Gunpowder wet in the Lightning

first_imgThe Lightning has only scored five goals in the last six days and it is striking that the last of them took the signature of Lomotey, pivot of the Extremadura, that was marked in own door. However, the whole of Paco Jémez has made them profitable. Those figures have earned him two victories (1-0 against Girona and Lugo) and four draws (1-1 against Las Palmas, Ponferradina and Extremadura and 0-0 against Mirandés). There, another key factor has been his improvement back: he has been serious in defense, fitting three goals in six games. El Rayo has signed striker Yacine Qasmi in this winter market in search of a goal. The Franco-Moroccan, 29, had already scored seven goals with Elche this season and wants to continue adding. Yes, its premiere with the Strip will have to wait. Pacheta revealed a few days ago the problems in the ‘nine’ isch, something for which he has done alternative work in the return to training of his new team. Today, the pichichi vallecano is Ulloa, with five targets (it takes two doublets: Fuenlabrada and Numancia). Ray is resisting the goal. Although the Franjirrojos have 32 in the League (the eighth team that makes the most), lately it is costing them more to see goal. In fact, the last time the Vallecanos made two or more dates from last December 7, when they won 2-0 to Huesca, with a double well. This season the rayista has only done three goals twice: against Deportivo (3-1, Mario, Álvaro and Pozo) and Extremadura (0-3, Álvaro, Baby and Ulloa).last_img read more

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Italy enters ‘phase 2’: allowed to train from May 4 and team sports on 18

first_imgThe citizenship, also, you can return to physical exercise also away from your home, but respecting the interpersonal distance of at least two meters. As of May 4, in addition, the access to parks (respecting distances and limiting income), visit family, celebrate funerals (with a maximum of 15 people), bars and restaurants will open (only with food delivered). On May 18, however, museums, libraries and exhibitions will reopen, while the hairdressers they will have to wait until June 1. Italy enters ‘phase 2’ of coronavirus emergency: the country, very gradually, reopens and so will sport. The first Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that as of May 4 professional or non-professional athletes (but recognized of national interest by the Olympic Committee) they can retrain individually, while the Team practice will resume on May 18. “I love football, it seemed strange to live without Serie A but it was what I played,” Conte said, “now we start with training, later we will see if the championships can be resumed. “last_img read more

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Not a blade of grass or drop of oil

first_imgDear Editor,Just one day before our 53rd Independence anniversary, Kaieteur News carried a report that suggested giving up territory to Venezuela is no big deal. Apparently, University of Houston Instructor Tom (not Tim) Mitro felt qualified enough to deem our territorial dispute with Venezuela “not as large as it is being portrayed to be by some.”Even bolder, Mitro suggested that, in an “extreme case”, Guyana might yield twenty percent of our discovered oil reserves to Venezuela to quell their complaints.I am unsure which strikes me more: the arrogance to minimise over 100 years of history, or the gall to suggest that Guyana should yield its sovereign territory as an appropriate solution.Perhaps I’ll start with the most offensive detail — the timing of it all. Mr. Mitro’s remarks came just one day before we celebrated fifty-three years of independence from colonial rule. To witlessly propose such an out-of-touch idea on the eve of a sacred holiday is a blatant slap in the face of all those who laboured, rallied and lobbied for our self-government.Since he seems in need of it, allow me to dispense a history lesson and wisdom for Mr. Mitro, free of charge.In 1899, there was an arbitral tribunal that clarified the borders between Guyana and Venezuela. Guyanese opinion that the award of Essequibo was full and final has remained steadfast since then; Venezuelan opinion challenging the award has also remained steadfast since then. With neither side budging, and for Guyana, rightfully so, the prolonged Guyana-Venezuela border issue has festered.However, amidst its festering, the issue has remained between Venezuela and Guyana, with occasional ad hoc intervention from the International Court of Justice. As the University of Houston professor is neither of those parties, he has no business speaking on this issue.While Mr. Mitro may be a self-ascribed industry consultant, his presumptions fail to consider the historical context, local sentiment, national sovereignty; and, frankly, the appropriateness of inserting himself in this dialogue.Perhaps he felt emboldened by his close professional relationship with former Petroleum Advisor Jan Mangal. It may not be well known, but Mr. Mitro spent over three decades of his professional career at Chevron, and that time overlapped with Mr. Mangal’s tenure at Chevron.To me, this is not a coincidence. Suddenly, a random professor from Texas has an opinion on how we should handle our sovereign land and approach production sharing agreements that are already signed, sealed and delivered. This smacks of Mr. Mangal, and their existing camaraderie makes it all the more obvious.My advice to Mr. Mitro is for him to leave the matters of national security and sovereignty to the people of Guyana, and mind the business that pays him, because the people of Guyana do not; and we don’t need him butting in with out-of-touch opinions.Sincerely,Clement Smithlast_img read more

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‘Uphold Values of Nationhood and Patriotism’ -Peace Ambassador Tolbert, III

first_imgParticipants posed for a photo shortly after the eventNational Peace Ambassador William R. Tolbert III, recently called on Liberians, especially politicians to maintain the country’s peace in the wake of the pending run-off election.Amb. Tolbert told politicians to uphold the values of nationhood and patriotism, which are some of the most important factors to the country’s stability.He challenged politicians and stakeholders to be proactive and robust in the implementation of the national peace building road map.“We all have to support the on-going peace building and reconciliation initiative the government and the international community advanced,” Tolbert told his audience.Tolbert was delivering remarks at  a two-day consultative forum to review the strategic road map for national  peace building, healing and reconciliation.The gathering held in Gbarnga, Bong County, was jointly organized by the Foundation for International Dignity (FIND), the Peace Building office at the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) with support from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Quick Impart Project.Over 100 multi-stakeholders from the 15 counties that have made significant input into the strategic document were in attendance.The road map was developed with the involvement of stakeholders. Christopher Fayiah, senior program manager at the peace-building office said the event was aimed at revising the national peace building, healing and reconciliation road map with a view to making it more responsive to current reality and ensuring that all stakeholders contribute to the document.Anthony Sheriff, Bong County Acting Superintendent, encouraged stakeholders to fully participate in the deliberation, and thanked the organizers particularly the Peace Building Office and FIND for selecting his county to host the event.Sirleaf also commended national peace ambassador for timely intervention in resolving the disputes between Bomi and Gbarpolu counties, which according to the superintendent would have exploded into full blown conflict.Earlier, Roosevelt A.K. Woods, FIND’s executive director said, that the forum was a follow-up to the last review held in April of this year.The strategic road map for national peace building, healing and reconciliation was commissioned several years ago by the government of Liberia with support from its international partners including the United Nations.The ongoing review process spearheaded by the Foundation for International Dignity is intended to incorporate new issues including, land, gender mainstreaming and youth participation as well as bringing the five reconciliation principle institutions (MIA, MFDP, ONPA, INCHR and GC).The final version of the Strategic road map  will be adopted by stakeholders including the  five principle institutions on national reconciliation and formally presented to the Government of Liberia as a working document to consolidate national peace building, healing and reconciliation during the  incoming administration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DDL Group records $2.3B increase in 2018 – strong growth seen at local,…

first_imgLocal beverage giant, Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) Group, recorded its highest ever revenue last year, pegged at $21.862 billion.In a statement on Sunday, the Group announced that this reflects an increase of $2.378 billion or a 12 per cent increase on the total revenue of $19.569 billion earned in the previous year.The Group’s profit after tax was $3.279 billion in 2018 compared to $2.6 billion in 2017, an increase of $679 million, or 26 per cent. While its profit before tax for the year was $4.362 billion compared to $3.551 billion in the previous year, an increase of $810 million, or 23 per cent.Additionally, earnings per share was $4.26 compared to $3.38 the previous year.According to Chairman of the DDL Group, Komal Samaroo, in the 2018 Annual Report, “It is with great pleasure that I announce to shareholders that the 2018 financial year was another very successful year with excellent performance from our Group. Revenue, both local and international, continued to show encouraging growth while significant progress was made in key areas of diversification”.The company further revealed that for 2018, shareholders’ funds increased by 16 per cent. Capital expenditure totalling $2.187 billion, incurred during the year, was all financed by self-generated funds.Additionally, bank borrowing, in the form of loans and overdraft, was reduced by $1.437 billion from funds generated by the Group in the year. The net debt to equity ratio at the end of the year improved from 0.13:1 in 2017 to 0.06:1 in 2018.An interim dividend of $0.25 a share was paid in December 2018. The Directors have recommended a final dividend of $0.85 per share which, if approved by the shareholders at the upcoming annual general meeting, would result in a total dividend for the year of $1.10 per share. In the previous year, the dividend payment totalled $0.80 per share.On the other hand, DDL, during 2018, focused on capital projects that support the core business as well as projects that are a part of the ongoing programme of diversification.In fact, the company commissioned a barrel warehouse facility back on March 16, 2018. The construction and commissioning of this new barrel warehouse serves to increase rum ageing capacity by another 30,000 barrels.Meanwhile, in October, preparatory work for the construction of a new and modern blending plant was started. This plant will utilise the latest digital technology to improve operational efficiency, reduce costs and will also replace the existing blending operations. This new blending plant, which is estimated to cost some $465 million, is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019.last_img read more

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Photos of the damage in the Pine Pass

first_imgThe Ministry of Transportation has posted several photos of the Pine Pass and the damage heavy rainfall has done along the highway.The first set of photos shows an aerial view of the highway between MacKenzie and Chetwynd. The second set shows the damage from the ground.The highway between Chetwynd and MacKenzie remains closed and so far there is no estimate for when the highway will re-open.  All the photos were taken by the Ministry of Transporation and taken on Saturday June 25.- Advertisement –last_img

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House party planned

first_img alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “A lot of the work will be interior and structural stuff, so looking from the outside, you might not notice changes for months,” Hensley said. “So through our Web site, we’ll have a construction log, so people can follow the progress of the renovation.” Mayor Curtis Morris, who said he visited the mansion in eighth grade when a classmate who lived in the house had a party, gave a partial rundown of the renovation plans. The general contractor, T.B. Penick & Sons, will oversee the installation of an elevator and the restoration of the home’s removed second staircase. All the fireplaces will be kept, but not for use. A 1979 addition that has developed dry rot will be torn out, and all the wiring and heating must be replaced. And “the porch is a little scary,” Morris added. The post-construction plans for the home have not been finalized, but city officials expect them to include a cafe and space for the San Dimas Festival of Arts and the San Dimas Historical Society. SAN DIMAS – In honor of the historic Walker House’s upcoming renovation, San Dimas plans to hold a genteel celebration today complete with docents dressed in period costume and the lure of free cookies and lemonade. Residents are invited to this morning’s outdoor event, from 10 to 11 a.m. at 121 W. San Dimas Ave., to learn more about the shuttered 120-year-old mansion. It was a hotel that went bust in the 1880s before becoming a family home for generations. Since the late 1970s, two restaurants opened in the building, but both went broke. The city purchased the home in 2000 and approved a $6.5 million renovation contract in January. Construction could begin as soon as Feb. 21, said the city’s planning manager Craig Hensley. Work is scheduled to be completed within 18 months, he said. last_img read more

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Girls’ basketball: L.A. Baptist loses lead, then wins

first_imgAndreanna Marshall thought she had clinched the Southern Section Div.V-A girls’ basketball title as she walked into the L.A. Baptist of North Hills locker room at halftime. Who can blame her? The Knights had dominated every facet of the game to that point, jumping out to a double-digit lead in the opening minutes and extending that advantage by the break. L.A. Baptist’s first sectional title in school history would come with far more drama than that, however, as the Knights surrendered a 22-point third-quarter lead before holding on for a 63-58 victory over Bishop Conaty-Loretto of Los Angeles Friday afternoon at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach. Marshall scored a game-high 30 points and Christina Cherry added 11 points and 22 rebounds for top-seed L.A. Baptist (21-6), which took a 48-26 lead three minutes into the second half on a 10-foot jumper by Marshall. “To go from not even making the playoffs to winning it all is such a great feeling,” Marshall said. “I couldn’t imagine my high school career ending on a better note.” kevin.connelly@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img No. 3-seed Bishop (14-12) responded with a 29-6 run over the next nine minutes, taking a 55-54 lead with 2:34 remaining on a layup by Mariana Palma. Cherry hit the front end of a one-and-one to tie the score on L.A. Baptist’s next possession, and Alyse Scarmozzino added a 3-pointer from the right wing to put the Knights ahead 58-55 with 1:43 left. L.A. Baptist never trailed again, as Marshall connected on two free throws to make it a two-possession game with 22 seconds remaining. “We made this game a whole lot more interesting than it had to be,” Marshall said. “We thought we had it won, then it was torn right out of our hands. We’ve been able to bounce back like this all season, though. I’m proud of how we settled down at the end of the game.” The Knights, who finish the season on a nine-game winning streak, went just 9-14 last season while missing the playoffs. last_img read more

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‘Moving on not same as forgetting’

first_img“Short was their stay on this mortal stage. Great was their impact,” Steger said of the slain students in an address earlier Friday to about 600 of the nearly 1,200 graduate students who received master’s degrees and doctorates. Gunman Seung-Hui Cho killed 27 fellow students, five faculty members and himself. His family will receive neither a ring nor a diploma, the university said. In many ways, the evening ceremony for some 3,600 undergraduates seemed like most commencements. Grinning students jumped up and down and waved as their faces appeared on the stadium’s giant screen while “Pomp and Circumstance” played and a faint drizzle fell. Students chanted “Let’s go, Hokies!” and the stadium’s stands twinkled with constant camera flashes from the graduates’ family members. Students decorated their mortarboards with “VT” and “Hi Mom.” But the speeches, while marked by hope, were also laced with sorrow. “Rest assured, we will define ourselves by where we have been and where we will go,” class historian Jennifer Weber said. Survivors have a responsibility to realize the dreams and aspirations of the slain, said the keynote speaker, retired Army Gen. John Abizaid, the former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq. “While we are saddened by the loss of those who cannot be here today, I believe that they would want this ceremony to commemorate both the tragedy of yesterday and the promise of tomorrow,” he said. “I believe that they look down on this gathering with dignified pride.” Students, parents and faculty rose to their feet and cheered as Abizaid thanked Steger for “holding things together” in a time of tragedy. During the graduate ceremonies, nine slain graduate students were awarded posthumous master’s degrees or doctorates. Faculty members hugged the relatives who received them, some wiping away tears and all drawing long and loud applause from the crowd of several thousand. James Long, whose sister, Michelle, earned a degree in history, said students would not let the tragedy overshadow their celebration. “There are too many people here to celebrate five, six years of hard work to let one guy screw that up,” said Long, 25, of Richmond. Some families couldn’t bear to attend graduation. Others said they had no choice but to come. “We have to. This is right for us,” said Peter Read, whose freshman daughter Mary Karen Read was among those killed. Peter and Cathy Read returned to campus for more than their daughter’s degree. They also returned to erase an unsettling image from the minds of their two youngest sons, Patrick, 4, and Brendan, 2. “They’re a little concerned that the bad man’s going to shoot them,” Cathy Read said. “We can’t let that idea grow in their heads.” In Washington, President George W. Bush issued a statement praising “the compassion and resilient spirit” of the Virginia Tech community and the 3,600 graduating seniors and others earning advanced or bachelor’s degrees. Twins Andrea and Michelle Falletti of Chantilly, Va., said the shootings will not be what they remember when they look back on four years of college. Rather, they will recall spring breaks, camping trips and partying with friends. “Obviously, what has happened has affected everything in our lives, and it will affect graduation,” said Andrea Falletti, 21. “In a way, it’s not going to be celebrating us as much; it’s more about what we’ve done as a community. But that’s OK. I’m proud of what we’ve done here.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BLACKSBURG, Va. – Struggling to balance grief with a graduation celebration, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger handed out class rings Friday night to the families of students slain during last month’s shooting rampage. As images of the slain students and faculty flashed on a huge screen at Lane Stadium, Steger and Provost Mark McNamee delivered rings and received hugs from the victims’ relatives. “Please know that moving on – moving on is not the same as forgetting,” Steger said. “We shall not forget. Yet, one senseless burst of violence – as horrible and hurtful as it is – will not turn us from our essence.” The university planned to hand out diplomas for the slain students Saturday during ceremonies for individual colleges. last_img read more

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Coutinho not in Liverpool squad to face Man City

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho pictured during the English League Cup semi-final first leg against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on January 11, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 7 – Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool’s squad to face Manchester City this weekend over his fitness but manager Jurgen Klopp said the Brazilian did nothing “unforgivable” during Barcelona’s pursuit of him.The playmaker, who returned from international duty this week, was linked with a move to the Catalan giants following the departure of his compatriot Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain but Liverpool refused to budge. Coutinho has not yet played for Liverpool this season, with the club citing a back injury, but he joined up with his national side for World Cup qualifiers and made two substitute appearances against Ecuador and Colombia, scoring against the former.That, however, has not been enough to prove his fitness to Klopp, who stressed that fitness was the only reason why the 25-year-old would not be lining up at the Etihad on Saturday.“I can explain it a little — maybe a few of you have had a split in a good relationship, with your wife or whatever, and it is not good to think about the time you were split,” said Klopp.“It was not the most easy time, but that is the transfer window. It is not the first time and it won’t be the last time in history when similar things will happen.”“I really think we handled it really well,” Klopp added. “Not all the things in newspapers were 100 percent right but it is normal a lot of things were coming up in a situation like this.“But nothing I am aware of was unforgivable. The most important thing is no one told me anything where I thought ‘Oh, that is too much’.“He came in yesterday, accepted 100 percent the situation — I didn’t even have to say anything about it.”Klopp praised Coutinho’s attitude, saying he was in a good mood and training had been positive.“Before he went to Brazil he couldn’t train for about three weeks so that means we need to try to prepare him for the rest of the season and that is quite difficult with our schedule,” said Klopp.“So I decided to leave him out of the squad for City so we can use these four or five days for proper training.”Liverpool, who thumped Arsenal 4-0 in their last match before the international break, are second in the Premier League after three matches, with two wins and a draw.Pep Guardiola’s big-spending City have the same number of points but trail Liverpool on goal difference.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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