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May
14

“We have to adapt to the technicians, get their ideas”

first_img-What happened?-It was a difficult game. In the first part we were not well at the level of depth and arrival. We improved, we knew how to correct some error tactically, and when we were better they made us 1-0. We tried to continue and had good occasions. But with 2-0 it was already impossible for us, -The lack of depth is repeated since Setién arrived.-In the first part maybe yes. In the second we went deep but we did not specify. You have to adapt the players to the coaching staff to get the idea. Despite the result there are good things but we have to improve.– Is Barça missing a nine?-We have players who can play nine. That is for the coach and the technical secretariat. Those of us who are the ones who have to move this forward.-What situation are they left in?–There are not many but despite the defeat we have done a second part with chances and control. But today they send the goals. There is much League left and we will fight. Sergio Busquets He showed his face at Movistar LaLiga after the game. He tried to justify the defeat of Barça, but it was difficult.last_img read more

Jan
19

San Miguel overcomes Globalport behind Santos’ heroics

first_imgSearch on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu “Even though the players played sluggish, we were able to to come out as winners and I’m happy for them,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria as they improved to 3-1.Despite taking a 112-104 lead with 2:12 remaining in the game, the Beermen weren’t able to easily shake off the Batang Pier as the latter pounded to make it a one-possession game, 114-112, on the nine-second mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Compounding San Miguel’s situation was June Mar Fajardo’s injury.The three-time MVP is still nursing his injured right calf he sustained before the Fiba Asia Championship. View comments “I was not able to give June Mar a lot of minutes because of his injury and he wasn’t able to join practice for the past two days because he’s still recuperating,” said Austria.Still, San Miguel enjoyed a three-pronged attack with Wendell McKines doing the most damage with 35 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists.Santos added 30 points to go along eight boards and five blocks while Alex Cabagnot had 27 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.Terrence Romeo led Globalport with 26 points and six boards while Holloway added 25 points and 23 boards.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES Bench-clearing brawl erupts in La Salle, FEU pre-season game Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel bounced back and sank Globalport, 115-112, to get its third win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Beermen, who are coming off a three-week break, had to rely on late-game heroics from Arwind Santos, who made the game’s final free throw and disrupted Murphy Holloway’s potential-game tying shot.ADVERTISEMENT What’s in store for your animal sign this year Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Jan
18

Ezzat Eid vs. Grand Cape Mount: Audit Committee Set up to Investigate Claim

first_imgA five-man committee has been set up by Grand Cape Mount County to audit business documents of the Madina Rock Crushers (MRC) owned by Lebanese businessman Ezzat Eid.The audit committee is clothed with the responsibility to ascertain whether Mr. Eid has complied with rebuilding of over 30 houses allegedly damaged by his company’s rock blasts.The committee, headed by Cape Mount Senator Abel Massaley, is also mandated to review financial documents of the Madina Development Associations (MDA), the group responsible to liaise between the county and the MRC.The perusal of financial documents of the two institutions is owed to counter-claim of burden.The committee was established on Saturday, July 11, in a general meeting at the Madina Town Hall, and is expected to report on Saturday, July 17, 2014 in the same venue at 11.Members of the Committee include District # 2 Representative Mambu M. Sonii, Mr. Carsemu B. Brown, Chief of Office Staff of Senator Edward B. Dagoseh, Development Superintendent Tenneh Simpson-Kpedebah and Alex K. Balo, the chairperson of the County for the National Civil Society Council of Liberia.The committee was set up as a result of a three-day protest carried out by women and youths from the towns of Madina, Mankoh and Soh in demand for the rebuilding of over 30 houses broken down allegedly due to rock blast.The aggrieved women lamented that about 37 families are homeless while more than 12 persons are seeking medical attention at the Gbenejii Hospital.Madam Yatta Dosii, the County Chairlady told journalists that the demonstration stemmed from failed negotiation with the management of MRC.The youths under the banner, “Concerned Youths,” headed by Mohammed Dosii, have petitioned the management of MRC, cataloguing six points to be addressed to end the protest.The protest was read before a representative of the management of MRC, Arnu, Madina Commissioner Kasor Kadii, the Regional Chief Superintendent of Police in Region, Daniel B. Gotojuwee along with some officers of the Grand Cape Mount Police Detachment.Important amongst the points were the reconditioning and reconstruction of damaged houses, review of the 20-year contract between the town and the MRC, and the improvement of workers at the MRC.Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Audit Committee, Senator (Atty.) Massaley promised to tell the truth and wrong.He said the county is bigger than anybody, and everybody is responsible and important to the county.For their parts, Representative Sonii and Mrs. Kpedebah urged the women and youth to remain peaceful and await the findings.The MDA comprises nine men, and Blama A. Freeman is the president.According to reports, MRC is a US$80 million company and has signed a 20-year agreement to run from 2013 to 2033.The reports further says, MRC gives about $15,000 quarterly to MRC as royalty fees for the rock, and annual land fees of about US$35,000 as well as US$15,000 annually for scholarships.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jan
14

‘US$20M Lost to Illicit Money’

first_imgA research report released yesterday on the Liberian economy shows that an estimated US$20 million is lost annually due to illicit financial flow (IFF).According to the report author, Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD), illicit flow of money particularly in the extractive industry, has crippled the economy as “evidence by the government fight against the Ebola virus.”Presenting the report on Wednesday in Monrovia, IREDD executive director Harold M. Aidoo said corruption and bribery have been pinpointed as two of the main vices that cushion illicit financial flows (IFF) within the extractive sector. The research findings point to unsettling IFF-related cases of corruption and bribery affecting all sectors of the extractive industry.IREDD: “It has been observed that the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), the main regulator of the industry, is grossly entrenched in bribery and corruption scandals involving members of the National Legislature. NOCAL, instead of regulating the sector, is now seen as a prime lobbyist for oil companies striving to pass their concession bills. In the forestry sector, the United Nations Panel Report on Liberia revealed startling official corruption and briberies in the awarding of 63 illegal permits under the Private Use Permit (PUP) scheme introduced by government to economically empower forested communities.“For example, the Kimberling systems introduced in 2007 to combat illicit diamond trade continue to be undermined by infrastructural and technological challenges. The sub office in Lofa Bridge operates from a dilapidated container and without adequate safeguards to prevent illicit practices.”He noted that the country lacks the capacity to monitor these industries in areas like, knowing the quality of iron ore, the value on the world market, how many tons are exported, etc; adding: “these are serious issues that government must address.”According to him, government must be the one reporting these and not the companies themselves.In reaction to the report, National Bureau of Concession Chairperson Madam Ciatta Bishop disagreed with the report, noting that some of the literatures are “general assertions” that are being used to present a negative image of the state.According to her, there have been measures instituted by government to remedy many of the issues IREDD raised.Meanwhile, IREDD recommended that government invests in software that will monitor the accuracy of trade transaction prices in real time.“Strengthen statutory institutions with prosecuting power and empower them to go after IFF violators without fear or favor. Provide training and necessary logistics, equipment to all institutions in the forefront fighting IFF.Outsource monitoring and regulatory of concessions in mining concessions to reputable international organization.”The report was also corroborated by Global Witness, Save My Future and other internationally acclaimed organizations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jan
11

A sobering experience

first_imgFor Morales, Sunday’s marathon will be his 34th overall. Not bad for someone who didn’t start actively running until he was 47 years old. “I’ve always kept myself in good shape,” Morales said. “I used to ride the bike a lot, then I would run with friends, do some jogging. I said I want a T-shirt saying that I ran a 5K.” Morales started collecting T-shirts, running 5Ks and 10Ks for his company team while working at Safeway. Then he wanted more. “I wanted to get a medal, not just a T-shirt,” he said. “In 1984, I entered the Long Beach Marathon. I put my 10-speed in my pickup truck just in case. But I felt really good, finished the race, and that started me off.” MONTEREY PARK – In each marathon, the field is headed by a group known as “elite athletes.” You won’t find 70-year-old Monterey Park resident and marathon regular Ernie Morales among them, but when it comes to the L.A. Marathon, Morales is certainly part of a very elite group. Only 270 people have participated in and completed all 21 L.A. Marathons. Morales is one of them, proudly earning membership in the “Legacy Runners,” an exclusive club that dwindles in number with each passing year. “I thank my lucky stars that I’m still able to do it. It’s very meaningful to me,” said Morales, a retired father of two and grandfather of four, as he prepares for Sunday’s 22nd running of the L.A. Marathon. “It’s neat to be in that group \. We’re a lucky bunch.” Two years later, he ran the first L.A. Marathon, saying, “It felt like the Olympics to me.” He has also run marathons in Big Sur, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, New York and San Diego. In 1995 he reached his pinnacle when he participated in the 99th running of the Boston Marathon. Not just anyone can run the Boston Marathon. Runners must qualify by meeting a designated time standard. Morales qualified by running a 3:30 in the Las Vegas Marathon. That automatically earned him a berth in the 100th Boston Marathon as well. “I was very fortunate to qualify for Boston. That was really cool and very special,” said Morales, who joined the United States Army after graduating from Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. “You’re really considered a marathoner if you do Boston.” Finishing both Boston Marathons makes it more special. “I’ve finished every marathon I’ve run and I’m proud of that,” Morales said. “Sometimes I’ve had to slow down, but I’ve always made it. You have to cross the finish line. That’s the only way to get a medal.” While running has given Morales a sense of accomplishment, he feels it has been instrumental in battling a demon – alcoholism – that plagued him for many years prior to gaining his passion for running. “I got into the drinking thing, but I met a lot of supportive people, got help and got through my difficulties,” Morales said. “Running has been a big factor. I would say 95 percent of my sobriety has been brought on by running.” So how long will he keep running marathons? Morales says that with each L.A. Marathon, he keeps saying it will be his last one. When asked how many years he’s been saying that, he joked “22.” In last year’s L.A. Marathon, Morales was plagued by a shoulder injury. He struggled to the finish line, alternating walking and running, and completed the 26.2-mile course in over seven hours. His best time in the L.A. Marathon is 3:59. “I’ve run the big one \ already, so my goal now is to just go out and have fun, give high-fives to the kids along the course and keep the legacy going,” said Morales, who has run as many as four marathons in a calendar year. “I’ve met a lot of great people through the L.A. Marathon. It’s the crowds that bring you through it. If it weren’t for them I’m not sure if I’d have gone on this long,” he said. “Doing a marathon takes a lot of work, but as long as my legs hold out, I’ll keep going.” chris.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 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

Jan
3

It’s time to buy inflation protection

first_imgWhat does that mean? If there is no additional inflation between July and December, our inflation rate for the year will rise to 3.22 percent (208.3/201.8). But if the index advances only 0.2 percent a month, our inflation rate for the year will be a hefty 4.26 percent (210.4/201.8). We could, of course, have a replay of 2006. Prices could fall toward the end of this year. But the more likely event is a continuation of small monthly increases. That would give us the 4 percent inflation rate. The persistent reality of inflation is the reason I’ve advocated owning TIPS – Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities – and I Savings Bonds for many years. The Consumer Price Index is less than perfect, but the regular adjustment of principal for inflation makes TIPS a better bet for most investors than CDs and conventional interest-bearing fixed-income obligations. As I file this, Morningstar shows that the average inflation-adjusted fixed-income fund has returned 4 percent so far this year. That’s well ahead of conventional fixed-income investments. Intermediate-term government bond funds returned only 2.53 percent. This year may be the first since 1991 with a 4 percent inflation rate. After years of running just under 3 percent, a 4 percent rate will be a shock, particularly since it won’t apply to home prices. The combination of slowing wage gains, higher inflation and lower home prices could mean stagflation. Worse, the escape road we’ve enjoyed for many years, the great Home Equity Credit Freeway, may be closed for repairs. Note that we’re not talking disaster here. Also note that I didn’t pick that 4 percent figure out of a hat. I got it by taking a close look at recent Consumer Price Index numbers. At the end of July the CPI was at 208.3. It was 203.5 a year earlier. That’s a 12-month increase of 2.36 percent. But inflation abated in late 2006. Last September consumer prices fell 0.5 percent. They fell another 0.4 percent in October. They were unchanged in November. The index closed the year at 201.8. Low-expense TIPS funds such as Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities (ticker: VIPSX) and the iShares Lehman TIPS exchange-traded fund (ticker: TIP) did even better, returning 4.94 percent and 4.86percent, respectively, over the same period. If you don’t know anything about these securities, today is a good time to learn. Why? Because most of us have a fondness for inflation. If you are a middle- or upper-middle-income worker, chances are inflation has treated you well. There are two reasons for this: Debt insulated us from inflation. Many middle- and upper-middle-income workers have been able to keep their income growing slightly faster than inflation. If inflation is 3percent but you manage to hard-knuckle a 4percent raise while having 30 percent of your income committed to fixed payments on home and car loans, your actual cost of living rose by only 2.1percent (70 percent times 3percent inflation), while your income rose 4percent. Basically, playing the “I owe, I owe, it’s off to work I go” game has been a great purchasing-power protection strategy for the borrowing classes. Appreciating homes turned debt payments into higher net worth. Most of middle-income debt is secured by a home that appreciated faster than the rate of inflation. As a result, virtually every dollar spent on mortgage payments went directly to your net worth. Suppose that you own a $250,000 home financed with a $200,000 mortgage. Your annual payment of $14,389 – of which a portion is principal – is magically transmuted into increased net worth if the house appreciates at somewhat less than 5.76 percent. In much of the country that was a slam dunk. Small wonder so many of us are house addicts. Unfortunately, that lovely cycle may be coming to an end. It could be a few years. It could be way longer. That’s why we need to look for other venues of inflation protection. On the Web Recent figures for the Consumer Price Index, all urban consumers: http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/surveymost OFHEO home price index shows smallest quarterly increase since 1994: www.ofheo.gov Questions about personal finance and investments may be sent by e-mail to scott@scottburns.com or by fax to 505-424-0938.160Want 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

Jan
3

Burnley sign Everton striker Chris Long for undisclosed fee

first_imgEverton striker Chris Long has joined Burnley for an undisclosed fee.The Goodison Park academy graduate, who has had loan spells at MK Dons and Brentford in each of the last two seasons, made only one first-team appearance for the Toffees – featuring in last season’s Europa League tie against Krasnodar.The 20-year-old has signed a three-year deal with Sean Dyche’s Championship side.“I’m fresh, young and hungry to succeed and I just want to show the Burnley fans what I can do,” Long told burnleyfootballclub.com.“I’m absolutely buzzing to have officially signed and I can’t wait to get started.” 1 Chris Long last_img read more

Dec
28

Mayor stresses LAUSD takeover

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Villaraigosa said he has commitments from Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez, D-Los Angeles, and state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, to pursue any state legislation that might be needed. The mayor said he hopes to place a measure before voters in 2007 or 2008. Since taking office in July, Villaraigosa has made education reform a top priority, targeting mayoral control of the district. On Friday, Villaraigosa said he envisions a system in which he would be able to close any low-performing schools and shift students to campuses that are able to do better. Even as he pursues a district takeover, Villaraigosa said he also will be pushing to approve more charter schools to give more independence to educators and parents. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa laid out an ambitious schedule Friday for his effort to gain control of the Los Angeles Unified School District, saying he hopes to put the issue before voters as early as next year. “When I talk about the need to change schools, this is something that is personal to me,” Villaraigosa said at a City Hall news conference. “I was a high school dropout who came back to school and was not allowed to think of failure because of a teacher. “This is too important an issue to wait on. We have to act as quickly as we can.” Villaraigosa acknowledged that complicated issues remain but said he hopes to have some details soon, including the role of the 27 other cities that are part of the district. While he did not say exactly how many charter schools he would like to create, he praised the ones currently operating – particularly the Vaughn Street school in Pacoima, run by Principal Yvonne Chen. “You see what’s going on there and it’s amazing,” Villaraigosa said. “Ninety-five percent of the students come in speaking only Spanish. In 18 months, they are all fluent in English. By the 10th grade, they are studying Mandarin and Arabic. “If we dream for our kids, they succeed.” School officials and teachers union leaders have opposed the mayor’s takeover efforts, saying they agree with the need to improve schools but question whether mayoral control is the answer. School Board President Marlene Canter said she is concerned about disenfranchising residents. “I was elected as an independent reform school board member,” Canter said. “I want to work with the mayor, but he keeps using words like takeover, and these are political and power words. This is not about politics. This is about kids and teaching and learning. “It isn’t fast enough. I feel the same sense of urgency. When we are going up and moving in the right direction, we shouldn’t take an unproven risk.” Joel Jordan, special projects director for United Teachers Los Angeles, said the union also has concerns. “While we might get along with what a Mayor Villaraigosa does, I’m not so sure about who might come after him,” Jordan said. “And just like the community feels they want someone on a school board who is responsive to them, the union feels the same way. “What we’ve seen in cities where mayors take control is top-down management. We think teachers should have a say in how to educate our children.” The mayor – who said school reform is an “issue that burns in my soul” – said he hoped to win over critics. “I am a consensus builder,” Villaraigosa said. “I am not here to pick fights. But I will not be deterred.” The mayor said he decided to step up his efforts after seeing a recent poll by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, showing him with an overall approval rating of 82 percent among residents. He said the poll showed only 9 percent disapproved of his job performance. “I have a lot of political capital now and I intend to use it,” Villaraigosa said. Villaraigosa said he was encouraged this past week after meeting with other mayors at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. “Everyone I talked with encouraged me to move ahead on this,” he said. “Education is a problem facing every American city. If we are do succeed as a nation, if we are going to bring the middle class back to our cities, we need to improve the quality of our schools.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 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

Dec
25

Saints can’t get a break

first_img “I’m telling you it was a flat-out (expletive) call,” New Orleans coach Jim Haslett said in a remark that is likely to draw a fine from the NFL. He said the Saints ran the same play Atlanta had used a week earlier. “They didn’t call it last week. We were pulling the guy to the outside and you’re allowed to pull as long as you’re moving forward,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week New Orleans (2-4), embarrassed at Green Bay 52-3 a week earlier, had tied it at 31-31 when Aaron Brooks hit Devery Henderson in the back of the end zone for a 15-yard TD with under a minute left. Then the Falcons Michael Vick, bottled up most of the afternoon in his first game back from a sprained knee, completed four passes and ran for a first down that quickly moved the ball down the field. That eventually led to the penalty and the winning kick. KEY NUMBER: 18 Turnovers committed by the Saints in their four losses. SAN ANTONIO – The itinerant New Orleans Saints still can’t get a break. Todd Peterson’s 36-yard field goal won it for Atlanta in the final seconds. But only after a miss from 41 yards was negated by a holding penalty on Saints defensive end Tony Bryant, a play that had no effect on the miss. center_img MISC.: New Orleans Saints running back Antowain Smith’s two rushing touchdowns were his first since 2001 when he was with New England. 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

Dec
22

TD: Penalty Points System for fishermen “disgraceful”

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas-Cheann Comhairle has slammed the Agriculture Minister’s Penalty Points System for fishermen. He has questioned the introduction of a Statutory Instrument (SI) that will give effect to the system – despite assurances that such a system would not be implemented.Deputy Gallagher says:”As outlined in the Statutory Instrument being considered at present regardless of how a court eventually fines the fishermen the penalty points will still apply, this defies logic and is contrary to the principles of common law – whereby an individual is innocent until proven guilty and when proven innocent no penalty or sanction remain on their character, but this is not the case with the proposed penalty points being considered under Statutory Instrument by the Government at present – as it in effect would not be able to remove the penalty points once issued regardless of what a subsequent court would determine.” He says that this “is a step backwards” from Minister Creed, and branded it “disgraceful behaviour”, especially within the context of last year’s commitments to scrap the idea.“The penalty points system does not work – it’s unfair in its approach and contrary to common law and as such must be scrapped. I would strongly advise the Minister to consult with the sector and I will be raising the matter in the Dáil as was the case last year I will have the full support of my party in dealing with this matter,” concluded Pat the Cope.TD: Penalty Points System for fishermen “disgraceful” was last modified: October 25th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:fishermenPat the Copepenalty points systemlast_img read more