Barça built the Sextete in the previous recession (2008)

first_imgThe coronavirus crisis threatens an economic tsunami in all sectors. Of course, also in the football industry and, therefore, in clubs. It is easy to suppose that a team like Barça, which has exceeded 1,000 million income, will also be seriously affected by the recession. It is convenient to look back and see what Barça’s behavior was in the last great world economic crisis, that of 2008.And it was timely. With the team undone in the last two years of the Ronaldinho era, Barça rebuilt itself with a restrained investment, typical of times of recession. For starters, and thanks to a bold decision by Laporta and his advisers, including Johan Cruyff, he hired a cheap coach, such as Guardiola at the time, who had just promoted to the subsidiary. That decision meant, among others, ruling out Mourinho, one of the most expensive coaches in the world at the time for his successes in Porto and Chelsea. Barça was rejuvenated. Sold to Ronaldinho ($ 24.15 million), Zambrotta ($ 10.50), Deco ($ 10.00), Giovani (6) and Oleguer (3). Guardiola was in love with Daniel Alves, whom Madrid wanted. Barça won. His signing cost 35.50 million, but few better partners has Messi had. Barça also signed Hleb (17), Martín Cáceres (16.5), Keita (14), Henrique (8) and a certain Gerard Piqué for six million euros. Pinto came free. Not counting the goalkeeper, who was already signing at the age of 32, Barça paid for players with an average of 23 years. Players like Alves and Piqué gave Barça a physical and competitive boost, that in that summer of 2008, when the economic recession was a fact and Lehman Brothers was about to fall (September), he was building a historic team.last_img read more

Foton tries to snap F2 Logistics win streak

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “We want to win this game because I believe that they are one of the biggest challenges in our goal of winning the title,” said Branislav.Whether the effort would pay off will be seen when the back-to-back champion Tornadoes take on the Cargo Movers in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Batangas City Sports Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“This game will be very crucial, F2 Logistics has yet to lose,” said Branislav, adding that a win in the 6 p.m. match would serve as a strong statement to the league.The match may decide which team takes the top ranking in the knockout phase that begins Dec. 5. Petron, meanwhile, takes on Iriga City in the opener at 4 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 The entire Foton team, not just its coach Moro Branislav, showed up just to see F2 Logistics play against Cignal last Tuesday.For the outspoken Serbian coach, it’s better that the players see for themselves how the unbeaten league-leader plays ahead of their encounter on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PBAPC honors ‘sixth man’ Jalalon, Pingris, Conecenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Wood Camp Residents Want Dumpsite Removed

Wood Camp residents have appealed for the removal of a garbage site located at the camp’s main junction in Paynesville because it is hazardous to their health.The dumpsite is located in front of the former Parker Paint Company.Wood Camp Community Chairman Jonny Bookai said the residents initially accepted the location of the dumpsite at the junction, but “now we feel that it could create a health hazard for the residents.”Chairman Bookai wants the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) Sanitation and Waste Management Department to consider the relocation of the dumpsite. Residents interviewed including pharmacy and restaurant operators expressed dissatisfaction with the location of the site and want the PCC to do something about it.They contended that each time the garbage disposal truck and the frontend loader come to clear the garbage, a hole left by their previous scooping up of the rubbish, gets deeper. A look at the site by this reporter, confirmed their report.They said with only a few weeks to the rainy season, the hole filled with garbage and water could become a death trap for children sent to dispose of garbage at the dumpsite.“If that hole remains open it will also serve as a breeding ground for air and water borne diseases such as malaria, fever and many others,” said pharmacy operator Patrick Suah.Suah said pressure should be exerted on the PCC Sanitation and Waste Management Department to relocate the dumpsite.Restaurant proprietor Caroline Washington claimed that her business is facing serious problems from the increasing flies and mosquitos that come from the dumpsite. She, however, suggested that the garbage should be collected every day.When contacted Wednesday, an officer at the PCC Public Relations Department said the Solid Waste Management Department had removed the ‘official’ garbage bin from the dumpsite “based on a complaint filed by the management of the Parker Paint Company a few months ago.We collect the garbage from the dumpsite because residents continue to dump there every day,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more

TSU rank nabbed with 46lbs of ganja

first_imgA Tactical Services Unit (TSU) rank was on Friday morning nabbed by Police at Cove and John, East Coast Demerara (ECD) with some 21 kilograms (46.2 lbs) of marijuana in his possession.The New Amsterdam, Berbice resident, who was attached to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Headquarters’ Trafficking in Narcotics Unit, was reportedly intercepted at about 09:00h, as he was travelling solo in a car heading to Georgetown when TSU ranks acting on information stopped and searched the vehicle.They unearthed 10 well wrapped parcels found in several sections of the car, including the back seat and trunk. The rank was questioned, but failed to provide a valid explanation as to why he had the narcotics in his possession, and as such, he was arrested.Guyana Times was also informed that the rank had been removed from CID duties in Berbice and transferred to general duties after he had allegedly been seen by the then Divisional Commander, Ian Amsterdam, physically abusing his then wife. The policeman, who has since been married to a doctor, was later transferred to Force Headquarters.Ironically, while he functioned as a detective, he had been considered very effective in bring to justice many who had been found in possession of illegal drugs, and who had been engaged in break and enter activities. Police investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

NPSS senior boys basketball team qualify for provincials

first_imgCoach Mike Redford says the foundation for success this season was laid by last year’s group and the new grade 11’s on this year team have gelled well with the veterans.“I think it started last year the foundation we set as far as hard work, defence, and toughness that we have,” he states. “Having a good group of grade 11’s coming up into the program that have kind of picked that up as well as the grade 12’s that we have has really cemented our ideals on how we win.”Redford says it was apparent early in the season that he had a special group that he was working with.- Advertisement -“At the beginning of the year you see your team and you see how their playing and you always hope that you’re going to be good but you never really know. As soon as you go into that first tournament you see them play against some tough teams. We went to Grande Prairie because that’s the best teams we can play. The first game we played against St. Joe’s right away I knew we had a special team. That team was great and we were able to play with them.The team continued their solid season in zones which determines what team will represent the area in provincials. The senior boys won all of their games by 20 points and Redford says it was quite the accomplishment for the group to defeat teams like Dawson Creek in the manner they did.“I don’t think the Prince George teams are as good as they have been in previous years but I think Dawson has improved a lot. For us to beat them by 20, 30 points is pretty big. They play tough. They have a good group of grade 11’s and a few grade 12 seniors. It shows a lot of character. It shows our guys don’t give up. They dig in and they start opening it up a little more.”Advertisement Despite the success the team has had up to this point Redford is aware that the competition the NPSS senior boys face in Langley will be unlike anything they have seen throughout the season.“I have to be honest with them. The teams that are there are incredible. They are better than any teams we’ve ever seen before. We played some teams in Edmonton that were pretty good to help prepare us but nothing is the same as playing those teams under the big lights in the coliseums. Bottom line is to even be in games we need to come out and do the things that made us successful. We need to play some defence and get out and run and hopefully our athleticism keeps us in some games.”The team leaves on Monday and will be flying to Langley. The tournament goes from March 12th-15th.last_img read more

Virtually learning lifes lessons

first_imgPASADENA – It’s a typical Friday afternoon in Whyville. The beaches are packed with preteens anxiously planning their weekends and snickering about the opposite sex. Gaggles of middle schoolers are filling up the local mall, where they part with hard-earned cash to purchase sparkly earrings and tank tops. For those who feel like getting away from the hustle and bustle, there is always the option of teleporting into outer space, or taking a motorboat to the wetlands and conducting algae research with professional oceanographers. The ordinary and extraordinary coexist almost without distinction inside the Pasadena-based, a virtual community for youths – usually ages 10-13 – founded by a former Caltech professor and graduates. “We knew that if you wanted to engage kids you have to have a social component. We’re all fundamentally social, we are a social animal,” he said, adding that, in this setting, learning can be designed to appeal to young people’s desire to stand out.” But while Bower saw the virtual community model as the logical direction the Internet would take, he had a hard time convincing much of anyone that it was a worthwhile idea. Bower, two Caltech graduates and a graphic designer from the Art Center College of Design resigned to going at it alone, and using much of Bower’s own money created Whyville and its parent company, Numedeon. “We really just bootstrapped ourselves. It was really exciting,” said Jennifer Sun, founding member and president of Numedeon. “We were convinced that the Internet was going to be for two-way interaction,” “We thought that was the most interesting thing that the Internet could offer this to education.” Today, Whvyille reports 2.2 million registered users from around the world and a sponsor list of sponsor companies that keeps growing. Here, it’s common for 10-year-olds take out bank loans to purchase Toyota Scions (they all have WHYCO scores instead of FICO scores) and everyone works to support the economy, which is based in clam shells. In order earn a “salary,” and make use of most of what’s available, users must participate in a variety of educational games and activities often sponsored by science organizations (Toyota is currently the only for-profit sponsor on the site). One of the latest offerings is found at the most popular Whyville hangout, the beach. Users arrive to find the ocean has turned red, and are instructed to take a water sample and head to the Whyville branch of the very real Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the largest independent oceanographic research institution in the United States. There they examine the sample and identify the culprit as red bloom algae. Then they must investigate what’s causing the algae outbreak and head out to the wetlands to figure out how to quell it. “I don’t know of any other sites of this kind that tries to attempt this type of science learning,” said Yasmin Kafai,associate professor of psychological studies in education at UCLA who has studied Whyville extensively and written a range or research papers on the topic. “I think they are very successful in this respect – constantly innovating.” In 2003 an adult-themed community called Second Life came online and began growing fast. In late 2006, Second Life began attracting tons of media coverage, which sent attention back to Whyville in the process. With all the buzz surrounding them, Numedeon’s president, Sun, said she can’t help but feel gratified, “to have been so ahead of the curve.” (626) 578-6300 Ext. 4494 Millions of users are now registered with a variety of virtual communities worldwide. Online, residents form their own digital characters, called avatars, and go about integrating into their chosen online societies. “There are so many places out there,” said Jacquelyn Ford Morie, senior scientist and associate director for Creative Development at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies. “All have their different customs, constraints and social morays based on what we have in everyday life.” But while there’s been an explosion in the number of sites available in recent years, Whyville was one of the originals. First online in 1999, the seeds for the project were planted back in 1986, by Caltech biology professor Jim Bower. Bower, an innovator in the field of education technology, had created a primitive community inside the Los Angeles County Library’s computer system that allowed children to explore its offerings. By the late 1990s, he had advanced his work with an array of educational projects, and turned his attention toward a way to teach science to the kids via an informal, social and interactive setting. last_img read more

Leicester will not be crowned champions this weekend, insists Louis van Gaal

first_img1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Manchester United can postpone Leicester’s party but not spoil it, according to Louis van Gaal.The Foxes travel to Old Trafford on Sunday where victory would give them a stunning first Premier League title.But United are also desperate for three points to close the five-point gap to Arsenal and Manchester City as they chase Champions League qualification.Van Gaal’s side have finally found some consistent winning form, claiming victory in six of their last seven matches to keep the pressure on in the league and reach the FA Cup final.Leicester are unbeaten in nine and the United boss has no doubt that they will end up lifting the trophy, with games against Everton and Chelsea still to come.He said: “I think we have to beat them because we are still in the race for fourth position. We cannot allow that they are the champions this weekend at Old Trafford.“I think they shall be the champions a week later. We don’t spoil the party, only postpone it a little bit.”Leicester’s remarkable season has stunned football, but Van Gaal insisted the Foxes’ exploits have not been a total shock to him.The Dutchman praised his opposite number Claudio Ranieri, whom he first battled against when the pair were at Barcelona and Valencia respectively in the late 1990s.Van Gaal said: “It was always difficult to beat his teams. He has always organised his teams very well.“I was the first that said that they could be the champions. For me it’s not any surprise. I’ve seen it many times and I believe in team building and this manager has done that with this team.“Of course they had the circumstances to play always with the same team, they didn’t play so many matches as the other teams in the Premier League, so it is always possible.“They have confirmed it and I think it is also good for the Premier League and for the sport of football that not always the same teams are the champion.”last_img read more


first_imgA meeting of Mevagh Ramblers will take place on Monday, November 19th at 8pm in MFRC, Downings.Topics on Agenda include Charity walk/run on November 24 from GAA Centre, Downings at 12 noon , (in Aid of Donegal Living Links – supporting those bereaved by suicide and Focus Ireland – supporting the homeless), Applications for funding, Update on Failte Ireland Approved Looped Walk and Walking Festival in parish from June 1st – 3rd 2013. All Welcome.  MEVAGH RAMBLERS MEETING – ALL WELCOME was last modified: November 17th, 2012 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:meetingMevagh Ramblerslast_img read more


first_imgErrigal in the snowOdds on Donegal having a white Christmas have been slashed by bookmakers.The county, along with Belfast and Dublin, are now 5/2 to have a white Christmas.The chilly conditions are being blamed on the coldest Atlantic temperatures since records began 80 years ago. The winter chill is due to a cold 1,500-mile wide swathe of the North Atlantic.The tranche of ocean is the coldest since records began before 1935, and forecast to cool Ireland’s usual mild westerly winds.Met Eireann will not make an official forecast until much closer to December 25th.But bookmakers including Paddy Power have slashed their odds on a white covering to be on the safe side. SNOW ME THE MONEY! BOOKIES SLASH ODDS ON DONEGAL WHITE CHRISTMAS! was last modified: October 20th, 2015 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:CHristmasdonegalsnowlast_img read more


first_imgColm “Gooch” Cooper, winner of four All Ireland football medals with Kerry, who visited Loreto Community School yesterday.The GAA star officially opened the Outdoor Challenge Centre and launched the AIB “Build a Bank” for Transition Years in the school.He also took the school teams for coaching sessions.  COLM ‘GOOCH’ COOPER OPENS MILFORD SCHOOL’S OUTDOOR CHALLENGE CENTRE – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: November 5th, 2012 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:AIBColm CooperGoochLoreto Milfordlast_img read more