“When I see my players well, I’m not afraid of anything”

first_img-Barça semifinal analysis: “The best defensive part was the first half. We defended very low but because they were better but the team had support. In the second half the opposite. We defend worse and attack better. In the second goal void to them there was an aura in the stadium that I saw my players think: ‘If we tie it we win it’. They lost their fear of the game. Then Llorente, Correa, Vitolo with the driving… ”-What movie do you expect from tomorrow’s game?: “Madrid is a team that we know very well, very important in the hierarchy of its protagonists. He has an absolutely winning coach. He transmits every time he plays that he has to win and he wins. Neither Benzema nor Bale nor Hazard came here and nothing changes them, they seek to strengthen themselves. They did it from the circulation, from the arrival of the second line. They have Vinicius and Rodrygo there, if they play they will have more speed but more possession and we have to think about how to attack those positions to harm them the way we want. ”-Party scenario: “It’s fantastic. With two teams looking forward to winning this Super Cup they will face their weapons to take the game where it suits them best. ”-Zidane, looks better coach than when he won the three Champions, you ?: “This is like life, we are better with the years. All the accumulated experiences we manage to develop. I consider having grown both in life and in sport since, I think, there is no separate relationship from life with football. ”-Valverde, position in which he left the defeat against Atlético: “A lot of respect for the opinions that everyone gives. For me Valverde is a great coach and has shown his ability to support the club. ” -Do you have the equipment and cruise speed for a title ?: “We continue in the same place of growth, of improvement, of looking for our players to take experience. The youngest and those who have more time have, to transmit to them what Atlético is and the moment we are living. Always face rivals like Madrid, Barça or Liverpool makes us better. Tomorrow we have a nice opportunity. ”-Change at Real Madrid from the derby: “In LaLiga it’s different, we already talked about it in the previous game. There you have three results, here only three. Any mistake that occurs in the game leads you to have less chance to recover it because the result is only one, both in the direct semifinal and in the final. ”-Players played: “Oblak and Correa are well beyond the coup and José (Giménez) yesterday trained very well. Let’s see how his fitness progresses in this afternoon’s training and from there we will decide who starts tomorrow’s game. ”-How can you convert all the sticks you get into gasoline: “Believing in my players and always looking to empower the club. I think the club has always done a great job with an institution since we arrived. From the Falcao that stayed to give us as a coaching staff the possibility, then very difficult, now an obligation, to enter the Champions League. With the young boys now. Yesterday afternoon when they spent the game on TV I saw them watching him with admiration and wanting to improve. My energy is my soccer players. When I see them well, I am not afraid of anything. ”– Mid-season title, what does it mean?: “It would not seem right to make an analysis of what could happen. Winning is always very beautiful and I don’t want to say what would happen if I won. There is nothing more important than tomorrow’s game. ”last_img read more

Chiefs flaunt tough roster

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Lady Chiefs will have the core of last year’s champion team—although they lost captain Ria Sante to graduation.San Sebastian, meanwhile, begins life without star Grethcel Soltones, the league’s three-time MVP, who finished her collegiate career without winning a title. —MARC ANTHONY REYESFEATURED 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 folk 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 Arellano Lady Chiefs. CONTRIBUTED PHOTODefending champion Arellano University fields a solid roster as it opens defense of its NCAA women’s volleyball crown against Mapua on Jan. 4 at Filoil Flying V Centre.San Sebastian will take on Emilio Aguinaldo in the other opening-day match.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES National Doubles Amateur: Manotoc-Lagman seizes lead over Wong-Petilcenter_img View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Westbrook and George help Thunder over Rockets

first_imgNets hit 24 3s, 1 shy of NBA record, in rout of Bulls LATEST STORIES Oklahoma City is vying with several teams for the final playoff spots in the loaded Western Conference. The victory gives the Thunder a 2-1 win in the season series and snaps the Rockets’ 20-game home winning streak.James Harden had 26 points for Houston, and Chris Paul added 17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPaul hit a step-back jumper and Gerald Green scored to give the Rockets a 92-91 lead with 7:09 left. But Westbrook scored five quick points to start an 11-0 run by Oklahoma City that made it 102-92 with about four minutes remaining.Houston went scoreless for more than four minutes, missing seven shots and committing three turnovers as Oklahoma City pulled away. The Thunder also blocked three shots in that span. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Rockets scored five straight points with less than a minute left to get within five, but George made two free throws to help secure the win.Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points for Oklahoma City, including three of the Thunder’s 10 3-pointers.The Thunder led by as many as 11 in the first half, but Houston used a 5-1 spurt take a 62-61 lead at halftime.TIP-INSThunder: Westbrook also had 10 assists. … Oklahoma City had five blocked shots, including two from Jerami Grant. … Steven Adams added 12 points.Rockets: Paul received a technical foul in the second quarter after arguing after being called for an offensive foul. … Ryan Anderson missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. … Eric Gordon also sat out for the second straight game with a sore left ankle.UP NEXTThunder: Visit Heat on Monday night.Rockets: Visit Lakers on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ APHOUSTON — Russell Westbrook and Paul George each scored 24 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder used a timely fourth-quarter run to pull away for a 108-102 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.The Thunder were down one with about seven minutes left before scoring the next 11 points.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 View comments MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Michael Jordan hires Mitch Kupchak as new Hornets GM

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina As a player and executive, Kupchak has been a part of 10 NBA championship teams. He won three as a player — one with the Washington Wizards and two with in Los Angeles Lakers — and seven as a Lakers executive.“In every role and in every stop during his tenure in the NBA, Mitch Kupchak has brought the highest levels of success to his teams,” Jordan said. “… Having won championships as both a player and an executive, we have confidence that Mitch is the right person to lead our basketball operations, build a winning culture and bring sustained success to our organization, for our fans and for the city of Charlotte.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe 63-year-old Kupchak replaces Rich Cho, who was fired earlier this season. Charlotte has failed to make the playoffs in three of its last four seasons.One of Kupchak’s first decisions will be whether or not to bring back coach Steve Clifford, whose contract expires after the 2019 season. Mitch Kupchak. APCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hornets owner Michael Jordan has turned to a fellow former North Carolina Tar Heel with a strong NBA track record to help turn around his struggling franchise.Charlotte hired Mitch Kupchak as president of basketball operations and general manager Sunday, giving him full control of day-to-day operations. Jordan called Kupchak a “proven winner” in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Kupchak brings more than 30 years of NBA front office experience to Charlotte, including 17 seasons as a general manager with the Lakers.“I’m excited to join the Hornets organization and I want to thank Michael for this opportunity,” said Kupchak. “I am well aware of the passion for basketball in Charlotte and throughout the entire state of North Carolina?, and I am confident that we can build the Hornets into a successful team that our great fans can be proud of.”Kupchak inherits a roster that includes two-time All-Star point guard Kemba Walker, aging center Dwight Howard and Nic Batum, but not much else to build around for the future and with few assets available to trade other than Walker.But Jordan thinks Kupchak is the man who can turn things around.Kupchak began working in the Lakers’ front office in 1986 under Hall of Famers Jerry West and Bill Sharman, who was the first person to win a championship as a player, coach and executive. Kupchak took over as general manager in 2000, serving in that capacity until being fired in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 76ers rout Mavericks, win 14th in row to tie club mark Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ 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 Lakers won four NBA titles and six Western Conference Championships during that 17-year run, posting a 747-607 (.552) regular-season record and winning 63 percent (111-66) of their postseason contests. During that span Kupchak was responsible for the day-to-day management of the team, including personnel decisions, contract negotiations, salary cap strategy and scouting collegiate and international players.Kupchak played at North Carolina and was the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 1976 NBA draft.He played nine NBA seasons in Washington and Los Angeles and averaged 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 510 games.At North Carolina, Kupchak was named 1975-76 ACC Player of the Year as a senior. He is one of 49 UNC standouts to have his jersey (No. 21) honored and raised to the rafters of the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMClast_img read more

FIFA Referees Instructors Course Supports Development

first_imgThe recent FIFA sponsored Referees Instructors Course has provided means for participants to better understand the trends in the world’s number one sport, former FIFA badge referee Idrissa Kaba has said.Kaba clarified to the Daily Observer yesterday that the course, held in the Egyptian capital, Cairo was a FIFA sponsored course and not a Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) course as previously published. It brought together nearly 50 former referees from national associations in Africa who now have the responsibility to be supported by their national associations to develop referees.Kaba explained that while the Anglophone referees seminars were held in Cairo, Egypt and Mbabane, Swaziland in Southern Africa, another one was held for Francophone countries in Rabat, Morocco.“Mr. Henric Carlos of South Africa is the development officer for English speaking Africa while Mr. Sidy Bekaye Magassa of Mali is the development officer for French speaking Africa,” Kaba said.He said his colleagues, Mason Goe and Benedict Yarsiah who participated in the 6-day course (October 17-22) are ready to work for their country.“We are back and ready to set the ball rolling to develop referees that will continue to improve the image of the game in Africa,” Kaba said. Kaba and Goe participated in the technical referees’ instructors’ course while Yarsiah participated in the physical referees’ instructors’ course.“We are grateful that Liberia has three referees who are qualified to teach others and I think the Liberia Football Association should make it a duty to make sure that any of the three ascends to higher positions in CAF,” he said.CAF is the Confederation of African Football with headquarters in Cairo, Egypt and responsible for the development of soccer in Africa. It has positions for referees’ assessors, along with others, that travel to other countries to see how referees are playing by the rules.Meanwhile, he appealed to Liberian referees to work with the ‘Laws of the Game’ to gain recognition to improve the image of Liberia in the soccer community.He reminded them that referees play an important role in the enjoyment of the game. “We should not overlook this fact,” Kaba, who rose to become the secretary general of the Liberia Football Association, said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

JFK Requested to Transition in 90 Days

first_imgThe Senate has requested the Minister of Health and Members of the Board of Directors of the John F. Kennedy Hospital (JFK), to fully implement in 90 days, the recently passed amended JFK Law, which among other things, calls for new leadership at that referral hospital.The Senate decision came through a motion by Nimba County Senator Thomas S. Grupee, a splendid power-point presentation by Health Minister and Chairperson of the JFK board Madam Bernice Dahn; and a lengthy period of grilling by the Senate Plenary.The motion by Senator Grupee who chairs the committee on Internal Affairs, Governance and Reconciliation, also requested the Peter Coleman-chaired committee on Health, Gender, and Social Welfare to arrange and carry out a tour of the facilities of the JFK, which according toMinister Dahn, is currently undergoing major renovations at the cost of US$30 million. Also, the high-powered four-member board delegation to last week’s presentation in the Chambers of the Senate, which included JFK Administrator Madam Wvannie Scott McDonald, was requested to address the exorbitant fees reportedly paid by patients for their treatment at that hospital.During her presentation, Minister Dahn disclosed that the Board is already implementing some aspects of the new JFK Act, and told the lawmakers that the transition is a process that needs careful and thorough planning. “We want to put a system in place so that any team that will take over administration of the JFK will continue from where we may stop, and will not have to start from scratch,” Minister Dahn said.Minister Dahn clarified that as long as those calling themselves members of the Health Workers Association of Liberia are willing to remain within the borders of professionalism as medical practitioners who took the oath to protect lives, she will work with them, but not as a union, emphasizing that politics must be taken out of the hospitals and medical centers.The JFK Administrator Dr. McDonald, who formed part of the delegation to the Senate, told Senators that the initial amount of US$4.2 million used to jump start the first renovation of the JFK in 40 years, was money realized from fees charged patients treated at the Center over a two-year period.The latest decision by the Senate that brought Minister Dahn and her board to the Senate, was based on a communication from Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif, in which she recounted the difficulties financially depressed ordinary citizens go through at the JFK to get services such as laboratory analyses, which she said sometimes takes a week. Senator Doe-Sherif’s concerns were buttressed by Grand Kru County Senator and chairman on Health Committee Peter Coleman, who warned that pressure must be brought to bear on the Chairman of the board who happens to be the Minister of Health, to ensure that the amended JFK law that was passed, is implemented.“We are not going to go anywhere and our people will continue to suffer. There is a need for a change of administration at the JFK and the way it is run,” Senator Sheriff said.Meanwhile, the Senate has closed for its annual constituency break, and will return in the second week of January, 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police still hunting for Enmore robbery suspects

first_img…as victims’ traumatisation continuesThe trauma of being held at gunpoint, beaten and robbed while your young child lies just in the other room is now settling in for the Persaud family as they take new security measures to protect their Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home.Four gunmen reportedly invaded the home of Chatterpaul Persaud during the wee hours of Tuesday and carted off over $7 million in cash, jewellery, a DVR and television set.The Persaud’s homeThe incident occurred around 02:00h, and the gunmen gained entry through a door they pried open. The men then pounced upon Persaud and his wife, Naleni Deonarine, and held them at gunpoint, tied them up, and proceeded to ransack their home.Upon entry into the home, the gunmen reportedly dealt Persaud several lashes to his head after he refused to cooperate in handing over his valuables. During their search, the gunmen found a quantity of gold jewellery and an undisclosed sum of cash, which they bagged. In addition, after leaving the man’s home, they went to his mother’s home, which is adjacent to his. There, they held the 51-year-old woman, Haimwantie, and her 51-year-old husband, Gahansham at gunpoint, demanding cash and jewellery.Out of fear for her life, the woman cooperated and handed over a quantity of gold jewellery and a sum of cash. Upon collecting same, the gunmen fled the scene.Chatterpaul related that after he realised the men had left, he began to untie himself and raised an alarm.“After them man beat we up and tumble up the house and left, me try and loose out meself and then me wife. We run up to me mother house and me uncle them call the Police,” he related.Chatterpaul Persaud and his wife Naleni Deonarine“We call the Enmore Station first, but them man nah come, then we call the Cove and John Station and them come about half hour after and then when them come, them do them investigation and then today them tell we that them still looking to see if them find anybody,” Chatterpaul added.The vegetable vendor related that his family was so traumatised that they have begun locking all their gates and doors while at home during the day.The man received head injuries and had to get 10 stitches.“I never feel so in me life, but when them man come in the house them tell me that we can’t face one another and then them take the sheet and one of he (Chatterpaul’s) jersey and tie we up. When I turn next to he, I see he face cover in blood and I tell them man ‘ayo, take everything but nah do we nothing, me got one lil baby’ and then them start tumbling up the house,” Deonarine related.She added that they were still trying to recover from the incident and were having trouble dealing with the effects.The men reportedly removed some staves from the fence and gained access to the yard. The property was secured and was protected by security cameras; however, the DVR that was stolen had all the footage. The family has since increased security.last_img read more

People’s Choice Award expands to Mash Soca, Calypso, Chutney competitions

first_imgCitizens will now be able to vote for their favourite artiste to win prizes in Mashramani’s major singing competitions this year.Director of Culture, Tamika Boatswain told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that while this option had been offered for the juniors’ competition, the Ministry also recognised the need for citizens’ inclusion in the determination of other deserving participants in the Soca, Calypso and Chutney competitions.“We are giving the participants another chance to earn something because at times the Judges’ decision is final, but the view of the public has a greater liking toDirector of Culture, Tamika Boatswaina different person which may not necessarily be the person who won,” she explained.Polls are open on the Ministry’s official Facebook Page and will run until the day of the competition. Voting will be closed before the competition ends to accommodate the prize-giving ceremony.According to Boatswain, the Ministry will also aim to promote newcomers and their songs to the public, as it will not only enable them to gain followers but also much-needed crowd participation during their performance.She explained that those who participate are at times unknown to the public; hence, the lack of crowd participation, which is a critical criterion and affects the judges’ decision.This, she hopes, will be changed with intensified promotion so that all can compete on the same level this year.Last year, Onika Joseph dethroned Diana Chapman and became the Adult Calypso Monarch with her song – “Woman is Boss” while Brandon Harding became the Soca Monarch with his song – “Alive”. The Adult Chutney Monarch was won by Chaitsingh Mohanlall.last_img read more

Rice cultivation in Region 2 under threat due to dry spell

first_imgThe dry rice fields on the Essequibo CoastRice cultivation in Region Two is under severe threats due to the prolonged dry season which has had an impact on the water in the conservancy. As a result of this phenomenon, there is not enough water for the present crop.Rice farmers told Guyana Times that they are frustrated with the constant disasters facing the crop. “If na blast, ah bug, if na bug ah dry weather, if na dry weather ah price”, one rice farmer exclaimed.Rice farmers have been under severe pressure of late due to several issues and the Government seems not to care since no intervention to address the water woes is forthcoming.When contacted, Field Retention Officer of the Rice Producers Association, Chowkat Ali explained that while he knows that the long dry weather is the main factor for the water crisis in the region, he also blamed the Drainage and Irrigation Overseers for not monitoring the water supply and securing the kokers of the conservancy in a timely manner.He noted that presently, the southern end of the Coast can have some irrigation if water is pumped from the Supenaam Creek into the conservancy.A visit to the backdam clearly shows the many dried up trenches and the very low water level in the conservancy.The Pomeroon River, which is another source to tap into, has not been considered due to the salty water which has been affecting those who depend on the river for their daily water usage.last_img read more

Enbridge pipeline faces further criticism

first_imgThe First-Nations Summit Chief’s Council has passed a motion urging the federal government not to continue with its review of the proposed Enbridge Pipelines project.The Council met in North Vancouver, on Friday. A statement released by the Council says the federal government should not continue with the plan unless it obtains consent from all affected First Nations communities.- Advertisement -The proposed project includes the construction of two pipelines from the Alberta tar sands to a port at Kitimat B.C., where tankers would transport the oil to other countries.First Nations groups say the federal government has ignored their previous demands and “unilaterally designed and established its review process and Aboriginal consultation process for the pipeline” and say the project would carry high environmental risks.Meanwhile, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities – at their conference in Whistler – passed two motions against the pipeline plan.The first motion urges Ottawa to ban bulk crude oil tanker traffic through the Queen Charlotte Sound area. The second simply opposes the Enbridge pipeline.Advertisementlast_img read more