Prem matches and other events to allow fans after crisis talks over coronavirus

first_imgPREMIER League matches will allow fans in the stadium for now following government crisis talks over coronavirus.League chiefs along with the FA, EFL and broadcasters were summoned to a meeting on Monday with government health advisers at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.2 Ronaldo and Co secured a crucial win in the Serie A title race but fans weren’t there to see itCredit: Getty Images – GettyThey determined no drastic measures in England were to be in place yet but a move to ban supporters could be very likely for at least two rounds of fixtures.This week’s Cheltenham Festival, European games involving Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester United and Wednesday’s Prem clash between Manchester City and Arsenal will go ahead as planned.Wolves’ tie at Olympiacos will be played behind closed doors while Romania have joined the list of countries playing matches without fans. France announced that Ligue 1 matches will be played behind closed doors or with 1000 spectators or less.And with calls for similar moves in Germany, Europe appears on the brink of a widespread fan shut-out.Following the meeting, RFU chief Bill Sweeney said: “There was no medical rationale for cancelling events or (playing them) behind closed doors yet, but clearly it is a moving situation so we’ll keep talking and go from there.”The football authorities are ready to heed and act on Government advice with no efforts made to urge a rethink if the shut-out orders do come.Prem bosses are determined to do everything in their power to ensure the season is played to a conclusion.Playing a number of rounds without fans is seen as the least worst-case scenario as it will allow the games to be played and prevent potential legal issues over relegation, prize money and European slots for next term.Immediate suggestions which could come into effect include a ban on over-70s attending games as they are the most vulnerable group to the worst impact of the virus, which has so far claimed three UK lives. Broadcasters will be asked to agree to a lifting of the current contract restrictions, allowing all Prem matches to be screened live on TV during the shut-out. 2most read in sportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutThe Government is understood to be considering a ban on matches being screened in pubs, to prevent supporters spreading the virus.But other concerns include fans congregating outside grounds at big matches to which the gates are barred, especially with Liverpool closing in on a first title since 1990.This weekend’s games, including Spurs’ clash with Manchester United on Sunday, do seem likely to be played before the clampdown comes into place, although if there is a spike in numbers falling victim to the virus that could also change. Solskjaer says Man United are ‘one, two or three’ transfers away from a title challenge after downing neighbours Citylast_img read more

Contracts split to facilitate cronies

first_imgDear Editor,The National Procurement and Tender Administration Act 2003 was activated to ensure that every contractor and supplier in Guyana, and even overseas, is given equal access to bid for contracts.Since the coalition Government’s assumption of office in 2015, the Procurement Act has become more or less a political tool to ensure those political activist friends and families of various APNU/AFC Government officials are being awarded contracts.Let me compliment the Opposition Leader, Cde Bharrat Jagdeo, for constantly exposing the coalition Government in violating the Public Procurement Act, and the rampant corruption in every section of this APNU/AFC Government.Only recently, the Special Projects Unit invited contractors to submit bids for the “Weeding, Cleaning and Maintenance of the West Coast (Berbice) and Corentyne, Berbice Public Road Shoulders, Region 5 and 6 Project”, this project would cost taxpayers in excess of one hundred million dollars, and only fifteen selected contractors were given bids.The specific contracts were divided into eight lots to facilitate the cronies, and would be awarded by the ministerial tender board. If an investigation should be conducted on the names of the contractors, we would conclude they are either APNU or AFC councillors, activist friends, or families of the coalition Government.According to the Public Procurement Act 2003 Section 30(1), a procuring entity shall solicit tenders by causing an invitation to tender to be published in newspapers of wide circulation and post in public places…as the Constitution of Guyana continues to be ignored to facilitate corruption by the APNU/AFC coalition Government.Why was there no public tendering for this specific contract? The conclusion is that this will enable certain contractors to be guarantee contracts.This trend is evident in all the procurement processes in Guyana presently. Competitive bidding promotes effectiveness in procurement, and discourages monopoly situations; avoids favouritism, and will ensure taxpayers get the best deal in terms of value when it is publicly tendered.The main reason for the diversion by the Government to this method of procurement is because of the excellent work of chairman of the PAC, Mr Irfaan Alli, who continues to expose corruption.The public procurement system is to ensure the procurement of goods and services and the execution of works are conducted in a fair, equitable, transparent, competitive, and cost effective manner, according to the laws.Sincerely,Zamal Hussain,Regional Councillor,Regional Democratic CouncilRegion Sixlast_img read more

SARA Bill paves way for hiring of new Director, CEO

first_img…PPP to oppose any politically affiliated appointmentsNow that the controversial State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) Bill 2017 has passed in the National Assembly by the Government, which used its one-seat majority to enact the legislation, the hiring of a new Director, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and other officers for that agency could commence soon.However, in order for this to happen, President David Granger will first have to assent to the Bill and have it gazetted so that the Agency can be established and fully functional.Prior to the Bill being passed, Dr Clive Thomas was the Director of the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU), which has now been renamed SARA and Aubrey Heath-Retemyer was the CEO. Other persons who were also working at SARU were Tacuma Ogunseye and Eric Phillips.But while the Government may have plans to rehire Thomas and the current batch of senior staff, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) plans to vigorously oppose it.This is according to former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall, who told Guyana Times on Wednesday that his Party would not accept such reappointments.“We will oppose any person, who first of all is a politician or has displayed any form of political bias or affiliation,” Nandlall asserted.According to Nandlall, SARA by the terms of the legislation that will bring it into force has tremendous law enforcement powers and only persons who are trained in the areas of law enforcement and matters in relation to this Bill should be hired.He said, “This bill has no place for politicians. So, if any of the current people; they are tainted political people and none of them are qualified on that ground alone.”The PPP has already announced plans to mount legal challenges against the Bill, and Nandlall said one of the challenges which would be launched would target the appointment process.Former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall“Parliament has no role and function in appointing persons. No parliament in the world under the constitutional system like ours appoints people,” he explained.The former Minister continued: “If they persist in putting politically contaminated persons, then we will challenge on that ground too that those persons cannot bring to bear an impartial mind to an investigation having regard to their political dissidents and political hostility to a large section of the population…They cannot be expected objectively to function professionally.”Meanwhile, former President Bharrat Jagdeo, at a press conference on Tuesday, expressed his disappointment over the appointment of “political hacks” to the now vacant positions at SARA.SARU CEO Heath-Retemyer was accused of getting the position of CEO because of his close affiliation with Government.However, the Opposition Leader on Tuesday contended that his Party would seek to have persons with the requisite qualification function in the positions at SARA and would accept nothing less.last_img read more

Govt responds to Reporters Without Borders report

first_imgThe Government is claiming that the 2017 World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is “deeply flawed”.This index, which puts Guyana three places down from the position it occupied last year, ranks Guyana at number 60 on this year’s Index; and according to its commentary on press freedom in the country: “Journalists are subjected to harassment that takes the form of prosecutions, suspensions and intimidation.”It has been outlined that although the Guyana Constitution guarantees free speech and the right to information, officials often use its defamation laws — which provide for fines and up to two years in jail — to silence opposition journalists. RSF also pointed out that members of the media regulatory authority are appointed directly by the President, and this restricts the freedom of certain media outlets, which are denied licences.Government has, in a statement issued on Friday, expressed concern over the circulation of what it considers a “deeply flawed and undated report” on Guyana’s ranking.Government’s statement has also noted that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who has portfolio responsibility for information, is unaware that the RSF has conducted any survey or inquiry into press freedom in Guyana, and questions whether its findings were based on credible sources.This current administration has said that the local media has greater latitude and freedom to operate without interference from Government intrusion, control or direction than what currently obtains.The administration has pointed to two recent cases of unjust suspension of state media employees which were robustly condemned by senior Government officials, and has said that both matters were addressed to the satisfaction of the affected employees.The statement was referring to the last year suspension of National Communications Network (NCN) Sport Editor Jocelle Archibald-Hawke and the removal of journalist Natasha Smith from anchoring duties because of her pregnancy.The Coalition Government has, moreover, said that it recently approved the appointment of an “independent and professional” Board of Directors for the NCN, and is currently reviewing the Board of Directors of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) with a view to reconstituting that board as well.While President Granger has on many occasions declared his support for press freedom in the local fraternity, he has come under heavy criticism for holding only one press conference since his assumption to office almost two years ago. His last press conference was held back in October 2015.The Head of State had also defended this record back in January by stating that in the absence of a presidential press conference, the purpose of which is to meet with the Head of State to find out his thoughts on a variety of issues, he has been making himself available to local reporters on ‘The Public Interest’ programme. This is a pre-recorded “weekly” programme that lasts for only 30 minutes, during which questions are posed to the President by the moderator, someone out of the Presidential Media team. The last programme was recorded since April 6.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has called out President Granger for not facing the press. He has said the Head of State is hiding from criticism against his government.“I have a major issue about the President and his accountability to the nation,” Jagdeo, a former President himself, had stated back in January. “He hides behind these pre-packaged interviews,” the Opposition Leader said, while calling on the Guyanese press corps to boycott the programme.“He has not held press conferences because I think he doesn’t want to be accountable on several matters that were happening in his government. So he packages these things and he deals with safe subjects in a safe environment,” Jagdeo posited.last_img read more

Dawson Creek Junior Canucks at the bottom of the NWJHL standings

first_imgThe Wolves scored one more goal in the first and then another four in the second.The Canucks were able to pick up a short handed goal in the second period from Evan Weaver.In the third, the Wolves once again started the scoring with a goal from Nicholas Bourgeois.  The Canucks scored one more time on the powerplay with a shot from Stuart Weaver.- Advertisement -The final scored ended up being 7-2 for the Wolverines.  The Canucks currently sit in last place in the NWJHL with only four points, one behind the Beaverlodge Blades.The Canucks will now face the Grande Prairie JDA Kings this Saturday in Grande Prairie.last_img read more

Kickin’ it with Friends Charity Soccer Tournament looking for more participants

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Kickin’ it with Friends Charity Soccer tournament was set to close registration last Sunday but they had one problem: not enough participants.When registration closed there were only 30 children and only one adult team signed up to play. The tournament has now extended registration until this Friday in hopes of finding more participants.The tournament will take place May 25th – 27th this year. The tournament is raising money for Natalie Small and her family as the local 4-year-old continues her battle with stage four neuroblastoma. For more info about Natalie’s battle with cancer and to help out visit her Go Fund Me page: https://www.gofundme.com/natalies-fight-with-neuroblastoma.- Advertisement -The tournament has both adult and youth divisions. Youth players are organized by skill, gender, and age, whereas adults sign up as a team.Registration for youth players costs $30, and to register an adult team the cost is $300. All games in the tournament will be played at Surerus Park.For more information on the tournament and to register visit: http://fsjsoccer.com/news.php?news_id=1655407.Advertisementlast_img read more

Pep Guardiola turned down Manchester club eleven years ago – more here

first_imgPep Guardiola may have just agreed to take over Manchester City in the summer, but he was not so accepting of a deal in his playing days.It has now been confirmed that the Bayern Munich manager will take charge at the Etihad in the close season, replacing Manuel Pellegrini.But it has been revealed that the Catalonian – a Champions League winner with his boyhood club as a player AND manager – was close to moving to Manchester in 2005.Following a stint in the Middle East, the 34-year-old wanted to ply his trade in England before hanging up his boots.Agent Tony Sharkey told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “At Manchester City [Guardiola] was literally just trying to get a playing contract.“Stuart Pearce said it himself – that the level of his training had gone up because Pep was there passing the ball for fun.“He was keeping the ball in training in seven, eight a side, he still had enough in the locker.“He was offered six months and he turned it down – if he was going to bring his family over he wanted to come for a year. So he turned the deal down at the time and he just wanted an opportunity to experience the Premier League.”Sharkey admits the playing style did not help the club’s cause:  “We went to watch the first game of the season – I think it was at home to West Brom – and it was a 0-0 draw, a lot of long ball stuff and I think David James was kicking it long and it didn’t look like a Pep Guardiola type of match!“It would have been fitting a square peg in a round hole really.”last_img read more

Liverpool, Spurs and Man United have provided England’s best player so far

first_imgTom Barclay“Jesse Lingard has developed into a big-game player whose energy and movement are invaluable to England and the way they want to play. When I saw him on loan for Derby a few years ago I would never have thought he would become one of this country’s key men but we look much worse without him.” 8 talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with more than 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.Who has been England’s stand out player in Russia?Now the group stage is over, talkSPORT.com asked Arsenal fan favourite and huge England fan, Adrian Durham, for his opinion in addition to SunSport’s legions of reporters at the World Cup.Adrian Durham, talkSPORT Drive host“Best England player is Harry Kane. But the one who’s impressed me most has been Jordan Henderson. Energy in midfield along with quality in his game.” And here’s what a selection of SunSports‘ finest think.Martin Lipton“Harry Kane’s goals have spearheaded England’s campaign but for sheer, perhaps unexpected, quality, Kieran Trippier is my stand out Lion. Brilliant delivery and fantastic energy on the right flank.” David Coverdale“Kieran Trippier. So good that Kyle Walker is being played out of position to accommodate him. His delivery from set-pieces in particular has been outstanding.” England missed Trippier against Belgium, according to Charlie Wyett Trippier and Kane have been among England’s stand out players in the group stage Harry Kane scored five goals in his first two World Cup games Paul Jiggins“Aside from Harry Kane, England’s most impressive performer has been Kieran Trippier. Kyle Walker had better hope the Three Lions continue to play three at the back because he would struggle to get his old place back. The inclusion of Trent Alexander-Arnold appears to have propelled Trippier to a higher level. His stamina is incredible and is there a better crosser or striker of the ball at this World Cup?” Mike McGrath“Kieran Trippier is now one of the first names on the team sheet against Colombia. His set-pieces are excellent and his energy down the right is a big part of how England play.” Neil Custis“You cannot look beyond Harry Kane for our best player. We have waited a while for a big name in the England team to step up to the plate, but he will have to again in what will be a tough test against Colombia.” England look worse without Lingard, according to Tom Barclay Trippier’s delivery has won praise Jordan Henderson’s energy has impressed Adrian center_img Kieran Trippier’s delivery from the right has been vital Trippier must start against Colombia 8 8 Getty 8 8 Charlie Wyett“Everyone knows Harry Kane can score goals but Trippier has stepped up to the plate at right wing-back. It is a different position for him but he looks comfortable and his set-pieces have been outstanding. England missed him against Belgium.” 8 8 8 talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with more than 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

Kid turns out to be a real white knight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The young man’s face has been on their minds often since they returned home to Calabasas from their World War II reunion trip to hell, say Dave Hengstler and his wife, Nancy Fancher-Hengstler. Who knows what would have happened if they hadn’t been standing on that New Orleans street corner with a few other stranded couples when the young man came running up? “The water was rising. We had nowhere to go and nobody to help us,” Nancy said. “Then this kid shows up out of nowhere like a white knight.” He told them there was a couple in a pickup truck willing to drive them three blocks to some tour buses that were evacuating people to Baton Rouge. “We didn’t even know the buses were there, and even if we had, we would have never made it through the rising water in time to get on them,” Dave said. “That pickup truck ride saved us. I sat on the tailgate, my feet dangling in the water.” Dave, 76, and Nancy, 65, were in New Orleans to attend a reunion of Dave’s buddies from the honor guard assigned to Gen. Douglas MacArthur at the American Embassy in Tokyo at the end of World War II. About the same time they got word that the reunion had been canceled because of Hurricane Katrina’s impending arrival, they also had to evacuate the time-share apartment where they were staying. “The owners said the mayor had ordered a mandatory evacuation of the city, and we had to get out,” Dave said. “Only the hotels were exempt.” With Dave carrying their one, heavy suitcase, the couple walked miles from hotel to hotel, looking for a room. “We were starting to panic,” Nancy said. “We couldn’t get out of the city, and we had no place to stay. Finally, we found a room at a Quality Inn on the 10th floor.” And that’s where Dave and Nancy, huddled on the floor, rode out the worst of Katrina. “After the hurricane, we went outside and walked around Bourbon Street surveying the damage, which didn’t look too bad,” Dave said. “We had a drink at the Fairmont and went back to our room, thinking we’d leave in the morning. “Tuesday morning, there was water two feet deep in the lobby. Wednesday morning, it was four feet.” Rather than stay in their dark, hot hotel room with no water or electricity, Dave and Nancy spent that day and night on the roof of the hotel. “The hotel management told people Wednesday they should start thinking about getting to the Superdome because the water was getting higher and higher,” Nancy said. Slogging through foul, knee-high water, they made their way to high ground on a dry street corner before deciding to head for the Superdome. “We’re walking there with a few other couples we had met when we see people walking the other way,” Dave said. “I asked them why they were not getting on the buses. They said I was crazy: There weren’t any buses; don’t waste your time. “So we went back to that street corner wondering what to do next. Then this kid comes running up.” At the waiting tour buses, there was a lot of pushing and shoving, but Dave and Nancy managed to get two seats. “I sat in the back with a little boy on my lap, while Dave sat up front,” Nancy said. “On our way out of town, the bus stopped to pick up some hospital patients standing on the side of a road. “They had to evacuate the hospital, and a few of them were still hooked up to their IVs and medical equipment.” As Nancy sat on that bus with a little boy on her lap, the horrible destruction from Katrina finally hit her as she looked out the windows. “It was shocking, utterly shocking,” she said. The patients were dropped off at a hospital on the Louisiana State University campus, and the bus driver took Dave and Nancy to the Baton Rouge airport about 30 miles away. “We looked like a couple of bums when he dropped us off,” Nancy said. “We were put on stand-by for a 6 a.m. flight to Dallas. At noon Thursday, we arrived at LAX with nothing but the clothes on our back. “But we didn’t care. We were home.” There were nearly 30 messages waiting for them on their answering machine when Dave and Nancy walked in the front door of their Calabasas home, but they went right past the phone to the showers. “We can still hardly sleep at night without thinking about what would have happened to us if that kid hadn’t found that pickup truck to take us to the buses. We had no place to go or stay that night. “I just wish we had gotten his name to thank him now,” Nancy said. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Le Bleus finding right mix

first_imgFrance have arguably the best squad at this year’s world cupFootball coaching is a vocation not dissimilar to others. The longer you plug away at it, the better you become.France national team manager Didier Deschamps is a good illustration of this maxim.After bungling his lines as the 1998 World Cup winners as captain, lost Euro 2016 to Portugal as the man in charge , it is right to claim that perhaps Deschamps is the better man for it after all.Deschamps was France’s coach at Euro 2016In 2016, among many others, he got his squad selection wrong. For example, he chose Eliaquim Mangala in his final 23-man squad, without the confidence to deploy him once Raphael Varane got injured. Rather, Deschamps had to deploy Samuel Umtiti, then an Olympique Lyon left back, into central defence and a kid who was just making his debut at a major tournament.French football is teeming with talent. Leaving out stars like Adrien Rabiot (he was so affronted, he’s refused to be on standby), Lucas Digne, Alexander Lacazette and Kingsley Coman despite the Bayern winger being injured in the weeks building up to the summoning of the squad, required a special expertise.Deschamps has however shown he has it.PSG’s Rabiot is not part of Frence’s World Cup squadAs a manager, it must be abundantly clear who your first choices are; and which players are good enough for back up.I say Deschamps is a better manager because amongst all the 32 manager at this year’s World Cup, he had the most difficult task of squad selection.Rabiot has refused to be on standby because he doesn’t believe Seville’s Steven Nzonzi and Bayern Munich’s Corentin Toliso are better options. Truth is, Toliso brings more to the table. He’s faster, better in the air and scores more goals.Nzonzi meanwhile gives Les Bleus better balance with his physicality and European experience and when you look at the player he has become at Sevilla, it is hard to believe that it’s the same person who was playing in fringe clubs in the English top tier.Nzonzi has been featuring prominently at SevillaHaving got his midfield mix right, Deschamps next big decision is over whether to stick with Olivier Giroud in the centre forward role, or go with Paris Saint Germain’s nimble footed teenage prodigy Kylian Mbappe.In a recent build up with Italy, France got mighty traction starting the later in a three man attack along with Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezman. If Deschamps sticks to this front three, he should send ripples through Russia 2018.France are blessed to have a young, highly mobile, energetic team. Emulating their 1998 counterparts does however require a huge dose of character from leading players like Antoine Griezman, Paul Pogba and and Kylian Mbappe.To avoid being labelled nearly men, they must take Russia by storm, as on their day, Les Bleus can match any World Cup team.More importantly, having Ngolo Kante and Toliso or Nzonzi allows Deschamps to deploy Paul Pogba atop a midfield three in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation.Releasing Pogba’s creative instincts, as he’s not comfortable tackling in a deep lying midfielder role, is crucial to Les Bleus chances of World Cup glory.Comments Tags: FIFA world Cup 2018last_img read more