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27 players, between First and Second, are sanctioned

first_imgAs for LaLiga SmartBank, they have been sanctioned with two matches Isi Palazón (Rayo Vallecano), after being sent off for an entrance to an opponent from behind, and Brian Oliván (Girona), for protests to the referee.They have also been suspended a match for accumulation of reprimands Oscar Arribas, Richard Boateng (Alcorcón), Aitor Sanz (Tenerife), Fidel Chaves, Manuel Sánchez (Elche), Samuel Saiz (Girona), Víctor Mollejo (Deportivo) and Antonio Milic (Rayo); by double warning Carlos Pomares (Alcorcón), by expulsion Alberto Cifuentes (Cádiz); for violence and suspension of a party Aitor Buñuel (Racing) and Mauricio Lemos (Las Palmas). A total of thirteen LaLiga Santander players have been sanctioned with a suspension match by the Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), meeting this Wednesday.For accumulation of reprimands have been sanctioned Rubén García (Osasuna), Joao Felix (Atlético de Madrid), Joselu Mato (Alavés), Clement Lenglet (Barcelona), Nemanja Maksimovic, Jaime Mata (Getafe), Antonio Puertas (Granada), Paulo Oliveira (Eibar), Nemanja Gudelj ( Sevilla), Geoffrey Kondogbia (Valencia) and Rubén Peña (Villarreal), and Mauro Arambarri (Getafe) and Diego López (Espanyol) for a double warning.last_img read more

“They call me crazy but I won’t play; life is worth more than money”

first_imgSo if there is no paper signed on May 4, you will not go to train?Insurance. I’m not going to play or anything. And everyone will see it. And even if they fine me. Since I do not have social networks, I have no way to let everyone know. That Fali is not going to play; It will not put any person at risk. And less to my family.Are there cases of contagion within your team?To my knowledge we have had no one.The protocol, in its phases three and four (group and collective training) talks about concentrating them in a sports city or in hotels. What do you think? To whom have you transferred your position?Only the President, and now you. And if it is true that we do not have any risk, you do not have to mind signing such a paper.What did Manuel Vizcaíno say to him?The president was convincing me to be calm, but he doesn’t confirm anything to me. I am not going to put my health and that of my family before some people who want to try to force me to play soccer when it is not an essential job. That I do not help anyone. To who? People to have fun because they see us play. Those people may also go without watching soccer. No one dies for not watching soccer. And yes we can die for playing or people can die because of us. And that Fali will not consent. I have it clear. If I have to go home to work at my bar, I leave with my head held high, my head calm and happier than anyone. And I hope everyone knows that.Have you contacted the unions to get their opinion across?I’m talking to ON Soccer players, who seem to be the only ones who are understanding me. They are the only ones who think like me. Let them say that we can play and sign us a piece of paper that they are 100% safe and that they are ruined. But since they are going for the money, they surely don’t want to lose money in their life. If they sign, Fali will play. And we will play all the players without anything happening. I bet whatever you want that they don’t. It is impossible.What have the Captains of Cádiz transferred to you from the meetings with AFE?We were talking in groups and I already said that I was not going to play. They say I’m crazy, but we crazy people sometimes have two fingers in front of us. In these things you have to be very careful. I’m not going to put anyone at risk because of me. If I have to go home to eat a bologna sandwich, it will make me fat because my conscience will be very calm. I’m not going to put anyone’s life at risk because of me. Not a joke.What do you think of the LaLiga protocol to return to training?I haven’t listened to him because I don’t believe in him. When they sign what I ask, I will read the protocol from top to bottom, letter by letter. But I know no because I have been told no. I just know it’s impossible.ALVARO RIVERO & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>FOOTBALL 19/20ALVARO RIVERO (DAILY AS) “If I have to go to my bar or home to eat bologna, with my head up” Rafael Giménez Jarque, better known as Fali (12-08-1993, Valencia), is central in Cádiz and played, among others, in Barcelona B and Nàstic. Despite being the leader of the Second Division, his pulse does not tremble with the possibility of resuming training and competition: either there is zero risk, and insured in writing by the institutions, or he stands up and does not play. He attends to AS to explain a position that he has already shared with its president, Manolo Vizcaíno.Before analyzing the football scene. How are you and how are your family?Well, luckily we are all fine. But what is happening outside affects us all.How do you handle confinement?Well, here, like everyone, locked up. Pulling and being at home. We remain privileged. Taking it in the best possible way even if it is a little overwhelming.And how do you manage to train?I have a stationary bike, cane it and exercise alone. I’m trying to get in shape and get to the preseason in shape. But competing is competing and all this is very complicated, it requires a thousand by one thousand and any player knows it and it is very complicated to be good at doing sit-ups and cycling. Very difficult to be at 100%.How do you keep in touch with the rest of the team?We talk a lot for WhatsApp, We have held meetings to see how each of us is doing. We are a spectacular human team (leaders in Second) and we are looking forward to starting everything, always with health ahead.There has been an agreement between CSD, RFEF and LaLiga to return to training soon. At that meeting the footballers were absent. Surprised?I have found out that maybe on May 4 or 11 we were going to start training. I have refused; I will not train. I’m not going to play. I have it very clear from the beginning. I know they call me crazy, but I have it very clear from the beginning.Cast?Health always comes first and, if it is true that they are 100% sure that we are not going to be exposed to the virus, sign a piece of paper for us. If something happens to any soccer player, something happens to them too. Let their lives also be ruined a little because our lives are ruined. Do they not understand that if something happens to us, our family will have that pain the rest of their lives in the soul? If they sign that piece of paper, I play soccer 100% safe. Let them ruin their lives if they ruin me because soccer is not an essential job. Soccer will return sooner or later, but that it returns when the health is well.It seems that he is clear.If not, let them say that players can take the COVID-19 and see which players want to play and who doesn’t. But they are not saying it. They are just saying the protocol. Health is worth more than all the millions that move in soccer in the world. We have to put ourselves before this. “The promotion? If the League has to be canceled, go ahead. This has to stop” Professionals are also afraid of injury after this break.I said that every two days it is impossible to play a soccer game. Every three days, well: Sunday, Wednesday, Sunday … The big teams are more or less used to the Champions League. And we, it is true that it is sacrificed because the temperatures are very high. But hey, if we have to make an exception, if the public asks us and what we like is this, we would have to adapt, but as long as health is assured.Suso (Seville) said that you still had to think about the next league and that this one ended. What do you think?Suso said that if there was a 1% chance of catching us, the League had to be ended. And I have no idea of ​​finishing the League: if it has to end like this, cancel it, upload the first two, start in October as Casillas said … I don’t get into that anymore. But soccer has to be resumed, because sooner or later soccer will return, but human lives are the ones that do not return. Let’s see if we find out at once.Some people think that he says it because Cádiz is the first in Second and so, if the competition is canceled, he raises without having to play more …The Fali does not want that. Fali wants to compete and it has been seen that the club always wants to win on the pitch. And if the League has to come in three or four months, well, nothing … If efforts are needed, they are made. But always with health ahead.That is to say, that it also puts health before promotion.For me, the most convenient thing could be for us to go straight or to play for Almería, but I say no. If it has to be done, it is done. But if you have to play again, you play. And if the season has to be canceled, it is canceled. And when the League returns, let us be 100% the players sure that nothing will happen. That I am not going to touch an opponent in danger or that I am going to infect a partner. The Fali wants to ascend or not to ascend, from the first moment on the pitch, for everything, because of their hobby. What can not be done with a hobby? Alone? We will try. You have to compete, but without risks. I am not an advantageist. We have to play on the grass and the decisions have to be made by them; That is why they are there in that position.Is this the most complicated situation you have ever experienced?Yes, more complicated and more angry. Do they call me crazy when I’m thinking about the health of others? Are we really going to play for money? Maybe that’s why, because since I don’t have anything in my case it’s easy. For me a person’s health is worth more than all the millions in the world. And I repeat: I will not expose anyone; Neither my family nor anyone else because of me. It’s very clear to me. The madman has to say this because I am very angry. I have courage that you don’t see. “I have refused to train as early as May 4. Soccer will return, but lives will not” I don’t see it as logical at all. Soccer is physical and mental. Mentally, you can’t spend three weeks in the room without someone like they want. But that would have to be endured, seeing the players who decide … I have no idea about that because I am not going to pay any attention to it. I want you to tell me the truth first. And it’s not worth 90%. All the people who don’t have an essential job should be at home holding the pull. We are the same as them and we have to do the same. We don’t have to compare ourselves to anyone. And since it is not an essential job, we have to stay at home. Is it because you have lived a case complicated by the coronavirus?Thanks God no. But seeing all the people there, I put myself in their shoes, you know? More than 20,000 deceased. And it is not only the 20,000 deceased. It is the pity that he leaves these families for all their remaining life. We do not give importance to them, but it is the grief that they have left for the loss of that person so close: grandparents, parents … They will not have that affection again because of this. And that we expose ourselves knowing that there is a possibility of dying. Know this and do we want to play? We are very crazy. So people have to tell us that they are 100% safe. Because I do not believe it because every day I see 400 deaths and more infected. Who says to me that I can’t catch it playing soccer? Being in my house I’m not going to get it. That’s for sure.Do you think there are more soccer players who think like you and for fear do not say it so clearly?Yes, surely. It’s very clear to me. I know when this comes out, please let all players know. I know that some do, some do not, others do not want to say it. But you have to be a little consistent, be people. It is not an essential job; they want us to play without 100% ensuring our health. Is money really worth more than life? I tell the players that we are the ones who can stop this. Everyone. Not just a club; all clubs. May the League return when we are truly safe. If we put all the clubs hand in hand, they will not be able to play soccer. It cannot, no matter how much they force us. We are the protagonists and if the soccer players say no, it is no. It is so. But we have to be everyone; not four. Let them think of all people, not themselves. Let them think of everything that can happen. Let them get into the worst. Because then the worst comes and they will say: if I had done this, it would not have happened. Well now we can do it, not when we play and on the third day there is a contagion. When I say everyone, I don’t mean just the footballers, I mean everyone who is going to be in there. Now is when we can do something. We know that if we don’t go out, we can’t catch it. And we can do it now. Do not expose lives. And if football has to come back in four or five months, let it come back but knowing that nothing will happen to us because of that virus.It’s rare to speak to a professional footballer and hear such a sincere opinion.We all have to stop this.last_img read more

CUMI Come Run inks million-dollar deal with Wisynco

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: The 2015 staging of the CUMI (Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill) Come Run 5K and 10K Road races is set to attract its biggest number of participants in the seven years since its inception, with early projections pointing to more than 800 athletes. The disclosure was made at the event’s press launch at Pier One in Montego Bay on Thursday, along with news that local conglomerate, Wisynco Group Limited, has joined forces with CUMI as title sponsor to the tune of one million dollars. Wisynco Group regional manager, Vivian Newman, told The Gleaner the move was a strategic one, which will serve to help place mental health issues at the forefront of national issues needing special attention. “The work that CUMI is undertaking is a critical one which serves to uplift the nation. We at Wisynco therefore thought it best to join forces with them in order to keep the light shining on this very important issue of mental health,” said Newman. “We hope to have a long and beneficial association with CUMI as we strive to play our part in Jamaica’s development,” Newman added. CUMI Come Run will once again take place at the picturesque Tryall Golf Club in Hanover on September 19, starting with pre-race warm-up session at 6 a.m., before the actual races at 7 a.m. The course will take runners and walkers around and over the challenging course, which includes two hill climbs, making it one of the most challenging 5K courses in the island. Four hydration stops are also included. Track events managers, Running Events, will be on board for another year, while some of the usual sponsors Xerox, Sandals Foundation, National Health Fund (NHF), the CPJ, Rainforest Seafoods, Solo Jamaica, JMMB and Fontana Pharmacy have all returned. All proceeds from the event will go towards providing the necessary medical and other needs of mentally ill and mentally challenged persons in Montego Bay and throughout western Jamaica.last_img read more

Durham on Game 7: This is why I came back

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:13Robredo pushes back, asks what’s the real figure on drug war00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Lakers win gives Ball last word on Wizards’ Wall It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — As the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals goes to a Game 7, Allen Durham could only look back on the decision he made to return to the country to once again play for Meralco and complete what he regarded as unfinished business.“This is why I came back. I came back to have another opportunity at it. We were so close last year and we’re in the same situation now,” said Durham on the heels of the Bolts’ 98-91 Game 6 victory on Wednesday to force the winner-take-all tussle.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pushing the decider, the 29-year-old banger acknowledged how big the opportunity is historically for the Bolts as they close in on potentially their first franchise title.“I told the guys that we got a real good opportunity to make history, to get that first championship for Meralco. They can win 10 to 15 championships in the future, but we’ll always be the first team to do that,” he said.But Durham knows that he can’t get too ahead of himself as the Bolts expect a tougher Ginebra side in Game 7 on Friday in front of what is expected to be another record crowd at Philippine Arena.“We knew that we’re playing a good team. We knew the potential of this series to go the distance, so we’ll buckle down to work and see what we can fix and get ready for Friday,” he said.“I think everybody is focused, and everybody knows how significant Game 7 is and all we got to do is to perform. We’re gonna come out just as strong, but we got to play it for 48 minutes. After 48 minutes, we’ll be PBA champs.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments In danger of losing the title in six games again, Meralco came out just as it should and clobbered Ginebra from start to finish to keep its championship hopes alive.Durham, who has been one of the main reasons for the Bolts’ resurgence in the season-ending conference, finally got the boost he badly needed from supporting cast in the form of Reynel Hugnatan, Garvo Lanete, and Chris Newsome.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThat allowed the two-time Best Import winner to have the space to work inside, firing 28 points, 19 rebounds, and three assists in the victory.“Everybody stepped up. They knew this game was a do-or-die and we came to play. They played well, they shot well, and we’re a different team when we do that,” he said of the locals. “We’re a really good team when everybody shows up, and that’s what happened tonight. We built the lead, but they’re a great team and we knew they were gonna come back. But we just had to sustain our run and I’m really proud of the guys tonight.” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Ginebra nips San Miguel in thriller, takes Game 3 in PBA semis

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Aguilar paced Ginebra with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Tenorio poured 18 markers, five boards and two assists.Caperal continued his stellar showing, collecting 12 points and four rebounds, Jervy Cruz also had 12 markers and four boards, while Joe Devance just missed out on a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.Scottie Thompson also kept on doing the dirty work for the Gin Kings, winding up with nine markers, seven boards, and six assists.“We’re happy to get one, but we’re not satisfied,” said Cone.Game 4 is on Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena, with the Beermen still leading the series, 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Fajardo kept the flame burning for San Miguel with 23 points, 16 rebounds, and two assists, while Marcio Lassiter was limited to just 14 markers on a 2-of-6 shooting from threes before fouling out late in the game.Cabagnot and Arwind Santos both had 13 markers apiece as the Beermen tried to stay in the game despite Chris Ross sitting out the second half because of a strained right thigh.The Scores:GINEBRA 95 — J. Aguilar 25, Tenorio 18, Caperal 12, Cruz 12, Devance 11, Thompson 9, Mercado 8, Ferrer 0, Manuel 0.SAN MIGUEL 87 — Fajardo 23, Lassiter 14, Cabagnot 13, Santos 13, Ganuelas-Rosser 8, Ross 6, Lanete 5, Heruela 3, Espinas 2, De Ocampo 0, Mamaril 0, Pessumal 0.Quarters: 19-15, 45-39, 79-65, 95-87.RELATED VIDEO Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Injured Ross ruled out of 2nd half of Game 3 vs Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThere won’t be any comebacks this time out.Ginebra made sure to finish the job on Tuesday as it hacked out a 95-87 Game 3 victory over San Miguel to gain a game in their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments LA Tenorio drilled the dagger three-point play in the final 32.9 seconds to put the game away as the Gin Kings fended off a late rally from the Beermen.“They’re just so free-flowing and they’re just out there enjoying themselves and having a good time and we have to bleed for every possession. We have to play perfect to beat them and we almost played perfect tonight,” said coach Tim Cone os Ginebra shot 52-percent from the field in the first half to establish early control before keeping that mark at 48-percent until the end.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGinebra entered the fourth quarter with a 14-point advantage and saw it cut down to just three, 83-80, with 6:07 to play after a pair of Alex Cabagnot freebies but Prince Caperal doused the that rally with a shot clock-beating triple.San Miguel staged one last rally as June Mar Fajardo sliced the lead down to three anew, 90-87 with 2:08 remaining, but Japeth Aguilar quickly responded on the other end, cleaning up Joe Devance’s miss with a dunk in the last 1:50 before Tenorio’s backbreaking layup. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Totally bananas

first_imgCanoga Park Teacher raise The headline, “Teachers deal has high price,” should have had a subheadline: “Teacher raise has huge bonus to taxpayers: District acknowledges need to cut cost of bureaucracy.” – Ed Kaz Oak Park Re “Monkeying with feng shui” (Feb. 13): It’s heartening to know three rare golden monkeys, slated to make their L.A. debut next year, will not be cast into downscale Skid Row-type digs – i.e., for a simian that means a few trees on a plot of land – but instead will enjoy the ambience of a $7.4 million feng shui-designed enclosure about which L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge desperately hopes the simian trio will not say, “Tom, you messed up; we’re going to San Francisco or San Diego.” Oh, goodness gracious, that would certainly be a formidable rebuff from the “blue-faced monkeys with flowing California blond hair.” Kerry Cavanaugh, writer of the news article, offers a definition of feng shui as “yin-yang theory: Everything in the universe consists of two opposing, deeply interconnected forces” – like wisdom and foolishness, or clever and downright inane, or sane and gone totally bananas. – Stephen Pettine Hazy phase Re “Antonio’s gang plan: Phase one” (Feb. 8): The Gang Enforcement Initiative alone will have the gangs on the run. In Phase One, we are going to designate, implement, launch, publicize, target, collaborate, hold meetings and issue bulletins. Wow! What an action plan. What phase is it, and when will it begin, where we round up, prosecute, convict, incarcerate, deport and execute the criminals? – James F. Cole Sherman Oaks Showing our support Re “Valley gang feeling the heat” (Feb. 12): When I read “the goal was to take the sidewalks and streets away from the gangsters … and to return them to the community,” I was reminded of another time, but the same goal. People volunteered to give the disenfranchised their civil rights by marching through the segregated South in the 1960s and ’70s. The people who live, work and play in any community where their civil rights are denied them by the presence of intimidating gang presence are living in an unfair and unjust environment. It is immoral that we allow this. Maybe we could march through these communities from one end of the communities in Los Angeles to the other – almost like the states of the South – showing our support for their emancipation from gang suppression and exploitation. – Steve Carrizosa Los Angeles Dollar coin Re “Maybe George can help $1 coins” (Feb. 12): I do not understand: Why this obsession with a dollar coin? Why is it that no one ever thinks about a half-dollar coin in circulation? A half-dollar coin about the size of a nickel but with a square shape – or round with a hole in the middle – would be much more useful than a dollar coin, and the dollar bill would be left intact. – Aprim K. Abraham North Hill Reform redux Re “Money politics” (Our Opinions, Feb. 13): Your editorial glides over an important point. If less than 10 years ago, as you state, Mayor Richard Riordan was able to elect a reform-minded L.A. school board and now we are again in need of reform, what is this saying? My husband and I are retired from teaching more than 30 years. We have always marveled that, regardless of the campaign promises, once elected, very, very few members – such as David Tokofsky – go against the flow. – Doris Hood West Hills A phone call away In Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” Dogberry, a bumbling parish constable, often gives advice that seems to be the opposite of what would be sensible. His actions remind one of many members of our House of Representatives who are engaged in a heated exchange of words over a nonbinding resolution to control the possible future history of the world. In the meantime, my grandson, a 12-year Navy veteran, left for Iraq yesterday. He’s the father of my two great-grandchildren – one 7 months old, the other age 2. In a farewell phone conversation, his last words were, “Grandpa, please take care of my family.” Perhaps more members of our government in Washington should receive such a phone call. – Hal Geer Major, USAF Ret. Simi Valley L.A. River plan I lived in the Valley when the Tujunga Wash flooded in 1938 and washed away cars, houses and personal belongings, and the only way to get across the wash was the bridge on Chandler Boulevard in North Hollywood. The cemented Los Angeles River is called a flood-control channel because it controls the rainwater runoff all the way to the ocean. There are record years of rainfall when the channel is filled with rushing water. The flood-control channel was built to prevent flooding. If the concrete channel is removed for a park, what is proposed to warn the people of the sudden rising of the water? The flood control is necessary. – Joan Litsinger Reseda It’s about music Re “Dixie Chicks” (Your Opinions, Feb. 13): “It’s a shame (the Dixie Chicks) don’t know how to keep their mouths shut?” What is this, Scott Yollis, the United States of America or the Mafia? The Dixie Chicks didn’t earn five Grammy awards for their knitting. It’s about the music. The fact that they aren’t allowed to have their music aired on half the AM stations in the U.S. is nothing but a despicable right-wing political practice called “censorship.” I saw a Dixie Chicks concert on PBS recently, and they obviously have dedicated fans. I’m not one of the fans because I honestly don’t like their style of music. I can understand how they would be embarrassed to come from the same state as George Walker Bush, though. – William O. West Reseda Supply and demand? Re “City Council dictates” (Your Opinions, Feb. 12): In regard to a “living wage” for hotel workers, Charles Robinson (as well as several other writers) describes it as “simply matter of supply and demand,” as several other writers also do. Absolutely right. So when apartment owners want to convert their units into condos, the demand must be there. Oh, but wait, that’s when the government is supposed to step in and protect upper-middle-class residents from wealthier ones. I’m never going to understand exactly who is going to be protected by those in the government. (Maybe themselves, with contributions from any of the above.) – Mark Shea North Hills Speaking of surges President George W. Bush can get his surge of troops, but Chief William Bratton can’t get his surge of police officers despite the fact it cuts down the murder rate. There should be a ballot measure to cut the salaries of City Council members unless the city gets that surge of more police officers. I’m so disgusted that you can quote me on that. – Rikio Matsunami Los Angeles Attaboy So on Jan. 18 I had a water pipe burst under my street in Canoga Park. I had Lake Wyandotte instantly. I called the Department of Water and Power. Workers arrived in no time with trucks, jackhammers and lots of equipment, and they fixed the pipe. All went well. Good job. Thanks, DWP. – Ron Nevius Canoga Park160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Walcott leads Everton stars in Kenya

first_img0Shares0000England International Theo Walcott with team-mates arriving at JKIA on Saturday morning. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 6 – English Premier League side Everton FC are set to feel the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani pitch at 5pm today (Saturday) on the eve of their grand friendly match against Kenyan side Kariobangi Sharks slated for Sunday.Everton led by England forward Theo Walcott arrived in the country on Saturday morning aboard the giant chartered Airbus A340 private jet ahead of their historic first tour in Kenya. Also, in the squad led by their manager Marco Silva, are Morgan Schneiderlin, Andre Silva, Oumar Niasse, Ademola Lookman and Jonas Lossl among others.Decked in a black tracksuit and blue jacket, Silva who is leading a team to play for in Africa for the first time led his side to disembark from the plane before the players, technical staff and officials were ushered into the country by a traditional dancing troupe, Sarakasi Dancers.“We are glad to be back to East Africa for the second time and our match with Kariobangi Sharks will pave way for our pre-season tour that started this week. We look forward to the game tomorrow (Sunday) which we hope to enjoy,” Everton seasoned left back, Leighton Baines told SportPesa News.Cognisant on the lengthy journey from Liverpool, the Blues were whisked away to their hotel in a convoy of 25 vehicles shortly after their arrival that was covered live on local television and social media to underline the stature of the majestic event.Kenya has been a buzz about the tour of the Blues to the country since January when Sharks earned the right to host then in Nairobi after beating local rivals Bandari FC 1-0 in the final of the 2019 SportPesa Cup.The official confirmation of the fixture in May set in motion an elaborate sequence of planning and events as technology and entertainment business, SportPesa partnered with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to turn the tour dubbed Everton In Kenya into reality.Walcott interestEngland International Theo Walcott (R) with team-mates arriving at JKIA on Saturday morning. Photo/COURTESYNow, Kenyan football lovers can finally believe they have a chance to watch the stars they have followed with keen devotion take on the best of the EPL on home soil with the 60,000-seater MISC Kasarani expected to fill up to witness from close quarters what Everton is all about.-Everton in Kenyan squad-Maarten StekelenburgJonas LosslMason HolgateLewis GibsonMorgan SchneiderlinDennis AdeniranTom DaviesTheo WalcottAdemola LookmanLeighton BainesAndre GomesOumar NiasseRyan AstleyCallum ConnollyMorgan FeeneyAntonee RobinsonBeni BaningimeJoe WilliamsNathan BroadheadFraser HornbyJosh BowlerNathangelo Markelo-By SportPesaNews-0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Benin offer voodoo prayer for AFCON success

first_img0Shares0000A special voodoo fetish ceremony is held in Cotonou to encourage Benin’s Africa Cup of Nations team after they reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history © AFP / Prosper DAGNITCHECOTONOU, Benin, Jul 9 – The sound of drum beats, hand claps and women singing fills the air at a shrine in Cotonou in the West African nation of Benin, homeland of voodoo.But these days the ceremonies are a little bit different, as people pray for the country’s football team to make further historic progress at the Africa Cup of Nations. Benin shocked Morocco on penalties in the round of 16 to record its first ever victory in the competition and progress to a quarter-final showdown with Senegal on Wednesday.And for believers in the country where voodoo is widely practised alongside Christianity and Islam, help from the spirit world has spurred on the players.On Sunday, Dah Gbediga, president of the indigenous religions of Benin, was joined by several other vodunsi practitioners for a “special ceremony to support the Squirrels”, as the national squad are nicknamed.After sacrificing a goat and three sheep behind closed doors he emerged with his chest bared accompanied by a toothless priestess in her sixties who led the prayers in front of around a hundred followers.“This is something new for our players in this competition, people think we will make a poor showing, but they are wrong, we are committed to doing our best,” intoned the priestess, Tangninnon, gripping a gourd of water and her walking stick.Dah Gbediga said he has been praying for the team since well before the tournament began.“There is a march towards progress in football with the support of the ancestors and nothing else should stop us,” he told AFP, wearing a beaded skullcap and necklace.“We achieved what we had never done before this year, we have impressed the whole world and we ask the ancestors to make it last for as long as possible.”– ‘Pushed us this far’ –Women dance at a shrine in Cotonou during a voodoo fetish ceremony to wish Benin’s team luck in the Africa Cup of Nations © AFP / Prosper DAGNITCHEIt is not just at this shrine that prayers are being offered for the team.Victor Adoko, a fan of the Squirrels and priest of the thunder deity Hevioso, believes that they can go all the way to the final.As the players notched up three draws to squeak through the group stages he turned to his fetishes.“It is to increase the chances of the team,” he explained.Voodoo, a religion more often called “vodun” in west Africa, has a hierarchy of deities and tribal nature spirits, embracing magical practises and healing remedies considered divine.The use of fetishes and rituals has often been poorly served by Hollywood, which tends to turn a world where revered ancestors exist alongside the living into a source of black magic.Football fans — like others in the country — are split between believers and non-believers.Supporter Adeline Tonouewa, a follower of divinity Thron, says she has offered up cola nuts and libations to the spirit’s fetish in the hope of victory.“It has played its role,” she said.Paulin Kintonou, an actor and voodoo believer, agreed that spiritual forces have made the difference.“I have the firm conviction that it is these prayers that have pushed us this far,” he said.“Our religious elders are on our side.”But telecoms worker Enock Agasounon was not so convinced and insisted most of the credit had to go to the players.“Nothing comes for free, even if you ask for it in your prayers in church and end up getting it,” he said.“The Squirrels have the talent and have performed well. Above all it is down to their efforts — the prayers come second.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

South Africa’s Miriam Makeba named a legend

first_imgRay Maota Mama Afrika as Miriam Makeba was affectionately known was a musical icon and a human rights activist. Alex Okosi, senior vice president and MD of MTV Networks Africa, believes Makeba is a true legend and is rightly celebrated throughout the world. (Images: Jamati.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • MTV Networks Africa +27 11 706 2990 RELATED ARTICLES • SA wins big at World Travel Awards • SA scoops World Wine Awards • SA scientists win AU awards • Awards honour SA musiciansThe late Miriam Makeba will be honoured at the upcoming MTV Africa Music Awards (Mamas) for her immeasurable talent and role in bringing African music into the global arena.The icon, known for her worldwide hit song Pata Pata and her human rights campaigning, will be named the “Mama Legend” at a ceremony on 11 December 2010 in Lagos, Nigeria.The awards, which have been running for three years, have also posthumously honoured South African reggae singer Lucky Dube (2009) and the Nigerian pioneer of afrobeat music and human rights activist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti (2008).The Mamas are jointly hosted by MTV and Airtel, a global telecommunications company operating in 19 countries across Asia and Africa.Andre Beyers, chief marketing officer of Airtel Africa, said: “Our support for this year’s awards was founded on our commitment to empower the youth through initiatives that will help Africa to identify and celebrate talent.”“Miriam Makeba is a true legend and rightly celebrated throughout the world for her beautiful voice, fighting spirit and pioneering interpretation of African music,” added Alex Okosi, senior vice-president and MD of MTV Networks Africa.MTV recognises African talentMTV Networks Africa – which oversees MTV, VH1, MTV Base and Nickelodeon channels in sub-Saharan Africa – introduced the Mamas in 2008 after realising that no MTV awards honoured African artists alone.The first ceremony was held at the Velodrome in Abuja, Nigeria, on 22 November 2008, with the following year’s taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 10 October.D’Banj, P-Square, Seether, Jozi, Nameless, 2Face Idibia, Amani and Wahu have been other award recipients over the years.The performance line-up at the 2010 ceremony includes African artists 2Face, Banky W, Barbara Kanam, Big Nuz, Cabo Snoop, D’Banj, Daddy Owen, Diamond, DJ Arafat, Fally Ipupa, J.Martins, Jozi, Paul G, P-Unit, Radio & Weasel, Teargas, Wande Coal, Sarkodie and the Parlotones.US hip-hop sensation Rick Ross and T-Pain will also perform.Africa’s gemMakeba was born in Johannesburg in 1932 to a Xhosa father and a Swati mother, who was a traditional healer.Her musical genius was first recognised after winning a talent show at the missionary school she attended. At the age of 20 Makeba began singing with The Manhattan Brothers, a South African jazz band, and toured the country with them.Her popularity grew further when she landed a role in King Kong, a legendary South African musical about the life of a boxer.Makeba also starred in the film Come Back Africa, where she played herself in a dramatised documentary about the lives of black people in South Africa. When the director of the film invited her to join him at the 1959 Venice Film Festival, she gained instant celebrity status.Later Makeba moved to New York where famed singer, actor and producer Harry Belafonte took her under his wing, helping her record Pata Pata and Qongqothwane (also known as the Click Song), which remain her most popular songs to date.Although a star overseas, Makeba’s songs were banned in South Africa under the apartheid regime. She could not even return to the country in 1960 to bury her mother, as her passport was revoked.While under Belafonte’s wing, she mingled with the rich and famous, including former US president John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. She also won a Grammy award for her work with Belafonte, making her the first African woman to do so.She used her fame to add weight to her fight against apartheid and oppression, and in her campaigning for universal human rights. Makeba was recognised for this with the Dag Hammarskjold Peace Prize in 1986. She was also awarded the Unesco Grand Prix du Conseil International de la Musique award for her audio-visual contribution to African heritage in the same year.Following more than 30 years in exile, Makeba returned to her homeland in 1990 after former president Nelson Mandela was released from prison.Once back in the country, Makeba continued her fight against oppression of all kinds and was appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador in 1999.After an illustrious career spanning over five decades, the songbird died from a heart attack following a performance in Italy on 10 November 2008. She was 76 at the time.last_img read more

Rhino poaching: behind the scenes with South African rangers

first_img14 October 2015By Alex Crawford, special correspondent in South Africa, Sky NewsPromising not to give up, the rangers of the Kruger National Park are positive they will win the war against rhino poaching despite the disappointing increase in the number of deaths of these animals. New efforts include using Squirrel helicopters to find the poachers.British news group Sky News was given exclusive access to South Africa’s new rapid response anti-poaching unit to witness the efforts being made to stem the deaths of rhinos in the country’s largest national park.The work to stop rhino poaching falls under one of the pillars of the National Development Plan of the South African government, namely to protect and enhance the country’s environmental assets and natural resources.Winning the warDespite the increased efforts and extra money being used to fight the rhino wars, the number of rhinos poached is up by nearly 30% in the Kruger National Park alone. But the teams on the frontline insist they are winning.“We now have four (helicopters) in our fleet to cover an area the size of Israel. It’s a big area to police,” said helicopter pilot Jaco Mol.The park also has night vision equipment to scour the vast area. It has increased its K9 dog units to strengthen its paramilitary-style approach to poaching, and has raised the number of animals it is relocating to safer, secret locations on private game reserves.Rangers believe there are between 12 to 15 groups of poachers operating in the Kruger at any one time. They come in groups of about three, armed with hunting rifles, sometimes even silencers to cut down the possibility of being heard.The rangers need to be quick to catch poachers at work. They could hack off a rhino’s horn within a few minutes “if they’re experienced”, explained section ranger Rob Thomson. Then it’s a mad dash to the park’s border fence, which could take days depending on how far they’ve come into the reserve.The culpritsSyndicates sell the horn on the Far Eastern black market, where the keratin can fetch tens of thousands of dollars. They recruit poachers from the poor communities along the Kruger boundary fence.It is suspected that cattle herders are used as “scouts”. They apparently innocently move their livestock along the fence, while also acting as “spotters” of rhinos and the rangers.“He just needs to phone the poacher when he sees a rhino at the river near the fence, the poacher comes back and next thing, the rhino’s dead,” said Thomson.How the rangers operateRangers are radioed in and follow the poachers’ spoor. Despite co-ordinating ground and air teams, and mobilising a sniffer dog and his handler, the poachers’ track appears several hours old.During a raid on a group of poachers, ranger Andrew Desmet was shot several times. Determined to combat rhino poaching, however, he was back in the field after his five-week recovery.Watch how the Kruger National Park teams work:Orphaned rhinoOperation Save the Rhino also involves rescuing and caring for young rhino orphaned by the killings. Without their mothers’ protection, calves are vulnerable to attacks by other wildlife.If rangers spot an orphan, they will do their utmost to make sure it is taken to the Care for Wild Africa centre set up to cater for rhino young.The exact location of the centre is a secret, for the rhinos’ security. Although the orphans are kept under 24-hour guard, one has already been poached. Volunteers – mostly from abroad – pay to help take care of these endangered creatures.Petronel Nieuwoudt, who runs the non-profit company, warned: “If we don’t do something to save the next generation of rhinos, then the species really will be wiped out.”Watch Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa speak about the interventions of the South African government to curb rhino poaching:Source: Sky Newslast_img read more