In San Mamés there are only VIP tickets left to see Barça

first_imgThe quarterfinal Cup match that will take place in San Mamés on Thursday has raised so much expectation in Bilbao that yesterday the tickets put on sale on-line flew in an hour. This included those of 81 rojiblancos members who have given their card to the club for resale. The Bilbao club informed that already Only locations in the Central Ring are available, in the VIP area, so everything indicates that San Mamés can register on Thursday a historic ticket to try to take the lions on a flight to the semifinals of the Cup. Those who want to access the field and have no ticket must pay between 245 and 400 euros. The localities for the public, already sold out, ranged between 30 euros and 140 for the first rows of the Main Tribune.San Mamés has a capacity of 53,289 seats. It is almost impossible to reach one hundred percent of assistance because some partner always fails. The three major entries of the new Cathedral were registered against Real Madrid in the leagues of the 2014-15 seasons (48,437 spectators) and 2016-17 (49,095) and the first meeting of the Champions League group stage of the 17th September 2014 (48,351), before Shakhtar Donetsk. Members do not pay on Thursday.If you want to go to San Mamés and enjoy this live game here you can check the available tickets: See tickets.last_img read more

‘He’s heaven sent’: Alex Cabagnot nothing but grateful to Yeng Guiao for Gilas chance

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “He’s a very soft-spoken guy, a happy-go-lucky guy but when it’s crunch time he does what he does,” said Cabagnot of Desiderio who went for 4-of-20 shooting for 16 points. “He’s assertive and he’s not afraid of the ball and he really does want it.”“He’s trying to carry the whole UP community on his shoulders, I think he did a great job today.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabagnot has long established himself as one of the best point guards in the PBA with seven titles and six All-Star appearances, but was seen as a second fiddle to national team regulars Jayson Castro, LA Tenorio, and Jimmy Alapag.It took until Cabagnot reached 35-years-old for him to become a national team player and he credited Guiao for believing in him despite his age.“I’m 36 in a couple of weeks so I never thought, I felt that God sent coach Yeng to really make a dream come true for me, to be an ambassador of Philippine basketball,” said Cabagnot, who will celebrate his birthday on Dec. 8.As for his job with UP, Cabagnot said he has utmost admiration of senior guard Paul Desiderio.UP’s skipper drilled the game-winning jumper with 6.6 seconds left in the game and it was one field goal that reminded Cabagnot of his many similar clutch baskets in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Atin ‘to: Paul Desiderio etches a legacy of swag in UP Maroons’ lore ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Alex Cabagnot had much to celebrate on an eventful Wednesday evening.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES He witnessed University of the Philippines, where he works as an assistant coach, break its 32-year finals curse and he was also named as one of the 12 players that will lineup for Gilas in the upcoming Fiba window.Cabagnot will play against Kazakhstan in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifier on Nov. 30 at Mall of Asia Arena and the San Miguel point guard had nothing but gratitude to Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao.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 Chriss“Thank you for breaking the news. I feel great, I guess double the blessings, I’m still on a UP high right now,” said Cabagnot who only learned of his inclusion after UP’s 89-87 overtime win against Adamson University in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball Final Four at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I feel like coach Yeng’s a Godsend, a heaven sent, he’s my guardian angel. I never thought in my 13 years of playing that I would don the colors of the flag.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

One world, one human race (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,As this Black History Month, February of 2018, draws to a close in this the fourth year of the UN-proclaimed decade (2015 to 2024) for “People of African Descent”, I hasten to yield to a challenge to write a letter on this subject.We understand without question that the UN proclamation of this decade is directed at speeding the dissipation of the adverse legacies of that historical period of some 250 years, when tens of millions of black Africans were taken as chattel slaves by Europeans of that era, in their global expansion and dominance, to provide enslaved labour for their plantations in their newly discovered and conquered lands of the Americas and the Caribbean.What should be the attitude today of people of African descent to that period of horrible slavery? That period cannot be erased from the history of Mankind, but in time it ought to become a bald fact of history — much as England, along with a great part of Western, Middle and Eastern Europe, unto the borders of Asia and North Africa, were brought under the dominion of Rome; much as we were taught in our Christian Sunday Schools about Moses leading the people of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt.It was his brothers who had sold Joseph into slavery in Egypt, but fortune made Joseph, a slave, the right hand man of Pharaoh, and Joseph’s people were afforded a place of honour through that dynasty. However, as happens in the course of time, in the rise and fall of peoples and nations, there arose a new dynasty of Pharaohs who knew not, and would pay no heed to, the special honoured place of the people of Israel in Egypt, and made them slaves.Slavery has been, it can be argued, one of the most common practices amongst Humankind: making forced servants of conquered people. There is probably no one who does not have a number of enslaved as well as slave-holding persons among his ancestors, but the European slavery of black Africans had a number of particularly pernicious features.During a tour of ancient sites in Greece in 1978 (after a bauxite conference), the tour guide pointed out the columns on which the names of erstwhile slaves were enscribed as they were freed. Most of those slaves were from other Greek city states, who had been on the defeated side in one of their frequent battles. In such circumstances, the fact of having been a slave might be lost within a generation with little, if any, adverse effects.My mind turned to that quote from Alex De Tocquville, “the institution of slavery has disgraced the race, and the physiological peculiarities of the race (have) perpetuated the disgrace”. There was an interesting nuance in a quote from a Brazilian (Iberian) author, “the propensity to discriminate is a function of the degree of separation of the ideals of physiological beauty”. For him, however, the ideal of physiological beauty is the physiology of the conqueror, the winner, the successful – and he argued that Iberian people who had seen black Africans in the conquering Moor armies from North Africa saw beauty in the black African physiology, and were less inclined to discriminate against black Africans as absolutely as northern Europeans, many of whom only knew of black Africans as disgraced chattel slaves.There was a lot unconsciously inherent in that cry, in the 1970s, about Angela Davis, “Bright, Beautiful and Black”.I welcome the work being done to make available a history of black Africa before and beyond that of the land from which captive black African slaves came – the emerging stories of ruling families and kingdoms, and intrigue in black Africa, which would be the match of similar ones from Europe.Yours truly,Samuel A A HindsFormer President andFormer PrimeMinisterlast_img read more

Hopeless state of administration of Georgetown municipality

first_imgDear Editor,It just takes a casual glance at Georgetown’s iconic landmark; the Stabroek Market in its current sorry state, to realise that it mirrors completely the hopeless state of the administration of the Georgetown municipality.At the highest point of this historic structure is a weather vane, wind vane, or weathercock – which ever you want to call it – and which was put there to show citizens the direction and speed of the wind. This does not work.Looking up at the legendary clock so strategically placed in our nation’s capital, and built somewhere between 1880 and 1881, one can see each dial telling a different time, which of course is because the clock is defective and has been so for decades, due to the Council failing to maintain it. More egregious is that more than two years ago, the Council begged a foreign mission and obtained full funding to have the clocks rehabilitated and returned to working order.Regrettably, having received this money, they have failed to fix the clock giving the flimsy excuse that the tower housing the clock needs to be repaired first before the clock could be rehabilitated. Did they not know this before obtaining funds to repair the clock? And why with the passage of more than two years, this modest tower but historical masterpiece could not be repaired? To add insult to injury, they have haphazardly hung a string of lights to further deface the structure and highlight at night, the fact that the clocks are not working. The City Council should be ashamed of itself.Going around to the back of Stabroek Market, one is confronted with the broken-down wharf that collapsed several years ago, and for which the Council has failed to even attempt repairs. Instead they have had a grand plan drawn up for a fancy edifice to be put up, using the Central Government’s sources of funding which really means the VAT and other taxes you and I have to pay to the State. Could the Council say what it is doing with all of the stall rents, vendors’ fees and other municipal taxes that they collect that should be used to maintain municipal markets? I hope it is not wasted on foreign trips.Then there is the act of cultural barbarism, impropriety and venality where the Council’s administration has allowed a vendor to build a two-storied structure that adjoins the North-eastern side of the Stabroek Market structure. This ugly projection which incidentally does not have the approval of the Council, nor the National Trust, blemishes significantly this heritage structure and severely hampers the natural airflow of the market. Why does the Communities Ministry, the Council, the National Trust of Guyana or the Guyana Historical and Research Society not awaken from their slumber, and correct this savagery?Venturing inside this dark, dank, rat infested municipal market more often than not, one is either molested by some urchins who will attempt to sell you stolen items, or alternately try to choke and rob you right under the noses of some unconcerned City Constables.But that aside, one is confronted with a most cluttered, untidy and chaotic market that now houses more than a thousand business persons. Long ago stalls were arranged in neat rows with wide passages that allowed the fire tender to drive all the way from the front to the back of the market in the event of a conflagration. Today not even the fire hose could be stretched from the front to the back of the market.How could we the citizens expect our City Council to manage our capital city when they cannot even manage a simple municipal market. How could we expect Georgetown to advance with such corrupt, incompetent and desperate persons at the helm?Sincerely,Jermain Johnsonlast_img read more