Grandi resigns with the Leganés and forces him to look for a substitute

first_imgThe goal would be to find an archer as Andrés Prieto was last season, that is, with experience in First or Second, but aware that his situation once joined the pepinera squad will be to live in the shadow of Cuéllar and Soriano, now immovable as a holder and substitutes for Javier Aguirre. André Grandi, Italian-Brazilian goalkeeper of Leganés (22 years old), will soon terminate his contract with the pickles to be free and find a new destination away from Butarque. The lack of minutes and their desire to grow, even if they are competing in lower categories, is behind this decision. The club has not put problems, although now you must add a goalkeeper to your list of futuristic reinforcements for the remainder of the season. Nor is it ruled out that the entity decides to give continuity to the goalkeepers of the Third subsidiary Division and especially Pablo Lombo, a regular goalkeeper with Luis Cembranos.Grandi arrived at Leganés last summer in a club bet For a young profile for the position of third goalkeeper after the last two seasons that role corresponded to Serantes and Andrés Prieto himself, both away from the Brazilian’s profile.Time passed, however, Grandi has not had opportunities to play. In fact, his appearances have been limited to seven games in which he has been summoned, but in which he has not played. The last one, the Copa del Rey tie against Andorra on December 19.Grandi has alternated his presences with the first team with calls in the subsidiary of Leganés, where he has played a total of eight games of Group VII of the Third Division. In total, Grandi has conceded ten goals. The lack of competitiveness and motivation to play in this category (last year he played with Inter Madrid in Second B) is another reason why the goalkeeper has asked to leave to find a new destination.last_img read more

SWAT to Boost Rice Production in Liberia

first_imgMr. Nehme (2nd from right) and partners posed shortly after the signing ceremony…Signs Public-Private Partnership AgreementThe Supplying West Africa Traders (SWAT) has signed a Public-private partnership (PPP) agreement with Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)/Liberia Agriculture Development Activity (LADA), to support the production and distribution of locally-produced rice in the country.This agreement, which was cemented recently at a signing ceremony, will also help empower Liberian rice farmers in the areas of productivity, innovation and value addition.The signing ceremony was witnessed by officials of the ministries of Commerce (MoC), Finance and Agriculture as well as other partners.Agriculture Minister Mogana Flomo pledged the commitment of the ministry in making sure the partnership succeeds.“The initiative is in support of the government’s pro-poor agenda,” SWAT Chief Executive Officer (CEO), George N. Nehme said upon signing the agreement.By this, farmers will supply locally-produced rice to importers, who will sell on the market as well as directly to the public for consumption. The main objective of the PPP agreement, Mr. Nehme said, is to help, to some level, reduce the huge amount of rice that is imported annually.Liberia imports a huge consignment of rice annually; a situation which affects the country’s meager resources. Huge quantities of about 400,000 metric tons of rice are imported every year. This represents more than 50 percent of the entire consumption of a total value of about US$200 million per year—an amount that could be diverted to other development priorities if local rice production starts to boom.SWAT, which is the largest rice importer in the country, has pledged its full commitment to supporting the Liberian government achieve its pro-poor agenda.It can be recalled that in 2009, the company started operations in the country and was given the rights to import rice. Shortly following the signing ceremony, Nehme expressed gratitude to President George Weah for challenging importers to look into investing in local production, and for consultation with the MoC and the Ministry of Agriculture and technicians of those two institutions, who remain committed to supporting this initiative.Already, SWAT is working with some local farmers in Lofa and Nimba counties, with the aim to expand its network. Nehme also thanked the USAID (United States Aid for International Development) and CNFA/LADA team for continuing to build the capacity of the local farmers to produce more rice for the market.“We are happy about this agreement because it is a new beginning to increase rice production, working together with the farmers as partners. My team at SWAT has been supporting this process over the last several months,” he said.Nehme also thanked John Bestman, chairman of the Liberia Rice Importers Association, for his support to make the event come to light and other partners as well. “Over the years, we have had our share of ups and downs, but we have always worked with the MoC to make sure we prevented shortages or price hikes we could control. We believe in Liberia and the potential to grow a business in the country. This is why we have worked hard to attract investors in our company to help grow our company.“Today, our investment covers two large warehouses, one with the capacity of 90,000 metric tons, while the other with the capacity of 68,000 metric tons. We have some 400 employees assigned in various capacities and many more working as brokers and agents in the counties,” Mr. Nehme said.LADA Chief of Party (CoP), Willem Van Campen, reminded the participants that rice is the staple food of Liberia with a population of approximately five million. “The situation is not only a question of food security and food sovereignty. It is also an important issue for the use of foreign exchange and for the overall Liberian economy,” he said.CNFA/LADA is under the United States Government’s feed the future initiative with funding from USAID.Campen then pledged the unflinching support of CNFA/LADA to ensure the partnership succeeds and boost the agriculture sector of the country.The goal of LADA is to increase income of smallholder farmers through increasing private sector investment in the Liberian Agribusiness sector, but the PPP agreement with SWAT supports component II of the CNFA/LADA program, which calls for market facilitation and policy advocacy for Liberian farmers and actors along LADA’s four supply chains (rice, cassava, vegetables and aquaculture).SWAT, one of the importers of rice in Liberia, in consultation with the MoC, continued conversation with CNFA/LADA which led to the conclusion of the PPP agreement. The agreement, according to the two institutions, aims to achieve the boosting and distribution of quality locally-grown rice while empowering rice farmers to grow more.The agreement wants to support Liberia to produce roughly 15,000 metric tons good quality milled rice per year. To reduce rice imports to below 30 percent by the end of 2020. The agreement, which expires on December 31, 2020, calls for SWAT to support the development of rice processing capacity by providing technical advice to local rice processors, by purchasing local quality rice that meet established specifications and eventually investing in local processing.SWAT will consider provision of auxiliary services such as warehousing, transportation and equipment lease to rice sector actors, will consider forward contracting with local processors as a means to guarantee its provision of good quality locally produced rice and to facilitate processors’ business operations.The company agrees that purchases from selected rice processors will be based on transparent quality and price negotiation where both business partners openly explain their opportunities and limitations. CNFA/LADA shall support procurement of rice processing mills to be utilized by local entrepreneurs to establish or expand private sector agro-enterprises, promote the full-time operation of mills procured with LADA support.The party of the second part shall provide management oversight as needed to ensure mill operations are business and profit-oriented. CNFA/LADA shall facilitate and support the creation of market linkages between the processors and potential off takers, including the party of the first part.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Giuliani has Reagan on the brain and in the eyes

first_imgPALM SPRINGS – Rudy Giuliani made a simple case for his presidential candidacy today to a national convention of Republican women: He’s not Hillary Clinton. Speaking to a GOP organization devoted to getting women elected, Giuliani hammered on the Democratic front-runner and said he deserved their support. He elicited laughs as he dismissed Clinton’s calls for universal health coverage as “Hillarycare” and pooh-poohed her proposal to give every American-born child a $5,000 college bond. The former New York mayor drew sustained applause when he described Clinton’s response to a recent question about Iran as incomprehensible. Throughout, he sought to undermine her appeal as a woman candidate. “American people decide who they want as president based on who they think the right person is for the country, not whether someone is a man or a woman or a different race,” Giuliani told an audience of more than 1,500 women. The Clinton campaign had no immediate comment. Giuliani was the only candidate to address the biennial convention of the National Federation of Republican Women. During his remarks, he said the Republican party has a historical openness to women, including its early support for universal suffrage. “We have a record that’s very, very proud and very long of making certain that women participate on a full and complete and equal basis with men,” he said. A recent national Associated Press-Ipsos poll showed Giuliani’s support about one-fifth among white Republican women, roughly the same as Arizona Sen. John McCain. His backing among married women is about equal to that of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson. Giuliani followed each dig at Clinton with a reference to policies his campaign outlined this summer: tax rebates for private health-care accounts, vouchers for school tuition. He also focused on his signature issue, terrorism, but offered listeners few policy prescriptions. Giuliani reasserted his commitment to “remaining on offense” against terrorists and potential rogue states such as Iran. As usual, Giuliani repeatedly invoked the towering figure of Ronald Reagan – a surefire winner in Palm Springs, long a GOP power-playground. He made a passing reference to the late president’s economic policies and the way he dealt with Iran during the hostage crisis. “What you see in their eyes is Jimmy Carter and what you see in my eyes is Ronald Reagan,” Giuliani said as he left the stage. After Palm Springs, Giuliani was scheduled to meet potential voters in Portland, Ore., and Seattle before returning to the East Coast. He was in California this week to pick up support from former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and from U.S. Sen. and California Gov. Pete Wilson.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Joey Barton: BOARD to blame if Man City fail to win silverware this season

first_imgFormer Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton has told talkSPORT the club’s board, not the players or manager, will be to blame if the team fail to bring home any silverware this season.Outgoing boss Manuel Pellegrini will be desperate to end his tenure on a high before he is replaced at the Etihad Stadium hotseat by Pep Guardiola in the summer.Until last weekend the Blues were fighting on four fronts, with their FA Cup fifth round exit at the hands of Chelsea leaving their hopes on the Premier League, Champions League and the final of the League Cup – where they face Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday.City boosted their chances of European progression with a 3-1 victory at Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their last-16 tie, but Barton believes Champions League glory will be a dream until two-time winning coach Guardiola takes charge.And with the side also a way behind in the Premier League title race, the opinion-splitting ex-City man believes the team have definitely been distracted by the club’s decision to announce Guardiola’s appointment midway through a campaign.Speaking on Drivetime, Barton said: “No, I don’t think City will win the Champions League this season. But I think in the near future, with the appointment of Guardiola and the team he is capable of building, winning the Champions League would be a definite possibility.“I do expect them to progress [into the quarter-finals this season]. They’ve got a very nice draw, as favourable as a draw you can get at this stage of the competition, but you’d expect that if they run into an elite level team like Bayern Munich or Barcelona that they’ll probably just come up short.“It’s a tough season for Manchester City, they’ve got a scrap on to get back in the title race and it’s a strange period for them. I don’t know what it would be like to be in the dressing room knowing that the manager’s about to leave. “It certainly can’t be the optimum of circumstances for you to get everything you need to get out of the players to challenge on four, now three, fronts. You do worry for them.“I’m a huge fan of Manuel Pellegrini, I think he handles himself in times of adversity with real dignity and class, and this will be difficult for him and it MUST affect morale in the dressing room.“Guardiola is going to come and you’re going to have players in the team who aren’t going to be in his plans just because they don’t seem to fit the way he wants the game played.“So those players will have the fear and survival mode on full alert and won’t be 100 per cent focussed on the football.“That’s not a situation created by the manager or the players, it’s a situation created by people in the board room, the people who make the decisions at the club.“If they do suffer…they were challenging for four trophies at one stage and if they do not manage to convert any of those opportunities it will be very easy to point fingers and lay the blame all over the place.“It’s just a bit of a mess for what is now one of Britain’s so-called bigger clubs.”last_img read more

Germany v France: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_img1 Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day Every Goal, Every Game, Every DayIt’s the penultimate game of Euro 2016 on Thursday evening, as Germany take on France in Marseille looking to book a place in the final.Portugal beat Wales 2-0 on Wednesday to become the first team in the showpiece clash, and whoever wins at the Stade Velodrome will take on A Selecao on Sunday at the Stade de France.Germany have so far beaten Ukraine, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Italy on the way to the semi-final, whilst hosts France overcame Romania and Albania in the group stage and Ireland and Iceland in consecutive knockout rounds.LIVE on talkSPORT: Germany v France at Euro 2016 – click here for live commentary from the Stade Velodrome in Marseille at 8pm (BST) on July 7, 2016.Confirmed team news:Germany XI: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Howedes, Hector, Can, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Kroos, Draxler, MullerSubstitutes: Leno, Mustafi, Khedira, Schurrle, Podolski, Weigl, Tah, Gotze, Sane, Gomez, ter StegenFrance XI: Lloris, Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra, Pogba, Matuidi, Sissoko, Griezmann, Payet, GiroudSubstitutes: Mandanda, Jallet, Rami, Kante, Cabaye, Gignac, Martial, Schneiderlin, Mangala, Digne, Coman, Costilast_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps have announced a family friendly offer for their first two home games of the season, to accommodate those with younger football fans in the household.All children under 12, who are accompanied by an Adult, can enjoy the forthcoming home matches against Cobh Ramblers and Longford Town for just €1 each!Following an impressive draw away to title favourites Waterford United, the Harps players can now look forward to two home games in a row starting with new boys Cobh at Finn Park on Friday, and against fellow promotion hopefuls Longford Town also at Finn Park on Saturday 23rd March. Chairman Joey O’Leary says everyone is looking forward to an exciting league campaign“I think our supporters are going to see to some great football at Finn Park this season. We felt our pricing policy should reflect current times, and facilitate those with families who would like to come along and enjoy live football.“I feel it would benefit everyone if we encouraged the next generation to come out and support local football. There is a terrific buzz around the club at the moment so it would be great for the players to get the support of the wider north-west public.”Friday night’s game kicks off at 8pm at Finn Park.  KIDS FOR A QUID AT FINN PARK! was last modified: March 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cobh Ramblersfinn harpsFinn ParkLongford Townlast_img read more

The Oscars of Twitter: Shorty Awards to Honor Creators of Short-Form, Real-Time Content

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification jolie odell Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Last year, SawHorse Media, a Twitter aggregator that pioneered the concept of lists, put together the Shorty Awards. This contest and ceremony was intended to “honor the best producers of short, real-time content.”The first show was such a success that SawHorse is currently producing a second event. Like the Webbies, the Streamys and other award shows for online content, this event will recognize the geeky heroes we probably follow more than we do real-world celebrities – the ones who make us laugh, think and act. Voting is now open in 27 categories; read on to see who’s making the grade.Categories range in scope from serious topics such as government, health and politics and to lighter fare such as music, culture, celebrities and humor. There are also a few geek-centric topics, such as tech, science and apps. Additionally, SawHorse has allowed users to create crowd-sourced categories, such as sexiest Twitterer and social media.The awards are given based on each content creator’s whole Twitter oeuvre, not just a single tweet. Any Twitter user with a valid, active account can nominate and vote; votes are sent out as tweets from that user’s account. Next month, the nominees will be narrowed to five per category and referred to the hilariously named Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences for final judging.Although the Academy has a spoofy name, it includes such distinguished members as MIT Media Lab’s director, Frank Moss, and Creative Commons CEO Joi Ito, among other luminaries.Last year’s special guests included MC Hammer and Gary Vaynerchuk. There’s no word yet on who will be speaking and presenting at this year’s show, but we do know the ceremony will be held in March in New York City, and winners will be giving 140-character acceptance speeches.Check out the site and vote for or nominate your favorite tweeters, from ShitMyDadSays to David Archuleta. And we’d appreciate a vote for ReadWriteWeb in the tech category, if you’re so inclined! The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Solar Decathlon Opening Is Scheduled for October 3

first_imgTeams representing 19 colleges and universities from the United States, Canada, and Europe will showcase their solar-powered demonstration houses when the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2013 opens for a 10-day run on October 3 in Irvine, California.The biennial competition was launched in 2002 and until this year it had taken place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. For this year’s Decathlon, the Department of Energy (DOE) sought proposals from cities around the country and eventually selected the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, a 1,300-acre former Marine Corps air station. The park offers enough room to expand the Decathlon to include a clean-energy exposition called XPO.The competition typically includes 20 teams, but the Department of Energy said Tidewater Virginia had dropped out.Entries this year represent mostly U.S. universities, but also the Czech Republic, Austria, and Ontario and Alberta in Canada. Solar Decathlons also took place this year in China and Europe. Competing in 10 different areasTeam entries are judged in 10 different areas, including architectural appeal, marketing appeal, engineering, communications, affordability, indoor comfort, and energy consumption. Teams are awarded points in each area, either by completing a specified task, by monitored performance, or by jury evaluation.The DOE wasn’t specific about exactly how many teams applied to the Decathlon this year other than to say that by the time the 2011 event was wrapping up “more than 40 hopeful teams” were already at work preparing proposals for this year’s event.They created draft design plans and assembled other information that was reviewed by a panel of engineers, scientists, and building experts. Winning teams were notified in January 2012.Teams not only have to design and build the houses, but also figure out how to get them to the site of the Decathlon where they are reassembled for the competition. It’s an expensive process. The Department of Energy gives each team $100,000 to get them started, but makes them responsible for expenses beyond that.last_img read more

U.S. House Passes Permanent R&D Tax Credit

first_imgThe U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would permanently extend a popular tax break for companies investing in research. Despite strong bipartisan support, however, the proposal appears unlikely to become law—at least not this year.The 274 to 131 vote ended several days of sniping over the bill, which would permanently renew the so-called R&D tax credit, which expired at the end of last year. Although both Democrats and Republicans sponsored the legislation, it had drawn a veto threat from the White House because it didn’t provide a way to offset the $156 billion that the tax break is expected to cost over the next decade.Republican leaders in the House argued that Congress has a long history of extending the R&D tax break—it’s been renewed 15 times since it was first adopted in 1981—without finding a way to pay for it. But Democratic leaders said Republican supporters were guilty of hypocrisy because they typically insist that any new program not add to federal spending deficits. “All of the wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth with reference to the deficit seems to go by the boards when the Republicans talk of tax cuts,” said Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the second-ranking Democrat in the House, at press conference earlier this week.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In a private meeting before this morning’s vote, Hoyer and other Democratic leaders asked members of their party not to vote for the bill, according to media reports. But despite the plea, 62 Democrats joined 212 Republicans to approve the legislation. Just one Republican opposed the measure.One Democrat who supported the bill, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), told CQ Roll Call that it would have been inconsistent to vote against a measure he has long supported, and that Congress typically extends the R&D tax credit without a dedicated spending offset. “It has been extended unpaid for 10 times,” he said. Blumenauer also suggested that the vote “does not matter as much because the tax credit will not pass in this form in the Senate.”The Senate is working on its own version of the legislation which would extend the credit for just 2 years. But Congress is not expected to agree on any fix, permanent or temporary, until after the elections in November.last_img read more