Casillas, enigmatic: “A very special day in my life is coming”

first_imgIn fact, exercising as president of the Federation is incompatible with being a professional soccer player. To do this, he must first win the elections, although he is expected to announce his decision before that. Meanwhile, next June his contract with Porto expires, so if he wants to continue, he would need to reach an agreement with his current club. In four days, the date that Casillas uses as a reference, it is a year since he suffered a heart attack that has since distanced him from the playing fields. Back then, doctors gave him a year to make the final decision for his sports career. Beyond that, the goalkeeper has already dropped on occasion that the withdrawal from the world of football as he had lived until that fateful day was about to fall. The enigmatic message from Iker Casillas. Iker Casillas has published an enigmatic tweet, which has been deleted just a few minutes later. The candidate for the elections of the Royal Spanish Football Federation wrote the following: “Week important to me personally, a very special day in my life is coming. Many memories are crowded in my head, the first one, that September 12, 1999 when I made my debut as goalkeeper of the Real Madrid first team. Four days … # 1Year ago. “last_img read more

Read More →

GECOM is supposed to be neutral

first_imgDear Editor,I read with intrepid interest, the daily newspapers of Saturday March 9, 2019, of the situation faced by GECOM which, as all Guyanese know, is tasked with holding elections particularly in relation to the position of house-to-house registration taken by a few Commissioners, and of the passing of Senior Counsel Bernard De Santos, with a heavy heart.There could be a simple solution and a rather straightforward one to the situation faced by GECOM.The Commissioners should be looking at how other election officials deal with the Guyana situation in their jurisdictions and scrutinise the local pertinent three legislations affecting its work, and make a decision concerning a specific date which must be reasonable, while simultaneously addressing the issue of the more than 40,000 new voters.GECOM is supposed to be neutral and make decisions based on fairness or else Guyana can be seen as undemocratic, which is truly not in Guyana’s best interest.I would, therefore, suggest viewing the decision-making processes employed of the personnel attached to decision-making of their respective countries when it came to the very important time of the calling of their national elections, and in identifying a suitable day, except any Sunday, which is always set aside as the Lord’s Day, in particular, some of the English originated countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Somalia, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Nevis and Anguilla, and Jamaica.The Charter expresses the commitment of member states to the development of free and democratic societies and the promotion of peace and prosperity to improve the lives of all peoples of the Commonwealth.The Charter also acknowledges the role of civil society in supporting the goals and values of the Commonwealth.On a personal front, I have worked with the elections commission in Canada since 1978 in various roles during all three strata of electoral elections, ie, municipal, provincial and federal, and would suggest that GECOM cater for the (expected to be at least 40,000 voters) persons who are not on the List of Electors by Special Ballot.This process would allow Guyana to avoid house-to-house registration yet cater for these aforesaid voters.For example, Canada has been using Special Ballot. It takes an additional 5 minutes for that particular voter (as such a voter is directed to a special table set up beside the Returning Officer or Deputy Returning Officer which is manned by a Special Poll Clerk who is tasked with taking particulars of the voter – ie, things like driver’s licence, utility letter showing name and address, etc) to get authenticated, and then issued a ballot. Also, a period of one week is usually set aside prior to the date of election to allow any of those desirous to vote from either stream Special Ballot or regular ballot to cast an advance vote.Whatever the route GECOM takes, I am not perturbed in any way, as I see seven excellent persons grappling with the issue of completing the elections in a reasonable speed, some being former Ministers of Government.According to our current law, which is based on a Westminster model from our former mother country, England, Guyana needs to hold an election any time after March 20, so a date must now be set by the said seven persons.In this way, whichever date is chosen whether in early July 2019, which seems to me, a reasonable one, given the current stalemate between the GECOM Commissioners, the date of the elections will be set, and thus, all candidates can then get themselves into campaigning mode officially.Guyanese are very lucky people because in some countries, several people who are responsible for holding elections either get fired immediately or dismissed shortly thereafter when they do not perform diligently at their paid job functions. If the Honourable Chief Justice Chambers, tremendously busy as those Chambers are, could have ruled in the relevant court case due to the aftermath of the NCM, within a mere 25 business days, why can’t the relevant official in his/her neutral and non-partisan capacity and tasked with the job of holding elections not do so I ask.I was under the impression that those two wonderful politicians, Amna Ally and Gail Teixeira, were supposed to have sorted out this matter by now, as the two major parties in Parliament try to find headway in our nation’s affairs. Perhaps, the seven persons dealing with this matter should consider having a tri-partite Meeting with themselves, Ally and Teixeira.Yours truly,M Shabeer Zafar,Barrister and Solicitor(Ontario)Former Berbiceattorney-at-lawlast_img read more

Read More →

34 Graduate from LEAD Teacher Training Program

first_imgA teacher training program under the auspices of Liberia Educational Action for Development, a local NGO, on Sunday, May 18, graduated 34 trainees in the various methodologies in the teaching profession.The training program is instituted by LEAD to complement government’s strive aims at revamping the education sector. The gender-based ceremony witnessed the graduation of 19 males and 15 females. A male trainee, Ballah Gobewole took the first place followed by a female, Comfort Johnson Greenfield—a second placer and the third placer, Augustine T. Fokoe, respectively.Sunday’s graduation ceremony held at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) was the 14th Commencement Convocation of the LEAD National Teacher Training Program.LEAD Executive Director, Z. Elijah Whapoe said, the entity came into existence in November 1995 at the height of the Liberian civil war with the desire of filling in the gaps left behind by trained teachers and other educationalists within the education system of the country. Since that time, the institution has trained and graduated over 1, 129 trained ‘C’ Certificate teachers.The situation, Mr. Whapoe said created and unstoppable brain-drain at the time which seriously undermined the Ministry of Education’s (MOE’s) delivery capacity in attempt to bring about quality education in the country.“Because of increased demands, along with great enthusiasm received within the needy educational sector, LEAD has been able to make immense contributions in the area of teacher education.”Accordingly, LEAD has been operating within the guidelines set by the Division of Teacher Education, Certification Accreditation at the MOE.LEAD vision is for all, especially the needy, to have access to quality education. It desires creating an enabling environment for the needy by providing teacher training and other education-related services.The major programs include In-service and Pre-service teacher training; Functional adult literacy; School construction and renovation; Updating libraries and reading rooms, and providing scholarships for the needy.In the health and sanitation services, LEAD concentrates on family life education (reproductive health education); promotion of general/personal hygiene; dissemination of HIV/AIDs related education as well as rehabilitation of war-ravished health facilities and community latrines and wells.The institution is involves with the development of parents-teachers-students associations (PTSAs); girls’ education, civic and human rights education. It further conducts vocational skill training; build community capacities; conflict management and resolution; ethnic and value building; peace-building and trauma counseling, etc. In his keynote address earlier on the topic, “Legacy of Liberia: Staggering Education with all Kinds of Teachers,” the Assistant Minister for Teacher Education at the Ministry of Education (MOE), Moses Blonkanjay Jackson, charged the graduates to come on board to strengthen the country’s education system, which Mr. Jackson claimed resembles a limping dog.“When something is staggering, it is walking unsteadily, it is crippled and it is limping like a dog that has been hit by a speeding car and trying to move. That is how the Liberian education sector appeared to be staggering at least a decade ago, and maybe still is.”According to Assistant Minister Jackson, Liberia students have a legacy of poor performance in school subjects; in the tests administered annually by the Monrovia office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC); in university entrances; on the job when they managed by hook or crook to get employ upon the completion of their school year.He said, those who called themselves college students in the country cannot “even compose a fitting letter of application; our students cannot speak good English, and so they cannot write.”Under such conditions, Assistant Minister Jackson believes that the status of education in Liberia is lopsided and staggering; it not quality; it is discouraging, and it does not meet contemporary standards.The ceremony brought together several education stakeholders, among them, chief education officers, district education officers and other international partners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Read More →

Jackie Robinson: A hero for 60 years

first_imgThey lined up, as they always do, side-by-side, arms crossed or against their sides. White players, black players, Latinos, Dominicans and Japanese. On this day they were the all same, in the scorebook and in spirit … all, No. 42. Every Dodger and nearly 200 players across baseball wore Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 Sunday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the day he broke baseball’s color barrier. “I’ve often said baseball’s most powerful moment was the coming of Jackie Robinson into baseball,” commissioner Bud Selig said at a news conference before Sunday’s Dodgers-San Diego Padres game. “It’s an incredible story, not only for baseball, but for society.” The last time baseball paid tribute to Robinson in such grand fashion was 10 years ago, when Selig officially retired his No. 42 across all of baseball in a ceremony at Shea Stadium in New York. On this day, No. 42 again served an important role as players across the country wore it on their backs as much to honor Robinson as to shine a spotlight on the alarming decline in African-American participation in baseball. Only 8.4 percent of Major League Baseball players are African-American, less than a third of what it was in the mid-1970s and half of what it was just a decade ago. “My greatest feeling and hope for this celebration is that we won’t just celebrate the past, because we do that very well and it makes us feel better, but that we will reflect on how things are going now,” said Robinson’s widow, Rachel, 84, who received the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award before the game for her work with the Jackie Robinson Foundation and in carrying on his legacy with dignity and grace. “We’ve made progress, but we have a long way to go in all areas. The celebration gives us an opportunity to come together and say where are we now and where are we headed.” Selig, who sat with Rachel Robinson most of the night and escorted her to the podium before she addressed the near sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium, didn’t disagree. “I agree with Rachel’s assessment,” he said. “There’s no question that we are a social institution and there’s no question we do have enormous social responsibilities,” Selig said. “We have work to be done. We’re a long way from where we want to be. … Somebody said we lost a generation and I think that’s true.” Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, on hand Sunday to honor Robinson, recently published a book entitled “Dropping the Ball” on the subject. He argues that the drop-off has been caused by three factors: baseball’s disconnect with the African-American community, competition from other sports like football and basketball and rising costs of developing elite baseball players. “Baseball is an every-man sport. You can be any size and still succeed in baseball,” said Winfield, the only man in history to be drafted by the NBA, the NFL and MLB. “It would’ve been difficult for me to stay on track for baseball (if he’d grown up now) because there would’ve been more barriers to entry and more hoops to jump through.” Winfield was one of several Hall of Famers on hand to honor Robinson. Frank Robinson and Hank Aaron threw out the ceremonial first pitches and Joe Morgan emceed some of the pregame festivities and announced the game for ESPN. The gospel choir from First A.M.E. church in Los Angeles performed a rousing rendition of one of Robinson’s favorite songs, “Oh Happy Day,” and Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Hudson sang the national anthem. Dodgers’ owner Jamie McCourt said that it was fitting the tribute was held in Los Angeles this time because Robinson grew up just minutes away, at a house on 121 Pepper Street in Pasadena and was the first four-sport letterman at UCLA. The team gave away posters of a charcoal drawing of Robinson stealing home drawn by Dodgers pitcher Brett Tomko to all fans in attendance. Outfielder Marlon Anderson, who is one of only two African-Americans on the Dodgers active roster, admitted that he was even a little nervous to be wearing No. 42 before Sunday’s game. “Putting it on is one thing, but I feel even more honored because I get to wear the Dodgers on the front,” he said. For Rachel Robinson, it’s hard to believe how different her life was 60 years ago. After Jackie signed with the Dodgers for $5,000 a year, they lived simply along with their 5-month-old child, Jack Jr., in a small, cramped hotel room at the McAlpin Hotel in Manhattan. “That first day, we were so anxious in the morning without acknowledging it,” she said. “You know, Jack had to have a job. … So I think what we felt at the end of the day was a great deal of relief. He performed even though he didn’t do very well.” Robinson went 0 for 4, but reached on a throwing error by Boston Braves first baseman Earl Torgeson when he tried a drag bunt. Two batters later, he scored the winning run on a double by Pete Reiser. The Associated Press story on the game waited until the second paragraph to mention Robinson’s debut. “The celebration is only good if everybody takes something from it and tries to make something better,” Morgan said. “I’ll find something and try to make it better and I hope that the people watching at home will get that same idea. Because otherwise, it’s just a celebration.” — Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3607 ramona.shelburne@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

Read More →

Penn West Announces Financial Trouble

first_imgCanadian oil and gas producer Penn West Petroleum Ltd said this morning it may be in default on its financial covenants at the end of the second quarter, raising doubts about its ability to continue as a going concern.According to Reuters, as of March 31st Penn West had long-term debt of $1.86 billion, or $1.44 billion at current exchange rates.The company said it was in talks with lenders on amending its financial covenants, which if successful would reduce the risk of default. The company said it would try to raise money by selling more assets and seeking funding from investors.- Advertisement -Similar to other oil and gas companies, the Calgary-based company is suffering from a near-60 per cent slump in oil prices since mid-2014.Penn West’s net loss narrowed to $100 million-dollar, or 20 Canadian cents per share, in the first quarter ending on March 31. That compares to a $248 million-dollar, or 49 Canadian cents per share, quarterly loss a year earlier.Total production in the quarter fell 18.9 per cent to 77,010 barrels of oil equivalent per day.Advertisement As of Friday’s close of $1.05/share, the company’s Toronto-listed shares had fallen about 59 per cent in the past year and 10.3 per cent since the start of this year.Story courtesy Reuters/Business News Network: http://www.bnn.ca/News/2016/5/16/Penn-West-raises-doubts-about-its-future.aspxlast_img read more

Read More →

Video: Chelsea star makes a mug of Arsenal transfer target

first_imgDiego Costa must fancy his chances of bagging another goal against Arsenal if Iker Casillas joins the Gunners. It has been reported that the Madrid hero could be on his way to North London, days after Costa helped see off Arsenal 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.And during a Spain training session, Chelsea striker Costa – who has scored nine Premier League goals in seven games – nipped in after Real Madrid’s Casillas committed himself, rounding the ‘keeper with ease and poking home.World Cup winner Casillas has spent his entire career in the Spanish capital, but feels a move away could see him cherish Madrid even more… and maybe regain the form that made him a legend for club and country.For Costa, who has just turned 26 – yes, really – the training ground goal was a nice gift from Casillas!Click here to see eight pictures of footballers you’d never believe are the same age, including Diego Costa.last_img read more

Read More →

DDTV: AMHRÁN NA SCADÁN – ÉAMONN GHRÁINNE MAC RUAIRÍ

first_imgSeo e Amhrán na Scadán – Éamonn Ghráinne Mac Ruairí Amhrán iomráiteach ó Oileán Thoraí. Listen to the famous fishing song from Tory Island.It might give you a lift after all the bad news this week.Click to play:  DDTV: AMHRÁN NA SCADÁN – ÉAMONN GHRÁINNE MAC RUAIRÍ was last modified: December 6th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: AMHRÁN NA SCADÁN – ÉAMONN GHRÁINNE MAC RUAIRÍlast_img read more

Read More →

LADIES GAA: NAOMH CONAILL ARE U-14 A CHAMPIONS!

first_imgNAOMH CONAILL are the under-14 county A champions after a one point victory over Fanad Gaels on Tuesday.A chuffed team spokeswoman said: “A special congratulations must go to Tiffer, Joe, Lorraine and Fiona who have guided them so brilliantly all year.“Everyone involved with the Ladies club are so proud. In the C Final there was another tight contest before Aodh Ruadh saw off Bundoran by just three points.The B Final will be contested Four Masters and Ardara after the semi-finals.U14 A Final – Tuesday 3rd JulyNaomh Conaill 6-5 Fanad Gaels 5-7U14 C Final – Tuesday 3rd JulyAodh Ruadh 4-1 Bundoran 3-2 U14 B Semi-FinalsFour Masters 3-11 Carndonagh 2-3Ardara 6-4 Milford 4-8.FIXTURESFixturesSat 7th JulyU16A Championship Round 2Tyrone v Donegal @ 1pm in DunmoyleArmagh v Monaghan @ 3pm in CrossmaglenU16B Championship Semi FinalsExtra Time if RequiredDown v Cavan @ 3pm in KilcooFermanagh v Antrim @ 3pm in Tempo LADIES GAA: NAOMH CONAILL ARE U-14 A CHAMPIONS! was last modified: July 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:aodh ruaCarndonaghfanad gaelsLADIES GAA: NAOMH CONAILL ARE U-14 A CHAMPIONS!last_img read more

Read More →

Neymar taunts opposition fans with hilarious celebration after goal for PSG

first_img Gossip Ex-Arsenal midfielder Petit launches scathing attack on Neymar Trouble Flares and chairs are thrown as PSG and Galatasaray fans clash in Paris Latest PSG News Neymar scores for PSG at Nimes……and runs straight over to the ‘Neymar is a cry baby’ banner 😭 pic.twitter.com/iNFvFNBkFi— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) September 1, 2018 1 PREDICTED Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City linked with £150m Neymar move Mourinho eyes Ibrahimovic deal, Maddison in contract talks, Neymar in hot water Neymar set PSG on their way to a 4-2 win PSG aiming to sign Liverpool man with Cavani set to move to MLS Wanted in the hat center_img Champions League knockout phase: Who is in last 16? What do other teams need? over REALLY? SNUBBED Neymar mocked Nimes’ supporters on Saturday after scoring to put PSG 1-0 up against them in Ligue 1.The Brazilian arrived at the Stade des Costieres to find a banner had been put up by the home fans which declared he was a “crybaby.” After bagging his side’s opening goal, he opted to run over to the banner and perform a mock crying gesture.He rubbed his success into the faces of the Nimes fans and PSG went on to win the game 4-2.Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe bagged for the French champions, but Mbappe was later sent off.You can watch a video of Neymar’s incident below. Champions League live reaction: Liverpool, City, Chelsea and Spurs learn fate crunch time no holding back Liverpool rule out signing 69-goal ace after Klopp makes transfer admission Chelsea star reveals why he rejected chance to join PSG Champions League Super Computer: Will Liverpool, Chelsea, City and Spurs qualify? last_img read more

Read More →

German giants reportedly leading race for Aaron Ramsey

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The Wales international was set to sign a new five-year deal until Arsenal pulled the plug at the last minute.Unai Emery identifies three midfielders to replace contract rebel Aaron Ramsey – reportsAnd according to the Daily Express, the Bundesliga giants are the favourites to land Ramsey.They also say Bayern are monitoring the midfielder’s situation and will look to open talks with him in the New Year. moving on targets Latest Transfer News The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM RANKED IN DEMAND This comes as a blow to the likes of Manchester United, who are also reportedly interested in signing the player.Ramsey, who was brought into the Emirates Stadium from Cardiff in 2008, has featured in all eleven of their Premier League games this season.He came off the bench during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Saturday. Bayern Munich are leading the race to snap up Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer, according to reports.It was confirmed that Ramsey, 27, will leave the Gunners at the end of the season after being told he would not be getting a new contract.center_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 1 REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST Ramsey has been linked with a number of clubs during the season last_img read more

Read More →