Young Brigade – Price hoping youngsters will lift Boys’ Town in RSPL

first_imgBoys’ Town head coach Andrew Price is highly confident that the young players added to the Red Stripe Premier League squad will move the club from the cellar position they currently occupy and into a more respectable spot. Despite being in last place on 15 points from their 20 games, Price believes that the youngsters have brought renewed energy to the Collie Smith Drive-based club, which he expects will reflect in results. A 1-0 win over old foes Harbour View on Sunday night in their most recent assignment, courtesy of a third minute Andrew ‘Alvez’ Allen strike, gives credibility to Price’s conviction. In that game, the brave coach introduced several youngster including three schoolboys in the starting eleven. Among the youngsters that played were 17 year-old goalkeeper Shavian Wilson of Excelsior High as well as Chavanney Willis and Orlando Brown of Manning Cup champions Jamaica College. PUSH FORWARD “We are blending the youngsters with the experienced players as I am willing to put young players on the field,” Price told The Gleaner yesterday. “A lot of youth have been promoted from the squad that won the KSAFA Under-20 title last summer. Right now we have a cadre of players that can help the team. We are not far away so the aim is to push forward with 12 games remaining in the preliminary stage,” Price stated. In addition to the schoolboys, Boys’ Town’s roster includes the competition’s leading goalscorer Shamar Nicholson, who is on ten goals, former Bridgeport High standout Jamiel Hardware, plus veteran players such as Michael Campbell, Daemion Benjamin, Wayne Ellis and Garfield Gillespie. Boys’ Town is scheduled to tackle promoted Maverley-Hughenden in their next Red Stripe Premier League assignment on Sunday at Barbican Complex, starting at 3 p.m. Price will be hoping that youthful exuberance will continue to drive the ‘Red Brigade’ away from the drop zone.last_img read more

Lampard returned to football because he ‘missed the bug’

first_imgView comments His first competitive game in charge sees the Rams kick off the new Championship season against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Friday.Asked why he is back in football in a hands-on role, Lampard, 40, said: “Because you miss the bug.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It (television work) is comfortable, but there is pressure there because you want to do the job as best as you can. But when you’ve been competitive for a long time as a player, you miss it.“Myself and Steven (Gerrard) were talking about that openly last year when we were working on BT Sport. Football draws you back in and for all the 24-hours-a-day talk and lack-of-sleep talk you can’t help but love it. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Former British football player Frank Lampard (C) controls the ball during the “Notte del Maestro” (master’s night), a football match celebrating the end of former Italian football player Andrea Pirlo’s career as a football player, on May 21, 2018 at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLOFrank Lampard says he swapped the relative comfort of the pundit’s chair for the fraught job of manager because he missed the “bug” as he prepares for his first competitive game at the helm of Derby County.Lampard has worked primarily in the media since retiring from playing in 2017 following a glittering career that included three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League at Chelsea.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 “This was something that I couldn’t not do and I couldn’t settle for that easy life when there was an opportunity to come and do this.”Gerrard is another former England international midfielder set to take charge of his first league game this weekend, at Scottish giants Rangers.The ex-Liverpool captain has already overseen three Europa League games and remains unbeaten as a manager, winning twice.Lampard added: “We were texting back and forth (on Tuesday), actually discussing the mad life of management and how we both see it.“We are both the same, we are enjoying every minute of it. It’s strange and you can’t switch off because you want to do so well, that’s certainly how I feel.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES AJ Edu, Kai Sotto excited for twin tower tandem at Batang Gilas “Some days you can’t switch off, which means giving it every moment of the day. I’m sure Steven will be the same because I know how competitive he is and I’m guessing if you ask him then he will give you some similar answers.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

How can GECOM conduct an election without a budget?

first_imgDear Editor,The Minister of Communities recently announced 12th November 2018 as the date for Local Government Elections (LGE).This announcement implies the obvious clear signal by the Guyana Elections Commission of readiness; albeit, the oblivion surrounding new Local Government areas, and the tight schedule implications for all concerned stakeholders.The required notice comes with a measure of pomposity as it relates to the Government’s so-called interest in democracy at this level. The superfluous talk-up must be recognised for the deception it seeks to camouflage. This is given the Coalition Government’s subversion of the Local Government Commission; the rather numerous acts of non-support, and often tolerated disruptive thuggish actions by many of their agents in councils of Local Authority Areas they did not win at the last LGE.Local Government Elections is a serious matter, and GECOM’s readiness must be transparent, timely, and equally revealing to all stakeholders, persons and groups contesting the Elections, and voters at large. The Chairman, Mr Patterson, recently boasted of his confidence in GECOM’s Public Relations mechanism to achieve this end. Observably, however, one cannot agree that these expectations have been efficiently and sufficiently met. Cases in point are as follows:GECOM is yet to prepare a budget for the elections. While it is known that G$2.9 billion has been approved in appropriations by the National Assembly for the event, it is sad that the sincerest view of the general public is that this will be yet another opportunity for the GECOM Secretariat to spend wild and have a three-month party.We are yet to hear about the clear demarcation of the constituencies in Local Authority Areas to be served by specific Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs). Clear lines of demarcation of the boundaries is a must.While we are hearing that Minister Ronald Bulkan announced that there will be ten additional local Authority Areas, GECOM must clearly provide the communities and the leaders of the communities with all the relevant information, so that the candidates can prepare themselves properly for the up-coming elections.Minister Bulkan, in June this year, published in the Official Gazette an order to remove fourteen constituencies from well established areas. This gerrymandering is a matter of serious concern, and citizens are contending that this will further complicate the situation and lead to confusion. Splitting the NDCs will create serious problems, as there are several issues that are pending since 2016 Local Government Elections. The Malgre Tout and Canals NDCs suffered serious unsolved boundaries’ problems, and the Commissioners at GECOM cannot leave these boundary issues to the fantasy of the GECOM Secretariat.How can GECOM conduct an election without a budget? The Minister is absolutely correct to say that there is wasteful and un-necessary spending at the GECOM. Presently, the public is questioning the extravagant spending on transportation and meals at the just concluded continuous registration. Hundreds of friends and families of a particular party are employed, or they are on the payroll just to provide cover-up for the massive spending at the Secretariat.Guyanese are now demanding that the numerous transactions must be done in a transparent and accountable manner!!The Commission must ensure that proper consultations are done with the relevant stakeholders — inclusive of political parties and the residents themselves — regarding the newly instituted boundaries of the Local Authority Areas. In this respect, there is need for much clarity.Further, in the Local Authority Areas which now have reduced constituencies, a comprehensive boundary plan has to be established and tested before been put into operation. The Commission should edify the population on the criteria used in defining those new boundaries. A search on the website and the Official Gazette is yet to reveal the authority to which the new boundaries would be established.The Commission should also inform the nation on whether the new Local Authority Areas had their demarcation of boundaries done recently, or whether they are using the old established demarcations.In essence, the problems — old and new — MUST be effectively addressed by GECOM. As much as possible, the general public has to be informed, in a timely manner, of procedural changes, and be given clear and precise directions.We look forward to GECOM’s pronouncements on how the dissemination of key information is evaluated, and what actions are taken when the approaches prove to be less than effective.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Five Health Workers, Clinic Honored for Lifesaving Work

first_imgAssistant Minister of Youth and Sports, V. Murvee Gray, over the weekend honored five health workers and a health center for their exemplary contributions in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on Sunday, October 26.The honorees reside on 12th Street and the health center, God’s Grace Laboratory Clinic, is also located on 12th Street Sinkor, Monrovia.Those who received the first-of-its-kind certificate of appreciation were: Mr. Zazay S. Yekey, officer-in-charge and Physician Assistant and Madam Alice D. Kollie, midwife, both from the God’s Grace Medical Laboratory Clinic; Siafa Gibson, operation room’s nurse of the SDA Cooper Hospital; Mrs. Roseline N. Ballah, a Registered Nurse at the Liberian Red Cross Dead Body Management Department and Madam Melvina Williams, a Registered Nurse and midwife of the James N. Davis Memorial Hospital.Presenting their certificates, Minister Gray said the initiative is aimed to honor the lifesaving work of health workers in Liberia, but especially those who are residing in his community.“We could not be more thrilled than appreciating our health workers amidst the decline of the Ebola virus and we are happy to at least honor the first five of many dedicated health workers in our community for sacrificing their lives to save lives,” the longest senior Sports Minister said.Minister Gray said program was his initiative to celebrate the health profession and the exceptional healthcare professionals for their contributions to society.In response, Mrs. Ballah thanked Mr. Gray for the appreciation and urged other public officials to emulate his example.The 12th Street Sinkor Community leader, Michael Wilson also expressed his satisfaction for the honor and described health workers as heroes.Minister Gray’s initiative comes after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf honored 15 prominent Liberians for their exemplary contributions to Liberia and humanity over the years.They included former Vice Chairman of the Transitional Government of Liberia, Ambassador Wesley Momo Johnson, the granddaughter of former President Hilary R.W Johnson, Madam Catherine E. Johnson, Madam Theresa Leigh Sherman, Madam Joanna Coleman George, Madam Lucretia Jeneba Thomas, Madam Patricia N.C Logan and Mr. William T. Bruce Sr.The rest were the Very Reverend Emmanuel W. Johnson, Mr. William Wu, Hon. T. Edward Liberty, Mr. Samuel Mitchell, Mr. Gabriel N. Wilson, Brigadier General Richard K. Wright, Madam Lusu Klubo Sloan, Mr. Jackson M. Suah, Mr. Aaron Loila and Rev. Samuel Kpadia.She also bestowed posthumous honors on Ugandan doctor, Sam Mutooro Muhumuza, and all other health workers affected by Ebola while discharging their duties in Liberia, along with the World Health Organization.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man City line-up against Man United: Pellegrini’s selection headache following attacker injury

first_img1 Manchester City can ease the recent pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini with victory in the Manchester derby on Sunday – LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT, from 1pm.The Premier League champions, who sit six points behind league leaders Chelsea, lost 2-1 at West Ham last weekend before suffering a humiliating exit in the Capital One Cup at home to Newcastle United.However, with rivals United buoyed by Robin van Persie’s dramatic injury-time equaliser against Chelsea last weekend, and captain Wayne Rooney set to return following a three-match ban, City will have to be at their best if they are to get their title defence back on track.That was dealt a sizable blow following confirmation that Spanish midfielder David Silva will be sidelined for up to three weeks with a knee injury sustained against the Magpies, but how much will that influence Pellegrini’s starting XI for what is shaping up to be a crunch fixture? talkSPORT takes a look…Nasri to replace injured Silva?Spain international Silva is an integral part of how City line-up and his absence will be crucial, not just in this game but for the next few weeks.The former Valencia man has scored twice and laid on two assists in nine games this season, including a fabulous solo effort against the Hammers last week, highlighting his importance to the team.French midfielder Samir Nasri, who made his return from groin surgery for Silva on Wednesday, will likely replace the Spaniard against United and City fans will hope he can reproduce the form of last season, where his seven goals and seven assists were key part to the Citizens’ title success.Time to drop Mangala?Pellegrini’s biggest decision is who to partner alongside captain Vincent Kompany – Eliaquim Mangala or Martin Demichelis.Despite an impressive debut at home to Chelsea, Mangala has endured a difficult start to English football, and he came under heavy criticism for his performances against West Ham and Newcastle.Demichelis suffered a similar start to life in the Premier League last season, but went on to establish himself as a more than capable partner for Kompany.The threat of Angel di Maria and his pace would suggest Mangala is better suited to nullifying United’s attacks, but given Demichelis’s experience he will probably get the nod.Aguero to operate as lone forward?Edin Dzeko has a good derby record, most recently bagging two goals in March’s 3-0 demolition at Old Trafford, but the Bosnian is suffering from a lack of form and that suggests the league’s joint-top scorer Sergio Aguero will lead the line as a lone striker.The Argentine has been in sublime form in recent weeks, including scoring an impressive four-times against Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago, and with City boosted by the news that Yaya Toure should be fit, expect the Ivorian to be given the licence to roam forward and operate behind Aguero with Fernando and Fernandinho shielding the back-four.Toure has scored just once this season and looks a shadow of the player that scored 20 league goals last season, but if Pellegrini opts for a five-man midfield that could allow the former Barcelona man to rediscover his best form.Is this how Manchester City will line-up against Manchester United?Man City fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Man United? Comment below…Man City v Man United is LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT, Sunday from 1pm. Click here for coverage. Manchester City can ease the pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini in the Manchester derby on Sunday. last_img read more

Transfer battle! £30m ‘all-round attacker’ but will Arsenal or Man United sign him?

first_imgFor brilliant football statistics and insight, check out WhoScored.comThree weeks into the New Year and the biggest transfer so far has been Wilfried Bony’s big-money move to Manchester City. Sunderland, like City, have also strengthened in attack having signed Jermain Defoe, though his move to the Stadium of Light did not grab the headlines quite like Bony’s transfer to the Etihad. With 10 days remaining of the window, high-profile deals still have time to be completed.One player linked with a move to the Premier League is man of the moment Paulo Dybala, with Arsenal and Manchester United credited with an interest in the Argentine. Only 3 players have earned a better WhoScored.com rating than Dybala (7.65) in Serie A this season, central to his team’s turn in fortunes after a lacklustre start to the campaign. The 21-year-old striker has scored or assisted a Palermo goal in each of his last 9 league appearances – a run stretching back to November 2nd – with Europe’s biggest teams now keeping tabs on him.Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has insisted that the Palermo ace will not be sold for anything less than £30m, though that should not deter potential suitors. Zamparini’s purchase and potential sale of Dybala bears a striking resemblance to the approach used with Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore. The charismatic Italian scoured South America, eventually securing the signatures of Cavani and Pastore in 2007 and 2009, respectively, before selling the duo on for inflated fees, and Dybala is following a similar pattern. His performances for the Rosanero suggest clubs should not pass up the opportunity to sign the striker, regardless of the hefty price tag.Only Carlos Tévez (18) has directly contributed to more goals than Dybala (16) in Serie A this season, though his style of play means the Palermo star is not just a conventional frontman. Boasting WhoScored.com strengths of ‘key passes’ and ‘dribbling’, Dybala has more to his game than just goalscoring, though his 10 goals and strength of ‘finishing’ notes this is one of the weapons in his arsenal.An average of 3.5 shots per league game highlights supreme confidence in his striking ability, while 1.5 key passes and 3 successful dribbles per match shows his all-round attacking quality. Both teams are not necessarily in the market for a new striker, with a centre-back seemingly a priority for the pairing. Palermo president Zamparini, though, recently admitted he expects to see Dybala turn out for a Premier League team in the future, which will have appeased the big spenders in England’s top tier.His willingness to pull to the flanks and power on the ball is reminiscent of Alexis Sánchez and an attacker to help ease the burden on the Chilean would certainly appeal to Arsenal. Meanwhile, his inclination to drop deeper in order to contribute to build up play should attract interest from United. Manager Louis van Gaal has started with a lone striker on just 5 occasions in the Premier League this season and with the Dutchman determined to implement a two-striker system at Old Trafford, Dybala would provide the perfect foil for either Robin van Persie or Falcao up front. Furthermore, this would allow record signing Ángel Di María to be deployed in a deeper position in the starting XI, thus harnessing his creativity and ability to drive the team forward from midfield. However, with United well stocked in attack, a move would only be financially viable if the club are prepared to cut their losses on Falcao.Nevertheless, if Dybala can maintain his impressive form between now and the end of the season, his asking price will rise further, though his displays for Palermo suggests he would be worth every penny for any team.You can follow all the scores, statistics and live player and team ratings with the new free-to-download WhoScored iOS app 1last_img read more

Light rain falls on Southland

first_img“After a long period of time without rain, oils build up on freeways and roadways, and the first rains often cause very slick conditions,” the NWS advisory warned. Because it traveled over land — not the warm waters of the Pacific — the storm is also expected to cool down the region, with temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below normal starting today, according to NWS meteorologists. “This system will be almost unprecedented in terms of cold weather and snow levels for September in Southwestern California,” according to the NWS advisory. NWS forecasters said snow levels are expected to fall to between 5,500 and 6,000 feet tomorrow, with several inches of new snow possible at resort levels. “Many locations may well set record low maximum temperatures on Friday, with temperatures more typical of January rather than September,” according to the advisory. “Due to the cold and unstable nature of this strong upper level low pressure system, any thunderstorm may produce heavy rains and small hail,” it said. In turn, heavy rains may cause mud and debris flows in and below areas previously denuded by fire. Residents of mountain areas, “should be prepared for this possibility despite the fact that it is only September,” according to the advisory. NWS forecasters said rainfall totals will be highly variable because of the showery nature of the expected precipitation, and will depend, too, on the exact track of the system. As of this morning “the best estimate for rainfall is between one quarter and one inch in most areas,” the NWS advisory said. In the meantime, a marine layer produced drizzle and light rain over a wide area this morning, and there is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. The NWS said the chance of measurable precipitation in the form of showers and thunderstorms stood at 20 percent today and tonight, rising to 70 percent tomorrow and tomorrow night and falling back to between 40 and 50 percent Saturday morning before the storm clears out, leaving partly cloudy skies. Temperatures around the Southland at roughly sea level will be mostly in the high 60s today, tomorrow and Saturday before climbing several degrees on Sunday. But a different situation will prevail in mountain areas. Highs at Mount Wilson, for example, will be 55 today, 54 tomorrow and 59 Sunday before climbing to 70 on Monday, according to NWS forecasters. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Light rain fell on the Southland today ahead of the arrival of a cold and “almost unprecedented” September storm that originated in Canada. Forecast to hit the Southland with full force tomorrow, the storm is being preceded by a deep marine layer, which caused some precipitation in several areas, including Fullerton, where light rain was reported overnight. “This storm will likely bring rain, thunderstorms and even some higher elevation snow to Central and Southern California through early Saturday,” according to a National Weather Service advisory. “…Conditions will also be favorable for possible waterspout and funnel cloud activity.” The late-summer storm — autumn begins Saturday — originated in British Columbia and, working its way south, reached Northern California yesterday afternoon, according to NWS meteorologists tracking the system. The slow-moving system was off the coast of Monterey County this morning and will affect mostly the state’s central coast region today, bringing a chance of thunderstorms that could produce small hail, the NWS reported. But its “most active day” in Southern California — mainly between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles — will be tomorrow, with showers starting after noon. “The bulk of the precipitation from this storm will fall across eastern Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties Friday into Friday night,” according to the NWS advisory. The last measurable rainfall in Los Angeles was April 22, according to the NWS, and motorists were urged to use caution. last_img read more

‘My dreams are coming true’ – England striker on journey from non-league to international duty

first_img Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin QPR striker Charlie Austin hopes his rise from the non-league circuit to the England squad inside six years will inspire other players that a similar journey is within the realms of reality.Austin was plying his trade for Poole Town in 2009 before getting his break in the professional game and, after working his way up the leagues with Swindon, Burnley and QPR, he won himself a place in the latest England squad.A similar fairytale has occurred for fellow Three Lions new boy Jamie Vardy, who was playing Conference football for Fleetwood just three years ago before joining Leicester, and 25-year-old Austin believes their story can act as motivation for other up-and-coming hopefuls.“I’d like to think so, my dreams are coming true,” Austin told a press conference.“It’s hard work. People in the lower leagues and coming from non-league still dream that they can make the step up to professional and then to play for the national team.“To be called up to the squad I believe that people below us are looking at me and Jamie and see that it can be done.”Austin earned his maiden England call during a season which saw him notch 18 league goals for relegated QPR and he is thrilled that his performances were noticed – and rewarded – by Roy Hodgson.On earning an England berth for the double-header against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia, he said: “Delighted to be honest. When I found out that I was called into the squad I couldn’t believe my hard work through the season has come with the reward of being called up to the England squad.”With the Hoops losing their Premier League status, Austin’s future has been the subject of speculation regarding whether he will still be at Loftus Road next season.The striker was giving little away about that on Thursday though, saying: “I just want to enjoy the next two week and what will be, will be.” 1last_img read more

WATCH: West Ham goalkeeper Adrian’s amazing solo goal in Noble’s testimonial

first_imgWest Ham goalkeeper Adrian scored a great solo goal on Monday – something we never thought we would write! The Spaniard’s strike came in an 11-goal thriller at Upton Park, a charity fixture marking Mark Noble’s testimonial at the east London club. The move starts with the ball in the hands of the 29-year-old – in his own box, of course. He then throws the ball over an opponent’s head before starting a mazy run up field. Shielded by a couple of team-mates, Adrian makes his way past the halfway line before breaking into the box, turning inside and wrong-footing the defender. His low strike is clearly too powerful for ex-England goalkeeper David James, who can only divert the ball into the back of the net – see below!VIDEO: DEAN ASHTON AND OTHER GOALS IN THE TESTIMONIAL The charity match finished with West Ham 6-5 winners over a West Ham All-Stars team. That did not stop it going to penalties though. Among the scorers in 90 minutes was Noble, Diafra Sakho (twice), Dean Ashton (twice), Paolo Di Canio, Teddy Sheringham and more! West Ham were 6-5 winners over a West Ham All-Stars team center_img 1last_img read more

Liverpool ordered to pay Burnley £6.5 million for Danny Ings

first_img1 Liverpool striker Danny Ings Liverpool will pay Burnley £6.5million for striker Danny Ings – a new record for a fee ordered by a tribunal.The figure eclipses the £3.5million sum Chelsea had to pay Manchester City in 2009 for forward Daniel Sturridge – coincidentally now also at Anfield – although add-on clauses took the England international’s eventual cost to £8.3million.Liverpool have also announced they will pay a further £1.5million in add-ons in accordance with the Professional Football Compensation Committee’s ruling while Press Association Sport understands there is a 20 per cent cut due to Burnley on any future profit should the club sell the player.Ings allowed his contract to run down with the Clarets last season before moving to Anfield in the summer.Liverpool offered £6million for the player as Burnley were entitled to compensation, with Ings under 23 years old at the time.That was rejected as the Clarets, after a reported £12million bid from Tottenham, valued the player in excess of £10million.“Liverpool Football Club would like to thank the PFCC panel for their time and diligence in deciding this matter,” said a club statement.“We believe the process was conducted fairly and we respect the outcome.“We are pleased for Danny Ings, in particular, that this chapter is now complete and he can look forward to a long and successful career at Liverpool.”last_img read more