Valencia and Barcelona are set to battle it out in a top of the table clash this evening at Valenciaâ€™s Mestalla Stadium. Marcelinoâ€™s team have put together an eight-game winning run, which has seen them rise to be Barcelonaâ€™s nearest challenges at this stage of the season.They are just four points off the La Liga leaders, but Marcelino will have to watch todayâ€™s game from the Mestalla stands. He was handed a two-match touchline ban following his dismissal during his sideâ€™s 2-0 La Liga win at Espanyol last Sunday.This will be their biggest test of the season against Barca, who have won 11 of their 12 league games. Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez is well aware of the significance of the game. â€œItâ€™s a very important game for us because it could leave us seven points clear at the top of the tableâ€ he said.â€œI know [Valencia manager] Marcelino very well because I played under him at Villarreal. His teams like to play on the counter, make quick transitions and are always very strong in defence.â€œThey play Marcelinoâ€™s favourite 4-4-2 system. It wonâ€™t be easy because it never is down there, and theyâ€™re playing some incredible football this year.â€Simone Zaza, Carlos Soler and Goncalo Guedes should all return for Valencia after they were rested in the win at Espanyol last Sunday but Jeison Murillo and Javi Jimenez remain on the sidelines.Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season last weekend against Leganes while Sergi Roberto, Andre Gomes, Rafinha and Javier Mascherano are all missing through injury.Lionel Messi, who signed a new contract yesterday, was rested against Juventus in midweek but will start.Valencia have won only two of their last 20 league games against Barcelona (losing 13 of those), and both were as visitors (3-2 in February 2014 and 2-1 in April 2016). However they have won eight consecutive games in La Liga, their best winning streak in the competition.Messi has had a hand in 26 of Barcelonaâ€™s last 33 goals against Valencia in La Liga (with 20 scored and six assisted).Santi Mina has already scored five league goals in his 12 appearances this season, having hit just six in his previous 29 league games. Mina, with two, is the only Valencia player to have netted more than one goal against Barca.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena- The Performance Locker will host a Mindful Eating Workshop throughout February to help folks obtain and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. Several skills and tips will be dished out by Registered Dietitian Melissa Tolan-Halleck. The goal is to focus on food in the present, forgetting the clutter and stress of everyday life. The workshop kicks off February 6th at 7:30pm. You can sign up at performancelocker.com, email [email protected], or call 989-884-1702.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena resident and die hard Eagles Fan gearing up for Super BowlNext Huron Humane Society to have ‘Members Only’ meeting-clarify legal standing, bi-law changes
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersESPN was first to report that the family first learned last year that $1.5 million was missing from the BBB coffers, which the lawsuit alleges was invested in Ethiopian assets, so Foster could embezzle it and not pay taxes on the cash. It also accuses Foster of starting other companies in Wyoming (where BBB is incorporated) without Ball’s knowledge, botching tax filings, and overcharging for loan referral fees with questionable authenticity.Related Articles Lonzo Ball has since cut ties with Foster, removing him as manager of the company, which recently hosted an All-Star Game for young prospects but whose future is very much in doubt. The company has struggled with customer service and deliveries.According to the lawsuit, Foster has refused to account for the missing money to Ball.Per the ESPN report, Foster owned 16.3 percent of the company, while Lonzo owns 51 percent. LaVar owns 16.4 percent and Lonzo’s mother Tina Ball owns 16.3 percent.Ball traveled with the Lakers on their latest road trip despite being shut down for the year with a left ankle injury. Teammates believe Ball is positioning himself to sign a contract with an established apparel company during the offseason. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs A power schism within Big Baller Brand is headed to the courtroom.Lakers guard Lonzo Ball and Big Baller Brand are suing company co-founder Alan Foster, accusing him of fraud and improperly taking $1.5 million from company accounts to use for his own ends. Filed Tuesday to California Superior Court, the suit seeks more than $2 million in damages.Obtained by The Orange County Register, the court filing lays out the narrative of Foster, who previously pled in 2002 and served almost a decade in prison, as a con artist who intentionally got close to the Ball family for a “fraudulent scheme” to shave off the spoils of Lonzo Ball’s basketball career.The document accuses Foster of misrepresenting himself to the Ball family, particularly patriarch LaVar Ball, who he met in 2010. After Lonzo Ball was drafted by the Lakers in 2017, the lawsuit alleges that he trumped up his business credentials to the family to get them to start Big Baller Brand instead of signing with an established company, then benefited from his control over the corporate accounts. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Constitutionally-mandated elections…urges Guyanese to hold elected officials accountableBritish High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn on Monday reminded that the clock has never stopped ticking on the constitutionally-mandated elections which is due on March 21, 2019.British High Commissioner to Guyana Gregory QuinnThe High Commissioner reiterated his position that the Constitution is the supreme law of Guyana. He was at the time speaking at the 129th Annual General Meeting of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) at the Duke Lodge, Georgetown.Speaking frankly on the subject of the No-Confidence Motion which was passed on December 21, 2018, Quinn said, “It is not, however, my role to interpret that Constitution. But what I will say is that the clock is ticking following the no-confidence vote in December. A legal process is ongoing, I recognise that, but that clock has not been stayed. I, therefore, urge, indeed implore, the political leadership of this country to get together and agree [on] a constitutional way forward”.He added that it is imperative that this happens, pointing out that if no way forward is found, then there will be a further and more harmful impact on business and investment in Guyana. “All political parties have a responsibility to act honestly and truthfully and to act for the betterment of every citizen – not their own pockets or to their own narrow interests. Politicians need to put the people first,” the High Commissioner said.He added that voters also have a responsibility to hold their elected officials to account for what they have done or are doing and not to “blindly follow one party because that has been what the family has always done. It is time to look to whomever has the best policies and best plans,” High Commissioner Quinn added.On Wednesday, new US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch also re-reiterated the need for free and fair polls.In brief remarks after handing over her credentials to President David Granger on Wednesday morning at the Ministry of the Presidency, Ambassador Lynch, without making mention of the current political impasse, pointed to the need for free and fair elections.Abide and respect the ConstitutionSince the December 21, 2018, passage of the motion of no-confidence against the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition, calls have been made by various stakeholders including foreign diplomats here for the Government to abide and respect the Constitution and set a date for elections.The foreign missions here have been paying keen attention to the developments in Guyana since the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) filed the No-confidence Motion against the Government.On Monday last, British High Commissioner Quinn in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times said, “the Constitution is the supreme law… There is the three-month clock, which is still ticking, it hasn’t been stayed yet…,”Moreover, representatives from the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) have also echoed similar calls for the Guyana Government to adhere to the Constitution.In February, the EU’s local mission warned of the need for constitutional compliance, urging in a statement that democratic procedures and the rule of law be respected and upheld. The EU also called for free and fair elections to be held and for the Guyana Government to follow all requirements outlined in the Constitution of Guyana following the December 21, 2018, no-confidence vote.Days before, however, United Nations Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka urged the State to demonstrate its integrity and respect Guyana’s Constitution.“Recent political developments triggered by the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly are a test for Guyana’s strength and integrity with regard to the effectiveness of the rule of law and governance,” Tanaka said.She further lauded acting Chief Justice Roxanne George for demonstrating the independence and integrity of the Judiciary when it comes to protecting the Constitution of Guyana.The acting Chief Justice had ruled on January 31, 2019, that the No-confidence Motion was validly passed 33-32 in the National Assembly and the Cabinet has to resign in keeping with constitutional provisions of Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) respectively.Consequent to the declaration that the 33-majority meant that the motion was carried, Justice George observed that the President and the Ministers could not, therefore, remain in Government in accordance with Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) of the Constitution after three months.However, the Granger-led Administration has insisted that there is no role for a “caretaker” Government and that they will continue to be in office until a new President is sworn in. In fact, the coalition has appealed the High Court’s rulings and those matters are currently being heard in the Court of Appeal.But even as the coalition continues with its ‘business as usual’ approach, political commentator and Attorney Christopher Ram last week asked the High Court to stop the award and payments of contracts over $15 million.