(FILES) This file photo taken on September 22, 2016 showsBarcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar gestures after missing a goal opportunity during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 21, 2016.Neymar will leave prematurely the Catalan club the player announced on arrival to a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, near Barcelona on August 2, 2017 following a rumour that he is considering a move to French club PSG. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENASAO PAULO — Neymar’s journey to a record-breaking transfer fee of $262 million started in a poor district of southern Brazil, a few blocks from the local dump.A spectacular move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain is expected to be completed this week after the 25-year-old striker and his father met with officials of the Catalan club Wednesday, telling them that Neymar wanted to leave.ADVERTISEMENT The son of a journeyman soccer player for Brazil’s smallest teams, Neymar was born in the industrial city of Mogi das Cruzes, some 60 kilometers north of Sao Paulo, the country’s biggest metropolis.He never settled there, as his father’s career as a striker and family breadwinner meant they were always moving on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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His street was properly paved and allowed him to play barefoot all day long, though he didn’t have to walk far to find dirt roads surrounded by wild vegetation. While other kids were lucky to have many toys, he had 50 footballs in his home collection at age 14. He even had a video game, which was a dream for most of his neighbors.Neymar put down some solid roots during his nine years at Jardim Gloria, and today his charity – the Neymar Jr. Institute – is based in the area. The local dump, where some of the local people used to earn a living from recycling, has been closed and the district has improved dramatically since Neymar’s family first moved there more than a decade ago.As for the interest in soccer, that started when Neymar was just 2, according to his father.In 1998, at the age of 6, he was spotted by Betinho dos Santos, a talent scout for the club Santos and who had also discovered another Brazil star, Robinho.“Neymar’s father was playing on the beach in Sao Vicente, his mother was with the kid in the stands,” Betinho said in a recent interview for the player’s institute. “I saw that kid running around and he caught my attention. He already had agility and coordination. Of course he was very, very thin too. Then he started doing some tricks with the ball, tricks that a normal kid would never do. I was shocked.”ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Betinho said Neymar had the Brazilian football swagger even at that age, and began taking him to play futsal – Brazil’s brand of indoor soccer that puts a premium on technical skills. His amazing dribbling and shooting abilities were soon noticed, with the late Santos and Brazil star Zito bringing the youngster into the club.Juninho became Neymar Jr. after signing his first contract at 12, a move that made Barcelona and Real Madrid start to take a very close interest in the youngster.On the field, Neymar quickly adapted from the indoor game, often playing against much older opponents, and he fully embraced being a Santos player despite growing up as a fan of rival club Palmeiras.He made his professional debut at 17, in a match against Oeste in the 2009 Sao Paulo state championship, the start of a career that is set to make history in the sport.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? 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Kelly Nabong. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGlobalPort hasn’t formally entered the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs yet but big man Kelly Nabong believes it’s only a matter of when than if.Nabong guaranteed that the Batang Pier will make the quarterfinals this conference after helping his team beat Kia, 108-91, on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT 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 View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES La Salle finds strength after NU loss Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “No, no, it’s not an if ever, we’re making to the playoffs. We’re making to the playoffs,” he stressed after posting 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.“I mean, we have a young, good team. We just gotta keep believing in the system, keep playing defense, and everybody has to come to play 100 percent.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut it’s not as if Nabong is making a bold prediction with GlobalPort poised to make the playoffs after improving its record at 5-5 to climb to seventh place.And though, the Batang Pier aren’t assured of a quarterfinals slot yet, they have a relatively good quotient against potential teams that they could end up tied with at the end of the elimination round in the event of a tie. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed To avoid complications, however, GlobalPort has now set its sight on its crucial tiff against Phoenix on March 2 in the final day of the eliminations.A win over the Fuel Masters coupled with a Barangay Ginebra loss to Rain or Shine also on March 2 will assure the Batang Pier a spot in the top six.“We took care of business tonight but it doesn’t stop, eliminations are not over yet so we have one more game to get that spot in the best-of-3,” Nabong said. “We just have to lock down on defense, we have to move the ball, make our open shots. Phoenix is coming up and they’re a tough team, they’re very aggressive so we gotta be locked in.”“We’re focused on our game against Phoenix then, let’s see what the scenario will be. We’re hoping to beat Phoenix and get that number six spot to avoid playing the number one or two in the quarters because they’ll have twice-to-beat,” said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson
Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman on Friday dismissed a series of illegal firearm possession charges against Jamal Hazel, a former Lance Corporal of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).This development occurred several months after Hazel had been placed on remand, and in light of the Police prosecutor failing to provide the court with enough evidence to convict Hazel.Defence attorney Ravindra Mohabir informed the court that the Police had obtained a caution statement from his client by force; and he claimed that his client was severely beaten by the Police to confess to the allegation. And after proving to the court that his client was innocent, Magistrate Latchman dismissed the matter.Hazel had also been charged earlier this year for allegedly carrying out a series of robberies around Georgetown, in which he was alleged to have trailed his victimsFreed: Jamal Hazelon his motorcycle and robbed them at gunpoint. All the robbery charges were dismissed due to lack of evidence being offered by the virtual complainants.Hazel had denied all the charges, and his defence attorney, George Thomas, had told the court that his client had been taken to the dumpsite at Eccles, East Bank Demerara and severely beaten by Police on two occasions.On Hazel’s first court appearance, Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore had objected to bail on grounds of the seriousness of the offence, the penalty the charges carry, and the fact that the defendant was a soldier. Moore had noted that Hazel’s occupation had mandated him to serve and protect. He had added that the accused had been positively identified by one of the virtual complainants (VCs).
The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Wednesday submitted names of nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), which will be left vacant following the retirement of Dr Steve Surujbally before the year comes to an end.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and PPP/C MP Anil Nandlall at a media briefing on WednesdayOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday released the names of the six nominees whom he said were submitted to President David Granger after consultations with a wide cross-section of civil society organisations, religious organisations, private sector and labour unions.The nominees include Lawrence Latchmansingh, Ramesh Dookhoo, Norman Mc Lean, Christopher Ram, Rhyaan Shaw and Professor James Rose. Jagdeo said a significant number of the nominees were taken from the list proposed by civil society.Jagdeo at a media briefing on Wednesday said that all of the nominees have demonstrated character traits of persons of integrity.“I think they all are strong people and courageous people and people who have demonstrated that they are prepared to serve the country’s interest, not partisan interest so that is my sense. I did not go into any great detail about their management styles or anything of that sort but their names came forward from civil society, reviewed these names, thought that they had some character traits that are necessary…,” he said.“We believe that all these people have the requisite quality to be a good chairperson of GECOM,” Jagdeo said.Government last month had said that it was soon commencing the consideration of a new Chairman.Minister of State Joseph Harmon said President David Granger has already received notices from the parliamentary Opposition that it was ready to commence the consideration and selection of a new Chairman of the election body.Once there is no objection to the names, the Head of State will move ahead with the selection process. Dr Surujbally last month indicated his intentions to demit office before the end of the year.The GECOM Chair already wrote to Government about his desire to resign and had recommended a raft of measures of reform. He had told the media that he has been expressing his desire to demit office since 2006. He has been at the helm of the Elections Commission since 2001. The PPP/Civic has repeatedly called for the resignation of Surujbally in wake of their strong belief that he supervised a rigged electoral process in the 2015 Regional and General Elections.
The Huskies’ fundraising success comes in large part to the team’s door-to-door efforts, as they’ll spend a portion of Sunday venturing around town, collecting non-perishable food donations from Fort St. John homes.Collection will start around 11 a.m. People can also drop off food at the North Peace Arena starting at noon.Last year’s event raised over 24,000 pounds of food for the Salvation Army food bank, and $17,000 in donations.- Advertisement -Over the duration of the event’s history, it’s estimated that the Huskies have raised over $250,000 dollars worth of food for the food bank.Volunteers are needed to help with the event. Anyone wanting to donate their time, food, or make a financial donation can call 250-261-9466.
The issues above prevented the first reading of DCC’s during Monday’s meeting.Council agreed that more time was necessary before progressing with the program. Issues needed to be clarified and Council recommended another meeting for the public and developers to inform them of the changes.Lantz stresses that since this is the first Development Cost Program in Fort St. John, its imperative that “we get it right.” Development Cost Charges are proving to be extremely challenging issue.According to Mayor Bruce Lantz, the idea of Development Cost Charges is one that the City has been “wrestling with for over a year”. The implementation of DCC’s was halted at Monday’s City Council Meeting, due to confusion with City Council members regarding some issues involved with the process.- Advertisement -One of the issues raised involved the amount of assistance that would be provided once the Development Cost Charges were implemented. Originally, developers would only be assisted 30 per cent after the programs beginning in 2012. The assist factor would then decrease to 15 per cent in 2014 and would diminish after the year was over.However, some members of City Council were under the impression that the assist factors would start at 40 per cent when the program begins in 2012, then decrease to 25 per cent in 2014 and would reduce one final time to five per cent in 2016.After discussing the issue, it was agreed upon that further development would be necessary before any implementations could occur.Another issue raised with regards to implementing DCC’s involves non-profit housing. Not only was there an unclear definition of the term but also building such developments would be extremely expensive for non-profit organizations. Some Council members felt that such housing should be exempt from Development Cost Charges and the bylaw should be re-examined and modified to accommodate this idea.Advertisement
BC Ambulance Services were contacted and transported the injured man to the local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Police have arrested a 42 year old female subject in relation to the murder of the man. There is no known association between the victim and the suspect before this incident. In the early morning hours of July 3rd, Mackenzie RCMP Members were called for an assault in the small community of McLeod Lake, 30 minutes south of Mackenzie. Upon attending, members met a female subject who alleged she had been assaulted by a local man. Members attended the residence of the 56 yr old man and located him on his front porch. It appeared as though the man had been severely beaten and was suffering from serious injuries. Investigators also located what they believe is a weapon associated to the assault. The Mackenzie RCMP Detachment is investigating the incident with the assistance of the “E” Division Serious Crimes Unit and the North District Major Crime Unit. Names of the victim and the suspect are not being released at this time.- Advertisement –
Dramatically shifting gears in the search for a new chief administrative officer, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to stop looking and instead rehire David Janssen for the rest of the year. The move came as Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe introduced a motion to let voters decide next year whether to change the position’s title to chief executive officer and give the post more power. If supervisors approve the motion next week, voters would get the chance in June 2008 to approve a formal charter amendment that would give the CEO the power to hire and fire department heads. The amendment would also require department heads to report directly to the CEO and would establish a clause that guarantees the five-member Board of Supervisors not interfere with the CEO. “Shielding bureaucrats from accountability is a disingenuous attempt to replace elected representatives with a puppet who is not held accountable to taxpayers,” Antonovich said. “It’s a power grab and I would rather have open government and elected officials making decisions in the open than have a puppet behind closed doors calling all the shots.” Knabe said the proposal is not new and would not be an elected county mayor or executive position, which Yaroslavsky had originally proposed. Knabe said most counties in California have strong chief administrators who have the authority to hire and fire department heads. “This proposal represents good public policy for Los Angeles County. In any major business, division heads do not report directly to a corporate board of directors. They report to a CEO who in turn reports to that board. “In the same way, county department heads should be held accountable to a single person, and the Board of Supervisors should hold a single person accountable. This plan provides a clear and efficient chain of command and accountability.” Elected department heads – the sheriff, district attorney and assessor – would be exempt from the plan. Janssen, who retired Jan. 16 from his $242,000-a-year job, was recently rehired for $20,176 per month under a 120-day contract. He will be rehired under another 120-day contract in the next fiscal year, beginning July1, if a replacement has not been hired by then, Yaroslavsky said. The county will launch a new national recruitment effort. Yaroslavsky said he believes the new powers the board may grant the CAO will help in recruitment and improve county government services. email@example.com (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The county has struggled in recent months to hire a new CAO. Some have said the county’s structure of five supervisors with equal authority may be complicating the process. The board has offered the job to two candidates – one who rejected it outright, and the other who changed his mind after accepting it. “The purpose of this is to set-up a process immediately that transfers a considerable amount of authority to the CAO,” Yaroslavsky said. “We want to get the culture of the organization changed as quickly as possible. “This is a two-pronged attack. It’s an immediate ordinance change that empowers the CAO far beyond where he’s empowered now to hire and fire department heads \ And in the long-term, a charter amendment which transfers authority to hire and fire directly to the CEO without having to submit to the board for approval.” Supervisor Michael Antonovich said the proposal is a step backward for responsible government.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation held their Annual ‘Be an Angel Gala’ on November 2 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.The Saturday evening showcased a variety of entertainment including musical performance from Kevin Hicks, a live painting installation with acclaimed artist Mary Parslow, and a live auction conducted by the exuberant Kevin Busche of Short Busche Auctions.According to Sydney Reid, of the Hospital Foundation, guests were able to bid on 46 packages in the silent auction in part to the amazing support of local business and individuals that donated over 120 auction items.- Advertisement -Through the generosity of attendees and sponsors, the Hospital Foundation was able to raise over $137,000 from the Gala.The month-long giving campaign will continue with the goal of raising $250,000 towards the purchase of equipment for the Hospital.
Luis Suarez and Neymar Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says he has fully settled in at the Spanish side – despite the club’s dip in form.The Catalan club has lost both times the ex-Liverpool striker has played for them, after he missed the start of the campaign due to another biting ban – with the most recent an embarrassing home reverse against Celta Vigo.The former Kop hero admits his start to the life at the Nou Camp has been disappointing, but he claims things are falling into place.“I feel good now and my team-mates have welcomed me into the fold as one of them. That makes me feel more comfortable on the field,” Suarez said.“The coach has a philosophy. I admit that tactically I wasn’t comfortable in my first match but I got into the swing of it against Celta and I think I did well, tactically speaking”. 1