Roger Riera: “The Federation’s decision does not seem logical to me”

first_img“The NAC Breda had earned on the pitch the option to go up to the Eredivisie. And teams like Den Haag and Waalwijk, who had a very difficult time in First Division, have been favored. It doesn’t seem fair“Riera continues, who does see logic in the KNVB’s decision to abandon the title:” If you can’t play, it seems good to me that there is no champion. “The center-back formed in the FC Barcelona youth academy considers it “strange” that the classification “if it serves to enter Europe, but not to descend.” “Tomorrow we have a meeting in which, I hope, they explain everything to us,” he adds from his confinement in Spain. “When they told us that he wasn’t going to play anymore, I came back and now I’m at my parents’ house“concludes one of the captains of the NAC Breda. The 2019/20 season in the Netherlands is already history. Given the government’s veto of any massive event until September 1, the KNVB (Royal Netherlands Football Association) decided to end the football course. A decision that leaves benefited, but also great losers. It is the case of NAC Breda, whose fifth position in Second allowed him to dream of returning to the Eredivisie from the hand of three Spanish soccer players. “The Federation’s decision does not seem logical to me“, assures this means the Catalan central Roger Riera.“In the Netherlands, the virus is more controlled than in other countries like Spain. I think there was a possibility of ending the season, but the government’s decision changed all our plans,” adds the former FC Barcelona or Celta. Despite chaining six games without losing and occupying promotion play-off positions, the NAC Breda will have to face another season in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie, of whose first period champions were proclaimed. “We understand that not everyone can be content, but we consider that the decision is detrimental to us,” says Riera. “Cambuur and Graafschap had the promotion done, but the remaining 30% of the season has prioritized over the 70% contested. I would prefer that value be given to what has happened in the field and not to what could have happened“, completes the Spanish central.last_img read more

Heated duel

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The Beermen survived the loss of its two stars by leaning heavily on Renaldo Balkman in a 99-94 victory over the TNT KaTropa in a PBA Commissioner’s Cup Petron Saturday Special at Mall of Asia Arena.Renaldo Balkman had 43 points, 15 rebounds, six blocks, and four assists as the Beermen notched their fourth win in five games after opening the tournament with three straight losses.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 crown“This was a badly needed win and thankfully we were able to survive TNT,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria. “They (the KaTropa) know the importance of this game and they want to kick us out because if we’re out of the playoffs, the other teams will have a chance to win the championship.”The Beermen lost stars Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter due to heated confrontations during the game. Lassiter and TNT star Terrence Romeo exchanged words and were slapped with technicals while Santos got into a loose ball scuffle with TNT workhorse Anthony Semerad. Romeo and Semerad were also ejected. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Maraño pleads for understanding, asks nat’l teammates to tune out noise 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 Harsh words spoken, elbows thrown and four players ejected. The rivalry between two flagship franchises heated up, with San Miguel emerging from the scrap victorious.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments Meanwhile, a little challenge by coach Caloy Garcia snapped Rain or Shine out of its defensive slump as the Elasto Painters holstered hot-shooting Phoenix marksman Jeff Chan’s guns to nip the Fuel Masters, 108-106, in the earlier game.“Jeff and Eugene Phelps were torching us in the first half,” Garcia said. “I told them that they should be ashamed of themselves if we’re going to get beaten up by just two players.”After cooling Chan and Phelps, the Painters found their own groove and slowly inched their way from 19 points down before James Yap knocked down a floater in the lane and a three-pointer that change the game’s direction halfway through the fourth.The win put Rain or Shine back on top with a 9-1 card as it moved closer to a twice-to-beat bonus in the playoffs.Chan, who was traded to Phoenix from Rain or Shine last season, sizzled with 23 of his 26 points in the first half, including seven threes that helped the Fuel Masters speed ahead early.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img read more

PCC Mandated to Remove Obstructions

first_imgMarketers and truckers, obstructing the progress of work on the Somalia Drive road project have infuriated President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf causing her to mandate the Paynesville City Corporation to remove the culprits.Armed units were brought in to clear the area and keep truckers and marketers away in order for the work to proceed unhindered.The President, who was inspecting several major road projects yesterday in Margibi and Montserrado counties, appeared quite upset when she saw the Somalia Drive road, which is under construction crammed with marketers and vehicles. Truckers were obstructing the work by using the area as parking lots and sidewalks meant for the company to move its equipment were also being used as garages by some truckers and other vehicle owners.Marketers, especially water sellers, were also dumping garbage on the road and in drainages while it is also reported that some unscrupulous individuals are stealing crushed rocks brought to the site for the construction work.President Sirleaf, who appeared angry upon seeing the trucks and garbage along the road, immediately told PCC Mayor, Cyvette Gibson to work with the Monrovia City Corporation’s taskforce to have all of the trucks removed.The President said, “I want you people to make sure that these trucks are removed from here immediately.” She said immediate action needs to be taken if the contractors are to finish the work on time.Prior to the commencement of the project, owners of trucks and other property owners were asked to have them removed to give space for the work. People were also paid to remove their structures from along the road, but some of the structures later reemerged after the job was temporarily suspended due to the Ebola crisis.The Ministry of Public Works Supervisor, Deena Cooper had earlier complained to President Sirleaf that the action of the truckers, especially around the Jacob Town-Black Genie Community, was impeding progress on the road.Ms. Cooper complained about the level of garbage, especially water plastic bags that are dumped on the road on a daily basis by marketers and residents of communities along the road, leaving contractors to constantly sweep the road to keep it clean.She said the trucks and human traffic on the road were impeding the movement of construction workers and equipment.Mayor Gibson said she would ensure that the President’s mandate was implemented to the fullest. Gibson, who said that she heard about the problem a fortnight ago, noted that she was convening a meeting with the staff of the PCC to immediately begin the appropriate action.The Somalia Drive road reconstruction project is the largest Japanese grant in the country. The Japanese government, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Government of Liberia in June 2013 signed the project which is worth US$43.5 million. The contractor, Dai Nippon Construction (DNC), began work in February 2014, but the work was suspended due to the Ebola outbreak and recommenced last October.The road, when completed will ease the traffic congestion along the Freeway (Red-Light to the Freeport of Monrovia) and would also promote economic and social activities. The project is the expansion of the current 13.2 kilometers two lane road to four with the construction of two additional lanes as well as the construction of the new Stockton Creek Bridge and the repair of the Double Bridge that separates the city of Paynesville from the Gardnersville Township. Other road projects inspected by President Sirleaf included the A. B. Tolbert Road, the extension of the pavement of the Marshall Road, and Police Academy Road.She encouraged the contractors and workers to ensure that the work is done to bring relief to Liberians.All of the contractors assured the President that their respective projects are on course, promising to do quality work, although many fears were raised as a result of the rainy season that appears to have begun early.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RCC to engage GPF on how to deal with child cases

first_imgThe Rights of the Child Commission (RCC) has announced it will be engaging the Guyana Police Force (GPF), as it relates to the how they should approach cases where children are involved.CEO of the RCC, Amar Panday (right) along with executives flanked by the youth ambassadorsChief Executive Officer of the RCC, Amar Panday, indicated on Monday that professionalism in addressing these cases which require Police attention is one of the main focuses of the Commission. The first discussions are scheduled for today.This comes at a time when a number of youths would have benefited from their youth camp and will be able to take up the responsibility of addressing these concerns.Recently, the camp was held from August 2-6, which sought to equip the participants with the skills which can be used to empower other youths in their communities. Venturing into the Iwokrama region, workshops were also held with children of the hinterlands schools.“The Rights of the Child Commission has a work programme. Tomorrow (Tuesday) we are engaging the Police in C Division (East Coast Demerara) and for the record, the RCC has engaged the Police in all the of the other divisions, focusing on what are the professional and psychosocial roles of Police Officers when handling children cases,” Panday stated.Panday asserted that at this time, the youth ambassadors can be part of the discussions with ranks of the GPF and they can also give their opinions from a child’s perspective.Emphasis will also be placed on championing the rights of children and providing the vulnerable ones with protection against abuse and other social issues.One of the ambassadors of the youth camp sought to point out on behalf of his colleagues, that safe spaces should also be created for children to report all incidences along with confidentiality and quick response from the Force.“As it relates to the Police Officers and the way they treat these cases, we would like to see more confidentiality and faster response with their reaction reports and complaints and to have it be dealt with in a strict manner so that the public can gain their trust and to ensure that when these complaints are made, there would be strict actions.”Meanwhile, the Investigative Officer of the RCC, Andre Gonsalves stated, “One of the things I would really like for the youth ambassadors to take on is lobbying and supporting their right to make a complaint, not just here but also at the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) level.”last_img read more

MOE moves to nix special audit into UG’s spending

first_img–AG’s Office will proceed with audit – AG SharmaThe Education Ministry has formally withdrawn its request to the Auditor General’s Office to have a special audit conducted into the operations and affairs of the University of Guyana (UG).University of Guyana, Turkeyen CampusAuditor General of Guyana, Deodat SharmaThis special audit was initially requested in light of several complaints raised by representatives of UG’s Workers Union (UGWU) and UG’s Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) revolving around that educational institution.However, although the Education Ministry has formally withdrawn the call for the audit, Auditor General (AG) Deodat Sharma, during an interview with Guyana Times on Monday posited that his organisation is still forging ahead to have the audit completed.“The Permanent Secretary (PS) had withdrawn the request but we are still going ahead with my auditors to look at it because there was a concern. So that is the issue right now. It is ongoing…it is one of the audits that has been contracted out.”He stated that the accounts at that tertiary education institution have not been “up to date” and the reports for the accounts for the year 2015 are only now being made available.This will have an effect on the length of time it will take to have the audit completed but nonetheless, according to AG Sharma, the Audit Office will continue to execute its duties and conduct this much-needed audit.Just three weeks ago, Presidents of the two UG Unions were calling for the swift commencement of this audit, after alleging that the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith and Pro-Chancellor, Joe Singh, who heads the institution’s council, were practically running same to fit their own desireThe University is presently low on funds and is unsure as to how it will keep in operation until the end of 2019.AG Sharma, in April last, had noted that the PS of the Education Ministry had officially written to him, requesting this special audit, but before his office could have begun its work, the necessary meeting had to take place.“Meetings were held with the Education Ministry officials, of course, they had to be held first so that we could be briefed. Then there were meetings with the Unions from UG but I am not at liberty to discuss what transpired in those meetings. However, what I can say is that I am hoping to go into UG to start the special audit within two weeks from now” Sharma had informed on April 20, 2019.last_img read more

BCB begins distribution of raincoats to groundsmen in Berbice

first_imgGroundsmen across Berbice would now be in a better position to prepare venues across the Ancient County as the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) on Sunday last started the distribution of raincoats to clubs.The BCB had received 40 raincoats from The Hardware Depot’s Managing Director Bonny Singh, valued at $100, 000. BCB President Hilbert Foster, along with Executive Member Lakeram Latchman, handed over 12 of the raincoats to the Number 69 Vikings, Number 73, Crabwood Creek, Skeldon, Cut and Load and Number 70 during a simple ceremony at the Number 69 Vikings Ground.Foster stated that the BCB under his leadership was fully committed to assisting clubs as much as possible to fulfil their mandates to their membership. The donation of the raincoats followed similar donations of $1.3 million worth of cricket balls and $2 million worth of cricket gear, stumps and scorebooks. The Cricket Board with support from the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club has also assisted numerous clubs with trophies and medals. Every club in the Ancient County benefited from the Cricket Balls Project, which was spearheaded by former BCB President Anil Beharry. Foster also disclosed that plans are in place to assist clubs with white cricket t/shirts and the First-Division Clubs with coaching kits. The BCB President also stated that every effort was being made to obtain some proper pitch covers that would be used by the Board across the county.The energetic President stated that all Berbicians should be pleased at the current status of the game in the county and he urged all Clubs to dedicate themselves to lifting their standard even higher. Cricket, Foster stated, is being played at every level while numerous developmental programmes have been put into place to assist the younger generation of players to develop quickly. Clubs were urged to use the raincoats for the intended purpose and not for personal use.Representatives of the six clubs expressed gratitude to the Board and The Hardware Depot for the donation, and hailed the outstanding work of the BCB over the past seven months.last_img read more

Suicide-prevention group hits spot showing robot jumping off bridge

first_imgThe New York-based American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says it started getting complaints the day after the ad aired and as of Thursday had fielded more than 250 e-mails or calls. It wants GM to pull the ad from its Web site, try to get it off video-sharing Web sites such as YouTube and apologize. “It was inappropriate to use depression and suicide as a way to sell cars,” said Robert Gebbia, the foundation’s executive director. The ad is the latest from the Super Bowl to come under fire. Earlier this week, a commercial for Snickers candy bars was benched after complaints that it was homophobic. And aspiring rapper Kevin Federline apologized after a restaurant trade group said it was insulted by an ad that starred him as a fast-food worker. GM says the robot ad was designed to show the company’s obsession with quality, highlighting its enhanced powertrain warranty of five years or 100,000 miles on all new light-duty vehicles starting with 2007 models. Mark LaNeve, GM’s vice president of sales, service and marketing, said the automaker had no plans to stop airing the ad. It had a relatively small number of runs scheduled after the Super Bowl, and those will continue, he said. The ad was screened by focus groups for insensitivity, and all found it amusing and effective in conveying the message about GM’s quality, LaNeve said. “It’s a dream sequence. It’s not a person, and it’s a robot that is a fantasy. I mean, that robot doesn’t move around. C’mon,” LaNeve said. In a statement, GM said, “Advertising during the Super Bowl brings instant critiques, both positive and negative.” The ad has only aired once, but the online buzz has continued. The company didn’t have details on how many times the ad had been watched on its Web site, but on YouTube alone it has drawn more than 350,000 views.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – A Super Bowl ad showing a quality-obsessed General Motors Corp. robot jumping off a bridge in a dream sequence after screwing up on the job is drawing criticism from a suicide prevention group. But the world’s largest automaker is defending the ad and says it has no plans to change the spot, which is making the rounds online and is featured on GM’s Web site after making its broadcast debut during Sunday’s big game. The ad, called “Robot,” opens with the machine in question dropping a screw while working on a GM assembly line. It’s kicked out of the plant and finds work waving a “Condos for Sale” sign and holding up a speaker at a fast-food joint, all the while appearing saddened by watching shiny, new GM vehicles drive by. As the Eric Carmen song “All By Myself” plays in the background, the despondent robot leaps off a bridge into the water below, only to wake up inside the darkened factory – waking up from its dream. last_img read more

Welbeck relishing life at Arsenal and hails Sanchez link-up

first_img1 Danny Welbeck says he is relishing playing alongside Alexis Sanchez and believes he is already up to speed with his new Arsenal teammates.The former Manchester United man joined the Gunners on transfer deadline day for a fee of £16m.Since then Welbeck has made a bright start to his Arsenal career, scoring five goals in his first seven appearances.And the England international admits that he is loving life at Arsenal and linking up with the club’s top players, especially £35m man Sanchez.“It’s a pleasure to play with Alexis. He’s persistent, he keeps going and they are [the attributes of] somebody I like to play alongside,” Welbeck told Arsenal’s website.“It’s the same with all the other players in the team. I’m really getting to know the players much better now and hopefully now we can go on a nice run of winning games.” Danny Welbeck last_img read more

West Ham survive scare, three Premier League sides exit League Cup

first_img0Shares0000West Ham avoid four defeats on the bounce as they beat 10-man Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow. Photo/COURTESYLONDRES, United Kingdom, Aug 29 – West Ham survived a scare from League One Wimbledon to register Manuel Pellegrini’s first win in charge and progress to the third round of the League Cup as Premier League sides Cardiff, Huddersfield and Brighton bowed out on Tuesday.The Hammers have suffered three straight defeats to begin their league season, despite former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss Pellegrini being backed with nearly £100 million ($128.7 dollars) in the transfer market, and went behind inside two minutes at Kingsmeadow through Joe Pigott’s header. But the hosts were reduced to 10 men after just 18 minutes as Rod McDonald was dismissed for a second yellow card and second-half goals from Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Javier Hernandez secured a 3-1 win to spare Pellegrini’s blushes.Cardiff’s poor start to the season on their return to the top flight continued with a comprehensive 3-1 defeat at home to Championship side Norwich.Saido Berahino scored his first goal since February 2016 to send Stoke into the last 32 with a 2-0 win over Premier League Huddersfield.Southampton edged out Brighton 1-0 in the only all-Premier League tie of the round thanks to Charlie Austin’s winner two minutes from time.Leicester cruised past Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town 4-0 with Rachid Ghezzal registering his first goal for the club.Bournemouth, Fulham and Wolves also eased into round three over lower league opposition in MK Dons, Exeter and Sheffield Wednesday respectively.Crystal Palace needed Alexander Sorloth’s first goal for the club 20 minutes from time to edge out Swansea 1-0.Frank Lampard’s Derby were thrashed Hull 4-0, but Marcelo Bielsa tasted defeat for the first time as Leeds boss, losing 2-0 at home to Preston, while Aston Villa also went down 1-0 to League One Burton Albion.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The Warm Up – Sunday, May 10

first_imgJoin Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning for an entertainingly irreverent take on football fandom.This week, the lads are joined by comedian and Leicester City fan Jim Smallman to dicuss the Foxes’ recent upturn in fortunes and Pep Guardiola’s potential move to Manchester City.last_img