Soccer does not stop in Nicaragua: threats, suspicions and fear among soccer players
“It is incredible that it is played. I have stopped going to train on the bus and I go in my car because the buses are full and it is risky”, Figueroa assures. The Nicaraguan government has barely confirmed two cases, but it is suspected that there are quite a few more. “There are more but they must be hidden, perhaps so as not to create alarm,” the Argentine speculates. “The virus will come and we are afraid of everything we see happening in the rest of the world,” says Figueroa, who asks Nicaraguan football to stop until everything happens.The rest of Central American leagues are stopped. In Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica they have put the brake with more or less opposition. In El Salvador the league has even been terminated by decreeing Once Deportivo as champion. With the leagues of its neighboring countries suspended, Nicaragua’s competition is one of the few that continues to develop, practically, worldwide. The Nicaraguan Association of Soccer Clubs made the determination to continue with the competition with the direct approval of nine of the ten clubs that compete in the national tournament.The first reactions of the players were immediate. As seen in the photographs, the players pose at a distance and even wear a mask to play the matches behind closed doors, but they end up doing it out of fear. More, when the quarantine has already been decreed by the country’s executive, but not for soccer.Leandro Figueroa, Argentine player of Walter Ferretti, explained the situation in the Nation offering more details and talking about blackmail to the players: if they decide to stop, they would be fired.
LATEST STORIES Ginebra took a third straight defeat in a 1-5 record.Semerad benefited from the attempted defensive crackdown by the Road Warriors on Smith and had a flurry of threes late in the third that created enough cushion the KaTropa safely preserved until the end.“I have been putting in the work on my shooting before, during and after practice,” said Semerad, who drained 6-of-9 attempts from the three-point zone and finished with 22 points.Also working wonders for TNT the past three games was its newfound ability of sharing the ball and hitting the open man despite enjoying a squadron of offensive-minded guards.“We just tried doing a lot of combinations today,” Racela said. “Jayson (Castro) and Terrence playing together, Tony Semerad playing the four because we feel that’s something we will be needing in the future.”ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 PH batting for arnis’ permanent SEAG inclusion Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Terrence Romeo of TNT KaTropa stretches for two points off NLEX’s Alex Mallari.—RICHARD REYESLike a wrecking ball in the paint, Josh Smith’s imposing presence alone has been enough to make every TNT KaTropa foe change its game plan.The KaTropa again cashed in on the size and strength of their import to flatten the NLEX Road Warriors, 117-106, Sunday night as TNT grabbed a piece of the elimination round lead in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Castro finished with 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds.Jericho Cruz and RR Pogoy were good for 23 points combined.Romeo fed Smith underneath for an alley-oop dunk, one of the highlight reels of the game and the eighth assist that the shoot-first point guard dished out, giving them a 14-point lead in the closing minutes.Arnett Moultrie was efficient with 31 points and 14 rebounds, and, at some point, was successful in drawing out Smith, a 6-foot-9, 290-pound blend of power and size, by taking his game to the perimeter.NLEX was without Kiefer Ravena for the second game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next While the Road Warriors were busy packing the lanes in a bid to limit the damage that Smith can create, Anthony Semerad found his range and worked pleasantly well with speedy guards Jason Castro and Terrence Romeo in booking the KaTropa a sure seat in the quarterfinals.“NLEX has been doing a decent job the past two games. We really had a hard time, but we came in prepared,” said TNT coach Nash Racela after tying the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at 6-1.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 crownDefending champion San Miguel Beer assembled its first winning streak after a 104-97 overtime win over crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra in the nightcap.Renaldo Balkman scored 27 points and had 11 rebounds and June Mar Fajardo forged overtime at 93 with 1.1 seconds left to highlight a 24-point, 19-rebound night that helped the Beermen rise to 2-3. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Frustrated Chan after Phoenix blows big lead anew: ‘We never learn our lessons’
Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Yap delivers throwback performance in ROS win over Phoenix Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “We haven’t learned our lessons, this has been happening for several games already,” said Chan whose team dropped to 3-6 with a flickering chance for the quarterfinals.“It’s frustrating because we’ve worked so hard in the first half and when the second half comes around we’ll let go of the lead. We have to learn from these mistakes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chan cooled off in the third and fourth quarters and the Fuel Masters also fizzled out on its way to losing to the Elasto Painters, 108-106.“It’s frustrating that we never learn our lessons, every time that our opponent comes back from a deficit instead of responding what happens is we rush our offense,” said Chan in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.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 crownPhoenix led by as much as 19, 29-10 in the first quarter, but lost its rhythm in the final two quarters and was outscored by 14 points.The Fuel Masters’ loss to the Elasto Painters was the third time in their four-game skid that they squandered a double-digit lead. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a tale of two halves for Phoenix’ Jeff Chan on Saturday night.In the first half, Chan opened the game with 22 points but his fast start came to a screeching halt in the second when he scored just four against Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments
President pardons 5 more female convicts
As part of Guyana’s 51st Independence anniversary, Head of State David Granger has exercised his presidential pardoning powers to release five female prisoners.The Ministry of the Presidency in a statement on Thursday said pursuant to powers under Article 121 of the Constitution of Guyana, more particularly Articles 188, 189 and 190, the Head of State has granted Presidential Prerogative of Mercy to five convicted females whom he considered “fit and proper” to receive such pardons.These presidential pardons are effective as from Friday, May 26, 2017, in observance of the 51st Independence anniversary of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. The five prisoners, all from the New Amsterdam Prison, would have served a portion of their respective sentences for offences including larceny, fraud and assault causing bodily harm.The prisoners who are freed from today are: 22-year-old Jenny Henry; 56-year-old Neeta Shamlall; 35-year-old Margo Gordon; 32-year-old Cleva France and 44-year-old Nesha Rambaran.These five pardon beneficiaries were recommendations by the Director of Prisons and were also reviewed by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams.“It is expected that this expression of compassion and humanity by His Excellency will result in families being re-united, and the pardoned offenders leading good and useful lives hereon,” the Government missive stated.President Granger had faced much criticism over these pardons when it was first done back in 2015, mere days after his assumption to office. He had pardoned over 50 criminals on two separate occasions in 2015 – 40 for Guyana’s 49th Independence anniversary and 11 for that year’s Christmas holidays.However, no pardons were done during the country’s 50th Independence anniversary last year and President Granger had explained that this was as a result of the selected prisoners not being able to fully meet the criteria set out. The same obtained for the 2016 Christmas holidays as well.The pardoned criminals programme is an initiative of the Guyanese Leader to give young “petty” convicts a second chance at life. Initially, the criteria used to select the beneficiaries include prisoners who are facing short sentences; those who are incarcerated for petty, non-violent offences; and those between the ages of 18 and 24.Back in December, the Head of State had opined that the pardoning programme is successful, making mention of two instances where beneficiaries of the initiative had taken full advantage of the second chance given to them to turn their lives around.A female who was pardoned in December 2015 graduated from the ‘Sustainable Livelihood Entrepreneurial Livelihood’ (SLED) programme last year; while another pardon beneficiary is now a student at the New Opportunity Corps.The President had stated that he was heartened to see the positive impact of this programme, particularly as it relates to the young women and mothers who were given an early release from prisons.“I’m very happy from time to time to receive letters particularly from women who have been pardoned and who are grateful. They felt that the pardon has turned their lives around… So I think that the quality of mercy, the quality of compassion is an important quality for a Head of State to possess,” Granger had said.However, this decision of pardoning criminals had caused and continues to build uneasiness among Guyanese, especially business owners. Persons were also calling for the identities of these convicts to be made public, but it was explained that this would hinder the reintegration of these young people into society.
Demerara Harbour Bridge reopens to light vehicular traffic
…maritime traffic halted…more damages discovered as work continues – General ManagerThe foreign firm that owns the barge which slammed into the Demerara Harbour Bridge will have to stand the expense for the repairs to the structure. This is according to General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC), Rawlston Adams, who, at a media briefing Tuesday, stated that works are ongoing at the bridge to ensure that operations there return to a state of normalcy.He explained that repairing the damages to the bridge is proving costly. However, the costs incurred for those necessary repairs will have to be paid by the owners of the foreign vessel that caused the destruction.Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC) General Manager Rawlston Adams“We are still looking and we are still discovering so we cannot put a number…we will assess what is the cost but for now, it will be premature for me to be calling any numbers. But what I know for sure is that the owners for the vessel, that cost would be transferred to them (vessel owners),” Adams said.Light trafficOn Tuesday afternoon at approximately 14:00h, the bridge was reopened to light vehicular traffic, but repairs are still ongoing. According to Adams, engineers have discovered that there are more damages from the incident than they initially assessed.Passengers disembarking boats at the Georgetown Stelling on Tuesday morning after being forced to use the waterways following the shutdown of the Harbour Bridge on Monday“What we realised is that a lot of the buoys, some of them got punctured, and at that point they started taking on water and not showing until later down in the morning. And some locations where we thought that the anchorage was okay, it was not what we have seen, and we have never seen this. The vessel was able to drag a lot of those anchors, those anchors are 15 ton anchors, so what it says it most likely hooked in the chain and it just dragged it on the bed, and that posed a difficulty for us”.No marine trafficThe DHBC General Manager pointed out that in relation to marine traffic, there is no definitive time frame as to when ocean-going vessels will traverse the waters, utilising the services of the bridge.He added that engineers are looking at the realignment of the bridge.Adams further stated that on Monday, when the incident occurred, three vessels were prevented from passing one section of the waters to the other, and on Tuesday, another three suffered the same fate.A usual retraction period of one and a half hours would allow three vessels to pass, but in light of the situation, the DHBC would have to allow five (or more) vessels to travel when the bridge is open to maritime traffic.Chaos at ferry stellingsAn employee of the DHBC conducting repairs to the Harbour BridgeOn Monday, notices were sent out that the structure would be closed for emergency works and the only alternative to cross the Demerara River was via the speedboat service, operating at Georgetown and Vreed-en-Hoop Stellings.When Guyana Times arrived at the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), the area was cordoned off from the Vreed-en-Hoop junction and persons had to walk to the docking area of the dilapidated Stelling as Police ranks tamed the situation. School-aged children hurried to make it into the next available boat as they feared reaching late on the very first day of school. Several boats were lined up as a swarm of passengers trickled into the vessels amid the confusion.Over at the Georgetown Stelling, a similar scenario was observed as multiple boats loaded. Persons complained about the deplorable and deteriorating stellings and were worried for their safety.Officials of the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) fixed themselves to organise the crowd in orderly lines. Police Commissioner Leslie James was present on site, along with other senior ranks, as he positioned that the situation was brought under control.On Tuesday, the situation was less chaotic and better systems were in place to accommodate the huge influx of passengers.Crew and bargePublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, at that time, had told the media that preliminary investigations revealed that the barge was beyond its anchorage location. After the vessel started drifting, a distress call was sent out but no one on-board spoke English. The crew members were detained as investigations continued.
Hall finalists named
Aikman and the late White were among 15 finalists for the Hall of Fame announced Wednesday, joining Thurman Thomas and Warren Moon as finalists in their first year of eligibility. Three to six of the finalists will be selected for the class of 2006, which will be announced Feb. 4, the day before the Super Bowl in Detroit. Enshrinement will be the weekend of Aug. 5-6. CINCINNATI – Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer had surgery on two knee ligaments torn during last weekend’s playoff loss to Pittsburgh and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2006 season. The operation was Tuesday in Houston, and he will begin rehabilitation this week in Southern California, the team said. ALAMEDA – The Oakland Raiders interviewed their first candidate to replace fired coach Norv Turner when they met with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders. SAN DIEGO – Drew Brees let the secret slip during a conference call that the San Diego Chargers would like to sign him to a long-term deal. Brees had his torn right labrum repaired last week. NEW ORLEANS – NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue expects the New Orleans Saints to play all of their home games at the Superdome next season. Tagliabue also sought to reassure the community during a visit to the city that the NFL is not moving the Saints back for a single season to make the league appear sympathetic to victims of Hurricane Katrina. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANTON, Ohio – Reggie White dominated on defense while Troy Aikman was leading the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles. Now two of the 1990s best players could be entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame together. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaAikman quarterbacked Dallas to Super Bowl titles between the 1992-1995 seasons. He was one of the league’s most accurate passers and his 90 wins in the ’90s make him the winningest starting quarterback of any decade. “If I were to be selected for induction, it would be the most meaningful individual achievement of my athletic career,” Aikman said in a statement. White, who died on Dec. 26, 2004, went to two Super Bowls with Green Bay and was elected to 13 consecutive Pro Bowls as a member of the Packers and Eagles. Thomas was a star running back for the Buffalo Bills, when they won four consecutive AFC titles from 1990-93. Moon threw for nearly 50,000 yards in the NFL after starting his career in the Canadian Football League. The two seniors candidates, former Dallas offensive tackle Rayfield Wright and former Oakland coach and current broadcaster John Madden, were chosen by a committee last August and went straight to the finals. The other 13 finalists were selected from a list of 25 semifinalists.
LORETO LETTERKENNY’S ARENA 7 QUIZ NIGHT THIS THURSDAY
Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, is holding a Quiz Night in Arena 7 on Thursday 27th Feb at 9.30pm.Everyone welcome to come along to this fun evening and support this fund raising event. Also a date for your diary- on March 26th we will be holding a fashion show featuring M&S and Evolve. LORETO LETTERKENNY’S ARENA 7 QUIZ NIGHT THIS THURSDAY was last modified: February 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Loreto Letterkennyquiz night
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals No, no and no. All Sacramento can show for last year’s work is relentless partisan bickering that resulted in no compromises and a worthless special election. Not exactly a meritorious performance. Legislators whine that they need the extra money, that they haven’t had a pay raise since 1998, and that what they make isn’t much compared to all the lobbyists, lawyers and other muckety-mucks they hang out with. But legislators also get free state cars, $153 per diems every day the Legislature is in session, travel reimbursements and a killer benefits package. All this for actually achieving little or nothing. Not bad. State Compensation Commissioner Thomas Dominguez says that without the big money, political office would be limited to the “rich and famous,” and that paying legislators top dollar is key to attracting “good quality citizens” to office. But let’s get real. It’s not like Sacramento draws many working-class Californians to its elite ranks. Nor have top salaries exactly put the best and brightest into elected office. Kudos to the principled 17 who turned down this unwarranted gain, including Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills. As for the rest: Now that you’re making the big bucks, it’s time to start earning them.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In most lines of work, salary bears some connection to the employee’s value. Hard-working, productive workers are generously compensated; slackers aren’t. Pay raises are tied to performance. Not so for California’s lawmakers. On Monday, 103 of the state’s 120 senators and Assembly members gladly accepted a 12 percent pay hike. That brings their base salary to $110,880 a year – more than what legislators get in any other state. (New York’s politicos, by comparison, are paid just $79,500 a year.) Now, what exactly did our legislators do to earn their padded paychecks? Did they fix the state’s structural budget deficit? Did they repair its crumbling infrastructure? Did they dramatically improve the quality of its failing public schools?
Women’s Basketball Offers Bus Trip To Second Round WNIT Game At UNI On Saturday
The Drake women’s basketball program is hosting a bus trip for Bulldog fans to Cedar Falls, Iowa for the second round WNIT game at UNI on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The price is $35 and includes a game ticket and transportation. The bus will leave the Knapp Center parking lot at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can reserve their spot online at www.draketix.com.Print Friendly Version
Farouk Miya off the mark at his new side
Tags: Farouk MiyaHNK Gorcia Farouk Miya scores for Gorcia on his debut against Petrolul Ploiesti (Photo by Agencies)Uganda Cranes star, Farouk Miya got off to a flying start at his new club as he scored the winner in their most recent game.Barely a week after joining Croatian side HNK Gorcia, the 20 year old stole the show as his side won 1-0 against Romanian reigning champions Petrolul Ploiesti at the Velika Gorcia Arena on Tuesday evening in an International friendly.Miya who played the full 90 minutes scored towards the end of half time when he broke free on goal and slotted in past Isvoranu in Petrolul’s goal.FC Petrolul Ploie?ti remains in Croatia for the pre-season and will once again face NK Slaven Belupo on Friday.Miya joined HNK Gorica last week from Belgium top tier giants, Standard Liege on a two-year contract with an option of a one year extension.Miya struggled to tie down a first team spot at Liege and was a subject of two loan spells; He was first loaned to Belgium side Royal Excel Mouscron and then to FK Sebail in Azerbaijani.If Miya can regain his form, it would be a major boost for the Uganda Cranes who continue their AFCON 2019 qualifying campaign in September with a game against neighbors Tanzania on the 7th.Miya previously played for in the Airtel Masaza tournament for Mawokota, St Mary’s Kitende and Vipers SC in the Uganda Premier League.He left for greener pastures in Europe after captaining the national side to winning the 2015 CECAFA Senior Challenge cup in Ethiopia.His last tournament before departure was the CHAN 2016 in Rwanda where the Cranes failed to get pasted the group stages.Miya is so highly regarded in Uganda after scoring the solo goal in a 1-0 win over Comoros in 2016 that say the National team reach the 2017 AFCON tournament after 38 years of near misses.At the tournament proper, he also scored Uganda’s only goal in the competition as the side drew 1-1 with Burkina Faso in their last group game after losing 1-0 to both Ghana and Egypt.Miya’s first competitive fixture for Gorcia will come later this month when his newly promoted side take on Rijeka in the HNL Croatian first division.Comments