Official: Aaron Ñíguez is already from Málaga until the end of the year

first_imgAarón Ñíguez is already a new player of Málaga. The attacker will carry out his first training as a malaguista player today. The 30-year-old is already at the Ciudad de Málaga stadium to meet his new teammates and get under Sergio Pellicer. Málaga and the player closed the agreement yesterday to join the Blue and Whites after their failed attempt to sign for Lugo. Ñíguez passed the medical tests and this morning he will put on his boots and be one more on the grass of the Ciudad de Málaga stadium.The attacker covers the free token that was left after Antoñín left and will charge the minimum wage, a condition imposed by LaLiga on the Martiricos entity in order to authorize the registration of a last player.Thus, Sergio Pellicer will again have 18 professional records and will earn more cash when making calls and lineups. In the coming weeks there will be a new break for the commitments of the teams in which Malaga can again be seriously harmed.last_img read more

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Jack hits tiebreaking free throws as Knicks beat Pelicans

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Salah double inspires Liverpool to 2-1 win over Leicester Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Frank Ntilikina started an 8-2 run that got the Knicks within 88-87 midway through the fourth.“We missed a lot of open shots in the beginning of the fourth quarter, must have had five or six in a row we couldn’t make and at the end we got down by eight,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. “The team kept their poise and they made the plays. They didn’t try to do anything they were incapable of doing.”The Knicks led by 11 at halftime, but Davis led a surge in the third quarter. He scored 14 points, including seven straight, as New Orleans got within 75-71. Holiday’s 3-pointer helped the Pelicans get within 79-78 after three quarters.The New York bench outscored the New Orleans reserves 23-8 in the second quarter, and the Knicks led 56-45 at halftime.TIP-INSKnicks: New York entered the game having lost a season-worst four games in a row. … Beasley scored 15 points to lead the way as New York’s bench outscored New Orleans’ backups, 42-10.Pelicans: After playing three home games in four nights, New Orleans plays six of its next eight games on the road. … Cousins has had three games with at least 30 points and 20 rebounds this season, making him the first player to do that since Kevin Love in 2010-11.UP NEXTKnicks: Host San Antonio on Tuesday night.Pelicans: At Utah on Wednesday night. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack reacts after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. The Knicks won 105-103. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)NEW ORLEANS — Jarrett Jack figured the Pelicans’ defense was more concerned with Kristaps Porzingis than with him.Porzingis had just scored seven consecutive points to help the New York Knicks forge a tie with New Orleans in the final minute. With the Knicks looking to take the lead, Jack knew what to do.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 The Pelicans had a chance to tie or win at the end, but Davis, who had 31 points and nine rebounds, missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.“That was one of the options,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said of the final play. “We know we didn’t need a three, but if the three was available to us, we were going to shoot it. It was a great shot. We just didn’t knock it in, but I’ll take that shot any time of the day.”Cousins had 29 points and 19 rebounds, Holiday scored 13 and E’Twaun Moore had 12.“You have to close out a game like that,” Gentry said. “We had every opportunity to do it, and they did it. We didn’t and they did. They came back and made some shots.”Holiday began the fourth-quarter scoring with a three-point play that started an 8-0 New Orleans run, giving the Pelicans an 86-79 lead.ADVERTISEMENT He found an opening between Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, drew a foul from Jrue Holiday and made two free throws with 9 seconds left to lead New York past New Orleans 105-103 on Saturday night.“KP had just hit a couple of shots, so I knew they weren’t leaving him,” said Jack, a former Pelican. “That left me with a nice lane to drive toward the basket. I made an aggressive play, got fouled and did my job by knocking down two free throws.”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 folkJack’s play completed a comeback from an eight-point deficit in the final 3 minutes. He finished with 15 points, scoring 13 in 17 minutes of second-half action after scoring two in the first half.“That’s why they have two halves in this game,” Jarrett said.last_img read more

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IOC adds 7 medal events to 2022 Beijing Winter Games program

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? The addition of gold medals to a 109-event program was combined with a reduction in how many athletes will compete.In an attempt to cut organizing costs, amid recent failures of potential bidders in Europe for the 2026 Winter Games, there should be no additional venues required and 41 fewer athletes in Beijing than the 2,933 competitors at the Pyeongchang Olympics last February.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’IOC sports director Kit McConnell said changes for Beijing were “really sending a strong message about controlling the size of the Olympic Winter Games.”Sports losing athletes from their Olympic quota include 41 in skiing disciplines, 26 from skating, and 20 fewer in biathlon. LATEST STORIES International Olympic Committee, IOC, President Thomas Bach from Germany, opens the International Olympic Committee, IOC, executive board meeting, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Planning for its next three Olympic Games on Wednesday, the IOC added seven medal events to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, published a 2020 Tokyo Olympics schedule with no agreement on when to race swimming finals, and set a timetable to add new sports to the 2024 Paris Olympics.The next Winter Olympics will now include: women’s monobob, Big Air freestyle skiing for men and women, plus mixed team events in short track speed skating, ski jumping, ski aerials and snowboardcross.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Women’s ice hockey will grow by two teams to become a 10-nation lineup instead, adding 46 athletes.McConnell said an improved gender balance will see 45.4 percent female athletes in Beijing, rising from 41.1 percent in Pyeongchang.A women’s Nordic combined event — mixing cross-country skiing and ski jumping — will not join the Olympic program because the overall quality of competition and variety of countries taking part was not “at a level appropriate to being included,” the IOC official said.Two years and one week before the Tokyo Olympics open, the IOC published a detailed schedule Wednesday of when competitions will take place.It lacked any breakdown of events at the Olympic Aquatics Centre, which hosts swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, in a time zone one hour different to Tokyo, swimming finals and semifinals were raced in morning sessions so they could be broadcast live in the United States late evening. US broadcaster NBC is the single biggest contributor to Olympic revenues.However, swimming is also a core attraction for the host nation’s viewers with Japan winning seven medals, including two gold, at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.McConnell said a swimming sessions schedule should be finalized inside two months, with the IOC, Tokyo organizers and swimming governing body FINA seeking a balance to ensure “each of the key time zones have some of their key sports live.”Paris organizers have an uncertain wait to discover if new sports they propose next year for inclusion on the 2024 program will be approved.The IOC plans to make interim decisions on the Paris preferences at an October 2019 meeting in Milan, then review again after seeing how other sports perform at the Tokyo Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Asian Games torch goes on month-long relay through Indonesia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Spurs hold off Nuggets’ late rally

first_imgMurray missed a 3-pointer with 16.2 seconds and a runner 5 seconds later but the Nuggets maintained possession as Spurs forward Rudy Gay tipped the ball out of bounds both times. Aldridge then slapped Nikola Jokic’s pass down and Gay was fouled after capturing the loose ball.Gay missed the ensuing free throws with 4 seconds remaining. After San Antonio committed a foul on the initial inbounds, Denver guard Gary Harris missed a turnaround 3-pointer over Patty Mills from the left corner off a broken play as time expired.“You’ve got to give them their respect, they hit some really tough shots,” Gay said. “Jokic found his shooters and they hit some really tough shots (and) most were contested.”The Nuggets suffered their 13th straight loss in San Antonio.Murray finished with 25 points and Jokic had with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Denver in its third straight loss. Harris had eight points on 3-for-9 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Antonio won its third straight, limiting the opposition to 99 points in those games after losing seven of eight on their annual Rodeo Road Trip.“It almost seems like we’ve just been able to flip a switch, which isn’t the easiest thing to do,” Spurs guard Patty Mills said, “but we have in the last three games. It’s been our defense that has won it for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDenver rallied from 21 points down and held San Antonio scoreless over the final 2 1/2 minutes, getting the final nine points to pull within one, but missed three shots and had a turnover in the final 16.2 seconds.“We hit back, but it was a little too much to overcome,” Nuggets guard Jamal Murray said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge, right, drives to the basket past Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in San Antonio, Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — After struggling on a recent road trip, the San Antonio Spurs’ improved defensive effort has helped them get some wins.DeMar DeRozan had 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 as the Spurs withstood Denver’s closing rally to hold on for a 104-103 victory over the Nuggets on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Nicanor rallies to bring home 1st fencing gold for PH PLAY LIST 01:39SEA Games 2019: Nicanor rallies to bring home 1st fencing gold for PH00:50Trending Articles01:42No Christmas Mass at Notre Dame for first time in two centuries02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Julius Randle and Jrue Holiday rally Pelicans over Jazz Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Denver fell two games behind Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference.“This is good for us,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “As much as we hate to go through it, losing three in a row, this kind of failure, if we’re willing to learn from it, can be a positive. Let’s see what kind of fight we have, let’s see what kind of resolve we have.”San Antonio began the night in eighth place in the West — one-half game behind the Los Angeles Clippers, who were playing the Lakers.Coming off a win over Oklahoma City on Saturday, the Spurs have beaten two of the top three teams in the West in consecutive games.This matchup was a possible playoff preview, but San Antonio is still fighting to make the postseason.“We’ve got to have it to get to the playoffs,” said Spurs point guard Derrick White, who had 11 points and a career-high nine assists. “That was more important than future matchups.”Denver trailed by double digits throughout the second quarter but cut the advantage to three points midway through the third. The Nuggets limited the Spurs to 4-for-10 shooting in the opening 6 minutes of the second half to start rallying.The built a 36-17 lead to match their largest advantage after the opening quarter.“We lost the game in that quarter in my opinion,” Malone said.PATIENCE MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Harris played in his sixth game and made just his second start since missing four games with a groin injury.He finished 3 for 9 from the field while scoring eight points in 27 minutes.Denver is hoping Harris can regain the consistency that helped him score 13.9 points per game prior to the injury.“I think for me, I have to constantly remind myself that Gary Harris is still trying to find a rhythm in that starting lineup and a rhythm overall,” Malone said. “We’ve got to find ways to help him get going.”“TIP-INSNuggets: Denver’s last win in San Antonio was March 4, 2012. The Nuggets are 19-75 on the road against the Spurs. … Denver scored 17 points in the first quarter, which is 12.5 points below their season average for the opening period. … Trey Lyles missed his sixth straight game with a strained left hamstring.Spurs: San Antonio extended its streak of 25-plus wins at home to 20 seasons with Monday’s victory. . Aldridge has 117 career 3-pointers, hitting his sixth of the season in this game. He averaged 25 3s the past two seasons. … DeRozan picked up his eighth technical foul, matching last season’s total, after arguing and flailing his hands at official Scott Wall over a non-call in the first half. … The Spurs’ 19-point lead after the first quarter matched their largest lead after the opening period this season, which they set against Toronto on Jan. 3.UP NEXTNuggets: At Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.Spurs: At Atlanta on Wednesday night. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Celebrating America’s Independence: Renewed Hope for Liberia

first_imgOn Thursday, July 3, scores of Liberians including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other government officials, heads of civil society organizations, business entities, religious institutions as well as envoys of diplomatic missions near Monrovia, international NGOs together with U.S. Ambassador Deborah R. Malac, U.S. Embassy staffs and a host of other U.S. agencies and corporations assembled to commemorate the 238th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America.  The Executive Pavilion situated on Broad Street—Monrovia’s bursting street—where the event occurred was a picturesque scene.  Security was stiffened, traffic thoroughly regulated, safety measures put in place, and security guards posted at strategic locations around the vicinity.  Hence, it was a great honor to have been invited.  Due to heavy down pour of rain in the morning hours and being without rainwear let alone transport facilities, I figure out to put my ceremonial clothes alongside laptop carrier bag in a large plastic, and then wore casual dress code and headed for work.  Fortunately, close to the evening time, the raindrop cease.  Indeed, I was thrilled and amazed as I maneuvered to catch a taxicab and patiently sat in dense traffic congestion.  Once on Broad Street, I strolled to the Executive Pavilion and went through security check.  The receptionist presented a token and program souvenir.  As soon as I walked the hall, I met Ambassador Malac and other senior U.S. envoy to Liberia, who greeted and welcomed me.  Of course, I was pleased to listen, learn, and share experiences as well as expand my network.Everyone clustered in a small group conversing with most familiar colleagues while wining and dining.  Hand sanitizers could be seen on each table, probably a preventable measure to the troubling Ebola virus. The hall was beautifully decorated with American flags and scenery of red, white, and blue representing the national colors of the United States of America.  A live band played American music and U.S. Marine displayed their best in a celebratory procession.  United States Ambassador to Liberia took the podium and recounted the long-standing ties between Liberia and the United States.  Ambassador Malac cataloged the most recent U.S. assistance to Liberia and reaffirmed her country’s commitment to working with the government in helping to build a Liberia that is at peace with itself and its neighbors and offers economic opportunities to all of its citizens.  The U.S. envoy was quick to point out that building Liberia is not going to be an easy task, especially in the wake of devastating conflict; however, assured Liberians that it will take unity of effort, a shared vision and a commitment to the common good.   For some who believe that Liberia is doomed, others who hold to the conviction that the country’s resources are being mortgaged, and a handful that attribute the deplorable economic condition to failure of the governance structure; Ambassador Malac stressed: “The wheels of progress cannot turn forward if they are constantly blocked by the stones of pettiness and personal attack whose sole purpose is to prevent things from happening or to preserve a political or personal advantage.”  She asserted that sustained and broad-based development and true economic prosperity happen through sustained commitment and concentrated focus and lots of patience.  In the midst of extreme hardship, appalling educational system, dreadful healthcare, high unemployment, unacceptable inequality and unbearable cost of living; Ambassador Malac cautioned Liberians to help push other Liberians in helping them to succeed in their endeavors.  “This does not mean that there must always be complete agreement on every policy decision-alternative and dissenting views can drive innovative solutions and are a necessary component of a vibrant democracy-but it does require public discourse marked by civility and respect.  We can agree to disagree while continuing to work together in the best interests of the country” the United States Ambassador further noted.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who spoke on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, expressed her deepest gratitude to the United States for its enormous contributions in the areas of education, healthcare, security, electricity, and many other developmental initiatives.  The President applauded the contributions of the Peace Corps volunteers and lauded the assistance to the Armed Forces of Liberia in the African-led international support mission in Mali with the deployment of the second platoon.Perhaps, no country the world over has long-standing ties with the United States of America like Liberia.  We are the only country in Africa that was colonized by the American Colonization Society, an institution that repatriated thousands of freed slaves from the United States and also provided leadership for the colony.  It was the United States that appointed colonial agents and other influential decision makers as well as ensured the provision of humanitarian and educational supplies during the earlier formation of the country.Hence, our founding fathers shared many things in common with the United States either through duplication or slight changes.   Liberia’s Declaration of Independence borrows much of its rhetoric from the United States own Declaration.  Moreover, our very first constitution and even other segment of our current constitution are practically replica after the United States.  Our Pledge of Allegiance and almost all of our national symbols depict our relationship with our historic and long-term partner.  Liberia’s capital city was named in honor of James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States and a staunch supporter of the American Colonization Society.  In addition, most of our streets, cities, townships, and many geographic features were named in honor of Americans.  In fact, our flag bears close resemblance to the American flag. And, both countries shared their Independence Day in the same month.Like the United States of America that experienced revolution and bloody Civil War before arriving as a super power after World War II; Liberia, too, had tasted the bitter swill of calamitous strife that ruined every sector of the country. The 14-years intermittent conflict destroyed every sector of the country, most especially the human resource capacity, infrastructural facilities and caused scores of Liberians to be either participants or victims.  However, I am confident and very optimistic that Liberia will rise again, and the future of this country depends on patient, persistent, and perseverant young people who are willing to bridge the gap amidst the odd in remaking and rebuilding Liberia to become better than what it is now and takes its rightful place among the comity of nations.  With barely weeks to Liberia’s Independence Day; Liberians must begin to demonstrate a special affection for their country, nurture a sense of personal identification, and learn to seek the well-being of the country. The people across the great land and those in the Diaspora should now begin to envision a “New Liberia” that is greater than religion confessed, dialect spoken,  county of origin, place of birth or family name.  Liberians have got to understand that the country is bigger than the sum of their individual ambition and greater than the quest for power or wealth.  The young generation of Liberians who constitute over 60 percent of the population, should be taught about the importance of giving back to their communities in whatsoever positive ways.  As a replacement for the US$3 compensation to young people to clean street corners, the Government has got to introduce service learning in the national curriculum at the secondary and tertiary levels.  Then, the amount allotted for stipend could be utilized to reduce tuition, build public library, construct and upgrade laboratory, provide up-to-date textbooks and enhance research activities so as to ensure the publication of more contextualized Liberian own textbooks.Liberians have got to espouse a posture of strategic thinking and do away with politicking and politicizing everything, perpetually criticizing without any industrious venture, badmouthing campaign for little or nothing, and singing everlasting praises to the power that be.  Liberians from all walks of life must put their thinking cap on to cultivate the sense of oneness and love for their country while denouncing violence, self-aggrandizement, corruption, and other vices that have kept the country backward for far too long. This is Liberia’s time to shine and together let us all make it a reality for our generation and prosperity.About the author:  Mr.  Stephen B. Lavalah is an advocate and the Founder & Executive Director of Youth Exploring Solutions (YES), a passionate, voluntary and accredited nonprofit grassroots youth-led development organization.  For more information about our work in Liberia, please visit www.liberiayes.org.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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APNU/AFC Govt is unable to start any new projects of their own

first_imgDear Editor,On Sunday, my dear friend David Patterson tagged me in a Facebook post that proudly announced that as an alternative to construction of a Diamond entrance and with the help and cooperation of DDL, Government was able to access lands for a car park, market and a second entrance to Diamond. Patterson further alluded to the PPP Administration sale of land being the reason he could not construct this overpass. I reminded him that Diamond was a PPP project and commended him for the cosmetic improvement; in return, David replied “Thanks for reminding everyone that this was a PPP project. It takes a special type of idiot, to take an absolutely empty area of land (it was a cane field beforehand), and develop it into a housing scheme to accommodate over 60,000 persons with only one single lane access road….these idiots decided to ‘double down on their master plan’, so they also opened up Grove, right next door, adding another 20,000 persons to the same single lane access road”. Of course, David failed to mention that the plan and financing for the Diamond to Ogle bypass road greeted him on his desk on assumption to office.This is the choice facing the electorate in a nutshell. Do you want a PPP/C Government who helps to house 80,000 people, and who have made plans and secured financing for new roads and for widening existing roads? Or do you want an APNU/AFC Government of elitist talkers who have so far been unable to complete any of the projects inherited; unable to start any of the new projects already tabled and financed; have been unable to conceive any new projects of their own, and would clearly be unable to move a project from conception to execution in timely manner. The Diamond-Ogle road project has been redesigned and tinkered with endlessly to the frustration of the nation.The PPP/C added over 90,000 housing units in 23 years (Auditor General’s reports) an average of 3900 units per year, despite starting with empty cane fields. APNU/AFC, in contrast, met a booming and experienced construction sector, partially constructed housing schemes and dismally failed to deliver even 390 house lots (much less homes) in three and a half years. They have, however, written many and threatened to seize lots already paid for because of sloth in construction. A caring lot, this cabal!We all know about or have that co-worker who waits until all the work is done to grab the file, change one word and then whisk it away and delivers it to the boss. APNU/AFC operates very much in that mode. Words of advice from Indira Gandhi to David would not be amiss “There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there”.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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New UG Vice Chancellor calls on President

first_imgPresident David Granger on Friday met with Professor Ivelaw Griffith at the Ministry of the Presidency. Professor Griffith, who was recently appointed as the tenth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana (UG), said that he sees his new position as an opportunity to give back to his country.During the meeting, President Granger pointed out that there is not a single aspect of the university’s administration that does not require attention. He also assured of the Government’s commitment to providing financial and other support to restore UG to a position that is befitting of the nation’s premier tertiary education institution.Meanwhile, the new Vice-Chancellor has already drafted a 12-point plan that is aimed at building a wider portfolio of resources for the university. He said while Government’s support is essential, the alumni body, the diaspora and the international and business community can provide much-needed support.“UG needs much more than the Government can provide… We must find enterprising ways to make money,” he said.Professor Griffith, who was the first person in UG’s history to graduate with distinction in Political Science in 1980, will officially assume office as Vice-Chancellor on June 14. He replaces Professor Jacob Opadeyi.Earlier this month, the university inducted Professor Eon Nigel Harris as its ninth Chancellor.last_img read more

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Transfer shock! Pogba makes late move to the Red Devils

first_img1 Mathias Pogba Crawley Town have completed the signing of striker Mathias Pogba on a free transfer.The 24-year-old has been without a club since leaving Pescara and has had trials with Den Haag and Kilmarnock.But Red Devils boss Dean Saunders, who knows the striker from his time at Wrexham, has decided to give him a deal until the end of the season.Pogba, older brother of former Manchester United star Paul, has scored a combined total of 37 goals in English football during his spells with Crewe and Wrexham.last_img

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Wenger fumes at “suicidal” Arsenal defending in shock Champions League defeat

first_img Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez reacts during the Gunners’ 3-1 Champions League to Monaco 1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hit out at the “weak mentality” and “suicidal defending” of his side as a 3-1 home defeat to Monaco left them on the brink of elimination from the Champions League.The French side were viewed as one of the easiest opponents left in the competition but proved anything but, as Arsenal failed to get out of first gear at the Emirates Stadium.They gave midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia acres of space as his 25-yard deflected effort put Monaco ahead in the first-half, while they were taken apaprt at the back against after the break as former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov crashed in a second.Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, returning from a groin injury, grabbed Arsenal a lifeline in stoppage-time, but as the Gunners naively went in search of an equaliser, they were dealt a hammer blow on the break again as Yannick Ferreira-Carrassco slotted past David Ospina as the boos rang out from the home faithful.And Wenger was left exasperated by his team’s dreadful display.“Congratulations to Monaco, they had a perfect result and played the game they wanted to play,” the boss said.“On our side, I believe that we missed the chances and we were a bit suicidal defensively.“We were not at the level defensively and we were a bit unlucky as well because the first goal is deflected. On the second and the third goal we were suicidal.“We had the luck to come back to 2-1, but not the right to give away a goal the way we did because that makes our task extremely difficult in the second leg.“It looks like we have lost our nerve and our rationality on the pitch. The heart took over the head and at that level it doesn’t work.“Our weakness was more down to mentality. We rushed our game, we knew coming back at half-time it was important not to concede a second goal and we were too impatient.”Wenger added: “Mentally we were not ready or sharp enough to get into this game. We paid for it.“Monaco are a team who are strong physically with a good physical density and we missed the chances. If you look at the number of chances we missed, at that level you cannot afford that.“We used our hearts more than our brains.“The players wanted to do well and come back when it was 2-1. They wanted to come back to 2-2 and forgot their elementary cautiousness.”Arsenal must now score three goals at the Stade Louis II in Monte Carlo next month, against a team which before this tie had conceded just twice in 17 matches.“We have a smaller chance, but no matter how big the chance is we will go for it,” Wenger added.“We need to recover from this disappointment and prepare for the next game [against Everton on Sunday].”last_img read more

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