Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history This was confirmed by Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee chief operating officer Ramon “Tats” Suzara who had a meeting with Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas officials.Suzara, Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas and SBP president Al Panlilio issued a statement Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We heard the voices of our people. We were also made aware that some sectors have started to put the blame on certain agencies without really understanding the complexities of the situation,” said the statement.“Holding an event in this magnitude is a shared responsibility among different sports elders and even our people,” added the statement. “This event is a showcase of our capacity to hold massive regional sporting events.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments LATEST STORIES “As requested by POC president and PBA chair Ricky Vargas, to the SBP which we agreed, we want to bring nothing less but the best PBA talent that we can assemble. We want to win the gold medal in baseball and the SBP is fully committed to make this a reality,’ said Panlilio.The Philippines has won 17 of the 19 previous stagings and has held the championship for the past 12 SEA Games.It would be the first time SEAG basketball is held here since 1991 Manila edition. The country was under sanction by the Fiba (international basketball federation) when the Philippines also hosted in 2005.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Warriors overcome Timberwolves to regain no. 1 spot in West MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Suzara said they MOA Arena has finally accommodated the basketball meet which is considered the main attraction in the biennial meet, besting the traditional centerpiece events of track and field and swimming.Basketball events will be held Dec. 4-10, although practice for men’s and women’s is set for Dec. 1-3.The MOA Arena staged the Fiba Asia Championships in 2013 and the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in 2016.But it was reported last week that it couldn’t hold the basketball games due to several events that were booked already.Instead, the smaller FilOil Flying V Center was tapped, triggering reaction from the basketball-crazy nation.ADVERTISEMENT The highly anticipated basketball events in the Southeast Asian Games will be held at SM Mall of Asia Arena, the modern, 15,000-seater venue that was earlier said to be unavailable for the meet.ADVERTISEMENT
Another chance has unfolded itself for the country’s struggling acting industry to be uplifted, but that is only if urgent help can come for the young Liberian man who has been tipped for the continental competition.The Next Movie Star Africa competition is an Acting competition organized by the Digital Interactive Media that seeks to groom, polish and unveil the next big movie super star in Africa each year and Esau O. Dahnsaw is Liberia’s representative this year.According to the organizers, due to the hike in the prices of plane tickets, contestants from the ten countries represented are to arrive in Nigeria on a one way ticket as the organizers will provide the accommodation, feeding, medical and dental as well as a return ticket after the competition.This year’s competition, which has been tagged “Live Your Dream” still features ten countries including Liberia. The winner of the competition carts home a brand new car, movie contracts, a flat for one year, a whooping sum of $5,000 cash prize, an all expenses paid to trip to a European country and attendance of a major film festival in Europe. Other housemates are expected to go home with N10 million worth of prizes.Liberia won this competition before and we can do it again to prove to the world that we can rise above every difficulty and emerge victorious in every sphere of societal engagement.With the show’s Liberia auditions held in Monrovia over the weekend, Esau O. Dahnsaw, 30, from Grand Bassa County-emerged as the best among all who showed up to fight for a chance to represent the Republic of Liberia at the prestigious Starship Academy in Nigeria. He was emailed his nomination details, which includes a hectic task of travelling to Nigeria on or before the 9th of November 2014 on a one-way ticket purchased by him or his team (Liberians) as the organizers will provide the return ticket after the competition.Esau O. Dahnsaw-Liberia’s Representative-2014Liberia is blessed with an immense amount of talent as proven by the nominee’s own contribution to the Nation during this Ebola crisis. Esau teamed up with his fellow Liberian Actors and shot a 30 minute long Ebola awareness movie which is still being played on local television channels in Liberia as well as on Satcon network.Such a worthy son of the Republic deserves nothing less from his own government and people in getting all he needs to represent Liberian heritage, Arts and Culture in a competition involving South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda and Liberia.In such an ambassadorial role he has been nominated to play on behalf of the republic of Liberia, well-meaning Liberians and those residing in Liberia and the government and local and international non-governmental organizations are urged to please, extend a helping hand to a Liberian youth with a dream and career.Please contact Dahnsaw on (+231777062159) for assistance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Queen V, a multi-talented Liberian recording artist, had her skills and values brought to the international limelight as a result of the Next Movie Star competition in which she proudly represented Liberia, returning with the laurels that later propelled her career and Liberia’s image on the continent. Her recent hit single, “Jue You Bad”, which she recorded with colloquial sensation DenG (Daniel George), became an instant hit in the sub-region. Liberia may not be represented at this year’s Next Movie Star competition if the government of Liberia and philanthropic Liberians do not help to provide A ONE WAY TICKET and other requirements for Esau O. Dahnsaw, the young actor, screen writer and filmmaker who has been nominated to represent the country.Late auditions and costly flight tickets stand to hamper Liberia’s representation at an Acting Competition which draws ten countries into a battle of the fittest from across Africa, a competition which was won by a young Liberian, Avenette Sirleaf, AKA Queen V in 2008. Liberians would certainly want a repeat of the success of Queen V who was better prepared for the competition in 2008.
Another round of uncertainty has engulfed the already shaky resumption of academic activities a few months ago as the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) that compelled the government to shut down all schools in the country vanished. Meanwhile, a copy of a leaked document captioned, “Proposal for Change in Academic Schedule” is in the possession of the Daily Observer.According to the document, school will close on June 30, for Early Child Development (ECD), Basic and Secondary schools, and there will be no promotion for all grades.This suggests that tuition paid by parents and guardians amid frustrations owing to the economic hardship would be only for what is being termed as a “study class” period from February to June. Among other things, the document has suspended the writing of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) exams until 2016. But the WAEC National Monrovia Head office is yet to make an official comment on these momentous developments.A source at the WAEC Congo Town office, however, told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that they are yet to receive word from the Ministry of the Education as to whether the exams have indeed been deferred to next year.“We are under the authorities at the MOE and whatever they desire is what we at WAEC will do, but as of now, we have no official word from MOE concerning this year’s WAEC administration, even though students have paid their WAEC fees,” our source said.MOE has not commented officially, but the Assistant director of Communication, Sannor Goe, told this newspaper late yesterday that whatever decision the Ministry intends to arrive at would be announced by the Ministry of Information.According to the new academic calendar, however, no exams will be administered by WAEC for 9th and 12th graders. Hereafter, “Saturday Clubs Enrichment Programs” will be encouraged in all schools, especially at the basic and secondary levels. This initiative, according to the document, is recommended to be conducted every Saturday beginning October 2015 for grades 9 and 12.The document states that Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Reading Comprehension and Writing specialists from WAEC will develop aptitude tests for teachers who will teach the Saturday classes. These classes will be open to all students in grades 9 and 12. Additionally, the document said, contracts will be signed by students for punctuality and conduct, while schools will also sign up to ensure their participation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The recent mudslide that killed over 400 people in Freetown, Sierra Leone, is a lesson to Liberians. Primarily, we should begin to ponder what mechanisms we can devise to prevent a similar incident from occurring here. Although landslides are not strange to Liberians, since we vividly recall the 1982 Noway Camp landslide in Grand Cape Mount County that killed many people, the time is now that the Liberian Government and the rest of us become sensitive to the dangers of environmental abuse. The government in particular should start strictly enforcing laws governing the environment.There is a health philosophy that says “Prevention is better than cure.” This philosophy, when followed, prepares people to prevent themselves from the harm of diseases or circumstances in order to keep them safe and healthy. Failure to take preventive measures will lead to contracting preventable diseases, which consequently leads to spending more money to cure. Worse yet, it may lead even to death. Was this not what happened since the infancy of this administration, when this newspaper, the Daily Observer, frequently published stories, accompanied by photos of huge, horrendous dumpsites at our leading food markets in Douala and Paynesville Red Light, while the Ministry of Health failed to engage its Environmental Division to deal with this terrible malaise? We all know the result: Ebola!Now the recent incident in Sierra Leone has led the chairperson of the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA), Angelique Weeks, to issue a timely warning to Liberia to take action now that will prevent a similar environmental catastrophe in our country. Ms. Weeks, who described the mudslide in the neighboring country as “a tragedy mankind called upon itself,” told graduates at the 18th Convocation of the Stella Maris Polytechnic that Liberia should expect to encounter a Sierra Leone-styled situation if Liberians do not stop environmental abuse. Uncontrollable and totally irresponsible littering, building in drainages, wetlands and near the seashore, and the persistent cutting down of our trees for charcoal—trees that prevent storms—are all activities Ms. Weeks referenced as human activities that could lead to environmental horror.LTA chairman Weeks is not the only person concerned about our environment. Liberian Geologist Dr. Eugene Shannon also warned that people living near steep hills like those in Jallah Town, Slipway, Wein Town and Mount Barclay risk similar disaster if they do not move to a safer zone. According to Dr. Shannon, what happened in Sierra Leone was a result of human activities on a soil that is not vegetated, but exposed to sunshine and rainfall throughout the year. He said this red soil absorbs rainwater in the rainy season, and over time accumulates into mud, which eventually, especially due to heavy downpour, caused the disaster in Sierra Leone. Planting trees on hills and around Monrovia will help to prevent mudslides and storms, Dr. Shannon further said.Apart from what happened in Sierra Leone and Liberia’s own 1982 disaster, there are unfolding instances here that should warn us of dangerous environmental consequences arising from human activities. As a result of dumping water plastics and other non-biodegradable materials into drainages and building on wetlands, residents of Monrovia encounter floods almost every year. It may be recalled that in 2014 and 2015 over one thousand people were made homeless in Monrovia as a result of floods. In 2011 hundreds of Sinkor residents, especially those in slum communities along the Atlantic beach beginning from 19th Street through 24th Street, were made homeless by sea erosion. In these areas, residents are also engaged in sand mining, which accordingly contributes to the action of the sea. Amid these unconscionable (horrify, outrageous) practices, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) complacently watches people abusing the environment without public education and law enforcement.When will the laws on our books be strictly enforced, superseding sympathy to protect the country and people’s safety from themselves? See the approach the Kenyan government has taken against plastic bags. The Ministry of Environment has begun enforcing the policy banning the use of plastic bags in the country because of their negative impact on the environment. Kenya, like South Africa, Eritrea and Rwanda, has realized that plastic bags were depleting the soil and causing poor health and death for animals. The government, therefore, says anyone who goes against this law will pay not less than $38,000, or spend four years in jail.We join Ms. Angelique Weeks and Dr. Eugene Shannon in calling on the Liberian people to take seriously the protection of our environment. We further call on the government to take the necessary steps to control vigorously and decisively environmental abuse, in order to prevent future disaster. The people must be forced to realize that it is in their own interest to help protect the environment, instead of flagrantly and shortsightedly abusing it to their own detriment, and eventual death.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Taxi driver’s murderAnastasia Persaud, the niece of murdered Pegasus Hotel taxi driver Rubranauth Jeeboo, testified before Justice Brassington Reynolds as the Lorenzo Forde murder trial continued at the High Court in Georgetown.Persaud, who had to take a few moments to compose herself during her testimony, told the court that at the time of her uncle’s December 2013 killing, she resided with him and other relatives at their Lot 215 Delph Street, Campbellville, Georgetown home.Accused: Lorenzo FordeOn Wednesday, the witness confirmed that her uncle had 2 Toyota model yellow cars – a Carina and an Allion. She told the court that he used the Carina to drive to work around the time of his demise, and the Allion was parked in the Pegasus compound. The witness told the court that Jeeboo used both cars to ply his trade as a taxi driver. She also noted that his working hours were irregular and dependent on requests from the hotel and customers.Jeeboo’s niece further indicated that she and other family members would call her uncle via telephone every three hours.The jury heard that at about 08:15 hrs on December 27, 2013, while at home, she saw her uncle getting ready to leave the residence for work, wearing a light blue shirt jack, dark blue pants, a pair of black socks and black shoes. She also recalled that on December 28 at 03:45h, she was at home with her mother and other relatives when she called her uncle, but his phone was off.“I called the hotel and spoke to two of his colleagues, but got no positive response,” Persaud indicated. She told the court that after making further calls to his colleagues at the airport, she became anxious and worried.The witness said that between the pre-dawn and the early daylight hours, she and her mother checked various hospitals to see if the taxi driver was involved in an accident.“When I got home I saw three gentlemen, who introduced themselves as Police officers,” she noted.The court heard that she later accompanied the Policemen to the Lyken Funeral Home, where she identified her uncle’s body.In tears, Persaud also recalled seeing her uncle’s clothes torn, with blood on his shirt jack and one side shoe missing. The witness broke down, and was offered some moments to compose herself before continuing her testimony, when she later noted that she identified her uncle’s Allion motorcar, which contained black dust on it and the taxi service logo was torn off.Also testifying on Wednesday was Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh.The Pegasus Hotel taxi driver was found in a heap of garbage at Caneview Avenue, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown. The accused, Lorenzo Forde, was just 18 when he was charged with the taxi driver’s murder. The Prosecution contends that between December 27 and 28, 2013, he murdered Jeeboo in the course or furtherance of a robbery.Forde is represented by attorneys Hewley Griffith and Rachael Bakker, while State counsels Lisa Cave, Shawnette Austin and Tiffini Lyken are presenting the prosecution’s case.
The Indigenous community of River’s View has taken pride in being the first in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) to host the Heritage month celebrations. Scores of residents and officials ventured to the riverine location on Tuesday, to indulge in the cultural activities presented by the community. The activities were in keeping with the theme of the observance, ‘Maintaining our traditional practices while promoting a Green Economy’. Upon entering the community by boat, patrons were greeted to an atmosphere of Indigenous music, food, drinks, cultural presentations, including songs and dance, as well as modern and traditional arts and crafts. Cultural presentations set the atmosphere for the month-long activities which Guyanese and visitors are being welcomed to experience by the community which is nestled on the right bank of the Essequibo River.A section of the gathering at the Heritage celebrationsIn his opening remarks at the ceremonial occasion, Toshao of River’s View Kenneth Edwards extended a heartfelt welcome to all venturing into the host village.In delivering the feature address at the event, President David Granger congratulated the community on the occasion, positively declaring that it is on the verge of prosperity.“River’s View is a special village. It straddles Regions Seven and Region 10, the Upper Demerara- Berbice and the Cuyuni- Mazaruni- two of the richest Regions for mining and logging in this country…River’s View could provide a good life for everyone- a hundred and forty-four thousand square kilometers…River’s View is right on the verge of prosperity, on the verge of mining, of logging, of farming,…eco-tourism. All of these economic activities can bring wealth and prosperity to the people of River’s View and this beautiful village”, the President said.“But how will you do it?…You will do so with an educated population…”, he said.The Head of State continued by stressing the importance of education, as he noted that it is central to the development of not only of River’s View but the entire Indigenous community and the rest of Guyana. Citing that Heritage month also coincides with Education month, the president stressed that it is only through education that the children will be equipped and able to develop the economies of the regions.Craft on displayThe president went on to say that leaders such as village elders, toshaos and Councillors all have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience which they can teach the younger generations.President Granger also noted that villages are responsible for the development of every child, hence, if they falter so will the children. He went on to stress importance of villages, not only to Indigenous people but other ethnicities, noting that they are the “cradle of culture”.As such, the President urged full support for Guyana’s villages, emphasising that they rest on the pillars of the home, school, church and the farm.Pointing to the Green State Development Strategy, President Granger noted that villages have an important role to play in protecting the environment. He said River’s View has an important role to play in protecting the Essequibo River and preserving its biodiversity for generations to come.Meanwhile, Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister, Sydney Allicock in his remarks pointed to the importance of the community in contributing to the cultural and economic prosperity of Guyana.In referencing several accomplished Indigenous scholars, the minister noted that the economic ventures of the people also warrant celebration.In this light he highlighted developments such as the first sun-dried tomato system in the Pakaraimas and the first lapidary in Monkey mountains, noting that such achievements will be long remembered as part of history.He further noted that Indigenous People’s have an important role to play in ensuring that development initiatives undertaken in their villages are in keeping with the protection of the environment as well as the use of natural resources in a sustainable manner. MinisterPatrons enjoying the delicacies, culture and craft at River’s View Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice)During the observance, the community also celebrated by highlighting the lifetime contributions of Indigenous Political advocate the late Stephen Campbell and other outstanding Indigenous leaders. President Granger also presented the community with an outboard engine at the event.Region 10 Chairman Renis Morian was among some of the officials present at the event. Heritage Month previously known as Amerindian Heritage Month, Amerindian Heritage is an annual observance that is held every September in Guyana in honour of Guyana’s indigenous peoples. The late President Cheddi Jagan in 1995 declared the month to honour the contributions of the nation’s first peoples. (Utamu Belle)
In what can be considered as bowing to public pressure after months of mounting concerns and speculation, the coalition Government has finally announced that it would be releasing the contract with US oil giant ExxonMobil this month.This was revealed by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at the post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday.According to Harmon, the issue was discussed at Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting during which an agreement was made to have the crucial document released within the next month.“The Exxon contract with the Government of Guyana would be made public in the month of December and, that is, the contract with all its terms and conditions,” he said.While the State Minister did not mention a specific date when the document would be made available for public scrutiny, he did note, however, that this decision was made after Cabinet’s “fulsome discussion” on the matter and after taking into consideration the many public calls.“We’ve taken all of the issues into consideration and we also recognised that there is a need expressed by our population for greater inclusiveness, for more information to be provided and we take those into consideration as well,” he said.The Minister continued that, “…we listen to the people and we are not deaf to the concerns that have been expressed by various sections of our community, and we believe that it is important that we take the public into our confidence with respect to not only this contract but other contracts which might affect our dealings with other companies in relation to the natural resources – the national patrimony.”Over recent months, several key stakeholders and civil society bodies have been pressuring Government to release details of the new contract signed with the US oil giant.Both Government and ExxonMobil had noted various concerns for keeping the document confidential.In the interest of Guyana: one of the reasons Government had given for the non-disclosure of the contract was the ongoing border controversy with neighbouring Venezuela. Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had stated back in March that in the event of the controversy not being settled via the current Good Officer process, then the issue would be taken before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and as such, Guyana needs to be cautious about the information it puts out.However, when asked about the implications that the impending contract release would have on the border controversy mediation process, Harmon told media operatives that this issue would be dealt with at the appropriate time.During a speech earlier this year, Trotman had stated that there was no need for Guyana to be making full disclosures about its contract with ExxonMobil, saying “full disclosure will not be to the national benefit or interest”.“We have no reason to go right now and expose all our business to the world when we don’t even have the resources actually in hand. Let’s get things in our hand, then we can go out and shout what we have,” the Natural Resources Minister had said in March when he revealed that Guyana was to receive two per cent royalty on gross earnings and 50 per cent of the profits of the oil proceeds when production starts in 2020.Meanwhile, when contacted, ExxonMobil Guyana’s Public and Government Affairs Senior Director, Kimberly Brasington could not say specifically whether the company was informed beforehand of Government’s intention to release the contract.In an invited comment following Government’s announcement, Brasington told Guyana Times : “ExxonMobil supports transparency initiatives wherever we operate around the world. We look forward to discussions with our partners and the Government with regard to Guyana.”Among those calling for the release of the contract between Government and ExxonMobil were the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and its leader, former President Bharrat Jagdeo, who, on many occasions, had called out the coalition regime for backpedalling on reasons given for not disclosing the document.Other bodies such as Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) and the Working People’s Alliance – one of the parties that make up the majority party in the coalition Government, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) – has also made calls for the contract to be made public.
The IMCA races had Johnny Beaumont Jr. taking the win. He was followed by Doug Mitchell and Tory Webster.The next race weekend at Taylor Speedway is scheduled for August 3 and 4 In the Mini Sprint – Junior races, taking the checkered flag was Kaden Beebe. Coming in second was Cody LeClerc, and rounding out the top three was Tyson LeClerc.The Mini Sprint – Senior category saw Dylan Beaumont come away as the big winner. Tyler McElderry took second place and right behind him was Devon Beebe.Camryn Beaumont won in the Juniors races, and second place went to Chelsea Babcock.- Advertisement -The Bombers class had Armand LeBlanc crossing the line in first place. Robin Jossefson was second, and Justin Tackaberry completed the top three.In the Mini Adults races Colton Glaicar was the big winner. Second position went to Cora Krahn while third was Clint Mason.Darren Morin crossed the line in first in the Sports category, and Ron McNabb finished in second place.Advertisement
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 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. “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.” 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 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,” Scioscia said. Rotation newsJohn 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 updateBartolo 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 sometime in May at the earliest and more likely 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.” Santana on sliderSantana 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 a year ago. Santana, who turned just 24 in December, said he has set even loftier goals for this year but won’t discuss them publicly. Santana said he still has the same grip on his slider but he 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.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 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 that 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, landing on the warning track with the ball held aloft.