“The Neymar thing was pending, we will talk about him again.” The phrase that came from within the club already last November is more current than ever. Barça pledged its word with the Brazilian in trying to make his return possible and that flame is still pending. Among other things because Josep Maria Bartomeu wants to please his star, Leo Messi, and show him that the transfer is possible.Mundo Deportivo offers more data on the roadmap for the player’s return this Saturday, who is now confined to Brazil waiting for the resumption of the continental leagues and the Champions, if it occurs. The journalist Fernando Polo relates a meeting at the Ars hotel of the player’s father with Bartomeu to discuss the matter of the lawsuit, which logically would be withdrawn in the event of the player’s return. Neymar’s father proposed to withdraw the lawsuit for which he asked for 26 million (according to him renewal bonus, according to fidelity Barça). For this, Barça had to commit to signing it in writing. The Catalan club backed down because a signed document, black on white, could give rise to a complaint by PSG to FIFA. As the player’s signing, the matter of the lawsuit remained on standby. Barça went on to offer 130 million euros plus Rakitic, Todibo and the loan of Dembélé, the best proof that the club no longer trusted the French winger, even though he has sold a different film during all these months. PSG, of course, said no to the offer. And Neymar’s numbers continue to show that he’s worth two. Or for more. If not to tell Barça, he was wrong with his 222 million euros and crashed with the signings of Coutinho and Dembélé.
Alyssa Valdez of the Philippines attacks the defense of Vietnam during their women’s volleyball match in the 29th Southeast Asian Games. The Vietnamese prevailed, 26-24, 25-12, 25-23. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine women’s volleyball team must now take the road it had hoped to avoid in the semifinals.The Nationals are now headed to a semifinal showdown against world-class Thailand after absorbing a stinging 26-24, 25-12, 25-23 defeat to Vietnam Friday at MITEC Hall 11.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Vietnamese will face Indonesia in the other group that Thailand swept. Semis is on Saturday.“Everybody played well. We fought well except in the second set,” said Vicente.Down by two sets, the star-studded Philippines stormed to a 16-12 lead in the third but soon encountered problems in service receives and failed to close out the frame.“We should be happy with the result, they did their best but in the second set I don’t know what happened,” bared the mentor.“We lost by a big margin and I was surprised because we used the same combinations,” he said. “In the third set we changed, it clicked but we couldn’t sustain it.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vietnam, the 2015 SEA Games silver winner, relied on Tran Thi Thanh Thuy, who had 14 points and team captain Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa, who made 11.Alyssa Valdez topscored with 11 points, while Jaja Santiago added 10. Jovelyn Gonzaga had seven, and Aby Marano five. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) The Philippines was hoping for a win that would have given the team a lighter semifinal opponent but will now have to deal with Thailand, which experts have tagged as the gold favorite in this event.But the Filipinos continue to hold on to hope.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We can never tell, the ball is round,” said PH coach Francis Vicente. “We tend to play better when we are up against the wall.”Vietnam overcame the Philippines’ tough stand in the first and third sets to score the victory and set up a semifinal duel with Indonesia. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ What’s in store for your animal sign this year National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIES Arellano pulls rug from under St. Benilde, ends four-game skid Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View comments
Iriga-Navy put up a fight and tried to stay in the match in the third set, overhauling a 1-8 deficit to even take a 23-22 lead. But Valdez led a finishing kick that spelled Iriga-Navy’s sixth straight defeat.Creamline starting setter Jia Morado hurt her right shoulder midway through the second set and was replaced by Alex Cabanos. Galanza and another hitter, Rizza Mandapat, also took turns as makeshift setters.In men’s action, Cignal and Vice Co overcame their respective rivals in similar five-set matches to move to the semifinals.Cignal downed Army, 25-16, 22-25, 25-18, 24-26, 15-10, while Vice Co downed Air Force, 25-19, 32-34, 19-25, 30-28, 16-14, to improve their records to identical 4-1.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jema Galanza got the start for the first time for star-studded Creamline and the low-key outside hitter rose to the occasion.The 21-year-old rising star scored 14 points to complement Alyssa Valdez’s 19-point output and power Creamline to a 25-21, 26-24, 25-23 triumph over Iriga-Navy on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ “I was surprised when I was tapped to be in the first six,” said Adamson’s star hitter in Filipino. “But I always try to be ready.”The Cool Smashers zoomed to 6-1 on the strength of a five-game winning streak and sealed the No. 1 ranking in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPayMaya disposed of young but gritty BaliPure-NU, 13-25, 25-21, 25-21, 20-15, 15-9, in the second match.The High Flyers, who improved to 5-2, will enter the semifinals outright along with the Cool Smashers. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Trump trumps sports headlines Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
The president of the University of Liberia, Professor Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, has appointed Mr. Norris Tweah as the new vice president for University Relations, University of Liberia. His appointment took effect as of December 1, 2014. Tweah replaces Prof. Dr S. Momolu Getaweh, who is now the Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Institution.Prior to his appointment, Mr. Tweah served as Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism. He served for more than seven years at the Ministry and had received three appointments from Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia.As part of his core responsibilities at the University of Liberia, vice president Tweah is to establish an effective public relations system and strategy that will promote the goals of the University and create the most positive image and branding of the nation’s premier University; engage in lobbying exercises on behalf of the University; articulate the values of the University to the developmental needs of the local and external community, testify, when necessary, on behalf of the university before Government and Non-Government agencies and bodies, both foreign and national, as well as assume oversight of the UL Public Affairs, UL Postal Office and the UL Protocol Activities.Vice president Tweah is also encouraged to seek academic faculty rank within a UL Department and College of his expertise.He holds a Master’s Degree in Development Administration (MDA) and a Bachelor’s in Communication from the Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia. He was admitted to the Liberian Bar Association in August 2014 to practice law in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Information obtained by the Daily Observer shows that the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has ignored a crucial Supreme Court’s order to produce supporting documents relating to payment it made to Atty. Sam T. Solomon for seven years and four- month’s salary arrears and benefits totaling US$132,000 and L$1,012,000.Atty. Solomon, former City Solicitor, has sought the High Court’s intervention to compel government to pay him for seven years and four months of employment during, which he provided legal services to the country and the Ministry.Two weeks ago, the Court’s Chamber Justice, Cllr. Philip A.Z. Banks, communicated with the Ministry that documents in its possession be made available to establish whether or not the former state prosecutor was owed salary arrears for such a long time.The Ministry was further required to produce those instruments by January 20, which the judicial source alleges that the Ministry is yet to do.Justice Banks warned that if the Ministry failed to meet the January 20 deadline, he would without hesitation compel the government to pay Atty. Solomon the amount he claims.In spite of the order, the Ministry up to press time yesterday, according to judicial sources, had not submitted the required proof of payment documents to the Chamber Justice.The judicial source did not say whether or not Justice Banks would enforce his order, or hold the Ministry in contempt of court for ignoring his mandate.Prior to the lawsuit, Atty. Solomon alleged that in June 2007, he was employed by the Justice Ministry and since then he has never been paid for his services as City Solicitor.But the Ministry has so far denied the allegations arguing that its senior City Solicitor had been paid for his services. The Ministry contends that Atty. Solomon was not an employee of the Justice Ministry under the Civil Service Agency’s guidelines. They claimed that he was only providing legal voluntary services to the Ministry.According to a letter dated September 23, 2014 and signed by the Acting Deputy Minister of Justice for Administration and Public Safety, Atty. Tony Sonkarlay, it is acknowledged that Solomon was employed by the then Solicitor General Cllr. Saye Tiawan Gongloe.The letter states, “We …. hereby acknowledged receipt of your letter addressed to Cllr. Betty Larmie Blamo, Solicitor General regarding your salary and other benefits.”Among the documents that Atty. Sonkarlay signed and turned over to the City Solicitor, is one which quoted the CSA’s Standing Orders Section 34.4 stating: “selection of successful candidate must be recommended to CSA by the appointing authority to prepare his/her Personnel Action Notice (PAN) that was never done in your case; therefore, the CSA has informed us that they don’t have any salary for you as claimed.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dispute in Region 1Canadian gold mining company, Vangold Mining said that the mining being undertaken by miners of Chinese Landing, Barama River, Region One (Barima-Waini), is illegal and that the court has ruled that the blocks are owned by Wayne Vieira.Land dredges at Tassawini, Region One“The land does not belong or is part of the Chinese Landing Community. They have no title and we’re given no title nor can produce title,” Vangold Mining said in a statement to Guyana Times.According to Vangold Mining, Vieira is the lawful owner of the four mining permits as is in accordance with the decision by the Caribbean Court of Justice.“The Chinese Landing community does not have mining rights. The court ruled that it is not an Amerindian village,” the Canadian gold mining company said on Tuesday.The company added that the illegal mining on Vieira’s concession has caused extensive damage to the buildings that were constructed there by the previous company that operated lawfully on the concessions.According to the company, the core shack has collapsed and the core samples are strewn about and this could result in tens of millions of US dollars being spent to replace. Other buildings were also damaged and are in a deteriorated state.“The illegal mining activities have caused extensive environmental damage. The Chinese Landing community is allowing illegal mining to occur in unsafe conditions and is depriving the Republic of Guyana of its lawful royalties for the production of gold, the community is charging an illegal tax to the miners,” the company said.It added that illegal miners are blocking foreign investment, which would create good jobs and revenue to this country.The company stressed that the miners were never interested in the land until 2011 when a Canadian company had spent C$34 million, proven a substantial resource, to commence operations there.“Vieira has worked peacefully until then since 1995 when he acquired the concessions. The community blocked access to the title holder and his representatives and threatened to use force,” the company said.Further, it pointed out that the illegal miners are allowing potentially toxic substances and sediments to flow into nearby rivers.DisputeMiners from Chinese Landing on Sunday complained that the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) officials and Police are destroying their mining camps and halting their dredging operations. The miners called on the GGMC to offer some direction on the issue so that it can be resolved speedily. They are contending that the rights of Amerindians are being trampled upon and Amerindian communities are being taken advantage of by these officials and the Administration as a whole.This exercise, the miners said, began last week and they are being forced to move out of the worksite.Meanwhile, in an invited comment on the issue on Sunday, Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman said that the area has a mining concession owned by Wayne Vieira and after many years of court battles, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled that the GGMC cannot prevent him from mining.During the time, many miners started mining there, and Vieira and his investors have complained for several months that the area was being “raided” by illegal miners and called for the mining to cease.Minister Trotman noted that both the GGMC and the Natural Resources Ministry have met with the representatives of Chinese Landing to explain the legal ramifications of the CCJ’s decision and that they have received a letter threatening contempt of court proceedings if they failed to honour that decision.Trotman highlighted that the Ministry and the GGMC would work with both the miners and the Chinese Landing Village Council to ensure respect for the law and respect for the rights of the village as per the Amerindian Act prevailed.
The 2017 Budget, particularly the proposed taxation measures, is akin to legal larceny, as elucidated by Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Vindiya Persaud, in her presentation to the 2017 Budget debates on Wednesday.Dr Persaud commenced her presentation by drawing reference to the words of renowned Calvin Coolidge who said: “the collection of taxes which are not absolutely required, which do not, beyond a reasonable doubt contribute to public welfare, is only a species of legalized larceny.”PPP/C MP Collin CroalPersaud, in a resounding clarion call to the populace, called for its citizenry to in fact stand up and let their voices of protestation against the 2017 Budget proposals be heard.“I want to tell people we do not need to take things silently,” said Dr Persaud, as she urged Guyanese, whether a farmer or house maker, to not be afraid and to instead stand up and say “you don’t not want this Budget, do not live in fear… this country does not like this Budget.”The Opposition MP was adamant that the measures outlined and proposed in the 2017 Budget will in fact make the poor, poorer and constrict and contract the middle class.Joining with her fellow PPP/C speakers who over the course of the past week would have been calling for the withdrawal of the Budget, Dr Persaud said, “When I think of this Budget I think it’s a travesty… If this Government is serious, withdraw this Budget, if this Government is serious invite the Pope in the decisions that you make… do not give them this as a Christmas present gone wrong.”The Government, she said, appears completely divorced from reality and queried what transgression was perpetrated by the citizenry “to have all of this inflicted on them in one swoop.”Calling Budget 2017 ‘anti-people’, Dr Persaud reminded that the population had already been reeling from the almost 200 tax measures introduced by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government in its first two budgets.She said this is now compounded by the 57 new taxation measures announced by the Minster in his third budget within 18 months, adding too that the taxation budget is only meant to increase the collection for the coffers, “but for whom”.Hope and optimism has been completely destroyed with the provisions of the 2017 Budget, according to Dr Persaud who accused the Administration of being seemingly oblivious to the fact that small businesses have been closing as a result of the previous measures account and that the 2017 measures “will stifle the remaining entrepreneurial spirit.”PPP/MP Vindiya PersaudShe also used the opportunity to take a swipe at what she called disheartening and condescending retorts by Government speakers such as Minister Valerie Sharpe-Patterson who suggested that persons seeking private medical treatment could in fact afford it, and as such should pay VAT. This came after similar sentiments which were expressed by Minster Raphael Trotman who suggested to miners that they should stop complaining about the proposed taxes and instead get busy.Meanwhile Dr Persaud’s colleague, MP Collin Croal in an earlier presentation, questioned whether there were nefarious motives behind the foisting of such an early Budget on the populace, since there was still three more months within which the National Estimates can be presented.He also questioned whether the Estimates were being rushed so that when it comes time to scrutinising the actual expenditure and revenue for 2016, the figures will not be available for inspection.Responding to Minister of State Joseph Harmon among other Government speakers that had accused the PPP of employing scare tactics in its critique of the 2017 Budget, Croal used the opportunity to point to, and quote the reviews of civil society, among others.He pointed to the resounding rejections of the 2017 Budget by bodies such as the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Labour Unions, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), among others, such as eminent Chartered accounting firm Ram & McRae that have consistently rejected the measures of the 2017 Budget.According to Croal, were the views of the PPP/C to be removed from the criticism, the resounding calls are still for the Government to reconsider its inconsiderate proposals. (Gary Eleazar)
The owner of the barge and tug which slammed into the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB) last month, rendering it inoperable for a few days, will have to repay $100M in damages.One of the points of impact on the bridgeGuyana Times understands that the bill was prepared after an assessment to the bridge during impact and remedial works that were done to fix the structure. While the incident would have occurred one month ago, the vessel remains impounded here in Guyana.This assessment is devoid of revenue that was lost when the bridge was inoperable for a few days after the incident. This bill will also be forwarded shortly.On September 2, the barge and tug slammed into the southern side of the Demerara Harbour Bridge just after midnight, thus shifting the spans which connect the structure and causing a shutdown to vehicular traffic.In the wee hours of that morning, notices were sent out that the structure would be closed for emergency works and the only alternative to cross the Demerara River was via the speedboat service, operating at Stabroek and Vreed-en-Hoop.Whilst the boat service would usually commence operations at 06:00h every morning, provisions were made for the commuters to cross earlier. However, both stellings saw an influx of passengers in a rush to meet their destinations.Later that day, General Manager of the Bridge Corporation, Rawlston Adams and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson provided clarity on the seriousness of the issue.The Public Infrastructure Minister told the media that preliminary investigations revealed that the barge was beyond its anchorage location. After the vessel started drifting, a distress call was sent out but no one on-board spoke English. The crew members were detained as investigations continued.“The crew and the barge have been detained by the Police…The preliminary assessment from MARAD suspected that the barge was outside its anchorage point. They also suspected that the barge was not properly manned. When the barge became adrift, the crew was manned by Cubans and Panamanians. Apparently, it’s a Panamanian registered vessel. They issued a mayday because it was drifting from Diamond-Grove. Very late, they gave the mayday and it was received by the Light House,” Patterson asserted.He insisted that introspections should be made to prevent such occurrences in the future and they might have to mandate operators to have all barges powered by a tugboat. According to him, 55 water taxis came to the rescue and aided the massive undertaking.Meanwhile, Adams shared that the barge came into contact with the bridge at two locations, and the structure was shifted from its aligned position between the high and retractor spans. During the collision, the floating bridge was loaded with a gravel-like material.“The barge came into contact at two locations, span 13 and again at span 16. We saw some severe damages. The bridge is completely out of alignment between the high span and the retractor span,” he has said.Emergency actions were deployed to remedy the situation but it was hindered by unfavourable tidal conditions for a few hours. For the morning period, workers managed to install temporary decking and some of the connecting posts. In total, nine connecting posts were to be changed along with nine anchor chains.He later added that all marine transits were to be suspended since the unaligned structure presents unpredictability to the operation of the retractor span.
The number of collisions reported to the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division fluctuated between 15,560 and 17,830 from 2000-06. Police said the area’s relatively wide streets – many with synchronized traffic signals – have become a popular alternative for motorists trying to travel from one side of the Valley to the other. “There are more people using our streets as shortcuts or alternatives to the freeways because freeways are congested at certain times of the day,” said Bill Bustos, who oversees Valley Traffic’s detectives. Bustos said the number of drivers searching for alternatives largely speaks to the number of cars traveling local roadways. The Valley’s population last year was estimated at more than 1.8 million, up from 1.7 million in 2000, said the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center. Although the demand for many of these residents to get from the Valley to metropolitan Los Angeles for work has not changed over time, what’s different now is the route people are choosing to get there. NORTHRIDGE – Running out for a quick lunch during her break from work at Northridge Fashion Center, Marilene Bueno spent nearly an hour stuck in traffic around the mall and narrowly avoided two collisions. A booming population and efforts by frustrated commuters to avoid congested freeways are putting more motorists on the San Fernando Valley’s surface streets, where the intersections around shopping centers and strip malls have become magnets for collisions. Fifty-two crashes were reported last year at Nordhoff Street and Tampa Avenue, making it the most accident-prone intersection, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “It doesn’t surprise me,” said Bueno, 42, of Monrovia. “Everyone is in a hurry. No one lets you out on the road.” Once a straight freeway ride, the commute to work is more frequently replaced in favor of the twisting, turning canyon roads where drivers hope they’ll find less traffic. But by 8 a.m. on most mornings, Beverly Glen and Laurel Canyon boulevards are virtual parking lots. Not surprising, Ventura and Laurel Canyon boulevards rank as the No. 2 hot spot for trouble in the Valley, with 49 reported crashes last year. Pointing to a parking meter that was hit by a car and now leans to its side next to Laurel Canyon Newsstand, employee Jonathan Montoya sees cars snake through the clogged intersection all day. He’s especially annoyed on Sundays, when impatient drivers blare their horns at families leisurely crossing the street to patronize the weekly farmers’ market. “I think everybody wants to kill somebody,” said the North Hollywood man, who was once knocked off his bike by a car. “It’s a dangerous weapon, a car.” Also contributing to the congestion are motorists commuting to downtown Los Angeles from suburban Palmdale, Santa Clarita and Simi Valley, said Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center. “We’ve had (traffic) volumes increasing without freeways expanding,” Blake said. In fact, collisions have increased by about 21 percent during the past six years on freeways that cross the Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol. Last year, CHP officers took reports on 5,887 crashes on Valley freeways. The most dangerous, officials said, is the stretch of the Ventura Freeway between Woodman and White Oak avenues, where 888 crashes were reported last year. CHP spokesman Leland Tang attributed the high number of crashes there to the proximity of the 101-405 Freeway interchange – considered among the busiest of the nation’s thoroughfares. “It only takes one crash on the freeway to stop traffic,” said Valley Traffic Sgt. Ed Waschak. “And it doesn’t even have to be on your side of the freeway.” David Schrank, co-author of the annual Urban Mobility Report from the Texas Transportation Institute, said urban sprawl contributes to the traffic problem. “We now commute suburb to suburb on roads that weren’t designed to carry huge amounts of traffic,” Schrank said. “That’s more and more of an occurrence across the county in cities of all sizes.” Government leaders say they are working to address the problem, funding traffic-light synchronization projects to keep traffic moving, along with speed humps and red-light cameras to keep it from moving too quickly. In addition, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is pursuing transit-oriented developments, where residents rely on subways and buses instead of cars. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who heads the council’s Transportation Committee, said the city has to look at the impact of traffic differently than in the past. She said traffic and planning departments should work together instead of in isolation when considering the new developments and has introduced a motion to the city requiring it. “I think L.A. is having to decide how we’re going to control our own destiny,” Greuel said. “We’re at a crossroads as to how we make these decisions.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818)713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
But Arthur, Barcelona’s 40 million euro signing from Brazilian side Gremio, caught the eye with a lovely first-half finish, to add to Munir’s opener for the Catalans.Spurs had struggled to exert themselves in the opening 45 minutes, but after Barcelona made a raft of changes at the interval, Mauricio Pochettino’s men levelled proceedings with two goals in as many minutes. Son Heung-min and Georges-Kevin N’koudou both pounced on the rebound to profit from suspect defending.Barcelona won the penalty shoot-out which followed, with new 41 million euro signing Malcom converting the decisive spot-kick.The early dominance of Ernesto Valverde’s side paid off with a 15th minute opener after a devastatingly simple approach ripped the Spurs’ defence apart.Andre Gomes delivered an inswinging cross from the left, Rafinha escaped at the far post and headed the ball back into the six-yard box, where Munir cushioned it into the net from point-blank range.A second arrived courtesy of a sublime strike from Arthur. Rafinha laid the ball back to the midfielder on the edge of the area and he effortlessly swept it into the far top corner beyond the helpless Gazzaniga.Christian Eriksen produced Tottenham’s first meaningful effort in the 32nd minute, with a free-kick from 25 yards that was pushed away to his left by Jasper Cillessen.The woodwork denied Eriksen from another set piece six minutes after the restart, when his right-footed free-kick bounced awkwardly for Cillessen and crashed back off the outside of the post.Malcom was a whisker away from marking his first Barcelona appearance with a 65th minute goal when he took on right-back Serge Aurier and fired in a low shot towards the near post which was smartly diverted behind by Michel Vorm.Spurs’ comeback began in the 72nd minute after the Barcelona defence failed to deal with Ben Davies’ left wing cross. Eriksen saw his shot blocked, but Son latched onto the rebound to divert a shot into the unguarded net.A leveller arrived two minutes later after Barcelona again struggled with a low cross, this time from the right. Eriksen’s shot was cleared off the line, but academy product N’koudou pounced with a volley from inside the six-yard box.In the subsequent penalty shoot-out, Anthony Georgiou missed for Spurs, with Barcelona converting all five of their spot-kicks.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s Georges-Kevin N’Koudou scores a second half equalizer during the International Champions Cup friendly with Barcelona forcing the game into a penalty shootout which Barcelona won 5-3 © AFP / Frederic J. BROWNPASADENA, United States, Jul 29 – Summer signing Arthur marked his Barcelona bow with a mouthwatering goal, as the La Liga champions beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in Pasadena, California.Both sides were without their big names for the International Champions Cup clash, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris all still recovering from their exertions at the World Cup.