January 20, 2020

Jamaica surf to lobby for Olympic qualifying event

first_imgLast August, the decision was taken to include surfing as an Olympic sport, adding it to the 2022 Games in Tokyo, Japan.According to Jamaica Surfing Association President Billy Wilmot, his association will push the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to certify one of their two international surf competitions as an Olympic qualifying event.Jamaica host two major surf competitions annually, the MAKKA PRO championship in St Thomas and the Palisadoes leg of the JSE Jamaica National Open series, and Wilmot is hoping to persuade the IOC to accept one of these competitions as an Olympic qualifier.”Surfing has been included in the Olympics for the first time … and since we have been hosting an international event for the past 10 years, we are hoping we can get our annual event to be considered as an Olympic qualifying event, even if it is for the first round of elimination,” he told The Gleaner.The format for elimination and qualification is still being considered by the IOC.MAJOR AMBITIONQualifying for the Games is also a major ambition of the long-serving president, who has almost single-handedly taken surfing from nothing to being a recognised sport locally.”We are looking at the necessary qualifications for a Jamaican team to see how far we can go,” added Wilmot.Being a part of the Olympic Movement now means the Jamaica Surfing Association has the chance to access even more funding, and Wilmot says they are taking advantage of these new opportunities.”The Olympics put us in a different position. Before we didn’t have access to IOC and, by extension, the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), so we couldn’t access funding, although surfing is a sport the IOC recognised as an international sport; but it was not an Olympic sport.”As a result of this new development, there is an opportunity to access international and local Olympic funding. We are in the process of putting together a four-year development plan to approach the Olympic Solidarity Fund to get assistance for three or four top-tier surfers, to see how we can help develop their surfing potential,” he said.last_img read more

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January 17, 2020

Senseless action By Minister Tabitha Sarboo Halley

first_imgDear Editor,I am emotionally touched to read an article that was published in your daily newspaper, dated, Monday June 03 2019 under the theme’ New Minister sends personnel department, accountant packing’.Editor, in a country where unemployment is over 40 % and is rampant in all administrative regions, it is shocking to know that our honorable minister takes such a drastic step without thinking by removing the daily bread from the tables of those fired employees.Some of them dedicated over 15 years of their lives serving the Government and people of Guyana in the different positions that they were occupying. As much, as I admire the minister for her good deeds and approachable lifestyle, such an action will cause the fall of her Government in the next General Elections.Editor, over 7000 sugar workers were fired and tossed to a life of poverty by this Government without no proper systems in place for future employment and another 2000 Amerindian community support officers were fired and now this Minister is sending her staff packing without no valid and proper reasons for her actions.And to crown it all, she had the employees escorted by police out of the building as if they were criminals, I could feel the emotion and sorrow from that fiasco. This is victimization to its fullest and should never be tolerated in this country.Editor, this Government should be highly focusing on providing employment and seeking ways of how the unemployed population of Guyana can be able to gain useful skills and knowledge in order to acquire employment but instead they are contributing to the high level of unemployment that is sweeping the entire country like a wildfire.Editor, the entire country are already feeling the hardships of life, increase in criminal activities, the high level of domestic violence and a decreasing economy are just a few elements that is bleeding our country to its death. Our honorable Minister needs to reconsider the impact of the actions that she has taken and make it right. Reinstate the fired employees and much less apologies for her drastic and senseless action that she has taken. You cannot make a quick judgment and solution from information that you have gathered from files, it take steps and there is a process or procedure in getting things done.I am hereby calling on our commander in chief of the Armed forces of Guyana and or our president of this beautiful country to intervene and reinstate the workers, provide a thorough guidance and council to your ministers so they won’t be making very stupid and senseless acts just because of their high positions that they are designated.Yours Respectfully,Robin JosephCouncilor, WaramuriVillagelast_img read more

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January 15, 2020

Likuena (Crocodiles) in Town against Lone Star

first_imgA 25-man team delegation of the Lesotho national football team, dubbed Likuena (The Crocodiles) arrived in the country yesterday afternoon to face the national team Lone Star on Sunday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.LFA Secretary General Alphonso Armah, who headed the protocol team, said the team is lodged at the Krystal Oceanview Hotel in Mamba Point.The Lesotho delegation is comprised of 20 players, including goalkeepers Likano Mphuthi, Kananelo Makhooane and Mohau Kuenane.The defenders are Sepiriti Malefane, Nkau Lerotholi, Thabo Masualle, Basia Makepe, Tlali Maile, and Bokang Mothoana.Midfielders: Mabuti Potloane, Tšoanelo Koetle, Lekhanya Lekhanya, Motlalepula Mofolo, Makara Ntaitsane, Tšepo Seturumane, Bushy Moletsane, Phafa Tšosane, Khoto Sesinyi and twin strikers Thapelo Tale and Tšepo Lekhooana.The winner of the tie will proceed to a tie against either Comoros or Kenya in the second knockout phase on July 18-20 and August 1-3.Interim Coach Thomas Kojo’s Lone Star will have support from five international players four of which were officially called.The players are Captain Anthony Laffor, former CSKA Moscow attacking midfielder Sekou Jabateh, who is on loan to Greek club PAOK Salonika, defensive midfielder Alseny ‘Ocha-cha’ Keita, plying his trade in the lower division in France for Jean D’arch Drancy, potent striker Chris Jones, from Germany.Some of the locals include Teah Dennis, Isaac Popu, Prince Jatoh, Soto Roberts, Myers Garlo and Nathaniel Sherman.Meanwhile, LFA President Musa Bility has expressed frustration over the Liberian government’s careless attitude toward the national teams.Bility said on Wednesday on a local radio that Liberians should not blame the FA but the government if Lone Star failed because of the government lack of financial supports to the teams.He said up to yesterday there was a dime from the government as its support to the team against Lesotho.His comments come in the wake of mounting concerns in the public as to why the LFA didn’t invite top scorers Francis Grand Pa Doe and Dioh Williams among others.Bility indicated that though the technical staff had recommended for more professionals, the LFA was constrained to cut the number to four because of financial constraints.He said officials of the LFA are going into their personal coffers to underwrite the teams’ expenses. 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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January 14, 2020

Timber Assn. Threatens Anti-Forest GOL Letter of Intent

first_imgBarley two weeks after the Liberian Government’s ‘Letter of Intent’ agreement with the Norwegian Government, the Liberia Timber Association (LTA) has threatened legal action to reject the agreement before ratification by the National Legislature.The Liberian Government about two weeks ago signed a ‘Letter of Intent’ with the Kingdom of Norway whereby GOL consented to undertake measures to preserve Liberia’s remaining forests in return for a compensation of US$150 million from Norway.  Addressing a press conference Monday in Monrovia, the president of the LTA, Rudolf Merab was critical of the agreement, saying it was regrettable that neither the LTA, its members nor other stakeholders were contacted or involved in any aspect of the negotiations and decisions leading to the signing of the ‘Letter of Intent’.Mr. Merab, a Liberian businessman, said the measures purported to preserve and conserve the forests of Liberia would be highly detrimental to development in the forest communities, and to the interests of investors, businessmen and thousands of Liberians who are currently employed by the forestry industry.Mr. Merab said extensive public debate and broad participation of logging companies and civil society organizations in the country were indispensable to reaching such an agreement.In his carefully worded statement, Merab implied that the measures agreed to in exchange for US$150 million to the GOL  were due to intense pressure from foreign governments and international civil society designed to shut down the logging industry in Liberia.He further indicated that the measures, which started with the 2006 Forestry Reform Law, included the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI), the European Union Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) and others that have been sealed and climaxed with the signing of the ‘Letter of Intent.’The agreement was also intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and developing Liberia’s agriculture sector, the LTA president intimated.He described the ‘Letter of Intent’ as an offense and a flagrant disregard of the rule of law by the Liberian Government.“We can recall that the issue of Reduced Emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) was discussed by all stakeholders, Government of Liberia, private sector and civil society and a conclusion was reached that REDD was not workable in Liberia and we thought that the issue had been put to rest,” Mr. Merab declared.It was, therefore, surprising, said Merab, that the issue of REDD has resurfaced this time with a unilateral agreement between the governments of Norway and Liberia outside of the rules of the 2006 National Forest Reform Law.The LTA head also underscored the need for the Liberian Government to put the contents of the ‘Letter of Intent’ agreement in the public domain for extensive debate by all Liberians.He declared that the LTA is “totally and wholly against the signing and implementation of the ‘Letter of Intent’ by the two governments”.The agreement was signed outside of the rules established under the 2006 NFRL and also does not address the critical issues of companies which have signed a 25-years Forest Management Contract (FMC) with the Government of Liberia, he maintained.The LTA further contends that the agreement seeks to use an outdated Executive Order (January 2013) to place a moratorium on several logging companies in the name of halting illegal PUPs.Besides, the LTA declared, the implementation of the agreement in its current form is not in the interest of Liberia and its future generations.The LTA official predicted that the agreement is likely to generate more conflicts with local communities whose livelihoods depend on forest resources and opens a door for multiple legal actions against the government of Liberia.LTA also claims that the agreement tends to deny community-related development such as roads, schools, clinics that are traditionally undertaken by logging companies in areas where government has not been able to undertake these developments.The LTA president said his organization recognizes the fact that rich and industrialized nations of the world are the greatest producers of greenhouse gas emission; and are throwing out inadequate funds to small and poor countries like Liberia to preserve their forests to the detriment of their own people and economic wellbeing.President Merab also wondered why those countries don’t stop producing and using fossil fuel which is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases.“The LTA is calling on the National Legislature not to ratify the ‘Letter of Intent’ without an open public debate and that government does not proceed with implementation of the agreement because it is not in the best interest of Liberia,” Mr. Merab declared.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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January 14, 2020

Lebanese Community Underscores Harsh Challenges in Liberia

first_imgAmb. Kastoun, Mrs. Kastoun and Mr. Wazni stand to welcome guests.The President of the World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU), Ahmad Wazni has spoken of the too many bureaucracies in government, tough regulations associated with entering Liberia, costly and continuous regularization of resident and work permits, and business registration as some challenges confronting the Lebanese community in contributing its quota to the country’s development.Wazni made the statement during a program marking the observance of the 76th National Day anniversary of Lebanon, which was held on November 22 in the presence of scores of diplomats and officials of government, including Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar Findley, House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, and Senate Pro Tempore Albert Chie.Mr. Wazni said these situations create suspicion, not only among the Lebanese, but also in other foreign investors about confidence in making business in the country.In order to build confidence in foreign investors, he called on the government to review the laws to create an enabling environment that will make the country business friendly.Mr. Wazni said having a transparent system in place will build trust in investors to make business in any environment, including Liberia.Lebanese by occupation are traders who dominate the Liberian foreign-owned businesses, followed by the Indians, and then the Chinese and Fula traders.Wazni said the situation, coupled with “inadequate healthcare and education facilities,” has contributed to the exodus of Lebanese people, recalling that before 1990 about 18,000 to 20,000 Lebanese were in the country, but the number has now been reduced to about 4,000.The call for review of business and other laws in Liberia may not only be in favor of the Lebanese community and other foreign investors but Liberian business people as well.Liberian business people in past and current regimes have spoken against harsh taxation at ports of entry, especially at the Freeport of Monrovia where custom duties and other taxes imposed on goods imported have been one of the main issues raised in the public domain.  Investigation has shown that this prevailing situation now causes many people to use the port of Guinea to clear their vehicles instead of the Freeport of Monrovia that charges exorbitantly to clear a single container.Many times containers of goods have been abandoned at the Freeport due to high taxes levied on them.It can be recalled that prior to the inauguration of President George Weah, business people staged a number of strike actions calling on the government to reduce import duty on imported goods, because of the adverse consequences on both the importers and the consuming public.In a related development, Mr. Wazni has, on behalf of the Lebanese community, declared Liberia as the only country a lot of them call home and, therefore, they are ready to contribute to its socioeconomic development.Wazni said most Lebanese living in Liberia today were born and nurtured here, something that makes them to believe that they have no better home than Liberia.“Many of us here refer to this country as our home; we were born here and brought up here, and lived here for the rest of our lives, and it is in Liberia we intend to live until God calls us from labor to rest,” Wazni said.He added that while they have Lebanese heritage that includes race, language and religion, they are Liberians, “because this is where we live without thinking of going back to Lebanon.”Predicated upon their loyalty to Liberian citizenship and the joy they have had to be identified with Liberians, Mr. Wazni said they are, therefore, in support of President George Weah’s proposal for constitutional amendment that calls for removal of “the discriminatory clause” in the Liberian Constitution that grants citizenship to people only of the Negro race.Mr. Wazni said he and the rest of his compatriots support this proposal of the President, and emphasized that they support all objective criteria that will compel everyone to join hands in developing Liberia.He further said that because they owe their loyalty to Liberia, they, under the WLCU, have set up a framework that will enable them collaborate with their Liberian brothers and sisters to foster the socioeconomic development of the country.He said the WLCU has set up a secretariat and other organizational committees that have different but cohesive responsibilities to unite Liberians and Lebanese, in order to have a shared vision aimed at development.With this in mind, Wazni said the WLCU has a scholarship fund-drive aimed at supporting Liberian university students, including those of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia.  The WLCU for academic 2018 provided scholarships to 18 students of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law.Additionally, the WLCU, according to Mr. Wazni, is collaborating with Liberians in sharing the culture of both Lebanon and Liberia.  This takes both Lebanese and Liberians converging in a place of learning where they are taught the national anthems and other cultural activities of both countries.To convince the guests that converged at the Lebanese Embassy for the National Day Anniversary, the students called the program to order by singing melodiously the national anthems of the two countries and performed cultural dances.In addition to Mr. Wazni’s comments, Lebanese Ambassador to Liberia, Henry Kastoun, recalled that the bond between the two countries goes as far back as 1890 when Lebanese began arriving in Liberia.Amb. Kastoun described the Lebanese community as the “biggest” business community that has been in Liberia in bad and good times.He, like Wazni, said it is not just a business place, but the second home for some and just a home for others.Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar Findley, on the other hand, said the relation between the two countries has existed for many years and that some Lebanese have been integrated into the Liberian society.He said Lebanon is on record for immensely contributing to the country’s economy, and Liberia will remain committed to the bilateral tie between the two of countries.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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January 12, 2020

Ex-cop charged for threatening to kill wife

first_imgFormer Police Cadet Officer Frenz Paul, who was on Monday arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot his wife during an argument, was on Friday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on unlawful possession of firearm and threatening behaviour charges.He has denied the charges.Paul reportedly cocked a gun and placed it to his wife’s head during an argument in the wee hours of Monday at their home at Second Street, Alexander Village, Georgetown.Reports are that a handyman went to the Ruimveldt Police Station and reported the incident after the woman reportedly had managed to snatch the gun from PaulEx-cop Frenz Pauland throw it though a window.A team of Police ranks subsequently went to the couple’s home and conducted a search, during which a .32 pistol with 13 live rounds were found with a single bullet in the breech.Paul was subsequently held at the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he had gone to seek medical attention for an injury to his right hand. He told investigators he had struck his hand against a concrete wall during the incident.He also reportedly admitted ownership of the illegal firearm and ammunition.He has been remanded to prison, and will make his next court appearance on September 3.Paul is presently awaiting a decision on his re-instatement into the Guyana Police Force following the discharging of charges in relation to the shooting of 15-year-old Alex Griffith during a game of Russian roulette more than four years ago.It was reported that on April 30, 2014, Griffith was at a friend’s home when a sister of the ex-Police Cadet Officer was robbed just outside the house. Soon after, several Police ranks appeared at his East La Penitence Squatting Area home to question him on the identities of the robbers.During the interrogation, Paul and the then 15-year-old teen had a scuffle, during which Griffith allegedly attempted to relieve the Police officer of his weapon. It was then a shot was fired, and the young man was struck.The injured teen was placed into a Police van and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital. The matter was reported, and Paul was placed under close arrest. He was subsequently charged. Those charges were later dismissed.last_img read more

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January 12, 2020

9 nabbed with date rape drug, ammunition

first_imgThree females and six males were on Friday morning arrested after Police swooped down on an illegal operation at Rasville, Georgetown, where several live rounds of ammunition for two different calibres of weapons and a large quantity of ecstasy pills were unearthed.Reports are Police acting on information conducted a search in several apartments, during which they found 16 live rounds of different calibres of ammunition and 180 ecstasy pills.The Police are working on the theory that the early morning arrest is a direct spin-off with the recent arrest of a Tucville mechanic, who was arrested on Thursday evening with a .45 rifle and one live round of 9mm ammunition.The suspect, Caesar Gonsalves, of Lot 119 Turn Drive, East La Penitence, Georgetown, was arrested and placed before the courts. He was remanded to prison and will make his next court appearance on January 24.However, the nine persons in custody following the raid on Friday morning are being questioned and charges are expected to be laid in the new week.last_img read more

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January 12, 2020

August oil and gas rights sales preview

first_imgThe calendar year-to-date-total in bonus bids is past 662 million dollars, and is already higher than any 12 month calendar year total prior to 2007.- Advertisement -The 2009 total of just under 893 million dollars was the third highest calendar year total on record.However, this year’s total will surpass it, with an average of slightly less than 47 million in bonus bids, in each of the remaining five months.The largest ever August sale was in the record year of 2008, when bonus bids totalled more than 502 million dollars. 81 parcels covering over 34,000 hectares will be on offer tomorrow, at the August sale of BC Natural Gas and Petroleum Rights.last_img

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January 11, 2020

Cool temperatures don’t yield fast times

first_imgPOMONA – Looks were deceiving Friday afternoon as the cloud cover produced cool temperatures at Pomona Raceway, usually ideal drag racing conditions. Last fall, such conditions produced a national record run by Tony Schumacher to win the Auto Club Finals. However, that standard was not threatened Friday during qualifying for the Winternationals. Schumacher vaulted over Brandon Bernstein for the top spot with a run of 4.483 seconds at 328.30 miles per hour. And it wasn’t enough to stir any emotion from the defending three-time Top Fuel champion. “I need training myself.” WEATHER WATCH Del Worsham and Jeff Arend, CSK teammates from Chino Hills and San Dimas, respectively, are familiar with February weather and adjusted their strategy accordingly. “We all know how the weather is, especially here, but the forecast was bad enough for just about every team to be up there today making a lap as if it were their last shot,” Worsham said. “If it does rain, this is how it will be, but like I said, you never know. Either way, the object there was for us to make a full lap. “Believe it or not, we had not crossed the finish line under power since round one in Las Vegas last fall. At the race here last fall, we either blew up or smoked the tires before the lights.” Arend added: “It might rain tomorrow, so I treated this one as if it was the fourth and final session, instead of session number two. It started shaking again, and this time it was not going to make it. I was off and back on the throttle as quickly as I could do it, and it cleared right up and just tore down there. “The car is actually a pleasure to drive, once it’s moving down track under power.” PRO STOCK The name Allen Johnson is one fans at Pomona Raceway are familiar with, although he’s a veteran NHRA campaigner in the class. Yet, there he was Friday afternoon atop the qualifying list after the second session. Johnson, who drives a Dodge Stratus, posted a 6.640 at 207.85 mph to vault past Jason Line and Greg Anderson. Line jumped to 6.641 at 208.76 to trail Johnson while Anderson failed to improve on the 6.647 that topped the field on Thursday. “We was very, very good down low,” said Johnson, a Greenville, Tenn., resident. “It (0.987 seconds) was probably the best in the session for 60 feet. “That transpired into a good run.” Despite the run, Johnson is not totally satisfied. His second car, driven by Richie Stevens for Don Schumacher Racing, is last among the 23 cars with a run. His best run is eight seconds slower than Johnson’s. “Both cars ran the same in Las Vegas testing,” Johnson said. “Richie’s car don’t move. There’s something broke and we just can’t find it. It’s got us stumped. We’re really worried about Richie. “It’s very trying not to get down for one run. To not qualify, it’s a catastrophe.” PIT STOPS There was a bit of star power in Tony Schumacher’s pit. Maj. General Thomas Bostick, the U.S. Army Recruiting Command commanding general, led the military contingent. Also in the compound were actors Robert Patrick (“The Unit”) and Ethan Embry (“The Brotherhood”) … Top alcohol driver Jason Rupert of Yorba Linda escaped injury when his racer failed to stop in time and ran into the sand trap and hit the first of two catch fences… In the alcohol Funny Car qualifying session Friday night, Jim Whiteley hit the wall three times after his run, demolishing the car. He emerged from the wreck without injury. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “Don’t get us wrong, we’re happy to be No. 1 qualifier,” Schumacher said. “But after running 4.44 in testing two weeks ago in Phoenix and then we come here with the exact same car, you just want more. I guess we just expect a lot of ourselves.” According to Schumacher, drivers and crew chiefs are thrown “curve balls” by the track conditions at Fairplex. “It’s a misjudgment,” Schumacher said. “It all looks good on the computer, but not when you get on the track.” Although he’s in the show for Sunday’s eliminations, Schumacher wants the rain to stay away today. “I need the laps,” he said, referring to the two-month offseason. “I need to get back into the routine. (Crew chief) Alan (Johnson) was looking at the data Thursday and noticed there was a two-hundredths difference between the clutch releasing and hitting the throttle. last_img read more

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January 11, 2020

Matthews looks forward to knowing his neighbors

first_img“Those guys will integrate pretty quickly.” Said Matthews: “Every spring training is big in order to get your timing down, but there will be a little bit more to this spring and playing with Garret and Vlady. They have their own thing. I heard they don’t like to play a whole lot during spring training, but we’ll go out and make plays. That’s what we do.” Matthews’ presence is expected to help the Angels cut down on the 23 outfield errors they made last season. “There were some breakdowns,” Scioscia said of the outfield defense, “and part of it was getting an understanding of range in center with (Chone Figgins) really being inexperienced to Vlad’s knees starting to bother him a little bit toward the latter portion of the year, which affected his range.” Starting the rotation: John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar each will pitch Tuesday when the Angels conduct an intrasquad game. Ervin Santana is in line to start the Cactus League opener Thursday 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 as if 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. Colon timetable: Bartolo Colon’s progress on flat ground puts 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 sometime in May at the earliest, but more likely in June. “I think it’s unlikely that he pitches in a Cactus League game, but it wouldn’t surprise me; there is a possibility,” Scioscia said. “He might be at the early end of his stepping up where he leaves the rehab scene and now he’s getting ready for the season.” New slider approach: 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 had 12 victories in 2005 and 16 last season, while his ERA fell from 4.65 as a rookie to 4.28 last season. Santana, who turned 24 in December, said he has set even loftier goals for this year, but won’t discuss them publicly. Santana said he 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. “It will help a lot because last year my slider was not that good and I think this year it will be a lot better,” Santana said. “I’ll have more experience and I know a little bit more about the hitters. I think my stuff gets better and better every year.” 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! 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. 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 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 means 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. “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. center_img TEMPE, Ariz. – “The Catch” will no doubt 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 much more went into his July 1 catch of a drive off the bat of the Houston Astros’ Mike Lamb than just getting a good jump. last_img read more

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