Quique Setién, new Barça coach for lack of official status

first_imgAs As learned, Enrique Setién Solar, Quique Setién (27-9-1958) is already the new coach of Barcelona in the absence of official status. Former coach of Lugo, Las Palmas and Betis among other teams, the Cantabrian has reached an agreement to close his signing for the club azulgrana, which will replace Ernesto Valverde. Setién was one of the first options of the sports commission and, discarded Xavi and sentenced Valverde, the possibility has gained strength during this Monday. That the Pochettino option was not popularly received was what activated the Setién route. Setién has never hidden his desire to train Barcelona (“of course I would like to train him”). Also of playing in the Barça club: “I told him that I would have given a pinky for playing with him.” Cruyffista convinced, his style of touch has to do in part with the idea that Barça sells. The actions of Setién rise like the foam at this hour, although Valverde is still the coach of Barça.last_img read more

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Jovic, after traveling to Serbia in quarantine: “I apologize if I put someone in danger”

first_imgLuka Jovic (22 years old) is news this Thursday in Spain and Serbia. The player has been designated by the country’s public authorities that he feels his, even though he was born in Bosnia, due to his behavior in the last hours. With the approval of Real Madrid on Thursday and after failing the coronavirus test, as AS said, on Friday he left on a private flight to Serbia, where he would not have obeyed government restrictions.In the midst of controversy, the Madrid forward has offered his point of view through two stories On Instagram. “Considering that the situation in the world and in our country is very difficult, as it has not been remembered for a long time, I have to express myself and encourage everyone “ Jovic begins. “First, I am very sorry that I am the main theme these days, and I am sorry that it is constantly written about me and not about the main protagonists in the fight against this crisis, which are the doctors and all those who work in healthcare, “he continues. “In Madrid my Covic-19 test was negative. So I decided to travel to Serbia, help and support our people, in addition to being close to my family, with my club’s permission, “ counted the Bosnian Serb. Notably Serbian Prime Minister Ane Brnabic has been very critical of Jovic publicly: “You have seen it all. The examples of our footballers, who come from abroad. They have millionaire contracts there. They come here, they ignore self-isolation. when we get home and that is something that our authorities have to study. “Both Brnabic and other politicians have called on the Serbs not to return to the country, but more than 45,000 people have ignored it, and investigations are underway. Nebojsa Stefanovic, Minister of the Interior, has been positioned on that line: “We have written criminal reports against some of the famous athletes. These people will respond when the court determines that the time has come for that. “ Jovic added details and was very critical: “When I arrived in Serbia, I was tested and it came out negative. I am very sorry that some people have not carried out their work professionally and have not given me specific instructions on how I should behave during my isolation. “ The footballer compared the scenario in Serbia with the Spanish argument: “In Spain it is allowed to go to buy or buy products in pharmacies, what does not happen here. I apologize to everyone if I have somehow harmed or endangered someone. I hope that together we can get through all of this. All my support, Serbia, we will all go out together. “center_img 18last_img read more

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Foster’s Fairplay: A spine-tingling gold medal win

first_imgThe undiluted brilliance coming from the Beijing World Championships has put Foster’s Fairplay in a tailspin. Does the column give a ranking as to who were the top performers on a 1-2-3 basis? Absolutely not; so many others have taken on that mundane task. The controversy is stimulating and healthy. However, it basically informs on what is already accepted, give or take some minor adjustments. Try not to blame this column as a different analytical passage is taken. It has been standard practice to highlight excellence against odds, so the way forward is already set in concrete. At the Beijing showcase of the world’s best, 100-metre hurdles World champion – baby sister Jamaica’s Danielle Williams comes out of The Queen’s School in her home country and subsequently, the Johnson C. Smith University, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Interestingly, her elder sibling, Shermaine Williams, was also in the final. Compared with the competition that encircled, the 22-year-old Danielle’s worksheet was modest – a 12.69 personal record and a 2015 best of 12.71, taking into account the plethora of global champion credentials, world leads, lifetime and season bests posted by some awesomely talented USA sprint hurdlers. There were four of them and a British lady, herself a former US athlete – all waiting and, from their status, ready to gobble up our pint-sized Danielle. Her only world-standard outing resulted in an agonising fourth place at the 2010 World Juniors in Moncton. However, as my colleague and friend Hubert Lawrence says, “That’s why they run the races”. lifetime record What was in her credit column, as she sought to do the unthinkable? Her high-school coach, Lloyd Clarke, and Lennox Graham, who leads her programme at college, were marked present, observing. Clarke was part of the staff of the elite Stephen Francis-guided MVP Track Club, while Graham was thrust into a national spot with overall responsibility for all Jamaica’s hurdlers at the big show. With 12.77 seconds to win her opening round, a lifetime record of 12.58 to repeat the feat in the semi-finals and later in the same day (the men were not subjected to this) another PB, 12.57, was all it took to mine a spine-tingling gold medal, surprising to all willing to tell the truth. Foster’s Fairplay engaged the new World champion a week after as to her sentiments, having been afforded time to reflect. She had made the trek from Kings Gate Prep to Beijing in fine style. “It is surreal. I was never a standout in this sport when I began, so I am still in disbelief that I was able to beat the best in the world for the gold medal and title,” said Danielle. What were the seeds sown back then that still continue to blossom and produce fruit? She continued: “If any seeds were sown, it was that hard work pays off and it’s not necessarily who’s the most favoured who comes out on top; it’s who’s the best on the day.” Big sister by a mere two-plus years, Shermaine, is highly lettered at the elite level for teenaged athletes. She boasts (just this columnist’s writing style as she is as humble as can be imagined) silver medals at both World Youths (2007) and World Juniors (2008), and was also a finalist at the 2005 version of the former event. How much did that influence count? “We have been competing all season long, so we have been able to push each other significantly,” explained Danielle. “We have made each other better by constantly forcing the other to always be on top of our game, as neither of us wants to lose to the other. “By competing with her at such high intensity, I feel that I was better able to handle the competition against the rest of the world. I train with one of the best hurdlers in the world. It can’t get any better than that.” She looked at Rio 2016. “I strive to make my first Olympic team, represent Jamaica to the best of my ability, and achieve whatever goals I will set for myself.” As Danielle readies herself for further glory, Foster’s Fairplay’s wishes are in keeping with her high school’s motto: Virtute et Sapientia Floreat (May she flourish in virtue and wisdom). – For feedback, email lauriefoster2012@gmail.com.last_img read more

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Despite ‘State of Emergency’: 4 Oil Blocks on Auction

first_imgThe Liberian Government has announced the sale of four additional oil blocks amidst the declaration of a State of Emergency in the country and amidst growing public outcry against the sale of any of the remaining oil blocks until a “total reform in the oil and gas sector is carried out.”According to a notice posted on the website of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), (www.nocal.com.lr), the government is ready to auction Blocks LB-6, LB-7, LB-16 and LB-17 after several failed attempts to sell them.NOCAL on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 published the big decision calling for invitations from interested companies from around the world.“The Government of Liberia,  in association with the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), is pleased to announce the opening of a Liberia Basin Bid Round scheduled for 5 August 2014.“Four undrilled offshore petroleum exploration Blocks (LB-6, LB-7, LB-16 and LB-17), which were the subject of earlier Bid Rounds, have again become available.“The due date for the bids is 31 October 2014. Information about the data available for viewing may be found by clicking on the “Data Available”. On-line data will be available from 7 August 2014 and may be accessed as provided in clause 5.2 of the Bid Invitation Letter. Virtual and physical data rooms will be available to pre-qualified bidders from 11 August 2014.“Also during this period, Road shows will be held as provided in clause 4 of the Bid Invitation Letter. Please register your interest by submitting the on-line form for further details,” NOCAL said in its notice.The bid notice is under the direct supervision of Madam Althea E. Sherman, General Counsel/Chief Operating Officer of the oil company.Interestingly, NOCAL’s pronouncement followed President Johnson Sirleaf’s declaration of a “State of Emergency” on August 6, 2014 to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the country. The state of emergency declaration, political commentators believed, was intended to silence protests and anger from the public over the handling of the Ebola crisis so far.The National Legislature, in association with NOCAL,  agreed and announced that government cease to and decline from negotiating any new oil blocks until the necessary reforms are instituted to protect and guard Liberia’s emerging economic powerhouse.Recently, a group of citizens under the banner “Concerned Citizens” staged a protest at the Capitol Building, calling on the Legislature to stick to its  previous commitment, announcing that there have recently been a series of discussions toward selling additional oil blocks.In that protest, the concerned Liberians also stated that over “US$30 million has been allotted to the Legislature as kickback, [so that] they (Legislature) [can] ratify agreements.”Asked about the legitimacy of the group’s allegation, House Speaker J. Alex Tyler declined to comment after a recent meeting between NOCAL and the Legislature was convened and concluded in the Joint Chamber of the Legislature .To date, several reforms embarked upon by government, including an up-to-date National Oil and Gas Policy and the inclusion of gas in the new oil law, are yet to be concluded.In the wake of a “State of Emergency”, political commentators are wondering which legitimate and people-centered negotiations can take place when citizens are banned from expressing their disagreements in so many different ways.Meanwhile, NOCAL announced that it will be holding three events at three separate locations — Lagos, Nigeria pn August 27; London, UK on August 19; and Houston, U.S. on August 21, in connection with these new oil deals.NOCAL’s public relations officers could not be reached to explain why the new blocks have gone on sale in the absence of the promised reforms.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Kwakwani launches Women’s Group

first_imgApproximately forty women in Kwa-kwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) are on a path of self-empowerment following the establishment of a Women’s Group in the community.The women proudly launched their group with several pieces of beautiful handmade craft on display.Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe who has direct responsibility of women attended the launch and praised the women who possess remarkable talent.The Minister, in encouraging the women noted that “it is always good to add more to our household because we always want to see our children look good, feel good because naturally we are women and we are the foundation of any home”.She added that a fundamental aspect of growing as a group is that “you should bond with each other, look out for each other and support each other. I know you can do it”.Minister Garrido-Lowe told the gathering that eighty per cent of the farmers who supply the factory with organic tomatoes are women, and that the number continues to grow annually. Similarly, Minister Garrido-Lowe said the womenfolk of Kwakwani can follow suit and not only encourage other women to participate but also the youth and men as well.The women have already signalled their intentions of ensuring the Group remains productive and have since produced beautifully woven, knitted, crochet and embroidered towels, chair covers and pillowcases among other handmade items which will be available to local and regional markets.Minister Garrido-Lowe also assured the group that Government will support their efforts to ensure the longevity of their business venture.Residents of Kwakwani depend heavily on bauxite mining, logging and cattle rearing as their main economic activities, and with the women now establishing what will be a lucrative craft producing industry, additional revenue will be in circulation.The Minister said the Government remains committed to the people in bringing the “Good Life” to all since, in the past, villages could not have realised such economic and social empowerment as they remained stagnant economically and socially.“What I saw was, the previous Administration gave villages a tractor, an ATV, and every year they get one million dollars or so to do a community project but their lives remained the same. Villages were getting no upliftment, their standard of living remained stagnant, they couldn’t think of their future because they never had the opportunity to do so. This wasn’t a guarantee for development of self, of young people and of community. And not because you are far, the Government has committed to meeting you no matter where you are, so all across the country we have been trying to do that,” the Minister assured.Kwakwani, she said, will continue to receive Government’s support and once proceeds from the oil and gas sector begin, residents will receive further benefits.last_img read more

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Fort St. John RCMP warn about charity scams

first_imgFort St. John RCMP warn against local charity scams.On December 4, 2009, Fort St John RCMP received a report of an individual calling a local business and asking for charitable donations. The caller did not leave a name in–regards to who was requesting the donation and the telephone number left does not appear to have been correct.In this incident there was no apparent crime committed and may have been a simple a miscommunication.- Advertisement -During the holiday season there can be a higher than normal request for charitable donations. The Fort St John RCMP would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to be aware of persons posing as a representative from a cause or charity.Please ensure your donations are going towards a reputable, known charity or cause. Persons with a valid donation request will provide you with a valid contact name, supporting telephone number or return business address and tax return.Fort St John RCMP remind anyone with information on a crime to contact them at 250 787 8140. Advertisementlast_img read more

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“MoPH under Jesus” outrage

first_img…Norton raps agency for violating secular principleIn light of a social media post by the Public Health Ministry on Friday morning, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton stated that the post was “inappropriate” and it goes against the promotion of unity.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George NortonOn its Facebook page, the Ministry of Public Health made a post captioned “Declarations for 2020” under which it states “We make the following Declarations on the Basis of the Word of God”.The post also states “We declare the Lordship of Jesus Christ over the health sector…”As soon as the post was made public, persons and organisations were quick to condemn the message, reminding that Guyana is a secular State.One person commented: “This is an embarrassment. Total disrespect for persons who follow another religious belief or none at all”.When contacted early Friday morning by Guyana Times, Dr Norton said he was unaware of the incident.Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceHowever, when asked if it is appropriate for a Government agency to make such a post, he replied: “certainly not…because we’re a secular State, there is no doubt about it”.A secular State is or purports to be officially neutral in matters of religion, supporting neither religion nor irreligion.Dr Norton, who previously served as Public Health Minister, suggested that the post might have been an “oversight”.The post, despite the public backlash, was not removed after more than an hour after being uploaded. It was eventually taken down.Moreover, another person noted, “Not only is this post terribly inappropriate, it is offensive and bigoted and clearly demonstrates that the MoPH obviously lacks appreciation of the secularism of state agencies guaranteed by the Constitution and is a flagrant slap in the face of all peoples in our multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society of Guyana!”“This set of declarations are bias. It reflects a poor representation of our motto ‘One People, One Nation, One Destiny’. The Minister continues to demonstrate a mediocre character. It is riddled with cognitive biases, poor responsiveness, and lacks ethical standards. It demonstrates the lack of empathy and inclusion – in a historically diverse country. We are a vulnerable people, in Guyana, and this weakens our nation-state – internally and internationally. This minister lacks any leadership skills!” another person posited.Meanwhile, The Guyana Independent Voices started a petition, demanding that the President of Guyana distance himself from this statement and that the subject minister issues an immediate, public and unreserved apology to the Guyanese people.A statement from the group further stated that not only is the Ministry’s statement insensitive and backward, but it is also insightful and propagates race and hate at an ominous time in Guyana’s history.The group reminded the public of Article 1 of the Guyana Constitution which reads, inter alia, “Guyana is an indivisible, secular, democratic sovereign state…”In addition, social media users are calling on the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) to intervene. Efforts to contact the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the constitutional body on Friday proved futile.last_img read more

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Del Rio T&F finals have new home

first_img2:30 p.m. The Del Rio League track and field finals, which have been held at Whittier College the past three years, have moved to Downey High School’s new all-weather facility. The prelims are scheduled Tuesday and the finals will be held next Thursday, beginning at 3 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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Weather alert warning of hail, lightning strikes issued for South Peace

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A weather alert is advising that a strong low pressure centre is crossing the central interior and moving toward the BC Peace River this afternoon and evening.Environment Canada says strong wind gusts can be expected as well as other convective activity such as lightning strikes and hail as this system passes through.The Alert says confidence is low on where the impacts will be felt, so warnings will be sent with little advance notice if they are needed.- Advertisement -The threat will pass by this evening in the Cariboo and Prince George, and for eastern B.C. overnight.last_img read more

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Rainfall numbers updated from BC Storm

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada added another 2.6 mm of rain yesterday to its shocking local area posts for the past 3 days, leaving the 3 day North Peace Regional airport weather station total, at 58.4 mm, with 85 percent of it, the 49.6 mm amount, on Wednesday.Again we note however, it was the South Peace that got the brunt of the downpour, and Environment Canada now has the 3 day post for Dawson Creek at 110.6 mm, with Chetwynd even higher than that at unofficially, 133.8 mm.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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