course it is also a testimony to the doors that stayed closed to him since he, being a strongly religious Catholic, never considered being initiated, however big his interests were.“How large the number of the different societies is cannot be stated with certainty. In Liberia and its immediate neighbors there are at least about a dozen, but probably more. Of these organizations the Porobond is the most important one. Even though the negro is extremely reluctant to talk about them to strangers, specially white people, some information about the bond has leaked, which allows us to get a general idea of it, even though no European knows it by experience. While still in Monrovia, the Catholic mission had a servant, a boy about 25 years old, if I remember correctly, member of the Bassa tribe. I knew that he was part of the Poro, or at least used to be, so I asked him: ‘Hey Grebo, you are Poroman, tell me, where was your Poro-forest and what were you doing there?’“This unexpected question unsettled the boy completely. His face went dark, his eyes scanned the environment to make sure nobody was listening in to this conversation and then hastily whispered: ‘Bad question, massa, bad question!’ And as soon as he saw the chance he walked away, scared that I would repeat it. The rest of the day he did his best not to walk into me again. It was clear that he was not willing to talk about this subject and even the missionaries who were very intimate with their servants, never got him to share something of his previous life, where it concerned the Poro society. And yet this young man had been a Christian for years, and not a bad one.”Later, when on the road Julien tries again.“When the pipe went from mouth to mouth, I asked my cook in a casual way: Tell me Moses, is there a Poro-forest in the area?”‘No Massa!’‘Moses, I am sure, because at sunset I saw the entrance in the forest. I saw twigs that were bound together over the path, I know what the entrance to a Poro-forest looks like.’ No answer. ‘Are the villages in the area holding a Poro-forest?’ No answer. ‘Is it a Sande-forest then?’ Again silence, but now I noticed that the full circle of porters was focused on what I was saying. They understood enough English to know what it was about and I saw in their eyes an expression, a strange and cynical flickering, threatening in such a way that I didn’t dare to mention another word about the subject. So what is this Porobond, which existence is covered in so much secrecy? The only proper answer to that question is: it is a community of initiated people, that most men of a tribe are part of and that first of all has an educational nature.With seven year intervals – I am now speaking of the Poro of the Kpelle tribe – the most prominent members of the society meet and decide that it is time for a Poro-forest, which means that the parents decide that their sons from about six years of age will be part of an initiation to become full members of the community. Far from the village, in the middle of the forest, trees are taken down, the place cleared and some rough huts are built for the future Poro-students and the Poro-master, who is called bush-devil by the Liberians, but under the Kpelle he is known under the name Namoe, which means something like ‘Master’.None of the children knows who the devil is. The start of the Poro-forest is preceded by a big feast that lasts for about a month. After that the boys go either voluntarily or with force into the forest, to the Namoe, the devil and his helpers.The first thing that happens in the forest is the circumcision, to which the scarification-tattoos on chest and back follow. Without a scarification–tattoo the initiation is not possible. One can tell whether an individual is part of such an organization by these scars that the Negro tries to cover if possible. With a knife a large number of carves is made in the boy’s chest and back. I estimate the number as 50 to 200 pretty deep cuts, 1.5 to 2 cm. long. Sometimes the boys will be anaesthetized, sometimes they are not, but under death threads they cannot show a sign of pain during this torturous practice. Biting medicines are rubbed into the wounds and the boys are put with their backs onto hot leaves to stimulate the healing and scarification processes, which can take months. It is certain that some children do not survive this treatment.We are not sure what happens after this in the forest. People guess that the boys are taught in the secrets and the crafts of the tribe. They learn here how to build huts, how to make leopard traps, how plant crops; they learn all the characteristics of their tribe; maybe some individuals are also taught traditional magic, but no white man has ever witnessed daily life in the forest, so nobody knows exactly what happens there. The few accounts that over the years have been published by so called eye-witnesses are either based on fiction, or on misguidance by the blacks, who noticed the presence of an outsider, and put up a fake show and this way left the observer with the idea that they experienced the Poro rituals.The boys stay in the forest for four years and cannot be seen at all by the villagers during this period. They do not see the devil without his mask; they never hear him speak; with undefined sounds from his throat he expresses his will.The family in the villages of course shows a lot of interest in the fate of the children in the forest and tries to find out whether they are still alive and how they are doing, but everything is kept secret.And then finally, when the four years are over, the young men return from the forest. On a dark, moonless night, after the rainy season, far outside of the village a long howl sounds, a warning that the devil is on his way and that all women should hide. A procession, accompanied by screaming flutes, approaches the village. The flutes sounds like people in pain, lasts for long periods and represents the pain of the Poro devil, because the people believe he suffers labor pains and is delivering the new members of the community.Under the screaming flutes the procession walks through the nightly dark village and the next morning, under the immense expectations of the villagers, specially the mothers, the announcement is made which boys stayed behind in the belly of the Namoe, meaning, which boys passed on in the Poro forest. The boys behave as though this environment is completely new to them and they do not remember it at all. The do not recognize their family members and only after a celebration, that involves excessive consuming of food and drinks, the boys return, now as full members of the community, in the daily life.Something similar happens to the girls, but it should be noted that the same area never has both a Poro and a Sande (as the female version is called) forest at the same time.The Sande forest lasts three years and is probably not as tough as the Poro, all females of the community take part in it. A girl that has not been to the Sande forest cannot marry.The rituals sketched are applicable for the tribe of the Kpelle. For other tribes there are differences, but things are more or less the same throughout the Guinea-coast, from Ivory-coast up to the Gambia-river. Where the contact between Europeans and natives gets intense the influence of this initiation diminishes.The meaning of the Poro school in the native’s lives is enormous. It creates the bond between the members of the community that cannot be torn down by an individual, and it is this connection, this invisible net of tribal rituals, of traditions dating back thousands of years, that complicates the implementation of other ideas of other people that work their way through the forests of West-Africa.”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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NEC Proposes December 16 for Senatorial Election

first_imgThe Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, has formally proposed Tuesday, December 16, 2014 as the new date for the Special Senatorial Elections.The NEC boss informed Speaker Alex Tyler of the House of Representatives and Senator Gbehzohgar Findley, President Tempore of the Liberian Senate, that the new date was overwhelmingly accepted during consultations organized by NEC in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Electoral Assistance Division of the United Nations (UNEAD).It may be recalled, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, by Proclamation, suspended the Senatorial Election, which was set for October 14, 2014 following a Joint Resolution from the National Legislature. The President acted under authority of the Constitution and “pursuant to powers vested in her by both the Constitution of Liberia and the Declaration of the State of Emergency.”Cllr. Korkoyah noted that the proposal of the new date is in compliance with the Joint Resolution adopted by the National Legislature and approved by President Sirleaf, in which NEC was mandated to conduct Special Senatorial Elections not later than December 20, 2014, and to hold consultations with relevant stakeholders to set a new date.In his letter Cllr. Korkoyah indicated that NEC had concluded consultations and named those institutions and individuals with whom he consulted including all registered political parties and independent candidates, civil society organizations, the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia, including the National Muslim Council and the Council of Churches.Others are the National Traditional Council, the Press Union of Liberia, the Federation of Liberian Youth and Liberia National Students Union, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO).The NEC boss also had consultations with representatives from the African Union, ECOWAS, the European Union, UNDP and UNMIL as well as United States’ Ambassador to Liberia and a cross-section of traditional leaders in the 15 counties.“I am further pleased to inform you, and through you the Honorable House of Representatives, that an overwhelming majority of those consulted proposed, and the Commission has concurred, that the Special Senatorial Election be conducted on December 16,” the NEC boss wrote.However, he stressed that in the case of an upsurge of the Ebola virus in a particular county at the time of the election, the election in such affected county should be deferred and treated as by-election under Article 37 of the Constitution of Liberia.Cllr. Korkoya, in his communication, said the outbreak of the virus in West Africa had probably inflated prices, and appealed for more funds to conduct a “transparent, fair and peaceful election.”“It is worth noting that the Ebola factor has triggered additional costs for the conduct of the election which was not originally anticipated.“The Commission wishes to notify you that the said additional costs will be submitted for your timely approval,” the NEC boss stated.He urged the Legislators to urgently approve the new date so that the Commission may get its work underway.However, political activists are urging lawmakers and the NEC to be careful about extending the postponement of the 2014 Senatorial Elections to a date which makes it impractical for senators-elect to take their seats within the constitutional timeframe prescribed by law,  and which may present some unintended consequences of complex constitutional implications.”There should be more time for the special election to be held, results declared and protest; and the senators-elect seated in January 2015, as required by Law,” political activist Richard Koon of New Kru Town said.Meanwhile, the Senate has agreed for a Conference Committee on the Special Senatorial Elections from both Houses to meet and advise them on Tuesday, the 11th of November, while in the House of Representatives, the NEC’s letter was given to the same Committee for advisement.NEC has certified 12 out of 15 incumbent Senators for rerun, while the remaining three Senators failed to register in fulfillment of not running for public offices again.The 12 Senators are Lahai Lassana, Bomi; Abel Massaley, Grand Cape Mount; Gbehzohgar Findley, Grand Bassa; Chief Jewel Howard Taylor, Bong and Prince Y. Johnson, Nimba.Others are Senator Clarice Jah, Margibi; Joyce Musu Freeman, Montserrado; Mobutu V. Nyenpan, Sinoe; Sumo Kupee, Lofa; Theodore Momo, Gbapolu; Jonathan Banney, Rivercess and John Ballout, Maryland.The three obviously outgoing Senators are Isaac Nyenabo, Grand Gedeh, Frederick Cherue, River Gee and Cletus Wotorson Grand Kru.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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Enerplex construction on time, Lantz says

first_imgThe Enerplex construction is coming along nicely, Mayor Bruce Lantz says.He says despite the delays, he expects the construction will be complete on time and on budget. [asset|aid=1197|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8522c839aca0ee5eac73d9ffec216277-Lantz Enerplex 1_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -He also says the city is letting businesses set a price on the naming rights.Lantz says in times like these, the city wants to allow for negotiation on a reasonable price. The business with the top bid will have its name alongside the Enerplex.The city originally set a three million dollar goal for sponsorships. Lantz says he hopes the goal will be matched, but doesn’t have high expectations. Advertisement Meanwhile, he says a solution has been found for the padding around the oval. [asset|aid=1198|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8522c839aca0ee5eac73d9ffec216277-Lantz Enerplex 2_1_Pub.mp3] Lantz says engineers are outlining a parking plan that will be ready in the next couple of days.last_img read more

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School welcome mats out for open house attractions

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Open houses – some with special events – are scheduled this month and next at Santa Clarita Valley high schools and junior highs. At Arroyo Seco Junior High, the school’s band and dance team will perform March 22 and the school will also run a book fair. On that same evening Valencia High School will be hosting an art show and scene previews of upcoming plays. The high school will also host a special orientation for eighth-graders planning to attend the high school in the fall. Saugus High School is bringing color to its open house by hosting an all-day chalk art event March 27. The school’s doors will be open to artists from feeder elementary and junior high schools as well as parents for students. Placerita Junior High will have a smorgasbord of activities April 25 offering a Civil War encampment, a math-themed medieval castle and a mini-golf course open to students and parents. For more information, and dates and times of open houses, visit www.hartdistrict.org. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254last_img read more

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My ‘captain, team-mate and friend’: Barcelona star reduced to tears on eve of final farwell

first_img 5 The occasion appeared to get the better of the 35-year-old – The midfielder has agreed to join Qatari club Al-Sadd on a three-year deal. 5 Iniesta was clearly pulling at the heartstrings – click right to see the next image from the emotional event – Xavi’s 17 club titles, excluding Spanish and European Super Cups, make him the most decorated player in Barcelona’s history. Iniesta presented his team-mate with a commemorative shirt – continue to see the next image from the emotional event – Xavi won three major international competitions with Spain in a period of complete dominance between 2008 and 2012. 5 Xavi and Iniesta embrace – click right to see the next image from the emotional event – The two midfield maestros have been held accountable for so much of Barcelona’s success over the last decade. 5 5 The culmination to the 2014/2015 season has seen its fair share of departing club legends.While Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand say goodbye to the Premier League, iconic Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez announced he would be leaving the La Liga champions for new shores in QatarThe midfielder capped his final home appearance with Copa del Rey glory on Saturday and, ahead of his final game for the Catalans in the Champions League final this weekend, he was reduced to tears by compatriot Andres Iniesta in a farewell event.Iniesta, who has assumed the captain’s armband soon to be vacated by Xavi for the majority of the season, paid tribute to the most decorated player in Barcelona’s history, labelling the former Spain international his ‘captain, team-mate and friend.’Click right on the images above to see a selection of photos from the emotional event. Xavi can’t hold back his emotions – continue to see the next image from the emotional event – Between them, the Spanish internationals have represented the Catalans nearly 850 times in La Liga. last_img read more

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