Hiddink plays down Hazard’s Spurs comments

first_imgSee also:Chelsea trialist scores in Under-21 winChelsea beat Man City to retain FA Youth CupChelsea recall pair from ReadingDier faces fitness test ahead of Chelsea clashTerry and Cahill set to return for ChelseaChelsea v Tottenham: five key battlesHow a combined Chelsea and Tottenham XI would look based on this season’s statsChelsea trialist features in Under-21 gameHiddink: Why Hazard did not deserve to start against Spurs Guus Hiddink has played down Eden Hazard’s recent comments about Tottenham’s pursuit of the Premier League title.Chelsea’s Hazard sparked controversy by saying that Blues players as well as fans did not want Spurs to be be champions and that leaders Leicester deserved to win the title.AdChoices广告Chelsea will face both teams in the final stages of the season. On Monday they play Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, where Leicester will visit on the final day of the campaign.Hazard’s remarks angered Spurs fans, but Chelsea interim boss Hiddink has suggested the issue has been blown out of proportion.Hiddink is approaching the end of his time in charge“We would desperately like to win the next game. I think you have to not over-value it in the sense it’s Tottenham,” the Dutchman said.“We play for the win, which is normal. We are indirectly involved in the title race.”Chelsea have not lost at home to their London rivals for more than 26 years – a run their fans are desperate to see them maintain.“If we lose, there might come some scrutiny,” Hiddink admitted.“We have obligations in the upcoming games. I cannot guarantee the result but I can guarantee that the effort will be there – and not just on Monday.”Chelsea defenders John Terry and Gary Cahill are set to return from injury for Monday’s game, while Spurs’ Eric Dier faces a fitness test. Click here for the latest Chelsea transfer speculation Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Nation gets first look at LSU basketball

first_imgBATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s basketball team is partly new. The nation will find out how newly improved it is when the Tigers (1-0) host Texas Tech (1-0) at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 Tuesday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in the finale of the Tip-off Marathon games on the ESPN networks that started on Monday.Or at least part of the nation. No. 1 Kentucky plays No. 5 Kansas at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.“I think one of the reasons kids come here is because of the type of exposure that they can get at school of this magnitude,” LSU coach Johnny Jones said Monday afternoon at a press conference. “And we offer that here at LSU. When guys have the ability to play in front of a national audience, you have an opportunity to send a message coast to coast. It means a great deal to the players, and this is an early opportunity for us. We’re excited about it.”LSU has the No. 56 ranked center in the nation in freshman 7-foot-1 Elbert Robinson III of Garland, Texas, a new point guard in 6-1 junior transfer Josh Gray, formerly of Odessa College and Texas Tech via Washington-Marion High in Lake Charles, a new guard in 6-0 freshman Jalyn Patterson of Montverde, Fla., and another new guard in 6-4 junior transfer Keith Hornsby, formerly of North Carolina-Asheville and the son of singer Bruce Hornsby. There is also 6-9 freshman guard Aaron Epps of Tioga High in the Alexandria area. 247Sports ranks LSU’s incoming class as No. 37 in the nation.“It’s great to have a game like this,” said Epps, who averaged 22.3 points, 11.2 rebounds and 6.7 blocks a game at Tioga last season. “It’s good that the country is going to watch us play. We’ve got to come out and play. We started off slow on Saturday.”Gardner-Webb led LSU, 43-42, at the half in the Tigers’ home opener Saturday night before LSU pulled away for a 93-82 victory.“We need to start the game like we finished,” said Epps, who scored two points with four rebounds, three blocked shots and an assist and a steal in 18 minutes.“People are not expecting a lot out of us, so we want to prove them wrong.”Texas Tech was 14-18 and 6-12 in the Big 12 conference last season in Coach Tubby Smith’s first season in Lubbock, Texas, with a 71-69 loss to LSU in December of 2013. The Red Raiders opened their season with a 71-59 victory over Loyola Maryland at home on Friday night. The Tigers were 20-14 overall and 9-9 in the SEC last season with a 1-1 mark in the NIT. They are trying to replace junior forward Johnny O’Bryant, who averaged 15.4 points and 7.7 rebounds last season before being drafted in the second round by Milwaukee.Sophomore forwards Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey led the Tigers against Gardner-Webb with 21 points apiece with Martin getting 11 rebounds and Mickey six. Gray, who averaged 34.7 points a game at Odessa to lead all junior college players last season, scored 18 with six rebounds, three assists, four turnovers and a steal. Gray scored 9.3 points with 3.2 assists and 2.5 steals for Texas Tech in the 2012-13 season.Hornsby scored 17 points with 3-of-7 shooting from 3-point range Saturday, while Patterson added five points and five rebounds against Gardner-Webb.“We definitely showed glimpses of all the potential that we have in the second half of that game,” Hornsby said. “As time goes on, you’ll see that happen more often.”last_img read more

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Jenna Elfman returns in “Imaginary Mary,” says network TV needs “bolder choices”

first_imgABC/Katie Yu(NEW YORK) — Jenna Elfman returns to network TV with the ABC comedy Imaginary Mary, debuting Wednesday night. In it, she plays a woman who cares only about her career and herself, until she’s forced to reevaluate things when she meets a guy with kids. Oh, and she has an imaginary friend.“Her parents were very not there for her, and she had to create an imaginary friend to get her through, to have some person she felt guide her,” Elfman explains of the imaginary title character, voiced by Rachel Dratch.It’s the first starring role for the Dharma & Greg star since her series Growing Up Fisher was canceled in 2014, and Elfman tells ABC Radio she’s happy to be back in such an unconventional series.“I think it’s time that networks make bolder choices in their comedies,” she says, noting the competition from cable and internet programming. “Networks must start making bold choice if they’re to compete with all these other wonderful outlets doing great work. And if they’re going to continue doing the same type of thing, they’re going to get gobbled alive….”Elfman says that although the series may be a little bit out-of-the-box, the situation her character finds herself in ought to be recognizable. “I think it’s very common for women to lead with their careers these days,” she says.  It’s certainly a situation Elfman relates to.“I always planned to, for myself, have children in my 20s, and then I just got so involved in my career I just, my 20s flew by, I was in my 30s and then I was like, ‘Ah! Let’s do it!” she says. “I’ve been with my husband like 26 years I was like, ‘We gotta get this done.’” Imaginary Mary premieres tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Aurora’s Colfax sculpture inspired by King’s kindness

first_imgAURORA | A dreaming new resident is moving onto East Colfax Avenue this weekend, marking the end of a process that has been more than a decade in the making.Aurora city council members and officials from the city’s Art in Public Places Commission are set to unveil a seven-foot tall brass statue of Martin Luther King Jr. Sept. 26 with a short ceremony in front of the sculpture’s new home beside the MLK Jr. Library at 9898 E. Colfax Ave.The artist who created a new sculpture of Martin Luther King Junior, to be unveiled this month, said he was inspired by King’s kindness. The statue will be unveiled Sept. 26 at the MLK library in Aurora. Photo Supplied“In Aurora, we nurture the theme of one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most important messages: equality,” Renie Peterson, city councilwoman for Ward II, said in a statement. “We can then hold, in equal measure, the ideals of tolerance, respect, and acceptance allowing us to learn to embrace our differences — not let them distance us from one another.”Peterson is one of several officials who has been a proponent of adding a statue to the plaza in front of the library since the facility was overhauled in the spring of 2004.The city selected Virginia-based sculptor Jeff Hall to create the statue last year after reviewing dozens of applications from sculptors around the country.  Hall, who has also created sculptures of other dignitaries including Vice President Dan Quail and the first president of Turkey, said that he drew inspiration for the piece from King’s bold personality. “When I come up with a pose (for a sculpture), I usually come up with a list of words or phrases that describe the person, so that when somebody sees (the piece), they can see that word,” he said. “With Dr. King, that’s passion and determination, but he was also nonviolent, so with those words you need kindness and gentleness and I think it comes through in the piece.”The statue shows King clenching a copy of his “I have a dream” speech in his left hand and holding out his right arm and hand with an open palm. The city approved $90,500 for the completion of the piece — a sum that included insurance and travel costs as well as additional landscaping and benches for the area where it will be permanently displayed.Initially, the Art in Public Places Commission had proposed about $60,000 for only a bust of King. However, council later approved additional money for a full-sized statue at the behest of Sally Mounier, councilwoman for Ward I.“It’s going to be beautiful — I think it’s going to bring tears to people’s eyes,” Mounier said. “People are going to be very impressed with the statue and I look forward to 30-40 years where people are going to drive down Colfax, look at that statue and think of Martin Luther King and what a great icon he was and is for all.”Hall, Peterson and Mayor Steve Hogan will give remarks at the unveiling ceremony outside of the library beginning at 10 a.m.last_img read more

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US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad comfortable speaking out

first_imgIn this March 8, 2016, file photo, Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad poses for photos at the 2016 Olympic Team USA media summit in Beverly Hills, Calif. Muhammad is set to become the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)NEW YORK (AP) _ First lady Michelle Obama wrapped up her speech to dozens of U.S. athletes to mark 100 days before the Rio Games and immediately headed over to a temporary court set up in the middle of Times Square.There she was greeted by Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad, the two women sharing a long embrace. Muhammad then gave Mrs. Obama a quick fencing lesson before the first lady and a young girl practiced their technique with foam foils.In the meticulously staged photo op Wednesday was plenty of symbolism, and Muhammad, who is set to become the first American to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab, feels comfortable as the face of that message.(Getty Images)This Olympic year is also an election year, one in which Republican front-runner Donald Trump has suggested that Muslims be banned from entering the United States. Amid that backdrop, Muhammad, a 30-year-old New Jersey native, finds herself with many opportunities to speak out.“It’s unfortunate that we’re in this moment, especially during the presidential election, where people feel so comfortable voicing their dislike or the discontent for people of a particular background, a particular race or a particular religion,” she told reporters later. “We as Americans have to fight that, because that goes against the very values that we stand for.“I feel like I’m in this position and I have to use it, and I want to use it well. I don’t want to waste my time as an athlete; I want to reach as many people as I can _ just not with my skills within my sport but also with my voice.”Muhammad, who qualified for Rio in saber, said she found out only a few hours earlier that she’d be fencing with Mrs. Obama. She had met the president before but not the first lady.Mrs. Obama later took part in passing drills with kids and members of the U.S. women’s basketball team.Earlier, with dozens of American athletes from various sports standing behind her, the first lady described herself as a “real, lifelong, die-hard Olympics fan.” She reminisced about growing up on Chicago’s South Side, where the kids would crowd around one neighbor’s TV and “watch for hours.”“Once the games were over, we would all run outside and set up some makeshift hurdle or some balance beam, and we’d try to imitate our heroes,” Mrs. Obama said in announcing a partnership by the U.S. Olympic Committee, NBC and summer sport national governing bodies called “Gold Map” that will encourage youngsters to take up Olympic sports.last_img read more

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IPL Auction 2019: Top Australians opt out of the richest cricketing extravaganza

first_imgAdvertisement 5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsd15Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9l8g2wp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) uokWould you ever consider trying this?😱6vCan your students do this? 🌚djjkmRoller skating! Powered by Firework (Photo Coutesy: Crictracker)Advertisement Current Australian ODI and T20 captain Aaron Finch along with his teammate Glenn Maxwell have decided to opt out of the 12th edition of the IPL citing a tight schedule as the reason.Advertisement The decision has been taken most likely keeping in mind Australia’s packed schedule before the World Cup which is followed by the Ashes series. Finch was among the 11 players released by Kings XI Punjab while Delhi Capitals also axed Maxwell after a poor season last year.Another Australian player who was released an IPL franchise was Mitchell Starc. Starc was informed by Kolkata Knight Riders that his services won’t be required by next year.Advertisement However, England’s Sam Curran has thrown his hat in the mix in a group of nine capped players who have listed themselves at the maximum base price of Rs 2 crore. Veteran players such has Lasith Malinga, Dale Steyn and Yuvraj Singh have also been listed at a base price of 1 crore each. Among the current Indian players, Axar Patel and Mohammed Shami make the list.The IPL auction is all set to take place on December 18th in Jaipur. A total of 1003 players will battle it out for the 70 spots available in the eight IPL franchises. 800 uncapped players, including 746 Indians and 232 overseas players have thrown their hat in the ring.Also Read:Rohit Sharma and Ravi Ashwin take to the streets in Adelaide to surprise fans Advertisementlast_img read more

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Djokovic stunned by Greek teen Tsitsipas in Toronto

first_imgGreek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas secured the biggest win of his career when he sent Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic packing in the third round of the Rogers Cup with a stunning 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 win on Thursday.Top seed Rafa Nadal battled past Swiss wild card Stan Wawrinka 7-5 7-6(4) and will next meet Marin Cilic, who took down Argentinian Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-2.A confident Tsitsipas sent a blistering forehand to the back corner while the ninth-seeded Serbian was heading the other way on his first match point to secure the win before looking at his box in disbelief.“It’s a dream of any kid out there in this world, any kid that’s playing tennis, to beat these kinds of players, so I can call it the best moment of my life,” a shocked Tsitsipas said in an on-court interview. “I never expected to beat such a top-ranked player and such a high-respected player like Novak.”Tsitsipas, who turns 20 on Sunday, relied on his serve and forehand combination to get by Djokovic, who was competing in his first tournament since collecting his 13th grand slam title at the All England Club last month.The Greek teen made some errors near the end of the second set that allowed Djokovic, a four-time winner of the tournament, to set up a decider.However, Tsitsipas did well to break Djokovic for a 2-0 lead in the third set and never looked back.For the resident of Athens, who arrived in Toronto fresh off a run to the semi-finals in Washington where he lost to German world number three Alexander Zverev, the win is the latest in a breakthrough campaign during which he has reached the quarter-finals or better at seven ATP main tour events.Tsitsipas, who beat Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem in the second round here, will next face Zverev after the second seed beat Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-2.In other matches, fourth seed South Kevin Anderson beat Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka 7-5 6-3 and fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov advanced with a 7-6(1) 3-6 7-6(4) win over American Frances Tiafoe.Russian Karen Khachanov eliminated American John Isner 7-6(5) 7-6(1) in match that featured no service breaks.last_img read more

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Culls push endangered fruit bat closer to extinction in Mauritius

first_imgAgriculture, Animals, Bats, Biodiversity, Birds, Conflict, Conservation, Deforestation, Ecology, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Policy, Environmental Politics, Extinction, Farming, Forests, Human-wildlife Conflict, Hunting, Iucn, Mammals, NGOs, Rainforests, Research, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored The government of Mauritius plans to cull 20 percent of the population of Mauritian flying foxes (Pteropus niger) in 2018 to protect farmers’ fruit trees.Culls in prior years led to the extermination of tens of thousands of the bats, and the IUCN now lists the species, which lives only in Mauritius and perhaps a few nearby islands, as endangered.A recent study found that, while bats (along with birds) do take a toll on farmers’ orchards, nets over the trees when the fruit ripens can dramatically diminish the damage they do. The culling of fruit bats in recent years to protect crops in Mauritius has pushed the species closer to extinction, and now the government is planning to do it again.One problem, scientists say, is that killing bats might not boost harvests. Until now, growers and the government have been operating on the assumption, based on little evidence, that an endemic bat called the Mauritian flying fox (Pteropus niger) was responsible for much of the crop loss.Mauritian flying foxes (Pteropus niger) are now listed as endangered by the IUCN. Image by Simon J. Tonge via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0).But when Gareth Jones, a biology professor and bat expert at the University of Bristol, U.K., and his colleagues from Mauritius and the U.K. approached the question scientifically, they found that the picture was quite a bit more complicated.“It seems bizarre that a species that plays crucial ecological roles that is found nowhere else in the world should be culled to such a huge extent in the absence of reliable evidence about how much damage it causes and whether culling is an effective form of control,” Jones said in a statement.Government-sanctioned culls eradicated nearly 40,000 bats in 2015 and 2016. Those losses likely wiped out around 40 percent of the population. Given the other threats that the bats face, such as habitat loss and illegal hunting, the IUCN this year listed the species as endangered.In October, the government of Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean south of the equator, announced plans to kill another 20 percent — perhaps 13,000 bats — of the remaining population, according to a petition launched by the NGO Rainforest Rescue. Mango and lychee growers figure that the bats cost them about $5 million a year in lost crops, and many see few options beyond reducing bat numbers.A view of the island of Mauritius. Image by Clément Larher via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).But Jones and his fellow researchers say there are alternatives. For several months in 2015 and 2016, they tracked the damage to several lychee and mango orchards from bats and non-native birds in Mauritius.They found that bats (as well as birds) did damage around a quarter of trees in the study, but that the amount varied widely by individual orchard. Taller trees turn out to be more attractive targets for bats, while birds tended to prefer shorter ones.The team also measured the impact of nets draped over the tops of fruit trees to keep the animals from dipping into the canopy for a snack. If it was large enough and properly placed, netting resulted in up to a 23-fold decline in bat-caused damage. They point out that nets are a particularly cost-effective solution because the government covers 50 to 75 percent of their cost.The researchers published their findings in the journal Oryx on Nov. 9.“Further culling is clearly unnecessary, and hopefully the vital ecological roles played by these remarkable and endangered animals can be encouraged and enhanced in the future,” Ryszard Oleksy, the study’s lead author and a bat scientist with the Ecosystem Restoration Alliance Indian Ocean in Mauritius, said in the statement.Mauritian flying foxes and other bats play critical ecological roles as seed distributors and pollinators. Image © Jacques de Speville.Bats are critical plant pollinators, and their distribution of seeds from the wild fruit that they eat helps Mauritius’s dwindling forests grow back.In addition to netting, the team said that picking fruit from the trees earlier could stem losses, since bats typically prefer overripe lychees and mangos. Farmers can also trim their trees to keep them short to make them less attractive targets.With these non-lethal ways to deal with bats, the authors argue that the current plans by the government to reduce bat numbers by another 20 percent in 2018 aren’t necessary.“We hope these findings help provide the evidence to show more effective interventions for safeguarding fruit crops,” Jones said.Banner image of a Mauritian flying fox © Jacques de Speville. CitationOleksy, R. Z., Ayady, C. L., Tatayah, V., Jones, C., Froidevaux, J. S., Racey, P. A., & Jones, G. The impact of the Endangered Mauritian flying fox Pteropus niger on commercial fruit farms and the efficacy of mitigation. Oryx, 1-8.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Article published by John Cannonlast_img read more

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NU coach unimpressed

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder PLAY LIST 05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Rain or Shine opens title defense vs Guiao, Chism China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing View comments National University coach Roger Gorayeb on Wednesday warned that even a Final Four finish won’t be achievable if the Lady Bulldogs continue to play without fire.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon NU scored a 25-21, 25-20, 25-19 win over league doormat Adamson in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.It was their second straight victory—after a scrambling win over University of the Philippines—but Gorayeb sounded as if they lost, lashing out at his wards for not giving it their best.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I have to tell them again and again that they need to have intensity,” said Gorayeb. “I got tired telling them that.”With NU trailing 11-16 in the third set, Gorayeb refused to talk to his players in the huddle and instead allowed assistant Edjet Mabbayad to give instructions. MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “You will be surprised because in practice they move differently,” said Gorayeb in Filipino. “We won’t be able to reach the end if we continue to play this way.”The Lady Bulldogs, despite a powerful lineup led by versatile 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago, finished fifth last season.Now, Gorayeb said he is particularly worried over their next game, where they are pitted against heavyweight La Salle.La Salle was one of the three teams which dealt NU’s losses in the first round, aside from University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University.“There is still a long way to go but every team they (Lady Bulldogs) face, they show a different character,” he said. “We can’t afford to play that way against La Salle.”ADVERTISEMENT He’s got all the reasons to be concerned as La Salle flashed its razor-sharp game to cut down Far Eastern University later in the second game, 25-5, 25-23, 25-23.In handing FEU’s second straight defeat, La Salle also recovered its wits after losing to Ateneo in the last game of the first round.On a bright note, Gorayeb said he is thankful they were pitted against Adamson at the start of the second round because “we didn’t prepare for the game because I thought the second round would start on Saturday yet.”He said that during practice, he just instructed the team to run and lift weights not knowing they would have a game Wednesday.Santiago topscored with 15 points, while Jorelle Singh finished with 10 for NU, which rallied from a five-point deficit in the third set.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incidentlast_img read more

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Ideology…

first_img…of powerThere are some who claim that Granger, the present leader of the PNC, doesn’t have an ideology like his mentor, Forbes Burnham. They couldn’t be further from the truth!! The question that arises is: “What was Burnham’s ideology?” That is, the body of ideas that both “explained” the world and simultaneously guided him in negotiating that world. The short answer is Burnham’s ideology was encapsulated in one word – ‘power’.There are, running around, some who’ll want you to believe that Burnham’s ideology was “socialism”, or Marxism, or even “Black Power”!! The last was ironically the closest; since he was black, and wanted power more than anything else in the world! But following Fanon in his explication of “Black Faces; White masks”, it’s quite possible Burnham didn’t even see himself as ‘black”!  Burnham’s “black power” was about his personal power – he couldn’t care less about other black people, and saw them only as a means for him to acquire the personal power he craved!!And this is what Granger’s all about. He’s just as opportunistic about using whatever that’s floating around out here if it would help to get him power. Granger, for instance, is never tired about boasting about how he’s consummating Burnham’s “legacy”. But if, from an economic standpoint, Granger has just adopted the neo-liberal model of the IMF – circa 1980s!! — how could he be consummating Burnham’s “cooperative socialism”?? We all know what Burnham thought about the IMF, don’t we?? He called it an “International Mother F**ker” and threw them out of the country.Granger’s all about power. If Burnham’s bible – in his own words – was that of Machiavelli’s “The Prince’ – which explained in lurid detail how to get and keep power by any means necessary, Granger’s bible is from his military background – Carl von Clausewitz’s “On War”. As is typical of these 19th century tomes, their philosophy was summarised rather pithily by the author himself: “War is a mere continuation of politics by other means”!As one analyst wrote: Clausewitz is “the source of the doctrine of ‘absolute war,’ the fight to a finish theory which, beginning with the argument that ‘war is only a continuation of state policy by other means,’ ended by making policy the slave of strategy…” And this is what’s playing out in Guyana’s politics today. Granger will stop at nothing to win what he sees as a “war” against the PPP.The firing of 7700 sugar workers in just another policy in his total war strategy. The battles over constitutional interpretation (“perceptions”!!) and judicial appointments are just another front of his total war.It cannot be too soon for Guyanese to understand the Burnhamite ideology of total power – before we’re all consumed by Granger!…of sell outYour Eyewitness isn’t surprised at the surprise being expressed by the Georgetown chatterati at the shameless sell-out of our country to various and sundry carpetbaggers, foreign and domestic. He isn’t surprised because they’re all cut from the same pack of cards: people who think you can just sit around in air-conditioned rooms, sign pieces of paper, and – voila!! – the country will develop.Sorry to burst your bubbles, chumps!! These carpetbaggers come in all stripes and hues, but they all have one thing in common: they’ve come to take you to the cleaners. Most often, this will take the form of tax concessions — which used to be called “tax holidays”, but which today are in much more devious guises. Of course, the PPP had to sweeten the deal for Rusal to come here…but the question that must be challenging the PNC brain-trust is: How was the PPP able to do it WITH SO LITTLE!!!One answer, of course, is their percentage might just be too high!!…of brother’s keeperBack in the days of slavery, one of the slogans was “Am I not a man and a brother?” Seems like one of our big ones has abandoned the homily.He’s said his brother’s on his own!!last_img read more

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