‘Giving Messi a break would be no bad thing’

first_imgGiving Lionel Messi a break from international duty with Argentina “would not be a bad thing”, claims World Cup winner Mario Kempes.The Barcelona talisman is back in the colours of his country at the 2019 Copa America.He is enduring all too familiar struggles, with the Albiceleste sweating on a place in the quarter-finals after taking one point from their opening two games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It appears unlikely that Messi will be bringing his wait for senior international honours to a close this summer.Final successes have eluded him in the past at the Copa America and World Cup.Argentina are now so reliant on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner that they are considered to be incapable of playing without him.Kempes believes removing Messi from the fold may actually prove to beneficial for all concerned, with the man who tasted global glory back in 1978 telling TyC Sports: “We have not known for many years how best to play. The story keeps being repeated. You cannot see a system or a team. You can’t see anything.“What would happen if this national team took Messi out? Why do not we take him out and form a selection without Messi, and see if the players who are very good at their clubs bloom.“I think that giving Messi a break would not be a bad thing.”Lionel Messi Argentina 2019Kempes added: “He wants to give everything, but the years go by and he feels tired. He has done everything possible to win something with the national team.“There is a Messi dependence. He’s the best in the world and they all look to give the ball to him, it’s a lack of personality.“We cannot pretend that Messi will solve all the problems. He cannot carry everything on his shoulders. It’s a big problem in Argentina.“It’s impossible to replace him. You will not find another Messi, but you can train a team without having the best in the world. It can go wrong, but with Messi there is no personality.”Argentina, with Messi leading the way, will be back in action on Sunday when they face Qatar.Victory in that game is required if they are to stand any chance of reaching the last eight of a Copa on Brazilian soil.last_img read more

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VIDEO: Float-On and Transport of Costa Concordia …

first_imgzoom Following the successful parbuckling of Costa Concordia, and in anticipation of the pending refloat, Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., provides some basic information on how the float-on will be conducted.This is a unique chance to see the world’s largest semi-submersible working on a different assignment than the transportation of offshore oil and gas structures.last_img

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RPA calling on Govt to lower taxes on fuel to ease

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRPA, rice farmers protest Ministry of Finance for reduction in fuel pricesJune 21, 2018In “Business”Cabinet considering options to reduce impact of increased fuel prices- JordanJune 23, 2018In “Business”Opposition Leader unimpressed by Govt’s sloth in dealing with fuel crisisJune 29, 2018In “Business” The Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA) says it is calling on the Government to immediately lower the taxes on fuel to ease the burden on the productive sector.Highlighting the increasing financial hardship facing the agriculture sector, the RPA explained that farmers who are currently harvesting have been experiencing an increase in transportation costs from an average of $200 to $800 per bag of paddy due to poor conditions of access.“Many have been forced to use a combination of poor dams and weed infested waterways and this increase in fuel prices might very well be the proverbial last straw. Additionally, most farmers are currently involved in land preparation exercise and sowing of their fields and in the latter case most fuel is being used compared to the crop duration so the increase is coming at a really bad time for the farmers” said the RPA.As such, the Association said it is calling on incumbent Administration to follow in the line of its predecessor and re-implement the sliding rate on taxes to cushion the impact of international price increases.“To do nothing but collect exorbitant taxes will stifle production and affect thousands of lives” the RPA said. “This is certainly not the good life that was promised and the Government inaction on this matter is not an option and we are insisting on an immediate reduction in percentage taxes being collected and we know that the Government knows that they can still realize the amount budgeted for with a reduction. We will accept no less.”State-owned, GuyOil Service Stations have increased their gasoline prices from $200 per litre, to $230, while diesel and kerosene have leaped to $214 per litre and $145 per litre, respectively.Moreover, observations at other service stations have revealed that Shell Gas Stations now offer gasoline at $247, and diesel at a whopping $233, while Rubis service stations are charging $236 for a litre of gasoline and $226 for diesel. read more

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