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#JaVotes2016: Political loyalty as strong as 50-year marriage

first_imgLucy Lindo wanted to make one thing clear after she and her husband of nearly 50 years, Joseph, exited a polling station together in Gordon Town, St Andrew East Rural. They acknowledged voting for the same political party, but Lucy insists that it was her choice to vote like her husband. “Him can’t tell me who fi vote fah. A me waan vote dah way deh,” she insisted, with her smiling husband standing nearby. Explaining his decision to vote, Lindo said he wanted to support a political party that would make things right for all Jamaicans. The Jamaica Labour Party’s Juliet Holness is challenging the People’s National Party’s Imani Duncan-Price to become the parliamentary representative for the constituencylast_img read more

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Generika-Ayala hopes familiarity will key successful all-Filipino stint

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Russian hammer thrower banned for using 4 different drugs The league opens on Oct. 30 at Filoil Flying V Centre while the formal opening ceremony will be on Nov. 3 at Ynares Sports Center.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Generika-Ayala will be coming in with a lot of confidence when the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference kicks off.Head coach Sherwin Meneses said the team’s adjustment period is finally over and it’s now time for them to join the heavyweights in a wide-open race to the title.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Meneses said they didn’t boost their lineup with a blue-chip recruit, but Angeli Araneta, Marivic Meneses, Mikaela Lopez, Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain will all return with better cohesion and familiarity.Of course, backline defenders Kat Arado and Bia General will also be back together with Bang Pineda, April Hingpit, Carol Cerveza, Laizah Bendong, Sheeka Espinosa, Marlyn Llagoso and Jamie Lavitoria.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 Chriss“The adjustment period is over and it’s now time for us to come up with the result,” said Meneses, hoping to transform their great offseason preparation into a successful return to the semifinals after a long absence.“I hope we can carry the momentum all the way to the All-Filipino Conference.” View commentslast_img read more

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Pistons pull away in 4th quarter, turn back Suns

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Pistons lost afternoon games against Philadelphia and Charlotte earlier this month. Sunday’s matchup tipped off shortly after 4 p.m. Booker scored 21 points in the first half, but the Pistons led 62-60 after two quarters.It was close throughout the third and still tied at 88 early in the fourth. Then Langston Galloway made a 3-pointer that began Detroit’s crucial run. Jackson and Stanley Johnson also made 3s during that stretch.“It’s always tough to win on the road, obviously, but we did some different things to try to keep them off balance a little bit, but then they kind of adjusted,” Phoenix’s Jamal Crawford said. “From that point, they made shots and our shots became a little bit tougher.”Booker scored the first seven points of the second half for Phoenix, then didn’t have a field goal until he made a 3-pointer to end the Detroit run in the fourth.“There’s really no stopping him,” Johnson said. “I go out there and try to slow him down and get a little more physical with him.”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 View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For three quarters Sunday, the Pistons seemed content to trade baskets with lowly Phoenix, but Detroit finally went on a 15-3 run in the fourth and beat the Suns 118-107. Andre Drummond had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Blake Griffin added 16 points and 11 assists for the Pistons.Devin Booker scored 37 points for Phoenix, and rookie Deandre Ayton had a season-high 25 points with 13 rebounds. Reggie Jackson had 19 points and eight assists for the Pistons.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 ChrissPhoenix forward T.J. Warren was ejected in the second quarter after receiving two technical fouls following an offensive foul that was called against him.“I’m not going to make any comments about the call, but I think T.J. overreacted and the official had to use his judgment,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “I told him that T.J. is one of the nicest people in the world and that was out of character, but he’s judging what is happening in the moment. T.J. can take one, but you can’t take two and hurt the team.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Arsenal is knocking on the Champions League door Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin makes a layup during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Dwane Casey is a little perplexed by his team’s performance in afternoon games.“We’ve got to drink some coffee in the morning, wake up a little bit earlier,” the Detroit coach said. “Wake up a little bit earlier, have a 6 o’clock-in-the-morning shootaround, something to get us going.”ADVERTISEMENT Pistons: Host New York on Tuesday night. ON THE LINEDrummond has improved his free throws quite a bit, but he went just 1 for 8 on Sunday, including an airball in the fourth quarter.Phoenix tried fouling him intentionally in the fourth, but the Suns couldn’t capitalize on his misses that much.EFFICIENTAyton came into the game shooting 61 percent from the field, and the rookie big man went 11 of 13 against Detroit. It was his 11th double-double.TIP-INSSuns: Crawford scored 12 points, surpassing 19,000 for his career. … Booker scored 30-plus points for the fourth time this season.Pistons: Detroit is without G Luke Kennard, who has been recovering from a sprained right shoulder. … Galloway scored 15 points and Johnson added 14. … The Pistons have won six of their last eight. … Detroit tied a season high with 30 assists.UP NEXTSuns: Host Indiana on Tuesday night. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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It is time for a serious conversation

first_imgDear Editor,In his New Year’s Day message of 1974, Prime Minister Forbes Burnham announced the imposition of a special tax levy (called the sugar levy) to extract a portion of the huge profits that accrued to Bookers McConnell (Bookers) and the others in the plantocracy as a result of the high price for raw sugar on the world market. In 1975, this levy yielded over US$85 million for the Burnham regime. But Burnham wanted more than cash; he wanted control.Two years after, in May 1976, on the nation’s tenth anniversary of independence, Burnham made his move and Bookers was “nationalised and placed under the management of several State corporations run by Guyanese personnel” as highlighted by Professor Ralph R Premdas. The evidence reveals that much of the sugar levy from 1974 and 1975 was used to pay the sale price for the Bookers assets (US$40 million). However, once that issue was settled, the fund served as budget support to the entire nation. I have been working on an in-depth analysis on this levy and I have found empirical evidence to prove that between 1974 and 2013 when former President Bharrat Jagdeo finally repealed the sugar level by way of Act No 11 of 2003, the sugar industry transferred some US$1.5 billion to the national coffers. (See table below):What was quite revealing was that the sugar industry transferred, annually, an average of US$57 million to the national budget for some 29 years. This sugar levy served to benefit people in all 10 regions of Guyana, whether they lived in Bartica, Linden, Mahdia, Georgetown, or beyond. So the evidence is there to prove that the sugar belt has paid its dues to this nation. All that was asked of this nation since the sugar industry became cash depletive was for some temporary cash support.In 2015, before the elections, I prepared a 5-year turnaround plan that would have reduced the cash loss to US$9 million by 2020 (if it was implemented in 2015). On top of that turnaround plan would have been a 5-year stabilisation plan that would have achieved cash neutrality by 2025.In total, the turnaround and stabilisation plans over these 10 years would have taken from the Treasury about US$238 million. Here was a company that provided this nation with over US$1655 million in cash support and in return was just asking for 14% of that sum to be ploughed back into the industry as a means to protect and preserve 15,000 jobs. This is what Team Granger could not do. But there is more since directly the industry supports some 60,000 people including some 28,000 children and indirectly over 110,000 people mainly across rural Berbice and Demerara.As we are all seeing today, Team Granger has been nothing but short-sighted and thankless to the sugar industry, which carried this nation for centuries. Now that the sugar belt has an ailment, these ingrates in the Granger cabal are prepared to confine it to the “destitute ward” without even considering that there is enough science to repair it. The fact remains when other industries were failing in the 1980s, it was sugar that bailed them out.Although the Parvattan Commission provided some level of information that could have served as a foundation for a proper due diligence exercise, Team Granger dumped their key recommendations. As a nation, we are no better off at understanding the business model, focusing on cutting non-value added cost, increasing value-added sales like packaged sugar products and rebuilding confidence across the workforce. Rather, this nation is being financially burdened by a US$150 million loan that is costing us money but has not been effectively put to work. This is shameful!It is time for a serious conversation on how to rebuild an industry that should be focused on value-added sugar-related products as this country embarks on a path that is on the brink of great wealth.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

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Africa’s Problem is Politics, Not Charity

first_imgMessers Colley, Onyegbula (7th from right) and others shortly after the ceremony.-INCHR acting chairThe acting chair of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), Bartholomew B. Colley, has said the problem that Africans are faced with is more political than charity, “because the continent is fighting against the tenets of democracy.”Colley made the  on Wednesday at a program held to honor Sonny Onyegbula, an INCHR partner assigned with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), whose tenure with the mission has ended.Liberia is at a critical juncture where citizens have the opportunity to decide whether the country protects the rights of others, which would also guarantee that the pending runoff elections would not end in chaos, Colley admonished.He said the INCHR will hold Liberian leaders accountable for the protection of the rights of others, noting that the commission will start to do constructive interactions with political parties to promote the rights of citizens during and after the elections.Colley said most African leaders focus on what they will acquire from politics, instead of maintaining the rights of others to better the society. The promotion of human rights in Africa is a major challenge that needs the full support of and collaboration with international partners, said Colley.“Human rights is not the white man’s knowledge as many Africans consider it be, but it is also in the best interest of everybody without discrimination,” Colley said.He added that every human being is equally entitled to the enjoyment of human rights without discrimination, saying “these rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.”He said the commission will miss Onyegbula for his “good working relationship and his willingness to promote human rights.”Onyegbula, in response, expressed appreciation to INCHR authorities for the “unexpected honor” they bestowed on him as he departs the country.“Everywhere I have worked, I have always tried to put my best into whatever I am assigned to do,” he said, and encouraged the commission to ensure that  everything they do must be done at their best to develop the rights of others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Teen found guilty of killing East Canje “bad” man

first_imgNineteen-year-old Davenand Dhandhari has been found guilty of killing East Canje labourer Omesh Seelall, 21, called “Rovin” and “Short Neck,” of Betsy Ground, East Canje in April 2018.After deliberating for more than three hours on Monday, The mixed jury in the Berbice High Court returned the unanimous verdict of guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.Prior to the incident that caused his conviction, Dhandhari, of Lot 27 Betsy Ground, East Canje, Berbice, had been an aspiring lawyer. He was convicted for unlawfully killing Omesh Seelall, was had also been known as the “East Canje bad man”, by hitting him to the head with a piece of wood he had removed from an animal drawn cart.The youths had been among others when an argument erupted between the two during a wedding house brawl. The accused reportedly grabbed a piece of wood from an animal-drawn cart and hit Seelall on the head, rendering him unconscious.During the trial, Dhandhari told the court that Seelall was attacking him with a knife and he grabbed the wood to defend himself.Seelall, a labourer, sustained injuries to his head, resulting in his death six days after he was hit.Dhandhari told the court that at the time of the incident he was scared, knowing Seelall’s reputation. He related that in 2014 Seelall had stabbed a man and was before the court for attempted murder. A few days before the incident, at another wedding, he had also been involved in a fight; and at the wedding house earlier that night, he had again been involved in a fight.During the trial witnesses gave conflicting evidence as to what had transpired and what was left at the scene.The dead man’s brother said he had seen a piece of wood and a knife, while grandmother of the accused said she had seen only a piece of wood. The prosecution’s chief witness said she had witnessed Dhandhari running towards Seelall and lashing him. She also testified that at the time Seelall had a knife.In his testimony, Dhandari admitted there had been some hostility between them prior to the incident of April 22, 2016. He said he had gone into a shop and seen Seelall drinking a beer, and Seelall had looked at him and said, “Look this fat anti-man.”Dhandhari told the court he responded by saying, “You can only look, but you can’t do anything.”After the jury had given its verdict, Dhandhari was heard wailing and saying the justice system is unfair. At the time of the incident he was a secondary school student and has to sit his CAPE from behind the prison walls.Meanwhile, Defence attorney Mursaline Bacchus asked for a probation report on the accused to be presented.Justice Joann Barlow has set September 12 for sentencing, when the probation report should be presented. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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GTUC welcomes meeting between Govt and Opposition

first_img– calls for broadening of national conversation with civil society The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) said it welcomed the meeting between the Government and Opposition which was held on Wednesday.The major trade union body said the meeting shows a commitment from both parties to work together, to keep the Executive and Parliament functioning. The Union described it as a good sign which must be maintained and carried through.“It was a good and necessary sign of the times to see the coalition united in its approach to meet with the Opposition. It is encouraging that they are engaging even as they await the court’s deliberation on matters brought before it on the no-confidence vote,” the GTUC said in a statement on Thursday.The Union recognised that Opposition and Government have a responsibility to ensure the day-to-day administration of the State where peace and order prevail and the governmental functions are executed.“The GTUC is reassured by President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s agreement that the Executive and Parliament will continue to function, the Judiciary will be allowed to adjudicate the matter, they will ask their supporters to tone down the rhetoric, continue to work together and engage [the Guyana Elections Commission] GECOM,” it added.Moreover, the Union said Wednesday’s meeting was a step in the right direction, which has opened the door for continued dialogue. It also presented an opportunity to demonstrate political maturity and willingness to settle political dispute over the drawing table in a sensible manner.Both sides of the fence, it said, have an opportunity to break out of the path of pursuit of conflict instead of working for the common good. The GTUC also feels that they have an opportunity to go down in history to a peaceful process and resolution of our difference, down to the interpretation of the confidence vote.“They have the opportunity to demonstrate to their supporters, the people of Guyana, and the world that we can change the course of history of unnecessary confrontation and conflict; that we recognise that power also lies in the arms of the Judiciary in whom we must place our trust at this time to adjudicate on matters pertaining to the confidence vote.”The GTUC therefore called on society to give the Government a chance to do what is right even as the Opposition is encouraged to remain vigilant, which is what they are elected to do.The GTUC said it looks forward for broadening of the national conversation with the involvement of civil society. It said it is time to meet with civil society, the representatives of the people whose lives are to be directly affected by what is happening, underscoring that they have concerns too.“As we call for the respect for the Constitution and its various articles, can we also call for and respect the importance of Article 13 which outlines the Principal Political Objective of the State that mandates an inclusionary democracy where citizens and their organisations will be involved in the management and decision-making processes of the State that directly impact their well-being.”last_img read more

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Stewart driven by family strife

first_img“I don’t care about driving big cars or none of that,” Stewart said. “All my money is going to help them get out of there. It’s about family first, that’s how I was brought up. I just want to make it … it don’t matter if it’s the NBA or overseas, so that I can help them.” He hopes to move his family west someday. Lodrick and his twin brother Rodrick moved to Seattle for high school with their father Andrew “Bull” Stewart. Lodrick hadn’t been back to Mississippi in six years. “It’s not like here where blacks and whites live next to each other and are friends,” Lodrick Stewart said. “It’s different in the South. There’s still slave houses out there.” Stewart said he sometimes feels lonely on his own in Los Angeles. He came to USC with Rodrick, but his brother later transferred to Kansas. “I have nobody to turn to here, no family,” Stewart said. “I hang out with teammates, and they’re like my family. But it’s still hard because it’s not like blood family.” LOS ANGELES – Lodrick Stewart’s trip home to Mississippi for his great grandfather’s funeral last weekend made the senior guard more determined than ever to have a future in basketball. Stewart’s family lives on a large plantation. He said his ancestors were brought from Nigeria as slaves, and the slave owner left the plantation to the Stewarts when he died. Most of his family has lived there ever since. center_img USC’s last victory at Arizona’s McKale Center came Jan. 17, 1985, by a score of 64-63. The Trojans’ 21 consecutive losses at Arizona are their most against any Pac-10 Conference opponent. matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Making proper adjustments

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – “The Catch” no doubt will follow Gary Matthews Jr. forever, but what nobody saw was the preparation it took to create a mere 10 seconds of baseball immortality. Matthews said there was much more that went into his July 1 catch of a drive off the bat of the Houston Astros’ Mike Lamb than just a guy who got a good jump. To make such a play in an Angels uniform, Matthews isn’t worried so much about getting used to the dimensions of Angel Stadium. There are other more pressing concerns. “It’s important to know the places you play in, but it’s probably more important to know your own pitching staff and to know your two corner outfielders,” Matthews said about being a Gold Glove-caliber center fielder. “We have scouting reports on all the hitters that come up but I have to have an idea of the velocity our pitcher has and the scouting report on a specific hitter. “The field comes into play but not as much as knowing your pitchers and the scouting reports of the different hitters and knowing your corner outfielders.” That would mean playing with Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero this spring will be paramount, but manager Mike Scioscia isn’t going to overwork his veteran corner outfielders. In his third year as an outfielder for the Texas Rangers, it certainly helped Matthews that he knew his own ballpark well. Matthews raced back to the center field wall and leaped against the padding while putting his right hand on top of the wall for support. While propping his body well above the yellow stripe, Matthews made the catch with his back to home plate. He then spun around and landed on the warning track with the ball held aloft. center_img “They’ve already acclimated themselves in some drills and what they’ve done with defensive work,” Scioscia said. “The amount of playing time they’ll get during the spring will be fine for understanding range and positioning. “Those guys will integrate pretty quickly.” John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar each will pitch Tuesday when the Angels conduct an intrasquad game. Ervin Santana is in line to start Thursday’s Cactus League opener against the Kansas City Royals. The schedule gives an inside peek at the regular-season rotation, something Scioscia has refused to disclose. If Lackey starts on opening day, as expected, it appears he will be followed by Escobar and then Santana. Joe Saunders and Jered Weaver would assume the final two spots of the rotation. With Weaver behind schedule because of biceps tendinitis, it is likely he would take the No. 5 spot in the rotation to give him more recovery time. Bartolo Colon’s progress on flat ground would put him on schedule for throwing at least live batting practice or pitching in a simulated game before spring training ends. His return, though, still would be some time in May at the earliest and more likely June. Santana said the addition of a dependable slider will help him get even better this season. Having two years of experience in the major leagues also will play a role. Santana said he still has the same grip on his slider but is working on finishing the pitch better than he did last season when it had a tendency to act like a hanging curveball. doug.padilla@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘I won’t rest Costa’, confirms Chelsea boss Mourinho

first_img1 Chelsea striker Diego Costa Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he intends to risk Diego Costa’s fitness by starting the striker in upcoming games against Sporting Lisbon and Arsenal.The Spaniard has enjoyed a prolific start to his Blues career and is the Premier League’s top scorer with eight goals in only six games for the side.But his ongoing hamstring injuries are a concern for Mourinho, who has previously said Costa needs complete rest in order to fully recover from his niggling problem.Nevertheless, after drawing 1-1 in their Champions League opener against Schalke when Costa started on the bench, the Chelsea boss has admitted he needs the striker’s prowess in the box for a run of crucial matches.“Diego starts,” said Mourinho, who was speaking on the eve of the Group G clash with Sporting at Estadio Jose Alvalade.“There is a risk, yes, but he plays. We assume the risk and he plays. Hopefully everything goes well and hopefully from Tuesday till Sunday he has enough period of time to be back again on track and to play against Arsenal [in the Premier League].“It’s an important game for us tomorrow, a difficult game and if I can play my best players and the team I think is the best team to try to get the best result, I’m not going to make any change.“I don’t rest people. I make decisions. I don’t think about Arsenal – I think about Sporting and I’m going to start with the team that I think is the best team.“Diego is playing with us every match in the Premier League, the team has worked with him a lot of times. So the team at this moment is more made to play with Diego.”Mourinho does not expect Spain to respect his wish not to call up Costa for national service, which he believes will only add to the forward’s injury woes.The Portuguese said: “I have the feeling that next week he goes to the national team. I have the feeling that in the national team they will not consider the fact that he is in trouble so tomorrow he plays and hopefully he plays Sunday again against Arsenal.“But in this moment I don’t think about Arsenal – I think about Sporting. And Diego starts tomorrow.”Loic Remy is the only like-for-like replacement for Costa in Chelsea’s 20-man squad after Didier Drogba aggravated an ankle problem in training, and did not travel.“Drogba’s going to be out for a couple of weeks,” Mourinho added.“He had a problem in a training session in the ankle. Not possible to travel [to Lisbon] and I think not possible to recover for Sunday.“Remy’s learning how to play with us,” the Blues boss added. “His movement is good, his pace is good, he can get behind defenders. He’s not bad in the air.“I think he has some similarities with Diego and if he has to play, no problem.”last_img read more

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