Real Madrid more of a team without Ronaldo, says Bale

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Obviously it’s going to be a little different from having such a big player there,” Bale told British newspaper the Daily Mail.“It’s maybe a bit more relaxed, yes. I suppose there is more of a team, more working as one unit rather than one player.”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 ChrissFired by his anger at being left out of the starting line-up in Zinedine Zidane’s last match in charge of Madrid, Bale came off the bench to score twice in last season’s Champions League final to beat Liverpool 3-1.However, it is Ronaldo’s goals that have led Real to so much success on the continent in recent times. The Portuguese has been the competition’s top scorer for the past six seasons.But ahead of their Champions League opener against last season’s semi-finalists Roma on Wednesday, Bale insists Real can be even better this season.“We can be even better again,” he added. “Another start and another challenge. We’re ready for it.”The strained relationship between Bale and Zidane may have led to the Welshman looking for an exit this summer had the French coach not decided to bow out after winning a third straight Champions League in just two and a half years in charge.Bale avoided the question of whether new boss Julen Lopetegui is a better manager than the French great, but accepts Lopetegui’s command of English has made it easier to communicate.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nagoya trips Yulon in Asia League Terrific 12 opener Real Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Isco (C) celebrates with Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale after scoring during the Spanish league football match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Madrid CF at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on September 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENEGareth Bale has won four Champions Leagues in five years at Real Madrid, but believes the Spanish giants can be even better in their quest for a 14th European crown despite the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo.Bale has shone in the spotlight since Ronaldo’s departure for Juventus, scoring in all of Real’s opening three La Liga wins and providing the equalizer for Isco in a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “Obviously it helps,” said Bale. “In Spanish I can talk but maybe not go into that amount of detail with them that I would need to.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Never a dull moment during GECOM’s statutory meeting (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,There is never a dull moment during a statutory meeting of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). On Tuesday we received an invoice from the Law Firm of Fraser, Housty and Yearwood for work done by Teni Housty during the 64.6 hours he spent representing the CEO in the application for Judicial Review filed in the Berbice High Court, where he made two appearances. The application was dismissed, not on Housty’s affidavit of defence or submissions, but on a Police report which was ordered by the Judge who was hearing the matter.Remember, Ashton Chase, SC invoiced the GECOM for a total of $950,000 for a High Court and Court of Appeal matter? Well, Housty charges an hourly rate of $50,000, so his invoice total is $3,230,000 and this was approved by the Chairman who wrote a note thereon to his secretary to forward it to the Finance Subcommittee. We are still to get a final invoice from the CEO’s other lawyer, Roysdale Forde, whose initial $2,280,000 was already approved by the Chairman. Chase, SC remains unpaid. There is no indication from which line item in the budget these sums are extracted.There was a very lengthy discussion about the use of proxies by polling agents of political parties if they are serving outside of their respective constituencies. The majority decision taken is that the matter be discussed after the LGE and a decision be taken on the issues of proxies and/or Certificates of Employment for polling agents, long before GECOM enters the ‘operational mode’ for the 2020 elections.Our meeting came to an abrupt end at 16:45h when the Chairman’s secretary sent in a note to inform that there was a fire risk due to melting and burning of a main electricity supply line attached to the building. The meeting was abruptly adjourned and we were hurriedly ushered out of the building, As I said, never a dull moment! Until next week.Sincerely,Bibi Safora ShadickCommissionerGECOMlast_img read more

Ministry mourns death of employee

first_imgIndigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock and Permanent Secretary Sherie Samantha Fedee joined staff at the Ministry on Tuesday to offer a moment of silence following the passing of 47-year-old Gavin North.Dead: Gavin NorthNorth, a driver attached to the Ministry’s Administrative Department, collapsed and died moments after arriving at his apartment which was completely destroyed by fire on Monday last.Minister Allicock described North as a “very good friend and colleague”, adding that his passing brought 2019 to a sad ending for both his family and the Ministry.In offering words of encouragement, Allicock urged staff to “reflect on our own situation and offer words of encouragement to each other and to strengthen our relations with our colleagues as a team”.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock and other staff offer a moment of silence for the late Gavin NorthIt was reported that the now dead man arrived at the fire scene and began salvaging household items from the apartment he occupied before he suddenly fainted.He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital in an unconscious state, and died while receiving medical attention.Reports are that the fire originated in the upper flat of the building, gutting everything in its path.The Minister expressed condolences to North’s family, on behalf of the Ministry.last_img read more

Lawmaker drops bill to give raises to LAUSD board

first_imgIf approved by voters, the measure would create a review committee to set board member salaries every five years. It would also limit board members to three terms and apply certain Los Angeles campaign finance laws to board elections. Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, who proposed the measure, said while he believes board members should be paid more, the 600 percent proposed pay hike was excessive. Measure L would establish a compensation committee that would determine LAUSD board members’ pay, modeled on a commission the state uses to compensate the state Legislature. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the City Council, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and members of other cities in the LAUSD’s jurisdiction would be able to appoint seven members to the committee. The committee would then study the board’s duties and make a reasonable salary recommendation. “This will allow a citizens commission to thoroughly evaluate the duties of board members and compensate them appropriately,” said Huizar, a former school board member. “We want to be able to attract school board members who can spend time on the duties before them. “You’re talking about the second-largest school district in the country … It really is demanding on a person’s time.” Villaraigosa, meanwhile, is pushing to strip the school board of most of its authority and shift power to the district superintendent and City Hall. Huizar said the committee that would be established on his measure could be a valuable tool in determining any salary change in the event the board loses some power. While school board members said the raise proposed in Dymally’s bill was too high, most did not specify what they felt would be appropriate compensation. Board member David Tokofsky said giving board members a teacher’s salary seemed fair. The current average salary at the LAUSD is $60,000. “School boards essentially should be lay boards – people who approach it not as professional politicians but as concerned parents, grandparents and businesspeople,” he said. “To turn it, in an era of term limits and office jumping, into a significantly salaried position is to solidify the status quo and cause more people to be disillusioned with the motives of professional politicians.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A California lawmaker who proposed legislation that would have given Los Angeles Unified school board members six-figure salaries said Wednesday that he is abandoning the proposal. Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, D-Compton, said he now believes voters should determine board members’ pay and that he plans to withdraw his legislation. The move, which became public earlier this week and drew widespread criticism, would have allowed boards overseeing 500,000 students or more to become full-time employees and vote themselves hefty pay hikes. LAUSD board members – currently part time with salaries of $24,000 a year – would have seen raises of 600 percent, to $171,000 a year. They would have been the only ones in the state to benefit from the bill. “I’ve decided to withdraw my amendment to AB 68 in view of the Los Angeles spring ballot Measure L,” Dymally, a former LAUSD teacher, said in a statement. “While I do believe that board members deserve a higher salary than they are currently receiving, I am going to leave it to the constituents to decide what the appropriate compensation should be.” An aide to Dymally said he would have no comment Wednesday beyond the written statement. Measure L, on the March 6 city ballot, also targets salary issues for the school board. last_img read more

Daily News endorsements to date

first_imgTuesday primary election Los Angeles City Council District 7 Monica Rodriguez Los Angeles City Charter Amendment: Measure L District 7: Richard Vladovic San Fernando City Council Nury Martinez, Steve Veres and Ruben Sandoval Jr.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No LAUSD school board District 1: Johnathan Williams District 3: Tamar Galatzan District 5: Yolie Flores Aguilar last_img

Alaska Highway open after serious collision near Wonowon

first_imgWONOWON, B.C. – The Alaska Highway is open to single lane traffic after a collision early Thursday morning near Wonowon.The Fort St. John RCMP responded to a collision near Mile 102 of the Alaska Highway after a call at 1:50 a.m. Thursday.  Once Police arrived on scene, they were able to confirm the collision involved a single vehicle and what they call significant injuries.The highway was closed in both directions for most of the night, but is now open to single lane alternating traffic.- Advertisement -Peace Region Traffic Services are on scene investigating the collision.Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.last_img

New wind farm officially opens northwest of Tumbler Ridge

first_imgTUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – A new wind farm has officially opened on Wednesday near Tumbler Ridge.The Moose Lake Wind Farm, commissioned by Boralex Inc., is located on Crown land approximately 24 kilometres northwest of Tumbler Ridge.This project was developed in partnership with Aeolis Wind Power Corporation, West Moberly First Nations, Saulteau First Nations and the McLeod Lake Indian Band.- Advertisement -According to Boralex, this is a 15 Megawatt wind farm which includes the installation of four turbines.During construction, there were some 50 specialized workers on site each day.The wind farm is covered by a 40‑year power purchase agreement with B.C. Hydro.Advertisement The power production of this wind farm is estimated at more than 58,000 MWh, which will enable it to meet the power needs of nearly 5,370 households and prevent 750 tonnes of CO2 emissions.last_img

Daley Thompson on athletics doping scandal, magic of the FA Cup and MORE! – Colin Murray podcast

first_imgHost Colin Murray was joined by Matt Holland and Des Kelly for Monday’s show.The podcast includes an interview with British athletics legend Daley Thompson on the IAAF doping scandal, our Heroes of the weekend and the Tuesday Quiz (even though it’s Monday!).PLUS, the boys chat to Chesham coach – and ex-Fulham striker – Barry Hayles and Chesham defender Nick Beasant – son of FA Cup hero Dave – about their side’s first round giant killing of Bristol Rovers.last_img

Premier League leaders move for Sampdoria right-back

first_img1 Leicester City have entered talks with Sampdoria over teenage defender Pedro Pereira.Despite the Foxes’ incredible first half of the season, Claudio Ranieri is not resting on his laurels and wants to strengthen his back-four, which has shipped more goals than anybody else in the top half of the Premier League.According to Secolo, Leicester are expected to pay around £7.3m for the 17-year-old right-back.The Portuguese starlet has attracted a number of clubs this season but it appears Ranieri’s exciting project at Leicester has persuaded him to move to the Premier League leaders.The deal could see Gokhan Inler go the other way after reports emerged earlier in the week that the midfielder was open to a move to Italy. Sampdoria star Pedro Pereira last_img

DONEGAL CHEF CONRAD GALLAGHER FACING NEW YORK TRIAL OVER UNPAID WAGES

first_imgTHE knives are out again for Donegal chef Conrad Gallagher amid new claims he didn’t pay staff at a New York restaurant.The Letterkenny culinary king has been trying to carve out a new career in the States, but faces being thrown out of America if he loses a court case against him.His venture in the Big Apple was so bad, that one newspaper critic refused to give it any stars in a rating from one to five. Last week Gallagher set up yet another new venture in Orange County, California, offering five-star catering services to clients. He has had rave reviews there already, one blogger writing the Donegal man’s food was “better than anything I’ve ever tasted in the USA.”However a lawyer representing former staff at ‘The Purple Fig’ – which went bust 14 months ago in Manhattan – claims he’s been unable to track down Gallagher to serve him with court papers.Robert Wisniewski is representing 40 former staff; they say they were paid below the minimum wage, but never they never received salaries or tips.“It is our belief that due to his failure to pay his debts, he has deliberately gone off the grid,” said the lawyer, who was able to serve some of the papers in California two weeks ago.They are also suing Paul Hurley, another Irishman involved in the venture.Former worker Nick Robinson claims in a statement that when he asked Gallagher for payment, he was told to speak to Hurley, but when he spoke to Hurley he was told to speak with Gallagher.The Donegal man has left a trail of debts behind him from several ventures in recent years.After being declared bankrupt in South Africa in 2009, he returned to Ireland to star in TV3’s Head Chef show.But he left suppliers and staff without money when restaurant ventures in Sligo and Dublin went bust.The Purple Fig in New York was slated by the critics, with New York Post food writer Steve Cuozzo describing Gallagher as a “cut-price Gordon Ramsay.”Cuozzo was scathing in his review – giving it No Stars.And he also found that he had to pay cash – because the restaurant’s credit card facility wasn’t working.The same thing happened in Gallagher’s last ‘cash only’ Dublin restaurant.You can read Cuozzo’s review here http://nypost.com/2012/08/01/fig-get-about-eating-here/If Gallagher has to appear at a civil case in New York and loses, he could lose his working visa and be chucked out of America.DONEGAL CHEF CONRAD GALLAGHER FACING NEW YORK TRIAL OVER UNPAID WAGES was last modified: February 10th, 2014 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:Conrad Gallaghercourt actiondonegalletterkennyRobert WisniewskiSteve Cuozzolast_img read more