first_imgIñaki Williams has slammed the racism in the Valdano Universe that will air this Tuesday in #Vamos. The Athletic striker has narrated how he lived the insults uttered by a group of fans in Cornellá in the match against Espanyol and has confirmed that neither he nor his teammates will tolerate another episode like this. “I know that my classmates would have left the field with me because we talked about itor. We are aware that if it happened to us we would leave the countryside and if they give us the game for lost, it would give us exactly the same because it would be a punch to racism“, explains Williams in an advance spread by Movistar +.In addition, he expressed with frustration the racist episode that he had to live: “In the 21st century you should not allow it. No matter the skin color, race, sex. Any type of vexation should not be allowed in football. I hope it does not happen again, but I know that I would have the support of many people like it happened in Tenerife or how a thousand messages rained on social networks“.last_img read more

first_img“My family and I are fine, without symptoms”, reported Toni Kroos to the German ProSieben program ‘Late Night Berlin’. The midfielder, quarantined like all Real Madrid players after Thompkins’ positive in the coronavirus test was known, spoke to his compatriots by videoconference from his living room in his home in Madrid. “We are in shape,” he said.The German, like the rest of his companions, is in permanent contact with Real Madrid doctors. They are consulted a couple of times a day to follow up on possible symptoms of COVID-19. The order is that they communicate the slightest indication of illness. Further, Each Real Madrid player has in his possession a personalized physical exercise plan and nutritional recommendations to try to maintain the best possible shape in this “confinement”. But it’s not all work. “I am not bored, you can imagine it with three children. It does not get boring the day at home. But if you look left and right, the main thing is that we are all fine,” said a Kroos who bullfights quarantine with humor. : “Here at home I also do my hair but I only do it for my wife anyway.” The Madrid midfielder also said that, thanks to his children, he eats noodles every day and pointed out with laughter: “I have a lot of toilet paper at home.” Kroos recovered his serious tone when asked about a possible postponement of the Euro Cup this summer, a decision that will be made this Tuesday: “When it will be played again is the least of it. The main thing is when to drive away this invisible enemy. That everything has returned to normal ”.The German is the second Real Madrid player to intervene in a media outlet to tell how he is carrying out this mandatory period of quarantine. Luka Jovichours after knowing the positive of Thompkins, he spoke on B92 and wanted to send a message of calm: “I used the same recovery kits as Thompkins, but I have no symptoms …”.last_img read more

first_img PRINCIPLES OF BATTING The top-order West Indies batsmen sometimes bat with no regard for the basics of the game, nor display the principles of good batting. Apart from not knowing the difference between aggression and carelessness, they drive when they should not be driving; they play back when they should not be playing back; and even when some of them do what is right, the lower-order batsmen do silly things. Sometimes, most times, when the team is in trouble, they get run-out, stumped, or caught on boundary going for big hits. That is the general attitude of the West Indian cricketer of today. The top-order batsmen do not bat responsibly and the lower-order batsmen bat as if they are as good as, or even better than the batsmen. How often does one see the recognised batsmen battling for survival, and at the other end, the tail-ender is swiping away until he is either stumped or gets caught on the boundary. No one supports the other, like all good team players do. The bowling is a little different, but how can a team select five specialist bowlers – including four specialist pacers – bowl 153 overs in one innings, and the four pacers bowl only 80 overs with the one spinner bowling 47 overs and a batsman bowling 27, more than any of the pacers. These things suggest that apart from the weakness of the players, the West Indies are not playing good cricket, despite the presence of a support group of four coaches, a former captain as manager, and another former captain as chief selector. Maybe the coaches are not any good, or may be, with the exception of Curtley Ambrose, the players just do not listen to them. The West Indies have just played finished a two-match series in Sri Lanka. They lost both matches badly, they enjoyed one good day, and the players, the team, are still in the same position as they were before the contest started. According to the captain, the batsmen lack good temperament and they have no patience. The truth, however, is that although the players have changed in the 20 years since Sabina Park in 1995, although the coaches have changed, although the selectors have changed, and although the board presidents have changed many times, Walcott’s words in Durban 1998 remain true to this day. The West Indies go to Australia in December, and, as usual, much is expected. It is always, according to them, unfortunate that the batsmen, who get to 10, 20, or 30, fail on a pitch that was good for batting, one on which opposing batsmen of similar or less experience score centuries, and one on which the bowlers, more times than not, always bowl well, picking up one or two wickets when the opposing bowlers reel in five or six wickets to beat the West Indies handsomely. It is also disappointing to hear, time and time again, that, but for the many dropped catches, the West Indies may have won. It is time they understand that catches are a part of cricket. It is sometimes, most times, the difference between a good team and a bad team, between victory and defeat. The West Indies cricketers, at this time, are generally poor cricketers. They are nowhere near the standard of previous West Indies cricketers, and they should know that that is so, or they should be told that it is so. Some of them got into the team by the skin of their teeth, some of them just ahead of not just another player or two, but ahead of several players. In other words, they got into the team when others could also easily have made the team. In fact, on many occasions, some got into the team when they were obviously not good enough, and never will be good enough. Instead of behaving like they are God’s gift to cricket, therefore, they should try to be West Indies cricketers. The batsmen, for example, should try and bat even for a reasonable time, they should concentrate, and as Phil Simmons encouraged them to do a few months ago, they should, for example, bat with an eye on the scoreboard, sometimes scoring a little at a time. POOR CRICKETERS BAT ACCORDING TO SKILL Walcott went on to explain that the batsmen needed to concentrate, to bat according to their skill, to bat to match the situation, and to bat for the team. “They should not, all of them, bat as if they are the best batsmen in the world, with respect for no one; as if they are all like Lara.” In South Africa, Walcott was right. Since that time, he has been right many times, and had he been alive and said it in this time, he definitely would also have been right. Test match cricketers are beyond the ordinary, or should be beyond the ordinary. The West Indies cricketers, a few of them, are beyond the ordinary. Most of them, however, are not, and it is time the West Indian fans face that fact. West Indies captains of recent vintage, the selectors, the manager, the coaches, and team’s media rep always, each time the team loses, talk about the talented batsmen and bowlers in the team. They always have some flattering words for the players. It is high time, however, that the people in charge stop making excuses for the players. CHANGE IN ATTITUDE Some 20 years ago, the West Indies’ long and distinguished reign as champions of the world came to an end, and today, they are still fighting to recover some of the lost glory – especially in Test cricket. The reason why it has taken them so long to dust themselves off is probably because they believe that are better than they really are. The late Sir Clyde Walcott said in Durban in 1998 during a Test match between the West Indies and South Africa, “The problem with the West Indies is that they believe that they are good, too good to be exact.” Walcott, a former great West Indies batsman, chief selector, manager, and president, as well as a former chairman of the International Cricket Conference, was in South Africa watching the West Indies who were about to lose the third Test match and the series 5-0. That was a tour which started with the West Indies players threatening to go on strike, and that was a West Indies team which included batsmen such as Brian Lara, Carl Hooper, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Philo Wallace, Clayton Lambert, and Stuart Williams; and bowlers like Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Franklyn Rose, and Nixon McLean. If there is no change in the attitude of the players, however; if there is no change in the selection process; if there is no change in the personality and quality of coaches to get the players to listen to them and to try and follow their instructions; and if there is no change in the quality of players coming out of the islands by their performances in the regional competition, the result will be the same – probably even worse. The players are weak, and so is the eleven selected. I do not know how to balance the team but I do know that in the present situation, a team of five specialist batsmen, with Denesh Ramdin at number six, and five specialist bowlers cannot work. When all is said and done, the players must take most of the blame for what is happening to West Indies cricket. After all, they are the ones who do the batting, bowling and fielding. They must better prepare themselves to do so.last_img read more

first_img“When I was hungry, you fed me. When I was naked, you clothed me. When I was thirsty, you gave me water to drink.” “Master,” Jesus’ disciples asked, “when did we do all these things for you?” He replied, “If you have done it for the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto me.”One part of this messianic mandate—providing safe drinking water to every Liberian village, town and district—is what Rev. Dr. Todd Phillips and his organization, The Last Well (TLW), have embarked upon. TLW’s aim: to build wells in every village, town and district throughout Liberia by 2020.Jesus’ words to His disciples about reaching out to the needy wherever we find them, is a lesson for us all. All of us who call ourselves Christians should reach out to people in need, wherever we find them, whether or not we know them. Was that not the point the Master made in his “Parable of the Good Samaritan”?That is the mission Dr. Phillips and his partners have taken upon themselves to accomplish by the year 2020. Do he and his partners know anyone in the remote towns and villages of Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Kru counties? No! Yet there they are building wells in all these places to bring safe drinking water. This campaign will substantially reduce the incidences of dysentery, malaria and typhoid that each year kills thousands of Liberian children. The placing of wells in every village, town and district will cut that out and save our children’s lives.As Vice President Joseph Boakai told The Last Well conference last Tuesday, this great project deserves the support of all of us. Each Liberian citizen and resident should do whatever he or she can to help make this mission successful. It is in our prime interest and that of future generations.In addition to providing safe drinking water, The Last Well also aims to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever they go. That, too, is one of the messianic mandates of Christ to His disciples: “Go into all the world and preach Gospel” to everyone, not with bayonets, bombs and bullets, but with love, compassion and doing good, just as The Last Well is doing and many other Christian bodies have done in our country since its founding in 1822. The Baptists, Episcopalians, Methodists, Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, Seventh Day Adventists and a host of other Christian missions have come to Liberia since the 1820s, many later, to preach and spread the Gospel. The Daily Observer publisher’s maternal uncle, Christian Lovett Porte, in the late 1940s started an unfinished book entitled, Hosts of Missions Invade Liberia. Christian never went beyond fifth grade, yet he had vast knowledge of history, literature and current events. His friends marveled at his extensive knowledge and named him KA, meaning Know All. He, too, sensed the proliferation of missions in the country.Yet until today the country is still plagued with witchcraft and ritualistic killings, and these are set to increase as next year’s elections approach. We applaud and welcome The Last Well’s initiative to bring not just safe drinking, but also living water throughout Liberia—the living water which Jesus gave to the woman He met at Jacob’s well in Samaria. She took that living water to the people in her village, exhorting them to “come see a man who told me all that I ever did!” When they returned from meeting Jesus, they told her, “We believe not because of what you told us, but because we have seen Him for ourselves and know that He is the Messiah.”We call on all Christian denominations to join Dr. Phillips, Doc Lawson and their team in bringing safe drinking water and living water to the Liberian masses, in a determined bid to saturate (flood) this beleaguered republic and eliminate not just the dryness on the people’s tongues but also the darkness in their souls. This newspaper has frequently called on the churches to intensify their evangelistic outreach to help rid the country of witchcraft and bring our people closer to God and Christ. The Last Well can definitely help us to extend this messianic mandate and extirpate (wipe out) from our country these and other demonic tendencies. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAfter a last-minute change of plea, Sophia, Georgetown resident Kwame Bourne was on Wednesday sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by Justice Navindra Singh for beating his father, Rickford Bourne to death in May 2016. The 39-year-old father of two was accused of inflicting the injuries on the 71-year-old man with a metal pipe on May 19, 2016 at ‘D’ Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown. During Wednesday’s proceedings, the prosecution closed its case and Justice Singh was set to sum up the evidence for the jury to deliberate on innocence or guilt.Kwame BourneHowever, in a twist of events, Bourne consulted with his attorney Maxwell McKay and elected to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter. Bourne when asked to address the court said he realised that “certain things happened” and noted that he will try to be a better person.Reports were that while being heavily intoxicated, Bourne allegedly struck his 71-year-old father to his head with the metal pipe after the man reportedly refused to give him money to support his smoking habit. After beating his father to the head, Bourne went to his neighbor and revealed what he had done. His sister, Aisha Bourne testified only Tuesday that after hearing about the incident, she rushed to her father’s home which is one street away from hers and saw him with wounds to his head. She told the jury that she rushed her father to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and he died four days later.The court ordered that the prison service deduct the time Rickford Bourne spent awaiting trial. Earlier Wednesday, Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh informed the court that the cause of death was brain haemorrhage as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. Police Detective Constable Corwin Osbourne had earlier testified that when the accused was taken into custody and cautioned, he admitted to the offence. “My father came home from work. He walked past me; IDeceased: Rickford Bournewas watching TV. I took out an iron pipe and I lash he,” Bourne allegedly told police. When called upon to lead a defence, the defendant opted to remain silent and the prosecution at that point was subsequently disallowed from making closing arguments as the defence observed that there would be no closing address. It was after these events that the jury was recalled early and was formally directed by the trial judge to return a guilty verdict for manslaughter. Justice Singh in considering the 20-year sentence noted that the offender never denied hitting the deceased man. He also surmised that the offender was remorseful. Tuanna Hardy led the State’s case.last_img read more

first_imgOn the wake of protest action by farmers appalled by the gargantuan hike in lease fees and other charges for land in the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary-Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA), the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic will be moving to lay a motion in Parliament to reverse the increases.Rice farmers in the project area are now being commanded to pay $15,000 per acre, a major increase from $3500 just last year for land rent and drainage and irrigation charges. Cattle and other crop farmers are now forced to pay $3900, a more than 100 per cent increase from the previous fee.The Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA) and the Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) Administration have indicated their solidarity with the farmers and condemned the more than 600 per cent increase. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, during his recent press conference, also condemned the increases imposed on the farming population. He pointed out that farming is the main economic activity in the Region and was at a loss to understand why Government would want to put additional burdens on a segment of the population that has no alternative for earning a livelihood other than depending on agriculture.On Tuesday, farmers protested outside the MMA/ADA office in Region Five. The more than 100 protesters held placards expressing their disapproval over the unilateral way the decision was made.The representative body highlighted the fact that there were no consultations with the farmers prior to imposing the new fee “draconian” structure.The MMA/ADA later reneged on a promise to meet with the RPA on the increases, prompting more outrage.“The RPA is calling on all farmers to resist this draconian increase and show solidarity with all as we join in the call for the reversal of this decision which was taken without any consultation with farmers, their association or any other stakeholders,” the RPA urged.The MMA/ADA and farmers have been at loggerheads since 2015 when Government moved to cancel the leases for several farmers. This resulted in a group of West Coast Berbice rice farmers filing a lawsuit against Government. After months of hearings, former Chief Justice Ian Chang in February 2016 quashed the cancellation of the leases in favour of the farmerslast_img read more

first_imgManchester United star Robin van Persie has rubbished claims he needs knee surgery.Reports suggested the Old Trafford giants agreed a loan move for Radamel Falcao because there were fears about the Dutchman’s fitness.But the Holland forward insists he won’t be going under the knife any time soon.He said: “I am impressed people can pick up the imagination to invent something like that. I do not know where it comes from.“I can say with my hand on my heart I won’t be in a hospital to have the operation.”Van Persie has also told former Monaco star Falcao he should not expect to walk straight into the United team.“I welcome his arrival, he makes us better,” he added in an interview with Fox Sports NL. “At a top club you should always go for the best, which also fits my philosophy.“Falcao must fight for his place, as I also have to. We must duke with Wayne Rooney and James Wilson to see who is playing.” 1 Robin van Persie in action for Manchester United against Burnley last_img read more

first_imgBut hope springs eternal, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Task Force on Jobs and the Economy is developing a recommendation that would call for a new charter reform commission to help make the city more business-friendly. What’s more, one of the task-force members, David Fleming – who led the previous charter-reform effort and the San Fernando Valley secession movement – is proposing some pretty enticing reforms. For starters, Fleming is reviving a proposal to break L.A. up into boroughs, like New York City. This idea was last proposed around the time of secession, but once the L.A. power and money machine crushed that effort, they could comfortably ignore the idea of sharing power with the people. If the city were to be divided into boroughs, the Valley and other regions could at last get the attention and fair share they’ve been denied under the downtown-dominated system of today. Fleming also hints that with boroughs could come the breakup of the Los Angeles Unified School District. “In some cities with boroughs, they each have their own school district,” he says. “I don’t see why that couldn’t work here.” IF at first you don’t succeed, try, try again? Well, maybe. Perseverance may be a virtue, but so is having the good sense to know when to quit. Should we just quit trying to reform Los Angeles City Hall by taking baby steps? By all measures, the seven-year-old charter reform in the city of Los Angeles has failed. We were promised local control, but instead got impotent neighborhood councils. We were promised an end to the City Council’s fiefdom-like control of local development, but got more of the same. We were promised a responsive bureaucracy that didn’t require council prodding to do its work, and got no such thing. Now there’s an idea worth pursuing! Let the arrogant puppet masters be forewarned: We won’t be fooled again.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgThe dead squirrel found yesterday. Pic by Bren Whelan.Calls have been made to protect a colony of endangered red squirrels at an Inishowen beauty spot.It follows the discovery of a dead squirrel at Lis Na Gra woods in Muff yesterday.The red squirrels are now thriving in the woods.However locals believe signs must be erected in the area asking traffic to slow down. It is understood this particular squirrel was hit by a fast-moving truck.However local nature watchers also fear that people may be bringing dogs into the area to allow the animals to chase the squirrels for sport.The squirrels have become a popular attraction in the woods and many people are feeding the tiny creatures.However, this too has brought another element of danger. Some of the squirrels have become more tame and this may leave them vulnerable to predators.“We needs signs erected to ask people to look after the squirrels but also traffic signs or control ramps to stop people speeding.“This has become a popular area for families coming to see the ‘reds’ but they need to be safe while walking on the roads,” said one nature watcher.A happy halloween squirrel!FEARS OVER ROAD THREATS TO DONEGAL’S ENDANGERED SQUIRRELS was last modified: October 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalmuffRed Squirrelstrafficwoodslast_img read more

first_imgVisitors from five European countries are touring Donegal this week as part of a story writing and sharing project.The Craoibhín Community Enterprise Centre Termon are taking part in the Storysavers Project, an EU funded activity through Léargas.The visitors will learn about the beauty and history of Donegal through trips, exhibitions and storytelling sessions. The itinerary is packed with visits to Glenveagh National Park, Downings, Dunfanaghy, Joe Brennan at the library and a storytelling session in The Thatched Cottage Kilmacrennan.The visitors are from Norway, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Wales, and France.Staff from Craoibhin are gathering tales from the local area and producing an e-book. They have spent days with historians, senior citizens and school students to collect stories.Within the last year, Craoibhin staff have travelled to Norway, Greece and Czech Republic as they compile their Storysavers book. EUROPEAN GUESTS VISIT DONEGAL ON TALE TELLING TRIP was last modified: September 19th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:storysaversTermonlast_img read more