Panel points to bipartisanship in President Donald Trump’s first address

first_imgOn Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump delivered his first speech to a joint session of United States Congress, which was streamed live in Wallis Annenberg Hall.The event was hosted by the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. After the viewing of the congressional address, four panelists discussed the points made during the speech and the impact they could have on the political climate. The panel included Bob Shrum, the director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics; William Rodriguez Morrison, the Senate director of the California Republican Assembly; Shakari Byerly, a partner at EVITARUS Strategic Research; and Gary Aminoff, who works as a treasurer for the Los Angeles County Republican Party.Throughout the course of the speech, Trump discussed his policies regarding the U.S. economy, healthcare, education and immigration. The speech was kicked off with the mention of Black History Month and the importance of extending efforts in terms of civil rights. The President also addressed recent bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country and the shooting of Indian men in Kansas.After the speech, Aminoff began the conversation by saying that he liked Trump’s tone, which differed from previous speeches that appealed to a more narrow group of supporters.“It was measured, it was not partisan, it was inclusive,” Aminoff said. “I was pleased to see the way he spoke tonight. As a fiscal conservative myself, I think a lot of it was conservative.”Shrum argued that although the speech put forward a conservative agenda, a large part was tied to the economy and to jobs. He even questioned whether this address had brought about a new form of conservatism.“It was a remarkably polarized chamber tonight,” Shrum said. “I don’t agree with Donald Trump on a lot of things he had to say, but I thought that was a remarkable speech given the expectations.”Shrum went on to say that the unhappy attitudes of the Democrats seated in the House Chamber during the speech would not likely play out in their favor. This was a topic of debate during the panel, and Byerly contradicted Shrum by stating that Democrats needed to make a strong showing of how they felt.“I think if they had seemed overly open, that may have actually played to their detriment,” Byerly said.During the address, Trump said that 43 million people in the United States are living in poverty, and that he hopes to address this by developing policies to reduce corporate tax rates of American companies to make them more competitive.Furthermore, Trump argued that reforming immigration would aid in restructuring the economy, and he reiterated his plans to build a wall along the Southern border of the country.“By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars and make our communities safer for everyone,” Trump said. “We want all Americans to succeed, but that can’t happen in an environment of lawless chaos. We must restore integrity and the rule of law to our borders.”According to Aminoff, funding is the main obstacle that is likely to stand in the way of Trump delivering on his promises.“The questions that were running through my mind were: all this infrastructure he wants to build, on the wall, on the border, all of these great programs — my question is, where is the money going to come from to pay for all of this?” Aminoff said.Although Byerly said that she was critical of a lot of aspects of the speech, she was happy to see Trump attempting to appeal to Democrats as well as Republicans.“I was happy to see him mentioning some issues where there was some common ground with Democrats, like childcare and paid family leave,” Byerly said. “I think those are policies where Democrats want to see progress being made.”Shrum said that Trump thought he had to do certain things tonight in order to get approval from other people. He argued that if Trump continued to act like this, people would no longer be able to say that he can’t do his job properly, no matter how much they disagreed with him. Aminoff added that Americans should watch Trump’s actions, rather than just his words over the coming years to judge whether he is an effective leader.“Trump loves to give shocking rhetoric; he likes to jar people,” Aminoff said. “I would pay more attention to what he does than what he says.”last_img read more

Organizations in Alpena band together to help local federal employees during shutdown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. —As the government shutdown heads into another week, some federal workers in Alpena are receiving some big help.The United Way, along with the Salvation Army of Alpena and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan are all coming together to make sure no federal workers go without offering free food boxes and providing resources for bills.“We just looked at the situation at hand going on in our area and realized a lot of people in our area are hurting and we thought what can we do,” Executive Director of the United Way of Northeast Michigan, Sonya Thomas said.Here in northeast Michigan the shutdown hits hard. The “sunrise side” has employees from the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, TSA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Agriculture just to name a few.“I’m sure they didn’t expect this. We just came through the holiday. I’m sure they thought it was just going to happen for a week or so and now here we are in week five,” Thomas said.Thomas said she was inspired to help the local workers because she too was hit with the unexpected. In addition to receiving free food boxes, furloughed workers can stop by the Salvation Army of Alpena to receive food items for their pets.For utility bills and other unforeseen issues there’s a service called 2–1–1. To make arrangements to pick up your food boxes contact the United Way at 989–354–2221.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local filmmaker ready to show next volume of northeast Michigan adventuresNext What’s Trending for January 23last_img read more

Steelers’ Ramon Foster issues ‘PSA’ to stop social media drama after Rashard Mendenhall’s comments

first_imgFoster’s comments come a few hours after former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall called quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a “racist” before backtracking his remarks later in the day.Alright, I’ll end the mystery… B’s racist and @AB84’s black. He had to catch balls from a racist quarterback. Every honest player knows it, it’s not a big deal. He was just supposed to take his lickings and move on, like a slave for real.— Rashard Mendenhall (@R_Mendenhall) April 11, 2019Pittsburgh wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is another player who got caught up in Twitter drama. Antonio Brown, now with the Raiders, replied to a post from a fan that reminded Brown that his former teammate was named Steelers’ Most Valuable Player for the 2018 season. Brown wrote Sunday, in part: “Emotion: boy fumbled the whole post season in the biggest game of year ! Everyone went blind to busy making guys famous not enough reality these days! by the way check the list.” Emotion: boy fumbled the whole post season in the biggest game of year ! Everyone went blind to busy making guys famous not enough reality these days ! 🤙🏾 by the way check the list— Antonio Brown (@AB84) April 7, 2019The social media jabs comes after the Steelers finished the 2018 season with a 9-6-1 record and faced drama throughout the year. “Moving forward…any former player or affiliate of the Steelers who has an issue with anyone still in the locker room, please contact me or Maurkice Pouncey or anyone else you feel you can talk to,” Foster wrote. “Whoever you have an issue with, we will get you their number so you can address them. I PROMISE. These media takes might give y’all good traffic on your social media outlets but the guys still in that locker room, who y’all still know personally have to answer for those comments. Call them what you want, but call them personally and tell THEM. Defend who you want to defend but you don’t have to mention the team at all.”Whether you have a ring or played for one year…ENOUGH…CHILL. Most players at one point in their life want to take their kids back to the place where they once played, don’t burn too many bridges. It’s a long history of brotherhood more than anything, BUSINESS is one thing but let’s keep it at a minimum for the guys who have to answer for these comments moving forward.” Ramon Foster is tired of all the social media drama surrounding the Steelers.The veteran guard issued a lengthy “PSA” statement Thursday on Twitter, calling for former Pittsburgh players to stop constantly criticizing his current teammates. last_img read more

Suns’ front office has some explaining to do (again) after firing of coach Igor Kokoskov

first_imgShould that happen, the Suns will have pushed Kokoskov aside and be left scrambling for a replacement.At some point, the team is going to hire a new coach, and like it or not, that will require a press conference. Some explanation as to what on earth is going on with the franchise will have to be proffered.Who knows? Maybe Bower will even show up for that. It’s been two weeks since the Suns hired new senior vice president of basketball operations Jeff Bower, and we’ve yet to hear a word from him. The team promoted James Jones to the top of the organizational hierarchy in a surprise shakeup (we use that word loosely; nothing is a surprise in Phoenix), but it wanted a veteran front-office guy with NBA relationships to help things run smoothly.Generally, you’d put that guy in front of the local media hacks for a few questions about the state of the team and his vision for where things are heading. But the Suns being the Suns, Bower has remained stashed away, presumably in his new office. Or in a janitor’s closet. We’d have no idea of knowing either way. OFFSEASON PREVIEWS:Lakers | Knicks | Bulls | Pelicans | Mavericks | PacersBower had a similar role as his current gig in Phoenix while he was in Detroit as Stan Van Gundy’s general manager, a job he accepted in 2014 after one year and a 12-19 record coaching Marist. With the Pistons, it can be assumed he was helping Van Gundy make personnel decisions, doing legwork on draft prospects and free agents.Or maybe he was in his car playing Words With Friends. We don’t know, because Bower did not talk to the media much then, either.Bower will have to come out of hiding soon, though, because the Suns announced late Monday night that they were firing coach Igor Kokoskov after just one season. Certainly, it was a miserable, 19-win season, but there were some rays of hope — Devin Booker continued to blossom, Kelly Oubre proved to be a keeper, No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton held his own and Mikal Bridges showed promise as a two-way contributor.That probably should have been enough hope to warrant keeping Kokoskov around another year, or at least to see how the team started off next season.But Jones and Bower are in, and Kokoskov is out. The Suns’ Robert Sarver continues to build his legacy as the NBA’s most fickle and infuriating owner. The team’s next coach will be the ninth in 16 seasons (including interim coaches) and the fourth in the last four years (Jeff Hornacek, Earl Watson, Jay Triano and Kokoskov).The Suns will make a pitch for Monty Williams, who was hired by a group that included Bower in 2010 when Bower was running the New Orleans Hornets. Williams was a good pick on Bower’s part, though Bower was not around long to work with him — he was fired shortly after hiring Williams.The guy Bower wanted most for that job was Tom Thibodeau, who wound up in Chicago. Perhaps if the Suns miss out on Williams, they could pursue Thibodeau, who would likely bring in Luol Deng and play Jamal Crawford 38 minutes a night. Oh, the fun the locals could have on Twitter with that.The Suns have been a mess in recent years, and Bower’s zipped-lip approach isn’t helping. There is much to be explained here, and the more the franchise refuses to do the explaining, the worse the whole operation looks. And not many teams look worse these days.Watson, for example, was not much of a coach. But he was fired three games into last season. That’s not how things are done in the NBA.What?!— Earl J Watson (@Earl_Watson) April 23, 2019MORE: Former Suns player calls Sarver “worst owner in the NBA”Ryan McDonough gave Sarver plenty of reasons to fire him in recent years, but the Suns gave him the axe just eight days before this season started. McDonough had struggled to find a point guard for the team but, according to sources, was on the phone trying to complete a deal for a point guard when he got the call to tell him he’d been fired.That’s not how things are done in the NBA. Or in any employment setting, really. Even “The Apprentice,” after making contestants run scavenger hunts and construct faux ad campaigns, gave the process of firing some air of solemnity.It’s entirely possible that Williams will look at what’s going on in Phoenix, will look at how both Kokoskov and Watson were handled, how the firing of McDonough went down, and decide to sign on elsewhere. He’ll be a top candidate for any job that opens.last_img read more

Tua Tagovailoa’s NFL Draft decision: The pros & cons of returning to Alabama for senior season

first_imgTagovailoa underwent hip surgery on Nov. 18 after a season-ending injury against Mississippi State on Nov. 16. That recovery is a major factor in a decision that isn’t as clear as it seems. There are clear pros and cons for both sides of the Tagovailoa’s decision. Here are the cases for staying in school versus leaving for the NFL.MORE: What’s next for Nick Saban, Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama?Tua Tagovailoa should enter the 2020 NFL DraftProsTagovailoa can get that money now. Sporting News’ latest mock draft has Tagovailoa heading to the Miami Dolphins with the No. 5 overall pick. Even if he falls in the first round, perhaps Tagovailoa lands with a Super Bowl contender (please don’t let it be New England, right?).There is nothing left for Tagovailoa to prove at Alabama. He passed for 87 TDs and 11 interceptions, played in two national championship games and was a Heisman Trophy runner-up. He worked well with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who served in the same position with Atlanta Falcons. Tagovailoa flashed enough of a play-making skill set that at least one NFL team would be willing to roll the dice on the injury risk associated with drafting Tagovailoa with a top pick.ConsHow many mock drafts have been tossed out the window? Better yet, how many NFL teams take a quarterback without watching him throw in person? Tagovailoa might not be able to throw until the spring because of his rehab from surgery, and it is entirely possible he falls out of the first round.From there, who knows? He will have to shed the “injury prone” label in the league given his ankle issues the last two seasons, and that makes him a boom-or-bust candidate on some level. Tagovailoa was thought of as a slam-dunk No. 1 overall candidate at this time last year, and now that player is clearly LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.  I’m a firm believer Tua returns to Bama in 2020Let’s say he goes #10 this yearThat contract is worth $19MIf he comes back & performs, he’s least Top 5 pickThat’s $30 MillionHe can make $10M+ coming back all while getting better & w/ insurance to protect himSmart move— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) January 1, 2020MORE: Everything to know about Tua Tagovailoa’s injury, recovery timelineTua Tagovailoa should stay at Alabama ProsTagovailoa would have a chance to showcase that he is a healthy quarterback once and for all. If Tagovailoa comes back, lights it up and has another season on par with the last two, then he would be a no-doubt lock to be a top-five pick and lessen the risk for a draft-day slide. That could be the better long-term play.Plus, Tagovailoa could cement his legacy as an all-time college football great if he comes back, wins the Heisman Trophy and leads another championship run. The royalties from that scenario might surpass his NFL legacy.   ConsIt’s the easiest question to ask: What if Tagovailoa gets hurt again?The insurance policy is a safety net, but the NFL offers money and the team that drafts him would be patient in terms of a timetable for his recovery. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence appears to be the almost-unanimous No. 1 pick for 2021, and Tagovailoa runs the risk of slipping down the draft board if he isn’t the same player because of the hip injury. That could mean even more potential financial loss before his pro career even starts.  The verdict This is one where using a poll to take the temperature of the room works. It feels 60-40 or even 65-35 that the NFL will be too hard to pass up for Tagovailoa.  Will Tua Tagovailoa declare for the 2020 NFL Draft on Jan. 6?— Bill Bender (@BillBender92) January 2, 2020The easy choice is the NFL. Tagovailoa can take the money that’s implied with his first- or second-round pick grade and run, and at the end of the day he will have to prove he’s good enough to play at that level.   Where will Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa play next season?  Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will announce whether he’s staying for a senior season at Alabama or declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft. It’s a decision that will shape both the NFL Draft-decision making in April and next year’s college football season.  Still, this does feel a little bit like USC’s Matt Leinart, who stayed with the Trojans for his senior year in 2005, and Florida’s Tim Tebow, who stayed with Florida for one more run in 2009. Those quarterbacks had Heisman Trophy awards and multiple national championships in hand when they decided to stay.  Tagovailoa’s decision also would impact the rest of Alabama’s potential first-round picks. Dylan Moses, a SN preseason All-American who missed the season with a knee injury, already is back for next season. Perhaps Tagovailoa could be the center of that one last ride with the Tide.  It still feels like 60-40 he goes, but the fact that it is that close is why we are all waiting for Jan. 6.last_img read more


first_imgCLUB ASPEN HEADS $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY ON SATURDAY; NORTHERN INVADER BETTOR TRIP NICK & ROOKIE MISTAKE ALSO PROMINENT AS NINE SOPHOMORES GO 1 1/16 MILES  RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES   ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2020)–Club Aspen, an impressive 2 ½ length stakes winner in his most recent start, heads a field of nine sophomores going a mile and one sixteenth in Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita.  Trained by Craig Lewis and owned by his brother Larry, Club Aspen is by the hottest sire currently standing in California, Clubhouse Ride, who was also conditioned by Craig Lewis.Golden Gate Fields invader Bettor Trip Nick, a two-time stakes winner on synthetic Tapeta, rates a big chance in the Cal Cup Derby and is owned in part and trained by William Delia.Reddam Racing’s homebred Rookie Mistake, a son of top sire Square Eddie, comes off a 3 ¼ length maiden turf win at 5 ½ furlongs and also figures very prominent for trainer Doug O’Neill.The Cal Cup Derby is part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA and is for eligible California-bred or sired horses.CLUB ASPENOwner:  Lawrence D. LewisTrainer:  Craig LewisBred in California by Harris Farms, Club Aspen is out of the Talkin Man mare Aspen Gal.  A six furlong maiden special weight winner versus statebreds in his second start on Aug. 2 at Del Mar, Club Aspen ran the best race of his career in winning the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos on Dec. 15 and will likely employ a similar stalking style on Saturday under regular rider Jorge Velez. The leading money earner in the field with $118,211, he has two wins from seven starts.BETTOR TRIP NICKOwner:  William Delia, Gary Oetman & Ray PaganoTrainer:  William DeliaOne length shy of being unbeaten in five Golden Gate Fields starts dating back to Aug. 23, this gelding who is by the Harlan’s Holiday stallion Boat Trip, comes off a gate to wire score in the one mile Gold Rush Stakes on Dec. 7 as the 4-5 favorite and figures to employ similar tactics on Saturday under regular pilot Catalino Martinez.  A half length winner of the six furlong Gold Rush Stakes two starts back on Nov. 9, Bettor Trip Nick will be trying two turns for the second time in the Cal Cup Derby.ROOKIE MISTAKEOwner:  Reddam Racing, Inc.Trainer:  Doug O’NeillBy Square Eddie, out of the General Meeting mare Meetmeinthewoods, Rookie Mistake comes of a scintillating 3 ¼ length win going 5 ½ furlongs on turf here Jan. 3 and although he’s a solid fit in the Cal Cup Derby, he may be better suited for grass.  The 6-5 favorite in the 5 ½ furlong turf debut four starts back here on Oct. 20, Rookie Mistake led throughout prior to tiring late, finishing third, beaten 1 ½ lengths.  Subsequently well beaten in the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile Nov. 1, his best race on dirt came two starts back when he was a close second versus statebred maidens going 5 ½ furlongs at Del Mar Dec. 1. Saturday’s Derby will be his first two turn assignment and he could be a menacing presence for the likes of Bettor Trip Nick.THE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 9  Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTBettor Trip Nick–Catalino Martinez–124Dapper–Geovanni Franco–124Sacred Rider–Abel Cedillo–124Summer Fire–Mike Smith–124Club Aspen–Jorge Velez–124Rookie Mistake–Mario Gutierrez–124Indian Peak–Juan Hernandez–124Fast Enough–Tiago Pereira–124Big Returns–Ruben Fuentes–124First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Reno supporters demand better – Graham

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Struggling FC Reno will have to find a way to avoid relegation, says the club’s head coach, Michael Graham, after watching his team give up a one-goal lead to title chasing Humble Lion in Sunday’s 1-1 draw in the Red Stripe Premier League.”I am a little disappointed because at 1-0 up and playing well in the first half, we came out flat in the second-half and allowed Humble Lion too much time on the ball and a goal we were dreading happened,” stated Graham.Reno are precariously perched just above the relegation zone with 31 points in 10th place, but have breathing room between themselves and red zone teams Rivoli United (23) and Waterhouse FC (22).That, however, is no comfort to the ambitious Graham, who believes winning a paltry seven matches out of 27 is not good enough for the three-time League winners.According to Graham, the club’s rich history and the passionate diehard supporters demand more from their players.”We know where we are letting down the fans. We have an all-round decent squad of players, but for some reason, we cannot get the ball into the net. We tend to create plenty chances in match situations and score few.”That is why we are not doing as well as we would like, and it’s hurting the club’s prospects going forward,” reasoned Graham.Roshane Sharpe has taken on the club’s goal-getter role, netting his sixth goal of the season in Sunday’s match against Humble Lion at Frome Sports Complex.biggest headacheHowever, it’s in defence that Graham has the biggest headache. Reno have conceded 40 goals in all this season, making them the league’s second-worst defensive team behind ninth-placed Boys’ Town FC (43).”We realised that we are not doing a good job in defence, even though we have who I consider good players in there. We are not scoring enough, and on the other hand, we are conceding too many,” Graham said.”That is a recipe for disaster, and the club can do without that at the moment. However, we still have some critical matches ahead of us, so we must give our all to put ourselves at least mid-pack at the end of season,” added Graham.last_img read more

Smooth on the field, Jeter struggles in front office

first_imgNamely, the ever-dwindling Marlins fans base.Jeter has made one public-relations misstep after another since taking over as CEO in October, when a $1.2 billion sale from Jeffrey Loria to the Bruce Sherman-led partnership was approved.Since a 20-minute introductory news conference, Jeter has essentially declared the Miami media to be persona non grata. He did a fluff interview with the team’s flagship radio station and a teleconference during the winter meetings this week after dealing Stanton to the Yankees.“One thing that has been consistent with me throughout my career is I do not operate through the media,” Jeter said on the conference call.Problem is, he needs the media to get out the message he’s trying to sell to Marlins fans, who are so jaded at this point that the damage may be irreparable. Maybe he’s starting to get the message, announcing what seemed to be a hastily assembled town hall meeting with a couple hundred season-ticket holders on Tuesday evening at Marlins Park, along with a promise to meet afterward with the media.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 MOST READ If nothing else, Jeter (or anyone not named Loria, for that matter) should’ve enjoyed a bit of honeymoon, even if it was his intent to dismantle the roster once again.All he had to do was make himself accessible, turn on the charm and let everyone know he was in this for the long haul. All he had to do was make it clear that he wasn’t Loria Lite, running the Marlins like a cash machine for his personal account.There would’ve been grumbles, for sure, but Jeter could’ve pointed to the World Series champion Houston Astros as his template, a franchise that bottomed out no so long ago with three straight 100-loss seasons but always with the intent of rebuilding the farm system and setting up something the Marlins have never had in their quarter-century of existence — long-term success.“If you want to be sustainable as an organization, you have to be good from top to bottom,” Jeter said, again from that conference call. “We’re going to invest in building this organization the right way so we can year in and year out compete.”But those sage words have been drowned out by Jeter’s blunders, from making only a handful of public appearances to skipping out on attending the winter meetings — even though they were being held in the same state. Instead, Jeter was spotted Monday night in a luxury box at the Dolphins NFL game. He’s also turned up in Miami at an NBA game, where he was booed when shown on the video board.Of course, the Marlins were a damaged product long before Jeter arrived.This is a franchise that followed up two World Series titles by immediately breaking up the team, and tore up its roster a third time after Loria got a new publicly funded stadium. They’ll have to do it again largely because Major League Baseball approved an overpriced sale to a group that had to scrape together every spare million just to meet Loria’s ludicrous asking price.The Marlins would’ve been far better served being sold to someone like Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has much deeper pockets and was interested until he saw the asking price. Ross likely would’ve been willing to pay something along the line of $900 million for the tarnished franchise, but Loria wanted to bleed every last dollar out of South Florida on his way out the door.As a parting gift, Loria left the new owners with Stanton’s ludicrous contract — a $325 million boondoggle that could run until 2028, when he would be 38 years old, and includes a full no-trade clause. There were only a handful of teams willing to take on a deal that still must pay out at least $295 million to an injury plagued slugger, and the list was shortened even more when Stanton vetoed a couple of potential suitors.The Yankees were really the only option. FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, Derek Jeter, chief executive officer and part owner of the Miami Marlins, talks with members of the media at the annual baseball general managers’ meetings, in Orlando, Fla. Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. Suave, sophisticated and charming, he made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City. Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)Derek Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. His charisma made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City.Which makes Derek Jeter, The Baseball Executive, all the more baffling.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Brazil great Kaka retiring from soccer at age 35center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. How has a guy who rarely took a wrong step during his long career as the Yankees shortstop and captain managed to become Public Enemy No. 1 in South Florida in just a few short months?Now, this isn’t one of those piling-on diatribes against Jeter for overseeing the latest fire sale by the Miami Marlins .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFrankly, he had no real options beyond dumping MVP slugger Giancarlo Stanton and the worst contract in sports history on his former team . Jeter would probably serve his new team well in the long run by unloading a few more top-of-the-line players. (Christian Yelich, anyone?)What’s more surprising is how quickly Jeter has alienated those he desperately needs to win over while he puts the Marlins through a few more excruciating seasons of starting from scratch . LATEST STORIES Jeter has dealt two more All-Stars as well, outfielder Marcell Ozuna and second baseman Dee Gordon , and he’s surely not done. Second baseman Starlin Castro, acquired in the Stanton deal, probably won’t be around for long. And if Jeter really wants to go all in on this rebuilding project, he’ll do his best to deal Yelich, who’s got an attractive contract (at least four more years at $44.5 million) and would likely bring a huge bounty of prospects.And while he’s at it, Jeter needs to work on his PR skills.No one could’ve seen that one coming.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

UAAP Season 81 Starting 5: Week 8

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament is back in full swing after a week of inactivity due to the break to accommodate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.All eight teams were able to play just once in the weekend at a new venue, Ynares Center in Antipolo, and it was a pretty much an uneventful two days of basketball.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 ChrissThere wasn’t much movement at the top three spots with Ateneo, Adamson University, and De La Salle maintaining their positions.There were, however, some switches in the fourth to sixth seeds with University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University sharing the No. 4 spot while University of Santo Tomas fell to No. 6. Honorable mentionsKenneth Tuffin (Far Eastern University, small forward)Ken Tuffin. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKenneth Tuffin is that person on the roster who has all the qualities of a star but not exactly the brightest of all.But make no mistake, Tuffin is a reliable forward, it’s just that he hasn’t grabbed headlines that much.On Sunday, though, Tuffin made a claim that he should be one of the best forwards in all of the UAAP since he is part of 23 players listed for the potential Philippine team that will compete in the 2023 Fiba World Cup that the country will host.Tuffin was on fire for the Tamaraws against the Red Warriors scoring 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting, all of which, came from three-point area while also grabbing four rebounds and tallying a steal and a block.Juan Gomez De Liaño (University of the Philippines, guard)Juan Gomez De Liaño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUP’s sophomore has taken a liking to stuffing stat sheets every time he gets.Juan Gomez De Liaño, Season 80’s Rookie of the Year, did put up the first triple-double the UAAP has seen in more than a decade and he almost did it again on Sunday against the Bulldogs.De Liaño had 10 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists in a game the Fighting Maroons desperately needed to win. San Beda opens title defense against CJ Perez-less Lyceum Akhuetie dominated National University’s bigs in UP’s 82-71 win to get to a 6-6 standing.He put in 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Maroons and his production alone eclipsed what Troy Rike and Issa Gaye mustered as NU’s center duo who put up a combined eight points and eight rebounds.Arvin Tolentino (Far Eastern University, power forward)Arvin Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArvin Tolentino’s stay in Season 81 has been polarizing at best, that at one point he’s one of the best forwards of the year and on the other he’s been sitting out games due to suspensions.FEU’s sweet-shooting Tolentino was suspended for a total of three games after incurring two suspensions and that the league warned him that if he’s called for one more disqualifying foul he will be banned for the remainder of the tournament.Tolentino has since looked to be a good trooper not only for the Tamaraws but also for the league as he has been scot-free since his return.And on FEU’s 80-61 victory over University of the East, Tolentino was back in his element.Tolentino put up an efficient 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting while also pitching in some dirty work of five rebounds, two steals, and one block.So far, Tolentino averaged 19.5 points in his first two games since he came back.Mark Dyke (De La Salle University, small forward) Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Well, enough of that, here are the players who shone the brightest in the higher altitudes of Antipolo.FrontcourtBright Akhuetie (University of the Philippines, center)Bright Akhuetie. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines needed a big boost coming into Week 8 after it fell out of the top four spots before the break.So there came center Bright Akhuetie who was in his usual self for the Fighting Maroons—being that big guy down on the block to patrol the paint.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next (The Inquirer Sports’ Starting 5 weekly ranking is based on the players’ individual numbers and their respective team’s outcomes during the competition week.)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 What made Melecio’s scoring even more impressive was he did it in just 23 minutes and he didn’t even need to score in the final quarter.This performance earned Melecio his first Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Sports Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week laurel.Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines, shooting guard)Paul Desiderio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Desiderio’s mythos had pretty much died down in Season 81.He had his moments last season especially  when he shouted, “Atin ‘to! Papasok ‘to!” before hitting a clutch three against UST in UP’s 74-73 win in that year’s opening weekend.Desiderio also exploded for 30 points against Ben Mbala and the Green Archers in the Fighting Maroons’ 98-87 win in the first round of Season 80.All those moments, though, were in 2017 and Desiderio needed one to bring life into his Season 81 and he did that against NU.Desiderio had four points in the first three quarters and was even scoreless in the first period before coming alive in the fourth.His line of 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals weren’t gaudy but his guts were.Desiderio scored eight points in the fourth quarter alone including the dagger that gave UP the 80-71 lead with 37.1 seconds remaining. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Mark Dyke. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMark Dyke’s stay with De La Salle hasn’t been noteworthy at best.He played in Season 79 for limited minutes and was cut from the team in Season 80.It wasn’t until Season 81, specifically in the Green Archers’ 110-69 win over UST, that Dyke showed he’s a solid force on all fronts.Dyke emerged from his shell and put up 16 points, on 5-of-8 shooting, with six rebounds and a block in a game that had some extra curricular events.La Salle’s forward said he was the subject of alleged racist taunts, on top of some hard physical play, from the Growling Tigers.Whatever may have happened on the court, Dyke got through it and put in the performance of his collegiate career.BackcourtAljun Melecio (De La Salle University, shooting guard)Aljun Melecio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere was just no stopping Aljun Melecio from creating havoc on UST’s broken defense.La Salle’s blazing guard waved away the cold Antipolo air and lit the Growling Tigers up to the tune of 26 points, the most in Week 8, in 5-of-15 shooting fro three-point area. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Rigged City Council elections just a symptom of APNU/AFC politics

first_imgDear Editor,The approach used to brutally ‘kick out’ former Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikarran from his previous role on the Georgetown Municipality is certainly a serious blow to the democratic rights of the elected councillors. However, given that the objectivity he displayed during the past term conflicted with the irrational behaviour of most on the Council, one would have expected a natural challenge at these elections.There is no denying that most would be inclined to accept the results of such challenges, whenever they occur under conditions of transparency and without violation of people’s rights. According to unchallenged media reports, however, the ‘kick in the butt’ effected on the previous deputy was exercised in a shameful and most undemocratic manner. The occasion of the election for the mayor and deputy mayor was forcefully imbued with much vindictive, power drunk arrogance, exemplifying the partisan party paramountcy position of the PNC of old.Presiding over the proceedings of the rigged elections of the deputy mayor was the returned mayor herself. In a most undemocratic and vicious manner, she moved swiftly to silence any dissenting voice, even among the PNC-laden Council. Although persons stood to identify their intent of making nominations, no other was allowed under the seeming one-person judge, jury and executioner. The nomination of the Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikarran or other should have been allowed and put to a vote. The covering up of the sore in this case, however, would only serve to keep the infection locked inside.It is as clear as day follows night that the PNC racist elements wanted to get rid of the Indian Lionel Jaikarran. Objectivity is of no consequence to this group, (only) the need to send a strong message to any intruding elements of more intent than acceptable procedure. The undemocratic foul-play that took place must not be allowed to continue. Guyanese MUST rise up and be prepared to struggle against all forms of racism and rigged elections.This brutal assault on local democracy in the local government areas must be forcefully confronted. Mr. Bulkan’s attitude and his high-handed approach to governance in the RDCs and NDCs must now be vehemently opposed. The PNC party paramountcy is drilling deep holes in our people’s minds, evens as efforts (are being made) to impregnate our existing space with the suffocating culture of PNC darkest days.What is more disgraceful is the fact that Minister David Patterson was present when all the shenanigans were allowed to masquerade. Further, in several RDCs, the open racism and political directives by the Regional Executive Officers will have to be dealt with. As for functioning of the Local Government Commission, this must get into full operation. And the time is most opportune when the LGC must deal with the inept Town Clerk in Georgetown.We have also witnessed the Minister of Communities’ continued moves to undemocratically enforce and install chairmen and mayors to LAA areas that were tied during the 2018 internal elections.The minister has made an unconvincing effort to explain his undemocratic move by saying that the laws do not provide for by-elections, thus he has the authority to install persons of his choice for the statutory “elected” positions as Chairmen or Mayors of LAAs.With poor leadership, the LAAs where Bulkan has placed his cronies would continue to retrogress like the other Government sectors in this country. This is a clear case of politics before progress or development for the people, something that this dictatorial Government has been practising since it took office.The APNU-appointed political REOs, like the questionable Town Clerk of the Municipality of Georgetown, continue to follow the instructions of their masters to disintegrate and divide our society along racial lines. Bulkan sits back and does nothing to address the calls of the people for better services.The Town Clerk and the Mayor of Georgetown have become the least favoured couple in this country, with the entire city is calling for their replacement.Regards,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Is the Central Bank of Liberia Broke?

first_img35 employees of the Central Bank of Liberia have been brought under the jurisdiction of the court and prohibited from leaving the country until the investigation into the alleged missing L$16 billion is concluded.Is the Central Bank of Liberia broke? And is it so broke to the extent that public financial instruments held by individuals and institutions are purportedly being reportedly downgraded, is the million dollar question lingering on the kinds of the public.The answer is yes, according to a Liberian financial expert Yanqui Zaza who made the disclosure at a Governance Commission one-day policy forum on the state of the Liberian economy held over the weekend at the Lutheran compound in Sinkor.Mr. Zaza disclosed that the Government of Liberia (GOL) in 2016 owed commercial banks a total of US$ 42,435,165. He explained that an analysis of commercial banks’ loan portfolios shows that three sectors of the economy accounts for the stated amount remained outstanding at the close of the fiscal period. Those sectors, according to him are a) Trade; b) Construction and c) Services, while Manufacturing accounted for a mere 5 percent of the total.He furthered that GOL’s over-reliance on what he calls User taxes which include Excise, Value added, Payroll, Income, Real Estate, Property, Sales and other related taxes to finance its budget is unsustainable because such a practice usually leads to the accumulation of huge debts borrowed from international financial institutions such as the World Bank and IMF.Earlier, the President of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) John Davies, from whom Mr. Zaza apparently took his cue, had disclosed during his presentation that the severity of this problem has created a situation wherein commercial banks have developed a tendency to display a rather knee-jerk reaction-NEXT- to those presenting GOL contracts and obligations as collateral for lending assistance.Given the growing public outcry against rising economic difficulties induced by the current liquidity crisis and given the importance that the Daily Observer attaches to this matter, several attempts made over the past few weeks to contact the Central Bank Governor or any of his functionaries for comment proved futile until late Sunday evening when this newspaper finally succeed in establishing contact with Mr. Cyrus Badio, Public Relations Manager at the Central Bank.When asked for comment on Mr. Zaza’s averments that the Central Bank of Liberia at the close of fiscal year 2016 owed commercial banks to the tone of US$42,435,165, Mr. Badio replied that he could not comment since such information was not availed to him, however promised to contact the relevant individuals clothed with the authority to speak on such matters. He did not say when, although requested the Daily Observer to hold on to its story until he had done so.Meanwhile the Daily Observer has confirmed its readiness to publish the Central Bank’s comments in reaction to Mr. Zaza’s comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GRA mulls radical shake-up of tax exemption system

first_img– considering implementing tax credits to create “level playing field”The days of tax exemptions may be winding down, with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) revealing that it is considering radical cut backs on the system and replacing it with tax credits.GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia made this announcement at a business luncheon hosted by the Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association (GMSA). Statia cited the historical abuse of the system and the results of the 2016 Tax Reform Commission. According to the finance specialist, replacing exemptionsGRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statiawith credit would assist in creating a level playing field.“It is a known fact that exemptions are abused and may eventually be replaced with tax credits, thereby creating a level playing field for taxpayers. The Authority is aware that it spends too much resources policing this activity (exemptions), which could be better spent widening the tax net and improving tax efficiency.”Instead of reducing taxable income, tax credits actually reduce the amount of taxes owed. But while tax exemptions are still available, Statia was critical of some businesses not taking advantage of them.“Many businesses also do not adequately realise various tax concessions available under the Act. Until the advent of tax credits, maybe introduced instead of exemptions, businesses must trudge through the various Acts, small businesses in particular do not reap the rewards available under the Small Business Act.”The Guyana Revenue Authority“Exemptions go a begging and the various allowances are often not utilised. Yet, complaints are made when foreign companies benefit and local companies do not. These are available to all competitors in the market and should be used.”In 2015, the Government had established the Tax Reform Committee headed by Dr Maurice Odle. The Committee’s mandate was to examine the country’s taxation system and make recommendations for fixing it. The Committee had reported its findings to the Finance Minister in January 2016.Among its recommendations were an Income Tax threshold of $750,000 with progressive rates of taxation from 20 per cent to 35 per cent, reintroduction of estate duties and levies on tobacco and alcohol.Red tapeMeanwhile, Statia defended the Authority against reports of the sloth and red tape businesses encounter when trying to access tax exemptions. According to Statia, in some cases, incomplete files are sent from the recommending agency to the GRA.“The Authority is usually blamed for holding up exemptions granted by the sister agencies. In the majority of cases, this is not so. Since incomplete files cannot be processed, to alleviate this problem, the Authority has written its sister agencies as to the requirement of documents with each application and has requested meetings with each agency with the view of minimising the time and effort to complete these transactions,” he said.A poignant case of these reports are the tax exemptions mining operators were supposed to access. Back in 2015, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) had signed agreements with the Guyana Energy Agency, the GRA and Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.These agreements had included the granting of exemptions from customs duties on fuel and equipment for eligible miners. But with an initial lifespan of six months, miners complained bitterly that the time elapsed, with many not benefiting.The GGDMA has said that operators were not able to benefit from the grant of duty-free concessions on mining equipment, vehicles and fuel, owing to the red tape experienced at the regulatory agencies involved.As a result, miners have for some time been raising issues such as the spike in taxes across the board implemented by the Government; in particular, the increase of the Tributors Tax from 10 to 20 per cent, Value Added Tax on heavy-duty mining equipment and the two per cent Withholding Tax.last_img read more

Over 200 tips received in the search for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod

first_imgThen on July 19, the RCMP say they found a truck that had been driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky south of Dease Lake.  The vehicle had been burnt, and the body of Leonard Dyck was found at a nearby highway pullout.Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were charged on Wednesday with one count of 2nd-degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck.As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large.Until Tuesday, McLeod and Schmegelsky were considered missing.  During the Tuesday press conference, the RCMP announced the two are now suspects in the three deaths in Northern B.C.The pair were seen in northern Saskatchewan on Sunday, July 21 and then in Gillam Manitoba on July 22.Advertisement A new piece of surveillance video was also released on Friday.  This video was taken in Meadow Lake S.K. on July 21.HAVE THEY CHANGED THEIR APPEARANCE?On Friday Manitoba RCMP said the pair might have changed their appearance and someone could have inadvertently helped the suspects.The RCMP is reminding the public to stay vigilant and call 911 if they have any information by Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky near Gillam started on Monday after their vehicle was found on fire.  Since then the RCMP have increased their presence in the community with SWAT vehicles and check stops.SEARCH TIMELINEOn Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the RCMP named McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects in the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.  Their bodies were found 20km south of Liard River Hot Springs along the Alaska Highway on July 15, 2019.Advertisement Canadians with tips about the suspects should immediately contact their local police. Multiple tips of sightings have been posted to social media & NOT directly reported to police. If the tips are valid, it could create a substantial delay in the response by police. #rcmpmb— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019OTHER SIGHTINGS BEFORE GILLAMRCMP in Cold Lake confirmed another sighting of the suspects on July 21.  At 9:30 a.m., a north end resident of Cold Lake observed a vehicle stuck on a trail behind their residence. Two younger males were observed outside of a Toyota Rav-4. The resident assisted the pair in getting unstuck, and they continued on their way after a short, “unremarkable interaction.”Later that evening, the resident was on social media, where he identified the pair as Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam Mcleod.Advertisementcenter_img GILLAM, M.B. – The RCMP has now received over 200 tips about Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, but not one of the tips has lead them to search anywhere but Gillam Manitoba.On day seven of the search near Gillam, the RCMP have said there are still no new sightings of the pair.  “Officers are searching cottages, cabins, waterways, & along the rail line for any signs of the suspects. This search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot & in the air. The terrain is immense & varied w/lakes, ponds, muskeg etc.”No new sightings of suspects. Officers are searching cottages, cabins, waterways, & along the rail line for any signs of the suspects. This search of remote areas is being conducted both on foot & in the air. The terrain is immense & varied w/lakes, ponds, muskeg etc. #rcmpmb— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 28, 2019- Advertisement -The RCMP are still asking for tips from the public.  The RCMP say many tips are being shared on social media rather than with the RCMP, and that has caused substantial delays.  If you have any information to share, contact your local RCMP or call 911.The RCMP continues to remind the public that it’s possible the suspects inadvertently received assistance & no longer in the area.Advertisementlast_img read more

Crystal Palace boss coy over link with Swansea striker

first_img1 Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew kept his cards close to his chest when questioned on the possibility of signing Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis and Liverpool defender Jose Enrique.Gomis, 29, has been linked with a move to Selhurst Park since the transfer window opened and, despite snapping up Arsenal’s Yaya Sanogo on loan, the Eagles boss is still in the market for another striker.Pardew said: “He is a Swansea player and I will not talk about a player who is at another club.”The former Newcastle boss also played down talk of an approach for Spanish defender Enrique who he worked with at St James’ Park.He added: “I have not made as such a direct enquiry to the player, his agent, the manager of Liverpool or the chairman of Liverpool.”last_img read more

Na Rossa notes: Declan and Christian Bonner involved for Donegal in McKenna Cup

first_imgThe lotto draw took place last Monday night in the hall. Numbers drawn were 12,13,20 and 27. There was no jackpot winner on the night. Two lucky dips win €50 Seamus Boyce Meenacarn and Deirdre  Gallagher Ardara.Next week’s jackpot now stands at €2.850. The club AGM is fixed for the weekend of January 13th with the exact day and time to be confirmed in next week’s notes.The committee would like to wish all our members and supporters a very happy new year as we look forward to the 2017 season.The committee would also like to wish Declan and Christian good luck as the Donegal U21 season begins at the weekend.Na Rossa notes: Declan and Christian Bonner involved for Donegal in McKenna Cup was last modified: January 3rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

Spain World Cup preparations shattered by manager exit

first_img Julen Lopetegui has left his role as Spain manager Julen Lopetegui has been sacked by Luis Rubiales, the head of the Spanish FA 3 3 talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia. News of Lopetegui’s departure comes after it emerged the 51-year-old will replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid’s new manager.In a swiftly arranged press conference on Wednesday morning, Luis Rubiales, the head of the Spanish FA, said they were left without any choice to part ways.“We wish him the greatest of luck,” Rubiales said.“Lopetegui has been a great coach. But we cannot accept this behaviour, we only found about his [Real Madrid] decision five minutes before the announcement.“This has been done without our knowledge. I do not feel betrayed. But this is how it must be.center_img Julen Lopetegui has left his role as Spain manager 24 hours before the World Cup begins.The 2010 champions begin their campaign against Portugal on Friday, but must do so without the man who got them there. 3 “If someone wants to talk to one of our employees, they must  speak to us too. This is a basic requirement. The national team is for the entire nation.”Early suggestions put Spain Under-21 Coach Albert Celades and Fernando Hierro – both former Madrid players – as candidates to fill the void.“We are going to touch as little as possible,” Rubiales said in reference to replacements. “We are working on it. When we know we will tell you.“I have spoken with the players and I can guarantee they will do everything, along with the new coach, to take the team as far as possible. To win is very important, to have the best coach very important, but above everything is acting in the right way.“Maybe this is tough now, but in the end it will make us stronger.” 3last_img read more