Palace chides Drilon: ‘IATF not a failure’

first_imgDrilon said in a separate television interview earlier in the day that IATF-EID did not properly handle the public health crisis as infections in the country continue to climb. DRILON. RAPPLER Based on the latest data from the Department of Health, the Philippines has recorded 70,764 COVID-19 cases with 23,281 recoveries and 1,837 fatalities./PN “I don’t think we failed; for as long as we did not meet the 3.5 [million cases] projection of [the] UP [University of the Philippines]. And UP has been very good [in] their forecast,” Roque told CNN Philippines. “[Department of Health] Secretary (Francisco) Duque today lacks credibility to be able to command people to do things and he cannot influence decisions,” Drilon said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel. “We will always have different points of view, particularly those coming from the opposition, and I think they’re resorting to politicking stories. The appeal of the President is to concentrate on the COVID-19, set aside politicking for the time being which I think is a very wise policy,” he further said.center_img Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a television interview yesterday that the opposition senator should stop politicizing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. “For as long as we’re minimizing death rates, I think we have succeeded. And there’s no way I can change that position because one life loss is too much,” added Roque, who also serves as IATF-EID spokesperson. “On the other hand, I don’t see any of the economic team in the IATF deliberations, maybe they are somewhere there in the background but given the effect of the pandemic in our economy, they should be in the forefront together with our health sector,” he further said. MANILA –Malacañang slammed Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon for calling the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) as a failure.last_img read more

Costa: ‘Conte not a top coach’

first_img Loading… Diego Costa claims Antonio Conte is not a ‘top, top manager’ and ‘would never last a season at Real Madrid’ because of his man-management. Costa won the Premier League under Conte in 2017, during the coach’s first season in charge of Chelsea. However, their rapport broke down when the Inter boss informed the striker he was no longer needed by text message. The 31-year-old maintains he has ‘no hard feelings’ towards the ex-Italy CT but is not a fan of his ‘very suspicious’ approach. “We [Conte and I] had problems off the pitch, but I think he is a really good manager. I have no hard feelings towards Conte,” he told ESPN.Advertisement “But to be a top, top manager, he needs to change the human side of his management.” Conte was tipped to take over at Real Madrid after Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal two years ago. read also:Costa: My toughest teammate at Juventus is not Ronaldo “He is very suspicious. He would never last a season.” Costa returned to Atletico Madrid in January 2018 but has been linked with Serie A moves in recent weeks. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Artlast_img read more

Hawthorne Speedway grand reopening is Saturday

first_imgHAWTHORNE, Nev. – The grand reopening for Hawthorne Speedway is Saturday, May 21, as Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds take to the quarter-mile oval for their first of six 2016 events at the Nevada speedplant.Racing starts at 5 p.m. Saturday.The Iron Man Challenge Series comes to town on June 27 and 28. Other sanctioned dates are July 9 and Sept. 3 and 4.Hawthorne is part of IMCA’s Larry Shaw Racing Western Region.last_img

Zaha: I didn’t sleep with Moyes’ daughter

first_imgWilfried Zaha has opened up on his anguish at being left to deal with social media gossip about him and David Moyes’ daughter during his time at Manchester United.Despite being one of United’s best players on their pre season tour of Asia, Zaha was left out of the first-team for the start of the 2013-2014 season and rumours about the reasons for his omission began to circulate. In an interview with former teammate Rio Ferdinand for The Locker Room, the winger explained how he felt obliged to discredit the Twitter gossip because he had not received any guidance from the club.“No one at the club at all told me anything, I didn’t know what to do whatsoever,” he said.“I remember tweeting something about it saying ‘silly rumours’ because it was getting too much so I had to say something myself and then I remember the club media messaging me saying ‘you shouldn’t have done that, you shouldn’t have done this’ and I’m thinking you haven’t helped me.“I’m here by myself, struggling because people are telling me I’ve slept with the manager’s daughter and that’s why you’re not playing me.“The funny thing is, it’s carried on for so long I felt like, is the manager not going to come and have a word with me over this? “That’s how I felt and I’m thinking this is ridiculous man. Up to this day I still get people that think that’s true and I’ve never even met his daughter.”Zaha was sent out on loan to Cardiff in January before spending the following season with his former club Palace.His return to Selhurst Park was made permanent on the final day of the 2015 winter transfer window.The winger spoke about the difficulties of being on his own in Manchester, having moved away from his family in London, and how difficult it was to deal with the rumours surrounding his personal life.“It was stressful,” the 27-year-old added. “I’m 19, I’m living in Manchester and all of a sudden we come back from a tour and I’m not playing for no reason so obviously are going to make up rumours.“I’m in Manchester where I’m by myself and I’m not playing on top of that so it’s stressful enough to have a rumour.“People came out with it, I see it trending on Twitter, people came out with how can he play so well on tour then just be dashed out like that with nothing, no one telling us anything – he must have slept with the manager’s daughter.“And that started going and I’m 19, and my Twitter is blowing up. I’ve never had it before and my Twitter is blowing up and there’s no one for me to speak to.”RelatedPosts Antonio wins Player of the Month award West Ham rival Rangers for Josh Maja Lampard wants ‘collective sit-down’ over VAR controversies The Ivory Coast international has prospered since his return to South London with 31 goals and 42 assists in his last five Premier League seasons.—Tags: AsiaDavid MoyesThe Locker RoomWilfred Zahalast_img read more

Weekend off gives starters much-needed rest

first_imgRunning back Montee Ball scored the Badgers\’ only touchdown against Iowa and was given extra reps during the bye week.[/media-credit]As the Wisconsin football team prepares for its game against Purdue Saturday, head coach Bret Bielema said the team is excited to be back on the field and ready to play football again after the bye week.Despite dropping the past two games, Bielema is happy with the team’s success over the course of the season, underscoring they are playing the 11th toughest schedule in the nation this year and there are seven teams in the top 25 with two or more losses and the combined record of the teams they have lost against is 14-2.“You’re so disappointed in the back-to-back losses that you forget that you are a 5-2 team,” Bielema said. “Sometimes it’s good to be away from people who want to talk about the two losses rather than what you’ve done over the cumulative season.”In practice last week, the Badgers gave more reps to the second and third string players, giving the starters a break during the team’s week off.“One of the major goals we wanted to accomplish last week was to get a guy like Kraig Appleton, Montee Ball, Curt Phillips … guys like that who have been right there on the verge (of some more action),” Bielema said.Despite giving many of the starters some much-needed rest, the coaching staff ran everybody in the secondary aside from Chris Maragos, at “full go.”“I guess the point that we try to take as coaches was if anybody had dropped in the past two weeks, I don’t care what phase of the game it was, but quarterback obviously the point of attention, but to look at why they struggled,” Bielema said. “(We must) be very critical of what happened and why it happened. You know as coaches, if we change that or make it better, that’s what we need to do.”In terms of scheming for Purdue, Bielema noted the defense will have to pay particular attention to quarterback Aaron Valentin’s ability to find running lanes and make plays with his feet in the Boilermakers’ spread offense.Bielema mentioned the importance of the rest of the season as a whole, but paid particular attention to the Purdue game as a game the team must win to get back on track.As usual, UW’s mindset is 1-0.“What we have been able to do well is work through our schedule and do what we need to do which means Purdue needs to be our focus,” Bielema said. “In the reality of it, there is a four-game Big Ten schedule and the bigger picture is going to have a huge effect on us as a team … but there is nothing more important than Purdue and our preparation for them.”Bielema acknowledged the versatile athletes on Purdue’s defense, Jason Werner and Ryan Kerrigan, comparing defensive end Kerrigan to the Badgers’ O’Brien Schofield as a player that must be accounted for at all times, and that both have the ability to be explosive in coming off the edge.Purdue’s tendency to repeat successful plays in successive series’ while most teams are hesitant to repeat such plays since their coaches believe the defense will be ready for them was another key point in Bielema’s game plan.As he has done repeatedly this year, Bielema emphasized it is a new year and last season is a thing of the past that he will not dwell on, but rather learn from.“We’re in 2009, I have talked enough about 2008,” Bielema said.Bielema also dismissed the fear of distraction that may accompany the excitement associated with a Halloween game.“I’m sure they know it is Halloween. … I think our guys — just the way this group is — they’re going to focus in on Saturday and be ready to roll out there,” Bielema said. “Anytime we play a game in Camp Randall it is special, no matter if it’s Homecoming, Halloween, night game, day game; it doesn’t matter, our guys just kind of take the task at hand.”Bielema drew attention to performances of offensive linemen John Moffitt and Gabe Carimi as players who were playing below their capabilities this season. According to Bielema, Moffitt struggled with his lack of focus on the field. Carimi has had trouble because of his difficulty to recover from injury.“I always said I want to make your guys’ job as easy as possible, but to me, a player should be interviewed because of what he’s done on the field,” Bielema said.last_img read more

NFF Sets Record Straight over AFCON 2019 Budget

first_img“There is no truth to the claim that the NFF omitted the AFCON from its budget,” NFF Executive Committee member and Chairman of the Media and Publicity Committee, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande clarified yesterday.“The truth is that major competitions are never part of the regular budgets since, in most cases, qualification campaigns are still on course while budgets are being prepared for the following year. Thus, they are always sourced from intervention funds.“We qualified for the 2019 AFCON in November 2018, after the 1-1 draw with South Africa in Johannesburg. That was too late to include in the budget for 2019, which we had submitted around September/October 2018. So, we knew the grace would be for the AFCON fund to be sourced from special intervention, and not from the proposal that had been submitted earlier as regular programme.“For instance, the 2018 FIFA World Cup budget was also sourced from intervention fund. We qualified for that competition in October 2017 and we could not have included it in the regular programme for the year 2018.”Kwande, who actually defended the NFF budget for the year 2019 at the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, said that the NFF at this time is only interested in ensuring that the national teams (male and female) excel at their respective tournaments in which they are representing Nigeria, and would ordinarily not respond to Mr. Dalung’s statements, but noted that it is important to put records straight to avoid misleading the public.“For the regular annual budgets, we put together our budget for every competition and send to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, which then puts a covering note and recommends to the Presidency, from where the document heads to the Finance Ministry and then onwards to the Budget Office.“Since this NFF administration came into office, as was the case for some time before it, the federation usually received what is called an ‘envelope’. So, the only way to prosecute major competitions is to depend on the grace of intervention funds.“Few weeks after we qualified for the AFCON 2019, we sent a budget to the Ministry. We sent this same budget about three times as we were always being told to re-submit.“Mr. Dalung was Minister of Sports for three-and-half years and not once did the NFF bypass the Ministry to submit a budget to the Presidency or the Finance Ministry. Facts are sacred,” Kwande reiterated.The NFF chieftain said that for the records, the federation has never written any story to curry sympathy, as alleged by Dalung. “We have no time for those kind of spins. Another deliberate misleading statement by the former Minister was the allegation that the NFF leadership has been saying that it can do without government funding. We have never said so; we have only ever stated that the NFF has attained about 60 per cent self-funding from the analysis of our 2017 audited accounts that we published, and that we are determined to drive towards total self-funding which would be a delight to the government, as it will free resources for other critical sectors.“It is however interesting that Mr. Dalung now considers the NFF as a self –accounting parastatal, when several times during his tenure he refused to accept such!” The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has dismissed as misleading, statements at the weekend by former Minister of Youth and Sports,  Solomon Dalung that the federation omitted the budget for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations from its 2019 programmes sent to the Ministry. Kwande said that nevertheless, the Super Eagles are focused on putting up a good performance at the AFCON 2019 finals starting in Egypt on Friday. “We are not sure what the intentions of Mr. Dalung are regarding the so-called ‘feelers’ he said he is having about possible unrest in the Super Eagles’ camp.“There is nothing of such; it is statements such as those being made by Dalung at such inauspicious times that, but for the absolute discipline and concentration of the Super Eagles, is capable of truncating harmony in the camp.“The players are focused on the noble assignment of doing Nigeria proud and told representatives of the Nigerian ambassador to Egypt (the representative of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari in that country) as much when they visited the camp some days ago.“The ‘feelers’ we are getting are all positive, and we are confident the team will do the country proud at the end of the day,” conclude Kwande.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Huddersfield’s new Paddy Power kit causes Twitter stir

first_img Related Articles Share GambleAware calls for improved age-screening tools to reduce problem gambling March 27, 2020 Footstock signs Chris Kamara as new brand ambassador August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Share David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Better the devil you know… May 1, 2020 Submit After announcing their partnership with Paddy Power earlier this week, Huddersfield Town has now released it’s apparent ‘home kit’ for the 2019/20 Championship season which has seemingly united the footballing world. Unfortunately for the Terriers, the reaction to the kit has resulted with more laughs than admiration, with the club now finding themselves as a trending topic on Twitter. The design, which features a massive ‘Paddy Power’ logo etched diagonally across the front of the strip, is believed by many viewers to be fake as disbelief rages through the fanbase.Huddersfield Town’s Commercial Director Sean Jarvis commented on the design, stating: “We’ve gone for a really modern twist on how we feature the famous Paddy Power logo. Paddy Power is a very forward-thinking, innovative company – that’s one of the main reasons that we’re so excited to work with them – the new ‘sash’ style logo is really eye-catching, and helps maintain our reputation as being innovators too.”A Spokesman for Paddy Power stated: “As a brand which embraces doing things differently, we didn’t want to get into shirt sponsorship just to do the same as everyone else. We feel the diagonal design will be the most distinctive sponsor logo in the Football League – appropriate for the most distinctive sponsor there is. We’re sure Huddersfield fans will be delighted with this season’s kit.”Huddersfield Town announced the kit on their official Twitter account earlier this morning, however, debate continues to rage on regarding the authenticity of the strip.? #htafc‘s new home kit for the upcoming 2019/20 season has today been revealed!Produced by main supplier @UmbroUK, the new home kit features a modern spin on the traditional blue and white striped home shirt thanks to new title sponsor @paddypower.— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) July 17, 2019Many of the replies received to the original tweet compared the kit to that of a beauty pageant sash, meaning at the very least ‘the Terriers’ players will be looking fabulous this season. Despite the club having reiterated that this will be the strip worn in tonight’s friendly against Rochdale and for the remainder of the season, healthy scepticism continues to be held within the fanbase due to the design seemingly not adhering to sponsorship regulations set by the FA.last_img read more

Alexander: It’s crunch time for Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman

first_imgThe world according to Jim:• Under the stewardship of Andrew Friedman and his staff – including that squadron of “research and development” employees, hidden away in the former visitors’ clubhouse, who crunch the numbers and influence strategy – the Dodgers have assembled a juggernaut. They’re deep, they’re talented, they mine hidden gems (Max Muncy, anyone?) and turn them into productive big leaguers, and they’ve tightened their ownership of the National League West.And yet the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations will ultimately be judged on whether he can fix the bullpen, which is simply the most mercurial aspect of assembling any baseball team.As Tom Lasorda used to say, only in more profane fashion, this job is not that easy. … How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco • Would one of those closers be a potential replacement if Kenley Jansen continues to give up critical home runs? That’s a dicey issue. But keep this in mind: Jansen does give up a lot more homers these days – but so does every other pitcher in the game.• We would add the Giants’ Sam Dyson to the list of those to watch, except that a team long expected to be a seller just won 14 of its last 17 games and was within 2½ games of an NL wild-card berth as of Monday afternoon. Those assumptions that Madison Bumgarner had pitched against the Dodgers for the last time in a San Francisco uniform last month, or that relievers Will Smith and Tony Watson would be on the market? Scratch them.• Little moves can carry large meaning as the trade deadline approaches. The Dodgers promoted catcher Keibert Ruiz, the club’s No. 3 prospect in Baseball America’s most recent Top 100 list, to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday evening. The immediate assumption on social media: The decks were being cleared for a trade of either Ruiz or fellow catcher Will Smith, the Dodgers’ No. 4 prospect (aka the Fresh Prince of the Ravine, and of course no relation to the Giants’ Will Smith).Stay tuned. …• When the Clippers announced their press conference to (finally) introduce Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to the L.A. media, the first thought was that this “blacktop vs. big top” business had gotten out of hand. The presser will be held Wednesday afternoon at a recreation center in South L.A. where the Clippers renovated the basketball court, one of nearly 350 the team has refurbished in the L.A. area.Related Articles But on second thought, it’s the perfect setting for a couple of no-frills stars and it sends a subliminal message: The team’s ultimate fan base is composed of the kids who use those courts. The best way to attack Lakers Exceptionalism? Target a generation that has no memory of when the Lakers were truly exceptional.• One flaw: The introduction is planned the same day as Pac-12 Football Media Day at Hollywood and Highland, not to mention during a Dodgers-Angels series. Different sports and different audiences, true, but for maximum exposure wouldn’t it be better not to force media outlets to choose?• This weekend’s hilarity: The Lakers claimed G-League forward Kostas Antetokounmpo on waivers. Not only did Lakers Twitter assume this meant an ultimate play for his brother Giannis Antetokounmpo when the league’s MVP can be a free agent in 2021, but local media people jumped aboard that speculation train, too.The reality: The Lakers just acquired the basketball equivalent of Dave Sax (instead of Steve), Chris Gwynn (instead of Tony) or Tommie Aaron (instead of Henry). Maybe it’s time to settle down.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twittercenter_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error • That last sentence, incidentally, was our subtle tribute to Jim Healy, the L.A. radio icon who passed away 25 years ago this week. Healy’s blend of news, gossip and hilarious sound bites was a Southern California institution at 5:30 p.m. on KLAC/570 and later KMPC/710, and there were plenty of occasions when you got to where you were going before 6 p.m. but didn’t dare turn off the car radio for fear you’d miss something.But we digress …• With the July 31 trade deadline a little more than a week away, there is at least clarity to the Dodgers’ pursuit this year, with no need to worry about such distractions as additional starting pitching or infield help. The bullpen is the major flaw, and the Dodgers’ ability to finally win a World Series will depend on their ability to bolster it.Or don’t you notice that low rumble of concern from the Dodger Stadium crowd any time the left field bullpen gate swings open?• Some names to watch in the chase for relief help: Closers Kirby Yates (San Diego), Shane Greene (Detroit) and Felipe Vázquez (Pittsburgh), left-handed setup guys Amir Garrett (Cincinnati) and Aaron Bummer (White Sox) and right-handers Seth Lugo (Mets) and Evan Marshall (White Sox). Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

Masters 2019: Bryson DeChambeau aces Augusta’s 16th

first_img Masters 2019: Green Jacket Ceremony cancelled due to weather concerns at Augusta HOLE-IN-ONE!!What a place for his FIRST CAREER ACE.Jump for joy, @B_DeChambeau. #LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/SeUVrfmWAR— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 14, 2019DeChambeau has fallen down the leaderboard after claiming a share of the first-round lead, but he will at least have one hugely positive memory of the week. It is never a surprise to see a hole-in-one at Augusta’s 16th and Bryson DeChambeau claimed the first ace of his career at the hole on Sunday.The traditional Sunday pin position on 16 — at the bottom of a slope — means balls regularly threaten the hole on the final day of the Masters.center_img DeChambeau revealed earlier this week that he had never made a hole-in-one in his career, but that changed moments before the final group of Francesco Molinari, Tiger Woods and Tony Finau teed off.There have now been six holes-in-one on the 16th since 2016, with Charley Hoffman having achieved the feat last year. Related Newslast_img read more

Emir Spahić visited NS B&H

first_imgThe president of NS/FS B&H Elvedin Begić, together with the deputy president of the board for mediation and counseling Ivan Osim organized a New Year meeting with the employers of the General Secretariat. President Begić expressed his wishes for the New 2013 and announced the continuation of actions in the process of reorganization of the Administration in the Federation.Team leader, Emir Spahić also attended the meeting. Spahić came to Sarajevo because of the special humanitarian manifestation ”Jedan život više”, which was organized by NS/FS B&H and the ”Open Network”. The Chief Secretary Jasmin Baković awarded Spahić for his personal contribution as the team leader for a great start of a new season of the national team.As the truthful leader of the team, Spahić promised on behalf of all his team players that they will fight for the qualifications in Brazil.last_img read more