first_img“It’s not worrisome, because it can happen to anyone in football. I’m sad for him because I know the player he is and the person he is. He has not yet had the opportunity to have continuity playing and showing the level he has, “the Brazilian told Efe.Questioned about whether he will recover and succeed in the white club, Luiz was clear: “No doubt he will.”After beating Everton 3-2 this Sunday, the defender also spoke about Mikel Arteta’s work in the London club.“We try every day to improve. Arteta has come up with a different idea of ​​the game. We try to understand it in the best possible way to play well. I think we are doing it, with everyone involved, that’s why things are improving,” he said. Arsenal defender David Luiz told Efe, about who was his partner in Chelsea Eden Hazard, that the Belgian will triumph in Real Madrid “without a doubt” and that what he needs is “continuity”.Hazard, star signing of Real Madrid in the last summer market, will be off the pitch for several months due to an ankle injury suffered this Saturday in the league match against Levante.In the time he has been at Real Madrid, the Belgian attacker has missed the same number of meetings as during his entire stage at Chelsea, however, Luiz does not believe this is a cause for concern.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The online press agency, Demerara Waves, (see “Guyana Gov’t asks Caribbean Court to leave elections up to Parliament, GECOM, President, Opposition Leader”), has reported that Government will ask the Caribbean Court of Justice (the Court) to rule that the Court cannot or should not direct that general elections are to be held within three months because that “will clearly be obstructing Parliament from exercising its constitutional power to extend the time if it becomes necessary to do so. The Court would be acting prematurely, and setting itself up for a clash with the Parliament”.With respect, one has to disagree with this sentiment. First of all, the Court cannot undo what the Constitution has done. Since the Court already ruled that the December 21, 2018, No-Confidence Motion was validly passed by operation of law, the follow-up elections must be held “within three months”. It is the Constitution (not the Court) which tells us when elections must be held following the Motion. The Motion cannot be divorced from the timely and follow-up elections.Secondly, the record shows that it is Government and their friends who voluntarily and knowingly opened the door of the Court and asked for opinions. Since they opened the door, they cannot now close it.Thirdly, there is no clash between the Court and Parliament. The only “clash” is one between this illegal Government and the Constitution. If Government is concerned about a potential “clash” between the Court and Parliament, then that clash can be avoided, if there is a clash at all, by obeying the Constitution and calling elections within three months.But Government is not asking for this. In fact, Government is doing the opposite.Fourthly, the Opposition has indicated that it has no intention of going to Parliament to extend the timeframe for elections. Even if it wanted to, Government made this difficult given its actions since December 21, 2018, with the lone exception being Government’s initial acceptance that the Motion was validly passed and, therefore, elections are to be timely called.Parliament is not a place for an elector to be assaulted or to receive a death threat by members of Government, simply for exercising his constitutional right to vote. It is not a place for Government to honour any Islamic fundamentalist who fed sensitive information about Guyana’s national security to a foreign nation and subscribed to international terrorism.Both Parliament and a law enacted in Parliament must be respected. At the very least, a fallen Administration that seeks to invoke a law inside Parliament for a specified relief of an extension of time, is expected if not required, to show good cause for the delay and meritorious defences to the claims raised in the underlying motion.Here, Government has neither. Government cannot argue, for example, as one intelligent Government official did a few weeks ago, that Government only went to Court because the Speaker of the House instructed them to do so. Government has a Minister of Legal Affairs who has a staff. It has always been their job to give legal advice to Government both on and after December 21, 2018, when Government publicly declared that the Motion was passed and, therefore, elections within three months have been trigged.Finally, Government is also reported as asking the Court to direct that there must be House-to-House Registration before any “credible” elections are held. In the old days, Guyanese argued for “free and fair” elections. Now Government is uncomfortable with “free and fair” elections, so it is busy trying to re-invent the electoral landscape.Having failed with mathematics, they are now dabbling with the English language to do so, but are likely to further mislead the public. If any election is to be “credible” it ought to fall within the ambit of the law, because an event cannot be “credible” if it violates the Constitution.Unless the Opposition agrees to an extension of time, Government’s so-called “credible” elections must occur within three months. Yet, Government is asking for its version of elections to occur beyond three months at some unknown time in the near or distant future, so as to have House-to-House Registration.Therefore, under these circumstances, when this illegal Government says it wants a “credible” election, all it is doing is asking for an extrajudicial or illegal election.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertablast_img read more

first_imgArguing that it needs to stay competitive with the private sector, Los Angeles County’s pension board has boosted salary ranges by more than 40 percent for its investment staffers, potentially making them the region’s highest-paid public workers. A chief investment officer for the county Employees Retirement Association board can now make between $234,000 and $353,000, up from the previous range of $163,000 to $246,000. The highest-paid county employee is currently Dr. Bruce Chernof, who earns $306,800 a year as head of the Department of Health Services. The pension board’s move was prompted by the loss of four veteran investment officers, who could earn an average of $720,000 working for large public pension systems or in the insurance and banking industries, according to a survey conducted by county staffers. But David Kline, a spokesman for the California Taxpayers’ Association, said that highlights the struggle facing local governments in trying to fill vital jobs with highly qualified candidates. “Staff believes LACERA’s current pay practices are at a tipping point,” he wrote in a memo to the board. “Failure to address the current pay gap between LACERA and other competing employers in our labor market may significantly impede the ability to attract and retain qualified investment office candidates in the near future.” So far, no investment staffers at LACERA have gotten raises under the new system, but that could change at Rademacher’s discretion. “I’m responsible for setting the organization’s salaries and I’ll be looking at attracting and retaining qualified investment staff as it pertains to current labor market trends for the investment professionals,” said Rademacher, who is considering offering performance bonuses to county employees. Some public pension fund experts say the salary increases are justified because of the importance of wisely investing the huge sums of money contributed by current and retired workers. The California Public Employees Retirement System, for instance, is the nation’s largest public pension fund, managing some $240 billion in assets for 1.5 million workers and their families. The fund has gained $103 billion since the downturn in the stock market in 2002 and is now nearly 90 percent funded. The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, the second-largest fund in the nation, manages a $159 billion investment portfolio for 800,000 educators. The fund is 86 percent funded. And LACERA oversees $37 billion in investments for about 89,000 active employees and 51,000 retired employees. The fund is 91 percent funded. County Assistant Chief Administration Officer Sharon Harper said she doesn’t believe the pay increases at LACERA will pressure the county to increase salaries for other employees. “We will look at our managers and their responsibilities and determine what salary is appropriate for them,” Harper said. “So this does not guarantee an automatic increase for any of our employees.” Ratcheting up But Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said he believes the move by LACERA will be repeated at other levels of local government. “There is only one way it ratchets and it ratchets up,” Coupal said. “Public-employee compensation ratchets up at rates that far exceed those in the private sector. And at a time when the California economy is foundering and could be heading into recession, now is not the time to grant these extraordinary benefits.” Keith Brainard, research director at the National Association of State Retirement Administrators, said LACERA is competing with other investment organizations around the nation for limited talent. “It makes a big difference whether or not you get qualified employees,” Brainard said. In his memo, Rademacher noted that historically LACERA had striven to work within the salary structure adopted by the Board of Supervisors. Last month, the supervisors voted to fix pay inequities between supervisors and subordinates. In some cases, subordinates were making more than their bosses. The supervisors also voted to better link pay with performance and address pay levels beyond the current salary structure. The changes affected about 1,100 managers. (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “You certainly need to pay an adequate salary to get someone who will be a good steward of the money, but you can’t get into a bidding war with the private sector,” he said. “It’s simply impossible for every government worker to expect the same high salaries and perks that might come with a private-sector job that is similar but doesn’t have the public-service aspect.” Addressing pay gap About a month earlier, Los Angeles County supervisors increased the salary ranges for hundreds of management employees to address pay inequities. Gregg Rademacher, who earns $172,000 a year as chief executive officer of LACERA, noted that the county also has to compete against other taxpayer-funded entities for investment experts. last_img read more

first_imgHe said he met with PSG’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Antero Henrique and “we decided that we would not continue to work together”.“I’ve told the players,” Emery said at a press conference on Friday ahead of the league match against Guingamp on Sunday.The German Thomas Tuchel, without a club since his tumultuous departure from Borussia Dortmund in May 2017, is seen as the hot favourite to succeed Emery by French media.“His immense passion for football and his commitment to the job have allowed the club to continue to anchor itself among the elite of French and international football,” said Al-Khelaifi in a club statement.“I congratulate Unai for his commitment to our project and I wish him, on behalf of the club, full success in the challenges that await him.”Spaniard Emery arrived having achieved continental success, winning the Europa League three years running with Sevilla.But his track record in the Champions League at Sevilla, as well as with Valencia and Spartak Moscow before that, had left much to be desired and Emery’s time in France will forever be associated with failure in that competition.PSG had previously reached four consecutive quarter-finals following the Qatari takeover of the club in 2012, but Emery oversaw a humiliating defeat to Barcelona in the last 16 a year ago, losing 6-1 at the Camp Nou after a 4-0 win in the first leg.The club then committed to spending 400 million euros ($483 million) on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe alone — the two most expensive transfer deals in history — last year, but Paris were eliminated in the last 16 again this year, going out to Real Madrid.Those defeats suggested that, far from closing the gap to Europe’s elite, PSG were going backwards.– Uncertain future –Under Emery, PSG lost their French title to Monaco before regaining it this season. The club won the French League Cup both seasons. They took the French Cup in 2017 and are back in the final this year where they face third-division Les Herbiers on May 8.“To achieve its number one objective, which is the Champions League, the club first of all needs to be strong in France,” said Emery, 46.“This year we have won the club’s seventh league title and we are only missing one to become the most successful club in France.“I am sure that in the coming years, by continuing to win everything in France, the club will do it.”Asked if he had any regrets from his two years at the Parc des Princes, Emery added: “I am very happy to have had the chance to work here. It is a great experience as a coach.“This has been a good season but we still have the French Cup to left to win.“We lost against Real but they are showing that they are maybe still the strongest team in Europe.”Emery’s future is uncertain, although he has been linked with a return to Real Sociedad, the club from his native Basque Country whom he played for at the start of his career.“I’m going to see what’s best for my future,” Emery said. “I’m very focused for Sunday (and Guingamp) and the final of the French Cup. After that I’ll see.”With four games of the Ligue 1 season remaining, PSG can still become the first team ever to get to 100 points in France’s top flight.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Unai Emery said he will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of a second bittersweet season © AFP/File / NICOLAS TUCATParis, France, Apr 27 – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said Friday he will leave the French club at the end of the campaign after Champions League failures in both his seasons in charge.Emery’s two-year contract ends in June and he had been expected to leave anyway.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A nonprofit organization dedicated to beautifying unused barren land along the county’s urban rivers has received a financial boost from Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. Molina and her colleagues recently allocated $287,000 to Amigos de los Rios for work on a portion of the Rio Hondo River Park Project, a seven-mile stretch of planned trails along the river from Peck Park in El Monte to the Bosque del Rio Hondo near Whittier Narrows. “The supervisor believes strongly in identifying potential park space while we still have it, especially at a time when owning a home with a backyard is out of reach for a lot of people,” said Roxanne Marquez, spokeswoman for Molina’s office. The funding is part of $2.5 million in Proposition A money allocated by the county Board of Supervisors for park refurbishment projects across the San Gabriel Valley and Southeast Los Angeles. The $287,000 will be used to add decorative welcome gates and a pedestrian path along a 2.1 mile stretch of the park project between Valley Boulevard and Lower Azusa Road, according to Jeff Yann, a board member of the nonprofit. Yann said the financial aid from Molina was a big help. “Her promotion of greening along the rivers is incredible,” he said. “It will help us make our urban rivers look like rivers again.” Work on the gates and path is slated to begin in March and will be completed by this summer, Yann added. The rest of the park project includes a bike path on one side of the river and an equestrian path on the other, and adding native plants such as Oak trees and California Sagebrush and interpretive signage. The full park project, costing $3 to $4 million, is expected to be completed in about four years using funds from a variety of sources including the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. When it’s done it will connect Peck Park and the Bosque del Rio Hondo to Rio Vista Park, Pioneer Park, Fletcher Park and Lashbrook Nature Area and serve as a recreational space for walkers, joggers, bicyclists and equestrians. The project is part of the Emerald Necklace, a vision for a 17-mile loop of parks and greenways connecting 10 cities and nearly 500,000 residents along the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel rivers. “You read so much about diabetes and obesity, so part of this is creating trails available to anyone who lives around or near this loop,” said Yann. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more

first_imgBrentford could find out in the next 48 hours whether they will be able to bring Everton youngster Jake Bidwell back to Griffin Park.Bidwell impressed while on loan with the Bees last season and manager Uwe Rosler has waited patiently for Everton to decide whether the left-back will be allowed to return.Summer signing Tony Craig can play at left-back as well as in the centre of defence, but Rosler is keen to have Bidwell in his squad.The 19-year-old made 24 appearances for Brentford after arriving at the club last November.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

first_imgGet live news and analysis Monday at 5 p.m. when the Warriors welcome back both Andrew Bogut and Kevin Durant in San Antonio.The Warriors (47-21) rushed Bogut back a bit sooner than originally planned when they signed the Australian on March 6. DeMarcus Cousins’ ankle injury will prevent him from playing against the Spurs, and Andre Iguodala (tooth extraction) will also be sitting out.Durant, who missed the last two impressive Warriors wins over the Rockets and then the Thunder, is …last_img

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Bucks get Bledsoe from Suns for Monroe, 2 draft picks A US State Department official told AFP: “We are aware of reports of three US citizens arrested in China and stand ready to assist.” The official declined further comment, citing “privacy considerations”.UCLA had said Tuesday it was “aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes” and was cooperating with local authorities, but otherwise declined comment. Georgia Tech said none of its athletes were involved.The Pac-12 conference to which UCLA belongs issued a Twitter statement saying it was “very disappointed by any situation that detracts” from the China visit.“Whether in the United States or abroad, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards,” it said.LiAngelo Ball is one of three basketball-playing siblings who have emerged on the national stage in recent years, fueled in part by father LaVar’s aggressive promotion of his sons as future NBA superstars.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next MOST READ Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:43Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The shoplifting reports threaten to tarnish that campaign, which has included LaVar Ball’s creation of the “Big Baller Brand” shoe and apparel line “inspired” by his three sons.The brand has promotional events planned for Friday in Shanghai, including an appearance by LaVar with autograph signings, according to the store where it will be held.Eldest brother Lonzo joined the Lakers this year after just one season with UCLA, while youngest brother LaMelo Ball is still in high school but also on the radar as a future professional.LaVar Ball is frequently criticized over his brash claims, and Twitter users wasted little time taking shots at LiAngelo.“Season hasn’t even started and he already leads the nation in steals,” said one posting, while others launched a cheeky #FreeLiAngelo hashtag. A Hangzhou government spokesperson confirmed to AFP that three American citizens had been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting but referred further questions to police, who could not immediately be reached.ESPN said the players were arrested Tuesday after around 20 police officers descended on their hotel in Hangzhou near Shanghai, where the team had gone to tour the corporate campus of China e-commerce giant Alibaba, a sponsor of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutESPN had reported that police questioned members of both teams in the hotel before taking away the three UCLA players.The fate of the players on Wednesday, and whether they would face charges, was unclear. Shoplifting can bring a prison term of several years in China. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LiAngelo Ball of Chino Hills High School dribbles the ball down court during the game against Mater Dei High School at the Galen Center on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images/AFPLiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers star Lonzo Ball, was among three college basketball players arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting, reports said Tuesday.Ball, who is with the UCLA basketball team ahead of their season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, was detained with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, ESPN reported.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

first_imgIndian women’s team settled for silver in women’s hockey on Friday after losing 1-2 in the final against Japan at Asian Games 2018.Minami Shimizu and Motomori Kawamura scored for Japan through penalty corners in the 11th an 44th minute while Neha Goyal’s field goal in the 25th minute was the lone strike for India, who were aiming to win their first Asiad gold since 1982.The loss will hurt the Indians badly as a gold here would have guaranteed a direct qualification in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Indians had qualified for the final of the Asian Games after a gap of 20 years gap, having beaten China in the semifinals.Ahead of the Olympics, Japanese hockey is on the right track with the women winning their maiden Asian Games title after finishing runners-up thrice.For Indian hockey, there was more disappointment after the fancied men’s team failed to defend its gold following their loss to Malaysia in the semifinals yesterday.Coming into the match, the Indians were favourites to win the title as they are ranked five places above Japan at ninth in the world rankings.In the first quarter, India made more forays into the opposition circle but lacked the finishing touch. Their first big opportunity came in fourth minute when Navneet Kaur could not do much with captain Rani Rampal’s pass into the striking zone.Asian Games 2018, Day 13: Live UpdatesJapan had their opportunity too in the eighth minute but Indian goalkeeper Savita made a good save.Navneet then helped India get their first penalty corner in the 10th minute but dragflicker Gurjit Kaur could not get it past the Japanese goalkeeper.advertisementAnother Japanese counter attack followed which resulted in their first penalty corner which was clinically converted by Shimizu in the 11th minute.FT| The Indian Women’s Hockey Team were put to the test by a challenging Japanese side as they claim the Silver medal at the @asiangames2018 after a valiant effort by the Eves goes unrewarded on 31st August.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 #INDvJPN India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 31, 2018Down by a goal, India kept attacking but with little precision.Sensing urgency, India pressed hard for the equaliser in the second quarter. They came close when Sunita Lakra provided a finely placed pass to Udita but she could not make it count.India drew level in the 25th minute when Navneet Kaur’s crisp reverse hit was neatly deflected in by a patiently waiting Neha.India were the better team in the second quarter, creating more chances and had the ball a lot more than the Japanese.In the 36th minute, a skilful one two from Vandana Katariya and Navjot Kaur almost got India the lead but Udita’s shot was saved by the Japanese keeper.Seconds later, another opportunity was missed when Vandana’s attempt was parried away by the custodian.The Japanese got their first major opportunity of the third quarter when they earned a penalty corner in the 44th minute and Motomi executed a delightful finish, taking the ball on the left and firing it in with a reverse hit.The Indian fans, who turned up in sizeable number, were left shell shocked with the Japanese goal.The Indian women, like their male counterparts in the semifinals yesterday, were guilty of holding on to the ball for far too long while the Japanese operated with quick passes.With less than 10 minutes remaining on the clock, the Indian shirts were a constant in the opposition circle but they could not find the back of the net.With a goal lead and end drawing closer, the Japanese expectedly slowed the game down when once they reached the Indian half.India withdrew their goalkeeper Savita with two minutes remaining as India desperately pushed for an equaliser.They even got two chances with 40 seconds left on the clock but failed to find the Japanese net.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Donald Trump is being encouraged to stay strong in NAFTA negotiations by people who aren’t normally his allies.Sen. Bernie Sanders and other members of the anti-NAFTA left held a news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill where they demanded that the president keep his promise to drastically overhaul the agreement.They held their event as negotiators from the three countries met in Washington.“We are here today to send a very loud and clear message to Donald Trump: for once in your life keep your promises,” said Sanders, a Vermont senator and former presidential contender.“We need to fundamentally rewrite NAFTA.”Sanders expressed support for hardball U.S. negotiating positions like increased Buy American protections, and he wants to go even farther than Trump and not just water down the investor-state dispute mechanism in Chapter 11 but end it entirely.He also wants Trump to go farther on labour standards and to end incentives to outsource jobs.Those disagreements on specifics illustrate that while Trump and the left share similar rhetoric about trade, some of their specific proposals veer in different directions, raising doubt about how many left-wingers Trump could hope to win over in a ratification vote for a trade deal.Speakers at Wednesday’s event didn’t actually call for the cancellation of NAFTA, just major changes.Lawmaker Rose DeLauro recalled having tears in her eyes the night the House of Representatives voted for NAFTA and she said the last quarter-century has proven that critics who said the deal would undermine American worker wages were right.Trade politics in the U.S. rarely hews to clear, predictable partisan lines.In 1994, it was mostly Republicans who helped Democratic president Bill Clinton get NAFTA ratified. Today, polls show Democratic voters are likelier to support NAFTA, but not their elected representatives, while it’s the opposite on the right, where Trump voters mostly oppose NAFTA but most Republican lawmakers support it.DeLauro rejects being painted as a protectionist or as anti-trade.“We are for trade,” said the Connecticut Democrat.“We want to work with the administration. We want to rewrite NAFTA.”Sanders says poorly designed trade deals are one of the factors that have hurt U.S. manufacturing communities in recent decades and led to greater inequality between haves and have-nots.“It devastates lives. And it devastates cities and towns,” Sanders said.“Trade is not the only explanation for that. But trade is an important part of the decline of the middle class America.”last_img read more