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The Sporting of Portugal hires the coach of Braga Rúben Amorim

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first_imgPortugal’s Sporting announced on Thursday through the Portuguese Securities Market Commission (CMVM) the hiring of Braga coach Rúben Amorim, who will replace current coach Jorge Silas, that last Tuesday he had already announced his departure.According to Sporting, for the hiring of Rúben Amorim has had to pay the Braga a clause of ten million euros. Together with the Portuguese coach, who was a Benfica and international player with Portugal, his two Braga assistants, Adélio Cândido and Carlos Fernandes, will arrive. Rubén Amorim signed in 2008 for the Portuguese Benfica and arrived at the Portuguese team at the same time as the Spanish coach Quique Sánchez Flores, who catapulted him in his football career, since that same campaign debuted with the selection of the “quinas”.As coach, his first team was Casa Pia luso, which he guided in the 2018-2019 campaign.Custódio Castro, new coach of BragaThe exfutbolsita Custódio Castro will take over of the first team of Portuguese Braga as of this Thursday, after the Departure from Rúben Amorim, signed by Sporting de Portugal.As confirmed by the bracarense club, Custodian Castro, who trained to the under-17 of the Braga, he already directed the first training of the Braga squad today.The coaching staff will be completed with the trainers Micael Sequeira, Paulo Jorge, Hugo Freitas, Jorge Vital and Orlando Silva. Custódio Castro, 36, retired as a footballer in the summer of 2017, began his coach career as an assistant to Braga B in the same summer.Braga is third in the Portuguese League, 16 points from Porto,Who leads the table. Rúben Amorim achieved in two and a half months very positive numbers with the Braga, a team that began oriented by the former player of the Real Sociedad Sá Pinto and that, after a bad start league, was fired.Since December 23, Amorim, 35 years old and who hung up his boots in 2017 after belonging to Benfica, has won in the league 8 victories – two of them to Benfica and Sporting – and a draw and, in addition, it was League Cup champion after beating Porto 1-0 in the final.last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | When will Taylor go sub-45?

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first_imgAt the 2015 Carifta Trials, Akeem Bloomfield won the Under-20 400m with a stunning circuit of the National Stadium track in 45.41 seconds. The tall Kingston College prodigy went on to do great things. Just weeks later, at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, he set a national junior record of 44.93 seconds. History repeated itself last Sunday, as Christopher Taylor of Calabar won the 2017 Carifta Trials 400 metres in exactly 45.41 seconds. You can’t help but wonder if Taylor will join Bloomfield by running the Class One 400m final faster than 45 seconds. It’s an achievement some fans have been expecting for more than a year. The waiting began when Taylor won the World U18 title in Cali, Columbia with runs of 45.30 in the semi-final and 45.27 seconds in the final. Even though Cali is just on the high side of the IAAF altitude threshold of 1000 metres, sub-45 talk gathered substance. Things didn’t work out last year but that was last year. Taylor looks ready as he showed last week. First, he smiled his way to the finish in a midweek jaunt over 200m timed in 20.98 seconds to put a cherry topping on the Corporate Area Development Meet. That was his first race of the season. Then on Sunday, he capped an eventful Carifta Trials meet, with a zippy run in the 400m. If he does break the 45 second barrier, it probably won’t be in the final at Boys and Girls Championships. He and his coach prefer trying for records before the multiple rounds of Champs take their toll. He set the Class Three record of 48.70 seconds in the heats in 2014 and the Class Two record last year in the preliminary round. He broke the Class Two 200m record early as well. That strategy also helps Taylor to dodge the sprint-unfriendly breeze that typically sweeps up the grandstand straight on Champs Saturday at the time of the 400m finals. In 2014, Taylor’s former Calabar teammate Javon Francis carved a huge 0.35 second chunk off Usain Bolt’s 11 year-old Class One 400m record in front of a packed Champs Saturday crowd. Though pundits postulated that Francis’ mark of 45.00 seconds would last for donkey years, Bloomfield dazzled that same Saturday throng with his record run a year later. Be warned. Taylor doesn’t march to the same tune. Put this date and time in your diary. It’s March 28 at 6.45 pm. That’s when the first round of the Class One 400m is set to start. Nine will get you ten that Taylor will go for 44 at that time. Come to the 107th staging of the greatest high school championships in the world any later and you may miss it. One question remains. So, you rightly ask, if he misses it at Champs, when will he try again? The best guess would be on July 3. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

Palestinian football officials get court date for FIFA case

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first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Meb runs final NYC Marathon to cheers, collapsing at finish LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img The court date was announced 10 days after FIFA President Gianni Infantino said his organization would not intervene after years of attempted mediation between its two member federations.The Palestinians’ appeal to CAS followed Infantino steering the soccer body’s annual congress in May to delay debate on a FIFA-appointed task force’s report. It could have stopped West Bank settlement clubs from playing in the Israeli league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFIFA rules prohibit federations from holding games on another member’s territory without permission. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses a press conference in Kolkata, India, Friday, Sept. 27, 2017. The 2018 World Cup champion will get $38 million from a prize fund FIFA has increased by 12 percent to $400 million. FIFA said Friday that each of the 32 competing national federations in Russia will get at least $8 million, the same as in 2014 when the overall prize fund was $358 million. (AP Photo)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The Palestinian challenge about how FIFA handled its complaint against the Israeli soccer federation will be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport this month.CAS says its panel will hear the Palestine Football Association’s appeal on Nov. 27. A verdict is expected weeks later.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

W/Bank Projects Lower Growth for Developing Countries

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first_imgDeveloping countries are headed for a year of disappointing growth, as first quarter weakness in 2014 has delayed an expected pick-up in economic activity, the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report, released this week reveals. The Bank has observed that bad weather in the US, the crisis in Ukraine, rebalancing in China, political strife in several middle-income economies, slow progress on structural reform, and capacity constraints are all contributing to a third straight year of sub 5 percent growth for the developing countries as a whole.“Growth rates in the developing world remain far too modest to create the kind of jobs we need to improve the lives of the poorest 40 percent,” said World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim. “Clearly, countries need to move faster and invest more in domestic structural reforms to get broad-based economic growth to levels needed to end extreme poverty in our generation,” he said.The Bank has lowered its forecasts for developing countries, now eyeing growth at 4.8 percent this year, down from its January estimate of 5.3 percent. Signs point to strengthening in 2015 and 2016 to 5.4 and 5.5 percent, respectively. China is expected to grow by 7.6 percent this year, but this will depend on the success of rebalancing efforts. If a hard landing occurs, the reverberations across Asia would be widely felt, the Bank said.Despite first quarter weakness in the United States, the recovery in high-income countries is gaining momentum. These economies are expected to grow by 1.9 percent in 2014, accelerating to 2.4 percent in 2015 and 2.5 percent in 2016. The Euro Area is on target to grow by 1.1 percent this year, while the United States economy, which contracted in the first quarter due to severe weather, is expected to grow by 2.1 percent this year (down from the previous forecast of 2.8 percent). The global economy is expected to pick up speed as the year progresses and is projected to expand by 2.8 percent this year, strengthening to 3.4 and 3.5 percent in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Using 2010 purchasing power parity weights, global growth would be 3.4, 4.0 and 4.2 percent in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively. High-income economies will contribute about half of global growth in 2015 and 2016, compared with less than 40 percent in 2013.The acceleration in high-income economies, the Bank observes, will be an important impetus for developing countries. High-income economies are projected to inject an additional $6.3 trillion to global demand over the next three years, which is significantly more than the $3.9 trillion increase they contributed during the past three years, and more than the expected contribution from developing countries.Short-term financial risks have become less pressing in part because earlier downside risks have been realized without generating large upheavals and because economic adjustments over the past year have reduced vulnerabilities. Current account deficits in some of the hardest hit economies during 2013 and early 2014 have declined, and capital flows to developing countries have bounced back. Developing country bond yields have declined, and stock markets have recovered, in some cases surpassing levels at the start of the year, although they remain down from a year ago by significant margins in many instances.Markets remain skittish and speculation over the timing and magnitude of future shifts in high-income macro policy may result in further episodes of volatility. Also, vulnerabilities persist in several countries that combine high inflation and current account deficits (Brazil, South Africa and Turkey). The risk here is that the recent easing of international financial conditions will once again serve to boost credit growth, current account deficits and associated vulnerabilities.“The financial health of economies has improved. With the exception of China and Russia, stock markets have done well in emerging economies, notably, India and Indonesia. But we are not totally out of the woods yet. A gradual tightening of fiscal policy and structural reforms are desirable to restore fiscal space depleted by the 2008 financial crisis. In brief, now is the time to prepare for the next crisis,” said Kaushik Basu, senior vice president and chief economist at the World Bank.National budgets of developing countries have deteriorated significantly since 2007. In almost half of developing countries, government deficits exceed 3 percent of GDP, while debt-to-GDP ratios have risen by more than 10 percentage points since 2007. Fiscal policy needs to tighten in countries where deficits remain large, including Ghana, India, Kenya, Malaysia, and South Africa.  In addition, the structural reform agenda in many developing countries, which has stalled in recent years, needs to be reinvigorated in order to sustain rapid income growth.“Spending more wisely rather than spending more will be critical. Bottlenecks in energy and infrastructure, labor markets and business climate in many large middle-income countries are holding back GDP and productivity growth. Subsidy reform is one potential avenue for generating the money to raise the quality of public investments in human capital and physical infrastructure,” said Andrew Burns, Lead Author of the report.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberians in U.S. Rally for DED Extension

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first_imgPres. Weah and Government concerned about Liberians facing immigration challenges in the U.S., says Amb. Patten Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States, George S.W. Patten, Sr., says President George M. Weah and the Government of Liberia are concerned about developments regarding the March 31, 2019 expiration of legal status of some Liberians residing in the United States.Ambassador Patten spoke on March 14, 2019, when he received a large delegation of Liberian community leaders and members from across the United States, under the auspices of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA). The meeting took place after members of the Liberian community and other collaborating organizations held a day-long lobbying on Capitol Hill in Washington to seek Congressional intervention for the reinstatement of the Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED).According to a dispatch from the Embassy of Liberia in the United States, the Lobbying Day was also intended to drum up support for the passage of a bill, which is currently before the U.S. Congress. The bill seeks to provide permanent resident status for those on DED/TPS and also create a pathway to citizenship.During the meeting with the Liberian community delegation, Ambassador Patten assured them that the Liberian government is doing everything it can to bring relief to those are affected by the expiration of the Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED).Meanwhile, Ambassador Patten cautioned Liberians to remain law abiding and united as efforts are being made to find solution to the immigration problems and other challenges facing Liberians in the U.SOn the question of dual citizenship, he recalled that this was a cause President Weah has championed from the beginning of his administration, as reflected in his inaugural address. He also assured Liberians in the Diaspora that the President will continue to do whatever he could to legalize dual citizenship in Liberia.Speaking earlier to brief the Ambassador and Embassy staff about the purpose of their visit, Mr. Vamba S. Fofana, President of ULAA, along with the other Liberian community leaders, lauded President Weah for championing the cause of dual citizenship in Liberia.The delegation then made an urgent appeal to President Weah and the Liberian government to engage the U.S. Government for the reinstitution of DED or TPS before March 31, 2019.Other recommendations proffered to the government by the Liberian community in the U.S. include “The government of President Weah should prioritize the legalization of dual citizenship; and also that the government should seriously consider the possibility of establishing ‘out-of-country voting’ for Liberians in the Diaspora.”Some of the individuals affected by the DED termination also spoke at the meeting. They narrated sorrowful accounts of how the possibility of losing their respective status and being deported is wreaking havoc on their lives and that of their families. Each of the individuals said they have been in the United States for more than 20 years and have spent their most productive lives contributing to the development of America.Also speaking at the meeting, Mayor Mike Elliott of Brooklyn Center expressed gratitude for the courtesy extended them at the Embassy, and he reaffirmed his support to efforts being made to regularize the legal status of Liberians on DED.Mayor Elliott was born in Liberia, and he immigrated to the U.S. with his parents at an early age.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sugar workers call for unified union response to their plight

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first_img…After trade unions’ leaders picket RUSAL’s headquartersSugar workers, particularly those fired following the closure of several estates, are now calling for similar representation in the wake of the unions’ collective response to RUSAL’s termination of over 90 bauxite workers.Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU) President Lincoln Lewis on ThursdayOver the past three years, Government has closed four sugar estates- Skeldon, Wales, Enmore and Rose Hall putting more than 7000 workers on the breadline. The rights of some of these workers were trampled upon after they were forced to wait for more than one year to receive their severance packages.In addition, workers of Wales Estate were forced to approach the court in order to receive their severance payout.As such, in light of Thursday’s protest by the trade unions of Guyana outside RUSAL’s headquarters, the sugars workers believe that a similar approach would be beneficial to their cause.Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) President Komal ChandOn Thursday, union leaders held the first of a series of picketing exercises against the aluminium company RUSAL in light of the sacking of more than 90 workers.The unions have threatened that if the company does not adhere to the labour laws of Guyana, similar actions will continue to ensure RUSAL corrects its latest unethical act.Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU) President Lincoln Lewis says that this is “only the beginning” as he stood in solidarity with the workers in front of RUSAL’s Queenstown, Georgetown head office.“We are going to ratchet it up gradually; this is the start of the public protests outside of the media… Now we come out to the streets, the leadership of the unions are coming out this morning (Thursday) to start it with a view of building the momentum. It is our intent that at some point, we are going to bring down the bauxite workers and settle in somewhere in Georgetown if we don’t get results,” he stated.The veteran trade unionist also called on the Bauxite Company to recognise the GB&GWU as the union representing the aggrieved workers. RUSAL had initially stated that the company did not recognise the GB&GWU.One of the workers on the picket line on ThursdayLewis added that this protest attracted the leaders of the other trade unions in Guyana, since they were cognisant of the fact that over the last decade RUSAL has been operating with impunity, resulting in the suffering of Guyanese citizens.Meanwhile, Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) General Secretary Coretta McDonald emphasised that the policies in place for foreign companies operating in Guyana needed to be reviewed and revamped to ensure that Guyanese labourers were not taken advantage of.“The thing is Government will have to uphold their end of the bargain while the Union will have to keep policing whatever that document that is being signed between Government and the company, the Union will have to police that document and we can only police that document if we have a copy of that contract document,” she explained.The GTU official stated that stipulations must be laid out and that would be the only way to ensure that Guyanese employees were protected from foreign companies which exploit them.“If we had those stipulations laid out, then it would be very easy at this time for us to put that into action and to have the necessary penalties or sanctions be given to the companies. What we have here is a very brutal company who feels that they can treat Guyanese anyhow and you know I just want to simply put it this way: if it were a Guyanese company operating in Russia, would it have been allowed to do to the Russians what they are doing to our citizens?”In addition, Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) President Komal Chand noted that RUSAL needed to re-engage the 90 workers that it sent packing and let them resume their duties, without any deductions to their pay and benefits.He added that RUSAL could not claim to be operating at a loss in Guyana, since that would be unbelievable.“The fact that they could hide their figures, because they could have transferred to their parent company explained that to look at their records and to able to see what they are saying cannot be accurate, an accurate picture. And nobody would believe that… The basic thing that they ought to do is reinstate the workers, well, not reinstate but more so, re-engage the workers,” Chand added.Days after firing the workers, RUSAL has defended its actions, insisting that its employment contract takes priority over the workers’ right to strike.A company representative explained that workers signed contracts which stipulate that they can be dismissed if they refuse to work. The fate of the sacked workers now remains in limbo, as the RUSAL representative said their reemployment depended on a number of factors.It was reported that the company could only afford to pay a one per cent increase as it has not been making a profit, but rather, breaking even.As the issue intensifies, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has already instructed the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to commence a technical review of the company’s operations.last_img read more

Chamberlain to miss World Cup with knee injury

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first_img0Shares0000Liverpool and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is treated on the pitch during the Champions League semi-final against Roma at Anfield © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 25 – England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said on Wednesday he was “devastated” to be ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury, but that it “pales in comparison” to the attack on a Liverpool fan before Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Roma.Oxlade-Chamberlain was carried off on a stretcher midway through the first half of the 5-2 semi-final first-leg victory over Roma. “Absolutely devastated to have picked up this injury at such a crucial time in the season,” tweeted Oxlade-Chamberlain.“Gutted I won’t be able to play any further part now in our Champions League run for Liverpool, and also the World Cup with England.”Liverpool’s win was marred by the news that supporter Sean Cox, 53, was left fighting for his life after suffering a serious head injury in an assault by Roma fans before kick-off.Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after attacking Cox, who had travelled from Ireland along with his brother for the match.Oxlade-Chamberlain underwent a scan on Wednesday that revealed ligament damage, although the club are not putting an exact timeframe on how long he is likely to be out for.“I’m going to give everything I have to make sure I’m back as quickly as possible,” added the 24-year-old.“However, all this pales in comparison to how the family of the Liverpool fan badly hurt before last night’s game must be feeling.“My thoughts are with him and his loved ones.”Oxlade-Chamberlain has been denied appearances at international tournaments by knee injuries in the past, missing Euro 2016 having failed to play at the 2014 World Cup after suffering an injury in a warm-up match.“The extent of the injury means Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss the remainder of the campaign for Liverpool, as well as the World Cup finals in Russia with England,” Liverpool said in a statement on their website.Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) picks up an injury tackling Roma defender Aleksandar Kolarov at Anfield © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFOxlade-Chamberlain has seen a stuttering career revitalised under Jurgen Klopp since moving to Liverpool last summer and his injury is a major blow to England boss Gareth Southgate.The former Arsenal man scored a stunning goal in Liverpool’s 3-0 quarter-final, first-leg Champions League win over Manchester City and was widely expected to be included in the England squad for the World Cup, which starts in Russia on June 15.Klopp’s men looked certain for the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26 when doubles from the outstanding Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino either side of Sadio Mane’s strike saw the hosts race into a 5-0 lead.However, late goals from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti allied to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury soured Klopp’s mood.“The biggest blow for the mood in the dressing room is the injury to Ox,” said Klopp following his side’s win at Anfield, anticipating that his player had been badly hurt.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal line-up v Tottenham: Wenger to FINALLY ditch failing formation? Good idea?

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first_img Will Arsene Wenger ditch his new formation? The quadruple may no longer be on for Arsenal following their League Cup exit at the hands of Southampton, but in truth a majority of Gooners will not be too fussed (or surprised!).Instead of dwelling on what might have been, attentions immediately turn to Saturday and the mouth-watering derby against Tottenham – live and exclusive on talkSPORT from 5pm.Last weekend’s victory over Aston Villa could well prove to be an early turning point in Arsenal’s season, as Arsene Wenger shifted Mesut Ozil into a more familiar central position and seemed to revert back to a tried and tested 4-2-3-1 formation – ditching his 4-1-4-1 in the process – but will Wenger do it again for the visit of his north London neighbours?With Spurs looking off-colour in the opening stages of the new campaign, Arsenal have the chance to once again get one over on their bitter rivals and close the gap on the teams above them.Below is how the Gunners are expected to line-up on Saturday: The big point of discussion for this formation could be the return to a familiar 4-2-3-1 and with it Ozil to a central role.As the German showed last weekend against Aston Villa, he is much more comfortable in this role and his immediate link-up play with Danny Welbeck was exceptional, especially given the limited amount of time the two have been together.Saturday’s fixture will undoubtedly be fast and frantic and while Wenger may want industry over creativity, he would be foolish to discount the genius that Ozil potentially offers.The question of who plays alongside him also poses a question. Alexis Sanchez is automatically one of the first names on the teamsheet, but on the opposite flank Wenger will have to decide between Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. One offers additional creative talent, while the other has the engine required to keep pace in a match like this.Arsenal’s lack of options at the back makes their defence particularly limited, while in central midfield, Mikel Arteta’s experience will likely see him get the nod with Aaron Ramsey his probable partner, although it would be difficult to leave Jack Wilshere on the bench given his strong start to the season.Arsenal fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Tottenham? Comment below…Arsenal v Tottenham is live and exclusive on talkSPORT, Saturday from 5pm. Click here to tune in. 1 1last_img read more

Deaths mount above 3,500

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first_imgBANTUL, Indonesia – Homes began swaying, then jerked violently as most people in this rice-farming town were still asleep Saturday morning. Concrete walls crumbled, tile roofs collapsed and survivors screamed as they tried to escape, some clutching bloodied children and the elderly. The town of Bantul suffered the worst devastation from the powerful earthquake that struck Indonesia’s densely populated Java island at 5:54 a.m. More than 3,500 people were killed, about 2,000 of them in Bantul, and 80 percent of the town’s homes were destroyed. “I was running away from my house trying to help my son, but suddenly I felt something hit my legs,” said Bambang Tri Sumarto, 42. “And now doctors say my leg is broken. All our houses were totally destroyed.” With no room inside packed hospitals, Sumarto and hundreds of other victims were forced to lie on plastic, palm leaves or even newspapers in parking lots outside as taxis and pickup trucks flowed in with the new victims. Some were hooked to intravenous drips dangling from trees. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Thousands were injured in the magnitude 6.3 quake – the nation’s worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami. The quake’s epicenter was 50 miles south of the rumbling Mount Merapi volcano, near the city of Yogyakarta, and it triggered fears of an eruption. Desperate relatives searched rubble for survivors Saturday while others dug mass graves. Family members sobbed and read from the Quran beside rows of corpses awaiting burial beneath a blazing sun. Village heads recorded their names so the victims could be added to the official death toll. Subarjo, a 70-year-old food vendor, sobbed next to his dead wife, his house destroyed. “I couldn’t help my wife … I was trying to rescue my children, one with a broken leg, and then the house collapsed,” he said. “I have to accept this as our destiny, as God’s will.” The earthquake struck near the famed 7th century Borobudur temple complex, one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist attractions. It was not affected by the quake. Nearby Prambanan, a spectacular Hindu temple to the southeast, suffered some damage. About a million tourists visit the temples each year. It was the most recent in a series of disasters to strike Indonesia – from the tsunami that ravaged Aceh province to a widening bird flu outbreak to the threat of eruption from nearby Mount Merapi. As night fell across the disaster zone – stretching across hundreds of square miles of mostly farming communities in Yogyakarta province – tens of thousands of people prepared to sleep on streets, in rice fields and in backyards, fearful of aftershocks. Power and telephone service was out across much of the region, adding to their terror. After spending hours digging in vain through the smoldering debris, many said they were giving up their search for relatives or friends until morning. “It’s just too dark,” said Sarjio, who was looking for his 40-year-old neighbor, believed to be trapped beneath the remains of her house. “There’s nothing we can do now.” President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the army to evacuate victims and arrived with a team of Cabinet ministers to oversee rescue operations. He slept in a tent camp with survivors. International agencies and other nations promised to send relief immediately. The United States responded with an emergency allocation of $500,000 for assistance to victims. “Through financial and material support, the United States is assisting with recovery efforts in coordination with Indonesian authorities, and we stand prepared to provide additional assistance as needed,” President George W. Bush said in a statement released late Saturday. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said U.S. Agency for International Development personnel are in Yogyakarta, the city that bore much of the quake’s impact. At least 3,505 were killed in the quake, command post officials from the affected districts told The Associated Press. “The numbers just keep rising,” said Arifin Muhadi of the Indonesian Red Cross, adding that more than 3,400 people were hurt. The only foreigner reported killed or injured in the quake was a man from Holland. U.S. Embassy spokesman Max Kwak said he did not know of any American casualties. Yogyakarta is about 18 miles from the sea. In the chaos that followed the quake, false rumors of an impending tsunami sent thousands of people fleeing to higher ground in cars and on motorbikes. The city is 1,390 miles southeast of Aceh province, where 131,000 people died in a December 2004 tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake under the sea. Bloodstains littered the floor at Yogyakarta’s Dr. Sardjito Hospital, along with piles of soiled bandages and used medical supplies. “We are short of surgeons,” said Alexander, a doctor who goes by one name. “There are still so many critically injured people here.” Many roads and bridges were destroyed, hindering efforts to get taxis and pickup trucks filled with injured to hospitals. Activity at the Merapi volcano increased soon after the temblor. A large burst spewed hot clouds and sent debris cascading some two miles down its western flank. Bambang Dwiyanto of the Energy and Mineral Ministry could not say whether the quake caused the volcanic activity but warned that it could trigger a larger eruption. “It will influence the activities of Mount Merapi, particularly in the lava dome,” said Dwiyanto, head of the ministry’s geological division. Almost all people had already been evacuated away from the volcano’s danger zone, and there were no reports of injuries there. A geological researcher at the Indonesian Science Institute, Dani Hilman, said he did not believe the quake was powerful enough to create a large eruption. Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. Saturday’s quake was centered about six miles below the earth’s surface, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Anthony Guarino of the CalTech Seismological Laboratory in Pasadena, said Indonesia has the second-highest number of erupted volcanos in historic time, outside of Japan. It also has the largest number of volcanos in the world – 76. Neighboring Malaysia said it would send a 56-member search team, doctors and medical supplies, and the European Commission said it would release up to $3.8 million in emergency aid. The World Food Program was sending a plane with 2 tons of medicine and eight truckloads of fortified noodles and biscuits, agency spokeswoman Brenda Barton said in Rome. The Italian government also loaded a plane with 27 tons of tents, blankets, water purifiers, electric generators and other aid, the Foreign Ministry said. UNICEF was sending 9,000 tarpaulins, 2,000 tents, health kits and hygiene kits, spokesman John Budd told CNN. The quake cracked the runway and waiting area at the Yogyakarta airport, closing it to aircraft until at least today. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN INDONESIA A magnitude 6.2 earthquake flattens homes and hotels in central Indonesia as people sleep, killing more than 3,500 and injuring thousands more in the nation’s worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami. Activity increases at Indonesia’s Mount Merapi, one of the world’s most active volcanos, following an earthquake about 50 miles away. Opinions are mixed among geologists over whether the earthquake could spark a large eruption. Indonesia confirms three more bird flu deaths, including that of the sixth member of a family in North Sumatra killed by the H5N1 strain of the virus. The deaths are part of a spike that has prompted the World Health Organization to place the maker of the anti-bird flu drug Tamiflu on alert for the first time after limited human-to-human transmission was suspected in the Sumatra family cluster. PAGE 25 East Timor, which broke from Indonesian rule in 1999, descends further into chaos as rival gangs attack each other in the capital, and the prime minister says a coup is under way. In response, the United Nations orders families and all nonessential staff out of the country. – Associated Press160Want 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

West Ham considering move for goalkeeper after deciding against Hart transfer

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first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 2 Jimenez spent last season on loan at Malaga, conceding 51 goals in 34 games Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED Latest transfer news Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets Jimenez enjoyed a spell with Olympiacos, winning the league three times and the Greek Cup once The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED LATEST The Spanish club had the option to sign the goalkeeper permanently, however they have decided to pursue other targets.Jimenez, though, is still looking to leave Espanyol and he has been told he can go for around £1.5m. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti three-way race Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM West Ham are considering a move for Espanyol goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez.The Hammers are in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer after they decided to pass on signing Joe Hart from Manchester City. moving on IN DEMAND West Ham are exploring a number of options and one of them, according to AS, is Jimenez.The 32-year-old is currently contracted to Espanyol but he spent the whole of last season on loan at Malaga. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? targets TOP WORK Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 2 That has caught the eye of West Ham and a formal offer could well be lodged by the end of the week.last_img read more