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  • Madrid, Bayern Back in Crisis as Champions League Resumes

    first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Real Madrid and Bayern Munich return to the Champions League on Tuesday in crisis mode after the latest setbacks in their domestic leagues.Madrid, the three-time European defending champion, was humiliated 3-0 by Eibar in Spain on Saturday. The first defeat for new coach Santiago Solari renews debate over his team’s ability to challenge for honors in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in nearly a decade.Solari, who started with four wins after replacing the fired Julen Lopetegui, next faces a stern test at Roma.Bayern, which appeared without a serious rival as it clocked up six consecutive Bundesliga titles, is suddenly vulnerable in Niko Kovac’s first season in charge. Bayern was held to a 3-3 draw at home by promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf – a relegation candidate – on Saturday, and is already well behind resurgent Borussia Dortmund. A seventh straight title is appearing increasingly unlikely.Kovac has a point to prove when his team hosts Benfica, though a draw will be enough to ensure progress to the next round.Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, left, looks on after Deportivo SD Eibar scored their third goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and SD Eibar at Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)A look at the four Champions League groups on Tuesday:GROUP EBayern seems to be a shadow of its former self after twice letting a two-goal lead slip against Duesseldorf. Kovac’s position is under threat unless he can coax the side into the kind of performances it delivered at the start of the season, when it scored 19 goals in its opening seven games – all victories – including the German Supercup win over Eintracht Frankfurt.Bayern president Uli Hoeness, who previously said he would defend Kovac “to the hilt,” appears to have changed his tune after saying Saturday that club officials would sit down after Benfica’s visit to see “how things should continue.”Bayern, which leads Group E with 10 points from four games, would top the group with a win over Benfica if Ajax, on eight points, fails to beat AEK Athens away in the earlier game.Benfica, on four points, needs to beat Bayern to maintain any hope of a top-two finish.GROUP FManchester City can qualify for the knockout stage with a draw in Lyon and is aiming to avenge a 2-1 loss at home to the French team, its only loss so far in any competition this season.Lyon’s confidence-building 1-0 derby win over Saint-Etienne last Friday showed both the good and bad sides of Bruno Genesio’s inconsistent team.City coach Pep Guardiola will have noted that Saint-Etienne repeatedly breached Lyon’s lines and would have won without first-half saves from Anthony Lopes.City has recovered well in Group F since that initial loss to Lyon, winning three straight games – scoring 11 goals – to move three points clear. A win in France would clinch top spot.Lyon would be through with a win.Hoffenheim hosts Shakhtar Donetsk in the other group game.GROUP GMadrid’s early season troubles are back after the demoralizing loss to Eibar. The team’s attack is under scrutiny after failing to make up for Ronaldo’s departure for Juventus, while its defense is among the worst in Spain. Madrid has already conceded 19 goals in 13 Spanish league matches.Madrid and Roma are level on nine points and seem assured of progress from Group G. The Italian club will be through with a draw, or if CSKA Moscow fails to beat Plzen in the earlier group game.Roma will need to bounce back swiftly from Saturday’s loss at Udinese. The 1-0 defeat was the third time this season Roma has lost to a team near the bottom of the standings.Captain Daniele De Rossi is out with a knee injury and forward Diego Perotti is also sidelined, but coach Eusebio Di Francesco is hoping to welcome back Kostas Manolas after the Greek defender injured his ankle on international duty.GROUP HGroup leader Juventus hosts Valencia and will be through with a draw or if Manchester United loses at home to Young Boys.United coach Jose Mourinho is again under pressure after poor results. Since beating Juventus 2-1 in Turin, United has been taken apart in the Manchester derby by fierce rival City and then, in its first game back after the international break, held to a lackluster 0-0 home draw by Crystal Palace in the Premier League.United heads into Tuesday’s game in second place in the group, two points behind Juventus and two clear of Valencia.Valencia, which will be out of contention if it doesn’t win and United does, will be wary of an even more motivated Cristiano Ronaldo.The Juventus forward is still smarting from his sending off against Valencia in September – his first ever red card in the Champions League.Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in the Champions League with 121 goals, and got off the mark for Juventus in the competition last time out.Valencia appears to have finally put its struggles in the past. After winning only one of its first 13 matches, the Spanish club has won four of its last five games in all competitions.The 22-year-old striker Santi Mina has been key for Valencia recently, having scored six goals in his last five matches.—By CIARAN FAHEY , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Cricket Australia reappoints chairman ahead of ball-tamper findings

    first_imgSydney, Oct 25 (AFP) Cricket Australia reappointed its controversial chairman David Peever Thursday, before the release of two reviews prompted by a ball-tampering scandal that sullied the sport’s reputation during his tenure.Peever, a polarising figure criticised for his handling of a bitter 2017 pay dispute, is the one of the few senior executives left standing at the organisation after this year’s ball-tampering fiasco.The scandal involved Australian players using sandpaper to alter the flight of the ball in a Test match against South Africa last March.Coach Darren Lehmann quit in the wake of the uproar and then-captain Steve Smith, deputy David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft were banned from the game.Cricket Australia said Wednesday that team performance boss Pat Howard will step down next year.Meanwhile, outgoing Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland is being formally replaced on Thursday by insider Kevin Roberts — the lead negotiator during last year’s acrimonious pay talks.Peever’s re-election came as the governing body reported a return to profit, boosted by a massive six-year television and digital rights contract.Australian cricket’s governing body reported a surplus of Aus dollars 8.3 million (USD 5.9 million) for the year ending June 30, after incurring a deficit of Aus dollars 50.8 million in the previous 12 months.The two reviews into the state of the game commissioned post-South Africa — one focusing on the culture within Cricket Australia and the other into the team — will be released on Monday. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

  • Lukaku winner sees off Southampton

    first_imgSouthampton 0 Manchester United 1: Lukaku strikes again in unconvincing victory Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 23:54 23/9/2017 romelu lukaku - cropped Getty Images Manchester United made hard work of beating Southampton, with Romelu Lukaku sealing a 1-0 victory. Romelu Lukaku scored his eighth goal in as many games for Manchester United to seal a 1-0 victory away to Southampton on Saturday.The Belgium international converted a rebound in the first half to give Jose Mourinho’s side a fifth win in six Premier League games and keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the table.It was a largely unconvincing performance from the visitors, who made the most of their one clear-cut opportunity in a comfortable first half and spent the majority of the second on the back foot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Lukaku scored after seeing a header saved by Fraser Forster, prompting a repeat of the controversial chant from the away section in support of the former Everton man, but United created little otherwise in a disjointed display and Mourinho was sent to the stands in the dying minutes.Mauricio Pellegrino’s side enjoyed 70 per cent of the possession in the second half but struggled to find a way through United’s rearguard, underlining the attacking problems of a team who have failed to score in nine of their last 11 home league games.United move on to 16 points, the same as league leaders City, but Mourinho will no doubt want improvement from his side when they travel to Russia to take on CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday. #MUFC games goals for @RomeluLukaku9 pic.twitter.com/vZ6P6Z1A76— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 23, 2017Nathan Redmond flashed a half-volley over as Saints started in encouraging fashion, but United snatched control of the half on 20 minutes.Ashley Young, starting again at left-back, danced his way into space and curled a fine cross onto the head of Lukaku and, although Fraser Forster saved his effort superbly, the Belgian had the simple task of scuffing the rebound into the unguarded net.A large number of United fans celebrated with the controversial chant about Lukaku, despite the player and club asking for them to refrain from singing it this week following a complaint by anti-discrimination body Kick It Out.United looked comfortable as they kept Saints at bay for the remainder of the half, but the home side stepped up their pursuit of an equaliser after the break and Oriol Romeu flashed a shot wide when the visitors failed to clear a corner.Redmond then cut inside from the left and fired in a low shot across goal, forcing David de Gea to save well and gather the rebound away from the lurking Shane Long, before the Republic of Ireland striker was denied a clear run at goal by a strong shoulder charge from Phil Jones that went unpunished.Mourinho responded to the growing pressure by bringing on Ander Herrera in midfield, and United should have snatched a second goal on the break, with Lukaku shooting straight at Forster’s feet after being played in by Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Fellaini cleared a Dusan Tadic header from just in front of the line and the winger dragged a low cross inches past the right-hand post moments later, before Herrera blasted over the crossbar when given time and space to pick his spot on a rare United attack.Saints kept up the pressure in the closing minutes but United held firm for an important –  though far from impressive – three points, even as Mourinho was ordered into the stands in injury time by referee Craig Pawson. Key Opta facts:- Sixteen points from their opening six games is Manchester United’s best start to a Premier League season since 2011-12.- Southampton have failed to score in eight of their last nine home Premier League games, with their 3-2 win against West Ham this season the exception.- Romelu Lukaku has scored six goals in his six Premier League games this season – Louis Saha is the only other player to have scored as many goals in his first six games for United in the competition.- Southampton have lost 11 Premier League games in 2017 – as many as they had lost in 2016, with 15 matches still to play this year. read morelast_img read more

  • Four Promoted to Senior Director Roles

    first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 14, 2017 – Providenciales – FortisTCI (the Company) has announced expanded roles for four senior executives as a part of the Company’s organizational restructuring exercise. These new appointments took effect on March 1, 2017. Don Forsyth, former Director of Engineering and Planning, has been named as Senior Director of Electrical Planning, Engineering and Energy Delivery. Aisha Laporte, who served as Director of Customer Services, is the new Senior Director of Customer Services and Stakeholder Engagement. Catherine BuenaMunsayac, former Director of Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance is now Senior Director of Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Audit, and Archie Gaviola, former Director of Financial Services, has been promoted to Senior Director of Financial and Treasury Services.  Mr. Forsyth joined the FortisTCI team in 2013 as Director of Engineering and Planning. He is a utility electrical engineering professional with 20 years’ experience in island utility systems. He began his career in the industry at the single generation plant in Grenada and moved through the ranks to become Manager of Planning and Engineering.  His expertise includes Generation and Transmission and Distribution Operations and Maintenance activities, a broad range of engineering studies related to system capacity expansion, system protection, system control, distribution automation and renewable energy implementation. Over the years he has held numerous technical and managerial roles. Mr. Forsyth has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. He also holds an Executive MBA from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados.  Mrs. Laporte joined FortisTCI in 2008 as Supervisor of Financial Services. In 2011 she was promoted to Manager of Financial Services and played a key role in several major finance projects designed to improve the Company’s treasury and financial reporting processes. In 2012 she was promoted to Director of Customer Services. As the leader in Customer Services, she focused on developing additional customer services in energy audits, automation of customer information and payments via the customer web portal, as well as enhancing Revenue Protection Services. She has also served on the committee that developed and introduced Renewable Energy Programs in FortisTCI.   Prior to joining FortisTCI, she worked as Principal Auditor for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government from 2003-2006.   She also worked as Auditor for two years at KPMG, one of the leading professional auditing firms in the TCI. Mrs. Laporte graduated with a Bachelor’s degree with distinction in Accounting from Nova Southeastern University in Florida in 2002. A year later she became part of a group of fewer than 10 Turks and Caicos Islanders, at that time, to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Mrs. Buena-Munsayac joined FortisTCI in 2008 as Manager of Financial Services and was promoted to Director of Financial Services and Risk Management in 2011. While in the Finance Department, she led the implementation of financial controls and optimization of the use of the previous enterprise resource planning system.  She also facilitated the introduction of the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) process.   In 2014 she transferred to Internal Audit where she was instrumental in the set-up of FTCI’s Internal Audit Department, ERM and Sarbanes-Oxley Readiness programmes. She has diverse industry experience covering energy and utilities, food and beverage, logistics, manufacturing, advertising, financing, real estate and banking.   She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and holds both Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certifications.  Mr. Gaviola joined FortisTCI in 2009 as Financial Reporting and Business Planning Consultant, focusing on compliance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and development of financial models for business planning and analysis. He was promoted to Manager of Financial Services in 2012 and Director of Financial Services in 2014. He was instrumental in assisting the Company with obtaining its investment grade corporate credit rating from Standard & Poor’s and the subsequent inaugural issue of notes in the United States private placement market.  He has managed the Company’s financial reporting under both IFRS and United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP). Previously, he worked as Audit Senior at one of the big four auditing firms and managed assurance engagements for mostly international financial institutions. Mr. Gaviola has a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and is a Certified Public Accountant. FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell stated, “As we enter a new phase of business in the energy sector highly skilled talent will continue to be at the forefront of organizational success. I am particularly pleased that we have been able to promote from within because, across all four portfolios, these members of senior management have shown technical prowess, leadership growth and the capabilities and commitment to keep moving the Company in a forward direction. On behalf of the entire staff at FortisTCI, I am pleased to congratulate them on their professional and personal achievements.” FortisTCI has been restructured into three main divisions: Corporate Services; Operations; and Innovation, Strategic Planning and Information, Communications, Technology (ICT). These have further been segmented into three main Operating Business Units (OBUs), namely Production and Project Management, Grand Turk and Sister Islands Operations, and Transmission and Distribution (T&D). Press Release: FortisTCIlast_img read more