Iker Casillas: We’d all have liked a goodbye like Andres Iniesta got

first_img “When I am in Madrid I will go to the Bernabeu to support them. I am 37 years old and 34 of them I’ve spent as a Madrid fan. That never eends. To return to the club, I don’t know. I know I’ve played for Madrid a long time, it follows me. I sign a lot of Madrid shirts. They have seen you so long at Madrid they associate you with them. If they call me to come back, how can you say no to Madrid? But I don’t see myself doing that (for now) because I’m still playing football.” “I’m sure in the future there will be reconciliations. I’m not jealous no, luckily I’m still playing football, I found a place where I am happy and I’m not on the first page of the news. All of us would have liked a goodbye like the one we saw (Iniesta), I’m really happy for my colleague,” said Casillas. Sport EN 30/05/2018 IN SPORT.ES Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas spoke at an event and said he would have liked a goodbye at Real Madrid of the type that Andres Iniesta recieved at Barcelona.center_img Casillas: “A todos nos habría gustado una despedida como la de Iniesta” He said that “surely” in the future there will be “reconciliations” and that he cannot say “no” in the future to an offer to work for Real Madrid. Upd. at 22:42 CESTlast_img read more

Colts DMR team runs national leading time

first_imgBY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer TheChristianBrothersAcademy distance medley relay team went to the Feb. 7 New Jersey Varsity Classic at the New YorkArmory looking to run fast. The quartet of George Kelly, Cody Barron, Dan Mykityshyn and Mike Mazzaccaro did just that, turning in the fastest DMR in the country this winter, 10:11.0.“This was the first time we ran the DM all season,” said Mykityshyn, who ran the 800- meter third leg of the relay. “We were set and ready to go.” Were they ever. Even though the Colts were basically running by themselves (they finished 14 seconds ahead of runner-up Randolph) after Kelly’s superb lead-off 3:06.3 1,200 leg, they were still able to put down the fastest time in the nation.Barron followed Kelly’s lead, running a fine 50.1 400 split, and Mykityshyn broke 2:00 with his 1:57.4. Anchor Mazzaccaro ran an unchallenged 4:16.8 1,600, bringing the Colts home light-years ahead of the competition.TheColts didn’t want to just run fast for the sake of it, they were looking to break the program’s indoor record of 10:13, which they did.“Anytime you can set a school record at CBA, it’s definitely an accomplishment,” said Mykityshyn.Plans are for this DMR team to run again at the Armory at the New Balance Indoor Nationals, where they would like to add a national championship to their résumé.“This group has never won a national championship, and that’s what we aspire to do,” Mykityshyn said.Last month, Mykitsyn, Kelly, Conrad Lippert and Tom Gorman became the first CBA team towin the Suburban High School 4×800 relay at the prestigious Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden.Along with the upcoming Indoor Nationals, the Colts’ DMR team is already thinking spring and the Penn Relays. Their nationally leading time is fast enough to qualify for Penn, where they will be chasing a Championship of America title in Franklin Field on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.Before thinking about a national championship, however, the Colts have one big team goal remaining this indoor campaign. Thus far, CBAhas won every championship it has contested, from the Monmouth County and State Relays to the Monmouth County and Shore Conference meets to the New Jersey Catholic Track Conference crown. Saturday at the Bennett IndoorComplex inTomsRiver, CBAwill look to capture the final team championship of the season, the NJSIAANon-PublicAGroup state championship.They enter the meet as overwhelming favorites based on their potential to score in every event. The meet starts at 9 a.m.last_img read more

More of Marielle

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coaching breakMarielle finally got her break this year coaching the Under-16 team in the AFF Championship in Vientiane, Laos. Under the guidance of one of the icons of women’s football in the country, the girls blitzed through the group stage and delivered a memorable 3-2 victory against Myanmar in the semifinals. Against the powerhouse Thais, Marielle’s wards succumbed to a 2-6 defeat in the finals.“There was a lot of fulfillment watching the girls improve from the first day of the tryouts until the end of the tournament,” says Benitez. “It’s not just about coaching these girls, but also giving them life lessons, too.”It didn’t come as a surprise that Benitez was able to steer a team to a second-place finish on her coaching debut. For one, some of her players had experience with the Under-14 team in an AFC tournament last year. But as much as she deflects credit to other coaches like Landagan and Patrice Impelido, there’s little doubt that Benitez’s passion for excellence and work ethic has rubbed off on her team.“I didn’t have enough experience as head coach, but the other coaches were very supportive,” says Marielle. “We knew we wouldn’t be starting from scratch, plus we had some unfinished business against Thailand.”ADVERTISEMENT With the AFF Under-15 silver medal in the bag, Marielle Benitez (fourth from left) celebrates with (from left) physical therapist Mae Pongase,head of delegation Lalaine Sarmiento, assistant coaches Joyce Landagan and Patrice Impelido and goalkeeping coach Eleonora Dillera. —PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIA MONTAYREFormer women’s national football team skipper Marielle Benitez wears many hats. On this day, she’s at the Philippine Football Federation office as a coach, evaluating a recent international campaign where her squad achieved a silver-medal finish.On some days, she’s on the campus of the Philippine Women’s University, sorting out the varsity teams’ requirements for a competition as the university’s athletic director. The following week, she can be anywhere else in the world, performing and touring as a member of the Bayanihan Dance Group, the country’s national traditional dance troupe. There are also days when you’ll find her on television, doing commentary for football matches.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BaliPure holds off Creamline, nears championship berth China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead “I’m someone who finds joy in doing new things everyday,” says Marielle, 35.The juggling act isn’t new to Marielle, who, from 2003 to 2013, represented the country in international football. In fact, she’s mastered the art of managing her time amid her myriad interests. So when the PFF was searching for women’s coaches to make up the youth teams, Marielle was a natural choice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundShe’s a member of La Salle’s four champion teams in five UAAP seasons and also bagged the Athlete of the Year plum in 2004, the first time the league gave the award to an athlete in a team sport. She has played close to 60 international matches for the country.Coaching was a natural transition for Marielle, but surprisingly, there was a lot of apprehension on her part when the PFF appointed her to be part of the staff for the Under-14 team two years ago. Pretty soon, however, the concerns went away as she naturally blended in with the staff, led by coach Joyce Landagan. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ While the girls ultimately fell short, the runner-up finish validates the country’s sustained improvement in women’s football, which is enjoying a renaissance in the past few years, highlighted by the national women’s team’s qualification for the AFC Asian Cup in Jordan next year.Passionate about football“I may be very new to coaching since it’s a different aspect of football, but I like the challenge. I like to be kept on my toes figuring things out,” says Marielle. “I’m happy that even if we didn’t win the championship, the girls I coached became more passionate about football and appreciated all the hard work that comes with representing the country.Marielle knows what she’s talking about. As a national player, she showed steadfast commitment despite her involvement with Bayanihan. She would attend Bayanihan rehearsals at night at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and wake up early the next morning to join St. Benilde’s men’s team in training to improve her fitness since the team was also handled by then women’s national coach Marlon Maro.“I’m lucky to have coaches who have been supportive of what I’ve been doing,” says Marielle, the second of three children of former Bayanihan dancers Noel and Susie Benitez.Marielle draws parallelisms to what she’s doing in football with dance. “Both require discipline, sacrifice and patience,” she says. “Both things are challenging physically, emotionally and mentally. Training in football can go for two hours maximum, but in dance you can go one hour to six hours, depending on the difficulty of the routine. Precision is important. Dance also teaches teamwork. Both require the same focus.”The balancing act will continue for Marielle as she furthers her coaching career, while pursuing her other interests. But count on her to fulfill her roles with the same drive and passion that has been the hallmark of an already amazing career.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View commentslast_img read more

The crime situation is heartbreaking

first_imgDear Editor,The crime situation is heartbreaking, particularly for the Indo-Guyanese community. The recent murder of Omadat Persaud, 27, and the brutalisation of the Pouderoyen family by bandits invoke deeper fears into the Indo-Guyanese community which is reeling from relentless pains inflicted by criminals. Criminals do not see us as human beings. I am appealing to the Government of Guyana to take drastic actions on criminals. Also, I am asking my fellow Guyanese to come together and let us develop a strategy to fight this crime. I am also calling on the Indian Arrival Committee to address the situation. With each passing day we are losing our loved ones to crime.I am also appealing to the American embassy, the Canadian high commission, the British high commission, the Indian high commission and all other foreign bodies in our country to help us or guide us to tackle this problem. We want to live.We are abused in this country by criminals and Government is doing very little. The crime situation is also further destroying race relations in this country. Life is unbearable.Please, we cannot live like this anymore. The situation is inhumane. We are in mental anguish. Please hear our pains and help us. Please! We want to live. Please do not ignore my letter. Someone please show that you care.Editor, for the sake of saving lives I beg you again please publish my letter. We are hurting. I am signing my name as a concerned citizen because I am scared for my life.Sincerely,Concerned Citizenlast_img read more

Guyanese thankful for being in America

first_imgDear Editor,Guyanese and other Caribbean diaspora are most thankful for being in America, which has been kind to them. They are thankful for escaping issues and problems in the home country. They join others in celebrating the annual Thanksgiving Day holiday with family reunions, banquets, and charitable offerings.America has been kind and receptive to most immigrants, who in turn give thanks by sharing their earnings with the poorer sections of the society and with relatives back in the home countries. Each generation of immigrants and each ethnic group add their own distinct flavour to the festival as they celebrate at home and/or in their communities. And as they do with all other festivals, including Christmas or Independence Day, Guyanese and other immigrant Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving festival in their own unique way.Thanksgiving Day is a historical celebration in the US since the early settlement of North America by Europeans.  It is a national holiday, a kind of a spiritual day (without denomination) observed on the last Thursday of every November with businesses and schools closed for an extended four-day weekend – giving thanks for overcoming adversity.  The festival sets up a frame of mind for the Christmas holiday that is a month later.  It is the busiest shopping period, as well as the busiest travel week in the year. Over forty million Americans are expected to travel a minimum of 100 miles to be with their relatives during the festival. Stores are jam-packed the days before and after Thanksgiving. Many also order meals for the celebrations, with Guyanese restaurants being busy during the period with orders for roti and other food items. And Guyanese prepare elaborate dishes.Guyanese view Thanksgiving as an occasion for family reunion and big dinners.  Relatives normally take turns hosting dinners over the four-day period from Thursday to Sunday.  Dinner normally includes the traditional American turkey supplemented with traditional Guyanese dishes, including dhal puri, pachounie, phulourie, bara, fried rice, chowmein, fried channa, etc; and favourite drinks like mauby and sorrel for the children, and rum for the adults.  For dessert, there is Black cake, pumpkin pie, etc. with some throwing in rasmalai, gulab jamoon, etc.  And it is not unusual for them to substitute the turkey with curried duck, chicken, mutton, and goat, etc.Giving to the less fortunate is part of the Guyanese culture. Giving back to society is considered part of their duty, because the community has so much to be thankful for: being healthy and alive, and escaping impoverishment. And people donate food to shelters, and some host dinners for the less fortunate.Others offer services like giving out food to the poor. To give thanks, some bake turkeys and cakes and donated these to homeless shelters.  Their charitable gifts help to ease hunger, poverty, and homelessness in the city. Guyanese also volunteer time at churches that host dinners for the poor and homeless. Many also use the occasion to give generously to the charities of their choice, including the Red Cross and the American Cancer Institute, in addition to their local mandirs, masjids and churches.  Others send money to friends and relatives in the home countries.Thanksgiving Day is usually celebrated with the largest parade in the nation — on Fifth Avenue, featuring all kinds of magnificent floats and balloons of cartoon characters and a host of Hollywood celebrities and sports stars. Most people were glued to the television sets that carried live broadcasts of the parade.By observing the festival, Guyanese are participating in a mainstream American celebration in the same manner that they celebrate their own traditional festivals such as Phagwah, Deepavalli, Eid, Qurbani, Christmas, Guyana Day, etc.They want to give thanks for the progress they have made in America, the land that has given them the opportunity to realize their dreams.  And it is noted that they are contributing in helping to make America a better place to live, and are sharing their wealth and giving back to the society to which they owe their success.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

TCV to launch mental health survey in Guyana

first_imgA nationwide survey on mental health will soon be launched, as efforts intensify to help persons with mental health disorders and to prevent the illness from further progressing.TCV Managing Director Bibi AhmadGiven the fact that mental health illnesses in Guyana are now reaching great heights, non-governmental organisation (NGO), The Caribbean Voice (TCV) decided it was time to take the bull by the horns and take the lead.TCV Managing Director Bibi Ahmad told Guyana Times that the data gathered from the survey will be used to aid and guide the organisation in helping vulnerable groups in order to monitor, control and prevent mental disorders.“There is a dire need for more focus on mental health in Guyana, particularly when it comes to suicide prevention. We need to address these issues from the core,” she stated.Surveys are costly to conduct and require significant amount of work, which is one of the main reasons why statistical data on a number of pertinent issues in Guyana has been lacking.Ahmad further explained that the organisation was hoping that by now, the Government would have published current data on mental health illness and related issues in Guyana.She maintained that having more available data on the state of mental health in Guyana will aid significantly in developing strategies to reduce the suicide rate in the country.Though the survey will be spearheaded by TCV, the organisation is extending an invitation to other NGOs, the civil society, the Private Sector and to the Government to join them in this effort. TCV is still in the planning stages of this initiative, but it is hoping to launch the survey before the new year.Relevant studies in the Americas indicate there is likely a prevalence of 10 to 15 per cent of the population with a mental disorder at any one time, with three to five per cent of the population having a severe chronic mental disorder. This is according to a World Health Organisation – Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems (WHO-AIMS) on the mental health system in Guyana.The 2008 report said, given a population estimate of 750,000, this would predict that 75,000 to 112,500 Guyanese suffer from mental disorders and require some level of mental health care services. Of these, approximately 22,500 to 37,500 would be expected to suffer from severe mental illnesses.These projections do not include the number of patients with epilepsy and mental retardation, which are not surveyed in typical psychiatric epidemiologic studies, but are included in the population serviced by mental health care services in Guyana. The report said that the mental health system in Guyana is fragmented, poorly resourced, and not integrated into the general healthcare system.It noted that although care of the mentally ill is provided for under the legislative framework of the Mental Health Ordinance of 1930, this is antiquated and fails to make provisions for the protection of the rights of people with mental disorders.Senior Psychiatrist of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Dr Bhiro Harry, recently announced that the legislation is being revised and in its draft version; patients have been given much more rights than before. Last year, the Public Health Ministry launched Guyana’s National Mental Health Strategy 2015-2020, which outlines a coherent strategic framework for guiding the development of new plans, while bringing alignment and synergy to the Ministry’s national and international activities over the next five years. In addition, it will serve to coordinate development and technical assistance and other partnerships in health.Among the programmes and services which are earmarked for implementation are: the National Suicide Prevention Programme; the Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care, Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programme; Psycho Geriatric Clinic; extend and enhance satellite clinics to communities (Diamond, Leonora, Mahaicony, Enmore and other communities with such needs). Stakeholders have also urged that the Ministry take into consideration the stigma, social exclusion and discrimination that occur around people with mental disorders which compound the situation. Reports indicate that persons with mental disorders are reported to suffer discrimination in their communities, the workplace, educational institutions and the healthcare system. This was glaringly evident in the case of the young lady on the Essequibo Coast who was inhumanely locked away owing to mental illness.last_img read more

Toure silent on Manchester City future

first_imgToure, who turns 32 on Wednesday, has been linked with Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, but he declined to comment on the reports.“Today we have more important things to talk about,” he told journalists at Wembley Stadium. “The racism issue is more important than my future.”Toure, a four-time African Footballer of the Year, joined City from Barcelona in 2010 and has helped the previously success-starved club to two Premier League titles, the League Cup and the FA Cup.City manager Manuel Pellegrini played down the speculation when questioned about Toure’s future prior to his side’s 6-0 win over Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Sunday.“We will talk about next season in the right moment,” Pellegrini said.“Everyone at this moment can say what they want about rumours. I have never answered to Yaya’s agent, so I will not do it now.“Yaya has a contract here for two years more, so in this moment we are only thinking about the best way to finish the season, then we will see what happens next season.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, May 12- Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure refused to discuss his future at the club on Tuesday when asked about the subject at the launch of FIFA’s new anti-discrimination monitoring system.Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, accused City of ignoring his client’s birthday last year and said last week that the Ivory Coast international, whose contract expires in 2017, was “90 percent certain to leave” during the close-season transfer window.last_img read more

AVH CEO Wong let go

first_imgWong was out of town and could not be reached for comment. He was earning an annual salary of $325,000 under an open contract with no expiration date, officials said. Board Chairman Dr. John Manning said Wong was agreeable to leaving. “Les came on in very tumultuous times. He stabilized the hospital. We have a stable board now. He turned around an operating deficit to profit. But now we have had Ed for two years. He’s been involved in facilities and financial planning. It’s a natural transition now to move Ed into the position,” Manning said. “It’s been a privilege for me to serve Antelope Valley Hospital and the community,” Mirzabegian said. “I’ve been here almost two years. During my short tenure here I’ve done tremendous work to change the culture and push the hospital toward the right way in the future. We have a long way to go to make Antelope Valley Hospital the hospital of choice for our community. I’m delighted and will do my best to fulfill my responsibilities.” The hospital board in September 2003 named Wong as permanent chief executive officer after his six-month service as interim CEO. Wong was named interim CEO, replacing ousted CEO Mathew Abraham. Wong had been the hospital’s chief financial officer. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital Chief Executive Officer Les Wong was terminated Friday in a 3-1 vote by the hospital’s board of directors. Officials said the action was an amiable separation with Wong agreeing to step down, and the board named Chief Operating Officer Ed Mirzabegian as acting CEO, pending contract negotiations. “We need a different set of skills than we needed when we hired Les. When we hired Les, one of the biggest problems was the board,” director June Snow said. “Now the board is much more stable, and we have problems with operations that need to be addressed. Ed is really the guy to do it. He has been here two years and shown the skills that he is the guy to do it. We need someone who is a lot more operational-oriented.” Director Berna Mayer cast the dissenting vote, and board member Dr. Don Parazo was absent. Mayer said he agreed it was time to replace Wong but wanted to conduct a national search for a new top administrator and retain Wong during that process. “We are a large hospital. We have many issues, and I just felt along with a national search Ed could have applied and maybe we would have chosen him anyway,” Mayer said. The board held at least four closed-door meetings since March to discuss Wong’s performance, including two meetings this past week on Monday and Friday, neither of which Parazo attended, officials said. The vote Friday comes after the hospital reported a year-to-date loss of $10.2 million at the end of April. Other issues cited by directors included low patient and employee satisfaction ratings, although they have been improving over the past few months, directors said. In addition, the hospital is embarking on Phase 1 of a major expansion, a $90 million plan that includes nearly doubling the size of the emergency room, adding more ICU beds and remaking the hospital entrance, a project that Mirzabegian spearheaded. last_img read more

Parents unready for college expenses

first_imgREPORT: More than half of Americans have saved less than $5,000 for higher education. By Len Boselovic PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE American parents are headed for trouble because they are using debt rather than savings to finance their children’s college education, the College Savings Foundation reports. The non-profit organization said Wednesday that 27 percent of the families it surveyed have saved nothing for college. Another 27 percent have saved less than $5,000 for each child, not enough to pay the tuition bills for most colleges. Many of those who are saving are investing too conservatively in certificates of deposits and other investments that won’t keep pace with rising college costs and they are not using the tax breaks offered by 529 college savings plans, the foundation stated. Nearly 40 percent of parents expect it will take at least 10 years to repay loans they take out for college, including 10percent who expect it will take more than 20 years. Only 17percent expect to pay off college loans within five years. Foundation secretary Chuck Toth said parents who are living for today and taking a “pay-after-you-go” approach to college probably won’t retire as early as they’d like. “These findings highlight a looming crisis for American parents and their children,” he said. “It’s dangerous for parents to begin seeing the financing of their children’s college tuition as a second mortgage.” The results are based on a survey of 447 parents nationwide. Of those polled, 53percent said college is their top savings priority over retirement, a house or other objective. And 68 percent said they expect no help in paying for their child’s education. About 30 percent of the parents are saving through state-sponsored 529 plans, which offer significant advantages. Earnings in the accounts are not taxed. Neither are withdrawals as long as they are used for tuition, room and board, books and other qualified college expenses. Moreover, 529 accounts are controlled by parents even after the child becomes an adult. Parents can use the money for a second child if an older sibling decides not to go to school or there is money left in the account after the older child graduates. Other government action has also given 529 accounts a boost. Pension reform legislation enacted by Congress last year made qualified withdrawals from 529 accounts tax free permanently. That feature had been set to expire after 2010. Toth said investors hold about $100 billion in 529 plans, up from $77 billion a year ago. Yet 54 percent of those surveyed weren’t familiar with the plans or didn’t know how they work. The foundation’s findings aren’t that different from studies showing many investors aren’t saving enough for retirement. Although saving enough for both is difficult, parents should not jeopardize their retirement by footing too much of their children’s college bill, says James Holtzman of Legend Financial Advisors in McCandless, Pa. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arsenal transfer target set to seal move… to Sampdoria!

first_img1 Daniele Rugani Arsenal target Daniele Rugani is set to join Sampdoria on a six-month loan deal, according to reports in Italy.The centre-back joined Juventus from Empoli in the summer but has found first-team chances hard to come by with the reigning Italian champions.That has led to speculation linking Rugani – who has been likened by some to a young Fabio Cannavaro – with a move to Arsenal, although Napoli are also said to hold an interest in the Italy Under-21 international.But Tuttosport claim Sampdoria have leapt to the front of the queue for his signature with new boss Vincenzo Montella close to agreeing terms on a loan deal that would see Rugani spend the rest of the season in Genoa.Juventus are said to be unwilling to allow Rugani to leave on a permanent basis and are instead keen for him to gain experience in Serie A, with Sampdoria thought to be the ideal choice.last_img read more