Diego Alves makes history with penalty save from Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgDiego Alves made history with his penalty save from Cristiano Ronaldo during Valencia’s creditable 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.  CEST Upd. at 18:21 10/05/2015 The goalkeeper third in the rankings is Paco Buyo, of Real Madrid, who made 15 saves.  Sport EN This was his 16th penalty stop in La Liga, the same as Andoni Zubizarreta managed in his career – more than any other stoppers. The big difference between the two is that the Brazilian Valencia keeper has saved 16 of 37, more than 43 per cent, while Zubi kept out 16 of 102, a little more than 16 per cent.  It’s not just this – Diego Alves is the first goalkeeper to save two Cristiano Ronaldo penalties.last_img read more

An open letter to Uncle Jordan

first_imgOn May 11, 2015, thousands of Guyanese supported your A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government because throughout the land there was a yearning for more positive socio-economic change and a higher standard of life.Citizens felt they had had enough of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and its scandals. They felt that that party needed to be punished and taught a valuable lesson that would see it undergoing massive reforms and never taking for granted again the amount of loyalty and trust placed in it by the populace.In short, they wanted to give a new political party and President a chance at managing the affairs of the country with a mandate to bolster social cohesion and fight against endemic systemic racism. Citizens had hoped that your political party would roll out visionary policies that would inevitably lead to poverty reduction and higher levels of equality. They also hoped that your party could reach a political deal or treaty that would see national unity, healing and reconciliation becoming a reality sometime in the near future.It is also important to note that citizens believed in your Government’s promise of a better life defined by higher levels of disposable income; meaningful constitutional reforms; better roads, schools, and bridges; improved access to quality and affordable healthcare; an unwavering commitment to high levels of transparency and accountability as a result of better governance and less corruption; lower levels of crime and higher and swifter levels of justice and public order.Those were the conditions on which the citizenry agreed to change its appetite from the PPP which it was still comfortable with despite the many blunders over the past 23 years.But today, your Government has failed to deliver many of its promises made during the 2015 elections campaign. Your coalition has also breached the social contract it entered with the populace in May of that very year. It would appear that once you and your colleague Ministers access Governmental power, there was an abandonment of reason, good faith, due process and political conviction.While the citizenry would have forgiven some of your most egregious missteps over the past year and a half, they cannot do so in the case of Budget 2017.Uncle Jordan, your budget as crafted could have catastrophic consequences on the poor, the vulnerable, the disabled and the sick if not withdrawn. The Tax measures contained in the estimates are not only unpopular and harsh but inconsistent with the good life you promised.While the citizenry acknowledges the explanation you offered on Friday for tabling such a brutish budget, it is disappointed that you appear to be blaming your Government’s decision on advice and recommendations from studies. It is also unfortunate that you believe if Government widens its revenue base via higher levels of repressive domestic tax measures that you will be able to grow the economy, create wealth and deliver a better life for citizens.The truth is, no one in this country believes that your economic formula or vision will amount to the change demanded in May 2015. In fact, it will result in the loss of electoral support, lower levels of domestic and foreign direct investment, a sluggish and uninspired private sector, lower levels of economic growth, higher levels of crime and unprecedented levels of tax evasion.The citizenry is disappointed that the ministers did not create “fiscal space” by taking pay cuts and living lesser luxurious lives. It is disappointed too that you did not create “fiscal space” by cutting back on the exorbitant salaries paid to your advisors, ex-military allies, contract workers and other party loyalists within your coalition Government who are now feeding off of the scarifies made by the poor and law abiding citizens as well as professionals of this country.It is also shocking that you did not see it fit to scrap all of those controversial procurement contracts that you have entered into since May 2015 with selected business personnel with the worst being the bottom house drug bond that was “urgently” rented for over $100M a year to store medicines and pharmaceuticals but which only stores condoms and lubricants at the moment.Uncle Jordan, we expected you to deliver on your promise to further lift the threshold to $100,000; to increase Old Age Pension to $30,000; to further reduce the cost of electricity by at least 5% after negotiating with GPL; to operationalize the construction of Amelia Falls; to finance a robust crime fighting plan to further defend us; to pay doctors, nurses and teachers a special salary for their commitment to their trade in troubling times; to roll out a turnaround plan for starving sugar workers and rice farmers; to activate your ministerial code of conduct in order to discipline Aunty Volda, Simona, Amna and Valrie-sharpe. The other Uncles are too many to mention; We wanted more sports facilities, a completely funded youth policy, more community centres and more investments.Remember Uncle Jordan, stricter the Government wiser the population. Elections coming and I hope you and Uncle Granger are ready not for the press but the people.Yours truly,Michael the Messengerlast_img read more

FIFA bans player for 10 games for racism in qualifier

first_imgLATEST STORIES Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday MOST READ When Pops met Martin’s son Santino Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Holiday hits key shots in Pacers’ OT win over Raptors Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Baqer was also fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($30,000).The strong punishment has been imposed after FIFA announced in July that the minimum ban for racism was being doubled to 10 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4In a separate case from 2022 World Cup qualifying in Asia, FIFA ordered Indonesia to play a game behind closed doors without fans over crowd disturbances in a game against Malaysia.The Indonesia soccer federation was also fined 200,000 Swiss francs and its Malaysian counterpart was fined 50,000 Swiss francs. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Oman’s Ahmed Mubarak Al Mahaijri (R) fights for the ball against Bahrain’s Sayed Baqer during the 2017 Gulf Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Oman and Bahrain at the Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad Stadium in Kuwait City on January 2, 2018. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)ZURICH — FIFA has banned a Bahrain player for 10 games for racism in a World Cup qualifier.Sayed Baqer formed a slanted-eye gesture toward fans at the Nov. 14 game in Hong Kong. The incident was captured on camera from the stands as the players left the field and the footage was posted on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist View commentslast_img read more

Calvin Abueva doing everything he can to get PBA ban lifted, says Alas

first_imgThailand reports case of coronavirus from China No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Not only does he want to return to the PBA, he’s doing his own initiatives to show that he deserves to get back.”Abueva was suspended indefinitely in June when he got into a physical altercation with TNT import Terrence Jones and another verbal war with Bobby Ray Parks Jr.’s girlfriend when the rookie was still with Blackwater.Abueva was allowed to return to the Fuel Masters’ practices in late September, but he is not getting his salaray from Phoenix due to the suspension.With Abueva still out, Phoenix looking for more players to step upADVERTISEMENT The former national team player, though, remained steadfast in helping communities while also getting some financial help from the team, his teammates, and also his friends from Pampanga.“He’s in a tough spot financially because of the suspension but Phoenix still gives him some to sustain the activities but the management can’t give him his full pay so he goes to guest appearances where he can earn some money,” said Alas who also had Abueva help him in his own outreach activities in Las Piñas.“I had a couple of outreach programs here in Las Piñas and he was with me and RR [Garcia] and Calvin was out there handing out food and teaching kids basketball and I’m very happy with him,” said Alas.Abueva return limited to team practices so far, says PBA chiefWith 2019 over and the New Year getting into full swing, Alas hopes the league ultimately allows Abueva back to the league.Alas, who has always been a model family man, said Abueva is doing everything he can to be a responsible father to his five children.“I hope Calvin gets back from suspension not only for Phoenix to compete but also for humanitarian reasons because he has a family and five children. He has a big responsibility and he’s doing everything he can to fulfill it,” said Alas. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Alas said it’s Abueva’s way of showing the PBA and its stakeholders that he’s left his troublesome ways behind and that he wants to return to the league a better man.Calvin Abueva returns to Phoenix practice despite indefinite banFEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption MOST READcenter_img Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ‘People evacuated on their own’ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations 2 players, driver dead in Guinea football club bus crash When Pops met Martin’s son Santino Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Suspended Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva. INQUIRER PHOTO/TRISTAN TAMAYOMANILA, Philippines—Eager to prove that he’s changed for the better, Phoenix’ beleaguered forward Calvin Abueva took it upon himself to create a more positive environment to wherever place he goes.Phoenix head coach Louie Alas said Abueva has been eagerly participating in the company’s corporate social responsibility programs and also doing personal outreach activities himself.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s personally doing his own outreach activities especially this Christmas season and he has pictures and videos to support everything,” said Alas in a phone interview with Inquirer Wednesday. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

At what point will our indebtedness be repaid?

first_imgDear Editor,Having read the International Monetary Fund’s Guyana: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2018 Article IV Mission, I feel compelled to share my analysis in layman’s terms.I believe the pertinent paragraph is “Guyana’s medium-term prospects are favourable. The commencement of oil production in 2020 will be a turning point. The main direct effect on the domestic economy will be through higher fiscal revenue, and spillovers to supporting activities. The balance of payments will swing sharply to positive after 2020. Oil revenue significantly improves the fiscal outlook, and is expected to place the public debt on a downward trajectory. The mission welcomed the progress made on establishing a comprehensive fiscal framework for managing oil wealth”After the wheat is separated from the chaff, the report leaves no doubt that our nation’s economic survival is now dependent on oil production in 2020.In three short years, the dreaded ‘Dutch disease’ has overtaken a formerly robust economy. Our forecasted growth targets are not being realized. Spending is up, we have moved from a $10 billion surplus to a $48 billion deficit. Maladministration, caused by lack of vision; ad hoc approaches in place of policy; profligate spending; bypassing of procurement procedures; payment of billions in legal settlements; questionable tenancy agreements; refusal to declare assets to the Integrity Commission; expensive Commissions of Inquiry handed out like sweets to cronies; the list of reckless acts with the public purse is long, and continues to grow.The direct consequence is: the only way back to solvency for Guyana in the medium term is for ExxonMobil to pump oil and bail us out.Editor, while the IMF report speaks positively of a “comprehensive fiscal framework for managing oil wealth”, I must ask at what point will our indebtedness be repaid, so the saving could begin? With two more years of APNU/AFC spending ahead of us, I can only see the “downward trajectory” alluded to by the IMF getting steeper.This report makes it clear why the APNU/AFC Administration will not countenance the possibility of reopening negotiations with the oil company; for when one’s hand is in the tiger’s mouth, one must pat the tiger’s head.Sincerely,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Region 2 businesses complain over slow sales

first_img… vendors call for market opportunitiesWholesale and retail businesses, as well as cash crop farmers in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), are complaining bitterly over the slothfulness of the economy within the region.Many businessmen and companies operating within the confine of the region related that sales have decreased significantly and customer spending power hasVendor Sattie Narine sitting as she waits for saleslessened.Guyana Times spoke with several vendors at the Anna Regina market and many of them related that things were “dull” and day by day businesses were becoming unprofitable. One vendor, Sattie Narine, said that for the entire day she sold $1500 and complained that people are not buying much.Narine said that consumers are complaining about the heavy taxation that they have to pay and the lack of spending power, “people really not buying much, they come they ask price for things but they are not buying. What I find is that people are only buying what they need to eat, they not affording to wear fancy things, the economy is bad.”Another vendor, Savita Persaud, attributed the slow sales to the low prices for paddy. She said she operate a stall in Charity and Anna Regina and has never experienced such a “tuff” economy. She said those vendors with perishable goods are the ones suffering the most.“Money not circulating the way it used too, people just walking and watching, we vendors have to sit down and watch on, at the end we have to pay our stall rents, this is cause rice industry not doing well and when that happens Essequibo down, cause rice is the backbone,” Persaud related.Vendor Denis Campbell, who ventures from the Charity area daily, also said that sales were slow. He said he is finding it hard but with optimism said he can’t give up.Another vendor said many of the workers within the region, such as trench cleaners and labourers are owed monies, and as such, persons are not afforded the option to invest money. He also said nothing is being done in the region to really boost economic activity; lamenting that instead there is a lot of racial politics since the A Partnership for National Unity coalition Government came to power.At Charity market, vendors complained bitterly, saying “Business slow… we coming from all over. Imagine I only sell $500 for today,” one vendor related. Vegetable vendors also can be seen in the evening having table loads of produce still unsold.“We are producing but the buyers not coming forward, even we drop our price no one buying, we have family to maintain, business grey, things slow,” another cash crop vendor related.Many persons are concerned and worried over the sudden slow up in the economy.On the other hand, rice farmers in the region have harvested their lands and most of them are disappointed with the current prices being offered by millers. Many rice farmers related that they suffered losses due to the low prices that were paid.last_img read more

Tribune shareholders OK move to go private

first_img“We’re going to continue to push for employee representation on the board and the ESOP,” Teamsters representative Louis Malizia said afterward. “These are future owners of the company now, and they deserve a fair shake.” Tribune, which owns 11 daily newspapers – including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and The (Baltimore) Sun – 23 TV stations and the Chicago Cubs, needs the FCC to grant it waivers from rules banning same-market ownership of television and newspapers. After that, it will have to navigate the turbulent newspaper industry while under a $13 billion debt burden.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Zell skipped the anticlimactic 40-minute meeting, which was attended by only a few dozen shareholders. Chief Executive Dennis FitzSimons, who will cede the chairman’s role to Zell when the deal is complete, said the real estate mogul had a prior commitment. Zell later issued a statement through the company reiterating his commitment to the deal: “I believe Tribune Co. is reasserting itself as a national leader in news generation and distribution. Despite the recent upheaval in the credit markets, my view of the company as an investment has not changed.” FitzSimons told shareholders the company still anticipates receiving approval from the Federal Communications Commission in the fourth quarter, with the deal closing soon afterward. He said Tribune expects its operations to remain in compliance with its creditors, as required to hold lenders to their commitment for an additional $4.2 billion in financing. He also assured employees that their retirement benefits are “safe and secure,” calling some union claims to the contrary “a blatant misrepresentation of facts.” Several representatives of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents about 2,000 Tribune employees, objected to the lack of clout that Tribune workers will have under the employee stock ownership plan and raised other questions about the deal. They were unimpressed by FitzSimons’ statement that employees will be represented by a trustee, the GreatBanc Trust Co., which will vote on board directors. CHICAGO – Tribune Co. shareholders consented to the $8.2 billion buyout of the media conglomerate on Tuesday, an expected but noteworthy milestone in a drawn-out transaction that still awaits federal approval and billions of dollars in promised financing. The shareholder meeting in Tribune Tower, the last scheduled for the 160-year-old company, was marked by unions’ complaints that employees of the soon-to-be employee-owned firm will have no formal role in running it. Some shareholders also voiced concerns about its ability to operate in a struggling newspaper industry under a mountain of debt. But Tribune easily secured the backing of shareholders for the deal to take the company private under an employee stock ownership plan – a foregone conclusion since the $34-a-share transaction will pay them significantly more than the current value of the languishing stock. Preliminary results indicated 97 percent of those casting votes, representing a majority of shares, had approved the April 1 deal led by billionaire Sam Zell. last_img read more

Shields tries to get his groove back

first_imgNow Shields, with an 11.91 earned-run average in his last dozen appearances, including giving up a game-losing grand slam Sunday, was giving the Angels nightmares. Baseball is a simple game. You pick up a baseball and you throw it. Shields was throwing the ball. Just not where he wanted to throw it. He had lost the rhythm that sets the major leaguer apart from the guy who is playing in a slo-pitch league. Drastic problems require drastic measures. That was why Scioscia and Butcher invited Shields to the park Tuesday afternoon to pitch off the mound against hitters. It was called a simulated game. Actually, it was only two innings. Could he work things out in two innings? The laughter in the clubhouse indicates a definite maybe. It’s not like he just walked out, took a deep breath, relaxed and started throwing strikes. Shields struggled as he worked on some things. He struggled to a point where he turned and fired a ball from the mound to the right-field stands. “That was not the most professional thing to do,” he said later. You know how relief pitchers say they forget a bad performance? There are times when they lie. Getting rid of all the emotion that had been bottled up might have been the best thing Shields accomplished. “I got the frustration out,” he admitted. Then he got down to business. “Once he found his rhythm, the last nine pitches he threw were incredible,” said a happy Scioscia. Shields’ delivery is not a smooth, compact, efficient Roger Clemens-type delivery. He has, as they say, complicated mechanics. He’s long with a lot of moving parts. “He was getting a little disjointed,” Scioscia said. “He has to get back to the natural flow.” Either that or the chances of the Angels flowing through the playoffs diminish. “He threw the heck out of the ball,” Scioscia said. “Hopefully, he has found something that will get him back there.” Shields is confident enough that he plans to volunteer to pitch tonight. Beyond venting, what did he do Tuesday that might get him back on track? Butcher did not want to make it sound like one of Einstein’s theories. “We just wanted to keep it simple,” he said. “I’m not saying we went back to square one.” But maybe to square two because he had to find his lost release point. It came down to Shields doing what he did when he was a youngster. It came down to picking the ball up and throwing it at the target the catcher gave him without having a million thoughts running around in his head. “(It was) just stay back, pick up ball and throw it through the glove,” he said. That’s what every Little League coach tells every pitcher on his team. How does a 32-year-old veteran at the top of his game lose his release point? “I don’t know,” he said. “If I knew I would have been OK two months ago.” That was not a sarcastic response. He does not blame anyone other than himself for not pitching well. Scioscia’s plan is to take pressure off him by having him pitch in middle innings for a while. “I understand that,” he said. “I’m in the major leagues playing ball.” He’s in the big leagues. He’s a big boy. However? “I definitely want that role back,” he said. And the Angels definitely want Shields back pitching in the eighth inning. mwsptcol@aol.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Shields laughing of late has been as rare as Shields getting the job done for the Angels. The they’re-not-laughing list was long. Mike Scioscia, the manager, was not laughing. Mike Butcher, the pitching coach, was not laughing. The entire organization was not laughing. Not when the front half of the back end of their bullpen, as good a one-two punch as there is in baseball closing games, had lost his way. It was all but automatic when the Angels gave the ball to Shields with a lead in the eighth inning that he and Francisco Rodriguez would slam the door and deliver a victory. Shields and Rodriguez gave the Angels hope that they could overcome their lack of competitive power to make a strong run in the playoffs. It was not quite 4 p.m. “Are you going to have two beers?” a teammate yelled from across the Angels clubhouse. Scot Shields laughed. “I’m done,” he said. “I’m going home.” last_img read more

Ranieri urges Leicester to reverse Premier League form following European joy

first_imgClaudio Ranieri has urged his Leicester players to forget about the Champions League until March, as the Foxes’ domestic results need serious improvement.Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Club Brugge secured the Premier League champions’ place in the last 16 of Europe’s premier competition, with one game to spare.Four wins from five group games have sent the Foxes through to the knockout stages, but these results are in stark contrast to the form the club has shown in domestic football.Following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Watford, Ranieri’s men sit 14th in the Premier League table, with their three wins in 12 games seeing them sit only TWO points clear of the relegation places.And whilst it is an ongoing joke to suggest Leicester will win the Champions League AND be relegated in the same season, the Italian manager has no plans to see his club slip closer towards a return to the Championship.Speaking after the victory over Brugge, Ranieri insisted the message for his players was to now forget about European football, as although they still have to play Porto in the group stage, there is no important Champions League match for Leicester until the knockout stages begin in March.The 65-year-old said: “The dream now is to change our fate in the Premier League. I am a very pragmatic man. I want more points in the Premier League.“Now we have to think about the Premier League, as we are so close to the relegation [places].“And that is what we have to change. We have to change our mentality now.“Until March – except the Porto match – the Champions League is done.”last_img read more

Salcido, former schools official, honored

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But his time at Griffith Middle School was never forgotten, teachers and administrators said. “There was a tree he used to sit under outside the office,” said Mary Gonzales, administrative assistant. At first, officials toyed with the idea of naming the tree in Salcido’s honor, “but we decided the library would be nicer,” she added. So on Thursday, a student mariachi band that Salcido established at the school during his tenure there played his favorite song, “El Rey,” Principal Joseph Caldera gave a short speech, and teachers screened a 1993 video of Salcido’s birthday party in the school’s cafeteria. His relatives got to see a plaque with his name and picture, which eventually will be displayed inside the library. EAST LOS ANGELES – During the 12 years Raul Salcido was principal of Griffith Middle School in East Los Angeles, he visited a different classroom each morning and read to students. So it seemed apt that school officials would rename the middle school’s library in honor of Salcido, who died in August of last year. “He encouraged reading, he was instrumental in bringing lots of books into the library,” Yolanda Aguerrebere, a former assistant principal at Griffith, said Thursday as officials formally dedicated the Raul P. Salcido library. Salcido, 69, who was an El Rancho Unified School District board member when he died, worked at Griffith from 1991 to 2003. He had served on the school board for 30 years. “It makes us feel very proud,” said Mary Helen Salcido Torres, his sister. Salcido was born in East Los Angeles, one of 11 children.After graduating from Garfield High School in 1955, he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts technology and a master’s degree in education instruction from Cal State Los Angeles. He worked for many years as a teacher and administrator with the Los Angeles Unified School District. He retired from Griffith Middle School in 2003, his last job. “We are lucky to have worked with this funny and caring man, who did so much for the students, parents and staff at the school,” said Gonzales. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want 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