20 Jan

‘We can level the series’, says WI skipper Sammy

first_img The West Indies never recovered from 29 for two in the fifth over and failed to keep up with the required run rate of nearly 11 an over. The highlight of their batting was opener Andre Fletcher, who smashed 57 off 40 balls – his fourth T20I half-century, while and Kieron Pollard chipped in with 26 and Dwayne Bravo, 24. “I think from looking at the game we were under pressure from the first six overs. We tried to catch up them but they kept coming at us but we did not react, or respond well enough,” said Sammy. “But with that said, we backed ourselves to chase down the target and we looked at 30 runs that’s two big overs.” The second and final T20 international will be played today. NO RECOVERY KANDY, Sri Lanka (CMC): West Indies T20 captain, Darren Sammy, has described some of his teammates, including himself, as ‘rusty’ after they crashed to a 30-run defeat against Sri Lanka in the opening T20 International on Monday. West Indies were dismissed for 185 with one delivery remaining in the innings while chasing an imposing 216 at the Pallekele International Stadium. However, Sammy said he is confident that his side can level the series when the two teams play the second T20 in Colombo. “I think probably with better planning in the batting order we could have gotten closer, but we are playing the number one team in the world and they showed why they are number one,” said Sammy. “Some of us seem quite rusty. We have not played T20 for almost 10 months. Yes, but we are looking forward to Colombo and I believe we can come out and level the series.”last_img read more

14 Jan

Varbah Gayflor, Others Booked

first_imgThe Joint Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Legislature has booked former Gender and Development Minister Varbah Gayflor for “financial malpractices” and wants her restitute monies allegedly mismanaged.Addressing a news conference yesterday at the Capitol Building in Monrovia, PAC announced that Madams Gayflor, Parleh D. Harrison, Director of Women Division and Stephen Forkpah, Comptroller, all from the Gender Ministry, should jointly restitute US$75,000 and deposit said amount into an escrow account for government purpose.PAC also wants Forkpah and Mrs. Jestina Kollie jointly restitutes US$25,279.55 that remains unaccounted for as a result of bank and cash reconciliation.According to the PAC, recommendations to restitute these monies are based on the fact that the issue of non-approval of budgets presents a challenge for governance of affected entities.“The Committee believes that the expenditure of funds without an approved budget will continue in the future if no action is taken. The committee considers such actions systemic across sectors line ministries and agencies, and hereby recommends that henceforth the Legislature must approve the budgets for these entities along with the annual budget of the government of Liberia,” the PAC declared.In further recommendations, the Committee intoned that Madam Gayflor and Forkpah must be made to payback US$23,901.71 and L$31,180 allegedly mismanaged for fees collected from the Ministry’s Conference Hall rental, which were not accounted for during the period of the audit.Relative to monies intended for women’s organizations and unaccounted for allowances, Madam Gayflor and Forkpah again were booked for the alleged misappropriation of US$143,459 and US$35,576 respectively.Payments made to third parties instead of service providers, PAC believes that Edwin Borbor and Mrs. Moses S. Kelleh should jointly restitute US$355,367.60 and deposits the amount into escrow account.The PAC also wants Matthew Bundo, Personnel Director to restitute L$235,629 from monies accounted for as a result of payroll irregularities.The Auditor General during the audit of the Ministry of Gender and Development analyzed the bank statements of the Ministry and observed that there existed a variance of US$25,279.55 for which the AG did not receive any substantive explanation or documentation, according to the PAC.During the public hearing, the chief witness in person of Varbah K. Gayflor and the financial controller at the time argued that the money was a donor fund, as such, the reconciled reports were sent to the donors, so the ministry was unable to give the AG a report on such donor fund.During the cross examination, the committee was emphatic that all monies that flows into any government agency from central government or partners belongs to the people of Liberia and are subject to the AG’s commissioned audit under the laws of Liberia. Thus, the Committee recommends that Forkpah and Mrs. Jestina Kollie should restitute US$25,279.55.Meanwhile, other line ministries and agencies captured under this report are to be published in our subsequent publications.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

14 Jan

Trusting Your Compost: Composting Steps and Importance

first_imgCompost is the final product of decomposed organic mattersThe soil is the most valuable possession of farmers with the health of the soil arguably the issue of utmost concern to farmers. The health of the soil for crop production is largely determined by its organic matter content and the nutrients present in it.Soil erosion, water erosion, wind, leaching and some bad farming practices are some factors that cause the loss of soil nutrients resulting to poor soil for production.However, these challenges are being worked around through ‘modifying soil management’ practices and finding out which compost production is the cheapest.What is Compost and Composting?Compost is the final product of decomposed organic matters, while composting is a natural process applied to recycle organic materials for the purpose of soil amendment.Compost ImportanceSome benefits of compost include:Improved soil structure (arrangement of soil particles and pores between them) and soil porosity (the spaces that are fund between soil particles).Increased soil humus.Better retention of soil moisture, decreased plant diseases and pests.Regulates soil temperature.Improves organic matters in soil.Improves soil types especially sandy and clay soil by helping to bind soil particles and increasing the soil’s ability to retain moisture and nutrients.Compost heapWhen is it ideal to apply compost?Compost is applied to the soil before sowing of seeds or transplanting seedlings. It is done by either thoroughly mixing the compost with the soil before sowing seeds and transplanting seedlings, or taking a handful of compost in the hole that has been prepared for placing seeds or transplanting seedlings.Materials needed to make compostCompost can be made from any organic material that will eventually decompose and provide nutrients to the soil and also boost soil structure. Some materials required include:Animal dungGrassLegumesKitchen wasteAshUrineOld compost, andWater.Animal dung, old compost and kitchen waste help to accelerate the process of decomposition while urine and ash regulate the level of acidity.How to make compostLocation – Find the right location for your compost bin. You should choose a location which is flat, well-drained and sunny. Warmer location fastens compost work. When you add fresh material, be sure to mix it in with the lower layers.Add kitchen and yard waste as they accumulate.During the dry season, water your compost to keep it moist.Mix or turn the compost once a week to help the breakdown process.Continue to add layer, kitchen waste until the bin is filled and repeat the above activities until you have a crumbly, dark, spongy substance.What you should not compostDiseased plantMeatBonesFish scrapsPerennial weedMetalschemicalsShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Maintaining Compost – To get finished compost more quickly do these activities:center_img Ingredient placement – Start with a layer of coarse materials ideal for drainage and aeration and cover the layer with leaves. Then simply alternate between layers of green (nitrogen-rich material) and brown materials (carbon-rich material).last_img read more

12 Jan

Olive branch extended to illegal miners

first_imgGovernment has noted that a lot of foreign nationals have made their way into the local mining sector without the necessary permission, and has issued a call for these individuals to come forward and get regularised, or face the consequences.Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes, made this call on Tuesday as she spoke on the side lines of an event held at the Marriott Hotel. While acknowledging that she did not have an exact figure on the number of undocumented miners, she estimated that there were many.“We don’t want to have the genuine persons here come to work and people come seeping in within that crowd (who) are harmful to our people. We don’t want to have that,” Broomes stressed. “We want to have a safe and secure mining sector.”She is urging undocumented miners to come forward and get themselves regularised with the relevant authorities, including the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).The Puruni area has recently been put under the microscopeShe has even posited the possibility exists that undocumented miners could get work extensions, and noted that the syndicates have a role to play in partnering with the Government to weed out those “who should not be there”.“Just like how, on the coast, you have the policing group, you have syndicates at every single area in the country. And they are working with two Ps… prevention and partnership. Prevention of crime… human trafficking, raiding. It is not ‘the bush’ anymore…His Excellency talked about linking the hinterland to the coast.“So I was very pleased when Minister (of Citizenship Winston) Felix went into the Puruni area and announced a short window period for the foreign nationals there to come in, get your work permit. If you’re here and (you) want extensions of stay or anything like that, to come into the Ministry of Citizenship… It’s not a case where (if) you come forward you’ll be locked up,” Minister Broomes explained.Concerns were recently raised in the press about miners paying little-to-nothing for their licences. They would then erect extravagant businesses, sometimes structures that encroach on the road.Broomes and a team of officials recently had cause to go into the Puruni Landing area at Mazaruni, Region Seven, where they found permanent structures proliferating in the area.Puruni Landing in Mazaruni is strategically located, connecting the lower and middle Mazaruni in Mining District Three. It is a thriving business hub, and many miners have taken up residence there, having constructed elaborate buildings and structures, some of which encroach on the roadway and water crossing. The GGMC would grant yearly licences for business and residential purposes in mining districts. However, this does not include establishing permanent structures.Commissioner of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC), Trevor Benn, had accompanied the minister on her follow-up visit to the Puruni Landing. During the meeting, Benn encouraged operators to visit the GLSC’s Bartica Office to regularise their status.“For those of you who want to make the area your residence, your home, you have no security of tenure; you have no security to the land that you are on; and the only way you can (obtain that security) is by applying to get a full lease for the land that you are occupying,” Benn is quoted by the Department of Public Information as explaining.It is understood that the GLSC would be working with the GGMC to survey the area and plan the way forward to ensure regularisation is achieved.last_img read more

11 Jan

Tomko eyes fifth spot in rotation

first_imgBut after spending the entire winter changing his mechanics to keep the ball hidden from a batter’s view longer into his delivery, Tomko believes he can once again be an effective major-league starter – especially since the glamor spots in the pen appear to be taken by closer Takashi Saito and setup man Jonathan Broxton. “I went to the bullpen with the intention of trying to help out and maybe work into being the closer,” Tomko said. “But we have a closer, and we have a setup guy.” Tomko threw his first side session of spring training on Saturday, after which he said this motion not only is more deceptive than his old one, but also less taxing. Stinnett with club Veteran catcher Kelly Stinnett walked into Dodgertown on Sunday morning, having accepted a minor-league contract from the Dodgers. VERO BEACH, Fla. – Brett Tomko staked a verbal claim to the vacant fifth spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation on Sunday. The veteran right-hander’s hope now is that his revamped pitching motion will help him stake that same claim on the field this spring. “That last starting spot is what I’m going after,” Tomko said. “I worked hard during the offseason and came to camp in as good a shape as I have ever been, and I have one goal.” Club officials would love to see Tomko reach that goal, especially since he is by far the most handsomely compensated ($4.1 million this season) of the seven candidates for the job. Tomko, who at the time was struggling as a starter, readily agreed to a request by manager Grady Little last July that he go to the bullpen for the rest of the season. center_img Barring an injury to Russell Martin or Mike Lieberthal, Stinnett, who turned 37 last week, will spend the season at Triple-A Las Vegas – although the Dodgers surely would let him out of his deal if another team came calling with a major-league offer. “We just wanted to add to our (catching) depth,” general manager Ned Colletti said. 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

11 Jan

Official’s arrest raises questions

first_img“The mayor certainly does not believe that former gang members are the only individuals with a license to operate effective intervention programs,” Villaraigosa spokesman Matt Szabo said. “They may be part of the solution but not the ultimate solution.” Corona, who helped train and place youths in jobs, was paid through city and federal job development funds, Arias said. He is on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of his case. “You can’t cast a net on all former gang members to exclude them from such work. But I think where they are involved, it is good to have oversight as well as evaluation of the program,” said Tom Ward, professor of anthropology at USC and a gang expert. “Unfortunately, most of the programs don’t have an adequate evaluation component built into the project.” Civil rights attorney Connie Rice, whose $500,000 study earlier this year on the city’s ability to fight gangs found the efforts piecemeal, inefficient and lacking oversight, described the arrest of Corona as one bad apple. “I think this was a case of somebody living a double life,” said Rice, who called Communities in Schools one of the best such programs in L.A. And though Corona was not an intervention worker, she said many of the programs need former gang members. “If you are talking about hard-core gang intervention or managing gang conflict in prison, you don’t have any choices,” she said. “The social system and gang culture require credibility. The only one who is going to have credibility to speak to gang members and shot-callers are people that have been in that life.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The recent arrest of an administrator for the San Fernando Valley’s largest gang-intervention program raises questions about the practice of funding organizations that employ former criminals and ex-gang members. Mario Corona, 30, a former gang member and director of job development for Communities in Schools, was arrested Wednesday when police investigating a Panorama City drug house pulled him over and said they found him hiding a pound of methamphetamine underneath his clothing. Critics say the arrest reveals the inherent problems of hiring former gangsters to mentor current ones – with many of them keeping one foot in the old lifestyle. And it comes as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is set to release his prevention and intervention plans as gang violence soars, especially in the Valley. “I don’t buy into the theory that you need ex-convicts and ex-gang members to do gang intervention,” said Gary Nanson, who oversees the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley gang enforcement detail. “The real sad thing is that Corona was being paid with Los Angeles city money.” But his co-workers expressed dismay, saying they never suspected Corona – a former bad boy gang member named Spider who had been in and out of Juvenile Hall as a youth and who served time for possession of firearms – might have slipped back into a criminal life. “He was our poster child,” said Bobby Arias, president of Communities in Schools, which has a working relationship with the LAPD. “There is no question that this is a huge disappointment. But in this line of work if you are not working with people with a high possibility of risk, you are not working with the right people.” Last year, Communities in Schools received about $700,000 in city and federal funds to run a “hard-core” intervention program focusing on neighborhoods where shootings had occurred. Under the plan, 10 “interventionists” – seven of them former gang members, many with criminal pasts – attempted to quell tensions in the neighborhoods and prevent retaliation. The city funds three other similar programs, spending $3.7 million last year on intervention. last_img read more

30 Dec

SINN FEIN SLAM MINISTER MCGINLEY’S REFUSAL TO GIVE GUARANTEE ON UDARAS’ FUTURE

first_imgSinn Féin TD for Donegal South West Pearse Doherty has hit out at Fine Gael’s refusal to guarantee that Údaras na Gaeltachta will retain it’s enterprise functions as recommended in the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language.After sustained questioning in the Dáil from Deputy Doherty, Minister Dinny McGinley refused to confirm whether or not these functions would be retained.Speaking from Leinster House Deputy Doherty said he was shocked that Minister McGinley  could not give him a guarantee on Udaras na Gaeltachta’s future enterprise role. “On average 1,000 new jobs are created in the Gaeltacht each year, contributing €1.5 billion to the local economy. Údaras na Gaeltachta plays a vital role in this creation of jobs.“The proposed Gaeltacht Bill which is currently being drafted will give affect to the new Údaras na Gaeilge agus Gaeltachta structure which will replace Údaras na Gaeltachta.“After sustained questioning from myself in the Dáil today, Minister for the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley, in a clear breach of the 20 Year Strategy refused to confirm whether or not enterprise functions for the Gaeltacht will be retained with this new body.“I am extremely disappointed that Minister McGinley will not confirm that Údaras will retain their enterprise and job creation functions. “The removal of these functions, if this is the case, will come as a crushing blow to the Gaeltacht which is already under pressure from funding cuts and high unemployment.“After news yesterday that the Irish Speakers Scheme is to be scrapped is this another example of Fine Gael’s attitude to the Gaeltacht and the Irish language?“I would ask the Minister to state clearly and unequivocally – will the enterprise and job creation functions of Údaras na Gaeltachta be retained?”ENDSSINN FEIN SLAM MINISTER MCGINLEY’S REFUSAL TO GIVE GUARANTEE ON UDARAS’ FUTURE was last modified: April 14th, 2011 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:Fine GaelSinn FeinÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

25 Dec

OHIO STUDENTS SAY ‘THANKS’ TO DONEGAL WITH FOOD MOVIE ABOUT COUNTY

first_imghttp://player.vimeo.com/video/50634432   BY KELLY MATOUSEKMy name is Kelly Matousek and I am a student at Ohio University in the United States. Last summer, myself and five other students from the university’s Scripps College of Communication studied abroad in Letterkenny and took classes at the Regional Cultural Centre.During our six week stay, we were required to create a documentary on the topic of our choice.We chose to focus on the current local food movement in the county and would love if Donegal Daily could see our final product! Feel free to share it as you wish, spread the word about what Donegal has to offer, and thank you for your time. We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone in Donegal for their support during production and we hope you enjoy our take on Donegal’s food culture!CLICK ON THE VIMEO LINK ABOVE TO VIEW IT  OHIO STUDENTS SAY ‘THANKS’ TO DONEGAL WITH FOOD MOVIE ABOUT COUNTY was last modified: October 4th, 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:OHIO STUDENTS SAY ‘THANKS’ TO DONEGAL WITH FOOD MOVIE ABOUT COUNTYlast_img read more

22 Dec

Barcelona out to continue fine start to La Liga title defence

first_img Tags: Spanish La Liga Huesca vs Real SociedadEstadio El Alcoraz, HuescaFriday, 21-09-2018 @10:00pm (Super Sport 7)Referee: Ignacio Iglesias EillanuevaHuesca continue their La Liga adventure against out of form Real Sociedad at El Alcoraz on Friday. Leonardo Neoren Franco’s side had started their La Liga campaign in positive fashion, winning 2-1 in their opening fixture away at Eibar and drawing 2-2 at Athletic Bilbao to secure an impressive four points from their first two top flight tests. However, they lost their two next games conceding nine and scoring only two goals. Their chances of bouncing back with a win this Friday are helped by Real Sociedad’s mounting injury list. Key striker Willian José, gifted winger Adnan Januzaj and centre back Diego Llorente will all miss Friday’s match through injury.Like Huesca, Real Sociedad haven’t won in La Liga since the opening game of the season. Sociedad have drawn one and lost the other two league fixtures since the 2-1 win away to Villareal on opening day.This will be the first top flight meeting between the two sides. However, Sociedad have won three of their last four fixtures against Huesca.Rayo Vallecano vs Deportivo AlavesEstadio del Rayo Vallecano, MadridSaturday, 22-09-2018 @02:00pm (Super Sport 7)Referee: Adrian Cordero VegaFresh from their first La Liga win of the season, last year’s Segunda División champions Rayo Vallecano will be eager to put some more points on the board at the expense of Deportivo Alaves when the teams meet on Sunday. Vallacano who are expected to be without Tito and Uruguayan defender Emiliano Velazquez started the league slowly, to Sevilla and Atletico Madrid but last weekend’s win should boost their confidence going into matc day Five.Their opponents Alaves are in fine form, winning both of their last two game. Abelardo Fernandez’s men sit seventh on the log having lost one and drawn the other of their first four games. However, they will still be without Adrian Marin, Thomas Pina, Borja Baston and Brazilian Rodrigo Ely when they visit the Estadio del Rayo Vallecano.This will be the first top flight meeting between these two sides since a 1-1 draw in 2003. However, they met four times in the Segunda division with both of them winning twice.Celta Vigo vs Real ValladolidAbanca-Balaidos, VigoSaturday, 22-09-2018 @05:15pm (Super Sport 7)Referee: Eduardo Prieto IglesiasCelta Vigo welcome goalless and winless Real Valladolid to Abanca-Balaídos on Saturday as they look to get back to business in La Liga after losing their first match of the season last week. Celta had started the 2018/19 La Liga in fine fashion after taking seven points from the first nine available but lost 3-2 away to Girona last weekend.For the Visitors, they have not won a signle game this season but have somehow managed two draws in their first four games. Both of Valladolid’s points this season came on the road in 0-0 draws at Girona and Getafe.Celta will be without the suspended Gustavo Cabral. The visitors on the other hand will have to do without the trio of Luismi Sanchez, Daniele Verde and Joaquin Fernandez.The last time these two sides met in the league, Celta thrashed Valladolid 4-1 at Balaidos. Valladolid have only triumphed once away to Celta in 21 years. The solo victory dates back to a 2-1 win back in 2011.Eiber vs LeganesEstadio Municipal de IpuruaSaturday, 22-09-2018 @17:15pmReferee: Mario Melero LopezEibar take on Leganés at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium on Saturday, aiming to extend their recent unbeaten run in the league to three matches.  Eibar had an inauspicious start to their fresh La Liga campaign, losing at home on the opening day of the season to newly promoted Huesca. Another defeat in game week two, this time at Getafe, threatened to dissolve any new season optimism in the Los Armeros ranks. However, Eibar recovered instantly-winning 2-1 at Sociedad and drawing at Athletico Madrid.For Leganes, they make the trip north to the Basque region of Spain still searching for their first win of the 2018/19 season. Leganés have lost both of their away matches so far against Athletic Club and Real Madrid respectively. In the other two games, they lost to Villareal and then earned a hard fought 2-2 draw against Sociedad.Pedro Leon is the only injury concern for Eiber while the away side will have to access both Jose Arnaiz and Alexander Szymanowski before the game.Eiber go into the game having won all their last three home games against Leganes including a 1-0 victory over Mauricio Pellegrino’s men last season.Getafe vs Atletico Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Getafe Saturday, 22-09-2018 @07:30pm (Super Sport 7)Referee: Jose Maria Sanchez MartinezGetafe welcome Atlético Madrid to the Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Pérez on Saturday, hoping to extend their recent unbeaten run to four matches. Having fought their way to an 8th place finish in 2017/18, Getafe have made great early strides in the new campaign in their attempts to replicate the successes of last season. Los Azulones lost their opening match of 2018/19, though losing to Real Madrid in the Spanish capital was a result that Manager José Bordalás would have expected. From there, Getafe started their league season again, taking seven points from a possible nine in their games against Eibar, Real Valladolid and Sevilla.Atletico have yet to kick into gear in 2018/19, though an impressive Champions League away win in Monaco in mid-week should help them shake off their early-season rustiness.  While it’s not unusual for los Colchoneros to post modest goal scoring figures, they would have still expected to have netted more than three times in four matches against Valencia, Rayo Vallecano, Celta Vigo and Eibar. The four fixtures have produced only one victory, something that should concern the Atletico faithful.Mauro Arambarri, Ignasi Miquel and Bergara Larranaga are all still sidelined for Getafe while Vitolo and Nichola Kalinic are the only absentees for the visitors.Diego Simione’s side have not lost a competitive fixture to Getafe since 2012. In that period, they have won 11 of the 14 games.Real Madrid vs EspanyolEstadio Santiago Bernabue, MadridSaturday, 22-09-2018 @09:45pm (Super Sport 7)Referee: Antonio Mateu LahozReal Madrid have an excellent record against the other side from Barcelona and they should enjoy another win at the Bernabeu this Saturday in La Liga. Despite the 1-1 draw at Bilbao last time out, Los Blanco’s have won their other three league fixtures. They will be hoping to make it four wins in five when Espanyol visits on Saturday.Espanyol have not won away to Real Madrid since 1996, although they have made a positive start to this season with seven points from their opening four matches. The Periquitos have won both home matches, scoring three goals and conceding none in the process, while away from home they claimed a respectable point at Celta Vigo and lost against Alaves.Julen Lopetegui fielded a strong starting eleven in the Champions League and with his side facing another tough midweek game at Sevilla on Wednesday, he may choose to rotate his squad for the visit of Espanyol.  For the visitors, they could be missing center-back David Lopez through injury.Espanyol have not won away at Real Madrid since 1996, most recently conceding 27 and scoring just one in an eight-match losing streak.Levante vs SevillaEstadio Cuidad de Valencia, ValenciaSunday, 23-08-2018 @02:00pm (Super Sport 7)Referee: Guillermo Cuadra FernandezLevante and Sevilla sit side by side in the current La Liga standings, occupying 11th and 12th spot respectively ahead of their clash at the Estadi Ciutat de València on Sunday. Levante shocked the rest of the division on the opening weekend of the 2018/19 season, when they recorded a fantastic 3-0 win away at Real Betis. However, that win remains their only league victory of the season to date, losing two and drawing one of the other three since then.For Sevilla, they make the long journey to across to play Levante desperate to avoid losing for the third successive game in the league. Pablo Machín’s men were beaten 1-0 at Real Betis in the Seville Derby before they lost 2-0 at home to Getafe, making it two losses in their opening four games.The visitors have some injury issues with Maxim Gonalons and Sergio Escudero expected to be out. For Levante, forward Armando Sadiku is their only injury worry.Levante defeated Sevilla 2-1 here last season. The victory is their only one over Sevilla at the Cuidad since March 2013.Villareal vs VallenciaEstadio de El Madrigal, VillarrealSunday, 23-09-2018 @05:15pm (Super Sport 7)Referee: Santiago Jaime LatreVillarreal sit just three places and one point clear of Valencia as they prepare to host Los Che at El Madrigal in an intriguing looking Derbi de la Comunitat fixture on Sunday. The home side had to wait until last weekend to carve out their first victory of the new season and Manager Javier Calleja will hope that his team’s 1-0 win at Leganés will help to kick start what’s been a stuttering campaign so far.For Valencia, they have at least been putting points on the board, though those points have been arriving in singles so far. A draw against Atlético Madrid in the first game of the season was seen as a good result, though defeats against Espanyol and further draws against Levante and Real Betis certainly weren’t.Javi Fuego, Bruno and Santiago Caseres will sit this one out for Villareal due to injury while Garay and Francis Coqueline are still sidelined for the visitors.Villareal go into the game having won five of their last six meetings with Valencia.Real Betis vs Athletic BilbaoEstadio Benito Villamarin, SevillaSunday, 23-09-2018 @09:00pm (Super Sport 7)Referee: Javier Estrada FernandezReal Betis lock horns with Athletic Club at the Benito Villamarín this weekend, looking to end a sequence of three successive defeats against Los Leones. Both teams come into Sunday’s match in the midst of recent three match unbeaten runs in La Liga. Real Betis recovered well from their confidence shattering 0-3 defeat at home to Levante on the opening weekend of the season, taking five points from the next nine available as they start to pull themselves up the table.Athletic Club travel to Andalusia armed with a terrific recent record in games against Real Betis. Los Leones have won seven of their last eight meetings with their weekend hosts and that’s the kind of run that can swing a match in a team’s favour before a ball is kicked.William Carvalho is the only absentee for Betis. Iago Herrerin and Inigo Lekue will sit the game out for the visitors.Bilbao have won seven of their last nine fixtures against Betis with three coming at the Villamarin.Barcelona vs GironaEstadio Camp Nou BarcelonaSunday, 23-09-2018 @09:15pm (Super Sport 7)Referee: Jesus Gil ManzanoBarcelona welcome Girona to Camp Nou on Sunday looking to blitz their Catalonian neighbours for the second time running, having stuck six goals past them in last season’s corresponding league fixture.  The La Liga champions have also started their title defence in perfect fashion, taking twelve points from twelve thanks to four impressive victories in their opening quartet of domestic fixtures, netting fourteen times in their first four matches of the 2018/19 campaign.Girona have started their own season in impressive fashion, something that will give Barcelona a little extra to think about. They have taken seven points from twelve so far and spirits are high iat the club after successive La Liga victories against Villarreal and Celta Vigo in their last two outings. However, Girona conceded four times in their solitary defeat at home to Real Madrid, a team with a comparable set of attackers to Barcelona.Going into the game, Brazilian Malcom and Denis Suarez are the only major absentees for Ernesto Valvade’s men. For Girona, Planas, Antony Lozano, Johan Palacio and Jonas Chimeno are all sidelined.Girona has never taken a point off Barcelona in their history.Comments last_img read more

20 Dec

Warriors training camp: 5 key questions for this new-look outfit

first_imgFor the first time in a long time, the Warriors enter training camp with more uncertainty than expectations.In the wake of major departures, an extended Splash Brother rehab and eight new players, here are some of the biggest questions facing the team as it gets set to start training camp this week at its shiny new San Francisco facility.1. Who is the fifth starter?As Klay Thompson continues to rehab a torn ACL, the Warriors will have to find a way to backfill his 34 minutes and 21.5 points …last_img read more