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  • Digicel Cup at the business end of season

    first_imgThree games will be played in the Highlands Region, one in Lae and the other in Port Moresby.A fiery encounter is expected up in Mendi between home side PRK Mendi Muruks and  Agmark Rabaul Gurias.The TNA Simbu Lions will head to Minj to take on Waghi Tumbe, while the Kemele Hela Wigmen will clash with the EGP Enga Mioks in Wabag.All three games as usual kick off at 2pmThe Wamp NGA Mt. Hagen Eagles will fly down to Lae for their game against the current competition leaders, the Snax Lae Tigers. The game gets underway at 2pmAt 3pm in the nation’s capital will be a tussle between two teams fighting to avoid the wooden spoon in the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis and the SNS Port Moresby Vipers.The PRK Gulf Isapea have the bye this weekend.Finals for the Digicel Cup will start on August 14.last_img read more

  • Quique Setién, against the real fire of Valencia in Mestalla

    first_imgEleven days and two games have passed since Quique Setién took over Barcelona. Little room to assess the changes that the new technician who has so far made his first two duels against the minimum against clearly inferior rivals such as Granada in the Camp Nou and Ibiza wants to introduce into the team. But now the first curves arrive. This afternoon (Mestalla, 16:00, Movistar LaLiga) awaits Valencia. First real fire exam for the new project.The Celades team was the set of LaLiga Santander that was less worn out during the week in the Cup. With a lineup of substitutes, he controlled Logroñés and went round taking a break after receiving two consecutive unappealable defeats: first against Madrid in the Super Cup and a week ago against Mallorca in Son Moix. After the win in Mallorca, Valencia is still out of European positions and will try to regain ground against Barcelona. Parejo’s loss is the main problem for the locals, who lose their brains and the fundamental footballer in stationary ball actions. On the other hand, they recover Rodrigo, who will be the center of attention due to the interest of Barcelona, ​​who values ​​him very seriously as a winter reinforcement to replace the loss of Luis Suárez.Effectiveness. Without the Uruguayan, Barça continues in search of its dominance of the game in concrete opportunities and be effective. Messi, who rested in the Cup, returns to the team to play against one of his favorite victims next to Griezmann, who scored two providential goals Wednesday in Ibiza.They also return to the Busquets and Piqué team regarding the call for Copa and De Jong, who, being sanctioned, did not play against Granada.Everything indicates that Setién, after testing the three central system in the Cup, will return to 4-3-3 with the only doubt in defense of Umtiti or Lenglet as a pair of Piqué and that of Arthur or Arturo Vidal to complete the average with Busquets and the Dutch.Collado will be on the bench as a novelty, since Riqui Puig did not travel when he was feverish, and the goalkeeper of the Iñaki Peña subsidiary, since Neto will not be able to return to Mestalla due to injury.last_img read more

  • Lendoiro’s emotional farewell to Michael Robinson

    first_imgAugusto César Lendoiro, former president of Deportivo de la Coruña, He dismissed Michael Robinson on Tuesday with an emotional text, died after a long fight against melanoma with metastases that he suffered. These are the words of the former head of the Galician team:In memory of my friend Michael RobinsonMichael Robinson has left us and with him the privilege that Canal + and now Movistar accustomed us to listening to that English-Spanish, half-hearted in his feeling and his diction, which dazzled us for so many years, until winning us all, with Carlos Martinez, Josep Pedrerol, in the box (later Mònica Marchante), Ramos Marcos, Ricardo, at the foot of the field, Maldini … his other family, the radio station, today almost as sorry as his direct family.I met him at the Finita Pub. I think I remember that he was, with Joseph Pedrerol, Ramos Marcos and a cameraman, having a drink when I arrived. They were waiting for me because they knew that on Saturdays I used to stop by. They had told them that in the owner of the pub, Ducho, “El canalla”, a phenomenon of the hospitality industry, had a huge photo of “San Antonio” with my head and with this phrase: “San Lendoiro, what he says goes to mass “And they wanted to take some pictures of me with that nice photo for” The day after “, at the dawn of Super Depor. And they did it. Robinson, I, and all the others ended up drinking in the Orzán until the sun advised us to withdraw. There our friendship was forged, which remained intact forever. It hooked me forever. Our last meeting was on the occasion of that extraordinary Robinson Report he made on Super Depor. It was a meal at “Tira do Playa”, in the usual booth, looking out from Riazor at the Tower of Hercules. The enriching conversation lasted, as usual at our dinners, for four or five hours. They paraded all the special moments we had lived together, and we enjoyed as if they were the last, as unfortunately it has been.In conveying to your wife and son my regret for the enormous misfortune of losing a husband and a unique father, I also want to convey the affection of countless people. Today Mónica Marchante told me that “we have all been orphaned”. And it is true, because, as Alberto Cortez would say, “when a friend leaves, he leaves an empty space that cannot be filled by the arrival of another friend.” Robinson was a unique legal type, and that’s why all of Spain mourns him, because all of Spain loved him. Rest in Peace, friend Michael Robinson. The one with the eternal smile.last_img read more

  • Newcastle offer to Pochettino

    first_imgWhile its name is related to Newcastle, Mauricio Pochettino granted an interview to the British channel BT Sports to review his career at Tottenham, whom he assured, he would like to train again. “It was an amazing journey that ended in a way that we did not want to end but, in the depths of my heart, I know that our paths will cross again. It may be in five, in ten years, but before I die I want to return to train Tottenham. I’m safe from the day I left that my dream is to go back and try to finish the job that we did not manage to finish. It was incredible, we were really close to winning great titles: the Premier, the Champions … We were very close. I want to know what it is to win a title with them because the fans are spectacular and for all the love we receive. It would be a good way to give back everything they have given us “, he said with some nostalgia.With Tottenham in memory, now, look to the future and that seems to be in the north of England. “Our paths have separated. Now I only look ahead and I am really motivated with my next project,” he said. A motivation caused, it seems, by the future liner of British football. From position 16 to 9If he accepted the contract with Newcastle, Mauricio Pochettino would go from being the sixteenth highest paid this season, with the 9.4 million he received a year from Tottenham, to the sixth place in the ranking thanks to the 21 kilos of the Magpies. The Argentine would remain among the 23 million Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid and the 19 that Ernesto Valverde received in Barcelona. Mauricio Pochettino is clear that he wants to return to English football. After leaving Tottenham after a tough start to the season, the new owners of Newcastle, still pending confirmation by the Premier League, they want the Argentine to occupy the bench at St James Stadium and they are ready to convince you with a great salary to raise another English football historical.According to several English media published this Thursday on their covers, Mohamed Bin Salman offers him £ 21m for Pochettino to take over Newcastle. One of the conditions that the Argentinean would put would be to have a good transfer budget available, something that with Saudi ownership seems not to be lacking. As Berbatov explained days ago, the figure of the Argentine would convince great footballers that the project is serious and Newcastle a reliable destination, not a megaproject that will be half done.last_img read more

  • Early shopping for Cavalier – Alex Marshall among strikers added to struggling team

    first_imgSt George’s College schoolboy star Alex Marshall is among four strikers who are expected to add fire to Cavalier’s attack for the remainder of the Red Stripe Premier League football season. Marshall was the most outstanding player in the FLOW-ISSA 2015 Manning, Super Cup, and Walker Cup competitions for the North Street-based institution. He was prolific in front of goal and dazzled with his dribbling skills and passes and led his school to the high-profile Super Cup trophy. Marshall spent three weeks training with United Soccer League club Philadelphia Union in the United States of America and benefited tremendously. The 17-year-old also played in two RSPL games for Cavalier last season. “He has completed the paper work and is awaiting a medical and will not turn out against Boys’ Town this Sunday,” Rudolph Speid, Cavalier’s technical director, told The Gleaner yesterday. Speid also disclosed that Aldaine Grant, Suela McCalla, and Cleon Pryce had been transferred from Portmore to Cavalier. “They (the three strikers) will turn out on Sunday. The players have moved from Portmore and doing well in training,” he added. A fifth striker is on Cavaliers’ radar, but this transfer has not yet been finalised. “Our build-up plays have been good but we missed a lot of chances because we pushed midfielders into strikers’ roles. “We have scored the least amount of goals in the league so far. Now, we have some genuine strikers,” Speid said, beaming. Cavalier are currently in 10th position on 18 points, just above relegation zone in the 12-team RSPL. The club has scored 11 times and conceded 18 goals in 18 games.last_img read more

  • The Wright View | Stop Abusing Our Junior Athletes

    first_img Unanimous votes Every year, November is celebrated as Youth Month, with November 19 being World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. The celebrations of these important landmarks have been muted here in Jamaica. Recent occurrences affecting the lives of our children here at home seem to have been the attention grabber that has galvanised ACTION that may have the required effect of altering how we look at the lives of our children. The problem that I have with the term child abuse is that it is used to refer predominantly to sexual abuse. To me, the abuse of a child encompasses more than sexual (or even physical) abuse. Things that we do to our children, or allow them to do, when we know that what they are doing will (at some stage) result in either physical or mental harm is child abuse. It took the death of at least eight children, dating from as far back as 2009 (a footballer), before the authorities began looking at the causes and possible ways of identifying those at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the most probable cause of their demise. The move by the organisation in charge of school sports (ISSA) to insist (for now) that participants in school sports will need a Pre-Participation Evaluation Clearance certificate before being allowed to compete is most welcome. Kudos must also be given to Team Jamaica Bickle, a diaspora organisation that has come forward with equipment that should be mandatory at every ISSA-controlled sporting event. This should result in a welcome reduction in cases of SCA in children who show no outward signs of a possible cardiac problem, but who really are disasters waiting to happen. Children who show signs of ‘difficulty’ in responding to the dictates of coaches and trainers in practice or games, claiming that they are tired, can now be examined by trained specialists to determine if they have medical problems that may be the cause of their tiredness. No longer will our children in sports be the subject of abuse by enthusiastic ‘drill sergeant’ coaches. Similarly, the sight of our children doing multiple events at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships (Champs) will now come to an end, as the controlling body for school sports in Jamaica, ISSA , ruled last Friday that children at Champs will not be allowed to run, jump, and throw themselves into injury mode or overuse syndromes. As can be expected, this has not gone down well with coaches or those who have nightmares thinking that these ‘new’ rules may adversely affect their chances of winning no matter, what happens to the child next year or the year after. Thankfully, the principals that make up ISSA voted unanimously last Friday to (for the first time at last) take the control of Champs out of the hands of past students and coaches and assert their rightful status, as the ones who the Government and parents expect to save the children in their care from abuse. The fact that ISSA had a meeting on December 5 last year, attended by coaches and interested parties where suggestions were solicited in an effort to prevent burn-out and overuse injuries affecting our children, seems to have been lost on some of those protesting the decisions ratified by the principals last Friday. The acceptance of this ‘win-no-matter-what’ culture in school sports has adversely affected the lives of our children, who are not equipped mentally or physically to decide what is best for them. The age of consent exists because it is universally recognised that children NEED help when making decisions that can adversely affect their future. So, when a coach says that so-and-so (a child) wants to do four events that is why he/she is allowed to do them, we now recognise that such a coach is guilty of neglect in the discharge of his duty to the child. Congratulations to ISSA. We are, at last, taking actions to minimise the possible abuse of our children. January 20, 2017, was the Jamaica Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse.last_img read more

  • PH bet Torres chokes out Ishige for debut win in ONE

    first_imgMOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Baniqued caps off fruitful IronKids stint with tightest triumph yetcenter_img McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Jomary Torres chokes out here opponent in their atomweight match. PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPMACAU—Jomary Torres announced her arrival in the premier MMA promotion in Asia with a dominant victory over Rika Ishige in their  atomweight bout in ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors Saturday at Cotai Arena here.The 21-year-old shook off a sluggish first round and leveled Ishige with brutal right hands and eventually ended the fight with a rear-naked choke 1:58 into the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Torres is now 2-0 in her professional career, 1-0 in ONE, while Ishige slipped to 2-1.Ishige almost had Torres in the first round when she nearly put the Filipino in an armbar after several takedowns in the opening period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’RELATED VIDEOlast_img read more

  • Trae Young wins point guard battle as Hawks topple Thunder

    first_imgLATEST STORIES “Tonight the shots just kept falling,” said Young, who had four 3-pointers. “When you see the ball go in like we did tonight, I think it just keeps rolling.”Schroder scored 21 points, including 14 in the third quarter. He had the Thunder’s final 11 points of the period, the last six on free throws, for a 100-97 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissYoung answered with 13 points in the final period as the Hawks enjoyed their second 45-point quarter of the game. The Hawks outscored Oklahoma City 45-30 in the second period and 45-26 in the closing period.The win was especially sweet for Young, the former star for his home-state Oklahoma Sooners. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title That wasn’t enough scoring to match the Hawks, who made 18 of 37 3-pointers. Atlanta set a season scoring high.Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said his team didn’t play winning defense.“What did we score tonight, 126 points?” Donovan asked. “That should be good enough for us to win.”John Collins made 12 of 14 shots from the field and led Atlanta with 26 points. Alex Len had 24 points and 11 rebounds. The Hawks were 18 of 37 on 3-pointers.Young opened the final period with a tying 3-pointer. He added a three-point play and another basket as the Hawks regained momentum. A jam by Omari Spellman pushed Atlanta’s lead to 117-107, and another dunk by Spellman pushed the advantage to 121-109.A steal and reverse jam by DeAndre Bembry iced the win.TIP-INSThunder: F Nerlens Noel (concussion protocol) “is doing a little more each day,” Donovan said before the game. … G Alex Abrines (personal reasons) missed his eighth straight game.Hawks: G Jeremy Lin (flu-like symptoms) was not with the team. F Taurean Prince was limited in his second game back while recovering from similar symptoms. … G Kent Bazemore (right ankle sprain) and F Dewayne Dedmon (left ankle sprain) did not play. Dedmon may return Saturday against Boston.MORE BLUE TO COME “It feels good,” Young said. “… To get a win against one of the top teams in the league is pretty special for us.”The Thunder are third in the West but have lost three of four. The Hawks have won eight of their last 15 but still rank ahead of only three teams in the Eastern Conference.Paul George said the Thunder were “a little flat.”“These are the games that we have to be ready for, one of those games that we were supposed to roll and that didn’t happen tonight,” George said. “When you play a team like the Hawks, you have to match their energy and we didn’t do that tonight.”Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 31 points and 11 assists. George had 24 points and Jerami Grant added 21.ADVERTISEMENT The Hawks wore new powder blue uniforms with red trim and numbers for the first time. It won’t be the last.“I told our equipment guy, Zac (Walsh) that we have to play in those uniforms for the rest of the month,” said Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce.The uniforms were introduced as part of the Hawks’ 50-year celebration in Atlanta.HOMECOMINGSchroder was happy to be traded to a contender but said his time with the Hawks “was special.”The Hawks had a “welcome back” video tribute for Schroder during a first-quarter timeout. Schroder raised his arm to acknowledge the fans. “I appreciated it a lot,” he said.UP NEXTThunder: Host Lakers on Thursday.Hawks: Host Celtics on Saturday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives to the basket past Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)ATLANTA — Just when it seemed Dennis Schroder would enjoy a triumphant return to Atlanta, his successor as the Hawks’ starting point guard had a winning answer.Trae Young had 24 points and 11 assists to win the showdown of current and past Atlanta point guards, leading the Hawks over the Oklahoma City Thunder 142-126 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers 76ers unleash 81-point first half to rout Timberwolves In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

  • VS Naipaul’s death an incalculable loss

    first_imgDear Editor,VS Naipaul’s scholarship has touched every corner of the globe. Unlike most other writers, his writings covered many subjects. And he wrote courageously, critiquing Third World societies, especially their leaders, for mimicking the developed world that they condemned.I found VS Naipaul very pleasant and engaging in our brief exchanges. I encountered Naipaul in January 2003 at the Sheraton Hotel in New Delhi where we both were staying and attending the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention organised by the Government of India. Naipaul was a keynote speaker (and an honouree of the Samman Award) of India’s Government. His 30 books and countless stories, essays, commentaries, and interviews touched many societies and subjects. It touched, besides literature, several subjects in the social sciences and humanities like Politics, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Fine Arts, among others. And not surprisingly, his writings are used in colleges in several subjects.Some of his books are prescribed for use not only in literature but also in History and other subjects. Most writers tend to focus on only one field of specialisation and one geographic area on which to write. VS Naipaul is perhaps the only writer who has written on virtually every major region or continent and his literary works aptly described life in those societies. His works are used in literature on the Middle East, India, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the USA, and the UK for he wrote about all of these societies. And there is perhaps no university in the world, where Naipaul’s works are not read in the field of literature.When I first entered university as a youngster at age 17 to study the medical sciences, it was required to take a humanities course. I opted for Africana Literature; VS Naipaul’s works were required reading. And when I did History in graduate school, my late Professor Arthur Schlesinger (advisor to President Kennedy who approved the plan to overthrow the Dr Cheddi Jagan Government in Guyana in the 1960s) required a couple of Naipaul’s books on the course “The Novel as History”. Prof Schlesinger did the same on the course on “Imperialism”.His writings were also prescribed for secondary schools. When I first became a teacher, my supervisor asked me to teach two classes in English Literature. Naipaul’s “Miguel Street” was a prescribed work.Naipaul’s legacy as a writer and scholar is assured. He is widely regarded as a great writer in the English language. At a lecture followed by a question-and-answer period at Queen’s College (Queens, NY) around 1979, his audience was held in awe of his use of the English language. He spoke brilliantly on writing style and the use of language to describe events and societies. The New York Times reporter, who also interviewed him, described Naipaul as the best writer in the English language.Naipaul’s nearly seven decades of prose (and social science commentaries) is unmatched by writers of his generation. His 30 books, countless essays, dozens of stories, and several commentaries won him international acclaim and fans everywhere. He was a courageous writer and no subject (including practices in several belief systems) was taboo to him. His early writings were simple and comical, but later ones were written in complex prose and considered more serious on issues about society. Although some of the novels may be considered fictional, they described real-life experiences that Naipaul encountered. This helped his writings to be recommended for use in several subjects and to attract millions of readers.He and his wife were also interviewed by the Indian and international media, and he gave several talks in Delhi in addition to the PBD. He subsequently attended another PBD.The world will miss Naipaul’s sharp-tongued, witty commentaries on society. But what he described yesterday about many societies and subjects are still apt today for those societies and the lifestyles he critiqued have not changed much. His death is an incalculable loss for the world for there are few writers of his calibre around.Sincerely,Dr Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

  • Prison officers remanded for narco trafficking

    first_imgThe two prison officers who were arrested on the Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown with a quantity of marijuana were on Wednesday taken before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs to answer to the offence.The marijuana that was foundThe officers – 22-year-old Cleveland Cross of Graham Street, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, and 24-year-old Abdul Parmasoo of Corentyne, Berbice – both denied that on May 27, 2018 at the Avenue of the Republic they had in their possession 434 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to the prosecution’s case, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels received information about the officers being involved in drug trafficking and made contact with ranks at the Brickdam Police Station. The ranks swooped down on the duo, and Cross was found with a haversack on his back. The haversack was searched, and the marijuana was found.Cross reportedly told ranks that the drug was given to him by Parmasoo.As such, both men were arrested and later charged with trafficking in narcotics.However, in a statement issued by the Prison Director, it was revealed that both of the men collected a parcel from a civilian while on duty at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Cleveland Cross and Abdul ParmasooAs such, Police ranks set up a roadbook and stopped the minibus in which the duo were travelling.A search was carried out by Police and the marijuana was found in a black bag in the possession of a prison officer. The two prison officers were escorted to Brickdam Police Station.According to Samuel’s statement, one of the prison officers reportedly admitted to collecting the item from a civilian to deliver to a prisoner. He claimed that he was paid $20,000 to deliver the parcel.Both men were remanded to prison and were expected to return on June 8, 2018.last_img read more