River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio is adamant that fans of his club should be allowed to attend Sunday’s Copa Libertadores final second leg match, despite the violence on Saturday that saw the match pushed back a day. Having tied 2-2 in the first leg, River and Boca were unable to take the field in the return match of this highly anticipated fixture on Saturday. Boca’s team coach was attacked by River fans outside the Monumental stadium , with two players requiring hospital treatment due to the injuries sustained. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The match was eventually suspended and rescheduled for Sunday at 5pm local time (8pm GMT), but the Buenos Aires government confirmed on Saturday a “preventative closure” that put the match in doubt. It now seems as though the match will go on as planned on Sunday, with River set to pay a fine to open the stadium again, and D’Onofrio does not believe it should be played behind closed doors. “There are no reasons for the River stadium to be closed tomorrow. I can assure you that River is not responsible,” he told Fox . Despite his strong feelings that the match should be played in front of supporters on Sunday, D’Onofrio backed Boca Juniors president Daniel Angelici and the decision to move the match back a day to give the visiting side time to recover. Angelici contended that his side were in no condition to play the match after the attacks and his River counterpart says moving the match was the right thing to do. “It’s a shame that we had to go through this,” D’Onofrio said. “River said that we cannot play against a team that is going through an understandable psychological situation. We agreed with Daniel.”The 69-year-old was also appologetic to the supporters who made the trip to the match, only to have their plans ruined by the violence outside the stadium. “I feel bad, frustrated, tired,” he said. “I apologise to the fans.”My daughter lives in Italy, I have two granddaughters, they arrived today and fly back tomorrow. I have this situation at home, imagine all the ones that came from all over the country. “I said to CONMEBOL from the start that we could not play today. I’m not going to give up. I don’t want to win this way.”
Liverpool forward Salah had award votes voided because of capital lettersby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTwo votes for Mohamed Salah in the Best Fifa men’s player award were not counted because signatures were in capital letters, says Fifa.The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said acting Egypt coach Shawky Gharib and captain Ahmed Elmohamady voted for Liverpool forward Salah.Fifa said: “The signatures on the voting forms were in capital letters and thus seemed not valid.”The forms also lacked a mandatory signature by the EFA general secretary.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won the award on Monday ahead of Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool forward Firmino on target for Brazil in Senegal drawby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoberto Firmino was on target for Brazil in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Senegal in Singapore.The Liverpool striker opened the scoring after just eight minutes when he latched onto a pass from Manchester City rival Gabriel Jesus before chipping the ball past Alfred Gomis from close range.Senegal levelled with a penalty by Bristol City’s Famara Diedhiou on the stroke of half-time.Neymar made his 100th appearance for Selecao, becoming just the seventh man to do so.Firmino’s Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane also featured and nearly scored the winner for his country with five minutes remaining.
OTTAWA — The organization in charge of providing physical security to Parliament is looking to up its cybersecurity.The Parliamentary Protective Service is considering using cloud software and needs advice on how to do it without putting its data at risk.So it intends to hire a contract cybersecurity specialist to teach staff about security standards and advise them on what to look for in software vendors.Storing data online can be more efficient but also risky.It means outsourcing not just the information-technology work to keep software updated and functioning, but the security that keeps sensitive material safe from hackers.In December, the Communications Security Establishment said China was responsible for compromising several service providers as early as 2016.The Canadian Press
FORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines and a subsidiary will pay $9.8 million in stock to settle claims that they failed to help disabled employees return to work.Federal officials say American and Envoy Air fired or put some workers on unpaid leave instead of making reasonable efforts to reassign them.The workers’ disabilities ranged from cancer to back and knee injuries.A lawsuit and consent agreement were filed Friday in federal court in Phoenix by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for 12 named former workers and others in similar circumstances.The agency says violations of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act occurred from 2009 until August 2015.American spokesman Matt Miller said the policies were legacies of carriers that merged with American, which then worked to “harmonize legacy policies” with present standards.
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia – Malaysia’s prime minister says he will seek to cancel multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects that were signed by his predecessor as his government works to dig itself out of debt, and he blasted Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya minority as “grossly unjust.”Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad made the comments during a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press on Monday, days before the 93-year-old leader heads to Beijing for his first visit there since returning to power in an electoral upset three months ago.Mahathir said he wants to maintain good relations with China and welcomes its investment, so long as the investment benefits Malaysia. But he wants to cancel an east coast rail link and two gas pipelines estimated to cost more than $22 billion.
TOKYO — Japan has adopted new defence guidelines that include plans for its first aircraft carrier and increases in defence spending and arms capability in coming years, citing the need to counter potential threats from North Korea and China.The defence plan was approved Tuesday by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet along with a record 27 trillion yen ($240 billion) five-year defence spending from April 2019.The plans call for refitting an existing helicopter carrier into a ship that can deploy F-35B stealth fighters.Defence officials say Japan needs higher deterrence and increased missile defence and fighter capability to cope with potential threats amid regional tensions.Critics say possession of an aircraft carrier would give Japan a strike capability in violation to the country’s pacifist constitution.Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press
MEXICO CITY — President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has launched an ambitious plan to stimulate economic activity on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border despite recent U.S. threats to close the border entirely.Mexico plans to slash income and corporate taxes to 20 per cent from 30 per cent for 43 municipalities in six states just south of the U.S., while halving to 8 per cent the value-added tax in the region. Business leaders and union representatives have also agreed to double the minimum wage along the border, to 176.2 pesos a day, the equivalent of $9.07 at current exchange rates.Lopez Obrador says the idea is to stimulate wage and job growth via fiscal incentives and productivity gains. President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained that low wages in Mexico lure jobs from the U.S.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The majority of the required archaeology work has been completed under the Site C Heritage Program, such as the dam site, the transmission line corridor, and the reservoir.What remains for archaeology work is the Highway 29 road realignments and to the temporary access roads that are needed to access the reservoir for tree clearing.The Site C Heritage Program has been underway for nearly 10 years and is the largest heritage study conducted in B.C. The upcoming 2019 field season is the tenth consecutive year of onsite research for the program, shares David Conway, Community Relations Manager, Site C Clean Energy Project. Conway goes on to share, the Research involves multiple crews of archaeologists and First Nations working throughout the spring and summer months, as the weather conditions allow to mitigate the project’s impact on heritage resources. This being done by the operation ensuring they are operating in compliance with the Heritage Conservation Act – the Provincial legislation that protects archaeological sites from unnecessary or inadvertent impacts. The purpose of the act is “to encourage and facilitate the protection and conservation of heritage property in British Columbia.”Two professional archaeologists and two or three First Nations representatives make up a standard archaeology field crew, who work collaboratively to complete field studies. More than 100 archaeological field assistants have come from nearby Indigenous communities. Additionally, all archaeology permit applications and archaeology report drafts are sent to the affected First Nations for their review and input, prior to finalization. Conway shares they also work closely with First Nations to identify areas or locations that they feel should be looked at more closely by the archaeology program.BC Hydro has made discoveries since 2010, field crews have carried out about 80,000 shovel tests and analyzed more than 450 archaeological sites and hundreds of thousands of artifacts.Workers from Peace River Hydro Partners, the main civil works contractor on the Site C project, were digging a utility trench next to their site office in the fall of 2016 when they came across something that looked like an animal bone. They shut down their excavator and activated the heritage ‘chance find procedure’, a process that stops work immediately if a potential artifact or heritage object is discovered at a work site.The bone would be the remains of a bison. The excavation took place over a 10-day period in August 2017. Nine professional paleontologists, archaeologists and field assistants worked carefully to unearth the remains. Because the bison was found in soft, silty sand, the skeleton was in very good condition. It was approximately three metres long, not including the tail, and when alive, the bison would have weighed nearly 2,000 lbs. Once fully excavated, the bison’s bones were photographed, documented, and packaged for safe transportation to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria. The museum will store the bones and determine if further study should be undertaken.Conway continues to share that a sample analysis was taken of the bison bone by a specialized radiocarbon dating lab, where it was able to confirm the bone belonged to a 12,500-year-old bison. Conway goes on to say “This is one of the oldest bison ever found in northeastern B.C., and its discovery forms an important part of the region’s and our province’s paleontological history.” Other top paleontological finds were fossilized remains of animal specimens, ammonites, and Cretaceous sponge and fish sites.
In October of 2018, a court injunction to stop work at the Site C Dam was dismissed by the B.C. Supreme Court. In the decision released by Justice Warren Milman, the Judge said the injunction would cause more harm to B.C. Hydro, ratepayers and other project stakeholders than it would to the West Moberly First Nation.Justice Milman also said, “I have not concluded that West Moberly’s case is fairly strong.” The judgement also announced a trial looking at Treaty 8 rights should start in 2019 and must be completed before the Site C Reservoir is flooded in 2023.To date, there have been 15 different court actions against Site C, and all decisions have sided with the project. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Provincial Government, B.C. Hydro, West Moberly First Nation and Prophet River First Nation have entered confidential discussions to resolve litigation issues around the Site C Dam.In a press release late Tuesday, the Province said “The parties will continue trial preparations as discussions proceed on alternatives to litigation. The parties appeared in court on Feb. 26, 2019, and proposed a case plan for a 120-day trial commencing in 2022.”Civil claims filed last year by the West Moberly First Nation and Prophet River First Nation say the Site C dam would infringe on their treaty rights under Treaty 8.