Leicester ready for big party

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Leicester’s players are getting ready for another big party – and this time the fans are invited.Images of the Leicester squad celebrating its unlikely Premier League title triumph in Jamie Vardy’s house on Monday night were posted on social media and went global. Wes Morgan, Leicester’s captain, was filmed being spun around the kitchen floor while jubilant teammates danced around him, savouring one of the greatest-ever sporting stories.On Saturday, Morgan will have the honour of lifting the Premier League trophy in front of more than 30,000 fans at Leicester’s atmospheric King Power Stadium. Add Morgan’s name to the likes of Manchester United’s Roy Keane, Arsenal’s Tony Adams and Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, some of the other inspirational captains to have got their hands on English football’s biggest prize.FEEL-GOOD TALESThe Leicester story is rich with feel-good tales, notably Vardy’s rise from playing non-league football to being English champions in the space of five years. Morgan’s backstory is also one to gladden the heart, too.The 32-year-old centre back was released by Notts County as a youngster and also had to start again in the non-leagues. He got another chance in the professional ranks, this time with Nottingham Forest in 2001, but was overweight and was worked extra hard by the club’s fitness staff.He became a mainstay of Forest’s team for a decade before moving to Leicester in 2012, and only got his first taste of top-flight football at the age of 30. He was error-prone in the early stages of last season but is now a commanding presence in the defence alongside fellow centre back Robert Huth.Leicester will be presented with the trophy after tomorrow’s match against Everton, which will be as much a celebration as a game of football.”I’m just going to try and hold back the tears,” Morgan said. “I think it’s going to be very emotional. It’s the biggest moment of my life. I can’t wait to lift the trophy and get my hands on it.”There’s another treat for Leicester fans tomorrow: Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will sing before the game, honouring a commitment he gave to Ranieri in a conversation six weeks ago if Leicester went on to win the Premier League.Leicester, 5,000-1 long shots for the title at the start of the season, have achieved the unthinkable with two games still to play. For many other teams in the Premier League, there’s still plenty at stake.RACE FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUELeicester and second-place Tottenham are already guaranteed to be playing in the Champions League next season. There is a massive scrap behind them for the other two berths in Europe’s top club competition, and some big teams are going to miss out.Arsenal and Manchester City currently occupy third and fourth place, and they meet at City’s Etihad Stadium on Sunday. A loss for City could leave the team in danger of being caught by Manchester United and West Ham, who are fifth and sixth, respectively and have games in hand on Arsenal and City.last_img read more

Follow The Trace | Totally Missing The Point

first_img The Premier League clubs in Jamaica must take a significant portion of the blame for this period of uncertainty. Their reluctance to expose young players to the top flight at an early age plays a big part in the stagnation of the development of the young players. This has, over time, fed into the psyche of the football public and the young players themselves, convincing them that they are only good for schoolboy football and not even for our mediocre premier league, let alone getting called up to the national squad. The knee-jerk reaction of national coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore of calling up of all of 10 schoolboys to the current squad is confirmation that Whitmore himself is totally missing the point. That is typical pandering without conviction. Calling 10 schoolboys to the squad can only make sense if Whitmore truly believes in the quality of these players and will stick with them for the long haul. If, as suspected, these selections turn out to be tokenism and pandering, and most of these 10 schoolboys will never receive a second call- up, then the principle would have been totally betrayed. The general and utter confusion about how to manage the introduction of young players into the system is an index of how poorly we have grasped this very basic principle of the sport of football. Investment in youth is standard procedure in football all over the world. For far too long, we have had it totally twisted in Jamaica. That is why at the seniors national level, in recent years, the federation has resorted to scouring the sidewalks of England and go begging second-rate, half, committed journeyman players to come and don the national colours, basically telling an entire generation of young Jamaican players that they are not good enough. The rhetoric of the past few weeks seems hell bent on maintaining that sad state of affairs, an eventuality that will continue to stagnate and destroy the game locally, while all these myopic thinkers continue to TOTALLY MISS THE POINT. The discussions and actions across the local football fraternity in recent weeks, regarding the call for the infusion of more young players in the national senior set-up, have confirmed that many persons are totally missing the point. The basic and fundamental notion of identifying and indulging the very best of our young players at senior national level is being rejected by those who I think, by and large, lack the vision and foresight to understand the medium- to long-term potential of making this kind of strategic investment. In the books of the naive and ignorant, an 18 or a 19-year-old is very young in football, but in real and progressive football cultures, a 19-year-old is a ‘big man’ in football. For the persons who believe that 18 and 19-year-olds are merely amateur schoolboys, it will be difficult for them to fathom youngsters at this age being included even in a local-based training squad for a couple of friendly internationals. Such is the crippling short-sightedness that’s been shadowing these discussions. Without even realising it, the dissenting voices to the inclusion of youth are unable to envisage the kind of positive developmental effect that one or two years of consistent exposure at this level could achieve, once the right players are identified and persisted with. It seems beyond their myopic scope to accept that in a Jamaican system that is rife with imperfections, and that has wasted and destroyed hundreds of talented young players over the years. Genuine and strategic investment in young players could completely change the football landscape. This principle here has nothing to do specifically with hyping or overrating schoolboys, it is simply about investing in our very best young players available; wherever they are and at whatever level they play, the principle applies. if our best two or three youngsters are out of school and are already in the premier league, then so be it. That is why it is encouraging to see players like Rodave Murray, Shamar Nicholson and others getting the call. The reason schoolboys are perennially mentioned in this debate is because of the high profile of the schoolboy competitions, but if a good young talent is spotted in super league or even in a Sunday-evening scrimmage game and the talent is outstanding enough to inspire a call-up, then in principle, that young talent should be grabbed and nurtured. The fulcrum point of this principle is the IDENTIFYING OF TALENT. Period of uncertaintylast_img read more

Son double sends Tottenham to English League Cup quarters

first_imgBucks’ Giannis back at practice after concussion protocol Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the English League Cup 4th round soccer match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London stadium in London, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Son Heung-min burst out of a 19-game goal drought to help Tottenham into the English League Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, while a pair of early own-goals ruined Frank Lampard’s return to former club Chelsea.Son scored his first two goals of the season and another of Tottenham’s forgotten men, Fernando Llorente, added one in a 3-1 win over West Ham in an all-Premier League London derby at the Olympic Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Derby lost 3-2 and was ultimately undone by two own-goals in the opening 21 minutes — the first of which was scored in the fifth minute by a player on loan from Chelsea, Mikayo Tomori. The game almost went to penalties, with Derby striker David Nugent hitting the post in the final minutes.Lampard spent time on the Stamford Bridge field after final whistle, applauding Chelsea’s fans and getting plenty of cheers in return.“There wasn’t a tear in the eye, but it was emotional,” Lampard said. “I did leave here quietly (in 2014), slightly out of the back door, so it’s good to walk through the front door and get that.”Chelsea was drawn to play Bournemouth at home in the quarterfinals.ARSENAL ADVANCESADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arsenal set up the north London derby in the quarterfinals by beating third-tier Blackpool 2-1 in a match both teams finished with 10 men.Stephan Lichtsteiner, with his first for the club, and 18-year-old midfielder Emile Smith Rowe scored Arsenal’s goals at the Emirates before Matteo Guendouzi was sent off for a second yellow card in the 56th minute.Blackpool reduced the deficit 10 minutes later through Paudie O’Connor, who was later shown a straight red card for a foul on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to end any hope of a comeback.PULIS’ MIDDLESBROUGH ELIMINATES PALACETony Pulis got one over his former club when second-tier Middlesbrough beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in the other fourth-round match on Wednesday.Lewis Wing grabbed the only goal in first-half injury time with a swerving shot from long range.Pulis managed Palace for eight months in the 2013-14 season, helping keep the team in the Premier League.DRAW FOR QUARTERFINALSArsenal vs. TottenhamLeicester or Southampton vs. Manchester City or Fulham LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Middlesbrough vs. Burton AlbionChelsea vs. BournemouthThe matches will be played in the week starting Dec. 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The reward for Tottenham: A last-eight meeting with north London rival Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in December.While remaining a star for South Korea, which he led to a gold medal — thereby earning exemption from military service — at the Asian Games in September, Son is no longer guaranteed a first-team place at Tottenham because of fierce competition up front.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSpurs, who were playing just 48 hours after a loss to Manchester City in the Premier League, are looking to claim a first piece of silverware under Mauricio Pochettino and end what will be an 11-year wait for a trophy.Lampard, now a manager, returned to Chelsea with his second-tier team Derby County and was trying to take down the club where he is the all-time top scorer with 211 goals after a trophy-laden 13-year spell. MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

President Sirleaf Visits Liberian Marketplace

first_img-Liberian-made produce can now be easily foundBy Alvin Worzi and Gloria T. TambaIt appears that the dreams of Liberian businesspeople and farmers have finally come to realization after years of daunting challenges to obtain or have a center that hosts Liberia-made products.Today, the Liberian Marketplace, which is located at the Nancy Doe Jorkpentown Market, 8th Street, Sinkor, hosts thousands of Liberia-made products, including country cloth, jewelry, slippers, cassava flour, kernel oil, pepper sauce, grinded bonnie, liquid soap, hair food, moringa root mixed with ginger, lappas among others.According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), the Liberian Marketplace is intended to provide direct access to Liberia-made products, ensuring that farmers and entrepreneurs sell their products in a more accessible and convenient place.The Liberian Marketplace was renovated with the help of local and international partners. It has a playground and plans are underway to build a daycare center for the children of marketers, space for an adult literacy program on the premises, as well as provide running water at the facility.During President Sirleaf’s visit, she promised to buy pepper, rice and other commodities and praised Minister Axel M. Addy for his level of engagement with businesspeople, as well as farmers.President Sirleaf views Fabrar rice and promises to buy rice, peppers and others“Every second Saturday in the month, we bring vegetable farmers from Margibi, Careysburg, Bentol, Duala and other places to sell at the Liberian Marketplace. Farmers bring peppers, okra, greens, onions, cassava leaves, tomatoes and other vegetables,” Deputy Minister Andrew Paygar-Flangiah said.According to him, over 50 farmers are being provided the opportunity to sell their produce at the Liberian Marketplace, which is one of the major challenges faced by businesspeople, and farmers, in the country.“We have major arrangements with some of the leading supermarkets that come to purchase the farmers’ produce every second Saturday. This is helpful to our farmers, because they will know clearly that they have buyers for their produce,” Deputy Minister Paygar-Flangiah said.Minister Paygar-Flangiah, who is responsible for Small Business Administration (SBA), said the ministry will continue to support vegetable farmers and small businesspeople to ensure that their products are properly stored and at the same time have buyers.“We have other small and medium-sized enterprises that come to sell Monday through Friday and are getting customers to buy their produce. We are now working to increase customers for some of the products on sale here,” he said.“On the second and last Saturday of each month, vegetable farmers bring their goods here for sale. So we want the public to come here on these days to buy their vegetables,” he recommended.“However,” he said, “this is a completely new idea to the Liberian people and maintaining it would be helpful to the farmers and the entrepreneurs. This is encouraging and welcoming news for Liberia and will continue to carry out massive awareness,” Minister Paygar-Flangiah said. “We are hoping that in the next three to four months, we will have more buyers as well as SMEs to provide the necessary Liberian-made goods.”He said the Commerce Ministry has decided to help vegetable farmers bring their produce to the Liberian Market Place.Also speaking, Mohammed Turay, Assistant Minister for Industry and head of the National Standards Laboratory (NSL) at the Ministry of Commerce, praised the level of testing in the country but stressed the need for more equipment.“We are working to ensure that the goods meet standards, because it helps Liberia in its foreign income generation. If you want to take oil from Liberia, it will have to be tested, which is being recognized internationally,” he said.Steve Mambu, head of the technicians at the NSL, said the lab is important for trade facilitations, but there exists some constraints.“We still need equipment, but there must be demand. We can buy and keep equipment based on the need that arises. We are still expanding the lab’s capacity. Currently, we are analyzing food, including water,” Mr. Mambu said.According to him, the lab has been testing gari in order to make known its nutritional content, including protein and carbohydrates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local fuel prices spike again

first_imgConsumers will now have to pay more when refilling their fuel tanks since several private service stations have recently increased their price for fuel.Guyana Times visited a number of service stations in Georgetown on Saturday where the prices displayed were higher than the slight increase two weeks ago.At Shell gas station, the price of gasoline increased from $230 to $234 while a litre of V-power now costs $240. Over at Rubis gas station, consumers will now have to pay close to $225 per litre for gasoline.Some of the increased prices that were displayedHowever, at the State-owned Guyoil service stations, the price for a litre of gasoline remained at $220 per litre.While persons have shared their displeasure with the increased prices, many public transport drivers have expressed that it will affect them if it continues to escalate.Several minibus drivers on Saturday said the increase in fuel will ultimately lead to the increase in transportation costs. A route 40 minibus driver told this publication that commuters usually complain when fares increase but they have to understand that the cost of fuel has increased.“The thing is that the prices always raising and it’s crazy because we’re still working for the same fare. Soon it will grow to a big amount with all [of] this increasing and what will happen then?” he questioned.In September 2017, world market prices for fuel increased due to the hurricane conditions in the southern hemisphere, which resulted in Guyoil adjusting the prices in gasoline, diesel and kerosene to a higher cost.Again, in February of this year, Guyoil adjusted its prices upwards. The average price of gasoline around the world is US$1.15 per liter.last_img read more

City OKs police station plans

first_imgWHITTIER – A city plan calls for a new $35 million police station to be financed from money set aside for a new library and from reserves of Redevelopment Agency and the water utility. Whittier council members approved City Manager Steve Helvey’s plan late Tuesday, calling it creative but possible. “It’s a very detailed plan and it will take a tight budget,” Councilman Bob Henderson said. “I think it’s very doable.” The new 45,000-square-foot station is expected to be completed in 56 months. It will be built at Penn Street and Washington Avenue to the west of City Hall. A sign already is up at the site, Mayor Cathy Warner said. “It’s on the countdown,” she said. The present station is 20,000 square feet. It was built in 1955 when the city had 20 officers and some support staff. It now has 93 officers and 79 support personnel. The City Council also authorized Helvey to begin hiring firms to start the design process. However, he is limited to spending $50,000. Any contract above that will have to go to the City Council for approval. That will allow Helvey to hire a geotechnical firm to analyze the soil and ensure the area meets state earthquake safety standards for public safety buildings. To fund the project, $12.2 million will come from the city selling water rights to its utility authority that provides water service for the west side of Whittier. “The water rights belong to the whole city,” said Assistant City Manger Nancy Mendez, but only the old part is serviced. “One way to allow all residents to benefit equally is to sell \ to the utility.” About $6.2 million of the water rights money already had been set aside for a new library. The city also had set aside another $5 million in general fund money for a new library. Both amounts will be used for the new police station. That money is no longer needed for a new library because plans for it were stymied when state voters rejected a bond issue in June, officials said. The police station plan also projects that about $5 million will come from the sale of the Alpha Beta site in the Uptown area. That was where the new library was supposed to be built. The Redevelopment Agency also provide about $8 million. The agency will pay back about $3.6 million in loans owed to the city and provide another $4.5 million. In order to do the latter, the city will have to revamp its redevelopment plan to include a new police headquarters. Two other sources of funding are $3.2 million in two special general fund reserves that have never been used and $1.4 million in the city’s asset seizure fund. “We’ve had a public safety reserve and contingency reserve for many years that we’ve never touched,” Mendez said. Helvey also plans to use about $215,000 in general fund savings from this fiscal year. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 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

School buses cancelled for Monday in Peace River North

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Fort St. John Farmers Market finds new home in curling club

first_imgJessica Harrison, Events and Promotions Manager, says the possibility of using the space has been on the table for some time, but the market’s executive wanted to check out other options before making a decision. “They’re willing to work with our group and welcomed us to their space,” she says. “The price was comparable to what we’ve been paying, so it was affordable with our current charges to our vendors for table rental and budgets that we already have in place, and being close to our current location it would be really easy for people to find us.” The market’s future has seemed uncertain in the past couple of years, especially after new rate structures for city-owned building rentals meant the cost for renting the North Peace Arena went up from $110 a year to $3456 a month. The City admitted it did not realize the effect the restructuring would have on the Farmers Market, and agreed to a reduced, graduated rent until the end of 2013. At $35 an hour, it’s not a steep increase from that reduced rent of $30.12 that was being paid from September 2012 to December 2013. – Advertisement -While bonspiels held at the curling club on weekends throughout the year, they are generally held during the earlier months before the market is open. Harrison only expects the Oilmen’s bonspiel in November to get in the way of the market. “I think Oilmen’s for sure will interrupt our schedule, but I think [Curling Club General Manager Ryan Harvey] is confident we can work around the other existing ones,” she says. “It could be that on days where there is a bonspiel we might not be able to use the downstairs concourse; we might only be able to use the upstairs space and limit vendors to one table. We’re going to have to figure out those fine details as they happen.”Advertisement A date hasn’t been set, but it’s likely the Farmers Market will hold its AGM sometime in February. Like in the past couple of years, it’s expected there will likely be a shake up in faces on the executive for a variety of reasons.Also in the plans for 2014 is an application for a grant to increase the market’s advertising budget, which would help get the word out about its location change. There is also the possibility of getting a grant that would provide a lump sum of money to produce gift certificates to the market that would be distributed to low-income and senior residents through local agencies. “That would be a great benefit to our community, and it also benefits the vendors because essentially the money just goes back into their pockets.” Even if the application is unsuccessful, the executive will look for a local sponsor for the program.Advertisementlast_img read more

Agent: Turiaf to join Lakers

first_imgRonny Turiaf is set to join the Los Angeles Lakers less than six months after undergoing open-heart surgery. Turiaf’s agent, Bouna Ndiaye, said by telephone Friday from Paris that he expected the Lakers to sign the 23-year-old power forward early next week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Lakers spokesman John Black declined comment. “He’s so excited, he’s worked so hard for the last five months,” Ndiaye said. “For sure, he’s really excited.” Turiaf, a three-year starter at Gonzaga, was a second-round draft pick of the Lakers last June after averaging 15.9 points and 9.5 rebounds as a senior last season. An enlarged aortic root was discovered by the Lakers in a physical exam four weeks after the draft, and Turiaf underwent surgery July 26 to repair the aortic root and preserve his aortic valve. The contract Turiaf had signed with the Lakers was voided, but the team paid for the surgery. The 6-foot-10 Turiaf averaged 13 points and 6.3 rebounds in nine games for the Yakima Sun Kings of the CBA. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak traveled to Yakima, Wash., to watch Turiaf play his final CBA game Tuesday night, and he didn’t disappoint, getting 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Turiaf attended the Lakers’ game in Portland the following night. “I think he’s around 85 percent,” Ndiaye said. “He can be 100 percent this year. The guy is a worker, there’s no doubt he’s a worker. He’s going to work all day long. He makes amazing progress every day. “Now, it is up to the coach. He’ll be on the roster. The coach has to call him. That’s his job. I’ll be in Los Angeles sometime next week, definitely for his first game.” Exactly when Turiaf will be in uniform isn’t clear. Lakers coach Phil Jackson said earlier this week he didn’t expect Turiaf to make a significant contribution any time soon should he join the team. “I can’t anticipate how a rookie could add a big lift to a team,” Jackson said. “He’s a kid that has no experience in the game. He’s recovering from the open-heart surgery. “We’ll be happy to have him on the team. He’s a good spirited guy. He’s a Mark Madsen-type of guy who’s going to support guys off the bench. If he can contribute 6 or 8 minutes in the first month and help us out, that’ll be more than we ask for.” The Lakers will have to waive a player to make room on their 15-man roster for Turiaf. Forward Slava Medvedenko and guard Laron Profit are two possibilities, since both underwent surgery recently and neither is expected to play again this season. LAKERS NOTES: The Lakers (19-17) are in dangerous territory heading into tonight’s game at Golden State, as it’s sandwiched between Thursday’s playoff like game against Cleveland and Monday’s match up against Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat. However, the Lakers are battling Golden State for playoff positioning, holding a two-game lead over the Warriors for the seventh seed. That’s enough incentive to stay focused in a big game against a division opponent. he Warriors (17-18) have been streaky all year, and right now they’re on one of their down streaks while losing four in a row to fall under .500 for the first time all year. : Vincent Bonsignore contributed Laker notes 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “The final decision is up to Dr. Buss, but everything is in order for Ronny to join the Lakers,” Ndiaye said, referring to Lakers owner Jerry Buss. “We expect to sign Monday,” Ndiaye said. “We’ve agreed to terms with the Lakers.” last_img read more

Man with ‘atrocious’ driving record banned for 14 years

first_imgA man has had two four-month jail sentences suspended for two years and has been given driving bans totalling to 14 years.Terry Barr, 45, of 29 Bonnemaine, Bridgend, was charged with drink driving, dangerous driving, no insurance, driving without a licence and failing to produce his documents at Birdstown, Burnfoot on September 4, 2016. He pleaded guilty to all charges before Buncrana District Court last year but Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case for probation and community service reports.Judge Kelly said Mr. Barr had an atrocious history with road traffic offences. He said at the time of these charges he had been driving while disqualified and was uninsured.Judge Kelly said Ms. Lennon from the probation service provided a ‘very detailed’ report on Mr. Barr.‘Ms. Lennox assesses him as having issues with alcohol misuse and she says there is a moderate risk of reoffending in the next 12 months,’ Judge Kelly said.‘He was ordered to do the prosocial driving course, which he has done successfully and I see there are numerous references from members of the community on file.’Judge Kelly remarked that Mr. Barr had previously been given community service and after completing his hours he continue to volunteer in the community even after his sentence was completed.Judge Kelly sentenced Barr to a four month prison sentence for driving without insurance, suspended for two years on the basis that he commits no road traffic offences during that time. He was also given a four year driving ban for that charge.For dangerous driving, Barr was fined €200 and banned from driving for two years.He was given a further four month jail sentence for driving while disqualified, suspended for two years under the same conditions as the previous sentence and given another four year driving ban. Finally he was given 60 hours community service in lieu of three months jail. He received a further four year driving ban for drink driving.Man with ‘atrocious’ driving record banned for 14 years was last modified: January 23rd, 2018 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)last_img read more

Premier League cult hero announces retirement… to become pro wrestler

first_img😁 pic.twitter.com/xe65HFkI9r— Grant holt (@Grantholt31) August 24, 2018He posted on Twitter on Friday: “As you all may have seen I have been given the fantastic opportunity to work as a coach at Norwich City and also the fantastic opportunity to work with Langley school developing the talents of tomorrow.“Due to me committing to both roles, I’ve decided the time has come to hang my boots up as a professional footballer.“I would like to thank every fan at all my teams over my career for the amazing support you all gave me.“Would also like to thank every fan that slagged me off, shouted at me and booed when I touched the ball because without you it would not have been as fun.“Thank you to everyone behind the scenes that I met along the way, you know who you are.” 2 Lighting Bolt Holt? – The former Norwich star is set to swap football for a career as a wrestler He thanked his host of former clubs and paid a special tribute to ‘every fan who slagged me off, shouted at me and booed when I touched the ball’, saying that without them, ‘it wouldn’t have been as fun’.‘Holty’ became a legend at Carrow Road as his goals helped Norwich to back-to-back promotions from League One to reach the Premier League in 2011.He has recently been working as a coach in the Canaries’ academy, and has now decided to end his time as a player to focus on his coaching badges – plus take a surprise next step.As well as coaching, Holt is also set to pursue a career as a professional wrestler, after signing a one-year contract with UK-based World Association of Wrestling.He is set to make his debut in the ring next year, at WAW’s 2019 Fightmare 3 Supershow. 2center_img Norwich City hero Grant Holt has announced his retirement from professional football, as he prepares to begin his new career… as a professional wrestler.The 37-year-old striker has hung up his boots after 19 years in the game, which included stints with Norwich, Nottingham Forest, Wigan, Aston Villa and Wolves. Holt’s goals helped Norwich to the Premier League Holt, who played for a total of 13 clubs, spent last season as a player-coach at National League side Barrow, before leaving in July.He scored a total of 157 league goals, with his four years at Carrow Road between 2009-13 the most successful of his 19-year career – netting 78 times in 168 Canaries appearances.last_img read more


first_imgTHEY don’t all have tickets, but more than 40,000 Donegal fans are either in Dublin or on the road to the capital for All-Ireland Final Sunday.Hotels are booked out and the phrase ‘Any Tickets?’ has been repeated a million times and Donegal and Mayo go head-to-head for the 2012 title.There was a real party atmosphere in Dublin last night among fans who travelled yesterday. The pubs and clubs of the city were awash with the colours of both counties.So there might be a few sore heads about Croke Park this afternoon.There are loads of parties across Donegal too for those who’ve decided to stay on home soil and watch the match on TV.Meanwhile Gardai are appealing to fans to take care on the roads before and after today’s game.  40,000 DONEGAL FANS HIT THE CAPITAL FOR ALL-IRELAND SUNDAY was last modified: September 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:000 DONEGAL FANS HIT THE CAPITAL FOR ALL-IRELAND SUNDAY40last_img read more


first_imgLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler has urged Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to sign Killybegs soccer star Seamus Coleman.Seamus ColemanThe former striker said the Donegal man would be the perfect player for Liverpool and said Rodgers should spend some of his €75million summer kitty on Coleman.“At Liverpool you always want great players and you always want good young players – and he certainly fit that’s category,” said Fowler. Fowler said he has no question that a number of big clubs will be sniffing around Coleman this summer.“I have seen him a few times and fair play to him. He has ben the standout right back.“He’s so quick. The energy and the drive that he’s got to get up and down all game, and the pace he’s got – it’s a forward’s dream. You want players like that in your side.“He is scoring goals, assisting goals and he deserves it (his recent PFA Award), be cause he has ben unbelievable. No disrespect to Everton but there will be a few clubs in the summer, I think, trying to take him away,” said Fowler. LIVERPOOL LEGEND FOWLER URGES REDS TO BUY COLEMAN was last modified: May 2nd, 2014 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:donegalevertonLiverpoolRobbie Fowlerseamus colemanlast_img read more

Express are favourites to win cup – Ssemwogerere

first_imgSsemwogerere believes Express have are favourites to win Uganda Cup. (Agency Photo)Uganda Cup 2018/19Semifinals – First LegSunday, 28-04-20192019-Bright Stars Vs Express – Champions Stadium, Mwerere (4 PM)Monday, 29-04-2019-Kyetume Vs Proline – KyetumeKAMPALA – Express FC have spent what feels like an eternity since they won anything in terms of honours.The last times Wankulukuku was a home to champions was back in 2012 when Sam Simbwa, the current URA FC coach, was at the helm.Then, the Red Eagles had been crowned League champions for the 7th time in their history. However, since then, Express has just been among the participants in all the competitions they have been taking part in.Throughout the past 7 years, the Red Eagles have not come any closer to winning anything as they have been struggling at all fronts.After the appointment of Kiryowa Kiwanuka as the new chairperson at the start of the current campaign, optimism was the order of the day at Wankulukuku and 9 months down the road, Express find themselves outright favourites in the last four of the prestigious Uganda Cup.May be it would have been different if another traditional team was in the mix but the trio of SC Villa, KCCA FC and Vipers have already been eliminated, leaving only Express as the only side to have ever won it, amongst the last four.With the other three remaining sides being a mid table StarTimes Uganda Premier League team in Bright Stars and two Big League sides (Proline FC and Kyetume), Express are indeed the favoitites to win it.While speaking at the semi final press at Kati Kati Restaurant on Friday, Express head coach George Ssemwogerere emphasised that his sides are indeed favourites.“Express Football Club has an edge over other clubs in the semifinal because we are record winners, said Ssemwogerere.“We have prepared for this match very well and we are already in camp.“The positive development is that we kick off away from home and we shall finish the job at home in Wankulukuku.Express who take on Bright Stars in the first leg on Sunday, have won the cup a record 10 times. Only KCCA FC (10) can match their record.At the same press conference, Bright Stars assistant coach Paul Kiwanuka stressed that his side intend to get the job done on Sunday, before they visit Wabkulukuku for the return leg.“Our players have exhibited great commitment, noted Kiwanuka.“It is the same commitment that we shall show over the two legs.“Finishing at Wankulukuku should not be a guarantee for Express because by the time we come for the return leg, we shall have done the job.The same press conference was also graced by Proline head coach Shafik Bisaso whose side visits Kyetume FC on Monday in the other semi final.Bisaso was also at the press conference on Friday. (File Photo)Bisaso joked that since the opponents had skipped the pre-match press conference, it could be a walkover as well.Kyetume could however be forgiven for not having a representative as they had been involved in a Big League game away to Dove All Stars in Arua, the previous day.Just like in both 2016 and 2017, a Big League side will feature in the final against a top tier team.In 2016, Onduparaka who were then still in the Big League lost to Vipers SC and so did Paidha who were downed by KCCA in the final, the following year.Last year, KCCA beat Vipers 1-0 in the final but both sides are already eliminated.Express’ last triumph in the competition dates backComments Tags: fufa big leagueGeorge SsemwogerereKCCA FCKyetume FCpaul kiwanukaproline fcStarTimes Uganda Premier LeaguetopUganda Cupvipers sclast_img read more

Steph Curry broke his hand — there’s only one thing for the Warriors to do now | Kurtenbach

first_imgWarriors fans should start getting familiar with those names now, because after Stephen Curry broke his left hand in the Warriors’ latest embarrassing loss Wednesday, the path forward for this team is clear:Pack it up. It’s time to tank.Injury to insult. pic.twitter.com/o9U9IEehqF— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dieter) October 31, 2019 Curry’s … SAN FRANCISCO — You probably have heard of LaMelo Ball.But do you know who Anthony Edwards is?What about James Wiseman? Cole Anthony?last_img

South Africa turns to jobless for its War on Leaks

first_imgThe War on Leaks campaign will train 15 000 young people to mend leaking taps and pipes and help the country save R7 billion in water.Trainees had to have a minimum of matric or an N3 certificate and a science and math background before being accepted for training. (Image: GovZA)Brand South Africa reporterA total of 15 000 young people with the minimum qualification of Grade 12 matric or N3 with maths and science, will be trained for campaign called War on Leaks, set up to save water through stopping water leaks.It was launched by President Jacob Zuma on 28 August in Port Elizabeth. South Africa is said to lose more than R7-billion worth of water annually because of leaking taps and pipes.Given this, the youngsters will be trained to fix leaking taps. They will do repairs, retrofitting and replacements. They will also be able to identify aged infrastructure, one of the causes of the problem.Zuma said the programme was expected to be rolled out countrywide. “Our key message to you today is that we must save water. Water is not unlimited. If we do not look after it, we will lose it.”It was everyone’s responsibility to save water. “When you see a leaking tap, close it. When you see a leaking pipe on the road, inform the authorities. Nobody should waste water; it is very scarce.”A long-term national water plan was needed to address the country’s future needs regarding water and sanitation, he added.Through War on Leaks, the government would train unemployed young people as water agents. “They will be responsible for visiting communities to investigate water leaks and to teach people to save water,” said the president.“We will also train plumbers who will assist to do a number of things such as reducing water losses and repairing the sources of the leaks.”Training is followed by community outreach to find and fix leaks and teach people how to save water. (Image: GovZA)Training will take place in three phases: in phase one, 3 000 people will be trained in the 2015/16 financial year; in phase two, 5 000 will be trained in 2016/17; and in phase three, 7 000 will be trained in 2017/18. About R680- million has been budgeted for the campaign in the current financial year.In addition, Zuma said the Department of Water and Sanitation had committed funding for the construction of the Nooitgedacht Water Scheme, which would boost the water supply to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.Construction had started and the scheme was scheduled for completion in February 2017.Earlier in the day, the president visited the home of Cynthia Ncapayi in Zwide. The family’s water bill ran into several thousands of rand and it had been discovered that water leaks were to blame for the consumption figures. The family was unable to pay the high bill.Similar cases are being reported throughout the municipality’s townships and metro.Municipal capacityWater and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said 27 district municipalities in the country were in a dire state in terms of water capacity.“Working together with the water boards, we will train youngsters, give them accreditation through [sector education and training authorities] and they will be attached to our different water boards. That will help us with capacity.”Many young people, she added, would also be placed in district municipalities where interventions were needed.Over and above the first 3 000 trainees, Mokonyane told the SABC, a further 1 000 trainees had been targeted to ” deal with the cleaning of our dams, the cleaning of infrastructure in KwaZulu-Natal”.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more