The City urgently gathers the staff to give explanations

first_imgThe players were summoned for noon today. It has been, as explained in its website the English newspaper, an informational meeting with the players to expose the future of the team and, above all, what can directly affect the players. The penalty requires a real reorganization of the club’s accounts, whereby, for example, the income budget and, therefore, the salary item could be reduced. That directly influences the squad since next season. The City has announced that it will appeal the ruling, but one way or another it will have to adjust its accounts to the requirements of UEFA’s financial control. Manchester City has set up a crisis cabinet to take the next steps before the penalty of two years of exclusion from European competitions by UEFA, mainly due to violations of the regulation of financial control. As much as the club expected punishment, it has generated a situation of gigantic uncertainty about the future of the team. In this way, as the Telegraph newspaper explains today, Ferran Soriano, executive director of the entity, shortly after knowing the ruling publicly, organized an emergency meeting with the players through the WhatsApp group of the team.last_img read more

Tony Becca: West Indians are smiling, but …

first_imgBack in 1950 when the West Indies defeated England in England to win their first Test series in England, West Indian eyes were smiling. They were on the way. Back in the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, when the West Indies won the World Cup twice and dominated Test cricket, West Indian eyes smiled even brighter. They were kings of the world. Today, in 2016, after winning the Youth World Cup, and the women’s World Cup and the World Twenty20 in Kolkata last Sunday, West Indian eyes are not only smiling, but their hearts are bursting with joy, satisfaction and pride. Winners of the titles, the West Indies, are the triple champions of the world, and deservedly so. In winning the Youth title for the first time, and convincingly at that, the little West Indians probably surprised even themselves. In winning the title, also for the first time, the women probably also surprised themselves. And in winning the title, the men beat off the challenge of seven worthwhile challengers, and especially the last one, brilliantly and commandingly. The West Indies won the Youth title with three deliveries to spare; the women won the title with three deliveries to spare; and the men won the title in fairy-tale fashion with only two deliveries to spare. After the West Indies stumble, Marlon Samuels steadied the ship with some solid and magnificent stroke play, and Brathwaite finished it off with his magical, thumping hitting at the end. It was so good that I wished I was there. Cricket is cricket, triple champions of the world sounds good and, as president of the West Indies Cricket Board Dave Cameron said before last Sunday’s final, West Indies cricket is rising. Is West Indies cricket really rising, however? Is West Indies cricket really rising because the West Indies teams have won three titles behind one another? Many people, including myself, would say no, and we would say no because of what is happening, or not happening, in West Indies cricket. First off, this team, which includes some of the biggest and most destructive hitters in the game, consists of players who no longer play cricket in the West Indies, players who, before every event, quarrel over money, and players who, rightly or wrongly, are termed mercenaries by many of the people. Second, although regional cricket is now professional and is played on a return basis, the standard generally is still poor, so poor that hardly anyone watches it. Third, and certainly in the case of Jamaica and Guyana, there is hardly any local cricket for women, at least no regular competition to make a difference in the interest of young girls and the development of standards. Fourth, the board, the players’ association and the players are always at war and with the situation as it is and with the public getting caught up in it, the atmosphere is bad and it affects the progress of the game. The local businesses and their money stay as far away from the cricket as is possible. The rift between the board, and the players and the players’ association is such that there is only one player on the team who is a member of the players’ association. The men’s victory was especially amazing. From the start, they looked confident and superior. They played as if they could not lose and did not know how to lose, while England, especially at the start, looked petrified. Their explosive batting gave them the look of invincibility. After reeling at 11 for three, the West Indies needed 19 runs off the final over, and with almost every cricket fan around the world at that stage backing the bowling team to win, Carlos Brathwaite promptly and commandingly smashed the first four deliveries into the stands for four sixes to leave Ben Stokes, England’s champion ‘death’ bowler up to that moment, on his knees, clasping his head, crying and shell-shocked. Last Sunday was a glorious day and night, and the West Indians playing in the Eden Gardens and visiting Kolkata made it a memorable one with their celebration, their dancing and their running around in jubilation. Samuel Badree and his baffling right-arm leg-spin started it off by bowling Jason Roy with his second delivery. WASHING DIRTY LAUNDRY Indeed, the rift is so huge that on Sunday in the Eden Gardens, after the final, before a large live audience and for millions of people to hear, at a time when the West Indies should be celebrating, captain Darren Sammy used the occasion to reel off all the problems between the players and the board. It was nothing more than washing their dirty linen in public, and Sammy’s remarks against the board were as poor as Samuels’ when he opened up against Shane Warne. There is a time and place for everything, and Sunday in Kolkata was neither the time nor the place to try and embarrass the West Indies board and a former player. It was totally uncalled for and, in both instances, totally unexpected. The attacks came from way out in left field and they probably came across as unfortunate because Sammy, despite his failure with the bat and with the ball, was so good throughout the tournament as the captain of the team, and Samuels, despite his batting disappointment up to then, was so brilliant, so majestic in the all-important final cup-winning match. Something must be done about the board, the players’ association and the senior players, otherwise everything will self-destruct. Congrats again to Shimron Hetmyer and to Alzarri Joseph and company, to Stafanie Taylor, Hayley Matthews, Britany Cooper, Anisa Mohammad, Deandra Dottin, Merissa Aguilliera and company, to Badree, Samuels, Brathwaite, Russell, Lendl Simmons, Gayle, Bravo and company on a job well done. It was a day to remember and, although there is a lot more to be done for West Indies cricket to really flower once again, a day to cherish. AMAZING VICTORY MAGICAL HTTINGlast_img read more

Barnes scores on return, but Houston Dynamo draw

first_imgHOUSTON, Texas (CMC):Reggae Boyz forward, Giles Barnes, scored on his return from injury, but Houston Dynamos conceded deep in stoppage time at the end, as Seattle Sounders claimed a point in a 1-1 draw in the MLS here Sunday.The 27-year-old Barnes, who has been sidelined for the last few weeks with hamstring problems, showed no effects from the lay-off as he put the hosts ahead in the 35th minute at the BBVA Compass Stadium.Houston appeared set for full points with time winding down, but Chad Marshall netted in the fourth minute of injury time to break their hearts.They lie eighth in the 10-team western conference, with five points from as many outings.Barnes said the loss was a difficult one to take, but there were positives to be taken from the defeat.”It’s bitter, but I’m always proud of my team no matter what we do,” said the Jamaican international, who was substituted in the 89th minute.”We controlled the game for most of the parts; it’s just that last little bit, that last per cent we need to get ready, need to get right; and once we do that, we’ll be fine.”- CMClast_img read more

Former Anglican Bishop Randolph George dies

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairRetired Anglican Bishop Randolph George died peacefully at his Republic Park, East Bank Demerara home on Monday. He was 92. The father of four was a priest for 63 years and served as Bishop of Guyana from 1980 until his retirement in 2008.Bishop Randolph GeorgeHe served stints in Trinidad and England and later in the local Anglican Diocese at St Mathews, Supply, Golden Grove and Soesdyke, all on the East Bank of Demerara.Speaking with Guyana Times on Monday, his widow, Sheila George, who he wed 45 years ago, said that her husband was caring, thoughtful and was fully devoted to the work of the church and welfare of parishioners.“He was a great encourager and as a priest, he was very meticulous about his priestly craft and even when he became a bishop, he always said that he would have preferred to be a parish priest, because it gave him contact with people on a regular basis.”George’s widow, a teacher by profession, further explained that her spouse particularly liked working at parishes in the interior locations.Mrs George told Guyana Times that the family was still coming to grips with the loss. “We all feel a sense of loss: it doesn’t matter how old the person is, it’s part of our lives and it’s as though half of yourself is cut off. We’re all very closely knit… we’ll miss him,” the Bishop’s widow highlighted.In 1946, George trained for the priesthood at the Codrington Theological College in Barbados. Bishop George was also at one time the Chairman of the Integrity Commission but he will mostly be remembered as a man who gave a great deal of his life to the service of the Anglican Church.last_img read more

Health Minister questions competence of regional administration

first_imgLa Parfaite Harmonie Health Centre\… to visit the region todayFollowing an article appearing in the September 6 issue of Guyana Times highlighting the deplorable condition of the La Parfaite Harmonie Health Centre,The hymac used to clear the bushes from the nearby lotJunior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings said she is seriously questioning the competence of the regional administration in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).In a telephone interview, the Minister said the regional administration budgets for the up-keep of health facilities and questioned the modus operandi of the administration.“The region have money for cleaning and I am shocked and disgusted that they would allow it to get to this stage… we have systems in place but I would like to believe that those systems are not working,” the Minister said.“I don’t want to micromanage because we (the Ministry of Public Health) are here as the oversight body and it’s the regions that have to take care of their facilities,” she added.Minister Cummings said the Public Health Ministry is unaware of the condition of the healthcare facility since the Regional Health Officer (RHO) failed to report it. She added that she is going to pay a visit to the region today and will make special effort to visit the La Parfaite Harmonie Health Centre to speak with nurses and patients at the facility.“I am disappointed but I will be able to give more information after I visit there tomorrow and see firsthand what the situation is,” she said.Meanwhile, Medical Superintendent of the Region, Dr Bibi Jabar said she becameA section of the cleared landaware of the situation after it appeared in Guyana Times, adding that she along with Deputy Regional Executive Officer visited the facility.“I can tell you that we have visited the health centre and we began some works there,” she said, while refusing to state what work was being executed.Dr Jabar is currently holding the post of RHO since the acting RHO is on vacation leave and is expected to be back at work by the end of September.Several calls to the DREO’s office went unanswered. However, a source within theAnother section of the cleared arearegion said the compound of the health centre is expected to be cleared before the end of the week and the toilet stall is to be repaired ‘shortly’.When this publication revisited the facility later Wednesday afternoon, it was observed that the bushes on the southern side, beyond the fence were cleared. In addition, the standpipe was repaired with pipes being connected to the building. However, the pile of garbage at the back of the building remained intact and theAdditional pipes attached to the standpipewashroom stall is yet to be outfitted with a door and water.Residents and patients accessing services at the La Parfaite Harmonie Health Centre are complaining bitterly about the condition of the washroom facilities, water access and the general bushy compound. In addition, patients are complaining about the level of healthcare they receive, saying the staff at the facility are never on time and when they do arrive to work, they take at least one hour before they begin attending to patients.When this publication visited the health-care facility on Tuesday, it was observed that the grass in the yard was overgrown, measuring as high as three feet in some areas. The washroom stall has no door, the toilet does not flush and overgrown grass is slowly creeping into the stall.In addition to a bushy compound, there is garbage at the back of the yard that was poorly disposed of – an attempt to burn the garbage was visible but most of it was not destroyed by the fire. In addition, there are no rubbish bins in the compound of the facility. The water tank and trestle is surrounded by bushy vegetation, with no water flowing through the standpipe in the front of the yard.last_img read more

Lane Kimble, Rick Fraser hold leads heading into final day of chuckwagon races at Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede

first_imgThe final chuckwagon races are slated to get underway at 5:30 this afternoon. Below are the overall standings from the World Professional Chuckwagon Association heading into the final day of competition.1. Rick Fraser – 3:55.052. Kurt Bensmiller – 3:57.72- Advertisement -3. Kirk Sutherland – 3:59.044. Mark Sutherland – 3:59.115. Kelly Sutherland – 3:59.36Advertisement 10. Darcy Flad – 4:00.3711. Luke Tournier – 4:02.0612. Roger Moore – 4:02.1013. Mike Vigen – 4:02.2414. Doug Irvine – 4:02.28Advertisement 6. Gary Gorst – 3:59.667. Troy Dorchester – 3:59.918. Logan Gorst – 4:00.039. Jason Glass – 4:00.35Advertisement 15. John Walters – 4:02.4416. Obrey Motowylo – 4:02.5617. Hugh Sinclair – 4:02.7418. Cliff Cunningham – 4:03.0219. Barry Hodgson – 4:04.06Advertisementcenter_img Below are the standings for the Western Chuckwagon Association:1. Lane Kimble – 4:02.942. Sean Debolt – 4:04.003. Lance Lewis 4:07.134. Tyson Graham 4:08.305. Erik Trembley 4:09.176. Ryan McAleney – 4:11.357. Nathan Sales – 4:12.228. Blair Flad – 4:12.299. Wendell Ridsdale – 4:12.5410. Derek Aebly – 4:14.6311. Brian Lewis – 4:18.3612. Eric Rever – 4:18.4213. Doug Green 4:20.5414. Todd McCracken 4:23.2815. Glen Ridsdale 4:24.3216. Les Rever – 4:30.0617. Dean Dreger – 4:30.1918. Roy Romanow – 4:33.9619. Rick McRorie – 4:36.0820. Evan Magee – 4:54.77 20. Chad Harden – 4:04.87last_img read more

Petraeus to recommend delaying decisions on troop withdrawals

first_imgWhile the critics have cited the lagging progress of the Iraqi government and the reduced but still substantial violence as reasons to abandon the current strategy, Petraeus acknowledges these factors in making his case for more time. Still, Petraeus is expected to disclose plans to reduce troop levels in mid-December with the withdrawal of a combat brigade. American military officials said the unit was deployed to Iraq before Bush’s troop reinforcement plan and the troop reduction would be accomplished by not replacing it. The decision to start the reduction before the end of the year follows an appeal by Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, that the Bush administration take the first steps toward a limited drawdown of troops by year’s end as a way of signaling to Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki that the American commitment to Iraq is not open-ended. Reducing the force to 15 combat brigades by July or August would require some repositioning of American forces in Iraq – what the military calls “battlefield geometry.” The intent is to keep substantial forces in and around Baghdad. But American forces are expected to be reduced in northern and western Iraq. Even as American commanders plan to reduce the overall force, they have stressed that the troop reductions could be adjusted or delayed if violence increases. Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the second-ranking American commander in Iraq, said one important factor being weighed is whether attacks increase during the approaching Muslim holy month of Ramadan, as has happened in the past. “Ramadan is big,” Odierno said last week. “So far in the 30 days before Ramadan, violence has been going down.” “I think if we can continue to do what we are doing, we’ll get to such a level where we think we can do it with less troops,” Odierno added. Some Pentagon officials would like to see the force in Iraq cut below 15 brigades to reduce the stress on the military and make it possible for soldiers and Marines to serve shorter tours. But some military officers in Iraq say that establishing a schedule at this point for reducing forces below 15 brigades is difficult because the Iraq situation is in flux. While sectarian attacks are down according to military statistics, the gains are potentially reversible and the level of violence is still high. The level of insurgent and militia activity in coming months is difficult to predict. Nor is it clear whether the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government will embrace the Americans’ new effort to work with Sunni tribal groups, and how much such alliances might help quell the violence. Efforts at political reconciliation have been stymied at the national level, but American officials still hope to see some modest progress. The broader issue is whether political reconciliation is possible. Gen. George W. Casey, the chief of staff of the Army and Petraeus’ predecessor, recently said at a breakfast sponsored by Government Executive magazine that the American reinforcements had produced “a temporary tactical effect” and expressed skepticism that Iraqi leaders would overcome differences, the publication reported.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Petraeus is to begin two days of hearings today, along with Ryan C. Crocker, the American ambassador to Iraq. The commander is expected to present a series of military statistics that indicate that some headway has been made toward reducing violence in Baghdad. A White House official said that Bush and Petraeus had not spoken since they saw each other in Anbar Province last Monday. But Petraeus’ recommendations on how to proceed on reducing the force have been outlined to Bush and senior officers. “General Petraeus has made recommendations on the pace by which the surge forces can run their course, and he will explain to Congress his recommendation on when the withdrawals without replacement can begin, based on certain assumptions about the situation on the ground,” said an officer, who has heard the commander’s recommendations. “He has also argued that recommendations on reductions below the presurge force levels would be premature at this time, and that recommendations on such adjustments should wait until March 2008,” the officer added. Bush has said that he intends to address the nation this week about the recommendations by Petraeus and Crocker. From the start, Petraeus, more so than many lawmakers, has viewed the effort to bring security to Iraq as a long-term effort. The classified campaign plan he prepared with Crocker calls for restoring security in local areas, including Baghdad, by the summer of 2008. “Sustainable security” is to be established nationwide by the summer of 2009. A letter the general wrote to his troops on Sept. 7 outlines some of the arguments he is expected to use before Congress. The general conceded that the hope that Iraqi leaders would take advantage of the American military’s effort to tamp down violence to make political headway “has not worked out as we had hoped.” But he asserted that American forces had achieved “tactical momentum,” and stressed that American troops are forging successful alliances with local Sunni tribal leaders. WASHINGTON – The top American commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, has recommended that decisions on the contentious issue of reducing the main body of the American troops in Iraq be put off for six months, American officials said on Sunday. Petraeus, whose long-awaited testimony before Congress will begin today, has informed President George W. Bush that troop cuts may begin in mid-December, with the withdrawal of an American combat brigade, about 4,000 troops. By mid-July, the American force in Iraq might be down to 15 combat brigades, the force level in Iraq before Bush’s troop reinforcement plan. The precise timing of such reductions, which would leave about 130,000 troops in Iraq, would depend on conditions in the country. But the general has also said that it is too soon to present recommendations on reducing American forces below that level and has suggested that he wait until March to outline proposals on this question. Many Democratic lawmakers have demanded deep troop cuts as well as a timetable for making the reductions, and there has been concern within some quarters of the Pentagon about the stress of repeated deployments. The effect of Petraeus’ recommendations would be to begin troop reductions somewhat earlier than many experts had anticipated, while deferring deliberations on more fundamental troop issues. In effect, the much-awaited September debate in Congress over Iraq would become a prelude for another set of potentially difficult deliberations next year. last_img read more

Tottenham boss keen to keep happy dressing room after learning from this mistake at Southampton

first_imgMauricio Pochettino will not risk Tottenham’s dressing-room harmony after learning from his “mistake” in signing Dani Osvaldo at Southampton.Spurs boss Pochettino has effectively distanced himself and the north London club from a January deal for West Brom striker Saido Berahino – a long-term target – in highlighting Osvaldo’s unsettling stint at St Mary’s.Osvaldo was suspended by Southampton for two weeks for headbutting Jose Fonte in a training-ground bust-up in January 2014, with three loans then preceding his August 2015 departure.Berahino has cut a divisive figure at West Brom and Pochettino’s desire not to wreck Spurs’ happy camp hints at a cooling of interest in the 22-year-old.“I can tell you now in this case I think it was our mistake, because of what he showed in the problem with Jose Fonte,” Pochettino said of signing Osvaldo at Southampton. “I think in this moment you realise it was a mistake.“I can recognise, and Osvaldo, to be fair, he recognised it was a big mistake for him to come and for us to sign him. But I am very honest about this.“For discipline and good behaviour, it’s important players are always kind with team-mates. It was unacceptable behaviour, and for that we were very strong with him.“Football is a big, big world and it’s impossible for a manager or people in football who make decisions to say they have never ever made a mistake. Anyone saying that is a big liar.“You’ve got to improve and learn from that, to make sure you don’t repeat those mistakes.“It’s a consequence of our decisions that we have a good dressing room at Tottenham now, because it’s not magic.“We have a very good changing room now but we’ve worked very hard to try to build relationships between the players and the staff to create a very good level of training, discipline and mentality. And this is important to keep now.“The most important thing now is to settle and to grow in this idea that we need to work hard, have a good mentality, respect and discipline. This is the most important thing for the future.”Berahino threatened to go on strike after West Brom refused to sell him to Tottenham in the summer, creating a sizeable rift with chairman Jeremy Peace.Taskmaster boss Tony Pulis has continued to clash with the Burundi-born goalscorer as the campaign has unfolded.Both Spurs and Newcastle have been tipped as preparing January bids for the highly rated forward, but Pochettino has vowed to remain hugely discerning on the type of characters Tottenham will recruit.“If you bring someone who is a normal player, and not a good man, then you do it for what? It’s bringing them for the sake of it,” Pochettino said.“You need to bring the right profile and quality enough to help us and improve the squad.” Dani Osvaldo at Southampton 1last_img read more

Mom loved camping, hiking

first_imgAn avid nature lover who enjoyed camping and hiking, Van Nuys homemaker Estella “Pat” Motherspaw also was devoted to her family. Motherspaw, who had multiple sclerosis for more than 30 years, died of pneumonia Dec. 17 in Granada Hills. She was 83. “She loved the outdoors and her favorite was the mountains. She liked the fresh air, waterfalls and looking at nature. She loved camping,” said her son, William Motherspaw. He recalled numerous family trips, noting favorite vacation spots included Sequoia and Yosemite national parks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “She was a very sweet and loving woman,” he said. “Everything in her life revolved around the family unit.” Estella Edith Risen was born in Zanesville, Ohio, to Alice Stanley Risen and Lewis Risen on July 23, 1922. After graduating from high school, she worked for a telephone company. She met her husband, John Motherspaw, on a double date and a year later, on Sept. 6, 1947, they were married. They moved to Burbank for several years and lived in Van Nuys from 1953 to 2004. John Motherspaw died in 2004. Estella Motherspaw also was known for her home cooking, making her family’s meals from scratch using fresh ingredients. William Motherspaw recalled that his mother enlisted him to help shell peas and made her own cranberry sauce, pies and pasta. She also made homemade ice cream. “She was very generous and not self-centered at all. She never complained (about her illness),” said daughter Janet Dancer. “Her guidance as a parent was excellent. She taught us right from wrong. She was always there for us.” Motherspaw enjoyed playing board games – Parcheesi and Monopoly were her favorites – and cards. She also loved watching football, especially any team from Ohio. Motherspaw is survived by her children, William and Phillip Motherspaw and Janet Dancer; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a sister, Lorena Bishop. Another son, Doug Motherspaw, died in 1953. A funeral service and burial were held Thursday at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth. Donations in her memory may be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2440 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 115, Los Angeles, CA 90064. — Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 holly.andres@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe popular annual Finn Valley Spring 5k Series kicks off on Feb 15th continuing 22nd onwards to March 8th and 22nd.Once again there is an added innovative team dimension aimed at the many various Couch to 5k /Fit 4Life/Operation Transformation groups that have sprung up in pretty much every village in the area .Recreation running/walking whether engaged in to lose weight ,to become part of a healthier lifestyle indeed engaged for social community purposes is a win win in every respect . Series Director Patsy Mc Gonagle explains that ‘a Fit Team Challenge will provide an extra stimulus involving as many as indeed the group can enthuse on each day no limit but 10 to score on each day for their Team with Challenge cups for Men /Women separate at Series conclusion based on the 4 days .“It provides an extra outlet for the weekly programme and as they compare notes on their performance over a cuppa afterwards sets each squad up for another week all working and coming together as often as possible to provide the neccessary motivation,” he said.It’s estimated that there are as many as 35 to 40 such groups in Donegal alone .To underline the fun element of the challenge which will be tweaked year on year nobody that has at any point medalled at a championship at novice intermediate senior or Masters level in past 15 years will be scored in this Team Fit Challenge aspect of the events. It will be business as usual in every other aspect but this add on is aimed at the new recruits to the running /walking/jogging fraternity.Every other aspect of the race series remains the same as previous years with spot prizes each day for anyone who turns out .In 2014 the turnout on each day was somewhere between 300/400 . To pre enter its or enquiries 0872226112.The final date offers an option of a 10k .as per 2014 . Entry fee 5 euros each day .DETAILS OF FINN VALLEY SPRING SERIES ANNOUNCED was last modified: January 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Valley Spring Serieslast_img read more