The second coach of FC Barcelona, Eder Sarabia, sent a letter, through the club’s official media, where he explains his day to day during the confinement due to the coronavirus crisis.After a few first paragraphs where he evokes what he would be doing in the Blaugrana club if this pandemic had not devastated the planet, “at eight in the morning I would have woken up to go to the Ciutat Esportiva”, adding that “surely I would have found myself in the dining room Setien with a bowl of fruit and we would have talked about Johan Cruyff, who was celebrating four years of his death ”, the assistant begins to review his daily life in the confinement. “Before eating, I start to play chess, then I learn a little Catalan in an online course that I signed up for, then I cook a delicious pasta salad and I stretch out on the sofa to take a nap,” says the technician, who ensures that this dish is one of their specialties. You also have time to “review the latest games on the computer” and even enjoy one of your favorite sports: cycling. “I spent the whole afternoon watching the legendary Vuelta del 91, when Indurain first dressed in yellow.”Like the rest of mortals, he is also hooked on the series. In his case, it is ‘You’, “a series that has me hooked and that I took advantage of to see two chapters.”At 8:00 p.m. he goes out to the balcony to applaud and thank the toilets for his work, and then puts on his sneakers, using the dining room “as a makeshift gym.” After having dinner “a French omelette and a grilled chicken breast”, the night ended “talking to my parents and my sister on the phone.”Sarabia ends his article, acknowledging that he is “privileged” and that this confinement has made him even more aware of “valuing more” everything he has.
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Photo from PSLMANILA, Philippines—Fierce rivals Petron and F2 Logistics set up another finals showdown in the 2018 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday night at Muntinlupa Sports Center.The Blaze Spikers, who are the defending champions, booked another trip to the championship round after dominating the Cignal HD Spikers, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16, in the main game.ADVERTISEMENT The Cargo Movers, on the other hand, took a much tougher road to the finals after needing to survive the Generika-Ayala Lifesavers in five sets, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20, 19-25, 15-5.Bernadeth Pons showed the way for Petron with 12 of her 14 points coming off attacks while Rhea Dimaculangan dished out 22 excellent sets.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 ChrissF2 Logistics had to lean on Cha Cruz-Behag, Ara Galang and Aby Maraño to fend off Generika as the three combined for 48 points.Behag fired a team-high 17 points while Maraño and Galang tallied 16 and 15 points, respectively. 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao sits out Tuesday training View comments
Senators attending the 57th day sitting of the Senate plenary Tuesday failed to carry on open deliberations due to the ‘lack of agenda items’.The only item on the agenda, a communication from Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zulu Jallah, could not be read due to his absence, and in accordance with the rules of the Senate, the matter was deferred to Thursday.With nothing more to discuss, the presiding at Tuesday’s session, Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais, accepted a motion that the lawmakers recline to executive session.Though the content of Senator Jallah’s communication was not revealed, it may be recalled that the Senator recently suggested that in order to fight and effectively contain the Ebola virus, there was a need to divide the country into three zones comprising five counties each. Senator Jallah, who chairs the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs and Governance, recently criticized and told his colleagues that the Task Force made a mistake to have established an Ebola center in the highly congested slum community of West Point.Instead of using congested areas, the Senator proposed that Government considers building Ebola centers in isolated areas or places, especially rural communities not inhabited by human beings.Another effective way to fight the Ebola epidemic, said Senator Jallah in a recent debate, is for government to restrict the movement of all citizens within the country for one month period, and during that period certain trustworthy business people should be licensed to carry out supplies of needed goods to those areas. Senator Jallah cited the alarming figure from the World Health Organization (WHO), which estimates that about 20,000 people may die in the sub-region from Ebola before it is contained.The once busy hub of political activities now looks near deserted, with individual lawmakers advised to reduce their workforce and send non-essential staff home until further notice, a strategy to help reduce the over-crowdedness of the Capitol Building in the wake of the Ebola epidemic.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,As we look to this New Year of 2020, all of us are understandably wondering how our year-delayed elections would turn out, and how much of a boon would the recent commencement of the production of crude petroleum far off our shores, bring us. The answers to both questions lie in what our heads and hearts understand and what we make our hands do.For me, I remain strong in advocating the PPP and the PPP/C in being the better team to be in service of all Guyanese and Guyana, opening up pathways of development which are better matched to our circumstances of an early-stage developing country, providing opportunities for all from whatever their current positions may be, and such safety nets which we as a society value and can provide.Some may boast that this year-long delay in our elections demonstrates how smart they are, but for all honest, earnest Guyanese, knowing that there was really no question that elections were to be held within 90 days of the passage of the NCM on December 21, 2018, the succession of events of the year-long delay should demonstrate again the commitment of the PPP and PPP/C to keeping Guyana whole, avoiding paths that might lead to the reversal in the gradual coming together of our people. We of the PPP and PPP/C have been putting our people and country first. We have invested more in people and country and therefore have more to lose in any failure of people and country. There shall be no failed people and country as far as we go.I welcome without any reservations the discovery of and beginning of production of crude oil far off our shores and I do so as one who as Minister responsible for the GGMC in the 1990s welcomed Esso (and others) to explore for petroleum (and other) resources within our borders. But I do so tempered with my experiences of one who as a child shared the awe in which we held our bauxite production, a goose laying golden eggs; and who as an employee before and after nationalisation from 1967 to 1992 and as Minister responsible from 1992 to 2011 saw our bauxite operations from many sides and in various circumstances and needing massive subsidies from the mid-1970s. I can recall also the Trinidad and Tobago that I had learnt about in primary school, as the place of grapefruit and orange juice and of cocoa – the site of the Imperial College of tropical agriculture; the rise of petroleum and the construction of the Hilton Hotel in the 1950s; Prime Minister Manning talking at a shared table at a Petrocaribe Conference about challenges in finding the monies to keep the prices of oil products low in Trinidad and Tobago. And, again looking at possibilities for employment at the newly built Inter-alumina Plant in Venezuela in 1980, hearing the local people swearing that the Bolivar was backed by oil and will always be 4.3 Bs to the USD.It is people and their social relations which matter most, their worldview, their sense of responsibility, their ability and their pursuit of the greater good. This is what I think Cheddi was working at in his NGHO (New Global Human Order) in his last year.Whatever comes, let each of us endeavour our utmost to make ourselves the best human beings we can be.Sincerely,Samuel A A HindsFormer President andFormer PrimeMinister
The trial of ‘Bishop’ Manasseh Conto and his assistant, ‘Pastor’ Steve Kettor, accused of robbing the Korean Trading Incorporated (KTC) of US$155,930, is expected to begin today, February 22, at Criminal Court ‘C’ in Monrovia.The case has dragged on for more than eight months beginning June 2016 when prosecutors challenged the two men’s bail that released them from the Monrovia Central Prison following Judge Emery Paye’s refusal to address the state’s concern before his assignment ended. Judge Paye has since been suspended by the Supreme Court for his alleged mishandling of a US$15.9 million case against the Government.Conto and Kettor are accused of stealing US$155,930 from the KTC that the ‘bishop’ helped to establish in 2013. The scandal rocked the company when charges were filed against the two church leaders in 2016, the court record says.Korea Trading Corporation, a vehicle sale and rental company, is owned by Korean businessman Hungchi Choi, and ‘Bishop’ Conto is the overseer of the Mission for Today Holy Church Incorporated, located in the Borough of New Kru Community.Hungchi alleged that he was advised by his country to leave Liberia during the outbreak of Ebola, which he did, and left Kettor in charge of the company with 31 vehicles.Kettor, in collusion with Conto, allegedly commercialized 14 of the company’s vehicles without authorization and sold five, generating US$155,930. Of this amount, Kettor apparently reported US$38,846 to the company. Hungchi also alleges that Kettor underpriced the five vehicles and as a result the company lost US$13,200.Furthermore, Kettor allegedly entered into a vehicle rental contract with the World Food Program (WFP) Liberia office for a monthly payment of US$18,445, which he collected for five months, from October 13, 2014 to March 2015.Kettor received the rental money in the name of SACS Group, a company he created jointly with ‘Bishop’ Conto, the document alleges.According to the record, the two men, along with one Henry Smith, who is yet to be identified, used the SACS Group for the sole purpose of siphoning money from the KTC. “It was a time during which the company provided car rental services to several customers,” prosecution claims in the court record.“Bishop Conto, Pastor Kettor and Smith received through Korea Trading Corporation’s Ecobank account number 0061024724121001 the amount of US$92,225 out of which the company allegedly received US$31,320, leaving a balance of US$60,905 unaccounted for,” the court record claims.The court record also alleges that Kettor, as general manager of KTC, entered into an agreement on behalf of his company with the US military personnel who came to the country to help fight the Ebola virus disease.During the execution of the contract, Kettor rented two pickup trucks belonging to KTC to the soldiers and allegedly received US$17,850, paid US$1,000 to the company, and failed to account for the balance of US$16,875.“Kettor, without authority, was involved in the transportation business with 14 of the company’s vehicles and generated US$32,630, whereupon he paid only US$6,526 to the corporation but failed to account for the balance of US$26, 104,” the indictment says.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A grizzly bear expert is dismissing claims from critics of British Columbia’s trophy bear hunt that low salmon numbers have left many of the bears dead.As reported yesterday, several conservationists and eco-tourism guides are calling on the province to put a stop to this year’s trophy hunt to protect bears they say are already being hurt by low salmon numbers.But Dr. Sterling Miller, senior biologist with the US National Wildlife Federation, says it’s an alarmist claim that isn’t based on anything but anecdotal evidence.- Advertisement -He says it’s unlikely bears would starve if just one of their sources of food declined, and he believes any effects will take several years to determine.
Unity Cup Softball League…The Unity Cup organised by the Guyana Softball League (GSL) will conclude with the national champions in three categories being crowned over the weekend of June 23-24.The tournament which attracted some 79 teams and lasted just over one month has seen some interest in areas being realised. The goal of the tournament was to resuscitate the sport in various areas and to some extent this was achieved according to the GSL.The categories were male open, female and Under-15. The winner of the male open category will receive the Unity Cup plus $50,000; while the winner of the female category will receive several prizes as well. The MVP will be chosen from the semis and finals of each category, while the Under-15 winner and runner-up will receive medals and trophies.Meanwhile, in the run up to the finals, these results were recorded:8West Coast Demerara:1 – Omesh XI gained a walkover from Speedboat2 – Crossbreed Warriors defeated V&R in the 2nd semi finalCrossbreed racked up 147-6 in 10 overs and limited V&R to 51 all out. In the final Crossbreed XI MADE 93-9 in 10 overs. Omesh XI replied with 94-5 in 8.5 overs. Omesh XI through to the overall semifinals.Lower East Coast:1- Farm XI got a walkover from Durban QuarryEnterprise defeated Success Enforcers by 12 runs. Enterprise batted first and made 90-8 in 10 overs. In reply, Success Enforcers were held to 78-4 in 10 overs. In the final, Enterprise were sent in and made a challenging 124-3 in 10 overs with Roy Beepat hammering 75. In reply, what seemed to be a challenging total was merely a warm up for Farm XI as they raced to 128 without loss in 7 overs, with Travis Alphonso 57 not out (5×6;1×4) and Rajesh Reddy 59 not out (4×6;2×4) making light work of the total. Farm XI through to the overall finals playing unbeaten in this tournament.N/A Canjie:Flying Stars defeated all and sundry to capture this zone, winning their semi-final by a huge 79 runs versus Edinburgh, then they defeated the star studded Rotterdam in the final by 20 runs. Flying Stars made 120-5 in 10 overs then limited Rotterdam to 100 in their 10 overs. Flying Stars through to the overall semis. All the male open teams are strong and can win this tournament as all have shown their ability to remain calm under pressure and the bowlers and batters all being in form.In the female category, All Stars playing out of Berbice have the strongest batting line as both of their victories were achieved through their batting strength as the batters dominated all that were thrown at them. Cane Grove’s Queen of the Boundary seemed to rely on their overall team spirit to gain the advantage and have shown that when support each other they win. Linden All Stars have always been thereabouts with individual performances lighting up their game and if they can bring their A game with more contributions from all players can be victorious. Mahaica Combine are a moody set and are a dangerous side on their day but that is left to be seen which team will take the field considering the various moods they turn up with.In the Under-15, most of the players seen are very talented and it will be a tussle for all the teams as the abilities of the players are equal but the edge can only be given on the day.Additionally, the winners of the one ball in the various regions will battle it out with Khalid Mohamed and Romel D’Aguair winning West Demerara and Berbice respectively easily. Upper East Coast winner Travis Maynard was given a run and only triumph after a persevering performance.Banks DIH has kindly consented to sponsor the day with music and a well-stocked bar. The entrance fee is free.
The top-ranked Moors (3-1) led 2-0 through four innings and appeared poised to defend their title of a year ago. Alhambra starting pitcher Rob Olivarez, however, ran into trouble. After the Rams led off the top of the fifth with a single, Temple City’s Justin Coy hit a first-pitch nubber halfway between home and third. Olivarez (1-1) got to the ball quickly enough, but the junior threw wildly to first base. The error put runners at second and third with no outs. Temple City soon tied the game on Dusty Sanderson’s RBI single and Kyle MacDonald’s sacrifice fly. “I can’t believe how poorly we played on defense,” Alhambra coach Steve Gewecke said. “Temple City is a good team. You can’t give a good team (four) errors and expect to win.” The victory sends Temple City into Saturday’s championship game against Pasadena Poly (3-1) at 2 p.m. at Temple City. The Panthers advanced by beating Pasadena, 5-1. “We want to win our tournament,” Temple City coach Barry Bacon said. “Today we had some fortunate bounces and were able to score some runs against a great pitcher.” ALHAMBRA – The Temple City High School boys baseball team took a giant step toward claiming its first Arcadia Elks Temple City-Monrovia Tournament on Thursday afternoon at Alhambra. The Rams (4-0), the Star-News No. 2 team, benefitted from an unusually porous Alhambra defense to score four unearned runs in a 6-2 semifinal win. The Rams took the lead for good one inning later on another dubious throw. With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the sixth, Olivarez induced Coy to hit a soft grounder back to the mound. Olivarez wisely threw to catcher Javier Estrada for the force out at home, but Estrada tried to end the inning on a risky play. The senior catcher threw to third base in hopes of catching the Rams’ Chris Almacellas leaning off the bag. But Estrada’s throw was high down the line and allowed the Rams to score two go-ahead runs. “I don’t really know how we scored some of our runs, it’s kind of a blur,” Bacon said. “But once we got a few runs I felt we had an excellent chance, especially with the way Kyle was pitching.” After giving up two runs and three hits through two innings, MacDonald (2-0) settled down and retired 11 of the last 12 batters. He did allow a walk. “Sometimes it takes me a while to warm up,” said MacDonald, who also had a double and two RBIs. “I told my guys that they were going to get a lot of hits coming their way and they made some good plays. I’m just looking forward to playing Saturday.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
RAMONA – Nichole Booth’s hands were stained with ash from picking through the blackened and twisted pieces left of her life after an inferno engulfed everything she owned. She tried not to cry in front of her four children. But in the few moments she can steal away, the tears spill down her cheeks. Like so many others, Booth took the first steps toward rebuilding her life Monday, a week after a firestorm destroyed her San Diego County home and business. “I feel ashamed. I’ve never had to ask for help. I don’t know what to say to people,” Booth says, her voice dropping to a whisper. “For them, I think the wrinkles can be worked out, but it’s going to take many agencies, and probably going to take volunteer agencies to step in, too,” said Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Michael Raphael. Typically, only property owners are eligible for FEMA’s maximum $28,200 payout for lost homes. But Raphael said the agency looks at each loss on a case by case basis and would take into consideration that the Booths say they pay a mortgage, even though they don’t own the home. FEMA has already received nearly 8,300 applications for aid and visited 641 homes to assess damage in the seven counties declared a major federal disaster area. As of Monday, the agency had paid out $600,000, and was on pace to settle about 75 claims a day. Fire victims have said FEMA apparently learned lessons from the confusion that arose after Hurricane Katrina about where to turn for federal assistance. The agency has sent scores of neatly dressed agency representatives to the San Diego area. Large signs and tents bearing the agency’s name direct victims to one-stop centers where victims can redirect their mail, apply for building permits and register for FEMA disaster assistance. But the scale of the disaster here is much smaller than in New Orleans, where hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless. Hector Valazquez, 52, who lost his home in Delzura said he’s felt reassured by his first interactions with friendly FEMA workers, but the proof of how well the agency deals with the disaster has yet to be seen. “They are going to show us that what happened in Katrina can be done better here,” Valazquez said. “Until we have a home, there’s no proof.” If FEMA denies their request, the Booths could apply for up to $40,000 in loans from the Small Business Administration to replace the contents of their home. For the Southern California fires, the federal government has already offered a 2.937 percent interest rate, and homeowners can have up to 30 years to repay the loan. It isn’t just the Booths’ house and all their belongings that were destroyed. Their business, Booth’s Pump and Crane Service, also burned and so did all of the equipment. To restart their business, the Booths will have to apply for hefty loans to purchase new equipment and cover their lost income. One of the biggest challenges is showing proof when important paperwork went up in flames. Business owners can apply for up to $1.5 million in loans from the Small Business Administration, which come with a 4 percent interest rate. The agency aims to approve loans within two weeks of receiving applications, said spokesman Phil Duncan. For victims who had fire insurance, insurance agents can provide initial money for hotels and apartment rentals. Homeowner’s insurance will usually cover a year – or even two – of expenses for temporary living quarters while customers rebuild. But that’s not a solution for the Booth family, who like so many others in the area, had their fire insurance canceled after devastating blazes in 2003.160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The wildfires, which destroyed more than 2,000 homes, continued to burn Monday. With more than a dozen blazes fully surrounded, firefighters were trying to gain control of six others that were at least half contained. The flames have killed 14 people and blackened 809 square miles from the Mexican border to north of Los Angeles. In the weeks ahead, the Booths and hundreds of other families who lost homes will be at the mercy of the federal government for grants, loans and other assistance. Some help can be offered quickly, but larger decisions about the future will take weeks, and be decided by federal workers shuffling mountains of loan applications in Texas and Maryland. A week ago, the Booths ran for their lives – carrying only the essentials: clothes for the children and oxygen tanks, a wheelchair and medication for a daughter paralyzed by brain tumors who survives on life support. The fire swallowed their house as they pulled out of the driveway. The family lived in a modest home that was passed down to her husband, Robert Booth, from his father, and they never put their names on the deed, which could delay aid. In the meantime, the Booths will have to depend on charity. The Red Cross is the only agency still providing hotel assistance for fire victims.
Ethan Ampadu in action for Exeter City 1 Exeter City’s 16-year-old defender Ethan Ampadu has been included in the Wales squad for their training camp in Portugal.The teenager is one of seven uncapped players called up by Chris Coleman for the camp ahead of June’s World Cup qualifier in Serbia.Bristol Rovers defender Tom Lockyer, Everton full-back Gethin Jones and Barnsley forward Marley Watkins are also in the 26-man squad.The Wales squad, in full, can be seen below:Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Huddersfield), Owain Fon Williams (Inverness)Defenders: Ashley Williams (Everton), Chris Gunter (Reading), James Chester (Aston Villa), Ben Davies (Tottenham), Jazz Richards (Cardiff), Joe Walsh (MK Dons), Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers), Gethin Jones (Everton), Declan John (Cardiff), Ethan Ampadu (Exeter)Midfielders: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace), Emyr Huws (Cardiff), David Edwards (Wolves), Joe Allen (Stoke), Marley Watkins (Barnsley), Harry Wilson (Liverpool), Lee Evans (Wolves)Forwards: Hal Robson-Kanu (West Brom), Sam Vokes (Burnley), Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley), Ben Woodburn (Liverpool), Tom Lawrence (Ipswich)