Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead LATEST STORIES Thailand’s top scorer Ananti no match for Gilas defense China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes is keeping faith with the frontcourt combination of Andray Blatche and June Mar Fajardo despite their lackluster start against Thailand on Tuesday.“That’s going to be our money combination: June Mar and Andray,” said Reyes, who is confident that his two giants will eventually flourish playing together at the same time.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Swing Out Sister back to PH this April “But we’ll continue to play them together because we want them to get used to playing together for the bigger picture. That gives us a lot of options when we play teams that are bigger but not as quick,” he added.Reyes said the tandem of Blatche and Fajardo can be risky against quicker big men but it also has a high reward.“There’s always a tradeoff with size and speed, but the good thing with June Mar and Andray is they have size and outside shooting because of Andray’s skills and June Mar takes care of the inside. He doesn’t get in the way of Andray, and Andray doesn’t get in the way of June Mar. That’s a good combination for me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments With the Thais, somehow, matching up size-wise against Fajardo and Blatche, both struggled to get their offense going and Gilas had to settle with an 18-14 score at the end of the first quarter.The Philippines’ overwhelming talent, however, was just too much for Thailand to overcome as Blatche and Fajardo still came away with decent numbers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundBlatche wound up with 11 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks, while Fajardo had a near double-double with nine points and 11 boards in a 108-53 blowout victory.Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net“We know that they’re going to struggle against quicker bigs and that’s why we still want to continue playing them. We know Thailand will use that as the strategy at the start of the ball game,” Reyes said. “They were not just beating us to the basket but also beating us to offensive rebounds because of the length of their bigs.” MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in
…of terrorismNot unexpectedly, the US came out swinging at the PNC/AFC Government’s honouring of the terrorist Kadir. They were backed by Britain and the EU, whose innocent citizens have also suffered at the hands of terrorists in recent times. Terrorism – killing civilians to get at their governments – is an especially abhorrent scourge that’s sweeping the world. The Government’s action came on the heels of atrocious terrorist killings in New Zealand and Sri Lanka.The US, however, mentioned that it was the “National Assembly” that passed the repugnant motion. That’s technically true but there are two caveats to be noted. Only APNU (read PNC) and AFC’s MP’s were present – the PPP had boycotted the sitting. If they’d been there, your Eyewitness is sure their cogent moral arguments against terrorism in general and pulling the American tiger’s tail in particular, would’ve persuaded a couple of PNC/AFC MPs to vote with the PPP to defeat it.The second caveat is unlike the US, our Westminster system of government’s Executive is not SEPARATE from the Legislature (National Assembly). Every member of the Cabinet sits in the latter – AND THE Prime Minister (Nagamootoo in this case) explicitly represents the President! This was a PNC/AFC Government’s praise for terrorism. And not only for planning the JFK bombing – but passing secrets to Iran, a state branded by the US as “sponsoring terrorism”!But sadly, the international public will now see GUYANA also in that light and when travelling abroad we’ll not only get special frisking for drugs, but now special interrogation for terrorist links. And once you get on that list, you’re there till hell freezes over! That’s what the PNC/AFC have done to all Guyanese. The PNC, through its Chief Whip, desperately tried to extricate itself from shooting itself in the foot by adopting TUC leader Lincoln Lewis’ distinction in search of a difference – that Kadir was honoured for his parliamentary service only!! Wasn’t there a moment of silence back in January for him and two other MPs who’d passed on? They think the world is stupid??There are some who’re only blaming the sponsor and seconder of the motion for the mess the PNC’s gotten our country into. Well, rendition for sponsoring terrorism might be too harsh, but for sure the US should at a minimum cancel their visas immediately. But they cannot be made the scapegoat: the Chief Whip, Amna Ally, had to’ve approved the motion, and her visa should also be revoked. The motion also had to’ve been on the Assembly’s Order Paper at least a week ago. As such, the honouring of the terrorist Kadir had to’ve been approved by Granger himself!!Bun dem all!!…a la BurnhamNow some of his supporters see Granger as some big time military strategist because he attended a couple of courses at some War Colleges. But Granger is more than anything, an acolyte of Burnham, who he speaks of as the greatest strategist since Clausewitz!! Don’t forget that Burnham awarded himself a 2-star Generalship while Granger was just a Lieutenant!!Granger’s willing to take on the Americans because he’s imitating Burnham from the 1970s and ‘80s. The US was between a rock and a hard place on the communist threat at the time and Burnham could just point to Jagan and run roughshod over then US Ambassadors, like Carlson and King. The US even had to swallow Burnham’s co-op socialist swing!! What Granger seems to’ve forgotten, however, is, as Evan Ellis, professor for the US War College pointed out in his recent visit to Guyana, the communist bogeyman is long gone!! But the PPP and PNC have signed onto the free market regime.The US now has options to protect its strategic interests!…for a long timeBack when Buxton-based terrorists took on the PPP Government, they embarrassed the US by kidnapping the latter’s Caribbean security expert Stephen Lesniac and held him hostage.But the PNC insisted there were no criminals, much less terrorists, in Buxton!!
…or handouts?There’s a spirited debate roiling the political arena – and “arena” it is! – on whether some of the anticipated oil revenues should be passed directly to some (or all) citizens of Guyana. From where your Eyewitness is sitting, the debate boils down to whether we should call the idea “cash transfer” or “handout”. Interestingly, however, none of the combatants are calling their schemes, “handouts”!But if you were to look at the comments, most folks who are opposed to the scheme raise the supposedly deleterious effects of giving “handouts” to poor people. If you just give “them” free money, you’re removing their incentive to seek employment and increasing the incentive to indulge in more “wine, women and song”!! A rather bleak assessment of the poor, isn’t it?A lot of it is influenced by the reports and movies on what’s been dubbed the “welfare” culture that has developed in the US with their “cash and kind” programme to their poor. Most of the recipients seem to have become trapped in a dependency syndrome that ensures their poverty becomes inter-generational. While they might be able to get the basic necessities of life, they don’t get to imbibe the salutary values that a working life evidently imparts!!In Guyana, Clive Thomas and the WPA – independently and not on behalf of their APNU/AFC coalition – were first off the block in suggesting that each family gets US$5000/GY$1 million annually. This was a variant of an idea that has created quite a buzz in the economic world – a Universal Basic Income (UBI). Reacting to criticisms that some poor people are falling through the safety nets that’s now pretty standard in most countries, the UBI would allow folks in need to pay for what they need – be it food or medicine or whatever. Part of the “whatever” may be booze or smokes, but it’s their choice.Initially, the PNC saw the suggestion as a “handout” and Granger snootily announced he’d rather “teach the poor to fish that hand out fishes”. Never mind they may be structural reasons for some folks being unable to fish. He’s since announced he’s now “considering” it. The PPP, which had tried various forms of transfers to the poor in a directed fashion (school uniforms etc), said they didn’t see it as “handouts” and weren’t opposed. But Guyana couldn’t hang its hat where its hand couldn’t reach!!They pointed out the WPA’s suggestion was unworkable since it assumed oil production at 1.5m bpd when all we’ll be getting initially is 1/10 of that!! They proposed a targeted approach to cover identified needy demographics out of a fixed percentage of the income flow.Good thing there’s one adult in the (political) room!!…or skill transfers?The Opposition Leader just revealed that GECOM, through the CEO of its Secretariat – the inimitable ex-GDF Major Keith Lowenfield, who has a knack for being “unavailable” at key moments – has nixed an offer from the UN for help in its IT department. Now we need an investigation into this matter ASAP and call upon the “Iron lady” to launch this. It seems this offer was on the table since last year, but Lowenfield presented only a “media monitoring” offer!!Now what kind of assistance is needed in GECOM when their Secretariat hasn’t even been able to continuously update the NRR, as it is mandated to do? Or to discern if there’s hanky-panky going on with the lists?? Such as ensuring the data in their several lists are valid and cross-referenced? Or to deliver a quick but accurate result after ballots are cast? Especially when the numbers between the two top contenders might once again be razor thin?Are media monitors going to deal with those concerns? Bring back the UN IT offer!!…and free educationIn the season of giving away the store for votes, the PNC has once again promised “free education at UG”— while criticising the PPP for introducing fees.Wasn’t it the PNC that accepted IMF conditionalities that insisted UG pay its way?
Dear Editor,We refer to Andre Marks’ letter “Will GAWU provide for sugar workers given the billions collected in union dues?” which appeared in one of the newspapers on December 10, 2017. Though we wished what Marks said was true, we must unfortunately advise him and the public that our Union despite being the recognised bargaining agent for the field and factory workers, has not collected billions he referred to over the 40-odd years we have represented the workers.Further, through the payment of dues, we have represented workers collectively and individually, as the case may be, to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as they would have required. In some instances, significant sums were expended to pursue matters at arbitration and through the judicial system. When that is juxtaposed against the sums we received, it says a lot. Added to that, the Union has its expenditure to meet in providing representation to the workers; certainly it would have had to be met from the income we received. And though thousands of workers will no longer remain in GuySuCo’s employ and, therefore, cease being financial members of our Union, the GAWU will continue to represent them and champion their cause.We also wish to share with Marks that GAWU during that time assisted the workers with strike relief, achieved such feats through the kind-hearted support of many individuals and organisations that stood in solidarity with the workers. At this time, we remain open to working together with others in assisting the workers.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral Secretary
0Shares0000Harambee Stars U-20 players during training at Kasarani Stadium.PHPTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, April 4 – The Sudan Football Association has said it will lodge a formal complaint to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) alleging Kenya fielded over-age players in their 1-1 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations first-leg draw played in Khartoum on Sunday.“There were five players in the team who are born in 1996 and CAF rules say only players born from January 1, 1997 are allowed to play. I am currently not in Sudan, but the officials back home will make an official complaint with CAF,” Sudan Football Association treasurer and head of national teams, Osama Ataa El Mannan told Capital Sport. When Football Kenya Federation was contacted on the matter, Nairobi NEC Member Chris Amimo, who travelled with the team said they were cleared to field players born in 1996 by the match commissioner.“We were in a pre-match meeting and the match commissioner clarified that the tournament is also opened to players born in 1996. This is information that is even on the CAF website. It just means that our 1996 born players are eligible in the qualifiers but not in the final tournament next year,” Amimo declared.If Sudan’s protest is successful and Kenya is found guilty by the CAF Appeals Committee, then the team will be disqualified from the qualifiers and Sudan handed a ticket to the second round.Further sanctions might follow but that will be at the committee’s discretion.Skipper Amos Nondi scored the equaliser for the junior Harambee Stars from the spot in the 49th minute to cancel out Hassan Mohamed Motwakil opener that gave the hosts the lead on the half hour mark.Heading into the return leg in Nairobi on April 23, Kenya will need at least a goalless draw to advance to the second round.A one-all draw would see the game move to extra time before the match is decided in penalties if there is no winner, while a higher scoring draw would see the Sudanese advance on the away goal rule.With Kenya’s eyes fixed on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Under-20 age cadre is an important anchor of the dream and the news of Sudan’s protest might come as a chiller especially to the dreams of the young boys who had hoped to qualify for the tournament in Zambia next year.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
With the news that Danilo has agreed to join Real Madrid at the end of the season, the Brazilian right back has joined a long list of prestigious talent to leave Porto for more glorified destinations.The 23-year-old will move to the Bernabeu for £23m, meaning the Portuguese club have accumulated approximately £517m in transfer fees since their Champions League glory under Jose Mourinho in 2004.Porto and Liga rivals Benfica are widely regarded as Europe’s greatest ‘feeder’ clubs, with the likes of David Luiz, Angel di Maria and Ramires plying their trade at Porto’s biggest rivals during their younger years.Madrid’s deal for the coveted defender is Porto’s fourth biggest outgoing transfer in that ten year period, so talkSPORT have composed a list of the other top seven deals negotiated by the Portuguese giants over the decade.Notable mentions go to Deco, Ricardo Quaresma and Joao Moutinho, who just miss out on our list. 3rd – Hulk to Zenit St Petersburg (£29m in 2012) – Click right to find out which current Premier League struggler left for Madrid in 2011 – Hulk, like many prestigious names across Europe, made his name in Portugal with a strike rate of better than one goal every two games. In 2012, Russian giants Zenit were convinced to splash nearly £30m for his services, with the Brazilian since cementing his status as one of the finest players in the Russian league. 7 7 7th= Ricardo Carvalho to Chelsea (£22m in 2004) – Click right to see which defensive hothead left Porto in 2007 – Carvalho, now at French side Monaco, followed Jose Mourinho to Chelsea after winning the Champions League in 2004 and flourished in his time at Stamford Bridge. He developed a stoic central defensive partnership with Blues captain John Terry as Chelsea and Mourinho marched to back to back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006. Despite not being blessed with pace, he is still regarded as one of the finest readers of the game. 7th= Pepe to Real Madrid (£22m in 2007) – Continue to see which current Premier League flop left Portuguese shores last summer – Love him or hate him, Pepe is a menacing prospect when at his best. Real Madrid identified the Portuguese hardman in 2007 as an ideal partner for Fabio Cannavaro at the heart of Los Blancos’ defence and has served Madrid admirably since. His reputation has been tarnished by regular disciplinary misdemeanours, including his headbutt on Germany’s Thomas Muller at the World Cup last summer. 7 7 7th= Eliaquim Mangala to Manchester City (£22m in 2014) – Click right to see which other Premier League flop matches Danilo’s price tag – It’s fair to say Mangala has failed to light the blue touch paper in his short spell in the Premier League so far, especially considering the overall size of his transfer. The £22m Porto received from Manchester City is only just over half of the total fee paid when considering deals with agents and other negotiators, meaning the deal actually totalled around £42m. The French star has struggled to adapt to the pace of the English game, looking clumsy and error prone alongside an off colour Vincent Kompany. 4th – Anderson to Manchester United (£23m in 2007) – Continue for a truly MARVELlous attacker now plying his trade in Russia – In 2007, Anderson was widely regarded as one of the finest talents in world football, joining Nani in heading to Old Trafford from Portugal in a lucrative summer of transfer dealings for Manchester United. The following year, he was named European Golden Boy, following in the footsteps of the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero. Seven years later, and the combative midfielder has lingering questions about his weight and has moved back home to Brazil after failing to make any sort of impact at either United or Fiorentina. 7 1st= James Rodriguez to Monaco (£33m in 2013) – The 2014 World Cup may have been won by Germany, but it will be remembered as the tournament James Rodriguez announced himself on the world stage. In 2013, Monaco recognised his potential, splashing nearly £60m for the Colombian and Joao Moutinho’s services following the massive influx of investment in the French club. For an attacking midfielder, the 23-year-old managed an impressive 25 goals in his three years in Portugal. 1st= Radamel Falcao to Atletico Madrid (£33m in 2011) – Continue to find out Porto’s number one export of the last decade – While the Colombian has struggled to acclimatize to life in the Premier League with Manchester United, before a devastating knee injury that ruled him out of the 2014 World Cup he was widely regarded as the most fearsome number nine in the game. 41 goals in 51 games for Porto was an astonishing return, encouraging Atletico Madrid to identify him as Sergio Aguero’s natural successor when the Argentine headed to Manchester in 2011. 7 7
WHITTIER – Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report Friday evening that a man armed with a shotgun and under the influence of drugs was holed up in a motel room in the 8200 Block of Pioneer Blvd. Deputies surrounded the Motel 6 building and set up a command post at nearby Pioneer High School, 10800 Ben Avon Street. A witness stated that the man was high on methamphetamine and had locked himself in another person’s motel room, which contained a loaded shotgun. At 6:40, deputies were preparing to evacuate people from the motel. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“We’re still trying to get more information,” sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Romo. “We’re going to make an announcement for him to come out.” http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime 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!
Sampdoria want Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and are willing to offer the Gunners £9million to take him to Serie A. Enquiries have been made about Wilshere’s availability but Sampdoria fear their valuation may be short of what Arsenal want, according to the Daily Mail. The England international is now moving into the final 12 months of his contract with no sign of a new deal on the horizon. The Italian outfit could capitalise on the uncertainty and offer him a regular football, if Wilshere – who has a young family – is open to the move. The loan spell at Bournemouth was successful in spells last season, but ended early by a broken leg following a challenge from Harry Kane at White Hart Lane. Wilshere married his long-term girlfriend Andriani Michael in Tuscany earlier this summer, but has been left out of Arsenal’s summer tour of Australia as he continues his rehabilitation. 1 Wilshere broke his leg playing for Bournemouth against Spurs last season
1 Could Peter Crouch be bringing the robot to Stamford Bridge? Chelsea have reportedly expressed an interest in Peter Crouch, in what could be the most bizzarre transfer in Premier League history. The January transfer window just gets more absurd for the Blues, who are apparently turning to the Stoke City man after their initial target, Andy Carroll, suffered an injury. As you can imagine, Conte’s desperate search for a target man has amused the masses on social media.Chelsea fans, however, have not taken the news so well. Have a look at some of the best tweets below:
no dice 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Middlesbrough vs Bristol City (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland (Wednesday 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT REPLY getty Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini has defended Moise Kean after the forward suffered racist abuse from fans during their match at Cagliari.The teenager held his arms out after scoring Juve’s second as they won 2-0 in their Serie A match on Tuesday. The celebration appeared to be in reaction to the chants and he was then subjected to further abuse.Teammate Leonardo Bonucci said Kean had to take some of the blame and it was ’50-50’ while manager Massimiliano Allegri said he should not have celebrated in that way.Captain Chiellini backed the 19-year-old in a post-match interview, though. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Giorgio Chiellini attempts to calm down Blaise Matuidi after Kean was targeted Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Kean’s Juventus teammate Blaise Matuidi made complaints to the referee and threatened to walk off.The young striker posted a picture of his celebration on Instagram following the match with the caption: “The best way to respond to racism #notoracism.” Moise Kean was racially abused on Tuesday Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF “He is a very positive figure and certainly did not deserve the insults received,” Chiellini told Juventus TV.“Moise is a legacy of Italian football, a golden boy, who is doing his best and should not appear for what he is not.“From the field there isn’t a good account of what happened, but I have reviewed the images and Moise did nothing.“After tonight, we must think of him as Zaniolo, Chiesa, Barella… as a positive figure of Italian football, because he deserves it.“The only thing he did wrong today was the simulation, that he surely won’t repeat, but he’s here to learn. He’s a very positive figure and he certainly didn’t deserve the insults he received.” ADVICE REVEALED REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 shining huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Bonucci’s suggestion that Kean was partly to blame for the racist abuse has been met with condemnation in the football community.Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling said the comments by the Juventus defender were laughable.Bonucci later posted a picture of himself and Kean saying: “Regardless of everything, in any case… NO TO RACISM.” LIVE ON talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars