Manuel, Alaska send TNT to 1st loss

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Alaska seemingly couldn’t do anything wrong and dealt TNT its first loss, 110-100, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Ynares Center here.Vic Manuel was feeling it once again, tallying a new career-high 29 points to go with 12 rebounds as the Aces cruised to their third straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film TNT 100 — Castro 18, Romeo 17, Tyler 16, Rosario 15, Cruz 10, Pogoy 9, Semerad 5, Trollano 5, Reyes 3, Paredes 2, Carey 0, Garcia 0, Golla 0, Saitanan 0.Quarters: 34-26, 59-43, 85-67, 110-100.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pocari-Air Force earns first win at expense of BanKo MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “Sometimes, he’s like our import,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton of his tireless forward. “He made the buckets today that gave the guys some rest. He was huge.”Antonio Campbell also got 23 points, 20 boards, and three assists for Alaska, which gained a share of the early lead in the standings at 3-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBehind Manuel and Campbell, the Aces slowly pulled away in the first half, erecting a 59-43 lead that ballooned to 25, 92-67, with a floater from Manuel at the 10:46 mark of the fourth quarter.Calvin Abueva also had an all-around game with his nine points, nine rebounds, three steals, three blocks, and two assists off the bench, while JVee Casio got 10. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Alaska was buoyed by an efficient 47 percent shooting from the field and didn’t hesitate on sharing the rock, dishing out 25 games in the contest.TNT did threaten to make a late run behind Jayson Castro and Jericho Cruz, but the KaTropa just ran out of time.Castro unloaded 18 points, six assists, and five rebounds, while Terrence Romeo had 17 points, eight assists, and four boards in the defeat as TNT fell to 3-1.The scores:ALASKA 110 — Manuel 29, Campbell 23, Casio 10, Abueva 9, Banchero 8, Racal 8, Enciso 7, Magat 7, Thoss 5, Teng 4, Baclao 0, Exciminiano 0, Potts 0.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Sick Malaysian badminton star out of World Championships, Asian Games

first_imgMOST READ The week-long World Championships in Nanjing, China, begin on Monday while the Asian Games in Indonesia are from August 18 to September 2.“(Lee) is unwell and suffering from a respiratory-related disorder,” the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) said in a statement. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“For the time being, he cannot undergo any intensive physical activity for a period of at least one month and therefore we have to withdraw Lee from his participation at the BWF World Championships… and the Asian Games.” BAM did not give any further details about the three-time Olympic silver medallist’s illness. Speculation had been mounting over the past week about the 35-year-old’s health after he failed to show up for training.The development is a blow for the former world number one, who has never won gold at either the World Championships or the Asian Games during a stellar 17-year career.His achievements this year include winning the men’s singles gold at the Commonwealth Games and clinching his 12th Malaysian Open title.BAM president Norza Zakaria said he had met Lee and supports his decision to rest. “We do not want the pressure of competition to impose a toll on his health. We look forward to his return to competition, he told AFP.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia hits a return against Kento Momota of Japan during their men singles semi-final match at the Indonesia Open badminton tournament in Jakarta on July 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYOMalaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei has pulled out of the World Championships and Asian Games because of a respiratory illness, officials said Wednesday, after a gruelling schedule in recent months. The world number two has been advised to rest and undergo treatment after competing in nine tournaments so far this year.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Chinese baseball team takes over Texas minor league club In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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 View commentslast_img read more

Man City tops list of FIFA payments for World Cup players

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments MOST READ Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Bournemouth at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)ZURICH — Manchester City is at the top of the FIFA list of clubs receiving payments from World Cup revenues for releasing players for national team duty in Russia.FIFA says Man City will get $5 million from the total fund of $209 million.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 LATEST STORIES Real Madrid is next with more than $4.8 million and Tottenham is third with almost $4.4 million.FIFA says 416 clubs from 63 different countries qualified for payments.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 ChrissThe money was paid at a daily rate of $8,530 for each of the 736 players selected.FIFA will also pay $209 million to clubs for releasing players for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The project started in 2010 with a $40 million fund, and increased to $70 million at the 2014 World Cup. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Sobrang bitin’: Brief Gilas stint leaves Arwind Santos wanting for morelast_img read more


first_imgEach year, the International day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. This year, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, in light of the occurring of the deadliest outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in our midst, has decided to devote an entire week to heightening awareness on the ideals of peace and to the containment of the EVD in peace time.Against this background, MOP-Liberia launched, on Monday, 15 September its week-long activities with meditation, reflection and peace education at the Newport Street Mosque in Monrovia and panel discussions amongst our volunteer peace messengers on SKY FM 107.0, Radio Veritas FM 97.8, and an Intercessory Service for Peace with the ringing of a peace bell, Peace Wave, and candle light for peace at the Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church on Broad Street Sunday September 21 at 10 a.m. The international theme for this year is the general assembly declaration on the “Right of Peoples to Peace” and at the local level, our theme is “Ebola Is not A Precursor for Violence.”MOP-Liberia would continue along the lines of its educational outreach programs to faith-based organizations, community groups and youths. To preserve the gains made in the decade of unbroken peace, we must unite to defeat EVD. As young people we must not allow the outbreak of Ebola be a precursor for violence. It’s a tough time in the world already.According to the UN Secretary General, “the world is facing multiple crises. Each has its own dynamics, and requires ties own approach.” Violence continues in Syria, Iraq, Mali, Ukraine, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. We have flooding in India and Pakistan. There is an unprecedented outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.We would not allow these issues to define us as human and together, we will address the prevailing conditions that tend to divide us. We need to act decisively and the International Day of Peace provides us a great opportunity for sober reflection. It is essential to keep at the front burner the protection of public health. It is very important that our leadership show solidarity to national peace necessary to control the spread of Ebola.We welcome the momentum of international consensus to act against the serious threat to our regional peace and development and we take this opportunity to call on our national leaders to unite in the fight against EVD. We should avoid in the media disparaging remarks that would derail global efforts to prevent and control EVD in Liberia. The cost and the suffering of our people continue to grow exponentially.  The price tag for the prevention and control of Ebola virus is now a billion dollars. No one needs the money; all we need is for EVD to be eradicated from this nation.We also need to uphold human dignity and respect for the rule of law in our country to defeat poverty, increase access to basic social amenities and respond to the fight against EVD. We should take this opportunity to dispel rumors, calm nerves and fears, alleviate suffering and build trust and confidence in Government and health systems. Peace and human security are essential ingredients for social progress and sustainable human development.The messenger of Peace- Liberia invites all organizations and people to commemorate the week of peace through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.We would like to take this opportunity to thank our traditional sponsors, Daily Observer, UNMIL Public Information Section, Liberia Peace Building Office, the Catholic Church, Council of Churches, Muslim Congress, Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism as well as The Carter Center.Our message to fellow Liberians as we commemorate the International Day of Peace is best captured in the preamble of the constitution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), where it mentioned that “since wars begin in the minds ofmen, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed, that a peace based exclusively upon the political and economic arrangements of Governments would not be a peace which could secure the unanimous lasting and sincere support of the peoples of the world, and that the peace must therefore be founded, if this is not to fail upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind”Until next week, when we would bring to you ongoing dialogue among peace messengers, Peace first. Peace above all else. May Peace Prevail on earth!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pastor Denies Chewing Neighbor’s Wife Nose

first_imgEdward K. Weah, the pastor on trial for allegedly using his tooth to cut piece of the nose of a neighbor’s wife, took the witness stand on Monday and denied the allegation.Defendant Weah is the senior pastor of Christ the King Church, in the Voice of America (VOA) community, on the Robertsfield’s Highway.He and his wife, Marthaline Weah were indicted by the government with the commission of the crime aggravated assault, after Madam Lucia Garmai  Oberly claimed she was beaten and the defendant used his tooth to cut piece of her nose.However, testifying as the  defense team’s first witness at Criminal Court ‘A,’ Defendant Weah admitted fighting Madam Oberly, stressing that he did it in self defense.“I did not bite her nose.  I fought back after Garmai and her children engaged me in a serious tussle. Both of us got wounded badly and the community advised each of us to treat our wounds,” Pastor Weah told the court.“After I slipped and felt, Garmai and her brothers sat over me and they began to beat and I struggled to free myself,” Defendant Weah further alleged.In his testimony, Pastor Weah alleged that the incident happened on May 16, after his school’s teachers prevented two of Garmai’s children, Emmanuel Peters and Emmanuel Cooper from entering their classes.He said, the reason was that they came to school late that morning.“When they were stopped from entering their classes, Emmanuel Peters, the younger boy, attempted sneaking his way into his class. He was immediately stopped by my wife, Mother Weah,” Weah explained.When Peters was prevented from entering the class, his older brother, Emmanuel Cooper began to abuse my wife, claiming “my wife touched him during the process.”He also quoted Cooper by saying, “This woman is ready again to act stupid. The other day, we were at the church and she pushed me again. Today I will not allow her act  stupid this time. I will deal with this foolish woman.”“While he was still using abusive language on the school’s campus,” defendant Weah further alleged, “I decided to ask him, what was happening?”“I also asked him, what he was depending on to abuse my wife.”After that Pastor Weah explained that he was advised by some of his teachers to leave the boy and he did.“While on my way home, I met Garmai and she asked me what I said to her children. And, I explained everything to her; I even referred her to one of my teachers to confirm what I have explained to her.”The defense first witness added, “She came back to me and told me that the remarked I made against her children was sarcastic and I was not a good Pastor.”The defendant claimed that he replied Garmai by saying, “I will not allow you approaching me like this anymore.”That response, Pastor Weah claimed, annoyed Garmai to the extent that she began to demand him to immediately give her the children’s school’s documents.“I told her that I was not going to give her the documents. Then she started abusing me,” he further alleged.He also quoted some of Garmai’s insulting words like “dirty man, witchcraft pastor and witchcraft church. Today, I will breakdown your church and school and your wife is a prostitute.”“After she used this abusive language, my wife replied and said that she was one of those disgraced women in the community who was in the habit of running away from her creditors.”Following those exchanges, defendant Weah alleged that Garmai instructed her children to abuse Mother Weah and him.After that I was advised to leave the school’s campus and I did.“When I returned in the evening, Garmai and her children again came back to my yard and they started insulting me and my family.  I came outside and asked them to leave my premises,” defendant Weah told the court.In the process, Pastor Weah further alleged that “one of her sons, Emmanuel Cooper,  punched me on my face.  By  the time I came to myself, I saw myself on the ground. Immediately, Garmai and her children came over me and they started beating me. But, I struggled and freed myself from their hands.”“It was during the fight that both of us sustained serious injured and we were advised by members of our community to treat ourselves,” Pastor Weah further alleged.The case continues tomorrow with the defense team producing witnesses to testify. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MPs cannot make requests for booze – House Clerk

first_imgWhile the debate continues over whether in fact alcohol is served to Guyana’s legislators on a regular basis or on special occasions, Clerk to the Parliament, Sherlock Isaacs has denied any knowledge of requests made by Members of Parliament (MPs) for alcoholic beverages.Isaacs, who is currently on leave, told Guyana Times on Tuesday that an MPs requesting a drink at the VIP Longue of the Parliament has not happened before and will not be tolerated. He claimed that he is unaware of any situation where an MP requested an alcoholic drink and got one.He reminded that MPs only indulge in the drinking of alcohol at special occasions in cases where there is a party or one organised by the Parliament. Isaac said he cannot recall at any time where alcohol was served outside of those occasions orClerk to the Parliament, Sherlock Isaacsfor any other reason.However, sources have claimed that alcohol have been served to MPs without a special occasion. In fact, the source alleged that during one occasion, two MPs were even engaged in imbibing with Parliament staff which ended in the whey hours of the morning.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes in defending the Government denied that alcoholic beverages are served at Parliament. She said the whopping $700,000 food bill for every sitting is justified in the number of persons catered for.Hughes said that just over 300 persons eat at every sitting of the National Assembly. That works out to be $2200 (US$11) per person. Among that 300 persons would be the MPs, 65 of them; 40 media workers; 115 Parliament staffers; drivers and medical personnel.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has suggested that free alcoholic beverages should no longer be served at Parliament. He made this statement after he was asked to comment on the large spending on food at Parliament. According to him, this may reduce the spending.“It’s not just food. It’s a huge amount of alcohol that gets consumed and imbibed in the Parliament … fancy, fancy liquor,” he said, explaining that this comes at the expense of taxpayers.Jagdeo made it clear that he is not opposed to having food served to legislators, but he believes that alcohol should not be an option nor should it be on the menu at Parliament. He claimed that Opposition parliamentarians also did not indulge in consuming the alcohol but did eat the food.“They do eat. We eat. I eat the food. What do you suggest? I don’t go and eat the food? … I eat the food, but I don’t drink the liquor,” the Opposition Leader said.He has recommended that parliamentarians buy their own alcohol if they wish to drink when they meet for sittings of the National Assembly.“We should buy our own alcohol in Parliament. Put a canteen there and let somebody sell it and if an MP wants, let them do that, but not to have taxpayers pay for our drinking bills. Buy your own liquor!”Isaacs recently disclosed that $700,000 was spent for each sitting of Parliament. If committee meetings are to be included, it means almost $80 million would have been spent in the last three years alone overall on food.But besides the high food bill, Jagdeo, a former President, argued that the dietary expenditure has increased tremendously under the coalition Administration.last_img read more

Come clean! Jagdeo urges Patterson

first_imgUS0M airport deal… calls Ministry a ‘black hole’ for public fundsPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson is being challenged to come clean with the public regarding the changes the Administration would have made with regards to the scope of works for US$150 million expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe challenge was issued by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who this past week told media operatives that the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration has in fact reduced the size of the facility – to be built at the original price.Jagdeo told media operatives that according to the information supplied to him, the Government when it amended the contract with China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), substantially reduced the size of the new terminal building.He suggested that Government may very well want to disguise the variations by including the total square footage of works to be done in the rehabilitation of the old facility.As such, Jagdeo has called on the Minister to provide to the nation a disaggregated scope of works. Jagdeo said the original plan was to tear down the existing facility and to construct a brand new terminal but the current Administration has since changed this.According to the Opposition Leader, the information being sought is imperative in light of the recent Auditor General’s report for 2015, which Jagdeo said outlines the Ministry as being a black hole for public funds.That report was highly critical of the operations of the Public Infrastructure Ministry which was found to be in the habit of making multiple advance payments to contractors in breach of stipulated contractual obligations and has been unable to recover the hundreds of millions of dollars paid for works not completed or abandoned altogether.It was documented that as it relates to the road works to be undertaken between La Bonne Intention (LBI) and Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD), not only was the contractor overpaid and the Ministry still unable to recover its monies, but it was found that the contractor had, in fact, received three advance payments in contravention of the contract agreement.The Auditor General, Deodat Sharma, also found that a physical verification check carried out on that project revealed that while there were variations made to the original scope of works, it appeared that the site was in fact abandoned, “with no equipment or personnel from the contractor on site”.The three advance payments totalled $264.1 million, which represents 76 per cent of the contract sum.The contract, however, “only allows for an advance payment of 50 per cent… This is a breach of contract where the contractor was paid advances greater than that which is allowed for under the contract.”Compounding the situation further, Sharma found that at the time of reporting, a valuation of the works completed was $157.7 million; “however, the actual payments made to the contractor totalled $278.3 million.”As such, the Auditor General concluded that the contractor received excess payments totalling $120.6 million.Auditor General Sharma found too that with regard to road works to be undertaken between Beterverwagting and Triumph, ECD, at the time of reporting, the works were incomplete and the site appeared to be abandoned.Sharma has since managed to deduce that the contractor, in this instance, also received three advance payments, this time totalling $209.6 million, representing 65 per cent of the contract sum.This situation persisted, despite the fact that the contract only allowed for an advance payment of 50 per cent.“This is a breach of contract where the contractor was paid advances greater than that which is allowed for under the contract,” Sharma stated.Sharma said too in his report that at the time of reporting, a valuation of the works completed put their value at $77 million.As such, “the contractor received excess payments totalling $132.6 million at the time of the physical verification.”last_img read more

Gerrard: Liverpool didn’t deserve to progress in Champions League

first_img Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard 1 Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admitted the team can have no complaints over their Champions League elimination following a 1-1 draw with Basel in their final Group B clash.The ten-man Reds crashed out of Europe’s top competition at Anfield on Tuesday night despite Steven Gerrard’s stunning late equaliser, cancelling out Fabian Frei’s opener, and a flurry of late chances for the hosts.The result means the Swiss champions booked their place in the last-16, while Brendan Rodgers side will make do with a spot in the Europa League for the remainder of the season.It was a disappointing return to the Champions League following a five-year absence – winning just once, drawing two and losing three – and, asked if Liverpool had deserved better from their campaign, a brutally honest Gerrard said: “No.“We haven’t gone out of the competition because of our performance tonight, we’ve gone out because away at Basel we weren’t good enough, and in our last game [a 2-2 draw with Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets] we conceded a stupid goal towards injury time.“You always qualify over the six games and unfortunately we haven’t been good enough.”After finding themselves a goal down after 25 minutes through Frei’s clinical strike, the Reds were given a mountain to climb when half-time substitute Lazar Markovic was harshly sent off after just 15 minutes on the pitch.Manager Brendan Rodgers slammed the ‘awful’ decision, and Gerrard acknowledged the red card proved a key moment in the must-win game.The skipper told ITV: “We knew if we were still in the game with 20, 25 [minutes] to go, if we could get that goal it would have been hell for Basel.“Unfortunately we just never had enough energy, enough legs in the last 15, 20, because the referee has sent him off.“I haven’t seen the incident, but I’m told it was very harsh.”Liverpool, without the injured Daniel Sturridge, have struggled for goals this term.Gerrard added: “What’s crucial is that we try and get our main striker back who is capable of getting us the goals to get us into the top four.“We need to try and get Mario Balotelli back firing as well. If we can get goals in the team it gives us a better chance, but at the moment it’s a bit of a roller coaster, it’s tough.”last_img read more

Barcelona forward not ruling out Liverpool move

first_img Luis Suarez Luis Suarez has revealed he would only be interested in a Barclays Premier League return if it was with Liverpool.The Uruguay striker left Anfield for Barcelona in the summer of 2014, months after Manchester City pipped the Reds to the Premier League title.Since then the 29-year-old has struck up a formidable partnership alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar at the Nou Camp – winning the Primera Division, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League in his first season in Spain.Suarez was idolised by the red half of Merseyside during his three-and-a-half-year stint and, although he intends to stay in Catalonia for the foreseeable future, the former Ajax forward has not ruled out a return.He told the Daily Mail: “I’d prefer to stay here for many more years. I know it doesn’t always turn out that way. But if I had to return to the Premier League, I would only go to Liverpool.“I wouldn’t go to another team. It wouldn’t be a move for money. I’d also love to play again for Ajax as they allowed me to develop as a player in Europe.”Barcelona are currently three points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of the Primera Division, with a game in hand, and on course for another trophy-laden season.Yet with the Premier League title race the most unpredictable in recent memory, with shock leaders Leicester currently five points clear, Suarez admits there are certain aspects of the English game which he misses.“In the Premier League you never really know what is going to happen,” he said. “There is very little between the teams.“Here, three or four teams aside, there is a difference with the smaller teams.“I don’t mean this to sound disrespectful but there are some games where you look at the press and they are asking: ‘Let’s see how many goals Barcelona are going to score today?’ In the Premier League, you never know what is going to happen and that is something I miss.” 1last_img read more

Alleged purse-snatcher held

first_imgA La Habra man and reputed gang member allegedly broke into cars in church parking lots and robbed middle-aged women and seniors of their purses in Orange County. In one case, Fullerton police said Alejandro Sanchez Montes walked up to an 82-year-old woman and held his hand out as if to shake hands. When she offered her hand, the 26-year-old allegedly knocked her down, took her purse and fled in a waiting vehicle. She suffered scrapes and bruises in the Sept. 23 encounter at a Fullerton church parking lot. But officers said she jotted down a partial license plate number for the getaway car in the margin of her Bible. Three days later, she saw a police chase of robbery suspects on TV, recognized one of the men and called police. Montes is being held at the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange without bail because of a probation hold. The armed robberies happened in Fullerton, Huntington Beach, La Habra and Santa Ana. Fullerton police spokeswoman Sgt. Linda King said a 62-year-old woman had her purse snatched on Aug. 27 in Santa Ana, a 44-year-old woman was robbed Sept. 9 in a Fullerton church parking lot and a 61-year-old woman fell prey to a purse-snatcher on Sept. 15 in Huntington Beach. The 82-year-old victim was robbed Sept. 23 in Fullerton and a fifth robbery is alleged on Sept. 25 but the criminal complaint did not give the age of the victim or where the incident took place. “He’s not picking on young ones,” King said. The car burglaries occurred Sept. 19 and 24. King said vehicles in a church parking lot on Brea Boulevard were broken into. Fullerton police arrested Montes and Jorge Diaz on Sept. 26 after a chase that ended when their silver Dodge Magnum ran a red light and hit three cars. An off-duty reserve officer with Fullerton police was driving one of the cars hit. King said Diaz, 36, of La Habra was booked on suspicion of parole violation and sent to Chino State Prison. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe woman declined to be interviewed on Friday. “I’m just trying to get over it. It’s still too new in my mind,” she said. Montes was scheduled to appear Friday at the North Justice Center in Fullerton for a pretrial hearing. He pleaded not guilty Sept. 28 to 21 charges including robbery, street terrorism, elder abuse, vehicle burglaries, reckless driving, possession of a controlled substance, fraudulent use of an access card and receiving stolen property, according to Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors also allege that Montes used a firearm during one of the robberies, that he committed the crimes for the benefit, and at the direction, of the Fullerton Tokers/Ward Street gang, and that he inflicted great bodily injury on a woman while driving recklessly. last_img read more