• RAC1: Barça players, clean of coronavirus

    first_img18 gamers from the primary crew at Barça and 6 from the subsidiary, all besides Dembélé, have been examined on Wednesday at totally different instances. Mucosa and blood stays have been extracted from every participant. This afternoon, LaLiga might launch all the outcomes. Barça, then, appears able to get going from this Friday. Because the RAC-1 station superior within the First Toc program, no participant from the Barça prime crew has examined constructive for the Covid-19, so they’re prepared to start out particular person coaching beginning this Friday.last_img read more

  • Coaches react to student’s passing

    first_imgA number of the island’s schoolboy football coaches have commented on the passing of St George’s College footballer Dominic James, who collapsed during his team’s ISSA/Manning Cup contest against Excelsior High at Stadium East yesterday.James fell to the ground in approximately the fourth minute of the game and later died at the University Hospital of the West Indies.The youngster arrived at St George’s College from Jamaica College (JC) two years ago and JC head coach and national senior team assistant coach Miguel Coley remembers the student fondly, describing him as a “true player”.”His parents always said he is a true player of the game as he always wanted to win and do well and excel in football.He was happy where he was (at St George’s). We always followed up with him as he is someone who has represented us well since he was 15,” said Coley yesterday.Christopher Bender, coach of Camperdown High, was also saddened by the death of the 18-year-old St George’s College Upper Sixth form student.”Well, condolences to the parents of Dominic. We can only pray for them. It is a tough situation for the family,” Bender expressed.Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle, St George’s assistant coach, was at a lost for words when contacted.”I knew him before he came to St George’s. It is tough, and I cannot really talk about it now,” Gayle said.The game was a top clash in the group and was entertaining up to the time when it was called off by referee Wilverglen Lamey.St George’s College scored early when Akeem Robotham produced a beautiful goal from just outside the 18-yard box.Thorne Buchanan then scored two quick goals for Excelsior to put them ahead. Excelsior led 2-1 when the game was stopped.last_img read more

  • South Korea deals Philippines another heartbreak in Asian Games basketball

    first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced The Philippines, then led by some of the players from the silver medal-winning team in Fiba Asia, was sent reeling to their worst finish in the Asian Games at seventh place.READ: Gilas ends Korean torment, wins Fiba Asia semifinal to book World Cup berthEven in the 1998 Asian Games, the last time the country had a podium finish in basketball, it was South Korea which botched the Filipinos’ gold medal plans.The Tim Cone-coached Centennial team, led by players who have become PBA legends today, absorbed a jarring 83-103 loss to the South Koreans which sent them into a collision with defending champion China in the semifinals.READ: Gilas ends Korean torment, wins Fiba Asia semifinal to book World Cup berthThe Filipinos could also salvage the bronze medal that year.But there is perhaps nothing more heartbreaking than the Filipinos’ defeat to the hometown team in the 2002 Busan Asian Games, widely considered as the most painful loss in the country’s basketball history.With the Philippines a few seconds away from returning to the Asian Games finals after a long drought,  Olsen Racela missed two potential game-sealing freethrows before South Korea’s Lee Sang-min stole the 69-68 win with a buzzer-beating three.The Filipinos, though, get their chance at revenge in the 2022 Asian Games in four years. South Korea has been the bane of the Philippines’ campaign in the Asian Games basketball.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:14Carpio 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? While Ronaldo remains scoreless, Napoli impresses again Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms The Filipinos’ 91-82 loss in the 2018 Asian Games on Monday is just the latest of a long list of heartbreaks handed to the Philippines by the hotshooting South Koreans in the continental meet.The last time the country was successful over South Korea was in the 1970 edition of the Games at Bangkok, Thailand where the Filipinos came away with a 70-65 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Asian Games: Philippines falls to South Korea anew, out of basketball medal matchWhile the Philippines had put an end to the South Korea curse with a phenomenal semifinals victory in the 2013 Fiba Asia Championships, the same can’t be said in the Asian Games. LATEST STORIES View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The hastily-formed Philippine squad was once again booted out of the medal race this year by South Korea in a frustrating fashion, which has become an all-too-familiar situation for the Filipinos.Even with NBA guard Jordan Clarkson in tow, the Filipinos didn’t have enough fight left in the endgame and failed to stop the South Koreans from heating up in the fourth.South Korea’s Ricardo Ratliffe, right, jumps for the ball against Philippines’ Raymond Almazan during the men’s basketball competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)READ: Gilas blows lead, loses heartbreaker to Korea A 13-2 run turned a 68-67 lead for the Filipinos into an eight-point game in favor of the South Koreans with under five minutes left to play and there was hardly anything Clarkson and the rest could do from then on.In 2014, the Filipinos also lost grip of a chance to vie for a medal after a stunning 97-95 loss to South Korea, which came back from 16-points down, in the preliminary round.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

  • Charrandas did not cave in to bullyism

    first_imgDear Editor,In conversations and written communications, the Guyanese diaspora in USA, UK, Canada, and Trinidad describes Member of Parliament Charandass Persaud and Opposition Leader cum PPP leader Bharrat Jagdeo “as heroes” for their roles in bringing down the “discredited” coalition government over its misrule, unforced errors, racial discrimination, poor governance, arrogance, mishandling of the economy, and corruption. It is the talk among Guyanese everywhere (in Guyana and the diapsora) and even non-Guyanese people from the greater Caribbean region. People, even many APNU (PNC) supporters, are pleased that the coalition government has fallen and would like to see a change in government when elections are held in three months’ time. How could the coalition not expect this result when it governed so badly and in so biased a manner against supporters of the PPP? Those who did not know Charandass know him now — a man of principle and unmatched courage.It is incredible that a APNU+AFC government that enjoyed so much goodwill when it was installed in office 42 months ago could lose so much support in so quick time. Even those who did not vote for the coalition in 2015 said they wanted to see it succeed and hoped the coalition would take meaures to transform their lives for the better.Instead, the coalition pursued vindictive policies targeting supporters of the PPP. The peoples’ standard of living worsened over the last three years. People lost confidence in their future wellbeing under this regime. They had enough of the government. This is one of the reasons they voted against the coalition in local elections in November giving the PPP a landlside victory as accurately predicted by a NACTA poll.In Guyana, some had a racist outburst against Charandass for voting against the government. In Parliament, some expressed racist expletives. But democracy was at work. Charandass said he voted “his conscience”. At the same time, the sober people in the diaspora say they want to see the back of this government, the sooner the better, for deceiving them. They say they could not take any more abuse from this regime. What is unfortunate is the AFC has so many good officers but they would not speak out against the wrong doings of the regime.Ministers and MPs of the ruling coalition refuse to accept that people have had enough of them; the Ministers were far removed from the reality on the ground. Those who helped get the coalition in office complained they could not find an appointment to meet with the Ministers or top bureaucrats to discuss their grouses. Instead of chastising the government over its errors, AFC leadership praisied APNU/PNC Ministers .Almost everyone in the diaspora who visited Guyana over the last three years agreed that the country was better off under the PPP administration that governed between October 1992 and May 2015. Guyanese in Guyana also agree that the country was better off under PPP governance as revealed in recet NACTA polls.One person after another in the diaspora and in Guyana expressed how pleased they were/are that Charandass decided to take measures in his own hands and vote down the government — they support his vote of “good riddance”. They salute Charandass for his courage recognizing his life would be at stake. Not many would stand up for his belief and vote his conscience asthe AFC MP did. But Charandass took a principled position against the government’s racist policies, as he eloquently articulated in his press conference post-confidence vote. Charandass did not cave in to “bullyism” from agents of the coalition and threats to his life. Even after he voted down the government, they insulted and ridiculed him. But Charandass stood his ground.The diapsora, and even some in the PNC/AFC/WPA, see Charandass as a person of integrity and honesty. Even those who do not support his action praised him for defending his belief and standing up for something unlike the leadership of the AFC that they say betrayed the trust of their supporters. They wish if the AFC leadership had displayed similar courage as Charandass who they say “voted like a boss” repeating the campaign them of the coalition in 2015. Instead, they said the AFC MPs voted like “an ass”. Those who were pleased to see a change in government in May 2015 welcome the action of Charandass in voting against the government holding it accountable for its countless missteps and abuse of power. They praise Charandass for his courage viewing him as the only one in the ruling coalition as having “the cojenes” to stand up to the regime for its authoritarian and unaccountable policies that discriminated against people based on political and racial affiliation. They want to know if Khemraj Ramjattan, Moses Nagamootoo, Rafael Trottman, and Jaipaul Sharma have lost their sense of reasoning for supporting the terrible policies of the coalition administration over the last three and a half years. Had they stood up for fairness, they would have recovered the support they lost over the years.And people thank Jagdeo for having the foresight to bring the government to account to parliament and the population. Jagdeo’s political stocks has risen as a result of the no confidence vote that brought down the regime.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

  • ‘Be Good Ambassadors’

    first_imgThe National Programme Officer of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  has advised individuals engaged in active case finding and creating awareness about the dangers of the Ebola virus disease to serve as good ambassadors in their places of assignment.Mr. Eric Opoku, the UNV program officer,  said, people volunteering under the UNDP-supported Community-based Initiative (CBI) should take ownership of the process to ensure that the country is declared free from the deadly EVD by the relevant and requisite authorities in the shortest possible time.Speaking at the training of 360 Active Case Finders (ACF) under the CBI program held at the University of Liberia over the weekend, Mr. Opoku asserted that as Nigeria and Senegal were declare free of the EVD, Liberia, too,  can be declared free from the EVD if every Liberian pays full attention and takes very seriously the precautionary and preventive measures.“Volunteers are role models; people look at you because you are doing something to help your communities…not because of what you are going to gain from it materially but the fact that you want to be seen as somebody different…” Mr. Opoku said.He told the volunteers that the manner in which they conduct themselves in their communities will determine the seriousness of community members to the Ebola awareness messages they carry to them daily.The UNDP was proud to be part of processes that are positively contributing to the eradication of the Ebola virus disease in Liberia, he declared.The Community-based Initiative (CBI) project is an initiative that seeks to complement the efforts of the government and other relevant Ebola response teams in Liberia.The CBI takes cognizance of the need for community involvement in the national Ebola response and to stop the spread of the virus.Also speaking, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services and Head of the Ebola Emergency Incidence Management System  (IMS), Tolbert Nyenswah, said the CBI is very essential and critical to the fight against the EVD in the country.Ebola started from the communities and it must stop at the community level with the full involvement of the community members, he averred.He told the participants to ensure that the messages are properly disseminated to the people to allow them take the necessary precautions against the EVD.“This is not an office- based work; it is a community-based work; it means that you are to be in the field, in the various communities talking to the people….” Minister Nyenswah said.The fight against the EVD has reached a very critical and crucial stage.The Assistant Health Minister disclosed that the fight against the virus has reached a stage that will determine whether the country will be declared free or more people will be infected or die from the virus if the necessary measures are not strictly adhered to and observed.Topics covered at the  daylong training included social mobilization and health promotion; counseling and social support in the community; developing effective standard operating procedure for CBI; and  strategy to reach hard to reach populations.Participants in the training included representatives from various women and youth groups, the religious community, community and traditional leaders, the Liberia Boys Scouts  Association of Liberia. The participants were chosen from across nine of the seventeen districts of Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Govt buckling to mounting public pressure – PPP

    first_img… diverting attention from economic chaos, social despairThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has dismissed declarations of Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, claiming that charges will be laid against former Ministers of the previous Administration as early as next week.The Opposition party was responding to comments attributed to Minister Ramjattan in an another section of the media on Saturday regarding a probe conducted by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) into the operations of the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL).According to the PPP, while it is ready to “strenuously” defend any such actions brought against members of its Government, this “reckless outburst” of the Public Security Minister is not only a political gimmick but shows that the coalition Administration is buckling against mounting public pressure.The Opposition pointed out that this Government has long been making threats against former Government officials; however, this most recent utterance highlights inconsistencies within the ruling Administration.“The President (David Granger) is on record on numerous occasions saying that the forensic audits have not produced evidence upon which criminal charges can be instituted. Similarly, Khemraj Ramjattan, himself, has been quoted in the press only last month as saying that the forensic audits were merely a stock taking excise. Now, the nation is being fed a different story.”This, the PPP noted, comes against the backdrop of economic chaos, social despair and public pressure upon the Government at its highest.“The Government has buckled and has chosen Ramjattan as the instrument to distract attention from the massive difficulties facing the Guyanese people and the gross incompetence and inability of the Government to address them. So, Ramjattan has been instructed to bring the wine and bread to the circus and Kaieteur News is the ready and willing amphitheater. It is all part of a political and propagandistic gimmick,” the PPP said as it lashed out at the callousness of Ramjattan.Moreover, the PPP asserted that these “clumsy threats” are coming from the Government when it is not the function of the Government to institute criminal charges, but that of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) which is an independent constitutional office.According to the Opposition, if a Government cannot even understand its role and functions, it can never competently discharge them. It added too that instead of managing and growing the economy, creating more jobs and making the lives of the Guyanese people better, the coalition Administration is doing exactly the opposite.“Rather than admit to their incompetence, try to improve or seek help, they conceal their ineptitude by violating the Constitution and encroaching upon the constitutional mandate of other agencies. It is clear therefore, that if ever these charges are brought, they will not be the product of professional investigation but the manifestation of political vendetta and witch-hunting.”To this end, the PPP called upon the Public Security Minister and the Alliance For Change (AFC) to answer to the allegations that millions of dollars of bribes are being paid for gun licences and tint permits. Minister David Patterson, it added, should come clean about the multibillion-dollar scandal at the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) in relation to the meter contract and the millions of dollars that contractors claims are extracted from them as bribes for contracts which do not go to public tendering.Furthermore, the Opposition said Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo should also explain how his son-in-law became involved in the privatisation of Skeldon Estate and in the purchase of the two planes acquired by the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).“It is public knowledge that the Government is buckling under tremendous public pressure coming from numerous directions.”This is evident, the statement from PPP outlined, with the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) collapsing; the parking meter fiasco escalating; the economy continuing to contract; cost of living skyrocketing; criminal activities continuing unabated; the D’Urban Park, drugs bond and the twenty other scandals are still fresh in the people’s mind; the public outrage continues to mount against the two hundred odd tax measures imposed on the backs of the Guyanese people, including Value Added Tax (VAT) on electricity, water, health and education services; and the ongoing political and racial discrimination being institutionalised by and in Government.The PPP continued in the public missive that the coalition Administration appears impotent to deal with these issues, especially that of unemployment and a lack of job creation opportunities.Against this backdrop, the Opposition is calling on those in charge within the administration of justice, organisations championing the cause of human rights and every law abiding citizen to recognise that the Government’s agenda has nothing to do with the rule of law, due process or justice.“Theirs is an agenda of revenge, political vindictiveness and vendetta.”last_img read more

  • Project Heavy Duty Paving The Way For New School

    first_imgStudents are selected after they submit their resume and have an interview. Students from North Peace Secondary, Hudson’s Hope, Prespatou and Distance Education are eligible. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Project heavy duty is giving high schoolers the chance to put the skills they have learned to the test.Around 16 or so students are given the chance to use and learn how to operate heavy equipment. This years project: Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School.From excavators to rock trucks to dozers, there is no shortage of equipment for the students to learn with. The students are always supervised by professional operators.- Advertisement -Sponsors are what helps keep this project going. Sponsors generously donate equipment, gas, facilities as well as first aid to the project.The project is usually scheduled at the end of May and goes for 5 full working days.To make sure the students are safe, WorkSafe goes over proper safety protocols with the students. The students receive one on one training on the equipment before they use it.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Huge profit just a prelude for Exxon Mobil

    first_imgDALLAS – Exxon Mobil Corp. posted the fifth highest quarterly profit for any public company in history on Thursday, and with oil prices above $70 a barrel it could still be the company’s weakest quarter for the year. Exxon Mobil’s first quarter was lower than its record fourth quarter, when the world’s largest oil company reported the highest profits ever for any publicly traded company. And the earnings, which rose 7 percent to more than $8 billion, still fell short of analysts’ estimates. But in what is sure to spur the growing furor over outsized energy industry earnings, Exxon Mobil’s massive profits may further increase in 2006 as the company benefits from rising crude-oil prices and production, analysts say. “This is only the beginning,” said Fadel Gheit, analyst for Oppenheimer & Co. “Let me tell you, it gets better after that. Oil prices will add huge amounts to earnings, at least a billion dollars.” In January, Exxon posted the highest quarterly profits of any public company in history: $10.71 billion for the fourth quarter of 2005 and $36.13 billion for the full year. Howard Silverblatt, a senior index analyst for Standard & Poor’s, said Exxon’s latest profit figure places fifth historically among all public companies’ quarterly earnings. Exxon also holds the first, second and fourth spots; Royal Dutch Shell PLC has the third spot. In the first quarter, net income rose to $8.4 billion, or $1.37 per share, from $7.86 billion, or $1.22 per share, a year earlier. Roughly three-quarters of that profit came from the company’s upstream division, which produces oil and natural gas. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial had expected a higher profit of $1.47 per share for the latest quarter. Analysts and company executives identified two major factors in the company’s coming up a dime short: higher taxes on oil and gas produced abroad and reduced income from its refining business, which spent heavily on maintenance in the aftermath of last year’s hurricanes.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe earnings report comes amid consumer outcry in the United States about soaring gasoline prices, which average $2.91 a gallon nationwide, 68 cents higher than a year ago. It also lands as Washington lawmakers are looking to appease consumers with various proposals to make big oil companies pay more taxes or provide consumers with some other relief. But everyone acknowledges that little can be done in the short term to bring down prices. “If we had a silver bullet, we would be proposing it to Washington right now,” said Ken Cohen, the company’s vice president of public affairs. Exxon Mobil is investing a growing portion of its profits in new oil and gas production, he said, and is sympathetic to the added energy-price burden on consumers. Still, he said consumers and members of Congress need to “take a deep pause and a deep breath” because market forces will eventually bring supply and demand back into balance. He said Congress could help matters in the longer term by removing barriers to domestic drilling. The increasing public scrutiny of Exxon comes less than a month after the news that the company handed its former chairman and chief executive officer, Lee Raymond, a retirement package that adds up to $400 million when all pension payoffs and stock options are included. The huge compensation sparked headlines across the country and calls in Washington to justify it. last_img read more

  • Dog chip mandate in effect today

    first_imgLANCASTER – A series of free clinics starts today at the Lancaster Animal Shelter for dog owners to have their pets implanted with tiny microchips that hold identification data. A new Los Angeles County ordinance requiring the chips – about the size of a grain of rice – takes effect today, with a grace period of three months. The chips will be implanted free for dogs living in Quartz Hill, Littlerock and other unincorporated county territories affected by the new regulation. Residents also will receive free lifetime registration for their animals. The program will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Sunday and from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The shelter is at 5201 W. Ave. I, Lancaster. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The county Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance requiring all dogs – except for qualifying show dogs, guide dogs and police dogs – be spayed or neutered and that dogs more than 4 months old be implanted with the identifying chip. The procedure is nonsurgical and requires no anesthetic. Each microchip has a code number embedded in it that can be read by a hand-held scanner. The number is stored in a database that included the owner’s contact information. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • These crazy stats show why Watford may win the league this season

    first_img🦊 Leicester 2014/15:– Finished: 14th– Points: 41– Wins: 11– Draws: 8– Losses: 19– Next season: Champions 🐝 Watford 2017/18:– Finished: 14th– Points: 41– Wins: 11– Draws: 8– Losses: 19– Next season: ?It couldn’t, could it? 🤔— Oddschanger (@Oddschanger) September 3, 2018Admittedly, it’s still a long-shot given it’s only in September.But if Leicester can win the Premier League three years after losing a spectacular Championship play-off semi-final to Watford, you could argue there’s no reason why the Hornets can’t ‘do a Leicester’ this season… Goals from Craig Cathcart and Troy Deeney secured Watford maintained their 100% winning start Watford have certainly been the Premier League’s surprise package so far having won all four of their games so far.Their most recent triumph came with an impressive comeback victory at home to Tottenham last weekend – putting the Hornets joint top of the league alongside Liverpool and Chelsea. 1 Captain Troy Deeney said after the game that he and his team-mates are “not naive enough to think we [Watford] can win the league”.However, he may consider revising his words after a crazy stat emerged that suggests the Premier League trophy could be on its way to Vicarage Road.Javi Gracia’s men finished 14th in the league last season having claimed 41 points (11 wins, 8 draws and 19 losses).And this is identical to how Leicester performed in the 2014/15 campaign – the year before they miraculously won England’s top flight.last_img read more