Martinez: Moyes will be welcomed

first_img “We all know he’s the Manchester United manager now and I’m sure that reception will be very much different but as a former Everton manager, every Evertonian has got great memories of the job that he did.” The warm welcome Martinez expects for the former Evertonians will not extend to the game, though, where the Spaniard wants the visitors to feel as much heat as possible, on and off the pitch. “This game probably is the most important game of the season,” said the Everton boss. “The roles that Marouane Fellaini and Phil Neville and David Moyes have, they are well-known figures at Everton, they’ll always be respected, but they’ll be respected after the final whistle. “Now they’re representing Manchester United and that cannot be a nice atmosphere. We all know how important the game is, how vital the three points are. I don’t think it’s going to be a problem to get the right balance.” The game is even more important for Everton because of Wednesday’s surprise loss to Crystal Palace, which ended a seven-game winning run in the league and handed the initiative back to Arsenal in the top-four battle. Martinez felt his side wanted to win too much and believes they need to appreciate what they have already achieved. He said: “It’s very easy from our point of view. It’s making sure we give everything we have and use all the good things we’ve shown over the last 10 months but in a way that we can enjoy this challenge of fighting to get into the top four. “I think to be in the fight with four games to go is a remarkable achievement and we can’t forget about that. “We need to play with that enjoyment on our faces and making sure, especially the two home games we have, we really celebrate with our fans and develop a real strong environment and make it as hostile as we can for the opposition.” Roberto Martinez has no doubt Everton fans will find the right balance when David Moyes makes his first return to Goodison Park as Manchester United manager on Sunday. The first of those is United’s visit on Sunday, and there is far more at stake than simply the return of old faces – former Everton captain Phil Neville is part of Moyes’ coaching team while midfielder Marouane Fellaini could also be involved. Having beaten United at Old Trafford for the first time in the league since 1992, Everton have the chance to end a 44-year wait by doing the double over their rivals. But most importantly three points would also be a major boost to their hopes of winning the battle with Arsenal for Champions League qualification. It will no doubt be a source of great pleasure to Everton’s fans that it is they rather than United who have a chance of sitting at Europe’s top table next season Martinez said: ” Facing the champions is a big enough reason to be excited and to make sure we’ve got the best possible environment at Goodison. “Having the opportunity to do the double on United is something that is not easy to achieve, and then the return of David Moyes. “We are a club full of integrity and style, we are a proper football club, so we will show the respect to David Moyes and what he’s done at our football club. ” I’m sure he will (get a great reception). His job at Everton deserves that. His work has been terrific. Moyes was widely lauded for his 11-year spell in charge of the Toffees but Martinez has become an instant hero on Merseyside. His attacking style of play has been hugely popular and Everton have already surpassed the highest points tally achieved by Moyes in a season with four games left. Press Associationlast_img read more

Fading La Niña delays onset of wet Caribbean season

first_imgThe Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) says the onset of the wet season may be delayed by a few weeks in much of the Caribbean region.“By contrast, The Bahamas, Cuba, and French Guiana might be wetter than usual, with extreme wet spells being a potential concern for flooding and flash floods,” CIMH said, blaming a “quickly fading La Niña” which is associated with cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures, for the situation.In its latest Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) outlooks for the period May to October this year, released Tuesday, the CIMH said heat discomfort, surface wetness and large water reservoir recharge rates related to wet spells may show a slower increase than usual.“However, dry spells and episodes of Saharan dust incursion may be frequent in Belize and the islands,” it added.CIMH said it continues to “see no drought concern developing throughout most of the region” with a drought watch however being issued for Antigua, north Bahamas, south east Belize, western Cuba, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, central Suriname, Tobago, Virgin Islands.It said copious rainfall during the wet season of 2017 and no large deficits having been built up since the start of the Caribbean dry season in most places, with south-eastern Haiti, north-western Guyana, south-western Jamaica, western-Puerto Rico being under long term drought, while north west Guyana is under short term drought.“Shorter term drought is evolving in coastal portions of Suriname, and might possibly develop in other portions of the Guianas. Long term drought is evolving in southeastern Haiti, and might possibly develop in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao (ABC) islands, Antigua, western Cuba, northern and south-eastern Belize, coastal portions of French Guiana, St. Maarten, and portions of eastern Suriname.”The CIMH said that from May to July, night-time temperatures may be warmer than usual in ABC islands and the north-western Caribbean but cooler in the Lesser Antilles with the maximum day time temperature being cooler than usual from Trinidad southwards.“The hottest part of the year (August till early October) will likely be at least as warm as usual,” CIHM said, noting that “there will likely be less heatwave days than in most recent years across the region during this period.“Notwithstanding, there is a 15-20 percent chance for at least 14 heatwave days in Belize, eastern Cuba and Trinidad in the period May to July 2018,”it said, adding that “although there is the likelihood of a few heatwaves in many locations which may cause heat stress in human populations or livestock, the heat stress should be less acute than in most recent years.”last_img read more

Heartbreak and disbelief as Andy Murray announces retirement

first_imgCarpio 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 “Your greatest impact on the world may be yet to come. Your voice for equality will inspire future generations.”That sentiment was echoed by Belgian four-time major winner Kim Clijsters, who like many could not help but be moved by Murray’s emotional announcement.“My heart breaks listening to @andy_murray during his press conference,” she tweeted.It is in his native Britain that the announcement will be perhaps most keenly felt.Murray’s status as the greatest British male player in several generations meant he carried the expectations of a nation onto the court. By meeting them, his impact transcended tennis.Many hoped he can muster the strength and fitness to return to the All England Club — where he twice won in fairytale fashion — for a career finale.“He deserves his moment to say goodbye at Wimbledon. He’s too important to Great Britain and Wimbledon history to not have it,” said Roddick.“He just needs to play any match for the goodbye he deserves.”US Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish pointed to Murray’s famous determination, which helped him compete against stronger and more skilled players.“The @andy_murray that I know will absolutely make it to Wimbledon to play his final tournament,” he tweeted. “Not many with more heart, effort in the history of the game. Was always a pleasure to share the court pal.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Unreal results in a brutal era. Nothing but respect here. I hope he can finish strong and healthy,” he said.Murray’s failure to recover from a long-term hip injury has put his dream to win next week’s Australian Open almost beyond reach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSuch is the level of pain that there is speculation he may not be able to go the distance, much less set up a dream farewell at Wimbledon this July.Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro — who fell short against Murray in a memorable 2016 Olympic gold medal game — urged him not to throw in the towel. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Andy, just watched your conference. Please don’t stop trying. Keep fighting,” he wrote.“I can imagine your pain and sadness. I hope you can overcome this. You deserve to retire on your own terms, whenever that happens. We love you @andy_murray and we want to see you happy and doing well.”The sentiment was echoed by tennis’ women stars, who Murray championed — famously rebuking a journalist for glossing over American greats like Serena Williams arguing for equal billing on the centre courts.Indian star Sania Mirza dubbed him her “foreverfavourite” and a “#foreverachampion”.Legend Billie Jean King declared him a “champion on and off the court”.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: PBA Q&A with Blackwater rookie Paul Desiderio Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES View comments Britain’s Andy Murray reacts as he leaves a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A tearful Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)Tennis ace Andy Murray’s tearful announcement Friday that he’ll be forced to retire this year prompted a volley of tributes to the man, fond recollections of a historic career and encouragement to serve up a fitting farewell.American star Andy Roddick led the tributes to the former world number one, describing his 11-time opponent as an “absolute legend” who is on the “short list of best tacticians” in the history of the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more