Round 21 of the 2018/19 La Liga season will, again, offer Atletico Madrid the chance of putting pressure on leaders Barcelona, while Real Madrid will hope to bridge the gap between them and their table-topping rivals. The matches will be live on DStv and GOtv.Atletico play at home to sixth-placed Getafe on Saturday evening (4.15pm on SS7 & SelGo4), while Barca will be in action away to Girona on Sunday (4.15pm on SS7 & SelGo4). Diego Simeone’s side will, on the evidence of the 3-0 thumping of Huesca last week, fancy their chances of picking up all three points and move within two points of Barcelona, who will seek to restore their five-point advantage againstGirona.Real Madrid will hope to see their two rivals slip up, as they bid to revive their title hopes. They moved to third on the table with a 2-0 win over Sevilla last weekend and will be favourites to build further momentum when they play away to Espanyol on Sunday night (8.45pm on SS7 & SelGo4). Elsewhere, Karl Toko Ekambi and Samuel Chukwueze’s Villarreal will seek to halt their slide toward the foot of the table when they head to the Mestalla to face Valencia on Saturday night (6.30pm on SS7A & SelGo4). Villarreal are winless in their last seven matches across all competitions and have slipped into the red zone of La Liga.Sevilla will look to reinforce their place in the top four when they face Levante on Saturday (on SS7 & SelGo4), while Athletic Bilbao will look to maintain their promising recent form with a win at home to Real Betis (Saturday, 8.45pm on SS7/SS10 & SelGo2/SelGo4). Also on Saturday, Leganes will take on Eibar (6.30pmon SS7 & SelGo4).Sunday will see clashes between Real Valladolid and Celta de Vigo (12pm on SS7/SS10 & SelGo2/SelGo4) as well as Real Sociedad and Huesca (6.30pm on SS6).Mubarak Wakaso’s Deportivo Alaves will look to recover from the 4-0 loss to Getafe last weekend when they host relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano on Monday (on SS7 & SelGo4 at 9pm).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
She said: “The eat, drink, festival gives small businesses the platform to reach other people. A lot of these businesses do not have physical structures but they are running them from their homes, sometimes they are online businesses.“But at this event, customers can interact with the business owners, taste what is on offer and get to meet new people. So, this festival is a platform for small businesses in the food and drink industry to expand and also do better for their businesses.“For a lot of businesses, one of the major things they need is access to markets and that is what the festival is doing because if you don’t have customers, you don’t have the business and your location doesn’t matter.”According to her, the bank can finance a small business whether it has a physical structure or not. She added “they can get financing and we also provide financial advisory services.“This event helps us to reach out to these businesses and grow with them. Our target is that you increase your revenue and you form a working relationship with us so that we can grow together.”She explained that participation in the festival affords the bank the opportunity to assess the requirements of businesses in order to properly support them, adding that the bank’s intervention has positive implications for both SMEs and the economy in general.She noted that the economy grows when businesses make money, adding that it is equally true that when businesses don’t make money, the economy does not grow. She said the bank has a duty to ensure that the businesses make money.She said the bank plans to take the festival beyond Lagos and Abuja to other parts of the country to give opportunities to other fledgling businesses in need of the bank’s support to grow. She said the bank’s support programmes for SMEs cut across various sectors of the economy. The event was organised by the Eat.Drink.Festival team and sponsored by Sterling Bank.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sterling Bank Plc has reiterated its commitment to the empowerment of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), particularly those in the food sector, so that they can further exploit the potential in the industry and contribute to the development of Nigeria.Marketing Manager, Specialised Products, Sterling Bank, Daphne Akatugba who disclosed this at the sixth edition of the Eat Drink Festival in Abuja recently said the bank plans to work with SMEs in their early stages of growth by giving financial advisory and support for growth.Akatugba said the bank believes that by working with the SMEs at the developing stage, they (the SMEs) will continue to partner with the bank when they eventually become big business concerns.
United States women’s national team star Carli Lloyd has spoken out about U.S. Soccer’s sexist legal arguments against her team that caused widespread outrage.In court filings released last month, the American soccer federation argued that its women’s national team did not deserve the same amount of money as the men’s team because, in part, the women are not as strong or fast as the men and have less responsibility. MORE: How USWNT will be affected by postponement of Olympics”The job of MNT player (competing against senior men’s national teams) requires a higher level of skill based on speed and strength than does the job of WNT player (competing against senior women’s national teams),” the federation stated.The outrage over that legal argument led U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro to resign, and for the federation to change its legal team and scrap the sexist strategy it had used.Though there was plenty of backlash in March, U.S. Soccer’s strategy had previously been made clear by court filings released in February that included an exchange where a lawyer asked Lloyd if she believed the women’s national team could be competitive against the men’s national team.”I’m not sure,” Lloyd replied. “Shall we fight it out to see who wins and then we get paid more?”The USWNT filed suit in March 2019, alleging that U.S. Soccer was violating the law by paying unequally because of their gender. With a trial currently set for May, Lloyd said she was dismayed to see her federation’s legal arguments against the four-time World Cup champions, explaining her now-infamous retort to the U.S. Soccer lawyer.”I don’t have the physical attributes and the speed and the strength that male athletes are born with,” Lloyd told Sports Illustrated. “None of us women do.”There are some incredibly skillful women that play soccer, and it was just disappointing to hear over and over again the argument of us not being as skilled as the men. “So I had to find some funny remarks just to kind of keep the whole mood light. That was just one of them that came out and went public.”Lloyd went on to suggest that training camps involving the USWNT and USMNT could help instill more unity among American players. “As a whole, we need the culture to change,” Lloyd said. “We need everybody to feel united. I wish that we integrated more with the men’s team.”