Stand Tickets are now sold out. All supporters travelling to the game are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance, Tickets on sale through the Supervalu and Centra outlets. Tickets will also be on sale outside the stadium from 5pm when the gates open.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email A place in the Connacht Football Championship final is up for grabs this evening. Galway take on old rivals Mayo at McHale Park at 7pm with LIVE Commentary this evening from Ollie Turner & Frank Morris.
The fixtures for the new league of Ireland season have been unveiled this afternoon. Fri. 13 April Galway United v Wexford Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 20 April Shelbourne v Galway United Tolka Park 7.45 pmFri. 27 April Galway United v Cobh Ramblers Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 4 May Athlone Town v Galway United Athlone Town Stadium 7.45 pmMONDAY/TUESDAY, 7/8 MAY – EA SPORTS CUP QUARTER-FINALS Fri. 11 May Galway United v U.C.D. Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 18 May Cabinteely v Galway United Stradbrook 7.45 pmFri. 25 May Galway United v Drogheda United Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSat. 2 June Longford Town v Galway United City Calling Stadium 7.30 pmFri. 8 June Galway United v Finn Harps Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 15 June Wexford v Galway United Ferrycarrig Park 8.00 pmMID-SEASON BREAK – SATURDAY 16 JUNE – THURSDAY 28 JUNE – NO FIXTURESFri. 29 June Galway United v Shelbourne Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 6 July Galway United v Athlone Town Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSat. 14 July Cobh Ramblers v Galway United St. Colman’s Park 7.45 pmFri. 20 July U.C.D. v Galway United The UCD Bowl 7.45 pmFri. 27 July Galway United v Cabinteely Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 3 August Drogheda United v Galway United United Park 7.45 pmFri. 3 August Shelbourne v Cobh Ramblers Tolka Park 7.45 pmFri. 3 August U.C.D. v Cabinteely The UCD Bowl 7.45 pmFri. 3 August Finn Harps v Wexford Finn Park 8.00 pmSat. 4 August Longford Town v Athlone Town City Calling Stadium 7.30 pmMONDAY 5 AUGUST – EA SPORTS CUP SEMI-FINALSWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 12 AUGUST – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP FIRST ROUNDFri. 17 August Galway United v Longford Town Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 26 AUGUST – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP SECOND ROUNDFri. 31 August Finn Harps v Galway United Finn Park 8.00 pmWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 9 SEPTEMBER – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP QUARTER-FINALSFri. 14 September Galway United v Wexford Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER – EA SPORTS CUP FINAL Sat. 22 September Shelbourne v Galway United Tolka Park 7.45 pmWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP SEMI-FINALSFIRST DIVISION PROMOTION/RELEGATION PLAY-OFF SERIESFri. 5 October 4th placed First Division club v 3rd placed First Division clubMon. 8 October 3rd placed First Division club v 4th placed First Division clubFri. 12 October Winner of 4th v 3rd Play-off v 2nd placed First Division clubFri. 19 October 2nd placed First Division club v Winner of 4th v 3rd Play-offPROMOTION/RELEGATION PLAY-OFF FINALMon. 29 October Winner of First Division Play-off series v 9th placed Premier Division clubFri. 2 November 9th placed Premier Division club v Winner of First Division Play-off series(Or Wed. 7 November if one or both of the Clubs qualify for the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Final)SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP FINAL – AVIVA STADIUM Galway United will be at home for their first game of the season on Friday the 23rd of February when Athlone Town will visit Eamon Deacy Park followed by two away games to Cobh Ramblers and UCD. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Fri. 30 March Galway United v Longford Town Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmMONDAY 2 APRIL – EA SPORTS CUP SECOND ROUND Fri. 6 April Finn Harps v Galway United Finn Park 8.00 pm United’s Fixtures in Full are….Fri. 23 February Galway United v Athlone Town Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSat. 3 March Cobh Ramblers v Galway United St. Colman’s Park 7.45 pmMONDAY 5 MARCH – EA SPORTS CUP FIRST ROUND Fri. 9 March U.C.D. v Galway United The UCD Bowl 7.45 pmFri. 16 March Galway United v Cabinteely Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 23 March Drogheda United v Galway United United Park 7.45 pm
Liffey Celtics lost their first game of the season last Sunday evening thanks to a stunning three-point shooting exhibition from Pyrobel Killester, which saw them win out 109-86 against the Cup champions. This result has made the battle at the top of the table extremely interesting, with Liffey now on one loss and DCU Mercy sitting on their heels with three losses. Liffey have had the better of the sides’ meetings this year, overcoming DCU at home in their first clash in the league, before putting in a clinical performance against them in the National Cup semi-final in Cork. Revenge will certainly be on the cards for Mark Ingle’s DCU charges though, and they will be hoping to defend their home court in style on Sunday afternoon.Elsewhere around the women’s league, the battle for crucial top slots is raging on in earnest. One of the other big clashes of the weekend sees the Cork derby meeting of Fr Mathews and Singleton SuperValu Brunell this Saturday, in what is a repeat of the Cup semi-final showdown in early January. Brunell got the better of that clash, but this weekend’s derby will undoubtedly come down to the wire between these two sides. NUIG Mystics meanwhile face off against Pyrobel Killester in Galway on Saturday and will be hoping to get some vital points on the board. A big battle will also tip off in Kilkenny this weekend as Marble City Hawks welcome Maxol WIT Wildcats while Ambassador UCC Glanmire will be hoping to maintain their spot on the table when they welcome IT Carlow Basketball to Cork on Saturday evening.A big decider in the Men’s Super League will tip off in Tralee this weekend as Garvey’s Tralee Warriors host Pyrobel Killester in a huge clash at the Sports Complex. Tralee have played 12 games to date and have lost just four, to see them on the same loss record as league leaders, Templeogue, while Killester have lost five of their 13 games. The two sides most recently met in the Hula Hoops Cup semi-final in January, with Ciaran Roe delivering a polished 34-point performance for Killester to see them through that tie.Top of the table Templeogue meanwhile will be hoping to banish Demons this weekend when they welcome the Cork side to Oblate Hall. The Dubliners, who have played 14 games so far this season, need to pick up the points from this clash in a bid to stay slightly ahead of the chasing pack, while UCC Demons also need a big performance this weekend in order to stay in the vital top six spot.Elsewhere, UCD Marian will be hoping to keep momentum from last weekend’s win against Templegoue when they host Maree in Dublin on Saturday evening. Maree have proven to be a tough opponent for Marian recently, beating them in Oranmore in their last league meeting. C and S Neptune will welcome Belfast Star to Cork on Saturday, while Moycullen and DCU Saints go head-to-head in Galway.BasketballIreland Fixtures: February 16th and 17thSaturday16th February 2019 BasketballIreland Men’s Super League: C and S Neptune v Belfast Star, Neptune Stadium, 19:00;UCD Marian v Maree, UCD Sports Centre-Belfield,19:00;Moycullen v DCU Saints, NUIG, 19:30;Garvey’s Tralee Warriors v Pyrobel Killester, TraleeSports Complex, 19:30;Templeogue v UCC Demons, Oblate Hall Inchicore,20:00; BasketballIreland Women’s Super League: NUIG Mystics v Pyrobel Killester, BallinfoileCastlegar Neighbourhood Centre-Headford Rd, 16:30;Fr Mathews v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, Fr MathewsArena, 17:00;Marble City Hawks v Maxol WIT Wildcats, O LoughlinGaels Gym, 19:00;Ambassador UCC Glanmire v IT Carlow Basketball,Mardyke Arena, 19:00;BasketballIreland Men’s Division One: Tradehouse Central Ballincollig v LYIT Donegal,Ballincollig CS, 16:00;UL Sports Eagles v Ulster University Elks, PESS Building-UL,17:00;LIT v EJ Sligo All-Stars, Limerick IT Sportshall,18:00;Limerick Celtics v GameFootage.net Titans, StMunchins, 18:30;Waterford Vikings v DBS Eanna, Waterford IT, 19:00;Scotts Lakers St Pauls Killarney v Abbey SealsDublin Lions, Killarney SC, 19:30;Fr Mathews v KUBS BC, Fr Mathews Arena, 19:45; A top of the table clash in the Women’s Super Leagueis in store this weekend as second placed DCU Mercy welcome league leaders,Courtyard Liffey Celtics to DCU on Sunday afternoon. BasketballIreland Women’s Division One: Limerick Celtics v Fabplus North West, St Munchins,16:30;Team Tom McCarthy’s St Mary’s v Swords Thunder, StMarys Castleisland, 18:30;Maree v Trinity Meteors, Calsanctius College, 19:30;Portlaoise Panthers v Ulster University Elks, StMarys Sports Hall, 19:30;Sunday17th February 2019 BasketballIreland Women’s Super League: DCU Mercy v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, DCU Complex,14:30;BasketballIreland Men’s Division One: IT Carlow Basketball v Fr Mathews, Barrow Centre-ITCarlow, 13:00;LIT v Ulster University Elks, Limerick ITSportshall, 14:00;Portlaoise Panthers v Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers, StMarys Sports Hall, 15:30;BasketballIreland Women’s Division One: UL Huskies v Fabplus North West, UL PessBuilding-Limerick, 13:00;print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The CCCC have confirmed the details of the Allianz National Hurling League Quarter Finals. Galway’s Quarter Final with Wexford will be played as a doubleheader with the Allianz National Football League clash of Galway and Roscommon in Pearse Stadium on Saturday next. The Hurling Quarter Final between Galway and Wexford will throw in at 1.30 with the Football throwing in at 3.30. All three Hurling Quarter Finals will be played on Saturday with Waterford and Clare in Walsh Park at 3pm and Tipperary and Dublin in Semple Stadium at 4.30. The Division One A Relegation Play-off between Kilkenny and Cork will be played at Nowlan Park and will throw in at 2pm.
Stunt performer Carl Fortin, with moves that defy gravity, is bringing his unique skill set of martial arts, parkour and acrobatics to Nelson on August 24 for workshops at Kootenay Martial Arts’ new studio.Fortin starred in one of the world’s first viral parkour videos and has appeared as a stunt performer in more than 30 films and television shows, including Deadpool 2, The Descendants 2, Once Upon a Time, Hannibal, Arrow and Resident Evil.“As well as doing a lot of stunt work in the movie industry, Carl and his wife Serenarun a martial arts school in Squamish with an emphasis on ninja-type training and extensive advanced gymnastics moves,” said Master Dean Siminoff, owner of Kootenay Martial Arts. “They will be instructing the workshops, and our black belts will be assisting them throughout the day as well as learning new methods for our own curriculum.” “We emphasize confidence, leadership skills and dedication through the discipline of taekwondo, no matter what age you are, and Carl is such a good role model for where this training can take you,” Siminoff added. “He started his martial arts training in taekwondo when he was five years old and has achieved so much since then.”The workshops will be a mix of martial arts stunts, creative movement with acrobatics, martial arts trick kicks, parkour and breakdancing in a safe and controlled environment.“We are hosting the event all day to enable parents to drop off their children for the entire work day. All are welcome from age six and up to teen and adults. Anyone who wants to learn safe and thrilling ninja-type moves is welcome to attend. Let your inner Ninja out,” Siminoff says.Watch Fortin’s demo video to get an idea of his amazing abilities. To register, contact email@example.comKootenay Martial Arts (KMA) is the largest professional martial arts center in the Kootenays and now has a permanent home with one of the largest and best equipped facilities in BC. Owner Dean Siminoff is the only 6th Degree Black Belt in the Kootenays and one of only 144 in Canada. KMA is a member of the USCDKA and WTF and has more than 20 qualified instructors.
CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN kept Tottenham title hopes alive with a stoppage-time winner.The jubilation of the draw in Barcelona which sealed qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League was disappearing in a damp squib of a performance against dogged Burnley.6 Christian Eriksen scores the dramatic late winner for SpursCredit: Getty – Contributor6 Eriksen arrives to fire Spurs to victory and shatter BurnleyCredit: Reuters6 The midfielder is mobbed by Spurs team-mates after the dramatic late winnerCredit: ReutersErik Lamela, Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli had all missed late chances to snatch a winner.But second-half substitute Eriksen came up with the good again to keep Spurs on the tails of Liverpool and Manchester City.Until the late winner, the only plus point for the home team looked like being a decent first start in the senior team for Oliver Skipp, 18, who played in defensive midfield as Mauricio Pochettino shuffled his team to make up for FOUR centre backs being out with injury.Lucas Moura and Lamela failed to convert decent opportunities in the first half , the latter when Joe Hart made a good smothering save.6 Danny Rose bites the dust under a Phil Bardsley challenge in a gritty match at WembleyCredit: PA:Press AssociationMost read in footballBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upHarry Kane had a good shout for a penalty turned down as Burnley frustrated the home team with their compact shape and commitment.Ashley Barnes thought he had given the visitors a shock lead just after the break, only for a combination of Toby Alderweireld and Kane to block his acrobatic effort.From then on, Spurs enjoyed most of the possession and territory yet found it hard to create clear-cut chances.Pochettino sent on Christian Eriksen with 25 minutes left but the chances were falling to others.Is this Danny Rose cross for Tottenham the worst of all time?6 Oliver Skipp made his full debut in the centre of the Tottenham midfieldCredit: AFP or licensors6 Robbie Brady attempts an overhead kick as Burnley searched for the breakthroughCredit: PA:Empics SportIn the 75th minute the ball came to Lamela just outside the six-yard box but Hart made a fine one-armed saved to keep out the low shot.Then Son dragged a shot wide from even close range with five minutes left.When Dele was unable to force in a Son cross at the far post, it seemed Burnley, who had Robbie Brady and Phil Bardsley booked for timewasting, would hold on for a point.But in the final minute, Dele and Kane combined to tee up Eriksen to complete a fine week for Tottenham.Watch all the Premier League action from Saturday 15th December
BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer Matawan High School boys tennis team is looking for a strong showing over its last five matches to help carry it into next season. Coach Paul Pacifico’s youthful team is 5-10, but there are plenty of promising players on board, including five freshmen, one of whom, Dab Michelin, who plays third singles, leads the team with 10 wins. “We knew going in that this would be a rebuilding year, so I’m pleased with our progress,” Pacifico said. “We’re also in a tough conference, so our guys are adjusting to varsity play against some very good competition.” Pacifico noted that his two captains, seniors Chris Brady and Heseyin Tunceroglu, who play at first and second singles, respectively, have worked well with the younger players and have proven to be good leaders on and off the court. Both Brady and Tunceroglu have earned academic scholarships, with Brady attending Wake Forest, while Tunceroglu will attend New York University. Juniors Jon Strauss and Mike Lewandowski played well together at first doubles. Lewandowski, a lefty, showed plenty of grit playing despite a broken right wrist. Hardworking Austin Chang and Nick Barrett, an unorthodox newcomer who finds ways to win points, are at second doubles where they have shown much promise, Pacifico said. Two other freshmen, Vincent Ruggerio and Thomas Incorvaia, will also be heard from in the future. Pacifico said both players have worked long hours, regularly staying long after practice officially ends, to work on their skills. “It’s truly a pleasure for a coach when you get a team like this,” Pacifico said. “They’re struggling a bit on the court, but they’re young and they’re getting better every day. And, more important, it’s a great group of kids.” Notes … Although the Huskies did not qualify for the state tournament, several local teams did, and will be in action this week as they start their respective chases for sectional titles. In the North II Group III section, the Holmdel Hornets looked to bounce back from their SCT semifinal loss to Marlboro when they took on Emerson yesterday in a quarterfinal match. The Hornets are the third seed in this bracket, which is headed by Millburn and Livingston. The CBA Colts are the second seed in the Non-Public South A bracket, and as such, received a first-round matchup with St. John Vianney, a team that enjoyed tremendous success this season. CBA advanced with a 5-0 win, and now awaits the winner of the Monsignor Donovan-Bishop Ahr quarterfinal matchup, which was scheduled for yesterday. As for Vianney, they’ve come a long way from last year’s 0-14 team, and deserve all the credit in the world for turning around a program which has struggled to win a match in the past, much less qualify for the state tournament. The Raritan Rockets are the only other local team in the state playoff picture, as the seventh seed in the CJ Group II bracket. Raritan was scheduled to take on second-seeded Delran yesterday, with the winner to get either Rumson-Fair Haven (seeded third and the defending sectional champ) or A.L. Johnson. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer
The Strathmore Bath & Tennis Club swim team went into yesterday’s meet against Monmouth Heights looking to complete an undefeated regular season. Strathmore was 6-0 heading into the meet with an eye on the Monmouth County championship meet to be held Saturday at the Hazlet Swim Club. “We have a very hard-working team and it’s been exciting to see them have success,” co-coach Lauren Sohn said. “That creates interest in the program and helps everyone get better.” In all, the Strathmore club has 120 swimmers, and the key, Sohn said is making it fun while they improve their skills. “It’s particularly satisfying to see someone who couldn’t swim across the pool start to swim laps and then start to compete,” Sohn said. “It gives them a real sense of achievement.” Following each meet, Sohn and co-coach Vincent Tupper give out ribbons to each competitor who has bettered his or her time. The ribbons serve as both an award and an encouragement for the competitors. Meanwhile, the team has performed well as an entity. The top swimmers include: 8U: Joshua Atienza, Abigail Buckley, Jeremy Hall, Danny Hogan, Anna and Celia Kottakis and Sarah Resciniti; 9-10: Jodiann Atienza, Joseph Buckley, Courtney Foley, Nick Markwell, Jackie Nelson, Drew Orzechowski, Stephanie Radu and Andrew Tucker; 11-12: Matthew Cohen, Katie Connors, Sean Dunne, Megan Foley, Colette Laporta, Conor Rise, Alyssa, Evan and Rachel Scher. In 13-14: Megan Bock, Amelia Buckley, Joseph Connors, Catelyn Cutting, Grant and Harris Eberbach, Albert Howard, Kelly Markwell and Charles Wu; and 15-18: David Bechtold, Eric Frietas, Jeremy Maurer, Heather Olsen, Nicholas Tupper, and Rachel and Nicholas Williams. Olsen and Nicholas Williams also serve as assistant coaches. Sohn, a junior at East Stroudsburg University, is in her second year as co-head coach. Previously, she served as an assistant and also competed for the club as well as the Red Bank YMCA. Vincent Tupper, a junior at Johns Hopkins, swam competitively for the club and at CBA and the Red Bank Y. – Warren Rappleyea
What a difference a year makes. In just one year, the Keyport High School girls bowling team has gone from hoping to attract enough players to field a team to defending its NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I championship. If coach Sal Principe were a prospector, he would have found the mother lode. The veteranmentor scoured the hallways and attracted several girls to the sport. That combined with holdovers Cat Wegman and Devon Loihle— as well as the arrival of freshman Alexa Guirk, propelled the Red Raiders to a 40-5 mark and the Shore Conference’s Northern Monmouth County A title. “The girls quickly became a team and they took off,” Principe said. “It was a phenomenal season, and this year they’re all back.” Guirk started off strong on the way to averaging 186 pins. Along the way, she posted a 731 series and even rolled a 296 game. Guirk, who according to Principe is averaging more than 200 pins in practices, also finished sixth in the Shore Conference individual tourney. Wegman, now entering her senior campaign, was solid throughout her third varsity campaign, averaging 172 pins. Her high game was a 236 and Wegman also rolled a 606 series. Loihle, now a junior, averaged 161 pins, with a 544 series and a 224-pin high game. Added to the mix, directly from Principe’s algebra class, Allie Fasano and Tyler Andrews became starters and important contributors. Fasano averaged 127 pins and Andrews 114 pins, enough to put Keyport over the top in many games. “Allie and Tyler were really beginners, but they took to the game and worked hard,” the coach said. “They’re going to be so much better this year. Both of them practiced through the summer and fall and they’ve become very good bowlers. I’m very proud of them.” Three juniors: Catarina Ramos, Jessica Grioli and Mary Feeney round out the Keyport roster. Ramos also joined the team a year ago and averaged 120 pins when called upon—and has also improved. Grioli and Feeney are newcomers. Keyport was scheduled to open the season yesterday against Keansburg and will meet Mater Dei tomorrow. Both matches will be played at Memory Lanes in Red Bank. On Saturday, Principe’s team will play in the Bishop Ahr Invitational in Edison. Keyport will host its own Red Raider Holiday Classic on Dec. 30 that will include other Northern Monmouth County A teams: Henry Hudson Regional, Keansburg, Matawan, Mater Dei and St. John Vianney. On the boys’ side, the Red Raiders are looking to better last winter’s 22-23 mark. Principe has several holes to fill with the graduation of starters Brian Servedio, James Cornelius and Nick Maupai. Servedio led the Keyport boys with a 209.7 average and will be competing this season for the Stevens Institute of Technology. However, both Jack Wegman and Ryan Gunsauls are back. Jack Wegman, a sophomore, posted a 171 average, while Gunsauls, a junior, averaged 162 pins. Other members of the team include seniors Pat Byrne and Matt Behrens, junior Wayne Kellman, sophomore Chris Calloway and freshman Brandon Sacharowski. Both Byrne and Kellman saw some action a year ago. “The boys are in the same position as the girls were at the beginning of last season,” Principe said. “We have a couple of solid veterans and a lot of promise. And if you look at the girls, you never know what can happen. Right now we’re looking to be competitive in our division and to keep improving our scores.” The boys schedule will mirror that of the Red Raiders girls team. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer
Monmouth University’s women’s soccer team (4-4) has a home match on Sunday, Oct. 2, against Northeast Conference foe Long Island University. The match will start at 3 p.m. on the Great Lawn. Middletown North graduate Claudia Vazques (above right) plays forward and midfield for the Hawks, who are 1-0 in NEC play. JEFF GRANIT staff
John McDermott will bring his story about overcoming addiction to the Atlantic Highlands Library on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.McDermott, who was a basketball star at Raritan High School and Brookdale Community College before his battle with opiate addiction, will be at the library discussing and signing copies of his book, “A Legend In His Own Mind,” which is a story of addiction and recovery. McDermott’s book can also be purchased online. The former Shore area standout, who now lives in Middletown, is currently working on his second book, “Dream Season,” which will cover 50 years of high school basketball in the Jersey Shore. The book is bound to create debate as he rates the best players and teams of the last half-century.The Atlantic Highlands Library is in the Municipal Building, located on First Avenue.
By Brian HomewoodREAL Madrid tore apart Bayern Munich’s ragged defence apart with a ruthless first-half display as they thrashed the defending champions 4-0 in their own stadium to reach their first Champions League final for 12 years on Tuesday.Two Sergio Ramos headers put Real 2-0 ahead after 20 minutes of the semi-final second leg and Cristiano Ronaldo added a third from a superb break before halftime.That was his 15th goal of the competition, a record for a single season, and he extended the tally to 16 in the 90th.Bayern, treble winners last season, were never in the hunt as they slumped to a 5-0 aggregate defeat which will leave a huge stain on coach Pep Guardiola’s previously enviable record in the competition.The only negative for Real was a booking for Xabi Alonso which will rule him out of the final against either city rivals Atletico Madrid or Chelsea.Real, champions on a record nine occasions, had lost four semi-finals, one quarter-final and six times in the round of sixteen since their last final appearance in 2002.Bayern, trailing 1-0 from the first leg, laid siege to Real’s goal early on while the crowd attempted to intimidate the Spaniards by whistling incessantly when they had possession.The Bavarians had won eight and drawn one of their previous nine home games against Real and needed a good performance to answer critics who said their possession game had become dull and toothless.But, although Bayern huffed and puffed, they rarely threatened and there was always a risk they would concede a killer away goal.That arrived in the 16th minute when Ramos rose unmarked at the far post to score with a powerful downward header.Amid general disbelief, Real struck again four minutes later when Angel di Maria’s free kick was flicked on by Pepe and Ramos headed it into the corner.Bayern lost composure, leaving them wide open to Real’s ruthless counter-attacks.That was exactly how the third goal came with Real breaking from the edge of their own area to the other end in a matter of seconds, the move ending with Bale feeding Ronaldo to slot past Neuer.There was an incredible moment shortly afterwards when Neuer came racing out of his goal, and sent his clearance to Ronaldo who tried to score from 40 metres but saw his shot fly over.Bayern’s shaken players got involved in several petulant exchanges as it was clear that their period of European dominance was over.Guardiola tried to limit the damage after halftime by replacing his only striker Mario Mandzukic with defensive midfielder Javi Martinez.Arjen Robben produced their best effort with a shot which curled narrowly wide just before the hour but Ronaldo had the last word as Real handed Bayern their heaviest-ever home defeat in European competition.
By Erik KirschbaumMIROSLAV Klose and Thomas Muller will bring a grand total of 26 World Cup goals to the final on Sunday, a staggering tally for two of the most prolific strikers in the tournament’s history.Klose is the World Cup’s all-time record goal scorer with 16 in four tournaments, while Muller has 10 in two editions.But the German duo’s fearsome reputation on the field masks a good-natured and soft-spoken demeanour off it.Both are consummate team players who altruistically express due appreciation to the fine assists they get from a superb pack of midfielders.They might be famous around the world for their World Cup heroics but in Germany they’re just two ordinary guys on Joachim Low’s team desperate for a first World Cup title since 1990.“The only thing that matters to me is that the team is successful and we’ll finally be able to lift the damn thing on Sunday,” Klose told reporters.“I’m just savouring every moment that I’m on the pitch,” added the 36-year-old, who has started Germany’s last two games after playing a reserve role before that.“I’m soaking up all the emotions. Those are my special moments.”Klose moved past former Brazil striker Ronaldo on the World Cup’s all-time scorer’s list with his 16th goal on Tuesday in the 7-1 demolition of the hosts.Ronaldo, who scored his 15th and last in the 2002 final against Klose’s Germany, watched on in Belo Horizonte as his record mark was surpassed.A humble man standing 1.82 metres tall, Klose plays for Lazio after spells at Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich. He was born in Poland and moved to West Germany as an eight-year-old in 1986.Klose is Germany’s all-time scoring leader with 71 goals for Germany in 136 appearances and he has no plans to stop no matter what happens on Sunday.“Unfortunately,” he said with a smile. “I feel like I can still keep going on. I feel like I can drag my corpse around for quite some time. I’ll probably make a spontaneous decision at some point (to retire) but I’m not there yet.”Klose won the Golden Boot for most goals at the 2006 World Cup with five. He said he hopes Muller will win the award for a second time after getting it in 2010 with his five goals.Muller, who is one shy of Colombian James Rodriguez’s mark of six in the top scorer charts in Brazil, is slightly taller than Klose at 1.86 metres and a renowned light-hearted prankster.“He’s always fun to be around and always engaging the others in conversations,” Low said of Muller, who speaks with a thick Bavaria accent and has played at Bayern Munich since he was 18.Even though he is only 24, Muller already has 22 goals in 55 caps for Germany and his 10 World Cup goals leave him well set to one day catch Klose’s mark.“That’s not something I’m thinking about at all,” Muller told reporters recently before repeating the mantra that every Germany player comes up with at news conference. “We’re here as a team to win the tournament. Everything else is secondary.”But after getting his latest goal in the huge win over Brazil on Tuesday, Muller allowed himself to joke about the possible feat.“I’m hot on his heels now but he’s got what feels like a 20-year head start on me,” Muller said with a laugh before praising Klose. “He’s an indefatigable worker on the team, a real team player. There’s no one better than him.”
By Karolos GrohmannGermany striker Miroslav Klose, who capped a record-breaking career with the national team by winning the World Cup last month, has retired from international football.Poland-born Klose, who scored twice in the tournament in Brazil to become the competition’s record goal scorer of all time with 16 goals, said the time was right to end a 13-year career with the German national team.He is the second member of the German team to quit after the tournament following captain Philipp Lahm last month.“Winning the title in Brazil was a childhood dream come true,” the 36-year-old Lazio striker said in a statement released by the German football Association.“I am happy and proud to have contributed to this big success for German football. For me there could be no better moment to complete the national team chapter.”Germany’s second most-capped player behind Lothar Matthaeus made the first of his 137 international appearances in 2001 and went on to become the top German scorer of all time with 71 international goals.He broke Gerd Muller’s 40-year-old record of 68 goals in June.Germany’s only out-and-out striker in the World Cup squad, Klose was initially benched in the tournament but earned back his starting spot and scored once against Ghana in the group stage and then again in their 7-1 semi-final demolition of hosts Brazil in the semi-final.The latter goal also meant he overtook former Brazil striker Ronaldo on the World Cup scorers list.“When I met up with Miro last week he told he me he had thought long about it and talked to his family,” Germany coach Joachim Low said. “I immediately sensed that his decision was irreversible and that I cannot convince him otherwise.“You can always count on Miro to keep his word and that was the case in Brazil as well. I have a lot of respect for Miro’s decision as well as for his unbelievable national team career that is all but impossible to trump.“As player and a human being, we will be missing Miro and I am happy and grateful to have been allowed to work with Miroslav Klose.”A lethal finisher, Klose was a relatively late starter for Germany after playing no role in any of the country’s national youth squads.He then went on to play in four World Cups starting in 2002 and also competed in three European championships.
By Mitch PhillipsENGLISH rugby loves to trumpet its links with the military, so the RFU’s marketing men will be beside themselves with the news that Samesa Rokoduguni, a serving soldier, has been called up to the squad for the four November internationals.But anyone thinking that Fijian Lance Corporal Rokoduguni of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards is some sort of symbolic selection has obviously not been paying much attention to the Premiership over the last year or so.The mighty wing was credited with beating more defenders than any other player in the league last season, and more of the same this term has been a major factor in Bath’s flying start to the season.On Wednesday he was rewarded with a place in Stuart Lancaster’s squad for the November internationals against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia and, with centre Manu Tuilagi injured, the need to include some power in the backline means he could well make his debut against the All Blacks on November 8.That would cap a remarkable transformation for the 27-year-old, who two years ago was playing for fun in the Army having been considered not even good enough to get in his school team at home in Fiji.Everything changed in 2012 when Mike Ford, a former England assistant coach, saw Rokoduguni playing for the Army against his then-club Newcastle.Newcastle were leading 31-0 but three tries from Rokoduguni helped the Army draw the match 31-31, with Ford making sure he was on Bath’s radar soon after when he switched clubs.Once he eventually signed it was a steep learning curve but his pace, his deadly step and ever-increasing power “10kg of pure, lean muscle added” says Ford, soon turned him into a threat at Premiership level.This season he has scored six tries in seven games and Ford is confident he can hold his own at international level.“He is a freestyle, free-spirit rugby player and that’s what makes him exciting,” he said. “The key is to get him doing the same thing for England as he’s doing for Bath.”For Rokoduguni, it is hard to take in just how this has all come about, and so quickly.He was recruited by the Army as a 19-year-old in 2007, following in a family tradition that has his brother and sister also serving the British Army and his father in the Fijian Army.In his first week on duty in Afghanistan, a comrade he was with on patrol had both legs blown off by a mine.“If that had been me, losing both legs and not reaching my full potential, there could have been nothing worse than that,” Rokoduguni told the BBC. “So when I came back from Afghanistan I had a different view of life: make the best use of every chance you have, because that chance might only come round the once.”When one of those chances came along he almost wasted it.After impressing for the Army in a match in Twickenham he received a call from Bath’s Gary Gold but hung up thinking it was a prank.When Rokoduguni was eventually convinced it was for real he went for a trial and eventually signed as a professional in 2012, though he is effectively on loan from the Army and still lives in Army housing.“The plan was to have a career in the Army, support my family back home, get to full corporal or sergeant and go back myself,” he said this week when news of his call-up leaked out.“This was not part of the plan.”
Lewis Hamilton is keeping his fingers crossed that he and Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel can have a proper battle in Bahrain on Sunday after last year’s race did neither of them any favours.Vettel, now joint leader of the Formula One championship with Mercedes’ Hamilton after two races, was unable to start the 2016 grand prix at Sakhir due to an engine failure on the formation lap.The German, who had qualified third behind the then-dominant Mercedes drivers, has been alongside Hamilton on the front row so far this year.“It (the title battle) is going to go right down to the end of the season, and I hope there’s nothing mechanical that will come in between our sheer battle through ability,” said Hamilton after winning in China last weekend.“I really, really hope it’s just an out and out fight through stubbornness, through mental stability, through fitness, composure…,” he added.Vettel, a four times world champion with Red Bull, and triple champion Hamilton have 43 points apiece after one victory and second place each.Unless both draw a blank, the deadlock must be broken on Sunday at a desert circuit where both are two times winners and returning in rather better mood than they left last year.There is a real sense of anticipation about the emerging scrap between two great rivals with a huge determination to win and no less mutual respect of each other’s talents and achievements.“He is at his best and he is phenomenally quick,” Hamilton said of Australian Grand Prix winner Vettel. “Ferrari are at their best in years. We’re at our best as a team, and I feel like I’m at my best.“The ultimate fighter always wants to go up against the best battle he can have because then when you come out on top, it’s so much more satisfying. I love this fight.”UNHAPPY MEMORIESLast year’s race in Bahrain does not hold great memories for either of the current Mercedes drivers, either.Hamilton made a slow start from pole and collided on the first lap with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, his new team mate this season, who was punished by stewards for his move.Bottas, who has replaced last year’s winner and retired world champion Nico Rosberg, will not want reminding of that as he seeks to move on from a spin behind the safety car that cost him points in China.Mercedes should be favourites, after winning the last three races at Sakhir, but Ferrari are sharp on strategy and have shown they flourish in hotter conditions.“I think they will be very, very quick in the next race but there’s a lot of straights there as well and we’ve obviously got, I think, still the strongest power unit on the grid,” commented Hamilton.“So I think that will come into play, for sure.”The race will also see the return of Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein, who has missed two races due to fitness issues, and of former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone, attending a race for the first time since his ouster by Liberty Media.The 86-year-old Briton told Reuters that a Vettel v Hamilton battle was win-win for the sport.“They are both good friends of mine so I don’t care who wins. It would be nice to see Ferrari win… I’d like to see Sebastian win, But it would also be nice to see Lewis put another notch on his gun,” he said.
“First time ever, history for our country,” says Solomon Islands captain …..It is the number one time, for the newly established Solomon Islands Rugby Football League (SIRFL) to play in an international sanctioned match.“We (SIRFL) started a competition in 2013 and it’s only the beginning, one of the boxes has been ticked,” SIRFL chairman Beaver Biti told Loop PNG after their final match. He added that, the experience will have a “big impact on the development of the code back home.” The Solomon Islanders did not win any match in the nines competition but did showed some flare with their hard hit ups, tackles and speed as many of them were rugby union converts.“It’s an experience for us…and happy to compete with big guys (PNG, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga),” said Robert Dofe, SIRFL Pacific Games team manager.It is not the final and last time, as “our wantoks” across the Solomon Sea aim to bounce back from their humiliating defeats and gain some respect in their next international match.“Will come back again, we will win a match next time,” says Dofe.The national sport for Solomon Island is soccer.
Gray, 25, had been charged by the Football Association for bringing the game into disrepute over homophobic posts he made on Twitter in 2012.He apologised and asked “for forgiveness” for the posts, saying he was now a “different person”.Both the club and the player have accepted the ban.Gray’s ban starts with Monday’s Premier League game against Watford at Turf Moor and he will miss further fixtures against Arsenal, Everton and Southampton.He has also been fined £25,000.”We believe this charge, regarding historical social media posts, should now also serve as a warning to all professional footballers, and participants in the wider sporting field,” Burnley said in a statement.The tweets, which also contained offensive terms, were posted when Gray was playing for non-league Hinckley United.They came to light on 20 August, the day he scored his first top-flight goal as he helped Burnley to a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Turf Moor.
The final goal at the 118-year stadium came from Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney but Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane had already scored to ensure it was a joyful send-off by the hosts.After a season at Wembley, the north London club is due back at White Hart Lane for the start of the 2018-19 season.For United, the loss left Jose Mourinho’s side relying on winning the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League.Liverpool kept their top-four destiny in their own hands as Philippe Coutinho’s double earned them a 4-nil win over West Ham United that moved them back above Manchester City into third place.Arsenal’s late surge had put Juergen Klopp’s side under immense pressure but they responded in style and will definitely finish in the top-four if they beat relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield on the final day of the season.Anything other than a victory at West Ham’s London Stadium would have left Liverpool relying on other results.Liverpool have 73 points with one match remaining, one ahead of Manchester City and four more than Arsenal who both have two games left to play.
Gareth Southgate’s side had squeezed past Tunisia in their opening Group G game thanks to a stoppage-time winner from their skipper, but there was no late drama in a one-sided clash in Nizhny Novgorod.Kane and John Stones both scored twice in the first half, the former converting a pair of penalties as England netted five before the break against their beleaguered opponents.However, Jesse Lingard registered the pick of England’s first-half strikes, bending a shot home with his right foot after being teed up by Raheem Sterling, who – despite media conjecture in the week – kept his place in the starting XI.Kane enjoyed a slice of good fortune to secure his treble, inadvertently deflecting Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s drive beyond goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, for his fifth of the tournament, moving him clear of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in the battle for the Golden Boot.Substitute Felipe Baloy created history with Panama’s first goal in the finals, though England’s emphatic win sees them join Belgium – who they face in Kaliningrad on Thursday – in qualifying from the group.5 – Harry Kane is the current leading scorer at the 2018 World Cup with five goals, scoring with all five of his shots on target in the tournament. Midas. #ENGPAN #ENG#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/xcOEEoWOE0— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 24, 2018Panama actually enjoyed the first good chance – Anibal Godoy slicing a clear sight of goal wide with his left foot – before they left a canal-sized gap for an unmarked Stones to thump home a header from Kieran Trippier’s corner.The early goal opened the floodgates. Kane emphatically converted a penalty to make it 2-0 following a foul on Lingard, who was next to find the net with a sublime curling finish with his right foot from the edge of the area.A clever set-piece move set up Stones for the next, the centre-back on hand to nod home the rebound after goalkeeper Penedo had impressively kept out Sterling’s close-range header.Kane completed the first-half carnage with a mirror image of his earlier penalty, hammering the ball into Penedo’s top right corner after referee Ghead Grisha had spotted a foul on the forward by Fidel Escobar, albeit he was not the only offender as Panama felt holding was their only hope of stemming the English tide.5 – This is only the fifth time in World Cup history that a team has scored 5+ goals in the first half of a match, with Germany vs Brazil in the 2014 semi-final the most recent occasion. Rout. #ENGPAN #ENG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/dM69aHGaqh— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 24, 2018The Tottenham striker became just the third Englishman to score a treble at the World Cup finals in the 62nd minute, his final touch on Loftus-Cheek’s attempt seeing him join a select club that also includes Geoff Hurst and Gary Lineker.Having enjoyed watching his team-mates run up the score, Jordan Pickford made a brave block on Murillo. Yet the Everton goalkeeper was unable to stop veteran Baloy’s first-time attempt from Ricardo Avila’s free-kick, sparking huge celebrations on the field, in the dugout and also in the stands. Panama rightly enjoyed their consolation goal, but Kane and England will hog the headlines after a resounding result that will further raise hopes back home of a repeat of their 1966 triumph. Photo MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images. Caption: Harry Kane England vs Panama
Marcos Baghdatis has been beaten in the second round of the Australian Open, the Cypriot star going out to Russian 30th seed Andrey Rublev 4-6 7-6 4-6 2-6 in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich will face Real Madrid and Liverpool will take on AS Roma in the semi-finals of the Champions League following the draw at UEFA’s headquarters on Friday.The first legs will be on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 April, with the returns on May 1 and 2. The detailed schedule will be released later on Friday.German champions Bayern and holders Real have met 24 times in Europe’s premier competition and have eleven wins each from those encounters.The pair clashed at the semi-finals stage in 2014 when the Spanish club won 5-0 on aggregate. They also met last season in the last eight when Real triumphed 6-3 on aggregate.Liverpool will have happy memories of their meeting with Roma in the 1984 European Cup final which was played in the Italian capital with the English side winning on penalties.The game will see Liverpool’s top scorer this season, Mohamed Salah, face his former club.
Handed a lifeline by Liverpool’s failure to beat Leicester on Wednesday, Manchester City begin a crucial week in the Premier League title race when they host Arsenal at the Etihad on Sunday.City’s shock 2-1 defeat at struggling Newcastle on Tuesday offered Liverpool the chance to open up a seven-point lead but Jurgen Klopp’s side could only manage a point with a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester.That leaves the Merseysiders five points clear but that advantage would be cut to just two points before they play West Ham on Monday, provided City can take care of business against Unai Emery’s Gunners.That is the first of three key matches in seven days for the defending champions who travel to Everton on Wednesday for a re-arranged fixture and then host Chelsea on Sunday.“The next week or so will be tough with Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea. I know the challenge is big. If we want to go up as a club we have to accept that challenge,” said manager Pep Guardiola.While Liverpool have the upper hand in the race, 14 games remain and as the midweek round of fixtures showed, the unpredictability of the league means there could be many twists and turns to come.“We are in January and we are behind the leaders but there are a lot of titles and points to play for. We have many games left – we are not in April or May and a lot can happen. We need to be there in every game and not give up,” said Guardiola.West Ham, who Liverpool face at the London Stadium on Monday, are in a poor run of form after losing 3-0 to Wolves on Tuesday following their FA Cup exit to third-tier (League One) AFC Wimbledon.Liverpool laboured at times against Leicester with their high-speed attack unable to get into top gear but skipper Jordan Henderson, who filled in at right-back, knows there is no time to dwell on that result.“We know we can play much better and we need to improve in the next game,” he said.“We need to bounce back quickly. We’ve got another few days to recover and then prepare for the West Ham game so we need to be ready because it’s another tough game in the Premier League.”It is an intense stage of the campaign for both the frontrunners who are back in European action next month with round-of-16 matches in the Champions League adding to their workload.Tottenham are only two points behind City and will still believe they can yet pull off a surprise with a late season tilt towards the title.Spurs could move ahead of City into second, for 24 hours at least, if they can beat Newcastle at home in Saturday’s early kick-off.Chelsea meanwhile will be desperate to atone for their 4-0 thrashing at Bournemouth on Wednesday when they host bottom club Huddersfield on Saturday.It is no less tight at the bottom where 16th place Southampton visit Burnley, a place below them on Saturday.Crystal Palace, who are level on points with both those teams, host next to bottom Fulham, whose fight against the drop has been given a boost by Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Brighton.
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is yet to decide whether Kepa Arrizabalaga will start in goal in Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham after his refusal to be substituted in Sunday’s League Cup final.Kepa refused to be go off against Manchester City and was on Monday fined one week’s wages for the incident which angered Sarri.“I have to decide, maybe yes, maybe not,” said Sarri, when asked if Kepa would feature.“It will be a decision for the group. For all the players.”The Chelsea hierarchy took the decision to fine Kepa, Sarri revealed.The 60-year-old added: “I spoke with the goalkeeper, with Kepa, of course. Then we spoke altogether, because he said sorry to the technical staff, but it was not enough.“Then he said sorry to his team-mates, to the club. I think he made a big mistake, but we need to be taller. We don’t want to kill him. So there is a position from the club.”Sarri initially interrupted questions on Kepa, insisting not everyone was interested, saying: “Everybody? No. In my family, no.”Sarri does not believe the incident undermined his authority.He added: “No, because after yesterday for me the situation is finished. He is a young player, he made a mistake, but stop.“I am sure he understood he made a really big mistake. For me it’s finished.”Sarri believes the performance at Wembley showed he has his players’ backing, with the incident after the game strengthening his resolve.The Italian added: “Did you see the match on Sunday? So you have the answer.“After the game is the same. I think better.”Asked if he felt the support of the players was now greater, Sarri said: “Yes.”Sarri had taken the decision to replace Kepa due to fitness concerns, coupled with Willy Caballero’s history with Manchester City. The former City player saved three penalties in their 2016 League Cup shootout win over Liverpool.The Blues boss’ position remains precarious ahead of the first Premier League game since the 6-0 loss at Manchester City on February 10.Sarri added: “I am not under pressure. For me the pressure is a normal pressure.”Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino meanwhile says will accept the English Football Association’s improper conduct charge for confronting the referee after Saturday’s shock 2-1 Premier League defeat by Burnley, the Argentine said on Tuesday.The loss dealt a blow to third-placed Tottenham’s title hopes and Pochettino appeared to vent his frustration at referee Mike Dean in a furious exchange, but the 46-year-old apologised to the official ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Chelsea.“I will accept that charge. Watching my behaviour afterwards on video, I need to accept the charge from the FA,” Pochettino told a news conference.“I need to apologise to Mike Dean, I can’t behave that way. It’s not the way to behave and I’m going to accept the charge.“My behaviour was public and now I want to apologise in a public way. I need to apologise to him and all the officials.”Pochettino, who faces the prospect of a fine or a touchline ban, would not reveal what Dean said to him which appeared to provoke the reaction.“All that happened on the pitch stays on there. I think that is the most important, we need to accept that we are with our emotion,” Pochettino added.“It’s not important, I don’t take it personally. When your heart rate is so high you need to be careful how you take words. All that happened on the pitch, I’ll never translate off it.”Midfielders Dele Alli (hamstring) and Eric Dier (tonsillitis) will miss the match at Stamford Bridge.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not hark back to the 1999 Champions League final in his team-talks when Manchester United attempt to overturn their deficit in Barcelona on Tuesday.The Nou Camp holds a special place in the hearts of United supporters as well as Solskjaer, whose last-gasp strike at the ground helped United to their second European Cup and an unforgettable treble haul.What happened nearly 20 years ago is almost certain to be a point of reference ahead of the return leg of United’s quarter-final against the Spanish champions.But Red Devils manager Solskjaer feels there are few parallels to draw from and will instead use the current crop’s wins at Juventus and Paris St Germain this season in an effort to motivate his side, who lost 1-0 at Old Trafford last Wednesday.Asked whether he will speak to his players about 1999, the Norwegian said: “No I won’t because it was against Bayern Munich, it was a final, it was different.“We will use the PSG (match), we will use Juventus away, we have beaten some good teams away from home this year, and played against some great players.“We had (Barcelona) flustered at times here as well. Yes, they controlled the game towards the end, they had the possession but they never really bothered us in our own half.”United trailed by two goals at the halfway stage against PSG but rallied at the Parc des Princes to book their spot in the last eight and a showdown against Barca.And Solskjaer is confident that, with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba at his disposal, there is enough quality within United’s ranks to spring another surprise.He added: “You look at the quality of those players and that gives us a threat, we carry a goal threat.“But of course what we did against PSG as a team must give everyone a huge confidence boost because that experience was probably the best they have had for many years, those players.“They are probably dreaming about another one of them again at the Nou Camp.”
Nike’s long-time chief executive officer, Mark Parker, will step down next year and be replaced by board member and former eBay CEO John Donahoe, who will be tasked with strengthening the sportswear maker’s online strategy.Donahoe, who has been on Nike’s board since 2014, will join the sneaker maker from cloud computing firm ServiceNow, where he was CEO for more than four years. Prior to that, he led online retailer eBay for the seven years through 2015.Nike’s Parker had said last year he would remain CEO and chairman of the sports giant beyond 2020, with his remarks coming in the midst of a series of executive departures and probes on workplace complaints.The move comes days after the world’s biggest footwear maker shut down its Nike Oregon Project training group, following the recent four-year ban of the center’s founder and coach Alberto Salazar by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).Nike did not give any reason for Parker’s exit from the top job. In an interview to CNBC, Parker said the change was unrelated to the Oregon Project or any other issues.Parker joined Nike as one of its first footwear designers in 1979, and held several roles during his tenure at the company before taking charge as its top boss in 2006.Credited with creating the popular Nike Air sneakers as well as other pioneering products, Parker, in the past few years, oversaw Nike’s shift to selling directly to customers online and its success in international markets, particularly China.He will become Nike’s executive chairman and continue to lead the board after Donahoe takes over as CEO.“We like that Donahoe comes from technology and that he comes from the digital space and we like that he is a strategist and a leader … things that have made Nike positive have been because of those sort of strengths,” Jane Hali & Associates analyst Jessica Ramirez said.Nike’s digital revenue surged 35% in the last fiscal year, with the company expecting online sales to account for about a third of its business by 2023.Edward Jones analyst Brian Yarbrough said Donahoe’s e-commerce experience could help with Nike’s online push, while Parker could focus more on product development, one of his key strengths.HITS AND MISSESDuring Parker’s tenure, Nike’s stock surged more than nine-fold..Over the past year, however, Parker faced a number of speedbumps as he chased his target of $50 billion in annual sales. He apologised to staff last year after a series of workplace complaints at the company.Nike also came under fire for featuring an ad with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who sparked a national controversy by kneeling during the US national anthem.“Nike has had their fair share of scandals and issues … and they didn’t really go out and look externally. It definitely seems like it could be part of the Oregon scandal,” Yarbrough said, referring to Parker’s departure.Separately, ServiceNow said it appointed Bill McDermott as its CEO. McDermott helmed software maker SAP from 2014 until recently.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said that his side’s number one priority in the crucial Champions League clash with Valencia was to avoid defeat.Valencia, Chelsea and leaders Ajax Amsterdam are all locked on seven points after four games in Group H, and the match at Mestalla looks critical to both sides’ chances of progressing to the last 16.Valencia pulled off a surprise 1-0 win when the two sides met at Stamford Bridge in September, but Chelsea have been on an outstanding run since, winning nine games out of 13 in all competitions.“It’s a ‘must not lose’ game because of the position we’re in,” Lampard told a news conference.“We lost ground in the first game against Valencia. We’ve made up a lot of that ground but I always felt it would be a tight group. We don’t want to lose the game.“It doesn’t mean we’re out if we lose but it puts us in a very difficult position.”Lampard added that his side were unfortunate to lose against Valencia at Stamford Bridge but he expected another difficult game against the Spaniards, who have had a stop-start campaign and are 10th in La Liga.“I felt we were the better team but we conceded a goal. My major feeling after the first game was the lesson will always be, whether you’re 18 or 32 in the Champions League, if you sleep for one moment you can lose a game,” he said.“We’ll need to take every bit of concentration, every bit of focus into this game because the rules always remain the same.“Particularly when you travel in the Champions League and particularly when you come to a stadium like this.”Valencia are under greater pressure to win the game than Chelsea, who face group minnows Lille at home in their final game next month while the Spaniards have to travel to Ajax, last season’s semi-finalists.Coach Albert Celades, however, dismissed suggestions this was a do-or-die game for his side, who have not reached the knockout stages of Europe’s top competition since the 2012/13 season.“It’s a great opportunity for us to try and reach the next round. But even if we don’t win we’ll still have a good chance,” he said.“But we will go out to win the game first of all and then see what happens next.”
Pacquiao connected with a jab near the corner with less than a minute remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, hits Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Manny Pacquiao was the one to put the pressure on the champion Vargas with multiple lunging combos in the middle of the ring.Vargas tried to hurt Pacquiao’s body but his defense has fallen off as he is now smack in the middle of the Filipino’s punching range.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise EDITORS’ PICK Round 6: Vargas uses length to put pressure on Pacquiao Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway We are young MOST READ
Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports “Alam naman natin ang Bali Pure hindi bibigay yan, and gumanda talaga laro nila,” said Transformers head coach Sherwin Meneses after giving up the third and fourth sets to the Water Defenders.Meneses added their stable fifth set could be credited to the leadership of team captain Alyssa Valdez who served as Meneses’ coaching extension on the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Yung breaks napunta sa amin and lamang kami kasi may Alyssa kami kasi may coach kami sa loob, yun lamang namin.”BOC held an early 7-2 lead at the start of the fifth when Kanjana Kuthaisong and Valdez exchanged kills to establish the Transformers’ momentum en route to Mabbayad’s clincher. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ravena, Ateneo hope to continue dream run Kuthaisong would also lead the Transformers in scoring with 20 points while Valdez added 16.Rose Vargas and Mabbayad also finished in double digits with 13 and 10 points, respectively.Katherine Morrell would carry the offensive load for Bali Pure as she finished with 24 points while Amy Ahomiro added 10.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBureau of Customs clung on to its finals dreams and upended Bali Pure in five sets, 25-21, 25-16, 24-26, 8-25, 15-8, in the do-or-die game in the semifinals of the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference Wednesday at Philsports Arena.Lillet Mabbayad came through in the clutch for the Transformers, who will now face Pocari Sweat in the finals come Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise PH among economies most vulnerable to virus We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND MOST READ 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes
Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Dimakiling, Nouri shock Foreign GMs as Pinoy bets start strongly in Subic int’l tourney Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports The Philippines could have three clubs playing in Asian Football Confederation competitions next year, following the AFC’s decision to allot one slot to the country in the AFC Champions League preliminary round.Reigning United Football League champion Global FC will vie in the top club competition—the AFC Champions League—in the continent starting in January, while Ceres-La Salle will once again compete in the AFC Cup group stage.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA View comments Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young Global won’t have the luxury of time to prepare as it starts its bid against Singapore side Tampines Rovers on Jan. 24 at Rizal Memorial Stadium. The winner of the clash will travel to Australia for a Jan. 31 knockout match with A-League side Brisbane Roar. Chinese giants Shanghai Shenhua await the survivor of the game in Brisbane on Feb. 7 with the winner moving on to the main draw of the Champions League.Wanted: Foreign playersPalami said the club is still in the process of acquiring foreign players, as the likes of Omid Nazari, Milan Nikolic and Ivan Petrovic left Global after their championship winning season last October.If Global ends up playing in the second-tier competition, the AFC Cup, the Filipino side will be in Group F alongside Malaysian champion Johor Darul Tazim, Magwe of Myanmar and the winner between Boeung Ket Angkor of Cambodia and Lao Toyota of Laos in a playoff.Ceres landed in Group H with Vietnam league champ Ha Noi T and T, Felda United of Malaysia and Tampines Rovers of Singapore. If Tampines makes the Champions League main draw, Geylang International will take its place in the group.ADVERTISEMENT A third Philippine club—the Loyola Meralco Sparks—could make the AFC Cup, if Global qualifies for the main draw of the Champions League, where some of the biggest clubs in Australia, Japan, China, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates see action.The Sparks finished third in the UFL league competition this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliHonor“It’s a huge honor and a responsibility at the same time being the pioneering Philippine club in the Champions’ League,” said Global chief executive Dan Palami, who is also manager of the national men’s football team.“It’s going to be a tough journey since we’ll have to win three games before reaching the group stages. But I’m happy for Philippine football. Having a Philippine club in the Champions League is a testament to the growth and development of the sport in the country.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise
Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Scientists have monitored deforestation for several decades using both on-the-ground and remote methods. Although clear-cut logging continues in earnest across the Amazon, deforestation rates in the Brazilian Amazon are lower than in the early 2000s. Degradation, on the other hand, remains a growing issue and historically has received less attention than forest loss.Measuring irregular losses in Amazon forest carbon stock is difficult. Selective logging targets valuable hardwood tree species such as ironwood and mahogany and typically removes several trees per hectare. Similarly, understory fires – caused by agricultural development, flammable debris leftover from logging, or careless disposal of cigarettes – may leave canopy foliage intact despite a charred underbelly. Modern-day satellite images cannot penetrate the forest canopy to record potential damage below, and isolated instances of degradation may not be visible at the 30-meter or higher resolution of standard satellite imagery. Surveillance by foot can more clearly identify degraded forests but is unfeasible for areas larger than a few hectares (or acres).In the last few decades, fortunately, a groundbreaking tool has managed to achieve both the fine resolution of ground inventory and the broad coverage of satellite data.LiDAR provides high-resolution, three-dimensional depictions of forestLight Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) is a method of remote sensing that uses light waves to measure distances to a target (in this case the Earth’s surface and vegetation) from a transmitter. Lasers are fired, typically from an airplane, at up to 150,000 pulses per second and bounce back to a highly acute sensor located near the source of the lasers. The distance to the target is calculated from how long it takes for the lasers to return, and different spectrums of light can be fired in order to survey different materials or structural properties. Combining the calculated distances travelled by individual lasers, each to a different point of the target, with a highly precise GPS system results in an impressively accurate three-dimensional representation of the target structure.An airborne LiDAR system includes a GPS to provide the plane’s position, an Inertial Motion Unit (IMU) to record the aircraft’s altitude, and a laser that scans back and forth across the terrain below. The laser sends many thousands of light pulses toward Earth that bounce back to the scanner. The return time of the pulses represents the distances from the known height of the plane to the surfaces below. The distance data are used to generate information about the shape and structure of the area’s vegetation. Image by University of Texas Coastal Studies Group.The incorporation of LiDAR data allowed the study’s researchers to explore dimensions of forest loss that previously were hard to quantify. “With LiDAR, we are able to characterize the fine-scale changes in carbon density associated with degradation,” Rappaport said. “[Carbon losses from degradation] have been trickier to characterize than carbon losses from deforestation, which are less subtle in nature.”The high-resolution data LiDAR produces enable scientists to assess the variability in canopy height, a metric of forest ecological stability. Rappaport and her co-authors determined that degradation due to fire and logging resulted in persistent changes in forest canopy structure, habitat that is critical to arboreal organisms such as saki monkeys in Peru.LiDAR data’s remarkable precision does come at a cost that is prohibitively high for most research teams. Since the technology was only recently developed, historic LiDAR data are not available, so change over a long time series cannot be observed.Historic satellite data, such as from the Landsat series, come in great use. The Landsat satellites have been operating continuously for 46 years, and the two currently orbiting satellites, 7 and 8, in combination record freely available images of almost the entire globe in an eight-day cycle. Although the images do not have the spatial resolution of LiDAR [each Landsat pixel is 30 meters (98 feet) across], Landsat complements LiDAR with resolution across time.Intact rainforest canopy in the Amazon Image by Rhett A. Butler/MongabayLiDAR and satellite imagery can record forest structure across space and time, but determining a ratio of carbon per tree or hectare requires on-the-ground assessment of stored carbon. The researchers used tree species and size data from ground-based carbon inventories to estimate the amount of carbon the trees sequester. In combination, the three methods can be very powerful for measuring forest carbon stocks.“Our work to combine forest inventory measurements, airborne LiDAR, and Landsat time series serves as a blueprint for the synergistic use of multiple datasets to estimate carbon emissions from forest degradation,“ Rappaport said.Using this multifaceted approach, Rappaport and her colleagues estimated the loss of carbon due to forest degradation and the relative contributions by logging and fire. Their estimates of carbon loss due to fire were about three times higher than such estimates derived from field experiments or forest inventories in previous studies. Additionally, forests that experienced three or more recurrent fire events in 15 years or less were left with an average of 10 percent of the carbon stock found in the original forest stand.The researchers conclude that fire has the potential to release more carbon stocks than either selective logging or clear-cutting. And conditions may only get worse for the Amazon: projections of more frequent and intense droughts suggest hotter, bigger fires.Map of degraded and intact forest stands in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, where researchers from University of Maryland and NASA recorded forest degradation from fire and logging via ground-based, satellite and LiDAR data. Forest appears green, deforested areas appear pink, and circles indicate the center of forest stands with LiDAR coverage (see key for color code; U—undisturbed; L—logged; LB—logged and burned; B—burned). Figure from Rappaport et al. (2018). Quantifying long-term changes in carbon stocks and forest structure from Amazon forest degradation. Environmental Research Letters, 13.Accurate carbon estimates can revise outdated baselinesAlthough high-resolution data from sources such as LiDAR can reveal somber findings, acquiring an accurate depiction of the full amount of carbon lost due to both deforestation and degradation is critical to understanding – and preventing – anthropogenic disturbance of forests.Rappaport recommends that their findings be used to update guidelines for monitoring carbon stocks present within intact and degraded forests, a key requirement for countries seeking performance-based payments from reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) programs.“By combining the emissions factors published in this study with [forest cover change] data from satellite observations, we will be able to verify the long-term role that Amazon forest degradation plays within regional carbon cycling,” she said. Rappaport added that they could also “establish emissions baselines necessary for supporting the implementation of REDD+.”Additionally, because their high-resolution methods revealed that forest carbon stocks vary by about two orders of magnitude, the authors recommend multiple classes of degraded forest under the REDD+ framework.Such baselines and classifications are critical to determining the readiness of a nation to begin a REDD+ program and to monitoring the amount of carbon stock retained. The United Nations and World Bank fund two of the most prominent REDD+ programs, and partner countries, including every Amazonian nation but Brazil and Venezuela, must regularly monitor and report forest carbon stocks. If the monitoring process does not capture the full amount of carbon lost due to forest degradation, participating nations may be given more credit than is deserved.A refined understanding of the drivers of forest degradation can also refocus preventative efforts. The World Bank and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) quickly deployed fire control projects in the aftermath of the massive El Niño drought across the Amazon in 1998. With the provision of additional mapping of forest damage due to fires, and with organizations such as Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research taking note, widespread preventative initiatives could be revitalized.Although some international policy currently lags behind cutting-edge forest monitoring capabilities, it would not be the first time that remote sensing data has induced policy change.Looking over the Amazon forest canopy at dawn. Image by Brazilian things, CC 4.0“[Brazil]’s advanced satellite-based monitoring system was a central agent in spurring increased law enforcement and responsive action against forest clearing,” Rappaport said. More widespread LiDAR coverage throughout the Amazon is on the horizon, and continued surveillance will likely stir up more attention, and policy change, in response to forest degradation and the serious impact of anthropogenic fires. “Remote sensing is uniquely poised to help drive and enforce policy change to stem deforestation and degradation.”CitationRappaport, D, I., Morton, D. C., Longo, M., Keller, M., Nara dos-Santos, M. (2018). Quantifying long-term changes in carbon stocks and forest structure from Amazon forest degradation. Environmental Research Letters, 13. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aac331FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Sue Palminteri Amazon, Amazon Rainforest, Conservation Solutions, data, Forests, LiDAR, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforests, Redd, Remote Sensing, satellite data, Satellite Imagery, Sensors, Technology, Tropical Forests, Wildtech Although deforestation (left) is absolute and uniform, forest degradation (right) tends to be more irregular and patchy. Its effects on the forest interior are often undetectable from satellite imagery. Images by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. Forest degradation has historically been overlooked in accounting and monitoring carbon stocks.A recent study combined ground-based inventory, satellite and LiDAR data to record the loss of carbon due to forest degradation in areas exposed to logging, fire damage, or both, in the arc of deforestation of the southeastern Amazon.The study revealed that fire damage causes greater losses than logging, and fire-damaged forests recovered more slowly than logged forests.Accurate depictions of both deforestation and degradation are necessary to establish emissions baselines used to inform programs to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). The shrieking rip of a chainsaw and the muffled roar of fire: both of these sounds are associated with extensive destruction of Amazon rainforest. But is logging or human-caused fire a larger issue for the fate of the Amazon? And when such activities culminate in a partially degraded forest – rather than complete deforestation – is there much cause for alarm?A recent study published in Environmental Research Letters explored these questions. Using a combination of ground-based, satellite and LiDAR data, scientists from the University of Maryland and NASA recorded the loss of carbon due to forest degradation in areas exposed to logging, fire damage, or both, in 20,000 square kilometers (7,722 square miles) of the southeast Amazon’s “arc of deforestation,” a crescent-shaped strip of intensive forest conversion along the southern and eastern edges of the forest.The Amazon arc of deforestation stretches across the southern and eastern edges of the forest and is rapidly expanding into the forest’s core. Data in Global Forest Watch from Hansen et al (2013) and Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research (INPE) PRODES project.The researchers found that degraded forest stands contained an average of 45.1 percent of the amount of carbon stored in intact forest stands. They compared the impacts of fire and logging, the two most prominent drivers of loss of forest carbon stocks. Fires not only resulted in higher loss of stored carbon than logging, but fire-damaged forests also recovered more slowly than logged forests. Forests subjected to fire remained more impacted after 15 years than forests subjected to logging after the same duration, and neither type of forest recovered to pre-disturbance carbon density.“We combined [forest inventory, satellite and LiDAR data] within a modeling framework to predict how losses and recovery rates of carbon stocks/forest structure are driven by differences in the type, intensity, and frequency of human degradation,“ said the study’s lead author Danielle Rappaport, a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland. “By providing the first comprehensive set of emissions factors for Amazon forest degradation, this work aims to help support the formal integration of degradation within carbon accounting systems, which have generally excluded degradation all together.”Forest degradation discrete, dangerousDegradation, unlike deforestation, is not absolute. Instead of a complete elimination of forest from the land, degradation is a more subtle process through which patches of forest, or even just individual trees, are lost. But the loss is still significant: 50,815 square kilometers (19,620 square miles) of forest in the Brazilian Amazon was degraded between 2000 and 2010, and emissions from degradation in the Amazon may be higher than those from deforestation. Additionally, the decreased structural complexity of degraded forests cannot support as much biodiversity as primary, undamaged forest.
A survey of 10,000 east and west African wood processing micro-businesses found that sourcing legal materials and legal compliance to be key difficulties in maintaining environmentally-ethical and legal business practices.The micro-businesses, connected and represented by a network of 21 wood industry associations, found a widespread need for more support and access to resources.The two reports from the survey results were released on Oct. 22 by the Global Timber Forum, a Washington, DC non-profit that works to build the capacity of forest and wood-based industry associations.The findings were released just ahead of Forest Legality Week, an annual gathering that draws together global forestry leaders and experts in Washington, D.C. Wood processing micro-businesses in several east, central and west African countries say they have a widespread need for more support and access to resources. Their rallying call for help is reflected in the results of a survey run by the Global Timber Forum (GTF), a London-based non-profit that works to build the capacity of forest and wood-based industry associations for responsible trade. Information gathered through 21 wood-industry associations with a total membership of nearly 10,000 micro-businesses in several African countries led to two reports. The reports focus on the relationship between micro-businesses and business associations in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Liberia and Mozambique. The findings come just ahead of the second annual Forest Legality Week in Washington, D.C., where experts from around the world will discuss a variety of forestry-related sustainability issues. Results were formed from a series of anonymized surveys conducted with multiple associations from each country.GTF’s director of policy and external affairs, Andrew Escott, said in an interview that the undertaking revealed ways to interact with micro-businesses at scale. The research illustrates the barriers and challenges to establishing sustainable timber harvests with these small operations. According to Escott, the nature of these operations can vary wildly. Both surveys used parameters of 10 or fewer employees to define a typical micro-business, which Escott further defined as often being a family business typically run by father-son teams. They can include small logging companies, sawmills, charcoal, and small skilled production companies — joinery and furniture — which usually serve the local market. Escott said that many of the companies at this small size lack any legal standing — they are often unregistered and unlicensed, and many operate by cash. That doesn’t diminish their importance, though.“It is these guys [whom] anyone with an interest in preserving forests needs to reach,” Escott said. “Their existing links with associations, identified in this research, makes this a great place to start.” However, one of the problems with looking to associations for consistent sustainability practices is that they do not have a place at the table with governments and NGOs to discuss problems and offer solutions. In addition to access, Escott said that a lack of resources and training contributes to poor practices. One common example is a lack of access to technical advice for association members. The first GTF survey noted that associations have an average number of 1.9 full time senior management and administrative staff members — with the smallest association having just one and the largest having 3.5. The second survey showed a higher average of 4 staff members, but also accounted for more positions including technical specialists, accountants, drivers and janitorial staff. Only three associations from the first survey said they have staff dedicated to taking technical questions. None were identified in the second survey.A necklace made from mpingo and another local hardwood. Photo by Sophie Tremblay for Mongabay.The reports also noted a list of constraints and key challenges for associations. They include a lack of resources and technical skills to support development of membership and active membership, and tools to support membership facing forest legality system changes. In addition, members need to understand the export market requirements and have access to market data. Without that, their ability to lobby domestically and internationally is limited. Not enough funding to support and grow membership is also an issue.Limited access to legal wood supplies and resources, and a wider global market that’s increasingly demanding sustainable practices, are also problematic for the micro-businesses. Survey respondents said there isn’t enough funding to gain access to more profitable markets, among other related issues.Some of those include lackluster performance in expertise, designs, and product development. Association members said they feel that their organizations don’t provide enough training opportunities in equipment maintenance, skills in marketing and production of basic products, research capabilities, and a focus on conservation. The report noted that, “Historically, associations have paid little attention to the importance of viable business systems, regular training and capacity building of their human resource capital.” The challenges for these associations is to implement more sustainable best practices and technologies that support harvesting a variety of wood species. None of the associations could not be reached by time of publication.“When [associations] talked about their challenges they all said they want to be able to provide a better frame for legality,” GTF’s Escott said. “What were seeing is a low representation from those advocating for the smallest operators. We don’t want these changes to put these people out completely.”Escott added that government-led sustainable harvesting practices often push micro- and small business operators into illegal timbering, and onto shaky legal ground. “Many of the changes going on in these countries are requiring increased levels of documentation and the use of technology— all good things,” Escott said. “But they need to be adapted so micro-businesses can comply, the smallest usually being the least equipped to make changes.”A lack of funding for nearly every service association is a key issue and what is most needed is a source of third party funds, Escott said. He added that the more businesses are in need of the association, the less there is to give. So additional funds will likely kickstart a cyclical process of seeking help that provides more resources, training and long-term capital which, in turn, provides associations with more resources as well.“For [businesses] an association can be the gateway to accessing funding, building their capacity and to having a voice in the larger governmental processes that are going on around them. The association is a path to legitimacy and sustainability and a potential window on the wider world that impacts on what they do today and in the future.”Forest Legality Week runs on the week of 23 Oct. – 25 Oct. and will feature a range of speakers from the World Resources Institute, Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestiere (OGF), and Forestry Commission Ghana among many universities and other NGOs.Banner image: A woodcarver makes a carving of a rhinoceros on the outskirts of Lunga Lunga, a town on the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Photo by Nathan Siegel for Mongabay. Forests, Rainforests, Supply Chain, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests, Tropical hardwoods Article published by Genevieve Belmaker Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored
In a newly published four-part series, Mongabay takes a deep dive into the science behind the so-called “Insect Apocalypse,” recently reported in the mainstream media.To create the series, Mongabay interviewed 24 entomologists and other scientists on six continents and working in 12 nations, producing what is possibly the most in-depth reporting published to date by any news media outlet on the looming insect abundance crisis.While major peer-reviewed studies are few (with evidence resting primarily so far on findings in Germany and Puerto Rico), there is near consensus among the two dozen researchers surveyed: Insects are likely in serious global decline.The series is in four parts: an introduction and critical review of existing peer-reviewed data; a look at temperate insect declines; a survey of tropical declines; and solutions to the problem. Researchers agree: Conserving insects — imperative to preserving the world’s ecosystem services — is vital to humanity. Read the entire series by Mongabay senior contributor Jeremy Hance hereAs night falls, numerous insects still fly to the artificial lights of homes in the Kenyan bush. But entomologist Dino Joseph Martins vividly recalls a time when the numbers swarming nightly above his outdoor table were staggering.“You would struggle … to eat your supper because you would have endless beetles and [flying] things falling in your … soup,” he recalls. Today, “that happens far less,” making outdoor dining more pleasant, but far more disquieting.Now Mongabay, in an exclusive four-part series, “The Great Insect Dying,” takes a deep dive into the so-called “Insect Apocalypse.” Interviews with 24 researchers on six continents, and working in 12 nations, are at the heart of the report — likely the most in-depth published on the looming insect abundance crisis by any news media outlet to date.Answers, so far, rest on the hard evidence found in a mere handful of studies, and on the anecdotal, though expert, observations by scientists. Despite limited peer-reviewed research, the scientists interviewed are in near consensus, agreeing that insects are very likely in significant decline globally.Part One of the series, an introduction to the issue, looks at the hard evidence. First news of a possible “Insect Apocalypse” broke in 2017 with groundbreaking research in temperate Europe, where researchers were stunned to learn that flying insect abundance fell by 75 percent in just 27 years in Germany’s nature reserves.Then, in 2018, tropical researchers reported that total arthropod biomass had plunged by 10 to 60 times in just 40 years in a Puerto Rican rainforest (arthropods include insects, arachnids and similar invertebrates).The rush to find evidence was on: A recent, but controversial, meta-study points to a serious decline, with insect abundance possibly falling at a rate of 2.5 percent annually. While most entomologists debate this finding, the majority interviewed believe a large-scale decline is underway.The big question: how bad is it?Ant drama unfolding on the ground beneath one of the caterpillar rearing barns run by Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs’ team of parataxonomists in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica. Shortly after this photo was taken, the small ants brought the larger one down into their colony. Image by Timothy Treuer.Part Two of the series looks at declines in the temperate zones of Europe and North America, regions where we know the most about insects, but have little data on abundance trends.However, as each new data point is added to the picture, the news isn’t good: In a Scottish study, moth abundance dropped by 46 percent in just 25 years; in the Netherlands, an 84 percent decline in butterflies was detected between 1890 and 2017. Still-unpublished U.S. research in Ohio may tell a similar story, with butterflies there declining by about 2 percent per year.Part Three offers a survey of the tropics, where insects have the greatest diversity of any animal group on Earth. But studies are scant there, with the Puerto Rico research and a Mexico study providing the only major data points on abundance.Tropical researchers have, however, anecdotally observed big declines, and say they expect large-scale population decreases driven by climate change, wholesale habitat loss and deforestation (especially due to the meteoric growth of industrial agribusiness in the tropics), along with excessive pesticide use.This doesn’t mean all insect groups in every region are, or will be, in free fall. Declines will likely be uneven and family-specific. Some insects may even benefit, especially those able to live in highly degraded habitats — but most won’t, say the experts. Survey projects like the Arthropod Initiative and the Global Malaise Trap Program could soon begin offering much-needed data on tropical insect trends.In Part Four, the researchers offer solutions. Despite the lack of data, they say, we know enough already to start taking aggressive global action to save insects — and ourselves — now.
Rajon Rondo #9 of the Chicago Bulls looks on during a time out in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 12, 2017, in New York City. AFPCHICAGO, United States — Rajon Rondo’s pointed response to the critical comments of Chicago Bulls teammates Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler won’t be a problem for the team going forward, Wade insisted Friday.“Everyone gets opportunities to express themselves,” Wade said after the Bulls held a team meeting prior to a morning shootaround to prepare for Friday’s home game against his former team, the Miami Heat.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Alaska boosts top 2 bid “That’s how (Rondo) chose to express himself… I have no hard feelings.”Butler expressed similar thoughts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I don’t have any problem with Rajon,” Butler said. “He spoke his mind. I spoke my mind. Move on.”Wade and Butler were harshly critical of their teammates after a 119-114 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. “We have visited with the players who spoke out at length and dealt with it internally,” Forman told reporters Friday. “We’ve talked about it with the entire team.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims “I’m 35 years old, man. I’ve got three championships. It shouldn’t hurt me more than it hurts these young guys,” Wade said after the Bulls’ late-game collapse. “They have to want it. … It has to change. It has to hurt inside to lose games like this.”Butler echoed those remarks, saying teammates “just got to care if we win or lose.”Rondo responded via Instagram on Thursday. The four-time All-Star, who won an NBA title with Boston in 2008, posted a picture of himself with former Celtics teammates Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, commenting, “My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team.”“The young guys work,” he wrote. “They show up. They don’t deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it’s the leadership.”The Bulls fell to 23-24 after Wednesday’s defeat, and general manager Gar Forman said he was “extremely disappointed” to see players criticizing their teammates.ADVERTISEMENT Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town The Warriors took a 108-100 lead, their biggest of the game, after Andre Iguodala’s dunk with 4:05 to go.Noah Vonleh’s dunk got Portland within four at 110-106 with 1:29 left, but Curry answered with his 3-pointer sent fans streaming for the exits.CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 32 points, while Damian Lillard added 31. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs.“I don’t think it’s ever been done, coming back from 3-0, especially against a team like Golden State,” Lillard said afterward. “But I’m sure a lot of you guys know I’m not one to quit and I’m very optimistic.”Portland saw the return of big man Jusuf Nurkic after he missed the final seven games of the regular season and the first two playoff games at Golden State because of a non-displaced fracture in his right leg. A 7-footer known as the Bosnian Beast, Nurkic finished with two points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Playing without both Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr, the Warriors came back Saturday night from a first-half 17-point deficit. Golden State can clinch the series with a win Monday night in Game 4 at the Moda Center.“It’s not necessarily ‘hero ball,’ it’s being aggressive in those spots that you have,” Curry said. “You might need to force the issue. That might mean taking a shot, it could be trying to get your feet in the paint and make a play, defensively trying to assert yourself – whatever the game calls for, getting ready for those moments.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnKlay Thompson added 24 points in the victory, which Curry said was marked by a handful of “boneheaded mistakes” in the first half. A 19-1 run in the third quarter brought the Warriors back.Afterward, Curry said he gave the game ball to general Manager Bob Myers to give to Kerr, who stayed back at the team hotel because of illness. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Parks named 2017 ABL MVP MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Warriors routed the Blazers 110-81 in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Durant injured his left calf in the third quarter of Sunday’s 121-109 Game 1 victory, but finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds.Energized by a raucous home crowd, Portland jumped out to an early 17-9 lead on Vonleh’s dunk. Portland extended the lead in the second quarter, with Al-Farouq Aminu and Allen Crabbe showing spark after being largely quiet in the first two games. Crabbe’s 3-pointer and a free throw put Portland up 49-33.A 14-5 run put the Blazers up 65-48, but Curry hit a 3-pointer and a long jumper for the Warriors to close out the half down 67-54. Curry and Thompson were off in the opening half, going 8 of 25 from the field with just two 3-pointers – both from Curry.The Warriors went on a 21-3 run to pull in front 85-83, capped by a pair of baskets from Iguodala and Draymond Green. Portland led 88-87 going into the final quarter.Warriors assistant Mike Brown stood in for Kerr, who still experiences lingering symptoms from complications following two back surgeries after the franchise’s run to the 2015 championship. He missed the first 43 games last season dealing with symptoms such as headaches, nausea and an aching neck.Despite his prolonged absence, the Warriors went 73-9 last season and played in the NBA championship game. Kerr was named Coach of the Year.“I don’t know all of the circumstances,” Brown said before the game. “He’s just not feeling well, and we’ll see how he feels later on.”Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain), and Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain) were also out for the Warriors.The Warriors defeated the Blazers in five games in the second round last season, en route to the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The surprising Blazers got past the Los Angeles Clippers in the opening round after falling to a 2-0 deficit.Golden State finished atop the conference this season with the best overall record in the NBA (67-15). The Blazers finished eighth after a late-season surge that saw them go 17-6 after March 1. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts after making a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — Stephen Curry wasn’t trying to be a hero. He just wanted the win.Curry scored 34 points – including a 3-pointer with just about a minute left that all but sealed the victory – and the Golden State Warriors overcame a slow start to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 119-113 and take a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town
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St George’s College scored a tie-breaking victory over Calabar High to grab an unbeatable 3-2 lead in the Jamaica Taekwondo McKay Security High School Team Sparring Competition during Saturday’s Zendo Open at the University of Technology.Duncan Smith came up trumps for St George’s College in the last of five bouts after the North Street boys were forced to twice come from behind in the final against powerful defending champions Calabar, who have been easy winners of the title for the last decade.With one tournament remaining in the season, June’s Seido Open, Calabar can only hope to draw the series against St George’s, who are on a high and backing themselves for an outright hold on the title.Coach Wayne smith, whose son, Duncan, created history for the Light Blues, was still doting yesterday, having worked tirelessly for the last four years to dethrone star-studded Calabar, who fielded the likes of combined martial arts team member Trevor Webb Jr and its high-potential team member, Tye McKay.”It’s a good feeling. We’ve been trying hard from 2014 when we came in as babies, beating sticks for everybody,” Smith recounted.NEVER GAVE UP”I’ve watched them grow to now become the only real competition for Calabar. They kept trying and never gave up. I know they are really and happy and proud. We’re coming with everything to win this competition.”In 2016, we were leading right up to about April. They came back and got April, May and June. Last year, they beat us by about two tournaments,” Smith added.Faced with the unfamiliar position of having to enter the final tournament needing a win to share the trophy, Calabar’s camp appeared in a quandary, with calls to captain Webb going unanswered.St George’s, however, are basking. “We’re going to see how everything works out. Any which way it goes, it will be history,” said coach Smith, whose team took out Penwood High in three straight bouts before facing Calabar, who had similarly dispatched Jamaica College to reach the final.Webb was first out for the champions to beat St George’s Ryan Robinson before Miguel Hamilton turned the contest on its head with victory over Tye McKay, levelling the final at 1-1.St George’s Chayane Brown lost his bout, but teammate Jahvin Ashley made it 2-2, setting up Smith for his tie-breaking victory.
LOS ANGELES (AP): Conor McGregor will return to mixed martial arts on October 6 in Las Vegas for a title bout against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The UFC dramatically announced the matchup yesterday with a promotional video to close a news conference promoting its slate of fight cards for the rest of 2018. “The fight is done,” UFC President Dana White said. McGregor (21-3) simultaneously held the featherweight and lightweight championship belts during his meteoric UFC career, but he hasn’t fought in MMA since taking the 155-pound lightweight belt from Eddie Alvarez in November 2016. The loquacious Irishman hasn’t competed at all since losing his lucrative boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in August 2017, and his UFC lightweight title was stripped and subsequently claimed by Nurmagomedov in April. McGregor and Nurmagomedov will meet in the main event of the UFC 229 pay-per-view show at the T-Mobile Arena, the same spot where Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round of their one-sided prizefight. McGregor also has resolved his legal troubles after throwing a hand truck at a bus containing UFC fighters during a one-man rampage last April at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Nurmagomedov was the intended target of McGregor’s wrath after a previous spat between the fighters’ camps. Nurmagomedov (26-0), who wasn’t actually on the bus, won the vacant lightweight belt by beating Al Iaquinta in Brooklyn two days after McGregor’s attack, which injured uninvolved fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg. McGregor was arrested but was sentenced last month to perform five days of community service, avoiding jail time in a plea deal. Nurmagomedov, the Dagestan-born Russian champion, has been one of the pound-for-pound greats of MMA when healthy, racking up 10 consecutive victories since joining the UFC. McGregor and Nurmagomedov weren’t at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles along with the other headlining fighters of the autumn cards, but the announcement of their bout set off wild cheering among the fans. Nurmagomedov is a formidable challenger for McGregor in a return from a 23-month break in MMA competition, but McGregor has never backed down from a challenge. Once McGregor resolved to return to the octagon earlier this year, Nurmagomedov was the obvious choice to be his next opponent but the biggest obstacle to this bout appeared to be money. Negotiations for this bout dragged on for many weeks while McGregor argued a highly lucrative deal, even demanding an ownership stake in the UFC in exchange for returning to the cage, and Nurmagomedov also asked for a hefty raise. White didn’t disclose terms of the deal that was reached. McGregor didn’t immediately react to the bout announcement on social media.
The US Anti-Doping Agency said upholding the ban “is a refreshing reminder that anti-doping decision-making should always be built on principles. We all hope a clean Russia returns to the international sporting community, but not at the expense of clean athletes.” The Moscow lab data could reach the IAAF via the WADA, which has set a year-end deadline to receive it. Track and field’s anti-doping unit would then have to analyse the information to satisfy the IAAF that it “hasn’t been tampered with”, Andersen said. Unclear was how long all this might take. IAAF President Sebastian Coe noted the next IAAF council meeting is scheduled for March. The World Championships open in Doha in late September. In a statement, Russian Athletics Federation president Dmitry Shlyakhtin said “regulating our debts financially requires a lot of work and in-depth consideration. We need to draw up various legal documents and discuss the payment arrangements. We’re also talking with the IAAF about possibly paying in instalments over six months.” Russian media have reported the debt is around $2.75 million. Shlyakhtin also said providing WADA with access to the Moscow laboratory samples “will obviously take some time, we recognise that.” The IAAF has allowed dozens of leading Russians to compete as neutrals if they can show an extensive history of passing drug tests. These include athletes such as Maria Lasitskene, who next year will look to defend the high jump world title she won in 2017. The IAAF also announced that Budapest will host the 2023 World Championships, after Doha next year and Eugene, Oregon, in 2021. The decision was expected because the IAAF had already said the Hungarian capital was its preferred choice. A REFRESHING REMINDER MONACO (AP): The IAAF extended its ban on Russia’s participation in international competitions yesterday, with no clarity on whether the suspension may be lifted before next year’s World Championships in Qatar. Sticking to a harder line than the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Olympic Committee, a meeting of the IAAF council wasn’t prepared to draw the line under the scandal of Russian doping and cover-ups. The IAAF still has two remaining conditions for Russia to be reinstated. It wants the country to pay its substantial costs, including legal costs, incurred from dealing with the Russian doping crisis. “This debt must be settled,” said Rune Andersen, who heads the IAAF task force dealing with Russia. While Russia has promised to pay, “We need to receive the money.” The IAAF also is pressuring for its anti-doping unit to get access to data and drug-test samples from a Moscow laboratory that could help identify more Russian athletes suspected of doping. “Russian athletes cannot return to international competition unconditionally until that such issue is resolved one way or another,” he said. The IAAF stance won outside praise. British sports minister Mims Davies said it sent “a clear message that Russia must co-operate fully before it can be back in the fold.”
WADA: Lab data retrieved and being moved out of Moscow Gladys Knight to sing national anthem at Super Bowl NEW YORK (AP): Gladys Knight will sing The Star-Spangled Banner at this year’s Super Bowl. The seven-time Grammy Award winner says she’s proud to use her voice to “unite and represent our country” in her hometown of Atlanta. The 74-year-old and the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Her hits include Midnight Train to Georgia and That’s What Friends Are For. Maroon 5 will be joined by Big Boi, Atlanta-based rapper from Outkast, and Travis Scott during the half-time performance. CBS broadcasts this year’s Super Bowl from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on February 3. MOSCOW (AP): Experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have finished retrieving data from the Moscow lab that could lead to sanctions against Russian athletes implicated in the country’s wide-ranging doping conspiracy. WADA announced yesterday that the data has been transferred out of Russia for analysis by agency experts. WADA President Craig Reedie called it “a major breakthrough for clean sport”. WADA must still decide whether to rescind the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) compliance. RUSADA was reinstated last September with the caveat that all the data be retrieved from the lab by December 31. But Russia sent WADA experts home empty-handed before the deadline, only for them to return last week. WADA’s compliance review committee is reviewing the case and will send its recommendation to the executive committee, which will decide RUSADA’s status next Tuesday.
…AFC LeaderThe AFC announced it’ll be holding its National Convention at the end of this month and Khemraj Ramjattan immediately insisted he’ll be seeking re-election to the leadership post. One isn’t surprised – it’s simply the “Iron Law of Institutions” playing out. This posits that some “people who control institutions care first and foremost about their power within the institution rather than the power of the institution itself. Thus, they’d rather the institution ‘fail’ while THEY remain in power within the institution, than for the institution to ‘succeed’ if that requires THEM to lose power within the institution.”After all, what is the AFC at this time but the “dead meat” Ramjattan himself foresaw if the party coalesced with the PNC? History first played itself out with the tragedy of the neutering of the UF and now repeats itself as the farce of the AFC’s “eunuching”. Without his cojones, what is Ramjattan – or any man for that matter – but “dead meat”? And how much more farcical can it get than Ramjattan praising Jagan, even as he supports the PNC dumping the great man’s papers into the streets!?But Ramjattan isn’t only disgracing himself by allowing himself to be used as a hand-puppet – and how much more disgraceful can it get when we remember the master’s hand is pushed up the puppet’s behind to operate its mouth!! Ouch!! He seems to have conveniently forgotten that in selecting its leader, the AFC had introduced the convention of alternating between Indian and African executives.That was the claim to fame of the AFC, wasn’t it? This was the mechanism that would “prove” their multiracial “essence” and all that! Trotman begat Ramjattan and then begat to Trotman and so on. It may sound incestuous – but then this is politics, so what else is new?? So, if Ramjattan was chosen as “leader” at the last conclave, isn’t it the turn of an African leader? Or did he – like his sidekick Moses Nagamootoo – decided he “isn’t Indian”?Or is Ramjattan bucking the convention - like Prezzie on the GECOM Chairman – by deciding, like Humpty Dumpty – that a word means just what HE says it means??!! Or is it the African leaders – like Trotman and Patterson - who have all gone back home into the bosom of the PNC and aren’t available? Nigel Hughes, who towered over the lot in the AFC in all categories, walked away in principled disgust. But there’s Kathy Hughes – who’s already indicated she’s ready, willing and able to serve as the leader. And we know she certainly has more cojones than Ramjattan!!Remember her nailing him to the wall on the Jaguar skin?!!…Prime MinisterMoses Nagamootoo’s contortions in the Red House affair has surprised many, but not those who knew him from the PPP days. Always full of bombast, he just wanted to strut on a stage and “bloviate” – as his landsman Ramsammy so aptly puts it. There are those who posit since the PPP knew of his proclivities, they should’ve simply offered him something like the Speakership back in 2011, and he would’ve been happier that a pig in stuff, pontificating from on high!!But your Eyewitness has his doubts about that manoeuvre. A man who convinced himself Cheddi Jagan anointed him as his successor has delusions of grandeur that would only be satisfied with some title that suggested he was a “big one”!! Prime Minister!! When he was invited by some private Tamil association to receive a shawl or some such “honour”, he never disabused them of their misapprehension that as “Prime Minister” he was leader of Guyana, like Modi in India!!This from a fella who didn’t even get to chair Cabinet meetings, for which he sold his soul!…no moreWhatever one may say about Ramayya, he found the testicular fortitude to walk when he realised he was being thrown under the bus by Nagamootoo and Ramjattan.He should show them where the excised balls are stored!
….on CummingsburgSo here it was that on Labour Day, before he headed off to what he knew would be a desultory trek through Georgetown — no labour of love! — your Eyewitness glanced at the headlines. The AFC had set up a committee to “review” the Cummingsburg Accord — the “Cummingsburg Accord Review Committee” (CARC) — but yet insisted it “reaffirms APNU+AFC Coalition is strong and cohesive”.If the coalition’s so cohesive, why the heck “review” it? You don’t fix something if it ain’t broken; do you?? Well, the AFC NEC (don’t you just love the way these fellas love their acronyms?? “NEC” is National Executive Committee!) explained that they’re looking “to strengthening, updating and broadening the agreement as we look towards upcoming elections in two and three years’ time.” Yeah, right!! If that ain’t a crock of doody, your Eyewitness doesn’t know what is!!Now the essence of the Cummingsburg Accord was that AFC’s Nagamootoo would become the PM in what would be a “shared Executive structure” with David Granger, who’d be president in case they won the elections. The “sharing” was key, since they acknowledged the country was ethnically divided, and if there were to be any development and justice in Guyana, there would have to be real inclusion of all ethnic groups in Government. The AFC was going to bring in 11% Indians into the coalition with the overwhelmingly African-based APNU.The Accord therefore specifically spelled out — so there would be no ambiguity in this key “power sharing” agreement — the power of the Prime Minister. This was the “proof of the pudding” of the PNC-led APNU’s good faith: “The Prime Minister SHALL have responsibility for: Domestic Affairs and Chairing the Cabinet; Recommending Ministerial Appointments and providing the organisational structures of Ministries for the approval of the President; Appointing heads of Agencies and non-constitutional commissions; domestic security.”Now, the question is: WHICH ONE OF THESE POWERS WAS ACTUALLY CONFERED ON PM NAGAMOOTOO?? Does Nagamootoo have “responsibility for Domestic Affairs?? Not in this life!! Strike one!! Does Nagamootoo chair Cabinet?? Well, your Eyewitness understands he has a “chair” to sit – but it’s not THE CHAIR!! Strike 2!!Did he recommend “Ministerial Appointments”?? It’s been revealed that the appointment of three of the Ministers everyone thought were recommended by him on behalf of the AFC — Dominic Gaskin, Raphael Trotman and Noel Holder — was actually done unilaterally by the President!! Strike 3!! Has PM Nagamootoo recommend the heads of Agencies, like Clive Thomas for SARA? Your Eyewitness thought not!! Strike 4!!But hold it! Nagamootoo was already out with strike 3!!So what’s CARC gonna do? Just give us CACC: Cummingsburg Accord Conmen Committee!…on the JudiciaryYour Eyewitness knows he’s being going on and on about the need for the Judiciary’s independence to be maintained. The present onslaught launched by this Government as soon as it acceded to office isn’t a coincidence. The Executive knows that, with all the talk about “separation of powers” protecting the rule of law to save us from sliding back into a Burnham-like dictatorship, they control the Legislature absolutely. So, it’s all left to the Judiciary.How can the Judiciary be controlled? Right off the bat, there’s the appointment by the Executive – and this has been a done deal. So, what if “acting” has now become endemic? After all, even after 50 years at the bar, a lawyer’s still said to be “practising”!! Then there’s pressure. Right now, the pressure is coming from Basil Williams, who’s determined to cow the Judiciary with his rude and crude threats. The Judiciary must be allowed to work without pressure – and certainly not from the Executive.The two (ag) heads of the Judiciary will signal what’s ahead for Guyana when they pronounce on the matter of Justice Holder.…on AnilIf Art 172 (3) says MP’s shall enjoy freedom from arrest for any “civil debt” during parliamentary sessions, isn’t it pure spite to make what’s a civil debt (at worse) criminal?
There is urgent need for the Government of Guyana to draft and implement regulations as well as guidelines that would seek to further strengthen and enhance the quality of pageants that are held locally to select the country’s beauty ambassadors.These regulations and standards could emanate from a national multi-stakeholder forum that is hosted at the invitation of the Ministries of Business, Tourism, Education and Youth. The forum could be seen as a focal point for information sharing and capacity building from all those who form part of the local pageant and fashion-related sub-industries.It could also be used as an opportunity for the directors, executives and coordinators of community, regional and national pageants to have dialogue about the state of the industry and the challenges that are currently affecting its ability to flourish and achieve its full potential.The truth is, the local pageant industry since the turn of the new millennium has been dogged by scandal after scandal depending on who were the principals of the pageant, behind the scene actors, sponsors, and delegates.For far too long, these young women have been the victims of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, economic exploitation and outright fraud. They have suffered and endured a lot to get to the finish line only to emerge successful and realise that the worst is still ahead. There have been countless stories of pageant delegates being promised a number of prizes, gifts, employment and endorsement if they emerge as the victors of their respective competitions, but many times end up with half or none of the promised bounty.Delegates are often left to fend for themselves despite pageant coordinators collecting entry fees, sponsorship revenue and other forms of in-kind contribution from corporate Guyana to make an event happen or fully sponsor a delegate or segment.There have been stories where Guyana’s representatives turn up at international pageant events which attracts millions of viewers around the world poorly trained, prepared and resourced to compete in the first place much less purport to represent the essence of Guyanese women.The situation locally reached its pinnacle last year with damning allegations being made against one of Guyana’s national pageant franchise holders and more recently, a decision to cancel the historic Miss Linden Town Week Pageant after reprehensible allegations that there was an attempt to sexually assault some delegates who were seeking sponsorship.These must not be seen as isolated instances since they happen on a larger scale but are hushed up by those who are responsible for various pageants out of fear that the pageant’s reputation may be impugned, and their image maligned.Also, the regulations must address the manner in which delegates are selected and the pageant themselves funded and executed. Guyana needs to abandon the principle of choosing delegates for a particular pageant, weeks or two months before the actual event. They girls should undergo months of coaching and preparations that are aimed at improving their overall welfare and well-being.Our representatives are disadvantaged when there is not enough effort placed into sending well-rounded not only beautiful representatives abroad to represent Guyana. While many of the young ladies – Lisa Punch, Alana Seebarran, Soyini Fraser, Rafieya Hussain and a few others have defied odds by securing resounding success internationally, there is need for us to regulate the industry and bring back order and methodology in order for Guyanese girls to be given a good chance at securing fame and prestige internationally on behalf of Guyana.
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Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN But with the approaching Women’s World Cup putting greater focus on their game, Latin American women are increasingly calling attention to their struggles and are starting to see at least incremental results.Emboldened in part by the actions of the players fighting for equity in the U.S., Australia and other countries, Isabella Echeverri and Melissa Ortiz started a high-profile social media campaign earlier this year to bring to light some of the issues faced by teammates on the Colombian women’s national team. It gained traction when players from the men’s national team, which went to last year’s World Cup in Russia, declared their support for the effort.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe pair was spurred to action when players stopped getting the $20 a day payment they had received for practice sessions, and other moves by the federation. Separate allegations of sexual harassment on Colombia’s under-17 team later emerged.“It came to a point when both of us were like, if not us, who, and if not now, when?” Ortiz told The Associated Press. Players scored a victory of sorts with the recent announcement that the women’s professional league in Colombia would continue, despite talk of its demise. Many of the national team players are part of the pro league, which has not yet begun to play. Colombia went to both the Women’s World Cup in 2015 and the Olympics in 2016 but the team did not make the field for the tournament that opens next month in France.“We have different fights,” Camila Garcia, co-founder of the women’s player association in Chile and board member for FifPro, the international player’s union, said about women’s soccer in Latin America. “When you see that most of these elite teams have collective-bargaining agreements that we would dream about having, we don’t have any mechanism to negotiate. We can’t be at the table. So we’re trying, for the first step, to raise our voice, to say what we need, and try and figure out how we can develop women’s football.”Argentina recently announced that its women’s league would be granted professional status. Previously, players for the clubs were considered amateurs, something that’s common globally.At least eight players on each of Argentina’s 16 club teams must now have pro contracts. The Argentine soccer federation will kick in $600,000 to help contribute to the salaries.The move comes after Macarena Sánchez took legal action against her former club team and the federation seeking to be recognized as a professional.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Saturday, March 23, 2019, file photo, Macarena Sanchez, a soccer player who is taking legal action against her club and the Argentine soccer association for not recognizing her as a professional player, heads a ball before a mixed soccer match as part of the “I play for equality” event in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Players in Latin America face obvious economic and cultural challenges when it comes to soccer and sports overall. (AP Photo/Daniel Jayo, File)For women in many parts of the world, a level playing field in soccer can simply mean having a playable practice field.Players in Latin America face clear political, cultural and even historical challenges when it comes to soccer and sports overall. Their struggle to close gender gaps is entirely different than that faced by a high-profile squad such as the defending world champion U.S. team and its fight for equitable pay.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting “I really believe that a lot of the issues that exist, especially in the more developing countries, if we are able to really commercialize the women’s game at the top end, a lot of those challenges and barriers will start to come away in the more developing countries as well,” she said.” So we’re putting a big focus, particularly this summer in France, around promotion, proactive communication and raising the profile of our players, and really doing as much as we can to get as many eyeballs onto the games.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast View comments Argentina’s national team, which went on strike in 2017 after daily stipends of about $10 were cut off, will play in the World Cup this summer for the first time in 12 years.Brenda Elsey, an associate professor at Hofstra University and co-author of the book “Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America,” said some of the strides that have been made can be connected to the rise of the women’s rights movements in Latin America.“Their situation, it’s better in terms that they’re fairly organized, they’ve got social media audiences that really support them,” Elsey said. “They have connections to the feminist movement that they haven’t had in the past. A lot of this, I think, you could also chalk it up to the dynamism of the Ni Una Menos, and the feminist movements in Latin America that have changed the idea of what is feminism, and are including a lot more things like women’s sports. So, yes, I think they’re in better shape to challenge that patriarchal structure.”In a friendly between Puerto Rico and Argentina last August, Puerto Rican players stopped after kickoff, gathered together and pointed to their ears in a gesture suggesting their complaints about funding for the women’s team weren’t being heard. Some players claimed they were never paid for World Cup qualifying matches.Some of the players adopted the hashtag #fromnowon as video of their protest quickly spread on social media.“We’re right now just asking for the basics,” Puerto Rico midfielder Nicole Rodriguez said. “Like fields to practice on that aren’t waterlogged, and that we’re not the second-choice clubs to have priority. We want friendly games so we can continue to improve our FIFA ranking and be adequately prepared. And camps, like four camps a year. We don’t have any of that. So, yes, it would be really awesome to get paid, but right now our focus is being able to continue our development and have the respect we deserve.”The U.S. women’s national team took its high-profile pursuit for equitable pay to federal court earlier this year, alleging gender discrimination in a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The U.S. team is among several national teams, including those for Australia, Norway and Denmark, that have publicly fought for better pay and playing conditions.But those teams come from federations that are far wealthier and have the political will to change.FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, last fall released its ambitious global strategy to grow women’s soccer. Sarai Bareman, FIFA’s chief women’s football officer, said one of the goals is to emphasize the promotion and commercialization of the women’s game, something she hopes will show federations like those in Latin America that supporting women’s soccer is an area of untapped growth.The World Cup, she said, is a great platform to drive that point home. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Finals-bound Sisi Rondina, UST far from done MOST READ
Grand Kru County Senator, Ablert Tugbeh Chie, has lauded citizens hailing from the county for electing him as senator in the just ended 2014 Special Senatorial Election.According to him, he will be ungrateful if he doesn’t thank the people of his county and other friends who supported him during the election process.Addressing hundreds of Grand Kru residents over the weekend in Monrovia, especially those from Forpoh District that are residing in Doe Community on the Bushrod Island, Senator Chie said the people of Forpoh have made wise decision by voting him in House of Senate.He said: “I have come to commend all of you for the significant roles you played in my life as well as our beloved county, and therefore, I can assure you all that this county will be developed through our collective efforts.”Senator Chie reminded his compatriots that with unity and coordination, they will promote development agenda and seek the interest of others at all times.“Let me make it clear to you that some projects which I have started in the county, I will make sure to complete them, because I want my people to trust me,” he promised.In a remark, the Chairman of Forpoh Community in Monrovia, Jeremiah Nimely, applauded Senator Chie for having the people of Forpoh at heart.Mr.Nimely disclosed that the citizens from Forpoh will wholeheartedly work with Senator Chie.The Forpoh Chairman then appealed to Sen. Chie to lobby with GSM companies operating in the country to carry communication networks to the district and the Dorbor District to enable them gets access to phone call.Senator Chie toured four communities in Monrovia and its environs thanking the people of Grand Kru and gave each community L$40,000 as a token of appreciation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A local youth group, the Burning Barriers Building Bridges (B4) Youth Theater Incorporated, is expected to host a drama series on Ebola awareness in Gbarnga, Bong County on August 7, 2015 under the theme, “Fight the Stigma.”The B4 is a vocational program that trains young people in art, music and dance. Annually, the group discusses a range of social topics which give talented youth a different meaning to issues that affect the society.According to the national director of 4B Youth Theater, Silas Juaguellie, the upcoming drama will focus on post-Ebola awareness and the ending of stigma against survivors across the country.Mr. Juaquellie said the daylong event will feature the youths using masks to portray expressions made by people who are stigmatized and those who are doing the stigmatizing.The event is expected to be climaxed with reinforcing the Ministry of Health’s preventive measures put in place when the Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in Liberia in March last year.Unfortunately, the director said, several weeks of being declared Ebola free, Liberia has returned to the condition of the other two West African countries.The work of B4 Theater is even more timely, as many citizens who have relaxed on the dangers of the disease will be refocused as the organization’s youth take the stage August 7, said Juaguellie.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A couple of days spent in Amman, Jordon at the Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security were intriguing, engaging and inspiring. Over five hundred youths expressed their commitments to live in a peaceful global society and endorsed a universal declaration known as the Amman Youth Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security.Across our world, we see insecurity, inequality and growing divides among nations, groups, societies, tribes and even families. Here in Liberia, the challenges are all too glaring; there is a rise in corruption, cronyism and the lack of equal opportunity for young people. While young people are not directly responsible for creating these problems, they are both directly and indirectly affected by the aftermath and consequences of these problems of poverty, inequality, unemployment and even poor quality of education.During our dialogue among peace messengers, we concluded that the biggest cost of corruption and cronyism by way of bribery, embezzlement, nepotism and favoritism is any government ‘s biggest loss because with it goes the loss of trust and confidence of the electorate; disenchantment of young people, potential investors and anger and frustration of the general populace.In addressing the issues of poverty, corruption and cronyism, governments should leave no one in doubt of its zero tolerance policy against corruption. We cannot afford to have double standards. The fight against elements of progress and national development will be won or lost based on how government handles its engagement with young people and their roles in a comprehensive master plan for peace and security.Young people have no stake in issues that tend to ignore them. Consequently, government must recognize the role of young people in peace and nation building initiatives. It is never enough to have young people as tokens of representation. The issue of corruption and corrupt practices need not be catastrophe. The question now, is how we, as young people, act. In our quest for results, we are reminded by the words of the UN Secretary General-Ban ki Moon, when he said “… let us stand with millions of people across the world who are suffering the devastating impact of violence and conflict. Let us share ideas and plans for helping and supporting them in their time of dire need.”The work of Messengers of Peace (MOP) – Liberia would not be possible without the active and meaningful involvement of young people and without an engaging partnership with peace loving individuals, groups and organizations. It is the coordinated network of people that helps to alleviate poverty, eradicate corruption and cronyism as well as reduce violence among young people.Next month 21 September 2015, the International Day of Peace (IPD) would be observed around the world and MOP- Liberia would use this platform to officially launch the Amman Youth Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security. The four cardinal points of the youth declaration focusing on youth participation and leadership in issues of peace and security, Youth preventing violence and building peace; Gender equality and young people’s socio-economic empowerment would be our priority in the months ahead.Until next week, when we come to you dialogues among peace messengers: “Partnership for Peace-Dignity for All-Part 1”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists El Alto, Bolivia – Dec. 8, 2013: Cholita wrestlers during a wrestling fight in the city of El Alto, Bolivia. The Fighting Cholitas are a group of female wrestlers. INQUIRER.net stock photoFrom the freestyle wrestling of Bolivia’s indigenous female wrestlers to the inclusive arena of Britain’s EVE league, there’s never been as much interest in women’s wrestling. Could it be that the hit Netflix series “GLOW”, which is back for a third season, might just have a lot to do with it?The Guardian tracked the trend, putting the spotlight on EVE, the “riot grrls of wrestling,” who tout themselves as “Punk, Feminist, Empowered. Women Superheros Come To Life!” delighting audiences up and down the British Isles with their highly theatrical show (all the while supporting a number of charities and causes).ADVERTISEMENT DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest Robredo: Gilas Pilipinas needs Filipinos’ support TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal View comments “For many women there is an attraction to a way of life not bound to…preserving life years, of carefully guarding every cell from the inevitable …” she told the British daily. JBRELATED STORIES:MMA fighter Jorge Kanella gets penalty for stabbing toe in opponent’s buttBoxing, wrestling, MMA generate $97M in New York in 2 yearsADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Elsewhere, 19-year-old Malaysian pro-wrestler Nor Diana, aka Phoenix, demonstrates that the same feeling of empowerment is what motivates the young hijab-wearing pro wrestler to hit the ring.Likewise, the proud wearing of traditional garb in an otherwise spandex-wrapped world has been an integral part of some South American cultures, as reported on by The Washington Post and National Geographic. From Mexico to Bolivia, cholitas luchadoras have been taking on the mantle of a male-dominated sport (in petticoats, no less), putting on a show just about as colorful as anything the WWF has ever put on at the height of the neon 1980s.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCloser to the home (and aesthetic) of GLOW, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) featured its first-ever women’s main event during last April’s Wrestlemania, indicating that the success of GLOW might just have opened the notoriously macho American market to a mainstreaming of women’s wrestling.The Guardian provides another interpretation of the phenomenon, courtesy of University of Iowa Professor Kerry Howley (author of the 2014 bestselling tome “Thrown”). According to Howley, women’s adherence to wrestling presents an alternative to the American zeitgeist’s obsessive adherence to wellness dictates. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted LATEST STORIES With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
“I played a solid match, my best match of the week so far without a doubt,” Nadal said. “I did a lot of things well — changing directions, changing rhythms.”The second-ranked Spanish star won his 83rd singles title and third of the year, following clay victories in Rome and at the French Open. He extended his tour record for Masters 1000 titles to 35, two more than top-ranked Novak Djokovic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“He was playing very well during the whole week. So for me, it was important in the beginning that he doesn’t take advantage, because finals are always a little bit more difficult for everyone,” Nadal said. “I’ve played a lot of these. I know beginnings can be tricky, especially against a great player like him but especially when a player like him is playing with a lot of confidence like he was playing during the whole week.”Medvedev, from Russia, was seeded eighth. The match was his first against Nadal. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Serena Williams retires due to injury as Bianca Andreescu wins Rogers Cup Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I knew how it’s going to be,” Medvedev said. “I was kind of ready for it. Then didn’t manage to probably show my best tennis, but at the same time Rafa was incredible today. I need to see the match on the TV to say for sure, but congrats to him. I need to do better next time.”Nadal had a walkover in the semifinals Saturday when Gael Monfils withdrew because of an ankle injury.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his win over Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL — Rafael Nadal won his fifth Rogers Cup title, beating Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 on in just 70 minutes Sunday at breezy IGA Stadium.The 33-year-old Nadal won the event for the third time in Montreal. The first came in 2005 at age 19 over Andre Agassi, and the second in 2013. Nadal won in Toronto in 2008 and 2018.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 MOST READ View comments
Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vietnamese bundle out gritty Malditas OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake MOST READ Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Kaya Iloilo continued to put pressure on Ceres-Negros as it downed Stallion Laguna, 1-0, last Saturday night to move within three points off the Philippine Football League lead at Aboitiz pitch in Lipa City, Batangas.A brilliant individual effort from Ghanaian striker Jordan Mintah just 12 minutes into the match proved to be the difference as Kaya increased its haul to 34 points behind the reigning champion Busmen, who drew a bye over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? The win also gives Kaya a comfortable 12-point gap over Green Archers, which moved up to third spot after a 4-1 demolition of Philippine Air Force.The second placer in the league could find itself in the AFC Cup next year, especially if only one club will win the league and the Cup competition late this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsA brace from skipper Tating Pasilan and goals from Paolo Bugas and Tonaldo Appiah keyed the Archers’s win. BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft View comments
A Liberian man who blamed his family for forcing him to plead guilty reluctantly admitted sexually assaulting his 16-year-old stepdaughter in 2015.Family members were not in court Friday supporting Leon Nimley, 54, when he placed his hand on a bible in court and repeatedly asked it to “forgive” him, as if the religious book was animate, for pleading guilty “against my will” to a single count of sexual assault. He is expected to spend five years in state prison, under terms of a negotiated plea agreement with prosecutors, and must serve four years and three months under the state’s No Early Release Act before he is eligible for parole.Nimley admitted he knew the girl since she was an infant and she was under his care at the time of the sexual assault. He broke down crying while Judge Robert Billmeier went over the guilty plea with him.Counts of endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact, brought against Nimley when his stepdaughter told police he repeatedly violated her, are being dismissed. Billmeier on multiple occasions asked Nimley’s attorney to relay what his client said because of Nimley’s heavy accent. Nimley must register as a sex offender as part of his agreement with prosecutors.After he finishes serving his state prison bid, Nimley will be deported to Liberia, where his attorney Thomas Numbar said his client fears being “injected with chemicals that will make him crazy.”Nimbley is scheduled for sentencing on May 13. (Source: The Trentonian newspaper of Trenton, NJ).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Neymar’s Champions League ban cut to 2 games Gregorio had a successful coaching career in the PBA where he led the Purefoods franchise to three championships. He last coached the Meralco Bolts in the PBA from 2010 to 2014.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown The 47-year-old Gregorio though, made it clear that his door is always open to serve the national team but not in a head coaching capacity.“That’s not true. Of course, not. Volunteering? That’s a very tough term. I don’t volunteer but I will always make myself available for Philippine basketball but not necessarily as a coach. I’m retired,” Gregorio said Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I’m sticking to my function as special assistant to the SBP president.”Apart from his special assistant duties, Gregorio also served as chief scout of Yeng Guiao, who just recently stepped down as head coach of Gilas Pilipinas following a winless campaign in the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China. Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption MOST READ Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ryan Gregorio on Tuesday quashed rumors that he is vouching for himself as the next head coach of Gilas Pilipinas.Gregorio has been playing the role as special assistant to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president since last year and he plans to keep it that way.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down
‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption ‘Gago’ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust LATEST STORIES The result further muddled up the Final Four race with University of the Philippines only securing a playoff for a postseason berth even with an 80-77 win over National U earlier.The Tamaraws eliminated the Adamson Falcons with a 63-60 victory earlier, while rising to 7-6. DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist La Salle still in fight for a Final Four berth. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Don’t count De La Salle out just yet.The Green Archers delivered a second half performance to remember as they subdued University of Santo Tomas, 80-79, Wednesday night to stay in the thick of the fight for a Final Four berth in UAAP Season 82 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Providing La Salle a lift when it needed it the most, Jamie Malonzo, Aljun Melecio and Brandon Bates all came through with big games as the Archers climbed to 6-6, while denying the Growling Tigers a Final Fourspot. Justin Baltazar also dished out a solid output of 14 points and 11 rebounds.Playing in his one and only year of eligibility for La Salle, Malonzo finished with a game-high 23 points, including an electrifying reverse dunk in the final period, while Melecio poured 11 of his 18 points inthe last two periods for the Archers, who are still in fifth spot, just half a game behind Far Eastern U.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Bates notched a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds as he more than held his inside the paint against a UST squad that seized control early, before fading in the second half.The Archers outscored the Tigers, 26-13, in the third period as they overhauled a 37-44 deficit and turned it into a 63-57 lead heading into the final period. Melecio’s triple gave the Archers a 72-61 lead with 6 minutes remaining. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. PBA: Rain or Shine turns back Blackwater to end slide View comments
LATEST STORIES Two years ago, Anh and Phụng won two gold medals at the SEA Games in Myanmar. While SEA Games bronze medalist Ngoan is the world’s leading athlete in the women’s Kumite 61 kg category. Ngoan bagged gold at the Karate 1-Premier League in Halle/Leipzig, Germany in 2017, making her the first Vietnamese martial artist to win the top title in the prestigious tournament.“We lost three key members. It is a difficulty for the team. They are experienced practitioners and gained high results in international events. However, we have other athletes who are skilled enough to shoulder their duties,” said coach Mai Xuân Lượng.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“The training board still aims to get four gold medals like the previous Games. I hope that Kumite will bring home two or three golds. In this Games, the organizing board cut many weight categories which are Vietnam’s strong point but our target doesn’t change,” Lượng added.According to Lượng, Vietnam will send 15 martial artists and four coaches to the Games including nine fighters in Kumite and six in Kata (performance). Athletes will begin their competition on December 7-9. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Boxing champ Pacquiao can be president too like housewife Cory, says Panelo Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee “We have worked for a long time and invested strongly for Ngoan. However, she is having some issues, so she retired. Vietnam nearly don’t have a chance in Kumite. The training board now puts its hopes on Nguyễn Thị Phương in the Kata event,” said Lượng.Phương took gold medal for the women’s Kata team in the SEA Games two years ago. She also took bronze at the Asian Karate Federation Senior Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in July.To qualify for the Olympics, a karateka must rank in the world’s top 10.According to Vũ Sơn Hà, head of karate section of the National Sports Administration, Phương has been given chances to compete in many international tournaments in the two past years to qualify for the Olympics in Japan.“At present, there are many athletes from Japan, Spain and France in the world’s top 10. Phương is out of the top 10 but she has a chance to get to the Tokyo Olympics via an event held in France in May next year,” said Hà.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study To prepare for the Games, Kumite team members are training in Iran until November 22. Following this training, they will return the Hà Nội-based National Sports Training Centre before leaving for the Philippines.The nine-member Kumite team includes Đinh Thị Hương, Trang Cẩm Lành, Hồ Thị Thu Hiền, and Bùi Thị Thảo (female), as well as Nguyễn Văn Hải, Đặng Hồng Sơn, Nguyễn Thanh Duy, Chu Đức Thịnh, and Đỗ Thanh Nhân (male).Lượng said among them, Hiền and Nhân are expected to shine. Both Hiền and Nhân bagged gold medals in the Games in Myanmar.Olympics dreamLượng said Vietnam prepared for the regional biggest sport event as well as the 2020 Summer Olympics when karate was put into the competition program for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 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) View comments DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Việt Nam karate team train to prepare for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games. Photo nhandan.com.vn via Viet Nam NewsHANOI–Although Vietnam’s karate team will be without three key athletes, they’re aiming for four gold medals at the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.Nguyễn Thị Hồng Anh and Nguyễn Minh Phụng have retired to become coaches, while Nguyễn Thị Ngoan in the Kumite (combat) category is struggling to build up her mental fortitude, so none will compete in the Philippines later this month.ADVERTISEMENT
Phil Younghusband. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhil Younghusband, the face of the Philippines’ rise from footballing obscurity over the last decade, announced his retirement from the sport at age 32 on Monday.In an international career spanning 13 years, Younghusband finished his career as the country’s top goal scorer with 52 goals and also holds the record in most appearances for the national team with 108 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Younghusband served as captain for the national team following Rob Gier’s retirement three years ago. He wore the armband as the Azkals clinched an AFC Asian Cup berth for the first time in history with a 2-1 win over Tajikistan at Rizal Memorial Stadium in March 2018. Younghusband also marked that game with the 50th goal of his international career.“It was an amazing moment,” said Younghusband as he looked back on the goal in a recent episode of the football podcast Across The Line hosted by former national team star Chris Greatwich. “Anyone could have taken that (penalty) and scored. But it was all about qualifying to the Asian Cup.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4A member of the reserve team of English football club Chelsea, Younghusband was first called up to represent the country in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games in Bacolod, where he scored twice in the 2-4 loss to Malaysia.He returned to Bacolod a year later to play his first senior international tournament for the Philippines in the Asean Football Federation Championship qualifiers, leading the Azkals with six goals from three matches. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Glen Rice Jr. ordered not to play by Australia’s NBL after arrest ‘People evacuated on their own’ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw LATEST STORIES “But from then on, my morale was very low at that time. I wanted to be in this competition. I never wanted to end but then when I was there I was demoralized very low. But of course, I know everyone who’s involved in the team deserved an opportunity to be there.”Younghusband said the experience left a scar and admitted that it was the reason why he took a break from the sport this year.Asked how he wanted to be known after his career, Younghusband said he’d rather be remembered as a “good person first before a football player.”“I want people to say that was a really good person before a football player. Then I want people to say he contributed to football a lot and he’s a big part where football is now in the country,” Phil said.Still, Younghusband said him and brother, James, who plays for Ceres-Negros FC, will continue to be mentors and ambassadors of the sport.“I also want to do what I can to help the sport,” he added.“I still want to raise the interest again. I still think if we can do it in before 2010, it should be easier now. The hope that we can bring football to where it was before, that drives me and keeps me going but I still think no matter where I go in life, I still want to play a role in Philippine football even if its from the outside or on the periphery, I still want to be part of Philippine football in some way. It has given me a lot and I want to give that back to the sport.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust But Younghusband will be best remembered for his goal in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup in Hanoi, Vietnam. With the Azkals ahead, 1-0, against then defending champion Vietnam, Younghusband, who was suffering from food poisoning the night before, rifled home the goal that sealed a 2-0 victory which is still considered one of the biggest upsets in tournament history. That match now called the “Miracle in Hanoi” remains the most memorable in recent Philippine football history.Younghusband played for two clubs in the Philippines, spending seven seasons with Meralco Manila and two seasons with the Davao Aguilas.A string of events may have led to Younghusband’s decision to retire as he had recounted in the same episode of Across The Line.After Davao suddenly folded in December 2018, Younghusband was left out of the starting lineup in the three matches in the Asian Cup, which was the biggest tournament to date for the Azkals.“I was disappointed not to in the starting lineup, but no one spoke to me before the first game so I ended up asking Sven (Goran Erikssen) and he apologized which I completely understood,” said Younghusband, who came off the bench in all three matches in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption
Critics argue some conservatives are using an old playbook in Sudan: weaponizing stringent religious views to target political opponents, control women and thwart change.“Clearly this is part of an effort by Yousif to undermine the new government by stimulating a ‘moral panic’ regarding the subversion of gender roles. Partly it’s about his religious views, but it is predominantly a patriarchal form of gender politics,” said Willow Berridge, a lecturer in history at Newcastle University who has written about Sudanese Islamists.Yousif and his supporters “tend to occupy the most uncompromising end of the religious spectrum in Sudan.”The preacher’s diatribe has had little direct impact on the league. But Taghreed Awoda, an administrator with one of the teams, al-Difaa, and a feminist, said the showdown was part of a larger fight for change.“To have a women’s soccer league play in Sudan, this dismantles many of the main pillars underpinning the last regime,” she said.Under al-Bashir, laws like those restricting attire were inconsistently applied and disproportionately targeted the poor and less educated, as well as anti-regime activists, Awoda said. Women players were generally left alone if they kept a low profile, although one group was once briefly arrested, she said.Preparations for the league began more than a year ago in line with the objectives of the international football federation FIFA, said Mervat Hussein, head of the women’s football committee at the Sudan Football Association. The efforts accelerated after al-Bashir’s removal, she said. FIFA, which sets criteria for developing women’s football, says member associations have objectives to meet to obtain funding.Women were at the forefront of the protests that eventually pushed the military to overthrow al-Bashir in April.Hala Al Karib, regional director of the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa, said this should have translated into more rights, but many laws discriminating against women remain in place even after the public order law was reversed.She said some hardline Islamists are fighting for their interests after losing clout in al-Bashir’s fall, arguing their rhetoric finds little resonance. Women’s issues usually “get turned into bargaining chips” and risk being sacrificed to appease hardline groups, she said. ‘People evacuated on their own’ ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee “We’re Muslim people and we love our Islam and how religious we are,” she said. Women sports were fine in closed areas, she said.The players say there’s no conflict between their faith and their sport.Gadal said she once heard men at the stadium saying women playing the game was “haram,” or religiously forbidden, and the players belonged at home. She ignored them.“I fast, I pray and I perform my Islamic duties. I see no problem,” she said, pointing out that numerous Muslim countries field women’s football teams.Balatone, who was raised in a conservative household that is “religious but not extremist,” said she once explained to her brother why she was so determined to play.She had already given up a lot. She had three passions: singing, football and English. She couldn’t afford college, she dropped singing because she was told it’s haram.“When it came to soccer, I said ‘Excuse me, I cannot let soccer go,’” she said. “We live and breathe soccer.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the midst of all the wrangling is the story of women who say they just want to play football.“These are people who have struggled, toiled and have pressed ahead in the face of so many attempts to destroy their talents,” said Amany Anas, a player for al-Tahadi team. “Now the moment has come when they can show people that women could play just like men.”Al-Difaa player Fatima Gadal said in the past players sometimes used their own money to buy balls and gear. At times, she skipped buying food to afford bus fare to go play. “We were very much so on the margins.”Some things are still austere. After a recent game in Omdurman, Khartoum’s twin city, the al-Difaa team squeezed into a minibus with cracked windows, rusty interiors and not enough seats. The engine soon quit and team members pushed the bus, cheering when the engine restarted.The players hope official recognition will now result in more opportunities. Some families asked to enroll their daughters after they saw the league, said Anas.At the Omdurman game, the players picked up fans — men and women.One spectator, Akram Abdel-Aziz, said he didn’t expect to see women play football in Sudan.“It’s a lovely thing that I hope will continue. I love the courage of the women on the field,” he said. “I pray and I am a believer … and I can see that women are covered up and dressed modestly.”On the field, most players wear leggings under their shorts, but otherwise are in regular football kit, and many don’t cover their hair.Some are not convinced. After praying at the mosque where Yousif preaches, a woman who gave her name only as Balqis said she wouldn’t allow her daughters to follow in the players’ footsteps, stressing the need for modest attire. More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption “There’s nothing in this world that I love more than soccer. Please let me play,” she says she told her family. For years, she and other women played largely in the shadows, sometimes on dirt pitches they cleaned themselves, often bouncing from one spot to another.The women finally took center stage when the world watched them play at a Khartoum stadium as the youth and sports minister and others celebrated Sudan’s new, officially recognized women’s football league. Balatone even had her family’s blessings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4But it’s more than just a game. The women’s league became a field of contention as Sudan grapples with the transition from three decades of authoritarian rule that espoused a strict interpretation of Islamic Shariah law and, activists say, disenfranchised women in particular.Transitional authorities have taken some steps to roll back the legacy of ousted President Omar al-Bashir. In November, they overturned a notorious “public order” law that the prime minister said had been used as a “tool of exploitation, humiliation,” resulting in “atrocities” against women and youth. Rights defenders call it a step in the right direction, but say the fight is far from over. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas No nostalgia for Tom Brady as he enters latest postseason run Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 photo, Sudanese al-Difaa, in yellow, and al-Sumood women teams play in Omdurman, Khartoum’s twin city, Sudan. The women’s soccer league has become a field of contention as Sudan grapples with the transition from three decades of authoritarian rule that espoused a strict interpretation of Islamic Shariah law. (AP Photo)OMDURMAN, Sudan — All her life, Elham Balatone wanted to play football — like her brothers, like the boys on her street. But in the Sudan where she grew up, women could be flogged for wearing pants, let alone football shorts. She heard all the reasons why she had to give up her dream. It’s a Muslim country; the uniform is inappropriate; the sport was meant for men.She played anyway, wearing pants or putting on leggings underneath shorts.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Some ultraconservatives, however, have been pushing back. Preacher AbdulHay Yousif and others have painted football as part of a battle for Sudan’s identity.“What religion, what Shariah, what manhood would allow a Muslim woman to appear before men … with her arms, legs and some of her thighs exposed and then run before them,” Yousif told worshippers in October, shortly after the league, made up of 20 teams, started.“By God, these people have not come … for economic development or social prosperity or scientific elevation. They have come to destroy religion and morals.”He also denounced the youth and sports minister, a woman, saying she “doesn’t believe in what we believe in” and is a follower of “an apostate” — comments that sparked a legal battle between him and the minister.A pro-Shariah group that backs Yousif urged preachers “to use their pulpits to make the truth victorious and to defend the constants of Shariah … and expose the government’s secularization plots.”ADVERTISEMENT
As Hindus in Guyana and around the world, observe “Maha Shiva Ratri” today, Social Cohesion and Culture Youth and Sport Minister, Dr George Norton has extended greetings and best wishes to the community.He said this festival contributes to a peaceful and conducive environment in which all can dwell in harmony irrespective of system and beliefs.“It is my hope that every Guyanese, particularly my Hindu brothers and sisters will utilise this blessed occasion for spiritual growth and intellectual upliftment. In observance of Maha Shiv Ratri, Guyanese from all walks of life can be guided by the noble teachings of Lord Shiva – the God that promotes peace of mind,” Dr Norton stated. The Minister went on to say that the teachings of Lord Shiva revolve around empathy, humility and compassion.“He teaches us that anger should be channelled towards constructive acts that benefit mankind because in the end we all will eventually leave this material world behind. The practice of brotherhood and forgiveness, as taught by Lord Shiva, are the kind of qualities that all Guyanese should embrace as we forge ahead to build a more cohesive society where diversities are respected and embraced with pride,” the Culture Minister asserted.Meanwhile, the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) also joined thousands of Hindus across the country to celebrate “Maha Shiva Ratri” – the “Great Night of Shiva”; the annual auspicious occasion on the Hindu calendar is marked by fasting, prayers and paying homage to Lord Shiva, a central figure of the Hindu Trinity.ERC Commissioner Rajkumarie Singh, who is the representative of Hindus on the Commission, extends greetings to all Guyanese, especially the Hindu community on behalf of the ERC.“The Commissioners and staff of the ERC send warmest greetings to all our Hindu brothers and sisters on this occasion. As you surrender to the Divine Force of Lord Shiva and you seek to recognise Him inside of you, may each of us move away from conflict and move towards truth, beauty, peace and benevolence. A most peaceful and blessed ‘Maha Shiva Ratri’ to all,” Commissioner Singh said.In English, “Maha Shivaratri” translates to “The Night of Shiva”. Lord Shiva is regarded as one of the main deities in Hinduism.Hindus in and out of Guyana will observe Maha Shiva Ratri on Monday March 3, 2019. This is an annual feature which falls on the fourteenth day of the dark half of the month of Phagun, (Feb-March). It is a festival which demands complete abstinence since it results in purity of mind and strengthening of intellect.On this occasion Lord Shiva is worshipped as Nirgun Brahma. The formless and attribute-less Supreme Brahmana. The Lingam is the centre of all worship. The Lingam symbolises that which is auspicious and infinite. It is a mark of the generative power of the Lord. The Lingam also represents trinity which includes Creative, Sustaining and Regenerative forces of the universe.Devotees from all walks of life participate in the observance. This occasion subscribes to the transcendence of all barriers. It allows all aspirants to recognise that the infinite power of the supreme is manifested in all beings sentient and insentient.Maha Shiva Ratri, in essence, is a time for reflection and self-analysis. It is a time to embrace the inevitable reality of life. That reality is called Truth.Maha Shiva Ratri Customs & CelebrationsIn honour of Lord Shiva, many devotees on this day fast. While some of those who fast will do so on a diet of milk and fruit, there are others who won’t even drink a drop of water on this day.Many devotees also believe that worshipping Shiva on this day with a sincere heart will not only absolve them of their sins and liberate them from being reincarnated, but it will also bring them luck and happiness.Many devotees will also take a ritual bath in the Ganga River early in the morning on this day. They then put on brand-new clothes and visit the Shiva temple to ritually bathe the Lingam with water, milk and/or honey.Additionally, Hindu devotees hold overnight vigils, worship the Shivalingam, and make offerings of fruits, flowers and milk to the Hindu deity.There are several stories explaining the event; some say that it was on this day that Lord Shiva drank the poison that came out of the churning ocean in the epic ‘Samudra Manthan’ involving the Devas and Asuras, while some say that Maha Shiva Ratri marks the marital union of Lord Shiva and Parvati.Some ancient scriptures also say that Lord Shiva performed his ferocious dance or tandav on this particular day and his devotees remember him as the God who destroys evil and listens to his true devotees with an open heart.
What was expected to be a historical event at the D’Urban Park arena where the Government and Opposition would have sat side by side to celebrate Guyana’s 50th independence anniversary turned out to be a huge blunder and embarrassment for the Administration.The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) was no doubt insulted and disrespected when they, just like other Guyanese, committed to patriotism, put politics aside and joined the Government in celebrating the country’s significant milestone.Rather than being welcomed for this act of partnership, the country’s Opposition were given a cold shoulder and left standing, with no proper accommodation for them at the country’s premier event. This act defies all calls of unity and social cohesion. As a matter of fact, the ill-mannered act comes 24 hours after Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in his address to the National Assembly said Guyanese need to work together in order for the country to truly prosper.In his speech, the Opposition Leader also pointed out that the Party wants the country’s people to live together in harmony and not be divided by history and by current circumstances.More importantly, the Opposition Leader said that “regardless of the robust debates that we have; regardless of the numerous encounters we have wherever we go in the streets or on television or in the debates, we are all children of this soil. We all share its history.”The sincerity of this speech was demonstrated when Jagdeo and his MPs turned up at D’Uban Park on Wednesday night. However, this act by the Government now raises the question of their genuineness when calls are made for unity and social cohesion. The President on numerous occasions outlined that the country’s future depends on deeper social cohesion and political inclusiveness.Only recently in his address to the National Assembly, the Head of State said, “Social cohesion is about fostering greater integration in our nation. Integration can increase a sense of belonging. It can give recognition to all groups and to allow them to freely practice their culture… Our nation’s future stability depends, also, on wider political inclusiveness…”As a matter of fact, no other than the Head of State himself, in his independence message to the nation said that the country has made headway in uniting its people. To give lip service to such an important issue in a delicate nation, by all means should be rejected by Guyanese.The political Opposition’s acceptance of the invitation to participate in the events at D’Urban Park demonstrates maturity and seriousness towards inclusiveness as Guyana moves forward. However, to leave the Opposition standing at such an event sends a message of pure disregard and disparage.The President should launch an immediate investigation into such humiliation especially given the fact that the Opposition Leader spoke to the Attorney General and Minister responsible for culture about the concerns of the PPP/C MPs being seated.Both Ministers should be held accountable for the utter disrespect since although requesting an intervention, the concerns aired by the Opposition Leader fell on deaf ears. It can be recalled that at past independence celebrations that were held at the National Park, the VIP sections were reserved for all MPs, diplomats and special invitees.Such uncouth behaviour was not extended by the previous Administration and the President should not condone it either. As a matter of fact, a public apology should be extended to the People’s Progressive Party and the President should reprimand those responsible for such callous, irresponsible and destructive behaviour extended to the political Opposition.
Today, equality has become such a persuasive and pervasive norm that no government would openly admit that it discriminates on the basis of race. Overt racial discrimination, it appears, is passe. Invidious distinctions based on sex, religion, national origin, and lately even age, are now outlawed in many countries. The PPP GECOM Commissioners have alleged there is racial discrimination in the organisation’s hiring practices.In the implementation of this norm of equality, two concepts have been utilised. Firstly, there has been the standard of equal treatment. Here, individuals equally situated are to be treated equally: the focus is on the individual, and not the group. The decision-maker should be race-blind. In a frequently used analogy, individuals are akin to contestants in a footrace, with the winner being the one who runs the fastest. A meritocracy would be created.The footrace analogy, however, indicates a problem with the “equal treatment” standard, and suggests the second concept — equal opportunity. To extend the analogy, it was pointed out that while everyone might now theoretically be starting from the same point, the legs of some might have been damaged simply because they belong to a particular group. The results would thus be a foregone conclusion. It was considered appropriate, therefore, to sometimes consider the race of an individual to ensure that decisions did not continue to disadvantage a particular race.There have also been two theories of discrimination to assist in the enforcement of equality – “disparate treatment” and “disparate impact”. The former “is the most easily understood type of discrimination. The employer simply treats some people less favourably than others because of their race, colour, sex, religion, or national origin. Proof of discriminatory motive is critical, although it can, in some situations, be inferred from the mere fact of “differences in treatment.”“Adverse impact employment practices are facially neutral in their treatment of different groups, but in fact fall more harshly on one group than another, and cannot be justified by business necessity. Proof of discriminatory motive is not required under a “disparate impact theory.” Nowadays, the phrase “implicit bias” is a substitute expression.In Guyana, the recruitment pattern of the Police Force can illustrate many of the above concepts. After the abolition of slavery, the British recruited first Bajans, and then local Africans for the lower ranks, almost to the exclusion of other races; just as prior they had preferred Amerindians. This, of course, was to further their “divide and rule” strategy. The criteria for selection — such as height and chest measurements, and unmarried status — combined with the food served while facially neutral, produced a disparate impact on Indians.On the eve of Independence in 1965, Indians were 20.7% compared with 71.9% Africans in the Force. And this was after the PPP Government of 1957 -1964 had deliberately increased the number of Indians recruited. They had accepted 239 Indians versus 432 Africans from 5,877 versus 9,081 applications respectively; that is, 4.1 per cent of Indian applicants versus 4.7 per cent of African applicants. The International Commission of Jurists, invited by the PNC to investigate the imbalances in the state sector, concluded that the Police Force should reflect, to a greater degree, the composition of the population.They recommended that 75 per cent of all future recruits be Indian, until the goal was reached. The ICJ’s recommendation reflects the ethos of “equal opportunity”, which seeks to right historical discriminatory wrongs. While the PNC accepted the recommendations of the ICJ, it did not implement them, and actually decreased the number and percentage of Indians accepted. The PNC ceased to make statistics available after 1966, but data collected by Prof. K. Danns showed that between 1970 and 1977, while the size of the Force was being doubled, 92.2 per cent of recruits were Africans, with only 7.84 per cent being Indians.The ICJ’s recommendation also introduced into Guyana, if not in so many words, the concept of “affirmative action”. This is a very controversial concept, both to those whom it benefited and those against whom it discriminated [reverse discrimination].
Dear Editor,Police ‘shakedowns’ (demand for a bribe for an alleged moving violation) of motorists are very common on the coast of Guyana. I experienced it a few times, and countless experiences of others were related to me as I travelled around Guyana and among the diaspora. The population also feels police shakedown is a common practice, and that the Government – preceding ones also — has not done much to curb or stamp out police bribery. As many people reveal, to say elements of the police are corrupt is an understatement, as the police seek bribes in virtually every significant act; and not only from motorists alone. It is also important to note that there are some honest Police who do their work and don’t seek or take bribes, but they are a small minority.As related to me by several who had the experience, if your vehicle (minibus in particular) is from a far home distance, say from Corriverton, and you are heading up to the airport, the chance of being pulled over and experience a shakedown is high. And you could receive several shakedowns on one trip.Going to court is time-consuming, and you lose more money by being away from work. The Police have the upper hand, as the system is not in the interest of drivers or law and order on the roads.One can attempt to avoid the shakedown, with limited success.There is no effective campaign to root out police corruption, or even bad cops. The Government can take measures to clamp down on corruption. As happens in other societies; there can be sting operations. But no Government has shown courage to go after rogue cops.But do keep in mind that there are police that I and others met who really have been trying to do their jobs. They don’t have the support system, and corrupt police make them look bad.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram
Dear Editor,We are often told about racism in Guyana, but to witness all Guyanese together cheering on the Warriors was indeed a marvellous sight. Persons of all cultures, identities, political views and opinions were, for the first time I should say, not divided, but standing together to support and cheer on our local team.In my opinion, this is the Guyana that we all dreamt of; not a country divided by political views and beliefs, but of persons working together as families and friends.The joy and happiness plastered on the faces of people as the Warriors won their first match at Providence was remarkable. Persons exchanged hugs, smiles, and high fives; and laughter was a sign that the Guyana you and I dream of is real, and by working together, we all can achieve this goal.I want to say to all Guyanese: Don’t allow the many political views to cause disunity, but keep in mind that this country belongs to each and every one of us; not the Government or Opposition, but Guyana belongs to each and every one of us equally.All the best to the Warriors for a successful tournament. Many thanks!Sincerely,Pt Surendra Tiwari
Toronto’s playoff round robin begins on Friday, October 19 as they take on the No. 6 Western Mustangs at 2:30 p.m. The Blues then take on the No. 2 Brock Badgers (9:30 a.m.) and No. 7 McMaster Marauders (2:30 p.m.) on Saturday. The top teams in each of the three pools advance along with the next best record advancing from Pool A or B. U of T’s offence was one of the best in the province, averaging just over seven runs per game. Roy Suzuki, Gabriel Nakonechny, Tanner Young-Schultz and Joe Woods have been major contributors this season. Suzuki was tied for the league lead in home runs with four on the season, while Nakonechny led the league in steals with 19. Both Suzuki and Nakonechny co-led the league with 26 hits as well. Story Links They have recently put up impressive numbers against their upcoming competition. Kekatos gave up one run through seven innings, while striking out seven in an 11-1 thumping of Brock. Tobascio followed it up in Game 2 of the doubleheader, pitching five and a third innings of one-run ball. In the final game of the regular season, Christidis went six strong, only allowing one run in a 12-1 win over McMaster. Closer, Grant Shantz, has also been lights out, only giving up one run and three hits in 11 innings of work on the season. U of T are the reigning champions after going 3-0 at last year’s championship, including an 8-3 victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks in the gold-medal game. The Blues will square off in Pool B of the tournament with a No. 3 seed following a 12-6 regular season record. A pitcher and first basemen, Kekatos will be relied upon throughout the weekend. In the regular season, the second-year kinesiology major has gone 5-0 with a 1.09 ERA through 33 innings of work to go with 37 strikeouts. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Toronto’s pitching corps has been strong all season. The starting rotation of Mateos Kekatos (1.09), Dean Christidis (0.92), Alex Tabascio (1.29) and veteran Peter Nash (2.92) all had a sub-3.00 ERA. The University of Toronto Varsity Blues baseball team hits the road to defend their title at the 2018 OUA Championships, October 19-21, in Ajax, Ont. Print Friendly Version
With the aim of enhancing small businesses in Guyana Starr computer Inc on Wednesday launched their Business Centre, on the second floor of their Brickdam location.The Business Centre is seeking to provide start-up businesses, small to medium and corporate businesses with IT Solutions in the areas of Mobility, Point of Sale, Security, Training and Cloud Computing.President of Starr Computers Mike Mohan in the presence of the media opened the Business Centre at a small ceremony to honour the tech company’s new venture.Mohan spoke extensively of the importance and relevance of technology, before getting down to business and explaining what will be some of the benefits of the Business Centre.Mohan said: “That business cannot afford to operate the way they did 10 years ago, it is businesses that adapt to technology that will be more productive, efficient, and provide better customer services. Technology in Business, transforms businesses.”According to Mohan, companies in Guyana are not realising their true potential, since they are utilising traditional methods of operations.An exciting new product demonstrated at the launch was a video Doorbell buzz for entrances to buildings, offices or homes. All is needed is the press of a button which alerts you with a ring on your cellular phone with a live video feed.The Touch Screen POS Solutions, portable printers, portable point of sale equipment, biometric systems among others were some of the exciting new products on display.General Manager Rehman Majeed, said he: “Has seen a heightened demand by local companies seeking advice to enhance their current POS systems so as to be more productive and to respond better to customer needs.”
Beloved Comedian and Actor Henry Rodney, who is known for his quick wits and ability to have his audienceHenry Rodneyrolling with laughter in their seats, has lately however been fighting an unknown illness that is threatening his career in theatre. Rodney has been an entertainer for over 30 years and has performed both locally and abroad.Rodney has been searching for a breakthrough in an illness doctors have not yet identified and he says while he trusts in the Almighty to bring him through, he is concerned about his deteriorating health. He explained that he has been suffering for over a year and has visited a number of doctors, but thus far, none of them have been able to provide an accurate diagnosis.“Over a year ago, I started to experience weakness in my legs and I decided to go check it out. So I went and saw Dr Roach, and Dr Roach questioned me thoroughly. He asked me to do some tests, and when I returned… he said he suspected Parkinson’s disease. He referred me to the internal medicine clinic to meet with the specialist. I did meet that consultant named Dr Khan, he’s a Cuban doctor, and based on Dr Roach’s report, he gave me two months’ treatment. It wasn’t until I got back after the treatment, that I fortunately or unfortunately saw another doctor. I saw Dr Khan that morning and he told me it wasn’t Parkinson. He too questioned me and put me on an exercise routine. He was adamant, he wanted a second opinion so I went across to Dr Doobay,” he explained.He related that Dr Doobay ran several tests; however, the cause of his illness was still undetermined. He also explained that the doctor put him on medication to help boost his immune system, so as to alleviate some of the symptoms that he had been experiencing. “He asked me to redo some tests, and to do some additional tests. I did the same… I kept doing tests until he was satisfied. And I was not treated but Dr Doobay continued with the builders – Iron, B Complex and multivitamins… and that’s what I have been using all the time,” the thespian explained.However, despite this, Rodney related that lately the symptoms have become more intense, impeding his daily routines to an extent. “Lately, I have been experiencing the weakness again,” he shared, adding that the change in his health was noticed by his fellow actors and comedians who were quick to offer their assistance.“My colleagues observed that my movements slowed considerably… and I wasn’t worried ‘cause I am a believer and I know that there is a God… I know he is in charge of everything. I was a bit concerned though. I was concerned with the slowing of my movements as I was thinking of my acting career and they started to look out for me. And then suddenly I got this call from Desiree Edghill who spearheads everything and they’ve been doing a wonderful job. They were in a meeting with me and some others in the entertainment fraternity and they took it from there. Everything set and organised was done by them… a group of concerned thespians,” he fondly related.Edghill set up a GoFundMe page online in Rodney’s aid, and a benefit concert has also been organised for the comedian. The concert titled “ROKATUKS” was planned with the aim of raising funds to offset the medical expenses for the popular actor.
…facility to be restructured, investigated for negligence – Health MinisterThe Diamond Diagnostic Centre’s Administration is currently under investigation and will be restructured in light of a series of damning incidents that have occurred there.The hospital is once again in the limelight after unconfirmed reports surfaced that a man succumbed after receiving the incorrect vaccination.Speaking to Guyana Times Minister of Public Health Dr George Norton confirmed that he received reports that someone had passed away at the health facility, however he is not in a position to say whether or not the cause of death was the administration of the incorrect vaccine.“Well I received a report that someone died but I’m in no position to say whether it was as a result of a wrong injection…so I will be very cautious in repeating that statement but I did receive a report,” he stated.Meanwhile, Dr Norton revealed that an investigation has been launched into the administration of the Hospital, as recently there have been a number of negative reports emanating from the hospital.He also revealed that the administration will be restructured, as recently the frequency of negligent actions have increased: “First of all we needed to change the Administration because we would have recognised that it all points to the direction of the administration.”On Tuesday, a mother of four was pronounced dead at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre after carrying a dead baby inside her womb for five days. The woman, Carol Suniram, of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, had suffered a miscarriage on Friday and was prescribed pills by a doctor to pass out the five-month-old foetus. On Tuesday, Suniram went to the hospital to do an operation to have the foetus removed, but died while in surgery.Last week, this publication had also reported that a stray dog had brusquely dragged the body of an already dead premature baby out into the compound and dismembered it, making a meal of the dead infant.Minister Norton had revealed that either the doctor or nurses who delivered the baby are suspected to be responsible for the poorly disposed foetus.Norton posited that the issue of negligence at the hospital has existed for quite some time, however it is only recently that these issues have been receiving more coverage by the media: “This has been a problem that has been existing for the longest while, and while I agree that there has been more press coverage for whatever reason, those problems existed there all the time.”In regard to who would be taking over administrative duties at the hospital, the Minister was reluctant to provide a name but stated that the position is temporarily filled: “Somebody is functioning there. With regards to the actual employment, I don’t know if that is completed. I must say that time is of essence, and very shortly we will confirm or regularise employment in that area of administration,” he had stated.
A man who allegedly stabbed his wife on the night of 30 April, 2015 after a domestic dispute will finally face trial for the charge laid against him.Miguel “Allan” Barker of Bagotville, West Bank Demerara will have his day in the high court over the allegedThe late Donessa Barkerbrutal stabbing of Donessa Barker. The woman had collapsed after being dealt several stab wounds about the body.In evidence tendered in the Wales Magistrate’s Court, the woman died of incised wounds and it was proven that she was stabbed to the chest.At the packed courtroom, Magistrate Nurse ruled that there is sufficient evidence to proceed with a trial. However Barker in his response to the accusation maintained that he was not present at the time of the crime.“Me an me wife didn’t really [have] no problem, sir,” the defendant noted.The murder accused also pointed out that during the course of the investigation, police forced him to sign a statement which he did not understand since he cannot read.The Magistrate posited that the court will take his explanations into consideration but the defendant has to defend his alleged crime at the Supreme Court.Barker, before being remanded to prison, was told that at a later date, he will be informed as to when his high court trial will commence.It was on a Thursday evening last year that the mother of one was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband.The couple had been married for more than a year, but had been experiencing extensive marital issues. Reports had indicated that the murder accused would frequently accuse his wife of infidelity which caused intervals of separation in the marriage.On that fateful night, the couple were heard arguing which was followed by a scuffle and after some time, the man left the home but then returned and jumped through the bedroom window.Guyana Times had reported that Barker had reportedly taken a knife from the kitchen and stabbed his spouse several times. Neighbours attempted to rescue the woman and had rushed her to hospital where she was pronounced dead.At that time, Barker allegedly fled with the murder weapon but was later apprehended and charged for the fatal crime.
One month after the Town Clerk announced that the commencement of the Stabroek Market wharf’s restoration is awaiting the “green light” of the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green said she is reiterating the same.Chase Green told Guyana Times that the Council was unable to carry out the project on its own and so the assistance of the Public Infrastructure Ministry was solicited. However, they are yet to give the “go ahead” for construction to begin at the deteriorated structure.“We’re working with the Ministry of Infrastructure. City Hall alone cannot do it. We’re doing works with the Ministry of Infrastructure and it will be looked at, at the earliest opportunity,” she related.At the beginning of the year, Town Clerk Royston King had announced that there will be a “massive upgrade” at the facility.However, when this publication visited the area on Monday last, no work had yet commenced and vendors registered their disappointment at the delay in restoration.Meanwhile, during the latter part of June, King had declared that the Mayor and City Council requested the assistance of the Public Infrastructure Ministry and is still waiting on the “go ahead” to begin the rehabilitation on the Stabroek Market Wharf.King acknowledged the deterioration of the wharf and so related that preparations are being made to have the vendors relocated, while further highlighting that the market office will be temporarily transferred to the Kitty Market.Vendors at the Stabroek Market wharf and its environs have complained bitterly about the condition of the facility where they have to ply their trade.
A 29-year-old Policeman has been admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital after he crashed into two stray cows on the Susannah Public Road, Number 19 Village, Corentyne, Berbice. Reports are about 02:00h on Monday, Police CorporalPolice Corporal Satesh NarineSatesh Narine, the Subordinate Officer-in-Charge of Albion Police Station, was proceeding west along the southern side of the road, in motor car PSS 4799 when he collided with the animals. According to a Police statement, Narine, of Cumberland Village, East Canje, lost control of his vehicle, which ended up in a southern shallow trench.He was rushed to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital in a conscious state by residents of the community where he was treated and transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital. He sustained a fractured right shoulder, fractured hands and injuries to his back. The owner of the animals – which died – was arrested.
…urged to uphold integrityForty young persons from across Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) on Saturday graduated from a Work Readiness Programme, organised by Regional Chairman Renis Morian, through the Christian Development Foundation.The graduating batch from the Work Readiness Programme in LindenFollowing six months of training, the graduates are now equipped with the necessary skills for the world of work. Already, few have been offered employment through the agencies at which they were attached.The graduation ceremony for the first batch was conducted at the Egbert Benjamin Conference Centre at Mackenzie, Linden. Speaking at the event, Morian said the programme was fuelled by the high level of unemployment in the Region, coupled with the fact that employers are always seeking persons with work experience as well as the recognition that a lot of young people are not prepared for the world of work.Morian said the programme, which was funded by Ministry of Presidency, not only aims to equip attendees with the experience that employers often times seek but entails training persons for life. Persons were drawn from areas including Linden, Ituni and Kwakwani.“We recognised that a lot of young persons aren’t really ready for the area of work…the whole attitude towards work punctuality…the right attitude, those were and still are missing…The overriding thing in our minds was unemployment in Region 10 and often times when an employer is looking for someone, he’s asking for some amount of experience. The trouble is, just out of school, where are you going to find that experience? This programme not only prepares you for the work environment. This programme also gives you the experience of the work environment…to bring your mind in tune with what is required to work,” Morian stated.He reminisced on how the programme started with 38 persons, however due to some amount of shifting some secured placement at the University of Guyana and a work agency.In his feature address, Regional Executive Officer, Gavin Clarke, noted that there are many initiatives that graduates can pursue in order to make themselves marketable, adding that all they need to possess is the will to work. Quoting from Headmaster Cleveland Thomas, Clarke told graduates that, “If the dream is big enough, the facts don’t matter,” and continued, “it means, irrespective of the challenges or what might seem to be limitations, if your dream is big enough, you will pursue it…Irrespective of what you might achieve, the level of education that you might attain, there is a simple word but it means a lot. That word is called ‘integrity’.”Clarke also warned graduates against the existing term “hussle” and encouraged the graduating batch to leave a good mark wherever they work. He said others should respect them for their integrity and honesty.Clarke said opportunities are very limited to young people in today’s society but encouraged the graduates not to be consumed by greed.Speaking to this newspaper following the graduation, Israel LaRose who is attached to the Vivian Parris Health Centre at Mackenzie said that he has learnt a lot from being part of the programme, while noting that he has received hands-on training in the medical field. (Utamu Belle)
…after arguing inhumanity, cruelty of remanding themTwo commercial sex workers turned the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts into a fashion runway on Monday afternoon, expertly modelling their way out of the prisoners’ chute into the Police outpost while wearing shackles on their feet and hands.Akeem Pyle and Gabrielle Rowe were jointly charged and taken before city Magistrate Judy Latchman for allegedly robbing Anthony Amos of $30,000 on March 25, 2017 at South Road, Georgetown.Attorney-at-Law Paul Fung-A-Fat made three bail applications after the first and second was denied.During his bail application, the lawyer told the court that Pyle was a 24-year-old commercial dancer of Victoria Road, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, while his co-defendant is a commercial sex worker, permanently residing in Alberttown, Georgetown.Fung-A-Fat pleaded with the Magistrate to grant his clients bail in a reasonable sum, deeming remand to be an inhumane and cruel act, as this would expose the duo to rape and abuse by inmates at the Camp Street Prison.Akeem PyleGabrielle RoweAccording to the prosecution, Pyle and Rowe entered a passing motor car in which the VC was a fellow passenger, and subsequently choked and robbed him. The accused individuals were then reportedly driven to Brickdam Police Station where they were charged with the present offence.Magistrate Latchman adjourned the hearing to 13:30h after she asked the Prosecutor whether any facility existed to accommodate the duo in their present state, which guaranteed them protection as well as those around them.Responding in the affirmative, the Prosecutor stated that the prison infirmary may be an ideal place in light of the situation, causing the Magistrate to leave the bench for a second time while enquiries were being made.A few minutes later, the Magistrate reentered the courtroom and was told of the available status of the prison infirmary, with the Prosecutor mentioning a “special place” at the Lusignan Prison as an alternative.An obviously disgusted Latchman deemed these places unfit for accommodation, declaring that she was not aware of any illness the two accused suffered as to cause them to be placed in an infirmary and she had no knowledge of a “special place” at the Lusignan Prison, leaving her with no choice but to release them on $100,000 bail each.The matter stands adjourned to April 10.
The Government is redesigning the services being offered by post offices to increase its revenue stream.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes shared how this would be done at the Guyana Postal and Telecommunication Workers’ Union 21 Delegates (second triennial) Conference at the Union’s East Street headquarters on Sunday.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy HughesThe Minister has committed to ensuring there was an increase in agency fees. “These services have been totally not looked at, not supported…and it’s about time we changed it,” Minister Hughes said.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Government is also examining other payment methods for the distribution of pension. The cost has become astronomical for the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC), the Minister acknowledged.There are also plans to upgrade the infrastructure of a number of post offices beginning in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Six (East Berbice- Corentyne).Minister Hughes noted that the objective was to provide the modern-day services demanded by customers. “Our vision is that we will utilise more ICT to transform Guyana and particularly, the Post Office,” she said.Guyana has 67 post offices across the country, and Minister Hughes envisions these being centres for accessing other Government services as well as serving as Internet hubs and providing other postal delivery services.Already, the recently-upgraded Kitty Post Office is providing Internet services to the community.The Government is advancing ICT use in a number of its agencies. Under the Public Telecommunications Ministry, some 94 educational institutions now provide free Wi-Fi.Minister Hughes also noted that the Administration was working to liberalise the telecommunications sector, in order to break the monopoly by the GTT.Meanwhile, the Minister charged the Union to do more to educate members on their rights and recourses available to them as workers. The GPTWU Conference is being held under the theme “The Preservation of Rights and the Rule of Law from Exploitation”.The DPI said Minister Hughes also publicly committed to lobbying for duty-free concessions and subventions for the sector.Union President Harold Shepherd noted that the last three years have been challenging for the body particularly in defending the issue of workers’ rights.The Union is addressing a number of industrial relation issues with GTT before the Labour Department.Shepherd noted, however, through the Government subvention the Union receives, it is working to build the capacity of its members through training. He acknowledged the labour movement and unions “must adapt or become obsolete”, as they work to defend workers’ rights in a world being changed by technological advances.
0Shares0000Chris Froome endured a nightmare day on stage 12 of the Tour de France when he was forced to run uphill. PHOTO/AFP.MEGEVE, France, July 23 – Leader Chris Froome’s knee and back will play a pivotal role in how Saturday’s penultimate — and likely decisive — Tour de France stage pans out.The 31-year-old Briton has been pounding dominantly towards a third Tour title with not a single rival able to slow the Sky juggernaut. At least that’s how things seemed until the yellow jersey wearer crashed on a slippery descent during Friday’s 19th stage.Battered and bruised, his jersey torn and riding a team-mate’s bike to the finish, Froome lost only a handful of seconds to some of his rivals, while actually gaining time on others and extending his overall lead.But it is one thing to soldier on in the final 20km of a stage when the adrenaline is high, and quite another to tackle 146.5km of Alpine terrain with four categorised climbs if you’re stiff, sore and in pain.What’s more, it’s expected to rain all day, creating more treacherous descents.Froome assured fans he was fine following Friday’s stage but he took to the podium with a heavily bandaged knee.If ever there is a chance that this Tour race is not yet run, it will depend on Froome’s physical condition on Saturday.“I’m OK, I’m lucky nothing is seriously injured. I lost some skin and banged my knee a little bit but today I’m grateful to have that four-minute advantage to fall on a little bit,” he said following Friday’s stage.“Tomorrow (Saturday) will be hard, I’m sure I’m going to be a bit sore and stiff from today but hopefully I can rely on my team-mates and just one last push again to get through tomorrow’s stage now.”Two years ago he crashed during the Criterium du Dauphine while in the lead and although he got to the stage’s end still in contention, the next day he suffered badly and lost several minutes, dropping out of the top 10.While his 4min 11sec advantage over second-placed Frenchman Romain Bardet should afford him ample breathing space, the raging battle for the other two podium positions should ensure the pace is high on Saturday and the attacks are numerous.Fabio Aru showed on Friday he’s prepared to push the pace to try to drag himself onto the podium.He’s sixth and just over a minute and a half off the podium so cannot afford to play a waiting game if he wants to claim a top-three finish.Bardet and third-placed Nairo Quintana are separated by only 16sec with Adam Yates another 19sec further back, meaning those three should be trying to test each other.Bardet is the best descender of the three, meaning the other two will need to attack on the final hors category climb before the 12km descent to the finish in Morzine in order to displace the Frenchman.Fireworks will likely be going off all around Froome, what remains to be seen is whether or not he has the condition to keep calm and stay in control.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Baldev Chager navigated by Ravi Soni in their Mitsubishi Evolution 10 navigate through Chebara section in Iten during the 8th round of KNRCNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 13 – Baldev Singh Chager is the new KNRC Champion following cancellation of this weekend’s KCB Guru Nanak Rally which was called off for the second time due to inclement weather.Torrential rains and subsequent flash floods have since made it impossible for organisers Sikh Union Nairobi to run the event due to waterlogged black cotton roads in Stoni Athi region. Following the Kenya Motor Sports Federation (KMSF) announcement that the 2019 KCB Bank Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) will count as a seven (7) rounds championship instead of eight (8), Chager becomes the new Champion with an unassailable 162 points against Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo’s 142.Chager was hoping to finish in the top 10 on Guru Nanak to recapture the coveted title but not until the force majeure was called. The KNRC title race went down to the wire after the muddy KCB Eldoret where Tundo swept the ground with all his opponents to keep his title defence alive.Other Champions are Issa Amwari (Division Two), Ammar Haq (Division One), Daren Miranda (Two Wheel Drive) and Jasmeet Chana ,(Group N).The 2020 calendar is already published with the first KNRC championship scheduled for 22nd – 23rd February 2020.KNRC Overall1 Baldev Chager 1622 Carl Tundo1423 Manvir Baryan 914 Onkar Rai 685 Tejveer Rai 636 Jasmeet Chana 417 Ian Duncan 387= Issa Amwari 389 Izhar Mirza 339= Ammar Haq 330Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya November 30 – Collins Injera and Sidney Ashioya gave Kenya another win at the Dubai 7s round of the IRB series after beating Spain 10-7 in their second match of the tournament.Each grabbed a try moving the revamped Kenyan squad to six points same as current World Series leaders Fiji who lead the Pool A standings. Earlier, Injera featured again for Kenya as he scored two trys to beat Scotland 12-5.Injera twice touched down in the second half as Kenya overcame a first half 0-5 trailing to beat Scotland 12-05.Kenya now seats in second spot after Fiji after beating Spain maintaining its second spot on the log with six points ahead of their final group match against Fiji later on Friday at 5.58PM Kenyan time0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Kenya fans cheering their team.PHOTO/FILENAIROBI, April 17 – Bold Kenya 7s team eliminated Argentina 15-12 to storm the Singapore tournament Main Cup final in the Eighth round of the HSBC Sevens World Series at the new look National Stadium on Sunday.The victory saw Kenya play in the Cup final for the first time since 2013 when the team was under the then coach Mike Friday and will now face Series and Singapore defending champions Fiji in the decider. Shujaa, who sit eighth in the standings will be searching to amass 22 points that will see them leap frog England on seventh spot.The Pumas struck first through Fernando Luna on the stroke of half-time when he stepped inside a weak attempted tackle from Augustine Lugonzo.Shujaa were unable to restore parity in the little time left as they failed to win possession from restart to see Gaston Revol kick the ball into touch with his side seven points up at the breather.Lugonzo made the amends when they returned to hand Kenya a dream start to the second half when he atoned for his costly error before the break by running in a try from halfway and level scores at 7-7.The encounter was still a close affair to see both sides tie on 12-12 as Frank Wanyama cancelled out Axel Muller’s try with Collins Injera’s conversion going wide to see the scores remain level with 40 seconds to go.Unperturbed by his poor conversion attempt, Injera decided to have a shot at goal from 40 metres out after Argentina were penalised in the closing seconds and indeed the Kenya’s record try scorer did not disappoint as he converted to see his team-mates go wild.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The result of this game is crucial for either side in a group that many would bet on four-time champions Ghana to come through with debutants Botswana making up the numbers.In the absence of Mahamadou Diarra and Frederic Kanoute, the Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita and Panathiniakos central defender Cedric Kante Mali have to champion youngsters like Samba Diakite, Samba Sow and El Hadj Mahamane Traore.Keita will be the main attraction for a very youthful Mali team in Gabon and he insisted that it is the whole team and not he alone who could beat Guinea.“It will be a very difficult game but we have often enjoyed the luck against Guinea at this tournament,” said the Mali skipper.“But this is a very different tournament in many ways. First, Mali are here with a very young team and also this will be our opening match in this competition.”He added: “It’s a big personal responsibility because I’m one of the most experienced players in the team now and must therefore lead by example.“But at the same time, Seydou alone cannot beat Guinea. We must respect the other team and play as a team to win.”Guinea have also undergone changes but in September they recalled skipper Pascal Feindouno and big defender Bobo Balde and now the Syli National are a blend of young and experienced campaigners.The Guineans have been more successful than Mali in the competition recently as they reached the quarter-finals in 2006 and 2008.Their regional rivals crashed out in the group stages at both the 2008 and 2010 tournaments.French coach Michel Dussuyer has endeared himself to the country on his return after his team upset star-studded Nigeria to qualify for this championship.However, the former Benin coach has insisted that feat is now history and his team must preoccupy themselves with the task ahead.“It was great to finish ahead of Nigeria. Guineans were proud of the team, but all that is now in the past,” said no-nonsense Dussuyer, who is missing Kevin Constant after the star midfielder chose club ahead of country.“We therefore have to continue to work hard, give our 100% always, because we are not in an easy group.“Our first objective is to get past the first round. Ghana and Mali will be our major rivals, but we will also not take for granted Botswana, who were the surprise team in the qualifiers.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FRANCEVILLE, Gabon, January 23 – It will be the reawakening of a West African derby when Mali clash with Guinea here Tuesday night in an Africa Cup of Nations Group D fixture.It is rather strange that despite being next-door neighbours both countries last clashed at full international level in a 2004 Nations Cup quarter-final in Tunisia with the Malians winning 2-1.
Villas-Boas had named Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Michael Essien as substitutes for that game – and all three started against Bolton, who remain in the relegation places.Lampard scored the third goal after David Luiz and Didier Drogba’s second-half goals had put Chelsea in control.Villas-Boas attempted to laugh off suggestions that Abramovich had told him to bring back the three experienced campaigners, who were all trophy-winning mainstays under previous managers, including Jose Mourinho.“I got the call this morning,” he joked before adding: “I’m not in tune with Roman’s agenda. All I know is that it was important for the team to win, mostly for the fans as they have been deserving and demanding a lot.“At least they can go home smiling.”The victory lifted pressure off Villas-Boas’s shoulders as a defeat would have intensified speculation that he might be sacked.“The pressure has been on the team to get results,” he admitted. “Our form had not been good and we wanted to get back to winning ways.“The most important thing is to build on this, solve the FA Cup tie and solve the Champions League tie and improve our position in the league.“It is an important day because it can be a start and for it to be a start we have to get this form right.”The next batch of games include an FA Cup replay at Birmingham City and the second leg of the Napoli clash but Villas-Boas refused to confirm whether Lampard would now be an automatic pick for all of them.“It’s not the way it works,” Villas-Boas insisted. “He has been performing magnificently for the team but the others have been competent as well.“There are six players competing for those three positions. And with a number 10 it is is competing for two. Whatever we do is for the benefit of the team.“Lamps had his chance and played magnificently. It was normal squad rotation, nothing new.”Bolton manager Owen Coyle was pleased with the way his side nullified Chelsea’s attack in the first half but was disappointed to fall behind two minutes into the second half, when Luiz scored.“My disappointment is in the goals we give away,” he said. “The first we had good possession and David Luiz stepped into the play. He had a very kind break in the box when it came back to him but it was an exquisite finish.“We were chasing the game and had one or two chances but the second one from the corner, we had a designated marker yet allowed a free header.“We are disappointed by aspects of the second half.”Coyle also backed Villas-Boas to be a success at Chelsea.“There is no doubt he is talented,” the Scot said. “And he will come through the other side.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, February 26 – Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas denied his team selection for the 3-0 Premier League victory over Bolton Wanderers had been influenced by owner Roman Abramovich.The former Porto manager had admitted before the Stamford Bridge clash that the Russian had asked for an explanation following Tuesday night’s 3-1 loss at Napoli in the Champions League.
Real Madrid, who face Espanyol on Sunday, also have their own worries with the club facing more speculation over the future of coach Jose Mourinho.The colourful Portuguese was spotted in London in midweek, fuelling rumours of a return to the English Premier League next season.While some media reports say the trip was to purchase a property in the British capital, Spanish newspaper Marca claimed this is for Mourinho’s own investment purposes and not a signal that he will be coaching in London next season.Espanyol will provide another stern test of Madrid’s dominance in La Liga.Currently sitting eighth, just two points from a Champions League place, the Barcelona-based club have their own objectives.“I won there with Seville and I think we can do it again. It was a nice feeling, very intense and difficult but I think we can repeat that if we stick to our game,” said midfielder Koffi Romaric.“We want the points for our own goals, not to do Barca a favour.”Portuguese international Fabio Coentrao joined Madrid’s injury list when he pulled up with a muscle problem in his country’s friendly with Poland on Wednesday.He will be out for three weeks and joins Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema, both also out for similar periods with muscular injuries.Although Madrid can welcome back Turkish stars Nuri Sahin and Hamit Altintop into their ranks they will have to do without the services of central defender Pepe who is suspended.Barca’s opponents Sporting Gijon are six points from safety in La Liga’s penultimate position but have turned a corner since ex-Spain manager Javier Clemente has taken over.Two draws in two games under the new coach have halted a sequence of one win in seven for the north coast club.With only 14 games to go Barca can’t afford to drop any more points in their pursuit of Madrid, with a home fixture to come against the leaders in late April.One player who will be looking for a good performance against Sporting is Pedro Rodriguez, who was left out of Spain’s squad for the 5-0 victory over Venezuela in midweek.“All players want to go to Euro 2012, I hope I can too but it is going to be difficult, they played great the other day but we’ll see what happens,” he said.“To win the league is tough because 10 points is a big gap, but we are not going to give up.”One player who could be going to Euro 2012 is Valencia forward Roberto Soldado who grabbed a hat-trick in Spain’s victory on his return for ‘La Roja’.His side sit third and visit Granada on Sunday while the battle behind them for fourth position and a Champions League berth is hotting up.Seven clubs are separated by three points with fourth placed Levante entertaining Betis on Monday and Athletic Bilbao, currently fifth, facing a Basque derby against Real Sociedad on Sunday.Sevilla and Atletico Madrid are both three points behind Levante and meet on Saturday in a showdown neither team can afford to lose.SaturdayMallorca v Osasuna (1700 GMT), Getafe v Malaga (1700 GMT), Rayo Vallecano v Racing Santander (1700 GMT), Barcelona v Sporting Gijon (1900 GMT), Sevilla v Atletico Madrid (2100 GMT)SundayZaragoza v Villarreal (1100 GMT), Atletic Bilbao v Real Sociedad (1500 GMT), Granada v Valencia (1700 GMT), Real Madrid v Espanyol (2030 GMT)MondayLevante v Real Betis (2000 GMT)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, March 2 – Barcelona must live without the inspirational presence of Lionel Messi when they tackle Sporting Gijon on Saturday as the Argentine superstar serves his first La Liga suspension.Messi was booked in last weekend’s 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid, his fifth yellow card of the campaign.His absence will be a huge blow to Barcelona, who trail Real Madrid by 10 points in the title race, as his value was shown in midweek when he smashed a wonderful hat-trick in Argentina’s 3-1 friendly win in Switzerland.
0Shares0000LONDON, England, May 15 – Roberto Mancini has vowed that newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City will splash out in a manner similar to Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in their bid to win the Champions League.“Barcelona and Real Madrid every year buy two or three players and spend a lot of money,” Mancini told BBC Sport on Tuesday.“I think for Manchester City it will be the same. We need to improve. We need to have the strength to play Champions League and Premier League. “For this we need to have a good team, a strong team with a good mentality, but I’m sure we will do it.”Real Madrid and Barcelona have spent an estimated total of £105m ($170m) each, over the last two seasons, to recruit players.City now have the spending power to match the Spanish giants and, as Mancini plans his quest for European glory, he is pleased with how his side have dealt with the pressures of the Premier League this season.He said City — top-flight champions for the first time since 1968 — were worthy winners of the title because, unlike second-placed city rivals Manchester United, they were never beaten heavily by anyone.“We lost 1-0, 1-0, 1-0 — always games we could win,” he said. “Manchester United lost 3-0 to Newcastle and 6-1 against us, but we never had a game like this.“We worked very hard. We deserved to win this.”Mancini, 47, added that his relationship with strikers Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli remained good.“It’s not difficult to manage Tevez,” he said of the Argentinian who refused to play for City for six months after refusing to come off the bench during a Champions League game at Bayern Munich in September.“He’s a good guy. We had a good relationship always. I don’t know why we had that situation in September but in the end he’s a good guy and a fantastic player.”Balotelli received two red cards during the season, and Mancini had words of caution for his compatriot.“Mario is different, he’s young, but an incredible talent,” Mancini said.“He’s young, and for this reason sometimes he can have bad behaviour — it’s normal. But it’s important for him to understand he can lose his talent.“He can play football for another 10 or 12 years. I hope that now, after this title, he can understand that it’s better that he starts to work in a good way.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, November 11 – Lionel Messi struck twice as leaders Barcelona survived a second-half spell of pressure at Mallorca to win 4-2 and strengthen their position at the top of La Liga on Sunday.Xavi Hernandez, Messi and Cristian Tello got first-half goals for the Catalans before Victor Casadesus and Michael Pereira reduced the lead after the interval. Messi then hit his fifteenth in the league to wrap up the game and make it 76 goals now in 2012, beating Pele’s tally of 75 from 1958 and taking him to within nine of Gerd Muller’s all time record total of 85 set in 1972.The win increases Barca’s lead to six points at the top, ahead of games for Atletico and Real Madrid, who sit 2nd and 3rd, later on Sunday.Barca made five changes from the side that had lost 2-1 to Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday, with Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets, David Villa and Tello all starting.The visitors began slowly and Mallorca enjoyed the better early chances.Barca keeper Valdes was alert to tip wide a header from Israeli international Tomer Hemed on 22 minutes.However, five minutes later Barca were ahead when Xavi curled a perfect free-kick over the defensive wall after Jose Luis Marti fouled Fabregas on the left edge of the area.Mallorca centre-half Pedro Geromel saved an almost certain second on 34 minutes when a Tello cross was about to find Villa in front of an open goal.Barca were now on top and looking to add to their lead and did so on 43 minutes when Messi went on a run and hit a well struck shot – though Dudu Aouate in the Mallorca goal should have done better than allow the ball to squirm out of his hands and into the net.A minute later and Tello controlled a pass on the left-wing before cutting inside and unleashing a right-footed drive that went across Aouate and into the far corner.Half-time arrived and Barca suddenly had a three-goal cushion they hardly deserved.Mallorca began to find their way back into it early in the second-half, however.A Casadesus drive was blocked by Fabregas before Michael Pereira converted a right wing cross to reduce the lead on 55 minutes.Two minutes later Busquets’ outstretched hand made enough contact with the ball for the referee to award a penalty that Casadesus converted to reduce the arrears to 3-2.Mallorca rallied without really causing too much trouble before Messi smashed home his second on 76 minutes to make the game safe after Alexis Sanchez had cleverly chested a cross into his path.Earlier on Sunday Athletic Bilbao battled to a hard fought 2-1 win over Sevilla despite finishing the game with ten men.Oscar de Marcos put Bilbao ahead on 27 minutes side-footing home a cross from Jon Aurtenetxe before Markel Susaeta doubled the lead just before the interval.Ander Herrera received his marching orders for a second caution with fifteen minutes remaining, and Alvaro Negredo struck a penalty four minutes later to give the away side some hope.However Bilbao held on to claim the win that moves them to within a point of Sevilla, who have 15, in mid-table.Also on 15 points are Valladolid and Valencia, who drew 1-1 with Ali Cissokho in the thick of the action.Valencia’s French full-back opened the scoring in the first-half but then received a straight red for a trip in the area on Omar Ramos.Victor Perez converted the penalty for a share of the points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000MANCHESTER, December 13 – Manchester United received another setback on Friday when manager David Moyes revealed that striker Robin van Persie will be out for a month with a thigh injury.The Dutchman recently returned from a four-game lay-off due to a groin problem, playing in last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United and the midweek victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. However, he injured himself as he took the corner that led to Phil Jones’s 67th-minute winner against Shakhtar and Moyes expects him to be out of action until next year.“Robin Van Persie is out for a month,” Moyes said. “He picked up a thigh strain in taking a corner kick which led to the goal.”Moyes added: “It is unfortunate because I think if you look at our record with Wayne Rooney and Robin in the team, it is actually very good and we have not had them for quite a period recently.“Marouane Fellaini has a bit of a back injury. Michael Carrick is missing and Robin is going to miss four weeks with a thigh strain. That is a big blow to us.”United’s top scorer last season, Van Persie has scored seven goals in 11 league appearances this term.News of his injury comes as United bid to bounce back from successive home defeats in the league, which have left them 13 points behind leaders Arsenal.However, while Moyes has several alternatives in the forward positions — notably Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck — Carrick’s absence with an Achilles problem leaves him bereft of options in central midfield.Asked if he felt that Carrick’s lay-off had hurt United, Moyes replied: “I do. We need him for his creativity. We have missed him for lots of other reasons as well. It is important.“We were looking for a couple of midfield players in the summer. We weren’t able to get two. We got one (Fellaini).“We needed one who could give us something else if we did get an injury to Michael or one who could have played with him. We have definitely been a little bit short in that area.“Hopefully he is not too far away and he will be back in a couple of weeks.”Moyes, whose side visit Aston Villa on Sunday, also moved to quash suggestions that his predecessor Alex Ferguson remains a big influence at the club.Former United captain Roy Keane said on British television this week that he believes the former manager, who is now a director at Old Trafford, wants to control the club and still wields a lot of power.But Moyes refuted those suggestions, insisting that he is the one who gets in touch with Ferguson, rather than the other way round.“I can only tell you that in my time here Alex has been fantastic and helpful,” he said. “Anytime I need something, I can go to him. He’s been very good.”No team has ever come from 13 points back at this stage of the season to win the Premier League, but Moyes wants the players to use it as a source of motivation as they seek to close the gap on leaders Arsenal and the other teams who sit above them.“We do see it as a challenge,” he said. “We have a long way to go. We can only take one game at a time and let’s see what happens later on in the season. We can’t talk about it now. We will do when we are closer.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The 3-1 win over Hamburg at Munich’s Allianz Arena left Guardiola’s side with a new record of 93 points for the calendar year and they remain unbeaten in the league in 2013.Bayern bounced back from the 3-2 Champions League defeat at home to Manchester City with goals by Mario Mandzukic and Mario Goetze before Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri added the third deep into added time.But Guardiola said the European champions have weaknesses to work on.“Perhaps the players already had their holidays and Morocco in their heads,” said Guardiola.“We had problems in the second half, just like against Manchester, we lost the ball too easily.“We have good players, but we have to cut those actions out.“2013 was an unbelievable year for FC Bayern.“Now we’re flying to Morocco to try and win our next title.”Four hours after the final whistle against Hamburg, Bayern jetted out of Munich with Guardiola looking to win the Club World Cup for the third time, having already lifted the title with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.China’s Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande set up a semi-final against Bayern on Tuesday in Agadir after seeing off Egypt’s Al Ahly 2-0 in Saturday’s quarter-final.No German side has ever won the trophy, but having become the first Bundesliga side to win the treble of league, cup and European titles last season, Bayern want to add another piece of silverware to their 2013 haul.“We want to get the last title we’re lacking this season,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after the club broke or equalled 25 Bundesliga records last season.“We want to win the title, but it’s not automatic that we will.“It’s a title which certainly doesn’t have such a high priority in Germany.“On the other continents, this title is of high value, so our team will certainly throw everything into winning it.”As well as the treble, Bayern lifted the UEFA Super Cup title in August in Prague when the Champions League winners beat Europa League title-winners Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out.Brazil’s Corinthians and global giants Barcelona have both won the title twice, while Brazilian teams have won four of the Club World Cup’s nine editions.Guardiola has taken a total of 23 players to Morocco with only injured stars Arjen Robben, Holger Badstuber and Bastian Schweinsteiger left behind.Local side Raja Casablanca will face Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro in Wednesday’s other semi-final after a 2-1 extra-time win over Mexico’s CF Monterrey in their quarter-final, with the final in Marrakech next Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BERLIN, Germany, December 15 – Bayern Munich flew to Morocco to begin their assault on the Club World Cup title with coach Pep Guardiola demanding improvements from the European champions,And that despite the Bavarian giants adding still more Bundesliga records to their already impressive tally.
0Shares0000Marseille’s Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew, who has announced he will be leaving the French side, has attracted interest from English Premier League clubs.MARSEILLE, May 18- Ghana international forward Andre Ayew moved a step closer to a dream move to the English Premier League after announcing he would be ending a 10 year stay at French giants Marseille.The 25-year-old winger — a member of the Ghana side that lost to Ivory Coast 9-8 on penalties in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations final — said despite Marseille still being in contention for a Champions League place next term it wasn’t enough for him. Ayew, whose younger brother Jordan was also at Marseille before leaving for Lorient at the beginning of the season, has attracted interest from several English clubs including relegation-threatened Newcastle, a regular raider of Ligue 1 for players, Spurs, Arsenal and the club he idolised as a boy Liverpool.“The president (Vincent Labrune) has spoken thus everything has been brought out into the open more or less,” said Ayew, who scored 10 goals in 27 appearances this season as Marseille enjoyed a superb first-half of the campaign and top the table before a series of poor results saw them fall off the pace.“I am going to leave the club and it is a page turned.“There are lots of thing behind the decision. We tried to find a solution which would enable me to stay but for both parties it was complicated, whether it be for sporting or financial reasons.“I was expecting more, I wished that the club would have a more competitive team for next year that could be title contenders and that is not certain.“Also the club cannot offer me the same salary that I’m on at the moment,” added Ayew, son of former Ghana and Marseille legend Abedi Pele.Labrune said that the club simply could not offer the wages an English club could to Ayew, who came through the youth system at the club and became a key player for them in the past five years after returning from a loan spell with Arles-Avignon.“We cannot keep Ayew,” Labrune had told Wednesday’s edition of English daily newspaper ‘The Independent’.“He is a very important player for Marseille but we cannot offer him the sums that the English clubs can.“Unfortunately, he is going to leave the club and we hope he enjoys the great career he deserves in England or elsewhere.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The FIGC held a meeting in Rome on Thursday and Belloli, according to a website report on La Gazzetta dello Sport, was “voted out” of his post.Belloli’s comments, made on March 5, came to light last week in a report on www.soccerlife.it, which had obtained a trancript of the meeting.He is reported to have said during a meeting on women’s football: “That’s enough, we can’t keep on talking about giving money to these four lesbians.”Belloli denied he had made the comments but FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio immediately underlined the threat to Belloli’s position.“If Belloli has said these things, then it’s serious. These words are hateful and unacceptable,” said Tavecchio, a former president of the amateur federation.Tavecchio was handed a ban last year after being accused of racist remarks during his campaign to take over the FIGC presidency.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Felice BerroliMILAN, May 22- The president of Italy’s amateur footall federation, Felice Belloli, was sacked from his post on following reports he made homophobic comments against women footballers, according to reports.Belloli became the subject of an Italian football federation (FIGC) inquest last week following the comments, which were reported to management at the FIGC.
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El Arbi Hillel Soudani, who plays for Dynamo Zagreb in Croatia, scored the second goal on 61 minutes before a crowd that included travelling Algerian supporters.It was a predictable result given that former African champions Algeria are ranked No. 1 in the continent, 50 places above the Seychelles.The North Africans achieved success despite lacking three stars with midfielders Riyad Mahrez and Yacine Brahimi injured and striker Islam Slimani suspended.Algeria lead Group J with 13 points from five matches, eight points more than second-place Ethiopia, who play Lesotho in Maseru on Sunday.Benzia turned quickly inside the penalty area and hooked the ball into the net after the Seychelles failed to clear a cut-back.Sloppy defending by the islanders also contributed to the second goal with Soudani scoring his fifth of the qualifying competition by reacting quickest to a free-kick and poking the ball into the net.A further 23 Cup of Nations qualifiers are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the possibility of nine other countries qualifying.Gabon are automatic participants as hosts in the biennial 16-nation African football showcase next January and February.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Algeria football team.PHOTO/File.JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 2 – Algeria became the second qualifiers after Morocco for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon by cruising to a 2-0 victory over the Seychelles in Victoria on Thursday.Yassine Benzia from French club Lille put the Desert Foxes ahead four minutes before half-time at the 10,000-seat Stade Linite in the capital of the Indian Ocean island state.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC government announced today that there are now added benefits that have come from the 5 conditions that the provincial government set on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.“The five conditions is an articulation of the way we do business in British Columbia,” Premier Christy Clark said. “We set the bar high to stand up for B.C. to protect our coast and environment, ensure opportunities for First Nations participation and secure a fair share of economic benefits for all British Columbians.”The government says Justin Trudeau has taken action when it comes to condition #2 which is related to world-leading marine spill prevention, response and recovery with a $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan.“B.C. has identified 10 areas where action is required on our coast to achieve a world-leading system. The Federal Government’s commitment to taking action on all 10 areas through the Ocean Protection Plan means the largest share of the $1.5 billion investment would be made on the British Columbia coast. That includes First Nations and community training, new technology, staff and equipment including two new salvage tugs capable of rescuing and towing large vessels.”Trans Mountain has also pledged to make significant enhancements to condition #2.“These include a commitment that tankers will be escorted by a tug for the entire transit up to Race Rocks, and a $150 million investment that will result in a doubling of spill response capacity and halving response times along the Salish Sea.”Advertisement – Advertisement -The 5th condition from the government was to do with B.C. getting a fair share of the benefits from the project. This has resulted in the following agreements:British Columbians first in line for jobs of the more than 75 ,000 person-years of employmentWill boost B.C.’s GDP by $19.1 billion during construction and operations over 20 yearsGenerates over $2.2 billion in tax revenue for provincial and local governmentsAlso of note, the government has come to an agreement with Kinder Morgan to receive a significant investment of up to $1 billion. The company will apparently pay the province between $25 and $50 million annually for 20 years. This is the first time in B.C. that a company will share revenue from a large industrial project directly with the Province.
According to the program, windshield repairs must be completed by an ICBC Glass Express facility. A maximum of three damaged areas can be repaired on an individual claim basis, though there’s no limit to the number of windshield repair claims per policy period.Customers can visit icbc.com for more information about the claims process and for a list of ICBC Glass Express facilities in their area. VANCOUVER, B.C. – After previously announcing that they would begin to offer a new rock chip repair program, ICBC announced today that the program will start next Monday, March 27th.The program is available for motorists that purchase ICBC’s optional comprehensive coverage for their private vehicles. Those with the coverage will be able to get a chipped windshield repaired for free, as long as an ICBC Glass Express facility determines it’s safe and appropriate to do so. In the past few weeks, ICBC has consulted with its Glass Express suppliers, along with the Automotive Retailers Association and the New Car Dealers Association of B.C., who have provided feedback and support as the details of the program have been developed.Now, eligible customers will be able to take their vehicle directly to an ICBC-accredited Glass Express facility for windshield repairs without calling ICBC first or paying a deductible. Windshield repairs will also have no impact on a customer’s claims history or future deductible.- Advertisement -“This is a great program – it will benefit more than 2.5 million British Columbians across the province and, at the same time, help reduce ICBC’s material damage costs by approximately $8 million per year,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.In recent years, ICBC would replace a damaged windshield rather than repair it because repaired windshields would often still need to be replaced a short time later. Today, repairs last substantially longer due to improvements in the technology and materials used.“This is an important new program because it will have enormous benefits for our customers, our valued business partners, as well as the environment,” said Mark Blucher, ICBC’s president and CEO. “This is another step we’re taking to help reduce the growing pressure on insurance rates and we’re committed to continuing to explore other initiatives which can do the same.”Advertisement
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the election just around the corner, Energeticcity.ca will be profiling each candidate during the week of May 1. Each candidate has been asked 10 questions that are related to the North Peace.Independent candidate Rob Fraser gave the following responses to the questions presented to him.Should the Site C project be sent to the BC Utilities Commission for review? Answer: No not now. It should have been reviewed by the BCUC before the original decision to build Site C for the following reasons. It would have better informed the government decision whether or not to build in the first place by researching the total cost and how to pay for the project; whether the power was needed now or during the life of the project, and would have given the public an opportunity to comment. The government did not request a review before the original decision however and the courts have agreed that they did not have to. I do not think it serves our region well to deny that fact. As mayor and potentially as MLA I think it’s my job to get the best possible benefits from the project and make sure this process never happens again. It’s time to move on. As MLA, I will continue to work on behalf our residents on the Site C Community Liaison Committee.How do you envision strengthening the relationship with First Nations?- Advertisement -Answer: The First Nations communities will be critical in everything we do in our region moving forward. It is so important that we develop strong relationships. From environmental discussions to community opportunities through to opportunities to work together for our economy, our indigenous neighbours have some great ideas and a will to build strong bonds. Indigenous cultures need to be recognized as a key part of our northern heritage. As MLA, I will reach out to the First Nations to meet with them on their terms while recognizing the need for transparency and cooperation for the larger combined community that I will represent. Together we are strong; divided we are powerless.Is the ‘Fair Share’ agreement the best deal?Answer: I have been involved in various capacities with the evolution of the Fair Share agreement from the beginning. I was involved with the most recent negotiations and was very vocal about the fact that the Peace River Agreement is not the best deal. The deal is concluded and the region has accepted it however it has deficiencies. The current Peace River Agreement has been delinked from the growth of the industry that the communities service. Increased industry often equates to increased service costs and the deal does not recognize that. Secondly, the Fair Share Agreement had a 15 year term and provided certainty for communities. The new Peace River Agreement is not certain. Rather than having a 20 year term, it is divided into 20- 1 year terms. It has to be applied for every year and the government has the potential to deny it. As the only candidate and MLA with this experience, I will monitor the application process to ensure our communities are being treated fairly.How do you think the Province should go about in getting the best deal when it comes to the Softwood Lumber dispute?Answer: The province needs to ensure that it has its own Forest policy house in order. There is some dispute within the province that the large forest companies are indeed being subsidized by our government. The policy that allows freight costs to be removed from the stumpage paid to the government is an example of subsidies given to the large forest products companies. Companies do not have to mill the wood in the communities where it is harvested anymore and can close those mills without penalties. If a mill is closed for more than 5 years, the forest company can apply to have the wood value assessment moved to the next closest mill in production. At that point the freight costs for delivering the wood to that next closest mill can be applied against the stumpage and depending on the distances hauled, the stumpage can be reduced to the minimum level. This not only disadvantages small remote communities but also encourages forest companies to build super mills and close smaller mills. The Americans are screaming that our forest companies are being subsidized and they may be right. Let’s understand what is happening in our own back yards in order to prove that our forest companies are fairly competing.Advertisement The Clark government said that LNG would be up and running by now and since it hasn’t, do you see LNG starting up in the next four years? Answer: I am very optimistic about the future of our LNG industry. I believe we have the ability and public support to develop our world class natural gas resource safely and efficiently with due course given to our environment and our communities. I am unsure if it will happen in the next 4 years. There are many market uncertainties that affect the decision to build in Canada. I believe we can get to “Yes” in LNG faster if the provincial government were to put their money where their mouth is, so to speak. The province can encourage the development of this industry by investing in the infrastructure of the region where the natural gas comes from. By improving the transportation networks, working with local governments on planning and community infrastructure, training workers and creating policies to understand cumulative impacts the province can show that they are very serious about LNG production. This would send a favourable message to the investors that we are open for responsible resource development. I have been working with the Taylor council and the NEBC Coalition of Resource Municipalities to further advance the cause of our natural gas industry. As MLA, I will continue the work with these groups.The Taylor Bridge is a key part of infrastructure that residents are calling on to be replaced. What are your plans for the bridge? Answer: The Taylor Bridge is a critical piece of transportation infrastructure that is on its last legs. The continuous routine and emergency repairs to the surface of the bridge prove it is either not designed for the numbers and types of loads being hauled across it or it is just plain wearing out. Or maybe both. To ensure the smooth year round flow of products through the region, the delays caused by the repair and maintenance of this bridge must be reduced if not eliminated. There needs to be 4 lanes across the Peace River to adequately move the volumes of traffic to and from the north. A new 2 lane bridge could be built on the upstream side of the old bridge. Once this bridge is in service, the old bridge can be upgraded with a new surface and substructure if required to support a new surface. This could probably be done for less than the combined PST and GST amounts being spent on the new Massey Bridge in the lower mainland designed to replace the Massey Tunnel. 12 percent of 3.5Billion dollars would likely do it. The Taylor council has been asking the provincial government for many years about starting the process to find a solution. I will continue that effort as MLA.Communities are facing shortages in the Peace when it comes to doctors. What would your plan be to get recruitment up and get more doctors here?Answer: I know this problem too well. The troubles we have been having in Taylor with our medical clinic are partially due to the capacity of our doctors in the region. The doctors in local practices are working hard to service the region but they need assistance. This problem is not only confined to doctors but professionals of all types. It is a complicated problem to deal with. I intend to strike an MLA advisory committee for health care to work on this and other health related issues. The committee will work on recruitment and retention of doctors and medical professionals. I want to discuss local training opportunities, tuition reduction, graduated loan interest forgiveness, affordable housing for new doctors and professionals while they are paying off student loans and other ideas that committee members may have. I will also work with local communities to ensure we are creating vibrant sustainable community programs with art, culture and heritage opportunities that will assist with retention of these professionals and other workers and families as well.What is your long-term plan for the regional economy?Answer: In a word: Diversification. Our region is rife with opportunity. There are opportunities in Agriculture, Construction, Energy,Forestry, Smaller local LNG, Mining Exploration, Oil and Gas Infrastructure, Petrochemicals and more. Exploring investments and markets in these industries is key to smoothing out the cyclical nature of our resource economy. The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is in dire need of economic revitalization. When elected I will establish a Fort Nelson region economic task force to bring together interested constituents with the local government, First Nation communities, industry and the Chamber of Commerce to research and develop a common vision for the local economy. In the short term, forestry will be the focus. I will also work with whoever forms the government to consider a Ministry for Northern Development and Environmental Affairs. My vision is for this ministry to focus on the science and opportunities for the northern issues of responsible resource development including cumulative effects to the environment, our communities and indigenous/First Nation’s population.Advertisement With the announcement that the Federal Government is aiming to have marijuana legalized by July 1, 2018, what would you like to see the Province of B.C. do in terms of Provincial guidelines/regulation?Answer: First and foremost is the question of public safety. The Province must ensure that there is adequate regulation to ensure the safety of our residents. It starts with guidelines for the safe production and quality control over the product. Next, the security of transportation, processing and marketing of cannabis to ensure organized crime is eliminated from the industry. Marijuana must not be sold in BC until there is adequate roadside and workplace impairment testing equipment and protocols in place to protect the public and workers from impaired drivers and workers. As with any substance that can be abused and create addictions, there needs to be social assistance programs that assist with individuals who find themselves having difficulties with addiction. Finally, a taxation structure will need to be established to pay for all of the above as well as criminal penalties that reflect abuses of the legislation.What are your thoughts on the environmental impacts of fracking?Answer: The process of fracturing petroleum formations to increase the flow is a misunderstood and maligned part of our petroleum industry. The Canadian Petroleum industry has invested heavily in the development of the technology to ensure it is safe for workers and the environment. If the technology is used appropriately, its impacts on the environment are reduced to the water consumption requirements to fracture the rock formations and the carbon emissions from the various pieces of surface equipment used to perform the fracturing process. British Columbia has world class regulatory requirements for drilling and downhole completions. The Oil and Gas Commission is respected around the world for its proactive regulatory approach and enforcement guidelines. While there can be instances of inappropriate procedure being followed, it is the exception rather than the rule in BC. Fracking has received a bad name from under regulated jurisdictions where rules either did not exist or best practices were neither followed nor enforced.The last candidate to be featured tomorrow will be Independent candidate Jeff Richert.
CHETWYND, B.C. — The B.C. River Forecast Centre is issuing a High Streamflow Advisory for the South Peace and surrounding areas, including the Pine Pass, and tributaries around Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, and Mackenzie.A Pacific frontal system is expected to sweep across British Columbia on Thursday, reaching the northern BC interior tonight. Heavy rain is expected across the region overnight Thursday and into Friday. Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for the region, and rainfall in excess of 50 mm is possible over the next 48 hours. There is still some uncertainty over how the system will pass and which locations will receive the highest amount of precipitation.Rivers throughout the region are expected to respond to this rainfall on Friday, with peak flows expected Friday and into Saturday. There is the potential for flooding with this system, and this advisory may be upgraded to a Flood Watch as more confidence is gained in observed rainfall rates and amounts.- Advertisement -The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and will update the advisory as conditions warrant.
CALGARY, A.B. – A new refinery touted as part of the solution to Alberta’s oversupply of heavy oil likely won’t begin processing oilsands bitumen until year-end, several months later than expected.That means 80,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen that would have been delivered to the $9.7-billion Sturgeon Refinery near Edmonton is instead joining the queue to be placed on overcrowded pipelines leaving the province.Ian MacGregor, CEO of co-owner North West Refining, Inc., says multiple equipment failures have prevented the startup of the part of the refinery designed to break down heavy, sticky bitumen into an upgraded oil that can then be converted into consumer products.- Advertisement -He says the refinery contains some 7,000 pieces of equipment and getting them all to operate in concert is taking more time than expected, with the latest setback involving a heat exchanger that was apparently damaged during installation.Sturgeon, the first new refinery built in Alberta in more than 30 years, was completed 12 months ago and has since been producing diesel from synthetic crude upgraded at an Alberta oilsands mine.MacGregor says the refinery is benefiting as high discounts on prices on stranded Alberta heavy oil have also begun to affect light oil and synthetic oil, leading to its feedstock costing as much as US$30 per barrel less than usual.Advertisement He says the refinery is currently producing between 35,000 and 40,000 barrels per day of diesel.“I think we’re going to be running on bitumen by the end of the year,” he said in an interview.“It will take a while to come up to full capacity because as we put bitumen into it, we’ll find other problems.”The refinery is a joint venture of North West Refining and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., which is to provide 25 percent of its bitumen feedstock. The rest is to come from the government-owned Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission.Advertisement
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – One person has been charged after an incident near Crooked Creek Alberta.At approximately 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018, a Grande Prairie RCMP member attempted to stop a stolen vehicle near Crooked Creek, Alta off Highway 43. A confrontation occurred between a lone male suspect and the officer which resulted in the discharge of a police weapon.The suspect fled in the vehicle on to Highway 43. The suspect vehicle then rolled near Range Road 254A and Township 710. The suspect was later arrested with the assistance of Police Dog Services near the Greenview Golf Course.- Advertisement -The suspect was not injured as result of the confrontation but sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision.No injuries were sustained by the involved officer or members of the public.Gordon Randal Rawlyk (42) of Grande Prairie has been charged with the following offences:Advertisement Assault Police Officer with a weaponFlight from policePossession of property obtained by crime over $5,000Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 (x2)Dangerous operation of a motor vehicleFraudulent concealmentRawlyk was held for a bail hearing and released for a court appearance on Jan. 23, 2019 at Grande Prairie Provincial Court.As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be provided.
SANTA CLARITA – The first bonds from College of the Canyons’ voter-approved Measure M construction bond were sold recently, yielding nearly $80 million for new buildings and renovations on the Valencia campus and at the new Canyon Country site. The bonds went to market May 17 with a favorable rating, which translates to low-cost borrowing for the college. The money will be available to the community college district May 30. “Now that we have the money we need, we can get busy building new state-of-the-art learning spaces and provide students access to top-notch transfer courses and highly skilled technical training,” college President Dianne Van Hook said in a statement. The total value of Measure M bonds is $160 million. The additional bonds will be sold at a later date. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The funding positions College of the Canyons to apply for state funding. Among the work planned for the Valencia campus is expansion of the library, updating aging classroom and laboratory facilities, and constructing a new Student Services building. The proceeds from Measure M also will pay for permanent facilities at the Canyon Country campus, which will open in August in in modular buildings. Plans call for six 40,000-square-foot structures to house classrooms, labs and student support facilities.
SACRAMENTO – State lawmakers said Thursday they’re close to an agreement on a state budget, but predicted they’ll miss tonight’s deadline for passage. Among the sticking points are Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposal to cut funding for public transit and social services and to repay bond debt early. Assembly GOP Leader Mike Villines of Clovis said Democratic and Republican lawmakers differ on at least $1.4 billion in spending. “I think we’re all working toward getting something done in a reasonable time frame,” Villines said during an appearance before the Sacramento Press Club. With few penalties for a late budget, however, debate has at times stretched into August and even September in past years. The budget has been late seven times in the past decade. Schwarzenegger has proposed a $146 billion spending plan for 2007-08. His budget increases spending for education and infrastructure, but scales back funds for social services and cuts about $1.3 billion from public transit. It avoids tax hikes, but also allows a $1.4 billion operating deficit. H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the Department of Finance, said the Schwarzenegger administration remains optimistic that a budget can be signed by June 30, as it was last year, although some pundits had thought the two parties would not cooperate during a gubernatorial campaign. “The will is there,” Palmer said. “There are disagreements, but people are not being disagreeable.” In Los Angeles, transit officials are eagerly awaiting the budget results. Metropolitian Transportation Authority officials estimate that the governor’s proposal would mean at least $230 million less for Metro, which recently approved stiff fare increases throughout Los Angeles County. Metro CEO Roger Snoble said Thursday that if the agency gets the additional state funding, it would still have to boost fares next year, but the next round of increases in 2009 could be softened. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” Snoble said in a telephone interview. “We’re working really hard (to lobby Sacramento).” So far, the level of partisan rhetoric has been more muted than in the past, said Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at California State University, Sacramento. Ultimately, she believes the state will have a budget by July 1, mostly because the disputed items are relatively minor, and because legislators have other serious policy issues to tackle, such as health care and pension reform. “There’s enough of what everybody wants in (the budget) that you’re really arguing about stuff around the edges,” O’Connor said. firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, chairman of the Assembly Budget committee, said Democrats are trying to restore at least $827 million that Schwarzenegger wants to cut from public transportation. Democrats contend some cuts may be illegal. They also reject the governor’s plan to spend at least $600 million to repay debt early from the 2004 economy recovery bonds. Instead they want to use the money for social service payments to children and senior citizens. “He’s choosing Wall Street over California’s kids and seniors,” Laird said. Still Laird believes that the issues can be resolved by the end of June. The California Constitution calls for the Legislature to pass a budget by June 15 and for the governor to sign one by June 30, in time for the start of the next fiscal year July 1.
Portuguese midfielder Tiago Mendes 1 Portuguese midfielder Tiago Mendes has rejected a possible return to Chelsea this summer in favour of re-signing with Spanish champions Atletico Madrid for another two years.The 33-year-old, who played for the Blues under compatriot Jose Mourinho in the 2004-05 season, became a free agent in June and was reportedly prepared to move back to Stamford Bridge while entertaining various rival offers from around the world.But Tiago has instead committed to Atletico – the Champions League runners-up in May – after signing a new deal and flying out to their pre-season training camp in Segovia, Spain.Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “The club offered me the chance to renew my contract.“I felt proud because we had had an incredible season, but I had thought it was the right time for the cycle to come to an end.“I have been offered the chance to play in various international leagues and have taken some time to evaluate my options during the summer, but my final decision became clearer, and Atletico was the only option.”Aside from contributing to Atletico’s remarkable run to the Champions League final, Tiago has won the Primera Division title, the Europa League and the Copa del Rey with Diego Simeone’s Rojiblancos.He also boasts a Premier League winner’s medal from his year with Chelsea.
1 Fulham have snapped up Moroccan winger Adil Chihi after he impressed on trial.The Dusseldorf-born midfielder has been looking for a new club since leaving Cologne this summer and Craven Cottage boss Felix Magath, who has an extensive knowledge of German football, offered him a trial with the west London club and he impressed enough to earn a 12-month contract, which includes the option of a second year.Chihi, 26, made 130 appearances for Cologne, scoring 20 goals, and has featured twice for the Moroccan national team. Adil Chihi
1 Troy Deeney QPR boss Harry Redknapp has all but given up on signing Troy Deeney, with Hull in the driving seat to land the striker’s signature.Rangers have been chasing the Watford man all summer and have made a bid for his services, but the Hornets knocked Rangers back.Since Hull have now sold Shane Long to Southampton, Deeney is on their radar and Redknapp has pretty much thrown the towel in as he won’t meet Watford’s lofty £10m asking price“We made an inquiry,” Redknapp revealed. “But Watford have their own valuation, which they’re entitled to have, and we felt it was a bit more than we wanted to pay.”
Paul Pogba in action for France 1 Manchester United and Chelsea target Paul Pogba is in talks with Juventus over a new contract.The France international currently earns around £1.2m-a-year but the Serie A Champions are reportedly willing to treble that amount.According to sources in Italy, the new deal would see Pogba take home wages of around £70,000-a-week, while also tying him to Juventus until 2018 – with the option of an extra year.Juventus are hoping that the offer of a new contract will ward off any potential suitors still eyeing a move for Pogba.The 21-year-old was linked with a move to Chelsea during the summer and Real Madrid have also been touted as another interested party.The new deal is also a reward for Pogba’s fine form for club and country.The Frenchman scored nine goals for Juventus last season and also claimed the award for the Best Young Player at the World Cup in Brazil.
1 As part of our build up to the new year, we reveal the most popular content on talkSPORT.com for every month of 2014. Here, we look at March…BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: MARCH 2014MOST VIEWED STORY: Liverpool are years ahead of scheduleBy March, Liverpool were well and truly in the title race, and plenty of former Kop idols were piping up to lend their support to their former side’s quest for silverware. One of the most vocal was Michael Owen, who claimed the Merseysiders were ‘two or three years ahead of schedule’.See the story here: http://talksport.com/football/liverpool-are-years-ahead-schedule-and-can-win-title-says-former-reds-hero-14032184479MOST POPULAR INTERVIEW: Wilshere may have to leave ArsenalMarch saw Jack Wilshere’s development placed under the spotlight, following comments from Paul Scholes, who claimed the Arsenal midfielder had not improved since he was 17 years old. It was a debate that took up a number of column inches and prompted former Gunners’ player Stewart Robson to tell talkSPORT Wilshere may have to move on if he is to ever fulfil his potential.See the interview here: http://talksport.com/football/exclusive-wilshere-urged-leave-arsenal-ex-gunners-star-14032685009MOST POPULAR FEATURE: ‘I’m the best’, Mourinho tells Wenger in joint press conferenceAnother talkSPORT spoof video gem where we looked at how a joint Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger press conference would play out. The Premier League stalwarts spent parts of March bickering like an old married couple, so we put them together with a hilarious result.See the story here: http://talksport.com/football/you-are-wrong-im-best-mourinho-tells-wenger-joint-press-conference-14032184395TALKSPORT’S PICK OF MARCH 2014: AMAZING Kolo Toure story! How he took out Wenger, Henry AND BergkampMarch saw Arsene Wenger celebrate his 1000th game as Arsenal manager, and talkSPORT were at the front of the queue to applaud the Frenchman’s incredible feat with a special programme dedicated to his time in North London. However, of all the anecdotes to emerge, there was one in particular regarding Kolo Toure – courtesy of Ray Parlour – that made us chuckle. That same month also saw Robin van Persie’s Man United future thrown into doubt following this (completely fictional) look at the hidden clauses in his contract, while over at Chelsea, a different kind of Hulk was ‘spotted’ at Stamford Bridge.Listen to the funny Kolo Toure story here: http://talksport.com/football/amazing-kolo-toure-story-how-he-took-out-wenger-henry-and-bergkamp-14032084242CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JANUARYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF FEBRUARY Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
7) Ian Wright: Five hat-tricks/213 games – 42.6 games per hat-trick – Click the arrow to see the top 10 hat-trick heroes – Arsenal great Wright once scored back-to-back hat-tricks in March 1994 a 5-1 at Ipswich and the other in a 4-0 thrashing of Southampton at the Dell. 10 10) Fernando Torres: Four hat-tricks/212 games 53 games per hat-trick – Click the arrow to see the top 10 hat-trick heroes – Southampton’s Sadio Mane scored the fastest ever Premier League hat-trick, so talkSPORT looked at the 10 players who have scored three or more trebles with the best games to hat-trick ratio beginning with Fernando Torres, who played for both Liverpool and Chelsea. 9) Carlos Tevez: Four hat-tricks/202 games – 50.5 games per hat-trick – Click the arrow to see the top 10 hat-trick heroes – Tevez is currently top scoring in Serie A with Juventus, but in 202 Premier League games he scored four hat-tricks and despite playing for West Ham and Man United, the Argentine scored his trebles wearing Man City colours. 10 3) Thierry Henry: Eight hat-tricks/258 games – 32.25 games per hat-trick – Click the arrow to see the top 10 hat-trick heroes – Arsenal’s record scorer Henry scored a hat-trick for the Gunners in their final game at Highbury to end a 93-year association with the stadium in a 4-2 win against Wigan in 2006. It was one of his eight in the Premier League. 10 10 10 1) Luis Suarez: Six hat-tricks/110 games – 18.3 games per hat-trick – Three of Suarez’s hat-tricks were against Norwich with Wigan, West Brom and Cardiff his other victims. He’s now at Barcelona and in the same game Messi scored his 26th Liga hat-trick, Suarez scored this spectacular goal. 6) Robbie Fowler: Nine hat-tricks/379 games – 42.1 games per hat-trick – Click the arrow to see the top 10 hat-trick heroes – You might not know this, but God was actually born just over 20 years ago. At least, according to Liverpool fans he was, as Fowler endeared himself to the Anfield faithful with a hat-trick in four minutes and 33 seconds against Arsenal in August 1994. He was just 19 at the time and was the fastest treble in Premier League history as the Reds blew the Gunners away a 3-0. Now Mane has blown that record away. 2) Ruud van Nistelrooy: Five hat-tricks/150 games – 30 games per hat-trick – Click the arrow to see the top 10 hat-trick heroes – Van Nistelrooy was a great goal scorer, but is beaten to top spot by one man who had a habit of scoring regularly. 5) Michael Owen: Eight hat-tricks/326 games – 40.75 games per hat-trick – Click the arrow to see the top 10 hat-trick heroes – Owen was as prolific as they came when he broke onto the scene at Liverpool in the late nineties. When he retired from playing he had scored 150 goals in spells with the Reds, Stoke, Newcastle and Liverpool’s rivals Man United. 10 8) Dimitar Berbatov: Five hat-tricks/229 games – 45.8 games per hat-trick – Click the arrow to see the top 10 hat-trick heroes – Former Tottenham and Man United striker Berbatov’s most memorable Premier League hat-trick came at Old Trafford when the Red Devils beat bitter rivals Liverpool 3-2 in 2010. He also scored five in United’s 7-1 win against Blackburn in 2011 and four in one game for Spurs in a thrilling 6-4 win against Reading in 2007. At two minutes and 56 seconds, Sadio Mane’s hat-trick for Southampton against Aston Villa is the fastest ever in the Premier League.It beats Robbie Fowler’s long held four minutes and 33 seconds, so talkSPORT is celebrating hat-trick heroes.Here are 10 players with the best games to hat-trick ratio, focusing on those men with at least three trebles to their name. Incidentally, Matt Le Tissier and James Beattie are the only other Saints players to score three in one Premier League game.Click the arrow above, right, to see who tops the list. 10 4) Alan Shearer: 11 hat-tricks/441 games – 40.1 games per hat-trick – Click the arrow to see the top 10 hat-trick heroes – Shearer holds the Premier League goal record and has scored more hat-tricks than anyone else, but is fourth here in terms of games to hat-tricks. 10 10 10
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Critics fear that the zoning changes will lead to overcrowding and slum conditions if the current booming downtown housing market goes bust. “I see it as creating a neighborhood where parking is horrendous and families are squeezing themselves into these units which are very small because they are affordable,” affordable-housing developer Noreen McClendon said. The proposed ordinance does not directly address the size of the apartments that could be built, but it would remove all restrictions on the number of units that developers could put in a single building. In an effort to increase density downtown, Los Angeles planners have proposed sweeping zoning changes allowing apartments and condominiums as small as 250 square feet – about the size of a large double-car garage. New York, Boston and San Francisco residents have squeezed into tiny apartments for decades, but some land-use experts question whether there is much of a market for tiny apartments in downtown Los Angeles. The zoning proposals being considered by the City Council next week would apply to an area about five miles around downtown. It’s designed to encourage developers to continue building high-rise residential buildings. “This is a landmark event. The people who care about downtown L.A. have been waiting for these ordinances for a long time,” said Dan Rosenfeld, a principal in the downtown development firm Urban Partners.
A few days earlier, a guidance counselor had let him know his ring had surfaced, and that a woman named Jane Clark from Hayward had e-mailed the school looking for his address. So when his grandmother wasn’t around, Robin dialed her long-distance number. Unable to reach her last week, he planned to keep trying. Eventually he’d know the story behind the missing ring, he said. But his grandmother beat him to it. When the envelope arrived Monday, Ann and Robin’s father, Scott, were immediately curious. “There are no secrets around here,” Ann said, so they decided to peel it open. Inside was Robin’s 2008 class ring and a handwritten letter. The ring, as it turned out, had traveled more than 380 miles from the Bakers’ Redondo Beach trash bin to a facility that sorts through rubbish and recyclables in Northern California. Dave Clark, who runs the center in Hayward, south of Oakland, noticed something sparkling on the floor as he sorted through glass piles, said his wife, Jane, who saw the ring when he brought it home that night. She would never have known the significance of the angel and the name Savanna. Twelve years ago, the 2-year-old girl was hit by an ice-cream truck passing through the family’s former neighborhood in Apache Junction, Ariz. But Jane Clark, who has a 13-year-old son of her own, said there was something that pushed her to find Robin Leo Baker. She knew his full name because it was engraved on the inside of the band, so she searched local phone listings and posted a message on MySpace. Finally, Jane Clark tracked down an e-mail address for a Redondo Union High School guidance counselor. “I was determined that this ring was going back to its owner,” she said. “It was meant to be.” Robin can only figure that he accidentally swept the ring off his desk and into his bedroom trash can. “I thought, what are the odds of anyone finding a ring that small?” Ann said. Or the person who found it having a heart that big. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Robin Baker’s class ring still looks pretty handsome on his finger, considering its harrowing trip these past few months. The white gold band is roughed up with a few nicks and scratches, but the center ruby still shimmers, and the engraving looks sharp. The ring says Robin on one side and Savanna on the other. And beneath his little sister’s name is a tiny embossed angel. Robin was only 4 when Savanna died in 1995. Robin realized his 2008 class ring had gone missing a couple of months ago, but he shrugged it off, figuring he’d eventually find it. Robin never told his 77-year-old grandmother for fear she’d get angry. A mother of six boys who is helping to raise her 16-year-old grandson, Ann Baker would have been sick over the loss of a $425 ring that was a gift from Robin’s mother. “I would have spent the rest of my life looking,” she said later. So for a couple of months, Robin said he got used to going to school without it. Until earlier this past week that is, when a good Samaritan stepped in. A white FedEx envelope reached the Bakers’ Redondo Beach home Monday while Robin was in school, so he missed his chance to intercept it.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON — President George W. Bush moved one step closer to a constitutional showdown with Democrats on Thursday, as the White House asserted executive privilege in refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas for documents related to the dismissals of federal prosecutors. The move prompted Democrats to accuse the White House of stonewalling, and seemed to put the legislative and executive branches on a collision course that could land them in court. It was only the second time in Bush’s presidency that he has formally asserted executive privilege, the power first recognized by the Supreme Court in a 1974 Watergate-era case. On Thursday morning, the White House counsel, Fred F. Fielding, telephoned the Democratic chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, which had issued the subpoenas, to inform them of Bush’s decision. The president also intends to invoke executive privilege to prevent two of his former top aides, Harriet E. Miers, the former White House counsel, and Sara Taylor, the former political director, from testifying, officials said. “With respect, it is with much regret that we are forced down this unfortunate path,” Fielding wrote in a letter to the respective committee chairmen, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont and Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan. Conyers called the Fielding letter “an appalling response to a reasonable question,” adding: “This is reckless; it’s a form of governmental lawlessness that is really astounding.” The letter seemed to lay the groundwork for how the administration will respond to unrelated subpoenas issued by the Senate panel Wednesday to the White House, Vice President Dick Cheney’s office and the Justice Department for information about the domestic-eavesdropping program run by the National Security Agency. Administration officials said they had not decided how to respond to those demands, but experts said it seemed clear the White House would refuse to comply in that case as well. The clash pits the congressional right to oversight against the president’s right to unfettered and candid advice from his top aides. Experts disagree about how a court might rule.
WEST COVINA – Two men were charged Thursday in Citrus Superior Court with four counts of assualt with a deadly weapon and two counts of throwing a subtance at a vehicle, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Justin Adam Pecor, 20, and Anthony John Balsz, 24, were arrested by Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday for allegedly throwing bricks, bottles and other objects at cars traveling on the eastbound lanes of the Pomona Freeway from the overpass between Hacienda Boulevard and Azusa Avenue. Two vehicles, one containing three people, were the alleged targets. A man and woman riding in one of the cars were injured. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The driver of the second vehicle was not hurt.
WASHINGTON – Days after unveiling a major crackdown on businesses that hire illegal immigrants, the Bush administration is now quietly admitting that its most heavily touted weapon in pursuing employers will be virtually useless. At the heart of the new rules announced last week is toughened Homeland Security enforcement of so-called “no match” letters – which the Social Security Administration sends to companies when employees have questionable identification numbers. But Homeland Security officials acknowledged this week that because of a privacy provision in the IRS code, immigration officials will actually have no way of knowing which employers have received “no-match” letters, which have complied and which have not. “While we don’t get information directly from the Social Security Administration, we do see that we get a lot of tips,” DHS spokeswoman Veronica Nun Valdez said. “There are number of people that do come forward and tell us an employer is not conforming with the law.” In addition to working with informants, Valdez said immigration officials plan to step up investigations and raids, which will likely yield sanctions against violating companies. But illegal-immigration hardliners said they feel bamboozled. Many noted that working with tips and increasing raids is nothing new, and they said they had assumed that the government had resolved the long-standing data-sharing issue. Bob Dane said that without Homeland Security being able to get information directly from the Social Security Administration, the new rules are just “empty threats.” “Good God, if they’re going to spend money on postage and send out threatening letters, which are long overdue, they need to have some practical enforcement at the end,” he said. Since 1994, the Social Security Administration has sent out the annual letters to companies when a large number of W-2 forms submitted for employees don’t match the name or Social Security number the agency has on file. While there can be several reasons for a “no match,” activists note it is often a red flag that a worker is an illegal immigrant. In the past, companies have largely ignored the letters and “thrown them in the circular file,” as Dane describes it. But the new immigration rules the White House rolled out last week promised serious changes. Starting next month, Social Security officials will send out about 140,000 “no match” letters, with about 35,474 going to employers in California. The envelopes will include a separate letter from Homeland Security officials informing companies that they might be in violation of immigration law and have 90 days to correct the Social Security inconsistencies. If they do not, the letter warns, the agency could “determine that you have violated the law by knowingly continuing to employ an unauthorized person.” A first-offense fine was increased to $2,200 per employee. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff proclaimed the move means the agency will “clamp down on employers who knowingly and willfully violate the law.” Editorial pages across the country proclaimed a new day for immigration enforcement. Left untouched, however, was section 6103 of the IRS code – a privacy provision the government has long interpreted to mean that Social Security officials are forbidden from sharing tax information with other agencies. Several members of Congress have tried to amend the provision. Most recently the failed Senate immigration bill, which also would have granted citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants, sought to fix it. “It would make it a lot easier,” Valdez said. But without that change – like traffic cops with a stack of tickets but no map to the highway – DHS can only ask Social Security officials to insert its warnings into the “no-match” letters. “So the most meaningful part of this new initiative may not be so meaningful,” said Steven Camarota, research director for the Center of Immigration Studies, which advocates restriction of all immigration. “That’s not surprising,” he said. “The administration has never shown a great desire to enforce the law.” Still, leaders with California industries – such as agriculture and food services, which rely heavily on illegal labor – said they aren’t taking any chances. Trade groups that represent the sectors said they have strongly recommended employers follow the new rules, regardless of the government’s ability to trace its own threats. “I think this is viewed as more of a self-enforcing thing,” said John Gay, top lobbyist for the National Restaurant Association, which represents about 1.4 million estimated employees in California. “This is another tool in their kit. It’s easier to establish a violation with these rules.” Tom Nassif, president of the California Grower’s Association, said any “no-match” letters a company receives will come out during a civil trial if that business is ever cited for immigration violations. And if the company has not complied, it could face the tough new financial and prison penalties. “We could be targets for these investigations,” he said. “It behooves us to do what we can to follow them.” Nassif said he still believes the new rules will cripple California’s $37 billion agricultural industry. About 70 percent of the state’s estimated 500,000 farmworkers are illegal immigrants, he said, and he believes most will be fired by fearful employers. “With that dramatic a loss, I think people stop producing,” he said. Camarota said he suspects the Bush administration hopes the business community, whose division over the recent Senate immigration compromise bill helped lead to its failure, will be galvanized into action by the threat of economic upheaval. “They don’t really want to upset the apple cart, they just want to tip it back and forth and act like they’re doing something,” Camarota said of the administration’s rules. “What they really want to do is get the business community off the dime.” Nassif agreed but called it a risky gamble with the country’s economy. “I think they want the public to be so damaged and so fearful that they raise a clamor,” he said. But, Nassif added, “This is playing Russian roulette. 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By Madlen Read THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – With more Americans filing for bankruptcy again after last year’s hiatus, credit card default rates are spiking. Although the percentage of payments being written off as uncollectible isn’t as high as it was a couple of years ago, the conditions are ripe for it to catch up. Bankruptcy filings keep pouring in, home prices keep falling and energy prices remain high. According to data from Moody’s Investors Service, credit card companies wrote off 4.58 percent of payments between January and May, up nearly 30 percent from the same period in 2006. “In 2007, we expected an increase, as bankruptcy filings returned to more normal levels,” said Jay Eisbruck, managing director in Moody’s Investors Service Asset-Backed Finance Group. He called this year’s resurgence in bankruptcy filings the primary reason credit card default rates have soared. In mid-2005, when home prices were still rising, the default rate was at around 6percent, and in 2004, it was even higher. What ended up bringing the default rate down to about 3percent in late 2005 and early 2006 were changes in U.S. law that made it more expensive and more difficult for individuals to file and qualify for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy filings surged in late 2005 before the law took hold, then dropped off. Now, bankruptcy filings are flooding back in. According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the nation’s bankruptcy filings jumped 66percent in the first quarter. That’s causing default rates to soar, because getting bankruptcy protection usually means you’re released of your credit card obligations. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Young was 11-for-16 for 96 yards, and White ran 15 times for 58 yards with a 19-yard reception. Rookie receiver Chris Davis added a 70-yard punt return for a TD, and Rob Bironas kicked field goals of 51, 33 and 46 yards. Green Bay (2-2) missed a chance for its best preseason finish since 2004. The Packers scratched 15 players, including receiver Donald Driver (foot) and both starting cornerbacks, Al Harris and Charles Woodson. What remained of the first-team defense left after one series, a three-and-out. But Green Bay also had another running back injured.Noah Herron, starting with Vernand Morency (knee) and rookie Brandon Jackson (concussion) out, hurt his knee after catching a 6-yard TD pass from Favre. The three-time league MVP had lobbied hard to play more than the two-play series Favre was on the field in the Packers’ final exhibition last year, in part to help him improve his chemistry with rookie James Jones. From news services Brett Favre looks sharp and ready to roll into his 17th NFL season with some of his young teammates. For Vince Young and former USC running back LenDale White, the future is now. Young threw for a touchdown and ran for another for a second straight week, White added 77 total yards, and they helped the Tennessee Titans wrap up the preseason by beating Favre and the Green Bay Packers, 30-14, Thursday night in Nashville. Tennessee (3-1) wrapped up its first winning preseason since 2004. Coach Jeff Fisher used this game as his dress rehearsal for the Titans’ season opener at Jacksonville, playing most of his starters into the third quarter. Favre played two series and left with a 7-0 lead, but he accomplished his goal. He and Jones hooked up three times, and Favre was 8-for-10 for 82 yards as the Packers rolled up 129 yards offense in the first quarter. “A couple of reads I wish I had done something different,” Favre said. “I got ahead of myself a little bit. Without watching the film, the first unit, the first two drives I thought we were fine except for a couple bad decisions.” The Titans wanted to maintain their offensive rhythm, and Young and White clicked on their third series. Going on fourth-and-1 at midfield, White broke through for a 21-yard run with Packers Frank Walker and Tyrone Culver hanging on him the last 5 yards. Young tied the game four plays later with a 6-yard TD pass to Brandon Jones. He drove the Titans 10 plays on the next drive and scored on an 8-yard run after White cleared his path with a pancake block. It was a bit of a makeup for Young, playing his first game before the home fans since his rookie season. He was benched for the exhibition opener after breaking team rules by heading home to sleep the night before the game. Johnson gets started Larry Johnson got the break-in work he needed while supplying a lackluster Chiefs-Rams preseason finale with just a smidgen of star power. Johnson, who ended a 25-day holdout earlier in the month, was the only starter of substance for either team who got on the field in St. Louis’ 10-3 victory Thursday night. He shook off a bit of rust, carrying three times for 12 yards at the start of the Chiefs’ first drive. “It was good to get in the game and get a couple carries,” Johnson said. “That’s the toughest adjustment, getting back in the speed of the game and getting your timing down.” Third string quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Marques Hagans in the third quarter to give the Rams (2-2) a 10-0 lead. Hagans, battling for an extra receiving spot, had four catches for 53 yards. The Chiefs (0-4) were held to a 40-yard field goal by ex-UCLA kicker Justin Medlock and wound up winless in the preseason. ETC.: St. Louis offensive lineman Todd Steussie broke his left foot in the first half. Steussie, 36, is entering his 14th season and has missed only two games since joining the league in 1994. Other exhibitions Browns 19, Bears 9: Brady Quinn says he’s ready to make an impact for Cleveland and he did in the preseason finale. When his next opportunity comes remains to be seen. The rookie from Notre Dame was efficient, if unspectacular, leading the Browns (3-1) to a touchdown in the victory at Chicago. incumbent Charlie Frye played the first two possessions, completing two of five passes, and Derek Anderson led a field-goal drive late in the first quarter before Quinn entered the game. The 22nd pick in the draft, he started the second quarter and was 9-for-14 for 64 yards. He threw an interception but led a touchdown drive. Chicago tight end Greg Olsen left with a knee injury late in the second quarter. Bills 16, Lions 13:Buffalo and Detroit hope Trent Edwards and J.T. O’Sullivan watch every significant snap this season from the sidelines. If the backup quarterbacks are forced to play, though, they might be able to draw on experience from the exhibition season.Edwards directed a 90-yard drive that set up a tiebreaking field goal with 1:46 left, and Buffalo recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to seal a 16-13 win over Detroit in the preseason finale.O’Sullivan threw a perfect pass on an 18-yard touchdown to Sean McHugh late in the first half. Jaguars 31, Redskins 14: Jason Campbell got a much-needed touchdown and most of the Jaguars got a night off. Campbell returned to the starting lineup after missing last week’s game with a bruised left knee. He was 5-for-5 passing for 54 yards and a touchdown for Washington. Campbell played just one series for the Redskins (2-2). Jets 13, Eagles 11: The starters watched from the sidelines and the backups barely did anything to warrant more playing time. In a game decided by third-stringers and guys who’ll be looking for jobs in a few days, Mike Nugent kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired, lifting New York at Philly. Quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Chad Pennington didn’t play and most starters for both teams sat out. Patriots 27, Giants 20: Eli Manning had another solid tuneup for the regular season, even if it was brief. Tom Brady didn’t need one. Manning led a 16-play touchdown drive on the opening series, then went to the sideline with most of the Giants’ other starters in the Patriots victory at home. Most of New England’s regulars, including Brady, didn’t play at all – not unusual for the final game before the regular season. ETC.: New England signed Chris Hanson and and released first-year punter Danny Baugher. Saints 7, Dolphins 0: Rookie Pierre Thomas may have played himself into an NFL roster spot, even if it isn’t with New Orleans. The former Illinois running back rushed 16 times for 81 yards and a touchdown, had two catches for 47 yards and added a decent kickoff return to help the Saints beat Miami in a preseason finale involving few starters in New Orleans. Vikings 23, Cowboys 14: Brooks Bollinger made his case for holding onto the backup quarterback spot in Minnesota, while Matt Moore may have sewn up the No. 3 job in Dallas. Bollinger shrugged off a shaky performance in Seattle by throwing for 109 yards and a touchdown in just under two quarters.Moore was also impressive, completing nine of his first 10 passes and finishing with 94 yards and a touchdown. Buccaneers 31, Texans 24: Luke McCown threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, and Bruce Gradkowski threw a 31-yard scoring pass to Mwith three minutes left to lift the Buccaneers at home. The TD catch was Warren’s second of the night but proved costly to the Bucs (3-1). The third-year receiver injured his left leg when he was tackled crossing the goal line and was carted off the field. Steelers 19, Panthers 3: Forced to wait out a lightning delay before sitting through a downpour, fans watched Jeff Reed kick four field goals and Tyrone Carter return an interception 32 yards for a touchdown with a minute left. The Steelers (4-1) forced six turnovers in new coach Mike Tomlin’s final tuneup. Broncos 21, Cardinals 3: The Broncos were forced to punt four times in their first five possessions, but still managed to keep Arizona winless in the preseason. The Broncos (2-2), beset by injuries all preseason, also lost two more key contributors. Defensive back Karl Paymah sustained a concussion in the second quarter, and tight end Stephen Alexander left the game with a bruised left leg. Matt Leinart struggled in his only series, completing 2 of 6 passes for 13 yards. Seahawks 19, Raiders 14: If Coach Lane Kiffin needed the preseason finale to decide who his starting quarterback will be, Daunte Culpepper should be his man. The recently deposed Miami Dolphins starter complete 11 of 19 passes for 108 yards and led the offense to its only TD in Seattle. Chargers 16, 49ers 13: On a night of faux football that was woefully lacking in star power, quarterback Alex Smith punctuated his homecoming with two turnovers in San Diego. Niners third-stringer Shaun Hill threw three interceptions and wide receiver San Diego scored 13 points off turnovers.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A 15-year-old boy has been charged as an adult in the attack on a 14-year-old girl who was found unconscious on an elementary schoolyard in Palmdale last week. Brandon Deon Audinett was charged with one count each of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and forcible rape. The complaint alleged the defendant used a “length of metal zipper material” in the attack on Sept. 6. Audinett faces a possible state prison sentence of life with the possibility of parole if convicted of the charges. Authorities said the victim was beaten and sexually assaulted. The Sheriff’s Department investigated the attack and arrested the defendant on Sept. 7. ——————————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.