“There are always speculations but honestly my idea is very clear, the only option that interests me is to continue in Barcelona, I am very safe and calm. I feel very good here and I also thank the club and the coaching staff for their trust. That is another reason more to be totally clear that my only desire is to continue.The supposed interest of big clubs is always a compliment to anyone and a positive sign, but my mind is only on playing here for many years. During the past few weeks, Arthur Melo has been the subject of many rumors of a possible transfer. However, the Brazilian soccer player’s idea of Barcelona is to stay in the Catalan club for as long as possible, and that is why He has issued a statement explaining that although he is flattered to arouse the interest of other teams, he does not think of leaving Barcelona. Barça is where I have always wanted to be and I want to be a Catalan player for a long time, above all other questions. Every day I feel more comfortable and well here, in the team, in the club and in the city. I also love both the people and the culture here and I have a lot of support from the fans.I am 100% focused on working and that we return to play when possible because I really want to continue growing here and fight for more blaugrana titles. “ During the last weeks there has been speculation about the possibility that he will leave to play in Serie A and although Inter Milan’s option was not long ruled out, there was still talk of Juventus’ interest. However, the Italian club does not now have enough liquidity to undertake such an operation, at least not without parting with one of its figures as a currency. The only way that seems possible is the exchange with the Serbian midfielder Miralem Pjanic, Although considering that Arthur’s will is to succeed in Barcelona, it does not seem possible that Barcelona and Juventus are going to close the deal. 8
THERE were brilliant performances on and off the track at Saturday’s historical Wint/McKenley Classic at Calabar High School.It was a great job by the organising committee as the entire meet was first class. Entering the environs of the Red Hills Road institution brought memories of the Penn Relays. The large crowd was in a carnival mood.The performances by home team Calabar High boys as well as Hydel High girls, brought great satisfaction for the large number of fans who turned out to be a part of history.Home boy Aykeem Francis became the first Calabar athlete to be crowned champion on the new synthetic track.Francis was a cut above his peers in the Open 400 metres hurdles, as he raced to a season and personal best 53.10 seconds to win.Andre Pickersgill of Cameron Blazers Track Club was second in 54.55 seconds, with Francis’ teammate, Damion Dixon, third in 55.94.Francis returned to close a double by taking the Class One 400 metres in 49.12.St Jago High’s Lerone Clarke was second overall in 49.34 seconds, with Calabar’s Avraldo Hoggart third with 59.60.World Youth 400m champion Christopher Taylor teased his many home supporters in the Class Two 400m.He shut it down in the last 100m, but was still able to clock 46.99 seconds, which was good enough for top spot.Brandon Heath clocked 49.65 seconds for second overall. Vere’s Romane Lindo was third best with 50.36.It was truly a Calabar show as Dejour Russell, Orville Dixon, Tyrone Bryan and Warren Barrett Jr had good wins.Russell, who won the Class Two boys’ 110m hurdles at Champs a year ago, started his season campaign in fine style, taking the event in 13.78.It was a clean sweep for the home team. Orlando Bennett (14.28) and Michael Stephens (14.39) seconds finished second and third, respectively.Dixon captured the Class One boys’ 1500m in 4:05.20, ahead of St Jago’s Thaleeito Green in 4:06.31.Brown won the Class One 110m hurdles in 14.44 seconds.EXCELLENT FORMBarrett continued his excellent form this season with double victory in the throws. He took the Class One discus throw with 51.14m and the shot put with a heave of 18.89m.Despite their coach playing down their chances of finishing in the top three at Champs this year, Hydel totally dominated the female section.In the girl’s 400m Class One, it was joint first place for Semoy Hemmings and Taquece Duggan, who both clocked 55.18 seconds.The Ferry-based team swept all 400m events. In Class Two, Abigail Brooks won in 58.64 seconds, while in Class Three, it was Jada Martin in 57.25 seconds.Hydel girls also had good results in the hurdles.Class Four athlete, Gabrielle Matthews, became the fastest girl in the age group so far this season in the 70m hurdles, winning in 10.99 seconds.In the Class Three 80m hurdles, it was Donna Ray Lee in 12.09 seconds, while in the Class One 100 hurdles, Trishauna Hemmings won in 14.68 seconds. Jada Campbell was best in Class Two, with 14.84 seconds.
Creamline just received a massive blow to its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference after star setter Jia Morado suffered an injury Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “She didn’t say anything to us and Jia’s the type of player that when she’s not crying she knows that she can play through the pain but once she does we all know that she can’t take it anymore,” said Valdez in Filipino.“We understand her situation because the pain was already there in our last game and she was able to go through it but I think the pain was too much today,” said Valdez who had 19 points in the game.Morado was at the second spot of the Best Setters list with an average of 7.90 excellent sets per period prior to Creamline’s game against the Lady Oragons.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Morado aggravated a lingering injury in her right shoulder during the second set of their match against Iriga-Navy, a game the Cool Smashers eventually won 25-21, 26-24, 25-23.Team officials said Morado would be out indefinitely as the 23-year-old playmaker will have to rest the injured shoulder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMorado, though, has found a silver lining as the Cool Smashers received an automatic bye to the semifinals and are not scheduled to play for almost a month.Creamline captain Alyssa Valdez said Morado doesn’t easily give up, but the pain on her right shoulder may have just reached its peak in this game. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Walker dunk lifts Blackwater over Magnolia for 1st win Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday received the United Nations Systems Coordinator for Ebola virus disease, Dr. David Nabarro, at her Foreign Ministry office. He was accompanied by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to Liberia, Karen Landgren and the Representative of World Health Organization to Liberia, Peter Graff.The United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon in August appointed Dr. Nabarro as Senior UN Systems Coordinator for Ebola, prompting his first visit to the most affected countries of the outbreak. He is currently concluding visits to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to assess the Ebola response, receive updates and brief the leaders of the three worse affected countries.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf briefed Dr. Nabarro on the current state of Liberia’s fight against the further spread of the disease and expressed satisfaction with the progress made so far. She also attributed the progress to the combined efforts of the government, the people of Liberia and the country’s many partners including the United Nations.“Our main concern is to transition from treatment to prevention, strengthen contact tracing, enhance community involvement, promote education and awareness about the disease and begin the process of strengthening the regular healthcare system to stop the spread of the virus. The existence of treatment centers must be integrated with more prevention initiatives,” President Sirleaf stressed.She informed the UN Ebola Coordinator that Liberia has set for itself an ambitious goal of “Zero New Cases” by Christmas and stressed the need for a common reporting and information sharing system among the three worst affected countries.Dr. Nabarro said he was pleased with the great news about Ebola decline in Liberia and pointed out that this was a great relief. He warned that despite the progress, Liberia must avoid complacency, control the anxiety and take note of the risk factors.Dr. Nabarro briefed President Sirleaf about the Ebola state of affairs in Guinea and Sierra Leone and suggested that regional coordination is required now more than ever before in the war against Ebola and committed the UN System to supporting Liberia’s recovery plan as Ebola is being defeated.“My mandate from the Secretary General was clear. Stop the spread of the virus; help attend to the wellbeing of the Liberian people and help the government address the economic consequences of the outbreak,” he disclosed adding, “From all indications in Liberia, this is being achieved through the strong leadership of President Sirleaf and her government.”Dr. Nabarro informed President Sirleaf that African Union is currently providing additional training for healthcare workers mainly from Nigeria and Ethiopia to be deployed to the affected countries to strengthen current interventions to eradicate the virus.He emphasized that key policy issues such benefits for victims and survivors of the Ebola disease must be regionalized to enhance and promote coordination among the countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AnalysisThe Gambia, ruled for the last 20 years by an eratic and brutal tyrant, is one of the worst places on earth to work as a journalist. One prominent journalist who lived under the Yahya Jammeh regime has placed on record his own harrowing experiences and those of others – plus insights into media history and operations in the tiny West African nation.”Six armed men wearing masks came to the printing works at 2:00 a.m., fired shots into the air, and ordered the employees to lie on the ground. One of them then set fire to the new press… completely destroying it.” The police didn’t investigate the crime much less arrest the suspects, to one’s surprise.The incident above sums up Alagi Yorro Jallow’s ‘Delayed Democracy: How Press Freedom Collapsed in The Gambia’. The author is a winner of prestigious awards for excellence in journalism, and earned the unenviable distinction of being arrested over a dozen times for his hard-nosed reporting. He was in the main a co-proprietor and the managing editor of the ‘Independent’ newspaper, and fought with Deyda Hydara against draconian media laws in the country. Forced by death threats into exile in the United States, he studied at Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, became a research fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, and is currently a Fulbright scholar teaching at a Bangkok university in Thailand.Jallow’s book addresses freedom of expression as the cardinal of all freedoms for both journalism and the nation, and gives a comprehensive account of Yahya Jammeh’s despotic response to the idea as well as its application. It also provides a historical overview of media in The Gambia dating back to pre-colonial times, and a running commentary on the troubled story of press freedom in Africa. The colonial laws about the press, Jallow points out, were decidedly repressive. The British Crown didn’t want the legitimacy of its rule challenged, and so handed down harsh libel, sedition and other restrictive laws from London to deny their subjects the freedoms and rights to write and speak against colonialism in favor of self-rule. Independence was supposed to change all that, except that it didn’t. Jawara and his ministers, like governments everywhere, weren’t receptive to the media casting them in a bad light. So they left the oppressive laws in the books and added some of their own.Jallow’s verdict on Jawara’s 30 years in power is magisterial and unforgiving. The most crucial aspects of democracy, he underscores, were instituted over time and not faithfully. Corruption, impunity and abuse of the national interest and assets couldn’t be checked, because the system had become too entrenched to dismantle, and it disenfranchised those who should have been empowered to reign it in. The crony state became “too massive, too intimidating, and too powerful,” and therefore rendered the Constitution, the first and final word on the rule of law, dormant. The Parliament had been too enchanted with power to discharge its responsibilities. The fledgeling private media, the only institution outside the direct control of the corrupt and corrupting system, had been shoved aside. A system where the ruling party controlled all the levers of power for self-perpetuation rather than carrying out the nation’s business was bound to produce undesirable elements like Yahya Jammeh as its inheritor.The coup that brought Jammeh to power in 1994 coincided with the establishment of several private media outlets. The country’s first daily, the ‘Daily Observer’, had hit the newsstands about only two years earlier. The ‘Point’, a biweekly at the time, was just about three years old. And more papers would come out since, including the ‘New Citizen’ and the ‘Independent’. The lack of journalistic scrutiny Jawara had largely enjoyed wouldn’t be true for the man who seized power on the claim to eradicate “rampant corruption” and institutionalize “accountability, transparency and probity.” He would perceive in the media nothing but mortal enemies. His very first decree suspended the 1970 Constitution, and invalidated every other law that stood contrary to any of his decrees, even the ones that were yet to be conceived and written, leaving the rights and freedoms of every Gambian at the mercy of his diktats. So much for a self-imposed liberator!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Paddy bug infestationThe Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) is urging farmers affected by paddy bugs to destroy the adult bugs, despite the age of their crops.So far, dozens of farmers across three different administrative regions have confirmed that their farms are infested with the dreaded pest, which has already resulted in millions of dollars in losses. The Rice Board said that dams and meres must be free of grass weeds at all times as this provides a good source of food and shelter for the paddy bugs, while issuing tips for farmers to better manage their rice fields.More importantly, GRDB explained, “Spraying is necessary if the number of bugs is one per metre square or one bug for every two sweeps…farmers are advised to use two motor blowers per acre at a distance of 22 feet or 11 footsteps apart when spraying”.It also encouraged farmers to monitor their fields daily while the crop is in its flowering stage, especially early in the morning before 08:00h or late in the afternoon after 16:00h until the grains mature fully.Additionally, the Rice Board noted that egg masses should be destroyed but if they are already hatched, spot spraying can be done with a contact insecticide.Last week, former Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy called out the Government and the GRDB for not responding to the paddy bug infestation which has already resulted in millions of losses for rice farmers.Ramsammy argued that the Government and GRDB’s move to dismiss the challenges and problems rice farmers face while insisting rice is a Private Sector activity is “dangerous” and “repulsive” as rice farmers and millers invest more than $50 billion annually into the economy.The former Minister said he knows for a fact that the paddy bug infestation has led to the loss of almost 20 per cent of the rice crop in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and even worse losses in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). Over in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), the problem is equally devastating to farmers, he added.For Regions Two and Six alone, some 500,000 bags of paddy were lost, which means $1.4 billion in revenue for each region.Meanwhile, in Region Five, farmers reportedly lost more than 600,000 bags of paddy as a result of the paddy bugs and red rice.Ramsammy was keen to note that the paddy bug is not the only issue affecting farmers as he made mention specifically of floods and dry conditions, accompanied by clogged canals and dysfunctional pumps among others.These issues, according to him, are not being addressed by the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) nor the Agriculture Ministry.He predicted that overall, Guyanese rice farmers will lose about $9 billion this year, having already lost more than $8 billion in 2018.
Inevitably, City took it easier on the third tier minnows this time and Sergio Aguero’s first half strike was the only goal of a low-key second leg.City will play Tottenham or Chelsea in the final on February 24, with Spurs holding a 1-0 lead ahead of the second leg at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.Since losing at Leicester in the Premier League on December 26, City have won seven successive games in all competitions.The English champions will continue their bid to win four major trophies this season when they face Burnley in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.With the tie all but over, Guardiola rested a host of players as he made eight changes against Nigel Clough’s team.The City boss handed a debut to 18-year-old winger Ian Carlo Poveda while there were also starts for Aro Muric, Phil Foden, Philippe Sandler and Eric Garcia.Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Fabian Delph were the established stars in the holders’ starting line-up.City went in front after 25 minutes when superb long ball by De Bruyne picked out Mahrez on the right flank.The Algeria winger cut the ball back to Aguero, who made no mistake with a first-time finish that flashed past Burton keeper Bradley Collins.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sergio Aguero finished off Burton in the League Cup semi-finals© AFP Paul ELLISBURTON-ON-TRENT, United Kingdom, Jan 23 – Manchester City completed the formality of sealing their place in the League Cup final with a 1-0 win at Burton on Wednesday that wrapped up a 10-0 aggregate triumph.Pep Guardiola’s side had thrashed Burton 9-0 in the semi-final first leg earlier in January to effectively guarantee they would return to Wembley 12 months after winning the competition.
Sanctioned: The baseball team will play the JetHawks on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Clear Channel Stadium in the first meeting between the teams. The game will be played with wooden bats and counts as a sanctioned game for AVC and as an exhibition for the JetHawks. Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Chelette said he could not comment on any aspect of the selection process because the school is hiring a full-time, tenure-track faculty member, not just a coach. He would not confirm rumors in community basketball circles that Fullerton College coach Dieter Horton, whose undefeated Hornets won the state title, is among the applicants who will be interviewed today. “We have an excellent pool to choose from, and I’m very excited about what they can bring to our program,” Chelette said. Production: Freshman first baseman Katie Cornelison (Lancaster High) had 14 RBIs over a six-game stretch for the softball team (27-5 overall, 10-0 Foothill Conference). She has 39 for the season and needs just six more this season to tie the school record. Other offensive standouts included sophomore shortstop Tayler Wilson (Paraclete), who was 12 for 22 with five extra-base hits in her past six games, and freshman outfielder Erica Ricker (Quartz Hill) scored 11 runs during that stretch. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College will soon have a new men’s basketball coach. A selection committee today will interview an unspecified number of applicants for the position and is expected to make a recommendation to the school board by Friday, pending a background check, according to athletic director and departing coach Newton Chelette, who sits on the selection committee. The five-member school board will vote on the recommendation at its next scheduled meeting April 10. The recommendation will require a simple majority. Chelette, who coached the Marauders for 17 years, said the selection committee’s primary criteria for a new coach is “someone who cares about student-athletes and cares about the community and has a passion for winning.”
1 According to a talkSPORT source, Slaven Bilic will not be replaced as West Ham manager this summer.The Hammers have endured a difficult second season under the Croatian’s management, having failed to replicate the success enjoyed last term.The club finished seventh with their highest ever Premier League points total 12 months ago, but are still fighting to confirm safety this time round.Bilic has had to deal with difficulties arising from the move to the London Stadium, and the loss of key player Dimitri Payet in January, and the club’s owners aren’t unsympathetic to the challenges he has faced.But with relegation still a possibility – albeit an unlikely one at this stage – the Irons have been linked with potential moves for a successor to the 48-year-old former Croatia manager.However, sources confirmed to talkSPORT today this is NOT the case, with the Croatian still backed by the West Ham board.So, what do the fans think about this? talkSPORT have collated some of the best social media reactions to talkSPORT’s Bilic exclusive, and you can see them below… Slaven Bilic WILL be in charge of West Ham next season
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