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first_imgMarsh, Faulkner miss SA tour; Starc hospitalised MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Batsman Shaun Marsh and all-rounder James Faulkner will not play in Australia’s one-day international tour of South Africa – Marsh has a fractured finger and Faulkner a calf injury. Australia physiotherapist David Beakley said in a statement that Marsh’s fracture was in a finger joint and that Faulkner sustained a low-grade calf strain during a training session in Sydney yesterday. Cricket Australia said Usman Khawaja will replace Marsh, while no replacement has been named for Faulkner. Australia will play a one-off ODI against Ireland in Benoni, South Africa to open the tour on September 27, followed by five one-day matches against South Africa, ending October 12 in Cape Town. Meanwhile, fast bowler Mitchell Starc needed 30 stitches in his left leg after a bizarre training accident yesterday, but is expected to be fit for the first test in Australia against South Africa, beginning November 3 in Perth. Chinese investors complete takeover of West Brom WEST BROMWICH, England (AP): The takeover of English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion by Chinese investors has been finalised. West Brom said in a statement that the purchase of the club by Yunyi Guokai (Shanghai) Sports Development Limited, announced in August, was completed yesterday. The takeover had been subject to approval by the league and English financial authorities. Lai Guochuan will head the new ownership group. He oversaw the development of the landscaping company Palm, which started out as a plant nursery business and now develops eco-towns in China and is worth 1.8 million pounds ($2.36 million). He has purchased an 88 percent stake in the club owned by chairman Jeremy Peace, who is stepping down. Ronaldo’s warning MADRID (AP): Cristiano Ronaldo hopes Real Madrid learned their lesson after almost losing at home to Sporting Lisbon in their Champions League opener. Madrid’s late comeback on Wednesday night gave the defending champions a winning start in the group stage, but the team’s disappointing performance at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium raised some concerns. Ronaldo grabbed an 89th-minute equaliser with a superb free kick, and substitute Alvaro Morata netted the winner with a powerful header four minutes into injury time for a 2-1 win over the Portuguese side with which Ronaldo started his career. “This game serves as a warning that we can’t be starting games so poorly,” Ronaldo said. “Because teams will sweep the floor with us and we don’t want that. We want to finish top of the group and win.”last_img read more

US slams surface after 1-0 loss to Arnett

first_imgThe United States’s Under-17 head coach, John Hackworth, was not pleased with the playing surface after his team went down 1-0 to an Arnett Gardens FC Under-20 select team at Jamaica College yesterday. Arnett’s central defender Lemmar Stewart scored from a goal-mouth melee in the 89th minute. “I am not pleased with the surface, we had requested a hard one, but it was also bumpy and uneven and prevented us from playing our football,” Hackworth told The Gleaner at the end of the game. “The surface affected our style of play,” he added. Hackworth said he played against older players as he wanted to test his team as part of their preparation for the upcoming CONCACAF Under-17 championship which serves as a FIFA World Cup qualification.. “It is really important for us as they are 16 year-olds playing against older players. We had two good looks in each half. They had a soft goal from a corner kick,” he  said. “We are not looking at performance, but working on plays,” Hackworth concluded. Coach of Arnett Gardens Jerome Waite described the game as a spirited one. “It was a spirited performance from both teams. I had seen them in the game against Jamaica Under-17s and identified their strengths and weaknesses. We created numerous chances and could have won by a wider margin. It was a good game,” Waite assessed. Arnett got into action early but the pint-sized Damani Deacon missed a clear chance which he booted wide of the goal. The Arnett backline marshalled by former JC winning Manning Cup captain Alando Brown, goalscorer Stewart and Alton Lewis was organised and made few mistakes. Arnett’s goalkeeper Shamarley Clayton was also outstanding and made a point blank save from USA captain George Acosta during the first half. The USA team will close their series of games against the Jamaica Under-17 team tomorrow on Sunday at Winchester Park, St George’s College, starting at 3 p.m. The Jamaicans will seek to avenge the 3-0 loss to the Americans last Wednesday at Stadium East.last_img read more

Our Recovery from Ebola: The Artist’s Role (3)

first_imgEbola means disconnection and isolation. How we miss embracing our friends and distant loved ones in this time of, “Don’t touch. Stay away from gatherings”. Can we only communicate via phone? No!Our artists can remind us of the comfort of Unity when isolation fills us with loneliness. Liberian musicians have written Songs and more Songs about the dangers of Ebola. We needed that. Now we need to hear Songs of how we are defeating Ebola; of how we are empowered with our new knowledge about Ebola; our victories over Ebola and how we will continue fighting until it is no longer a threat. As we listen to this Unifying Music, we will connect with it, join in the Song and even Dance to the Rhythm. It’s the Unity of spirit Music brings and feelings of loneliness and isolation are chased from our hearts. While this new Music is recorded, let our visual Artists make us fall in love with ourselves again. We need to connect with the beauty and strength of our land and Culture as many of our foreign concessionaires and foreign business people do. They are not moanin’ and groanin’ like us. They are movin’ and groovin’ – doing more business and making more money than ever.Our visual Artists must create for us and present to us our own Art. It must be made available to us and it must be affordable. Then every Liberian will be able to own some Liberian Art work. We are blessed that some Liberians already know that the world market for African Art is soaring upwards as we speak. And some wise Liberians are even ahead of the foreign investors procuring these precious works of Art.Artists! Let’s spark this recovery! Let’s have a “Recovery Exhibition!”  No need for plenty people to gather at once. People come at their own time and do their part to spark this recovery. The “Recovery Exhibition” where everyone can own a beautiful piece of themselves.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shrinking workforce shrinking NIS finances- GM

first_img…7000 fired sugar workers by Govt a major factorAs the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) rings in its 50th anniversary of serving the nation, General Manager Holly Greaves has warned of the effects the shrinking legitimate workforce is having on the scheme’s finances and long term viability.The General Manager was at the time speaking on Wednesday at the distribution of bursary awards that mark the 50th anniversary. According to Greaves, the scheme has had to face a shortfall in contributions during the period under review.Greaves noted that from January to August 2019, the fund collected little more than half of the $26.6 Billion target. And during that very period, NIS spent $16.8 Billion or 65 per cent of the $25.7 Billion allocated for current expenditure.NIS General Manager,Holly Greaves“At the end of December 2018, the fund stood at $32.9 Billion. A brief examination of our performance over the period January to August 2019 revealed that the NIS collected $15.8 Billion or 59 per cent of the $26.6 Billion budgeted target for 2019.”“A further $9 Billion is projected to be collected between September to December 2019. As a result, the projected revenue is targeted at $24.8 Billion,” Greaves informed the gathering, which included Finance Minister Winston Jordan.According to Greaves, the main contributor to these escalating expenses was benefit payments which amounted to $15.3 billion. Pension accounted for most of this, at $14.3 Billion, while short term and industrial payments were $960 and $155 Million respectively.Greaves also spoke of the recommendations from the 9th actuarial review, which includes a 2 per cent hike in the contributions rate. But for all these recommendations, the shrinking workforce is still an issue NIS has to grapple with.“Over the 50 years of our existence, the scheme has registered 30,563 employers, 731,917 employed persons and 35,134 self-employed persons. However, the scheme is currently providing coverage to 5,679 active employers, 173,758 active employed persons and 10,734 active self-employed persons,” she said.“The decline in the active employed population does not augur well for the future of the scheme since it is expected that those in the workforce would be able to sustain payments to the pension population. The trend of movement from the structured workforce to an expanding informal workforce that is not complying with NIS regulations seems to be continuing.”A gathering of NIS staff as they listened to General ManagerHolly GreavesFormer Chairman of the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI), Dr Surendra Persaud, who is also the Chairman for the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), had announced steep increases to the tolls at the facility.Guyana Times was told that Dr Persaud was forced to push for the increase in tolls in order to protect NIS investment. NIS has majority voting rights on the BBCI Board of Directors.NISNIS was started in 1969 as the main social security provider. Today, it has 14 offices across the country and over 600 permanent staff. But since the dismissal of thousands of sugar workers, late payment of their severances and the firing of about 2000 Amerindian Community Support Officers (CSOs), financial analysts have outlined worry about the financial status of NIS.Earlier this year, Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram in an interview with this publication on Guyana’s unemployment rate had explained that this may impact payments to NIS and income tax.According to the accountant, many persons do not see their NIS deductions in the positive light of being a contribution to their future pension, but rather, they see it as a deduction from an already small salary.Tax collection is not the only thing taking a hit when there is large-scale unemployment, as NIS contributions are also affected. For instance, concern has been expressed that layoffs in the sugar belt could undermine the scheme’s position. This is particularly so if the scheme were to pay unemployment benefits.Between 2017 and 2018, Government closed Wales, Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar estates and fired over 7000 workers.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had said that the idea of paying out these benefits did not take into account the current financial status of the Scheme and its ability to meet its current obligations.He noted that the last actuarial report recommended that focus be placed on building the reserve to avoid a deficit. In fact, it was disclosed in that report that the life of the Scheme should come to an end by 2022 unless strategic plans for revenue earnings and expansion of the investment portfolio were effectively implemented.“What has happened since is that this Government has fired 7000 sugar workers, many others. Let’s say maybe 20,000 more have lost their jobs. Take of the 20,000, just take another 8000 who were paying NIS, so those are people who are not contributing to NIS,” he explained.This translates to decreased inflows for NIS and payouts that would remain constant or increase. In the last financial statement issued by the Scheme, it had showed a deficit of over $800 million.In addition to the over 7000 sugar workers, who were fired from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the CSOs who were dismissed by Government, Barama Company Limited was also forced to close its operations after several of its concessions were taken back by Governmentlast_img read more

Bynum not getting an `A’ for effort

first_img“He knows what I want more from him,” Jackson said. “He knows what I need to have accomplished. … We’re happy what we get from Andrew. That’s one of the things that we have to remember that he’s still a 19-year-old guy.” Coach McKie During all those games he spent at the end of the Lakers’ bench, Aaron McKie jokingly referred to himself as the team’s “fifth assistant coach,” a career he said he might pursue once his playing days are over. “Just to keep the laughter going was important because it was kind of like sucking the life out of me,” McKie said. “When you put so much work in and hard work and you’re not getting any results at the end, it’s kind of tough.” McKie had plenty of time to encourage his teammates as he played in only one of the Lakers’ first 55 games. But the 34-year-old’s time has come with Jackson’s decision to turn to his veteran guards off the bench in recent games. SALT LAKE CITY – The education of Andrew Bynum, now in its sophomore year, continues even as coach Phil Jackson has noticed one thing in particular about his 19-year-old center. “We talked a lot, Andrew and I did, in our meetings about how to sustain an effort, how to get more of an effort,” Jackson said. “I noticed when he plays against a (Tim) Duncan or a Shaquille O’Neal … that his activity level is much higher, and we were talking about that.” The challenge for the Lakers is getting a consistent effort out of Bynum when he isn’t facing one of the NBA’s headliners, which Jackson admits is easier said that done with a player only two years removed from high school. As evidence of the progress Bynum has made this season, Jackson said he has shown that he can play beyond the eight minutes that Jackson once envisioned as an upper limit before fatigue would set in. center_img He came into Monday’s game having played nearly 26 minutes in the previous two games, hitting all three shots he took and helping stabilize the second team with Kobe Bryant on the bench. “I’m in a situation now where I can help the team with limited minutes,” McKie said, “and it’s fun for me.” 160Want 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

Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City: Silva and Aguero down brave hosts

first_img1 Manchester City got their Premier League title defence off to a winning start with a 2-0 win at Newcastle, though Manuel Pellegrini will know his side needs to improve over the course of the season.The difference between the two sides was simple; finishing. The Blues had it and Alan Pardew’s side definitely did not.In terms of the chances, the hosts matched their illustrious opponents, but when it mattered most it was David Silva who was on the money, polishing off Edin Dzeko’s beautiful backheeled lay-off shortly before half-time.And as the Magpies laid siege to City’s goal late on, there was little surprise when substitute Sergio Aguero tucked away a second deep into injury-time in what was almost a carbon copy of last season’s 2-0 win at St James’ Park for the visitors.Following their unusually meek showing in the 3-0 Community Shield defeat to Arsenal, Manchester City rocked up on Tyneside looking in a far more boisterous mood.Slick passing had the Magpies under the cosh and it was little surprise when the first real chance fell City’s way with just five minutes gone.Stevan Jovetic’s deft chip caught the Newcastle defence out and Dzeko just couldn’t make a good enough connection to beat Tim Krul’s right glove.Newcastle looked flustered but were able to counter rapidly, though without producing much in the way of end product.At the other end, City’s class in the final third was all too obvious when Samir Nasri tested Krul’s palms with a rasping effort.Newcastle fielded four debutants in Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Daryl Janmaat and Jack Colback, and it was the dazzling Montpellier man who looked the most threatening.The fearless Frenchman consistently found joy in taking on his man and trying the unexpected, most notably when he tried to chip Joe Hart from the edge of the box – his effort just drifting on to the roof of the net.That moment served to wake up Newcastle’s attack and it was fellow new arrival, Riviere, who demonstrated both the positives and negatives of his game.The new arrival from Monaco was leading the Magpies’ frontline and displayed superb skill to pluck a ball from the heavens, only to ruin the moment by wildly shooting from 35 yards when a one-on-one with Vincent Kompany was opening up.And that set the tone for the 24-year-old’s day in front of goal. Twice more in quick succession he found great positions, but wasted the chances by flashing shots wide.Newcastle fans will be impressed with Riviere’s link up play, but will certainly be hoping his difficult day in front of goal is just a one-off, if they are to trouble the top eight this season.And the new boy’s lack of composure would soon cost the hosts dear, when the Premier League champions showed how it’s done as Silva fired City ahead from a beautifully worked goal.The whole move belonged to Dzeko, whose silky backheel found the Spaniard in the box to easily slot the ball under Krul just before the break.That one moment encapsulated the differences between the two sides and what money can buy you in the Premier League.But the Tyneside club refused to be downhearted and Cabella fast endeared himself to the St James’ Park faithful with his tireless running and box of tricks.Meaningful chances, however, were the slim pickings offered to Newcastle, and when one finally did fall to them, via a bout of pinball wizard in the City box, Riviere just fell short of steering the ball past Hart.Paul Dummett was next to go close for Newcastle, somehow sending a header over the bar from an excellent Colback free-kick when Hart had raced out of his box into no man’s land.In stark contrast, City looked capable of scoring whenever they saw fit and Yaya Toure almost did just that, bending a free-kick only inches over the bar.Pardew gambled at the end throwing on young winger Rolando Aarons, who had impressed in pre-season, and Spanish striker Ayoze Perez.Both teenagers immediately caused the Blues’ tiring legs problems and the latter when desperately close to equalising as he cut inside his marker and sent a deflected effort inches past the far post.And the match was summed up perfectly right at the death as Moussa Sissoko squandered Newcastle’s best opportunity, firing wildly over when well placed, before Aguero raced up the other end, forced a saved from Krul and turned in the rebound.City are off to a winning start and while Newcastle will be pleased by their performance, signing a good striker surely remains a priority for Pardew. Manchester City’s David Silva celebrates scoring the winner against Newcastle last_img read more

Confirmed Chelsea line up v Newcastle – £32m man is finally back in the starting XI

first_img1 Chelsea welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge this evening and it’s live on talkSPORT from 5.30pm.Only six points separate the pair, with the defending Premier League champions enduring their worst season in the Roman Abramovich era.The Blues are unbeaten under interim manager Guus Hiddink, but only three of their nine domestic outings under the Dutchman have resulted in victory.If they are to break into the top 10, therefore, they can afford no slip ups against a Magpies side that will have anxiously watched Sunderland beat Manchester United in the early kick off.So who has Hiddink called on for today’s clash?The confirmed teams are below:Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Diego CostaSubs: Begovic, Baba, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Kenedy, RemyNewcastle XI: Elliot; Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Aarons; Sissoko, Shelvey, Tiote, Townsend; Wijnaldum; MitrovicSubs: Colback, Doumbia, Saivet, Riviere, Lascelles, Darlow, Perez Eden Hazard starts for Chelsea against Newcastle last_img read more

So many fans have been laughing at Arsenal after Vardy ‘trolls’ club

first_imgJamie Vardy has been rewarded for the 24 goals he scored last season that helped Leicester win the Premier League.The 29-year-old has signed a new contract meaning he is staying put and not joining Arsenal who had offered the club £20m for him.And other fans have found the whole situation very funny, as you can see by some of the tweets below.Click here to remain up to date with all the latest transfer rumours. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not been able to sign Jamie Vardy 1last_img


first_imgGarda killer Martin McDermott was fined in court this morning after he shouted abuse at a judge in Derry.Raphoe man McDermott, who escaped from jail on Thursday, was found in Derry yesterday.He appeared in court this morning charged with criminial damage and assaulting police officers during his arrest at Altcar Park in the Galliagh area of Derry. However McDermott, who was serving a seven year sentence for the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin in 2009, became abusive in court.He called Judge John Meehan a “f******* w*****r” after the judge had refised him bail.McDermott, 26, was quickly removed from court but later returned and apologised to Judge Meehan.He was fined a further £150 for misbehavior in court and was ordered to appear again by videolink on Thursday.There was uproar this week when McDermott was able to simply walk out of the low security Loughlin House in Blacklion, Cavan.Despite having a litany of more than 90 offences, McDermott was interred at the low security open prison after being found guilty of the manslaughter of Garda McLoughlin form Leitrim.The tragic Garda was killed after the car in which McDermott was during ploughed into a Garda patrol car at Burt in 2009.McDermot, who was found to be drunk, was being pursued y detectives after being observed acting suspiciously.GARDA KILLER SHOUTS TORRENT OF ABUSE AT JUDGE DURING COURT APPEARANCE was last modified: March 17th, 2012 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:Garda Gary McLoughlinJUDGEMartin McDermottRaphoelast_img read more


first_imgResidents in Gaoth Dobhair have set up a committee after claims that human waste is being dumped by some tourists staying in caravans in Port Arthur. The committee are attempting to establish who polices the area in order to resolve the situation which has now been described as ‘intolerable’. Members of the committee are attempting to establish whether the land is marked as a Special Area of Conservation, if so that would prohibit anyone being on the land.They’re also in contact with delegates from Glenveagh to get clarity on the matter.More than 70 people attended a meeting last night to discus the situation.At the meeting locals criticized the County Council saying they were aware of the situation and that they have done nothing about it. Officials from the council are expecting to visit the site next week.The nine-man committee which was formed last night will be chaired by Hughie Mac Giolla Bhríde.It was Mac Giolla Bhríde who first brought the on-going problem into the public domain, when he posted pictures of the human waste being dumped beside Port Arthur on his Facebook timeline.The pictures sparked an outrage amongst other locals and over 80 people attended the public meeting last night which was held in the Gweedore United club house.Locals expressed their annoyance at the situation and said something needed to be urgently done to resolve the issue.One local said he seen one tourist dump his waste into the water beside the pier, when the local approached him to ask why he did what he did, the local was told in no uncertain terms to clear off. Local councillors Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig and John Sheamis Ó Fearraigh were in attendance at the meeting.Mac Giolla Bhríde said he realises the importance of tourists to the local economy, but reiterated that with 45-50 caravans camping on site with absolutely no sanitation  facilities the area was now a health and safety issue.Mac Giolla Bhríde told Donegal Daily, “I don’t have anything against tourists, and people who attended the meeting last night concerned about the situation don’t either.“We realise the importance they play in the local economy, but the fact of the matter is there is absolutely no sanitation disposal facilities on site, and as a result human waste is being dumped in the quarry beside the beach. “It’s only about 100 yards from the beach, and the smell as you can imagine is foul, and the area is now full of bluebottles.Mac Giolla Bhríde believes there should be a proper camping site in Gaoth Dobhair because there’s such a demand for one in the area.He also said it was scandalous that there wasn’t even bins for tourists to put their rubbish into and said it was a disgrace there isn’t even a few port-a-loos on site at the beach.“You’ve between 40-50 caravans in the area and not one of them have any proper sanitation facility, they’re just going to the toilet in the quarry.“It’s disgusting and the situation has now become intolerable for locals living nearby, there’s not even bins to dump their rubbish so many just leave their rubbish behind too.“I spoke to James Browne from Gortlee Hire and he told me he has fitted several port-a-loos at beaches all over Donegal, so I can’t understand why a number haven’t been fitted here.“Port Arthur is a beautiful scenic area and has a beautiful beach, but the lack of these basic facilities is now causing a serious issue in the area.Mac Giolla Bhríde said the committee are having another meeting tonight and are hoping to establish who actually policies the area.“We’re having another meeting tonight and hopefully we can find out who exactly owns the land.“As I said I’ve nothing against tourists, many have come before in the past with caravans equipped with sanitation facilities, and they’re lovely friendly people who respect the area and clean up after themselves.“But this current situation can no longer go and, as it’s a health concern and it needs to be sorted ASAP.MEETING HEARS COUNCIL IS IGNORING CAMPING SITE WHERE HUMAN WASTE IS BEING DUMPED was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 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:Gaoth Dobhairhuman wastePort Arthurlast_img read more