Tyson Pérez, Rubén Guerrero and Ehigiator, great news from the first listThe first two meetings of Spain will be against Romania (outside) and Poland (home) Rabaseda, the most represented with 32 matches in the selection, will be the captain of this first ‘window’ that includes two players who have never played with the absolute, Osas Ehigitor (Montakit Fuenlabrada) and Tyson Pérez (Morabanc Andorra), both with experience in the lower categories of the national team.The World Cups Beirán and Rabaseda, together with the Unicaja players Jaime Fernández, who was in the final preselection for China, and Darío Brizuela, are called to lead this team, which also highlights the return six years after Dani Díez, who has played seven friendly with the national team, but that has not yet debuted in the official game, as well as the aforementioned debutants and Rubén Guerrero.The selection will begin its concentration on Monday 17 at noon in Guadalajara, in whose Multipurpose Pavilion Aguas Vivas will conduct its first three training sessions before flying on Wednesday 19 heading to Romania. After the match in Cluj Napoca, the team will return early Friday morning and arrive at noon in Zaragoza, where on Sunday 23 will face Poland as the closing of this first ‘window’, as detailed by the FEB.For this first pre-Eurobasket rally, Scariolo will have a technical team consisting of Luis Guil, Joaquín Prado, Jorge Lorenzo, Manolo Aller, Alberto Lorenzo (assistant coaches), Enrique Salinas, Javier Bello (physical trainers), Carlos Salas (doctor) , José Antonio Fernández, Jordan Sospedra (physiotherapists), Alberto Pérez (delegate) and David Ortega (utillero).LIST OF CALLEDBASES: Rodrigo San Miguel (Casademont Zaragoza), Carlos Alocén (Casademont Zaragoza) and Alberto Díaz (Unicaja).EXTERIORS: Javier Beirán (Herbalife Gran Canaria), Xavi Rabaseda (Herbalife Gran Canaria), Darío Brizuela (Unicaja), Jaime Fernández (Unicaja), Johathan Barreiro (Casademont Zaragoza), Dani Díez (Iberostar Tenerife), Santi Yusta (Ibertostar Tenerife) and Xabi López-Arostegui (Joventut).INTERIORS: Sebas Saiz (Shibuya Sunrockers), Víctor Arteaga (Movistar Students), Osas Ehigitor (Montakit Fuenlabrada), Rubén Guerrero (Unicaja), Nacho Llovet (Morabanc Andorra), Tyson Pérez (Morabanc Andorra). Spanish basketball coach Sergio Scariolo announced on Tuesday the list of 17 players called for the first ‘window’ of qualification for Eurobasket 2021, where Javi Beirán and Xabi Rabaseda are the only world champions and where debutants Osas Ehigitor appear and Tyson Pérez.The Spanish basketball team will open its way to the next European championship at home in Cluj Napoca, where it will be measured with Romania (Thursday, February 20, 17.00 Spanish time), and later in Zaragoza against Poland (Sunday 23, 18.00).As happened in the qualifying phase for the World Cup, Scariolo, who has ruled out his presence in the NBA’s ‘All Star’ to prepare this ‘window’ with guarantees, will not be able to count on players from the US league or the Euroleague . Thus, all the summoned belong to Spanish clubs that do not dispute the maximum European competition except Sebas Saiz, who plays in the Japanese Shibuya Sunrockers.
Dear Editor,Various methods were used in the past to rig elections. These can be classified as pre-election fraud, Election Day fraud and post-election fraud.In the pre-election, it’s about the selection of the GECOM Head, delaying of elections, the padding of the voters’ list with persons not eligible to vote and disenfranchising of voters by names not on the voters’ list or because of errors. In the past, there was the fraudulent use of proxy, postal and overseas voting. During the election there is seizure and tampering of the ballot boxes, multiple voting by PNC members and supporters, ejection of polling agents, intimidation of voters, failure to use the electoral ink on the fingers of PNC supporters, large-scale use of the army and thugs to perpetrate several acts of violence to scare voters away, and failure of Police to prevent violations of the law.The post-election period sees undue delays in the vote counts and refusals to re-count close results as in the one-vote difference in Region Eight which would have probably given the one seat to the PPP/C. The rigging arsenal of the PNC has no shortage of ammunition.However, in the last Local Government Elections (LGE), the PNC became complacent or probably attempted to gauge its popularity and thus felt that there was no need to activate its rigging machinery which since 1985 was oiled and placed in storage.We have also seen that it was a strategy of the PNC in the past to postpone the holding of elections to facilitate rigging and from the various GECOM-aided delaying tactics currently being employed, it is pellucid that the PNC-controlled coalition feared a massive defeat at the General Elections if they are held as constitutionally due by March 21. They have not only failed to deliver on their campaign promises but they have eroded the economic gains made by the PPP/C Government who had inherited a bankrupt economy from the same PNC in 1992. Hordes of the coalition’s own supporters have now rejected them and in just over 3 years, the PNC’s partner in crime, the AFC, has completely disintegrated except for the few hustlers and thieves who remained.In the last LGE, the AFC tried in vain to be ‘fit and proppa’ to effect its own brand of electoral fraud but sadly this later became exposed by the results of the LGE itself when they got far fewer votes than the number of their backers’ lists. On the other hand, the PNC became shell-shocked by its LGE demolition and was later blasted by Amna’s ricochet “bring it on” boast. Both the PNC and the AFC have now realised that they are two losers who can complement each other, with the AFC continuing its subservient role.It is evident that the pre-election rigging process is activated and that these delaying tactics are only meant to give the PNC enough time to put its entire rigging apparatus in place. However, this should not be allowed to happen since Article 106 of the Constitution has made it clear that Elections must be held within the 90-day period and the High Court’s decision has supported this. Many arguments have been proposed by the Leader of the Opposition and other prominent political commentators and reputable local and international organisations which support the holding of General Elections.Will the coalition risk the wrath of the local and international community to illegally remain in Government so that it could perpetuate a massive electoral rigging? They can, they have done it before!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor Region Six