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‘Transfer fees unlikely to fall’

first_imgThe record-breaking fees paid during the recent transfer window are unlikely to fall in the near future and are sustainable for the modern game, agent and transfer market expert Esteve Calzada told Reuters.Spaniard Calzada, former head of marketing and commercial operations for Barcelona, unveiled his company Prime Time Sports’ biannual Football Transfer Review study at the Soccerex convention.The report found that spending on player fees increased by 16 per cent across the top five leagues in Europe, the fifth successive year of growth.While the highest profile and most expensive deal took Brazil forward Neymar from Barcelona to Paris St Germain for a world record fee of 222 million euros, there was increased spending across the leagues.But Calzada said that with the exception of PSG, who also signed France forward Kylian Mbappe on-loan from Monaco with an obligation to buy next year at 180 million euros, the money spent was within budgets and that even top clubs were now generating money through player sales.“For the first time the growth is not only justified by television rights income but it also justified by the money the clubs have made from trading and selling players,” Calzada said.“In the past, some sides would be well known for producing and then selling players but now we see that those transactions are being conducted by top teams.“Every top team has been very active selling players as well as buying players. In the top 10 for acquisition rankings, we have seen five clubs who are also in the top 10 for sales. Normally it would be a completely different set of clubs. Now the money is flowing, I sell a player and invest the money in another player,” he said.Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic’s move from Chelsea to Manchester United and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s switch from Arsenal to Liverpool are examples of big clubs selling to rivals.RISING FEESThe Spaniard said the rising transfer fees were not a sign that the game is in poor financial health.“As long as the incomes from teams continues to grow we will continue to see the money spent on transfers and that growth can also come from player sales,” he said.The only way transfer fees could start to fall would be if the game began to see revenues, particularly from broadcasters, fall.“If all of a sudden we see television rights income going down, stagnating, that could be a problem, if audiences go down, broadcasters will pay less for the rights and then the clubs are making less money…then the prices will go down,” Calzada said.“What has changed in the game is nothing can be spent that you cannot afford,” he said, noting that UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules should be a safeguard against club’s over-spending.PSG’s dealings are to be investigated by UEFA to examine whether their buying spree broke FFP rules which ban clubs from spending more than their generated revenue, a policy introduced to prevent rich owners from trying to buy success and distorting the transfer market.“I always thought that FFP was good for the game and good for the industry and this case is a test for this regulation,” Calzada said.“The only thing we can say is to wait and see the outcome of the investigation and it is also only fair to wait and see how PSG will explain this to UEFA. I am personally very curious to see (that) as I cannot see a way to do it which is not infringing FFP,” he added.last_img read more


Tuesday’s order of play at Wimbledon

first_imgOrder of play on the main show courts on the second day of the Wimbledon tennis championships on Tuesday (play starts at 1200 GMT unless stated, prefix number denotes seeding):Centre Court3-Garbine Muguruza (Spain) v Naomi Broady (Britain)Dudi Sela (Israel) v 2-Rafael Nadal (Spain)1-Simona Halep (Romania) v Kurumi Nara (Japan)Court One21-Kyle Edmund (Britain) v Alex Bolt (Australia)Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) v 8-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)Tennys Sandgren (U.S.) v 12-Novak Djokovic (Serbia)Court Two (play starts at 1030 GMT)22-Johanna Konta (Britain) v Natalia Vikhlyantseva (Russia)James Duckworth (Australia) v 4-Alexander Zverev (Germany)7-Dominic Thiem (Austria) v Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus)Vitalia Diatchenko (Russia) v 24-Maria Sharapova (Russia)last_img


Hubert Lawrence | Time for the men to step up in the 800m

first_imgNow that Natoya Goule has put the 800 metres back on the Jamaican track and field map, it’s time for the men to step forward. There is some work going on to revive this long-neglected event in Jamaica, but the truth is that we don’t give two hoots about the event in which Arthur Wint and George Kerr won Olympic medals so long ago. It’s pitiful. In a time where the world record is David Rudisha’s fabulous 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning run of 1 minute 40.91 seconds, no Jamaican has come really close to breaking 1.45 since the national record, 1:45.21, was set in 1977! There is, thankfully, notable work being done at the University of Technology, the GC Foster College for Physical Education and Sport, Calabar High, Jamaica College, and St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS), but this journey is a long one. Remarkably, the last time a Jamaican even dipped below 1:47 was nine years ago, when Aldwyn Sappleton clocked 1 minute 46.82 seconds in Kingston. As a result, the only Jamaican men to run the event in the Olympics since the turn of the century are Marvin Watts and Sappleton. That’s a wretched record for a country with such a high profile in world athletics. To add pain to the mix, the hope that the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) would enlist the help of the middle-distance kings of Kenya has hit the curb. The local federation is blameless as its Kenyan counterpart crashed into problems of its own making when discussions about coaching help were far advanced. Even so, a Jamaica solution is needed. As offered in this space in the past, it might be time to empower veteran coaches Eldemire Smith and Eddie Hector to lead the drive forward. Both have lots to offer, as shown by the results of their athletes at STETHS and Holmwood, respectively, in the 800m and 1500m. It’s still worth a try. Help from diaspora Perhaps help lies in the diaspora. When the national 1500m record was set at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, it was logged at 3 minutes 39.19 seconds by Steve Green, a UK-bred Jamaican. When Jamaica topped the world in the 800m at the 1995 World Indoor Championships, the winner was Clive Terrelonge, who was born in Jamaica, but grew up in the USA. As it has done in the past, Jamaica must continue to welcome those who wish to compete for Jamaica, no matter where they are planted. A search mission for those in the diaspora who run the middle distances might be on the cards, given the slow progress in those events here. This year has raised hopes a little. No Jamaican schoolboy had broken 1 minute 50 seconds since Holmwood star Jermaine Myers in 2003, and two did it this year in the persons of Calabar’s Kamoy Farquharson and Javauney James of STETHS. Calabar and STETHS destroyed the Penn Relays 4x800m record in April. Finally, just last week, Intercollegiate champion Eric McKenzie of UTECH red-lined his way to the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games final. Still, the depression lingers. There’s good reason. No Jamaican man has qualified to run the 800m at the World Championships or the Olympics since Sappleton did in 2008. Lest you miscount, two Olympics and five World Championships have passed since then. According to CAC Games women’s 800m finalist Fellan Ferguson, Goule’s achievements are important. “This is a great thing for Jamaica’s 800m running because there are not a lot of us, so Goule doing well will inspire others to want to take up 800m running”, Ferguson told The Gleaner recently. Hopefully, she will inspire our men as well. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more


Towards Sustainable Tourism

first_imgThe United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.Expressed simply, sustainable tourism can be defined as, “Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.”The 2017 designation marks a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilising all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change. In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour, towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the SDGs.Guyana has, in the past, made significant strides towards the promotion of Sustainable Tourism, and the destination has been recognised for its efforts; Guyana’s Rupununi region had justified the resources poured into its development, as it copped the regional spotlight by winning the 2012 Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Award. The award from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation and Travelmole (CTO/Travelmole) was accepted by Guyana’s Rupununi Learners Inc, for improving the quality of life of the district’s inhabitants.In 2011, this award was shared by the Surama Eco-Lodge, also located in the North Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo). This tourist destination was recognised by the CTO for harnessing the economic power of the visitor industry in a responsible and sustainable way. The 2011 award was shared with Barbados’ Harrison’s Cave. Guyana’s Karanambu Lodge Inc were among the big winners of the TravelMole 2013 sustainable tourism awards handed out by the CTO. The country, for the second consecutive year, emerged as the big winner, copping three of the six prizes presented. These awards pointed to the hard work and commitment of stakeholders in Guyana and to the policy direction of the Tourism Ministry and Authority.President Granger, in his remarks at the Annual Awards Dinner of the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana last year, acknowledged that the promotion of eco-tourism would be essential to the enlargement of our national economy over the next two decades and beyond, and he assured that his administration would work towards ensuring that the sector would be developed more deliberately and more methodically over this period.He emphasised also, that Guyana’s eco-tourism product, however, cannot be developed without improvement in investment, infrastructure and information technology. He therefore called for investment by the private sector to develop more eco-resorts and lodges, and to open new attractions. He assured that the Government would aggressively court investment for the eco-tourism sector. While there has been private sector investment, the slowdown in the economy has resulted in little returns on those investments and with the added taxes, many companies are grappling with introducing higher rates at the risk of losing business.Sustainable tourism development requires the informed participation of all relevant stakeholders, as well as strong political leadership to ensure wide participation and consensus building. Achieving sustainable tourism is a continuous process and it requires constant monitoring of impacts, introducing the necessary preventive and/or corrective measures whenever necessary. Clearly, 2017 will be a challenging year and for the Tourism Sector, and as Guyana moves towards a sustainable development path, it will be up to the Government to ensure viable, long-term economic operations, which will provide socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders, which are fairly distributed, and which includes stable employment and income-earning opportunities.Guyana is set to host the prestigious 24th Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High Level Authorities of Tourism this year. This forum will serve as a platform for the promotion of sustainable development of tourism through the sharing of experiences, technical cooperation, and bilateral engagement. It is hoped that Guyana can benefit from the exchanges and aggressively move towards the promotion of its tourism sector, and move away from simply acknowledging the country’s potential.last_img read more


Rafael Nadal insists Roger Federer Slam record not on his mind

first_imgFederer has sat on top of the all-time list since 2009 when he passed Pete Sampras’ benchmark of 14 after winning a five-set thriller over Andy Roddick at Wimbledon.A Nadal triumph in Melbourne could set the stage for him to set a new landmark at Roland Garros, where he will start hot favorite to add to his 12 French Open titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4But the Spaniard downplayed the potential historical implications after steering Spain into the ATP Cup quarter-finals. “I honestly don’t think much (about Federer’s record),” Nadal said. Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his win over Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka during their match at the ATP Cup in Perth, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)World number one Rafael Nadal insisted Wednesday he isn’t focused on matching Roger Federer’s record Glam Slam haul at the Australian Open this month.The 33-year-old last year won the French and US Open titles to move within one of his Swiss rival’s record tally of 20. ADVERTISEMENT “It was the first experience with the heat here in Australia, so we played under heavy conditions and it was tough,” he said. “I played against a player who has started the season on fire, so it was an important victory for me and the team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LA Tenorio on Game 1 win: Meralco made us bleed for every point More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist “My only goal is to keep playing good tennis, keep enjoying this sport and being happy. And if that happens and I stay healthy then the goal is to keep producing chances in the events that I’m going to play.”Nadal’s immediate focus is leading Spain’s title charge at the inaugural ATP Cup.Unbeaten Spain qualified for the knockout stages in Sydney after sweeping Japan in Group B in Perth with Nadal yet to drop a set from his three matches.The 19-time Grand Slam winner, however, was pushed by in-form world number 72 Yoshihito Nishioka before prevailing 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 in two hours and seven minutes. Nadal made 36 unforced errors and appeared weary at times in Spain’s first day session tie in Perth’s warm conditions. ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘People evacuated on their own’ Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption View comments Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ‘People evacuated on their own’ Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


Kenya set for Sh50m FIFA grant

first_img“My main objective is to bring all the stakeholders of Kenyan football together. We have had conflict for many years, and we’ve even had two national federations. “That’s all come to an end now that democracy has spoken, and we now have to make sure that everyone works together. I also want to rebuild links with our regional friends, especially the 11 countries that make up CECAFA,” Nyamweya told Blatter.“We need structures to get youth football back on its feet and we’re going to base our work on a comprehensive programme called The Strength of Hope for Africa. Women’s football also has a big future in Kenya. A lot of women play the game and we’re going to focus on development,” the football chief who was elected on October 29 said.“We’ve known each other for quite some time and you can count on my own personal support and the support of FIFA too,” the FIFA boss told his guest having been acquainted with him since the days Nyamweya was the secretary general of the now defunct Kenya Football Federation.Blatter reminded Nyamweya of the enormous task ahead of him as he seeks to re-build the game in a country that is ranked 135th in the latest FIFA World Rankings.“As well as reviving programmes targeted at youth football, the national team and women’s football, you have to reorganise the network of local branches, which have not played an active role for some time,” the Kenyan football boss was urged.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 17- World football governing body FIFA has pledged to help Kenya to re-launch its development programmes with the association set to release $500,000 (Sh50m) to aid the initiatives.The funds will be provided by the governing body’s Financial Assistance Programme and they also include the bonus paid to member associations following the success of South Africa 2010.FIFA president, Sepp Blatter announced the grant when he met newly elected Football Kenya Federation (FKF) in Zurich this week where the latter re-stated his commitment to resuscitate the country’s game that has suffered from leadership wrangles for over a decade.last_img read more


Tagging suspect nabbed in the act by bicycle officers

first_imgOfficers Michael Hinson and Hugo Figueroa, who make up the bicycle patrol, were working Uptown Wednesday night when they were flagged down about 11 p.m. by a business owner who said someone just spray painted the Starbucks at 6758 Greenleaf Ave. The tagger reportedly headed southbound. Salazar said the tipster declined the $500 reward the city pays anyone who reports taggers. The officers heard the sound of someone spray-painting and saw two teens. One was tagging a wall along a breezeway with green paint. The boy was arrested and his companion was released. officers confiscated the spray can. The bicycle patrol in Uptown Whittier started July 14. Salazar said the department didn’t have a regular bike patrol there. Occasionally, she said they have officers on overtime patrol the area on bikes but didn’t have specific officers assigned. That changed with the restored bicycle patrol. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Police following the trail of a suspected tagger in Uptown Whittier were led to their quarry Wednesday night by the sound of a spray can in action. “Officers saw him spray-painting. He admitted spray painting nine different locations and two vehicles,” said Whittier Police spokeswoman Officer Diana Salazar. A 17-year-old Whittier boy was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism. He was being held at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall and will be arraigned Tuesday, she said. Salazar said damages to the nine businesses in Uptown Whittier and two business trucks were estimated at $3,500. last_img read more


Exclusive – Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick believes Cherries top the Championship on merit

first_img Tommy Elphick 1 Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick believes the Championship leaders are in that position on merit ahead of Good Friday’s crucial away game at promotion rivals Ipswich.The Cherries have emerged as serious title contenders after a blip in form at the start of 2015, and currently lead England’s second tier by a point from Watford and Middlesbrough.Just eight points separate the top eight, highlighting why the Championship is widely regarded as the most competitive league in Europe, but Elphick belives Eddie Howe’s side’s lofty position is fully deserved.“At this stage of the season, the stats don’t lie. We are coming out on top on almost everything,” said the 27-year-old defender.“Every time we win and stay top, the next one gets bigger.”Bournemouth and the Tractor Boys go head to head on Friday, with both springing a surprise with their respective achievements this season, and the Cherries skipper admits teams have started to recognise and address their potential.Elphick said: “People underestimating us has worn off a bit now, teams are coming down to play us setting up a bit differently and showed us a lot more respect than last year.“Things have been a little bit harder in terms of breaking teams down. There’s also been a lot of media coverage which adds to the tension.”last_img read more


Transfer ALERT! Liverpool to battle Juventus in race to sign AC Milan defender

first_img1 Mattia De Sciglio Juventus have emerged as the front runners to land AC Milan defender Mattia De Sciglio, who is also being tracked by Liverpool.The Merseyside club feature on a long list of clubs reportedly keeping tabs on the AC Milan defender, who is inside the final 18 months of his contract.As such, his long-term future is the subject of much speculation and, according to reports in Italy, it is Juventus who look most likely to snap him up this summer.Milan know that his value will dwindle rapidly once he enters the last year of his current deal and may look to cash in on him to avoid losing him for nothing in 2018.Serie A rivals Napoli are also interested in signing him while Barclona have been extensively linked with the 24-year-old.However the full-back, who can play on the right or the left, may decide to try his hand in English football should Liverpool firm up their interest with a bid.last_img read more


Edwards to host weekend air show

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The event will feature more than 100 aircraft displays and 20 flying performances. This year’s event is called “The Edwards edge – making history reaching new heights.” The theme reflects Edwards’ contribution to flight-testing, which has included the testing of virtually every aircraft used by the Air Force over the past six decades. Among the flying performances scheduled are demos by the F-22A Raptor fighter, a B-2 bomber, a MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft, and flights by the Royal Dutch Air Force flight team. Other scheduled performances include the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team, a hang glider demonstration by paraplegic Dan Buchanan and flights by a B-1B bomber, a B-52 Stratofortress, an F-18 Hornet, NASA’s ER-2 research aircraft, and the C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. On display on the ground will be a CV-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor aircraft undergoing testing at Edwards. The aircraft will be used by the U.S. Special Operations Command to conduct long-range missions to drop and retrieve personnel and resupply them during night operations. EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Next weekend, the Air Force’s past, present and future will be displayed both on the ground and in the skies at the Edwards Air Force Base open house and air show. Visitors can see new aircraft, such as the F-22A fighter and the verticle-takeoff CV-22 Osprey; Cold War veterans such as the B-52 and the F-16; and historical aircraft, such as the P-51 Mustang fighter. Capping flying events for both days will be performances by the Air Force’s precision flying team, the Thunderbirds. “This is a chance for people to see what their tax dollars are being used for and, not only that, they can meet the people in uniform one-on-one,” said base spokesman John Haire. “It’s good, wholesome family entertainment and it’s free.” Gates will open at 7 a.m. and flying will start at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Each day’s activities will wrap up at 4:45 p.m. The event will also be part of a 60th anniversary celebration for one of the base’s major tenants, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Dryden aircraft scheduled to be on display include the Boeing 747 shuttle carrier, an F-18, and a modified B-52H air launch aircraft. Visitors should be aware that base officials will have a zero-tolerance policy for prohibited items, which include ice chests, weapons and backpacks. Any items confiscated will be destroyed, regardless of value. A list of prohibited items is posted on the base’s Web site, edwards.af.mil. Visitors should also be aware the base prohibits talking on cell phones while driving. For more information about the event, call (661) 277-3510 or (661) 277-NEWS or visit the Web site – edwards.af.mil. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want 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