Another issue that has been discussed is the possible suspension of soccer players’ salaries: at the moment, it is considering blocking March payments, although it will take a negotiation with the soccer federation and association to achieve an agreement. The Serie A teams, on the other hand, did not discuss the training issue, which had already caused some tension, with Lazio wanting to return to work on Monday. The clubs will follow the averages of the authorities: the emergency is still very serious and another government decree should arrive this weekend. The Serie A clubs met again by teleconference this afternoon, discussing the latest news of the coronavirus emergency. Impossible, for the moment, to establish a date to resume the championships, although it seems certain that, achieving it until May 10, it would be possible to conclude the season before June 30: if this were not the case, an agreement would have to be sought to extend contracts and transfers until July. In the worst case, if the championships will have to be permanently suspended, the losses would be around 800 million euros and the state’s help would have to be asked to save the movement, with several clubs condemned to bankruptcy in this situation. The idea of the playoffs and playouts, apparently, has not conquered anyone.
The United States hit back soon after, however. They won the men’s sprint relay in 38.87 with Jamaica second in 39.01, The Dominica Republican placed third in 40.32. PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania Jamaica’s female sprinters are now celebrating another victory over the United States at the Penn Relays. Christania Williams, Kerron Stewart, Gayon Evans and Olympic champion Elaine Thompson clocked 42.25 seconds earlier today to capture the first event of the USA versus the World contest at the world famous relay carnival. USA Red were second in 42.42 with USA Blue, third in 42.90. Running order for Jamaica was Kevaughn Rattray, Oshane Bailey, Kevaughn Smith and Jhevaughn Minzie.
End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Beermen outlast Kings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 At No. 32, Anderson was the lowest-ranked U.S. Open men’s finalist since the ATP computer rankings began 44 years ago. He had never before been past the quarterfinals at any major tournament in 33 tries.So the matchup shaped up as a mismatch and that’s exactly what it was.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe No. 1-ranked Nadal dominated every facet of the 2½-hour final. He broke the 6-foot-8 (1.98-meter) Anderson’s big serve four times and never faced a break point himself.Nadal improved to 16-7 in Grand Slam finals. For the first time since 2013, he appeared in three in a single season, losing to Federer at the Australian Open in January, then beating Stan Wawrinka for his record 10th French Open trophy in June. Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their 2017 US Open Men’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 10, 2017.Rafael Nadal raced to a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 rout of South African giant Kevin Anderson. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADNEW YORK — Rafael Nadal overwhelmed first-time major finalist Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win his third U.S. Open championship.It is Nadal’s second Grand Slam title of the year and 16th of his career. Only his longtime rival Roger Federer has more, with 19.ADVERTISEMENT Break new ground It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Winning start Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Meralco will have the luxury of not waiting for the Elasto Painters, Aces, and KaTropa to lose to other teams, as the Bolts will now just have to play their cards right.“It’s a good thing that we will play the teams ahead of us,” said Onuaku. “And everything will start from me, I know that and that’s the same approach I take for every game.”Onuaku is the Bolts’ anchor averaging 19.38 points, 17.25 rebounds and 5.75 assists in the eight games he’s played.“That’s my job, I mean you got a talented group and we’ve been working hard,” said Onuaku. “We got a few more games and we’ll try to win a top two spot.”ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments The race for the top two spots in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup is filled with uncertainties and unstable footing but for Meralco’s Arineze Onuaku getting there is the only thing that matters to him and the Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Meralco sits at a second-place tie with TNT, who are holding identical 6-2 records and are a full game behind leaders Rain or Shine and Alaska that have 7-1 cards.Onuaku, though, is confident they can break away from the pack and secure that sweet twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.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“We’re definitely confident, we control our own destiny,” said Onuaku after the Bolts’ domination of Blackwater 102-75 Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.And if there’s ever a benefit Meralco got late in its schedule, it’s that it will face all TNT, Alaska, and Rain or Shine in its last games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Ramos blasts listless Blackwater: We didn’t play with any effort LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial
Another blow to democracy…Communities Ministry withholds fundsBy Rupa SeenaraineMuch tension has erupted at the Local Government Commission (LGC) which has caused it to effectively shut down after the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communities refused to countersign documents to release funds for salaries and other expenses.The Local Government CommissionChairman of the Commission, Mortimer Mingo together with the other Commissioners engaged media operatives on Friday, where he noted that it has been 65 days since salaries were paid to employees. As a result of the lack of other financial resources, some utility services were also disconnected.“The Local Government Commission is constrained to report that its operations are effectively shut down by virtue of the refusal of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Community to countersign the documents that would allow for finances to be released to this constitutional body,” said Mingo.He used the platform to state that the agency has exhausted all avenues to address the matter. According to him, the Commission submitted a budget which outlined a proposed “work programme and expense outlay” on December 14, 2018, which was later approved by Parliament.However, when the expense record was submitted on January 14, 2019, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Emil McGarrell, said that the 2019 budget for salaries was not in agreement with that of public service workers, hence he would not sign-off for payments.Chairman of the LGC, Mortimer Mingo“The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communities advised that he would be unable to affix his signature for the adjustment of the Commissioners’ emoluments…It then became apparent, by a way of a letter received by the Commission from the Deputy Permanent Secretary… that the Ministry was not in agreement with the level of pay that the Commission’s staff was receiving since according to the letter, these salaries were not in keeping with the traditional Public Sector emoluments.”As such, the LGC opted to settle the matter through a meeting with McGarrell on January 28 but the Permanent Secretary did not withdraw his decision of not signing the documents.With support from fellow Commissioners, he stressed that these salaries were effective from July last and no objections were made by the Finance Ministry prior to the letter. Mingo also stated that the agency is not a traditional public service agency, but a constitutional agency with an experienced and qualified workforce.On this note, an observer explained that the development is a blow to democracy since the Local Government Commission is a constitutional body and that the Minister should not have full control of its operations.“This is preventing the Commission from operating as a constitutional body. The Commission has to deal with appointments and dismissal and a host of things that the Minister would usually do. They have not recognised the Commission as a constitutional body. The Communities Minister still wants to be in control of the Local Government Commission,” she added.MisleadingThe Chairman also used the opportunity to clear some of the misleading facts that were peddled by the Ministry as to why they were not paid.Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan“The salary that we are paying to our staff was being paid in 2018 from July of 2018 with no query, with no objection from the Ministry of Finance nor the Ministry of Communities…As the Local Government Commission, we [want to] bear the facts to the public and to correct some of the misleading statements that was being articulated by the Ministry of Communities,” he explained.The Commission had submitted a sum of $305 million for capital and operations, inclusive of salaries. However, this was reduced to $124 million for capital and $13 million for recurrent expenses.Because of the cutbacks, they were forced to rework the allocation programme to suit the budgetary allocation. The proposed budget would have catered for the employment of new recruits and an upgrade to their operations.This triggered a comment from the Vice-Chairman, Andrew Garnett, who highlighted that the Ministry was bestowed with $124 million just to implement City Hall’s Commission of Inquiry recommendations, while they have been tasked with operating for an entire year with a similar sum.“The emoluments [at other commissions] exceed what we pay to our people…The Minister of Communities received a sum of $124 million to implement the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry of City Hall. That amount represents the same sum that we were given to run this commission in terms of recurring expenses to satisfy the expenditure for the entire year 2019,” said Garnett.Stymieing operationsMeanwhile, Commissioner Clement Corlette voiced his opinion, noting that this act is viewed as a way of stymieing the operations of the organisation. He raised the idea that the Commission was eliminating anomalies at local organs and this did not do well with the Ministry.“We have been making prudent intervention into correcting the anomalies where it exist in the Local Government system. That Ministry that was first tasked with that responsibility apparently is not too happy with the progress we’re making so they set out to stymie it,” Corlette asserted.The Commission also raised concerns that the implementation of many of the findings from the Commission of Inquiry into City Hall’s operations has been delayed.Some 27 staffers are questioning their next move as they continue to work without payments as $9 million is needed for outstanding payments for the month of January.President David Granger has received a letter about the “grievous and vexation issue”, to which he has acknowledged.Meanwhile, a legislation is yet to be passed for the agency to be considered constituted under the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA). Since their establishment back in October 2017, the LGC was placed as an interim under the Ministry until this framework was in place, even though it is a constitutional organ.
National Toshaos ConferenceThe National Toshaos Conference got underway on Monday, with National Toshaos Council (NTC) Chairman, Nicholas Fredericks urging the village leaders from across the country to put aside differences and focus on seeking tangible solutions for their respective constituencies.NTC ChairmanNicholas FredericksPPP Opposition Members Gail Teixeira, Pauline Sukhai and Yvonne Pearson at the opening of the National Toshaos Conference at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre on Monday (Dexter Ceres photo)Indigenous dancers performing at the opening of the National Toshaos Conference at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre on Monday (Dexter Ceres photo)The conference, which will last for five days, got underway at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre on Monday morning. Fredericks made this call during the opening ceremony of the conference, which was also attended by President David Granger, his Ministers and the Opposition.“Toshaos, I urge you to continue to make that representation on your people’s behalf. We’re here for one week for a very important occasion and discussion,” Fredericks, who took over as Chairman last year, said.Fredericks also noted the importance of leadership within Indigenous communities and the role it plays in justifying the holding of the annual NTC, since the very point of the exercise was to achieve tangible results.“Use the opportunity that presents itself to us now, so we can maximise the opportunities that are being provided to us. It is a time where we have to focus. And not be distracted. We are here for a week. Let us ensure we have full interactions.”He also spoke about land titling and its importance to the Indigenous peoples. Hence, Fredericks was happy that the project was extended. Government has been criticised previously for its slow pace in giving out land titles in accordance with the Amerindian Land Titling and Demarcation Project.It was subsequently announced that the project, which was funded by the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund, will be extended to 2021. These and other matters are expected to dominate discussions during the five-day summit.Previous NTCs have had their share of controversy, as the Toshaos Council took strong action when they believed that the Government was either undermining their work or not delivering on promises to the Indigenous people.In 2017, the 11th Annual NTC Conference saw several members of the NTC Executive stage a walkout over what they described as an attempt by Government to “undermine” the issues being put forward for discussion.Then Vice Chairman of the NTC, Lenox Shuman, had told Guyana Times that Toshaos were supposed to have presentations, and as they were trying to consolidate their position with Government so that they could have meaningful action, there was no Minister present until the evening.At the time, pressing issues had included getting the Government to release the guns collected from Amerindians during the gun amnesty, which Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had promised to return.Last year, Shuman had taken the Government to task and even revealed that the Indigenous community wanted to have “mass mobilisation” over issues with the way Government was addressing their concerns.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD – A motorist suffered major injuries today in a crash on a Hollywood (170) Freeway onramp in North Hollywood, authorities said. “A person was seriously injured in this solo vehicle crash and it could be a possible fatality,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Gonzalez, adding that the identity and condition of the victim was not immediately available. The accident on the Burbank Boulevard onramp to the northbound Hollywood (170) Freeway was reported at 12:39 a.m., he said. The cause of the accident was not immediately determined. Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics were called to the scene at 12:43 a.m., according to the CHP. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The wreck caused the onramp to be shut down for more than two hours, according to the CHP. For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
2 2 This interview appears in the latest edition of Sport magazine, with an iPad app you can download for free here. They’re also on Facebook and Twitter.Former policeman Howard Webb always carried an air of authority on the pitch. The imposing 44-year-old from Rotherham retired at the end of the 2013/14 season, after 11 years officiating in the Premier League.Webb took charge of FA Cup, Champions League and World Cup finals, and now works as a pundit for BT Sport. We spoke to him about recovering from wrong decisions, accusations of bias and how technology could better help referees.Does the lack of respect for officials make football unusual?“What’s happened over a long period of time is that the authority of the referee has been eroded. You see players reacting on a football pitch in a way you wouldn’t see rugby players or other sportspeople reacting. But, equally, you’ll see the way the game is reported on in football being different. You see the way managers are interviewed after a game – they’ll be asked by the football media about a refereeing decision and that will be one of the key questions. They want to focus on the ref.”Would giving referees a microphone help? Would it stop players aggressively confronting the men in black?“It might do the latter. It might do. Then again, as a referee, a lot of what happens on the pitch isn’t just players screaming in your face. It’s a genuine interaction between the players [and you] – me and a player having some communication which is not for public consumption, but just helps me manage the game. I’m not sure we need it in the way rugby would need it.”There’s a risk of providing more ammunition to the critics.“Yeah, and I would fear that being miked, [which] would curb some of that positive communication that happens on the field – and there’s a lot of that. There’s absolutely a lot of good interaction with the players. That helped me to control a game. If I wasn’t able to speak to any players, I would find that quite alien.”Some pretty shocking things are said.“Yeah. And, to be fair, if something is said in an abusive way to an official, that player should be sent off. Make no mistake.”Does that happen?“Not always, no. Referees will turn blind eyes. They’ll turn blind eyes for the good of the game, because they’re mindful of the impact of that decision.”With the speed of the modern game, is a referee’s job almost impossible?“It can be tough. The number of sprints, the top speed of the players, the amount of high-intensity running that’s required from players and officials has gone through the roof. But, in my opinion, referees are better than they were 10 or 20 years ago. The training is better, the preparation is better, they work together better as a team. They [also] have goal-line technology. But even then it’s impossible to see everything – that’s why maybe we need to look at trialling assistance from video replays.”How does it feel when you know you have made a mistake?“I would say of all the things that we do – and the guys work with sports psychology quite a lot – the hardest thing is to park a decision you suspect you’ve got wrong. Normally there’ll be some small gesture from a player, but you can tell from the way he does it whether he means it. The reaction you get sometimes tells you: ‘Have I totally misread that? Am I the only person in the stadium who thinks it’s a penalty?’”Does it stick with you after the game?“Experience helps – you learn mistakes will happen from time to time, and usually you can get over them. One of the things I’d like to emphasise to all fans is that when a referee makes a mistake, particularly one of those match-changing ones, they don’t go home and forget about it.“They really do care, they really hurt when it’s a decision that questions their credibility, sometimes questions their impartiality as well. That used to annoy me, when people would say ‘he favours this team’ or ‘he’s biased to that team’, or ‘he’s deliberately done that’. If anybody thinks I’d deliberately attract negative attention to myself, they must be crazy.” Howard Webb spoke to Sport magazine about respect for officials, how to tackle the problem and referee mistakes Biggest mistake you made?“The one that’s talked about most is the [Nigel] De Jong tackle [on Xabi Alonso in the 2010 World Cup final], which should have been a red card. But that’s only because it was such a high-profile situation – that’s not the biggest mistake.“The one I really was annoyed about most of all was Man Utd v Tottenham at Old Trafford (pictured). It was April 2009 – I’d just been appointed to do the FA Cup final; I was on a high. Tottenham were winning 2-0 early in the second half; lovely ball by Wayne Rooney played towards Michael Carrick. [Heurelho] Gomes, the goalkeeper, came out… Carrick got a touch on the ball and was wiped out by Gomes. That’s the way it looked to me.“Actually, Carrick got a touch of the ball, but Gomes got a big hand on the ball as well – good tackle by Gomes. I’d misread it, gave the penalty, and United went on to win 5-2 from 2-0 down. It was a matchchanger, that’s why it hurt. And it had an impact on the league title, too.”BT Sport is your home of unmissable live football from the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Barclays Premier League and FA Cup
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonMilitary officials say they moved quickly to patch any holes in the homeland air-defense system, and they report an increase in air defense sorties in the past month, using replacement F-16s. But they acknowledge difficulties. “When you’re filling in, obviously it’s going to cause some strain,” said Mike Strickler, a spokesman with North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, which is operated by the U.S. and Canada. “You’re spreading resources a little thinner than we would like.” But air defenses have not been compromised, Strickler said. “We can be anywhere at any time,” he said. With Oregon’s fighters grounded, the California Air National Guard is standing watch for the entire West Coast, an area of more than 300,000 square miles that is home to more than 46 million people in California, Oregon, Washington, and slices of Arizona and Nevada. The California Air National Guard said this is the first time in history that a single state’s fighter wing is providing coverage for an entire coast. FRESNO – The grounding of hundreds of F-15s because of dangerous structural defects is straining the nation’s air defense network, forcing some states to rely on their neighbors’ fighter jets for protection, and Alaska to depend on the Canadian military. The F-15 is the sole fighter at many of the 16 or so “alert” sites around the country, where planes and pilots stand ready to take off at a moment’s notice to intercept hijacked airliners, Cessnas that wander into protected airspace, and other threats. The Air Force grounded about 450 F-15s after one of the fighters began to break apart in the air and crashed Nov. 2 in Missouri. An Air Force investigation found “possible fleet-wide airworthiness problems” because of defects in the metal rails that hold the fuselage together. It is not clear when the F-15s will be allowed to fly again. Compounding the problem created by the grounding, another fighter jet used for homeland defense, the F-16, is in high demand for Iraq operations. And the next-generation fighter, the F-22 Raptor, is only slowly replacing the aging F-15. The California Guard is keeping three alert sites – in Riverside and Fresno, and Portland, Ore. – equipped and staffed with pilots and mechanics.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
ST. LOUIS — Coming off a bout with the flu, Sasha Cohen easily won the short program Thursday night with 65.15 points. Considered just about a lock for her first national title once Michelle Kwan withdrew with a groin injury, Cohen is well-positioned for Saturday’s free skate and the one guaranteed spot on the U.S. team for next month’s Olympics. But she knew it could have been better. “This is definitely not half as good as I’ve been doing in practice,” she said. “My transitions, my spins, my speed were really suffering. I just kind of wanted to get from beginning to end. “I just didn’t have the training and strength to really be 100 percent out there.” That’s bad news for the rest of the field. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Cohen, 21, a two-time world silver medalist considered a serious contender for gold at Turin, two-footed her triple flip. Otherwise, she was far superior to the rest of the women. Skating to “Dark Eyes,” and with a determined look in her own dark eyes she was faster than usual, despite her protestations to the contrary. Cohen was smooth, with incredible extensions, especially on her spirals. She seemed to embrace the program emotionally during her footwork near the end of the 2-minute, 50-second routine. “I’ve learned to let go of the worry, to leave that in training,” she said. “When I go out there to perform, to enjoy it as much as possible.” Kwan, who plans to start jumping again today, has petitioned U.S. Figure Skating for a berth in Turin and is expected to get it if she proves she is healthy. A selection committee will choose the two spots that don’t go to the national champion. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!