Quique Setién appeared at a press conference to answer questions about the current situation of Barcelona, focused on Thursday’s Leganes Cup match, at Camp Nou, the transfer market and the latest results and team image. – Can patience be key to Leganés?-Evidently, controlling the game is important. Our goal is to control the game. Avoid kickbacks. We understand that we will take the initiative a large part of the game, but we must control the options that the opponent has and minimize them. It will not be easy. They don’t have much to lose, they will play quietly. It is an important match.– Do you have the feeling that the emotional stability of the team is at stake this Thursday?-I can clarify that my emotional state and stability remains the same. It was a painful defeat that of Valencia because all defeats are going to be painful. And even if we win, you always have to improve. But emotionally we are stable.– What perspective do you have to end up signing a nine?-I’m delighted with what we have. We will not deny that it would be interesting for a player to come. But I always count on what I have and what comes, welcome will be.-Why does Carles Pérez have no place in his team, his departure is sporty or economical?– It is a shared decision and what I have spoken with the boy has been clear. I don’t usually talk about private conversations. I give my opinion and this is what it is.-Can there be two cheating games of Leganés and Levante?-Football always makes unexpected dribbles and this is always an option. That the expectations you believe are not as positive as you expect. Our goal is to improve and that everything we raise on the board is the pitch. We are clear about the path and the arguments. There are things we would like to see now and it is not easy to see. It is still early for it to be seen.-You said after the defeat that you didn’t know if they hadn’t understood you or if they explained themselves well. Have you talked to the players?-I think you clearly understand what I said. We carry six workouts. There are things that it is impossible for us to see on the pitch. We try to have good communication, but sometimes it is not easy to reach, understand people. It’s like a kid who is going to take an exam, you have to teach him how they did it to me. It is normal.– Is he being unfair to you?-I tell you really. I don’t usually wear out what they say right or wrong about me. I am clear about what I have to worry about. I don’t read or hear almost anything. I focus on what I have to focus on. And this is centered with the costumes. That is where I am. Then you do your job and I respect it, but I focus on what I have to focus on – Are you finding it harder to enjoy and reach the players?-It is getting easier than I thought. Yesterday we did a spectacular training. But you can always improve-If Barça does not sign, do you see the team competing for all the objectives?-I come from the mud and I have got used to working with what I have. If something comes, welcome be. But this club is ready to compete in everything.-Have you been able to talk to Bartomeu, what has he transmitted to you?– It is true that I have spoken with him. He has given me confidence, to give me time. It is a club with a dimension that I do not reach. In fact, I still don’t know people who are around to give me things by name. Bartomeu has told me to be calm and handle myself according to my convictions. But it gives me confidence.-What profile has to have the striker who comes to Barça?-I’m not going to get into these things or talk about them, they are internal. I am not the person to comment on this.-Do you think about the possibility of giving rest to the important ones this Thursday?It is possible that there is some change but we will not give clues to the rival. But I have not decided either.– The club advised to him that it would be good that Carles Pérez left if it did not have continuity in the first equipment?-Repeat. It is a conversation. I have talked to the club and the boy. You know what I have said, my opinion. And so does the club. And this has been decided.-How have you seen Arthur’s first game, it’s not yet ninety minutes?-The other day he played from the start and I think he had 55 minutes and did many things well. He lacks a bit of rhythm and will get better as he feels well. He is a magnificent player.Can you guarantee that nobody else will come out?-I can’t guarantee anything. These are decisions made by the club and are the best decisions for everyone. Nobody leaves if they don’t want to leave.Have you talked to Arturo Vidal?Nerd. I usually talk to the players but in this case I didn’t even know about their exit options.-Are you focused on the short or long term?– Having more time without the pressure of the results would be better. But we understand the difficulties of getting points while introducing concepts to see what you want. We know that there are urgent needs in a club like this and we are getting a lot of information for the players. There is a lot, a lot of work to do. But the intelligence of these players also helps a lot.-How much are you worried that the field factor is not so decisive?I never go quiet to the matches although it can be considered that there is a tendency that everything is easy. Leganés has complicated the lives of many teams. The Leganés is doing things quite well and is a team that what he does, he does very well He has improved and has another dynamism in relation to what he did two months ago. And it can give you a dislike. This will not be easy and I will try to explain it to the players.
Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ross displeased after Miranda says groin kick ‘part of game’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJaja Santiago’s volleyball resume is already worth of anyone’s envy.The 22-year-old middle blocker has won the Rookie of the Year, Best Attacker, and several Most Valuable Player plums while playing in the club level.ADVERTISEMENT And although Santiago won four titles with NU in the offseason tournaments, and two in the club leagues, the closest she got to the UAAP trophy was in her first two years when the Lady Bulldogs reached the Final Four.“Now that this is my last year I won’t allow myself to not get that title,” said Santiago. “And I won’t forgive myself if I will graduate without having led the team to the title.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Santiago has also become a key figure for the Philippines in the international level having competed in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, Southeast Asian Games, and the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship.Of all those accolades, however, Santiago still needs one more piece in her stacked trophy cabinet—the UAAP title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd as she enters her final collegiate year, Santiago said only the championship will complete her Lady Bulldog career.“Of course that’s the one thing I’ve been searching for since I was a rookie, in the four years that have past I never got that,” said Santiago of the title in Filipino. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
To eradicate the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from Liberia, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has turned over an ambulance and a consignment of assorted materials to the Ministry of Health Ebola Task Force and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), respectively. At an official ceremony, UNDP Country Director Kamil Kamaluddeen said, the donation is part of UNDP’s continuous support to the Government of Liberia in the Ebola fight. He said the vehicle is to serve Sinoe County, as UNDP steps up its support to counties’ response to combat EVD, while the consignment of assorted supplies to the BIN, is intended to strengthen its cross border security in the fight against the Ebola Virus. “UNDP remains committed to provide adequate support to the security sector in playing a vibrant and optimal role in the fight against Ebola, by enhancing its capacity,” said UNDP Country Director. The consignment of assorted materials to the BIN included 10 desktop computers, 10 printers, 30 cartons of A4 sheets, assorted radio communication equipment and accessories and 60 pieces of temperature testers. The package is valued at over US$59,000.00. Responding, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services and Chairman of the Ebola Incident Management System (IMS), Tolbert Nyenswah, said UNDP has been supportive to the government’s recovery process through various initiatives and programs over the years. He said the UN Agency has also been more instrumental in supporting community- based activities across Liberia in the fight against Ebola. The donation of the vehicle will help enhance government’s capacity to deal with the outbreak in the Southeastern part of the country, he said. “We are serving all the counties. Right now, we have thirteen ambulances in Montserrado County; we sent some to Grand Bassa, we’ve served the Southeastern Region and we need to move vigorously in that area and Sinoe has a much greater need,” Minister Nyenswah said. Although there are fewer cases being reported in Sinoe County, it is important to ensure that those cases are contained. For his part, the head of the Immigration Bureau, Counselor Lemuel Reeves, described UNDP as a strong partner to the security sector reform in the country. Cllr. Reeves spoke of the enormous challenges being experienced by the justice and the security sector, and the level of support provided by UNDP to help reduce the constraints. “We take this time to say a big “Thank you” to UNDP and assure them that these supplies will be used in aiding the BIN to live up to its statutory mandate,” he added. As part of the Government of Liberia’s response to fighting the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), UNDP provided support with an initial amount of US$148,080.00, mobilized through the Crisis Prevention window. The overall objective of the support was to improve the response capacity of the Government of Liberia to the epidemic through strengthening EVD coordination, contact tracing, sensitization and surveillance in the most affected counties mainly Lofa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– Jordan dubs money “balance of payment” supportA $35 million-million-dollar Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the World Bank on Friday, with Finance Minister Winston Jordan dubbing the money as “Balance of Payments” support.The signing was done at the Finance Ministry, under the eyes of incumbent World Bank Country Officer Pierre Nadji. The money had first been announced in June, intended to go towards strengthening the financial sector. According to Jordan, the money was fast tracked.“Today’s (Friday’s) simple ceremony is to sign the development credit that has been extended us by the World Bank for approximately US$35 million in support of the emerging oil and gas sector,” Jordan stated. “I would like to thank the World Bank, and Mr. Nadji in particular, as our country manager for fast tracking this facility.”“The World Bank has made available roughly US$90 million for us over the next two to three years; all of this is coming from the IDA (International Development Association) resources, which is the soft window of the bank, and this roughlyFinance Minister Winston Jordan displays the MoU alongside Senior Country Manager Pierre NadjiUS$35 million is part of that facility,” he said.Jordan noted that a second tranche to go specifically towards the oil and gas sector is being worked out. He referred to the US$35 million as balance of payments’ support.Since the money was announced, some persons have linked the recent financial legislation passed in the house to the loan. And in response, Nadji congratulated Government on passing these bills.“We commend the Government and our team for the joint effort in partnership. We prepared this loan in a record time, (it) will support the budget of the Government, help stabilising the financial sector, and prepare the grounds for some physical management. The operation is about $35 million; it’s the first of a series of two which we hope to be able to do within the coming year.”“I must also say the latest legislative act that was passed was passed right at the time for this agreement; and really, this was a significant effort on the part of the Government. So we’re pleased, and (are) looking forward to continuing doing more of these, and help the Guyanese people address the many challenges,” Nadji related.BoPBalance of Payments is statistical data on a country’s fiscal transactions, including imports and exports. To record a deficit, a country would have had to spend more on imports, among other things, that it derived from exports.Data from the Finance Ministry has shown that there is a deficit in balance of payments. In fact, Guyana’s overall Balance of Payments deficit has skyrocketed to US$94 million, compared to US$8.8 million for the corresponding period last year, this represents a telling indicator of Guyana’s economic situation.The recently released Bank of Guyana (BoG) Quarterly Report and Statistical Bulletin, from which the above figures are culled, attributes this Balance of Payments deficit to an expanding current account deficit and to higher fuel prices.“This was primarily due to an expansion of the Current Account deficit, despite a surplus on the Capital Account. The deficit on the Current Account resulted from a higher merchandise trade deficit due to higher imports, primarily fuel,” the report states.According to the report, Guyana’s overall Balance of Payments situation in the 2017 fiscal year showed a deficit of US$69.5 million. This is a hike when compared to US$53.3 million of the previous year. And a breakdown of the figures shows stunning disparities.On the one hand, the Current Account shows a deficit of US$287.4 million for the year 2017. But in the previous fiscal year, the report notes, this was just US$12.4 million. The report admits that this is because of a negative balance on the merchandise trade account.“The further weakening was due to the negative balance on the Merchandise Trade Account. Merchandise exports were slightly lower than projected, mainly on account of lower export earnings of gold and other exports in the last two months of the year,” the report states.
Executive Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Zulfikar Mustapha, is making his final bid to rescind President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Election Commission (GECOM), by challenging the Appellate Court’s decision at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).In documents seen by Guyana Times on Wednesday, Attorney Anil Nandlall, who represents Mustapha, filed leave to appeal the October 19, 2018 decision of acting Chancellor Madam Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards and fellow Appellate Court Justices Dawn Gregory and Justice Rishi Persaud that effectively declared Patterson’s appointment constitutional. Nandlall is alsoAttorney-at-LawAnil Nandlallpetitioning the Trinidadian-based court to grant an order that security for costs be fixed in a “reasonable sum” in addition to further orders and/or directions that the court may find “just and appropriate”. The Attorney General is listed as the respondent in the matter.In Mustapha’s sworn affidavit, seen by this newspaper, he stated that he intends to appeal the said decision of the Court of Appeal to the Caribbean Court of Justice, having observed that the Appellate Court “incorrectly construed, misconstrued, incorrectly applied and misapplied Article 161 of the Constitution of Guyana and failed to redress the breach of the said Constitution by the State”.He said the issues which have arisen in the case are of great general, public and constitutional importance, as “free and fair elections are the foundation of democracy, good governance, and the rule of law”.“Guyana has an undisputed and universally recognised history of fraudulent elections presided over and administered by successive Elections Commissions chaired by two former Chief Justices of Guyana who were unilaterally appointed byPPP Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustaphathe then Head of Government/State,” he noted.Local rulingThe applicant’s CCJ bid follows the rulings of local courts. The Appellate Court’s ruling was handed down unanimously on Thursday last while acting Chief Justice Roxane George’s similar ruling was announced on June 8, 2018. Mustapha had filed his case one year ago (October 23, 2017) but the Appellate Judges agreed with Justice George that Justice Patterson’s appointment was not unconstitutional, saying the President was empowered to appoint a Judge, retired Judge or someone with the qualifications if he judged the Opposition Leader’s list unacceptable.The Opposition Leader had sent three lists of six nominees which totalled 18 but all three were rejected by the Head of State, who observed that they were unacceptable. Justice Gregory in her decision observed that the manner in which the three lists were submitted did not achieve consensus. She pointed out that providing the President with lists to choose nominees was not reasonable nor was this in keeping with what the framers of Guyana’s Constitution intended.Justice Persaud determined that any move towards unilateralism was whollyGECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Pattersonunacceptable and that it could lead to abuse and would not be motivated by good faith. He however outlined last week that there was nothing to suggest that the President acted “unconstitutionally, illegally or unreasonably in appointing the retired Judge.“The appointment of a former Judge results itself in impartiality and fairness and can only lead to establishing the intended balance prescribed for as a whole,” Justice Persaud had observed.Chancellor Cummings-Edwards had declared that Mustapha’s case had no bearing in affecting the elections process as the challenge to Justice Patterson’s appointment was filed well before the date before LGE was proclaimed.The most senior Judge had however outlined that once the President found the list, in what the framers of the Constitution opined as “not acceptable”, he could select a Judge, retired Judge or one that holds the relevant qualifications. Justice Cummings-Edwards in fact held the view that this decision was in keeping with thePresident David Grangerproviso to Article 161(2) of the Constitution declaring that Justice George’s High Court decision upholding the appointment was correct. She had observed too that the retired Judge was qualified to serve in the Chairman’s post, having served in the Commonwealth, with Guyana being included in this category.
By Rupa SeenaraineThe passion for art was alive on Thursday as thriving local artists showcased their creative pieced on Main Street, Georgetown, during an art exhibition.Over the past two days, the avenue was buzzing with people who stopped to admire the intricate pieces. Others who were mesmerised by the level of talent event purchased some of the intricate and unique pieces to add to their personal collections.The initiative was organised by the Social Cohesion Ministry as part of the Republic Day celebrations and saw persons from every walk of life.Some of the exhibitors stood patiently in their booths as they awaited the sight of a potential buyer who might be interested in what they had to offer. Others, however, were just eager to tell passersby of their collection, how they would have created the artwork and the amount of time and energy that was poured into perfecting the pieces from every angle.Costume jewellery on display during the Main Street expoDolls and basket craftThis couple displays their handmade baskets and craft at the expoSome of the works on display were made primarily of fabric, wood, paper and recyclable materials. The more complex pieces varied from scented candles, handmade dolls, herbal products and carvings.Speaking with Guyana Times during the expo, newcomer artist Celina Constantine stated that she recently graduated from the ER Burrowes School of Art and thought it would be interesting to enter the exhibition and promote her work.At that time, most of her paintings were sold out with just a few remaining, which attracted the attention of many. At the end of the day, she said she hoped to receive continuous support from people to promote her art.“I’m just here to promote my work. The response has been good so far. I sold a lot of my paintings yesterday and only these that are with me I have remaining,” the 20-year-old said.Meanwhile, the Mahaica Women’s Group was represented by its Chairman, Debbie Argyle who explained that her organisation caters for women who are seeking to earn a livelihood while creating quality products. On display were vanilla, blue daisy, citronella, jasmine, pumpkin spice, peppermint and lime scented candles.“It has been very satisfactory in boosting our business. We enjoy it. We are known for our candles but you can find decorated bottles and other craft. Some of the candles have three scents so you have chocolate spice, cherry and a variety of others,” Argyle explained.Meera Sookdeo of Meera’s Creative Craft Designs told this publication that she specialises in dolls, baskets and other embroidered fabrics which can be customised to suit. But her biggest seller happened to be earrings which modelled the Guyana flag.“I specialise in dolls, baskets, earrings and a variety of other stuff which is made of canvas and wool mostly. The stuff can be personalised with your name, any wordings or whatever it is you want in different colours.”The craftswoman says she now supplies Guyana Stores with various merchandise, after entering the craft world eight years ago.
The scene of the accident on FridayEight persons were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) on Friday morning after the minibus in which they were travelling collided with another minibus at the intersection of Norton Street and Cemetery Road, Georgetown.According to eyewitness, the Route 42 minibus, BVV 6909, which was transporting Cubans and also driven by a Cuban, was proceeding along Cemetery Road but failed to stop at the intersection.The other minibus, BWW 1782, which was proceeding along Norton Street, attempted to make a turn at the intersection when the collision occurred.Upon impact, the Route 41 bus which was being driven by 49-year-old, Anthony Chester slammed into a lantern post before toppling into a nearby trench.The driver, who spoke with Guyana Times revealed that his driving experience saved the passengers from major injuries since the accident could have resulted in deaths.“While approaching Cemetery Road here, the guy came out and hit the bus and push it straight into the trench… I blowing on him and everything but he didn’t stop when I came out the bus and spoke to him, he said he don’t understand, is a Spanish man… I had to hold the steering wheel because I can’t do anything anymore,” the Route 41 minibus driver explained.The Cuban driver was taken into Police custody.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local speedskaters are headed off to Winnipeg this weekend for the Canadian Age Class Long Track Speed Skating Championship.Six speedskaters from the Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club, and two from Dawson Creek have qualified for the Championship.Even though six have qualified, one skater, Nicholas Guliov, will not be attending due to an injury.- Advertisement -Those attending from Fort St. John include:Emma North – Female 12Cheyanne Key – Female 12Sidney Bennie – Female 13Hannah North – Female 14Matthew Mitchell – Male 12Those attending from Dawson Creek include:Bryn Hallam – Female 14Dakotah Ruel – Male 15Darren Guliov, of the Elks Speed Skating Club, says this Championship will be a good experience for the skaters as the event will be held outside.Advertisement “Our kids don’t have that experience of knowing, the older ones do, but of knowing what it’s like to get down really low heading into the wind and work really hard and then you don’t have to work so hard with the wind at your back. But you’ve got to watch because you’re going to carry more speed coming into the corners, you have to be prepared for that. It’s a big meet, it’s a great meet for the younger skaters to race and compete outside.”The Canadian Age Class Long Track Speed Skating Championship is taking place this weekend, February 9 and 10, at the Oval in Sargent Park in Winnipeg.For updates on the Championship, you can visit the Speed Skating Canada website.
“When I have opportunities, I don’t want to miss them,” said the 20-year-old. “I’m not yet 100 percent but I’m training hard and I know that with time I’ll be in top shape physically.”The five-time Nigeria international, signed from Belgian outfit Charleroi in the close season, quickly displayed his pace by racing clear and slotting home the opening goal in the 19th minute.Zeki Celik deflected Andrei Girotto’s strike into his own net six minutes after the break for the first goal of Christian Gourcuff’s reign as Nantes coach, but Osimhen had the final say with a thunderous 80th-minute strike.Later on Sunday, PSG kick off their title defence at the Parc des Princes against Nimes, although the capital club will be without Neymar after admitting the Brazilian is closing in on a move away from France.Lyon had opened the season with an impressive 3-0 win at Monaco on Friday, while Andre Villas-Boas’ return to football as Marseille coach started with a 2-0 home loss to Reims on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Osimhen (L) scored both Lille goals on his debut © AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUENPARIS, France, Aug 11 – New signing Victor Osimhen marked his Ligue 1 debut with two goals as last year’s runners-up Lille kicked off their new campaign with a 2-1 victory over Nantes on Sunday.Christophe Galtier’s hosts, who finished 16 points behind champions Paris Saint-Germain last term, were indebted to Osimhen at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.