Fernando: “Ferran should have been renovated a year ago”

first_img-What effort are you referring to?-I was referring to the fact that if there are difficulties in reaching an agreement on the economic issue, then the player, as he is from here and as I did in his day, still makes a little effort. And he says “I don’t charge the same as I would charge elsewhere but I am at Valencia and I continue playing on my team”. But I don’t know how Ferran feels, I know what I felt and did.-What reasons convinced you to reject important club offers to stay at Valencia?– Paradoxically when people talk about the player Fernando says: “Yes, yes, very good but he did not win any title.” And that’s precisely why I stayed at Valencia. First, because I wanted to play in my team all my sports career; and second and foremost because I wanted to win a title at Valencia. And yet I did not succeed. I didn’t win any title that I could have won at another club … and on top of that I earned less money (laughs). People can criticize me because I did not win any title, but precisely I stayed for that.-You once held Villa or Silva. How they did it?– they are not similar cases to the one of Ferran. Villa and Silva were settled and had very important experiences. They were very influential in the team game. The moment of these two players, in his day, is not comparable with that of Ferran. But it did go a long way to keep them one more season. Finally, Llorente sold them.– the one to return some day to Valencia has discarded it?-It’s not up to me. I don’t think much about Valencia. There have been many occasions when you could have thought of me and it has not been done. I have zero hope of returning to this Valencia. -How have you seen Valencia in this strange season?-The time to do without Marcellin was not the most indicated, although I understood the reasons why it was done. From there, with Celades, the team entered the knockout stages of the Champions League, something they did not do last season; the team has more points than last season at the time LaLiga stopped; The team concedes more goals than it conceded the previous year but remains a team just as difficult to defeat as last season. What will happen from here to the end? I do not know. It is true that this year there are more competitors for the Champions League. There is Atlético, Sevilla, Getafe, Real Sociedad … Valencia is not far from the goal despite the sensations and results of the last matches. In Granada, in the Cup, it was not a badly played game … And the Atalanta tie did taste bad because the team conceded too many goals. This means that things were done wrong. It is also true that presenting an average of eight or nine losses per game is an important handicap for any team.-How do you see the situation of Ferran Torres as difficult?-It is a serious mistake by previous sports managers. That player should have been renewed a year ago. It would have cost you half and right now you wouldn’t have the problem you have to cope with. The player has exploded before starting negotiations to renew. And as it has exploited, it seems normal to me to try to take advantage of its new status at an economic level. It is also true that I, as a Valencian player, would know very badly that this could finally be broken by the economic issue being a player of the house. I think that the player must make a certain effort if he really wants to continue playing in his club. But it is normal that he tries to take advantage of his position because he has become one of the most important players in the team and with the greatest future in Europe. You sure have huge deals on strong teams. I would not agree that he was one of the highest paid players, although he would reach those levels depending on a certain individual and collective performance. I would approach it this way. -Can you think of any solution to end the seasons?-I do not know how it will end because it will depend on the date on which it can be resumed. But if it can’t be resumed, the season has to end with some results. Because next season there will be European competitions, promotions, descents … I speak of First and Second. Already from Second B, Third, Preferred … there if the season cannot end, there being so many teams that can ascend and descend, I think that in those categories we would have to take the English example: to end the season the year without final results. That is, the same teams that started this season, start next season. For First and Second, the fairest thing would be to consider the classification of the first round good, because they would all have played once against them. It is fairer than ending the season as it is now.-Today the players continue to train at home and with careful food. What would this have been like in your time?– It would have been similar but without the technical advances of now. Now there are programs in which you have all the players on a screen and you direct them to what they have to do. In my time there was a phone and I suppose they would have sent us everything on paper, like when they gave you the preseason exercises.-How do you think this will affect the next market?-I can’t find a direct relationship regarding how much players are going to be worth in this market. Neither in the aspect of the decision. I don’t think a player was going to be signed because of what you would have seen in these remaining games. If you, by now, are already clear about the footballers you want to incorporate, it will depend on the negotiations. It can be advanced via email or telephone. If the season ends in any way, the new season will begin. I don’t understand why players have to be worth more or less. Perhaps not so high expenditures will be made but I do not think that it influences much in the value of the purchase and sale of the soccer players.center_img -How do you see this crisis?-It seems like this is going to last longer than we thought. It is possible that the increase in infected people is stabilizing, but more than 600 deaths every day is outrageous. This does not look like a sudden fix. However, you always look at the horizon with optimism and think that by the end of April, the beginning of May, we can start this return to normality. This would be a consequence of an improvement in the numbers of infected and deceased.-And football, how important is it in this situation?-Football has been one of the most influenced sectors because there are thousands of people who go to stadiums to see the show. And that had to be avoided. First some games were played behind closed doors but being a non-essential sector, it was normal to go into this inactivity waiting for things to return to their course. First it will be the footballers who can return to their training and, little by little, I suppose we will return to play, surely behind closed doors, and then, perhaps for the next League, we can go to the stadiums. Like everything, football will return to normal.Do you think that the footballer is more or less committed to society today?-The athletes who earn a significant amount of money are almost always in solidarity and are with society in any problems that may arise. We are talking about very high wages. Footballers with lower wages are more difficult to show solidarity. It is normal for a soccer player who has not had an ERTE to accept the possibility of collecting a percentage of their salary, to benefit the club and to ensure the salary of the rest of the entity’s employees.– In your time there would have been problems for the players to lower their salaries in such a situation?– In our time, the dialogue with the club would have been maintained and the best solution would have been reached. We would have agreed to a reduction of some percent.-There is talk of soccer players downloading payrolls that charge millions of euros. And those of Second B and Third who live almost daily?-Those guys can’t make the sacrifice that people who charge a lot more money can do. There are some who are married and with children, in Segunda B, earning 2,000 euros a month or 1,500, living away from home … In this case, the clubs will not be able to have so much trouble paying their salary because the ticket offices will be a minimum percentage of club income.last_img read more

TOBA yearling sale, inaugural dinner this weekend

first_imgA total of 158 lots will be offered in the annual Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association of Jamaica (TOBA) yearling sale to be held in the official car park at Caymanas Park on Sunday, November 15, starting at 10 a.m.Lots are available for inspection at 8 a.m., and the accepted opening bid for any lot shall not be less than J$100,000.Prompted by TOBA for the umpteenth year, the sale usually attracts a significant number of buyers from the Eastern Caribbean, notably Trinidad and Tobago.In the past decade, the Trinidadians have been responsible for a number of record-priced yearlings with a view to racing them in Trinidad. Some have become champions, notably two-time ‘T & T Horse of the Year’ BIGMAN IN TOWN, who raced here early in his three-year-old career before he was shipped off to Trinidad by his high-profile owner, Baskaran Basswah. The rest is history.Yearlings from some of the island’s leading stud farms and from private breeders will be on show. They include leading stud farms such as HAM Stables Limited, Everglades Farms Limited, Orange Valley Estates, Lakeland Farms, Spring Park Stud Farm, Y.S. (1955) Limited, New Blue, and Argyll Farms.record priceLast year, a chestnut colt by Performing Magic out of Sea Treaty, bred by Everglades and purchased by noted Trinidadian owner Vishan Ali, fetched the record price of $4 million, surpassing the previous record of $3.8 million paid for BALLON D’OR in 2013.Meanwhile, TOBA and the Breeders Association of Jamaica, in association with Driveline Enterprises, has joined hands to host the inaugural pre-yearling sale awards dinner tonight at Jade Gardens, Sovereign Centre, starting at 7 p.m. Contribution is $5,000.- O.C.last_img read more

Grange endorses Guardian 5K Night Runs

first_imgKINGSTON: Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has lauded the work being done by the Guardian Group through its Keep It Alive 5K Night Runs, which takes place in Kingston and Montego Bay on November 5 and 12, respectively. “I am very impressed with what you’ve been able to achieve with these races. Since 2014, you’ve raised 22 million dollars to assist health care in our country, particularly hospitals. I commend you for providing this opportunity for our people to participate in a fulfilling, enjoyable and healthy event,” said Grange at yesterday’s launch at Guardian Life’s headquarters in New Kingston. According to the minister, the races fit into the ministry’s programme to increase the number of Jamaicans participating in sports as part of efforts to encourage a culture of physical fitness. “We want to see more people, at every age, playing sports. The more active we are, the healthier we will be,” the minister added. According to Grange, the ministry and Guardian Group have been “working well together in the implementation of the Jamaica Athletes’ Insurance Plan”. More than 1,200 of the country’s athletes across various disciplines are covered under the plan.last_img read more

BYC ‘Buys’ Nimba County’s Two Strikers

first_imgCounty Meet’s current highest goal scorer, potent striker Sam Jackson and versatile player Sartee Nimely of Nimba County are expected to move to 2nd division champions, FC BYC II.The duo, who are plying their trades with 3rd division Capitol Hill FC have already been signed, according to an official of the Barrack Young Controller (BYC) Incorporated, who begged to be anonymous.The source said BYC Board Chairman Robert A. Sirleaf, owing to a recommendation from President Sekou Konneh and officials of BYC, has already paid US$1,000 as ‘Transfer and Signature Fees”  and modalities for the tranfer have been concluded.Striker Jackson, 16, scored against Gbarpolu in Greenville, Sinoe County, during the preliminmary stage.  Jackson netted his 3rd goal in their 2-1 win Sunday against Grand Kru County.  Prince Chappy increased the tally, while Togar Gayflor got the consolation. Nimba’s win qualified them for the semifinals against Grand Gedeh, who pinned 10-man Lofa County, 3-1 in a lottery shot.At the end of the Nimba-Grand Kru’s game, the organizing committee awarded a football, with the flags of the 15 Counties to Jackson as the ‘Best Player of the Game,’ and it was present  by Liberia’s former celebrated star, James Salinsa Debbah.Player Sartee Nimely,  17, was instrumental  for Nimba County to top Group IV,  with 9 points, winning all their games.When contacted players Jackson and Nimely, in brief remarks expressed satisfaction in joining the ‘The Blues.’“We have contacted and signed and we are going to FC BYC,” the duo said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wealth Fund must directly address needs of Guyanese – US Ambassador

first_img…urges inclusionary approach with civil societyThe Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), which has been renamed the Natural Resource Fund, has to be formulated with the specific objective of addressing the needs of all Guyanese.This is the view of United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway. In an op-ed on Monday, the diplomat noted that education, agriculture, security and health were just a few of the areas of expenditure Government must concentrate on.“Let us be clear.  When I speak of a Sovereign Wealth Fund, I am talking about aUS Ambassador Perry Hollowayfund that will immediately begin to invest in education, health, infrastructure, agriculture, and security.“I am referring to a concerted effort by all stakeholders to start a continuous conversation on how best to implement fiscal plans that directly address the needs of all Guyanese now.  The urgency cannot be understated.”Holloway noted that difficult decisions would have to be made regarding managing the Fund and even on the question of future concessional borrowing. But he said that developing a comprehensive fund structure would ultimately pay off.“The development of a comprehensive sovereign wealth fund is the opportunity Guyana has been expecting to leverage the prosperity of the future into the development of the present.”“It is the right call and sends the right message to the Guyanese people and international donors and investors alike, that, above all else, Guyana is ready to come to the table with a plan that puts long-term, sustainable fiscal planning at the service of today’s progress, while protecting tomorrow’s future. “Noting that Guyana was “poised to be a very rich country for this region”, Holloway was optimistic about the country’s financial future. He urged politicians to use the chance to get the framework right when many other countries have not.“The input of the Guyanese people into the process will be instrumental to ensure the appropriate funds and mechanisms are in place to protect prosperity and pave a pathway to long-term growth.  Ultimately, that is what will mark success, not a specific type of fund, although excellent examples exist, but a fund that builds on a future aligned with prosperity and hope.”Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Finance Minister Winston Jordan have been on trips to countries like Uganda to examine their SWF structure.Uganda, which found oil in 2006, is also expected to start production around the same time as Guyana.Trotman had spoken of consideration being given to establishing three sub-funds within the SWF. Those sub-funds – the Stabilisation Fund, Infrastructure and Social Development Fund and Citizens Participation Fund – are all expected to complement each other.But despite promises from the Government that the SWF policy would have been presented in the National Assembly and debated in 2016, this is yet to happen.last_img read more

Linden security guard raped while on duty at nursery school

first_imgA 57-year-old female security guard attached to the Linden Security Services was allegedly raped while on duty at a nursery school in Mackenzie, Linden, Region 10.Reports are that the mother of two had made a security check of the premises at about 02:30h. She reportedly told investigators that after making the check, a male approached and started banging on the door of the guard hut in which she was housed at the time.She said she refused to open the door, but the man removed a few louvre panes from the hut and entered. He then held on to her and sexually assaulted her.“When I look around to look at him, he chucked my face in front and tell me not to look”, the woman said.She said the perpetrator appeared to be a young man in his late twenties or early thirties.After committing the act, the man escaped with her cellular phone.The traumatised woman told this publication she related what had occurred to a visiting security sergeant from the guard service, and asked that a report be made at the Linden Police Station. She said the Police arrived and took her to the Linden Hospital Complex, where a medical examination was conducted.The woman said she was granted seven days’ paid leave by the security company to deal with the trauma, and was informed that she would be placed at another location.According to the victim, she has been a security guard since 1994, but has worked with this security company since it took over from Home Safe Security on February 1.She is admonishing managers of security firms to pay more attention to the welfare of their female employees. According to her, there have been complaints from female guards regarding men visiting sites and making inappropriate sexual advances to female guards. She noted that requests has also been made for male guards to work alongside their female counterparts, or for more than one person to be on site, but these calls have gone unheeded.last_img read more

Teen hospitalised after mistakenly drinking acid

first_imgAn 18-year-old is currently hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) after she reportedly drank acetic acid by mistake.The incident occurred at about 11:00h in a stall at the Merriam Mall, Bourda, where Danielle Haley, a resident of the Joshua House, usually assist the owner with her craft business.According to the stall owner, Angela Robertson, she was at her business place with Haley, when the teenager asked her for some water as she was thirsty. The young woman subsequently picked up a light blue plastic bottle that was on a counter top and drank some of its contents, which happened to be acetic acid.Haley was immediately rushed to the GPHC, where she received medical attention and has been admitted a patient at the female medical ward.The matter was reported to the Police by the businesswoman and investigators have since questioned several persons.Moreover, the Police said the teenager was unable to give her statement.Nevertheless, further investigations are in progress.last_img read more

Carter Center urges political agreement for early election

first_imgThe full statement from Carter Center reads as follows:A Carter Center delegation led by Jason J Carter, Chairman of the Carter Center’s Board of Trustees, has been in Guyana this week, meeting with key stakeholders to learn about the current challenges facing Guyana and to assess whether the Center could assist Guyanese going forward. The Center’s visit comes at a critical moment. Guyana could move into a time of constitutional uncertainty after March 22, which marks the end of a three-month period following a contested vote of no confidence and the deadline to hold elections, unless there is a political agreement about the way forward and either a National Assembly vote or a court decision to approve an extension of the electoral timeline. From its conversations with senior political leaders on both sides, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Secretariat and Commissioners, and a variety of other stakeholders, the Carter Center provides the following comments: * President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo have a shared desire to have elections in the shortest possible time, consistent with law and pending judicial decisions. * Because March 21, 2019, is a national holiday, under Guyana’s Interpretation and General Clauses Act, the constitutional three-month period following the no-confidence vote would expire on the following day, March 22, 2019.* The Carter Center reiterates its support for Guyana and urges all sides to find an agreed-upon way forward to establish an early election date. The Carter Center hopes the National Assembly is able to convene no later than March 22 to authorise an extension of the election timeline and to avoid a period of constitutional uncertainty. * GECOM Commissioners recognise that the current voters list is “bloated.” A primary concern is the likely inclusion of significant numbers of Guyanese living overseas. GECOM Commissioners hold different views about whether or not to conduct a new house-to-house registration exercise to address this concern.* GECOM’s chief electoral officer has prepared various scenarios for election timelines, and in the event that a new house-to-house registration is not required, elections could be organised in July or August. Conducting a new house-to-house registration would mean an election would not be possible until late November.* Given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the vote of no confidence and the constitutional requirement for early elections, there are several steps that could be considered to try to mitigate concerns about the voters list while scheduling elections as early as possible, including:o Using data from the Ministry of Immigration, GECOM could prepare a reference list of Guyanese who are currently overseas (for three months or longer) and also included on the voter registration list. The voters on the reference list would not be removed from the registration list (other than through already existing legal procedures like, for example, the claims and objections process). But the reference list would be made available to party agents and scrutineers to facilitate enhanced review of these names during the electoral process, both during the claims and objections period and on Election Day, serving as a deterrent to multiple or substitute voting. o The reference list would supplement safeguards already in place in Guyana’s electoral administration to protect against multiple voting. As The Carter Center has recognised in the past, Guyana’s existing safeguards are strong and consistent with international standards for democratic elections. o In addition, GECOM could consider providing resources to expand the number of political party agents and scrutineers who can monitor the electoral process before, during, and after Election Day. These efforts could be complemented by a strong presence of international observers and domestic citizen observers to enhance transparency. * The Carter Center is aware of pending decisions from the Court of Appeal and that these decisions may be appealed to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). In the event that final court rulings invalidate the vote of no confidence, elections would not need to be held this year. Prior to the delegation’s visit, former US President Jimmy Carter spoke with President Granger and Opposition Leader Jagdeo, both of whom indicated they would welcome a Carter Center team. The delegation is led by Jason J Carter, President Carter’s grandson and Chairman of the Carter Center’s Board of Trustees, and includes David Carroll and Brett Lacy of the Center’s Democracy Programme.last_img read more

Tang takes Sunday evening race

first_imgTang’s win was determined by inches, as he and five other racers were neck-and-neck down the home stretch, with all five racers completing the course at 1:23:24.Second place went to Trevor McDonell, with third going to Pat Ferris and Chris Haugan at fourth.It’s a busy upcoming week for the Fort St. John cycling club. Wednesday, the Club will race in another Cactus mountain bike race, which will begin at 7 p.m. Then Thursday, racers will take part in a Baldonnel time trial, followed by a Cactus mountain bike race on Sunday.- Advertisement -For more information on the Blizzard Bike Club or any of its upcoming events, visit the Club’s official website.last_img read more

Tyler Stadnik wins Peace Country Championship

first_imgComing in second place was Kevin Shaw as he finished with a time of 1:51:00. Third was Matt Ellis in 1:55:57.Fourth place went to Roger St. Jean. He edged Darren Guliov as they finished with times of 1:58:01, and 1:58:03 respectively. Davide Loro was sixth, seventh place went to Sam Keats, and eighth place was Dawit Feyissa.- Advertisement –last_img