16 Nov

Fantasy Football: Champions League is back!

first_imgGaming Fantasy Football: Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and other Champions League must-owns Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer Last updated 2 years ago 18:30 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona Gaming UEFA Champions League Bayern München v Anderlecht Barcelona v Juventus Roma v Atlético Madrid RB Leipzig v Monaco Real Madrid v APOEL PSG v Bayern München Anderlecht Real Madrid Bayern München PSG RB Leipzig Barcelona Juventus Roma Atlético Madrid Monaco APOEL Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Neymar Thomas Lemar Our Fantasy writer looks back at the best players from last season’s premier European club competition and assesses their value for the group stages The Goal Champions League Fantasy game is back. We will have plenty of content for you throughout the group stages, but let’s start by highlighting some of Europe’s best and brightest.Now, a lot of the player listed below are on the expensive side but it’s important to remember that, just as low price does not equal high value; high price does not intrinsically equal low value. So with that mild disclaimer out of the way, let’s look back on our Champions League Team of the Year from 2016/17 and see how they project for the this year’s edition.Goal-Fantasy-Football-StartPlayingNow 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 GK: Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus, £6.6mBuffon had the most clean sheets among goalkeepers in the Champions League and was second in Serie A. Barcelona seem a tough draw on paper but Juve did keep Messi and Co. from scoring in both rounds of the semi-finals so who’s to say they can’t do it again?DEF: Dani Alves, Paris Saint-Germain, £6.4mThe Brazilian was a huge part of Juventus’ defence last season but has left that behind him having moved to PSG this summer. The 34-year-old had the most goals and second most assists among Champions League defenders last season.DEF: Giorgio Chiellini, Juventus, £6.4mThe departures of Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves will certainly hurt Juve and Chiellini is not exactly a prolific goalscorer, netting just four times in all competitions last season. The Italy international is an incredible centre back but there are better value options out there.Alex Sandro Juventus Lazio Italian SupercupDEF: Alex Sandro, Juventus, £6.5mWhile the Italians may not be as good at the back this year, there’s no reason Sandro can’t continue being a dominant attacking force. He was top five in assists, successful crosses, and chances created among Serie A defenders last season.MID: Arjen Robben, Bayern Munich, £7.6mOne day he’ll cut back onto his right foot but, until then, Robben will remain one of the best one-footed players ever. The Dutchman contributed towards 22 goals in the Bundesliga which was sixth best last season, and he did it in 200 fewer minutes than everyone ahead of him on that list.GFX FORMATION UCL FF TOTY 1617MID: Thomas Lemar, Monaco, £6.9mDespite a £92 million bid from Arsenal, and unlike many of his teammates from last season, Lemar actually stayed at Monaco. While the overall talent level of the squad may have dipped, the Frenchman should now be the driving force in what remains a very dangerous attack.MID: Saul Niguez, Atletico Madrid, £6.5mSaul is the only player on this list that I would actively avoid. He’s started the season slowly with just one chance created and one cross thus far this season. With Chelsea and Roma both in this group it may be wise to leave out one of last term’s top performers, and perhaps his teammates, until the knockout stages.MID: Angel di Maria, Paris Saint-Germain, £7.4mDi Maria was top 10 in both crosses and shots in Ligue 1 last season, but he scored at a much higher rate in European competition. In fact he scored 225% more goals per minute in the Champions League than in France. The Argentine versus David Alaba should be fun to watch.Cristiano Ronaldo Real MadridFOR: Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid, £8.5mRonaldo finished the 2016/17 Champions League campaign with the most goals scored (12) and most goal contributions (18). He will face a top five Bundesliga defence (Dortmund) and the best Premier League defence (Tottenham) in the group stage but will surely still be one of the most popular picks this season.FOR: Lionel Messi, Barcelona, £8.5mThere are potential issues here like his potentially high ownership, the departure of Neymar, and facing Juventus in the group stage, but it’s Lionel Messi. Do you want the best player in the world on your team or not?FOR: Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain, £8.4mNeymar’s move to PSG was undoubtedly the biggest power shift in football this summer. The French side, through adding the world’s most expensive player and Kylian Mbappe, have suddenly hit “trophy or bust” status in the Champions League and their play should reflect that. The Brazilian led the competition in assists last year and it’d be reasonable to expect a similar performance this season.Goal-Fantasy-Football-StartPlayingNow Goal-Fantasy-Football-StartPlayingNowlast_img read more

14 Oct

The part about the interrogation II

first_imgFULL SPECIAL REPORTBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsDaniele Guarino couldn’t remember the name of the foreign affairs minister.The RCMP corporal sitting across from him in the interrogation room wasn’t much help either.Cpl. John Athanasiades, with the RCMP’s Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit, floated the name “Helen,” which may be a reference to Helena Guergis, who was minister of state for foreign affairs at the time.Guarino, however, is sure that the minister is a man.“The foreign affairs minister of Canada, um, Frenchman,” said Guarino. “Bernard, ba, ba, something like that.”It’s March 26, 2008, the day of the Project Cancun raids. Maxime Bernier was the foreign affairs minister at the time.Guarino, dressed in jeans and a sweater, was arrested earlier in the day after police found four weapons in his Montreal home after executing a search warrant.Athanasiades, wearing a suit, had a list of things he wanted to probe during the interrogation. The guns were on the list, and so was the name of Michael Chamas.Police found the guns, including three semi-automatics, in the garage, inside a bag beside Guarino’s four year-old daughter’s tricycles.Guarino told Athanasiades the guns belonged to his brother who died in hospital after he was shot in a hit on March 9, 2007, while sitting in a Montreal bar called Caffe Albano, frequented mostly by “a bunch of Italian old men.”Guarino said his brother Carmeine Guarino lived in the house, which was bought by their father, and he couldn’t bring himself to touch his stuff since the death.“There are a few things that they found in my house that did not belong to me. They belonged to my brother,” said Guarino. “Those are my brother’s guns…Why would I keep guns in a house with a four year-old.”To prove the affection he had for his dead brother, Guarino turned around and pulled up his shirt to show Athanasiades a tattoo of his brother on his back.“This is my brother,” said Guarino, according to a video of the interrogation.“I see that you were very close to him,” said Athanasiades.Athanasiades said he was also dealing with a recent death, his father’s.At one point Athanasiades appears to choke up and quickly apologizes saying it was very “unprofessional.”Police also suspected Guarino of laundering money from individuals involved with the marijuana smuggling network operating out of Kahnawake and Akwesanse.They also suspected he used a tanning salon called Exotica to convert U.S. drug money into Canadian currency.They suspected that Guarino, along with two other people, invested some of this money into a company owned by Chamas, a businessman police believed was the organization’s “banker.”An RCMP investigation found that between April 2004 and October 2007 Garda Canada transported a total of about $36.6 millionUS from the Bronzage Exotica tanning salon, which Guarino said he managed.Garda Canada also transported a total of about $44.7 million in Canadian currency to the tanning salon over the same time period.The investigation also found that some of the American currency shipments included counterfeit U.S. bills. Garda discovered that one July 3, 2007, U.S. currency run included 56 $50 counterfeit bills, according to an RCMP affidavit obtained by APTN National News.An analysis by a U.S. Homeland Security official determined they were a high-quality counterfeits made in New York City, the affidavit said.During the interrogation, Guarino denied he knowingly laundered any drug money.“I never laundered anything,” said Guarino. “Where would I get the drug money?”When Athanasiades started to ask about Chamas’ businesses, Guarino couldn’t quite remember the name of one the companies, Global Village, and kept repeating the word “global” while rapping his fingers on a water bottle. He then made a surprising claim.“Something that has to do with the foreign affairs minister of Canada,” said Guarino.“He knows the foreign affairs minister of Canada?” said Athanasiades, who revealed no hint of surprise.Guarino, who never met the minister, then says that there is a link between Chamas’ company “global something” and the minister and a “gala.”“We (Chamas and Guarino) were speaking one night and he said he had a big gala with the foreign affairs minister and that is how it came to be,” said Guarino.last_img read more

30 Sep

Steelers Extend Coach Mike Tomlins Contract For 3 Years

Mike Tomlin became the youngest coach in NFL history to win the Super Bowl  when he directed the Pittsburgh Steelers to the title in 2009 – and the second black coach to sit atop the league after Tony Dungy.He has exhibited beautiful leadership his entire tenure, balancing of discipline and freedom with his players, who respect and like him.At 40 and entering the final year of his contract, the Steelers showed they did not want Tomlin feeling any insecurity about his job status. And so, they signed him to a three-year extension Tuesday.Terms of the deal were not released, but Forbes magazine had Tomilin listed as the sixth-highest paid coach in the NFL entering the season.“I am excited that I will continue to be the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for years to come,” Tomlin said in a statement. “I am grateful to the Steelers organization for the opportunity I have been given over the past five years to work and live in this great city, and I am excited to continue to work to bring another championship to the Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh.”The extension displays the team’s total confidence in Tomlin’s leadership prowess. He skillfully managed the team when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went through rape allegations that could have infected the team.When injuries beset the team, they followed Tomlin’s poised leadership and held it together.He has led Pittsburgh to the playoffs four times in his first five seasons, including two trips to the Super Bowl.“We are pleased to announce that Mike Tomlin will remain with the Steelers for at least five more years,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said. “Mike is one of the top head coaches in the National Football League and we are thrilled he will continue to lead our team as we pursue another Super Bowl title.” read more

17 Sep

TCI CED Announces New Location and New Staff

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 7, 2017 – Providenciales – The Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) has relocated its Providenciales office to Unit 205, Sam Harvey Complex, Downtown.   The CED is a business support organization that partners with public and private sector stakeholders, to provide among its core services, business start up and management assistance to Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises across the TCI.   Director, Mrs. Sophia Thomas stated that “We are excited about this new location, which provides more space to allow for the administering of the CED’s services, as well as improved visibility.”Mrs. Thomas also added that,  the Centre has employed two new Business Advisors attached to the Providenciales office.  Mr. Jerelle Laporte,  is a former Small Business Manager at a local Commercial Bank and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.   Ms. Daleshia Elliott has experience in Finance and Auditing, and holds a Masters in Business Administration with a minor in Entrepreneurship.   Mrs. Thomas is confident that the two employees would be an asset to the mission of the CED, in helping to grow and empower our small business sector.She further stated that the Grand Turk office located at Unit 101, Windmills Plaza, Church Folly is back in operation.   This office is staffed by Business Advisor Wendy Bovell, a former Banker and holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.The CED became operational in January 2016 and has provided over one thousand counselling and training sessions to its clients.   Anyone wishing to start a small business or need business management coaching and training should contact the CED at email:  [email protected]  or Providenciales phone  941-7233  or Grand Turk 946-2333.Press Release: CEDTCIPhoto caption:CED Chairman Mr. Pedro Ariza, Pictured with Staff members. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more