Nadal and Pau Gasol join the new donation for the Red Cross

first_imgRafael Nadal, by the hand of Pau Gasol, has launched a new solidarity initiative to fight the coronavirus disaster. In collaboration with the Red Cross, The Mallorcan and Catalan have made a donation for the ‘Red Cross Responds’ mission, with the intention of elevating funds for these households and teams most affected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.By an emotional video posted on their social networks, Nadal inspired all Spaniards and athletes to contribute their grain of sand in the face of such a tough state of affairs:“We’re in a second that’s tough to elucidate and possible. This pandemic has modified the lives of all of us and particularly of the people who find themselves struggling it. These are unhappy moments. The information isn’t very encouraging, however there isn’t a different alternative however to be inspired, to be sturdy and struggle collectively to win the virus. I’ve been residence for days desirous about how I might help on this state of affairs. I’ve come to the conclusion that you simply, the Spanish folks, have by no means failed us athletes. I believe that athletes, largely, are what we’re due to your assist. It’s the second wherein athletes can’t fail. It occurred to me to name my pal Pau and he was additionally desirous about how we might do one thing. We got here to the conclusion that it was time to begin this initiative, to which we belief that each one Spanish sport will unite and set a great instance of unity. We accomplice with the Reply Red Cross Challenge, which is supplying medical provides, hospital infrastructures, serving to the most susceptible households and creating lodging for particular teams.The target is evident: get 11 million euros to assist 1,340,000 folks. We belief that each one Spanish sports activities come collectively and assist the initiative to realize our aim. Pau and I’ve already made our donation and we belief you as a result of that is going to be our best victory. “last_img read more

Narine banned from Super50

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Embattled West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been banned from participating in the NAGICO Super50 series to be played in Trinidad and Tobago and StKitts from January, cricket sources in the twin island republic have reported. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has reportedly rejected a request from the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB) to allow the off spinner to take part in the tournament. The Guardian newspaper has quoted a source within the T&TCB as saying that the request was turned down because the WICB did not want to go against the findings of the International Cricket Council. He recently failed a test on his bowling action at the Loughborough University testing centre in England. Narine bowled T&T to the Nagico title last season, with figures of six wickets for nine runs.last_img read more

No protest can overturn CCJ decisions

first_imgDear Editor,“Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom; but with all of your getting, get understanding” – Proverbs 4:7The time has come for rational, reasonable and measured actions for the good of Guyana by all the leaders of Guyana. We in the PPP/C have demonstrated patience, tolerance and great restraint in the face of unwarranted provocation. Our leaders and our supporters have not merely “mouthed” social cohesion. We practice it.December 21, 2018 – the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion against the Granger Administration has come and gone.January 31, 2019 – ruling of the Chief Justice has long passed.March 22, 2019 – the rulings of the Guyana Court of Appeal have come and gone.June 18, 2019 – rulings by the Caribbean Court of Justice have come and gone, but these historic rulings are still fresh in our minds. It is the final determination of all these legal matters that have besieged us over the preceding six months.This charade by the APNU/AFC Government which should have been over since March 21, 2019, according to Articles 106 (6) and (7) of our Constitution, seems to be an unending episode that must be immediately brought to an end.As I pen this letter, the Granger-led Government is in Albouystown mobilising persons for street protests. They have also commandeered approximately 300 persons who are currently undertaking weeding and under-bushing work, provided by means of questionable contracts, on the Linden-Soesdyke highway, to be used today, June 21, for protest actions in front of GECOM, reportedly to demand “no house-to-house registration; no elections”. This kind of mobilisation is obviously taking place in other areas as well. The use of state resources to transport, feed and pay protesters for today’s exercise is being done by the issuance of questionable contractual arrangements.No protest can overturn the decisions of the CCJ.What is needed is for full constitutional compliance, adherence to the rule of law, and statesmanship that puts Guyana first. Mr President, name the date for General and Regional Elections now!!!Since you are the one constitutionally-empowered to name the date, then fill in the blank: Elections will be held on AA….. August 2019; no later than Monday, September 16, 2019.This country is too precious to be held to ransom by desperate people whose only intention is self-enrichment.  Guyana needs a new team that will work for all Guyanese. Stop denying the citizens their constitutional right to elect a Government of their choice.  Let every Guyanese – 18 years and over, be allowed to exercise their franchise in an environment that is free from fear at free and fair elections.God is watching us.Yours truly,Bishop Juan AEdghilllast_img read more

NY based democracy centre, FITUG urge Govt to end charade

first_imgCCJ consequential orders…advised to comply with Constitution…call for int’l community to hold APNU/AFC accountableThe International Center for Democracy (ICD) and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) have become the latest organisations to urge the Government to comply with the Constitution of Guyana and recent Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) rulings.President David GrangerFITUG President Carvil DuncanIn a statement on Tuesday, the ICD expressed concern that the appointment of a new Chairman of GECOM is being used as a barrier to timely elections.According to the group, Guyana’s economic future with oil and gas cannot be derailed by unconstitutionality. It called on the Government to take its caretaker responsibilities seriously, noting that carrying on as though it’s business as usual flies in the face of the CCJ rulings. The ICD, therefore, urged political leaders to come together to resolve Guyana’s burgeoning constitutional crisis.“A democratic Guyana, with an economy that can benefit enormously from a new oil and gas industry beginning in 2020, can be the model for transforming a developing country. This opportunity can only be squandered by a pathway whereby the Constitution is railroaded. All stakeholders must work diligently to avoid the trajectory Guyana is on at this time,” the group stated.The New York-based group went on to urge the Caribbean Community, the ABC countries, the Inter American and Caribbean Development Banks and the World Bank to do their part in keeping Guyana on the right path.The ICD also urged stakeholders, including the international community, to speak out and encourage the Government and the Opposition to ensure Guyana remains within the family of democratic nations.“Subverting the Constitution is not consistent with a democratic nation and, unfortunately, Guyana is on the pathway of total subversion of its Constitution. Voices must be raised to encourage the stakeholders to be faithful to democratic principles and the Constitution,” the group added.FITUGMeanwhile, FITUG also urged the Government to “do the right thing”. According to the workers union, the CCJ rulings are clear and unambiguous. FITUG noted the need for Guyana’s leaders to now act with integrity.It expressed dismay that based on utterances from persons associated with the coalition, the Government seemed not to have any intent to be compliant. It noted that this does not bode well for the future, considering Guyana is supposed to experience exponential economic growth.“We must express concern too, having taken account of statements that followed the CCJ ruling emanating from the Government, and more so President David Granger. Though we felt that the ruling was clear and unambiguous, it appears not to be the case when the Government’s utterances are considered.”FITUG made it clear that for the Government to do otherwise is to plunge Guyana down a path that reverses previous efforts and struggles for democracy and the rule of law. The umbrella union body noted that even though the ruling was clear and ambiguous to it, the Government appeared to be confused about its meaning.“This is disheartening, dismaying and is a worrying state of affairs that calls attention to a disrespect for the rule of law while not upholding our democratic culture and practices. For our Guyanese people, who in the past, struggled for the restoration of democracy and respect for law, this is an unwelcome reversal and one which is not reassuring of blissful times ahead, especially considering that Guyana is expected to be the world leader in economic growth in the coming years.”The shenanigans and charades, it added, have been pursued for far too long and it is now time that we put Guyana and Guyanese first and be respectful of Guyana’s laws.“It is in our interest and in the interest of future generations that we bequeath to them a society that is fully observant of democratic practices and respectful of the rule of law.”These two groups are the latest to put pressure on the Government to respect the Constitution and court rulings, coming on the heels of the advocacy of the parliamentary Opposition, and statements from the diplomatic community and the Private Sector Commission.PressureOn Monday the diplomatic community with the exception of Canada put out a joint communique in which it urged the Government to adhere to the consequential orders given by the CCJ.In the joint statement, members of the diplomatic community in Guyana, including the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union, stated that they have taken note of the CCJ’s pronouncements on July 12.They said it is important for the rule of law that all invoked actors abide by the CCJ’s ruling and the relevant provisions of the Constitution. The diplomats furthered urged that this adherence be done expeditiously.“The Caribbean Court of Justice – Guyana’s Supreme Court – has spoken. It is important for the rule of law that all invoked actors abide by its ruling and the relevant provisions of the Constitution. We urge everyone to do so expeditiously,” the diplomats said in the joint communique.This follows statements issued by the PSC, which noted in a statement that the appointment of a new Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman must be done the right way. The Commission, which is the umbrella body for the business community, warned that President David Granger must not go down the road of another unilateral appointment.last_img read more

Youths volunteer for L.A.: 75 sworn in for inaugural City Year program

first_imgFor a young West Hills woman, a chance to be part of a startup volunteer movement was too good to pass up. “I have always believed it’s important to give back and this seemed like a great way to do that before I decide on what I want to do the rest of my life,” said Tiffany Taubman, a graduate of El Camino Real High School and the University of California, Los Angeles. Taubman was among 75 young people sworn in as part of City Year/Los Angeles, a program operated through AmeriCorps to provide volunteer service to the nation’s cities. Taubman will be part of a team assigned to 42nd Street Elementary School, where volunteers will put in 1,700 hours this year as tutors, mentors and assistants. “For me, it’s a chance to learn more about education and help the city I grew up in,” Taubman said. “If I can help one child, it will be worth it.” After the program, Taubman said she plans to go to graduate school to study public policy. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa administered the City Year oath to the young people as they pledged to do their best to help others. “One of the things I have told people is that this is not about me, it is about us,” Villaraigosa said. “Being of service is one of the most important things that you can do to help others.” The mayor said he has promoted volunteer efforts through his Day of Service program that began with 7,500 volunteers and hit 52,000 this year. City Year began in Boston and has spread to 17 cities around the nation. This is its first year of operation in Los Angeles. Volunteers receive a stipend as part of the program. It is open to volunteers ages 17 to 24. Additional information is available at Other Los Angeles schools where volunteers will be assigned include Normandie Elmentary, 112th Street Elementary, Markham Middle School, Breed Street Elementary, Hollenbeck Middle School, Union Avenue Elementary and John Liechty Middle School. (213) 978-0390160Want 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

Organ recipients, donor’s family meet

first_imgAccording to Facio, her son was that perfect match. “My son was a giver. He would always be in trouble with me because he’d always give his meal tickets away. He’d say, `Mom, I don’t have to eat. These kids are hungrier than me. I need to lose weight anyway and I could just eat at home.”‘ Ortiz was a 6-foot-tall, 200-pound football linebacker who had transferred from La Puente to Wilson High School for his sophomore year. He tutored math to elementary and middle school children after football practice. His brother, Mario Altamirano, now 31, was the one who encouraged his mother to donate Ortiz’s organs. “I told my mom that we can’t be selfish. This is what Drew would have wanted.” David Acosta, 49, is a landscape maintenance business owner from Torrance. His diabetes was cured after receiving Ortiz’s right kidney and pancreas seven years ago. He also met Facio and Altamirano for the first time on Monday. “Part of you belongs to me,” Facio told Acosta. In memory of Ortiz, Acosta recently named his newborn grandson Andrew. “I feel a lot more relieved after meeting them,” Acosta said of the recipients. “I didn’t know what to say, but hopefully we will regularly see each other. I hope \ has helped take some of the pain and anger away.” Altamirano said there was some peace. “I see the life of my brother in others now,” he said. “I can feel his heart and picture my brother. I can see his face, I just see it and smile.” Phillips tried to contact Facio several years ago, but his letter got lost. He, Acosta and Facio eventually organized a meeting through OneLegacy, a nonprofit donor procurement organization. Prior to meeting Facio and Altamirano, Phillips had only vague information about the donor’s family. Nonetheless, he brought a gift befitting the occasion. Holding a small red box, Facio opened Phillips’ gift. In it was a heart-shaped photo frame for Ortiz’s picture. Facio then asked, “Fred, so what is it that you are doing in Bakersfield?” “Right now, I’m living,” Phillips said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2393160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventFacio, of La Puente, made a decision on April 1, 1999, to donate her 16-year-old son’s organs after he had been beaten to death in what was described as a road rage attack. The killing remains unsolved. One day later, Phillips, who had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and had been on the waiting list for a new heart for months, was scheduled for surgery. A 69-year-old Bakersfield resident, Phillips remembers how hard the waiting was. “I thought I wasn’t going to make it. I was laying in the hospital for months depressed. I wanted to pull the plug if I could,” he said. “But, after I got out of surgery, I woke up that day with a new life.” At 5 feet 8 inches and 180 pounds, Phillips needed a heart to match his size. For seven years, Fred Phillips waited for the day he would share his life with the people that gave it to him. On Monday at the S. Mark Taper Transplant Center in Los Angeles, he finally met the family who donated their loved one’s heart to him. It was the first meeting between the family of the late Andrew Ortiz and two men who received his organs. Phillips sat quietly as Ortiz’s mother, Barbara Facio, rested her head against his chest, listening quietly to the pounding of her son’s heart. “It hasn’t missed a beat,” Phillips said. last_img


first_imgA mother of five has been fined €500 after being caught trying to sell counterfeit CDs at a Donegal market.Donna Coyle was caught with more than 640 fake CDs at Lifford Sunday Market.Solicitor Donagh Cleary told Letterkenny District Court that his client had been in a relationship with a man whom was involved in the illegal copying of CDs. The relationship finished but she had all these CDs which she decided to sell.The court heard that Ms Coyle, from Strabane, was now making buns and pastries to sell to local shops to make a living.Judge Paul Kelly said the public constantly hear through the media about how much money is being lost because of such illegal counterfeiting practices.He fined Ms Coyle €500 which had been a previous bail bond when she had been arrested.MUM OF FIVE CAUGHT WITH MORE THAN 600 COUNTERFEIT CDS AT MARKET was last modified: January 19th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:counterfeit CDsDonna CoyleLifford Sunday Marketlast_img read more


first_imgCongratulations to Rosses A.C members who all set Personal Bests today while competing in the Spar Great Ireland Run, Phoenix Park, Dublin.  Left to Right, Fergal Mc Gee, Martin Forker, Liam Mc Fadden, Denis Forker. ROSSES ATHLETES ALL MAKE PBs AT GREAT IRELAND RUN was last modified: April 14th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Great Ireland RunROSSES AClast_img read more

Coach Matia Lule to leave crisis-hit FC

first_imgFOOTBALL–Express FC and crisis are conjoined twins and the stormy clouds that are synonymous Mutese II Stadium Wankulukuku are threatening to return, three weeks to the start of the new season.While the Red Eagles are still reeling from the talent-drain that hit the club like a tsunami at the beginning of the off-season, a bigger shocker is brewing at the beleaguered club.PML Daily Sports has learnt head coach Matia Lule is contemplating turning his gaze away from the Red Eagles for what he perceives to be lack of ambition by the club’s hierarchy.According to confidants close to Lule, the former KCCA FC tactician believes his efforts to improve the battered image of the club in the forthcoming season as a coach cannot realistically be achieved without marked improvements to his working conditions.To vent his frustration, Lule, who took over the Red Eagles mid-way last season at the back of the acrimonious departure of prodigal son Wasswa Bbosa, has made it clear that he could walk way should key concerns remain unsolved.Top among these is the demand to clear his outstanding salary arrears of up to four months, for which he has publicly accused his paymasters to lend a deaf ear to meet his remunerations.It is reported that Lule signed a three-year contract last November, but the club has failed to meet part their contractual obligations.The Red Eagle’s insolent approach in the ongoing transfer season hasn’t helped the matters either. The club’s reluctance to recruit has severely riled Lule. He has read and watched in dismay as many of other league opponents steel themselves for the fast-approaching 2017-2018 season.The Wakulukuku-based side failed to repel invaders, who lured most of their first team players away at the end of last season.The departure of Ibrahim Sadam Juma to KCCA FC opened the exodus gates at Wakulukuku that witnessed eight other big names swap the Red Eagles for better fortunes.Simon Sserunkuma, Mahad Yaya Kakooza, Musa Mukasa and Allan Kyambadde (loan from Vipers SC) joined arch rivals SC Villa to reunite with former coach Wasswa Bbosa, while Joseph Ssemujju’s loan spell from Vipers SC ceased.The other lot was deemed surplus to requirements. They include Yafeesi Mubiru, John Ssemazi (on loan from Vipers SC), Rogers Lukwiya, Mohamed Kayongo, Isaac Sserunkuma, Richard Kigozi, Bob Kasozi and Paddy Tebusweke.The jaw-dropping departures were knitted to the club’s frail financial status and when big money landed on desperate players’ tables, they couldn’t resist the urge to move.The only surviving members from last season’s squad are lanky goalie Emmanuel Opio, left back Remmy Makumbi, midfielder Sharif Ochaya, pint-sized winger Sulaiman Jingo and defender Timothy Sebudde.The club, through its chairperson Florence Nakiwala, softened the mass exodus news by confirming reinforcements will be administered on the depleted squad, but by look of things the club has not come good on their claims.It is reported that FC are chasing the services of winger Michael Birungi, who was released by Police FC. There was reported interest in former midfielder Ibrahim Kayiwa, who was lotting at the periphery at Vipers SC but in surprise turn of events, he is in line to join URA FC.Striker Alfred Leku, who had initially been mooted to join FC, was also snapped up by Arua-based side Onduparaka.The general consensus is that Express will continue their customary strategy of picking up misfits and rejects from other clubs. And, despite the fact that the club’s hierarchy is restrained in the knowledge about Lule’s disillusionment, it has remained unruffled and indifferent.His recent appointment alongside former Cranes skipper Ibrahim Sekajja as part of the Uganda Cranes technical staff ahead of World Cup qualifier double-header against Egypt has only hastened Lule’s desire to wade is way out of the soggy Wankulukuku.Sources further tell us that Lule is being courted by Rwandan side Rayon Sport.Lule’s second stint at Express cultivated grounds for optimism after yielding eight wins in 20 league games, drawing six and losing the other six as they finished 6th with 44 points.Lule’s uncertainty is another sign post to the problems that have besieged the club since winning the league title in 2012, then under Sam Ssimbwa.The six-time league champions’ reputation as a powerhouse has deteriorated severely because of stringing below-par performances in the recent past.There was a glimmer of hope that the club’s weak financial muscle were due for past tense with sponsorship deal from betting firm SportPesa but the much vaunted deal has failed to materialise.Last week, DStv reaffirmed its continued partnership as sponsors of Express ahead of the new season but the countenance obscured the fact that club’s financial woes are still far from over.Express open their 2017/18 league account with a home date against tricky Kirinya Jinja SS on September 13.Comments Tags: toplast_img read more

E3 2019: How Video Games Are Changing Cinematic Storytelling

first_imgVideo games are evolving right before our eyes, and the rate of change is accelerating — so what does that mean for cinematic storytelling?I had the chance to attend E3, the annual video game expo in Los Angles, and I came away impressed, bemused, and a little overwhelmed.Many of the big trailers had already premiered the week before the show opened, and there were some of the usual suspects — as well as some real surprises.Christmas is the high season for video game releases, much like summer used to be for blockbuster movies. Call of Duty, one of the largest franchises, releases a game every year, but they have announced they’re cutting back their release schedule due to diminishing returns on this model.This year’s Call of Duty will be a remake/reboot of one of their most popular games: Modern Warfare. Like the film industry, video games have huge production costs (some estimates run as high as $200m), and they try to offset this huge risk by betting big on tried-and-true formulas. Disney’s current crop of live-action remakes is no different, using new technology to cash in on feelings of nostalgia to create something that appeals to new and old alike.One of the best trailers of the year was also one of the most hotly anticipated releases: Cyberpunk 2077. This is not a remake or reboot but a new game from the makers of the award-winning Witcher 3, CD PROJEKT RED. Loosely based on a pen-and-paper RPG, Cyberpunk’s trailer is a gorgeously rendered, tightly told story that features probably the biggest news of the show: Keanu Reeves.Just like Pixar’s arrival on the movie scene — an outsider that brought fresh life to an established industry — CD PROJEKT RED (based in Poland) is bringing a cinematic style and storytelling to games, forcing the major players to rise to their level.On the other end of the scale is Fortnite and its publisher, Epic Games. They had the largest and most over-the-top booth at E3. There isn’t much that you could describe as “cinematic” about Fortnite, the free-to-play Battle Royale, but it has transformed the industry in other ways. It’s been the fastest-adopted game in history, gaining 260 million players in under two years. And it is now the most-used social media platform for many demographics.Looming over the whole industry is streaming. For years, the highest-end games required the newest consoles or high-end PCs. This could change with a new technology that offloads the processing power to the cloud, allowing you to play the games anywhere you have a fast-enough internet connection. Everyone is trying to cover as many bases as possible, very conscious of how Netflix transformed the DVD landscape with streaming.Google has entered the game arena with Stadia, a cloud streaming service. Microsoft has announced their own streaming service, but with a new generation console that will somehow complement it.Video games share a lot with the film industry. Being a younger industry, more dependent on technology, it’s transforming rapidly, and in ways that will forever change how we consume, create, and imagine stories.Looking for more articles on the film and video industry? Check these out.What Is Panavision’s Liquid Crystal Neutral Density (LCND) Filter?What the Marvel Cinematic Universe Means for the Future of FilmIndustry Insights: Filming Documentary Subjects in Conflict Zones10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets ComparedThe History and Power of Sound Design in the Film Industrylast_img read more