Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola said Sergio Aguero had earned the right to determine his own Manchester City future after the Argentinian striker scored a brace in a 4-0 demolition of Bournemouth.The build-up to Saturday’s contest was dogged by talk of Aguero’s supposed discontent at the Etihad Stadium as Guardiola continues to rotate his starting XI.Aguero, City’s all-time leading scorer, is reported to have held talks with club owner Khaldoon Al Mubarak, but he showed no signs of unhappiness against Bournemouth as he scored twice and set up a goal for Raheem Sterling.“I respect Sergio a lot, about all he has done and what he will do in the future,” said City manager Guardiola after the Premier League leaders’ 17th successive league win.“He is a legend. He will decide absolutely everything about his life and his future. I’m delighted to have him here with Gabriel (Jesus) and all the squad.“Aguero is a special player, a legend, and I am so happy when he plays good and he is scoring goals. I know the players who normally don’t play are upset, but all the team deserve to play.”Guardiola : Aguero will decide own futureAguero’s first goal, a clinically taken diving header after 27 minutes following a fine Fernandinho cross, was his 100th City goal at the Etihad.Sterling doubled City’s lead in the 53rd minute, thrashing a low effort home to end a challenging week that saw him racially abused at the club’s training ground last weekend by a man who was jailed for 16 weeks on Wednesday.The England forward appears to have shrugged off that incident and Guardiola believes he is getting better all the time.– Sterling ‘is loved’ – “With and without the ball he’s so aggressive and so intense. I like how clear it’s becoming — he knows when to dribble and when to pass,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.“Before there was a mistake, now he’s enjoying scoring goals. In the past it was a bit scary for him.“He’s loved in the locker room, he’s a young player and important for the national team. He must maintain that level.”After Sterling’s goal, Bournemouth could no longer contain City and the home side began to maraud forward.Aguero nodded home his second header of the match before substitute Danilo ruthlessly finished from 12 yards out with five minutes remaining.Sterling is lovedAlthough they slipped into the relegation zone, Bournemouth showed enough intent and commitment to suggest they can avoid the drop.“City are an outstanding team, very difficult to play against and we came with a game plan to stay in the game then maybe have a go,” said beaten manager Eddie Howe.“For long periods we were good. The (first) goal came from our mistake, which was disappointing, but the rest of the half was OK. The second goal was the killer. We had another go, but it was difficult.”Howe added: “We try to approach every game looking to win, but these are a difficult team to play against.“If you get it wrong here they have the players to expose it. We’ve had an incredibly difficult run, but we are through it and have to focus on the games coming up.”Share on: WhatsApp
A mistrial was declared Monday for two counts in the case of a West Palm Beach foot doctor accused of raping a woman in 2016.Court records show the jury found Scott Strolla, a podiatrist and surgeon, guilty as charged to video voyeurism, but couldn’t reach a verdict on whether to convict Strolla of sexual battery on a helpless person and sexual battery on a victim 18 years or older.Strolla and the victim knew each other from Facebook and offered to buy her drinks at a bar on Clematis Street, according to an arrest report. The victim then said she remembered waking up in Strolla’s house in the Mariners Cove neighborhood with Strolla on top of her engaging in sex. She said she remembered “clicking sounds” like a camera.When she woke up, she said she could not understand what she was doing at Strolla’s house, according to the report. She told Strolla she called an Uber and went outside and called 911 from the bushes down the street.Strolla has a status check on Wednesday, according to court records.
Facebook49Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Catherine Pearce for Alzheimer’s AssociationAfter losing her dad, Nick, to Alzheimer’s in 2014, Catherine Pearce decided to do everything she could to end this devastating disease. Once Catherine began to set a plan in motion, it was incredible just how many people came forward who had also been affected by Alzheimer’s in some way. Unfortunately, that is not surprising when you consider over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and there is no cure or treatment for the disease.Catherine Pearce with her Dad, Nick, who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2014. Photo courtesy: Catherine PearceFrom months of dialogue, research, and coordination with the Alzheimer’s Association, Game Night to Remember was born. The premise of the event is unique and exciting: official volunteers will play tabletop (or “board”) games for a full 24 hours, only stopping for minimal breaks. They do this to collect pledge donations, much like the principles of a walk-a-thon. During the event hours, the public is encouraged to join the official players in one of the hundreds of games available, or to bring a game to “challenge” them. Of course, the volunteers will take the time to explain and teach new games so everyone can be part of the fun.Tabletop games are not the only part of this event. There will be over $2000 worth of raffle prizes for lucky winners to take home. Local businesses have truly contributed to this raffle, offering up massages, spa gift cards, and boutique items. Gamers and geeks will be pleased with the raffle selection as well; collectible prizes range from rare 1960s games, to Star Trek memorabilia, to items from popular new shows like Game of Thrones.A sampling from over $2000 in raffle prizes that will be offered at Game Night to Remember. Photo courtesy: Catherine PearcePerhaps the most exciting part of Game Night to Remember is the location. The entire event will be hosted by Gabi’s Olympic Cards and Comics in Lacey, which is already well-known for being generously focused on giving back to Thurston County. Catherine Pearce knew that Gabi’s was the ideal place for Game Night to Remember, due to the 7000 square feet of comics, games, specialty items and open gaming space. This is excellent news for Catherine’s growing group of volunteers, who need the space to keep tables going for dozens of people to game at any given time. Also, Gabi’s is extremely family-friendly and holds strong to the principle of creating a safe space for everyone.So what kind of gaming should one expect at Game Night to Remember? Honestly, ANY kind! The diverse group of volunteers each specialize and enjoy different categories, so there is something for everyone to play. There will be casual and social games, like Apples to Apples, Code Names, and Balderdash. There will be more advanced strategy games, like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Pandemic. For players who want to try something new, there will be tutorials on advanced and difficult games like Dungeons and Dragons.Hundreds of games will be available for play, including popular hits like Code Names, at the October 8-9 Game Night to Remember event. Photo courtesy: Catherine PearceGame Night to Remember is absolutely free for the public to attend, though our goal is to raise as much money as possible to stop Alzheimer’s, so we encourage everyone to bring donations and funds for raffle sign-in. 100% of all donations and proceeds from the raffle will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association.Game Night to Remember takes place on Saturday October 8, starting at 11:59 a.m., and will end on Sunday October 9, at 11:59 a.m. Gabi’s Olympic Cards and Comics is located at 4230 Pacific Ave. Lacey, WA 98503.If you are interested in contributing to the event by giving raffle prizes, support for the volunteers, or another great idea, please contact Catherine Pearce at email@example.comLearn more about Game Night to Remember online here.
Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Philippines, ranked 79th in the world, shocked the world No. 42 with off-tangent shots coming from different directions to put the Australian defense in disarray.Quickly, the Filipinos were just a set away from its biggest victory ever since they returned to the world stage.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 ChrissBut it wasn’t meant to be as the Australians, led by Rachel Rourke made her moves from behind the net, hitting and blocking, to snatch the third set.By that time, the Australians already knew where the shots were coming from, and started blockage on Valdez’s firing line, scoring six blocks in the fourth. There were no counter adjustments on the Philippine bench even as Australia took control.Instead, the Filipinos abandoned net defense and relied on floor coverage.With Maraño on the bench too long, the Philippines threw away running attacks and decided to live by the open hitters. —MARC ANTHONY REYESADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum PVL Open Season 2 unfurls Sept. 22 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Team Philippines started with fire in its eyes but unfortunately lost steam after the second set to yield to Australia on Sunday night in the opener of the AVC Asian Cup women’s championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.With Alyssa Valdez and Aby Maraño at the helm, the Filipinos played full speed to stun the Australians in the first two sets, but the taller, stronger enemy made its move en route to a 21-25, 21-25, 26-24, 25-16, 15-10 come-from-behind triumph.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ
Dear Editor,Some form of action needs to be taken by the Ministry of Social Protection to avoid the unbearable punishment that keeps recurring when old age pensioners have to collect their monies. The pensioners are made to endure several challenges when they turn up at the Suddie Post Office to collect their monies at the beginning of every month.From as early as 06:00h on the first day, senior citizens can be seen conveying in front of the building, scattered sitting or standing by the roadside parapets or under trees waiting on the doors to open. However, when the gate is opened, there are limited seating accommodations in the compound.Most seriously affected in the ugly state of affairs are many Amerindians, including women, living in the backlands having to cover long distances walking out, possibly without a meal like many others as well to be attended to.As recent as two Fridays ago, payments did not commence until shortly after 10:30h. With the long wait, some pensioners left out of frustration in a situation where there is not even drinking water.On the same day as would usually happen, all the pensioners could not have been paid because the money ran out; this causing further hardship and inconvenience to return the other day.From my own experience, the next pay day, I went to collect my pension at 07:30h and saw dozens of pensioners already there waiting, but upon enquiring, I was told that payments will be made later in the day.Eventually, they started to pay at 10:45h.The pensioners deserve better and should be paid promptly – the only way to end the problem once and for all.Sincerely,Balram Persaud
The Social Protection Ministry in collaboration with the Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Ministerial Task Force will be launching the first victims’ rights handbook, in observance of World Human Trafficking Day on July 30, 2016.The handbook is intended to guide TIP victims to realise, understand, accept and demand their rights.Some of the most common violations of human rights are; the right to personal autonomy, the right not to be held in slavery or servitude, the right to liberty and security, the right to be free from cruel or inhumane treatment , the right to safe, healthy working conditions and the right to freedom of movement.Tanisha Williams- Corbin, Coordinator (Ag) Counter Trafficking In Persons (C-TIP) Unit, said that, the Ministry will also be launching a campaign titled “Look Out, Speak Out and Take Down” which will be taken to various hotspots.She explained that the Ministry will be aggressively pushing its awareness campaign to educate citizens about TIP with the aim of preventing, reducing and eliminating the scourge.Some of the activities planned are roadside gaffs, school awareness sessions for community, structured awareness sessions for community leaders, distribution of educational materials and novelties, and sessions with social minority groups inclusive of Sex Workers’ Coalition and Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination SASOD.The Ministry will also be providing counselling services for TIP victims, public assistance and necessary psychosocial support in keeping with the Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act of 2005, and provision of technical training and grants and loans for at risk families.
GuySuCo’s divestmentOver 71 Expressions of Interest (EoIs) have been received by the State for assets of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as the Government forges ahead with plans to divest and minimise the sugar industry.Minister of State, Joseph HarmonSpeaking at the post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, explained that Government would move forward with these EoIs only after completion of the valuation of GuySuCo’s assets, which is currently being carried out by the United Kingdom-based firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).“That valuation will actually give us a good sense of what prices you’re actually looking at for the equipment, for the land, and all of these assets that belong to GuySuCo. So it’s an important step in the process to have these valuations done. So while some companies have actually made applications [and] expressed interest, what we are saying is: ‘Let us get the proper valuation and know exactly what it is that we’re doing’, so it is not done in a (piecemeal) manner,” he stated.According to Harmon, Government wants to ensure that this divestment process is done is an orderly and transparent way, especially since this is going to be one of the largest local transfers of State lands to private ownership.“So you don’t want allegations of favouritism, price-gouging and all of these things. We want to ensure a very smooth process, which will ensure that everyone gets a clear understanding and equal opportunity to purchase,” the State Minister posited.Sugar workers in line to collect severance payGovernment last year announced plans to minimise the local sugar industry and divest the corporation’s assets. To this end, a Special Purposes Unit (SPU) — which falls under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) — was set up to oversee the divestment plans by way of either selling off or restarting factories with minimal staff to attract investors, both domestic and foreign.Room for improvementNICIL’s Special Purposes Unit (SPU) Head, Colvin Heath-London, has recently confirmed that, over the next few months, special emphasis would be placed on transforming GuySuCo’s economic misfortune into a situation wherein a fully self-sufficient, viable and competitive enterprise operates.However, asked about the performance of the three remaining estates – Uitvlugt, Blairmont and Albion — Minister Harmon has said they continue to function, but he believes there is room for improvement with the performance of these estates.“There is, of course, the need for some of these estates to really push themselves a little bit more; and I think that is something which we should look at. You’re also aware that DDL (Demerara Distillers Limited) had to actually import molasses because of a shortfall in their production, and these are things that we need to get right… These are what you call ‘low hanging fruits’ that are there that we should take advantage of,” he opined.Guyana Times reported earlier this week that the Albion Estate on the Corentyne Coast in East Berbice has vacancies for some 600 workers of various categories, and as such, may not be able to meet its target for the second crop, which is expected to commence within a few weeks, if most of those vacancies are not filled by then.SeveranceGovernment’s plan to minimise the sugar industry has seen the closure of the Skeldon, Enmore and Rose Hall Estates, making more than 5,700 workers redundant and putting them on the breadline. Before this, the Wales Estate was also shut down in 2016, leaving in excess of 1000 workers jobless.While the Wales workers are yet to be paid their severance, some of the more than 5000 dismissed workers who were entitled to $500,000 or less were paid in full. Those who had accumulated more than that amount received only half of their severance, and were promised by Government to be paid the remaining 50 per cent in the second half of the year.The Minister of State has assured on Thursday that Government is still committed to fulfilling this promise.“The Government had committed to paying the sugar workers the [remaining] severance, and I had said the time which was stipulated by the Government – in the second half of the year. Somehow, persons took that to mean immediately or shortly… but I wanted to clarify that I said ‘in the second half of the year’, and we are going to do that,” Harmon posited.As part of efforts to sustain the minimised GuySuCo and bring it into a state of profitability and financial stability, the SPU has secured $30 billion in the form of a syndicated bond to support the industry.Since this announcement, concerns have been raised about Government’s vision for the industry and the genuineness of its actions thus far, since that very $30 billion could have gone into restructuring the industry while keeping all of the estates open and GuySuCo’s workforce employed and engaged.Meanwhile, the Private Placement Memorandum for GuySuCo’s $30 billion bond has received much criticism from Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. He recently said he was shocked by the contents of the agreement, which now leaves more questions than answers.
After much speculation over the years about Guyana’s seemingly high unemployment rate, the Bureau of Statistics has published Compendium Three of the 2012 Census disclosing statistics on the country’s most recent unemployment rate.In keeping with its commitment to disseminate four Compendiums in 2016, the revelation of the third Compendium has brought the Bureau closer to achieving its self-imposed deadline.The focus of this latest Compendium was the economic activity profile of the census. Economic activity focuses on the labour force component of the population profile, that is, the size and composition of the labour force, the level of employment and unemployment, types of economic activities undertaken within the economy and many other areas of interest.According to the Bureau, the findings of the 2012 Census puts Guyana’s unemployment rate at 12.5 per cent. It added that when further disaggregated by gender, the unemployment rate for males was recorded as 10.6 per cent and females at 16.7 per cent.Prior to the Census, the most recent unemployment rate was 10.7 per cent from the 2006 Household Budget Survey (HBS), an intercensal survey.Moreover, it was noted that Guyana has not executed a labour force Survey in recent times. In all instances of executing a nation-wide survey, Cabinet’s approval has to be first given and requisite funding approved and disbursed.As a consequence and as a second-best approach, labour force data has been sourced from intercensal Household Budget Surveys or Censuses since the Census of 1991.Every Census and National Survey has therefore carried an economic activity module which has allowed on-going estimates and generation of key indicators on the labour force at intermittent periods over the past 25 years.Recent media reports stating there has been no labour force data in the longest while and unemployment figures have been kept a secret are distinctly less than accurate.However, steps are now in place to change and significantly improve this current dispensation by having a quarterly labour force survey which will commence in 2017.In fact, the Bureau disclosed that its Survey Department with technical support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is currently in preparatory mode to execute this survey which as earlier indicated has not been done in Guyana, as a unique subject-matter survey for more than two decades.At this juncture, the Bureau of Statistics is asking the public to cooperate with its personnel during this exercise which will be on-going, to assist in achieving reliable and timely labour force datain the interest of planning for the development of the country’s labour force which includes all Guyanese.Back in June, the Bureau published Compendiums one and two, detailing the findings of the 2012 Census.That publication revealed that the 2012 Census highlighted a continued proportionate decline in the populations of the main ethnic groups and a compensatory increase among the Mixed-races and Amerindians\Indigenous populations. The final population count stands at “746,955”.Nevertheless, the Bureau noted “The distribution pattern of the ethnic groups has still remained unaffected since the 2002 Census with Indo-Guyanese remaining as the largest group followed by those of African Heritage, the Mixed race, the Amerindians/Indigenous peoples and the Portuguese, respectively.”According to the 2012 Population and Housing Census, “The final census count has been adjusted downwards by 929 persons from the preliminary count, a difference of 0.12 per cent. This difference is insignificant and within acceptable limits according to demographic standards.”The final Compendium which will address the remaining key topics such as education, fertility, mortality, and housing will be disseminated by the end of November, the Bureau said. Additionally, there is expected to be a table module with data from other interesting topic areas which will also be disseminated with the fourth compendium.
0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe has drafted into the France squad after scoring 26 goals in 44 matches for Monaco © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Aug 24 – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, reportedly on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, was on Thursday named in France’s squad for World Cup qualifiers against the Netherlands and Luxembourg.While 18-year-old Monaco star Mbappe has been picked, coach Didier Deschamps has omitted Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele, who is embroiled in his own transfer saga after attracting the interest of Barcelona as they seek to replace Neymar. Deschamps said the two players were different cases.“Ousmane hasn’t trained for a fortnight and he’s waiting to see if the transfer will go ahead or won’t go ahead,” he said.“There is a lot of noise around Kylian about whether or not he is changing club. But even though he hasn’t been involved in Monaco’s last two games… he has been training and he is fit.”There is no place either for defender Benjamin Mendy, who quit Monaco’s title-winning side to join Manchester City but is returning to full fitness after a thigh injury.France play the Dutch at the Stade de France in Paris on August 31 before taking on minnows Luxembourg in Toulouse on September 3.Squad:Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)Defenders: Lucas Digne (Barcelona/ESP), Christophe Jallet (Nice), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal/ENG), Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona/ESP), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP)Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/ITA), Paul Pogba (Manchester United/ENG), Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich/GER)Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich/GER), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal/ENG), Kylian Mbappe (Monaco), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“Thanks to everyone who voted for me. Will never forget that moment, specially the reaction of the fans in the stadium,” the 33-year-old Portuguese superstar said on Twitter, using the hashtag #SpecialMoment.Real Madrid were already leading against the Italian champions thanks to Ronaldo’s opener after just two minutes when he acrobatically blasted in Dani Carvajal’s cross on 64 minutes.Ronaldo said it was “the best goal” of his career and it helped Real to a 3-0 win on the night and moved them a step closer to an eventual quarter-final victory over Juve. The Spanish club went on to win the competition for the third consecutive season.The striker said the crowd’s reaction — a standing ovation from the Juventus fans — played a part in his decision to move to Turin in a 100 million-euro deal last month.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is the all time top scorer in the Champions League with 120 goals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning overhead goal for Real Madrid against current club Juventus wins UEFA’s goal of the season. © Update Images Press/AFP/File / Isabella BONOTTOMilan, Italy, Aug 29 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning overhead bicycle kick for Real Madrid against current club Juventus has been voted UEFA’s goal of the season.The former Real Madrid striker beat competition from 11 nominees for the award in honour of his goal in last season’s Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin.