‘Crazy’ Gatti, former soccer player and collaborator of ‘The beach bar’ which is entered by coronavirus, talked to Josep Pedrerol, presenter of the program, to explain how he has lived the disease and how he is at the moment.How do you feel?: “I’m fine. I know how much love people in Argentina and Spain have for me. I’m looking forward to getting out of here.”Maradona’s message: “We have been rivals, but we have always loved each other very much.”Fear?: “I was not afraid. This has been good for me to become stronger and learn more about life. I have learned that one day you are and tomorrow you left. My family, my wife and my children have been very important.”Health personnel: “The hospital staff is wonderful.” Do you want to return to the program ?: “Yes, of course I want to return to the program when there is soccer, because this is very ugly. I also want to go to Argentina to sniff my city, see my friends, my children …”.This is all a dream: “I think this is a dream and, like all dreams, you have to end and start a new dream. Let life be as it should be, free. You have to fight for life, there is nothing else.”Hospital discharge: “I do not know yet, but when I go out I will come out perfectly. I never noticed anything. It is true that I had a cough, but I always had a cough in my life, it is my habit”Message to the audience: “I will come back, because if I am not there, there is a lack of audience. Greetings to all the public and to the young people of El Chiringuito”
LEEDS, England (AP):Opener Alex Hales and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow led a steady recovery as England reached 171 for five against Sri Lanka at stumps yesterday on a rain-shortened first day of the opening Test.Seamer Dasun Shanaka took three wickets in two overs on debut to put England in trouble at 83 for five, but Hales – 71 not out – and Bairstow – unbeaten with 54 – fought back.They combined for an unbeaten 88-run partnership before the entire final session at Headingley was washed out by rain.Shanaka removed captain Alastair Cook and No. 3 Nick Compton in four balls after Sri Lanka – buoyed by overcast conditions and a green pitch – asked England to bat. Shanaka also snared home favourite Joe Root, England’s form batsman, soon after for a duck. All three were caught behind the wicket as Shanaka made use of the seam-friendly conditions.Cook’s dismissal for 16 as he attempted an expansive cover drive left him 20 short of 10,000 Test runs.THREE FOURSNumber five batsman James Vince made nine on his test debut, while big-hitting all-rounder Ben Stokes blasted three fours, but lasted only nine balls for 12.England made slow progress in the morning, but were still 49 for no wicket before Shanaka’s three strikes, and one each for fellow quicks Sharminda Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep put the home team in deep trouble. At one stage, Shanaka had figures of three for six off three overs. He ended the day with three for 30.Hales played with great determination for his highest score in Test cricket, and just his second half-century. He battled through the tough early period then hit 12 fours to anchor England’s first innings of the summer season.Bairstow, another who plays his county cricket at Headingley, fared better than fellow Yorkshireman Root. His counterattacking innings was peppered with six fours and a six as he scored at a brisk rate to gain England some momentum in the afternoon before rain brought it to a halt.
Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kasparov would appear to be motivated more by love of the game than anything else. Though the winner’s purse in St. Louis is a not-paltry $150,000, the grandmaster said he would donate any winnings to promote chess in Africa.Kasparov did in fact return to the game, though only in informal capacity, once before, in 2015. He played a friendly match against Nigel Short — 10 years after formally bowing out of professional competition.Kasparov did not appear to have lost a step: He crushed his British opponent, 8 to 1. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The younger generation, which Ramirez sees emerging almost by the day, “certainly looks up to him,” he said. “His contribution to chess theory and our understanding of the game resonate still today.”But what are Kasparov’s realistic chances after so many years away from the grueling competition of professional chess?“Garry Kasparov has always had a fighting spirit second to none, and he is extremely competitive,” Ramirez said. “But he is still going to be facing very stiff competition,” including “some of the best of the best of the world.”The man himself sought to “manage expectations,” quipping in his Facebook post Sunday that “at the age of 54 I would have as much hope of returning to my chess form of age 40 as to my hairline of age 20!”The high-pressure, speed-chess format of the St. Louis tournament, where players are forced to make their moves far more rapidly than during normal competitions, could be tough on the graying Kasparov, as he takes on much younger players who specialize in that approach.“I expect him to be fighting for the top spots, but I would be surprised if he wins it all,” said Ramirez, 29, who became a grandmaster at age 15.His ‘incredible aura’But in a tournament that will include four of the world’s top 10 players, Kasparov is not expected to be a pushover, said Sylvain Ravot of France, who has a master rating.“His sense of the game, his passion for winning, his experience and his reflexes should all help him do well, perhaps even land in the top three, even if it will be much harder for him,” Ravot said in an interview, while emphasizing Kasparov’s “incredible aura.”Accustomed to being a step ahead of the field, the Russian “chose the venue well — more or less within his reach — for his comeback,” Ravot said, adding that the mere fact of Kasparov’s return might be more important than his actual performance.“It’s a bit like Pete Sampras making a comeback” to tennis, he said. NLEX zooms to 5th win This file photo taken on September 07, 2011, shows Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, playing simultaneous chess games in Porto Alegre, during his visit to Brazil. The former World Chess Champion and one of the leaders of Russian political opposition owned the game for 15 years, gaining superstar status among fans before retiring and throwing himself into politics. But he just can’t seem to stay away from the chessboard. The 54-year-old former world champion is coming out of retirement on August 14, 2017 to play in an official tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, against nine top-notch players. AFP FILELOUIS, United States — In a move electrifying the world of chess, former world champion Garry Kasparov is coming out of a 12-year retirement — if only briefly — to take on a new generation of players who have long worshipped him as the closest thing to a “chess god.”Kasparov utterly dominated the sport from 1985 to 2000. Since his withdrawal from a tournament in Linares, Spain in March 2005, the Russian’s absence has left many chess fanatics feeling orphaned.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings So there was considerable surprise when he agreed to play in the new Rapid and Blitz tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, which follows closely after the annual Sinquefield Cup competition, a major stop on the world tour, in the same city on the Mississippi River.Kasparov, who became the youngest world champion ever at age 22 in 1985, is now 54, more than a decade past the age when professional chess players typically retire.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Indeed, in a Facebook posting early Sunday, he made clear that the Rapid and Blitz tournament represents “not an end to my retirement from chess, only a five-day hiatus.”He added, “I have no plans to play after this event.” Teen gunned down in Masbate View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ From Monday to Saturday, the Russian will put aside the business that has kept him busy in retirement — his vocal and determined opposition to President Vladimir Putin — to play against some of chess’s big guns, like fellow Russian Sergey Karjakin.The world’s current No. 1 player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, will not be there, however.Still, the return to competition of the Azerbaijan-born Kasparov — a man once dubbed the “Beast of Baku,” whose epic clashes with Anatoli Karpov are part of chess legend — has had an explosive impact in the chess world, particularly in St. Louis.‘To see this dude play’“Everyone is talking about it,” American chess grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez told AFP. “People are flying from India and China to see this dude play.”Kasparov’s long and “unparalleled” dominance of the chess world made him “a cultural icon,” said Ramirez, a US Open champion who coaches the chess team at Saint Louis University.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
When the two teams met in the first round of Season 81, there wasn’t much drama that swirled around in the atmosphere as the Blue Eagles took a fairly easy 71-55 victory.The second round meeting, however, didn’t go that breezy when Taane Samuel returned and the big man from New Zealand quickly established himself as a notable bruiser.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 ChrissSamuel had his scraps with Ateneo big men Isaac Go and Angelo Kouame in his first foray in the blue-and-green rivalry, but the Blue Eagle centers brushed it off and even said that maybe it’s just the Green Archer’s way of playing.“I mean maybe that’s his style of play and I don’t know we haven’t seen him play in the UAAP and maybe he’s trying to get to our heads and we don’t really know,” said Go, who is usually a stoic and quiet player on the court. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Go’s statements do deserve merit since Samuel missed practically the whole season due to a Jones fracture after playing just five minutes in La Salle’s season opener against Far Eastern University.“This is his first game back and we haven’t seen if there’s any consistency with that or just for this game. ” added Go who had three points, five rebounds, and two assists. “We look at it with a grain of salt and we’ll look at it in the next few games.”As for Kouame, the 6-foot-10 center said he didn’t mind Samuel’s bruising and that basketball players should be used to physical play.“Every game is physical, not only here in the Philippines,” said Kouame, who had 11 points and 10 boards. “Basketball is everywhere, you just have to learn it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEvery Ateneo-La Salle matchup in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament has its moments that these episodes could very well fill a series fit for numerous seasons.And this current crop of Blue Eagles and Green Archers might have juhis st added their own episode to the lore of this much-ballyhooed rivalry.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Altas’ Prince Eze officially named NCAA Season 94 MVP
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “This tournament means a lot to Philippine football because this really brought the Azkals to the attention of the Filipinos,” Younghusband said.The Azkals suffered a blow with striker Javier Patiño out of the tournament due to a calf injury, while left back Stephan Palla is still working his way back from injury.The arrival of Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and Daisuke Sato of Romanian side Sepsi in this central Philippine city on Monday has also given the Azkals a boost as they try to make the knockout round again after missing out two years ago.“The pressure is on the whole team to try to do better than before,” said Eriksson. “That means at least reaching the final.”Singapore coach Fandi Ahmad insists his team remain underdogs against the hosts.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES “We’re happy to be the underdogs,” said Ahmad. “We have to prepare with any onslaught. Playing here will not be easy. But we have committed players and a disciplined team ready to fight for the country.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Table tennis, taekwondo officials air grievances MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil BACOLOD CITY—Newly appointed Philippines coach Sven Goran-Eriksson gets his baptism of fire and captain Phil Younghusband marks a rare milestone as the Philippines begins its AFF (Asean Football Federation) Suzuki Cup campaign on Tuesday.A three-time semifinalist in the competition, the Azkals clash with a familiar foe in Singapore at 8 p.m. for their Group B opener at Panaad Stadium in this city, which has hosted some of the biggest matches in Philippine football in recent memory.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The 70-year-old Eriksson, the highly touted Swedish coach, who took England to the quarterfinals of the 2006 World Cup, will make his debut on the touchline as the Azkals try to finally win the competition after years of heartbreaking results.“Personally, it’s a new experience for me,” said the 70-year-old Eriksson, who has also coached Mexico and Ivory Coast. “I was impressed by Singapore. It will be a tough game. I’m not worried, but I think we have to show them a lot of respect because they won against Indonesia.”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 ChrissYounghusband will play his 100th game for the country in the match against a Singapore side that beat Indonesia, 1-0, in its home match on Friday at National Stadium.“This is a fitting game to mark my 100th cap,” said Younghusband, who has 51 goals for the country. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title
Three government functionaries are expected to face public hearings about audit reports from the General Auditing Commission (GAC), the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Legislature has announced.Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the Ministry of Finance have all been invited to appear before the Joint Legislative Committee to answer to questions about alleged financial malpractices at their respective institutions.According to a statement issued by the PAC, the hearings begin with the Ministry of Finance on May 21-26, 2014 on several different financial matters ranging from Fiscal Outturn in 2008, Consolidated Financial Statement 2010-2012 to the Ministry’s Duty Free Program from 2006-2009. PAC further that the Ministry will account for an alleged L$22 million missing check from government coffer while the Administration and Expenditure from 2005-2007 of the Ministry remains unaccounted for.Current and former ministers, deputies and assistants including comptrollers of the entities mentioned have all been requested to attend, the statement said.Relative to LPRC and LEC, the statement maintained that LPRC management needs to address itself to a debt statement of 2006-2008 involving MOTC and the company. LEC is also expected to explain financial transactions linking the entity to malpractices as indicated by the GAC. PAC has conducted hearings on several government entities including National Port Authority, Robert International Airport, Ministry of Gender and Development among others.Recommendations from previous hearings are expected to be validated by both plenary of the Legislature in order to be submitted to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for actions.The PAC received a budget support of US$500,000 from the World Bank to conduct public hearings on all audit reports submitted to that body by the GAC.Many financial experts now question the independence of the committee when majority of its members are either senior partisans affiliates of the ruling Unity Party.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
‘Bishop’ Manasseh Conto‘Bishop’ Manasseh Conto, who is being tried along with Stephen Kettor for allegedly duping a Korean businessman of US$134,000 from a vehicle rental contract with the World Food Program (WFP), has told Criminal Court ‘C’ that he actually received an unspecified amount from the arrangement.Conto claimed that he received his share of the US$134,000 from co-defendant Stephen Kettor, based on a tripartite agreement involving his company, SACS Group, the WFP, and Korea Trading Corporation that was managed by ‘Pastor’ Kettor.The two men are members of the International Mission for Today Church located in New Kru Town, Monrovia.Hungchi Choi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Korea Trading Corporation (KTC), during his testimony, alleged that the defendants through his then general manager, Henry Smith – who has been at large since the indictment – entered into a vehicle rental contract with the WFP valued at US$18,445 monthly for five months, from October 2014 to January 12, and up to March 2015, in the name of a fictitious company identified as SACS Group.Choi also claimed that a payment of US$92,225 was made for the five months, out of which the UN agency’s employees demanded US$12,500 as kickback, but that KTC did not receive a dime because he was absent when the contract was signed and approved.The contract was to supply vehicles to the WFP to facilitate the delivery of food and other items to victims during the Ebola outbreak.During his testimony, Conto said though Choi was out of the country, he and Kettor entered into the contract with the WFP.According to Conto, the Combi bus that his company used for the signing of the tripartite agreement was purchased from KTC, with an outstanding balance of US$5,000 yet to be paid.Defendant Conto also claimed that he wrote a promissory note assuring Choi that he was actually going to pay the US$5,000.“Before signing the WFP contract I told Kettor that I still owed the company US$5,000 and since Choi was not in the country at that time, it was impossible for me to provide the vehicle to the UN agency,” Conto claimed.“Kettor assured me that if I were to agree for him to use the vehicle as part of the contract, he would deduct the US$5,000 I owed, and afterward he was going to give the balance of US$7,500, which are yet to be collected up to the present.”Conto in his testimony did not say if he has paid the US$5,000, but insisted that the money was still in KTC’s Ecobank account, from which he is not authorized to withdraw money.When Choi testified, he claimed that although the defendants used the SACS name for the contract and received payment through KTC’s Ecobank account, however, they could not account for the US$92,225 meant as contract fees for the five months the WFP paid for.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Police acting on information on Wednesday visited a location in Supply on the East Bank of Demerara where a revolver without any ammunition was discovered.Guyana Times understands that someone in the area observed a black plastic bag hanging on a fence and upon checking it, a .38 revolver was discovered. As such, the resident immediately contacted the Police who responded promptly.Police have since confirmed that the revolver’s serial number was erased. Nevertheless, the weapon was lodged and would be sent for ballistics testing to ascertain whether it was used in the commissioning of any crimes.
Of the record five English clubs in the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League, Chelsea, the reigning English champions, were the only ones not to win their group © AFP/FileThat quintet suffered just three defeats between them in the group stage and scored 80 goals in total, while Chelsea — the reigning English champions — were the only ones not to win their group.Teams from the same country will be kept apart in the draw, which will take place from noon (1100 GMT) at UEFA’s Nyon headquarters, as will the group winners and runners-up. Teams who were in the same group cannot meet again at this stage either.That means Antonio Conte’s Chelsea — who finished second to Roma in Group C — have only three possible opponents: Turkish champions Besiktas, Paris Saint-Germain or Barcelona.Map locating clubs qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League, with the number of titles won. © AFP / Vincent LEFAI“When you reach this level it’s very difficult to say this team is good or not good. On paper, and also for experience and for the story of these two clubs, Barcelona and PSG are very good,” admitted Conte.Chelsea did not feature in the competition last season but lost to PSG in the last 16 in 2015 and 2016. In 2014 they beat the French giants in the quarter-finals.There have been some memorable meetings with Barcelona too, not least in 2005.Then, Chelsea won a last-16 tie better remembered for Swedish referee Anders Frisk being forced to retire after receiving death threats following vehement criticism by then Blues boss Jose Mourinho for his performance in a first leg won by the Catalans.Mourinho now finds himself in charge of Manchester United, who are into the last 16 for the first time since 2013-14.Despite winning their group, United could come up against Bayern Munich, Juventus or reigning champions Real Madrid, all of whom came second in their groups.Liverpool and Manchester City could face any of those three as well, while Tottenham cannot face Madrid having already played them — winning and drawing — in the group phase.“I am not the luckiest guy with draws, it is better I shut up and I forget it because we only play in February,” said Mourinho last week.– Respect for PSG –Between 2005 and 2012, England contributed the winner of the Champions League three times and the runner-up on a further five occasions.Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo poses with his five Ballon d’Or trophies ahead of the Spanish league match against Sevilla © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUBut Spanish clubs have won the trophy in the last four seasons, with Madrid the two-time defending champions.No club has won the European Cup three years running since Bayern Munich in the mid-1970s, underlining how big an achievement it would be if Madrid — 12 times winners overall — won the trophy again in the final in Kiev in May.They know exactly what it takes to be European champions, and in Cristiano Ronaldo have the most prolific goal-scorer in the competition’s history.The Spanish giants are another possible opponent for Neymar’s PSG, who are on a mission to erase the memory of their 6-1 hammering by Barcelona that eliminated them in the last 16 last season.“I respect Paris Saint-Germain. Up to now they have done great things, they have played well, scored lots of goals, won lots of games,” said Real coach Zinedine Zidane.Other group runners-up were Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevilla, two-time former champions Porto and Basel, who have had some fine results against English sides in recent years.First legs will be played on February 13/14 and 20/21, with second legs on March 6/7 and 13/14.The draw for the Europa League last 32 will follow at 1200 GMT.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s midfielder Raheem Sterling (L) and Manchester City’s midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (R) celebrate at the end of the English Premier League football match against Manchester United December 10, 2017NYON, Switzerland, Dec 11 – A record five English clubs will feature in the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League on Monday, amid talk that the Premier League is ready to dominate Europe once again.Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea all progressed from the group stage, making England the first country to have so many sides through to the knockout phase.
Davide Santon 1 Inter Milan are ready to let former Newcastle defender Davide Santon leave the San Siro – putting Crystal Palace on red alert.Current Eagles boss Alan Pardew signed the Italy international whilst in charge of the Magpies back in 2011 and is an admirer of the 24-year-old’s ability to operate in a number of positions.Inter have told both Santon and team-mate Danilo D’Ambrosio that their futures lie away from Serie A and, according to Football Italia, the ex-Toon star is ready to link-up with Pardew again.Although negotiations have yet to take place, Santon, who made 82 Premier League appearances in a four-year spell with the Magpies, wants to give English football another crack.Pardew is reportedly aware of the Italian’s availability and Inter’s willingness to part with the defender – who was once billed as the next Paolo Maldini.Palace could land Santon for around £3m and the player’s future is set to be sorted one way or another before the conclusion of the transfer window.