Alexander: Celebrating, and hanging on to, Dodgers’ Spanish voice Jaime Jarrin

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “The first thing Mr. Walter O’Malley did was to hire a helicopter and fly over Los Angeles and see the demographics of Southern California, and he said, ‘Jaime, I am going to give them something in their own language so they can really enjoy the game.’ And I have been fortunate to be the link, to be the spokesperson for the Dodgers and to reach the Hispanic community.”His philosophy is that his listeners work a long, hard day and deserve the enjoyment of a ballgame at its end. Beyond that, he has provided a connection, a way for immigrants to assimilate and an opportunity for a multi-faceted community, with people from many different Central and South American backgrounds, to connect through baseball.He has another role, too, a valuable one for us English-speakers who struggle with Español.“I understand in the Spanish classes at the universities and colleges here, the teachers used to tell them to listen to the Dodgers broadcast in Spanish,” Jarrín said. “Probably they still do.”If they respond to the flight of a home run with “Se va, se va, se va” … yes, that would be a on TwitterDodger broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, back, works a game with Fernando Valenzuela. (AP Photo/Jerome T. Nakagawa) Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img “When I started with the Dodgers in 1959 at the Coliseum, the Latinos coming to the ballgames were about eight percent,” he said. “Now, at Dodger Stadium, they tell me it’s around 46 percent Latinos. And if you go during a game and take a walk around the ballpark inside, you will hear as much Spanish as English.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.And, as he noted, those fans no longer just sit in the pavilions or the general admission seats at the top of the park, but throughout the stadium.There have been a number of factors, of course, in the uptick in Latino support. The phenomenon that was Fernando Valenzuela made a difference (and Jarrín, as the pitcher’s interpreter to English-speaking audiences, had a part in that, too). A heritage of Spanish-speaking Dodger stars has helped, a list from Manny Mota to Kiké Hernández that includes such luminaries as Pedro Guerrero, Ramón Martínez, Adrián Beltré, Raúl Mondesí, César Izturis, Rafael Furcal and Adrián González.But Jarrín has been the constant in forging that link between the Dodgers and Southern California’s Spanish-speaking community. Thursday’s announcement of a two-year contract extension, meaning that he will continue to do games through at least 2020, and Friday’s Ring of Honor ceremony before the series opener against the Padres further reinforce his importance to the franchise.Is he the Spanish-speaking Vin Scully? Or was Scully the English-speaking Jaime Jarrín? Doesn’t matter. Both are Hall of Famers, dear friends, and indelibly linked with the Dodgers as the only baseball broadcasters to spend six decades with one team.And now Jarrín, at age 82 and blessed with good health, an elegant style and indefatigable enthusiasm, is working a Scully schedule. He skipped three road trips this year, the first time in all these years he’s taken more than a two-week break at midseason, and he will likely do so in future seasons as well.“It’s not that I don’t like traveling,” he said. “I enjoy traveling. I enjoy seeing my friends on the road, seeing my colleagues, talking to them, trying to grasp as much as possible from my colleagues. But leaving my family for such a long time alone, it’s tough. It is getting tougher. My wife, Blanca, she has been a champion. She is the one who really deserves all the accolades.”The backstory by now is familiar. Jarrín arrived in Southern California in 1955, a journey with Blanca that started by boat from Ecuador to Tampa, followed by a cross-country Greyhound trip to L.A.  He knew little about baseball when he arrived but soon became intrigued by the Pacific Coast League, the best L.A. had at the time.When Walter O’Malley brought the Dodgers to town in 1958, Jarrín was the news and sports director of radio station KWKW. The station reached an agreement to do the games in Spanish, Jarrín was given a year to prepare, and in 1959 he started a job that has captivated him all these years.He ticked off three reasons for his longevity:• He still sincerely loves the game. “I can do two games every day, seven days a week,” he said. “I love what I do. I take advantage of the fact I have the best seat in the stadium.”• His wife has been amazingly supportive. And one of his sons, Jorge, is now his partner in the booth.Jorge handles the statistical analysis, while Jaime provides the stories and the historical perspective. If that sounds like Scully … well, for the first eight years KWKW aired the games, before the Spanish broadcasters were allowed to travel, Jarrin would do recreations off of the English broadcasts of Scully and Jerry Doggett. He readily admits he picked up some good habits along the way.• The third reason? “I landed with the Dodgers, an organization that really, really respects my community,” he said.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — There are two ways to measure the impact of Jaime Jarrín, the Spanish language Voice of the Dodgers, on the community that has followed his broadcasts for the last six decades.One is word of mouth.“The best compliment that I have gotten,” he said this week, “is that when I am walking on the streets, when I go into a restaurant, when I am going shopping, people approach me and they tell me, ‘Mr. Jarrín, my grandfather used to hear you every single day. My mother followed the Dodgers thanks to you.’ Then I (say), ‘Well, we grew up together then.’ That hits me very deeply and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to do that.”The other measure? Look at the composition of the crowds in the ballpark. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Catcher

first_imgThere isn’t much to say about our 2019 catcher rankings. Fantasy baseball owners already know the drill: Don’t overdraft a backstop , especially if you don’t get one of the top guys — and even the top-tier guys might not be all that good this year. There are some homers available, but average and homers? Almost certainly not. The “sleepers”, which are really just some potentially undervalued middle-of-the-road veterans and a few prospects who don’t inspire a ton of hope this early in their careers, aren’t anything to get excited about either. You don’t need a draft cheat sheet as much as you just need to jot a few names down on a Post-It. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN Yes, that’s how weak catcher is — we’re actually highlighting a career .251/.304/.398 hitter as a potential sleeper just because he’ll play an extra game per week. Good luck…you’re gonna need it.DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 cheat sheetFantasy Baseball Rankings: CatcherThese rankings are for standard 5×5, non-keeper leagues. Eligibility based on Yahoo default settings.RankingPlayerTeamOther eligiblity1J.T. RealmutoPhillies1B2Yasmani GrandalBrewers3Gary SanchezYankees4Willson ContrerasCubs5Buster PoseyGiants1B6Wilson RamosMets7Yadier MolinaCardinals8Welington CastilloWhite Sox9Robinson ChirinosAstros10Yan GomesNationals11Danny JansenBlue Jays12Jorge AlfaroMarlins13Francisco MejiaPadres14Mike ZuninoRays15Willians AstudilloTwins16Austin BarnesDodgers17Martin MaldonadoRoyals18Austin HedgesPadres19Chris IannettaRockies20Jonathan LucroyAngels21Francisco CervelliPirates22Tucker BarnhartReds1B23John HicksTigers1B24Kurt SuzukiNationals25Omar NarvaezMariners26Tyler FlowersBraves27Isiah Kiner-FalefaRangers2B, 3B28Brian McCannBraves29Elias DiazPirates30Josh PhegleyA’s31Alex AvilaDiamondbacks32Roberto PerezIndians33Jason CastroTwins34Russell MartinDodgers The No. 1 catcher is a real debate. Many will opt for Gary Sanchez, but power hitters who undergo shoulder surgery are always a worry — especially ones who hit .186 last season. Perhaps he’s fully healthy now and ready to pop 30-plus HRs again, but he’s a risk. Yasmani Grandal might actually be the best bet for homers, and his move the hitter-friendly Milwaukee could easily lead to a career high. However, it’s likely going to come with a sub-.250 average. J.T. Realmuto seems like the safest bet for a solid average and 20-plus homers (and maybe even a few stolen bases). .2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each teamWillson Contreras is a major bounce-back candidate, and Buster Posey will hit for average and might have one more solid run/RBI season in him, but after that, you’re throwing a penny in a wishing well. Danny Jansen, Francisco Mejia, and Jorge Alfaro are interesting young players, but playing time is an issue for Mejia while Jansen and Alfaro both have limited ceilings this early in their respective careers.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft StrategyCatcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | CloserOne notable player, at least in weekly leagues, is Detroit’s John Hicks, who’s slated to be an everyday DH. How long that lasts is anyone’s guess, but at a position as thin as catcher, more games can make a difference. (Update: With Josh Harrison now in Detroit, Hicks will likely need an injury to be an everyday DH.)2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300last_img read more

Jimmy Butler free agency rumors: Forward ‘very interested’ in Heat

first_img Jimmy Butler free agency rumors: Wing ‘has interest in being’ Lakers’ third star While the 76ers are also reportedly interested in keeping Butler, he also has been linked to the Lakers and Nets. He is expected to visit Miami Sunday before meeting with the Rockets in Los Angeles next week, according to an ESPN report. Butler is in hot pursuit of a big deal.Sources: Jimmy Butler expected to meet the Miami Heat in South Fla. Sunday. Butler/Rockets meeting likely early week in LA. Sixers haven’t ruled out working with Butler on sign-and-trades, which Miami and Houston need to acquire the All-Star guard.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019“Hopefully I’ll get a max contract anywhere I choose to go,” Butler told reporters about his free agency last month. “You always want to be able to win, I think that’s key for sure. You’re looking at coaches, you’re looking at the city. There’s a lot that goes into it.” Related News Jimmy Butler rumors: 76ers ‘likely’ open to sign-and-trade scenario with Rockets Jimmy Butler is “very interested” in signing with the Heat when free agency begins Sunday, according to the Associated Press.It would likely have to be a sign-and-trade scenario, similar to the type of deal that has been speculated between Butler and the Rockets. That type of offer would be the only way the Heat could obtain Butler because their cap situation prevents them from signing him as a free agent, Heat Nation notes. NBA trade rumors: Rockets won’t deal Clint Capela until they potentially secure Jimmy Butler He began the season with the Timberwolves before he was dealt to the 76ers in mid-November. He averaged 18.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 33.8% from 3-point range in 55 regular season games with Philadelphia. Butler helped the 76ers reach the Eastern Conference semifinals before they fell to the Raptors in seven games.As expected, he declined his player option that was worth more than $19 million for the 2019-20 season.last_img read more

Year 2016: A year of big money sport deals

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Money flooded into sport in 2016 faster than ever before and flooded out in the shape of fatter salaries for the stars who have become multi-million business brands.Paul Pogba’s world record transfer to Manchester United set the tone for a year of big money deals that handed the French 23-year-old wealth beyond the dreams of most of his Old Trafford fans.But even Pogba has got a long way to go to catch up with gold-plated stars like Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes, who banks just short of $1.7 million (1.6 million euros, £1.4 million) a week in salary and endorsements.Pogba’s five-year contract to join United may have raised eyebrows among football fans and critics but top-flight managers and sports business insiders had already priced-in mega transfer inflation.The explosion of TV rights made the Pogba contract possible, flooding the coffers of the English Premier League, making a mockery of economic austerity and the jobless queues.And the tide of high finance in sport did not stop there. TV income rose 40 percent for Germany’s Bundesliga while the US NBA enjoyed a vintage financial year and Formula One motor racing attracted a multi-billion dollar US takeover bid.Three years after Welshman Gareth Bale set a world record transfer figure of 101 million euros (around £80 million) for his move to Real Madrid, Pogba upped the ante with his 105 million-euro transfer to Manchester in August despite his failing to set sparks flying for France in Euro 2016.Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson told the Daily Mail that the moment the £8.3 billion ($10.75 billion, 9.6 billion euros) domestic TV deal covering 2016-2019 was signed between the Premier League and Sky Sports and BT Sport, “transfer values and salaries were going to go up.”– Star power – The result was not long in coming. Premier League clubs spent 1.38 billion euros during the 2016 summer transfer market window, 34 percent up on the previous year.The British game’s star power also spilled over into foreign markets, where broadcast rights sell to the highest bidder. The biggest deal to date was signed in November with Chinese video streaming service PPTV for 600 million euros.Elsewhere in Europe the Bundesliga cashed in hugely with a TV deal worth 3.48 billion euros over the next three years, a near 40 percent jump on the past year.If economic hardship tightened the purse strings somewhat in some other parts of Europe, the cash flowed thick and fast in basketball in the United States, where TV income tripled and the sport generated global revenue of $5.2 billion (4.8 billion euros) with operating profit of $900 million, a record, according to Forbes.At the same time, NBA clubs saw their value rise by an average 13 percent with the New York Knicks topping the financial league at $3 billion.With TV income up sharply since last year — and slightly higher than Premier League levels — NBA clubs are pushing up salaries, with LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers seeing his $23 million dollar paycheck boosted to $30.9 million for the 2016/17 season.Formula One was also a big winner in the financial stakes. The sport deemed to be in severe decline still managed to attract the high rollers with US firm Liberty Media, run by billionaire John Malone, buying out F1’s parent company in a deal which values the sport at $8 billion.Formula One is gambling on gaining more exposure worldwide, including in the United States, hoping to generate an even wider revenue stream in the future. Logically, that will translate as even more money in the bank for the big stars.last_img read more

Reason why Manchester United didn’t sign Virgil van Dijk – Jose Mourinho!

first_imgAdvertisement fwNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs82s3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Etn0t7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) q2Would you ever consider trying this?😱1gbbeCan your students do this? 🌚pr9Roller skating! Powered by Firework History probably would have been much different had Viirgil Van Dijk been a Manchester United player. Information has surfaced that there was only one thing between the Dutch defender and United – Jose Mourinho.Advertisement A piece from the Independent UK reads : “You wouldn’t have a situation, like at United, where a player’s name can suddenly be thrown out at such meetings from nowhere. You wouldn’t have a situation, like at United, where Jose Mourinho actually said no to bidding for Virgil van Dijk in the January 2018 window because he didn’t want a centre-half at that point, only to then decide he absolutely needed one above anything else a few months later. The thinking is far too joined up at City. The different parts of the club are all joined up. One complaint at United is that there is nothing really wrong with the scouting, as such, it’s that the departments don’t seem to complement each other. They’re not feeding an overall plan.”Advertisement The conclusion that can be drawn from this eye-opening analysis is that United are an agent-driven club and counterparts like Liverpool and Manchester City make sure their potential transfers are in alignment wiith their football philosophy and system.Jose Mourinho depended on Smalling, Jones, Rojo and mainly Lindelof, none of whom have yet justified why they deserve to play for United. Perhaps , one different perception would have changed the current state of the club.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Neymar to miss PSG Cup tie after returning to Brazil

first_imgMOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Neymar had already missed the 3-1 weekend win against Lille due to suspension, and Emery said on Monday that he hoped the former Barcelona star would be back in “three or four days”.But PSG’s confirmed squad for the last-16 tie in Strasbourg — where they lost 2-1 in the league 10 days ago — was missing Neymar as well as Thiago Silva, Thiago Motta, Adrien Rabiot and Layvin Kurzawa. They have won the League Cup in each of the last four seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseAmid speculation as to the reasons behind Neymar’s trip home, Brazilian website Globoesporte published social media messages accompanied by photographs which suggest he could have been at the birthday party of his friend’s father and had also visited a dental clinic.On Monday, Neymar published a photo of himself on Twitter with the message: “Focus, strength and faith for the celebration of another day!!” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar runs at the field during the UEFA Champions League football match of Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint-Germain on December 5, 2017 in Munich, southern Germany. / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHEParis Saint-Germain will again be without Neymar for their League Cup tie at Strasbourg on Wednesday, the club confirmed.Coach Unai Emery confirmed on Monday that the world’s most expensive player had been allowed to return to his native Brazil to deal with a family matter.ADVERTISEMENT Thunder star Paul George expects boos in return to Indianalast_img read more

Nigeria’s bright, trippy uniforms a hit among World Cup unis

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ 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 “The ones you remember are the ones that are crazy, but some leagues are risk averse,” said Doonan, author of the new book “Soccer Style: The Magic and Madness.”“The World Cup is a carnival. It’s not supposed to be a beacon of restraint and good taste,” he said.Doonan’s favorites on the flamboyant front: Croatia’s red-and-white checkerboard, reminiscent of the country’s flag and medieval coat of arms — and, some say, — the Big Boy burger chain (Nike); Colombia’s red-and-blue lightning bolts coming out of the armpits against a bright yellow background (Adidas); and Belgium’s horizontal dash of red-and-yellow Argyle, like the socks (also Adidas).Doonan is also a fan of vertical stripes (hello, Argentina in blue and white, just like your flag and your kits from your 1978 World Cup win).There are some jerseys he’s not hugely fond of as a matter of personal preference.“I’m very obsessed with symmetry, in life and in my work, so the Spain shirt, even though I’m a big fan of the Spanish team, the asymmetry of those shirts and that sort of folkloric zigzag only on one side, completely freaks me out,” Doonan said of the dash of yellow, blue and red against, well, red.And then there’s Nigeria, the social media and retail king heading into the World Cup.“They’re fabulous,” Doonan said.Bennett agreed: “You could wear it to a rave in Manchester in the 1990s and fit right in. It’s a great way to live a life.”As for the upside down Vs in the Nigeria design, Hoppins said it’s a nod to eagles — as in the team’s Super Eagles nickname. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Or, in the case of Australia, gold with a riot of jagged lines on shoulders and sleeves of home jerseys. The algae green lines celebrate waves and the country’s proximity to various oceans and seas, said Nike football apparel senior design director Pete Hoppins. The away kit is all green with a diagonal slash of yellow and lighter green touches on the front, in tribute to Australia’s 2006 jerseys .Soccer fans have been buzzing for weeks about Nigeria’s shirts, to the delight of supplier Nike but not so much among folks back home who consider the $85 price tag out of reach . The away shirts are a screeching bright green, white and black with trippy jagged edging on a chevron pattern that may just be the World Cup’s shining Rorschach moment, along with an ode to the country’s style and pop culture energy.The we-have-arrived look is a modern reinvention of Nigeria’s 1994 kits, the first time the country qualified for the World Cup. The new shirts sold out in minutes on the first day of sales in some spots, including Nike’s flagship store in London and online, Hoppins said, after stakeholders decided early on to go bold and market the strips in a collection that also includes hats, T-shirts and jackets.“We’ve never seen anything like this before in terms of excitement, in terms of people queuing around the block,” Hoppins said, referring to the crowd that showed up June 1. “It’s something that Nike has never really done before, which is going all out and having fun with it. We want Nigeria to be everyone’s second team.”To Simon Doonan, soccer nut and creative ambassador at large for Barneys New York, when it comes to out-there World Cup shirts, you’re either in or you’re out.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Those countries are among several of the more festive standouts in jerseys for the global soccer showcase, with loads of sentimental touches in the designs of the 32 teams.With millions in exposure and retail sales at stake, the World Cup kits of 2018 can be categorized, generally speaking, like this: Team Plain, Team Retro and Team Cool Kid on the Pitch.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 didn’t used to care so much,” said Roger Bennett, who is half the wacky British duo of the “Men in Blazers” soccer show on NBC Sports.“What’s changed is the fusion of the World Cup and the Premier League and the Champions League and television as a global platform, and advertising, which has essentially transformed them from being just functional garments, nothing to see here, just polyester, everybody move along, to the single-most lucrative billboard in the world,” he said. “They may as well be spun from gold in terms of the impact that they have on the sports manufacturing brands that propel them.” China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In this June 5, 2018 photo people walk by Nigerian and Brazil national soccer team jerseys which are on display at a shop in London. With just days to go before the FIFA World Cup, some winners and losers have emerged among the often wild and wacky team jerseys. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)NEW YORK — Spain, your asymmetry is showing. Nigeria, you’re so bright I need shades! Croatia, Russia’s fresh out of Big Boy restaurants.No worries, though, your party duds will be just the ticket once the World Cup gets underway June 14.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Other nationals also have ’90s throwback designs. Germany’s black-and-white shirts are an update of the jerseys won by Der Mannschaft’s 1990 champions.“That’s a nice bit of nostalgia,” Bennett said.Hoppins considers the ’90s a heyday in jersey style.In the clash of sports company titans behind the parade of shirts, Adidas “has the wind behind them,” as Bennett said, with 12 countries that include some powerhouse players, followed by Nike with 10, Puma with three and New Balance with two. Brands with one include Errea (Iceland), Hummel (Denmark), Uhlsport (Tunisia), Romai (Senega) and Umbro (Peru), with its iconic red sash against white.The U.S. didn’t qualify, so forget another patriotic jersey iteration on display. Remember 1994, the year Adidas went with a washed-out denim blue-and-star design that some dubbed the worst World Cup shirts in history?While acknowledging the deep pride and symbolism behind Croatia’s ever-present checkerboard, Bennett isn’t a fan: “I find it fairly terrifying. It’s a tablecloth.”Among the uniforms on Bennett’s not-so-much list: Iceland.“For whatever reason they’ve decided to clad their footballers in shirts so tight they’re like sausage casings,” Bennett said. “It’s all nipples.”He was all praise for the Japan jersey, a rich blue that references the ancient Japanese technique of sashiko hand stitching in a pattern of rows of tracks down the front.“It’s utterly captivating and everything that’s beautiful about a national football jersey,” he said. “That’s what we should aspire to.” North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes calls out UAAP officiating after loss to Ateneo

first_imgFEU condemns cyberbullying against one of its student-athletes But the veteran mentor called out the league and its game officials with UST on the receiving end of what he thought were missed calls right when his team was making a come back in the fourth set.Reyes said words that were nothing short of inflammatory directed towards referees Rene Gaspillo and Damiel Palada who officiated the game that the Lady Eagles won 25-21, 25-18, 16-25, 25-22.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsREAD: UAAP volleyball: Ateneo bounces back, holds off UST for first winReyes said Ateneo got off scot-free despite what he saw as rotational errors in the Lady Eagles’ positioning on the court. “What can we do when we see those close calls? We don’t have a challenge system. What hurts the most was those close calls were called against us and they were made late in the game,” said Reyes in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.“The best thing they can do is put in qualified referees to officiate the game, the ones who are really good in doing their job. The first they should ask if these referees were also volleyball players. I know we’re only human and we mistakes but they should understand the nature of the game.”“The best thing they could do is admit that they made a mistake at least us coaches will be relieved. But they kept on denying and that’s [expletive].”Reyes got riled up in the fourth set when Janine Balcorta got called with a net touch violation even though the ball was already on its way down to the baseline after an Ateneo attack.Balcorta’s error gave Ateneo a 20-17 lead but this was before UST captain Cherry Rondina heavily contested the call with lead refer Gaspillo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas head coach Kung Fu Reyes accepted the Tigresses’ loss to Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Reyes also called to question the jury’s role in the proceedings if table officials can’t review what the referees call, be it right or wrong.“My question is what is the role of the jury if there even is one? What can they do?” said Reyes whose team dropped to a 1-1 record. “The only thing they said was that the captain should talk to the referee and what? Nothing. Whatever the referee calls is final. The loss doesn’t actually matter but what matters is how the calls are made, especially in the end game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Dictatorship! Not again!

first_imgDear Editor,It’s quite late at night and sleep is yet to visit me as I lay awake submerged in the sad reality that life in Guyana has come full circle and we are once again starkly staring at a full-fledged PNC dictatorship. But this time it is far worse than that which Guyanese had experienced during the period 1964 to 1992.This time, it began almost as soon as the PNC-dominated coalition assumed Office with the complete disdain and utmost defiance of the Supreme Law of the land which ironically was conceived and given birth to during the same dark era of Burnham’s PNC dictatorship rule.It was equally sad to helplessly stare in bewilderment as two of Cheddi Jagan’s self-proclaimed ‘disciples’, Moses Nagamootoo and Khemraj Ramjattan, joined hands with the very people who had terrorised, impoverished and oppressed the entire Guyanese nation and have now themselves metamorphosed into an integral part of the growing PNC dictatorship.In fact, they have now become worse dictators having immersed themselves in the wealth snatched from the blood, sweat and tears of the taxpayers. Ill-gotten wealth which could have fed the children of the thousands of jobless persons, which could have created jobs for our young people and which could have improved the healthcare of the poor masses. All these are issues which they have fought against the same PNC which they now gleefully embrace.The masses in Guyana are poor people, of which multitudes have fled from their homeland in a courageous quest to bring good to themselves and families and they live abroad with the earnest hope that one day those living in poverty will live an improved life in an economically prosperous environment. In 1992, we saw the advent of such a life as Guyanese were taken from dire poverty and oppression into a journey which saw their lives improved almost on a daily basis.Guyana was taken from bankruptcy to prosperity and for 23 years had almost forgotten the 28 years suffered under the PNC dictatorship when it was a crime to eat food! Empty shelves became filled as never before and Guyanese were becoming owners of homes and luxurious items as not only needs but wants were fulfilled.Our National Treasury was once again becoming filled as we moved up the economic ladder to become a middle-income country. Guyanese had started to go to the US on vacation enjoying their ten-year visa. But this came to an end in 2015 which saw the venomous resurgence of the PNC and the diminishing of such holiday visas as Guyanese once again are seen as fleeing from economic hardships.The coalition’s adamant refusal to abide by the Constitution and the defiance for the rule of law has exposed its true dictatorial nature, not only to Guyanese but to the world at large. It took a meagre four years for that to materialise! Many Guyanese had thought that in this new era, that the PNC, after several baptismal names change, would have learnt an invaluable lesson from the 28 years it was in Government and sought to erase that sinister and catastrophic image it had indelibly carved in their psyche.But that was not to be since the true PNC characteristic began to emerge on a daily basis as squandermania, corruption, cronyism, criminal activities and harsh taxation measures wreaked havoc as the balance of payments deficit grew, our gross domestic product declined and economic development took a plunge. We now have bigger budgets but equally bigger corruption.It now becomes clear that the coalition is bent on an illegal trajectory to remain in power even if it means to once again become a pariah to the civilised nations of the world.They believe that the revenue from oil will see them through this time around but they are mistaken. Guyanese will not allow the PNC to get away with its dictatorial rule this time. We demand that democracy prevails!We have had enough of poverty and hunger under the PNC and we must now stand up to this PNC monster which once again threatens to gobble this nation. We demand that GECOM’s Chairman be appointed and elections be held by September 18, 2019, as per our Constitution and the CCJ’s rulings. We demand that the delaying tactic of House-to-House Registration be jettisoned immediately! We want no more PNC fabricated delaying tactics!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

7 June Save The State Protest: If there will be a dialogue, let it…

first_imgBy Baba SillahIn analyzing state power and resistance in Liberia, one must draw lessons from history, particularly the history of last five decades which teaches that resistance can be complicit in reproducing domination, if its only goal is political power, and its only strategy lies within the structures of the very power it resists. The histories of the administrations of presidents William Tolbert, Samuel Doe, Charles Taylor and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf are replete with instances whereby regime critics cease to criticize just when their criticisms are most needed – when they shall have attained access to the corridors of political power. This is true with only slight variations across administrations. Many of the leaders of those resistances, haven been appointed to strategic positions in the Executive or incorporated as so-called ‘special advisors’, soon realize, as if by epiphany, that abandoning the cause was in fact a convenient compromise. The consequences, however, were often grievous. The problem which arises therefore does not lie necessarily with the inclusion of critical voices in government. After all, it is often said that the best place to orchestrate change of a system is from within. Rather, the problem lies in the question: what happens to those voices when they shall have secured their places within the corridors of state power? More often than not, they begin to practice self-censorship, and their silence is heard through its strident absence! This trend drains the reservoir of political critique, or at least saps it; thereby reinforcing the perception that resistance is in fact merely a situational strategy useful only when critics have not yet been welcomed to the banquet of political spoils.There should not be much difficulty in comprehending why critical voices co-opted by government go silent, or in some cases, are reborn as some of the most unapologetic defenders of the very government they once criticized. Certain levels of participation in governmental politics in Africa tend to guarantee the distribution of rent and other benefits. The need to secure such benefits therefore demands strict alignment of opinions and public elocution with regime talk-points.  But critical voices do not invent the situations about which their critiques are anchored. Those critiques find their original and spontaneous expressions in the objective realities which citizens confront on a daily basis. While critical voices are necessary for giving structure to, and lending wider dissemination to the critiques of governance through their articulation, the critiques themselves are simply products of the lived experiences of the people whose voices are heard only along the peripherals. These people constitute the masses!The organizers of the planned “7 June Save The State” protest must be given due credit for sharpening the consciousness of Liberians today. However, they are only the faces of the protest, the people are its backbone without whom it will crumble. It is the people en mass who suffer under a declining economy, ballooning inflation, debilitating effects of corruption and poverty, and the growing sense of insecurity associated with the brazen threats to the peace by so-called “ex-generals.” When the government unagreeably and surreptitiously debits monies from accounts funded by donor partners meant for quick-projects affecting the wellbeing of ordinary citizens such as the Liberia Social Safety Nets Project, Liberia Urban Water Supply Project, Ebola Emergency Response Project, among others, it is the people who suffer. That is why we believe that any dialogue between the Government of President George Manneh Weah and the organizers of the protest must be expanded to include such stakeholders as the Inter-Faith Council of Liberia; the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU); the Civil Servants Association; the Marketing Association of Liberia; the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA), and such other stakeholders as may be necessary to build confidence and a broad public consensus. Some have already begun to falsely impute self-seeking motives to the organizers of the June 7 protest. We have read on social media and other outlets that the protest organizers are only protesting because they lack control of government. The worn-out but dangerous ‘Congo vs. Country’ rhetoric has also found its way into the public discourse, vociferously propagated by senior members of the Weah’s administration who believe the president is being criticized because of his identity as an indigene. Such claims are not only bereft of any iota of reason, to be dismissed by serious observers of the declining state of governance; but they also carry a dangerous potency reminiscent of Liberia’s recent civil carnage.To provide further assurances that the protest is not about the interest of a few individuals, it would necessary for its organizers to honor the call to dialogue by President Weah.In the spirit of concretizing the outcomes of such a dialogue (if it proceeds), we make the following recommendations to both the organizers of the planned protest (The Council of Patriots) and the Government of Liberia:That the dialogue be expanded to include such stakeholders as the Inter-faith Council of Liberia; the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU); the Civil Servants Association; the Marketing Association of Liberia; the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA), representatives of ECOWAS, AU, and the UN, as well as such other stakeholders as may be necessary to build confidence in the dialogue;That a communique outlining the points and issues discussed, resolved, and agreed upon at the dialogue be prepared, signed by the stakeholders and immediately disseminated for domestic and international confidence building;That such communique must contain concrete time-bound commitments from the government which make good-faith efforts to address the issues raised by the leaders of the protest. A central commitment of government must include credible anti-corruption measures meant to renew public trust and ensure accountability and transparency in crucial aspects of governance.Liberia will grow from our collective efforts, or bleed from a similar neglect and lack of consensus-making. Let Liberians choose the former. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more