Pep Guardiola has dismissed suggestions he is considering taking a break from football.Reports have claimed the Manchester City manager could take a sabbatical if he guides his side to Champions League victory next year.Guardiola has had an extended break before, enjoying a year off after leaving Barcelona before taking over at Bayern Munich in 2013.Yet with two years remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium, the 48-year-old insists such thoughts are not in his mind.Speaking to media at a golf event in Spain, Guardiola said, in quotes carried by Marca: “No. I do not take sabbatical years. I am young and I have desire.“The news comes out and many things are not true. If they do not kick me out, I’ll stay there.”Guardiola also emphatically denied speculation linking him with Juventus last month.City won an unprecedented treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup last season.Their next challenge is to win the Champions League after defeats in the quarter-finals in the past two years.Guardiola said: “We all want to win the Champions League because it is the most beautiful thing. The important thing is to try again and in our case we will do it again.“If we fail, we will try again, as the important thing is to be there until the end.”Following Real Madrid’s signing of Eden Hazard in a deal that could potentially cost £130million, Guardiola also made an ironic comment about the perception City are viewed as the game’s big spenders.“Real Madrid are signing good players, but only Manchester City spend money here,” he said.
Wrestling fans that were all eager to watch their favourite wrestlers spar against each other for supremacy at an event called “Thunda in Guyana” at the Cliff Anderson Sport Hall will have to wait a while longer. The event which was billed for May 27 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall will now be held on July 1.Organisers of the event when contacted explained that due to unforeseen circumstances, they were forced to shift the event. One of the organisers noted that the entire card has changed and the event will feature bigger superstars in the wresting fraternity.During the night of July 1, patrons will be able to witness at least eight highly competitive matches feature some of the best. While information who will compete against each other is not known, Guyana Times Entertainment understands that some of the wrestlers who have been confirmed to participate are Ryback, Booby Lashley, Tyrus, Carleto , Al Snow, Tommy Dreamer and Carlito among others.Prices for tickets will be announced later. There will be a special update on the event on Maximum Sport aired on NCN this evening at 21:05h.
“Commonwealth Day” came on March 12 with hardly a flutter in Guyana, save for a modest ceremony at the Public Buildings, where an almond tree planted on Commonwealth Day 2013 was fenced. The rather strained analogies made by the few speakers, on the robust growth of the tree to the Commonwealth relations, only served to highlight questions about the relevance of the organisation in this new millennium.Commonwealth Day, of course, succeeded “Empire Day” in 1958, just after Ghana had received independence the year before, and a full decade after India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It was an acknowledgement that “the times were a changin’” as far as the Empire on which “the sun never set” was concerned. It was one other arrangement by Britain to retain the advantages of having colonies without bearing any burdens.In the Caribbean, they had cobbled together the willing colonies into a “West Indian Federation,” which crumbled under its contradictions four years later. When Empire Day had been officially launched by Lord Meath in 1905, he boasted it was a “symbol of that unity of feeling…to those ideals of freedom, justice, and tolerance for which the British Empire [stood] throughout the world.” The hypocrisy of the statement was palpable, since Indians were still being shipped out to the colonies as “indentured servants” in echo of the slave trade on which Empire had been built. In South Africa, the seeds of apartheid were being planted when those same Indentured Indians were refused full citizenship rights at the end of their service.The theme for Commonwealth Day 2018 is “Towards a common future,” and this year, for the first time in two decades, Britain will assume the chair of the 53-member organization, after the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHoGM) next month in London. This year, the Queen of England sent a rather ironic message to the Commonwealth Day commemoration at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France: “There is a very special value in the insights we gain through the Commonwealth connection; shared inheritance helps us overcome differences, so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division”.The irony arises out of Britain’s “Brexit”, occasioned more than anything else by the rejection of “differences” implicit by their majority “leave vote”. The British voters made it clear they envisaged a Britain that was much less heterogenous than at present, and that immigrants from countries that were not connected to Britain through blood ties were not welcome. In this nativist iteration, the target is Eastern Europeans in addition to members from “coloured” Commonwealth countries that had been restricted since the late 1960s.The sad truth is: Britain is looking at the Commonwealth as it had done after WWII at the “Empire” — as a salvation for its comparatively declining economic fortunes vis-a-vis Europe and a New Global Order being created with the rise of China and India as driving forces in global trade. Once again, it wants to reap benefits without responsibilities. We in Guyana cannot forget the cavalier treatment of the “Commonwealth Sugar Agreement” it negotiated with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries – including Guyana – after WWII, to ensure its citizens their “cuppa”. It transmuted that Agreement into the Lome Protocol when it entered the EU in 1973, and promised it would last “in perpetuity”. Yet it played a lead role in pushing for the end of the arrangement in 2009, with a subsequent 36% cut in sugar prices.At CHoGM, Guyana and the rest of Caricom must insist that if the Commonwealth is to survive, it must begin to address the concerns of all members, and move from simply uttering platitudes. In a world that rotates on free trade — championed by Britain at the end of the slave trade — the Commonwealth, for instance, can take a lead to return the WTO to its intended role: to create a more level playing field, by insisting that the Doha round be resumed.
It may shock many political observers, yet others might see it as nothing strange when alliances begin to shift and shuffle as an era, such as the two-term rule of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, nears the end. And so it is in the case of businessman Musa Hassan Bility, who served as chair of the ruling Unity Party’s Montserrado committee that successfully concluded with the re-election of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has decided to part company with the ruling party, less than a year to the 2017 presidential and general elections.Bility, himself a two-term president of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) and one who made history by attempting to run for the presidency of the world football controlling body, FIFA, conveyed to Unity Party National Chairman Wilmot Paye, in a simple letter his decision to quit the party, effective immediately.In a terse statement that did not reveal what may have motivated his movement away from the party, Bility did not mince his words. “I write to inform you of my decision to resign from the UP as of the date this letter,” he said. The letter was delivered Thursday, October 13. Political parties are institutions where people gather with a shared vision and common goal, and Bility could not fail to tell his former chairman how well he much he enjoyed his relationship with the party. “It was a real pleasure to have worked and served over the years and [to] have been a proud member of the team that elected the leadership of the country in two successive elections,” he said in his letter to Chairman Paye. Bility did not reveal his next move but there have been speculations that he was courting or being courted by officials of the Liberty Party, based on sightings of him in Nimba County along with Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh. He is yet to confirm his relationship with any political party. However, he showed greater interest in Congress for Democratic Change’s standard bearer, Senator George Manneh Weah, whose senatorial bid Bility supported in December 2014. It was rumored in the corridors of the LFA that Bility supported Weah to get the football legend’s contribution towards the Lone Star national soccer team, making the case for additional financial support to the Liberia Football Association.Until now much has not been heard about additional support to the national team and the LFA has also not announced any dissatisfaction with any lawmaker on their support to the national team, and of course towards the development of football in Liberia in general.Meanwhile, many political observers, having learned of Bility’s decision regarding the Unity Party, have described it as a blow, because for the last eleven years, he has enjoyed a close working relationship with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, winning a place in her heart, according to those close to the president, as one of her confidants, in her avowed determination to lead Liberia from war and ashes to peace and tranquility.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China The Lady Spikers had a different path to a 4-0 card after Tin Tiamzon and Justine Jazareno needed three sets to hold off Far Eastern University’ Sheena Gallentes and Sheila Mae Kiseo, 21-23, 21-10, 15-10.FEU dropped to third with a 3-1 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Ateneo, meanwhile, improved to fourth seed after Ponggay Gaston and Roma Doromal swept National University’s Andrea Abian and Chlea dela Fuente, 21-10, 21-8.University of the Philippines got into the winners’ table after Rosie Rosier and Euri Eslapor outlasted University of the East’s Lyen Ritual and Juliet Catindig, 12-21, 21-18, 15-13. MOST READ James Buytrago and James Natividad of National University turned back La Salle’s Maglinao and Jumandos, 21-14, 21-17, and University of the East’s Jake Abria and Lloyd Josafat, 21-18, 21-12.Adamson University’s Leo Miranda and Jesus Valdez also had an unbeaten Saturday humbling UE’s Abria and Josafat, 21-13, 21-9, and followed it up with a 21-14, 21-14 victory over the Fighting Maroons’ Consuelo and Gamban.The Soaring Falcons and the Bulldogs are joint at third with 3-2 records. UP fell to 2-3 at the fifth spot while the Green Spikers and Red Warriors fell to 1-4 with the Blue Eagles at a lowly 0-5.powered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption View comments Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ La Salle pair of Tine Tiamzon and Justine Jazareno. UAAP PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle remained perfect in the women’s division of the UAAP Season 82 beach volleyball tournament after contrasting victories on Saturday at Sands SM By the Bay.Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor of the Golden Tigresses, who are seeking a fourth straight title, quickly dispatched Adamson’s Kring Uy and Chen Ave, 21-10, 21-9, to not only get to a 4-0 record but also extend UST’s winning streak to 22 straight wins starting 2016.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Alapag, Uichico, Devance join Cone’s SEA Games coaching staff ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Maroons, Lady Falcons, and Lady Warriors are all tied at the 1-3 while the Lady Bulldogs are dead last with a 0-4 card.In the men’s tournament, reigning titlist UST and runner up FEU maintained their hold of the top spot with the identical 5-0 records.The Tiger Spikers’ Jaron Requinton and Rancel Vega swept University of the Philippines’ Niccolo Consuelo and Louis Gamban, 21-13, 21-8, in the morning game before turning back Ateneo’s Abai Llenos and Kurt Aguilar 21-19, 21-8 in the afternoon.The Tamaraws’ Jude Garcia and Kevin Hadlocon, meanwhile, started their day with a sweep of Ateneo’s Llenos and Aguilar 21-8, 21-9, before taking down De La Salle’s Vince Maglinao and Ian Jumandos, 21-12, 21,15.The two powers need just one more win in their final two matches to clinch twice-to-beat bonuses come the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT
Saturday, August 1 (5:30pm BST) – Liverpool v HJK Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) – Liverpools final pre-season clash will see them travel to Finland to face Veikkausliiga side HJK, one of the biggest teams in the Scandinavian country. Theyre currently topping the league again having won the title six seasons in a row and they currently count ex-Nottingham Forest star Guy Moussi amongst their ranks, along with Demba Savage (no relation to Robbie!). Friday, July 24 (1:45pm BST) – Liverpool v Malaysia XI (Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur) – Click right to see Liverpool’s pre-season fixtures… – Like Thai All Stars, this is a collective of top players from the Malaysian League. They have been taking part in these friendlies since 1974 when Everton visited the Perak Stadium and won 1-0. Malaysia XI have only won once against English opposition since then, this was when they defeated Arsenal 2-0 in 1975 with Mokhtar Dahari getting both goals. Tuesday, July 14 (2pm BST) – Liverpool v Thai All Stars (pictured above playing Chelsea – at Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok). To find out who else Liverpool are playing in their pre-season fixtures, click the arrow above… – Now a fairly regular side on the pre-season tour schedule, Thai All Stars are an exhibition side made up of players from their Premier League. In recent summers they have taken on Manchester City, Manchester United and, most recently, Chelsea. 5 5 5 Monday, July 20 (10:30am BST) – Liverpool v Adelaide United (Adelaide Oval, Adelaide) – Click right to see Liverpool’s pre-season fixtures… – Founded back in 2003, its been a short existence for the Reds, but they still finished third in the A-League last season. And they also claimed some silverware too, as they won the inaugural FFA Cup, beating Perth Glory 1-0 in the final. Raheem Sterling might not be there but Liverpool will be embarking on their pre-season tour next week.The Reds will be taking in the delights of the Far East and Australia before a Scandinavian stop over in Finland just a week before the new Premier League campaign starts.So who are the teams the Brendan Rodgers’ side, along with some of their new additions, will be facing? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see who Liverpool’s pre-season opponents are… Friday, July 17 (9:45am BST) – Liverpool v Brisbane Roar (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane) – Click right to see Liverpool’s pre-season fixtures… – When Brendan Rodgers side get to Australia, they will take on Aussie outfit Brisbane Roar. Managed by former Portsmouth and Coventry striker John Aloisi, they finished sixth in the A-League last season. 5 5
ALHAMBRA – Toxic chemical perchlorate has been detected in small amounts in monitoring wells in the Alhambra Superfund site, although water experts disagree on its significance. Because the levels fluctuate and have not been found in drinking water samples so far, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the city water company are focusing on other contaminants. But the regional water authority is more concerned. “Usually you get a hit, and usually over time it increases,” said Gabriel Monares, director of resources for the San Gabriel Valley Water Quality Authority. “It means there’s a flow, and it’s starting to go that way.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Perchlorate has not been found in wells that provide drinking water when they were last tested in 2003, said Christine Montan, the city’s utilities director. Another test is planned for this year, but is unscheduled. Perchlorate salts are used in rocket and missile propulsion, and in the manufacture of road flares and fireworks. The chemical can affect the thyroid gland, causing developmental problems in newborns and tumors in adults. Production wells are deeper than monitoring wells, Montan said. While monitoring wells are designed to characterize underground contamination, they aren’t necessarily representative of water people are drinking, said Lisa Hanusiak, U.S. EPA remedial project manager. “We intentionally install the wells where we think we are going to detect contamination – in former industrial areas and whatnot,” she said. “Monitoring well data is more conservative in measuring the highest levels of contamination.” The EPA and city say focus should remain on cleanup of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, a major area contaminant. However, the San Gabriel Water Quality Authority worries the perchlorate problem could worsen, making cleanup more expensive and complicated. According to recent EPA groundwater sampling, 2005 tests have yielded results that are mostly at the non-detect level, but range as high as 6.4 parts per billion and 7.1 parts per billion.The state’s public health goal is 6 ppb. Cleanup efforts for perchlorate are more costly than those for VOCs. Due to its chemical nature, it is difficult to treat. It is believed that the perchlorate pollution is derived primarily from defense and supporting industries. No such parties have been identified yet in Alhambra, as the city historically does not have such industries. “We’re having a hard time finding out where it’s coming from,” Monares said, adding that funding any necessary cleanup becomes trickier. “We need the state to step up and help us.” email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsFall Home and Garden Show, 2-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission: $1.50. Call (661) 259-3886. Full Moon Hike, 7 p.m. Friday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. “Proof” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Back Pages will perform classic rock, 9 p.m. Friday at Club Ted, 18240 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-2471. Street Art Festival will feature live music, fine arts and crafts, international dancing and street art exhibits, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday along San Fernando Road in Old Town Newhall. Call (661) 286-4018 Lombardi Ranch is open to the public, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 296-8697. Healthy hike, 8 a.m. every Tuesday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Sierra Club hike to Mission Peak by moonlight will meet, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the trailhead. Call Gaylon Rodin at (661) 263-0568 or Henry Schultz at (661) 284-5613 for directions. Loose Goose Wine Festival Golf Classic, 11 a.m. Thursday at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia; VIP Golden Goose Gala, 7 p.m. Friday at a location to be announced; and the main festival, 5-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Bridgeport Park in Valencia. Call (661) 799-9463 for tickets. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Corvette & Harley Show will benefit Carousel Ranch and The Painted Turtle, 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Route 66, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call Howard Butler at (661) 298-4209. Golftoberfest will benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center with dinner at 6 p.m. and tee-time at 7 p.m. Saturday at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 257-2387. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Tango Fire will perform, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-5303 for tickets. Sierra Club hike to the top of Sandstone Peak will meet, 8 a.m. Sunday at the entrance to Ed Davis/Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Mary Ellen Dittemore at (661) 254-8543. America’s Walk for Diabetes will benefit the American Diabetes Association, 9 a.m. Sunday at Valencia Auto Mall on the corner of Creekside Road and Auto Center Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 295-0081. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Share This!Get ready for a brand new entertainment offering at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.Bollywood Beats, an Indian dance experience will bring their wildly energetic show featuring traditional Indian dance will begin appearing in the park beginning March 3. From classical Indian rhythms of Kathak to the proud folk style of Bhangra to modern Bollywood popular dance, Bollywood Beats will bring something for everyone.Bollywood Beats will present their show several times a day at the stage across from the Anandapur Theater (where the “UP! A Great Bird Adventure” show takes place) in Asia.