The names of World Cup record holders are like a roll-call of footballing greats and every four years players such as Pele, Miroslav Klose, Diego Maradona, and Jose Batista must wonder whether their feats will be surpassed.Hold on. Jose Batista? Who’s Jose Batista?If Batista’s name seems out of place alongside the only player to win three World Cups, the highest goalscorer in the tournament’s history, and the man with most appearances as a team captain, then cast your mind back to Mexico 1986.Less than a minute had gone in Uruguay’s final group game against Scotland when the French referee showed Batista a red card for a challenge on Gordon Strachan. Officially timed at 52 seconds, it remains the fastest sending off in World Cup history.“Some people hadn’t even sat down to watch the game and I was already off,” Batista told Reuters.“I went into the dressing room and the kit man asked me what I was doing. I got sent off, I said. He didn’t believe me. How can you have been sent off when they’re still playing the national anthem? He had to look out the dressing room window to see if I was telling the truth.”The truth has followed Batista around ever since but the 56-year old says it does not define him. He was sent off only “three or four times” during a 22-year professional career that included more than 60 goals, not bad for a defender.Now coaching football and tennis at a club in suburban Buenos Aires, Batista is by now tired of the repeated reminders.Sometimes he denies all knowledge and feigns mistaken identity. Sometimes he laughs. Sometimes he says, why don’t you ask me about the goals I scored?He would love for someone to break his record in Russia and free him from this lifetime of notoriety. He is not hopeful.“I don’t think so,” he answered, when asked if his record would ever fall. “Three or four minutes maybe but 52 seconds, I doubt it. It would be great if someone gets sent off that quick and finally this would all be over for me. But that’s the way it is. I wear this like a shirt.”
…can run but it can’t hideNow that President Granger’s back and has announced he’s back in the saddle, what does that say of Moses Nagamootoo’s whining that the PPP was “taking advantage”. Your Eyewitness was always optimistic about the President’s prognosis since the latter is a fella who’s meticulous about his health.It’s clear the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caught early because of his vigilance. Nagamootoo will definitely have to step DOWN in 2020 after his performance (more like “non-performance!) in the Whim LGE!! The LGE proved conclusively that the “dead meat” AFC is like that dead albatross the Ancient Mariner was forced to carry around on his neck! And the PNC must be crying pitifully, “votes, votes; votes everywhere – but not a vote for us”!!But it wasn’t just the miserable turnout in their core constituency that has rattled the PNC – it’s the masterful use of the political space by the PPP in general – and Jagdeo in particular – that has them running around like chickens without heads! Like a veteran heavyweight boxer, the PPP pursued the PNC and AFC in every constituency and showed them – notwithstanding their tag team tactic – they were cornered! The first body blow that doubled up the two erstwhile “coalition” partners was the LGE result.The filing of the no-confidence motion was the uppercut that would’ve knocked them out clean!! So with the political graveyard staring them in the face, the PNC and the AFC have gone into each other’s arms again and are desperately seeking to avoid the inevitable. But as the great Joe Louis once told the challenger Billy Conn, “You can run but you can’t hide”!! The boxing ring, after all, is a finite, enclosed space!And so’s the workings of the no-confidence motion through the labyrinthine parliamentary system!! In the normal course of things, the motion would have been placed on the Notice Paper and approved by the Speaker to go on the Order Paper within 12 days for debate “at the earliest possible occasion”. That’s what happened when the same Nagamootoo brought his no-confidence motion against the PPP with AFC’s Trotman as Speaker and the APNU/AFC having a one-seat advantage.Today, they’re in Government – with the same one-seat majority – and yet they’re trying every which way not to have the motion come on the floor for debate!! The Budget Debate before the vote will just earn the PNC another month or so in Government.They can run…but they can’t hide!!…and no Basil in sight??Was a time when AG Basil Williams, SC, was like his namesake herb – showing up anywhere, something was cooking! In his case, it was in things political. But oh, how low has the mighty fallen since he lost the race for the chair of the PNC to Volda Lawrence! With the President out on sick leave and the rest of the “big ones” – your Eyewitness is being kind to the AFC types! – huddling late at night in homes and at Congress Place press conferences, Basil Williams was nowhere to be seen!!Has he thrown in the towel after the first knockdown? Or is it the knockdown was by a “girl”!! C’mon Williams, man up and show some spunk? Political fights are always fifteen-round affairs…and your defeat was just round one!! Look how Greenidge has come back from Siberia (or was it Amazonia?!) and is in the thick of things!! Even giving assurances that the AFC will be going to the 2020 polls with the PNC!!And you KNOW that ain’t so!!…and “motherland”PNC Minister Annette Ferguson told the international Fly Meet that Guyanese want to connect with the “motherland” Africa, by air.Didn’t our Indigenous People’s come from Asia? Are they supposed to walk back over the Bering Strait?
The Poles, though, may well be boosted by the fact there are serious doubts over whether Czech captain Tomas Rosicky will be fit for the match as he was unable to play in the second-half because of a suspected Achilles tendon problem.Russia, who had their national day celebrations dampened by the draw, just need a point against the Greeks, whose hopes hang by a thread.The Russians looked as if they were well set for the last eight when their young star 21-year-old Alan Dzagoev headed in a first-half goal – his third of the tournament – only for a stunning effort by Polish captain ‘Kuba’ Blaszczykowski in the 57th minute to give the Poles a deserved point.Russia’s coach Dick Advocaat praised Poland for their performance but added he was happy with the point.“Poland played very well tonight being under the risk of losing the chance to win a place in the last eight if they lost,” he said.“Meanwhile, we allowed them to create too many chances in attack.“That means we still need to strengthen our defence. We also played well and scored before the break and had many chances in the second but we missed them all. In general, I’d say the draw is a good result for us,” said the 64-year-old Dutchman.His Polish counterpart Franciszek Smuda was proud of his players, who have only had a series of friendlies to fine tune their preparations.“We’ve played many good matches… in 2011 we started to build a team and it proved that we are improving and playing better and better.“Today’s match proved that we are able to win against the Czechs. Our team sees this chance of being promoted to the knockout phase and we’ll try to do that,” said Smuda, who would not be drawn on whether he would restore Wojciech Szczesny as goalkeeper as he returns from suspension.As for Blaszczykowski it was a case of the enormous character the squad has that always sees them fight to the bitter end.“We have this character and charisma. We’re still in the game, we have two points. We’re tired but we’re happy. We’ll recover and do everything that we can,” he said.Czech coach Michal Bilek praised his players’ ability to cope with the pressure but bemoaned the fact he and veteran striker Milan Baros had been jeered by their supporters.“I know that I am not popular, but what do you want me to do?“For Baros, well he did not deserve that, he has after all scored 41 goals for the national side.“I am sorry that they whistled, because our supporters created a great atmosphere, but that is really pathetic.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000WARSAW, Poland, June 13 – Russia’s hopes of becoming the first side to make it into the Euro 2012 quarter-finals were dashed on Tuesday as co-hosts Poland fought back to draw 1-1 in their Group A clash.With Czech Republic keeping their hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Greece, gaining some revenge for their painful semi-final loss to the Greeks in Euro 2004, it means that the Poles will have to beat the Czechs in their final match on Saturday.
1 Harry Kane Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane is the best striker in the Premier League following his two-goal haul against Bournemouth on Sunday.Kane’s double takes his league tally to 21 goals this season and moves him two ahead of Jamie Vardy and three up on Romelu Lukaku in the hunt for the Golden Boot.The 22-year-old is also only the fifth Englishman to hit 20 goals in consecutive Premier League campaigns, joining Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Robbie Fowler and Andy Cole in achieving the feat.“Is he the best striker in the Premier League? For me, yes. Maybe it’s difficult to say he’s the best, but he’s one of the best,” Pochettino said.“He’s one of the best strikers of a ball and his performance was fantastic today. It was a really good game for him.”After the international break, Tottenham face a challenging run of games, with trips to Liverpool and Stoke coming either side of a home fixture against Manchester United.It could give an opportunity to Leicester to extend their advantage in the title race while Arsenal and Manchester City are 11 and 15 points behind respectively, both with a game in hand.“The gap Leicester have with us, Arsenal and City, we need to reduce,” Pochettino said.“It’s true they have a good advantage but we need to fight and believe. We need to believe.”
“I’m just very honored and very humbled by being in the presence of all these other women who have done so much,” Winn said. “You never think you’re doing all that much. You are just doing what needs to be done.” Winn, 56, a resident of Lancaster, was appointed to the high school board in April 2002 and then elected in November 2003. Winn chaired the successful campaigns to pass Antelope Valley College’s $139 million bond in 2004, the high school district’s $103.6 million bond in 2002, and the Lancaster School District’s $29 million bond in 1999. In 2001, the library at Amargosa Creek Middle School was named at the school’s grand opening for Winn in recognition of the countless hours she has spent volunteering for the Lancaster School District. Although her two children were no longer in the district, Winn still devoted time to school programs and headed the district’s 1999 bond campaign. While the Lancaster district has named schools and facilities in honor of trustees, company CEOs and teachers, never before had it bestowed the honor on a parent. Winn was named the Lancaster district’s top volunteer in 1998 when she received the Golden Apple Award. She also received two PTA awards from Joshua School for outstanding service. At Joshua, where her two daughters attended, Winn was known informally as the Snow Cone Lady, the PTA Lady and the Popcorn Lady. An art minor at college, Winn is painting the solar system across five school buildings spanning a half a block on the north side of Joshua’s campus. In the state Senate, Runner’s husband, Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, named community leader Rita Burleson as Woman of the Year for the 17th Senate District. “Rita Burleson has made significant contributions to our community in the Antelope Valley. I wanted to honor her for her leadership and her tireless efforts,” George Runner said in a statement. Burleson has served on the Antelope Valley Fair board and various committees of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, is a 25-year member of the Alpha Charter Guild of Antelope Valley Hospital, and has been a member of the Antelope Valley Aerospace Task Force and Desert Haven Auction Committee. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 State legislators for 20 years have recognized women from their districts. Winn was escorted onto the Assembly floor and was presented with a resolution by Runner and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife, Maria Shriver, addressed Winn and other honorees in the chamber, describing them as people who think outside the box, color outside the lines and don’t necessarily obey the rules. The group was taken to lunch and also toured the Capitol and was given a reception in the governor’s council room, Runner said. Accompanying Winn on the trip were her husband and two college-age daughters. Winn’s photograph and biography will be posted for the next month in the California Women’s History Museum in Sacramento. LANCASTER – Donita Winn, president of the Antelope Valley Union High School District board and longtime school volunteer, was named Woman of the Year on Monday for the state’s 36th Assembly District. Winn, who was given the honor in Sacramento, was selected by Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, for her commitment to the community and the children of the Antelope Valley. “Her service to the community and the education realm is well-known, starting when her kids were in grade school,” Runner said. “She started to volunteer, was part of the PTA, and helped organize school bonds for both the Lancaster School District and the high school district, and even helped with the (Antelope Valley College) bond. “Her commitment to the community has always been tremendous.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesIt was unclear whether the suspects took anything from the home, White added. – From staff reports NORWALK – A U.S. Army serviceman on leave was shot in the chest early Sunday during an apparent home-invasion robbery, sheriff’s officials said. The incident happened at 7 a.m. in the 12000 block of Achilles Street, said Sgt. Tera White of the sheriff’s Norwalk Station. The victim was shot by one of two masked intruders who forced their way into the residence. White would not identify the victim, only to say that he is a member of the U.S. Army who spent 1
Shane Byrne and Ronnie Whelan are bringing their Celebrity Charity Golf Classic back to Donegal this October. On October 3rd an A-List of celebrities will be joined by local golfers and businessmen and women at the stunning links course on the Sheephaven Bay Peninsula, The Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort in Downings.You just never know who you will play alongside. Its a great boost for the area and also for those teams who get to take part in a fun day of golf and celebrate afterwards with a Buffet dinner and entertainment for guests.It is expected that a list of well-known celebrities will join this duo on October 3rd 2019.This year’s chosen charity is Fighting Blindness Ireland, a patient-led charity with a vision to cure blindness, supporting people living with sight loss and empowering patients.They are the only Irish charity funding research into treatments for sight loss. To date, they have invested over €18 million in more than 100 research and clinical projects. They provide professional counselling and therapeutic services for individuals and families living with vision impairment and blindness.They advocate for equity of access to timely and appropriate diagnosis, healthcare, therapies and support services and, through education and information provision, they work to empower the 247,000 children and adults in Ireland who are blind or visually impaired.Irwin Expert Electrical has been sponsoring this event for a number of years along with Flo Gas and Boc Pix. Declan Irwin is calling out to anyone who would like to take part to either enter a team or sponsor a tee. The craic not to mention the prizes for the winners are amazing.Irwin Expert Electrical are in business for over 40 years, with a showroom based in Letterkenny and another in Buncrana.They are the No. 1 Electrical Retail outlet in the North West and are delighted to be associated with this charity. If you are interested in putting in a team, you can call Gary Keating from GK Events and PR who is the main organiser of this event by calling +353872287541 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.Shane Byrne and Ronnie Whelan to host charity golf tournament in Donegal was last modified: September 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleIt was like any other sporting event, with athletes, cheerleaders and the singing of the National Anthem. But half of the athletes were seniors in wheelchairs. The rest were squirming fifth-graders, sitting on the pavement waiting for the competition to start. For the past 22 years, El Rancho Vista Health Care Center has hosted the Junior-Senior Olympics, which pairs fifth-graders from Valencia Elementary School with seniors from area nursing homes. “It’s a way to expose the kids to the elderly in a non-threatening environment,” said Julia Estrada , El Rancho’s activities director. “And everyone has so much fun.” The children cheered the seniors, who were paired with a student for each of the four events. “We tie this event to our social studies program and teaching about serving the community,” Valencia school Principal Roxane Cicciarelli said. Ruben Ruiz, 9, a gold medal winner in the beanbag toss, said that he had fun visiting the seniors. “It’s a great event. It’s fun and you can dance,” he said, referring to the dancing he and his classmates did between events. Fellow fifth-graders Ashley Conley, 10, and Anissa Sanchez, 9, also enjoyed meeting the seniors. “The kids are beautiful,” said 105-year-old El Rancho resident Maria Duran. She turns 106 next month. And Elvira Ibarra, 71, who won a gold medal for the second year in a row in the toilet paper race for unrolling the paper the fastest, said the children make her feel important. “Their voices make me feel so welcomed and worthy,” said Ibarra, who is blind.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 9/29: Junior/Senior OlympicsPICO RIVERA – Even before the results were tallied and the medals handed out, Gonzalvo Calvillo, 79, was already talking about participating in next year’s El Rancho Vista Health Care Center’s Junior-Senior Olympics. He doesn’t have to train too hard. He earned two medals, both silver, in the basketball and beanbag toss sitting in a wheelchair. Calvillo, a resident of Rio Hondo Convalescent Center, was one of dozens of seniors from area convalescent facilities who took part in the games at Smith Park on Friday. Other participants came from San Gabriel Nursing Home and Riviera Convalescent.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A group of elected officials have backed a plan proposed by the Salton Sea Authority that would both save California’s largest lake and create economic development in the Imperial Valley region. The Salton Sea, a 35-mile-long lake stretching across the Imperial and Riverside county line, faces an uncertain future, largely because of agreements sending water to more populated San Diego. Experts say the lake, already dependent on water flows to balance high salinity, is on a perilous track threatening the health of wildlife and humans in the area. The authority plan would create a recreational portion in the north with habitat areas in the south. A key element would be residential development along the lake. The plan is one of the more expensive options with $5.2 billion for construction and $82 million for annual costs. Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, said Wednesday that he supports the authority’s proposal – one of 10 alternatives identified in a report last week by the state. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“It’s the only one that has a realistic balance of conservation and protection … plus economic opportunity,” said Filner, who added that he is committed to helping find the funds necessary for restoration. Filner said he has spoken with Rep. Mary Bono, R-Palm Springs, who has also expressed support for saving the lake, which was created in 1905 when floodwaters broke through a Colorado River irrigation canal. Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, R-Cathedral City, planned to attend a news conference today at which various state and local elected officials also were expected to announce their support of the authority’s plan. The Salton Sea report by the state departments of Water Resources and Fish and Game was released last week after two years of often intense debate and research. It outlined various solutions to increasing salinity levels, dropping water levels and threats to critical habitat areas at the lake, which is a key North American stopover for several species of migrating birds. The alternatives included various levels of new infrastructure, including dams and berms, with construction costs ranging from $2.3 billion to $5.9 billion. They all featured a reduced lake, various levels of habitat protection and air quality management. State officials have until the end of the year to narrow the list to a single “preferred alternative.”