Guardiola concedes title after heavy loss

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):The Premier League season is barely past the halfway point and already Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has virtually given up on winning the title.The world’s most coveted coach can’t have envisaged his first year in English football being this tough.It takes something special to overshadow a match between bitter rivals Manchester United and Liverpool, but City’s 4-0 loss at Everton yesterday did just that.As he slumped to the heaviest loss of his career in a domestic league match, Guardiola – with his arms folded – was seen staring into space, while he sat in the Goodison Park dug-out. At other times, he had his face in his hands.City have dropped out of the Champions League positions, into fifth place, and 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.Asked if the gap to first place was now too great, Guardiola said: “(To) the first one? Yes. Ten points is a lot of points. The second one is three points. We have to see.”A fifth loss of the league season was administered by a team managed by Guardiola’s friend and former Barcelona teammate, Ronald Koeman.”Pep Guardiola knows it is a project at Manchester City,” Koeman said. “Of course, maybe they expected better results and a defeat like this is really strong but Pep has the experience to turn it around.”Man United kicked off less than an hour after City’s drubbing but couldn’t get a win that would have put the neighbours tied on points, drawing 1-1 with Liverpool at Old Trafford.After 21 of 38 games, City and United – the two pre-season title favourites – are outside the top four. Two high-profile managers were always going to have their reputation tarnished this season, with six big teams challenging for four Champions League spots.Few would have predicted they’d be Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.last_img read more

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ONE: Eustaquio hopes his sacrifices pay off in rematch vs Akhmetov

first_imgPlayer of the Week: Paul Lee leading Hotshots’ charge Eustaquio knows how import the fight is and that’s the reason why he didn’t have much hesitation in making huge sacrifices like missing family time during the holiday season just to train.“The life of a professional martial artist is difficult, but I understand that in order to be the best, we have to make certain sacrifices. Spending time away from friends and family to train isn’t easy,” he said.“It’s part of being a professional martial artist. A lot of sacrifices have been made and training in December was one of them. I had to give up Christmas celebrations for this fight, I missed a lot of family activities such as birthdays and reunions. But if I want to consider myself as a championship-quality athlete in this sport, I have to make that sacrifice. In the end, I will reap the fruits of my labor. Hard work cannot be denied forever.”The 28-year-old Eustaquio is hoping that all of his sacrifices and effort will pay off in the end.“Kairat is a tricky opponent. After three rounds with him, I have gotten to know him a little bit better. I am able to understand what makes him a great martial artist,” he said. “He he has a big heart. Kazakh martial artists have big hearts and lots of pride. They do not go down easily, and are very tough, so I am expecting another difficult bout.”ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “It was a learning experience for me, the first time I met Kairat,” recounted the Team Lakay stalwart.Eustaquio suffered a split decision loss to Akhmetov, a former titlist, at ONE: Total Victory in Jakarta last September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I knew going into the match that it would be one of the biggest challenges of my career, given that he is a former world champion. Honestly, I was a little flustered. I thought I could have pushed the pace more, and maybe forced him to defend my strikes,” he said. “I lost focus of the game plan and allowed myself to operate at Akhmetov’s pace instead of dictating the action on the feet. I also could have had better takedown defense. I would have loved to have won, but it is what it is.”But the stakes are higher this time out as their bout in the Manila card is not just any rematch, but a title fight as well with the winner becoming the interim flyweight champion. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Eustaquio also sees the duel as his ticket to get another crack at reigning ONE flyweight champion Adriano Moraes as he wishes to be the third fighter out of the famed Team Lakay stable to hold the gold in the promotion.“A victory over Kairat would land me a rematch against Adriano. I believe I have what it takes to become the undisputed ONE flyweight world champion,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Photo from ONE ChampionshipSecond chances don’t come often.And Geje Eustaquio is raring to make the most of this opportunity as he gets a chance to atone his tight defeat to Kazakhstan’s Kairat Akhmetov in their rematch at ONE: Global Superheroes at Mall of Asia Arena on January 26.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Guyana, Trinidad renew Framework Agreement for deepening bilateral cooperation

first_imgCabinet on Tuesday agreed to the renewal of the Framework Agreement for the deepening of bilateral cooperation between the governments of Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.The Framework Agreement was signed between the two parties in August 1999 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and was initially valid for ten years before being renewed for five successive periods; but it was never enacted.However, State Minister Joseph Harmon on Thursday disclosed that during the meetings on the margins of the 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), held in February 2017, President David Granger and Trinidad’s Prime Minister Keith Rowley agreed to give effect to the agreement.The renewal will now be for a further ten years, and provides for bilateral cooperation in trade and investment, agriculture, agro-processing, petroleum extraction, fisheries and the environment.Minister Harmon said a high-level commission comprising the ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, and Trade of both countries, or their identified alternatives, will oversee the implementation of the agreement.The renewal, the minister said, will strengthen the relationship between the two countries.last_img read more

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GPHC creates “emergency” to sole source $605M drugs from Trini firm

first_imgSubsequently, the Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Allan Johnson, on February 28, wrote a letter to the Chairman of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), Berkley Wickham, requesting approval for the procurement of these “emergency drugs” in light of the shortage, from ANSA McAL to the tune of $605,962,200.This request to bypass the procurement process to sole source drugs from a foreign firm speaks loudly of some public official’s intent to sideline local companies which could have supplied the same pharmaceuticals at cheaper prices.It raises the issue of motive and possible corruption, which is reminiscent of the earlier decision to rent a non-existent pharma warehouse.NEW GPC noted that the transaction between Georgetown Public Hospital and Ansa McAl, should it see fruition, would be a breach in the public procurement rules.Cheaper pricesNew NEW GPC further pointed out that it could have supplied many of the items instantaneously since there is usually inventory on hand. In the worst case scenario, NEW GPC said the delay would be less than a few days to get the products manufactured right here in Guyana.“NEW GPC has surveyed some of the items it manufactures locally and some imported against ANSA McAL and the company’s prices are significantly cheaper. NEW GPC’s prices could be independently confirmed by reviewing recent bid submissions to the Tender Board in 2016 and 2017,” the firm stated.Additionally, NEW GPC said it could have supplied even the items to be imported quicker by utilising its established and reliable supply chain; for instance, a Clindamycin injection, ANSA McAL’s price is 12 times NEW GPC’s. For Diclofenac tablets, it is 15 times and for Clotrimazole cream, which is made locally, as much as 23 times. For the mere 16 out of 118 items surveyed, the Georgetown Hospital would have saved over one hundred million dollars of taxpayers’ money (G$100 milion) had it purchased them from NEW GPC.The local manufacturing giant strongly believes its quotations are being deliberately excluded or timed in such as manner to facilitate ANSA McAL. “Case in point is the Georgetown Hospital’s recent purchase of Oxytocin (Item# 114) from ANSA McAL when NEW GPC had inventory on hand and offered it at what is now confirmed at a fraction of the price. In any case, what reason could be there for an emergency purchase from ANSA McAL if NEW GPC was offering stock on hand at a better price? And what about other local suppliers?” NEW GPC questioned.NEW GPC also noted that in recent meetings with suppliers, Georgetown Public Hospital’s senior management insisted that they will seek out the lowest price to determine tender awards.“Choosing to do business with ANSA McAL with these exorbitant prices is contrary to that publicly stated position and it is tantamount to misleading the other bidders who were present,” NEW GPC said.Local suppliesThe company also highlighted that the Georgetown Public Hospital’s previous preference for cheapest prices created the opportunity for some importers to supply inferior products at the exclusion of locally manufactured items and this most certainly had adverse consequences on patients.NEW GPC also noted with concern, the Georgetown Hospital’s recent removal of the 10 per cent preferential treatment for locally“Which Guyanese company could realistically secure a contract from the Trinidadian Government for US$3 million in pharmaceuticals and moreover do this outside of public tender? And for the supply of products from extra regional sources since ANSA McAL is not a manufacturer?” – NEW GPC … local companies with cheaper supply snubbed… could have saved over $100M taxpayers’ dollarsAnother major corruption scandal appears to be in the making as the management of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation moves to sideline local companies for the procurement of emergency pharmaceuticals worth in excess of $605 million from a Trinidadian firm, ANSA McAL.Country Head of ANSA McAL in Guyana, Beverly HarperGeorgetown Public Hospital had delayed and cancelled four out of its five public tenders within the last four months, creating a situation where there is a massive shortage of pharmaceuticals, which was initially denied by the authorities, and which would have caused deaths and aggravated illnesses in patients lacking medication. One of Guyana’s leading local pharmaceutical manufacturers, the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (NEW GPC INC), is questioning the Georgetown Hospital’s decision to ignore local companies, which could have supplied the same quantity and quality of drugs at better prices.Georgetown Hospital has delayed and cancelled four out of its five public tenders within the last four months, creating a situation where there is a massive shortage of pharmaceuticals.last_img read more

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Revocation of probation for Paris urged

first_imgIn January, Hilton pleaded no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving stemming from a Sept. 7 arrest in Hollywood and was sentenced to 36 months’ probation, alcohol education and $1,500 in fines. Hilton was pulled over on Sunset Boulevard on Feb. 28. Police said they saw her blue Bentley Continental GTC speeding with its headlights off. She was ticketed for misdemeanor driving with a suspended license. Hilton’s spokesman Elliot Mintz said at the time that she hadn’t been aware that her license was suspended. City prosecutors said Thursday they will ask a judge to revoke Paris Hilton’s probation in a reckless driving case, a move that could lead to jail. The decision followed an investigation into whether the hotel heiress and reality TV star violated terms of her probation by driving last month with a suspended license. “We’re confident we have sufficient evidence to prove that her license was suspended and that she had knowledge of that suspension,” said Nick Velasquez, a spokesman for the City Attorney’s Office. He declined to elaborate on the evidence. Hilton could face up to 90 days in jail if a judge finds she violated her probation, Velasquez said. A hearing was scheduled for April 17. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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INTERPOL AND GARDAÍ HUNT FOR MISSING SCOTS MAN IN DONEGAL

first_imgMissing Edward Hugh Mario BoyleINTERPOL have joined the hunt for a Scottish man who went missing in Donegal almost two years ago.Edward Hugh Mario Boyle was last seen in Bunbeg, Gaoth Dobhair, in February 2012 but has since vanished without trace.The 33-year-old, from Glasgow, has family connections to Donegal. His father is James Boyle and his mother’s maiden name is Annie Sweeney.The missing man is described as 1.76 metres in height, with brown hair, blue eyes.Like the children of many migrants who moved to Scotland James speaks Irish.Anyone who knows the current whereabouts of Mr Boyle is asked to contact their local Garda station. “We are very concerned for him,” said a senior officer.“He has disappeared without trace and we are hoping that someone in Co Donegal may know where he is now or know more about what happened to him.” INTERPOL AND GARDAÍ HUNT FOR MISSING SCOTS MAN IN DONEGAL was last modified: November 27th, 2013 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:annie sweeneyEdward Hugh Mario BoyleGardaiINTERPOL HUNT FOR MISSING SCOTS MAN IN DONEGALjames boylelast_img read more

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Injured Jelavic to miss Chelsea clash

first_imgHull City’s top scorer Nikica Jelavic will miss Sunday’s Premier League game against Chelsea and could be out for the rest of the season because of a knee injury.The 29-year-old, who has netted eight goals this term, has been struggling with the problem this term and has now had to have surgery.Tigers boss Steve Bruce said: “We hope, knowing Jela, he’ll do his best to play a part [this season], but if we’re going to be realistic, it could force him out for the rest of the season.“Since the last operation it was pretty evident that it was still troubling him. It came to a head when he couldn’t really train again last week.”The Tigers started with Jelavic and January signing Dame N’Doye in a two-man attack against Leicester City last week.But although record signing Abel Hernandez is an option to replace Jelavic in the same formation, Bruce may well prefer Sone Aluko playing in a wide role in a 4-5-1 system.Meanwhile, Bruce believes Chelsea’s Champions League exit against Paris St Germain will not affect the chances of manager Jose Mourinho guiding his side to the title.“Jose has focused his attention straight back on the Premier League,” Bruce said. “They haven’t got that distraction and they are near-on certainties to go on and win the league.“Chelsea are the team everybody is trying to beat. You can’t see them, five points clear and with a game in hand, blowing the situation. But we need a result ourselves because we’ve got some tough games ahead.”Hull will also be without suspended midfielder Tom Huddlestone.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Allan Donald: White Lightning

first_imgKnown affectionately as “White Lightning”, he was feared and respected by batsmen the world over, and was one of the main reasons why South Africa’s return to international cricket was so successful.Early in his career, he captured 12 for 139 against India in Port Elizabeth in December 1992 to help the Proteas to victory on a pitch that was not recognised as conducive to fast bowling. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Brand South Africa ReporterThe first Protea to capture 300 test wickets, Allan Donald was for some time the most successful Test bowler in South African cricketing history, and ranks among the best in the history of the game.His sensational strike rate says it all: he picked up a est wicket in just under every 47 balls, or every eight overs he delivered. By the time he announced his retirement from the Test arena in early 2002, he had taken 330 wickets at an average of 22.25 runs per wicket.Donald captured five wickets in an innings on 20 occasions and took 10 or more on three occasions. Known affectionately as “White Lightning”, he was feared and respected by batsmen the world over, and was one of the main reasons why South Africa’s return to international cricket was so successful.Stunning debutSouth Africa’s return from isolation began with the country’s first official one-day international, against India in November 1991. Donald made a stunning debut before more than 90 000 Indians at Eden Gardens, claiming 5 for 29 in an exhibition of fast bowling that made the rest of the world sit up and take notice. His international test career began against the West Indies five months later.Early in his career, he captured 12 for 139 against India in Port Elizabeth in December 1992 to help the Proteas to victory on a pitch that was not recognised as conducive to fast bowling. He later tallied 11 wickets in a one-off test against Zimbabwe in October 1995, knocking over eight wickets in the Zimbabwean second innings as South Africa again claimed victory.Donald didn’t always enjoy the same success in limited overs cricket, and was sometimes left out of the South African one-day team. He was controversially dropped from the team at the quarterfinal stage of the 1996 World Cup. South Africa, who had easily beaten all opposition up to that point, were defeated by the West Indies and exited the competition.Greater ControlIn the latter part of his career, Donald chose to shorten his run up. While this cost him some speed, it gave him greater control, and the loss of pace did little to curb his effectiveness. In fact, if anything, it helped him become a better and more effective bowler. The change probably also prolonged his career.Besides appearing for South Africa, Donald was also an extremely successful performer on the English county circuit, spearheading Warwickshire’s bowling attack during a period in which they dominated the English game under former Protea coach, Bob Woolmer. In fact, Donald played more cricket for Warwickshire than for his South African province, Free State, and he is married to an English woman, Tina, from Birmingham.After missing the 2000 limited-overs Super Challenge Series against Australia, the tour of Sri Lanka, the Singapore Challenge and the ICC Knockout Tournament, and serving out his contract with Warwickshire, Donald once again set his sights on playing for his country. That was excellent news for South African cricket, especially in a year that had been a difficult one with the match-fixing scandal involving three Proteas, including former captain Hansie Cronje. Donald’s return once again sharpened the South African bowling attack, which in his absence had lacked a cutting edge.Last TestBut charging in and bowling consistently in excess of 140 kilometres an hour took its toll on Donald’s body, and he pulled up injured in his final Test, against the Australians at the Wanderers in February 2002.Donald missed the entire one-day series against Australia because of that injury and returned to the South African team in August only at the Morocco Cup tournament that also featured Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It was a triumphant return as, playing on wickets that offered little help to seamers, he finished at the top of the bowling averages in the competition, and also captured the second most wickets. His performances included a man of the match winning 4 for 43 against Pakistan in a crucial contest that South Africa won by just eight runs.Definitely back in favour after his performances in Morocco, Donald played in all three ODIs against Bangladesh in South Africa, and did a decent job as the Proteas crushed their opponents easily.In formIn the following series against Sri Lanka, a good one-day team, Donald performed superbly, capturing 10 wickets in the five-match series, second by just one wicket to Shaun Pollock. His average was a highly impressive 18.60.He also showed that although he might have lost some speed, he had certainly learnt many lessons along the path of his cricket career and could still remove the opposition’s top batsmen. In fact, eight of his 10 victims were specialist top-order batsmen. In the series-clinching victory in the fourth ODI in Kimberley Donald was exceptional, capturing 3 for 18 in his 10 overs.In South Africa’s final action before the World Cup Donald played in four of the five one-dayers against Pakistan. Again he enjoyed success against top-order batsmen and in two of his four outings he succeeded in stifling the Pakistani challenge with economic, wicket-taking spells.Unfortunately for “White Lightning” he struggled in the World Cup, failing to find his rhythm, something that was so pivotal to his success. He came in for severe criticism from the press and the much longed for winning swansong didn’t materialise as South Africa was eliminated without reaching the Super Six stage of the tournament.It was an ending unbefitting a great and passionate servant of South African cricket. It brought to an end the career of one of the greatest fast bowlers of his era, a man who could have achieved untold success had his international career not started at the relatively advanced age of 24.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Apply for Tierney Fellowship 2009

first_img© Tracey Edser, Celeste, 2008Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop. The fellowship aims to provide the successful applicant with the financial support necessary to research and produce a body of photographic work, in consultation with a mentor, over the period of a year.The Tierney Fellowship was created in 2003 by The Tierney Family Foundation to support emerging artists in the field of photography.There will be a voluntary briefing session at the Market Photo Workshop on Thursday, 7 May 2009 at 2pm. This briefing session will introduce the Tierney Fellowship, and the application process, to potential applicants.The deadline for applications is 12pm on Thursday 28 May 2009.RequirementsEither current or past students of the Market Photo WorkshopAvailable to produce the work within the Southern African regionNot have produced a solo exhibition beforeAble to demonstrate an intermediate to advanced knowledge of the technical processes of photographyApplicants must submit the following:12 to 20 images (300dpi in jpeg format. Maximum 700 pixels in height and 1000 pixels in width)An artist statementA brief biography and CVA project proposalTracey Edser, a graduate of the Market Photo Workshop’s Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme, was chosen as the Tierney Fellow for 2008.Tracey’s work looks into the lives of recovering addicts and people suffering from various mental illnesses. She believes in breaking the secrecy surrounding these illnesses, through a depiction which is both honest and  “inside”.Tracey believes that mental illness and addiction have their own heroes which have so far gone unrecorded and uncelebrated.The exhibition opens in Cape Town at the Michaelis Gallery on 13 May 2009, and will then travel to The Photo Workshop Gallery in Johannesburg to open on 20 May 2009.For more information about The Tierney Fellowship contact Lester Adams on +27 (0)11 834 1444 or email him at lestera@marketphotoworkshop.co.za.For more information about the Tierney Fellowship go to www.tierneyfellowship.org.For more information about the Market Photo Workshop go to www.marketphotoworkshop.co.za.last_img read more

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Google Docs Code Shows Potential Media Preview, Audio Player and Music Collection Features

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Google Operating System theorizes that the code will be used in the new Google Docs interface: The Google Doc code shows how services such as Dropbox are influencing the market for online media storage services. As one commenter pointed out: “…looks like Google Docs is being pushed. Better media management, some of Dropbox’s best features, and it will be much more tempting to move everything into the cloud.” It looks like Google Docs may become a place for people to store their media collections, preview items and even play audio files.According to the Google Operating System blog, which is not affiliated with Google, the code shows a number of ways people may preview media items: Tags:#cloud#news center_img And the ability to create playlists: The code shows a player for audio files: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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