Struggling strikers face-off

first_img LACKLUSTRE LIVERPOOL Advocaat isn’t the only manager seemingly fighting for his job. In his fourth season in charge at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers’ future seems equally bleak. Liverpool only scraped past fourth-tier Carlisle via a penalty shootout to advance in the League Cup on Wednesday. Liverpool have scored only four goals this season in the league and collected eight points out of a possible 18, looking a shadow of the side that came close to winning the 2013-14 title. ELSEWHERE… Behind the Manchester rivals at the summit are surprisingly West Ham and Leicester. West Ham host Norwich tomorrow  when Leicester entertain Arsenal. Stoke host Bournemouth still searching for their first win and Southampton face Bournemouth tomorrow. Sunday’s only game sees Crystal Palace travel north of London to Watford, while West Bromwich Albion play Everton the following night. LONDON (AP): The scoring feats of Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane were unrivalled in the Premier League last season. Every touch seemed to turn to goals. And yet a month into the new campaign scoring is the one thing these strikers are struggling to do. Top scorer last season with 26 goals last season, Aguero has netted only once in the league for Manchester City so far. How Kane would be glad to be off the mark for Tottenham. Last season’s scoring revelation went from zero to 21 goals in six months to finish second in the scoring chart in his first season as a regular starter. And yet as Tottenham prepare to host Manchester City tomorrow there seems little prospect of these misfiring forwards losing their places in the starting XI. Aguero at least scored in the League Cup on Tuesday as City eliminated Sunderland. Kane did put the ball in the net on Wednesday against Arsenal only for it to be ruled out for offside in a north London derby when he spurned several scoring chances and seemed short of confidence again. Kane’s drought is biting more because of the lack of goals from his Tottenham teammates: Only five in six matches as the north London club has collected nine points. City, though, have coped without Aguero finding the net in the league since the 3-0 victory over Chelsea in the second game, with 11 other goals scored. And City are the early leaders, while Tottenham are six points adrift. NORTH-EAST NIGHTMARE It’s been a bleak start for the north-east teams. Newcastle and Sunderland have each played six times and failed to win once in the league. Both were also eliminated from the League Cup this week, with Newcastle experiencing the more humiliating outcome: Losing at home to second-tier Sheffield Wednesday. Steve McClaren is still awaiting his first win as Newcastle manager going into tomorrow’s game against Chelsea. “Do we fear it? Do we say we don’t want to play in that? We have got to,” McClaren said. “We have got to get people ready for Saturday, ready to fight, and one result turns it around. “You have got to say and you have got to believe — which I do — that could be Saturday.” Newcastle have beaten Chelsea on their last three visits to St. James’ Park. Sunderland, though, have to travel to a resurgent Manchester United, with Dick Advocaat the favourite to be the first manager fired this season.last_img read more


first_imgThis concluding (seventh) article of the series on the necessity of knowing one’s true identity in light of who God is and his plan for one’s life, centers on the individual and his/her environment. There is no gain saying that every person comes out and belongs to an environment or environments and the environment has some impact on him/her for good or ill. This article examines in brief the relationship between every person and his/her environment and its consequences. How then does the environment affect every individual and may every individual relate to and affect his/her environment? The sixth article on “the individual and other fellow human beings observed the following points: And now we turn to the individual and others. John Mbiti quotes an African proverb that says, “I am because we are and, since we are, therefore I am”. This quotation points us to the interconnectedness of all human beings. John Donne wrote: “No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main”, Martin Luther, Jr., puts it vividly when he writes: “In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.” On another occasion Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”All these quotes make the single vital point that every person’s security, progress, health, happiness, and prosperity are dependent on other people’s security, progress, health, health and prosperity. Therefore if I ignore the plight and welfare of others I indirectly jeopardize my own security and peace. This has been proven again and again in history. Every now and then the marginalized, the excluded poor, and the exploited get pushed against the walls and then rise up and overthrow. Then pay day comes. The lives of those secured privileged few and those of their families and all who are closely connected to them are made miserable forever.Hence, the individual must always seek to improve self in light of helping others improve their lives and living conditions. Self-seeking, self-protecting and self-promoting at the expense of others or ignoring the same needs of others is self-defeating.Likewise the individual’s identity is somehow connected to his/her environment. The saying, “Man is a child of his environment”, contains some grain of truth. By the environment of the person we mean more than just the physical of his/her physical surroundings of weather/climatic conditions, clean or polluted, conducive or non-conducive. In addition to this, there are spiritual and psychological aspects to the environment. The mind-set or the worldview (how the social and spiritual group that one belongs to understands and interprets what is there and what happens around) deeply affects every member of that environment. In almost all ancient societies men had a low view of woman and that somehow had a profound and shilling effect on how women regarded themselves and were treated by men. The belief, value system and attitude of a social and religious group can have a deep negative or positive effect on most of its members. It therefore takes an exceptional minority to rise above the norms and conventions of social groups and initiate changes that eventually affect the whole of society. If what they succeed in bringing about has a lasting mental effect on the whole of society then it is called a paradigm shift. But in general people are children of their environments in physical and psychological senses.In this wise every person must endeavor to have the right attitude to his/her environment. Such an attitude should be one of adaptation to it and then a desire and commitment to its welfare. We are all part and parcel of our environment. The environment depends on us and we in turn depend on our environment. This is well illustrated in the biblical story of the creation of the earth and man’s place in it (Genesis 1 and2). The Bible says man (Adam) was created from the earth (Adamah) and returns to the earth at death, “Thou art dust and to dust shall thou return” (Genesis 12:38).Man and the earth (environment) belong to each other for good or ill. Mankind benefits from the earth (vegetation and all its benefits) and can contribute to the wellbeing of the earth by not destroying it or not interfering with its natural state unnecessarily. When we destroy the earth we stand at the receiving end of our bad actions. When we cut down the trees and not replace them, turn swamps into something else, take away all the minerals then we and generations to come pay a heavy price. When the trees die, the animals follow and eventually humans follow too. Therefore our identity is partly embedded in the environment and it is in our very best interest to treat our environments with care and respect and do all we can to advance its welfare. Identity matters and how we each understand, nurture and relate our identity to God and others determines our place in society and our final destiny.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Parents Angry over US$220 ‘Graduation Fee’

first_imgMr. Dahn (r) with some of the parents who are dissatisfied with the amount charged.Threaten to take school administration to courtThe administration of the John Christian International School System (JCISS) has charged each of the 26 graduating 12th graders US$220 as fee for the pending exercise. The JCISS is located in Virginia, outside Monrovia.The situation, which has already caused an uproar among poverty-stricken parents, came against the backdrop of complaints the parents raised last year when the Monrovia National Office of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) charged US$65 per 12th grader to sit the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).As a result of the “high fee”, a group of parents has threatened to take the school’s administration to court, if authorities of the Ministry of Education (MoE) did not abort the JCISS’ “exploitation” amid the prevailing economic crisis.The parents, some of them now aggrieved, have further accused the JCISS’ administration of extortion, deception, and of running a criminal syndicate. Therefore, they have vowed to resist the payment through the court if the MoE fails to bring the matter to a logical conclusion.JCISS proprietor, only identified as Pastor Wontaa, confirmed charging each graduating student US$220, but said the money will be used sparsely for activities covering the school’s entire 3rd exercises.“The collection of the money has been our school’s tradition since two graduations ago, so why are some parents complaining to newspapers when they agreed on the additional US$20 to the US$200 each graduate used to pay,” Wontaa rhetorically questioned via a mobile phone interview yesterday.Aaron Dahn, one of several aggrieved parents leading the fight to abort the huge money collection for the school’s graduation exercise, informed reporters that their patience has run out, and now it is time for them to take concrete actions that would compel the JCISS’ administration to rethink their decision.“The JCISS is charging us US$220 just for high school graduation program. We believe that this amount is too much for us,” Dahn said.He added, “Under the MoE’s regulation governing school administrations, any extra fees other than the regular tuition should have been discussed with parents in order to derive a compromise. So the collection of US$220 is against the rules governing school administration, and therefore, we will not pay it.”Instead, he said, “we have called on MoE’s authorities to ensure that the JCISS stops extorting money from the parents, because it is totally wrong.” However, Pastor Wontaa said the US$220 covers two days of graduation activities on campus, including hall rental fee, pre-graduation dinner for the graduates and their parents as well as each of the 11th graders and their invitees.According to him, 16 of the graduates have already paid, while the rest of them have agreed to also pay. “It is from this same US$220 we print souvenirs, including diploma covers, because as per the graduates’ desire, we print collar T-shirts; pay for video recording of the entire convocation program, and a parent is entitled to make a photocopy of the video. We also purchase a personal gift package for each of the graduates,” Wontaa said, defending his action.With all that Wontaa has explained, the parents are of the opinion that if the MoE cannot handle the situation, they will seek redress through the court to ensure that no graduation takes place.Given the nation’s economic crisis, Dahn argued that the situation is unfair, “because no school is allowed to charge huge money for graduation exercises.” By Dahn’s calculation from the prevailing exchange rate of L$150 to US$1, US$220 is equivalent to L$33,000 per graduating senior; “so the money will amount to L$858,000 just for the graduation.”Meanwhile, MoE’s Board of Inquiry has referred the outcome of the investigation it launched to the office of the Minister for further actions and recommendations.The director of communications at the MoE, J. Maxime Bleetan, has confirmed the parents-JCISS’ saga at the Ministry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Another LNG facility proposed for B.C.

first_imgMake it 21 proposed BC West Coast LNG projects as Vancouver based Steelhead LNG has announced a second Vancouver Island First Nation partnership.This one is targeted for the southeast coast of the Island, at a 525 hectare site, with five kilometres of waterfront, on Saanich Inlet.The former cement quarry was purchased last month by the Malahat First Nation, which now looks to move forward with a development agreement with Steelhead, much like the one announced last month at Sarita Bay at the southern end of Alberni Inlet, on the southwest coast of the Island.- Advertisement -However, Steelhead LNG-CEO, Nigel Kuzemko, says the hope is the two projects could share a natural gas pipeline, and he said one of the options is a line operated by Spectra Energy.  Mr. Kuzemko also says the facility would employ up to 200 people once it is in operation.Given they’re just out of the starting gate, he was reluctant to put a number, on the project cost.last_img read more

Peru captain Guerrero bids to have drugs ban lifted

first_img0Shares0000Paolo Guerrero scored a vital goal against Colombia in qualifying © AFP/File / Ernesto BENAVIDESLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Mar 20 – Peru captain Paolo Guerrero has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in a bid to clear his name and have a six-month doping suspension lifted.The 34-year-old striker was originally given a one-year ban for taking performance-enhancing drugs, including cocaine, which would have ruled him out of the World Cup in Russia. That was reduced to six months on appeal in December, with his suspension now set to end on May 3, over a month before the start of the tournament in Russia.A CAS spokesman told AFP on Tuesday that Guerrero’s latest appeal will be heard by “the end of April”, after he asked “that the suspension decision be cancelled and no sanction imposed on him”.Guerrero tested positive for a cocaine metabolite after a World Cup qualifier against Argentina last October and missed the two-leg play-off against New Zealand.The former Bayern Munich player scored the vital late equaliser against Colombia that saw Peru edge into that play-off.The South American country kick off their first World Cup campaign since 1982 against Denmark in Saransk on June 16, before further Group C games against France and Australia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FIFA referee boss BACKS video replay technology in football

first_img1 FIFA’s referees chairman and Britain’s FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce Jim Boyce, FIFA’s referees chairman and Britain’s FIFA vice-president, says he has changed his mind over video technology in football, which he now backs for penalty area incidents.The issue of video replays is on the agenda for the annual meeting of the International FA Board (IFAB) in Belfast on Saturday, and given fresh impetus by another weekend of Premier League controversy.Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho pointed to four incidents in his side’s 1-1 draw with Burnley, including two penalty claims that were rejected by referee Martin Atkinson and two challenges on his players by the Clarets’ Ashley Barnes that were not penalised.Former referees’ chief Keith Hackett told talkSPORT Atkinson’s performance was arguably the worst refereeing performance in Premier League history.Meanwhile, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce accused Tottenham striker Harry Kane of diving to win the injury-time penalty which secured a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane on Sunday.FIFA president Sepp Blatter has suggested managers should be allowed two appeals for incidents to be reviewed via video replays, while trials have been taking place in Holland where the referee is updated via a headset from an official watching the match on TV.Boyce, head of FIFA’s referees committee, does not support Blatter’s idea but has come around to limited use of replays and will make his views known at the meeting of the law-making body IFAB.He told Press Association Sport: “I was always in favour of goal-line technology but not other forms of technology but I have started to change my mind.“I believe that if there are major decisions on incidents in the 18-yard box and technology is available then I think the time has come that it should be used.“The fourth official or another official could be in a room with a TV screen and be in contact with the referee if he is unsure or has missed something.“So many high-profile mistakes appear to be being made so maybe we do have to look at this now – but only for the penalty box – I don’t think you can do it for every incident in the middle of the pitch.”last_img read more


first_imgAction in both Cork and Cardiff on Sunday both early morning, indoor in the case of John Kelly in the Welsh capital as he started slowly but improved round on round to win the schools international getting out to 13-78m in the shot in just 4 throws great experience and 9cms off the Celtic record for this meet.Great results from the Letterkenny trio of English,Mc Brearty and Finnegan all returning European relative Q times and that 1.48.63 a national junior indoor record for Mark .In Cork Jeff Cassin back in action once again collected the bronze medal in the national 30k walk champ. in cold conditions. The event was won by Rob Heffernan in a new Irish record of 2.07.48 against Jeffs time of 2.21.17. His next outing Belfast indoors.This  upcoming weekend the bus stops in ALSAA ,Dublin ,underage cross country ,masters and intermediate a busy day ahead.Recalling times past its now 30 years since the death of Hugh Gallen Feb 1st at Bonagee , Letterkenny the Ulster senior cross country which Valley had just won and with his daughters Margaret and Christine were on the wining team with Geraldine Mc Nulty and Geraldine Gillespie . Hugh is remembered fondly by all who were fortunate to come in contact with him indeed he was firmly in our mind as we trained this Sunday morning . Noel Collins and Pauric Mc Laughlin are currently in Portugal training .FINN VALLEY AC NOTES: KELLY WINS SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL was last modified: January 30th, 2011 by gregShare 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


first_imgThe lotto numbers for this week were 4,5,19,24, match 3 winner was Sharon McGinity. Next week’s jackpot is €2,620.Sellers this weekend are Fergal Burke and Philie O’Donnell.The Glen will be hosting a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in the winter. Training will commence early September. We are currently looking for participants, any persons interested can contact Hughie McDaid (086 8033856) or Mary C Devine (087 6539050). The Senior and Reserve teams are due to be in league action this weekend, please see times and venues in local papers.Congratulations to John Bernard and Fiounnula on their wedding at the weekend.EndsGAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY was last modified: August 16th, 2011 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

Premier League clubs agree in principle to introduce VAR

first_img VAR was used in the World Cup and in the Carabao Cup last season The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 tense Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Most Popular Football Stories Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 1 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT center_img A formal request will now be made to both lawmakers the International Football Association Board and FIFA, the world governing body.A statement from the Premier League said its testing programme would continue for the rest of the season, “with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently”.How VAR decisions are communicated to fans in the stadium is to also be addressed, with the development of a “clear protocol” to be established.In April of this year, Premier League clubs voted against the introduction of VAR from 2018-19 following several high profile controversies during trials of the technology in domestic cup competitions. scrap Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City BEST OF revealed Clubs instead agreed to ‘continue advanced testing’ of VAR, with a decision now being reached it would appear.VAR technology was used at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia and, following some initial teething problems, it was generally viewed to have been a success.The German Bundesliga and Serie A in Italy both already have VAR, while UEFA is set to bring it in for the Champions League from 2019/2020.Southampton striker Charlie Austin hit out at the lack of VAR in the Premier League only last weekend after seeing a goal controversially ruled out during the 1-1 draw against Southampton.“We go on about VAR this, VAR that – help the officials out, clearly they need help,” Austin said in a heated post-match TV interview.“We play in the Premier League, the best league in the world, the most-watched league in the world, give them all the help they need because clearly they cost us two points today. It’s a joke.” latest Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) from next season.At a shareholders’ meeting on Thursday, clubs were provided with an update on this season’s VAR trials, while the system’s use in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup as well as other major leagues was discussed. LATEST last_img read more


first_imgA PARISH priest has told mourners of the devastation and loss suffered by the family and friends of four-year-old Daniel Cleary who was laid to rest after Requiem Mass today.More than 1,200 mourners crowded into and outside St Patrick’s Memorial Church of the Four Masters to hear Father Willie Peoples say the little boy ‘always had a glint in his eye’.The boy, who would have been five in two months time, died in a tragic accident near his home at Drumbar, Donegal Town on Thrsday when a six foot steel container door fell on him. Father People said Daniel was always smiling. His favourite thing was to put on his wellies and jeans and ask ‘what will we do now’.Parents Keith and Patricia followed the tiny coffin from the church as a moving solo of ‘Danny Boy’ was sung.Daniel, who had a two-year-old brother David, was laid to rest in Clar cemetery after the Mass.Among the large crowds were local politicians and members of the Four Masters GAA club where Daniel’s grandfather is a leading official. DEATH OF LITTLE DANIEL: ‘HE ALWAYS HAD A GLINT IN HIS EYE’, PRIEST TELLS MOURNERS was last modified: June 5th, 2011 by gregShare 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:accidentdaniel clearyDonegal Townfuneral Masslast_img read more