Setién recovers Vidal but loses Piqué

first_imgSetien now has 14 first team players available to prepare for the Cup game – he could not count on the morning training or with Luis Suárez, Ousmane Dembélé, Neto and Gerard Piqué – so he has called eight players from the branch to complete the session: goalkeeper Peña, defenders Morer, Araújo and Monchu, midfielder Riqui Puig and strikers Collado, Fati and Saverio. Face and cross for Quique Setién in this morning’s morning session. The Cantabrian coach was able to recover Arturo Vidal in time for the Copa match against Athletic after overcoming a strong concussion that left him almost a week off the pitch. The midfielder exercised with total normality, a relief no doubt for Setién, especially for the limited number of players he has from the first team. But, on the contrary, he could not count on Gerard Piqué: the central stayed in the gym doing specific work.Evidently, the absence in the training of the Catalan center is a real setback for coach Blaugrana, especially thinking that another of the centrals, Samuel Umtiti, has a pending trial for the same day of the game, so it could not accompany the Blaugran expedition that leaves tomorrow morning to Bilbao but would have to leave on its own after testifying at the trial. A trial, by the way, where he is claimed more than 180,000 euros for alleged vandalism having left his previous home in a very defective state.last_img read more

Do the UNEP and WWF wish to be part of this subterfuge?

first_imgDear Editor,I have noticed a recent release from the Government announcing “Hinterland Consultations on the Green State Development Strategy starts this week”. The release stated that team experts from the GoG’s Department of Environment and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the assistance of the World Wildlife Fund Guianas (WWF), will be holding meetings in Regions 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, and 10 between August 16 and September 12, 2018. The schedule of meetings was listed.It is interesting, when one examines the schedule of meetings, that firstly three townships and one NDC which are not in the interior were included, while certain interior locations were omitted. Secondly, the planners of these meetings seem to be unfamiliar with the geography of Guyana, as meetings are not being coordinated to ensure efficient use of time and money incurred in holding these consultations.However, most interesting is that 8 of the 15 identified communities will be going to the polls on November 12, 2018. One wonders if the UNEP and the WWF are aware that these meetings will be part of the Government’s election campaign strategy for the Local Government Elections.From the media, I am aware that the UNEP has been assisting the Government since July 2017 on the Framework of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) and Financing Mechanism. l am aware that there is a Green State Development Multi-Stakeholder Expert Group, although the members of this body have not been made public. l am aware that the GSDS, much touted by the Government for the last 3 years, is still to be developed, and that US$ 1.5 million of REDD+ money is funding the completion of the GSDS.I am also aware that not one Government Minister has been able, in the National Assembly or in the media, to articulate the Government’s vision of what the GSDS will contain for Guyana and its people. In fact, ask any Minister what is the GSDS, and one gets a lot of “hot air” and generalities. Worse yet, ask the how the GSDS will mesh with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and their eyes gloss over.Having abandoned the Low Carbon Development Strategy of the PPPC Government — which had gone through rigorous consultations and dialogue in every interior community and coastal area over a 2-year period, and was brought to the National Assembly and debated — the Government has, over the last three years, failed to hold any consultation at the community level on its Green State Development Strategy.So the readers must forgive me for being cynical that the timing of these consultations on the GSDS is conveniently coincidental with the upcoming LGE on November 12, to allow the Government to use these consultations to do the PNC election work.Do the UNEP and the WWF wish to be part of this subterfuge? I certainly hope not.Regards,Gail Teixeira, MP,last_img read more

San Marino’s top cop

first_imgSome say Isaacs’ calm demeanor matches that of the affluent city he’s protected since 1980, which, with its philosophy of historic preservation and expansive, stylish homes built more than a half-century ago, still maintains an air reminiscent of a more genteel era. “Gary is a very steady fellow,” said former San Marino Mayor Gene Dryden, a 71-year city resident. “He transmits to the community a sense of confidence in the police department. And you get the feeling the people in his department have confidence in him.” Former Arcadia police Chief Bob Hinig agrees, describing Isaacs as “approachable and personable.” “His heart and soul rest with that department,” he said. “He came up through the organization. His intimate knowledge of the community and the personnel in the department give him the best vantage point for guiding the department.” Unlike many who wear the badge, whose dreams of law enforcement began as children, Isaacs didn’t consider becoming a cop until he was 25, having worked in the grocery business for several years after high school. SAN MARINO – Nearly a decade has passed since the city’s last homicide, according to police Chief Gary Isaacs. It was sometime in the mid-1990s, said Isaacs, struggling to pinpoint an exact date for San Marino’s most recent homicide. In fact, Isaacs, who took over as this city’s top cop a year and a half ago, can list San Marino’s outstanding criminal events of the last generation or so on one hand. “The degree of stability here is very comforting,” said Isaacs, a 27-year veteran of the department. “It’s been stable for decades.” “I went on a ride-along with Baldwin Park officers set up by a family friend,” said Isaacs, sitting in his office at the rear of the community’s police facility, “and I have been in love with the profession ever since.” Isaacs said his parents – a former salesman and a homemaker – still live in the same Covina house where he was raised, adding that the middle-class stability of his childhood defined the calm that now reflects in his demeanor. “My mother was always home when we came home from school,” he said, recalling a childhood in the east San Gabriel Valley city with his lone sibling, an older brother. “That really makes a difference in a child’s life, I think.” After attending the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department academy, Isaacs spent three years as an officer in the Baldwin Park department before transferring to San Marino. Policing a city with a notably low crime rate must be met with an attitude of public service, he said, rather than the cops-and-robbers excitement found in areas with more criminal activity. “When I interview potential officers, I look for that attitude,” Isaacs said. “There must be a desire to protect citizens from crime, but there is a crossover to community service that is necessary.” Isaacs, an avid pilot who has been married to his wife, Susan, for 27 years, has managed to merge his dedication to public service with an interest in piloting. Much of his free time is spent teaching students who’ve received piloting scholarships from a fund he established at Mt. San Antonio College. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 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