Sarwan backs Caricom solution

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):Former captain Ramnaresh Sarwan has blamed the regional board for the decline of West Indies cricket and believes Caricom’s intervention represents the best chance 0f ensuring the sport’s revival.The 35-year-old Guyanese, who led West Indies in four Tests and five One-Day Internationals, said the region possessed plenty talent but administrators had failed to manage the game properly, and this had led to the team’s slump internationally.”WICB needs to take responsibility for the fall of WI cricket,” he told the Chronicle newspaper in Guyana.”I don’t think it’s a situation that we are lacking talent. It’s just that we don’t have the right people managing our cricket.”We cannot have so many talented players in the Caribbean and not be in the top four teams in the world [in Tests and ODIs].”Sarwan is the latest player to wade into the debate over the WICB’s management of the game, following Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy’s criticism of the regional governing body after his side’s capture of the T20 World Cup in India last Sunday.SHOCKWAVESIn a post-match interview, Sammy said the players felt “disrespected” by the board, a remark that sent shockwaves through the cricketing world. The WICB quickly apologised to the international cricket community for what it labelled an “inappropriate” comment.Since then, former one-day captain Dwayne Bravo, leading opener Chris Gayle, and legendary former captain Sir Viv Richards have come out in support of Sammy.Sarwan, who played 87 Tests and 181 ODIs, said the board had not been accountable enough in the past.”I think (Darren) Sammy was spot on in his interview. Over the years, the West Indies board, especially the directors and administrators – whatever you want to call them – tended to do a lot of stuff and get away with it,” he said.And with a CARICOM-commissioned governance panel recommending the “immediate dissolution” of the board and the formation of a new structure, Sarwan said the regional nation grouping held the key.”I like the initiative that Caricom is taking to try and resolve the problem. I think once Caricom gets involved and they put their foot down, they will find some sort of solution,” he said.last_img read more

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Olympic taekwondo champion banned for life in abuse case

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gilbert said Jean had sexually assaulted her after events in Ecuador in 2002 and Germany in 2003.The lawsuit says women who wanted onto the US taekwondo team “had no choice but to submit to the Lopez brothers’ sexual demands.”If they refused to do so, they were benched, suspended or kicked off Team USA by the Lopez brothers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Djokovic tops Nishikori for 8th US Open final Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil (FILES) In this file photo taken on August 19, 2016 US Steven Lopez (L) competes against Australia’s Hayder Shkara during their men’s taekwondo repechage bout in the -80kg category as part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro.Two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Steven Lopez has been handed a life ban by the US Center for SafeSport following an allegation of sexual misconduct, it was confirmed on Friday September 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONESTwo-time Olympic taekwondo champion Steven Lopez has been handed a life ban by the US Center for SafeSport following an allegation of sexual misconduct, it was confirmed on Friday.Lopez has been deemed “permanently ineligible” from future competition in a ruling made by the center on Thursday following a four-month investigation.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The suspension comes after four women athletes sued the US Olympic Committee and USA Taekwondo for sex trafficking in a federal lawsuit filed in May.The women alleged they were forced to train and travel with known sexual predators.Heidi Gilbert, Mandy Meloon, Amber Means and Gaby Joslin alleged they suffered “two decades of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking of Team USA’s Olympic taekwondo athletes by the entities, officials, coaches and mentors who were entrusted to protect them.”Both Jean Lopez and Steven Lopez were named in the lawsuit.Meloon, a two-time world champion, claimed in a 2007 complaint she was raped by Jean at the 1997 World Cup in Egypt when she was 15. She was left off Jean’s 2007 squad, pressing her case to USOC arbitration.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No other information was immediately available.The 39-year-old, a gold medalist at both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, had been suspended since May. His brother Jean, a coach on the US Olympic taekwondo team, had already been banned for life for sexual offenses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Steven Lopez could yet appeal his suspension, the center said on its website. The Houston Chronicle newspaper reported that the offense which prompted his ban involved a 14-year-old girl in 2000 when he was 22.He reportedly began “grooming” the girl for abuse when she was 10 years old, the report cited investigators as saying. SEA Games 2019: PH’s Reyes, Ninobla taekwondo poomsae individual PLAY LIST 06:22SEA Games 2019: PH’s Reyes, Ninobla taekwondo poomsae individual02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)07:23SEA Games 2019: PH’s recognized poomsae team (MEN/WOMEN) l (FULL PERFORMANCE)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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View commentslast_img read more

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‘Gambia’s Constitution Must Be Respected’

first_imgThe Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that the Constitution of The Gambia must be respected in spite of President Yahya Jammeh’s appeal to the sub-regional body for judges to authenticate the country’s election result.On Sunday, January 15, President Jammeh telephoned President Sirleaf to make an appeal to ECOWAS Authority to make judges available to address the crisis in his country, an Executive Mansion statement has reported.Absurd…As Jammeh carried out his plea with President Sirleaf, he had the call on speaker phone as his television crew and others recorded the conversation for broadcast, unbeknown to the ECOWAS Chair.Gambian newspaper Freedom described the scenario as “absurd in the highest order.” Jammeh told President Sirleaf that he would like for her to contact her colleagues so that his injunction against the Dec. 1 elections at the Gambian Supreme Court should be addressed.“The so-called January 19 inauguration date for Adama Barrow cannot take place until my injunction is decided by the court and until then the status quo must remain,” the outgoing Gambian President begged.He said his argument is premised on the Gambian Constitution and reaffirmed his commitment to uphold and observe the rule of law during the unsettled political impasse threatening Gambia’s peace. Although, Jammeh emphasized that his request for ECOWAS intervention to prevail on member states to send judges to the Gambia should be communicated to the ECOWAS body by President Sirleaf he ruled out the possibility of President-elect Barrow to be sworn in on Thursday, January, 19. In response, President Sirleaf said, that she would consult with all the ECOWAS mediating teams on what the Gambian leader had said. However she advised him that, “it would be a good idea if he put out a statement, making a request to the ECOWAS body that you only want peace and that you are going to follow the constitution; there’s an infraction, they should please try and get the judges for you and the court decision must be the way to go. A small statement like that would make everybody comfortable. Then we can move on and encourage Nigeria and others to get the justices to come there.” She then thanked Mr. Jammeh “for helping us all find peace. Gambia needs peace and ECOWAS wants peace,” she said. To this, Jammeh concurred, promising to “immediately” do as his Liberian counterpart advised. He took to Gambian television and broadcast a message of peace as advised by his “sister and friend, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority.”No change in ECOWAS positionHowever, an Executive Mansion press release quotes President Sirleaf saying, “This was nothing new as he had said the same thing in meetings with the mediating team twice in Banjul.” She said unfortunately, being the person that he is, Jammeh recorded and televised their conversation without advising her of his intent to do so.In her statement, President Sirleaf declared, “Let me make it clear that there is no change in ECOWAS position. The Constitution of The Gambia must be respected.”Meanwhile report from Banjul says Jammeh’s ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) yesterday convened an extraordinary session in Banjul to use his rubber stamp Parliament to legislate a bill that would extend his mandate and also declare a state emergency in The Gambia. In another development, Gambian Army Major Seedy Joof was arrested on Sunday night at his Kombo Lamin home by what is described as “Jammeh’s assassin” team called the jungullars. He was whisked to an unknown destination.Major Joof’s arrest has to do with an alleged statement attributed to him that called on Jammeh to reconsider his decision and peacefully hand over power to President-elect Barrow. Joof is said to be a Barrow loyalist.Latest report from Banjul says Gambia’s Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Abdou Colley yesterday resigned from the Jammeh government with immediate effect.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Police still hunting for suspect who set dredge owner, wife on fire

first_imgClose to two months after a miner set a dredge owner and his wife on fire in their mining camp at Toroparo Landing, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), the Police are yet to arrest the main perpetrator.Assistant Commissioner of Police and Commander of Region Seven, Kevin AdonisLyndon Joseph of Karrau Village, Region Seven and his reputed Brazilian wife Maria Pereira Da Silva were reportedly sleeping when they were doused with gasoline and set alight.After spending some time in hospital, 30-year-old Da Silva succumbed to her injuries on September 26 while receiving attention. Joseph, however, remains a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Divisional Commander Kevin Adonis, when contacted, told Guyana Times on Thursday that the Police have intensified their search for the suspect so that he can be brought to justice.He stated that since the act was committed in August, the suspect was not seen, nor did he make contact with any relatives.The couple had been allegedly set on fire following a confrontation with a man at their camp around 04:00h on August 29.They were both rushed to the Bartica Hospital and subsequently medevaced to the city. Hours before the incident took place, the couple were at a function when they were informed that someone had invaded their camp.As a result, they immediately left for the camp and upon arrival, they saw a male individual there and an argument ensued between them and the suspect.He is said to have subsequently left and Da Silva and Joseph retired to bed but were awakened by intense heat as their camp was set on fire moments later.The incident occurred at Toroparo Landing, Region Seven. At the time, the Police had said that the couple received burns to 80% of their bodies.last_img read more

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City Constabulary understaffed

first_imgM&CC CoI…as 12 bodyguards assigned to Mayor, former Mayor…break-in at training centre covered upThe Chief Constable’s competence and his magnitude of command over the department which he presides was questioned on Wednesday, as the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into City Hall’s operations heard that no conclusive investigations were carried out for several activities at the Mayor and City Council (M&CC).Placed under oath to testify before the lone Commissioner, Justice Cecil Kennard, Chief Constable of the City Constabulary, Andrew Foo was grilled on an incident whereby the Constabulary’s Training Complex on Water Street was broken into by employees at City Hall. In that August 14, 2018 incident, the locks on the doors were smashed and “three thick books” were taken from the southern and westernChief Constable Andrew Fooends of the building.Foo produced information from a report which states that the women acted on the instructions of Town Clerk Royston King, since he is the sole custodial for the Council’s assets.Moreover, they related that the books were taken to gather “pertinent information” for the 175th city week anniversary celebrations.Legal Assistant Sherwin Benjamin questioned why the locks were broken if they were given permission by the Town Clerk, who possessed the keys to these rooms. Furthermore, he directed as to why financial records aren’t submitted to the Auditor General when officers of the Council can acquire any financial documents needed.“Wasn’t she given a key? No key was given, a lock was broken and books removed subsequently… The instructions and all of these things were happening under the directive of the Town Clerk who happens to be the custodial of all documents of the city. The same Town Clerk cannot provide to the auditor all documentation required for them to complete audits for years.”With respect to the investigation, the Commission found that no formal report was made until October 17; one day after the Chief Constable presented himself for questioning after being subpoenaed. This is more than two months after the incident would have occurred. In his defence, Foo stated that a “verbal report” wasMayor Patricia Chase Greengiven. Benjamin replied, “Doesn’t that speak volumes of the competence of your department and more so, you as the head of the department?”Justice Kennard then stated his opinion based on the actuality of the events stating, “It’s a cover-up. It’s a sham.”He is of the belief that the authentic reason why the books, most likely financial records, were taken is being hidden from the Commission since there are multiple cover-up stories by senior employees at City Hall.This was evident in the Deputy Town Clerk Sharon Harry-Munroe’s statement who refuted the claims that keys are present in the office of the Town Clerk and further asserting that the City Constabulary is the holder of such keys.If that is the case, Benjamin posited that it is a criminal offence since the Chief Constable who permits ingress and egress to the complex was unaware of these activities.“Therein makes the break and enter a criminal offence. Because he who happens to be the Chief Constable is completely unaware that documents were needed. He didn’t authorise it… Is that following the standard operating procedure?” he probed.Selectively understaffedFor many months, there has been an ongoing public decry that the City Constabulary is short-staffed and cannot effectively carryout their duties. However, this reflects differently from the fraction of staffers that are used as bodyguards for present and former employees.Currently, there are 191 officers employed to the City Constabulary with 67 auxiliary guards but according to Foo, the “requirement” is some 345 persons.“Our authorised strength should be 345. We currently have 191 in terms of staffFormer Mayor Hamilton Greenand 67 security guards.”Out of the limited amount, eight were appointed to provide protection for the Mayor, Patricia Chase Green and four for the former Mayor, Hamilton Green. This figure does not include other members of the Council who are also provided with security.“The former Mayor, Hamilton Green has one Lance Corporal and three security guards. The current Mayor has eight.” Puzzled as to why so many security personnel are needed, the Commissioner replied, “This is ridiculous… Who would harm her? This is a wastage of money and that is why City Hall is bankrupted.”Foo noted that he would have asked on a number of occasions for additional officers to be employed but it was the Council’s decision to assign these bodyguards to the respective City Hall associates.Back in July, the Chief Constable would’ve indicated in an interview with the Guyana Times that there was a freeze in the hiring process since there weren’t enough financial resources to pay an increased workforce.There has been an increase in robberies around Georgetown, especially at the Stabroek and Bourda Markets which are considered “criminal hotspots”.In the midst of the bodyguard crisis, John Walters who is a bodyguard of Royston King was issued a firearm despite the fact that he does not possess a relevant licence or a supernumerary precept. 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MPs to lose parliamentary concessions

first_imgWith the passage of the December 21, 2018 no-confidence vote against the Government several Members of Parliament will lose parliamentary concessions when parliament is dissolve for elections in March of this year.While questions were raised about efforts to delay the elections were a way of creating a way for these parliamentarians to reap their concessions, Guyana Times has learnt that several MPs will loses duty free concessions. Others have rushed to Parliament seeking to have their parliamentary concessions processed as quickly as possible.When contacted, Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Issacs confirmed that new Members of Parliament (MP’s) are eligible for a parliamentary pension after three years in the National Assembly. It is also understood that parliamentarians become eligible for duty-free concessions every three years.After the May 2015 General and Regional Elections, Government members of the 11th Parliament were sworn in on June 10.According to sources, however, the 90 days deadline for fresh elections, which is due in March, will mean that some parliamentarians would lose their eligibility for new duty-free concessions. In order to facilitate elections, Parliament has to be dissolved and all new parliamentarians who were sworn-in in 2015 and were given a duty-free concession for the purchase of a vehicle do not become eligible again for another such concession until June 2019.In the case of Members of Parliament from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), they were not sworn in until August 17, 2015, and thus new parliamentarians from that side would also not be eligible if the timeline is kept.Unlike the coalition, however, the PPP has been solidly behind calls for elections to be held within 90 days regardless of the loss of their benefits.In an interview with this publication, political commentator Ramon Gaskin certainly did not discount the possibility that loss of these benefits could be one of the motives for the delaying tactics the opposition has complained about.“That could be one of the reasons,” Gaskin acknowledged during the interview. “That could be one of the reasons because there is no guarantee that some of them are going back as MP’s.”He reminded, however, that a lot more is at stake for the coalition party than the loss of parliamentary concessions. According to Gaskin, none of the political parties with the exception of the PPP appears ready for early elections.“The main reason they might want to stall, in my opinion, is that they’re (coalition party) not ready to go to the polls. The only party that appears to me to be ready and already campaigning is the PPP. The rest of them aren’t ready yet,” Gaskin posited.“The AFC (Alliance For Change), of course, was badly beaten (at Local Government Elections). (Former Speaker of the House Ralph) Ramkarran’s party is now getting started. The Liberty and Justice Party (is just starting). Although the (People’s National Congress) is a big party, the last LGE showed they’re not so highly mobilised and organised to bring out voters.”The no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) – succeeded when Charrandas Persaud, a former AFC parliamentarian, broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”Government has gone from promising to respect the vote to denying the vote’s validity on grounds that include an argument that 34 should have been a majority vote in 65. A court case was subsequently filed seeking, among other things, a stay of the elections pending a ruling. However, the court pulled this rug from under the State’s feet when it decided to expedite the cases.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has already warned that if elections are not facilitated within 90 days and there is no parliamentary agreement to extend this time, Guyana will have in place an unconstitutional Government.Indeed, it is still unclear when elections will be held. The President is responsible for calling a date for elections. President David Granger is yet to do so and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has been accused of being complicit in stalling the process.last_img read more

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Art Wilson: Lava Man should go with SoCal flow

first_imgEVEN before I started covering horse racing in the Southland, I’d always dreamed of what it would be like to own a race horse. Not a star race horse, mind you, just any ol’ race horse. A $10,000 claimer would be just fine, thank you. A victory in the fifth race at Santa Anita with a purse of $16,000 for someone like me would be like winning the Kentucky Derby. I mean, you think trainer Nick Hines puts on a show when he wins? Heck, they’d be calling him Mr. Melancholy after the display I’d put on in the winner’s circle. Boring, you say? Why not try something different, you ask? Try telling many in the on-track crowd of 43,000-plus last weekend that Lava Man’s victory was boring. I doubt many would be sitting on their hands come June at Hollywood Park if he’s allowed to go for a third consecutive victory in the Gold Cup. Ditto Del Mar if he runs again in the Pacific Classic. Lava Man has turned into one of the most popular horses in the Southland. He’s a great drawing card, something that racing badly needs. So what if he’s never won outside California? If he wins the SoCal Triple Crown again and then, God willing, stays healthy and goes for an unprecedented third Big ‘Cap victory, well, Lava Man will become a legend around these parts. They might even make a movie about him. Word came down Wednesday that the Lava Man camp is deciding between the Dubai race and the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on May 5 at Churchill Downs for the horse’s next race. Guys, don’t do it. If you really need to prove to skeptics that Lava Man can ship out of state and win, do it at the end of the year at the Breeders’ Cup. Let his fans revel in his successes here locally. Let them enjoy their hero and not have to worry that a major illness or one fatal misstep abroad could mean they never see him race again. Lava Man already has done great things. He can do even more and doesn’t need to be shipped halfway around the world to do them. Keep him home. Let the fans enjoy one of the sport’s few stars. If Lava Man is retired one, two or three years from now and he’s never won outside of California, let the naysayers scream and shout that he couldn’t win on the road. Let them whine about his record and how it doesn’t include a victory that wasn’t recorded in the Southland. I mean, what’s wrong with the title King of California? art.wilson@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2103 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I bring this up not because I want to talk about my dreams of being a thoroughbred owner, but because I’ve thought a lot about what I would do if I did own a horse. Who would I want to train it? Who would be my rider? Would I be a know-it-all owner and try to interfere with a trainer who knows more than I do, or would I let him or her make the calls? All these thoughts resurfaced last weekend after Lava Man, the best claim in racing history, joined John Henry and Milwaukee Brew as the only two-time winners of the Santa Anita Handicap. center_img After the race, during a press conference in the director’s room, owners Steve and David Kenly and Jason Wood talked about their marvelous gelding and what they wanted to do next with him. The consensus seemed to be a 11/8-mile turf race in Dubai for $5 million on March 31 seemed awfully tempting. Yes, $5 million is enticing, downright delicious even. But is it wise to ship a 6-year-old gelding to Dubai, a horse who is 0 for 4 outside of California, in search of more riches when he’s already earned a record $4.3 million since being claimed for $50,000 in August 2004 by three gentlemen who, up to this point, have for the most part made all the right decisions? Lava Man did something last year no horse has done. He swept the three major handicap races in Southern California – the Big ‘Cap, the Hollywood Gold Cup and the Pacific Classic at Del Mar – in the same year. Winning one of the three is a major accomplishment, but scoring a hat trick was something that will etch Lava Man’s name in the record books forever. What could be better, huh? Well, how about sweeping all three in back-to-back years? Lava Man is in a position to do just that if he’s allowed to stay in California, take a break until Hollywood Park and then embark on a similar schedule as last year’s, when he won two grass races leading up to the Gold Cup and captured the Pacific Classic and Goodwood Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Oak Tree before his ill-fated effort in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. last_img read more

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Southampton tie up £12m deal for Hull star

first_img1 Southampton have signed Hull striker Shane Long Southampton have signed Hull striker Shane Long for a fee believed to be in the region of £12million.The 27-year-old only joined the Tigers from West Brom for £7m in January, but has now moved to the south coast on a four-year deal.Long becomes the Saints’ sixth summer signing and joins in time to take part in this Sunday’s opening game of the season against Liverpool.Boss Ronald Koeman told the club’s official website: “Shane is a very good player. As a striker, he’s different to Graziano Pelle, which is something we needed.“He brings ambition and a great mentality – he’s always running and always working, and he’s very down-to-earth. He’s a great person, and we need that type of player.“He brings a lot of experience to our squad because he’s already played at Premier League level for a few years. He knows what we need at this level, and he can show that to our younger players as well.“Shane will be an important player for us and our future.”Long added: “I’m delighted. This came out of the blue for me but, once I’d come and had a look at the training facilities and met the manager, it seemed like the right decision for me and my family.“It was a hard decision for me to make, but when you come down to Southampton you see how big a club it is and how well set up it is.“You look at how well they did last season and they are developing a new squad for this year to try and achieve those accomplishments again, and hopefully I can be a big part of that.“Southampton play a brand of football that’s enjoyable to watch, and I’m sure it’ll be enjoyable to play in as well. I think the formation they play will suit me, and the manager has a lot of knowledge about football and I’m looking to learn off him.“In theory it’s a very good move for me, but all the hard work starts tomorrow when I get on the training pitch because I have to prove my worth.”last_img read more

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Reports – Bayern Munich failed in late bid for Arsenal’s Ozil

first_img Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil 1 Bayern Munich failed in a late summer bid to sign Mesut Ozil from Arsenal, reports in Spain have claimed.According to El Mundo Deportivo, Bayern approached the Gunners about a deal to sign Ozil, who has come in for criticism for some of his early-season performances, but were knocked back.Bayern boss Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of the Germany international and tried to sign him while he was in charge of Barcelona and Ozil was at Werder Bremen.But he missed out, with Real Madrid beating their arch rivals to the signing of the playmaker.Arsene Wenger shelled out over £40m to land the 25-year-old in September 2013 but he faded badly after a bright start in English football and many Arsenal fans have questioned whether he is even good enough to get in their first XI.However, according to these reports, Wenger is keen to persevere with Ozil and was not prepared to move him on after just a year in north London.last_img read more

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JOBS BOOST AS DONEGAL COMPANY CREATE FIFTEEN NEW JOBS

first_imgBUSINESS: A Donegal company has announced exciting expansion plans and has confirmed it will create fifteen new jobs over the next two years.Donegal Bio energy firm, Connective Energy Holdings Limited, has announced they’ll create ninety new jobs over the next two years in its bio gas production plants across the country. At first, fifteen jobs will be created in one of the company’s digestion facilities in Glenmore Estate – when it opens later this year.However, as part of the company’s expansion plans, management have said it will employ up to 90 people within the next two years with the creation of two more facilities in Co Dublin and Co Down later this year, and three additional plants next year.Each anaerobic digestion facility will take in around 90,000 tonnes of organic material such as farm slurry, poultry litter and manure and convert this material into bio gas to be used as a fuel and CO2, used in the food and drinks industry.Speaking at the announcement of the new jobs, Brendan McSorley, Development Manager of Connective Energy Holdings Limited said the plants will remove and recycle CO2 as a food product leaving “clean organic fertiliser used as soil conditioner”. He described the process as “environmentally friendly.”JOBS BOOST AS DONEGAL COMPANY CREATE FIFTEEN NEW JOBS was last modified: March 7th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BoostBusinesscompanyCreationdonegalFifteennewslast_img read more

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