20 years have passed since the Barcelona squad at the Copa del Rey

first_imgFor those who do not remember the story, I assure you that it is true. Barcelona refused to play the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals from the 1999-2000 season. Today April 24, 2020, 20 years have passed since Barcelona’s debauchery, chaired by Josep Lluís Núñez, to the KO tournament. The Camp Nou was the scene of a match pantomime. A semi-empty stadium for a match that was not played and that unfortunately passed into the history of football. The most resounding precedent of a failure to appear and a subsequent pardon. Let’s remember the facts. The Barcelona had to play the semifinal round against Atlético de Madrid. The mattresses had won in the first leg by a forceful 3-0 at the Vicente Calderón, but the azulgranas refused to dispute that encounter alleging that they lacked players. Barça tried unsuccessfully to get the favor of the Federation and postpone the meeting. He stated that he could not refuse to yield his players to his teams, when the Cup match coincides with a date reserved in the calendar for international matches, and that nine of his players had left with their country. They were the cases of: Rivaldo, Litmanen, Zenden, Cocu, Bogarde, Kluivert, Reiziger, Frank de Boer and Luis Figo. In addition, he had three injured. Further, Federation regulations prevented more than three affiliate members from being aligned. It was a pulse between Núñez and Villar. In which the Blaugrana president issued an order: “Not to participate in the farce in which the dispute of this match would consist. We cannot compete. And we do not plan to make a fool of ourselves. Is it that Hesp should play as a forward?” A threat to the Federation from which it could not, did not know or did not want to back down.Cover of the Diario As of April 25, 2000. The board, along with the support of the Barça coach Louis Van Gaalthey took the irrevocable decision not to play that Copa del Rey match due to having only 11 players, including two goalkeepers (Arnau was the substitute on that occasion). The Federation threatened an unprecedented sanction against Barcelona if there was no appearance. Envite that he did not persuade Núñez.Then it was time for the game (9:00 p.m.) and images were seen to remember. The ten footballers of Barcelona: Guardiola, Hesp, Xavi, Puyol, Sergi, Gabri, Déhu, Simao, Dani and Abelardo, on the touchline without jumping onto the pitch. With the captain, Pep Guardiola, together with the delegate Carles Naval, giving explanations to the referee Díaz Vega and the athletic Santi Denia. With Jesús Gil, undaunted by the vice president Joan Gaspar. With Ñúñez, hidden, leaving a posteriori to witness the grotesque from the stands. With whistles and screams from the hundred fans.Guardiola gives explanations to Santi Denia and Díaz Vega. Accompanying him, Carles Naval.center_img Barcelona urged the RFEF to call the game again and all the corresponding committees were defended with innumerable resources. They all dismissed them. The disciplinary regime of the RFEF was categorical. The Spanish Committee for Sports Discipline (CEDD) confirmed the decision of the other committees: give for losing the tie to Barcelona and excluding the club from the next edition of the Copa del Rey. In addition, he imposed a sanction of two million pesetas. Unpublished in Spanish soccer.Villar’s pardonBefore the 2000-2001 season began, there were general amnesty. Ángel María Villar was re-elected as president of the RFEF for his fourth consecutive term and pardoned Barcelona. The president used his ‘regulars’ grace measures and allowed the Catalan club to be in the next edition of the tournament. Gesture, not without controversy, that benefited Barcelona and that it left him without sanction, after the April sit-in.last_img read more

Teen jailed for illegal ammo possession

first_imgA 19-year-old miner was on Tuesday brought before the court on a charge of illegal possession of ammunition. The unrepresented teenager, Steven King, appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly where he admitted to the charge which detailed that on May 5, 2019, at 35 Miles Backdam, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), he had in his possession .32 calibre ammunition without being a licensed firearm holder.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh informed the court that on May 5, at about 12:30h, ranks of the Guyana Police Force were acting on a report of simple larceny committed. However, based on information received, they were able to intercept the defendant and a search was conducted on his person. The ammunition was found in King’s bag in a transparent container. The teen later admitted ownership of the illegal item, the prosecution’s case stated.Magistrate Daly sentenced the teen to two years’ imprisonment.last_img read more

Donate to the Hospital Foundation with Light a Moose

first_imgMoose FM has once again teamed up with the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation and Rhyason Contracting to help raise funds for the Be an Angel, Light a Light campaign.  Starting Wednesday November 25th Moose FM’s staff will be camped out at the Hospital with our giant sign.For 3 days Moose FM will broadcast live from the lawn of the Hospital with our 6’ x 12’ sign.  For a a donation to the Foundation we’ll add one light to our sign.  Once it’s all lit up we hope to raise over $30,000.  This year all the money raised for “Be An Angel” will purchase equipment for the Visiting Specialists Clinic at the Fort St. John Hospital and Health Centre. For more information on Visiting Specialist Clinic Equipment Campaign please click here.- Advertisement -WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Collect donations at your office or workplace and donate to Light a Moose.  Every penny helps as we work towards bringing the best health care to Fort St. John.  If own or operate a business and would like to make a public donation call us at 250-787-7100 or e-mail areaburn@moosefm.ca.  If you or your group have collected money also call or e-mail Moose FM.  Time is running out as Light a Moose is almost here.This is the sixth year for Light a Moose.  Last year we raised just over $50,000 for the Foundation.  From Wednesday November 25th to the 27th we’ll be broadcasting live from the Hospital lawn.  We will be there collecting donations.  You can also donate online at this website once Light a Moose is underway.Light a Moose November 25th – 27th, 2009last_img read more

Acosta plays the right Cards

first_imgBut that was a long time ago. Tonight, Acosta will be a main figure in Whittier’s game plans when the Cardinals take on visiting Westminster in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III-A playoffs. Whittier’s 17-9 record is its best in several years. One of the reasons is because Acosta has improved her all-around game and became one of the area’s best 3-point shooters. “My freshman year it was fun, but it really wasn’t a learning year,” Acosta said. “I played junior varsity my sophomore year, and it was pretty much the same, but the good part was that I met all my teammates I’m playing with now.” She moved up to the varsity in her junior year. She played mostly center or forward but also got some time at the shooting guard spot. “Over the past year, she’s lost some weight and worked hard to improve,” Pittman said. “She’s averaging 13 points a game in league and 16 a game overall.” Acosta also has improved her defense. “She’s become a great help defender,” Pittman said. “She has played \ Jenna French pretty tough, as well as anyone has. She never runs away from anything. “On the boards she blocks out well and she sets really good screens. In short, she takes on the challenges and does all the little things, all the dirty work.” Acosta sees her role as that of a scorer and defender, but she also is comfortable with giving up the ball to a teammate. “It really doesn’t matter who scores,” she said. “If someone is in a better position with an opportunity to score, I don’t have a problem with giving up the ball.” Acosta speaks softly and sometimes seems lacking in passion for the game. Pittman said that’s not true. “She used to talk all the time,” he explained. “As her skills have improved, she’s learned to let her play do the talking.” roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When Ana Acosta went out for the Whittier High School freshman basketball team, she wasn’t exactly sure what to expect because she never really had played the game before. Acosta said while she “kind of always liked the sport,” she never played in youth programs growing up in Whittier because she never knew where to sign up. center_img The 5-foot-5 senior guard has made 53 this season, including a school-record eight against Pioneer and five against league champion La Serna. Her success is the result of a strong work ethic. “Basketball is a big part of her life,” coach Willie Pittman said. “I’ve never had a young athlete work as hard with as little talent as she started out with. “A year ago, she was just a player still learning the game. She turned herself into a 3-point shooter over the past year because she worked very hard at it.” Acosta said her first two seasons were not as productive as they might have been. last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgPICO RIVERA – A man was shot early Monday morning in the 9000 block of Foxbury Way and died later at a hospital, a deputy said.The unidentified victim was shot at 7 a.m., according to county sheriff’s Deputy Tania Plunkett.Detectives did not immediately release information about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.Valentine’s Day warning issuedROSEMEAD – Authorities reminded Southlanders on Monday to be careful with helium-filled metallic Valentine’s Day balloons, which can hit power lines and cause outages and injuries.“Unfortunately, we’ve been plagued in recent years on Valentine’s Day with a number of power outages caused by metallic balloons floating into power lines and electrical equipment,” said Ron Ferree of Southern California Edison in Rosemead.The number of metallic balloon-caused power outages has risen sharply in California in recent years and spikes alarmingly in February around Valentine’s Day.SCE experienced a record 414 balloon-caused service interruptions in 2005, up from 395 in 2004. Over a five-year period – 2000 through 2005 – a total of 157 balloon-caused outages occurred during the month of February, with 35 occurring last February.Uptown officers to be installedWHITTIER – The Whittier Uptown Association’s annual installation of officers and awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Crystal Marquis Ballroom, 13007 Philadelphia St.Awards will be presented to local businesses and outstanding volunteers in 2005.Tickets are $30 each. Reservations are suggested and can be made at the association’s office, 13306 Philadelphia St., Suite 510, or by calling (562) 696-2662.Kennels provide pup instructionsDOWNEY – So you just brought your new pooch home from the pound – now what?The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control is including a free DVD, “Training Your Adopted Dog,” with every dog adoption from its six shelters.Dogs can be adopted at any of the centers for $37, which includes initial vaccinations, spay or neutering, a microchip, free health exam, a 30-day pet health-care insurance, and now the free DVD.The DVD is available locally at the Downey Animal Care Center, 11258 S. Garfield Ave. For more information, call the center at (562) 940-6898.Class aids parents of troubled teensWHITTIER – Parents struggling with the bad behavior of their teens can get help through the SKILLS Foundation’s course, “Parenting Teens 101.”Eleanor Rodriguez, an Intercommunity Child Guidance Center teacher, will lead the classes, which are free and will be held on the first Friday of each month at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave.For more information, call (562) 945-8287.La Leche gives tips to breast-feedersMONTEBELLO – La Leche League of Montebello will provide information about breast-feeding at the group’s next meeting at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the De Paul Center, 1105 Bluff Road,Room A4.For more information, call (562) 448-9226. – From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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

It’s Showtime at Kelly’s Toyota

first_imgKelly’s Toyota Donegal will be unveiling their incredible new range of Hybrids with amazing upgrade offers at the Showtime Event this week.Three years free service, trade in trade up bonus of up to €4,500 and upgrade to hybrid for free, finance rates from 2.9% – this and much more is happening at Kelly’s Toyota during the Showtime Event from Wednesday 8th November to Saturday 11th November 2017.See for yourself how Toyota is leading the change with our wide range of petrol and hybrid cars – powerful, efficient and with a stronger resale than diesel. For 181 we’re making the change to Hybrid even easier and you can upgrade to Hybrid for free with PCP finance. With a Hybrid, you use up to 40% less fuel, without compromising on power. 55% of the time you drive, you’re in electric mode, yet you never have to plug it in. That means lower emissions, lower tax for you and cleaner air for all of us. With a stronger resale value than diesel models, and with the high levels of specification on Hybrid models, now is the perfect time to make the change.RAV4 HybridToyota C-HRToyota Yaris HybridToyota Auris HybridToyota Prius HybridWe’re so confident you’ll love your 181 Hybrid that we guarantee to swap it for a 182 Petrol or Diesel model if you’re not completely happy. For 181 there are incredible offers like a Trade In Trade Up Bonus of up to €4,500 for trade-ins 2013 or older, including an extra Trade In Bonus if you’re trading in a 10 year or older diesel car.What’s more, included in the Trade In Trade Up Bonus is €2,200 worth of Free Spec on some models when you Trade Up! And for those that are not trading in, you have the offer of 3 Years Free Servicing. You’d be mad to miss out, visit us at Port Road Letterkenny or Drumbeigh, Mountcharles or check out our website for all offers at www.kellystoyota.comSponsored PostIt’s Showtime at Kelly’s Toyota was last modified: November 7th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:carshybridKelly’s ToyotamotoringShowtimelast_img read more

Fulham boss explains substitution against Villa

first_imgFulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic revealed he took Scott Malone off and brought on Neeskens Kebano because he feared 10-man Aston Villa were beginning to “dominate” the ball.Despite being 1-0 down and a man short after Jonathan Kodjia’s sending-off, Villa began the second half well and equalised through Jack Grealish’s superb curling strike.After another spell of possession, Jokanovic brought on Kebano to play on the wing and pushed first goalscorer Ryan Sessegnon to left-back – and the change worked as Villa were overwhelmed by the extra attacker, with Sone Aluko restoring the lead.Kebano himself sealed the victory late on and the Whites boss was pleased to see the change have the desired effect.Jokanovic said: “We gave them 50 seconds possession of the ball, we didn’t press them enough and they equalised.“They controlled and dominated us around the time they scored the goal.“I decided to put on one more aggressive player and don’t give them so many chances to move us around.“At the end we found some benefits from this change. I didn’t change Scott Malone because he didn’t play a good game – I needed to make this decision for the benefit of my team.”Jokanovic also revealed he hoped to have a fully-fit squad to choose from when they travel to Huddersfield on Saturday, with full-back Denis Odoi close to a return.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA olive oil a hit in Italy

first_imgThe spectacular Willow Creek estate in the Western Cape. (Image: Willow Creek) Olives grown in South Africa produce oil of exceptional quality. (Image: Willow Creek) Olive oil judges at the 2009 L’Orciolo d’Oro competition in Italy. (Image: Enohobby Club dei Colli Malatestiani)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialSouth African olive oil producer Willow Creek Olive Estate has taken top honours in the prestigious L’Orciolo d’Oro olive oil competition in Gradara, Italy – the world’s second biggest producer of olive oil. The competition took place at the end of June 2009.Willow Creek’s flagship Directors’ Reserve extra virgin olive oil won the intensely fruity category at this year’s competition, edging out the second- and third-placed Spanish oils that were its closest rivals.This is a top international honour for an olive oil and reflects the outstanding quality of South African oils and the increasing respect they have garnered in the global industry. Local products have walked off with many trophies and certificates in recent years.The Directors’ Reserve is a limited edition created by the Willow Creek directors once the last press of the season has taken place. It is generally a blend of three Tuscan olive varieties – Coratina, Frantoio and FS17 (Favoloza) – and is described by the producer as a robust, intense oil.Situated in the Nuy Valley at the foot of the Western Cape’s Langeberg mountains, Willow Creek has been cultivated since 1793. The first olives were pressed in 2002 by current MD Andries Rabie, a direct descendant of that first farmer, Johannes Stephanus Rabie. Today a range of products including oils, whole olives, tapenades and pestos are available.Rabie attributed the success of the 2009 batch of oil to the cool summer, which played a role in the development of a very high level of polyphenols in the olive fruits. He also said that because the area does not suffer from the rainy winters of the coastal region, optimum moisture levels at the right time is possible through careful irrigation.Furthermore, the soil is rich in calcium, which keeps the pH at the slightly alkaline level preferred by olive trees, and the seasonal variations in temperature allow trees to enter a rest period which is necessary for the development of flowers.Tough competitionThe local brand was up against tough competition from major olive oil-producing countries such as Spain, Greece and Italy. Agronomist Giuseppe Fontanazza of the Olive Research Institute in Perugia and L’Orciolo d’Oro chair Marta Cartoceti convened the judging panel of 28 olive oil experts drawn from all over the country.The L’orciolo D’oro was established in Italy as a national competition 16 years ago, and opened to international producers in 1999. The competition takes place under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and is organised by the Enohobby Club dei Colli Malatestiani. It is open to regular and organic extra virgin oils.The competition’s Italian name refers to the large terracotta jars that were used to store oil in days gone by. The jars are now given as trophies.The top three oils receive gold, silver and bronze awards in three categories of fruitiness – light, medium and intense. Certificates for honourable mention and distinction are also given, and there is an award for the most artistically designed label.Oils are tested for chemical properties as well as sensory effects such as taste and aroma.Worldwide acclaimIn the past decade several South African olive oil producers have shone at this and other olive oil competitions, fairs and food festivals around the world. Among them are Willow Creek, Olyfberg, Vesuvio Estates, and Morgenster in Somerset West.In 1999 the latter producer’s extra virgin olive oil, a blend of Frantoio, Leccino, Coratina, and Favoloza cultivars, became the first oil of South African origin to receive the distinguished L’Orciolo d’Oro award. Morgenster oils have won L’Orciolo d’Oro awards in every year since the inception of the international leg of the competition.Morgenster received an honourable mention in the intensely fruity category at the 2009 L’Orciolo d’Oro ceremony, as well as an honourable mention and a distinction in the medium category.Stealing the limelightWillow Creek’s Directors’ Reserve extra virgin olive oil also scooped a gold medal at the 2009 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil competition, in the intense-robust category. To win gold in this category an oil must score a minimum of 86 points out of 100.Three other Willow Creek products stole the limelight in Los Angeles. The Frantoio-Leccino blend of extra virgin oil took a gold medal in the medium category, while the Parmesan-infused and basil-infused oils won bronze medals in the flavoured-delicate category.Morgenster’s blended Frantoio-Leccino-FS17 also won gold in the robust category.The Los Angeles event is now in its 10th year. No less than 318 producers from all over the world submitted 477 entries for consideration, and 96 gold medals were awarded.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSouth African food  South Africa’s big cheesesWine tourism network grows Useful linksInternational Olive Oil CouncilEnohobby Club dei Colli MalatestianiWillow Creek Olive EstateSA Olive Industry AssociationLos Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil competitionlast_img read more

Wal-Mart makes offer for Massmart

first_img27 September 2010US-based multinational retailer Wal-Mart Stores has made a non-binding proposal to acquire Massmart Holdings, owner of brands like Game, Dion Wired and Makro, valuing the South African company at around R30-billion (US$4.2-billion).The offer is subject to a number of conditions, including due diligence and a period of reciprocal exclusivity granted by Massmart and Walmart.“Walmart’s mission is to save people money so that they can live better lives,” Walmart International CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement this week. “We believe this proposed acquisition is a great opportunity to deliver on that mission for all the people in the regions of the African continent where Massmart currently operates.”‘High-growth markets’“We are continuing to deploy our strategy to accelerate growth and improve returns in our international business, and this region of the world fits with our focus on large, high-growth markets,” McMillon said.“This potential combination with a market leader will enable us to add value to an already successful business through investments in people and technology.”McMillon said that Walmart would respect and honour pre-existing union relationships and was committed to abiding by South African labour laws, while also looking forward to serving communities and working to support the continued development of the region.‘Compelling growth opportunity’“South Africa presents a compelling growth opportunity for Walmart and offers a platform for growth and expansion in other African countries,” said Andy Bond, executive in charge of Walmart’s operations in the UK and Africa.“South Africa possesses attractive market dynamics, favourable demographic trends and a growing economy.”Massmart, headquartered in Johannesburg, is one of the largest distributors of consumer goods on the African continent and is the leading African retailer of general merchandise, home improvement equipment and supplies. It is also the market-leading retailer of basic foods in the region.The company runs 290 stores in 13 countries in Africa, with the majority of its stores in South Africa. It operates under the Game, Dion Wired, Makro, Builders Warehouse, Builders Express, Builders Trade Depot, Jumbo and Shield, CBW and CellShack brands.Black economic empowermentBond said that Walmart was fully supportive of Massmart’s black economic empowerment (BEE) programme, and that they expected to continue and build on those efforts, working diligently with the appropriate parties to grow skills and socio-economic development, and to be a corporate and retail role model.“We also look forward to moving towards a deal with Massmart to offer their associates enhanced opportunities to grow and prosper,” he said.Walmart has has more than two million employees and more than 8 500 stores under 55 different brands in 15 countries around the globe, recording sales of US$405-billion in the 2010 financial year.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South African business gets a boost from the US

first_img4 August 2015One South African start-up has hit the accelerator jackpot, and is the first South African firm to be included on the list of the American accelerator, 500 Startups.The accelerator programme lasts four months, and the companies included receive funding of $125 000 (about R1.5-million). According to the 500 Startup Facebook page, its mission is to help start-ups around the world grow into successful businesses, solve real-world problems, and make their customers happy.Sweep South operates like an “Uber for cleaning” in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. It matches cleaners with clients. Already, it has posted healthy growth after receiving angel funding at home.The company provides a way to book cleaning services online from a phone, tablet or computer, connecting clients to cleaners in minutes. “By bringing technology into the process, we aim to modernise the domestic cleaning services industry,” reads the website.“We are meeting some of the smartest people in the industry who understand and have experience in taking a company like Sweep South from thousands of transactions a month to hundreds of thousands,” said Alen Ribic, Sweep South chief technology officer.A number of accelerators have targeted Africa in order to gain a foothold in its fast-growing emerging markets. There are 21 start-up accelerators operating in South Africa. Their goal is to invest in new companies with a view to scale businesses, though some differ on exit strategy.StrategyIn the traditional US start-up market, early investors look to cash in their shares at a profit, but locally, the strategy is often to build viable businesses, according to one expert.“When we invest in the companies, it’s not just ‘Take the money; we’ll sell you after a couple of months or a year.’ We put people on the ground with these companies to work with them,” explained Marcello Schermer, the regional manager for Africa of Seedstars World.For Sweep South, the focus is to use the opportunity at 500 Startups to grow the business.“The focus of the next four months is clear – achieve exponential growth and present our achievements in front of some of the top investors and media houses in the world. Each week we are exposed to more impressive mentors and each week our – and their – expectations grow. It’s exhilarating. in a terrifying way,” said chief executive Aisha Pandor.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more