Liverpool demanded 200m for Coutinho – Barcelona

first_imgUEFA announced on Friday that PSG will be investigated for a potential breach of financial fair play (FFP) rules after adding Kylian Mbappe to the capture of Neymar from Monaco in a deal that could rise to 180 million euros.Soler dismissed claims that Barca’s status as one of the world’s leading clubs is being threatened by their inability or unwillingness to match the lavish spending of other clubs.“We haven’t lost any international status for having common sense and not putting the financial viability of the club at risk.”Barca also insist that five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi will soon sign a new contract, tying him to the club until 2021.The club announced the agreement of the deal with Messi, 30, on July 5, but the Argentine has yet to formally put pen to paper.“I want to send a message of calm to the members. There is no problem,” added Soler over the delay.“When the club announced an agreement it is validated by both parties.“All that is lacking is the protocol.”Share on: WhatsApp Barcelona, Spain | AFP | A leading Barcelona board member claimed Liverpool set an asking price of 200 million euros ($238 million) for midfielder Philippe Coutinho as the Catalan giants criticised the rampant inflation in the football transfer market on Saturday.Albert Soler, Barca’s director of institutional relations, said the club’s under-fire board would not put the future of the institution at risk by bending to excessive demands.“Liverpool put a price of 200 million euros on a player that we wanted,” Soler told reporters at a press conference held to explain Barca’s haphazard signing policy this summer.Barca ended the window making a slight profit on transfers after receiving a world record 222 million euros from Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain.Despite splashing over 190 million on five signings, most notably 105 million euros on 20-year-old French winger Ousmane Dembele, Soler claimed Barca wouldn’t been drawn into an arms race with the cash-rich Premier League and Qatar-backed PSG.“We didn’t want to put at risk the heritage of the club. This is a club of 150,000 members and has to be managed with coherence and responsiblity,” added Soler.“We won’t get involved in the game of a market that has lost its way.“This board won’t put the club at risk. UEFA and the European Clubs Association (ECA) have to reflect and make a decision.”last_img read more

US Coast Guard Rescues Boater Off Fort Pierce

first_imgThough found safe, 29 year-old Skiff is “beaten down and exhausted” from the overnight ordeal. A Martin County man who went fishing in a 14-foot aluminum boat Tuesday and failed to return was found alive after an all night multi-agency search.“We have a story that really could’ve ended in tragedy,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told reporters shortly before noon Wednesday at Sandspirit Park in Stuart where Justin Skiff had launched about 24 hours earlier to go fishing offshore.The US Coast Guard says a helicopter lifted the missing boater to safety on Wednesday.The Coast Guard helicopter located the man in his 14-foot skiff, which reportedly ran out of gas, about nine miles southeast of Fort Pierce, Florida.last_img

Broward Woman Finds Snake in Car While Driving

first_imgA Broward County woman got quite the surprise while driving on Friday evening.Police say she was driving on Hiatus Road in Pembroke Pines when she suddenly noticed a snake in her car.Earlier tonight a driver was traveling along Hiatus Road when she noticed a sssscary sight – a snake inside of her car! Officer Patrick Pagliai responded, coaxed the snake out of the air vents, and was able to safely catch the offending serpent (a harmless rat snake). 1/ pic.twitter.com/euHj1iGMEP— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) January 11, 2020 The woman pulled over and contacted authorities.Pembroke Pines Police Officer Patrick Pagliai ended up turning on the car’s heater, in order to get the snake out of the vehicle’s air vents.He then caught the harmless rat snake, which was released back into the Everglades.last_img read more

Florida Shopping Cart Bandit Takes Wedding Ring, Wallet

first_imgPolice in Winter Haven, Florida are looking for a thief they say stole more than another woman’s wallet.The victim apparently turned away from her cart for a moment at a Publix store late last week.That is when the other woman grabbed the victim’s wallet from the shopping cart.Photo courtesy: Winter Haven Police Department/FacebookAccording to police, the suspect then used the victim’s stolen credit card at various locations around town, including 7-Eleven and Dollar General.The woman’s wallet also contained her husband’s wedding ring. He has been hospitalized for more than a month, and she placed the ring in her wallet for safekeeping.Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-TIPS.last_img

Florida Senate Tries to Block Local Sunscreen Laws

first_imgThe Florida Senate acted this week to prevent towns and cities including Key West from banning the sale of sunscreen items that contain chemicals which can potentially harm coral reefs.In a 12-4 vote on Wednesday, the Rules Committee sent a measure (SB 172) to the Senate floor that is intended to block local regulation of over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics, with a focus on sunscreens.According to Republican Senator and bill sponsor Rob Bradley, who also chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, local governments should not be allowed to put restrictions on sunscreen, as it is needed to protect Floridians as well as tourists from getting skin cancer.He adds, “All sunscreen should be available throughout the state of Florida for people who buy it so that they can protect themselves. We should listen to those (skin cancer) experts and listen to that science, which is clear. We should not listen to junk science. That’s another thing I think our constituents expect of us.”The issue revolves around sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate.Bradley cites findings by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA), the Legislature’s research arm, about the effects of the chemicals. The agency concluded that oxybenzone and octinoxate have negative effects on corals and marine life when they are exposed to “concentration levels generally not observed in nature.”The agency added that the chemicals could also be found in seawater from “wastewater effluent, leaching from plastics, and leaching from hull paints on ships.”Deborah Foote, director of government affairs for the Sierra Club Florida, says people can easily use sunscreens without the disputed chemicals.The use of chemical sunscreens is not worth the risk to the reefs in tourist destinations such as Key West, according to the Surfrider Foundation’s Florida policy manager director, Holly Parker Curry.She explained before the vote, “Coral reefs are immensely valuable not only to Florida’s economy generally but particularly to the Keys and Key West,” Curry said in her testimony before Monday’s vote. In addition, Curry cited estimates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which show that Florida’s coral reefs have an asset value of $8.5 billion and support around 70,000 jobs.Florida League of Cities legislative director Rebecca O’Hara advised the committee to postpone enacting the preemption until more research could be conducted on the impact of the chemicals on coral reefs. She cautions, “I think there is probably good science out there, but I think it’s fair to say there is probably not enough to convince everybody.”“Our visitors are not expected to understand or appreciate the various particularities of different cities or counties and know what the rules are,” says Republican Senator Kathleen Passidomo, of Naples.She continues, “As a local government passes an ordinance that is totally different than anywhere else in the state, how are we supposed to know about it? You can have visitors coming to Key West without sunscreen, without products that protect their skin and then they can’t buy them. That’s just one example of why sometimes it’s in the best interest of the state of Florida that we preempt certain activities.”An identical bill in the House (HB 113) needs to get approval from two more panels before it can go to the full House. The Key West ban is scheduled to go into effect in January of next year.last_img read more

US Attorney Recommends 6-9 Years in Prison for Broward’s Roger Stone

first_img(Washington, DC) — President Trump is reacting to the Justice Department’s sentence recommendation for Broward resident Roger Stone.President Trump said in a tweet, “It’s a horrible and very unfair situation” that federal prosecutors want his longtime confidant and former campaign adviser Roger Stone to go to prison for seven to nine years. This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice! https://t.co/rHPfYX6Vbv— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020 The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC made that request in a sentencing memo submitted Monday. In a tweet this morning, Trump explained the real crimes “were on the other side, as nothing happens to them.” He added this miscarriage of justice cannot be allowed. The 67-year-old Stone was arrested in an early morning raid at his Broward home. He was charged in relation to investigations by the House Intelligence Committee and former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Stone was found guilty in November of seven charges including obstruction of justice, lying to Congress and witness tampering in connection to the investigation into Russian election interference. Stone is scheduled to be sentenced next week on February 20th.last_img read more

Watch: Pique stares in disbelief after ter Stegen pulls off blinder of a save…

first_imgAdvertisement e83opiNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6hju4oWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebn0pa( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 76qWould you ever consider trying this?😱4yu4Can your students do this? 🌚tlyRoller skating! Powered by Firework Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen is currently enjoying one of the best seasons in his career. The German shot-stopper has almost single handedly saved the Catalan club from disastrous results following their woeful defensive display so far in the season. And even during the team’s training, he just cannot stop pulling off magnificent saves regularly. In a video posted by the club on social media, ter Stegen is seen saving an ineludible free header from Gerard Pique as the Spanish centre back couldn’t believe his effort being stopped on such short notice.Advertisement On Sunday, Barça’s social media team uploaded a video of ter Stegen’s save during one of the training sessions, captioning, “Piqué with the header, and goa – wait what?!” And the clip shows his world class effort to deny teammate Gerard Pique’s genuine header which was certainly going behind the line. Pique one the other hand was so awestruck that he couldn’t respond to his colleague’s reflexes. ter Stegen then responded back, hugging the former Spanish international who finally appreciated his effort with a grin.Advertisement Check out the wonder save here:In a deal which looks like a steal in today’s footballing market, Barcelona signed Ter Stegen for €12 million from Borussia Mönchengladbach back in 2014. And in his debut season at the Camp Nou he was opted over Claudio Bravo by then manager Luis Enrique to start in Champions League matches. The German paid off his manager’s faith and helped his team bring the 2014/15 Champions League trophy back to the Catalan giants.Overall, ter Stegen has so far enjoyed much success at the club winning four La Liga titles, four Copa del Rey, three Spanish Super Cups and the Champions League trophy in his five impressive seasons for the Blaugranes. Now, 27, he is one of the best goalkeepers around and looks determined as ever to bring the European title back to Barca, as well as maintaining the club’s existing domestic dominance. Advertisementlast_img read more

Parker shatters record en route to gold at Grand Forks meet

first_imgNeptune’s Devyn Parker glided to a new record en route to capturing the gold medal at the Grand Forks Piranhas Swim Meet Saturday in the Boundary City.Parker earned the mark in the 100-meter backstroke event at the second meet of the Kootenay Summer Swim Association season. The victory powered the division five swimmer to the gold medal in the aggregate race with 36 points.With only 11 swimmers entered in the B-meet, Nelson Neptunes were no match in the team standings, finishing fifth overall.“Grand Forks is a “B” meet which means if you have an A level time in an event you cannot compete,” said Nelson coach Michelle Lorusso.“We only had 11 swimmers at this meet, with five scratches that day.  All of them again swam awesome and (finished with) best times.”Host Grand Forks won the event with 482 points, more than 100 ahead of Colville Sharks from Washington State.Castlegar finished third with Trail Stingrays fourth. Creston Waves took sixth spot.Nelson’s Matthew Holitzki claimed the silver medal in division two boys while Nava Sachs took second spot in division three girls.The Neptunes are back in the water this weekend when the club travels to Trail to compete in the Stingrays Meet Saturday and [email protected]last_img read more

Daniel O’Donnell beaming in pictures with newborn grand-niece

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell looked over the moon yesterday morning (Sat) as he shared a pic of his newborn niece.In the pics shared by Daniel himself, we see him holding the baby girl alongside her mother, Daniel’s niece and PA, according to RVSP Live.In a second photo, we see Mia with both of her parents, Neil and Trish as they smile happily holding the new member of their family. Swipe down to see the gorgeous pics of Daniel and his grand-nieceDaniel O’Donnell beaming in pictures with newborn grand-niece was last modified: September 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

SETI: Shut Up and Keep Looking

first_imgOn Space.com, Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute answered the critics who think they’re “barking up the wrong tree.”  Well-meaning people send him emails explaining why there is “still no confirmed chitter from the cosmos” after 46 years of looking.  The top four include: (1) aliens use more advanced technology, (2) the Fermi Paradox means nobody’s there (see 06/30/2006), (3) the aliens aren’t interested in us warlike primitives, and (4) the real aliens are in the Zeta Reticuli system.    His basic answer: we’ve only begun the search.  Unless you can come up with better strategy that works, pitch in and help.  We’ve got a lot of stars to go.Maybe there’s a bright side to this SETI business.  It keeps a lot of pesky Darwinians occupied and out of trouble.  This is fine as long as their acronym S.E.T.I. employs another: O.P.M.*(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more