Messi fails to show up for Barca training

first_imgThe six-times world player of the year insists he has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave on a free transfer — a claim disputed by Barcelona and La Liga.Messi’s lawyers plan to invoke a clause in his four-year contract, signed in 2017, which would have allowed the forward to leave the club for free if he had requested it by June 10.They will argue that date — nominally the end of the season — is now irrelevant after the coronavirus pandemic forced an extension of the La Liga season deep into August.However, La Liga said on Sunday that the only way a club can sign the Argentine forward is if he triggers a release clause of 700 million euros ($836 million). Messi’s decision came after Barcelona failed to win any silverware last season, which finished with a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.Supporters who waited outside the training ground on Monday were split over Messi’s decision.”I really want Messi to stay,” Brazilian Fabio Alfredo Suarez told Reuters. “Messi lives in my heart — it’s a pity that he leaves, I wanted him to leave through the front door of the club.”Spaniard Ivan Antolin Beltran remembered that Barca had helped Messi through the earlier stages of his career.”After all that Barca has given to Messi throughout his career, which started here as a child… they paid him for all his medicines and everything … I think his way of behaving is a bit incorrect,” he said.  Unhappy Lionel Messi missed Barcelona’s first training session of the new season on Monday, days after his shock announcement that he wants to leave the only club he has played for professionally.Messi’s failure to show up for the session, the first under new Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, was widely expected after the 33-year-old Argentine also failed to show up for a pre-season medical on Sunday.Reuters television footage showed players arriving for the session which began at 1730 local time (1530 GMT) and Messi did not appear.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Beachside living a hit with buyers wanting a coastal lifestyle

first_imgLacey Group offered purchasers the opportunity to customise their apartment with a complimentary interior design package at Southbreak, North Kirra. Photo: SuppliedMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe development is appealing to local residents aged between 45 to 65 who are looking to downsize from larger family homes.Lacey Group sales and marketing coordinator Nikki Paterson said the developer had recently offered purchasers, for a limited time, the opportunity to customise their apartment with a complimentary interior design package. Southbreak, North Kirra is proving popular with Gold Coast buyers. Photo: SuppliedUrban Edge worked with purchasers to develop a personalised concept to customise colour schemes, fittings and finishes including curtains, blinds, benchtops and flooring. Only a limited selection of two and three-bedroom plus study apartments are available, ranging in size from 109sq m to 166sq m, plus one 220sq m double-storey penthouse.Ms Paterson said the drawcard to the development was beachside living from $589,000, as well as top-shelf amenities.“Upstairs, in the residents-only rooftop sanctuary, an opulent lifestyle awaits. You can soak up the laidback vibes and striking coastal views while enjoying the swimming pool, lounge and barbecue area,” Ms Paterson said.“Featuring a state-of-the-art multipurpose room, it’s a space that easily adapts for private functions and events too.” Construction is expected to be finished before Christmas Lacey Group offered purchasers the opportunity to customise their apartment with a complimentary interior design package at Southbreak, North Kirra. Photo: SuppliedNorth Kirra’s Southbreak development is a popular choice for downsizers, who are snapping up many of the luxury beachside apartments.With only 20 apartments in the development, Southbreak offers boutique beachside living and coastal views.last_img read more

Secret buyers of Gold Coast mega mansion revealed

first_img Culture Kings owner Simon Beard has splashed $11.75 million on Riverpoint.Property records reveal the vendor was law-firm principal John Ramsden.The property sold last month and settled on Friday through Amir Mian and Charlon Delos Angeles of Amir Prestige.“When you’re spending that sort of money you’re looking at something unique,” Mr Main said.“You literally walk in and it’s like you’re on holiday in Bali, Thailand or Fiji.“That’s what appealed to this buyer and the others we took through.” Riverpoint on Isle of Capri. Inside Riverpoint.He said the buyers also loved the size of the property, the variety of different living zones, and the property’s location on the Isle of Capri.“It is so close to cafes, restaurants and night life – you’re part of the town but at the same the property gives you that suburban feel where you are hidden.“You have your own oasis but you can step out and you’re part of everything.” Epic $6m unit bigger than many blocks of land In addition to its online business and retails outlets around Australia, the company has a store at Pacific Fair.The pair are no strangers to Gold Coast property.CoreLogic records reveal another sprawling riverfront property under Tahnee Beard’s name.The Ashmore property was purchased in 2014 for $3.3 million. Entertain in style. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoAmerican rapper Snoop Dogg when he visited Culture Kings in Nerang Mall in 2013.Built on a massive point position with 90m of main river frontage, the 1,651sq m residence is surrounded with lush tropical gardens and is reminiscent of a resort.Founded on the Gold Coast in 2008 by Simon and Tahnee Beard, Culture Kings has carved an international reputation for its streetwear, including brands from all corners of the globe, live DJs and instore barber haircutting and VIP customers including Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown and A$AP Rocky. What a view to wake up to. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:07Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:07 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: Current market update02:08THE couple behind Gold Coast streetwear giant Culture Kings has been revealed as the secret buyers of an $11.75 million mega mansion in Surfers Paradise.Simon and Tahnee Beard snapped up Riverpoint, a six-bedroom Isle of Capri residence with a raft of luxury features. MORE: Where buying a home is now cheaper than renting one Feel like you’re on holiday every day. Your very own private beach. Why multigenerational living is becoming the new normlast_img read more

2 men arrested over frustrated homicide rap

first_imgPolice officers served the warrant issued by Judge Walter Zorilla of the Regional Trial Court Branch 55 in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental dated July 10, 2002. The suspects were detained in the custodial facility of the Hinigaran municipal police station./PN BACOLOD City – Two frustrated homicide suspects were nabbed in Barangay Tuguis, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental. Residents Antonio Mudanza and Joven Magbanua were caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. respectively on Aug. 1, a police report showed.last_img

June Grinstead, 95

first_imgJune O. Grinstead, 95, of Versailles passed away at 11:45am Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born near Butlerville on August 7, 1921 the daughter of Edgar Kimball Speer and Stella Mae Klayer Speer. She was married to Irvin Grinstead on July 29, 1940 and he preceded her in death on March 9, 1994. Survivors include one daughter Linda (Doug) Rump of Versailles; one grandson Carl Beeman of Butlerville; one granddaughter Jenna (Evan) Hague of Washington, Illinois; 5 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Betty Lyle,  her son Thomas Grinstead, her grandson Paul A. Beeman, her brothers Willard, Dory, Fred, Everett, and John Speer, and her sisters Luella Speer, Dorothy Norris, and Elsie Baker. Mrs. Grinstead was a 1939 graduate of Butlerville High School and was a homemaker. June was a member of the New Testament Christian Church in Osgood. She had taught nursery level Sunday school classes for several years and worked with the Good News Club at South Ripley until the age of 90. These experiences brought her great joy and she was loved by all children. Her hobbies included quilting, crocheting, reading, studying her Bible, and doing word search puzzles. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 19th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Irvin Hart of the Osgood New Testament Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Osgood New Testament Christian Church or the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Gerrard focused on European bid

first_img Press Association Steven Gerrard insists driving forward Liverpool’s late bid for a European spot is more important than sorting out his own future. He continued: “Of course, I’m happy that the club are mentioning new contracts, but it’s not important at the moment. What we need to do is put pressure on for that European place. A lot of the teams above us need to play each other. We’re hoping there’s a few slips ups above us and we can capitalise but it’s important that we take maximum points. “Every game is a cup final now. That’s what the manager said after the game. It’s a little small short season left now, if you like. We just need to play to our maximum every game because if we don’t, like we didn’t at Southampton, we know we’ll be punished. We need the level of performance at Villa to continue.” Gerrard makes no excuses as to why Liverpool are clinging to a slim hope of climbing into a European position. He said: “I think if you say that you haven’t got what you deserved, then there’s an element of feeling sorry for yourself. We know what our problem is and it’s inconsistency. In the majority of games we’ve played well enough to be higher than where we are in the league. “But when you look at performances like Southampton, Villa at home, West Brom away, Arsenal at home, there’s a handful of games in there where this team hasn’t turned up. “That’s the reason why we are sitting where we are in the table. In between those games there have been some fantastic performances, well worth a top-four finish, so we know we’re not far away. “If there’s a few improvements in the summer to the squad, we believe we can put in a better challenge to the top four next season.” center_img Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has indicated that speaking to Gerrard about a new contract is on the agenda with the Liverpool and England skipper having 15 months left of his current deal. But Gerrard’s thoughts are firmly fixed on Liverpool avoiding the inconsistency he believes they have paid a heavy price for this season. Liverpool have closed the gap on sixth-placed Everton in the Barclays Premier League to three points, and Gerrard said: “For me, it (contract talks) is not a priority at the moment. The most important thing for me now is to move on to the West Ham game. I want to finish the season strong. I’m feeling good.” last_img read more

Leinster secure emphatic victory

first_img The RaboDirect PRO12 leaders, who are now nine points clear and destined for a home semi-final, put their recent defeats to Toulon and the Ospreys behind them with an emphatic 62-7 triumph. They had the bonus point in the bag after little over 25 minutes thanks to tries from Jordi Murphy, Sean Cronin, Cian Healy and Zane Kirchner. The fourth try arrived soon after, when another textbook support line saw Gopperth feed Kirchner and the winger stepped off his left to go over close to the posts. Treviso improved approaching half-time with scrum-half Tobie Botes leading the fightback on his 100th appearance for the club. The visitors were awarded a penalty try just before the break, as Botes’ opposite number Boss came in at the side of a maul to prevent a certain try for Robert Barbieri. Referee Neil Paterson opted to bin Boss for ‘cynical’ play, and Berquist’s conversion closed the gap to 22 points. Kearney managed to hold up Botes over the try-line as Leinster had to absorb the early pressure on the resumption. Treviso forced the issue for most of the third quarter and the hosts suffered a second yellow card with replacement prop McGrath penalised for kicking a ruck ball out of Botes’ hands. But they were back on course when flanker Ryan slipped around the side of a maul to score from close range. Gopperth’s conversion came back off the left-hand upright. Try number six followed in the 68th minute as clean lineout ball sent replacement scrum-half Luke McGrath darting through a midfield gap and he passed for centre Reid to finish off. Treviso winger Esposito then saw yellow for taking Kearney out in the air and Leinster showed no mercy as Heaslip galloped clear for a well-deserved try. They passed the half-century when Ruddock broke from a maul and offloaded in perfect time for young McGrath to score his first try for his home province. Gopperth converted and also topped off Reid’s breakaway effort in injury time, which was the product of some terrific interplay between himself and the tireless Heaslip. The second-from-bottom Italian outfit responded with a penalty try for a 29-7 interval deficit, with Leinster’s sloppiness punished by yellow cards for Isaac Boss and Jack McGrath. But they thoroughly dominated the final quarter as Dominic Ryan and Noel Reid added further tries, captain Jamie Heaslip and Luke McGrath both scored while Angelo Esposito was in the sin-bin and Reid finished off the rout in injury time. An early chunk of possession yielded a fifth-minute penalty for Leinster and Jimmy Gopperth, who kicked 17 points in all, fired over from the kicking tee. Heaslip and man of the match Darragh Fanning then provided the momentum off a scrum on the 22, and Rob Kearney’s inviting pass back inside sent Murphy over in the right corner. Gopperth missed the conversion but was able to add the extras to Cronin’s 15th-minute effort, the hooker racing clear from 40 metres out after Paul Derbyshire’s lineout tap-down bounced up into his arms. A horrible aerial collision between Christian Loamanu and Kirchner saw the Treviso centre come off worst. Play was held up for over 10 minutes before he was carried off on a stretcher. Leinster held onto their momentum, though, and, after Devin Toner went close, Healy swatted away Mat Berquist’s challenge to reach over under the posts. Gopperth converted for a 22-0 lead. A vintage Brian O’Driscoll break from deep might have led to the province’s bonus-point score, but the move broke down between the supporting Reid and Kearney. Leinster notched nine tries in the Dublin sunshine as they recorded their biggest win of the season against Benetton Treviso. Press Associationlast_img read more

Officials: Coral Springs Firefighter Found Dead; Homicide Investigation Underway

first_imgBroward County Sheriff’s deputies say a person who was found dead Saturday morning was a Coral Springs firefighter.Authorities have identified the man as 39-year-old Christopher Allen Randazzo of Pompano Beach.They found his body on Saturday morning around 6 a.m., after responding to a medical distress call at an apartment complex at 4520 El Mar Drive in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.The sheriff’s office says homicide detectives are also involved in the investigation.Television cameras showed the building on El Mar Drive cordoned off with crime scene tape.This is a developing story.last_img

USC looks to extend streak vs Washington St.

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWashington State (14-11, 5-7) vs. Southern California (18-7, 7-5)Galen Center, Los Angeles; Saturday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Southern California looks for its eighth straight win in the head-to-head series over Washington State. In its last seven wins against the Cougars, Southern California has won by an average of 13 points. Washington State’s last win in the series came on Feb. 25, 2015, a 70-66 victory. FAB FRESHMEN: Southern California has relied heavily on its freshmen this year. Onyeka Okongwu, Nick Rakocevic, Isaiah Mobley and Ethan Anderson have collectively accounted for 54 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 66 percent of all Trojans points over the last five games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Isaac Bonton has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all Washington State field goals over the last five games. The junior guard has accounted for 32 field goals and 24 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Washington State is 0-5 when scoring fewer than 62 points and 14-6 when scoring at least 62.UNBEATEN WHEN: The Trojans are 11-0 when they hold opposing teams to 65 points or fewer and 7-7 when opponents exceed 65 points. The Cougars are 6-0 when the team blocks at least four shots and 8-11 when they fall short of that total.GETTING DEFENSIVE: The stout Southern California defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 39 percent, the 23rd-lowest mark in Division I. Washington State has allowed opponents to shoot 45.1 percent through 25 games (ranking the Cougars 284th). ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 14, 2020center_img USC looks to extend streak vs Washington St. Associated Press last_img read more

Martinique, Cuba end CONCACF Gold Cup  campaign with defeats

first_imgCHARLOTTE, North Carolina, (CMC) – Caribbean Football Union sides Martinique and Cuba suffered contrasting defeats to wrap up their campaign in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday.Playing in Group A at Bank of America Stadium, a spirited Martinique went down 3-2 to powerhouses Mexico in the marquee game while in the undercard, Cuba were flogged 7-0 by Canada.Martinique finished third in the group with three points while Cuba were winless and without a goal to their credit.With their win, Mexico topped the group with nine points after winning all three of their preliminary games while Canada were second with six points.In the feature game, Mexico grabbed the lead in the 29th minute through Uriel Antuna which allowed them to lead 1-0 at the break.However, Kevin Parsemain made the contest interesting when he equalised in the 56th minute, curling in a brilliant free kick from the edge of the 15-yard box.Five minutes later, Mexico were back in front through Raul Jimenez, the England-based forward capping off a fluent passing move to tap in from close range.And Fernando Navarro made the points safe with Mexico’s third goal in the 72nd minute before Jordy Delem created some anxiety at the end with his 84th minute header which pulled one back for the French Caribbean side.Earlier, Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini netted superb hat-tricks as Cuba slumped to their third straight defeat.Cavallini scored his in the first half with goals coming in the 21st minute, 43rd and 45th while David opened the scoring in the third minute and added strikes in the 71st and 77th.last_img read more