Stoichkov relates how and why he came to Barça 30 years ago

first_imgThe Bulgarian thus related the difficulty of his beginnings and how Johan Cruyff helped him: “To whom I also owe a lot, or everything, it is to Johan Cruyff. Just landed in Barcelona, ​​I remember he said to me” Listen to me, I will work with you until you win the Golden Ball. “ I was practically an unknown boy at the time, and that Cruyff told me that motivated me a lot. Johan was a great motivator and did a lot of things for me and my family that I will be forever grateful to him for. (…) Socceristically speaking, the beginnings were not entirely easy. I had to adapt to the position of the ball and I had a hard time not running after it. “The former striker He also had words of thanks for his colleagues and club employees., who, according to him, helped him succeed at Barça. Special mention made to Josep Lluís Núñez and his wife, who were key “for me to return to Barça after my transfer to Parma. Surely, leaving Barça in 1996 is the worst decision I have made in my career. If I had a magic wand and I could change one thing about my trajectory, it would be that. Fortunately, I was able to return a year later. ” Finally, he thanked all the fans. 30 years have passed since Hristo Stoichkov, a figure well loved by the Barcelona fans, signed for the Barcelona team. The 1990/91 season was the Bulgarian’s first in Can Barça, the first of the seven in which, based on goals, he forever won a place in the hearts of Barça fans. Three decades after his transfer, he has written an epistle explaining how his transfer was for the whole of Barcelona and some memories of its past at Camp Nou.“On May 3, 1990, I officially signed for FC Barcelona and I became the happiest human being on the planet”This is how Stoichkov wanted to start the letter. “My arrival in Barcelona began to take shape a year earlier. It was April 1989 when my then team, CSKA Sofía, faced Barça in the semifinal of the European Cup Winners’ Cup. (…) The smartest of all was Josep María Minguella, the Barça representative and intermediary who ended up leading my signing with the late Paco Ventura, vice president of the Club at that time. After those games and see my evolution, Both recommended my incorporation to Johan Cruyff, who gave his OK to the signing. (…) At the end of 1989 I already had a pre-contract signed with Barça … but I hadn’t told my wife or my parents! I didn’t want anything to go wrongso I was quiet until it became official in May 1990. “Stoichkov also pointed out the ease with which he adapted to Barcelona: “I quickly adapted to its people. (…) During my first stage in Barcelona I dedicated the days I had free to tour Catalonia. I would take the car and go to typical villages. Everyone treated me great, it was wonderful! I felt integrated from the first moment. “last_img read more

Champs changes will help – Forbes

first_img Adjustment Proposed changes to the structure of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships will aid in the development of Jamaica’s track and field and safeguard student athletes. That’s the view of George Forbes, ISSA’s competitions director. Using a worst-case scenario to illustrate the need to regulate the number of events one athlete can do at the championships, Forbes asked: “If a boy were to do four events and on the final day of Champs he’s doing the 4x400m and something were to happen to him, who do they think they’re going to blame?” Asked if ISSA felt a duty of care in the aftermath of the death of footballer Dominic James and basketballer Saymar Ramsey in the Christmas term, he replied, “It’s true. We were mindful, and to put the thing in perspective, we have contemplated these changes from just after Champs.” According to Forbes, the changes presently incorporate feedback from high school track and field coaches. “As a matter of fact, almost every single thing that we proposed, we looked at their counter proposals and we made some adjustments.” The proposed changes include the following: – Class 2 boys will now compete separately in the 400m hurdles. – Field event athletes will now have the option of doing three events in this area or two field events and two relays. – Track athletes will be restricted to two individual events only, and in addition, they can do two relays. – Females will now only be allowed to contest the heptathlon and one other event. – Class 3 girls will no longer be able to compete in steeplechase and 3000m, which is now restricted to classes 1 and 2 only. – Classes 1 and 2 boys will be allowed to compete in steeplechase and 5000m. One such adjustment relaxed a proposal that athletes contest just one relay. As things stand now, two individual running events and two relays is acceptable. However, the changes have largely been opposed by the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association. “The only thing we have not changed and we’ve not tweaked is the 400m hurdles for Class 1 and Class 2 and we’re convinced that it is the right way to go.” He said a similar change made to the boys’ triple jump after the 2012 edition of Champs has increased the number of participants. “When we did the triple jump, it was triple jump open, just Class 1 boys. Basically, we changed it,” he asserted. “We have more people doing triple jump,” he declared.last_img read more

‘Happy Real Madrid Fans’ Destroy Property in New Kru Town

first_imgWhen Carlo Ancelotti lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy again last Saturday, some excited ‘fans’ of Real Madrid in New Kru Town went about destroying tables, chairs and seven crates of empty beer bottles at the Face-to-Face Club, where they watched the finals.The reason: ‘Because they were happy for Real Madrid’s victory over Atletico.’“It was not easy to contain them,” admitted one of the workers, Randolph Stevens, in an interview Sunday with the Daily Observer.He said the ‘fans’ were so over-excited that all they wanted was to destroy anything that came their way.“Three large tables were destroyed,” he added, “along with four chairs.”He added that seven empty beer crates, valued at 14, 000 LRD, were also destroyed.The Daily Observer also gathered that some individuals were slightly injured, although efforts to contact them were not successful.Meanwhile, Mr. Alieu Tiah, who said he is the chairman of the Real Madrid Fan Club on Bushrod Island, told the Daily Observer that he regretted the incident.“I contacted my friends who were involved in the incident,” he said, “they admitted to me that they did it and it was also because they were drunk.”Tiah said he would engage his friends and urge them to repay the cost and appealed to his members to refrain from violent acts.“It is not in anybody’s interest when we celebrate victory with destruction,” Tiah said, “we must behave like normal human beings when we are celebrating.”New Kru Town resident, Elder Nat Wrawrueh, regretted the incident and called on Video Centers to set rules to govern their operations.“They must find a way to control those who watch their football programs at their centers,” he said.The proprietor of the FACEBOOOK Club, also in New Kru Town, showed the Daily Observer a large mark on his arm, a wound which he said was inflicted after a match two years ago.“I’ve learned to make sure that anybody who comes to my shop and engages in any rowdy act is asked to leave,” he added.At the local Police Depot in the borough, the Daily Observer learned that a complaint on the incident had been lodged, but the officer could not provide further details.Video Center violence has become a new phenomenon in the country, since technology made it easier to beam football programs into video centers to benefit consumers.It was reported that several years ago a fan was stabbed during a video center football screening argument on a match being played thousands of miles away in Europe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President to attend GEF Assembly in Vietnam

first_imgPresident David Granger departed Guyana on Sunday evening for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, to attend the Sixth Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), where he will be delivering a special address. The Head of State was accompanied by his Political Assistant, William Cox, and his Aide-de-Camp, Major Mark St. Clair.The Assembly and associated meetings will be held at the Furama International Conference Centre in Da Nang, Vietnam.The GEF Assembly, governing body of the GEF, comprises 183 countries. It meets every four years to review policies, review and evaluate its operations, review membership of the facility, and consider for approval, amendments to the Instrument for the Establishment of the Restructured Global Environment Facility.last_img read more

Breach of contract can cost State billions – legal expert

first_imgOil exportation licence scrapping…the contract was with State, not any party in powerAs reports have surfaced that the Government has scrapped the oil exportation licence granted to ChinaThe Chinese company’s multimillion-dollar bulk fuel facilityZhonghao Inc, owned by Chinese businessman Su Zhi Rong, at least one legal luminary has warned that the Administration was threading on dangerous ground, as there could be tremendous litigation costs brought to bear on the State as a result of a breach of contract.Sections of the media reported that following a forensic audit into the operations of the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA), the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government terminated the contract signed with the Chinese company under the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, without providing any solid basis for doing so.Earlier this year, the Government had asked the company to conduct some corrective works on its multimillion-dollar bulk fuel facility called “Falls”, which was being constructed at Coverden, East Bank Demerara, following a complaint by the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) that the works were not being done to the approved specifications.Those corrective works were reportedly undertaken; however, the Government still went ahead and quashed the contract.Speaking with a legal expert who requested anonymity, Guyana Times was told that any decision to bring to an end a contract must be done with solid justification, as he cited the sanctity of contracts, noting that “once parties duly enter into a contract, they must honour their obligations under that contract”.“Contracts can only be terminated for just cause in accordance with the terms of the contract since many contracts provide grounds upon which they can be terminated,” the expert, who practises civil law, explained.The expert went on to explain that the litigation costs could be humongous for the party which terminated the contract without proper reason.“In other words, a contract cannot be whimsically and arbitrarily terminated. If that happens, the affected party can launch legal proceedings for damages and compensation for wrongful and/or unlawful termination of the contract and that can run into hundreds of millions of dollars depending on the subject matter of the contract,” the civil lawyer outlined. The expert said while not being fully privy to the terms of the contract, based on the trend in recent months, there seemed to be some misperception by the Government that contracts signed prior to it assuming office could be arbitrarily quashed.“The Government seems to believe that they are not bound by contracts entered into under the previous Government. That is a terribly flawed view. Contracts with the State of Guyana, entered into by the Government of the day, continue to be enforced, notwithstanding that there may be a change of government,” the expert highlighted.Efforts to contact officials of China Zhonghao Inc, as well as the Chinese Embassy in Georgetown, for a comment were unsuccessful.Recently, former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, under whose tenure the licence was granted, had come out defending the decision of licensing the company to export fuel, arguing that there was nothing corrupt or unusual about the contract.Hinds, who was responsible for the energy sector, in a Letter to the Editor back in April 2016, had said that it was a matter of regret that the issuance of the licence was presented to the public as an outrageous matter.He had explained that the granting of the licence was not against the law, since already Guyana had small incidental exporters/re-exporters of fuel, explaining that all fuel sales to international carriers –ships and planes – were exports/re-exports.He also defended the decision as one which was intended to grow the local economy.According to Hinds the contract was gazzetted.last_img read more

Iraq may pay Arabs to leave Kirkuk homes

first_imgIraq’s constitution sets an end-of-the-year deadline for a referendum on Kirkuk’s status. Since Saddam’s fall four years ago, thousands of Kurds who once lived in the city have resettled there. It is now believed Kurds are a majority of the population and that a referendum on attaching Kirkuk to the Kurdish autonomous zone would pass easily. Justice Minister Hashim al-Shebli said the Cabinet agreed on Thursday to a study group’s recommendation that Arabs who had moved to Kirkuk from other parts of Iraq after July 1968 should be returned to their original towns and paid compensation. Al-Shebli, who had overseen the committee on Kirkuk’s status, said relocation would be voluntary. Those who choose to leave will be paid about $15,000 and given land in their former hometowns. “There will be no coercion, and the decision will not be implemented by force,” al-Shebli told the AP. Tens of thousands of Kurds and non-Arabs fled Kirkuk in the 1980s and 1990s when Saddam’s government implemented its “Arabization” policy. Kurds and non-Arabs were replaced with pro-government Arabs from the mainly Shiite, impoverished south. After the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Kurds and other non-Arabs streamed back, only to find their homes were either sold or given to Arabs. Some of the returning Kurds found nowhere to live except in parks and abandoned government buildings. Others drove Arabs from the city, despite pleas from Sunni and Shiite leaders for them to stay. Adil Abdul-Hussein Alami, a 62-year-old Shiite who moved to Kirkuk 23 years ago in return for $1,000 and a free piece of land, said he would find it hard to leave. “Kirkuk is an Iraqi city, and I’m Iraqi,” said the father of nine. “We came here as one family, and now we are four. Our blood is mixed with Kurds and Turkmen.” But Ahmed Salih Zowbaa, a 52-year-old Shiite father of six who moved to the city from Kufa in 1987, agreed with the government’s decision. “We gave our votes to this government and constitution and as long as the government will compensate us, then there is no injustice at all,” he said. A new front There were fears that a referendum that was likely to put Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, under Kurdish control could open a new front in the violence that has ravaged Iraq since shortly after the U.S.-led invasion. On March 19, several bombs struck targets in Kirkuk and killed at least 26 people. Also Saturday, figures complied by the AP showed that the U.S. military death toll in March, the first full month of a new security crackdown, was nearly twice that of the Iraqi army, which American and Iraqi officials say is taking the leading role in the latest attempt to curb violence in the capital, surrounding cities and Anbar province. The AP count of U.S. military deaths for the month was 81, including a soldier who died from non-combat causes Saturday. Figures compiled from officials in the Iraqi ministries of defense, health and interior showed the Iraqi military toll was 44. The Iraqi figures showed that 165 Iraqi police were killed in March. Many of the police serve in paramilitary units. Casualty update As of Saturday, at least 3,246 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,621 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. The AP count is three higher than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated at 7 a.m. Friday. The British military has reported 134 deaths; Italy, 33; Poland, 19; Ukraine, 18; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, six; El Salvador, five; Slovakia, four; Latvia, three; Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, one death each.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The contentious decision on Kirkuk was confirmed Saturday by Iraq’s Sunni justice minister as he told The Associated Press he was resigning. Almost immediately, opposition politicians said they feared it would harden the violent divisions among Iraq’s fractious ethnic and religious groups and possibly lead to an Iraq divided among Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Shiites. Angry Turkey The plan was virtually certain to anger neighboring Turkey, which fears a northward migration of Iraqi Kurds – and an exodus of Sunni Arabs – will inflame its own restive Kurdish minority. Around Iraq on Saturday, at least 38 people were killed or found dead in a series of bombings and attacks, including nine construction workers who died when gunmen opened fire on their bus south of Kirkuk. The violence capped a week in which more than 500 Iraqis were killed in sectarian violence. The ancient city of Kirkuk has a large minority of ethnic Turks as well as Christians, Shiite and Sunni Arabs, Armenians and Assyrians. The city is just south of the Kurdish autonomous zone stretching across three provinces of northeastern Iraq. BAGHDAD – Iraq’s government has endorsed plans to relocate thousands of Arabs who were moved to Kirkuk as part of Saddam Hussein’s campaign to force ethnic Kurds out of the oil-rich city, in an effort to undo one of the former dictator’s most enduring and hated policies. The Interior Ministry, meanwhile, raised the death toll in last week’s suicide truck bombing of a Shiite market in Tal Afar to 152, which would make it the deadliest single strike since the war started four years ago. A spokesman for the Shiite-dominated ministry, Abdul-Karim Khalaf, said the toll nearly doubled after more bodies were pulled from the rubble in the northwestern city. The U.S. military and the mayor of Tal Afar kept the death toll at 83. But they acknowledged the figure could rise. last_img read more

Community events for the weekend of Nov 23

first_imgGrey Cup SaleSunday, November 24, 2013 – 12:00pmKick start your Christmas shopping with the Fort St. John North Peace Museum’s Grey CupSale. 10% off most items in our gift shop! We have a wide selectionof history and local interest books, both new and used/rare. Check out our clothing, jewellery, stuffed…More Info » Stop by and view this exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, toys, books, art, and textiles representing the diverse cultures of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit Fair Trade Organization…More Info » Babysitters CourseSaturday, November 23, 2013 – 9:00amThis two-day course was designed to give young people the necessary tools to be responsible babysitters; keeping children in their care safe and happy. Topics covered include learning about the different developmental stages of children and the skills required to…More Info » Family Comedy NightSaturday, November 23, 2013 – 7:00pmFamily Comedy Night featuring: Ryan and Friends and Jeff Allen. Tickets available online at NPCC website and at Troyer Ventures Ltd. Tickets are free of charge. Donation boxes available at the door. Proceeds will go to: Big Brother and Sisters…More Info »Advertisement Ten Thousand VillagesSunday, November 24, 2013 – 12:00pmStop by and view this exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, toys, books, art, and textiles representing the diverse cultures of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit Fair Trade Organization…Advertisement Ten Thousand VillagesSaturday, November 23, 2013 – 10:00amAdvertisementcenter_img FSJ Farmers’ Market- Advertisement -Saturday, November 23, 2013 – 9:00amVisit the Fort St. John Farmers’ Market to sample a wide variety of locally grown, fresh & wholesome foods direct from the grower. Date: Every Saturday from May until December Time: 9-3pm Support your local farmers. Shop local! 9805 96th…More Info »Advertisement Flyers GameSaturday, November 23, 2013 – 8:30pmFort St. John Flyers vs. Hythe Mustangs Date: November 23, 2013 – 8:30pm Location: North Peace Arena…More Info » More Info » Ladies Day OutSaturday, November 23, 2013 – 10:00amDon’t miss Ladies Day Out FSJ ~ Nov. 23, 2013, 10am to 4pm at North Peace Cultural Centre Over 60 vendors are booked with more being added every day. Admission only $3. Each paid admission gets you one door prize entry -…More Info »last_img read more

Nervous Bolt prepares for football debut

first_imgSuch is the buzz swirling around the match that it will be broadcast live on pay TV and 10,000 fans are expected to cram into the Central Coast Stadium for what is normally a low-key pre-season fixture.The club, which finished bottom of the domestic A-League last season, is planning fireworks and other entertainment to keep fans amused until Bolt makes his entrance.All eyes will be on the eight-time Olympic champion with a local paper planning to distribute 100,000 cardboard cut-out face masks of the 32-year-old for onlookers to wear.“I think that will be a bit weird, but not too weird,” Bolt, who favours playing left wing, joked of the masks. “I’ve seen a little bit of that in track and field. But it will be something new to play the first game and see that.”Bolt dominated sprinting after taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and he remains the world record holder for the 100 metres.He went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles before retiring last year and pursuing his passion for football.Bolt’s football dream is still a work in progress, with Bolt admitting this week to struggling with the constant stop-start of the sport, unlike his usual quick fire sprint on the athletics track © AFP / Saeed KHANDespite being used to running in front of 100,000 spectators and millions of TV viewers, the nerves are jangling as he enters a new phase in his career, having tried out with several other clubs around the world to no avail.“There will be nerves, definitely. It’s not like a charity game anymore, this is a career I’m pursuing,” said Bolt.“I expect to make mistakes, but I also expect to go in, make myself proud and push myself.”His football dream is still a work in progress, with Bolt admitting this week to struggling with the constant stop-start of the sport, unlike his usual quick fire sprint on the athletics track.“He doesn’t have football fitness, which is natural. We have not brought him in and said you have to do this and do that by this time,” said Mariners coach Mike Mulvey, who has given Bolt an indefinite time to prove himself.“For this Friday, it comes down to what the fitness coaches tell me with regards to how his body’s coping with the loading we’ve got at the moment.“But I would imagine he’s going to be playing some part on Friday.”– Spotlight –Mariners head of performance Andrew Young was blunt in his assessment: “As of right now, Usain’s not in the type of condition required to play A-League,” he told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.“We have to work on his aerobic capacity and he knows that.”The Mariners kick off their A-League season away to Brisbane Roar on October 21.All eyes will be on the eight-time Olympic champion with a local paper planning to distribute 100,000 cardboard cut-out face masks of the 32-year-old for onlookers to wear © AFP / Saeed KHANDespite Bolt being likely to spend most of Friday’s game on the bench, his presence at the club’s base in Gosford, 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, has generated global excitement and Mulvey is lapping it up.“What the lads in the office are telling me, there could be 10,000-12,000 people here, that’s quite unbelievable for a pre-season game. But I welcome it because it puts us under a little bit of a spotlight,” he said.While Bolt is used to the trappings of fame and fortune, he is determined to be just “one of the boys” in his new life around the Gosford area, a popular weekend getaway from Sydney with magnificent national parks and sandy beaches.The bright lights of Sydney are not far away, but he has no plans to be out partying.“I do want to enjoy the city and the life but I’m still going to remember that I’m a professional footballer now so I have to respect the coach and what rules the Mariners put down,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Usain Bolt is likely to be handed a 10 or 15 minute run-out for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners in a friendly against an amateur side as he works towards his dream of earning a playing contract © AFP / Saeed KHANSYDNEY, Australia, Aug 30 – Usain Bolt is set to get a first taste of competitive football on Friday in a much-hyped game, but the sprint superstar admits he is nervous with his fitness levels not up to scratch.The Jamaican is likely to be handed a 10 or 15 minute run-out for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners in a friendly against an amateur side as he works towards his dream of earning a playing contract and becoming a professional footballer.last_img read more

Gor thrash All Stars to storm KPL summit

first_imgHowever, the defending champions announced themselves back with a delightful performance against ‘Otenga’ in Kisumu.Kenneth Muguna and Lawrence Juma slotted straight into the starting team despite their full involvement with the Harambee Stars in Uganda, while defender Joash Onyango started on the bench.After a goalless first half, Gor strode into the lead just two minutes after the restart through Nicholas Kipkurui. On the hour mark, K’Ogalo were soaring as skipper Muguna added the second to further deflate the home side.They sealed the three points Just four minutes later through Bernard Ondiek who is continuing in his role as a makeshift right back.The victory takes Gor to 28 points, same as second placed Tusker FC who have an inferior goal difference. They still have three games at hand.AFC Leopards forward Vincent Oburu is challenged by Mathare United’s Martin Ongori during their Kenyan Premier League fixture at the Mumias Complex on December 22, 2019. PHOTO/AFC Leopards/TwitterMeanwhile, arch rivals AFC Leopards produced a similar performance to see off Mathare United by the same margin in Mumias.Vincent Oburu scored twice in the 43rd and 91st minutes in between John Mark Makwatta’s goal as Ingwe jumped to seventh with their first win in four games. They are on 22 points, six behind the leaders.Elsewhere in Nakuru, Ulinzi Stars moved to fifth and within three points of the summit after beating Zoo Kericho 4-0.Oscar Wamalwa, fresh from picking the golden boot at the Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala showed his scoring form was no fluke as he scored twice in the massive victory.He scored in the 37th and 53rd minutes, adding on to earlier goals by Enosh Ochieng in the fourth minute and John Njuguna in the 16th minute.Ochieng opened the scoring early, rising high to head home a Harun mwale cross. Njuguna then made it 2-0 with a fine low finish after picking up a pass from John Kago. The soldiers went to the break with a healthy three goal margin, Wamalwa nodding home Brian Birgen’s cross.The lanky forward, a new favorite of Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi then made it 4-0 after six minutes of the second half when he tapped home a cross from Njuguna.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kisumu All Stars forward Wesley Kemboi goes down under a challenge from Gor Mahia’s pair Geoffrey Ochieng and Bernard Ondiek during a Kenyan Premier League tie at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 22, 2019. PHOTO/Gor Mahia/TwitterNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 22 – After a three week rest, Gor Mahia bounced back to the summit of the Kenyan Premier League standings after a 3-0 thrashing of Kisumu All Stars at the Moi Stadium on Sunday evening.Gor’s matches were postponed due to their players being involved in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, a rest that allowed Tusker to crawl to the summt.last_img read more